This is part of a series of articles on terminology frequently used in the professional cleaning industry.
When referring to floor care, whether for hard surface or carpet, cleaning contractors will often use the terms “daily” cleaning, “interim” cleaning, and “restoration.” These terms refer to the three different types of cleaning that both hard and soft (carpeted) floors require.
Building owners and managers should consider them as the key components of an effective floor care program. Each is dependent on the other to keep floors clean, healthy, and safe.
Let’s take a closer look at what each of these floor care terms mean:
Daily. At the very least, daily cleaning of hard floors refers to dust mopping or vacuuming the floor. This removes dry soils that have found their way onto the floor. This can also involve damp mopping the floor. With daily cleaning, a pH-neutral or mild cleaner is recommended to help protect the shine. (By the way, we have our cleaning workers change mops frequently. This helps prevent the mop from spreading soils, which can happen as the mop is used.)
As it applies to carpet, daily cleaning refers to daily vacuuming. As referenced in other blogs, some carpeted floors may need to be vacuumed several times during the day, but all carpet should be vacuumed at least once per day.
Interim. The daily cleaning program must be supplemented with interim floor care to keep floors looking their best. When it comes to carpet, this refers to using bonnet, shampoo, or dry cleaning methods. These interim methods help remove surface soils. Interim carpet cleaning also allows the carpet to dry relatively quickly as well.
Interim hard-surface floor care is more involved. This refers to scrubbing a floor with an automatic scrubbing machine and then applying a thin coat of finish to the floor. Not only does the process remove soils that have penetrated the floor, but the added coat of finish restores the floor’s luster and helps protect the floor. Building owners and managers should note that the main reason a finish is applied to a floor is to protect it. Although the finish certainly does give the floor a shine and can help enhance safety, the main purpose of a floor finish is to help protect the floor from grit and soil that can cause damage.
Restoration. When it comes to soft flooring, restoration cleaning refers to carpet extraction. This is the most thorough and effective way to remove soils from carpet fibers. In most cases, extraction should be performed twice per year, and more frequently if the carpet is subjected to heavy foot traffic.
For hard-surface floors, restoration means removing the floor’s finish, along with all soils, and then applying three or more coats of finish. This process can be time consuming and costly. However, if the first two steps we just discussed are performed regularly and effectively, we can stretch restoration cycles. Not only is this a cost savings, but it is healthier for the environment and less disruptive to the facility.
It is crucial that building owners and managers know what these terms mean, especially when preparing requests for proposals. Make sure to ask potential cleaning contractors their suggestions for stretching refinishing cycles, as well as ways to keep carpets clean and healthy for longer periods. Their suggestions may indicate their experience in floor care, and what’s more, whether they can help you reduce your cleaning costs.
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