Making the Hard task easier
Hard floors present fresh challenges to the cleaner. And it’s as often more about the environment, than what’s on the floor.
Different environments can mean different chemistry required to deal with soiling. There are various flooring constructions in use and not all are straightforward to clean: studded rubber flooring, for example, is deemed to be chemical-sensitive when it comes to cleaning.
And there are many different types of hard floor environments.
Commercial kitchens are subject to oil, grease and food soiling.
Swimming pools and changing rooms present lots of limescale and soap build up.
Airports and schools have to cope with foot traffic, rubber from trolleys, case wheels and mud, as well as the obligatory coffee spills etc.
Healthcare is a huge market for hard floors: body fluids, medicine spillages, heavy foot traffic and sanitising issues are day-to-day occurrences in many.
As if this wasn’t quite enough to be getting on with, these areas often operate round the clock, presenting contractors with the problem of finding a time suitable to clean.
There are many hard floors and they all present differing usage issues.
Marble is commonly used in Middle East hotels but is constantly under attack from sand blown or brought in on foot. It’s a problem that would be solved largely by correct entrance matting but then that spoils the aesthetic look of the floor, claim the building owners.
The fact remains that cleaners can v-sweep the area all day and night but once the marble is scratched and dulled, there is time consuming work ahead to put it right.
Hard floors get worked hard. High heels, scuff marks, chewing gum, right down to heavy items being dropped can sometimes render them beyond repair.
It’s worth noting that cleaning is the process of removing soils and dirt; it’s carried out on a systematic basis to help ensure the floor looks good and does its job.
Restoration is repairing.
Most marks or soiling can be removed with the correct methods and products, but not in all cases. Cleaners are not miracle workers.
Prochem offers an extensive range of cleaning machines, equipment, accessories and specialised chemical products for cleaning and maintenance of hard and smooth floors and carpets. What drives customers back to the company is the experience it can share with them.
That ‘shared experience’ comes in the form of training: knowledge, and the confidence to share it, are crucial to explaining to a potential new client what is possible and what is not.
Outlining what is wrong before you start work is acceptable; after the event, you are making excuses.
Tip: Even in this day and age, some buildings do not have sufficient, or sometimes any, entrance matting installed. These are not ‘considerations’, they are necessities, removing a lot of soiling from foot traffic before it gets tracked into the lobby/reception. Be confident; be the expert: recommend your customers ensure they have them installed.
Why not find out more about hard floor cleaning right now? The next course is on March 12th at Prochem’s dedicated training academy in Chessington, Surrey. Booking now at prochem.co.uk