In summer, many building managers employ ‘barefoot’ matting systems around pools, spas and other wet areas. These mats are often cleaned with a quick hose down, but this doesn’t remove all debris or bacteria films. With concerns about responsible water use, this approach may not even be an option for many.
There a range of alternative methods much more suitable to the job of cleaning these mats.
- Hand cleaning. An all-purpose cleaner should be applied and given time to penetrate the mat. A stiff brush can also be used to help loosen stubborn debris before water is used to rinse away the chemicals.
- Steam cleaning. Steam can be used in shower areas and other locations where the spread of disease may be a concern.
- Degreasing. A degreaser should be used on very dirty mats, particularly in areas where food is served. The entire mat should be submerged in warm water and degreaser.