Many people only pay attention to spring cleaning; however, preparing for and cleaning in preparation for the winter months can be even more important if you are a business owner. After all, workplace safety always depends on how well you are prepared for the salt and mess that comes with snow and ice.
In addition, as winter takes hold, the humidity will drop, and the air becomes much drier and more uncomfortable for your employees and customers. Cleaning things up properly can help mitigate this issue, and it can solve a lot of other cold-weather-related issues before they occur. Here is a useful workplace cleaning checklist you can use to make sure that you are fully prepared.
Get Your Workplace Entrance Prepared
Your workplace entrance is an important area to focus on, and it will be a lot more of a challenge to maintain once your employees and customers are coming in and out tracking in salt, snow and ice. To make sure that you are prepared, be sure to have the following supplies on hand:
- Secure floor mats;
- Wet floor signs;
- Absorbent mats for the wetter days;
- A dedicated mop and bucket;
- Snow guards on your door;
- Snow shovel for cleaning up outside the door and walkway;
- Storage for outer shoe wear like boots (if employees wear something else while they work).
Once it starts to snow, you will need to be more vigilant about this area. Following this routine is highly recommended:
- Be sure floor mats are dry before employees show up;
- Place wet floor sign as soon as you are open for business;
- Mop the floor as soon as people stop arriving or when you are closed;
- Add in more layers of extra absorbent pads when the mat becomes soggy;
- After work hours ended, wash and dry the floor mats.
If you are too busy to do this work, then a professional cleaning company, such as Admiral Janitorial, can do the cleaning for you on a daily or weekly basis. Keeping the entrance clean is key if you want to avoid as much damage as possible to your floor and mats.
Once winter comes, you probably notice that salt stains begin to grow on your floors or concentrate around the entryway mats. These salt stains are deposits of hard minerals that are crusty and will eventually wear down your expensive flooring. Salt can also get lodged in your carpeting, which can damage the carpet over time. You can delay needing to replace your
flooring and mats longer if you regularly remove the salt from the floor.
To do this, you will need to use a salt neutralizer cleaner. Just pouring water over the area will make the stains go away for only a short period of time before the water dries and they return. Keep in mind that using a lot of products will not be the best solution to clean your floors. Be aware of the specific dilution ratios and amount of chemical you are using. Admiral Janitorial has the products and trained professionals needed to make sure your work environment is as safe and clean as possible all winter long.
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