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Warehouse Floor Disinfection Solutions to Combat COVID-19

by Barry Smolko, on April 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM

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Maintaining safe warehouse conditions for your business during the global coronavirus outbreak is the biggest challenge of the moment. Ensuring your workers and recipients of your products are safe is key. With emerging studies published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that the virus can be easily spread on workers’ shoes, your warehouse disinfection plan is one of the greatest assets or threats to your business today.

With the right equipment and plan execution, the combination of high-temperature water and disinfectant sprays can effectively kill the SARS-COV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Read on to see how you can best combat this devastating illness and maintain safe operations of your essential business.

Floor Scrubber Best Practices

To combat the coronavirus outbreak, it is not enough to simply run your floor scrubbers as usual. The following best practices are recommended to ensure your cleaning routine is safe and effective:

  • Floor scrubbers should work in passes with at least 2 inches of overlap to ensure proper coverage of all surfaces in approved disinfectant.
  • Disinfectant applications should be left on surfaces for at least 10 minutes before they are “picked up” by scrubbers. This is the minimum amount of time needed for the active chemicals to kill the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • A disinfectant wand should be used to apply disinfectant to other surfaces such as safety railings in high traffic areas. These surfaces can air dry and still meet the standards needed to kill the novel coronavirus.

Along with these best practices, a robust and regularly scheduled warehouse cleaning plan should be in place to mitigate risks for your workers. If you need help developing a plan that fits your business needs, you can buy or lease disinfecting equipment by contacting us. Our team is here to help.

Our Floor Scrubber Brands

Mid-Columbia Forklift and MidCo Material Handling stocks the top floor scrubber brands you need to keep your workspace safe. Our lineup of recommended equipment includes:

Advance Floor Scrubbers

Advance is a big name in the warehouse cleaning business. While they offer a full lineup of floor scrubbing equipment, the Advance CS7010 offers great capacity as well as the option for a disinfectant wand attachment. With options for multiple fuel configurations, this versatile piece of equipment can fit in most warehouse sizes and fleets.

Powerboss Floor Scrubbers

Another brand dedicated to cleaning equipment, Powerboss provides versatile, powerful equipment to fit most warehouse needs. We recommend their Nautilus model scrubbers for your warehouse cleaning needs. Available with disinfectant wand attachments, and diesel, gasoline, or liquid propane fuel options, they can cover up to 50,000 square feet per hour.

Factory Cat Floor Scrubbers

Factory Cat is a growing brand in disinfecting equipment. A major differentiator to keep in mind with this brand is their option of including Aqueous Ozone onboard the scrubbing deck as an additional disinfectant option to take down the novel coronavirus. A special sanitation package includes a disinfectant wand, green antimicrobial tanks, and the patented Zer03 Aqueous Ozone system as a discounted bundle.

Disinfectant Sourcing

As we all know, shortages and panic buying have impacted consumer goods like toilet paper or plant seeds. While they are in high demand, purchasing controls are in place to make sure essential businesses can acquire liquid disinfectant. Many brands include monthly supplies of disinfectant with a lease - we are happy to help you determine what strategies are best for your business to get the equipment and supplies you need to clean your warehouse.

We know how challenging warehouse maintenance can be when we aren’t facing a global pandemic. Mid-Columbia Forklift and MidCo Material Handling is here to help with our equipment, supplies, and professional insights. Contact us for assistance with your warehouse disinfectant challenges. We’re here to help

Further Reading:
Open and Ready to Serve: Covid-19 Response
Top Ways to Reduce Downtime in Your Warehouse
When to Buy Walk-Behind Vs. Ride-On Industrial Cleaning Equipment

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