When cleaning and disinfecting floors in a veterinary clinic, the goal should be to provide a clean, safe area for animals and staff.

A reader of mine said that his manager dictated a conversion to a strong disinfectant for the floors in the veterinary clinic. But now that same manager is complaining the floors are not as shiny as they used to be.

There is certainly nothing wrong with cleaning the floor first, applying an appropriate disinfectant safely, rinsing it after contact time and keeping the area clean of soils between regular cleaning.

Go on record with the customer, telling him that the labor costs have changed due to the product change. Stripping and scrubbing floors is a labor intensive process.

And remember that the goal is a safe facility for both animals and staff, so check with the product label and SDS (Safety Data Sheet) regarding any VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that may accumulate in the air resulting in respiratory issues. I highly recommend doing research by speaking to a local, knowledgeable distributor to focus on protecting the health of the animals and workers in this contract.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.