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common floor care mistakes to avoid

Consider the following errors and solutions to keep floors looking their best.


loors are often the first thing that your customers and visitors notice when entering your facility. Floors that are stained, scratched and covered in dirt and debris send the wrong message and may even discourage guests from spending time and money. There are several common floor care mistakes that can impact the look and lifespan of floors. Facility managers should understand these and how to solve them to ensure guests are always greeted with clean and safe floors.

A FIX FOR EVERY FLOOR CARE FAIL Understanding frequent floor care mistakes can help organisations avoid them entirely or take corrective action if they’ve occurred in the past. Consider the following errors and solutions to keep floors looking their best:


Neglecting daily floor maintenance

Floors need attention every day, not just when they appear visibly dirty. Plus, spending time each day to address floors can save time and money in the long run by prolonging their life. Regular vacuuming helps remove dirt, dust and contaminants like sand and salt. Vacuuming also helps prepare floors for tasks like daily floor cleaning. Today, floor care pads constructed with billions of microscopic diamonds can simultaneously clean and polish floors with just water, making floor care faster and 6 INCLEAN NEW ZEALAND August 2021

easier. These pads can also revitalise the look of floors that have been neglected, as they remove scratches and bring shine back to dull surfaces.


Not cleaning spills immediately


Using too much or too little chemical

Spills from beverages, greasy food and even paint can turn into permanent stains if left on floors for too long. Employees should quickly address spills and do visual inspections for spots on a daily basis. Keep a variety of microfibre cloths and mops, carpet spotters and floor cleaners in your supply room to address these often-unavoidable spills and keep them from impacting floor fibres and finishes.

Using the right amount of chemical is crucial for a number of reasons. For example, using too much chemical is wasteful and can result in sticky residues or a hazy appearance. Using too little chemical will likely require employees to clean floors again, which drives up labour costs. To remove guesswork from floor care, consider chemical-free options like Twister diamond pads or use a floor care machine that accommodates pre-portioned pouches of chemical and doses solution according to the speed of the machine to avoid overwetting floors. Many of Diversey’s TASKI floorcare machine range come complete with intelliFlow,