Bathrooms have so many different types of surfaces to be cleaned. From glass to painted surfaces to porcelain to stainless steel, there are different types of bathroom cleaner chemicals needed. Multi-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, bowl cleaner, lime scale remover and disinfectants are the main arsenal of bathroom cleaning products for most. These are all used to clean above the floor in restrooms. Floors should be cleaned with a neutral floor cleaner.
A sticky floor can be a very troublesome issue. It can seem like there is no answer to the problem. You mop and scrub away only to have the floor end up stickier than when you started. Trust me, I’ve been there. Having someone walk across a floor that you have spent a lot of time cleaning, only to hear their shoes make that sound. That ‘tape being pulled away from the roll’ sound that is cleaning the soles of everyone’s shoes. Well, I have good news for you. A sticky floor can be fixed. And it really isn’t that difficult once you get to the bottom of the cause. Read more
The popularity of stainless steel appliances in homes has made many know what professional cleaners have know for years, stainless steel can be a challenge to keep clean. When it is clean, it looks great! Commercial kitchens have it. You see it in public bathrooms. Even most drinking fountains are made with it. It has been around forever. Yet, it seems everyone wants to know how to clean stainless steel?
It seems neutralizer and neutral cleaners get confused a lot. Using the correct product, in the correct manner, can save you hours of hard work and frustration. For years, I have heard the terms “neutralizer” used to describe a general purpose floor cleaner, which would be incorrect. Like wise, there are many cleaners that use a “neutral floor cleaner” when they should be using a neutralizer. Here are the correct uses for each. Read more
Having the proper hand soap dispenser system for your facility can help reduce the spread of germs and illness. It is also important to understand what you are paying for. With all of the different brands, models and dispensers available, trying to figure out the best value can be confusing. Read more
Fitness equipment cleaning may be causing you more trouble than you think. Have you ever gone to the gym, ready to hop on the treadmill, only to see “Out Of Service” signs? This happens way too often for me. After all, I am paying to use their fitness equipment. When it doesn’t work, it disrupts my entire schedule. This forces me to either wait for the equipment that is working to free up or cancel my workout all together. Both options cost me time and lower my opinion of the facility as a whole.
Rubber gym floors can be a great alternative to hardwood athletic floors. They are not as sensitive to changes in temperature and are often considered to more durable for alternative uses, beyond the traditional gymnasium sports. Many think they would be much easier to maintain. The fact is, cleaning rubber gym floors does require some special attention and care.
Even though rubber athletic floors are made of synthetic material, they are still extremely porous and can hold dirt just below the surface. This quite often makes them difficult to clean. Dirt can also act as miniature marbles, causing the floor to become slippery, even in dry conditions. Read more
Is using a 25 percent solids floor finish a good option for you?
A while back I wrote a post about how many coats of floor finish you should use to protect vinyl composite tile 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 created a protective layer on top of the tile.
As stated in the original article, I used a 20% solids floor finish for this demonstration. But not everyone uses these types of floor finish. There are many types of floor finishes. In fact, finishes with 25% solids have really started to take hold in the market and thus made me want to redo the experiment. But first, what is a 25 percent solids floor finish? Read more
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 most of these, the solution is fairly simple. But you must first diagnose the cause.
Nothing is more frustrating than spending time, money and effort of the refinishing process and the floor finish yellows. In spite of the amount of work you put into cleaning a floor, all it takes is one flawed step in the process to ruin or at least set back your efforts. Read more
One question I get often is “What is the best vacuum cleaner?” 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 effective at doing what they claim to do, suck dirt. Read more