Snow. Slush. Salt. Ice melters. These are all sure signs that winter has arrived. These signs also bring all the salt, sand and moisture that inevitably make their way into buildings – increasing not only the risk of damage to floor surfaces, but also the risk of nasty slips and falls.
Here are 4 tips to lower these risks:
Install high performance matting at all entrances.
Good matting can trap 70% to 80% of the dirt tracked inside. For optimal dirt trapping, mats should be at least 15 ft (3.5 m) long.
Frequently review your floor care program.
To remove the 20% to 30% of dirt that manages to sneak past matting, you will probably need to increase your cleaning frequency during cold weather months.
Choose equipment that promotes good indoor air quality.
Opt for equipment that efficiently removes and traps dirt and contaminates. This will help to keep your indoor air clean.
Choose certified green cleaning chemicals.
People spend more time indoors during the winter, so cleaning products should also promote good indoor air quality. Look for certified green cleaning chemicals. They will offer the cleaning performance you need while also protecting the health of users and building occupants.
Floor pads generally take a lot of abuse. There are plenty of reasons for this: Improper storage, wrong size of pad used, wrong type of products used for the type of pad, wrong type of pad used for the floor surface… the list goes on and on.
Here’s how to keep floor pads in good condition longer.
These tips may seem simple, but they will make a big difference in improving results and reducing costs.
ALWAYS use the right floor pad for the job. There are different floor pads for different tasks, so be sure to use the right one.
Use the right size floor pad. Using the wrong size of pad for your machine can cause it to break down and even shorten its operating life. An improperly fitted floor pad will also tend to wear out more quickly.
Always install pads properly. An off-centre floor pad can wear unevenly or tear.
Clean pads after using them. They’ll last longer, which will save you money over the long run.
Pro tip: If you’re unable to clean floor pads right after using them, seal them in a plastic bag to keep them damp until you’re able to clean them.
Your hands are literally crawling with germs and bacteria. On any given day, you probably touch hundreds of objects. No wonder germs spread so quickly! Did you know that the average office worker touches roughly 30 objects each and every minute? That same person also touches his or her face 18.5 times each hour. That adds up to a very high risk of catching a virus!
Stop spreading viruses: Follow these handy tips for washing your hands properly.
Wash your hands often:
Before, during and after preparing food
Before and after taking care of a sick person
When your hands are visibly dirty
After going to the bathroom
After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
After handling pet food or litter
After handling garbage
After sharing a cell phone or other electronic device
Keep hand sanitizer on hand at all times. Simply rub your hands vigorously for 15 seconds to remove 99.99% of bacteria – no water needed!
The easiest way to clean a device’s screen is with a microfibre cloth as they not only remove dirt but also trap and remove germs that can be found on the screen of your devices, preventing you from redepositing these germs on other surfaces. And unlike paper-based towels, microfibre cloths gently clean the sensitive glass on a smartphone or tablet without running the risk of scratching it.
Consider using a minimal amount of water to dampen the cloth first.
To remove large amounts of fingerprints or grease, apply Vert-2-Go Bio Electroclean to the microfibre cloth and then proceed to wipe down your electronic devices.
Never spray any cleaning or disinfecting solution directly onto the screen of your device.
To clean and disinfect your tablets or smart phones, SABER Wipes can be used.
Avoid dragging furniture or heavy objects along the surface of the floor when you need to move them. Attach felted pads under the legs of furniture and chairs so that you can easily glide them without scuffing the surface. Check the pads periodically for wear, and replace them when needed.