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Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Feb 19, 2021 9:32:00 AM

Meet the Newest Member of Your Cleaning Team: The Nilfisk SC50 Autonomous Floor Scrubber

Guest Blog By: Nilfisk  |  February 18, 2021

In the wake of COVID-19, cleaning teams face more pressure than ever to clean quickly and effectively. Beyond the basics of ensuring facilities are cleaned to the desired standard, cleaners are quite literally tasked with ensuring the health and safety of everyone who enters a facility.

At the same time, workforce challenges continue. Cleaning teams often work at a staffing rate of only 70-75% and the employee turnover rate can be as high as 200%.

These factors combined have led more organizations to embrace autonomous cleaning solutions as a way to stretch their cleaning dollar further.

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Topics: flooring, machines & equipment, facility maintenance

Posted by Briana Smith on Dec 18, 2020 1:10:48 PM

The Forgotten Cleaning Step: Interim Maintenance

By: Briana Smith  |  December 18, 2020

Winter break is typically the time of year that many custodial staffs have some time to do some extra cleaning with so many people out of the building or off campus for several weeks on holiday.

While it may be tempting to spend the time on restorative or deep cleaning procedures, you’re better off holding off until after all of the inclement winter and spring weather has passed. A combination of ice melt, excess water from snow and rain, and mud being dragged in really does a number on a facility’s flooring!

Instead, it’s better to focus on interim cleaning procedures, which allow you to clean more extensively than daily routine but is less intensive and time consuming than deep cleaning.

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Topics: carpet, hard floor care, flooring, cleaning tips

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Feb 12, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Entrance Matting Care & Maintenance


Image courtesy of M+A Matting

Guest Blog By: M+A Matting  |  February 12, 2020

Entrance matting is an essential component of creating a safe and clean facility. According to the ISSA, 80% of dirt, dust, and moisture brought into a building can be contained within the first 15 to 18 feet with proper matting. But in order for this matting to retain its efficacy – to remove dirt and moisture from shoes and help prevent tracking - it must be regularly cared for and maintained. This entails routine cleanings, checking the condition of your mats, and the eventual replacement when it reaches the end of its service life.

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Topics: hard floor care, flooring, floor matting

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Jan 17, 2020 1:33:44 PM

Carpet Cleaning Basics: Routine Maintenance to Restoration

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  January 17, 2020

Carpeting is probably the most common type of floor covering in commercial buildings. It can add an attractive appearance and a warm, soft feel to a facility while reducing noise. But because dirt is often hidden in the carpet, proper maintenance can be neglected until the carpet "uglys out," and expensive restoration or replacement is needed.

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Topics: carpet, flooring, cleaning tips

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Dec 12, 2019 11:03:00 AM

Looks Just Like New! How to Scrub & Recoat Your Resilient Floors


WAXIE Account Consultant Hope S. learns how to use a floor machine as part of a scrub & recoat training session at WAXIE San Diego

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  December 11, 2019

A scrub & recoat procedure is integral to any resilient and hard floor care maintenance program. If done periodically it can improve the appearance of your floors without having to do the more time-consuming strip & refinish procedure as often.

Keeping your facility clean and safe is a lot of work, especially around the holidays when winter weather & tons of foot traffic can muck your floors up faster. When dirt, water and ice melt get tracked into your building your regular daily maintenance routine just can't keep up, which creates the potential for a slip and fall accident to occur. However implementing interim cleaning procedures makes it much easier for custodial staffs to preserve a consistent & high level of cleanliness, while maintaining safety for building staff & guests.

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Topics: hard floor care, flooring, cleaning tips

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Aug 14, 2019 3:34:03 PM

These Boots Are Made for Walking...on Floor Mats

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  August 14, 2019

Every facility, no matter the weather, should have a matting program. When planning a mat program, high traffic areas should be pinpointed and consideration should be given to environmental exposure. Strategic placement of mats is essential for maximum effectiveness.

Entrance matting can improve air quality, protect floors and carpets, prevent slips and falls, and save you money and time. Each mat is designed to stop dirt and moisture by performing a specific job to keep your facility clean.

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Topics: hard floor care, flooring, floor matting

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Jul 17, 2019 1:35:00 PM

How to Choose, Use & Care for a Dust Mop

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  July 17, 2019

On Dust Mops…

Dust mopping is the second line of defense for protecting your investment (after entrance matting) in hard floors and hard floor care programs. When performed regularly and thoroughly with the right tools, dust mopping saves time and money. It helps maintain high gloss while extending the life of your floor program, since proper dust mopping will remove the fine abrasive soils that grind and wear on your floor finish.

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Topics: hard floor care, mops, flooring, cleaning tips

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Jun 19, 2019 12:46:00 PM

Gym Floor Maintenance Schedule: Routine Cleaning to Refinishing

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  June 19, 2019

As with anything, if you routinely take care of something it will last a long time, and it's no different when it comes to gym floors.

Gymnasiums are often the “showcase” of a school or athletic club. Good looking, shiny floors convey a positive image to the public, school officials and athletic teams that use these facilities. Sports floors need specific, proven maintenance systems that will enhance their natural beauty and protect their substantial investment. 

Wood floor care can be divided into two main systems:

  • Water-Based (recommended)
  • Solvent-Based (oil-modified) and Epoxy
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Topics: wood floors, hard floor care, flooring, gym floors

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Oct 4, 2018 10:53:00 AM

WAXIE & Kärcher Join Forces to Assist in School Cleaning Efforts in Denver


WAXIE Denver & Kärcher deep cleaning crew volunteers at Mount Saint Vincent in Denver, CO

By Deven Eastridge

At WAXIE, we believe that giving to others in our community creates a lasting impact. That’s why in August 2018 WAXIE Denver partnered with Kärcher to lend an extra hand to the cleaning & maintenance staff at Mount Saint Vincent. MSV is a pre-K through 8th grade school that also provides advanced mental health & trauma care services in the Denver region.

Before the start of school year our combined team pitched in to deep clean and spruce up a few restrooms, classrooms, hallways, windows and multi-use areas so that students & staff would be starting out the school year fresh.

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Topics: community involvement, flooring, education