Floor Care

Here are some types of flooring we encounter in commercial businesses and the techniques we use to keep them clean:

  • Resilient Floors
  • Stone Floors
  • Wood Floors
  • Concrete Floors
  • Ceramic Tile Floors

Resilient (vinyl) Floors

Resilient floors come in many textures, colors and styles. These products are manufactured in two styles: sheet and tile.

Sheet vinyl comes in 6’ to 12’ widths, available in many colors and styles. It is installed in both commercial and residential locations. The seams are chemically welded or heat welded. The flooring can be easily scratched. It is resistant to solvents, acid and alkaline spots when cleaned up right away. Sheet vinyl can be sealed with a sealer or a sealer/finish.

Services we perform on sheet vinyl:

  • Initial restorative and salvage cleaning.
  • Preventative procedures
  • Establish daily, routine and periodic floor maintenance programs
  • Restorative cleaning (stripping)

Stone Floors

Many commercial buildings are now installing stone floors such as ceramic tile, granite, marble and terrazzo. Although these floors may not need the frequent care that resilient tile floors need, they still need to be maintained regularly in order to keep the stone and grout looking good. If not maintained properly, the floor and grout will start to look dull and dirty.

We will recommend a floor care program that is safe for the type of flooring you have in your building. The program we recommend will depend on traffic levels and desired appearance.

Marble flooring:

Marble is a metamorphic stone and is one of the most expensive floor coverings made. Marble is a re-crystallized limestone and can be identified by the veins running through it. Marble is soft and scratches easily, and acid products will etch the floor.

Services we perform on marble flooring:

  • Daily and routine cleaning
  • Periodic and restorative cleaning
  • Periodic and restorative cleaning on finished marble floor (stripping, refinish)

Granite flooring:

Granite is an igneous stone and contains many different minerals such as quartz, feldspar and potassium. Granite is very hard, tough and durable, but it stains easily if not sealed. It must be sealed with a penetrating sealer.

Services we perform on Granite flooring:

  • Daily and routine cleaning
  • Periodic and restorative cleaning

Travertine Flooring:

Travertine is a sedimentary stone, which has a lot of holes in it and must be filled with a synthetic resin or cement based product. Travertine most often has a honed finish but will have a floor finish on it. If a topical coating is applied it should be a water-based finish and be specifically made for natural stone.

Services we perform on Travertine flooring:

  • Daily and routine cleaning
  • Periodic and restorative cleaning (polishing)
  • Periodic and restorative cleaning with floor coating (stripping, refinish)

Slate flooring:

Slate is a metamorphic stone, which comes in common colors such as black, gray, and green. It will have many finishes such as sand, rubbed and honed. Slate is porous and should be sealed. It will often have floor finish applied as well.

Services we perform on Slate flooring:

  • Daily and routine cleaning
  • Periodic and restorative cleaning

Terrazzo flooring:

Terrazzo was very popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s and we saw a comeback in the 1990’s. Terrazzo is made of 30% Portland cement mixed with about 70% marble or granite chips. It is available in 12” x 12” and 4’ x 4’ squares. Terrazzo can be sealed with an impregnator sealer or finished with a topical product.

Services we perform on Terrazzo flooring:

  • Daily and routine cleaning
  • Periodic and restorative cleaning if honed and polished
  • Periodic and restorative cleaning if coated with finish

Wood Floors

Solid wood flooring is one complete piece of wood from top to bottom. It comes in strip sizes of 2” to 3” wide at random lengths or plank sizes that are 3” or 8” wide in a fixed or random width and length. Both are 3/4” thick with a wear layer of 1/8”.

Services we perform on solid wood flooring:

  • Daily maintenance
  • Periodic maintenance
  • Restoration (refinishing)

Parquet wood flooring is usually a 12” x 12” square with endless choices of geometric designs such as standard, herringbone or Fontainebleau.

Services we perform on parquet wood flooring:

  • Daily maintenance
  • Periodic maintenance (polishing)
  • Restoration (refinishing)

Engineered wood flooring comes in 3 to 5 layers of wood, laminated together with a cross-grain lamination construction that makes it more dimensionally stable (it does not expand and contract like a solid wood floor). Engineered wood flooring comes with a pre-finish that will not need any initial sanding or finish required. It can be screened once.

Services we perform on engineered wood flooring:

  • Daily maintenance
  • Periodic maintenance (polishing)
  • Restoration (refinishing)

Laminate wood flooring is made from several layers of wood by-products bonded together under pressure. There is a surface layer in which a picture can be applied to the top and sealed with an aluminum oxide finish.

Laminate wood flooring is easy to clean, difficult to stain, durable and long lasting if given proper care. It cannot be refinished and requires no sealer or finish.

Services we perform on Laminate wood flooring:

  • Establish daily, routine and periodic maintenance programs.

Concrete Floors

Concrete is one of the least expensive floor types, yet it can take on a designer style and made to resemble brick, marble, wood, slate and many other floor types. Concrete can be stained, stamped, stenciled, dyed, painted and polished.

Services we perform on concrete floors:

  • Daily and routine cleaning
  • Periodic and restorative cleaning (power wash)
  • Restorative cleaning (stripping, sealing, finishing).

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile floors are installed in residential and commercial buildings, indoors and out. Ceramic tile floors come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. They are very durable and after the initial cleaning and sealing with an impregnator or penetrating sealer they can be low maintenance floors. Topical coating can be applied to un-glazed ceramic tile flooring.

Services we perform on Ceramic tile and grout flooring:

  • Daily and routine cleaning
  • Periodic and restorative cleaning (scrubbing, sealing