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Best practice guidelines for floor coverings

Published 17th June, 2013 by Neil Nixon

Best practice guidelines for floor coverings

A free guide to floor care has been has been launched by specialists in commercial cleaning and disaster restoration, ServiceMaster Clean. Figures from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimate that 583,000 tonnes of flooring waste is produced each year, with the majority (71%) being carpet. More than 90% of this waste ends up in landfill, with less than 1% being recycled.

Alan Lewin, business development director at ServiceMaster Clean, said: “This is a shocking statistic and one we all should think about when considering refurbishment or updating the look of facilities. Regular maintenance is a lot less costly than frequently replacing floor coverings. All too often carpeting, vinyl and other flooring is disposed of in favour of new materials when it becomes prematurely tired. The technology for protecting, sustaining and restoring the appearance of floor coverings that were previously considered beyond repair, has improved dramatically. Instead of tearing up damaged floor coverings, thereby consuming new materials, at ServiceMaster Clean we work with organisations to carry out full restoration, prolonging the life of materials that could take hundreds of years to break down in landfills.”

The guide emphasises the importance of using fully qualified specialists. Too often, individuals without any specialist training are given the task of cleaning floor coverings which, given the scale of financial investment and reliance on the appearance of these items, is an alarming thought.

ServiceMaster Clean provides a specialist service, Restoration Response, which guarantees fast response to a wide range of commercial organisations within a few hours of an emergency, to start putting the property back to pre-damage condition. Registration is free, so that if an unexpected disaster occurs businesses can be guaranteed a quick response within 2-4 hours of an emergency. Professionally qualified contractors, trained in specialist restoration techniques to British Damage Management Association standards, will help you quickly return back to 'business as usual'.

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