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Commercial Floor Maintenance Tips

employee in factoryCommercial floor maintenance may not be at the top of your facility maintenance list, but it’s important for the health of your business and everyone in it. Use these tips to get your business floors clean, and keep them that way.

Use industrial rugs to your advantage.

If you want to keep all the debris that gets tracked in off your commercial floors, invest or rent durable rugs to be placed by all exterior entrances. Contact a cleaning service to have your rugs cleaned regularly to maintain a favorable impression and keep gravel and debris on the rugs and not damaging your floor.

Establish and keep a regular floor maintenance schedule.

Whether you outsource or in-house your floor cleaning, it’s never too soon to establish a regular floor cleaning schedule—and stick to it. Don’t put it off; over time, the constant build-up of dirt and grime (especially in an industrial setting) can lead to a cleaning that requires extra effort—and increased expense. A thick layer of grime can also make your floor slippery, making you liable for any employees’ slips, trips, and falls, one of the top workplace injuries. If you don’t have employees available to maintain your floor cleaning schedule, consider hiring a local cleaning service to keep up regular cleanings (or fill in periodically).

Be conscientious of cleaning supplies.

Floor cleaning supplies can have a larger impact on your floors and your employees that you know. Abrasive cleaning supplies and some chemicals can injure cleaning personnel, trigger allergy symptoms in employees using the space, and damage the floors. Know what products work for each floor in your company. Before your purchase new products, research floor cleaning products (or choose a cleaning service with the expertise) to minimize the risk to your employees and floors. Implement safety procedures and educate your staff on proper use of cleaners and avoiding injury while cleaning facility floors. Keep personal protective equipment in convenient locations for employees that use cleaning supplies that could cause injury.

5 Steps to Cleaning Up the Water From Your Home

water splash from frozen burst home pipeA flooded basement. Water running through the ceiling.  It doesn’t have to be the rainy season to walk in and find an indoor swimming pool in your home. Once you get over the shock of a flooded home, it’s time to move on to the next step. What do you do about cleaning up all the water in your home?  We’ve given you a five step list to getting your home back to the same condition BEFORE your pipe burst or the water poured in.

Turn off the power

This is a very import step.  Don’t get electrocuted.  Make sure the power and gas to your home is turned off ASAP—especially before you step into the water.

Stop the flow.

Before you start clean up, stop the flow.  Find the source of the leak (i.e. pipe, wall, etc.) and stem the flow.  If the flooding source is a pipe, turn off the water to your home.  Call a plumber ASAP if necessary.

Call your insurance company.

Call your home insurance agent or the after hours number to report the damage.  Take photos immediately and once the water is gone so you have documentation to back up your claim.

Remove the water, wet items, and furniture.

Time to start removing the water from your home.  If you use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the water (which is not recommended), be very careful that the cord does not touch the water.  Take any furniture or wet items to another area to dry, such as on a tarp in your garage or to an outdoor area.

Start cleaning up.

To keep the clean up process going (even while you are at work), contact a cleaning service to get them on the job ASAP.  If you want to make the process simpler, call a cleaning service that has an existing relationship with your insurance carrier so the two parties can communicate directly and you don’t have to be the middleman.

Your Complete 20 Step Company Restroom Cleaning Checklist

restroom signs pointing to bathroom where cleaners used restroom cleaning checklistIf cleanliness is next to godliness as the old saying goes, a clean company restroom is next to necessity.  A thoroughly clean and disinfected restroom is necessary for employee health and productivity, as well as creating a favorable impression with guests and clients.  To help you achieve all that and more, we’ve compiled a 20 step checklist that can be used to make sure your staff has a complete clean, to make sure your cleaning service is doing the full job, or to give to your new cleaning service to ensure that your restroom is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

___Clean and disinfect countertop and faucet handles.

___Wash out sinks.

___Clean mirrors.

___Dust and clean paper towel dispenser.

___Dust and wipe down hand dryers.

___Wipe down and disinfect trash receptacles in stalls.

___Clean exterior of toilets.

___Disinfect toilet handles.

___Thoroughly wash urinals.

___Clean toilet bowls.

___Wash bathroom stall walls.

___Dust and clean air duct covers.

___Clean baseboards.

___Dust and clean light fixtures and fans.

___Check all light bulbs & replace bulbs that are burned out.

___Wash walls and ceiling.

___Clean grout between tiles and drain covers.

___Mop floors.

___Restock restroom supplies (i.e. soap, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.).

___Take out all trashes (i.e. stall, main trash, etc.).