Every business has one thing in common — foot traffic. The only difference between buildings and businesses is the amount of folks coming through the doors. This is where a simple entrance mat can make a big difference to your bottom line.
Obviously, consumer orientated business buildings like retailers, medical complexes and office buildings get more foot traffic, but just the movement of employees in any business will bring in dirt, mud and other gritty matter (like salt in wintertime) that will wear away carpets and flooring.
Regular commercial cleaning services definitely cut back on this wear and tear with vacuuming and floor care, but when Mother Nature hits there’s nothing stopping the onslaught of grit from visitors. That’s where entrance mats are a great solution to cut back on wear and tear and expensive replacement costs down the road.
Thankfully, people are pretty good about wiping their feet on an entrance mat when it starts raining or snowing. If your business has a lot of traffic your entrance mat will need to be larger and more “heavy duty” to properly get the job done. An extra mat or two can also be brought out during abnormally heavy or prolonged weather conditions.
Another huge reason to have entrance mats is the safety factor. According to government statistics, over 3 million employees working in the food service industry are injured every year from slips and falls. Another 1 million guests suffer the same fate. This is a common problem and can be easily minimized with a good entrance mat wherever people come and go.
When you look at all the positives a simple entrance mat can deliver, it just makes good sense to have them. A 6′ x 4′ mat will cost you anywhere from $75 to $300 depending on what you need. For all they do, it’s a pretty cheap solution. And don’t forget, if you want to spend more you can have them custom-made with your logo or message – or whatever you want!
When winter weather hits your expensive flooring can get severely damaged. The worst part is you may never know it until it’s too late.
The culprit is not from the extra dirt and debris carried in by the snow, but from the salt that is used for ice maintenance. Salt is a killer for flooring because it acts the same as floor stripping. Chemically, it is high in pH just like your basic floor stripper product.
Here is an excellent article on floor care regarding salt:
It is easy to Remove Salt Residue from floors. Just understanding why it is difficult in the first place. The easiest way to remove salt residue is to……
If you need a Wilkes Barre Floor Service to handle these problems, maintain your floors and make them last a lifetime, call us for a free consultation and estimate. We can save you from expensive floor replacement costs.
Do you think floor maintenance is an extra expense? Most business owners do.
But the reality is you can save money in the long run. When you consider how expensive it is to replace flooring rather than the occasional scrubbing, stripping and refinishing you may be surprised.
The fact is periodic floor care can add many years to its life. There is no reason for your floors to become damaged. With the right care the usage you can get from them is amazing. And even better they will continue to look as beautiful as the floors you find in upscale malls, department and grocery stores.
Choosing a qualified commercial cleaning company who knows floor maintenance and refinishing can help you protect your floors from adverse traffic patterns that so often cause damage. And don’t forget, you’ll maintain a floor that will last decades. Besides saving you money in the long run, a nice floor reflects well on you and your business.
But you should be careful choosing a floor care provider. Some companies will insist you strip a floor too often. This is a problem because it wears down the actual floor reducing the life expectancy. And because it is unnecessary it adds to your maintenance costs.
A qualified professional will always have knowledge of current finishes and equipment. For many businesses, depending on traffic, stripping is only required every year or two. But you must maintain regular scrubbing, refinishing and buffing to maintain a well-cared for and beautiful floor.
The bottom line is maintaining a floor correctly is not an expense, but an investment for your business. If done right you’ll never worry about replacement or traffic damages for many years.
Article by Fred Klein at Olde Tyme Cleaning
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