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HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR FLOORING IN HIGH-TRAFFIC AREAS

Brandon Acker

Companies can face a lot of foot traffic throughout the day. Dirt, mud and other items can be tracked inside quickly and take a toll on your floors. Carpets can look dirty and matted, while hard-surface floors can appear worn and scuffed. Not only will flooring look dingy, debris build-up can cause permanent damage, including scratches, scuffs and stains, that could tarnish your company’s image.

To keep your business looking its best, use these high-traffic flooring maintenance tips from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean®.

CLEAN ROUTINELY

Routine cleaning at least once a day is key to ensuring the longevity of your floors. High-traffic areas like entrances and lobbies may need to be cleaned every few hours, especially during periods of inclement weather. For example, if you live in an area where roads and sidewalks are regularly salted during the winters, then people are going to be tracking in that salt on their shoes and boots. That salt can quickly damage floors, especially wooden and vinyl ones, and should be cleaned up as often as possible.

Remember that different office flooring options will need to be cleaned differently. Hard-surface floors like hardwood or vinyl should be swept every few hours to remove dirt and debris. After business hours, hard flooring may need to be mopped to clean and sanitize the area. On the other hand, carpets in high-traffic areas should be vacuumed at least once per day to effectively remove set-in debris. Since carpets tend to hold more dirt than wood, vinyl or tile floors, make sure the type of carpet in your facility can stand up to heavy foot traffic.

USE MATS AND RUGS

Placing mats and rugs in high-traffic areas can help prevent floor damage in the following ways:

  • Catch large amounts of dirt, grime and puddles before they are tracked around the facility.

  • Protect against scuff marks and scratches from salt and snow, dirt, sand or other substances.

  • Help employees and customers wipe off their shoes before entering the building.

When putting down mats and rugs, make sure that they are secure and lay flat. A loose or bent mat can be a tripping hazard. If you don’t already have mats near your entryways and other high-traffic areas, look for mats or rugs that can be fastened to the floor for a secure fit. In addition, mats and rugs should be cleaned or changed out on a regular basis, at least once a month (depending on weekly traffic).

DEEP CLEAN ONCE A YEAR

While regular cleaning can help to maintain your flooring, deeper cleans should be performed at least annually. Annual deep cleanings can help your office’s floors in the following ways:

  • Extend your floor’s longevity

  • Restore your flooring to like-new conditions

  • Help maintain and improve the cleanliness and appearance of your floors

Let the professionals at ServiceMaster Clean help your floors shine. Our commercial floor cleaning services include expert advice on the best floor cleaning methods, periodic maintenance schedules to refresh your floors and specific cleanliness protocols to clean a complete range of flooring. Contact us today to learn how we can create a comprehensive cleaning program that uses our advanced technologies, innovative equipment and decades of experience to fit your company’s needs.

3 AREAS IN YOUR HEALTHCARE FACILITY THAT MAY REQUIRE CEILING CLEANING AND DISINFECTION

Brandon Acker

While high-touch areas like countertops, sinks and examination tables are more commonly prone to harboring bacteria and infections, ceilings can do the same. Along with being contaminated by airborne germs or aerosolized pathogens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that pathogens can even enter through ceilings and possibly contaminate the entire facility. Find out the top 3 areas in your healthcare facility that require the ceilings to be cleaned and sanitized more frequently with tips from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean®.

1. EXAMINATION ROOMS

Patients spend a lot of time in the examination room. Throughout the course of a week, a healthcare facility can see hundreds of sick patients with contagious illnesses, and each one of these patients waits for their medical assessment in an examination room. To keep their germs from accumulating on the ceiling and potentially infecting your staff or other patients, have your janitorial professionals clean examination room ceilings often.

2. WAITING ROOM AND LOBBY

Your waiting room and lobby receive the most foot traffic in your medical facility. This fact alone makes these areas incredibly prone to airborne bacteria, illness and disease. While healthcare workers are diligent in cleaning the high-touch areas, providing contagious patients with masks and ensuring hand sanitizer is readily available, it's crucial that professional services regularly attend to this low-touch area your staff can't reach.

3. OPERATING ROOMS

If an operating room is not properly cleaned and disinfected from floor to ceiling, surgical patients are susceptible to contracting surgical infections and illnesses, which can jeopardize their recovery and your reputation. Indeed, operating rooms require a heightened level of attention during professional ceiling cleanings. Their ceilings require the most frequent disinfecting and sanitizing sessions of any room in your facility to promote safe and successful operations.

HIRE PROFESSIONAL HEALTHCARE CLEANING SERVICES

To ensure every surface in your healthcare facility is cleaned, disinfected and sanitized appropriately, call on the experts at ServiceMaster Clean. Back by over 65 years of experience, our professional healthcare janitorial services offer industry-leading care to your facility and its patients. We follow a methodical process to ensure consistent results every time, and that every space is properly cleaned with best practices and procedures set forth by the leading governmental healthcare organizations. Contact us today to discover how we can help address your facility's specific needs.