“Over the past 22 months of this pandemic, we have learned a lot. At the start, no one knew how the virus was transmitted, and we responded by excessively cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces,” said Lynne Willis, assistant director of the Association for Contract Textiles (ACT), in a recent Buildings publication article.
However, those methods take a toll on surfaces. Your surface assets reflect your brand’s image and must be adequately and regularly cleaned and maintained to ensure longevity – and good looks. Ultimately, simple maintenance prolongs surface asset life. Extending the life and the beauty of that investment is accomplished through a proactive, frequency-driven Consolidated Care Plan.
Surface Assets Reflect Your Brand
It’s essential to use the right cleaning products and methods to protect surface assets while allowing them to always appear fresh. It’s not enough that surfaces and spaces look clean. They must be clean beyond what the naked eye can see. The result is a space that looks, feels, and is healthier for employees, customers, and your bottom line.
While ACT has not issued any new COVID-related guidance when it comes to product maintenance in relation to cleaning, many members have adhered to the ACT Test Method 1-2020: Assessing Resistance to Liquid Cleaners, Sanitizers, and Disinfectants.
“Many ACT member companies maintained a detailed list of these test results—a great resource for facility managers when selecting cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products for use in their facilities,” said Willis. “When cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, it is important to follow the chemical product manufacturer’s directions including dilution ratios and any recommended rinsing or wiping after use.”
And with labor shortages in the cleaning industry, the longer surfaces stay and look clean and healthy, the easier it is to manage staffing priorities.
How to Protect Surface Assets When Cleaning
If surfaces are cleaned irregularly or incorrectly, dirt and germs can collect and grow, causing the item to degrade. Here’s how to protect your surface assets when cleaning.
- Use outsourced surface care experts like SOLID’s trained and certified craftsmen to deep clean on a pre-determined schedule. Deep cleaning involves cleaning chemicals, dwell time, wet and dry extraction, and other methods that sanitize your surfaces and remove built-up dirt and grime.
- Don’t neglect daily cleanings. In addition to periodic deep cleans, regular cleanings are needed throughout the day and immediately after spills. Debris, accumulated dust, and spills cause surfaces floors to become slippery or sticky.
- Use the correct chemicals at the proper dilution. Using the wrong chemicals or an incorrect dilution might result in slippery floors that aren’t as clean as they should be. Again, hiring surface care professionals is critical: they know which products to use and how to dilute them.
- Choose a surface care company that is at the forefront of products and processes. SOLID’s cleaning methods are always the most sustainable in the industry. We’re passionate about doing the right things for you and for the planet.
SOLID is Here to Help
With SOLID, the results are visible. We have changed the surface care game and are disrupting the facility maintenance industry. We are the country’s largest specialized surface care company. So, whether you have one location or multiple offices, we can properly care for your spaces – and keep them clean and healthy.
Contact us today for a free site assessment.