Create a Cleaning Schedule You Can Stick To
Creating a floor maintenance schedule is about much more than making sure your facility looks good – it’s also about protecting your investment, customers and employees. Poorly maintained floors can deteriorate quicker than their average expectancy and a no matter the texture on your floor, if not cleaned properly, it can present a slip hazard. Here are some quick tips on how to start the process of designing a cleaning schedule for the new year:
How to Begin
Create an actual schedule. Put pen to paper and get the ball rolling. The first couple weeks you’ll discover what works and what doesn’t; things such as time of day, duration, and other equipment that should be cleaned and added to the schedule will all need to be fine tuned. Once you've got some experience with what works for your facility you can integrate the schedule into something more formal. The first step is always the hardest but the sooner you put a cleaning schedule into action the better it will be for the life of your floor. The beginning of the year is a great time to start a new procedure, think “New Year, New Me” - but for your facility!
Much like the other equipment in your facility, you shouldn’t wait for the dirt and grime to be visible before taking action. It’s recommended that your floors are cleaned every day that they are in use. Less frequent cleaning schedules result in a buildup of dirt and foreign matter which can effect the look and service life of your floors and most importantly…the safety of those who walk on them.
Getting Buy In
Make cleaning an expected part of your employee’s schedule. By adding cleaning responsibilities as a consistent part of your employee's daily schedule, it will benefit them to do a good job knowing that they will be the same person cleaning that floor the next day. There are also options to utilize incentivized cleaning schedules which use merits like gold stars or Employee of the Week honors to get employees involved. At Dur-A-Flex we rely on the idea of ownership and competition. Giving employees certain sections of the facility to “own” creates a fun and friendly competition to see who keeps the best area.
Do not expect employees to clean in their free time or when things are slow. When cleaning is treated as an afterthought or second priority, it becomes just that. It’s important to delegate a certain amount of time each shift to proper cleaning of equipment (including your floor). By incorporating time for cleaning, no one needs to cut corners on any of their other duties in order to maintain a clean work space.
There's nothing worse than hyping a new cleaning program and then not having the necessary equipment needed! We recommend several tools to properly clean your floor, including a deck brush and a rotary floor machine – you can view the full details here. Stocking the cleaning agents needed is another important part of preparing for the launch of your new cleaning schedule. Inventory of these cleaning products should be managed just like any other need-to-have item on your shelves. We recommend our EZ-Clean heavy-duty alkaline floor cleaner for most areas and Simoniz 969 for the heavy-duty areas found in manufacturing facilities.
Do Your Homework
What might be the best way to clean one floor, doesn’t apply to all. For example, if you have Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT) in one section of your facility, those floors need to be stripped and waxed while resinous floor systems should never be stripped or waxed and instead only require a cleaning, rinsing and drying process to rid them of dirt and grime. It’s important that you understand the needs of each floor type in your facility and provide your employees with the manufacturer’s specifications on how to clean them correctly. For cleaning procedures for Dur-A-Flex resinous floor systems, click here or view a cleaning tutorial here.
For more reasons than one, it’s important to make a concerted effort to maintain your flooring investment just like any other piece of equipment in your facility. Creating a cleaning schedule sets an expectation for the entire company to follow and is the best way to start the year off on the right foot…literally!