While PVC strip curtains are a great addition to any warehouse or distribution facility, helping to prevent the spread of dust, contaminants, dirt, and allergens from one area to another, they will trap all of these particulates and become dirty. If you want to avoid spreading these particles by transferring them to clothes or other items as they pass through the curtains, it is vital to consider a good routine for cleaning and maintenance.
With the proper maintenance and cleaning, you will be able to maximise the performance of your PVC strips. You can also, by doing this, ensure that they offer you the proper protection against contaminants for as long as possible.
We ask Strip Curtains Direct how to care for and maintain your PVC strips.
Clean each side separately
Because the purpose of your PVC strips is to avoid the spread of any contaminants, you will need to ensure that they are cleaned very thoroughly and carefully. This means that you will need to clean each side separately, and you should use a different soft cloth for each side. Using the same cloth for both sides risks spreading the contaminants around.
Use a damp sponge
When cleaning your PVC strips, you want to avoid watermarks whilst still removing any dirt. A damp sponge is ideal for this. Use the soft side to wipe and the rough side for any stubborn marks that need removing. Avoid getting your sponge too wet, which will put too much water on the PVC strips. This can result in unwanted mildew, creating a bacteria breeding ground. Once you have finished, dispose of the sponge and use a new one next time.
Start at the top
To prevent streaks and soap scum build-up, you should wipe each strip from the top down. Do this in a uniform fashion rather than in a circular motion, as this will help you remove the dirt better; it will also ensure excess water gets moved down. Use a dry microfibre cloth to ensure a clean that is streak-free.
Think about the type of PVC strips you install
Smooth strips may be your first choice, but ribbed ones will be much better when it comes to longevity as the ribbing helps to preserve the integrity of each strip, making them last longer. This means that they will cost you less in replacements over time.
While PVC strips are incredibly durable and can withstand vigour, they are not entirely resistant to scratches. If you don’t take good care of them, they will start to show signs of wear. Employees should be encouraged to drive or walk through them carefully to avoid too many scratches and damage.
Make regular inspections
The best way to look after your PVC strips is to check them regularly; this will help you spot any issues before they get too serious. Things to look for include tears, blemishes and scratches. Make time in your schedule once a week to carry out a check.
If you spot any damage, it should be possible to replace an individual strip rather than the whole curtain.
Suppose you do not have the time to do this regularly. In that case, it can be worth investing in a cleaning service that could help you to care for your PVC strips and who will notify you of any issues that they spot whilst they are cleaning.