Banquet chairs, convention hall seats, auditorium seats and theater seating all fall under the commercial upholstery cleaning heading. Event seating often are exposed to food, drink, ink, gum and personal care products. Commercial upholstery can be made out of different types of textiles, vinyl and leather. Some that are easier to clean than others.
How much does it cost to clean them?
Cleaning price can vary depending on the amount of chairs available to clean at one time, type of fabric, amount of staining, time of cleaning and the location of chairs. (Are they stacked up? Do they have to be moved?) In general chairs a fabric backing and fabric seat can cost anywhere from $1.50- $5.00 each to clean
What kind of spots & stains do you come across?
Common commercial upholstery cleaning spots and stains would include blood, ink, soda spills, gum and grease. All require understanding what type of spotter to use. A good idea is to have a protein spot remover, gel type volatile solvent spot remover, a reducing agent and a tannin stain remover on hand.
What is the best way to clean them?
Pretreat the seats by making up a foam lather and apply by hand using a sponge mitt or by a spray application of an upholstery pretreat. Follow by rinsing using an upholstery water extraction hand tool.
Should I apply a Protector?
Many fabric chairs have had a fabric protector applied at the factory. Flourochemical protectors like Teflon® and Scotchguard® can be an appropriate application after cleaning. After multiple cleanings the protector may start to wear off. The additional cost can range from 1/4 to 1/2 the cost of the cleaning. If your thought is that you may not have to clean as much if you apply a fabric protector. Think again. This treatment will not prevent them from future soiling. I would recommend the application of a flourochemical to protect chairs from future staining.
** Always read the manufactures commercial upholstery cleaning label or follow manufactures cleaning guidelines.
written by Doug Bradford CEO of Eco Interior Maintenance 301-261-1966(MD DC & N.VA) and Strategic Maintenance Services 407-855-8584(Central Florida)
Too often unqualified floor maintenance providers win jobs to restore or refinish tile floors. Tile floors can be found in both residential and commercial but for this blog I will be talking about refinishing tile floors in commercial facilities.
Tile flooring comes in many shapes and sizes and can be used in a variety of different areas in schools, hotels, condominiums, office buildings, theme parks and transportation facilities. For the most part you see:
vinyl tiles (VCT),
porcelain tiles and finally
All of them need to be treated by cleaning experts to get the best durability and appearance levels. Some are directly glued down onto sub-floors, some are attached together using a thin set mortar and grout while others use a thin set adhesive to set into place . Each present different installation, sealing and maintenance/restoration guidelines
Stripping and waxing a floor can be tedious. A few small hairs or dust ball left in a topcoat can cause damage requiring a total redo.
Understanding the procedures and importance of choosing the correct waxes/finishes can make or break a job. As technology improves training becomes more important.
Should we use an acrylic or polyurethane wax
Does the old finish need to be completely removed
What is the most eco friendly way to remove a finish?
What prep needs to be done to protect other flooring ,walls or furniture?
What causes the yellowing in waxed surfaces?
How many coats and how long does it take to dry?
Refinishing ceramic tile floors can also be very tricky. Many do not realize how to properly seal a floor after installation. Often it is not even done. The grout is very porous and can absorb oil & water based soils that can permanently stain grout if it is not sealed properly. Restoring a poorly protected ceramic can be difficult. Sometimes contractors or end users will paint the grout causing even more potential future issues for building service providers.
What makes one floor cleaning company different than another? In today’s high paced, competitive, price driven world of building service providers lowest price bid often gets the job. Sometimes facility managers who are driven by budget constraints from upper management get lucky, but most of the time in order to get the job done cheep, corners are cut and something important gets left out. Many times the quality service provider is called after in to clean up the mess caused by someone who was not properly trained or supervised.
How can a low price contract effect the cost building maintenance? If proper procedures, equipment and cleaning solutions are not used:
it elevates the probability of indoor environmental issues
it may decrease the use life of floor coverings
it increases future cost to restore to acceptable condition
it can lowers the aesthetic appeal of the interior
durability & performance of floor surface can be diminished
In short, the low bidder may cost you more in the long run. Take the time to per-qualify vendors.
Engage in a personal interview with General Operations Manager or Owner
Service References, Years in business, Involvement in the industry
Type of equipment, cleaning solutions & cleaning systems used
Discuss maintenance frequency and detailed plan of action
Review documentation provided before and after service is performed
Continual communication is essential to a successful relationship/partnership between a vendor and a property manager. In Orlando and Central Florida give Strategic Maintenance and Restoration Services an opportunity to bid on your floor maintenance. Like many others before, You will be happy you made the call.
Never has the importance of vacuuming been more relevant to building maintenance than today. Keeping the soil load down is the key to a healthier indoor environment. Too many times this is where corners are cut. Not enough people to do the cleaning, budget does not exist or the right type of vacuum is not being used with the right frequencies.
About 87% of all foreign particulate in the carpet can be removed using a vacuum cleaner. Soil that builds up in the carpet can cut and scrape fibers damaging there use life and appearance. Dull & Uglied out carpets are the result. Does not matter if you have wool (natural fibers) or nylon (synthetic fibers).. All can be negatively effected by soil build up.
Vacuum weekly in light-traffic areas, using attachments at carpet edges.
Whether you are using a restorative hot water extraction rinse or interim encapsulation methods vacuuming should be done prior to cleaning by either the in house staff or the professional cleaning company.
Walk off mats can help to collect the soil prior to entering the building. Interior and exterior mats are available. Buy good mats. The less expensive ones tend to not last long and can not handle heavy traffic.
When no walk off mats are placed at entrances, in garages, in kitchens, etc the carpet pays the price. Often vacuuming in these areas are considered to be high traffic and could be vacuumed multiple times per day.
Healthy Hotel Carpets begins with the implementation of properly specified maintenance program immediately after a new installation. Many General Managers or Housekeeping Executives are mislead by carpet sales representatives. Here are some of the things carpet cleaning professionals hear often from facility service asset managers:
Carpet does not need to be cleaned as often as your old carpet
Cleaning carpet can shorten your carpet’s use life
Carpet gets moldy when you clean too often
How far from the truth these all are. The plain fact is that professional maintenance of carpet is very important when it comes down to extending the use life. Your carpet will ugly out sooner if soil builds up in the carpet. Sure, carpet is designed to hold its face weight in soil but if you let this happen your carpet fibers will be prematurely damaged by the sharp microscopic edges of typical soil (sand, oil, dander and food spills).
Carpets in hotel rooms are often maintained using systems that dry fast. Depending on the carpet cleaning system used, unhealthy microbial pollutants can still remain embedded in the carpet fibers. Especially after using interim/appearance cleaning methods such as encapsulation and bonnet cleaning. Biofilm’s, or bacteria incubators, can form and multiply as fast in carpet as on a poorly cleaned bathroom vanity. Odors can quickly make a room uninhabitable to many guests.
So I guess you could say, “What you can’t see won’t hurt you”. That is far from the truth these days. Customers can easily figure out what you are doing by just asking the staff. Many time they can see what is going on as the enter and exit their rooms. So it is important for all hotel employees to know what ,when,where and how hotel carpets are cleaned.
Clean for health and then clean for appearance. It will pay off in the long run!