The Wong Way to Use a high speed burnisher

It was late on a Friday and my boss at the time came to me with a request to burnish a hallway over the weekend. Not just any hallway, but the hallway in the executive office area. “Ok” I thought, I can do this.”

At the time, it was early in my cleaning career and I had been part of the janitorial crew for several months. While I had seen the normal floor crew high speed burnishing several times, I had never done it myself. They made it look easy enough. I had also recently learned to run the low speed floor machine, and was fairly comfortable with that skill. So, running the high speed burnisher shouldn’t be a big deal right? I couldn’t have been more wrong. When High Speed Burnishing Goes Wrong


Janitorial Supplies - Choosing the best Cleaning Chemicals

When it come to janitorial supplies, no area gets more attention than cleaning chemicals. There seems to be a chemical for everything. Windows, tile, grout, brass, stainless steel. The list goes on an on. But these precious liquids can also be one of the biggest hazards in the janitorial supply closet. This is why it is important to take some time when evaluating your needs. Janitorial supplies make up a pretty significant portion of any facilities budget but are nowhere near the cost of the labor to use them. Typically about 10% of a total cleaning budget will be janitorial supplies and cleaning chemicals make up about 30% of that. This means that the more efficient your staff can be while using cleaning chemicals, they can cover more area. Time spent streamlining and limiting the number of cleaning chemicals they have at their disposal is time well spent.  What is a ‘Go To’ Cleaning Chemical?

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My Take On Removing Black Scuff Marks

Removing Black Heel Marks From Tile

It is a very common issue in floor care… controlling and removing black scuff marks from a finished floor. Lets face it, you see them on almost every finished floor. Nothing is more frustrating than to take the time to get a floor looking great with high shine and then walk in only to see […]

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25% Solids Floor Finish. A Closer Look

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish

A while back I wrote a post about how many coats of floor finish you should use to protect vct floors. In this post, I used images taken with a microscope at 400x magnification. With these pictures, it was easy to see how thin layers of floor finish first filled in the pores and then […]

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Ride On Robot Vacuum?

robot vacuum

I have seen a lot of crazy things in my cleaning career, but this one is new to me. I have never been a fan of the robot vacuum. First of all, they are really more gimmicks than anything else. But the fact that they just meander around, with no consistency just drives me nuts. […]

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Cleaning Older Restrooms. Age Has Nothing To Do With Clean.

Cleaning Older Restrooms.

Everyone loves new, especially when it comes to cleaning restrooms. When floors and fixtures are new, except for some construction clean up, they are, well, clean. But as we know, it doesn’t take long before they are put to use and it’s all downhill from there right? It does not have to be. The fact […]

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Battery Backpack Vacuum The GoFree Pro

battery vacuum cleaner GoFree Pro from ProTeam

Has ProTeam Finally Cut The Cord? As I have talked at length about in the past, I am a big fan of backpack vacuums. Their versatility and ease of use make them one of the best innovations in the cleaning industry in recent history. That being said, as a whole, the industry (and I) have […]

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Cleaning Carpet Is A Mystery To Carpet Stores

Cleaning Carpet and Carpet Stores

This past weekend my wife and I were shopping for new carpet. I am always amazed by how little the people who sell carpet actually know about cleaning carpet. When you compare it to any other item you purchase, it really is kind of puzzling. If you buy a car, the dealer has an entire […]

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Why Floor Finish Yellows

The Reasons Floor Finish Turns Yellow

When it comes to floor finish, by far the most wide-spread issue people have is “yellowing.” The bad news is that there are several reasons floor finish yellows, or becomes discolored. Because of the variety of causes, getting to the root of the issue can take some evaluation of processes and products. The good news though, for […]

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Choosing The Best Vacuum

Choosing The Best Vacuum

One question I get often is “What is the best vacuum?” After all, there are so many options. The real question should be, “Which vacuum is best for your needs?” The fact is that most vacuums on the market are “good vacuums” when put in the correct setting. And further more, most of them are […]

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