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Posted by Briana Smith on Jun 8, 2017 1:33:00 PM

Determining the Effectiveness of a Sustainable Floor Care Program


By the WAXIE Floor Care Specialist Team

A sustainable floor care system should meet the desired outcome of the users with minimal impact on the people involved, the planet, and profitability.

But why does this matter?

ISSA’s last Sanitary Supply Distributor Sales Report estimated annual sales of $1.32 billion in resilient and hard floor care chemicals. When adding labor expenses, waste, and water/energy consumption to that figure this becomes an enormous expenditure within commercial, institutional and industrial facilities. When qualifying this type of investment it’s important to look at why we do it, how it’s done, how it’s measured, and how to improve upon it.

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Topics: hard floor care, workplace wellness, sustainability

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 Aug 18, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Choosing the Correct Floor Pad

By: Becky Mollenkamp

From polishing to stripping, janitors spend a lot of time using floor-care machines. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right pad or brush for the task at hand. But with more options than ever, many building service contractors find it easiest to simply stick with what they know.

“Most manufacturers offer upwards of 25 different pads,” says Rory Beaudette, Vice President Sales and COO for ACS Industries Inc., Lincoln, Rhode Island. “That’s complex for most operators, so they may need to spend some time educating themselves.”

Although there will always be a need for the basic pads, learning about myriad new colors and shapes is worthwhile. Many are designed to improve productivity and reduce floor damage, both of which can boost the bottom line.

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Topics: hard floor care, flooring, tips & tricks, machines & equipment

Posted by Briana Smith on Jun 7, 2016 7:45:00 AM

WAXIE Santa Ana Gives Back to Local Nonprofit!

Helping Working Wardrobes Get Ready to Move Into Their New Facility

By: Nicholas Yuan

On May 26th, 2016, members of Team WAXIE Santa Ana went to help Working Wardrobes prepare to move into their new facility out in Irvine, none of which would have been possible without the special contributions from John Levulis, John Berry, and Oscar Alvarez. The leadership in attendance included Alice Sawaya, Michael Gould, John Torgerson, and Erik Chantarapan. 

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Topics: community involvement, hard floor care, carpet care

Posted by Briana Smith on May 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Do's & Don'ts for Cleaning Linoleum & Marmoleum Floors

By: Mike Anderson

Linoleum (and Marmoleum) floors have come a long way design-wise from its inception in the 1860’s, but its longevity and endurance as a flooring material haven’t changed a bit. Still, as with every floor, it’s important to regularly clean and maintain them to minimize scratches, scuffs and, other damage. Here are some cleaning tips for preventing linoleum and Marmoleum floors from damage and keeping them looking their best. 

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Topics: hard floor care, flooring, tips & tricks

Posted by Briana Smith on Apr 6, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Linoleum & Marmoleum Floor Care: Fact vs. Fiction

By: Mike Anderson

Linoleum and Marmoleum floors are perfect for high-traffic areas because of their durability. Even so, like all flooring materials, they need to be cleaned and maintained regularly to keep them that way, so a daily sweeping and damp mopping routine will go a long way to keeping them in great shape for a long time. Here are some common misconceptions about linoleum and Marmoleum floors and what you need to know to keep yours looking at their best at all times. 

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Topics: hard floor care, flooring, tips & tricks

Posted by Briana Smith on Mar 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

How to Repair Scratched Linoleum & Marmoleum Flooring

By: Mike Anderson

Linoleum & Marmoleum (a brand name type of linoleum made by Forbo Flooring Systems) flooring surfaces are very durable, but accidents can happen and they sometimes get scratched. Here are some procedures that will, in most cases, repair the floor to where you don't see the scratch.

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Topics: hard floor care, flooring, tips & tricks

Posted by Blake Vanderwiel on Mar 26, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Winter Matting Tips and Suggestions from Crown Matting Technologies

Guest Post By: Adam Strizzi, Marketing Director with Crown Matting Technologies



So, for those managers/building owners who are just now starting to think about mats, Adam Strizzi, Marketing Director with Crown Matting Technologies, offers the following suggestions for selecting and installing an effective winter matting system:

Floor Matting Systems - Improve, Protect & Save

  • Mat Meets Door: Mats should always be placed directly next to the door, catching the last step before the entry door and the first step in the facility. Spacing can defeat the benefits of the mat, which is primarily to remove moisture and soils from shoe bottoms, and could possibly lead to a slip and fall accident.
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Topics: hard floor care, floor matting

Posted by Briana Smith on Feb 10, 2015 11:33:00 AM

The Original Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) – Asphalt & Asbestos Tile Flooring

By: Briana Smith, Social Media & Product Branding Specialist, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

Unless your facility has been built sometime in the last 20 years or so, there is a good probably that your flooring is either some form of asbestos or asphalt tile. These tiles were a type of vinyl composition tiles (VCT), which were used predominately between the 1920s through to the early 1980s. At the beginning of the 1980s, modern non-asbestos containing vinyl composition tiles became standard, as asbestos related materials – including adhesives & mastics that had asbestos in them – were recognized as being hazardous by the EPA.

Modern VCT tiles are designed in a different manner, as they are produced from a mixture of colored polyvinyl chloride (PVC) chips, and are often made to resemble high-end flooring materials such as stone, wood, etc. without the cost. VCT is still a very popular flooring material as it holds up well in busy high-traffic areas, has a long lifespan and is much less expensive than high-end flooring options.

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Topics: hard floor care, flooring