Floor Maintenance

Title Abstract Publication Date
Grit Control: The Down And Dirty Use of walk-off mats and regular polishing and soil removal is the best route to a long-lasting, safe and attractive floor.
Hard (and Soft) Facts. Provides guidelines to help schools maintain hard floors and carpets, including special areas in schools and colleges that need attention and the elements needed to have a successful carpet-... 05/31/1999
Hard Facts. Discusses the selection of floor-care equipment so that the equipment's features and performance attributes can match their intended purposes. Tips such as buying only composite-material buckets... 09/30/1998
Hard Floors, Tough Decisions. Discusses how to find the right combination of equipment, products and processes to keep hard floors looking their best. 08/31/2002
Hundreds of Vacuum Cleaners. One Purchase. How to Make the Decision. Reviews potential debates over vacuum purchases, including quantity versus quality of equipment, day versus night cleaning, backpacks versus uprights, and indoor air qulaity. 06/30/2007
Improve Carpet Life with Proper Installation. Provides guidance on ways to extend carpet life in educational facilities by paying attention to the details of carpet installation. Issues to consider include choosing carpeting to meet specific... 06/30/1998
Keeping Carpet Clean. Discusses elements to be considered when selecting carpet, including fiber type, construction, dye type, color, pattern, installation, and maintenance. A cleaning program is outlined that includes... 08/31/2005
Life Cycle Costs in Education: Operations & Maintenance Considered. Discusses life cycle cost analysis when deciding on flooring finishes and examines operations and maintenance cost effectiveness relative to hard, resilient, and soft flooring. A chart of evaluated... 08/31/2000
Life-Cycle Cost Analysis for Flooring. Provides guidance in assessing the life expectancy and costs of ownership for flooring. Consideration of factors such as suitability for the area, years of use, maintenance, and cost of removal at... 06/30/2004
Maintaining Your Cover. Discusses appropriateness of carpet and hard flooring in different school areas and the significance of choosing environmentally friendly products. With whatever surface is chosen, it is essential to... 03/31/2004
Maintaining Your Threads. Describes how keeping carpets in good condition depends not only on proper maintenance but also on careful carpet selection at the outset. Offers advice for restoring a carpet's new appearance... 09/30/1996
Maintenance for Carpets and Floors. Discusses problems with carpet cleaning compounds and equipment that failed in previous studies, but have been dramatically improved. Matting, vacuuming, mopping, and extraction techniques for floor... 02/28/2009
Maintenance Solutions Online Includes a full text archive of current and archived articles, special reports, subscription information, editor's notebook, and current industry news.
Matting Systems Are Class Leaders. Advises on door matting products, discussing safety, strategic placement throughout the building, soil retention, and grit control. 11/30/2008
Maximizing Floor Safety. Advises on selecting and maintaining floors for safety, particularly tripping and slipping. Developing a decision matrix to choose the right flooring for a space, installation, and matting are... 06/30/2011
Maximizing Hard Floor Maintenance. Describes prevalent types of flooring, advises on how to develop a cleaning and maintenance schedule for floors, and recommends types of matting and how to maintain them. 06/30/2004
Must-Have Floor Equipment A key goal in purchasing hard-surface floor care equipment is to select equipment with the widest application possible, no matter what type or size of facility. Whatever type of floors facilities... 05/31/2000
Preliminary Study of Flooring in School in the U.S.: Airborne Particulate Exposures in Carpeted vs. Uncarpeted Classrooms. Reports on analysis of data from 16 schools (grades K-6 and a Junior High), spanning 5 southwestern states to examine classroom airborne particulate levels and the buildup of contaminants on flooring... 12/31/2001
Prevent Contaminants from Thumbing a Ride. Discusses the importance of floor cleaning in the prevention of spread of disease. Intensity of floor cleaning due to risk, types of chemicals, and appropriate equipment are addressed. 12/31/2009
Programmed Carpet Cleaning for Commercial Buildings. Discusses sources of soil that ends up in school carpeting, prevention strategies that help keep it out of the building, elements of routine carpet maintenance, and less frequent interim and... 07/31/2008
Programmed for Results. Explores how establishing a floor-care maintenance program can reduce costs, improve safety, and enhance a school's appearance. Topics include the use of entrance matting to reduce dirt and... 04/30/2000
Real-time Measurement of Dust Levels in a Carpeted and Non-carpeted School Gym Room. Reports on research where particle data were collected in two school gyms for fifteen weeks in Kennebunk, Maine. The floor coverings of the two gyms were vinyl composition tile (VCT) and vinyl... 12/31/2001
Routine Maintenance and Its Impact on the Specification. Advises on considering maintenance requirements when specifying a floor. Ten questions to ask are presented, covering cleaning agents and frequency, resistance to chemicals and spills, sanitation,... 10/31/2010
Seeing Red Over Those Black Marks on Your Floors? This manager of custodial training has been dealing with the problem for 20 years. Here's the secret to his floor care program that alleviates those black mark problems – and saves his district... 12/31/1998
Seeing Results in Flooring for Schools Schools can implement a cost-effective, sustainable floor cleaning program to meet green initiatives. Discusses equipment selection, cleaning chemicals, and green cleaning procedures. 08/31/2011