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Top 5 maintenance supplies to prepare your facility for cold weather

Heather Mahr, a Ferguson author

by Heather Mahr


For many people, winter is a time for celebrating the holidays. For property managers, winter is a time of year that makes it more challenging to maintain a facility. From slippery floors caused by tracked-in snow to the rampant spread of cold and flu viruses, winter conditions impose a variety of health and safety hazards. Plus, the harsh winter weather can easily damage your facility. See what cleaning and maintenance products you need in order to keep your facility clean and safe in cold weather.

  • Carpet care products. Sand and ice melt increase traction on slick walkways, but they can damage carpets and matting when tracked inside from building occupants. Vacuum daily to keep carpets free from sand. Use a commercial-grade carpet extractor with an extracting solution to clean ice melt residue and keep your carpets looking like new.

  • Hard floor cleaning supplies. Snow that melts on tile and other hard surfaces creates a slipping hazard. Ice melt residue can also harm the finish on treated surfaces. Keep hard floors dry with a mop and mop bucket or with a wet/dry vacuum.

    Pro tip: Opt for an alkali-based floor neutralizer to thoroughly clean ice melt and prevent damage to treated floors.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting solutions. Winter is cold and flu season. The Centers for Disease Control recommend using a combination of cleaning and disinfecting products in order to reduce the number of germs on a surface and stop the spread of cold and flu. Learn about the differences between cleaning and disinfecting to help you combat the spread of cold and flu.

    • Cleaning products work by removing dirt, microbes and germs from surfaces. Simply cleaning a surface does not kill germs.
    • Disinfecting products kill germs and microbes, but do not remove them from a surface. Use a disinfectant solution after cleaning to thoroughly remove germs.

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  • Snow shovels. Keeping walkways clear from snow is critical for the safety of your building. A snow shovel should be proportional to the size of the person using it to minimize the risk of injury from shoveling snow. Make sure you have a variety of snow shovel sizes available for every member of your maintenance crew.

    Pro tip: Keep your snow shovels in easy reach. While putting them out in a work shed may seem logical, if the shed gets buried or blocked by snow, you can anticipate a long day ahead of you.

  • Instant hand sanitizers. Set up hand sanitizing stations near entry ways, trash and recycling areas, outside of restrooms and next to water fountains. Instant hand sanitizer makes it convenient for people to clean their hands in between regular hand washing. When used in combination with antibacterial soap, instant hand sanitizer can significantly reduce the spread of cold and flu according to the CDC.

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Heather Mahr, a Ferguson author

Heather Mahr

As a writer, Heather is dedicated to providing readers with valuable information. She is passionate about helping people find the answers they need to make their life easier with her words.