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Is your floorcare regime winter weather ready?

Jangro CEO, Joanne Gilliard, discusses how businesses can ensure that they are fully prepared for the extra challenges winter brings.

December is a time when businesses must pay particular attention to the cleaning and care of their flooring. After all, for many facilities, it is their busiest time of the year, resulting in a much higher than average level of footfall.

Christmas shoppers are out in force in shopping centres whilst friends, family and colleagues celebrate the festivities across various pubs, bars and restaurants around the country. When you factor in the poor weather that this season also brings, it is clear to see how flooring can take a battering.

During winter 2017/18, the UK battled the ‘Beast from the East’ as well as several storms. This year, various long- range forecasts warn that we are in for another unsettled winter season, which will be dominated by powerful windstorms and wet weather.

It is therefore important to ensure a facility’s flooring is kept clean, hygienic and properly maintained. This is key to health and safety, helping to prevent slips, falls and accidents – and any potential ensuing legal action from customers and staff. However, as well as being integral to safety, it is good for business. The cleanliness of an establishment can often influence a customer’s decision to return or recommend, so forming good first impressions is vital – and flooring is one of the first things people notice when they enter a building.

Leave the dirt outside

One of the most effective ways to prevent a quick build-up of dirt and grime on the floor is to stop them from coming in in the first place. Did you know that approximately 80% of the total amount of soil present within a building is brought in via people’s feet? It has been estimated that up to 90% of such soil can be prevented from entering the building by installing a barrier matting system.

An air-shower at the entrance will also prevent soil from entering the building by producing a powerful but comfortable downward draught that dislodges any loose soil particles from people’s clothes. These are forced downwards, towards the floor, where they can then be trapped and contained within the fibres of the barrier mats.

Wet weather warning

It sounds obvious, but ensure extra attention is paid on rainy days. Umbrellas are a great asset outdoors but once inside, the drips can quickly create a slip hazard on hard floors. This means that cleaning operatives’ checklists may need to be amended, to ensure the flooring is wiped

clean more often than usual, or tasks are moved around to accommodate this.

The right stuff

Different types of floor require different care, so it is important to use the correct cleaning agents and products. Carpets require a powerful shampoo to work out the dirt and grime trodden into them, whilst hard floors are generally easier to keep clean. However, hard flooring also comes in many forms – e.g. wood (oiled or varnished), linoleum, marble and vinyl are just a few of the options available.

It is essential to choose the correct pad for the hard floor type and the required job. Jangro has a handy Floor Pad Guide, which also includes a useful colour coding system for easy identification.

Finally, ensure operatives are following best practice for the most effective results and productivity. All Jangro customers have free access to our award-winning, versatile and accessible e-learning platform, the ‘Learning Management Solution’ (LMS). This features two courses on Carpet Care and Floor Care and a short, highly visual cleaning Task Card detailing ‘How to mop a floor’, whilst on Jangro’s website there are a host of Floor Care Charts and Machine Instructional Videos available for guidance.

By implementing these steps this festive season, you can help protect not only your flooring, but also the health and safety of your staff and customers, no matter how bad the weather becomes. REGULAR | 29

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