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    Should We Be Vacuuming Hard Surface Floors?

    Last updated 4 years ago

     
    By Richard Sanchez

    Many floor installers who remove old carpet or hard surface floor coverings and replace them with new coverings have had to add a new step to the removal/installation process.

    Previously, the first task was simply to begin removing the old carpet or hard surface floor, but now they find — for health reasons — they must vacuum the floor or carpet first.

    One reason is that many organizations, especially schools, have reduced floor care maintenance and delayed refinishing their floors as well as cleaning their carpets for such extended periods of time that bacteria, germs and potentially dangerous microorganisms are now present.

    These contaminants can be released during the removal and installation process, and inhaling these contaminants can be a health risk.

    Although this may be an extreme situation, it serves as one reason why professionals who clean and maintain commercial facilities should consider vacuuming hard surface floors instead of dust mopping them.

    Instead of disturbing impurities that settle on the floors by dust mopping, an effective vacuum cleaner with a proper air filtration system can remove them more thoroughly, helping to protect the health of the cleaning worker and indoor air quality (IAQ) in the process.

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    Floor Care Basics

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Originally Posted on ISSA.com

    By Fred Wehby

    According to a recent Harris Interactive poll, 86 percent of U.S. adults have a negative perception of a retail store when the floors are dirty. Similar Harris polls found 85 percent of consumers would not rebook at a hotel and 68 percent would never return to a restaurant if the floors were unclean. These polls demonstrate how floor image directly impacts a business’s brand.

    Even more important than image, floors must be safe. Balancing the demand for safe and attractive floors with tight budgets can present facility managers with a substantial challenge, one that building service contractors (BSCs) and in-house service providers—and their suppliers—should be prepared to help facility management meet.

    Common Flooring Obstacles
    Common flooring challenges include:

    Worn flooring. Businesses purchase flooring expecting it to last for decades, but often find it looking worn, soiled, or dull after only a few years. A recent study conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction revealed that facility managers anticipate new carpet to last at least 11 years. However, most facilities replace carpet after only six to nine years. Replacing floors is expensive. Costs include removing old flooring, installing new flooring, and lost revenue due to business disruptions.

    Dirt accumulation. One square yard of commercial carpeting captures one pound of dirt per week, which can cost as much as US$600 to remove, according to ISSA’s 447 Cleaning Times. In inclement weather, the amount of accumulated dirt can double, leading to increased costs. Tile and other hard floor surfaces accumulate dirt as well, leading to darkened or discolored grout lines and tiles.

    Slips and falls. Most facility managers need guidance in developing floor care programs that help reduce slip and fall risks. Slips and falls are costly and can ruin a business’ reputation and damage the brand. The National Safety Council estimates that more than 9 million disabling slips and falls occur each year with costs averaging more than US$20,000 per claim. Meanwhile, the average cost to defend against a slip and fall lawsuit is $50,000, and the average judgment awarded in cases that go to trial is $100,000, according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI).

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    New How-To Instructions are Now Available on our Customer Portal!

    Last updated 4 years ago

    New how-to instructions are now available on our customer portal! To find them simply log on to our customer portal and click the instruction icons at the top of the page. Instructions include: how to do a quick quote, how to add a logo to a quick quote, how to register a demo, how to set up user accounts, and how to file a warranty claim.

    Cleaning impervious backed Carpets in Health and Aged Care

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Originally Posted on Scribd.com 

    By Brian Clark

    Nylon fiber carpeting with an impervious or vinyl backing are the floor covering of choice for many health and aged care facilities. This style of carpeting is available in sheet form or as modular tiles and has an attractive appearance and long wearing capabilities. The impervious backing makes them less prone to damage and odor from liquid spills including water, drinks and urine.

    Flotex, Interface, Esco, Ontera, Collins & Aitken and Feltex are common brand names. As a cleaning manager or contractor in a facility it is important that you choose the correct equipment to maintain the floorcovering to a high standard. It is the cost of the labor, not the cost of equipment, which determines the cost of your maintenance program. Incorrect equipment choices can double or even triple your cleaning costs for an average result. This is especially important when it comes to vacuuming. This style of carpet is not like traditional carpeting materials and it is a specialist application. Firstly, it has an impermeable backing and very low pile height. Sufficient airflow does not pass through the pile when vacuuming with a standard vacuum cleaner and much of the dirt is left to accumulate in the carpet. Agitation is required to dislodge the soil from the base of the pile and to position it in the airflow of the machine for quick removal. Secondly, vacuuming without a power head does not effectively remove lint, which is so prevalent in Health and Aged care facilities. Cleaners naturally want to leave the area that they cleaned looking great. It is not uncommon to find that they have vacuumed the area in 3 minutes and have spent much of the next 20minutes on their hands and knees picking lint and human hair off the carpet! The only way that the dirt can be effectively removed is with an electric power head, combined with powerful airflow. A suitable upright will remove the ingrained soil and the ever-present surface lint in a single pass – saving you valuable time in detail cleaning. It is important that you choose a quality commercial upright vacuum, fitted with appropriate filtration.

    Nylon fiber carpeting with an impervious or vinyl backing are the floor covering of choice for many health and aged care facilities. This style of carpeting is available in sheet form or as modular tiles and has an attractive appearance and long wearing capabilities. The impervious backing makes them less prone to damage and odor from liquid spills including water, drinks and urine.

    Flotex, Interface, Esco, Ontera, Collins & Aitken and Feltex are common brand names. As a cleaning manager or contractor in a facility it is important that you choose the correct equipment to maintain the floorcovering to a high standard. It is the cost of the labor, not the cost of equipment, which determines the cost of your maintenance program. Incorrect equipment choices can double or even triple your cleaning costs for an average result. This is especially important when it comes to vacuuming. This style of carpet is not like traditional carpeting materials and it is a specialist application. Firstly, it has an impermeable backing and very low pile height. Sufficient airflow does not pass through the pile when vacuuming with a standard vacuum cleaner and much of the dirt is left to accumulate in the carpet. Agitation is required to dislodge the soil from the base of the pile and to position it in the airflow of the machine for quick removal. Secondly, vacuuming without a power head does not effectively remove lint, which is so prevalent in Health and Aged care facilities. Cleaners naturally want to leave the area that they cleaned looking great. It is not uncommon to find that they have vacuumed the area in 3 minutes and have spent much of the next 20minutes on their hands and knees picking lint and human hair off the carpet! The only way that the dirt can be effectively removed is with an electric power head, combined with powerful airflow. A suitable upright will remove the ingrained soil and the ever-present surface lint in a single pass – saving you valuable time in detail cleaning. It is important that you choose a quality commercial upright vacuum, fitted with appropriate filtration.

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    Brian has over 20 years experience in practical applications with commercial cleaning equipment .He has worked as a technical advisor for Australian Standard 3733:1995 and is the General Manager of the National Upholstery and Carpet Cleaning Association (NUCCA) of Australia. If you have cleaning problems or require information on training he can be contacted via his website www.cleaningconsultant.com.au.

    Advances In Restroom Care

    Last updated 4 years ago

    By Richard Bodo and JoAnn Pelletier-Lemay
     
     

    Of all the rooms in any building, there is perhaps no more important room to the perception of how clean a facility is as the restroom.

    Industry studies over the years have consistently shown that people are inherently displeased with restrooms.

    Issues such as odor, litter and lack of hygiene in restrooms typically receive the most criticism during satisfaction surveys.

    However, where a problem exists, so does an opportunity.

    New technology coupled with a fresh approach to maintaining your restrooms can make you a hero in your building.

    Let''s take a look at some of the latest technology that will help you solve this age old problem.

    Touch-free Cleaning

    One of the biggest changes in restroom care in the past 10 years is the introduction of touch-free cleaning.

    Touch-free cleaning offers a number of benefits — the least of which is the fact that it is touch-free — which allows the worker to perform their task of cleaning the restroom without contacting the surfaces and touch points.

    This increases worker safety and comfort as well as productivity.

    Additionally, touch-free cleaning allows the worker to clean more thoroughly than they can with conventional cleaning tools.

    Touch-free systems use pressure to apply chemicals, allow them the proper amount of dwell time to work and then rinse surfaces with clean water to be recovered.

    This process allows the workers to clean all the surfaces in a restroom — bear in mind that touch-free systems are not compatible with drywall — including mirrors, sinks, toilets, urinals and counters.

    During this process, soils in areas that are typically not accessible with conventional cleaning products, such as toilet hinges, under the hood that covers the junction between water line and a toilet or urinal and faucet knobs, can be cleaned.

    These areas are typically inaccessible and are breeding grounds for bacteria and odors.

    Touch-free cleaning also includes drip systems, which are hard plumbed and automatically drip cleaning chemicals into toilets and urinals.

    They offer continual maintenance and odor control, which helps when you have staffing challenges and high-traffic restrooms.

    Sealing And Scrubbing Grout Lines

    One of the most common issues in restrooms is discolored grout lines, usually caused by mopping the floor and leaving behind dirty water.

     

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    Richard "Bo" Bodo is the director of business development for Windsor Industries. Bo is an IICRC-certified Instructor, Master Textile Cleaner, member of the consensus bodies of both the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S100 Carpet Care Standard and IICRC S600 Carpet Installation Standard and an industry writer with a background in both chemical and equipment manufacturing. Jo-Ann Pelletier-Lemay is employed by Unisource Worldwide as the zone manager for facility supplies in the Northeast. Pelletier-Lemay has trained hundreds of housekeepers and custodians on topics such as restroom care, handwashing, bloodborne pathogens and right to know. She is a certified Green Specialist and, in addition to running a sales team, writes and executes training programs for customers.

     

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