If you were to guess how many foodservice workers were injured by slip-and-fall accidents each year, you'd probably guess in the thousands, and you'd be way off. The correct answer, shockingly, is three million. The cost is even greater. The restaurant industry spends more than $2 billion each year on slip-and-fall accidents. Sadly, many of these accidents could be prevented with the right cleaning equipment.
Unfortunately, the cleaning tool of choice is, more often than not, the mop. Mops do a great job of spreading spills, soils and grease around, but a terrible job of removing much of anything. What's worse is they can leave a thin film of cleaning chemical residue that further reduces friction on the floor. The bottom line is that mops increase the risk of a serious injury.
Steve Howard owns and operates three franchise locations in Louisville, KY for a world famous submarine and sandwich chain. His cleaning operation is handled in-house by employees, and it was his job to furnish them with the tools. Unaware of better cleaning technologies on the market, he equipped his employees with a mop and bucket. He soon took notice that whenever the floors were mopped, a film was left behind. Despite frequently buying new mop heads, the problem persisted. Out of necessity, twice a year he would have to have each location deep cleaned at a cost of $400-700 per cleaning.
Luckily, the solution found him. A sales rep from Kaivac, manufacturer of No-Touch Cleaning® and OmniFlex™ Crossover Cleaning systems, stopped in for lunch and offered Howard a free trial of the OmniFlex Dispense-and-Vac system. "After one use, I absolutely noticed a difference in the cleanliness and slip resistance of the floor. The film was gone."
After a month of using the OmniFlex, he purchased the system along with two more for his other stores. He also plans on cancelling his bi-annual deep cleans. Just cancelling one deep clean at each store pays for the system. His savings the first year alone will likely be in the thousands.
"With the OmniFlex, my employees can't take any shortcuts like they did with mopping. The result is always clean." The OmniFlex has allowed Steve Howard to take his floors to a much higher level of cleanliness, while reducing his risk of a costly slip-and-fall accident.