Hardwood floors are one of the hardest types of flooring to maintain, and can often be something potential cleaning clients may struggle with.
While there isn’t a whole lot you can do as a cleaning company owner to fix a damaged wood floor; you can pass along tips to clients to not only provide them value but also ensure they’re happier with the results of your cleaning.
Here are a few easy hardwood floor maintenance tips.
Sweep and Vacuum Often
Most cleaning clients don’t use your services every day. With hardwood floors, daily sweeping and weekly vacuuming goes a long way. Keeping hardwood floors clean is the first essential step in extending the life of the flooring.
While you can’t always be there every day, you should let your clients know the importance of at least doing a quick sweep on a daily basis. This helps keep dirt away, which would otherwise create surface-level abrasions on the wood floor, which would be worsened by foot traffic.
Don’t Wait To Resurface
Wood floors should be resurfaced every ten or so years, depending on the amount of wear and tear. By resurfacing hardwood floors on a regular schedule, you lessen the potential need to replace the floors altogether.
Replacing hardwood floors can cost tens of thousands of dollars, while resurfacing costs only a fraction of that amount.
Keep a list of vendors you can trust, and pass this information along to your clients. Wood floor resurfacing should not be attempted by anyone other than a professional. By having a list of a few good contractors on hand, you establish trust with your cleaning clients and ensure they continue to use your services for the long term.
Don’t Use a Wet Mop!
This is one of the most common mistakes homeowners make when they try to clean their floors themselves. Make sure you let your clients know that if they’re going to attempt to clean their wood floors themselves, they should never use a wet mop.
Moisture is a killer for hardwood floors. It can cause warping, bowing, and lessen the lifespan of the floors dramatically.
Rather than a wet mop, the homeowner can use a spin mop (which normally are much drier), a dry dust mop, or something like a Swiffer that only gets moisture exactly where you want it, and is quickly wiped away.
The Benefits Of Keeping Cleaning Clients Aware Of Wood Floor Maintenance
Communication is key when it comes to establishing a long-lasting relationship with your cleaning clients. By providing them with quality information that helps make their lives better, you’re not only providing a cleaning service, but you’re also providing value.
This value will ensure that your cleaning clients continue to use your services. Additionally, if the homeowners heed your advice, their floors will look nicer, and when your team is done cleaning, they will shine much better than they would if the homeowner didn’t practice proper maintenance.