Tips for Industrial Floor Care
It’s certainly a challenge, but clean floors in the workplace are essential to the overall sanitation and safety of your operation. Whether you operate a large DC or small shop, keeping the floors clean and free of debris will help things run more efficiently and reduce accidents caused by slips, trips, and falls.
Also, making floor maintenance a part of your routine keeps your products cleaner and deters vermin. Here are some points to consider in tackling floor cleanliness:
Silica dust control – Dust is an annoyance and if not dealt with, causes your workplace and products to become dirty. But if it’s silica dust, it’s not just dust—it’s hazardous! Effective on June 23, 2018, OSHA  has reduced the permissible exposure limit of respirable crystalline silica dust , requiring employers to use engineering and housekeeping controls to limit workers’ exposure. For your floor, consider one of three floor-cleaning options  for controlling silica dust: Wet sweeping, Water flooding/scrubbing, Dry sweeping with HEPA filtration. If you already have a floor cleaning machine, look into adapting your existing equipment with an OSHA approved filter and following the control methods recommended by OSHA.
Floor cleaning machines – If silica dust is not a concern in your workplace, there are various industrial floor cleaning machines depending on your cleaning requirements. Be sure to survey your facility for the equipment that is best suited for your application. Common categories are sweepers, scrubbers and a combination of both.
- Sweepers – If your floor gets littered with large debris, be sure to use a machine that picks up nuts, bolts, pallet chips and similar waste. You have a choice of rider sweepers and walk-behind models depending on your facilities’ needs, considering its size and budget.
- Scrubbers – Everyday scrubbing can be handled with a variety of scrubbers. Some are compact to get into tight spaces, and others are built for large, open areas. Again, evaluate your needs. Consider how big the area is, how often the need to scrub is, and rider fatigue to determine the type of machine that meets your requirements.
- Combination Sweeper-Scrubbers – For the ultimate solution, the combination sweeper/scrubber is an option. The ability to hydraulically dump heavy debris while aggressively scrubbing delivers powerful maintenance cleaning in applications where needed.
PowerBoss Admiral Cylindrical Sweeper/Scrubber
Poly-Spillpak Drum Spill Kit
Spills – Blotting and cleaning up spills should be done immediately to protect the integrity of the floor, and in cases of hazardous chemicals, it could be a matter of life or death. Liquid spills need to be handled with spill kits approved for the type of liquid and the size of the spill. Universal spill kits are designed to absorb non-hazardous types of fluids like coolants and solvents. Oil only spill kits are equipped to handle grease and oil-based liquids. For hazardous materials, a HazMat spill kit is designed to absorb acid spills and other caustic and aggressive liquid chemicals.
Inspections – Adopt a facility inspection checklist that includes housekeeping guidelines. Be specific with regard to floors. Be sure there are NO signs of spills; is there NO debris or garbage; AISLES and dock area are neat/organized.
In closing, similar to proper vehicle maintenance, if you maintain your facilities’ floor, you won’t have to repair or replace it as often. Regular floor care prevents or will minimize serious floor damage, such as unevenness, scratches, bumps, and discoloration. In addition to safety issues and the cost of maintenance, when customers or potential clients see dirty and neglected flooring, it can quickly create a negative impression.
Action Lift is prepared to assist with your floor cleaning efforts. We carry premium industrial cleaning equipment from PowerBoss; including floor sweepers, scrubbers, and cleaning solutions. We also carry industrial warehouse supplies through Allied Products and can supply a wide-range of spill kits. Our sales specialists are here to help you choose the right industrial cleaning tools to fit your application, workforce, and budget. CONTACT us today.