Spill Clean Up Procedures

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Spill Clean Up Procedures
Cleaning a spill requires quick action. (Water drops image by dima_b_l from Fotolia.com)

Cleaning up a spill needs to be an immediate priority for multiple reasons. A spill cannot only damage or stain the floor or material that was spilt on, it can also be a dangerous slip hazard for anybody passing through the area. There are a number of cleanup procedures that should be followed for both safety and efficiency purposes.

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Block Off the Spill

Prevent anyone from crossing through the area of the spill. Not only can someone slip, fall and suffer injury from walking through a spill zone, the spill will also be spread as a result. A spill on the kitchen floor can quickly spread to the living room carpeting if someone walks through a spill without noticing. If the spill is public, a "Wet Floor" sign should be placed over it to notify people around of the spill and also provide a barricade to prevent people from walking into the liquid. A home spill can be quarantined from kids and pets temporarily through the use of chairs and other easily manoeuvrable furniture.

Use Appropriate Safety Materials

It is imperative not to disregard appropriate safety procedures when trying to clean up a spill quickly. If you have spilt a corrosive chemical, such as bleach or ammonia, you need to get rubber gloves and safety glasses before cleaning it to prevent chemical burns and eye exposure. While a corrosive material can eat through a floor or piece of carpeting, it can also eat through your skin if excessive contact occurs. Rooms should also be properly ventilated if there is a strong odour.

Use White Vinegar

A mixture of water and white vinegar is very useful in removing the last remains of both spills on the floor and spills that have soaked into the carpeting. White vinegar is an effective deodoriser and natural cleaning agent, that is unlikely to cause any damage to the surface underneath. Vinegar is acidic, but a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water is safe for most substances. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution and then soak it up with a rag after letting it sit for several minutes.

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