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Parquet floors in the commercial sector must be cleaned daily due to dirt that is carried in. Photo: rationell reinigen
Parquet flooring in the commercial sector
How should these floors
Parquet is used more and more in commercial buildings. Hardwood floors have become
symbol. Parquet is considered a high-quality product and durable floor for
tastes. It also stands for naturalness, cosiness and uniqueness.
Its use in commercial areas places high demands on surface
finishes. Customized solutions are needed to deal with the high
wear and stress that these surfaces are subjected to. The choice
of the appropriate and desired surface finish is not everything,
however. Value retention – i.e. ongoing maintenance and care –
must also be considered, the costs calculated, and the necessary
time planned. Professional floor cleaning extends the service life
of a floor but is normally neglected because many companies and
authorities are no longer willing to invest much money for it.
An additional factor is that the greatest challenge for building
contractors tasked with surface care is usually finding and dealing
with the allotted time slots. Before floor care can be carried
out, the rooms must be available and if necessary, cleared. After
this, the surface must be thoroughly cleaned. Depending on the
process, it also needs time to dry; new maintenance treatment
can only be carried out after cleaning, and the floor must also
dry after maintenance.
The challenge that becomes evident
is when night shifts or weekend work are neither desired nor
meaning that the required maintenance care must
often be executed
during ongoing operations.
Special solutions must be developed to ensure that floors are
blocked for only very short periods. Such solutions must consider
the systems, their chemical properties and the necessary drying
times. Every object has its specific characteristics or specific
demands on its floors. By selecting the right surface treatment,
the optimal result for each floor can be achieved. The requirement
for this is knowing the basic properties of surface finishes and the
cleaning needed for them.
42 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2018