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    Cleaning Tip of the Month: How to Clean Around Swimming Pools

    Last updated 4 years ago

    There is water everywhere at your pool. People are walking around the swimming pool either barefoot or wearing flip-flops. In both cases they will be carrying unseen impurities beneath their feet. It does not matter whether they are barefoot or wearing shoes since the very second their feet get wet things can get pretty dirty. Those crystal clear H2O particles suddenly turn into a dreadful filth spreader, increasing its damping power every time another guest steps on it. Add some sunscreen, food residues and sweat to this soup and you practically have the worst kind of contamination a swimming pool deck could possibly endure during a warm summer day.

    What do you use to address this dirty situation? Windsor scrubbers are a perfect match for the daily cleaning of these wet areas. Our Saber Blade 12 and Saber Blade 16 are especially suited for the wet, messy areas you will find poolside.

    New PDIR Training Course Now Available On Windsorind.com!

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Windsor’s PDIR cleaning process is a new way to think about how you allocate your cleaning resources. This program encourages you to spend more of your effort on Preventative, Daily, and Interim cleaning so you can spend less money on expensive restorative cleaning. Learn more by taking our fun, informative class!

    Click here to go to the website section on PDIR (includes link to PDIR Course)

    Click here to go directly to the PDIR Training Course

    Scrubber Maintenance 101: Avoid 40,000 Year Funk; With Richard Bodo

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Does your scrubber have the funk of 40,000 years? In this week's Educational Quick Clip, Richard Bodo explains the basics of maintaining this essential piece of equipment. Tune in now at www.issa.com/quickclips.

    The Trifecta Of Hard Floor Care

    Last updated 4 years ago

    It is said that all good things come in threes, the process of caring for hard floors not excluded.

    By Ann Nickolas
     
    Originally Posted by CMM Online
     
    Turn on any do-it-yourself channel and you’ll find a professional teaching you how to do something.

    Whether it’s cooking a breakfast frittata or renovating your kitchen, show hosts proudly display the final gorgeous product, assuring that you too can achieve that result if you follow their process.

    Failure to follow the suggested steps — for example, adding the egg after baking the frittata or laying new floors atop the old tile — will likely result in a final product less desirable than that which you hoped.

    Floor cleaning is no different; if you want to maintain clean and safe floors that look inviting to guests, you need to follow the proper steps in order to achieve the desired results.

    The floor care trifecta — the three essential steps to any program regarding ongoing cleaning and maintenance — encompasses:

    1. Deep cleaning
    2. Protecting
    3. Maintaining.

    Neglecting to follow these essential steps will leave you with lackluster floors — those that are unfit for showcasing.

    Why Doesn’t Cleaning Alone Work?

    When a large national quick service restaurant chain headquartered in Southeast Texas began testing a new floor cleaning program, they knew they wanted a system that would provide clean and safe floors throughout their 230 locations.

    The goal was to have floors that not only looked clean but stayed clean — and remained safe even after heavy use.

    When testing a potential floor care program, they focused trials on 12-year-old flooring — large ceramic tile in dining areas and quarry tile in kitchen areas.

    After mopping and cleaning the floors, testers identified the wet static coefficient of friction (WSCOF) on all floors using standards established by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); this established baseline measurements for the program.

    Testers then deep cleaned the floors, measuring the WSCOF at the same location they measured previously and added a traction treatment application to help enhance floor safety.

    The WSCOF was measured periodically over the course of the next three weeks to identify the overall condition of the floors.

    Floors were only maintained during the course of this testing period; soiling was not prevented and the floors were not protected by a comprehensive matting system.

    On the day of the benchmark test, testers found a substantial improvement in the overall traction of floors in the dining room areas — from .46 before deep cleaning to .60 after the deep cleaning.

    In kitchen and food preparation areas, floor traction increased from .70 to .80 following deep cleaning.

    And, after the application of the traction treatment, WSCOF in the dining and kitchen areas increased to .80 and .81, respectively.

    Following the three-week trial, testers measured the WSCOF in the same areas.

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    Ann Nickolas is director of foodservice for Cintas, a leading provider of facility service solutions for restaurants. Cintas provides a comprehensive commercial drain line maintenance program that employs a patented formulation of live, environmentally-friendly microbes that target and degrade food waste, keeping drain lines clean and odor-free. For more information, please visit www.Cintas.com/Foodservice.

    Selecting The Perfect Vacuum

    Last updated 4 years ago

    By Richard Sanchez

    Originally Published by CMM Online

    In business, as in life, one usually needs a plan in order to succeed — that has, at least, been the conclusion of some of the most famous thinkers in history.

    For facility service providers (FSPs), planning can play a significant role in every aspect of our businesses, including selecting a vacuum cleaner.

    But, unfortunately, many of us fail to plan ahead when selecting a vacuum, often making how much we are willing to pay for the machine the only consideration.

    This can result in selecting a machine that does not meet our needs, does not perform as well as is necessary, is physically stressful to use and is less than healthy to operate.

    Doing a little research and planning before purchasing a vacuum cleaner can prevent those issues — and will likely save a considerable amount of money as well.

    First Things First

    Those who have made a bad choice when selecting a vacuum cleaner can take consolation in the fact that it''s not easy to select a vacuum cleaner today.

    There are numerous brands and models available, including backpacks, uprights, wide-area machines, walk-behinds, canisters, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) and non HEPA-filtered machines, all of which come in a variety of models with scores of options.

    It can indeed be a bit bewildering, which is why the first step when selecting a new machine should be to decide where and how the machine will be used.

    For instance:

    • Will the machine be used for emergency purposes only — when another machine fails — or will it be used for several hours every day?
    • Will the machine be used for day cleaning and be required to operate at a low decibel level?
    • Is the area that will be vacuumed large, such as a walkway in a hotel or office building?
    • Will the machine be used for high and low dusting or for vacuuming both hard floors and carpeting? In this case, a conventional upright may not be the best choice.
    • Is indoor air quality (IAQ) a major concern; has a green cleaning program been implemented in the facility? If either of these issues is a factor, a machine with an advanced filtration system will likely be necessary.

    Click here to read more

    Richard Sanchez is a building service contractor (BSC) working in Northern California. He may be reached at Info@AlturaSolutions.com.

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