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The Cost of Winter – Tips to Protect Your Floors | Commercial Cleaning

Flooring is one of the most expensive assets within your office building. Don’t believe us? Consider this:

The average cost of carpet is about $3 per square foot. The average commercial office bui15.BRO.0034.Q4Eblast.ToPP_BlogImagelding is 14,900 square feet.


14,900 square feet x $3 per square foot = $44,700


Now, what if you were told that every winter, you’re putting this $44,700 investment at risk?

When tracked indoors, ice melt pellets – calcium or magnesium chloride – can cause damage over time to your interior flooring. Here are just a few of the ways these chemicals can wreak havoc on your business investment:

Hard surface floors

  • Once dissolved, ice melt leaves a hazy white residue on hard surfaces. Not only is this chemical buildup unattractive, it’s also dangerously slick, posing a slip and fall risk to those in your building.
  • Hardwood floors are particularly susceptible to damage from ice melt, especially those hardwoods that use urethane or wax finishes. The surface can eventually discolor, fade, scratch, or even crack after multiple exposures to calcium or magnesium chloride.
  • Vinyl flooring can turn yellow from ice melt exposure due to the material’s high alkalinity.
  • Laminate and ceramic tile flooring are more resistant to ice melt damage; however, it’s still important to keep these surfaces clean of chemical buildup to prevent accidents and to ensure an attractive-looking surface for patrons of your building.


  • Calcium and magnesium chloride pulls moisture from the air, so wherever it’s deposited on carpet, it will continue to attract dirt. Dark spots will soon form unless the chemical is properly flushed from the carpet.
  • Ice melt can also weaken carpet’s laminate strength. This can result in buckles and wrinkles.

Old man winter can surely take its toll on your flooring, but there are several simple preventative measures that you can take to ensure your investment doesn’t slip through the cracks.

  1. Use Proper Mats. Place down a tough and bristly mat at the exterior of each entryway. The mat will act as a scrub brush to remove chemical buildup from the bottom of patron’s shoes before entering the building. On the interior side of each entryway, use a softer rug to help wick away any remaining moisture.
  2. Look for proper pH cleaning products. Cleaning products with too low or too high pH can be ineffective at removing ice melt buildup, and can also run the risk of harming or removing the floor’s finish. To avoid damage, Brokate Janitorial uses products specifically designed to tackle neutralizing the Ice Melt residue, leaving your floors clean and safe.
  3. Spot treat moisture. Standing water can warp hard surfaces and attract dirt to carpet. Use a dry mop, towels, or box fans to keep entryway flooring as dry as possible.
  4. Schedule a maintenance cleaning. After a long winter, there’s no better way to recover your floors than with a professional deep cleaning. Brokate Janitorial offers an array of comprehensive surfaces that will have your floors looking like new for spring.

Remember, protection is much more cost-effective than replacement. Protect your flooring today by calling the trusted team at Brokate Janitorial. Whether you’re in need of a simple scrub or high-end shine, your investment is in good hands.

Call Brokate Janitorial today for a free estimate on any of our commercial cleaning services: 417.885.9000