Tips for All-Around Skating Maintenance
Walls, Skating Surfaces, Floors and Carpeting

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey

Keeping skating center floors looking like new involves lots of routine cleaning and maintenance, according to Kevin Sahly, co-owner of Wooddale Funzone in Woodbury, Minn. “Overall building cleanliness is critical in that it is the first and last impression our guests will have of our facility,” he explained. “We implemented a cleaning plan with daily, weekly, monthly and yearly lists. We safety check, de-gum and sweep the skating floor after every session. The floor is scrubbed with our floor scrubber machine weekly or biweekly, depending on the usage.”

Sahly said that carpeting requires just as much maintenance as the skating floor. “We sweep and vacuum all floor carpeting after every session as well,” he said. “We de-gum the carpet biweekly, or as needed, using green alcohol and a scraper fork. We use a professional carpet cleaner to clean all carpeting in the building three to four times a year, depending on soiling. Most of our walls are carpeted as well. We vacuum those monthly, or as needed.”

A view of carpeting at the Playland Skate Center in Austin, Texas. The carpets get completely vacuumed every day and spot vacuumed between birthday parties at the facility.

A view of carpeting at the Playland Skate Center in Austin, Texas. The carpets get completely vacuumed every day and spot vacuumed between birthday parties at the facility.

Robert Kramer, CEO and Owner of Wigwam Skate & Event Center in Terre Haute, Ind., agreed that regular cleaning and maintenance is important for floors and walls. “The skating floor is dry mopped daily and wet mopped three times a week with vinegar and water,” he said. “Once a week the skating floor is cleaned with a walk-behind floor scrubber with cleaning solution that will not affect the polyurethane coating. Off-skating floors are wet mopped with a cleaning solution and sanitizer daily. Walls are wiped down monthly with a simple soap and water solution.”

Kramer added that carpeting needs even more attention due to candy and gum debris. “We do a daily maintenance that includes vacuuming along with gum and candy extraction,” he explained. “The hourly team members vacuum all areas of the carpet and then do a walkthrough looking for gum, candy and taffy, and a second team then uses an aerosol can of gum remover that is used to freeze and for easy scraping out of the carpet. In addition to daily maintenance we perform a twice a week maintenance and what we call a ‘polish’ on the carpet. A team member vacuums the entire area again thoroughly and then takes a shop vacuum and does all the corners, edges and crevasses, removing debris in those areas.”

Gum and other substances getting stuck in the carpet is a common problem at skating centers, including Playland Skate Center in Austin, Texas. “The carpets get completely vacuumed every day and spot vacuumed between birthday parties,” said Manager Stephanie Morin. “Each time we vacuum we are checking for carpet frays, tears, gum and any food that may be stuck to the carpet. Attached to each vacuum cleaner we have a scraper, a brush and Rid-A-Gum, so any spot can be cleaned immediately.”

Morin said that her employees clean as often as possible. “During the slower skate sessions we have our employees cleaning, whether it’s wiping down the baseboards or dusting the walls,” she explained. She added that sometimes professional cleaning is needed. “As much as we clean it still helps to call a professional,” she said. “We try to schedule the carpet to be professionally cleaned on a quarterly basis.”

Alice Mendoza, general manager of Roller Towne in Visalia, Calif., tries to keep gum out of her facility to protect the floors. “We do not allow gum in the building, so that helps out on keeping things tidy,” she said. “We still find a few pieces every now and then rolled into the carpet, or on the rink floor after an all-night skate. When gum is found in the carpet, we will use Rid-A-Gum. It’s a very simple process. We simply put the solution on the gum, let it sit for a few moments and then scrub it with a wire brush. It works wonders!”

Owners Robert Kramer and Henry Ledezma of the Wigwam Skate & Event Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The center is kept clean with vinegar and water, cleaning solutions, sanitizer and a simple mix of soap and water.

Owners Robert Kramer and Henry Ledezma of the Wigwam Skate & Event Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The center is kept clean with vinegar and water, cleaning solutions, sanitizer and a simple mix of soap and water.

Mendoza said that other regular maintenance involves cleaning the skate floor with Traction cleaner and the carpet with Xtraction. “We maintain our carpet by using an industrial carpet cleaning machine,” she added. “We spot treat the high traffic and snack bar areas as needed, or once every two weeks. The carpeted walls are also spot treated as needed.”

Wendy Sherman, co-owner of Skate Zone in Gabrills, Md., said that her employees use different machines to keep the floors clean. “There is a lot of maintenance time and money that goes into maintaining a commercial facility,” she said. “We have to clean the floors weekly with machines. We use a floor scrubber for the skating surface and carpet cleaners for carpets.” Sherman said that the walls require less maintenance than the floors. “Walls are not really cleaned, just dusted from time to time,” she explained.

Allen Bell, owner of Fantasy Skating Center in Reading, Pa., said that keeping the skating floor and carpets clean go hand in hand. “We are constantly wet scrubbing the rugs,” he said. “We start at one end and work to the other, then start over. It seems that clean rugs really help keep the skating floor clean.” In addition to keeping the rugs clean, Bell said that his employees also “dust mop the skating floor daily.”

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