If you own or manage an office space, chances are you don’t like performing or paying for its maintenance.
We get it, maintaining your office space takes time and money from other areas of your business. Maintenance is the annoying expense no one wants to think about.
This is the unfortunate reality of office maintenance, so why not find ways to reduce these expenses? The best place to start is by protecting your office’s most used feature: the floor.
You may think floor protection should take a back seat to other maintenance. Why worry about protecting something we literally walk all over? The truth is, replacing a damaged floor is far more expensive than simply protecting it from the start.
So if you want to save some serious cash by protecting your office floor, you’re in the right place. Here are six easy floor protection methods that can save you big time.
Regular Cleaning: Once A Day Keeps Floor Repairs At Bay
As it turns out, the easiest floor protection method is also the most effective. Regularly cleaning your floors keeps them looking nice, and also protects them from anything that could cause damage over time. Damage caused by spills, stains, dirt and other grime is magnified if they aren’t cleaned up promptly. A quick cleanup at the end of the day stops these threats dead in their tracks.
The cost of cleaning your floor is relatively low, and it can dramatically increase its lifespan. Depending on the work done in your office you may not need to clean them every day, but it’s a good goal to have. Take a look at how dirty your floors get on a regular basis and clean appropriately. It’ll go a long way towards protecting your office floor.
Your Furniture Does More Floor Damage Than You Think
Protecting floors from everyday things in the office like chairs and desks will dramatically increase their lifespan. Leaning back in chairs, sliding desks, shuffling furniture around, all of it takes a toll on your floor if you don’t actively protect it. Fortunately, this type of damage is quite easy to prevent if you take the necessary precautions.
Placing slidable tabs on the bottom of chair legs, or desk stands will stop any scraping that would occur from normal use. If you’re planning to seriously rearrange your office furniture, consider placing slidable mats under the furniture to prevent scratching. You can always repair a floor if you do scratch it, but its easier to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Protect High-Traffic Areas With Floor Mats
Anywhere with a high level of foot traffic can use a little extra protection. Places like the office kitchen, cubicles, conference rooms, and anywhere else with high traffic will benefit from added protection. These mats are particularly useful in areas where employees work on a regular basis. Desk chairs will take a toll on any floor if it isn’t protected.
For desk space, these mats will not only protect the floor but also make rolling the chair much easier. For carpeted floors, these mats will provide a nice hardwood feel for a desk chair to roll around on. It’s a great way to protect the floor while simultaneously making the space more usable for employees.
Concrete Needs Floor Protection Too
If your office floor is made of bare concrete you should seriously consider protecting it with an epoxy coating. You may think concrete is strong enough and doesn’t need protection, but you’d be wrong. Regular wear results in knicks, chips, and cracks in the concrete. Untreated these small cracks can cause big problems for a concrete floor.
Simply installing a coating over the top of the floor will dramatically improve its shock resistance and reduce the damage from regular wear and tear. Coating a concrete floor is more expensive than any of the other options listed in this article. On the other hand, replacing a concrete floor is much more expensive than carpeting or floor tile.
Refinishing Wood Floors Every Few Years
If your office has hardwood floors you should consider refinishing them about every 7-10 years. However, if your floors take more damage than usual or if you don’t clean them as often as you should you may want to consider resurfacing sooner than that. While resurfacing hardwood floors can be a chore, it’s far easier to do than replacing the wood panels themselves.
Wood floors require additional maintenance that other types of floors don’t need. So if you’re looking at what type of floor to install in an office space, consider a different material if you want something low maintenance.
Treat Carpet Stains Promptly
There’s nothing uglier than a carpeted floor layered with years of uncleaned stains. Stains are inevitable if you have carpeted flooring, but quick action can remove potential stains before they have the chance to set in. Even if you have a cleaning service that cleans your floors each night, it’s good to clean up right after the spill happens.
A simple way to make sure stains get cleaned right away is to have some cleaning products on hand. If an employee spills coffee or something, just pull out the cleaning products and treat them right away.
Realistic Expectations For Floor Maintenance
While these are a few very practical ways you can protect and maintain your floor, there are countless other small things you can do to increase its lifespan. You know how your office is used, and what types of wear the floor is susceptible too, so protect it accordingly.
The important thing to remember is everything wears down over time. No matter how hard you try to protect your floor it’ll eventually need to be repaired or replaced. When the time comes to restore or clean your floor, give your friends at ServiceMaster a call. We’d be happy to breathe life back into your office floor and restore it to its former glory.