Periodically I like to get back to the basics of cleaning since we all can benefit from reminders along the way for the steps necessary to clean a facility effectively and safely.

If you utilize the 80/20 Rule for entrance floors you will identify the first 20, 30, 50 or more feet that catch most of the wear and abuse. If you are subject to ice, ice melt, etc. this area may actually be even larger and more difficult to maintain. Following are some basic steps to consider:

1. Sweep/vacuum all walk off mats before rolling them up to be replaced or returned once floor work is finished. Inspect and clean bottom of mat for moisture or soils.

2. Sweep/vacuum/dust mop area where mat was located making note of any moisture damage to finish that may have occurred.

3. Place wet floor signs early on in strategic areas to warn pedestrians of potentially wet areas.

4. Using a broom or vacuum system with the appropriate tool, clean along edges and corners making note of condition of baseboards.

5. Damp mop (using appropriate solution — usually neutral detergent) area giving special attention to how long before changing mop water and even mop head. An alternative would be to utilize an autoscrub unit which puts down, scrubs and pick up the slurry in one motion.

6. If it is a buffing/burnishing night, decide whether to use any floor restorer first and then proceed with correct pad based on floor finish and conditions of floor.

7. Make sure to dust mop edges and corners well after burnishing to remove grit and build up before it has time to harden.

Remember that a dirty mop head and dirty mop solution will never product a clean floor. 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