Article by Cleaning Maintenance Management
While a matting program is an effective way to keep debris from entering a facility, regular floor maintenance is also important. The following best practices can help maintenance personnel clean and protect floors:
- Increasing mopping frequency: A staff member should regularly mop entryways and other floor surfaces throughout the facility. This can remove salt lines from ice melt and reduce water accumulation from heavy snow and freezing rain. Use heavy-duty wet mops and microfiber mops that capture and remove moisture from floors. For spot cleaning or picking up small spills, consider a pulse mop that doesn’t require prepping a mop bucket.
- Cleaning tools: As floors become dirtier, cleaning tools will too. Staff members should regularly change out mop water and use dual-chamber mop buckets to reduce the cross-contamination of dirty water and cleaning chemicals.
- Cleaning out the chemical closet: The type of cleaning chemicals used can impact the floor care program’s efficacy. Use cleaning chemicals that will remove salt residue effectively while also cleaning the floor surface.
- Maintaining periodic deep cleaning: Keeping up with regular deep cleans, especially during the winter months, can minimize the burden of daily cleaning and extend the life of floors. Deep cleaning can also restore facility floors to “like new” condition, resulting in a favorable customer outlook.