Three Tips To Sustaining Floors In Schools
Here’s a story problem for STEM (DescriptionScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students: How do you calculate the number of footfalls an average bit of school floor takes in a single day? We’ll spare you the actual math, and skip to the more interesting subject, which is making sure school floors support all those student journeys while tackling all the mess they track around.
Let’s look at a few reasons why “sparkling” and “shiny” are sensible goals for your floors, and the best practices that get you there:
1. Accident and Illness Prevention
A great team keeps responsiveness top of list (of course) to control slippery spills, but we’re talking about a more comprehensive, long-term strategy. Careful attention to floor cleaning brings to light issues with floors and stairs that need maintenance or repair. The extra attention paid during deep cleaning and care makes sure that trip hazards and health risks are caught before they cause harm. Uneven tiles or cracks can be fixed before they grow worse, and mold or mildew denied a foothold in your carpet.
2. Longer Floor Life
Floors are a physical asset of the school, and the longer they last, the better the district’s return on that investment. “You bought it, you buff it,” sounds a little tongue-in-cheek, but deep cleaning, floor sealing, and restoration efforts can extend the life of your floor. For carpets, make sure to vacuum before hot-water extraction, removing dry soil and separating the pile for best results. Drying is key. Wood floors can be damaged by buildup, so daily cleaning is important, and periodic refinishing cannot be ignored.
3. Hearts and Minds
We’ve all been wowed by the before-and-after of a great carpet cleaning or gym floor restoration. And we all know that the places we learn and work every day affect how we engage, and how we see ourselves. School pride makes a difference to students and their community. Beautiful floors aren’t just good looking, they protect your district’s investment and positively impact everyone who sets foot in your school.
Gordon Buntrock is National Director of Service Delivery for education services at ABM and has more than 40 years of experience in the facility services industry. He joined ABM in July 2016.