- Dust-mop and damp-mop every service night;
- Dust-mop, damp-mop and buff once or twice a month;
- Light-scrub and buff once or twice per quarter;
- A medium scrub, then apply 1 or 2 coats of finish every 3-6 months;
- A heavy scrub, then apply 2-3 coats of finish and buff once a year.
Be mindful that floor maintenance is both an art and a science, and no two office cleaning services will recommend exactly the same procedures, materials and schedules. This is an area where you sometimes have to get a consensus from your bidders, establish some specs, carefully observe how it’s working for you after the new janitorial service starts the work, and then adjust those specs accordingly. It’s difficult for most cleaning companies to get the specs and frequencies “just right” without actually getting some time and experience in the building.
There are 4 things to consider when putting together a floor maintenance schedule
- Type of usage – is it an executive lunchroom or is it the warehouse restroom?
- Amount of usage – is the area used by just a few people a day or is it your entry where a hundred people walk on the floor 2-3 times a day?
- How often your contractor cleans; if he comes in 5 nights a week he’ll have much more opportunity to keep the floor looking good than if he comes in just once a week.
- Environment – is your building in a quiet office park? (good environment for floors). Are you on an upper floor? (good environment). Or is your building on a busy street with lots of vehicles and construction? (bad environment for floors).