Vacuum regularly: This is the first line of defence to maintain look and life of commercial carpet.
Install an effective matting system: Studies have shown that 80% and more of the dirt and debris in a building is tracked in on the bottoms of shoes.
Do not leave cleaning chemicals in the carpet: It is essential to ensure that all traces are removed after cleaning and that the carpet is completely dry before the room is returned to regular foot traffic.
Prioritize spot cleaning: The best way to minimize permanent staining and carpet damage is to act on spills, spots and stains as soon as they appear.
Vary your maintenance schedule based on weather: The key to removing the sand, salt and debris that are tracked into a building during those wet, soggy, snowy days of winter, is scheduling the labour required to remove it.
If you apply those tips, you will be able to save on the costs of your carpets and extend their utility life.
It’s important to choose an autoscrubber that will best meet the needs of your business. Understanding the different types of brushes available on the market can help.
Ideal for cleaning flat, smooth floors. Most widely used type of scrubber. A flat pad or a disc brush spins as cleaning solution is dispensed on the floor. Lowest cost of ownership.
Great for uneven and debris-laden floors. No pre-sweeping needed. No separate broom/dust mop needed.
Powerful scrubbing action makes it the best choice for deep cleaning. Cleans grout and removes impurities in floor finishes. Can also be used to remove commercial floor finishes without chemicals. Rectangular cleaning head makes cleaning corners, along walls and other hard-to-reach areas easier.
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.