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Top cleaning tips for preventing slips

Safety flooring plays a crucial role in preventing slips and falls in school premises. It incorporates surface aggregates which increase grip between the foot/shoe and the floor, providing greater slip resistance. The surface aggregates are of sufficient size and number to break through contaminants reducing the risk of a slip to one in a million. If incorrect cleaning procedures are followed, however, a hazardous level of dirt and contaminant build-up can accumulate on the surface of the flooring, potentially increasing the risk of a slip to as high as one in two. So how do you ensure that your safety flooring retains its slip resistance and continues to look good? Here are our top tips.

1. The right equipment

To achieve the best results, match the cleaning equipment and processes to the surface profile of the safety flooring and the type of soiling. For example, as safety flooring cannot be completely smooth if it is to do its job properly, cotton mop heads are not the best option. They have a tendency to shed tiny fibres during use which can be left behind on the safety flooring increasing the likelihood of dirt and contaminant build-up on the surface of the flooring, giving a disappointing finish, undermining hygiene standards and reducing slip resistance of floors throughout the site. The type and degree of soiling are also important factors when deciding on cleaning equipment and processes. Our step-by-step cleaning guides at recommend effective mechanical, manual and steam cleaning processes.

2. One school, different soils

School sites have a wide range of activities taking place under one roof. Cleaning floors in kitchens and cafeterias (where greasy spills are a concern), for example, requires a different approach to corridors and main entrances (where shoe-borne soiling predominates). The key to better results is to take time to understand the different types of soiling across the site and specify the most effective cleaning equipment and procedure for floors in each zone.

3. Match the detergent to the type of soiling

Understanding the type of soiling will also enable you to identify the best detergent. For example, alkaline detergents, with pH above 9.5 (e.g. AltroClean 44) are ideal for greasy and organic soils, whilst acidic detergents (pH less than 5) are good for inorganic soils such as limescale.

4. Get the detergent dilution ratio right

Whichever detergent you use, the crucial factor is the dilution ratio. The ‘glug glug’ method of unmeasured detergent use leaves residue on the flooring which undermines its slip resistance and aesthetic impact. In addition, a build-up of detergent residue on the surface of flooring can attract contaminants and encourage bacteria growth.

5. Make a fresh start?

If cleaning processes in your school premises have not been suited to your flooring it is perfectly feasible to move to a new regime that will get better results. Just carry out a deep clean to remove residue and then introduce the new procedures. In addition to safeguarding the slip resistance of your safety flooring, employing the correct cleaning processes will get better results more quickly, bringing potential opportunities to save time and money.

Peter Daulby is Technical Services Manager of Altro UK.

Posted: 9/23/2015 3:40:09 PM by Lea Charnley | with 0 comments