As winter kicks into full gear and cities across the country get socked with snow, keeping up with indoor snow, ice, and salt cleaning can feel like a never-ending battle. Snow and salt get tracked into schools, restaurants, showrooms, and convenience stores—here's how to keep their floors and entryways clean throughout the challenging winter.
The Effects of Ice and Snow on Floors
Snow, salt, ice, and dirt combine forces to wreak havoc on interior floors. During the winter, it's about more than just keeping them clean—you need to take extra measures to keep employees and customers safe and prevent them from slipping and falling. When it comes to your hard-surfaced areas, salt can strip the coating off of wood and tile surfaces. This makes floors more prone to damage from dirt, snow, and other debris tracked into the establishment. All the extra moisture that accumulates during winter can then lead to another problem: mold.
The first step to keeping floors free of salt and ice during is to place tracking mats at the entrance. This helps limit the amount of winter debris making it's way deep into the store or school.
How to Keep Hard Floors Clear of Salt and Snow
In winter, it's vital to stay on top of floor cleaning to keep snow and ice off your floors. One way to do that is by using an automated high-performance machine such as the OmniFlex AutoVac. This system, which is as effective as an autoscrubber, is simple to use and can clean floors fast. The AutoVac attachment dries your floors rapidly, so employees and customers can go about their business without fear of slipping or falling.
The TURI Labratory of the University of Massachusetts conducted a test that revealed that the AutoVac removed 99.8 percent of targeted soil when cleaning floors. And to show you what a poor job a mop does, the test revealed that a microfiber mop cleaned just 50.9 percent. Mops not only do a poor job of removing soil and debris, but they tend to leave unsightly swirl marks when used on a salty floor.
Most floors don't require a dust mop before cleaning, and with the AutoVac, you can cover 16,000 square feet in an hour. It's certified by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) for providing high traction, and it's very easy and inexpensive to maintain because the system is so simplified.
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