Managing wear and tear on floors in the winter is equal parts corrective and preventative maintenance. Ice and snow are inevitably tracked inside and onto the floor where it turns right into moisture. And then there’s the rock salt…oh, the rock salt… what punisher that rock salt is. And sometimes mud likes to join the party.
Keeping a process for floor maintenance is key to protecting your most used asset—the ground!
Save the strain and turn snow into rain. I don’t know a single person who likes shoveling snow or scraping ice off of sidewalks. Make sure that you have a dedicated person on your team that is keeping an eye on inclement weather and deploying preventative actions to fend off ice and snow accumulations in your walkways. Weather patterns shift all the time, and sometimes the snow and ice never arrive. But as the saying goes—better safe than shoveling snow all day! Sweeping or washing away unused salt is much easier on your back!
Do The Mats!
On top of using mats to prevent slips and falls, a good matting system for your entrances and interior floors will pay off in long-term protection. Sidewalk scraper mats, doorway transition mats, and absorbent entry mats make for a holy trinity of floor and pedestrian protection. Think of the mats as a drop off points for salt, ice, and slush. And keeping those mats clean is not just for looks. The longer you let them absorb moisture and debris, the heavier they become and the harder it is to move and clean them. Don’t be afraid to put that Wet-Vac to good use!