Facility Dude

The Seventh Day of Maintenance: Flooring

By FacilityDude
Dec 12, 2013

Maintenance, Facilities Management

Request Demo

#7 Creaky and dirty floors do have their advantages this time of year, as children can hear and track midnight gift-givers. However, when it comes to facility maintenance, nothing but a clean floor will do. On the seventh day of maintenance, we give you plenty of reasons why clean is king, and how to keep your facility as pristine as a freshly laid winter wonderland. While it requires some due diligence on your part, you and your tenants will be thankful for it.

Three problems of a dirty floor

Unlike wrapping paper, dirty floors are more than just an aesthetic concern: they're also a huge danger. Poorly maintained floors are one of the major causes of slip-and-fall accidents. In addition to wet spots on your floor during a rainy or snowy day, grout buildup and general wear can make surfaces slippery. Poorly placed objects could also result in tripping. Injuries to your tenants and staff should be more than enough motivation to get the ball rolling on clean floors, but facility managers should also note that a fall could result in unwanted litigation

Dirty floors are much like the Grinch: they can be outright threatening and also sneaky. The spread of bacteria and disease is one of its subtler operations. FMLink noted that there are a bunch of ways that people interact with floors directly. Shoes are the biggest culprit, carrying dirt and disease such as E.Coli on their soles. We also expose ourselves to disease by tying shoelaces, moving power cords, picking up items such as pens and pencils that have fallen on the floor and even grabbing a briefcase off of the ground.

Aesthetics may seem like a silly concern compared to those other issues, but the cleanliness of a building can affect how facilities and businesses within are perceived. You want your facility to sparkle like tinsel and shine like a freshly hung bulb ornament. Your and  your tenant's reputations may be on the line.

Ultimately, every one of these issues can be related back to safety and cost. By maintaining a clean floor, you can keep people healthy and happy while avoiding costly sick days and litigation. Daily building maintenance can even give your floors and carpets longer life, meaning fewer replacements when considering the big picture.

Keeping it clean

clean white office lobby If you want to keep your facility floors spick and span, you'll want to clean them on a daily basis and make special arrangements for winter season protection. Before you begin your cleaning, however, you'll want to make sure you have all of the right resources to do the job properly.

FacilitiesNet cited three key components of a good floor-maintenance program: chemicals, equipment and technical skills. That includes the right mops, vacuums and cleaning solvents. In addition to your daily maintenance, you'll also want to perform deep cleans, which, according to FMLink, removes dirt and breaks down build-up not easily removed by routine cleaning. If you don't have the proper equipment, you can always outsource.

Due to rain, snow and ice, you'll also want to make sure you have strategically placed mats around the facility to avoid slips and falls. Think transition spaces such as entrances and escalators, as well as near front desks and main lobbies.

Putting a bow on it

A dirty floor can be costly, and an improperly cleaned one can be, too, if the wrong techniques or chemicals are employed. Keeping up with daily maintenance can also be difficult. Facility managers should consider facility maintenance software to help keep track of their work orders and routine maintenance. 

Back to Blog

Leave a Comment

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?