Commercial floors are usually exposed to greater ‘traffic’ compared to floors that are present in domestic surroundings. Types of flooring differ eminently in accordance with the kind of business. In commercial surroundings, slate and stone are gaining immense popularity due to several reasons. They offer varied designs and a multitude of different colors which reflect style as well as individuality. Moreover, its surface is a little rough which makes it slip resistant. Also, stone and slate offer durability which adds to its usefulness.
Certain kinds of flooring, for example, ceramic tiles are easy to clean and maintain. However, slate is difficult to maintain. Slate can stain when it is sealed in an incorrect manner and later, any sealer used on the floor may wear off, thereby letting the surface remain exposed.
Generally, maintaining and cleaning the floor frequently is recommended. Tips include periodic, or if possible, daily sweeping to be carried out. Cleaning procedures should involve only water or little amount of detergents. While moving furniture and other heavy objects, considerable care should be taken.
The slate or stone flooring should be set up by a professional who would also spread the grout. The construction material which is employed in sealing and filling gaps must be sealed properly or else it will stain easily since they consist mainly of porous substances. Scratches and abrasions formed on the surface by walking in dirt or because of furniture can foster the growth of bacteria over time. This will be visible after a particular period of time after which applying usual cleaning methods will be in vain.
Grout can prove to be problematic since it is mostly set at a level which is slightly lower than that of the tiles. Consequently, a spillage will perpetually first affect the grout. Cleaning stained grout and tiles is a tedious task and the resulting unbalanced coloring may highlight an inadequate finish in comparison with its original state. Once the floor encompasses such a state, it might be useful to consider reaching out to a company that specializes in cleaning commercial floors.
Upon completing the cleaning of the floor, it is advised to use a fine sealer in order to secure the floor, enable it to become less absorbent and to make cleaning efforts easier. Particularly, certain sealers are wax based. Therefore, they are not generally recommended since they may have a negative impact on appearance and can affect the quality of slip resistance. In a case where a certain floor has not been treated since a considerable amount of time, it is reasonable to take a step in stripping and resealing the floor before it becomes blemished.