The floor cleaning process in housekeeping involves more than just slapping a wet mop on the floor and calling it clean. Click To Tweet There is much more to consider. In addition to making sure the floor is thoroughly sanitised, and not just cleared of obvious streaks, a professional floor cleaning process must take safety factors into consideration.
A poorly executed floor cleaning job can leave spots looking unfinished but, more importantly, can make walking over them extremely dangerous. Timing and attention to detail are important to the floor cleaning process in housekeeping, we will consider both factors in this article.
How can I ensure that my hotel, business or domestic floors are consistently, thoroughly, and safely cleaned by my housekeeping staff?
First of all, it is important to have a complete floor cleaning plan for your staff to follow. Secondly, make sure your staff are properly trained on cleaning techniques and safety.
Planning Your Floor Cleaning Process for Housekeepers
A complete plan should take these factors into consideration:
Establishing a Cleaning Schedule
When scheduling daily (or even more frequent) floor cleaning times, scheduling factors should include:
- Daily traffic volume,
- Peak foot traffic times,
- Floor area size,
- Floor material,
- Average drying time.
There should also be time allocated for a finished floor inspection.
- Has every visible surface been cleaned?
- Are there any excessively wet areas or spots that are slow to dry?
- Has safety signage been displayed and equipment stowed away?
Floor cleaning/PPE equipment inspections and supply levels also require daily scheduling; while safety briefings and staff feedback should be frequent.
Ensuring a Safe Environment
Safety, for staff and for guests, is often paid lip service as the most important aspect of any housekeeping job. However, saying that safety is important, and actively implementing a safety programme to instill good habits among staff are two different things.
Positive safety habits require planning and quality training by a knowledgeable manager, supervisor, and industry trainer.
Daily safety considerations include, but are not limited to:
- Proper equipment usage,
- Safe chemical usage,
- Accurate, prominent MSDS and hazard labeling,
- Adequate ventilation,
- Prominent safety signage and barricades for passersby,
- Proper equipment storage,
- Thorough floor sanitation (particularly in bathrooms and kitchens).
Let Specialised Housekeeping Training Ensure Floor Cleaning Success!
When experienced housekeeping trainers are involved in both staff and managerial skills development, your hotel or public area will surely reap the benefits. As we’ve shown, much goes into the daily routine of a professional floor cleaning process, from proper technique and attention to detail, to safety considerations – which should be at the forefront of everybody’s minds!
- Housekeeping Tools & Techniques
- Housekeeping Areas: Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Dining Rooms, etc.
- Marble Floors
- Stain Removal
- Finishing Touches
- Safe Storage and Chemical Use
For Housekeeping Managers:
- Staff Management
- Routines & Schedules
- Interviewing New Staff
- Creating an Employer’s Handbook
- Health, Safety and Fire Awareness
We offer staff and management training either individually or in small groups, with an emphasis on hands-on practice and repetition, so learning from mistakes can be done in a nurturing environment — and not on the job!
Our trainers bring years of top-level industry experience to their classes, so they can pass along their wealth of experience to the next generation of housekeeping specialists.
Once you’ve decided which skills training modules suit you best, contact us for a consultation. We are eager to hear from you and find out how our specialised training services can propel you to success!