Winter is a difficult time to keep floors clean. If you don’t take precautions, debris, snow, ice, and moisture may quickly make your floors look nasty. Even ice-melting products might degrade the appearance of your floors.
The appropriate kind of complete floor matting system will help you avoid these problems and keep the winter weather out of your building. After just 1,500 visitors, more than 40% of your facility’s floor finish can be gone around the door if you don’t use matting.
Make Your Entrances a Priority
Focus on your entrance zones to safeguard your floors this winter. Matting will be your first line of defense against water; debris, dirt, and ice melt by catching and absorbing them. Cleaning and maintaining matting is less costly in terms of manpower and overall expenditures than cleaning your entryways and floors regularly.
A dual-mat arrangement, beginning with a scraper mat outside your door, is recommended. Inside, use a carpet map to decrease the amount of debris and moisture that enters your facility. This system should be installed at all of your space’s entrances, not just the main one.
Before people enter your building, scraper mats remove debris and water. Others include drainage holes or deep channels to keep moisture confined, while others have blades to make scraping easier with each step.
Waterhog mats collect dirt and debris. These mats are often comprised of quick-drying fibers that can catch small particles from boots and shoes while draining moisture quickly.
Waterhog mats have a soft or foamy feel to them, making them a nice and clean walking surface for bare feet, as well as offering sure footing for your visitors, even in high-traffic areas. The thickness of these floor mats adds to the comfort factor. They also give warmth and traction when walked over.
In slick areas where water collects, wet area mats provide added safety. This could be near the pool’s entrances and exits, for example. Even if the tiles or flooring are non-slip, these areas can be slip hazards.
Make sure the mat you purchase completely covers your entryway and provides enough room for folks to wipe their feet. We want to offer people ample space to take 10 to 12 steps on the matting before walking on the actual floors in our area, where snow is common.
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During the winter, you should clean your floors more frequently.
To maintain your floors in top form during the winter, you’ll want to enhance your regular floor cleaning in addition to installing the correct sorts of floor matting systems. Keep an eye on the entrances to wipe up any excess dirt or pooled water as soon as possible, and plan to deep clean your floors more frequently. This will aid in the removal of dirt, the breakdown of any ice melt residue, and the extraction of contaminants from carpeted areas, tile, and grout lines.
While winter floor maintenance might be difficult, these treatments will protect your floors throughout the season, ensuring that they look their best in the spring!