I know none of us want to even think about it, but winter is coming up fast. Many business and home owners are thinking about the constant hassle of cleaning up the salt and sand that gets tracked in every. What can you do to protect your floors in the winter?
For business owners, it would be very smart to use a neutral cleaner to combat the residue buildup from salt and sand. Neutral cleaner is non-hazardous and will neutralize the heavy alkaline in salt / ice melt. Also, it is important to use water regularly to flush out salt, sand and soil. However, it is important to be aware of the potential slipping hazard when dealing with a wet floor. Sand can also become very slippery and abrasive on certain types of flooring in your business. Mats are very beneficial in commercial facilities. One study has shown that 25 feet of matting is needed to capture 100% of exterior soil.
How about home owners, what precautions can they take? If you have carpets, make sure you vacuum them regularly in the winter to prevent residue buildup. For home owners that have hardwood floors, make sure you sweep regularly to prevent damage to your floors. Additionally, you can use mats whenever possible and make sure everyone takes their shoes off before tracking through the house.