These thoughts are a continuation of a prior article on caring for granite in the winter months. The previous article gives some background as to the suggestions I am making.

7. I highly recommend you consult with a vendor to install quality walk off mats (20 -25 linear feet is recommended) that will capture the outside grit before it gets in and also dry feet before they touch the granite.
a. Investment in and maintaining quality mats can pay for themselves in labor as well as protecting the floor.
b. Outside should be the crumb catcher type with a drying (Olefin type) mat inside.
c. These mats should be rotated and cleaned on a regular basis if they are to be of any real benefit.
d. Soiled mats simply transfer dirt rather than capture it.

8. Make sure someone on your staff is trained in proper floor care including pH, different floor types and chemical knowledge.

9. You probably need more than one type of mop for this area:
a. For large liquid pick up you will need an absorbent (cotton or blended mop) to deal with melted water and soils.
b. I suggest a microfiber mop system for maintaining the floors.
c. All mops should be laundered on a regular basis.
d. Of course a quality wet vacuum cleaner will pay for itself in pickup.

10. You mentioned your chemical line manufacturer who can provide technical support, training and recommendations for using the best systems.
a. You should coordinate with them to maintain the floors by means of appropriate cleaners as well as possibly utilizing a protective finish if they recommend it.
b. For day-to-day use a neutral detergent designed to lift soils should be sufficient.
c. Utilizing an ice melt neutralizer may be necessary on a periodic basis.  

My final thought is that you should get support from your vendor in training and technical support for best outcomes. I hope these suggestions get you started in the right direction. Proactive maintenance will result in a cleaner, safer environment.

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