High traffic flooring: care and maintenance

by Madelein
High traffic flooring: care and maintenance

Floor care and maintenance are vital components to guarantee the longevity and optimal functioning of any floor. However, this is even more crucial in high traffic areas as maintenance will not only safeguard people and product, it will also ensure the floor’s optimal performance under sustained high-traffic conditions from man or machine.

Key Maintenance considerations for high traffic flooring

  1. Regular cleaning

In commercial spaces, hard floors in high-traffic areas should be cleaned and swept every few hours and wet-cleaned (mop, steamer, etc.) at least once a day. This is because people bring all kinds of grime into the space on the bottom of their shoes. Some substances, such as salt, can permanently damage floors if not removed.

  1. Deep clean regularly

While regular cleaning should keep your floors in good condition, deep cleaning can breathe a new lease of life into floors. You may have forgotten how good they can look after a year has passed. Deep cleaning also helps extend the longevity of your floors by removing deep-set stains that can over time undermine the structural integrity of your floors.

  1. Use mats and rugs

Placing a mat near the entrance to a high-traffic area can make a big difference, as it captures dirt and debris before it comes into contact with the floor. This doesn’t just mean less dirt, but also potentially fewer scratches. Small stones and the like caught in shoes can be the source of unexpected marking.

Plastex Matting
  1. Use protectors

The sharp legs on chairs and tables can easily scratch floors when knocked and pushed out of place. Use felt protectors under these legs to ensure that minor incidents don’t do major damage to the floor. Don’t forget to replace the protectors regularly.

  1. Don’t slide

Sometimes the easiest way to move furniture or other heavy items across a slick floor is by dragging, but this is one of the quickest ways to damage your floors, even if you use mats between the floor and furniture. Invest in hand trucks and other equipment to move furniture without damaging your back or the floor.

  1. Avoid high heels

While it may be impossible to wear only regular footwear in a public area, you can if the high-traffic area happens to be in your home. While durable flooring chosen for high-traffic areas should withstand most shoes, high heels are a different story. A woman weighing just sixty kilograms can exert 3,650kg of pressure with a high-heel shoe. It is best to leave high heels at the door.

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