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Ideas for Green Restrooms

Green Restrooms – Ideas That Can Pay You Back

There are many ways to green restrooms. A lot of them obviously involve the procedures and products that are used to clean. But in order to give the restroom cleaners a fighting chance, there are a few ways to make the cleaning easier and can add green to any restroom. Read more

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.

Read more

green cleaning career

Green Cleaning Career? Cool!

Green Cleaning has been a buzz word for a while. It seems that environmentally preferred choices have become part of everyday cleaning. You may not realize it, but ‘green’ is also big business too. As businesses seek to improve their image and reduce the corporate foot print, they are looking for more professionals that can add to their efforts. Because of this, many are turning plain old cleaning into a green cleaning career. Read more

sell green cleaning products

Don’t Sell Green Cleaning Products

There is a lot of hesitation and anxiety when it comes to selling green cleaning products in the Jan/San Market. The push back from customers at times due to negative perception and is often answered by resorting to a version of the old standards. In an article about green products from Sanitary Maintenance, Ronnie Garrett points out that “Distributors can work around these perceptions by selling a green philosophy.” The green philosophy is fine to have but might be the wrong topic to lead with. A more correct way to convince customers that green cleaning products are the better choice is to use a clean philosophy. But there is one sure way to convert them, Stop Selling Green!

It’s The Results That They Buy

I truly believe that green cleaning products have risen in quality, effectiveness and offer a much greater value than ever before. They are safer, easier to use and save thousands of hours of ridiculously hard work. If this is the case, then why do so many resist using them? Perception.
They have not been shown as a better cleaner, which as a custodian is really all I care about. I want my job to be easier and make my boss, customers, students, teachers and myself feel like I have done a good job. Period.  If you tell a custodian that they need to switch the products I am using to make the world better, there is no payoff for them. No one at the E.P.A. is going to pick up the phone and demand the custodians get a raise because they did “the right thing.”

And oh, by the way, you are going to have to probably change your procedures, routine and learn how to use different tools as well. That sounds like a bunch of wasted time to me.

Breaking The Green Cleaning Product Barrier

First you yourself have to learn the products but more importantly, you have to believe in them. Go on. Get out there and experiment. I am sure your vendors will be happy to provide you with all of the sample product and demo equipment you will need.

Learn what happens when a microfiber mop needs to be changed and see how much cleaner the floor is compared to a rotten cotton mop.

Discover that the window is streaking because of the chemical residue and after cleaning it a couple of times with a green cleaner and microfiber cloth, the film is gone.

Spend an hour in a restroom cleaning grout that although mopped every day with traditional methods, releases a seemingly never ending flow of dirt and bacteria and stench until it is actually clean. Feel the difference in the surface once it is really clean.

Selling Green Cleaning Products 

Now that you have taken the time to see for yourself the results of green cleaning products, roll them out to your customers, but instead of telling them they are green, tell them that you have the answer to their problems. You are about to make their lives a whole lot easier.

Show them the process and result of using a microfiber mop correctly.  Point out that it is a lot less weight to sling around and that their back isn’t taking the same abuse as it always does.

Have them clean the glass twice and then have them slide their fingers against the glass and feel the difference between their results and residue free cleaning. Show them that their floors are affected by this as well.

Volunteer to bring a no-touch cleaning machine into their restrooms and demonstrate the effectiveness for actually removing years of build up from the grout lines. After you’re done, make evident that the floor is no longer slippery. Traction!

It’s not their fault the facility is this way, it’s the fact that they haven’t been exposed to the correct information and supplies. After all, you can’t achieve great results without the proper knowledge and tools

The Green Cleaning Hook

Once they can see for themselves that better results are possible and that it actually makes the tasks at hand easier, they will want to change. It only makes sense right? “You mean I don’t have to deal with sticky restrooms floors anymore? And all it takes is a couple of changes to procedures and routine? Sign me up!” The green cleaning products are wanted, not because they are green, but because they work.

Epilogue  – Going Green

When they call you a few months later in a panic because their boss just requested that they make the switch to green cleaning products, tell them, they are already there.

backpack vacuums back pain

Backpack Vacuums Not Back Pain Vacuums

Don’t Backpack Vacuums Hurt Your Back?

When asked this question, I always have to laugh and tell my soon to be famous story of the lady that worked for me cleaning offices and her experience with backpack vacuums. She was constantly having back and arm pain. Each day she would groan when she would stand up and say “Oh! My back is killing me!” One day I asked if she had every tried a backpack vacuum. Well you would have thought that I had asked her to move an entire room of file cabinets. She said there was no way that her back would be able to withstand an entire shift with “that thing” on her back. Read more

safe cleaning products

Are Biodegradable Cleaners Safe Cleaning Products?

Biodegradable is, by definition, made of substances that will decay relatively quickly as a result of bacteria breaking them down into elements such as carbon that are naturally recycled. Leaving little impact on the environment as a result. Safe cleaning products require more than just being biodegradable.

The claim “biodegradable” is being associated with environmentally friendly, or green cleaning products. In many cases they can be synonymous, but there are a lot exceptions. Many things that are biodegradable and natural and plant based and earth friendly and “green” are not friendly to our own personal environments. In the world of cleaning and green cleaning, several come to mind.

Not All ‘Natural’ Chemicals Are Safe Cleaning Products

d’Limonene is one of the first I think of. Back when I first started cleaning, we had a product that we called Sewer Sweet. It may have actually been called that but I never knew for sure. It seemed that the label had always eaten off by the product. It had a very strong orange smell. It was really greasy when you got it on your hands. (We rarely used gloves of any kind back then unless it was cold.)

It would cause our skin to tingle and if it was spilled on the ground, it would be slippery and was extremely difficult to wash away.  We poured from a 5 gallon metal container into a drinking cup to then be carried to a stinky storm or floor drain.

If we made it to the drain before the cup dissolved, it would then be poured down the drain, giving the area a fragrance of orange for a few hours until the foul odors returned. I know now it was a completely natural product called d’Limonene, which is oil that is extracted from the peal of citrus fruit.

Safe Cleaning Products and Not So Safe

Although  d’Limonene is a solvent that is much safer than most other chemical solvents and is much less toxic than compounds like mineral spirits but is classified as a skin irritant. It is biodegradable, but due to its low flash point, it must be treated as hazardous waste for disposal. It is also currently regulated by the E.P.A. as a VOC.  d’Limonene is an environmentally preferable product (EPP) when used as is or as part of an EPP formulation but has many precautions to follow when using it.

Using d-limonene can cause polymers to swell. Many plastic materials can be damaged by its use. This includes equipment seals made of rubber or Neoprene, which are the materials used in many types of cleaning equipment and tools. It can also damage many surfaces that are plastic based or polymer coated. (ie: floor finish, sealed stone and poly based fabrics)

It is suggested that when working with d-limonene, solvent-resistant gloves should be worn as well as eye protection. It will deplete the natural oils in your skin and will irritate your skin and can cause sever damage to your eyes if not flushed immediately.

There is no question that biodegradable cleaners in general are a better choice. With the evolution of technology, there are very effective products available that can give you good cleaning results. Be cautious though. Be sure to read the label and safety data sheet before using any chemical product.

Just don’t assume that because something is natural or biodegradable that it is safe. Safety first. Results second. And if those two check out, then the product will almost always comply with green cleaning standards. Green cleaning means not only safe cleaning products, but effective ones as well.

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Why You Have Sticky Floor and How To Fix It

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My Take On Removing Black Scuff Marks

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25 Percent Solids Floor Finish. A Closer Look

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Ideas for Green Restrooms

Green Restrooms – Ideas That Can Pay You Back

There are many ways to green restrooms. A lot of them obviously involve the procedures and products that are used to clean. But in order to give the restroom cleaners a fighting chance, there are a few ways to make the cleaning easier and can add green to any restroom. Read more

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.

Read more

green cleaning career

Green Cleaning Career? Cool!

Green Cleaning has been a buzz word for a while. It seems that environmentally preferred choices have become part of everyday cleaning. You may not realize it, but ‘green’ is also big business too. As businesses seek to improve their image and reduce the corporate foot print, they are looking for more professionals that can add to their efforts. Because of this, many are turning plain old cleaning into a green cleaning career. Read more

sell green cleaning products

Don’t Sell Green Cleaning Products

There is a lot of hesitation and anxiety when it comes to selling green cleaning products in the Jan/San Market. The push back from customers at times due to negative perception and is often answered by resorting to a version of the old standards. In an article about green products from Sanitary Maintenance, Ronnie Garrett points out that “Distributors can work around these perceptions by selling a green philosophy.” The green philosophy is fine to have but might be the wrong topic to lead with. A more correct way to convince customers that green cleaning products are the better choice is to use a clean philosophy. But there is one sure way to convert them, Stop Selling Green!

It’s The Results That They Buy

I truly believe that green cleaning products have risen in quality, effectiveness and offer a much greater value than ever before. They are safer, easier to use and save thousands of hours of ridiculously hard work. If this is the case, then why do so many resist using them? Perception.
They have not been shown as a better cleaner, which as a custodian is really all I care about. I want my job to be easier and make my boss, customers, students, teachers and myself feel like I have done a good job. Period.  If you tell a custodian that they need to switch the products I am using to make the world better, there is no payoff for them. No one at the E.P.A. is going to pick up the phone and demand the custodians get a raise because they did “the right thing.”

And oh, by the way, you are going to have to probably change your procedures, routine and learn how to use different tools as well. That sounds like a bunch of wasted time to me.

Breaking The Green Cleaning Product Barrier

First you yourself have to learn the products but more importantly, you have to believe in them. Go on. Get out there and experiment. I am sure your vendors will be happy to provide you with all of the sample product and demo equipment you will need.

Learn what happens when a microfiber mop needs to be changed and see how much cleaner the floor is compared to a rotten cotton mop.

Discover that the window is streaking because of the chemical residue and after cleaning it a couple of times with a green cleaner and microfiber cloth, the film is gone.

Spend an hour in a restroom cleaning grout that although mopped every day with traditional methods, releases a seemingly never ending flow of dirt and bacteria and stench until it is actually clean. Feel the difference in the surface once it is really clean.

Selling Green Cleaning Products 

Now that you have taken the time to see for yourself the results of green cleaning products, roll them out to your customers, but instead of telling them they are green, tell them that you have the answer to their problems. You are about to make their lives a whole lot easier.

Show them the process and result of using a microfiber mop correctly.  Point out that it is a lot less weight to sling around and that their back isn’t taking the same abuse as it always does.

Have them clean the glass twice and then have them slide their fingers against the glass and feel the difference between their results and residue free cleaning. Show them that their floors are affected by this as well.

Volunteer to bring a no-touch cleaning machine into their restrooms and demonstrate the effectiveness for actually removing years of build up from the grout lines. After you’re done, make evident that the floor is no longer slippery. Traction!

It’s not their fault the facility is this way, it’s the fact that they haven’t been exposed to the correct information and supplies. After all, you can’t achieve great results without the proper knowledge and tools

The Green Cleaning Hook

Once they can see for themselves that better results are possible and that it actually makes the tasks at hand easier, they will want to change. It only makes sense right? “You mean I don’t have to deal with sticky restrooms floors anymore? And all it takes is a couple of changes to procedures and routine? Sign me up!” The green cleaning products are wanted, not because they are green, but because they work.

Epilogue  – Going Green

When they call you a few months later in a panic because their boss just requested that they make the switch to green cleaning products, tell them, they are already there.

backpack vacuums back pain

Backpack Vacuums Not Back Pain Vacuums

Don’t Backpack Vacuums Hurt Your Back?

When asked this question, I always have to laugh and tell my soon to be famous story of the lady that worked for me cleaning offices and her experience with backpack vacuums. She was constantly having back and arm pain. Each day she would groan when she would stand up and say “Oh! My back is killing me!” One day I asked if she had every tried a backpack vacuum. Well you would have thought that I had asked her to move an entire room of file cabinets. She said there was no way that her back would be able to withstand an entire shift with “that thing” on her back. Read more

safe cleaning products

Are Biodegradable Cleaners Safe Cleaning Products?

Biodegradable is, by definition, made of substances that will decay relatively quickly as a result of bacteria breaking them down into elements such as carbon that are naturally recycled. Leaving little impact on the environment as a result. Safe cleaning products require more than just being biodegradable.

The claim “biodegradable” is being associated with environmentally friendly, or green cleaning products. In many cases they can be synonymous, but there are a lot exceptions. Many things that are biodegradable and natural and plant based and earth friendly and “green” are not friendly to our own personal environments. In the world of cleaning and green cleaning, several come to mind.

Not All ‘Natural’ Chemicals Are Safe Cleaning Products

d’Limonene is one of the first I think of. Back when I first started cleaning, we had a product that we called Sewer Sweet. It may have actually been called that but I never knew for sure. It seemed that the label had always eaten off by the product. It had a very strong orange smell. It was really greasy when you got it on your hands. (We rarely used gloves of any kind back then unless it was cold.)

It would cause our skin to tingle and if it was spilled on the ground, it would be slippery and was extremely difficult to wash away.  We poured from a 5 gallon metal container into a drinking cup to then be carried to a stinky storm or floor drain.

If we made it to the drain before the cup dissolved, it would then be poured down the drain, giving the area a fragrance of orange for a few hours until the foul odors returned. I know now it was a completely natural product called d’Limonene, which is oil that is extracted from the peal of citrus fruit.

Safe Cleaning Products and Not So Safe

Although  d’Limonene is a solvent that is much safer than most other chemical solvents and is much less toxic than compounds like mineral spirits but is classified as a skin irritant. It is biodegradable, but due to its low flash point, it must be treated as hazardous waste for disposal. It is also currently regulated by the E.P.A. as a VOC.  d’Limonene is an environmentally preferable product (EPP) when used as is or as part of an EPP formulation but has many precautions to follow when using it.

Using d-limonene can cause polymers to swell. Many plastic materials can be damaged by its use. This includes equipment seals made of rubber or Neoprene, which are the materials used in many types of cleaning equipment and tools. It can also damage many surfaces that are plastic based or polymer coated. (ie: floor finish, sealed stone and poly based fabrics)

It is suggested that when working with d-limonene, solvent-resistant gloves should be worn as well as eye protection. It will deplete the natural oils in your skin and will irritate your skin and can cause sever damage to your eyes if not flushed immediately.

There is no question that biodegradable cleaners in general are a better choice. With the evolution of technology, there are very effective products available that can give you good cleaning results. Be cautious though. Be sure to read the label and safety data sheet before using any chemical product.

Just don’t assume that because something is natural or biodegradable that it is safe. Safety first. Results second. And if those two check out, then the product will almost always comply with green cleaning standards. Green cleaning means not only safe cleaning products, but effective ones as well.

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,

Why You Have Sticky Floor and How To Fix It

/
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How Many Coats of Floor Finish Do You Need?

I am always getting the question “How many floor finish coats do I need to properly protect floors?”

I have always used  4-6 coats as my standard answer. This comes from experience and the manufactures guidelines.

Since I grew up in Missouri and the “Show Me” principle runs through my blood, I thought I would do a little experimenting to find out if I really knew what I was talking about and find out how many floor finish coats were really needed.

Floor Finish Experiment – How Many Floor Finish Coats Are Needed?

Using a USB microscope, a piece of vinyl floor tile (VCT) and a 20% solids floor finish, I set out to take a look at what is going on at the floor level when applying floor finish. Over the years, I have applied countless layers of floor finish. While I have learned to recognize when a floor is properly protected, I wanted to see it up close.

Here Is How I Did It

First I took a new piece of VCT and stripped it using a standard, no rinse floor stripper. I did this by applying the stripper, allowing it to set and then scrubbing with the center of a black floor pad. I then rinsed the tile and allowed it to dry.

Then I took tape and divided the tile into 6 sections and applied a coat of 20% solids floor finish to the entire tile. Allowed it to dry for 30 minutes and then repeated the steps, excluding one section each time I applying additional floor finish coats. Here is what I came up with once the process was complete. (These images were taken at approx. 400x magnification.)

Step 1 – Prepping The Tile
Bare Tile Floor

Step 2 – Apply 1 Floor Finish Coat

One Layer Of Floor Finish

Step 3 – Apply 2nd Layer of Floor Finish

Two Layers Of Floor Finish

Step 4 – Apply 3rd Layer of Floor Finish

Three Layers Of Floor Finish

Step 5 – Apply 4th Layer of Floor Finish

Four Layers Of Floor Finish

Step 6 – Apply 5th Layer of Floor Finish

Five Layers Of Floor Finish

Step 7 – Apply 6th and Final Layer of Floor Finish

Six Layers Of Floor Finish

Analysis and Conclusion

As you can see, there is very little difference between the first and 3rd coat. Once you get to the 4th application, the floor finish really starts to build and show depth.

Since protection is what applying floor finish is all about, I would have to say that a minimum of 4 coats are needed to fill the areas of the floor that would be able to hold dirt and residue. This also where you begin seeing the gloss and shine on the tile.

This helps to answer the question “How many floor finish coats do I need to use.” This of course depends on the type of finish and the floor, but at the minimum, it is a starting point. I don’t think I would ever go to the effort refinishing a floor without applying 6 coats. It is just too much work to not make sure it’s done right.

I have applied more on jobs over the years, but after 6-8 there isn’t much added shine. The number of floor finish coats can determine the longevity of the re-coating cycle, but too many can also be costly.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Let me know in the comments how many floor finish coats you think is right.

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buy green cleaning products

Don’t Just Buy Green Cleaning Products

Do a search for green cleaning and your results will look like a shopping list. You will find of every type of mop and chemical that has found a way to spin themselves as eco-friendly. If you really want to clean green, find out how to do it without a purchase. The act of cleaning green has a much bigger impact than buying it. Use less. Make smart, educated choices and grow into a green mindset. You can’t just buy green cleaning products and call it a green cleaning program.

To Buy Green Cleaning Products Is A Small Part

I am not saying that you should never buy green products. There are some truly great innovations out there that make cleaning easier, safer and reduce the amount of products needed to improve our environments. Cleaning chemicals work better and cause fewer health issues. They also reduce damage to facilities. Acid bowl cleaners are not used as much and trust me your chrome thanks you for that.

The Most Powerful Green Cleaning Product

With new ways of cleaning, you no longer have to throw powerful products at stubborn soils. When you use a green cleaning mindset, you see that proactive cleaning is one of the most powerful cleaning tools out there. Most difficult cleaning tasks, the ones that require the ‘good stuff’, are often the result of neglect. Restroom odors are caused by not being able to clean at source of the odor. Hard water deposits are the result of not cleaning toilet bowls often enough.

Using a long term green cleaning mindset will result in a proactive approach that will all but eliminate the need for deep cleaning. Educate yourself and the cleaning staff that a little work today will go a long way!

Challenge yourself to resist the urge to buy green cleaning products because of green claims and buy only when improved results, reduced consumption and improved efficiency merge to change the mindset of how your cleaning is done.

green cleaning focus

Green Cleaning Focus On Health

So much has been said about green cleaning. Too often the green cleaning focus is simply grabbing a products with a green claim. If this is what your green cleaning program consists of, you may be making a big mistake.

To understand what it really means to clean green, you must first understand what it means to clean. When we go through the process of cleaning, we are doing more than just removing dirt. Cleaning has 3 main focuses, preventing long term damage, improving the appearance and most importantly, keeping the facility healthy.

Preventing Damage

When you clean a surface, you are stopping the build up of contaminates. If left unchecked, dirt, residues and minerals will deteriorate the surface. Long term damage will occur from not maintaining the cleanliness of a facility.

Green cleaning should look to not only stop the damage to a facility, but to aid in lengthening the life of the materials within a building. Reducing the need to remodel and replace, prevents the use of raw materials to create replacements.

Improving Appearance

It is often said in the cleaning industry that we shouldn’t clean for appearance. While this is true, if it looks dirty, it usually is. Appearance isn’t not something that should be overlooked but used as a measuring tool. It shouldn’t be the only factor used, but it is the one thing we are constantly being graded on. So keeping things looking good should always be important

Green Cleaning Focus on Health

Health should always be the goal of any cleaning program. When we reduce and remove germs from a building, those that work and live there benefit. Because green cleaning focus is on using safer practices and products, everyone wins. Keeping building safe and healthy for everyone should be included in everyone’s mindset. From educating the cleaning staff on the best ways to reduce contaminates, to the build occupants understanding the need to reduce use. Green cleaning focus is what will make the biggest difference when going green!

square scrubber stripping video

Square Scrubber Floor Stripping Video

If you have not heard, square scrubber stripping is taking the floor care world by storm. Because they simplify the removal of floor finish, many building service contractors are finding that there is a great opportunity to improve profits. These oscillating floor machines mechanically remove floor finish, rather than using messy chemical strippers, making the floor refinishing process much faster, safer and easier.

Faster Floor Stripping

Using a surface prep pad that is very course, the high-speed oscillating head of the square floor scrubber grinds off the plastic layers of floor finish. Setup is a breeze. Simple put the pad on the square floor scrubber. Plug in the machine. Start stripping the floor.

Safer Floor Stripping

Everyone who has had to strip floors the old fashioned way knows that stripper is slippery. The layers of finish soak up the liquid stripper and start to slide as they dissolve. Many floor care professionals has war stories about slipping and falling. Square floor scrubbers don’t dissolve the old finish, so you always have solid footing

There is also the odor from the stripper. With chemical strippers, the V.O.C.’s can be a breathing hazard. With square floor scrubbers, there is no harmful chemicals, so no odor. Using a backpack vacuum will keep the dust under control or you can also use it wet, to completely eliminate dust all together.

Easier Floor Stripping

You cannot strip a floor with traditional methods without knowing exactly what you are doing. I have seen many floors ruined by inexperience. Not to mention the time that it takes to learn how to do it the right way. Square floor scrubbers are easier to operate that a standard single disk scrubber. The motion of the scrub head makes the machine extremely easy to move around. There is a very small learning curve!

The Square Scrubber Stripping Video

I made this video to show you how easy it is to strip floor finish with a square floor scrubber. Take a look and let me know your thoughts!