Proper Stairway Cleaning: How to Avoid Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Though sweeping and mopping have been used to clean stairways for decades, these techniques never get the job done. What's worse is that mopping creates unsafe conditions in buildings—conditions which may contribute to slips and falls. Here is a new daily stairway cleaning technique that delivers better results without endangering anyone in your building. It involves three simple steps.
1. Large Debris Collection
Large buildings, especially when part of school systems, can be magnets for large debris. Anything from empty soda bottles, packaging for snacks, and other refuse clogs up stairways on a regular basis. The first step of the dry cleaning method involves removing this large debris using a broom and dustpan.
2. Dry Vacuum Stairs
Sweeping dirt and debris down the stairs with a broom and dustpan does not remove the soils. Instead, you will find large amounts of dirt remaining after sweeping. Meanwhile, the air quality gets worse with dust flying through the stairwells. Kaivac's powerful DryVac™ attachment for their No-Touch Cleaning® systems allows cleaning crews to remove soils from the stairway without wasting time mopping. The system has a 45-foot vacuum hose that can travel up several flights when custodial employees are cleaning stairways. When combined with regular deep cleanings, this method effectively replaces mopping.
3. Hand Rail Cleaning
The final step in daily stairwell cleaning involves wiping down the handrails. Handrails are a common touch point and can become contaminated very easily, especially in high traffic environments such as schools. To clean the railing, use a disposable wipe such as KaiWipes™, or a microfiber towel with a folding management system such as Kaivac's SmartTowel™.
Weekly Deep Stairway Cleaning
Daily stair cleaning is an effective way to keep dirt off the stairwells without endangering anyone with wet solutions, but your team should also implement a weekly cleaning process that goes much deeper than sweeping or dry vacuuming. It starts with dusting hard-to-reach places and is followed by sprayed cleaning solution treatment and pressure washing. Once the most stubborn dirt and excess contaminants are dislodged, your crew follows with wet vacuuming to remove the soils from the stairway. The cleaning tank is then emptied into a sink or toilet to finish the job.
This weekly pressure washing keeps your building's stairways far cleaner than when your crew uses mops. In addition to saving them time, it ensures bacteria removal rather than the common bacteria transfer that occurs with mops. By removing the mops that spread this dirt to other corners of your facilities, the Kaivac no-touch method offers a revolutionary cleaning technique that is also much safer for everyone involved.
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