How to Clean Your Commercial Floor

 

Clean floors are essential for your business to create a good impression, prevent sickness, and reduce your costs.

 

The Importance of Floor Cleaning

Floors and Infections

One hundred percent of floors had P.aeruginosa, a bacterium that is one of the top causes of human infections. Not only can it cause infections, but it can even be resistant to antibiotics.

While your staff and customers probably aren’t licking the floor (we hope not anyway), they could still get sick from an unhygienic environment.

 

 

Create a Good Impression

A dirty floor could lead 68% of customers to immediately leave a restaurant. If you can’t clean the areas the customers are seeing, what must the kitchen be like?

This isn’t just confined to restaurants, 69% of consumers want hand sanitising to continue and 55% want hospitality to continue to have hygiene measures evident.

 

Get a Top Hygiene Rating

Your food business is subject to inspections from your local authority, including home businesses.

A majority of consumers will check food hygiene ratings before purchasing from you. While it is not legal in all parts of the UK to display your food hygiene rating, it is in your best interests to be transparent to attract more customers.

Those with high ratings are likely to be able to charge more too.

Your hygiene inspection doesn’t just check food preparation areas, they also check walls and floors, so it is important to keep a consistent floor cleaning routine.

 

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Reduce Sick Pay

Around 93,000 workers believe they got Covid at work. Sickness can spread as quickly as your waistline on holiday.

Not only does this put staff and customers at risk but it leaves you with higher costs having to pay sickness pay and possibly for replacement staff.

A dirty workplace can also decrease productivity, so even if your staff are at work, their performance isn’t as good in an unclean environment.

 

How Often to Clean Your Floor

It depends on what kind of business you run, the traffic the area sees, and the type of floor.

If you are a healthcare facility or restaurant, then your floor will need to be cleaned at least once a day.

Hospital

 

Any customer facing business should also be done every day, as a dirty floor can give the impression that you don’t put a lot of care into your business and put customers off.

Simply cleaning your floor regularly can prevent sickness and reduce your costs.

A study found, the use of floor cleaning solutions as well as floor cleaning itself, may help floor hygiene in lots of ways including to prevent bacteria and reduce disease.

 

What you Need to Clean Your Floor

Wet and moist mopping both helped reduce organic soil on floors in a study of four cleaning methods including dry mopping, spray, moist, and wet mopping.

But dry-cleaning methods may produce higher levels of airborne dust compared to wet cleaning.

 

When choosing the right products to clean your floor you should take into account their sustainability.

A lot of cleaning products can be bad for your health and cause lung conditions over a long period of time.

Sustainable products are less likely to contain harsh chemicals that are bad for your health. Eco-friendly cleaning products usually last longer and give you better value for money.

Choosing sustainable products also looks good and lets your customers know that you care about the environment, something consumers also increasingly care about.

 

Disinfectants

Disinfects are needed to get rid of bacteria and viruses. Simply sanitising a surface will not get rid of viruses.

A multi-purpose disinfectant spray such as, Zidac Laboratories multipurpose surface disinfectant trigger spray, kills 99.99% of bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces along with killing fungi and yeasts.

 

 

If you need a quick fix to clean up muddy paw prints or spills then antibacterial wet wipes are thick enough to tackle tough dirt and kill bacteria and viruses.  

 

 

Microfibre

Microfibre is the best material for mops or cloths to clean floors. Microfibre cleaning technology lowers bacteria levels by 96%.

Microfibre cloths come in different colours, so they can be colour coded to reduce cross-contamination.

 

 

Tips for cleaning your floor

Some floor types are more susceptible to water damage than others.

Laminate flooring or cork flooring can warp or rise if water gets underneath it.

Other flooring, like bamboo flooring, are more easily scratched.

These tips will help with whatever type of flooring you have.

 

  • Vacuum or dust the floor beforehand to take any debris off.
  • When mopping or using a cloth, make sure it is only damp and not wet or it could damage your flooring.
  • Get out dirt from grout with white vinegar.
  • If tiles aren’t shiny, it could mean there is soap residue. Use multipurpose cleaner on them and wipe with a microfibre cloth.
  • Make sure you dry your floor immediately to prevent falls or water damage.
  • Work from the far side, so you don’t have to step on your floor and ruin your hard work.
  • Work from side to side to avoid streaks.
  • Don’t use ordinary washing up liquid as this can make some surfaces slippery even after they’ve dried.
  • Use a microfibre cloth or mop to dry the floor to reduce bacteria.

 

Clean Floors like a Professional         

With these tips you can clean your floor like a pro and prevent illness in your workplace.

 

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