Surviving Winter’s Wrath in a Commercial Facility

Mat Services: Worth the Investment or Overkill?Winter can certainly feel like it’s full of wrath, especially when there’s so much snow, ice, freezing rain, and bitterly cold temperatures around. When you’re responsible for a commercial facility, sometimes it can feel as though winter is never going to let go. The best way to navigate the winter months is to have a comprehensive plan in place, especially when it comes to commercial facility maintenance and cleaning.

Make sure you protect those floors.

Protecting commercial floor surfaces is essential for any commercial facility during the winter months. You’re going to find a lot of snow, slush, salt, sand, and other debris getting tracked into the facility. If you don’t have walk-off mats or have a maintenance department that mops up the water and debris that is tracked in, it’s going to get tracked even deeper and every foot that steps on another piece of sand is just going to drive it farther and deeper into the tile surface.

That can cause scratches and corrosion, especially with salt, on those floor surfaces.

It’s also a good habit to professionally clean them regularly.

If you have the maintenance personnel and equipment, have them buff, strip, wax, and polish those floors every night, especially during the winter. Some facilities do this every day anyway, such as hospitals, but they also see a lot of foot traffic 24 hours a day.

Your commercial facility may only do this every couple of days or once a week during the summer months. Get in the habit of doing this daily, especially during the winter.

Have the right equipment.

The best way to keep your commercial floor surfaces and your entire facility clean at any time of the year is to make sure you have the right equipment on hand to do the job properly. If you have equipment that is only designed to clean a small surface area, but you have a large commercial facility, that’s going to be a problem.

It’s going to wear the equipment and your personnel out too quickly. It also isn’t going to promote better, regular cleaning that is so necessary during these winter months.

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