Floor Maintenance: Should Street Shoes Be Allowed or Not? Part 2

Floor Maintenance: Should Street Shoes Be Allowed or Not? Part 2

Have you ever wondered how and why new floors go from shiny and clean to dull and rough?  Well, take a look below and imagine what kind of damage those little bits of gravel, rocks and glass would do to a new car’s painted finish if you were to run, stop, change directions and start running again.  Keep in mind that your car is metal (hard) and wooden floors are much softer even though they are called “hardwood” so the damage will run much deeper because of the wood’s softness.

typical dirt and grit on athletic shoe sole
typical dirt and grit on athletic shoe sole

Anything other than water that comes between your shoe soles and the floor damages the floor.  Just a single misplaced drop of water can cause your foot to slide right out from under you without warning and is therefore potentially dangerous to YOU, your teammates, the game, your career and your pride but unless it is a bucket of water, will probably not really harm the floor. Everything else acts like rough ball bearings eating away at the beautiful floor’s finish under your body weight and compounded by the tremendous force your body weight exerts by stopping, starting and changing directions.

How using Slipp-Nott® actually cleans the floor…

Every time someone walks out onto the floor with clean soles, their shoes actually act like mini-dust and dirt magnets. This happens because the rubber or synthetic soles of the shoes have some inherent “stickiness” to them. As such, the clean soles of the shoes are constantly picking up any loose particulates deposited on the floor from smoking, pollution, airborne particles or dirty street shoes. As clean shoe soles continue to accumulate this dirt and grime on their soles, the floors seem more and more “slippery”. The floors themselves are not slippery, in fact, it is your own shoes that are slipping and sliding because they are “rolling” on these irregularly shaped particles that are on the bottom of the soles.

When an athlete or a referee walks over and steps on a Slipp-Nott traction mat, they are in essence cleaning the sections of the floor they previously stepped on because their shoes are picking up the dust and dirt particles from those spots and depositing them on the Slipp-Nott mats!

The moral of the story is…

The best way to maintain your floor’s beautiful finish is to:

  • keep your floors clean BEFORE people step on them with a mop or a courtclean
  • keep street shoes off the court
  • have anyone who will be walking on the floor clean their shoe bottoms prior to walking on the court. “Anyone” means athletes, refs, the spirit squad and the mascot!
  • wipe up or mop any spills with a towel

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