Here in New England harsh, wintry conditions wreak havoc on everyone's floors. Rock salt and calcium chloride are a safe way to keep your entrances and driveways free and clear for your clients and your family. But both chemicals can damage your floors. Rock salt can leave a white residue that over time will dull the finish of your flooring and fade the color of your carpets. Calcium chloride, when tracked into the office, coats flooring with an oily residue that eats away at floor finishes.
So what can you do to protect your floors?
- Most importantly, less is best. Apply an even coating after all the shoveling an plowing is done. Employees, clients, family members and animals will track the chemicals into your office and home.
- Welcome Mats are your first defense. Protect your floors by using mats in high traffic areas inside and outside of your property. Use a scraper type mat for the exterior to remove excess rock salt and calcium chloride. An absorbent type mat for the interior will soak up any remaining moisture tracked in. Good mats will save you time and money!
- Wash your floors regularly. Throughout Winter, and particularly after snowstorms, have your floors washed. Sweep and vacuum all particles off the floor first to avoid any unnecessary scratching. Calcium chloride leaves an oily residue on the surface, so make sure to keep high traffic areas as clean as possible.
- Remove the chemicals as soon as the snow has gone for good. Once the weather has cleared it is important to remove the leftover rock salt and calcium chloride. After the snow has melted, any remaining chemicals will not dissolve and will be tracked into your business or home. When stuck in the soles of shoes, this material will scratch floors and tear carpet fibers.