Winter is a wonderful time of year for a multitude of reasons, but dirty floors are not one of them. As soon as the first snowfall settles, patrons will begin splashing slush, mud and other debris onto the surfaces that you tirelessly work to keep pristine.
Thankfully, this month’s blog post focuses on three quick winter floor cleaning tips that make life easier for contractors and janitorial staff everywhere. Here are the tried-and-true commercial floor cleaning tips we recommend:
Invest in Floor Mats
This tip is pretty intuitive but incredibly important to emphasize. When you increase the surface area your floor mats cover, there’s less flooring for you to clean and less of an opportunity for accidental slippage. It is especially important to place these mats in areas with heavy foot traffic—they’ll capture the majority of the excess mush on guests’ shoes.
In order to ensure the longevity of your flooring, it’s important to remove moisture as soon as it accumulates. Mops are one solution to this issue, but they aren’t able to effectively sop up all of the wetness, and your floors are left slick. If you’re looking to reduce manual labor and increase efficiency, a better option is using an industrial vacuum to suck up puddles and cover a greater surface area. We suggest our New Viper ShovelNose Vacuum—it comes mounted with a 2-foot-long squeegee attachment.
Foot traffic during the winter months inevitably tracks in residue from ice melt chemicals that will severely damage your floor’s finish if left untouched. Neutralizing excess calcium chloride buildup should be near the top of your “to do” list in order to ensure salt doesn’t fester and become difficult to remove. If you’re looking for a DIY neutralizer, channel your inner chemist and mix vinegar with water.
For a more effective solution, we suggest selecting one of our neutral ph cleaners—they’re specifically designed to lower calcium chloride pH to the base level of 7. After melt chemical residue is removed, apply an industrial strength degreaser to eliminate all remaining traces. If you’re consistent in repeating this process every few days, you can avoid the stress of tackling this daunting project all at once.
By following these three easy floor cleaning tips and tricks, you can significantly reduce the risk of slippage and avoid irreparable damage to your tile, hardwood and carpet surfaces. Implementing these techniques is just the beginning—comment below with additional suggestions and methods for winterizing flooring.