How to Maintain Mats
For maximum performance, mats should be cleaned regularly and according to specification. Mats not maintained according to specification could curl or acquire so much dirt that they have an “ink pad effect” and spread contaminants across a facility or become a slip and fall hazard.
Most Mat Maintenance Programs Include Four Key Components
- Regular Inspections: Conduct regular visual inspections to identify soil loads or potential wear and tear issues, such as mats with curled edges, tears or ripples.
- Daily Cleaning: Vacuuming mats on a daily basis to remove surface debris. Mats and floors should be cleaned after any high-traffic periods. Rinse off rubber mats with water to remove any dirt or organic soils.
- Rotation: Have an adequate supply of mat inventory available to replaced soiled mats during weather inclement or high-traffic periods.
- Laundering: A vacuum cleaner will only remove approximately 10% of the dirt in mats. Establish an ongoing schedule for laundering mats based on traffic patterns. Mats should be professionally laundered or cleaned. To ensure mats are always in peak condition, opt for a serviced mat program where professionals visit a facility to rotate mats.
Staff should understand why slips and falls occur and be able to immediately address hazards. To help identify these hazards, they need to be educated and engaged. Train employees about established safety procedures, cleaning operations and inspection procedures and how to apply floor cleaning and maintenance products in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations. Post written slip and fall prevention and accident handling policies in conspicuous places. In addition, keep possible risk areas top of mind for staff to help them be alert for slip and fall hazards. Make one person responsible for identifying these hazards during peak business periods and have a clear team and protocol for immediately cleaning up and removing spills. For employees to be committed, you also need to be engaged. Regularly reinforce the importance of preventing slips and falls during team meetings and recognize key players on your team who assist in keeping restaurant floors clean and safe from risks...
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