Nobody likes residue on their hard surface floors. Hard surface floors are a wise choice for commercial and residential properties alike. They are certainly resistant to most stains and scrapes, and will look beautiful for many years. However, no flooring material is completely impervious to poor cleaning methods, so it’s important to ensure that the flooring is properly cared for.
The first thing to do is to ensure that the hard surface flooring has been properly sealed. It doesn’t matter whether it is stone, tile, concrete, resilient or hardwood, each surface requires proper sealing to resist spills and scrapes. When the flooring material is properly sealed, it will resist most issues that might cause problems.
One of the biggest mistakes that customers make in caring for hard surface floors is the buildup of residue. Sometimes, cleaning products can leave a buildup that actually break down the sealant on the floors surface, especially if they contain vinegar or ammonia. Other products can leave a residue that builds up over time, trapping soil between layers.
If it’s too late and the residue has built up to the point that no cleaning program ca help it along, it’s time for some serious action. The flooring must be stripped or cleaned with a solvent-based cleaning agent. This will cut through the layers of residue all the way down to the original surface. The hard surface flooring can then be properly cleaned and re-sealed. Flooring contractors and other experts have the chance to start over with the flooring and get it to its proper condition.
After all this, the hard surface flooring should be cared for in the manner that the manufacturer recommended. Flooring contractors and inspectors have the responsibility to try to educate customers this way to eliminate issues down the road. Hopefully moving forward, the customer takes proper care of the hard surface flooring so they can get many years of beauty and durability.