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Protecting Facility Floors

January 26, 2015 By Jeff
Zogics_Blog_October_FloorProtection.jpgWe know that it can be tough to maintain your facility during the harsh, frigid winter months, or just against the influx of new members at the beginning of each year. But your facility's floors are one of the most important investments you can work to protect. And a dirty floor doesn’t just look bad, it’s also hazardous for anyone using it. A floor covered with dust, dirt, or debris can cause members to slip and twist an ankle or get seriously injured in a number of different ways. Not only that, when dirt collects on a floor, it dulls and marks up the surface, shortening the lifetime of your floor and causing you to get less out of your huge investment.

A clean floor looks good and creates a safe environment for your members.

Here's a handy checklist to help you keep your floors protected and your members safe:

Place mats at doorways: Preventative maintenance is one of the best steps you can take to keep dirt from ever getting on your facility floor in the first place. By placing mats at every doorway, people will be able to wipe their shoes as they enter your facility, removing any dirt or other debris they might be tracking in. The dirt gets trapped in the mat rather than strewn across your floor.

Dry-mop daily: During the year, you should be dry dust-mopping your facility floor at least two to three times a day, more often if you notice an influx of traffic. Dust and dirt is constantly accumulating on the floor, so it needs to be cleaned regularly to preserve its shine and safe surface.

Deep clean weekly: Once a week, your facility floor should undergo a complete cleaning. That means busting out the scrubbers and buffers to get the floor totally clean and shiny. Make sure you use the recommended cleaning products for your flooring type to preserve its finish. (If you have any questions about what's best for your floor, go ahead and give us a call...we love to help: 888.623.0088)

Break out that vacuum: Not every facility is created equal. And not every facility uses wood or composite flooring. If you have carpeting in your facility, make sure you are vacuuming at least once a week. This prevents dirt and debris from getting trapped in carpet fibers and dust from floating into your clean air.

Avoid excess moisture: Moisture won’t just damage your facility floor, it can also pose a risk as people can slip and fall. It’s important to keep excess moisture from accumulating on the floor, whether it’s from people tracking it in on their shoes or excessive water from over-mopping the surface (or if you're in the northeast like we are, exploding frozen pipes!). 

Replace filters regularly: HVAC filters, and HEPA filters built in to your vacuum cleaners, are designed to catch dust and dirt so you can enjoy clean indoor air. Over time, however, filters get dirty and that dust and dirt can escape into the air and accumulate on your facility's floor. That’s why you need to replace your filters on a regular basis, typically every few months.

Looking for more information? Download our Winter Clean Essentials Guide.

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