Winter can be a messy season for any facility, but it is especially challenging for colleges and universities in the Northeast. Students and faculty are constantly tracking in wet snow, ice, and slush as well as harsh ice melt compounds and salt residues on their shoes.
Floor care is complicated, and when you add snow, ice, and salt to the equation, finding the right floor care solution can seem nearly impossible.
Combating the spread of Coronavirus has been the primary focus for businesses this year. Yet, as we enter peak cold & flu season, preventing the spread of germs takes an even higher priority as you work to increase building hygiene and safety.
Whether you are finishing your facility’s floor for the first time or trying to restore the look of your floor, you need to select the right floor finish to keep your floors protected and looking great. Each floor finish is unique and selecting the best one will be based on the needs of your facility. Which Floor Finish is Best for my Floor?
Hard floors are common in many commercial facilities, requiring weekly and in some cases daily maintenance. Mopping is an age-old floor cleaning technique and is still one of the most common methods to clean commercial hard floors.
Germs are everywhere. They are a part of everyday life and are found in and on people, in the air, in the soil, and in water. Some germs are not harmful but others can lead to serious illness and infections, reiterating the importance of cleaning to reduce germs. The germiest parts in any facility are the areas that are most frequently visited or surfaces that are most commonly touched by people. This is because people are carriers of millions of germs. Germs can not travel and infect people on their own. They depend on people, the environment, or equipment to spread.
In any commercial building, hard flooring is susceptible to irritating and unsightly scuff marks. Although not damaging, scuff marks ruin the appearance of bright shiny floors.
There are many misconceptions about the meaning of “solids” and their role in floor finishes. It has been a longstanding belief that the quality of a floor finish is related to the amount or percentage of solids in a floor finish. This would mean all high solid floor finishes are high quality and will be the best choice. Another belief relates floor finishes with a higher percentage of solids to increased maintenance and cost. However, it is important to realize that innovation in floor finish manufacturing has allowed for advancements in floor finish chemistry which positively affects the ease of floor finish application and appearance. The percentage of solids in a finish no longer directly affects the quality, durability, cost, and other factors.
Commercial wet mops are an important tool in most every facility. They are the traditional, go-to tool for cleaning spill prone spots, periodically maintaining heavy traffic areas, and several other floor cleaning procedures. With the right mopping technique, they can be effective in removing soils from hard floor surfaces. It’s important to use the right technique so spots aren't missed, otherwise allowing germs and soils to remain on the surface.