From November to February, much of the US can expect to get hit with snow, ice, and sleet. For many, preparing for the increased wet weather and associated dangers means laying down ice melt and rock salt.
Winter weather is unpredictable. There’s just no knowing for sure how harsh it will be until we’re in the thick of it. Last year, the foremost weather observatory in the US recorded a warmer winter than average, but sporadic weather meant that it also saw more cold fronts and above-average snowfall. In fact, winter snowfall totaled 65.6 inches, almost 25% higher than the 30-year average. There’s really no telling how much snow we’ll get this year, but there’s no harm in preparing for the worst. In fact, the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks of adjusting your floor care routine for the winter. For example, while ice melt and rock salt are key to lowering slip and fall risks in the winter, especially during times of heavy snowfall, these products are also harsh on your floors and equipment and can damage them if you don’t take the necessary precautions - like regular equipment cleaning and maintenance.
With labor being the most costly expense for most facilities, finding ways to make cleaning your building quicker and easier for your janitorial team is likely a high priority for your business.
Quite often, the design of your commercial restrooms may be in need of a make-over to create an enhanced and cohesive look in your facility. Outdated restrooms can appear unclean and increase the amount of time your guests spend in your restroom. Updating your commercial restroom once in a while can help maintain your customers’ positive experiences in your facility. Performing a makeover to your commercial restroom will help enhance the image of your restroom and make it easier for your janitorial staff to keep the bathroom in your restaurant clean.
Have you noticed a recurring bad smell in your facility’s restrooms? Smelly restrooms signal to the people in your building that the area is not properly maintained and they need to be cautious while using and interacting with the objects and surfaces in your restroom. If the restrooms in your facility have a foul odor, people are more likely to believe that your entire business is dirty, despite having a clean appearance.
Did you know that your guests can leave your restroom with twice the amount of germs on their hands than when they entered? Using the restroom requires the people in your building to touch multiple surfaces and objects. Whether they’re touching the doors, toilet flush valves, or faucets, there’s a high risk of spreading germs throughout your facility, especially if they don’t clean their hands before leaving. While some people may just choose not to wash their hands, one of the most common reasons people skip the wash process is empty soap dispensers. If the people in your building don’t have access to hand soap or sanitizer in your restroom, they can spread germs that cause unpleasant illnesses like salmonella, E. Coli, norovirus, and other respiratory viruses.
Keeping your commercial restroom looking and smelling its best is an important part of maintaining a positive perception of your facility among guests. If your guests notice a foul odor while they’re in your restroom, it’s possible that you and your janitorial team will have to clean your restroom more often to address complaints and negative reviews. Negative reviews about the state of your restroom can lead to reduced patronage and more frequent restroom maintenance. It’s essential to be able to identify, remove, and prevent odors in your restroom. Offensive smells in your commercial restroom can be caused by various sources like floor grout, drains, and toilets/urinals.
Your facility’s restroom can make or break the experience that your guests have in your business. Dirty restrooms not only make for a negative bathroom experience but can lead to an increased amount of complaints about the cleanliness of your facility. In fact, restrooms make up 5% of the space but account for 80% of complaints.
Carpet extractors are an important piece of janitorial floor maintenance equipment that can be used to deep clean the commercial carpets in your facility. Commercial carpet extractors differ in size, type, power source, and other factors that will affect how effective they are at maintaining your building’s carpeted and upholstered surfaces. Depending on the type of commercial carpet extractor you’re interested in purchasing for your facility, you will be able to spot clean tough stains and embedded dirt, or deep clean large carpeted areas. The variety of commercial carpet extractors that you can choose from may make it hard to find the best one for your facility. The right carpet extractor for your business will be based on the size of the area you’re looking to clean, your budget, and some other factors unique to your facility.