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
Is using a 25 percent solids floor finish a good option for you? High solids floor coatings have become very popular. But with the higher cost and reputation for difficult application, are they really worth it?
A while back I wrote a post about how many coats of floor finish you should use to protect vinyl 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
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. Obviously they are strictly for residential use only. But a commercial cleaning robot might just be the wave of the not so distant future. Read more
Are you 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 is though, new is the exception to the standard. While we would all love to replace restroom floors and fixtures at the first sign of stubborn stains and odors, the goal is to keep them looking new for as long as possible. I have heard it for years, “New is easier to keep clean.” My theory is “Clean is easier to keep clean.” As I have talked about a lot in the past, the key to restroom cleaning, especially cleaning older restrooms, is maintenance. Taking the time to do daily cleaning properly will lead to consistently clean facilities. Read more
I have talked at length about in the past about being 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 been patiently, yet eagerly waiting for an effective cordless backpack vacuum to reach the market.
Just think of the possibilities that removing the cord from a backpack vacuum would offer! Dust mopping would practically become a thing of the past. Dusting even the most difficult to reach areas becomes a breeze. And most importantly, the productivity, comfort and safety of the cleaning staff would be greatly increased. Yes, an effective battery backpack vacuum would change the world of cleaning. Well the GoFree Pro battery backpack vacuum from ProTeam just may be the innovation we all have been waiting for. Read more
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 segment of its business that is dedicated to servicing the product is sells. (service is the profit center for most car dealers) But when it comes to flooring and carpet, knowing how to maintain and clean it is almost taboo. 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
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
Take a look through any college or trade school course schedule and it is doubtful you will find a single course on cleaning. While there has been talk in the industry for years about developing education programs for cleaning professionals, and there are many out there, few programs have gotten any traction when it comes to the mainstream business world. Read more