Key Components of a Flooring Maintenance Program
Any flooring type that is cleaned and maintained properly will meet or exceed users’ expectations. But with the tight maintenance budgets, pressure is mounting to minimise floor maintenance by cutting cleaning frequencies. Reduced cleaning frequencies will mean greater wear and tear on the floor.
To extend the life of flooring, we need to implement the essential elements of a comprehensive flooring maintenance programme. Among the critical factors to consider:
- Flooring maintenance tasks. Regular vacuuming is critical for carpets because the faster housekeeping crews remove dirt, the less damage it will do and the longer carpets will last.
- For hard flooring, such as vinyl composite tile or terrazzo, regular dust mopping and damp mopping remove grit before it can damage the floor’s gloss.
- Task frequency. With tight budgets, it is common to hear that flooring maintenance tasks are not performed as often as before. Offices that had been cleaned daily now are cleaned on alternate days, or even weekly or monthly. No matter the type of floors in these offices, their surfaces will be damaged faster with less-frequent cleaning.
- The time to perform tasks. With budgets tightening, employees inevitably must do more with fewer resources, including time. But housekeeping crews must have enough time to perform proper flooring maintenance. Ironically, there is a law of diminishing returns from cutting maintenance time. Floors that are cleaned daily take less time to clean on average than floors that otherwise might be cleaned only monthly.
- Proper training. Since facilities often feature many different floor types, crews need comprehensive training on flooring maintenance. It is easy to omit this step from the program, but failing to train workers in the proper use of floor-cleaning chemicals or equipment can result in damaged floors. Floor maintenance training should include a review of proper chemical use, equipment considerations, and appropriate cleaning frequencies and safety procedures.
A good flooring maintenance program must also take into consideration the following conditions:
- Traffic. How many people walk across the floor, and what is rolled or dragged across it? One may get high traffic areas within large spaces. Such places will require more frequent care.
- Environment. What type of soil is left on the floor? Seasonal changes also may be taken into consideration in view of the higher probability of dirt being carried in with moisture.
- Congestion. What physical obstacles hinder flooring maintenance procedures? Periodic inspection of office and other spaces to remove unwanted stuff would help in decongestion.
- Time. When can workers perform floor-care tasks? Shift timings, meal timings, weekly holidays etc could be considered.
- Size. What is the square footage of the area to be maintained? Staff strength, skills composition, equipment and tools requirement etc will come into play in the decisions.
With this information, we can develop and implement a comprehensive flooring maintenance program to ensure floors consistently look their best.