Protecting office floors from the ice, snow, and salt that comes with our freezing Midwestern winters is more than just an effort to keep your office presentable. Well-cared for office floors are an effort that also keeps office staff safe and lengthens the life of office floors.
The effort to protect office floors starts outside the door. Often, the culprit of dirty floors is neglected sidewalks and parking lots. Office staff and visitors track the grime in, creating a build-up that can be difficult (and more expensive) to remove.
For that reason and for staff safety, extra care should be taken to keep parking lots clear of snow and ice. Designate a staff member or service who is responsible for the task and ensure that the parking lot is cleaned prior to and whenever our snowy Wisconsin winter strikes.
- Add rugs by all exterior doors to protect floors from salt and snow that is tracked in.
- Replace rugs and mats as they get damaged and worn.
- Vacuum and mop lobbies regularly to keep them clean and safe.
- Place rugs in strategic areas where there is heavy foot traffic, such as around printers or in common areas.
- Vacuum carpets and rugs on a daily basis.
- Depending on foot traffic, schedule a monthly or bi-annual carpet cleaning.
- Use a light mop to remove melted snow and salt. (This is also an important safety measure.)
- Mop floors regularly to remove salt, which can damage and wear down floors.
- Schedule a regular floor stripping and waxing.
- Don’t miss a deep cleaning, which can cost more if salt and dirt build-up.