Unexpected weather conditions plague businesses, no matter what time of
year. Due to their unpredictable nature, foreseeing what type of
cleaning a facility will need to keep its floors clean on a daily basis
can prove difficult. To help businesses protect their floors – and their
customers – from the ravages of weather-wear, Cintas
Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) offers a floor cleaning checklist to help
keep floors clean, protected and in top condition.
“A clean floor speaks volumes about a business,” said John Engel,
Director of Marketing, Cintas. “If the weather causes customers and
employees to track in mud, rain and debris, the floors see the worst of
it. By following a comprehensive floor cleaning program, facilities can
enjoy peace of mind and know they’re doing their best to protect and
project a positive image onto customers.”
Cintas offers the following checklist to help organizations enhance
their floor cleaning program:
Schedule periodic deep cleans. Floor deep cleans use cleaning
chemicals, dwell time and high-pressure steam to sanitize and remove
buildup and accumulation of dirt and grime. From hard surfaces such as
tile and natural stone, to wood or vinyl flooring, periodic deep
cleans help improve the static coefficient of friction by removing
layers of dirt that accumulate over time.
Implement a matting program. Businesses without proper entrance
matting will have a hard time keeping floors clean and hazards such as
dirt, debris and precipitation at the door. In addition to eliminating
the accumulation of slippery excess moisture and puddles, ISSA states
that entrance matting of at least six feet can remove 40 percent of
soil, 12 feet can remove 80 percent of soil and 36 feet of matting can
remove 99 percent of soil.
Perform daily cleaning. Spills, tracked in debris and dust
accumulation can cause floors to become sticky or slippery. Supervise
employees to ensure intermittent floor cleaning is performed at
regular intervals and immediately after spills. Consider using floor
mops with an on-board cleaning chemical reservoir, such as a pulse
mop, to quickly clean up spills throughout the day.
Use the correct dilution for cleaning chemicals. Incorrect
cleaning chemicals or the wrong dilution may not clean as well as
intended and may cause floors to be sticky or slippery. Make sure
employees know which products to use, where to use them and how to
dilute them properly. Consider installing an easy-to-use, push-button
cleaning chemical dispensing system that ensures the correct dilution
to optimize cleaning.
Upgrade your cleaning tools. Tool selection is an important
step in ensuring floors are properly cleaned. Microfiber cleaning
tools offer superior cleaning performance and better infection control
than traditional mops and towels. According to Rubbermaid, microfiber
products are proven to remove 80 percent more dust and dirt than
traditional mops, ensuring floors are cleaner.
consider using a dual-chamber mop and bucket system instead of a
traditional mop and bucket when cleaning floors. Dual-chamber systems
separate dirty mop water from the cleaning chemical solution to
prevent dirt from being mopped back onto floors.
For more information about Cintas’ clean floor solutions for facilities,
About Cintas Corporation
Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types
and sizes get READY™ to open their doors with confidence every
day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our
customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean,
safe and looking their best. With products and services including
uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products,
fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training,
Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered
in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq
Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both
the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.
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