James Taylor, Marketing Director EIEMA – Specialities at Chicopee, explores how the latest

advancements in floorcare are enabling facility managers to improve cleaning routines to help reduce potentially harmful slips and falls.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries at work. Around 90% of these incidents result in broken bones, costing UK industry over £500m a year in legal actions, not to mention the human suffering caused.


The process of cleaning floors is a significant cause of slip and trip accidents, both to cleaning staff and others. However, simple and effective solutions exist that not only hugely reduce the chances of a slip occurring, but can also provide other benefits.

Improved cleaning procedures are key to reducing such accidents. Floor surface contamination, with substances such as water and oil, is often the cause; regular and effective cleaning to remove contamination will help reduce accidents. Floors with a very smooth surface, such as vinyl or varnished wood in particular, become slippery easily, even when the amount of contamination is minimal.

CHANGE YOUR PROCESS One quick, simple change is altering the methods of mopping. Floors left wet after mopping are likely to be extremely slippery for around 10 minutes. Switching to a method of damp mopping, however, can significantly reduce accident risk.

Disposable microfibre mops can increase effectiveness, lower chemical consumption and remove the need for floors to be saturated with water. This has the added benefit of a reduced environmental impact. Traditional string mops can require a large amount of water both during the cleaning process and during laundering. Switching to a disposable system eradicates the need for laundry, reducing overall costs.

An important advantage of disposable microfibre floor mops is the excellent


hygiene standards they offer. Dirty floors can serve as a reservoir for cross-contamination, with traditional cleaning materials spreading bacteria.

In fact, tests have shown that even after laundering, 93% of flat microfibre mops still contained dangerous levels of bacteria even after they had been washed.


Outside high-risk areas, the problem centres on how much liquid a wet or damp mop can hold. Even leading brands can only contain enough to clean around 25m², with distribution of liquid varying between the beginning of the process and the end.


Often, the mops themselves are heavy, making floor cleaning hard work. The repeated action of dragging a heavy conventional mop across the floor puts staff at risk of conditions such as repetitive strain injury (RSI).

In a healthcare setting in particular, there are strict guidelines on the floor cleaning in order to prevent the spread of infection. With wet mopping, it is prescribed that one mop should be used to clean each room or area, meaning the mop can only be used for a limited amount of time before being washed.

CLEANING Chicopee’s Microfibre Floor Mop range enables cleaning professionals to achieve higher standards of hygiene without the need for time- consuming laundry or leaving floors wet for any length of time. The disposable mops are attached quickly and easily to the Chicopee fluid mopping tool, the high quality microfibre picks up and traps dirt and bacteria within its fibres, and is then simply discarded after use, eradicating the danger of the next area being contaminated.

Chicopee’s fluid mopping tool has been ergonomically designed to make the task of mopping easier for employees. Light, durable, easy to manoeuvre and with a built-in cleaning fluid reservoir, the tool has a trigger to release fluid that can be operated with one hand, reducing water and chemical consumption.

The Microfibre Floor Mop range is available in Economy, Light and Super versions, making it suitable for even the most heavy-duty tasks but also for more delicate floor surfaces. The Economy and Light are able to clean up to 1,770 sq ft before the reservoir needs to be refilled.


The mops are just one of a number of environmentally products available from Chicopee. These include the J-Cloth Plus Biodegradable, which as the name suggests is fully biodegradable and compostable.

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