Universal Floors in Washington, DC has spent more time in prominent government and historic landmarks than most career politicians. Since 1953, the hardwood floor restoration and installation company has listed some of the most noteworthy buildings in the nation''s capital among its customers. The White House, the Vice President''s House, the US Supreme Court, the Treasury, the US Capital and other high-level locations trust Universal Floors to restore and repair their historic hardwood.
"We rarely go 10 miles from our shop," says Sprigg Lynn, principal officer of the family owned and operated business. "Every building in Washington has quite a bit of age to it. From hand scraping to cutting edge technology to patterns to historic restoration, we do it all."
The National Wood Flooring Association continually awards Universal Floors with national designations like Wood Floor of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Master Craftsman and Best Restoration among others. In order to maintain this client base at this level, the company relies on years of expertise, a keen attention to detail, and the right equipment for the job.
"In this business, if your equipment isn''t good, you don''t have anything. You do a lot of hard work on a hardwood floor, but when you go to stain it, if it''s not clean, it''s not worth it. Vacuuming is a very, very important part of the job," says Lynn.
Universal Floors utilizes the high-performance, high-filtration system found in ProTeam backpack vacuums to constantly remove fine dust—in prepping, between finishes, and after. With exclusive Four Level® Filtration and a high-powered motor, ProTeam vacuums eliminates 99.9 percent of particulates down to 1 micron in size.
"We deal with fine dust. We''re very picky on what kind of equipment we use. We''re looking for performance. We''re in this thing for life. If a product works and is durable, we''re going to buy it," says Lynn. "Our ProTeam vacuums are a very important part of our business. We do really large areas, around priceless antiques, sometimes in high-level government security zones that we won''t have access to again. We can''t go back and recoat it another time. You stay until you finish. It''s very important that we clean the floor properly when we put coats of finish on. Our vacuums have to work, no matter what. Our ProTeam backpacks have never let us down."
Universal Floors has actually sold ProTeam backpacks for use in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms in the White House. These massive rooms are filled with millions of dollars in priceless US antiques, from the desk where they signed the treaty ending the revolutionary war to the world''s largest oriental rug. After Universal explained that the cleaning equipment then in use was damaging the floor, the staff bought six ProTeam backpacks to keep the rooms clean and protected.
"Every crew at Universal Floors has one or more ProTeam backpacks on hand. Some of us even have a ProTeam vacuum for use at home," Lynn comments. "We''re a big hands-on company. I personally use the ProTeam, and must have vacuumed a hundred miles. We know equipment. We know all aspects of the business. ProTeam backpacks get the job done right, time after time."