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In the winter months, your floors can take more of a beating than during fair weather. People entering your home or business on a snowy day likely track in snow, mud, salt, or other chemicals used on roadways and outdoor surfaces to prevent the formation of ice. Not only does this wear and tear make your floors look dirty and undergo damage, it can also pose a risk to your patrons or family members, as wet floors are usually quite slippery.

Wood floors are even more susceptible to damage from water and salt, especially if they aren’t sealed properly. Their surfaces can be scratched from salt rocks grinding underfoot, and gaps between planks can become filled with dirt and debris. Even clean water, if left on the surface of a wood floor, can damage the finish. It’s important to keep your floors as clean as possible, especially during winter months. There are also some steps you can take to prevent potential damage and protect your beautiful floors.

Simply placing mats at entryways can reduce the amount of dirt, rocks, and debris that get tracked inside. If possible, ask guests or family members to kindly remove their shoes upon entering. Provide waterproof mats near doorways, where shoes can be stowed. If it’s impractical or not possible to ask patrons or employees to remove shoes before entering the building, encourage people to use the mat to wipe feet before entering. A friendly sign at entryways can be a simple yet effective reminder.

Frequent vacuuming is also recommended to ensure salt, sand, and other debris is quickly removed before it has a chance to get tracked farther into the building. The right floor cleaning machine can get deep into cracks and gaps, which are especially prevalent with hardwood flooring. It’s also important to ensure the floor’s surface remains dry to avoid any slip and fall accidents. Quality floor cleaning machines and products effectively and efficiently remove all dirt and debris, protecting your flooring so it stands up to the test of time—and the test of winter.

At Square Scrub®, we provide a variety of professional floor cleaning machines that are sure to get the job done. For those hard jobs when deep cleaning is required, we recommend the Square Scrub Pivot or the Doodle Scrub, which are perfect for textured floor surfaces that are more prone to collecting dirt and grime. For thorough cleaning of baseboards, try the Doodle Skate, which is also effective for high-traffic areas. For a lighter touch, such as on smooth floors, we recommend the Doodle Mop. We’re committed to providing the tools you need to clean and protect your flooring. We offer more than 100 surface cleaning and preparation tools, and our professional floor machines can handle any cleaning, scrubbing, or mopping job with ease.

Contact Square Scrub today to learn more about our floor cleaning machines and products. We can help you prepare your floors for the winter months and protect them all year long.