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Maintenance of Waxed Floors in Your Business

Waxed floors in businesses do three things. First, they protect the tiles from heavy foot traffic, dragging of carts/machinery and other items. Second, a waxed floor is attractive to customers and will enhance the overall appearance of your store front, office building, place of business. Third, a waxed floor is safer than bare tile. Contrary to popular belief. Yes, there is still some chances of it being slippery but not as much.

To maintain a wax or finished floor there are some basic guidlines to follow. Use cold water with a waxed floor. Most people will want to use hot water. Hot water will break the dirt up better and clean it right? It will also damage the finish and could strip up the wax.

Use a neutral floor cleaner. Cleaners are based on a ph level. Acidic or Alkaline. So, on a scale from 0-14 a neutral floor ph would obviously be 7 which is ideal for a waxed floor.

Keep your waxed floor clean. Dust mop regularly. Mop regularly. For bigger areas and businesses you may consider investing in an autoscrubber floor machine which will decrease your time and work load.

You will want to add finish every now and then a good rule is when it starts to get dull looking or regular traffic once a month. Strip your finish off the floor with a good floor stripper about every 6 months. Be sure there is no finish or stripper left on the floor and that the floor is completely dry before appying new finish. 3 to 6 coats are ideal. Use only a rayon finish head. A rayon finish head releases the finish as to where a cotton mop style head is for mopping spills or cleaning a floor. Most finishes are made with the sealer in them. It use to be where you would have to put down 2 coats of sealer and then your finish. But with the improvement of floor technology you can now skip that step.

Make sure that you have area rugs in front of all your door entrances. The first 3 to 5 steps are the most crucial steps for people dragging in dirt and debris from outside. Which will be harder on your nice waxed floors. Vacuum off or shake out those rugs at least once daily.

If you feel this is too much work and a waste of your time to bother with there are always some reputable floor care specialist that can free you of this for a reasonable fee each month. Keep in mind however if you so choose to go this route there are usually extra costs in stripping floors and recoating them.

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