In the cleaning industry, time is money, and facility managers often feel the pressure to accomplish numerous projects in a short amount of time. To ensure efficiencies in both preparation and execution, it’s important to choose durable products that withstand common cleaning challenges.
Floor care, in particular, can negatively impact time and budget if done incorrectly. Fortunately, by selecting floor pads with enhanced durability, cleaning staff can improve productivity and minimize waste. The durability of the floor pads can also directly affect your labor costs. Additionally, floor pad durability plays a significant role in your facility’s sustainability program.
It is the facility manager’s responsibility to ensure that the floors are well maintained and within budget constraints. Selecting a durable, high performing pad that is engineered for a specific maintenance task to deliver optimal results will save money in the long term by reducing labor costs and eliminating the need to use multiple products to achieve the same results. High performance and durability can be achieved by selecting floor pads manufactured with fibers that are coated throughout to last longer and produce the most consistent, high-quality results.
High performance equates to efficient, more productive cleaning which may help reduce labor costs. For scheduled maintenance, such as scrub and recoats, the Scotch-Brite™ Surface Preparation Pad Plus removes floor finish two times faster than competitive pads – even with multiple uses – so it keeps working longer and doesn’t require a backer pad. For daily maintenance, the Scotch-Brite™ Clean & Shine Pad removes black marks three times faster and lasts longer than traditional cleaning pads. It also creates a dustless polish, further reducing labor time and costs by reducing or even eliminating the need to burnish.
Both the Scotch-Brite™ Surface Preparation Pad Plus and the Scotch-Brite™ Clean & Shine Pad are effective with the use of water or a neutral cleaner – removing the need for harsh chemicals. In addition, the products recently received Green Seal® Certification of Environmental Innovation under the GS-20 standard. This certification recognizes products that significantly improve performance and durability while extending the useful life of the floor pad and reducing solid waste generation.
Wear and tear are inevitable, so once a facility manager identifies an effective product, it’s equally important to consistently assess its efficacy. For floor pads specifically, there are three key considerations to determine if a product has reached the end of its life span, including:
It’s likely that facility managers will continue to face increases in labor and product costs. Luckily, by choosing durable products and replacing at the appropriate time, and recognizing the importance of ongoing maintenance, facility managers can ensure the overall quality of a job while simultaneously maximizing their return on investment.