City Wide Tips for Avoiding Hazardous Floors

Winter weather can make your hard-surface floors treacherous. Here are a few simple tips you can follow to keep your floors safe.

Slip and fall hazards can be hiding in plain sight. Here are a few simple tips City Wide recommends that will help you maintain safe walking surfaces in your building.

Use appropriate signage to show wet floors.
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  • Choose the right finishing products. Make sure you are using the right formulation of floor care product. Product recommendations and application techniques can vary based on your type of hard surface floor and traffic level. Using the wrong product can promote slipping and other hazards.

  • Identify high-traffic areas and modifying cleaning program accordingly. High-traffic areas attract more dirt and moisture than out-of-the-way places. Entryways, restrooms and other areas may require more attention to minimize slip-and-fall risk.

  • Place floor mats effectively. Entryway and floor mats should be right-sized and correctly placed to maximize dirt and moisture collection. Wrong-sized and poorly placed mats can create a trip-and-fall hazard.

  • Keep floors in good repair. Loose tiles, curling VCT and worn carpet can create hazards when walking. If your flooring needs repairs, address them sooner rather than later, and plan ahead for replacement.

  • Time mopping and other floor care activities to minimize risk. Make sure your floor care program reflects your real traffic patterns. Plan wet-mopping and other hazard-creating maintenance tasks for low-traffic times.

  • Communicate hazards. Have appropriate signage and equipment on hand to contain and minimize spills until they can be fully cleaned.

This is a lot to keep track of! But that’s OK. City Wide’s recommended floor care programs are designed with all of these concerns in mind. If your building falls short on any of these tips, give City Wide a call. We can help you build a floor care program that is optimized for your building’s specific needs.