Back when they first opened, about 6 months in, this indoor play gym rubber floor at Peek a Boo Playground was starting to look dingy. Not quite as bright and colorful as the rest of the gym with all its cool fun houses, play things, mazes, Jamie went on line to find a cleaning solution to brighten the floors and sanitize them.
Being local she called us (in fact right down the street).
Seems like we had impressed her with the all the different methods of cleaning and equipment we offer, and our experience in commercial floor care. Her hunch was correct. She called and we set an appointment to meet at the facility.
When touring the facility we learned their guests must remove their shoes and belongings before entering the play center. So outside foot traffic on the gym floor is not a major factor in contributing to the soiled appearance. But as young toddlers play, they don’t always keep their socks on.
At a closer look, it could be a combination of the pitter patter of bare feet and tumbling fun, and perhaps residues from cleaners and mop water. None the less, the gym play mat needed some help.
Again, she was frustrated, and explained to us this floor did not look any better when it was mopped. Having also consulted with the folks who installed the floor they told her she was using the right products. Despite regular cleaning and mopping the bright rubber floor matt remained dingy and streaky. And as they say, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, well this owner should I say was ready to throw in the towel (or in this case, maybe the mop)!
This is a perfect example of a hybrid cleaning project that needed a hybrid skill set to address it successfully. And not knowing it, she had called the right people! When touring the facility we sensed that scrubbing and steaming would do the trick. But before we accepted the job we wanted to assure the owner that we would deliver the results she wanted, so we suggested that we do a demo.
We arrived with our truck mount steam cleaner, and applied a solution appropriate for the task at hand. Then after allowing it to dwell, or soak in for a bit, we rinsed it with our hard surface steam cleaning wand. This process elevates the temperature of the cleaning and rinsing to as near boiling (220°) as possible. It exits the wand at a rate of 400 psi (a high volume as the hot water exits the wand, similar to a pressure washer, as opposed to a garden hose). Then the power of the truck mount recovers the cleaning solution and rinses the floor at a high vacuum recovery rate.
Right before the owner’s eyes she saw the demo area perk right up, look fresh and clean like it was brand new! She was sold and asked how soon could we do it.
Knowing the cleaning would produce the results we wanted to make sure we did it quickly and efficiently. We wanted to clean properly, but control the rinse water. We had one technician do the pre-spray, another was on the steam wand, and a third person following with a final mop to feather the water and recover any excess puddling. This third person also managed the air movers which helped with the drying (in fact, the trick was to minimize any excess water from migrating through the edges of the interlocking matt tiles to underneath where it would become trapped and cause a mustiness). Working and watching carefully we executed this with precision for a successful and desired outcome!
Now it’s ready for learning, tumbling, exercise and parties once more.
This deep steam clean process is scheduled every 6 months. And when done the staff is amazed at how it cleans up. But beyond the visual, the owner feels good knowing she provides a fun, safe, sanitized and healthy environment for the little ones who are her patrons. That peace of mind means everything to her, and the families who frequent the facility.
PS- after talking to hear and learning about her business model we are impressed with her passion and facility. Then after hearing how they manage their guests and foot traffic, their attention to cleaning, disinfecting, soil management, they do everything they can to make it a clean, safe and fun facility for the children and their families. Check them out Peek a Boo Playground and join the many happy little ones like our very own grandchildren. In these days and crazy times you can never bee too careful!