Clean Up on Aisle Five: Tips for Keeping Your Grocery Store Floors Clean
Keeping the floor in you supermarket clean can be a challenge. Mums slipping lattes as they shop, children snacking on donuts and shoppers breaking or dropping items can wreak havoc on your market's floors. However, you can keep them clean with the following tips:
1. Sweep and mop constantly
You should have staff on hand who are always prepared to pick up a mop of a broom. Ideally, all of your aisles should be swept and mopped continuously throughout the day. The actual number of times you sweep or mop in an average day depends on the traffic of your market and how many accidents occur, but you should be monitoring your floor to make sure it is clean.
2. Do floor inspections
Walk around your market on a regular basis – at least every 20 minutes to every hour. This ensures your floors are clean and more importantly, it protects you from liability in a slip and fall scenario. If you can ensure your floors are clean, you reduce accidents, and if you can prove you regularly inspect your floors, you help to eliminate negligence on the rare occasion when an accident occurs.
3. Place mats strategically throughout store
Certain places in your market tend to have more spills and accidents than other areas. Produce departments are no stranger to squished kiwis and strawberries on the floor while self checkout lines, delis and cafes may also be sites of frequent spillage. Protect these areas by placing mats on their floors.
Mats can absorb spills and add traction to the floors.
4. Hire commercial cleaners for deep daily cleaning
Although you have employees mopping and sweeping throughout the day, you also need commercial cleaners to thoroughly clean your floors at the end of the night. Your employees can sponge up spills and remove crumbs, but commercial cleaners can polish and scrub.
Ideally, they should use an auto-scrubber, a machine that squirts out water, scrubs the dirt out of the floor and then vacuums up the dirty water. It should be large enough to clean as much as possible at the same time without being too large to fit down your aisles. It should also be battery-operated rather than powered by cords which can create a hazard for other cleaners or shoppers.
5. Offset cleaning costs by extending your hours
If you are worried about paying for commercial cleaners for your market, consider offsetting their cost by extending your hours. If you have cleaners or shelf stockers there anyway, you may as well be collecting a bit of extra revenue from a few extra shoppers.
To learn more, contact a commercial and office cleaning services company to learn more.