cleaning equipment cost

Cleaning Equipment At What Cost?

There is a lot of time spent comparing  negotiating and shopping for the best price for cleaning equipment and supplies. After all, the hard dollars spent on an automatic scrubber, a vacuum or restroom cleaning equipment is easily measurable and the quickest path to closing the purchasing project, right?

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Restroom Cleaning Checklist

Restroom Cleaning Checklist – DIY

A commercial restroom cleaning checklist is a great way to keep track of your cleaning time. It will also help you keep from missing important steps. But most generic check lists are not specific enough for me. Over the years I have build a system for creating my own bathroom cleaning checklists Because of the dynamic nature of these facilities, there are always challenges.

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Hand Washing Awareness

National Hand Washing Awareness Week

Did you know that every year there is a National Hand Washing Awareness Week? Well there is. It is the first week of December every year. Find out the exact dates for this year. The observance is the product of Dr. Will Sawyer and his helpful companion, Henry The Hand. Dr. Will is a family practice physician and infection control specialist. He has dedicated himself to providing information on the importance of hand washing. And the battle against the spread of disease and illness. Read more

Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors

Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors

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. Read more

Restroom Hand Dryers

My Trouble With Restroom Hand Dryers

Okay. Okay. I get it. Restroom hand dryers all but eliminate the need for paper towels. They save money. (maybe) And they never run out. By using them, there is always a way for people to dry their hands. I really do understand why they are so attractive for facilities. But, when I walk into a restroom and see hand dryers, (especially if hand dryers are the only option) I almost instantly form a negative opinion of the cleanliness and of the business overall. Why do I feel this way? Well there are a number of reasons, but the main reason is because they are inefficient for the user. Read more

Winter Floor Care Tips - Removing ice melt from floors

Winter Floor Care Tips

Having a  proactive winter floor care maintenance plan is great way to minimize the damage and headaches that winter weather can cause. When it comes to maintaining floors during the snow and ice season, the old adage is true, The Best Defense Is A Good Offence. Read more

High Speed Burnisher

My First Experience With 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.” So began my first experience with a high speed burnisher.

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. Read more

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Janitorial Supplies – A Go To Cleaning Chemical

When it comes to commercial 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. Read more

how to remove black scuff marks from shoes

My Take On Removing Black Scuff Marks

It is a very common issue in floor care… how to remove black scuff marks from shoes on finished floors. 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 back scuff marks everywhere. Read more

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish. A Closer Look

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