5 Top Tips for Cleaning Wet Environments

Maintaining and protecting the public’s health is essential, especially in areas such as hospitals or on public transport where bacteria is rife, spillages are common and bodily debris and fluids can collect. Ensuring hygienic flooring is cleaned effectively and regularly, but also quickly, will keep any germs at bay. Here are five top tips for cleaning wet environments and hygienic floors:

1. Devise a plan

Planning when and how you’re going to clean each area will help you to tackle all of the cleaning in an efficient but effective manner. Keep to the routine and you’ll get quicker every time.

2. Communicate

Inform staff who may be using the area that you are going to begin cleaning, and make sure to erect sufficient signage so members of the public will know there are going to be wet areas. This will prevent any accidents from happening as hygienic flooring can be particularly slippery when wet, and will help to stop bacteria spreading.

3. Squeeze sponges and mops

Wring sponges and mops out thoroughly before use. Not only does soaked equipment spread around any bacteria from spillages, it also means the floor takes longer to dry. First, soak up the spillage using an absorbent material, and then squeeze sponges and mops before wiping the floor.

4. Maintain equipment

To carry out safe and effective cleaning that meets and exceeds the regulations of the establishment you are cleaning for, you need to ensure your equipment is always well maintained. Thoroughly clean sponges and mops and rinse all of your equipment after using it, to prevent it from harbouring harmful bacteria. Dirt and grease collected by equipment may carry germs, which can then be spread over the floor. Change your water frequently to avoid any bacteria being picked up by mops or sponges from dirty or contaminated water.

5. Dry well

Leaving the floor wet after cleaning is asking for an accident. Use a wet and dry vacuum cleaner to collect all of the leftover water, and to make the surface safe enough for the public to use once again. However, make sure to always empty the vacuum cleaner on a regular basis, and maintain it and clean it properly, to prevent germs from spreading and enable hygienic flooring to be cleaned and dried as quickly as possible.