Stepping it up a notch
Primarily used in computer rooms, raised floors provide storage area for cables and enable air circulation for sensitive computer equipment. Increasingly, raised floors are becoming popular in bathrooms, where radiant heat systems can be housed below.
Raised floor maintenance
These unique floors require the following special maintenance:
- Do not use harsh cleaning materials containing ammonia or chlorine on your raised floors.
- Do not use any powder cleaners in any part of a home or building containing a raised floor.
- Make sure any cleaning products you use don't interfere with the static dissipating properties of the raised floor.
- Use only dry, lint-free mops, especially on access floors.
- Use a barely-damp mop for any spot cleaning required.
- Avoid sweeping your raised floors as it will generate airborne dust.
- Have a professional clean your raised floor twice a year.
- Make sure all of your maintenance staff is familiar with these procedures.
Problems associated with raised floors
If not properly maintained, raised floors can cause problems - particularly after years of use and abuse. Common problems are:
- Lateral and vertical instability, which makes them potentially dangerous.
- Edge trim can fall off and get lost, encouraging dust and debris to settle in the plenum.
- Cutouts can lose their seal, inviting contamination in the form of dust and debris.
- Rust below the floor from improper maintenance, such as water mops that cause drips, can cause potential risks to your health.
The best of the best
For computer rooms with raised floors, high pressure laminate floor is the number-one choice in flooring material. Based on its ease of cleaning and high static-resistant qualities, high pressure laminate flooring is best suited to keeping your computer equipment safe, clean and static-free.