With the beauty of white snow covered trees, also comes the slush and grime of melting snow. Which then of course, gets tracked into your facility. The endless cycle of ice melt pellets on your floor, followed by the salt stains on your mats and carpets repeats for months until Spring finally arrives. But it’s not hopeless, there are some things you can do to help your facility look its best during Winter – here are some tips!
Apply a Floor Finish Before the Winter
By mid-fall, you should consider preparing your hard floors for Winter by applying a floor finish. This will not only add a nice sparkling shine to your floors, it also actually acts as a barrier to protect your floors from the harsh winter elements of ice melt and standing water.
Implement an Entrance Mat System
An effective entrance matting system can remove as much as 90% of soils from shoes. A proper entrance matting system consists of:
A scraper mat – placed outside of your entryway to scrape off debris from shoes and begin the removal of any liquids.
A Scraper/Wiper mat – placed just inside the doorway or inside vestibules. They clean shoe bottoms and remove any remaining liquid.
Daily cleaning and maintenance during the Winter to remove tracked in soil from your floors will decrease damage to your floors and reduce the frequency for restorative care, which can be more time-consuming and expensive. Be sure to use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up the debris so it doesn’t continue to be tracked into your facility. Follow-up by wet mopping hard floors with an ice melt neutralizer solution to remove salt residue and hard water stains, changing the water frequently as you go along.
And there you have it, following these few simple steps will help to keep your facility looking at its best all year round! If you need any help with product recommendations for your particular application, contact one of our product experts!
Make sure no area within your office is overlooked in cleaning with our FREE Office Cleaning Checklist. Whether you’re a large office with regular commercial cleanings, or a smaller office where everyone pitches in to the upkeep of the office, you can find use for this handy checklist. We also included an area where you can check off the cleaning frequencies based on your specific office’s needs.
And for your cleaning supplies, you’ll find a list of the essentials that can be checked off when supplies need replenishing, and then used as a reference when placing your next order with us!
We hope you enjoy this FREE Office Cleaning Checklist!
Wearing a face mask is a new experience for many of us. We’ve had to learn how to properly wear one for the first time in our lives, but now after mastering wearing one, the question is – how do I care for my face mask now? Here are some tips!
When you are finished wearing your face mask, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you first fold the mask so that the outside of the mask is folded inward and against itself, then place in a clean paper bag. We’ve all seen the masks hanging from rear view mirrors in cars recently (a replacement to the fuzzy dice from back in the day) but this is actually not encouraged as a used masked could be spreading contaminates into the air of the car. In fact, it’s actually illegal to hang your mask from your rear view mirror in many states in the United States.
The disposable, surgical-type masks that are often blue in colour are just that, disposable. They are not reusable and therefore should not be washed, but rather thrown in the garbage after each use.
For reusable masks, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates masks should be washed after every use. You can wash these in your regular laundry using hot water, and then drying them on high heat in your dryer. You can also hand wash your masks, using hot, soapy water and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. To dry your masks you can put them on high heat in the dryer or you could air dry with laying out in direct sunlight being optimal.
And of course, before and after handling your mask you should always clean your hands by washing with soap for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.