Purgo Contract Cleaning UK | When maintaining floors in a facility, it’s important to understand the characteristics of what’s underfoot since some materials don’t fare well when abrasively cleaned. Extra care must be taken with laminate, cork and linoleum. These flooring options are considered fragile because most traditional floor cleaners are too harsh for them and they require specific cleaning products. They are also often moisture sensitive and prone to damage from aggressive agitation.
There are many grades of laminate flooring. The latest generation of laminates are made of vinyl coating and are easy to maintain. However, most laminates are constructed with a backing material, MDF or HDF (medium-density or high-density fibreboard) core, design layer (photographic image of wood, stone, brick or ceramic) and wear layer, which is a clear top coat that protects the floor from stains and fading. The wear layer is durable but it often scratches easily. While many manufacturers define a scratch as a mark that has penetrated through the wear layer – an almost impossible feat – most end users view it as a straight line on the flooring surface caused by a dragged item. Either way, it is vital to keep gritty dry soils off this style of flooring to avoid abrasion to the surface.
Due to the ultra thin wear layer of laminate, any amount of moisture beyond a light mist can easily penetrate into the seams of the flooring and cause de-lamination and edges to curl. Most manufacturers suggest the flooring be cared for with a laminate or hardwood cleaning product. The typical methodology is to mist a maximum area of two metres long with the cleaning agent and then use a flat mop with microfiber cover to clean the floor. Tough oily, sticky or greasy spots can be removed by using a cotton or radon pad dipped in acetone.
There are some speciality products made by niche manufacturers that enhance the wear layers in laminates. These products can be especially effective for flooring that spoils quickly from left behind cleaning residue as a result of poor cleaning solutions or applications.
Cork is a very popular commercial floor covering. It is usually well-coated with several applications of polyurethane finish or wax specified for cork flooring. So, basically, the maintenance program revolves around cleaning the top coat.
Maintaining cork is much the same as bamboo except care must be made to never allow moisture to penetrate the seams of the flooring. if it does, there’s a good chance the cork will no longer properly adhere to the substrate.
Whenever deep cleaning is performed on cork, it is wise to apply an additional top coat to the existing finish. This can be accomplished by chemical etc, light screening or adhesion products followed by a polyurethane finish or additional wax coat.
Linoleum has been around for more than 100 years but it has only recently made a comeback after falling out of fashion in the 1990s. The flooring material is comprised of many natural ingredients such as linseed oil and wood flour, with each manufacturer having its own linoleum “recipe”.
When cleaning linoleum, the rule of thumb is to use a neutral pH product, preferably the one recommended by the flooring’s manufacturer. Simply mist the cleaner on the linoleum and scrub wit a swing floor machine equipped with a red buffer pad. Afterward, rinse away any residue.
Many linoleum products come with a proprietary finish that is very durable. However, since the flooring material can last a long time, it is not uncommon to apply additional top coats after the factory finish has worn away. When doing so, it is important not to clean, spot clean or use stripping chemicals with a pH of 10 or greater prior to recoating the floor. It is also recommended to use products suggested to restore linoleum to its original state because of it’s natural ingredients. Otherwise, the surface is bound to dry out, cracks will develop and the flooring will experience colour loss.
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