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Sweeping: An Effective Method for Preventing Soil from Entering Your Facility

Last updated 5 years ago

This article was originally published by BSCAI Services

Written by Richard "Bo" Bodo

Of all the processes available to the people in charge of maintaining a building, none is more under-utilized than sweeping exterior areas. To recognize the importance of sweeping you must understand a few key facts in regards to everything that is done to clean the interior of a building:

1. According to industry studies, 80 percent to 94 percent of the soil in any facility was brought into the facility through foot traffic.

2. According to industry studies, it takes approximately 36 linear feet of matting to remove 99 percent of the soil from the shoes, while 12 feet of matting will remove 80 percent of the soil.

3. If you were to install brand new flooring in a building, lock the doors and not allow anyone into the building, you would essentially never have to maintain the floors again.

An important fact to understand is that the soil tracked into your facility every day is what drives your floor maintenance. Without dirty, soiled shoes walking across your floor they would look great and require no maintenance.

So the question becomes, “How do you stop soil from entering your building?”

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Richard “Bo” Bodo is the Director of Business Development at Windsor, an IICRC Master Textile Cleaner, and contributor to industry standards, publications, and training programs. Bo has more than 12 years of industry experience in both chemicals and equipment and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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