Long gone are the days of boring, generic grocery stores. Your store needs to look stylish and inviting while also functional. When people enter your store, they see your floors first. Learn how to choose a durable, stain-proof option that fits your space.
Grocery store floors take a daily beating with customers tracking in dirt, rolling their carts through the store, and spilling products. Delicate flooring options are not an option if you want to keep your commercial floors for many years. Understand the pros and cons of standard grocery store flooring options when it comes to durability, style, and lifespan.
If you’re in the market for an affordable, heavy-duty flooring option, consider polished concrete floors. They last up to 20 years. Many stores already have concrete slabs as their base, and polishing the slab is an easy way to get shiny, slip-resistant floors. Though polished concrete is very durable, it’s not the best option if you want various style and color options.
Because concrete surfaces are porous, spills must be wiped up immediately after they occur, and daily mop dusting is necessary. Avoiding harsh cleaners and regularly repairing damaged areas keep polished concrete floors looking shiny and new.
If you love how durable polished concrete floors are but want a flooring option that comes in every color, shape, and size, choose luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). LVT is a versatile commercial flooring option that can imitate wood, stone, or tile, so it’s ideal for stylish spaces. There are many budget-friendly LVT options out there for grocery stores.
Unlike polished concrete, LVT won’t absorb stains or water, so it can be wet-mopped and scrubbed. Regularly removing dirt and debris is the best way to keep your floors looking new, so be sure to sweep and dust mop LVT floors daily.
If polished concrete floors are too industrial for your liking, you can apply a high-performance epoxy coating to your concrete slab. Epoxy comes in many colors and finishes, and it’s resistant to stains and chemical spills, making it perfect for grocery store floors. The downside of epoxy coatings is that they only last a few years in high-traffic areas.
Similar to LVT floors, epoxy systems won’t absorb water or stains. Floors coated with epoxy can withstand abrasive cleaners, but they are susceptible to scratching. To keep floors in top shape, remove dirt and debris daily with a shop vacuum or mop.
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Regardless of the type of floor you choose for your space, your grocery store floors will last longer with regular cleaning. Daily dirt, stain, and debris removal will allow you to avoid replacing your floors every few years. When a spill happens, your maintenance crew needs to take care of it immediately, especially on polished concrete floors. During snowy and rainy months, take extra care to remove mud, salt, and water, because these can damage your floors when left to sit for too long.
Properly maintaining grocery store floors also requires routine repairs. Foot traffic aggravates already damaged floor areas, so it’s best to address floor concerns as they happen. Concrete floors can stain and crack, epoxy floors can peel, and LVT can get scuffed. Immediately repair noticeable damage before it turns into a bigger issue.
Clean floors are a great first impression for customers entering your store for the first time and they reduce the risk of injury. If you want to retain customers, maintain high safety standards, and increase the lifespan of your commercial floors, it’s integral to have a good grocery store cleaning routine.
Depending on your floor material, you may need to sweep, vacuum, mop, and scrub your floors regularly to maintain cleanliness. Carlson Building Maintenance has over 60 years of experience cleaning all types of grocery store floors, and we will work with you to come up with the best flooring solutions for your needs. Whether you need daily cleaning assistance, sanitation services, occasional deep cleans, or floor restoration, we can help.
At Carlson, we understand how important it is to maintain a clean and inviting retail space. We want to ensure that your customers feel safe in your space so they’ll return for another visit. Contact us today to learn more about our custom grocery store cleaning services.