Your floors reflect your health care facility’s commitment to cleanliness and safety, and although everyday floor care is vital, it doesn’t eliminate the need for long-term maintenance. Even though your Environmental Services (EVS) team completes daily floor care responsibilities such as dry and wet mopping and dusting, more thorough upkeep practices are required to preserve a hospital’s well-used floors.
As a task, the majority of EVS staff don’t look forward to the time commitment and disruption of scheduled floor care and maintenance, but it is necessary to maintain appearance and safety.
Scheduled floor maintenance can be performed as infrequently as every two years, or as often as multiple times a year, and typically involves a full strip and recoat. This lengthy process, while necessary, can be difficult to execute in a busy facility.
The key to fitting in scheduled floor maintenance and making it as effective as possible is identifying ways to minimize cost and disruption to the main operation of the facility and its patients, employees, and visitors.
Scheduled floor care shouldn’t be viewed as an obligation, but rather an opportunity to lay a fresh base for the future. To create a schedule that works for your facility, taking a step back to determine a long-term goal will make the process easier. Every facility has unique goals and varying foot-traffic, so it’s important to evaluate your building’s unique needs and plan accordingly.
The most important questions your scheduled maintenance plan should answer include: Why, when and how. These can guide your purchasing decisions, staffing and costs.
As health care facilities are often faced with budget constraints, it’s critical to make purchase decisions that balance your facility’s needs and goals.
To stay on track, high-quality product investments will lead to high-quality floors. Avoid performance inefficiencies with products that don't last as long or have less-durable finishes as this can lead to costly rework. To avoid disrupting your patients, staff, and visitors with rework, selecting the right product Is crucial. Select products that work together to last over time to maximize your investment.
Stripping a floor and recoating is more time intensive than routine dusting and mopping. Finding ways to streamline the process will make scheduled floor maintenance more manageable and lessen your burden in the long run.
Using a high-traction floor protector that is more durable and resistant to wear-and-tear will ensure longer lasting results, limited disruptions in facility operations and improved visitor safety. The Stone Floor Protection System from 3M has lower maintenance requirements than other finishes, fewer installation steps and provides superior scuff resistance.
The Stone Floor Protection System from 3M is easy to use and only includes a few short steps:
When the time of year for scheduled floor maintenance rolls around, ensure your floor care routine reflects your commitment to a clean and safe environment for patients, staff, and visitors alike. By setting long-term goals for your facility’s floors and investing in better system-based solutions, the results will speak for themselves.