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 it 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.
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 the amount of regular and restorative maintenance. Read more
The amount of money that is spent in cleaning industry each year is estimated to be $100 billion . That’s right. With a “B”. And it continues to increase, even in these difficult economic times. When you add in the popularity of green cleaning and green cleaning products, who knows how high it will go. What this means is, as a society, we are concerned about maintaining clean environments. And while we are spending huge amounts of money each year to clean, I feel that much of it is wasted. 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
As the author of this and several other blogs, I am always looking for great examples of cleaning blogs. There are an estimated 1 million blogs started everyday, most left abandoned after a short time. The reason I chose to start writing a cleaning blog was because there were not many places on the web to find cleaning industry information that was not product based or supported. Although most of these blogs are connected to products and/or services of some sort, they focus on and provide great information and experience. Please visit them and let them know what you think. Read more
Do You Need To Use A Floor Sealer?
Here is one of the more common questions when it comes to finishing floors. Do you need to use a floor sealer? The debate goes back and forth on whether you need to use sealer on tile prior to applying finish. This debate is due to a few common misconceptions. Although there have been many that have written on the topic, it seems few get it right. Read more
Burnishing Floor Finish
The best way to maintain floor finish shine is high-speed burnishing. This process is done with a rotary machine that has a pad turning speed of more than 1000 rpm but more commonly done at 1500 to 2000 rpm. Burnishing floor finish is helpful for two reasons. First it makes floor finish shine but more important, it makes the floor easier to keep clean. This is because it smooths out the scratches in the floor, removing areas for dirt to settle. Once dirt gets is in the scratches, it is difficult for regular cleaning to remove and with foot traffic will continue to further scratch the floor. Read more
How Does Floor Finish Shine? In another post, I talked about floor finish solids and what they really are. In this one, I will cover why floor finish shines. Floor finish shine is a result of nothing more than the reflection of light on a smooth surface. Getting a floor to have a glossy, wet look is a challenge for many in the floor care industry. This may shed some light (pun intended) on the reasons your floors look dull.
Before we can prescribe a fix for your dull floor, we must establish an understanding of how floor finish shine happens and why floors need finish in the first place. Read more
What Are Floor Finish Solids Anyway?
Floor finish solids are an extremely important part of any floor finish. In fact, the solids are really all that is used after floor finish is applied.
The solids are the plastic or polymer molecules that are left on the floor when you apply finish and can have a big impact on the performance of the finish. The size and make up of these polymer molecules can very from brand to brand and can require different types of maintenance. Chemical liquids such as water, emulsifiers, wetting and leveling agents make up the remainder of the floor finish content. But in the end though, the solids
are what make up to protective coating that you rely on. Read more
The Illusion of Killing Germs
“I am going to need a case of (spray disinfectant) to avoid the flu germs!” I recently saw this comment from a friend that was faced with a case of the flu spreading through the house. I always cringe when I hear people say this out of desperation.
Avoiding and fighting the spread of germs is a subject that, as many of you know, puts me on edge. While many blindly have faith in the brand name products to protect the health of their families and employee’s, they don’t realize how under-informed they are about how their use. Just like any type of “bug” killer or medication, if not used correctly, can have counter productive and dangerous results.
As I talk about in “Do You Read Chemical Labels?” the correct information is right there on the bottle or can. These are often overlooked because of the evasive marketing message that makes users believe these products can kill germs with a quick spritz or wipe down, while the directions tell a much different story. Read more