Floor Care San Diego CAToday, facility managers and building owners are faced with tough choices with floor care, including whether to perform restorative maintenance, restoration, or complete renovation. Under current economic conditions and the need to cut costs, many are choosing to emphasize interim maintenance and pushing back on expensive replacement or renovation projects. Schools and health care buildings—especially since many are publicly-funded facilities, which are being heavily impacted today—are asked to do more and maximize investments with fewer resources. A common cleaning function where school administrators and health care management teams should target, helping to lessen the burden, is floor care.

According to a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., the U.S. demand for hardsurface flooring is projected to advance 3.9 percent annually to reach 11.9 billion square feet in 2011. Additionally, cleaning crews can spend up to 80 percent of their shift specifically addressing floor care needs, including autoscrubbing, vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, etc. Since labor accounts for the majority of your costs, efficient procedures and extensive know-how must be mandatory for staff.
Workers need a broad knowledge base of the many different surfaces they will encounter during a regular cleaning shift. These surfaces require a wide range of cleaning solutions so your equipment, chemicals, and personnel should all be versatile. Below are five tips to consider as your department looks to maximize investments, while keeping floors as well as carpeted areas in tip-top shape.Tip #1 – Do Your Homework
Not all flooring and carpeting are the same and therefore, not all cleaning procedures will be effective. In fact, the wrong procedures can result in a multitude of problems. These issues include:
• Surface damage – visual and hidden
• Faded fibers or surfaces over time
• Harm to indoor air quality (IAQ)
• Employee and building occupant injuries
• Costly repairs
• And much moreFor these reasons and others, facility managers and cleaning staff must do their homework and become familiar with the facility’s surfaces and how to maintain these areas. Although concrete, marble, stone, and other types of flooring may be present in schools and hospitals, vinyl composition tile (VCT) is a popular choice for areas throughout these settings. VCT is typically easy to maintain and is often selected due to its resiliency.