Sweeping and scrubbing floors are chores that are practiced in every household by all family members. So, is commercial floor cleaning scaling up on that basic common knowledge?
Indeed not, commercial floor cleaning machines are required to keep surfaces clean of dust, debris, and pathogens.
Trained and experienced floor care equipment staff can make mistakes during commercial floor cleaning.
Not cleaning floors daily: A common misconception is that if a floor in the facility is barely used, then it does not need to be cleaned daily. On the contrary, just because a floor looks clean doesn’t mean it does not have dust on it.
- Microscopic dust particles can prematurely dull and wear off carpets and floor finish. Using floor care equipment on carpets and hard floors can help you save money in the long run.
Not Sweeping before scrubbing: Depending on the frequency of use, scrubbing may be required once or more than once a day.
- Sweeping prior to scrubbing is important to remove dust, larger debris, and dirt. In cold weather, sand and salt are often tracked inside, and skipping the pre-sweep can lead to multiple problems.
- Certain types of debris can damage or accelerate wear of the cleaning substrate as also the commercial floor cleaning machines leading to additional costs of floor care equipment repair.
Ignoring Safety concerns: 20% of all job-related injuries in the U.S include falls, trips, and slips on wet floors.
- Placing signage for wet floors can prevent these mishaps. While removing mats for cleaning, put signage there, and don’t forget to replace the mats when the floor is clean and dry.
Vacuuming damp or wet floors: Do not use industrial vacuums if the carpet or floor is damp or wet.
- The powerful suction of industrial floor care equipment can suck moisture along with soils from a slightly damp carpet. This can cause damage to the vacuum motor leading to expensive floor care equipment repairs or replacement. Instead, consider using a wet/dry vacuum or carpet extractor.
Using the incorrect chemical products: A variety of cleaning products are available for different types of flooring.
- A cleaning product that can be used on wood or carpet may not be suitable for use on tile or vinyl flooring. So, make sure you know the different types of flooring in the facility and use chemical products accordingly to prevent floor damage and maintain floor finish.
Overuse of chemical products: Pouring cleaning chemicals from the bottle while scrubbing leaves excess chemical residue. Using too much chemical attracts more soil and grit and is more difficult to remove. Also, it increases unnecessary costs.
Improperly trained employees: Ensure the cleaning staff follows all safety tips and guidelines for properly handling cleaning chemicals and floor care equipment.
- Thoroughly train and re-train staff to keep cleaning protocols fresh in their minds.
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