You think about the shelf life of your material handling equipment and will frequently check that other maintenance needs are being met. However, do you think about the actual structure of the warehouse itself, such as the floors? With gradual wear, it can be easy for floors to experience scuff and longer-term issues that affect the overall structure.
According to Modern Materials Handling, damaged floors can ultimately lead to costly repairs and in some cases, shut downs to address the severity of the issue. Additionally, the news provider reports that a floor that’s neglected will not have as long of a lifespan as one in a facility where it’s cared for.
One way you can protect your warehouse flooring is to use anti-fatigue mats over large swaths of the floor, the areas that are frequently the most trafficked. The rubber helps protect the concrete from any scrapes or spills that could damage the foundation or stain the floor.
Additionally, having rubber floor mats is not only a way to preserve your flooring, but also prevent injuries while on the job, according to Safety and Health Magazine. Because they offer extra traction, people have more of a grip when they walk.
How often do you keep up with routine maintenance of your warehouse floors? It can be easy to let it slide, particularly because the warehouse is typically only visible to employees and usually concrete floors. However, adding anti-fatigue mats to the flooring can make them much easier to clean while also keeping employees safe from slipping on any excess moisture.
Modern Materials Handling reports it’s easy for soils to slip through the cracks and onto the warehouse floors from outside environments. As people are constantly coming in and out of the warehouse and maneuvering equipment around, it’s important to make sure the site is as clean as possible. However, the news provider reports that companies still can’t get it right in terms of how to clean, with most simply scrubbing the floors. Instead, the news source suggests sweeping first to get any excess soil out of the way before adding liquid, which can actually make it easier to move.
In terms of safety, EHS Today suggests adding extra traction to floors in heavily trafficked areas to reduce the amount of slips, which can happen when there’s a lot of foot traffic. Anti-fatigue mats are a great addition to any busy pathway.