Most business owners know just how important maintaining the appearance of their building is for their business. After all, who would want to frequent an establishment that is dirty or run-down? For this reason, keeping things looking spiffy and clean is essential to your businesses success.
However, while most business owners realize this fact, and while many of them already do act upon this knowledge, a great number of them still overlook the appearance of their floors. This is unfortunate, as maintaining your floors can make or break the overall appearance of the building.
There are many things to consider when maintaining the floors in your place of business. Questions such as, “How do I properly clean the floors?”, and “How can I prevent staining?” come up often. For this reason, we are going to use this article to outline the most important tips to follow in order to properly maintain the floor in your place of business.
Clean Your Floors
This one goes without saying. However, many people are not aware of how often their floors should be cleaned, or how to go about doing it. Because lack of knowledge in this department is so prevalent, we highly recommend hiring a cleaning service if at all possible. A professional service will know when and how to clean your floors to keep them looking their very best.
If a professional cleaning service is not an option, keep the following tips and tricks in mind when cleaning your floors:
- Clean Regularly — By cleaning your floors thoroughly at least once a week, you prevent buildup of dust, dirt and other allergens, and keep stains from settling in. Depending on your type of business, you may need to spot-clean throughout each day, and foodservice businesses should throughly clean on a daily basis.
- Shampoo Carpets — Depending on how much traffic your floors see, carpets should be shampooed every 2–6 months. This will help keep allergens and stains at bay.
- Get the Corners — Many people go through the motions of cleaning the floors without really paying much attention to whether or not the floors get clean. These people often leave dirt in the corners of the room, which then builds up, causing the room to look grimy. Therefore, it's important to ensure you are cleaning from one corner to the next every time you mop or vacuum.
- Replace Your Mop Regularly — Many places of business employ the same mop for far too long. Mops develop a terrible odor as they get used over time, and should never be used after this odor has developed. The smell is off-putting to guests in your building and could actually harm your business.
- Clean the Grout — If your building has tile floors, it is important to keep the grout looking clean and white. To do this, take to the floors with a brush or cloth and a paste of baking soda and water. This is a time-consuming task; nevertheless, it should be done at least once a year.
- Replace Old Flooring — No matter how well you maintain it, almost every type of flooring has to be replaced at some point. Make sure to replace old flooring as soon as it starts showing its age in order to maintain the clean and well-kept look of your building.
Keep Them Clean
After cleaning your floors, you will definitely want to keep them clean for as long as possible. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
- Use Scotchguard — Carpet is notorious for holding onto stains. Instead of banning all food and drinks in your place of business, go ahead and pay the extra to have Scotchguard added to your carpets. This will repel stains, keeping your carpets looking better, longer.
- Spot-Clean Quickly — If you do notice a spill, no matter what kind of flooring your building has, make sure to clean it up as soon as possible. Spills left for too long can stain many types of flooring, so it's always best to clean up accidents right away.
- Use Mats — Mats placed at the entrance of your building will help encourage those who enter to wipe mud and water from their feet. Additionally, mats placed in high-traffic areas throughout the building will catch spills and reduce wear on the area.
By following the tips above, you can keep your floors looking good for many years to come. This in turn helps maintain the appearance of your business building, something that can help keep customers coming back and thus grow your business.