Fact Sheet

Floor Maintenance and Repair

Floor covering contributes to both the attractiveness and the functionality of a building. The appropriate floor covering, from wool carpeting to painted cement, must be selected with functionality as well as attractiveness in mind. Floor covering has the highest use of any part of a building; thus, it must also be maintained if its usefulness is to be continued.

Assuming that the appropriate floor covering was originally installed, the maintenance and repair of the floor covering should:

Reduce dirt and water to preserve the floor covering.

Keep the floor covering safe for use.

Eliminate health hazards.

When conducting floor maintenance, the following should be done to insure maintenance is not creating a personnel hazard:


From Slips, Trips and Falls, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)


American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)

Floor Maintenance and Repair Checklist

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