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Face it, it's time to stop the mop and get serious about clean floors. Floors are always going to be a hot spot when it comes to dirt, debris and pathogens. We track them in on our feet, after all. While a good outdoor/indoor matting system goes a long way in removing the up to 24 pounds of dirt can be tracked in by just 1,000 people coming through an entrance over a 20-day work period, they can't capture everything.
The mess doesn't stop there. Floors don't just get dirty from foot traffic. Soils and spills happen in restrooms, hallways and retail store aisles. Airborne germs and pathogens settle on floors in schools, offices and hospitals. Commercial kitchens floors get greasy and sticky.
If you're ready to improve the appearance of your facility, increase the health and safety of its occupants and get your floors really clean, then it's time to get serious and stop the mop.
Floors are a touchpoint? It's surprising but true. 'We have many more contacts with floors than most people realize,' writes Robert Kravitz in Food Quality & Safety magazine. In the article, Kravitz quotes Mark Warner, formerly with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who estimates that we have as many as 50 direct and indirect contacts with floors everyday. Every time we tie a shoelace, as an example, that has also touched a floor, we have come in indirect contact with the floor. And, if that floor is contaminated—as is often the case during the course of the day—cross-contamination is possible.
Floors are an obvious touchpoint at daycares and schools, particularly K-5, where students often spend a big chunk of the day on the floor. Chances are very good that these occupants are going to touch the floor and then put their fingers in their mouths. (There's also a good chance they may actually lick the floor!) But even older kids drop supplies, tie their shoes or place bags underfoot which means their hands come in contact with the floor daily.
The stakes are even higher in a hospital or other healthcare environment according to Dr. Naveed Saleh. Dr. Saleh notes research that cultured 120 floor sites at four Cleveland-area hospitals. The research found:
The obvious solution is to keep these touchpoints as clean and hygienic as possible. Which is why you need to Stop the Mop.
Mopping is an old technology. But instead of actually removing dirt, soils and pathogens, it mostly spreads them around. Well-maintained mop heads may start out clean, but once it hits a dirty floor it's dirty. Now put that mop head back into the cleaning solution and the solution is contaminated and loses efficacy. Start mopping with that solution and the soil returns back to the floor as film.
It doesn't matter if the mop is made of microfiber instead of cotton. In fact, a study found that microfibre mopping only removed 56.67% of organic soil.
At first glance mops look cheap. But there are lots of hidden expenses behind that low initial price tag and they add up fast.
Technology has a better way. Check out our machines that clean faster and more completely than mops and leave floors dry and ready to walk on. If you're ready to stop the mop and move to state-of-the-art cleaning, click out our shop!