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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 Sep 13, 2016 2:23:00 PM

Get Ready ‘Cause Here It Comes: Preparing for Cold & Flu Season

By: Briana Smith

Cold & flu season tends to follow quickly on the heels of back-to-school, as the weather becomes cooler. Staying healthy at work or school can be a challenge, but there are some easy ways to minimize the changes of catching something.

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace wellness, tips & tricks

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 Jul 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Differences Between Cleaners, Disinfectants and Sanitizers

By: Becky Mollenkamp

The importance of training staff to understand the variations between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing

As a facility cleaning manager, are you confident that your staff can walk into a janitorial closet to grab chemicals off the crowded shelves and actually know the differences between cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants? If you hesitate in answering, you’re not alone.

Although these products are commonly used in cleaning departments, there are many misunderstandings about the chemical categories. “I’m not sure all custodial staffs truly understand the difference,” says Nancy Bock, senior vice president of meetings and education for the American Cleaning Institute (ACI). “The terms clean, sanitize and disinfect are often inaccurately used, which is why training is essential.”

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Topics: cleaning procedures, tips & tricks

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 Briana Smith on Dec 9, 2014 12:30:00 PM

The Benefits of Scrubbing & Recoating Your Floors

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

Keeping your flooring looking great can take a bit of work, and each flooring type, whether it be natural stone, wood, VCT (vinyl composition tile), etc. has its unique set of challenges to take into consideration.

Softer flooring surfaces, such as VCT, marmoleum, linoleum, etc. typically need several layers of floor finish to protect the flooring material from the wear and tear of shoes that drag in dirt, sand and other debris from the out-of-doors. Synthetic flooring materials are very resilient and can be low-maintenance if you take care of them properly.

One of the less intensive ways to keep your synthetic floors looking brilliant is by scrubbing & recoating your floors, versus stripping them, when they no longer meet the acceptable level of appearance. The scrub & recoat procedure is part of the interim maintenance portion of your hard floor care cleaning program, and there are multiple benefits to performing this kind of maintenance.

Scrubbing & recoating…

  • Reduces the manpower that’s needed to maintain flooring
  • Keeps a higher acceptable level of glossiness to floor appearance for a longer amount of time
  • Minimizes how often you have to strip floors
  • Is less time intensive than a full restorative strip & recoat procedure
  • Saves you money & extends the lifetime of the flooring material
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Topics: hard floor care, flooring, tips & tricks

Posted by Briana Smith on Dec 2, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing a Floor Machine or Burnisher

By: Mike Anderson, Commercial Equipment Specialist, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

WAXIE Boise CEP Stone Floor Care Training – Cleaning & maintaining various stone flooring materials using a floor machine, as well as the proper cleaning products & accessories.

Floor machines are perfect for using any time you need a scrubber or a mop and you can use them just as you would a vacuum or a mop. Whenever the appearance of your facility is not up to your standards, it’s time to get the floor machine out. Remember, preventative care is much cheaper than restorative care and floor finishes can degrade fast depending on how much foot traffic your floor gets. Cleaning the dirt, debris and sand from your floors regularly will help maintain a brilliant shine.

We generally call them low speeds, but low speed floor machines are also commonly referred to as… swing machines, buffers, side by sides, polishers and scrubbers. In Spanish they refer to it as the “Machina Loca,” which translates to crazy machine – no joke.

A buffer or polisher can also mean a burnisher. So get the name correct.

Keep in mind that the best floor care maintenance program takes several key factors into consideration, the floor machine being just one of them. The others are your flooring material, floor finish, floor pad being used, the amount of foot traffic, as well as your maintenance schedule.

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