Keeping a restaurant floor clean is important for both the overall sanitation and appearance of the business, but the different types of flooring in restaurants can make it difficult to get all the surfaces sufficiently clean. Kitchens generally have grouted quarry tile floors, while the flooring in the front of the house can be a range of different styles. Can you use the same cleaning system to effectively clean them all?
Restaurant Floor Cleaning for Many Types of Floors
The durability, traction, and natural resistance of quarry tile make it an ideal floor surface for high-traffic areas like kitchens, but it takes a bit of work to keep it clean. The natural pores in the tile will actually absorb water, oil, and contaminates over time, and the grout between the tiles is even more porous, resulting in a situation where the tile can stay filthy even after it's been cleaned. What's worse is that during a standard mopping procedure, the grout lines will squeegee dirt and soil from the mop, leaving the grout covered with contaminates once the floor dries.
Cleaning tile and grout effectively first requires that a cleaning solution is evenly applied, because uneven dispersal will leave some spots unclean, and soiled water will just make the floor dirtier. Then it requires a wet/dry vacuum to actually remove the soiled water from the floor, instead of just spreading it around. The vacuuming will also ensure that the dirty water is actually removed, instead of leaving it behind to soil the grout lines.
Restaurant floor cleaning for the front of the house can be a bit more difficult, since there is no standard flooring type for these areas. Wood and laminate floors, for example, can be tricky since they can be damaged by water. When cleaning, it's important to limit their exposure to water and cleaning solution. Some accomplish this by applying the cleaning solution in a thin layer with a tool such as a microfiber mop. Then, they follow it up with a wet vacuum system designed for cleaning hard surface floors. This not only leaves the floors completely dry but can also be very effective at removing soil and potentially harmful contaminants. These floors can also benefit from a standard vacuum to remove dirt and debris during routine cleanings, which can also be used to keep carpeted areas clean.
Perfecting the Restaurant Floor Cleaning Process
With all of these different floor cleaning needs, restaurant owners may be left thinking that their only options are to either purchase a number of expensive cleaning systems or use antiquated, ineffective solutions like mops, but there is a better way to go about ensuring that the entire restaurant is clean.
An integrated, comprehensive solution, like Kaivac's OmniFlex Dispense-and-Vac can get the job done on all kinds of different floor surfaces. The system includes a 10 gallon bucket with self-dispensing spigot, a powerful wet/dry vacuum and top-quality squeegee to ensure that any type of floor can be clean. Its engineered agility also means that this solution can perform well in difficult areas, like stairwells and corners, so that the entire floor gets clean, not just certain sections.
Business owners who are serious about keeping their restaurant clean can no longer think that dirty mops, old vacuums, and other antiquated tools are enough. Proper restaurant floor cleaning requires the right tool that's designed to clean all the different floors in your business.
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