ICE ICE BABY! Ice melt is a necessity, especially when the dead of winter hits. With ice melt comes ice melt residue on your floors which can be a negative reflection on the image of your facility and make it harder to keep your building clean. Some products do a better job than others at removing ice melt residue. Most floor cleaners will remove small amounts of residues, but neutralizer can be required when stains and residue become excessive.
Cleaning your floors with ice melt residue
When cleaning an area remove all obstacles and dust mop the area if the floor is dry. Placing a wet floor sign is always necessary when cleaning your floors, remember to remove it when you're done. Neutralizers help eliminate alkaline residue while conditioning and neutralizing your floors by returning the pH of the floor back to neutral. If a neutralizer isn't added to the routine, you're risking dissolving your floor finish and pushing it around the floor with other products creating more debris.
For scrubbers, use a double scrub method and leave the squeegee and vacuum motor off for the first pass. Turn on the vacuum motor and lower the squeegee while continuing to apply solution during the second pass. Follow standard extraction processes and repeat if there is still a large amount of salt residue present.
Whether it's disinfectant or ice melt, remember - more doesn't always equal better! It's important to follow directions on ice melt so that you don't over apply. Placing matting at entryways is another key part of preventing excess salt from entering your building. Having extra mats or a carpet extractor on hand is a good idea in case one gets wet. An overly wet and saturated mat won't be able to do its job and should be extracted or replaced! Reach out to your sales professional for more winter and Covid-19 tips and product questions.