The presence of ice on your walkways and at your entrances increases the potential for slip and fall accidents. To insure the safety of employees and customers, ice melting compounds are used extensively. Though ice melting compounds make entrances safer for building occupants, they pose a severe cleaning challenge. As people enter a building, the ice melting compounds are tracked-in onto carpets and hard floors leaving a white, sticky, hard to remove residue. You’ve increased the frequency of cleaning the floors at your entrances, yet the white powdery residue is still visible, reappearing once the floor completely dries. No matter how often you clean your floors, the result is less than optimal. You want to prevent permanent staining and damage of your floors, mats and carpets and avoid major replacement expenses.
The solution is to change to a floor cleaner specialized in removing slat stains and ice melter residues caused by winter. Traditional neutral floors cleaners aren’t formulated to effectively remove ice melter residues. That white residue left behind from tracked in ice melt is a compound called Calcium Carbonate. This is also the principle compound that we refer to as ‘hard water residue’ or ‘lime scale’ that creates cleaning challenges in restrooms. Traditional neutral floor cleaners just can’t dissolve and remove these stains. Unlike traditional neutral floor cleaners, a specialized cleaner is formulated to dissolve these residues and trap them in the cleaning solution so that they can be easily rinsed away. The result is that it takes less time to achieve cleaner and safer floors.
Below are some additional tips to ensure your entrances stay dry and clean:
- Use good quality walk off matting that includes a combination of wipe and scraper matting. Use at least 6 metres of walk off matting at entranceways. In winter months, consider using additional matting to keep floors dry.
- Use a specialized cleaner daily and as required to remove ice melter deposits on hard floors, entrance mats and carpeting. A dedicated representative can help you select the best tools and process and to remove ice melter residue from your flooring products.
- Remove ice and snow at all entranceways frequently. Remember: ice melting compounds melt ice – they don’t make it disappear.
- Use ice melting compounds as directed. More is not necessarily better. Use a hand spreader to spread ice melting compound evenly. This will avoid waste and prevent the excess ice melter compound from tracking into your building.
- Keep a wet dry vac near your entranceways to remove excess moisture from your entrance mats. The closer you can store the wet dry vac to your main entrance, the more likely it will be used. Removing moisture frequently during the day prevents floors from becoming slippery. It also prevents the moisture from damaging your floor finish.
- Implement a daily and interim cleaning program for your floors, mats and carpets. A comprehensive maintenance program will prevent premature wear of your flooring products. Remember 80% and more of the dirt and debris in a building are tracked in on the bottoms of shoes. It is more convenient and takes less time and money to remove dirt at entrances than to remove it once it has spread throughout a building.