Facility assets like carpets, specialized surfaces, and windows require regular maintenance like any asset in a quality integrated facilities management solution, and on occasion, specialized cleaning practices to maintain their longevity. ISS recommends using a professional cleaning service for specialized surface cleaning to ensure proper chemicals and techniques are used.
Specialized Surface Cleaning
Stone, tile, and decorative metals make facilities shine and impress visitors. Performing regular maintenance is an important first step in maintaining specialized surfaces, but deep cleaning can preserve their life even longer.
Stone and tile are often used throughout commercial facilities and can last for decades when upkept properly. Nearly every commercial building uses concrete in some way or another and in some commercial spaces, polished concrete floors may be used in place of decorative tile or commercial carpet.
The Problem with Concrete
Making concrete requires huge amounts of sand — half a cubic yard per yard of concrete mixed. According to The Guardian, “Sand mining is causing environmental damage worldwide.” The amount of sand that’s available for mining around the world is limited and currently, mining activities outweigh its replenishment. In the same vein, regulations for how much, how often, and in what way sand can be mined vary across the globe. This often leaves ecosystems damaged and mining companies unaccountable.
Concrete is also a major contributor to global CO2 emissions. Chatham House reports that 8% of global CO2 emissions are cause by the 4 billion tons of concrete manufactured each year.
Concrete is used for much more than polished floors in commercial real estate, but this is often the concrete in commercial buildings that requires resurfacing or replacement due to a lack of maintenance. Facility managers should think carefully about the environmental impacts of replacement when organizing maintenance.
ISS recommends working with facility management teams to determine what can be done beyond regular cleaning to maintain these assets for years to come.