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FAQ Facts

Slip-and-Fall Facts

  • 34 million Americans are over the age of 60. With this said, a person age 65 or older is 10 times more likely to be the victim of a debilitating slip-and-fall accident than a person under the age of 30
  • The average slip-and-fall claim is $4,000
  • In the US each year, an average of 7.75 claims per 1 million supermarket customers are filed due to slips-and-falls
  • In 1987 there were 12 million injuries caused by falls requiring at least 1 day of medical attention. Two-thirds of the falls happened at the floor level
  • For every dollar spent on floor maintenance products, the average supermarket will spend $3 paying for slip-and-fall accidents

Scientific Studies Facts

  • The average six-room dwelling takes in 40 lbs. of dust in a year. A private home may have between 800,000 to 1,600,000 tiny bits of dust and particulate matter in every cubic inch of air. (TRSA Report)
  • Studies show that 1 sq. yard of commercial grade carpeting can accumulate 1 lb. of dirt over a 1-week period and up to twice as much during inclement weather. (International Sanitary Supply Association)
  • Entrance matting should cover 15 to 18 feet of an entrance (long enough for 5-6 footsteps of the average adult stride), preventing 80-90% of dirt from coming into the facility. (Cleaning & Maintenance Mgmt)
  • It's estimated that over 43 million tons of dust falls on the United States annually. (National Air Pollution Central Administration)
  • "We estimate that only about 10% of the dirt is removed from mats with a vacuum cleaner" – Georgia State University

Appearance Facts

  • 91% of shoppers select a store to shop in based on appearance
  • 42% of consumers say the floors are the first thing they look at when judging cleanliness
  • Students selecting colleges largely base their selections on the appearance of the campus – specifically entranceways, restrooms and the grounds
  • When customers choose a restaurant, cleanliness ranks at the top for fast-food destinations

Labor Facts

  • It is estimated that 90% of building maintenance cost is labor
  • The estimated cost of removing a single pound of dirt from a building can exceed $600
  • A dollar spent keeping soil out of a building will save $10 in removing the soil once it's inside
  • 39% of all custodial time is devoted to floor care maintenance
  • Proper matting alone can save approximately 200 labor hours in the average home per year

Health Facts

  • About 10% of Americans are allergic to some component of dust
  • Indoor air is found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air; and most people spend 60-90% of their time indoors
  • American businesses are spending upwards of $100 billion a year as a result of lost worker productivity due to poor indoor air quality and "Sick Building Syndrome"
  • Medical research has proven that most headaches are allergic reactions to dust

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