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Why It’s Important to Ensure Your Industrial Flooring Is Cleaned and Maintained

Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Why It’s Important to Ensure Your Industrial Flooring Is Cleaned and Maintained

An industrial business’ success is directly tied to the condition of its facilities, equipment, and assets. Companies that neglect even the most basic maintenance duties are taking a major and unnecessary risk. Of course, facility maintenance is a multi-faceted, intensive endeavor -- every inch of a facility and its contents requires attention, though some elements require more than others, like industrial flooring. Let’s go over why it’s particularly important to ensure your industrial flooring is cleaned and maintained on a routine basis.

How Clean Floors Help Your Industrial Business

Employee and Customer Safety

Unlike virtually every other part of your industrial facility, your floors are in constant use. During operations, there isn’t a time when shoes or machinery aren’t pressing down on your floors. In order to withstand this constant pressure, your floors must be durable, well protected, and properly suited for the immediate environment (i.e. chemical resistant and ESD flooring in caustic environments, antimicrobial floors in medical facilities, etc.). Additionally, your floors must provide a safe, even, anti-slip surface for personnel, customers, and guests to walk upon without the risk of slips, trips, or falls. To ensure floor safety, industrial floor cleaning services must routinely remove dust, debris, liquid spills, etc. from the surface. Moreover, when floors experience damage and/or deterioration, these issues must be resolved immediately to maintain a safe working environment. Simply put, failing to regularly clean and maintain your industrial floors puts your people in harm’s way, increasing liability.

Maintaining Your Reputation

Your business’ reputation can be a major asset or liability depending on how well you care for it. Your facility’s appearance certainly contributes to the way in which customers (and employees) perceive your company. If your industrial flooring is in disrepair, then, this will negatively impact your reputation, which will harm your bottom line. So, while investing in industrial cleaning and maintenance for your floors isn’t cheap, you’ll likely end up losing more money in the long run by neglecting this crucial task.

Complying with Industry Regulations

Though the term “liability” can be used casually, it has a stricter legal definition. In this sense, when a business is liable, it is legally responsible or obligated for some past action/inaction and/or to remedy said action/inaction. What does this have to do with industrial flooring maintenance? Various regulatory bodies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require that businesses in certain industries comply with particular standards regarding employee/customer health and safety. As it turns out, OSHA has specific requirements for the condition of industrial flooring, found here. Upon routine inspection, if your facility’s flooring is found to be non-compliant with these standards, your business may be legally liable and face fines and other penalties as a result.

Preventing Small Problems from Becoming Major Liabilities

In addition to safety, reputational, and legal concerns, it’s important to regularly clean and maintain your industrial flooring to avoid major, costly repairs and replacements down the road. The smallest issues can grow exponentially without proper preventative maintenance. This is why your floors and control joints should be frequently cleaned, inspected, repaired, and re-sealed. If you’re lacking the skills, personnel, and/or resources to perform these important tasks, partner up with the flooring experts at Kaloutas. We provide flooring installation, cleaning, repair, line striping, aisle marking, and maintenance services for every type of facility.

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