Fall Tips for Dealing with Floor Assassins




Are you ready for fall and winter? Really ready? A little prevention could save you a bundle.

1. Preventing Slips and Falls

Your cleaning staff should react to the impacts of snow, water, mud, grit and de-icing products on the indoor environment. Many companies are installing 30 feet of 3-stage entrance matting at each facility entry to capture ice melt, salt and debris. This will prevent these floor assassins from being tracked through the facility. Entrance mats extend the life of finished floors which otherwise take a pummeling in winter. 

2. Divide and Conquer

It’s a good idea to divide fall and winter floor care by application. Four main floor care applications include:

  • Hard floor scrubbing: If you are currently using a mop and a bucket to clean hard floors, floor scrubbers can automate the cleaning process, dramatically reducing labor time and costs. Auto-scrubbers range in sizes from compact, for small congested spaces, to large ride-ons for bigger, unobstructed spaces such as gymnasiums and lobbys. For an analysis of the cost-effectiveness of a particular size and type of scrubber, call Trey at 785-856-9458. He can ask you a few questions, dial the numbers in and give you a better idea which machines will work best for you.

  • Stripping/refinishing: Traditionally, if your facility has vinyl or high-gloss floors, you would need to perform stripping on a bi-annual or annual basis. This method requires a 175 RPM floor machine to agitate the stripper, followed by a wet-dry vacuum with a wide-area "trot-mop" to suction up the stripper slurry. However, modern aids such as surface prep pads, oscillating scrubber heads and new technology in floor finishes can dramatically speed up and simplify refinishing. You can also extend the time between restorations. Water is all that may be necessary to strip your floors with the right equipment.

  • Carpet extraction: The carpet mills recommend extractors to deep-clean carpets thoroughly. Extractors are available in many sizes and configurations. Reduced water use is wise as part of a sustainable building approach, because in the not-too-distant future, water is going to become an expensive proposition in many communities. Lower-moisture approaches extend carpet life, reduce the opportunities for molds and mildew and allow for faster return to active use.

  • Tile and grout care: Winter months are an ideal time to deep-clean tile and grouted surfaces. Cylindrical brush scrubbers penetrate hard-to-reach grout lines, restoring your surfaces to their original splendor. Because the cylindrical brush digs into recessed areas, it can clean much better than pads, which tend to spin along at the height of the tile rather than down in the valleys grout, and unfortunately dirt, are situated. Because the cylindrical brush can be aligned with the grout line direction, it can also clean better than a spinning flat brush.
  • 3. Check and Change HEPA Filters

    Check and change the HEPA filters and bags on your upright vacuums in the fall to ensure that dust particles and allergens are captured, helping to improve indoor air quality during colder months. Asthma is a leading cause of absenteeism, particularly in schools. If your air is full of dust from vacuums with clogged filters and over-full bags, you are not vacuuming - you are recirculating. Allergens and even germs can travel through the air as they are churned up if filters and bags are not changed regularly.

    Basic article courtesy of Tornado Industries.