How to Do Spill Removal Right

By Eric Michaels

How to Do Spill Removal Right

Safe, quick, and effective spill removal is one of the toughest assignments for cleaning crews in businesses that are open to the public. Spills pose risks to employee and consumer safety and contribute to potential slip-and-fall lawsuits if your team doesn't get the job done right. But there should be no need to shut down operations when spills do occur. Your team simply needs the right equipment to handle the job.


Why Spills Are Tough to Handle


Spills challenge cleaning crews in several ways. As customers and employees continue moving around the wet floor, the risks of lawsuits and personal injury multiply. Meanwhile, no one can reach the products around the spill while the area is blocked off, and your operation suffers because of a minor disturbance.


Autoscrubbers, a normally highly effective (if pricey) floor cleaning solution, do not respond to this task well because of their slow, cumbersome operation. As a result, most cleaning crews turn to mops and buckets. Mops do more to spread dirt around and cross-contaminate than they do to clean. Moreover, mops get the floors wet and do not dry them efficiently, making the area unsafe for people to cross.


Better Spill Removal


In essence, your cleaning crew needs the ease and convenience of a mop and bucket but the effectiveness of an autoscrubber to deal with spills. They need a way to respond to spills in aisles without having to rev up a large cleaning machine. Here are the steps they'll need to take:


  1. Get rid of the spill. Vacuum up the excess liquid from the spill with a wet/dry vac.
  2. Remove slick residues and soils. Once the pooled liquids are gone, apply a cleaning solution to the area. This will dislodge any residue and soil that remains.
  3. Dry the floor. Remove the solution and soil from the floor with the wet/dry vac. In minutes, your floor will be left clean and dry.

This level of versatility means a great deal to businesses that depend on foot traffic and prompt attention to detail. Advanced cleaning systems take much of the delay and guesswork out of the process.


When your business needs to handle spills in public areas fast, don't settle for the old-fashioned, mop-and-bucket way of cleaning. Safe and effective spill removal requires precise no-touch cleaning, powerful vacuum technology, and the versatility to handle the job in minutes.


For more information on floor safety, click here.

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