How to Keep Floor Drains Clean and Healthy

The Inconvenient Truth is That Floor Drains May Be Building Up with All Types Of Debris, Soap Scum, And Pathogens”

Whether floors are mopped or cleaned using an automatic scrubber, most cleaning professionals believe their job is done once completed. 

However, while the floor may look clean, the inconvenient truth is that floor drains may be building up with all types of debris, soap scum, and pathogens.  

Floor drain issues are even worse in specific sectors, such as in commercial kitchens. 

Food particulates, spills, and other liquids are intentionally sent down drains every day in those industries. That’s the fastest way to get rid of this waste.  

But the long-term result is build-up in floor drains that can cause several problems. According to Lee Chen, COO of ProNatural Brands, makers of 100 percent naturally derived cleaning solutions, sanitizers, and disinfectants. Among the most concerning are the following: 

  • Bacteria and viruses can thrive in floor drains.
  • Drain flies, moth-like creatures attracted to bacteria accumulation in floor drains. They reproduce in 48 hours, resulting in an infestation build-up in little time.
  • Biofilm, a colony of bacteria and other pathogens that form a protective coating.  
  • Mold formation in the drain comprised of slime, yeast, and fungi.
  • Oil and grease build-up, which contributes to clogs in pipes.
  • Limescale and mineral deposits, which also can clog drains.
  • Odors.

“In a food service facility, build-up such as these can result in fines and the actual closing of a facility by public health officials,” says Chen. “It’s unhealthy, it can collect on shoe bottoms that we later touch, end up on food, and the result is cross-contamination.”

To address this, Chen suggests using a high-quality, low-environmental impact disinfectant and pumping it down drains using a foam applicator. The process creates a foam that clings to the circumference of the pipes, providing total surface coverage, allows for dwell time, and effective cleaning and disinfection.

“All too often, floor drains are out of sight/out of mind to cleaning professionals and building managers,” adds Chen. “But ignored, contamination can build up, turning clean floors into unhealthy ones, posing a potential health risk to building users, and [pipe] blockages that can be costly to repair.”

About ProNatural Brands

Since its beginning in 2012, ProNatural Brands has developed a full line of 100% naturally derived disinfectants, sanitizers, and cleaning products with patented, citrus formulas for the foodservice, healthcare, education, and hospitality industries, as well as for the consumer market. ProNatural Brand’s products have been scientifically proven to be effective and a safer alternative for the user’s health and the environment.

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