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Focus on floors: cleaning the dance floor when the music is over
The success of a dance club depends on an awful lot of things but without a decent dance floor, it's not going to stand much of a chance when it comes to attracting a regular clientele.
"The quality of the floor affects the number of patrons dancing on it, especially women, as they do not want to trip on the floor or have their nice shoes soiled by the floor," explains Sam Sameni, operating partner of a large Dallas dance club.
Because the job of maintaining the dance floor will be up to cleaning professionals, here are some tips to help keep it clean and safe, courtesy of Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning systems:
* Know what you are up against. A popular club will have a very soiled dance floor every visit. Depending on the location, expect sugary drink residues, red wine and beer mixed in with lots of grime (and of course in some parts of the world, cigarette butts). The dance floor should be cleaned every time it is used. Do not let soil or moisture build up.
* Establish a routine. Organisation is key to dance floorcare. The routine often starts with picking up large debris from the floor and then sweeping or vacuuming. Look into a sweeper or wide-area vacuum, which can help improve worker productivity.
* Scrub. Mopping the dance floor, even with a microfibre mop, should be avoided. It can spread soils further into grout and porous floors. Instead, an autoscrubber or less expensive 'auto vac' - an effective autoscrubber alternative, should be considered. These systems are also more protective of the floor and the floor's finish. Whichever type is selected, look for a certified system.
* Chemicals. Typically a pH neutral cleaner should be used to clean vinyl or hardwood dance floors; applying a finish is up to the client but if applied, it should have a high DCOF (Dynamic Coefficient of Friction) to help prevent slips and falls.
* Quality. It is very important that your client install a quality floor, and as their cleaning professional, this should be suggested. It will last longer and be much easier to maintain.
The most common reasons for slip and fall accidents in a setting such as a night club are the following:
* Uneven surfaces
* Loose matting
* Weather-related conditions, such as snow and/or ice on the floor
* Inappropriate footwear
* Disrepair of walkway surfaces
* Highly polished surfaces that do not allow for adequate traction
* Low or hidden obstructions in the walkway
26th May 2016