Greying Out of Commercial Floors during Winter and What You Can Do to Help

clean high traffic floorsWinter poses numerous challenges for business owners throughout Toronto. One of those challenges, which can tend to be a daily battle, is keeping the commercial floors for their space clean and safe for employees and customers alike.

Maintaining commercial floors will depend significantly on the type of material that the floor consists of. For many commercial floor spaces, it will either be linoleum tile, ceramic tile, or polished concrete. Every single type of flooring can do with some type of finish or wax to help keep them looking great, but a common complaint that business owners have is that their floor has a tendency to “grey out” during the winter.

The cause of greying out of commercial floors.

Ice melt, sand, and moisture are commonly tracked onto commercial floors throughout winter. When this happens, this combination can soften the finish. As the finish is softened, it makes it easier for the floor surface to trap the soil and other contaminants.

When this happens, the phenomenon known as “greying out” occurs.

There really is not much you can do to prevent greying out of your commercial floors, but the more maintenance they see, the more you’ll be able to keep on top of the problems and reduce the amount of greying that occurs with those floors.

It may be more practical to apply fewer coats of finish at any given time so that they can be stripped easier on a regular basis. It may be necessary to strip the commercial floors more often during winter than you might have to during the summer.

Speak to your maintenance crew or department about ideas to help keep the floors looking as good as possible and keeping your employees and customers safe throughout the winter. You may want to consider applying wipe down rugs inside the doors to collect as much of the ice melt, sand, snow, slush, and other materials tracked in on boots and shoes. And keep changing them out regularly.

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