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Posted by Briana Smith on May 16, 2017 3:37:00 PM

The Evolution of How Floor Finishes Became More Green

By the WAXIE Floor Care Specialist Team

Historically, green floor finishes were considered inferior to conventional floor finishes. That belief was generally based on durability of green floor finish. Third-party floor finish certifications, such as Green Seal GS-40 or ECOLOGO UL 2777, contain many stringent requirements, but the most significant factor is eliminating metal compounds from the floor finish.

Conventional floor finishes generally utilize zinc to for “crosslinking” within the formula. This creates a very strong and durable bond, helping with durability, wear, scuff resistance, etc. Some early green floor finishes used calcium for crosslinking, instead of zinc. While they met third-party standards, they didn’t meet customer standards. It just wasn’t as durable and the finish “walked off,” leading to more maintenance and more expense for facility operators.

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Topics: hard floor care, innovation, green cleaning

Posted by Briana Smith on Apr 27, 2017 2:18:00 PM

Spring Break Restorative Cleaning at Perkins K-8 in Barrio Logan

By Lee Jackson

On Wednesday March 29th, myself and a motivated group of 14 individuals from the WAXIE Sanitary Supply sales team descended on Perkins K-8 in the Barrio Logan section of San Diego to lend a hand to the custodians with their restorative cleaning.

As the morning began, the WAXIE San Diego team unloaded two trucks worth of commercial floor care equipment and restorative bathroom cleaners, and immediately got to work. Thanks to a prior survey of the school, it was determined that the areas of primary concern for the staff were the floors in a large multipurpose room, their kitchen, a teacher’s lounge, and multiple large restrooms.

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Topics: community involvement, flooring, education

Posted by Briana Smith on Apr 20, 2017 2:17:00 PM

Earth Day – Sharing a Vision for Sustainability & Conservation

By Keith Schneringer

An Earth Day Message

The first Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970 – and as we prepare for the 47th anniversary of that event this weekend, it is worthwhile to look back at the rich and interesting history of this day while we also consider what this event means to us now today, and what it can mean to us into the future.

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Topics: Earth Day, recycling, sustainability

Posted by Briana Smith on Apr 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Giving Back to Our Local Veterans – WAXIE Ontario Community Service Day

WAXIE Ontario Community Service Day at Heroes Warehouse – Fontana, CA
April 1, 2017

By Stacy Main

What a GREAT organization…“Heroes Warehouse”!  Mary Mohr who started this charity a few years ago has a huge heart. This organization assists American veterans who were previously homeless or in need by providing items such as furnishings, sanitary products and supplies to help them fill their homes. WAXIE Ontario has supported this organization for the past 2 years and will continue to support our local veterans.

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Topics: community involvement

Posted by Briana Smith on Apr 7, 2017 8:25:00 AM

Let's Do This! Tackling Your Facility Maintenance Spring Cleaning To-Do List

By Briana Smith

Now that spring is officially here, and most of the nasty winter weather is behind us, it’s time to tackle some of those tasks that come with the changing of the seasons. 

Oftentimes, the brutal winter rains and snowfall leave buildings quite beat up (as evidenced by the accumulation of ice melt and dirt that get tracked across floors and thrashed entrance floor matting). Afterwards the advent of spring brings more pollen into the air, not to mention the build-up of any dust that staff wasn’t able to get to during the winter, causing heightened indoor air allergy issues.

Here are a few things that should be part of your facility’s spring cleaning to-do list:

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Topics: indoor air quality, workplace wellness, cleaning procedures, flooring, carpet care

Posted by Briana Smith on Mar 23, 2017 11:04:59 AM

WAXIE Receives the Utah Employer Support of the Guard Reserve (ESGR) Award


Pictured (Left to Right):
Jeff Tiede, Utah ESGR State Chair; Chris Jewkes, Account Consultant, WAXIE Sanitary Supply; Brent Taylor, Special Projects Manager, WAXIE Sanitary Supply; and Jeff Roberts, President/COO, WAXIE Sanitary Supply.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Utah ESGR State Chair Jeff Tiede recently presented the Utah Employer Support of the Guard Reserve “Patriotic Employer” Award to Brent Taylor and WAXIE Sanitary Supply. The ESGR Award is given by the Department of Defense to promote and recognize outstanding employer support of the National Guard and Reserve service, and to strengthen relationships between service members and employers.

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Topics: press release, company news

Posted by Briana Smith on Mar 22, 2017 1:33:00 PM

Wastewater – Rethinking How We View Our Water Resources

By: Briana Smith

It’s World Water Day – a day to reflect on our own water use while recognizing the world’s water crisis.

As Americans, we often take our abundance of clean water for granted. With the exception of the Flint, Michigan water crisis and regional droughts, most people in the United States give no further thought to their water source past the tap. In contrast, according to UN-Water, “Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.”1

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Topics: water conservation, recycling, sustainability

Posted by Briana Smith on Mar 7, 2017 2:30:00 PM

The Most Cost-Effective Use of Cleaning Chemicals

By: Briana Smith

I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret tip for keeping your cleaning chemical purchasing costs down – Dilution Control.

There are three ways of buying cleaning chemicals: ready-to-use products, bulk chemicals, and dilution control.

While each type has its benefits and areas of use, you’re going to get more bang for your buck by utilizing a dilution control system. Why? Just check out some of the reasons below.

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Topics: dilution control, workplace safety, tips & tricks

Posted by Briana Smith on Feb 21, 2017 2:05:00 PM

Sharing Knowledge & Expertise Can Make a Big Impact

By Marklin Alford

Providing people with the tools and education they need to do a job successfully can be a challenge, but when it happens the rewards are immeasurable.

In 2013, with the encouragement of Charles Wax, I was recruited to be one of the instructors for the City College of San Francisco’s Custodial & Porter Training Course program, which trains and educates students for entry level employment as a custodian. Over 200 students take this course every semester.

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Topics: community involvement, education