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Cleaning Safety Surfaces During Coronavirus

By Whirl Construction (454 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on March 27, 2020

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Right now, most of the country’s gyms, playgrounds, and restaurants have taken extra steps to slow the spread of coronavirus. The CDC is asking businesses to clean and sanitize all surfaces, which makes this a perfect time to spring clean your safety surfaces. 

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Cleaning safety surfaces can seem daunting, but it’s actually quite simple. With the right strategy, you can keep patrons safe and ensure your safety surface will last for many years to come. Before you grab that bucket and mop, read our six tips for cleaning safety surfaces. 

Plan for a Proper Cleaning 

Safety surfaces require appropriate time to clean and dry. If you’re currently not allowing patrons to use areas with safety surfaces, this isn’t a concern. However, if safety surfaces are in a location that is still accessible to employees or the general public, allow at least eight hours drying time once deep-cleaned, and more if possible. 

Remove Loose Debris

Start by looking over the area and checking for loose debris. If your safety surface is outside, clean off any leaves, acorns, or dirt before cleaning. If inside, look for loose bits of paper or plastic, or even articles of clothing that may have been left behind during a playdate. 

Brush Out Stains

Tackle small stains with a stiff bristle brush and a good degreaser. Thoroughly wet the area, spray the cleaner, allow it to sit for a minute, and then scrub vigorously with the brush. Repeat as needed until the stain is out. 

Wash off the Dirt and Grime

Washing safety surfaces is simple - all you need is water, a good all purpose cleaner, and a hose or sprayer. Wet the surface, then spray thoroughly with your cleaner. If you need to clean any corners, do so with a damp rag. Rinse with a hose or garden sprayer, and repeat if needed. 

Disinfect if Required

If disinfecting your safety surface is required for reopening, you can do so after you’ve washed the area. Check the CDC website for disinfecting guidelines. Some disinfectants can stain or compromise safety surfaces, so be sure the cleaner you choose is safe for your surface. Always do a spot test in an inconspicuous location first.

Schedule Monthly Maintenance 

Now that your surface is clean and sanitized, keep it looking like new with monthly maintenance. Schedule time every month to remove debris, attack stains, and check your safety surface for any tears or soft spots 

Have additional questions about cleaning your surface? Reach out to our experts for help

Keep your customers healthy and safe with a sanitized safety surface. With these steps, your safety surface won’t just look clean - it will be in great shape for years to come! 

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