March 1st, 2017
The key to beautiful spaces often lies in the details. For example, any office will have many of the same elements, such as desks and chairs. What stands out to visitors will be the small details surrounding these familiar elements. That is why commercial millwork is so important: Decorative touches, wall paneling, trim, and the like are the details that make a space stand out. However, like anything else, commercial millwork requires maintenance if it is going to continue adding appeal to your retail store, office, trade show display, or other space. Otherwise, it detracts from your space by quickly losing its beautiful, crafted appearance. From the type of millwork you have installed to how you treat it after it is in place, there are a few things you can do to preserve your commercial millwork for the long term.
Invest in high quality commercial millwork.
While proper maintenance can help your commercial millwork to last, maintenance can only go so far if you begin with inferior products. While they may be cheaper, these materials are likely to break down more easily and show wear and tear faster. Instead, invest in high quality materials before you even begin installing your commercial millwork. For example, when selecting materials, choose wood that is smooth and free from imperfections and select types of wood that will last and be easy to take care of. Ultimately, these materials will cost you less because they will last longer and require less repair or replacement than will lower quality materials that wear out faster. If you are concerned about cost, the right commercial millwork manufacturer should be able to guide you toward materials that are both high quality and that fit within your budget
Use a commercial millwork manufacturer who uses high quality craftsmanship.
High quality materials are only the first step in installing and maintaining commercial millwork that lasts. How those materials are shaped into the decorative touches you need will also affect their durability. Mass produced millwork, outdated techniques, or a lack of care in the building process can all result in inferior products that wear out more quickly than necessary. To avoid this type of low quality production, use a commercial millwork manufacturer who uses high quality craftsmanship in the creation of their products. The right company will show a great deal of care and attention to detail when creating their pieces. In addition, they should emphasize custom millwork, as well as use the latest technology and techniques. When combined, these qualities should result in fine craftsmanship that allows your pieces to look beautiful for many years.
Maintain an environment that preserves your commercial millwork.
One of the fastest contributors to the deterioration of your commercial millwork will be usage. Wear and tear over time can lead to gradual fading and breaking of your previously beautiful pieces. By using high quality materials and high quality craftsmanship, your millwork should be well suited to withstand normal wear and tear. However, keeping it looking its best means maintaining an environment within your office, home builders marketing center, or trade show display that minimizes wear and tear on your commercial millwork pieces. For example, avoid regularly exposing your commercial millwork to high levels of humidity, since the persistent presence of moisture may wear down the wood over time. In addition, avoid situations in which the wood is repetitively knocked, kicked, or bumped, since these collisions can eventually dent the millwork. Other environmental factors to avoid include exposure to high heat or rough usage beyond what the millwork is designed to withstand (i.e. slamming of cabinet doors instead of gently closing them).
Avoid abrasive cleaners that can damage your commercial millwork.
Once installed, your commercial millwork will hopefully adorn your space for many years, adding elegance, uniqueness, and appeal for everyone who comes in. However, in order to keep your millwork looking its best, you need to maintain it through regular cleaning. At the same time, many types of cleaners can be detrimental to wood. Soap and excessive water, for instance, can damage the wood or eat away at its finish. Other cleaners like bleach can stain the wood. Even waxing or polishing your wood can damage finished surfaces. As a result, when cleaning your commercial millwork, avoid any strong or abrasive cleaners that might eat away at the wood or cause other damage. Inspect cleaners before you use them to make sure that they are safe for use on wood, and consult with your commercial millwork manufacturer when they install the pieces to learn about the recommended methods for cleaning and maintaining them.
Clean your commercial millwork regularly with gentle soaps, water, and dusting.
While you need to avoid abrasive cleaners, you do need to clean your commercial millwork regularly in order to help it last for the long term. The best way to do so is to use gentle soaps, minimal water, and dusting with an electrostatic cloth. Examples of gentle soaps include dish soap and soaps made specifically for wood (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap). If you wish, you can also simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the commercial millwork, or use an electrostatic cloth to remove dust that might scratch or damage the millwork. Whatever cleaning solution you use, you should clean regularly in order to remove dust, oils, grease, and other contaminants that might damage the finish on your millwork. Adding commercial millwork is an important first step in creating a space that reflects your brand and welcomes visitors in. However, creating millwork that lasts requires additional care and maintenance in order to keep that space successful over the long term. By using high quality materials, choosing a custom millwork manufacturer who uses high quality craftsmanship, maintaining an environment that that preserves your millwork, avoiding abrasive cleaners that can damage the wood, and cleaning your commercial millwork regularly with gentle soaps, water, and dusting, you can keep your millwork shining for many years.