Getting Rid of Germs Makes Sense for Your Transportation Hub’s Bottom Line
During a typical year, the Federal Aviation Administration handles more than 15 million flights. At the same time, the Rail Passengers Association reports that millions upon millions of people throughout every state in the country utilize trains to get around. And that doesn’t even count all those folks who explore the world via bus.
All these travelers have one thing in common: The need to regularly visit transportation hubs. Unfortunately, those locations are notoriously germy because they’re popular. And footwear has a way of dragging dirt wherever it goes.
To help passengers and employees feel less worried about their health as they zoom, chug, or rumble from points A to B, airports, train stations, and similar places must focus on clean environments. Keeping their floors in pristine condition is a good first step.
What’s Wrong With the Floors of Airports and Train Stations?
Every transportation hub has its unique design; despite this, all have floors of some sort. From carpets to grouted tiles, those floors become home to tons of soil, debris, moisture, salt, silt, and sand. Over time, the grime nestles into fibers or porous surfaces, causing lingering odors and discoloration. Many surfaces begin to show wear patterns long before they should.
Without a doubt, this affects travelers’ perceptions of the facility. And beyond first impressions, dirty floors can also lead to poor indoor air quality and an atmosphere where viruses, infections, and funguses grow and spread. For instance, flyers often take off their shoes during check-ins with the Transportation Security Administration; bare feet and germy floors hardly make a smart pairing — conditions like athlete’s foot are contagious. Plus, humans routinely attract up to half the unwanted substances touched by bare skin, which can lead to a bout of stomach flu or common cold.
Most people wouldn’t be surprised to learn that one out of five people get some kind of respiratory illness after flying. But MilliCare helps clients buck this trend by fostering locations that don’t just serve a function, but also serve the public good.
In addition to health hazards, high flooring maintenance and replacement costs can quickly bite into the capital expenditures of any transportation junction’s pocketbook. One major pathogen spill or a constant overload of abrasive particles can take a bite out of flooring — and demand a huge chunk of change to fix. No transportation facility wants to constantly install new carpet, laminate, hard surfaces, or tiles. Fortunately, with MilliCare , they often don’t have to.
Solutions to Keep Floors — and Travelers — Cared For and Protected
Beyond daily cleaning, bus stations, rail stations, and airports must opt for deep cleaning to secure their flooring investments and make their buildings healthier. However, each location needs to have a personalized strategy, which is why MilliCare ’s technicians put together custom-crafted long-term Care Plans.
Every Care Plan considers the unique layout and flooring requirements of a transportation hub. For example, carpeted spaces may require monthly dry polymer-based cleaning to keep the fibers from wearing out or the pile from being destroyed. At the same time, after hard surfaces are coated with an environmentally safe MilliCare sealer, those surfaces may only need to be treated by MilliCare ’s trained team members every other month, as long as they’re cared for properly by internal janitorial staff.
And entryways? They always get special treatment from MilliCare . After all, those hot spots provide a wonderful opportunity to lower how much dirt and general “sole pollution” make their way through the door. By adding slip-resistant performance coatings to entrances and exits, MilliCare can help transportation clients reduce up to 80 percent of the unwanted debris that would otherwise make its way into the building.
Transportation Carriers and MilliCare Technicians: Partners in Safe Traveling
Safety isn’t just about the type and logistics of the available transport; it’s also about the environment of the transportation hub. With the help of MilliCare , facility and property managers can ensure that their hard surfaces stay fresh-looking (and fresh-smelling) day after day and that their textiles give an outstanding first impression to travelers.
Would you like to find out how MilliCare can help you keep your airport, railway station, or bus depot floors cleaner? Talk to one of our local certified technicians today.