Ceiling tiles trap toxins and breed dangerous bacteria and mold. Over time, factors such as water leaks, grease stains and even UV rays can also cause discoloration – ultimately affecting the first impression of your business. Halo saves time & money by restoring commercial ceiling tiles compared to replacement.
Cleaning commercial ceiling tiles is often more cost and time-effective than total replacement.
Buildup of pollutants can lead to more than just an unpleasing aesthetics.
Restoring tiles to their original fire rating is an important aspect of fire-safety.
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Ceiling tile cleaning is a much more cost-effective solution that a complete tile replacement and can return ceiling surfaces to like-new conditions. Additionally, clean ceiling tiles can regain their fire rating and light reflection values, as well as overall room acoustics.
Ceiling tile cleaning is ideal for: restaurants, bars, schools and universities, hospitals and nursing homes, hotels, athletic clubs and government facilities or airports.
Ceiling tiles are one of those things that everyone notices but never thinks about. There are different types of tiles with their pros and cons, and not all of them are recommended for every setting. In addition, there are different methods of installing each, which can change how their maintenance pans out in the long run.
The first and most important point is why you should pay attention to your ceiling tiles, especially in a kitchen environment where there’s a great deal of exposure to chemicals, detritus and temperature-based conditions that rise to the top of the room. Here are the main reasons to ensure that they’re properly maintained:
Whether it’s plain mineral board or a fancier tin style of tile, there’s no debating the shoddy appearance of stained and crumbling ceiling pieces. Missing edges and corners add to the feeling that you’ve just walked into a low-budget and poorly managed facility, ultimately discouraging people from wanting to return. Your aesthetics speak of your attitude and service in much the same way that your attire does when attending an interview, and the tiles over your head are no different.
If you allow the ceiling boards to become stained and rot out, they can accumulate mold and mildew, which can affect those with asthma and allergies. It can also cause health problems in the long run for those who spend a great deal of time in the area. Even if you never see the stains, there may be a leak or pest-related issue unfolding above the tiles. In a business environment, it’s ideal to have a ceiling specialist routinely inspect them for continuity.
Tiles aren’t exactly cheap to install or replace, material expense and labor costs accounted. By having your tiles routinely inspected and maintained, you can greatly extend their useful lifespan and save thousands long-term. The costs of hiring a professional to check, repair and clean ceiling tiles pales against the potential of losing thousands on lost business and tile replacements.
The materials that make up a ceiling can come in several types that are more or less simple to clean with the right skill set and equipment to boot. The problem is, some tiles require very specific attention from a licensed professional if you’re looking to maintain them without damaging their properties or destroying them outright. If you’re not sure of the material, you can contact a specialist to identify the material for you.
Let’s go over the different kinds of ceiling tiles you may have and what each will need to be properly maintained:
Acoustical tiles, also referred to as mineral board, are usually found in office spaces and restaurants. They’re normally composed of fiberglass and starch, making them pliable and easily damaged. Often emplaced in drop tile fashion, this type of tile is utilized to soundproof a zone and reduce echoing down hallways or across large rooms. Due to their delicate and performance-based design, they need to be checked and maintained once every eight months.
Mineral board should never be painted or chemically cleaned by anyone who isn’t professionally equipped to do so, as the acoustic benefits and fire retardants mixed in them can be muted with improper maintenance, ultimately violating ordinance and requiring expensive replacements. These tiles typically absorb lint and dust from HVAC units, which can also pose an allergen issue; however, it’s relatively safe to gently vaccuum them. These are not recommended for kitchen environments due to their absorptive nature.
These are fabricated tiles that are often embossed and fashioned into various three-dimensional designs that can give an upscale vibe to a room. They’re relatively common among various ceiling styles, such as coffered and rimmed aesthetic choices. Because they’re made with plastic, they’re quite durable and easy to maintain, but the chemicals that would normally destroy plastics (acetone in particular) should be avoided when wiping them down. These are a popular choice for kitchen spaces.
Old-fashioned and hard on the wallet, ceilings made from this material are uncommonly beautiful and equally as rare to encounter. These can be cleaned without the help of a professional, but you’ll need an understanding of metal and its associated cleaning agents to remove any rust and properly polish the tiles. Because they’re so expensive, screw-ups can’t be afforded — calling a ceiling service company isn’t actually a bad idea here if you’re unsure of the job yourself.
Wood is susceptible to rotting over time with water and pest exposure, although caring for them as a ceiling material is a relatively simple matter. Wiping them down with a damp cloth is usually enough. However, it’s incredibly important to limit their exposure to the aforementioned causes of deterioration; being an organic material, they need to be shielded with a finish to ensure their longevity. This means that acetone is a major no-no when cleaning tough stains, and the wood should be re-finished regularly.
Generally speaking, the following symptoms are sound indicators that your ceiling tiles will need replacement:
The good news is, plastic and tin ceilings are usually salvageable with some time and the right chemicals to safely restore them. However, mineral board is very difficult to refurbish due to their soft and spongy composition, which accelerates retention and damage. Furthermore, acoustical tiles are made of materials that can’t be cleaned by conventional means, which limits the ways that they can be cleaned or repaired.
If you’re not sure of how to safely care for your ceiling tiles, it’s better to call a professional like Halo to get an assessment and a second opinion. Chances are, they’ll do the job more efficiently, which can reduce financial stress in the long run and improve the look and safety of your establishment for yourself and those who share it with you.