Why Conduct a Floor Care Audit?
A floor care audit provides valuable information enabling managers and cleaning professionals to take a proactive approach to ensure the cleanliness and safety of different floors year round. Several of the elements addressed by the floor care audit include the following:
- Identify hazards. Some walkways may prove more hazardous than others for a variety of reasons, and some may be more hazardous during certain times of the year. This will affect cleaning requirements as well as additional safety precautions that might be necessary.
- Mat placement. It is recommended to have as much as 15 feet of matting at all key building entries; however, some entries may receive more soiling, moisture, grease, or other contaminants than others. This will impact what types of mats are installed.
- Cleaning frequencies. The audit will help managers/cleaning pros prepare their floorcare maintenance plan by identifying which floors need more care and which need less cleaning attention.
- Equipment needs. A key part of the audit is that it should help determine what types of floorcare equipment are necessary. This actually turns the floor audit into an investment because selecting the most effective floorcare equipment for your floors typically translates into a cost savings.
- Examine the “dirt.” Are floors lightly or heavily soiled on a regular basis? If so, what type of soiling - dust, oil, gravel, moisture? Take a close look at soiling patterns and the types of soiling that appear in each area and on each type of flooring. What material is the floor made of - tile and grout, stone, brick, LVT, cement, hardwood – and how are they finished? Is the floor even or uneven? Is it porous?
Floor care Equipment
A floor care audit should help us determine what type of floorcare equipment to select. Unfortunately, it will not tell us what types of machines to select because there are just too many variables related to floor surfaces, materials, and soiling.
So let’s look at the types of floor machines available along with some variables to consider. The audit results should help us identify suitable equipment selections.
If selecting a traditional automatic scrubber, it is very important to know the dimensions of the floor area. Are the areas wide or narrow; are there long walkways or short aisles? In a very large setting, a ride-on scrubber may be necessary. While these are pricey machines, as are most traditional automatic scrubbers, the labor savings can help defray the costs.
However, because costs can be an issue, if the floor areas to be maintained are more typical and not overly large, there are alternatives to traditional automatic scrubbers. For instance, systems are now available that apply cleaning solution directly to the floor and, as the machine is walked over the floor, a pad loosens soils which are then vacuumed up by the machine. Referred to as “autovac” floor machines, these systems may cost 70 to as much as 80 percent less than a traditional scrubber. This helps eliminate “sticker shock,” often encountered with traditional scrubbers.
The goal of the floor audit is to evaluate the overall needs of the floors so that managers and cleaning professionals can prepare an appropriate floorcare maintenance plan. The audit also enables decisions concerning the floor’s service and equipment needs to be based on facts rather than trial and error.
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Robert Kravitz is a former building service contractor, having owned, operated, and then sold three contract cleaning companies in Northern California.
He is the author of two books about the industry and continues to be a frequent writer for the industry.
Robert is now president of AlturaSolutions Communications, which provides communications and marketing services for organizations in the professional cleaning and building industries.