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Matte or Gloss finish on my wood floor?

Matte or Gloss?

Do you intend to modernize your room by sanding the floor? Can’t decide if you want to go with a matte or gloss finish? When it comes to flooring finishes, it’s always essential to choose one that complements the whole room’s theme. Trends in the flooring business frequently emerge for what today’s contemporary house should look like.

What is trendy?

Matt finishing on hardwood floors is becoming increasingly popular in houses. If you want a rustic-style room, that looks great on wide plank planks with a surrounding look that has a more rural style. The word rustic has many meanings. When it comes to how the inside is organized and appears, although generally, it gives an old yet warm look.

Matte finish?

Matt finishing may give a harsh appearance with natural beauty and an environmental charm. But let’s not get too caught up in the definition of the rustic style! This is simply to offer you an idea of where the matt finished hardwood flooring would look best in terms of design and aesthetics.

The finish may be used in a variety of settings and structures, despite its versatility. Another advantage is that a matte finish hides the flaws in the woods, such as scuffs, dents, and scratches, making it ideal for parents and pet owners.

Gloss finish?

Matt’s finish gives the floor a flat, natural, unaltered appearance. In comparison, the gloss finish appears shiny and almost like a plastic machine-made covering on top of the floor that bounces and reflects light back at you.

The Matt finishes have a little or no sheen level in it, and the phrase “sheen level” is used to describe the coat’s reflective qualities. A matte finish reflects little light because it absorbs it rather than reflecting off of it. It has more of a sheen than a shine.

Summary

If you’re trying to finish a floor, you need to consider what you want from it. Matt finishes offer an elegant, modern look that is both durable and slick. Matt finishes are presently in vogue, providing your property a cutting-edge appearance with a sleek aesthetic. Our recommended pale look with matt finish is a combination of primer Pall-X 330 Pure or White, recoated with Pall-X Pure.

There is also question of oil or lacquer. Read this article to understand it a bit more or the one for an atypical explanation.

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Oil or lacquer
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Oil or Lacquer – what is the best option for me?

There are many different types of floor finishes on the market these days. Two of the most popular are oil-based and water-based lacquer. Both have pros and cons, but which is suitable for your floor? In this blog post, we will look at the differences between oil and water-based lacquer, and help you decide which one is best for your needs.

The difference in the look

The visual aspect is often no 1 reason for the choice. This is a very personal choice. I do not like separating things into nice and ugly, they are all just different! One would not exist without the other.

Performance

There is not a decisive winner of those types. If you choose a good quality brand like Pallmann. There is only going to be a winner.

Detailed explanation

Oil

If you want, natural good-looking wood floors – go for the one that will give the most natural and beautiful result. And in this case, it is an oil-based floor finish.

The main advantages of an oil-based finish are that it penetrates deeper into the wood, which results in a more natural look. It also highlights the grain of the wood more than water-based lacquer.

You would say that they may require more maintenance than water-based lacquers, as they need to be re-oiled every few years. Nowadays we have very durable 2-component oils like Magic Oil 2K from Pallmann. I did my worktop with it 3 years ago and it still looks amazing. We love our worktop and look after it. We wipe out any immediate spillages, dry it around the sink, etc. It is all about love!

Water-based lacquers

Water-based finishes are becoming increasingly popular, as they are quick-drying and have low odor. They are also more environmentally friendly than solvent lacquers that impact our ozone layer.

PallmannThe main disadvantage of water-based lacquers is that they don’t penetrate the wood as much as oil does. This can result in a less natural look, and can sometimes leave a ‘plastic’ sheen on the floor. The more coats you put on the more ‘plastic’ it starts to look. This is why it should be applied by an appropriate water-based roller so the coats are spread accordingly to manufacture recommendations. There are also options when it comes to choosing the lacquers. Very basic lacquer Pall-X 94, premium one component lacquer for domestic use Pall-X 96, 2-component with extra hardener, commercial-grade lacquer Pall-X 98 for finishing any commercial property or sports halls. For bare wood effect, lacquers with a white pigment in it like 2-component lacquer Pall-X Pure. Our favorite, as it is the most eco-friendly lacquer, as it doesn’t contain any VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), Pall-X Zero. Zero will take more time to dry and costs a bit more than the others. Although, in the long run, it might be cheaper as it is the most hardwearing of all. Read more about Zero system on this blog.

So, should I choose oil or lacquer?

As with most things in life, there is no simple answer. It depends on your needs and preferences. The oil is the way to go if you want a natural look for your floor. If you prefer a bit more sheen, then water-based lacquer is probably more suitable. Whichever one you choose, make sure it is applied by a professional with the proper equipment.

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My personal opinion

The biggest advantage of oil is that in theory you never have to sand your floors again ever. If you maintain it well and are happy to live with some imperfections on the floor (life!) that may appear during the years of use that this is it. It is the most eco-friendly option, as it reduces the need for new wood. Scratched oiled floor adds character, scratched lacquer floor is just ugly 🙂

Did this article help you understand the difference between oil and lacquer finish?

If you are still unsure about which type of finish to choose for your floor, then please read this atypical article I have written some time ago, which helped during my health crisis. It was the time that I set up a mission statement for the business and the values we want to leave up to every day.

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Whitewashed Wood Floor

Whitewashed wood floor – how to achieve a Scandinavian look?

There is a certain charm to whitewashed Scandinavian wood floors that have been capturing the hearts of homeowners for centuries. While the look is timeless, achieving it can be a little tricky. In this blog post, we will discuss the difference between the traditional Scandinavian whitewash technique and more modern methods. We will also talk about how to maintain your wood floor once you have achieved the desired look, and whether soap or sealant is the best option.

What is the Scandinavian look?

If you are considering whitewashing your wood floor, it is important to understand the difference between the traditional Scandinavian method and more modern techniques. The original approach uses a mixture of lime and water, which is applied to the floor with a brush. This method is not as durable as more modern approaches, and it will require more frequent maintenance. Do expect to re-soap your floors every 2 weeks.

Modern approach for white wash effect

Nowadays, there are many different products on the market that can be used to whitewash your wood floor. Pallmann offers a wide range of high-quality sealants that can be used to achieve the desired look. When choosing a product, it is important to consider how often you will need to refresh your floor. For example, if you have a busy household, you may need to re-oil your floor more often than if you live alone.

How to protect your whitewashed wood floor – Oil or Lacquer?

My personal opinion and the best advice to keep whitewashed wood floor is to lock white pigment under 2 coats of 2k lacquer with additional white pigment built-in. You could decide on 2k white oil which should be all right for light traffic areas like bedrooms.

Once you have chosen the right product for your needs, it is important to follow the instructions carefully. After the full sanding process of your floor, applying too much sealant or soap can damage your wood floor, so it is important to apply the product evenly and in thin layers. Once you have achieved the desired look, it is important to maintain your wood floor properly. Regular sweeping and mopping will help to remove dirt and debris, and Pallmann offers a wide range of cleaning products specifically designed for use on sealed floors.

Conclusion

So, there you have it! Whitewashing your wood floor is a great way to achieve the sought-after Scandinavian look. With a little bit of planning and the right products, you can achieve a beautiful finish that will last for years to come. Thanks for reading!

Do you have any questions about whitewashing your wood floor? Get in touch with us and we will be happy to help!

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Dust-Free Floor Sanding

How dusty is it?

Dust-free floor sanding stands for its name. Floor sanding is not dusty anymore! It used to be years ago. The development in equipment and Health & Safety Laws evolved and as a result, it formed dust-free floor sanding procedures.

Skill & Knowledge

Knowledge is the key to everything. If unskilled technicians work with good equipment the results are going to be average, which we assume is not what you are looking for. We use state of the art equipment which minimises the amount of dust protecting you, your family and the technicians. Along with high-quality equipment, we have vacuums with HEPA filters connected to the equipment to minimise the amount of dust in the air. All of your floor sanding technicians are Pallmann Parkettprofi approved and have completed at least one Ultimate Floor Sanding Company Training.

Wood dust can hurt your lungs

Wood dust particles can be very fine and due to that fact, they may stay airborne for a very long time. You might have experienced a similar situation when you had some building work at your home. The building dust can stay airborne for even a month if not longer. You don’t want that dust to be in your lungs and your loved ones, do you?

Exposure to dust

You may think that you will be just fine with so little exposure and you might be actually wrong. Devil is in the details! It is a one-time exposure for you. Our technicians do it every day and in the long run for them, it may be critical. So, please protect yourself and others by choosing a dust-free system and make sure the technicians involved in the job are well trained and educated in this matter.

Dust-free floor sanding equipment

Our dust-free floor sanding equipment

Is it 100% Dust Free Sanding?

Although we do our best to prevent any dust in the air, it is not possible yet to remove all of it. Especially when working on the edges and stairs. Our floor sanding system is good enough to work in the commercial environment without any additional protection. We have done some work in high-end shops with the shoes on the shelves. Time limitations and deadlines didn’t really allow us to protect everything, as it was not necessary at all.

We are simply honest with you. We do not try to oversell the greatness of our system and promise you something which is not achievable. Please expect that some of the cleaning work might have to be done after the project, but it is not a massive amount. It can easily fit into your general cleaning schedule and doesn’t require any extra amount of specialised work. If you prefer, we can put you in touch with some cleaning companies in the area as we have a good network with local businesses.

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Floorboards Sanding DIY

pine with white finish

Pine floorboards sanding

The beauty of the floorboards hidden under

Floorboards sanding has become a hot topic across all UK houses recently. I have decided to give it a shot and shortly explained what is involved in this kind of work.

Beautiful wooden floors are practically in every home in the UK. They are a base for carpets or any other type of flooring, so once this is up, then the potential reveals itself. 

A typical floor once the carpet is removed looks like this

Floorboards sanding difficulties 

Uneven floorboard covered in residue.

Pine floorboard sanding is typically a tricky job to complete. Often, the surface has an adhesive, staples, nails, screws, etc. Also, they are not necessarily even and are frequently damaged by woodworms, plumbers, electricians, or any other work. At the beginning of floorboard dust-free sanding, it is necessary to flat the floor, so the next stages of sanding are easier and better. This can be very time and material consuming.

Floorboards are softwood.

Pine is softwood, so it requires more sanding paper than hardwood like oak. It is simply not as crispy and clogs the papers much quicker. For that very reason, it is not an easy task to achieve a nice, smooth finish during the sanding and finishing process, hence more time to complete the project.

Repairing the floorboards.

Often, a floorboard sanding job requires some repairs. The trick is that you cannot buy a new pine as it will look very different compared to the 100-year-old planks that you have. You have to use reclaimed pine timber of a similar age, thickness and width. There are places you can find them, but availability might be tricky, so you must build some patience. I recommend yoga or meditation :).

Staining & finishing your floorboards

The most common finish of the pine floor is just a natural look, however, if you like it stained, I personally think that the reactive stains from Ciranova look best on pine. Have a look at the Ciranova range here-click, and scroll down to reactive stains. Both can be finished with either oil or lacquer. You can read about the difference in this article – click.

Some examples of our work

Pricing floorboard sanding work

As you can see, it is not a straightforward job, so we are not able to oversee every difficulty on the way to restoring your floorboards. Often the floor is covered with carpeting, so we cannot even see what is underneath. With the carpets down, we can estimate the amount of work needed but consider no repairs to the floorboards. Once the carpets are up, we can review the estimate and give you a firm quote for the renovation of your wooden floor. We like to finish the floors with high-quality products from Pallmann.

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Price, Value, Cost, Profit

What is the difference?

Price

When you look for the service or to buy the item or food, usually the best price is the lowest one. It will leave the most amount of money in your pocket. This only applies to

  1. your pocket,

there is also the price of the

  1. environment, health, mental, etc.

We do not often consider any other prices as the effects of it can grasp right now, as you don’t have money now, you need to buy other staff now, the bills need to be paid now. The environment will not suffer from your small decision; your health probably won’t be affected by this decision significantly anyway and you are probably not even thinking about it anyway, so your mental health is not affected at all you might think. The 2nd set of prices is important, but not so urgent now, you can always work on them in the future, at some point.

Why don’t you take a step back, meditate on it for a while, look from the perspective? I came to understand that important and urgent issues have a massive impact on what happens now, and they can be very important. Think about something what would you need to do to improve your relationships, your business, your health. It is very unlikely that it is urgent, and this might be the very cause of why it needs improvement in the first place. It tends to be the things that are also important but not so urgent, which relates to the 2ndset of prices.

Value

You get what you paid for, don’t you believe it? You can’t get good and cheap, good things aren’t cheap. It is also possible to get poor quality and very expensive – we all been there and suffered because of our poor choice, usually uneducated, not fully understood and rapid. All you really want is the value for money, isn’t it? I promise you, you will always get that.

It is always better to spend a little more than you planned as the maximum you can lose is the little. If you spend a little less than you should, you will lose everything and yet you will not have the product which does what it supposed to do. Sometimes, waiting is a better option, this way you are not losing anything, you are just withdrawing your investment.

Cost

Isn’t the cost often called price? Let’s take a burger for this example. Price of it is £3.99, which is the cost of making this burger. You need a cow to start with, the cow needs to be born, raised and slaughtered. It drinks around 150L of water daily for around 15 months – that’s the cost of the environment. It eats a lot as well, so the grain must be grown to feed it, the grain needs a field, this is why deforestation happens – in order to feed the cow. Then it needs to be slaughtered, packed, shipped and cooked. So, the cost in this instance is likely to be more than the price you pay of £3.99. We like to pretend to be blind and ignore the cost.

Profit

In order for any business to be healthy economically, treat the workers fair, treat the planet well, don’t go mental and serve the good value to its customers, it must produce a profit. Otherwise, costs will go up and you will not even notice. Next time you call, the business may not exist anymore as it was not sustainable. Do you often hear the business owner saying that his/her employees are paid more than the owner?

Morale

Consider all the costs and look at the value of the product. if it doesn’t match the price, there is something wrong. It may just be a feeling, or it can be very obvious. Either way, the decision at the end is yours and you have to live with its consequences.

 

This actually makes me a hypocrite as sometimes I ignore the true cost. The truth comes in 3 stages, ridicule, violent opposition and acceptance. I am somewhere in between all 3.

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Sexy Wood Floors

Sexy floors

Please note, this is based on my very personal opinion. You can agree or disagree, there is no right or wrong here. When writing this, it is some sort of therapy to me.

What is sexy or attractive?

To us humans, sexual attractiveness can mean very different things. For most of us, the attraction is often based on some indefinable quality such as body shape and colour. If we get deeper into the subject it may also include character, attitude and respect, etc. In most cases, we judge something to be alluring when we look at it. Perhaps it is a monotone skin colour or a nicely shaped body. Darwin would have us believe that we are simply looking for the healthiest individual, so we can produce healthy descendants but hopefully, it is more than just that. As we all know health can be both physical and physiological, but I feel that subject is a whole separate book.

How do we make ourselves sexy?

Maintenance cleaning vs deep cleaning

We all try to look good every day. We don’t only want to be attractive to our partners or spouses, we also want other people to find us attractive and there is nothing wrong with that – it boosts our confidence. Consequentially we all seek to make ourselves as appealing as possible by being well-groomed, applying makeup and using supplements such as shampoos, conditioners, toners and even vitamins to make us look and feel as good as possible.

There is also another way, but it is not as fast. One can go to the gym to keep yourself trim, toned and active. Along with regular visits to the gym you can choose to eat only healthy and nutritious food to get the inside as healthy as the outside appearance.  The problem with the gym and healthy food option are that it will not happen overnight, it is hard work and many fail at the early stages or fail temporarily which puts them back a step or two. It takes hard work determination and tenacity to look and feel good all the time.

Maintaining an attractive look also applies to wooden floors. As with our bodies, they are both made of nature’s finest materials, but they also take a lot of knocks and wear and tear and like humans they gradually get older. Also, unfortunately like some people (hopefully not you, reading this) they sometimes also get walked all over.

More about maintenance, in general, you can read here.

 

How to make wood floors sexy?

Like our bodies, there are basically 2 different methods of finishing your wooden floor to make it look as attractive as possible: We use Pallmann products mainly.

1.     Lacquer (or the makeup approach)

  • It is a topical coat (should it not be topcoat? Topical means “current” but it may be that this is an expression used in the Industry?).
  • It will cover any imperfections and is much more forgiving
  • However, as with makeup, too many coats can make the floor look “plastic”
  • It will only protect the surface of the floor
  • It can be shiny or satin

2.     Oil (or the gym and healthy nutrients approach)

  • As with the gym, it protects the outer surface and from within by saturating the wood.
  • If the sanding process is not done to a high standard it will expose imperfections.
  • It will also expose the natural beauty and grain of your wood floors –
  • giving it a more natural finish.
  • It will also protect the floor surface as it seals and nourishes the wood simultaneously.
  • If properly maintained it will stay attractive for a very long time.

See what we use for finishing the wood floors.

Attractiveness and ageing

With us, humans ageing is very personal. No two of us go through the same exact experiences or have exactly the same natural make-up.  As it is with humans, so it is with wooden floors. Scratches on oiled floors can add character and the beauty of age. Whilst scratches on a lacquered floor are simply not regarded as pretty. One other thing about an oiled wood floor is that you can top up the oil as you go with patch repairs that seamlessly blend it in with the rest of the floor. On a lacquered floor, when a repair is needed, the only good option is a full re-sand and reseal.

Lacquer or oil?

Both will give you the same result; ‘a beautiful floor’. If you like the highly polished look of a shiny floor – lacquer is a better option. If you like the more natural look then the oil is the better solution. Both require some maintenance as does everything in life. But the maintenance is simple easy and inexpensive, and it does prolong the life of your floor.

There is no right or wrong here. This comparison is not spot on. Lacquers and oils have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Note from the author

Thank you for reading this article. If you read this far it means that you care about your floor. I am just sharing my knowledge here and giving my personal opinion. Recently, I have been through a lot of health issues and I found writing this article very therapeutic. I hope it was also helpful to you. Thank you.

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Looking After Your Oiled Floors

Looking after your oiled floors

Looking after your oiled floors is as easy as it gets. Magic Oil is used for both domestic and commercial environment. It can withstand a lot of heavy traffic and use, but like everything, it also requires some maintenance.

Why oil in the first place?

  • It reveals the natural beauty of your floor & brings the grains up and makes your floor look more natural
  • It also seals the floor & protects it from spills and stains
  • Scratches on oiled floors add character while on lacquer it makes the floor look ugly
  • Damaged oil floor can be patch repaired while lacquered has to be fully sanded off and redone

How to look after your oiled floor?

  • There is no bulletproof finish. Any spills or stains should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Even bulletproof vests are not 100% bulletproof.
  • You should clean your floors with neutral floor cleaner regularly. Just follow the manufacture recommendation from datasheets.
  • Periodically, you can use magic oil care, which will give a thin film finish, which will protect your floor an extra bit. Please note again, that spills should be cleaned ASAP anyway.
    • How often should I use magic oil care? It depends on traffic and daily/weekly usage and maintenance. Areas like the kitchen probably will need more attention than the bedroom.

How do I clean my oiled floor?

  • First, remove the dry soil. Either by vacuuming or sweeping.
  • We recommend that you use flat, microfibre, good quality mop.
  • Spray some diluted product on the floor and then mop it, leaving the floor to dry.
    • Drying times should not take longer than 10 minutes.

Is lacquer better than oil?

  • In the long run – no. It may give you slightly better protection, but when worn, it requires full restoration and it doesn’t look pretty when it wears, while oiled floors when scratched, add character. This is at least my personal opinion. I believe there is no universal beauty, maybe except rainbow 🙂.
  • If you want your floor shiny then you choose the type of finish on lacquered floors from matt to gloss. The oil will give you velvety sheen. The wood is not a shiny material in nature.
  • Oil is not a solution for every type of wood. Bamboo or Ipe Lapacho timbers simply cannot take oil.

What about the health factor?

  • Magic oil care is the healthiest, a most natural product on the market. The only healthier finish is no finish. As much as I love bare, freshly sanded wood, it will not last 5 minutes.

Summary

As proof that it is all about maintenance, I will give you an example of my kitchen worktop. You have to trust me on this one or you can visit and see it for yourself.

  • A lot of carrot juice is made with my juicer which is placed on the worktop
  • I am cutting, cooking, etc on it or next to it and around it
  • Being an eco freak, the only thing I use is vegetable cooking oil to keep it looking good
  • There is not a single stain on it, up to date 21/07/2021
  • I simply look after it!

 

I hope this gives you all the information you need to look after your floor. If you have any other concerns please do not hesitate to ask the question. Just send us an email info@silverliningfloorcare.co.uk. We may not know the answer, but we are very keen on educating our selves all the time.

You also might find these articles valuable.

 

If you are still concerned – we are Parkettprofi approved contractors and will provide you with 2-year manufacturer warranty on the finish of your floor.

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Basics of Cleaning Everything

Basics of Cleaning

  • Chemicals
  • Heat
  • Agitation
  • Time

CHAT – these are the 4 basics when it comes to cleaning everything. Whether it is dishes, wood floor, or your skin. It is all about balance, like everything in life.

Chemical

At Silver Lining Floor Care we try to stay as eco-friendly as possible, following ‘Zero Waste’ idea, we try to minimise on chemical input. Chemicals have no benefits when it comes to health, and our ultimate goal is to protect your health and those you love. At the same time, we try to do as much thorough cleaning as possible when it comes to your wood floors, stone floors, porcelain, carpet, rugs or any 0ther floor.  This will directly benefit your health. That is why we use….

Heat

As we minimise our chemical input we increase on the heat for water used for cleaning to allow better penetration. With higher temperature water tension changes which allow water to penetrate surfaces that are being cleaned. To achieve this while cleaning your carpets, we have a truck-mounted machine to increase the heat of our water to maximum instead depending on your water tap. Depending on the fibre we will make sure it is safe to use. Water is the most common solvent and is actually very powerful, yet many people forgot about it and add sometimes unnecessary chemicals.

Time

Since our chemical input is low, our heat is high, how about time? Instead of working with strong chemistry, while decreasing its power, we shall just give it a bit more time. Time cure everything. If you are to wash your dirty frying pan, you often leave it in the sink overnight so it dissolves in most common solvent (water) mixed with a cleaning product. Dishwashing chemicals are usually very strong, sometimes too strong to safely use on wool carpets. Either we leave the pre-sprayed weak chemicals or we just dedicate more time for cleaning.

Agitation

This is a mechanical part of the job. It is a sponge when it comes to dishes or your skin. We use different types of brushes, pads for our rotary machine. We have carpet brush for agitating the pre-spray for carpet cleaning, diamond brushes at different grids when it comes to stone and hard floor to agitate the cleaning solution. For wood we use different grids of sanding paper to achieve the desired effect.

CHAT – basics of cleaning – summary

You could wash your oily, dirty frying pan with slowly running cold water but it would just take forever and probably wasted a lot of water. You could also use some chemicals, increase temperature, leave it to dwell in the warm water with some cleaning products and use the sponge to clean and rinse at the end. As I said at the beginning…. It is always about finding the right balance in these four. Very often a good chemical can be water. It is healthier and we may spend a bit more time during agitation and boost up the heat to achieve very same results as with high chemical input in order to save on time, often with less agitation. The ‘high chemical’ methods are not necessarily great for your health, your family’s health, for the technician’s health and for the health of our planet.

Can you put a price tag on your health? Probably not. Can you put a price tag on time? Probably yes. This may be one of the reasons why some cleaning firms might be more expensive than others. Some will use strong chemistry in order to save time.  We’d rather spend a bit more time and value the biggest treasure which is our health. Health is the new wealth. Price and value are very different aspects. It all depends on priorities.

The best way to minimise chemical use is good maintenance.

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Maintenance Cleaning vs Deep Cleaning

Maintenance cleaning – what are the benefits?

Maintenance cleaning  – the real cost. What is cheaper, better for you and your family, and our planet? And most of all, what is better for your health and can you put a price tag on your health? I will try to answer those questions for you and I shall try to keep it short and simple.

Everything requires maintenance

Probably everything that you ever bought and own will require some maintenance. Not only material items but also the most important things in life like relationships, friendship & family.  If you look after them and maintain them well, as a result, it should bring joy to your life. Therefore having less stress and headache, giving you more free time to spend with friends & family and loved once. Healthy, happy,  stress-free life, isn’t it the ultimate goal to all of us?

Maintenance cleaning of your floor

How often do you clean your teeth? Do you wait until they get dirty and then give them a deep clean? Probably not. Because at this point cleaning may not be an option anymore. More likely you clean them every day in order to keep them in good condition. As a result, you have less stress going to the dentist, therefore it should result again with a happier and healthier life.

Same applies to your floor. If it’s carpet, wood or stone. The floor acts as an air filter. You change the filter in your car every year, don’t you? It traps small particles from the air and as a result, creates a cleaner environment for you. It seems like it would be better to keep it clean rather than clean it after it gets dirty and clogged and doesn’t do such a great filtering job any more.

The real cost of the maintenance?

There are two types of costs. Direct and indirect cost. Direct cost is the money that you may need to pay and indirect cost is your health, health of our planet and consequently the health of everyone around you. Keeping your floor nice and clean may cost you directly a bit more rather than having it done once a decade. Maybe we should prioritise things differently? Estimate the value of our own health, health of our planet and what we will leave behind for our children as a result. Can you really afford to ignore all of these? When you maintain your “stuff”, as a result, it will give you more pleasure, better health, it will last longer.

There is so much to write about, but probably I should leave it for another topic to keep it nice and simple.

Benefits of maintenance cleaning for you

  • your floor is constantly kept clean and fresh
  • clean floors keep the air cleaner
  • healthier environment for you and your family
  • one less thing on your head to worry about
  • you get to know us better each visit – we are building the relationship
  • easy to manage monthly fee – no need to suddenly spend much in one go
  • prevention is always better and cheaper than solution

Benefits for our planet

  • with good maintenance, much less water is wasted
  • fewer chemicals used or none at all
  • it keeps the air quality better which creates a healthier environment for life in general

Benefits for us

  • much less stress to worry about regular income
  • with less stress, we can focus more on providing great service (there is always space for improvements)
  • with the regular income, we can plan better and grow slowly with a solid base
  • we can invest in what I think is most important in life – education
  • we get to know you and your place better and your needs with each visit

To summarise, by helping yourself you are also saving the planet and helping us. Do you find value in maintenance? 1000 miles journey starts with the first step, make yours now and get in touch so we can work out a good plan designed specifically to your needs.

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