How to Ensure Safety When Cleaning Floor Surfaces During Normal Business Hours

Cords, Tripping Hazards, and Paying Attention at 24-Hour FacilitiesNot every commercial facility has the luxury of closing its doors to clients, customers, or even business professionals at, for example, 5 o’clock in the afternoon. For those commercial facilities that have people coming and going at all hours of the day and night, such as a hospital, keeping the floor surfaces clean can be an overwhelming challenge.

Safety is always a top concern.

One of the major issues that a lot of these commercial facilities face is how can they keep these floor surfaces looking their best, protecting them for the long term, but also keeping everyone on the grounds safe at all times.

Using proper strategy is the first step.

There are most likely going to be several places throughout the facility which don’t have a lot of foot traffic at certain times of the day or night. It may be more practical to have the maintenance personnel clean one particular area during daytime hours because it sees little use. For example, a conference center might only have people in the room at designated times. When the conference room is not reserved, this is a great time for the personnel to get working on maintenance issues or floor cleaning.

It’s also vital to use proper signage.

Good, easy to see signs are an invaluable asset in helping people realize something is being done in the area. Using proper ropes or ribbons, signs, and more can direct traffic away from the floor cleaners, alert them to potentially slick surfaces, warning them to stay alert and not rush to the area, and it also provides the maintenance personnel what they need to get the job done properly.

Proper equipment is essential.

Having the wrong equipment could make the job take a lot longer than it has to. Using the right equipment for the floor surface or size of the floor area will also reduce the amount of time required to clean, buff, strip, wax, or whatever. This can make it much easier for the maintenance department to keep up with the floor surfaces any time of the day or night.

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