K. Care and Maintenance
By Carol Blake
Proper maintenance of raised floors should include both structural and environmental care. All raised floors require preventative maintenance to insure safe operating conditions for equipment and personnel. Listed below are the requirements for proper access floor care:
- Inspections yearly by a qualified Access Floor Technician
- Rotate panels at least four times a year in heavy traffic areas.
- Adjust grid systems two times a year to correct structural problems.
- Install additional support pedestals prior to the addition of new equipment or when installing cutouts. (CALL FOR SERVICE)
- Replace any missing components as needed, such as edge trim, grounding clips, stringers, gaskets, foam rubber.
- Replace warped and/or delaminated panels immediately when found.
- Repair of untrimmed cutouts must be done immediately.
- Dust mop daily with the Dustlifter System.
- Professional cleaning of surface by an authorized Access Floor Technician with cleaning chemicals tested according to NEMA guidelines at least two times a year.
- Interim cleaning with NEMA approved cleaning chemicals using damp lint free rayon mop as required.
- Vacuuming of understructure and subfloor at least two times a year.
- Clean perforated panels twice yearly.
- Spot clean ink stains or scuffs as needed.
- Remove surface wax immediately from laminate surface - NEVER WAX ACCESS FLOOR!
- Vacuum carpet panels three times a week with a vacuum equipped with a static dissipating rod.
- Cleaning of carpeted access floor at least twice yearly by extraction.
- Cleaning frequencies should be modified to reflect traffic and soiling conditions, detection of airborne particles, and company appearance standards.