No matter the time of year, it is always critical to ensure that your floors are safe and in suitable condition, especially in preparation for winter weather. A professional can work with you to help evaluate the overall safety and condition of your floors as well as help determine if there are any repairs, maintenance or winter preparations that may be needed.
Here are some important topics that we recommend you review during a floor evaluation:
- Test your floors when they are dry and clean to get a baseline number for slip resistance and make any necessary improvements for day-to-day safety. Slip resistance is a metric to gauge how slippery a floor is using a measurement of the Coefficient of Friction (COF) - the resistance between two objects such as a human foot and a flooring material. A dry, clean concrete floor for example, has a COF of 0.8; ice has a COF of 0.3.
- Reduce potential hazards in your warehouse. Utilizing flooring solutions to smooth the bumps or fill holes and cracks in the floors reduces employee injuries as well as damage to forklifts from unsafe floors.
- Make sure that you are using the proper floor care and maintenance products to help maintain the safety and overall appearance of your floors.
- Damaged concrete floors need to be smoothed and repaired with resurfacing products. This helps to provide a durable, seamless floor surface that withstands repeated cleanings and resists chemical and thermal shock.
- If your floor is looking a little worn, add a personalized touch and improve the aesthetics of your floors by adding decorative logos, designs, and colors.
- It’s important to have a thorough understanding of the condition of your floors so you can maintain a proper flooring budget. This starts with a thorough inspection of your floors to help you understand if there are any repairs or maintenance that may be needed.
The snow, ice and rain that come with winter can be tough on your floors. As the winter weather rolls in, there are a couple of precautions you can take to ensure that your floors are up for the challenge. Here’s what we recommend for keeping your floors safe and your employees protected:
- Order new walk-off mats for employees and visitors to dry their feet and keep from tracking water, snow, ice and salt across the floors. Quality walk-off mats help eliminate the potential for slips, falls and floor damage from rock salt.
- SaltGuard protection can be added to any interior or exterior concrete (walkways, sidewalks, parking lots and any exposed concrete) to protect against water and salt damage. Also, there are numerous product options for polished concrete and floor coatings to aid with increased traction over the entire floor or specific portions of the floor surface to prevent slip and fall accidents.
- Add yellow safety stripes and remove trip hazards to improve safety in typical slip and fall areas both inside and outside.