There are many strategies you can take to remove salt before it begins to spread in your facility. Salt can become embedded in carpets and will stain or scratch hard floors, but a professional commercial floor cleaning service will be able to completely remove salt from your facility.
Salt and Winter Cleaning
Salt is one of the most useful tools for managing snow and ice in the winter, but it can wreak havoc on your floors if it gets inside. Salt can stain or scratch wood, tile, and even concrete. Once it is embedded and ground into carpet fibers, it can be difficult to remove. Inevitably, cleaning carpets in winter will have to be handled by a professional commercial floor cleaner, but there are some things you can do to lessen the severity of the problem. These steps aren’t designed to completely eliminate the problem of salt on your floors, but they can certainly keep your floors protected for longer.
Don’t Overuse Salt
It’s not uncommon for people to pour far more salt down than is necessary. Not only is this more expensive, but it isn’t more effective than a small or moderate amount of salt. Salt crystals, whether you are using potassium chloride products or rock salt, will, as the ice or snow melts, dissolve to create salty water that will continue to melt the surrounding ice.
If you are pouring bags upon bags of salt onto your walkway or driveway, visitors are sure to bring more inside with them
Two (or Three) Stages of Mats
Similar to how many commercial buildings have an intermediary area before you enter the main building to keep outside air out, you can lay down mats on the floor upon which staff and visitors can scrape off excess snow and salt before entering your building. It can be a good idea to use rubber outside, typically with holes, while placing more attractive carpets inside. If you do have that intermediary area, three mats will work even better to keep salt out of your facility. That being said, it’s impossible to keep it all out, and you will need to keep up with removal on a regular basis.
Vacuum Up Excess Salt
Even if you are taking steps to avoid overuse and are giving visitors a chance to wipe off their feet, it’s inevitable that salt will get inside. If you see salt collecting in small piles, be sure to sweep or vacuum them up immediately to avoid spreading.
Your entrance mats will have the most salt of anywhere in your facility, so it’s a good idea to wipe away excess salt throughout the day. You can even sweep much of it back outside so that it can continue melting ice, saving you on salt supplies.
Don’t let salt become a problem in your building. Taking some simple steps to get ahead of the problem will make things easier.
Outlasting the Winter Months
The winter months, especially in a city like Denver, can be difficult to manage. Keeping reminders of the weather outside is only possible if you are proactive. Over time, salt is going to get inside, it’s just a fact, but using some of the strategies outlined above can definitely help slow down the intrusion. If you have a high-traffic facility and those steps become too difficult to manage, a commercial floor cleaning company is your best bet.
Make Spring Cleaning Easier
You have two options. 1. You let the winter take control and spread salt all throughout your facility, causing damage to your floors and creating an unclean environment for your staff. Eventually, your facility will need to be cleaned and, once spring rolls around, you will have a far larger problem on your hands. 2. You can take steps early to eliminate the problem entirely and ease the transition into spring.
The fact is you will eventually need professional help. Kep Klen, Denver’s choice for professional commercial cleaning services, has the expertise to keep your floors clean throughout the winter months. When salt stains begin to appear, we can scrub your floors instead of just mopping debris away. Keeping the salt out is a constant battle during the winter months, but Kep Klen can make the process easy! Connect with us today.