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How to extend the lifespan of commercial flooring

How to make your commercial flooring last longer.

The flooring in commercial spaces is often subject to extensive foot traffic, so it needs looking after to extend its lifespan.

An appropriate cleaning and care routine will help maintain a clean, safe and attractive workspace and delay the expense of a replacement floor.

Here are some tips on how to extend the lifespan of commercial flooring from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean Devon.


Regular cleaning and maintenance

Develop a routine cleaning schedule appropriate to the type of flooring (e.g., carpet, hardwood, softwood, vinyl, tile).

Then ensure you vacuum or sweep regularly to remove dirt, dust and debris that can scratch or wear down the flooring surface.

You must also utilise appropriate cleaning products recommended by the flooring manufacturer to avoid damage.


Immediate spill cleanup

  • Promptly clean up spills to prevent stains and water damage.
  • Use absorbent materials or a dry white cloth for liquid spills and avoid using harsh chemicals that can degrade the flooring material.

Use door mats

Place high-quality door mats at all entrances to trap dirt, moisture and debris before they reach the flooring and regularly clean and replace them to ensure their effectiveness.


Implement preventative measures

  • Use furniture pads or casters to prevent scratches and indentations caused by heavy furniture.
  • Install protective mats under rolling chairs or high-traffic areas to reduce wear and tear.

Control humidity and temperature

Maintain proper humidity levels to prevent warping or damage to wood flooring and avoid exposing flooring to extreme temperature fluctuations.

These can cause expansion or contraction.


Regular inspection and repair

Regularly inspect the flooring for signs of damage, wear or loose tiles and planks.

Immediately repair or replace damaged sections to prevent further deterioration.


Proper floor care for different materials

Understand the specific care requirements for different flooring materials (e.g., polishing for hardwood and sealing for natural stone).

Follow the manufacturer guidelines for cleaning and maintenance to ensure longevity.


Use floor protectors during events or maintenance

Use temporary floor protection products (e.g., mats or protection boards) during events, renovations or maintenance activities to prevent damage from foot traffic or equipment.


Educate staff on proper maintenance

Train cleaning staff and employees on proper floor care techniques and the importance of adhering to maintenance guidelines.


Professional cleaning and maintenance

Schedule periodic deep cleaning and maintenance services by professional commercial cleaners to remove embedded dirt and grime.


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By implementing these practices, you can significantly extend the lifespan of your commercial flooring, reduce maintenance costs and preserve the aesthetic appeal of your workspace.

For help with all your commercial floor cleaning needs, contact the experts at ServiceMaster Clean Devon on 01803 200 278 or nationwide find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business today to see how we can help you.