Maintenance free flooring? According to Cary Woodfield, there’s no such thing.
Cary Woodfield continues to make an impact in the world of commercial flooring. His 4 decades of experience in carpet installation and maintenance are nearly unparalleled. In that time, he’s traveled the globe (6 continents, 20+ countries, 80+ cities) to troubleshoot and resolve flooring issues through better education.
With literally millions and millions of yards of carpet installed and cleaned under his supervision, Cary has seen it all, and he uses his expertise to inform the masses through social media. “Cary the Carpet Guy” shares real world experiences from his consulting business to nearly 4,000 followers, helping to spread the word about the positive results maintenance has on a floor’s life expectancy and the customer’s bottom line.
Every floor requires maintenance.
Carpet isn’t all Cary knows. In a recent post, he showcased the use of XLN’s product XL Matte Floor Finish on newly installed LVT flooring in high traffic retail stores. In the post, he mentioned the need for a sacrificial wear layer. Most who commented were in agreement, but some challenged the necessity of a finish on a “maintenance free” floor.
We’ve all heard the phrase “maintenance free” or “no maintenance”. It’s used often as a selling point for many customers when making their flooring purchase. But is “no maintenance” a possibility when it comes to floors? According to Cary, “There is no such thing as a maintenance free floor. Everything in our lives has to be cleaned and maintained.” Flooring, no matter the surface type, is certainly no exception.
Cary maintains the retail LVT floors nightly, six nights a week. Twice a year, Cary recommends a surface prep and re-coat. He remarks,“You’d be surprised at the amount of dirt we pull off the floor every night. We’re just amazed at how many of the scratches and mars scrub out, and that we’re able to protect the floor.” That level of protection, and the ability to keep the floor’s life expectancy intact, is why the sacrificial layer is so important. Cary notes, “If it didn’t have the wear layer, the pattern of the flooring would be changed. The textured grooves would trap the dirt, and it’d be very difficult to clean out.”
Working with the flooring manufacturer is critical in getting the right chemistry to protect your customer’s investment. Cary points out that you should only use manufacturer approved products to prevent voiding the floor’s warranty.
Buy carpet by the year, not the yard.
As a consultant, Cary works with clients to help them extend the life of their flooring. He assists at all stages of a floor’s life cycle, but prefers to start with the customer at the very beginning – design and specification. He offers his clients a 25 question survey where he asks about facility usage, foot traffic, and, most importantly, customer expectations.