Cleaning SmartCells FAQs
How are SmartCells® Anti-Fatigue mats cleaned?
Sweep, damp mop, vacuum, etc., just like any floor. Clean up any spills right away. Fruit juice, vinegar, alcoholic drinks or other similar drinks/foods may discolor some non-black colors of mats if they are allowed to sit on the mat surface. Use a light cleaning dilution of Simple Green or comparable cleaner if necessary. Envirox H2Orange2Concentrate 117 is an acceptable degreaser and sanitizer.
For “disinfectant cleaning” use an appropriate dilution of TASKI NDC, a concentrated pH neutral detergent/disinfectant cleaner or OXIVER to provide provide one-step, no-rinse cleaning. These cleaners are EPA registered hospital grade disinfectants that provide protection against bacteria/virus/fungus/mildew. It is also okay to use a dilute bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite) solution or an alcohol-based solution. Autoclaving is also okay, provided it is limited to 1 hour or less and no more than 250 degrees F. An autoclavable formulation is available.
Tips to Moving Anti-Fatigue Mats for Cleaning
Since SmartCells bedside mats are designed to be stable and to stay in place for caregiver activities like standing, walking, wheeling, transferring, etc., they are, by definition heavier than typical unstable, foam-based mats, and generally do not need to be moved. For regular cleaning, we recommend that one end of the mat should be “rolled” toward the middle of the mat, providing access to the floor and the underside of ½ of the mat. Then, rolled back into place after cleaning and drying. Repeat from the other end. SEE SmartCells Fall Protection Special Instructions
How is SmartCells® Flooring cleaned?
Standard SmartCells® Flooring solutions are cleaned in the same way as SmartCells® Matting. However if the solution incorporates a finished floor surface on top of the SmartCells cushion; such as sheet vinyl or carpet tiles, the cleaning guidelines for these surface finishes should be followed according to the manufacturer’s instructions while following typical precautions for a more ‘compliant’ surface. When the SATECH, Poly Coating product option is used, cleaning guidelines are provided.
Do SmartCell Anti-Fatigue Mats absorb liquid?
NO. The SmartCells® material is non-porous and is incapable of absorbing liquid, unlike typical foam or sponge based products that are made of cellular structures (like miniature bubbles) that contain many more times the structural surface area for contamination than SmartCells®, especially once they rupture (which is a certainty) or if the coating or cover is ruptured or torn.
Can the bottom of the SmartCells® Mat be Sealed?
The idea of a sealed bottom has been discussed and tried in many industrial marketplaces, and while it holds some logic on paper, the real world application is not practical and may not be possible for some mats. Here is what we have found: First, it adds significantly to the price. Second, if the membrane appropriate for sealing is breached, (even by a single pin hole) the ability to then disinfect the bottom surface is almost entirely restricted, since it has been sealed off.
Are there any chemicals that should not be used on SmartCells® anti-fatigue mats?
DO NOT USE Hydrocarbon solvents such as paint thinner
DO NOT USE oil-based cleaning solutions suach as Murphy’s Oil Soap or Pinesol
DO NOT USE Paste wax
DO NOT USE Vinyl Cleaners such as Armorall
With all the cells on the underside, doesn't this create infection control issues?
While it is appropriate to be concerned with the surface area that is potentially exposed to pathogens, infection control issues relating to SmartCells have been put to bed for some time. Here are some responses:
- As you can imagine, this is a consideration for every one of our clients, so it is always one of the first items of discussion. Every infection control team that has evaluated the SmartCells product has given it the green light, so we are not breaking any new ground with this conversation. Infection control personnel DO allow SmartCells mats and flooring into their hospitals.
- While the structure of the SmartCells surfaces present potential for exposure, the material itself is non-porous and is incapable of absorbing liquid, unlike typical foam or sponge based products that are made of cellular structures (like bubble-bath) that contain many, many more times the structural surface area for contamination than SmartCells, especially once they rupture (which is a certainty) or if the coating or cover is ruptured or torn. This is why these mats almost always reek of urine, and why they are often discarded after only months (or a year or so) of use (remember, SmartCells has an 8 year warranty). If organizations have approved that type of fall protection, they will have no challenge approving SmartCells.
- The idea of a sealed bottom has been discussed and tried in many industrial marketplaces, and while it holds some logic on paper, the real world application is not practical. Here is what we have found: First, it adds significantly to the price and may not be possible for some mats. Second, if the membrane appropriate for sealing is breached, (even by a single pin hole) the ability to then disinfect the bottom surface is almost entirely restricted, since it has been sealed off.
- The seams where the mat segments are joined can be sealed, so that mats can be in one piece, if desired, eliminating seams.
- If the desired solution is flooring, instead of matting, then the issue of infection control goes away, since the entire SmartCells structure is sealed off entirely, under an additional flooring surface (vinyl or carpet) that is installed on top of the SmartCells, and is cleaned and maintained for infection control purposes in precisely that same way as is currently being done.
- The very best process to put these questions to rest is to do an in-house test, with infection control personnel who can inspect and test on their own. SATECH, Inc. will, of course, be pleased to provide for this.
Are there any special cleaning considerations for maintenance / environmental services personnel or methods?
SmartCells® bedside injury prevention mats have a surface treatment that will allow for “shufflers” to easily navigate but will also provide solid footing in the presence of liquid. However, some cleaning / infection control procedures employ the use of easily detachable (micro fiber) mop heads which are intended to be used on slippery-when-wet surfaces (like standard non-cushioned floors). When dragged across a SmartCells surface they can sometimes detach. A discussion about this should be considered with staff.