Some hard floor sections, such as entrance areas through which tenants track mud and snow, will require cleaning several times a day. The first step may be a dust mopping to loosen the dust, followed by wet cleaning to remove dirt. This reduces the risk that soil particles will wear into the floors finish. It also may be necessary to change entry mats several times during the day as they become saturated.
While this may seem like a great deal of time to spend cleaning a small portion of the building, it will pay off. One industry expert comments that if departments concentrate on the first 50 or 100 feet of the building, they will spend less time and money chasing dirt throughout the rest of the building.
Similarly, maintenance engineers may need to contain the dirt generated in specific areas of a building. For instance, an office area may connect to a machine shop that is the source of much dust, dirt and grease. In that case, departments will need to isolate this area with mats, and establish a transition from that area to the clean area.
Along with a schedule of frequent cleaning, it’s becoming increasingly important for maintenance workers to use products and equipment that are designed to work together. This reduces the risk that a problem will arise because a cleaner was used with a scrubber for which it wasn’t designed, or vice versa. In addition, mixing various products and equipment makes it more difficult to determine the source of any problems that may come up.
The cleaning products best suited for different hard floors vary significantly. For instance, industry sources suggest that wood floors do best with a daily dust mop, while linoleum floors require a neutral daily cleaner. Stone floors need a coating over a penetrating sealer, while linoleum floors require a matte finish.