Salt, snow, and slush are bound to enter your facility during the winter season. These elements can be tracked more than 15 feet into your building, and once the moisture evaporates, your hard floors and carpets will be covered with particulates such as salt. Over time, if particulates are not properly removed, foot traffic can cause them to abrade the floor and carpet.
There are three main components to hard surface and carpet care: walk-off matting, proper cleaning techniques, and cleaning frequency.
Walk-off matting is your first line of defense against outside elements. Employ a walk-off matting system to trap particulates. If mats are heavily soiled, be sure to vacuum and clean them.
If particulates make it past the walk-off matting system, use a vacuum to pick up particulates on both hard surfaces and carpet. A dust mop can move salt around and scratch, abrade, and open pores in the floor finish. If dust mopping is the only choice, use a solution that has either slightly acidic or neutral pH, such as Back-to-7, to help neutralize salt residues. For large hard surface areas, use an automatic scrubber with a solution made for daily cleaning, such as Century Maintenance. Automatic scrubbers can significantly cut down on cleaning time.