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Protecting the Floors in Your Commercial Office Space This Winter

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Protecting the Floors in Your Commercial Office Space This Winter

There’s no denying that winter has gotten off to an uncharacteristically slow start here in New England. This has been a nice change of pace overall, but also is certainly going to be short-lived. As New Englanders say, if you don’t like the weather just wait a minute.

Just as clean sidewalks and roads can turn overnight into murky slush puddles and frozen, salty ponds, the floors in your commercial office space are also in for a rude awakening. Are you prepared?

What Will Your Office Floors Face This Winter?

  • Rock salt (sodium chloride) scratches and gouges flooring surfaces as it's ground underfoot into the substrate, and leaves a tell-tale powdery residue.
  • Ice melt is especially devastating because of its harsh chemical ingredients, and can melt wax and urethane finishes. Not only is this destructive, but it also creates a slippery, hazardous surface.
  • Ice melt products and salt also can damage your carpet by causing both color-fading and a breakdown of the fibers.
  • Exposure to moisture damages hardwood flooring and causes discoloration near doorways, especially where water often stands and saturates the surface.

4 Tips for Minimizing Floor Damage

Don’t worry! Moving to a warmer climate isn’t the only way to save your floors from costly damage this winter. Taking a proactive attitude can go a long way, both protecting your surfaces and improving the safety of your facility.

  • Sweep/vacuum frequently, cutting down on the time that the sand, salt, and ice melt sits on your floor.
  • Place a heavy-duty mat by the door to catch all that initially falls off your clients’ and guests’ shoes. If possible, also run a scraper mat outside the door (the longer the better). The ribbed surface will help to trap contaminants.
  • Don’t allow water to stand. Puddles will quickly damage wood, and can cause a host of issues for carpeting (including the growth of mold).
  • Adopt a more intense cleaning regimen. Frequent vacuuming and mopping will reduce the issues and decay that sustained exposure to sand, salt, water, and ice melt products creates.

Why Should You Consider an Epoxy Floor System?

You might think that epoxy flooring is geared more toward meeting the needs of industrial spaces, but that simply isn’t the case. They do perform beautifully in those environments, but they also can be an attractive, customizable option for commercial office spaces. Decorative flakes can be added and specific colors achieved, all with the goal of creating an aesthetically-pleasing floor.

But beyond beauty alone, epoxy floors are a workhorse. They’re durable, moisture-resistant, and seamless (no cracks or crevices). And, as an added wintertime benefit, they also are slip-resistant.

What could be better?

Can We Answer Your Commercial Or Industrial Flooring Questions?

Be sure to contact us at Kaloutas's industrial flooring division to discuss your specific flooring questions. We are passionate about finding the perfect solution to meet our clients’ needs, and work with the confidence and expertise that comes from having over 30 years of industry experience.

Kaloutas is New England's premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don't have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978-532-1414 to learn more.

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