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
I saw this soap dispenser at a rec center a while back. I wondered if they even realized how much money it took to make it that dirty? They could easily reduce cleaning costs by improving their results.
If something isn’t working, or at least working well, money is being wasted. If continued, cost will keep going up. Cleaning budgets are always under attack mainly because it is not easy to justify the cost when the results are viewed as “good enough.” The long-term result of poor or improper cleaning are not always immediately obvious. But when they do become apparent, it is often too late and the cost of playing catch up is much higher. Read more
Winter Floor Care
Winter weather brings with it additional areas of concern for cleaning professionals. The cold and snow add steps to many cleaning routines and present different challenges to maintaining the cleanliness of facilities. One of the most common is trying to remove salt residue from floors. Read more
There are some carpet cleaning methods that have become widely accepted but when broken down, just don’t make sense. Carpet cleaning, in my opinion, is one of them. Carpet is a difficult surface to keep clean. It is very dynamic and is actually an air filter for most buildings, capturing and holding a lot of microscopic debris from the air. It is estimated that the average carpet will double in weight over its lifetime because of accumulated soils. This makes all aspects of keeping it clean very important, but with the true nature of how carpet is made, we struggle to understand what is really going on when carpet is cleaned. In my last post, I discussed carpet cleaning chemicals and why more is really not Continue Reading
It seems getting stains out of carpet is a popular mystery. I was standing in line at a local grocery store today where there was a lady in front of me talking to the cashier about carpet cleaning. Her items included several carpet cleaning products, a bottle of vinegar, and a very puzzled look on her face.
She was explaining that she was trying to get some pet stains and odors out of her carpet. Both of them were passing tips back and forth that they had heard were good ways of cleaning carpets. It was obvious that they were both confused by all of the so-called “advice” that had been given. Not one to miss out on an opportunity to help, I jumped into the conversation with both feet and explained to them what was really going on. About 20 minutes later, they both thanked me for the information and the lady who was buying the products even followed me into the parking lot, continuing to ask questions. Read more
Cleaning without leaving streaks on windows and other surfaces is always a big challenge. When there are still smudges on the glass after cleaning, it makes the effort seem wasted. Why does this happen? After all, it is window “cleaner” isn’t it? The whole reason for its existence is to get rid of marks on glass, not add to them? How to clean without streaks isn’t really difficult. You just have to understand what is going on. Read more
Do restroom odors indicate a lack of work? I don’t think so. I believe it is due to a lack of knowledge. It has been said many times that the quality of work trumps the quantity of work. Another favorite is work smart, not hard. Both of these are extremely evident in the world of cleaning. Hundreds of thousands of custodians, housekeepers and janitors go through the motions of cleaning, working hard everyday without accomplishing very much at all. This is not smart, but is it their fault? Fixing restroom odors is easy if you know where to clean. Read more
Entrance matting is a multi-purpose tool for any facility. They provide protection from slip and falls. They help control the dirt that is tracked into a building and they can add to the style and image of the building. In some cases entrance mats serve as billboards and warning signs. Given all of the rolls they can and do play, they require very little maintenance and care. Here are a few entrance matting tips to ensure that you are getting the maximum use from this important part of your building cleaning program.
Dust mopping floors is one of the most important steps in any floor care maintenance program. As with any type of cleaning, removing dry soils before adding liquid makes the entire process much easier. Because dust mopping is usually done dry, it also allows the floor to be cleaned while the area is being used. There is no chance of anyone slipping and falling and makes it possible to remove surface soils sooner to keep foot traffic from grinding dirt into the floor finish.
While dust mopping floors is a fairly common practice, there are several factors that can make it more productive and reduce the chances that it will result in damage to the floor or the floor finish. Knowing how to dust mop properly can reduce time on regular and restorative floor maintenance. Read more
This video is a very accurate demonstration of what goes into a hardwood basketball floor. Although this floor is only used a few times, many other floors that are used everyday for years go through a similar manufacturing and assembly process. When you stop to think about how many people, touch the boards and how many locations the lumber passes through, before being installed in the venue, there is a lot more to a basketball floor than just playing sports on it. Read more