Did you know that some types of floor cleaner could dramatically increase Georgia slip-and-fall accidents? The type of floor cleaning product that is used in a grocery store, restaurant, or other store can actually cause people harm if it decreases a floor’s slip resistance. Unfortunately, some floor cleaners that affect slip resistance are common household cleaners used by homeowners, landlords, and even commercial cleaning services.
According to a household cleaner comparison by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), many cleaning products left floors more slippery than before floor cleaning occurred. NFSI tested 19 floor cleaners and found that ten of them made floors more slippery—some even reducing floors’ resistance up to 43 percent—including brands such as:
- Armstrong Floor Cleaner
- Clorox Clean-Up
- Lysol All Purpose Cleaner
- Lysol One Step Floor Cleaner
- Lysol Wet Floor Cloths
- Mr. Clean Ultimate Orange Multi-Purpose Cleaner
- Parson’s Lemon Ammonia All Purpose Cleaner
- Spic and Span
- Swiffer Wet Disposable Cloths
The NFSI executive director said, “Over half of the products left a slippery residue after only one application.” This means that the more applications of the product, the likelihood that the floor’s slip resistance will continue to increase.
Because many stores and businesses use outside floor cleaning companies, it is critical that those companies are using the correct product for the type of floor they are cleaning and that the cleaning crews have been trained on techniques that will help floor slip resistance.
If a floor has not been cleaned properly, a slip-and-fall injury in Georgia can occur. If you believe that poor floor cleaning could have contributed to your fall, call an experienced Peachtree City premises liability lawyer at Shane Smith Law at (770) 487-8999 for an initial free consultation today.