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Tips to Apply Ice Melt to Avoid Damage to your Building

With of the huge liabilities that businesses face with slip-and-fall injuries, there is no doubt ice melt is a must have when the snow falls. What many people don’t’ realize is there is some knowledge required to using this product properly.

Cleaning Services Become Challenging with Additional Salt in Your Building

Cleaning up wet, muddy floors is a given. But to add “salt” to the wound (excuse the pun), cleaning services become more difficult with extra clean-up due to common overuse of ice melt by building managers. 

We got a call from one of our clients who noticed a white chalky residue left on their floors. The floors had been thoroughly cleaned the night before but when daylight came the residue was noticeable. It didn’t take long to discover that around their building was an excess of ice melt on the sidewalks and around the doors.

Experienced Cleaning Companies can Adjust your Janitorial Services to Ensure an Effective Floor Cleaning Solution.

We worked with our client to ensure a solution to ensure, which was adding a neutralizer to the floor cleaning solution.  It’s acidity has a chemical reaction to the salt residue and then this reaction turns the alkaline nature of the ice melt to a neutral pH. The result is that the residue will then have the same basic neutral pH state as faucet water and therefore becomes as easy to wipe up as water.

We then recommended to our client that less ice melt be used. Not only will this help with less of the product tracking into the building and causing havoc with the floors, it will also help prevent excess de-icer eating away at the metal trim on their building’s exterior. In addition, we mentioned that good quality tracking mats inside and outside the doors will help keep the ice melt outside, where it belongs.

The best way to ensure your de-icing efforts are doing more good than harm?  Do your research to find the right kind of ice melt and then make sure you are using the right amount. A simple solution to a common problem.

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EFS Clean is Calgary’s locally-owned-and-grown commercial cleaning company. Our services include janitorial services, construction cleaning, ceiling cleaning, electrostatic disinfecting, low-rise window cleaning, for and carpet deep cleaning and quality assurance inspections. Let us help you get a better clean by calling 403-949-3344 or send us a message on our Contact Us page.