Planning Ahead For Your New Commercial Floor

Commercial flooring solutions come in all shapes and sizes. The best advice is to invest wisely in commercial flooring, and then you’ll get many satisfactory years out of it. But the second-best advice for cutting costs and protecting the integrity of your new workplace flooring is to make certain you and your staff know what to do before and after the flooring is fitted.

What You Need To Do Before New Commercial Flooring Is Fitted 

Before you book in the fitters, the first question to consider is what kind of covering is on the floor at present? In the majority of cases, whatever that is will need to be removed before the new commercial flooring is fitted. If it’s a case of lifting an old carpet or rolling up ancient linoleum, no problem: this can usually be done within an hour or so. Don’t forget, though, to remove any carpet gripper rods or other fixings that may be attached to the floor beneath the existing flooring too. If you are replacing tiles or any other material that may have been affixed to the floor with adhesive, this may take significantly longer. Your commercial flooring installers will be able to advise on the best way to do this if you are having problems removing old flooring. 

Also before fitting, it’s well worth considering whether the room needs anything else in terms of redecoration and repair. You don’t want paint or other substances splashing all over your new business flooring, so carry out any of this kind of work in advance. Of course, it’s possible to put down masking and dust sheets, but these are not always effective, and in any case, why spend more money on that when you don’t need to? Finally, clear the room well in advance of the fitting date. You may be charged extra if there are any delays on your part because you’ve left removing fixtures, fittings, and furniture till the very last minute.

Take Advice From Your Commercial Flooring Specialist On Maintenance

No matter what commercial flooring solutions you have decided on, provided you haven’t gone for the cheapest option available, it should be designed to be durable, easy to maintain, and long-lasting. Nonetheless, it’s important that you keep on top of maintenance to keep it looking good and performing its function for as long as possible. 

Your commercial floor specialist will provide care instructions at the time of fitting. They may even be able to provide the correct cleaning material for any floor they have laid. But you can take active steps to preserve your investment too. With carpet, for instance, don’t just clean it when it looks dirty! Commercial carpeting is mainly synthetic in make-up, and its fibres are designed to hide stains and soiling. If you leave your cleaning routine till the carpet is visually dirty, you have probably left it too late. A few proactive steps will prolong its life from the outset. 

Firstly, prevent dirt from entering as far as possible from the outset: add mats by exterior doors to avoid dirt being trodden in from outside. Secondly, ensure that stains or debris are removed from the carpet’s surface daily, as this prevents them from being ground in. Thirdly, ensure cleaning staff maintains the carpet on a regular basis, through the use of low moisture and low chemical solutions to wash and clean it. And finally, have commercial flooring specialists perform a deep-clean occasionally, to remove deeply ground-in soiling, and restore it to its former glory.

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