Ask the Building Maintenance Experts
Solutions for Your Toughest Problems

ICAN  Q & A  Home

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Question

How do we use an auto scrubber when the floor has sand and snow on it that has been tracked in from the outside?


Answer

First of all, I would recommend a thorough dust mopping of the dry floor with a treated head. You want to remove all the grit you possibly can from the floor so the autoscrubber pad does not grind it into the finish. A properly treated head provides mild agitation and an almost magnetic attraction to soils without leaving oily residues.
If the sand is still wet from melted snow, use a wet vac to remove it and get the floor dry.
Next, I would place a clean door mat in front of the maintenance room door so the
autoscrubber wheels are cleaned on their way to do the job. I would also increase the inspection and cleaning frequency of the floor pads. Pads with grit in them will quickly damage the finish and make more work for you.
Finally, I would increase the cleaning detergency and frequency by at least 20% to confront a heavier soil load that is encountered during inclement weather.
You should also make certain that adequate length walk-off matting is in place and that it is cleaned or changed often enough to prevent major sand migration onto the finished floors.
Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com