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    Understanding Floor Care Terminology: Insight on some of the words and phrases related to slips, trips and falls.

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Originally Posted by Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

    By Mike Englund
    Trade publications of all kinds frequently carry articles about floor care, and most especially, floor safety.

    However, a crucial factor that is often missing in these articles is a thorough explanation of floor care terminology, specifically as it pertains to floor safety and the goal of preventing slips, trips and falls.

    After all, if you don’t know the words to describe a floor care condition that could lead to an accident, how can you take steps to prevent it?

    Of course, some terms, such as floor “obstructions,” are commonly used and most people know or can decipher what they mean; an obstruction is anything protruding into a walking pathway.

    But, others that are just as important to know are far less frequently heard or understood.

    The following list offers some key floor care terms and their definitions.

    Some of the verbiage used when discussing slips, trips and falls includes:

    • Asperities: Raised edges or abrasives on a walking surface that help make it safer to walk on. Often, asperities are applied to a floor surface, such as adding sand to a slippery surface, to give more traction.
    • Coefficient of friction: This phrase, often abbreviated as COF, refers to the amount of friction on a dry surface when tested with a slip meter. Slip resistance, a related term, is used when referring to the amount of traction on a floor or on shoes.

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    Try Out Our Website's New Visual Navigation!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    With the goal of making our website even more user-friendly we have recently added visual navigation to our product section. Now you can easily click images of our product types and products to get to the page you want. Click here to try it out.

    The Dirty Fingernails Of The Restroom: Soiled grout lines are the restroom equivalent to having dirt underneath your fingernails.

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Originally posted by Cleaning Maintenance & Management Online

    By: Aaron Baunee

    When I cross the threshold and enter a public restroom, I am often appalled by what I see.

    While some suffer unwarranted fears about these human waste transfer stations, others are simply displeased by their unkempt nature.

    I am not suggesting that all public restrooms are filthy, but I’m certainly not claiming that they all smell like roses either.

    I have been wholly impressed by the meticulousness of a select few custodial professionals who mind the details of restroom cleanliness.

    But, for the most part, there is a common theme with the restrooms I see: Soiled grout lines.

    It might not be apparent at first glance, but after more scrutinous observation of a given restroom over time, it becomes clear that the porous mortar binding each individual ceramic tile is not as bright and clean as it once was.

    While there are numerous reasons for this — infrequent cleaning, dirty cleaning solution, improper techniques, insufficient equipment, etc. — the end result is nearly constant: Malodors.

    The single largest source of complaints from building occupants and cleaning staffs alike is restroom odors.

    They can permeate from other areas like around fixtures or inside floor drains, but offense restroom odors tend to be traceable to grout lines harboring odor-causing germs and bacteria.

    The solution is simple in theory but rather difficult in practice; the key to minimizing odors from bacterial off-gassing is to keep the grout lines clean and not allow microorganisms to replicate.

    Provide The Solution

    Building owners, custodial supervisors and facilities managers all insist that their workers strive to achieve clean, odor-free grout lines in their restrooms, yet fail to deliver the necessary training, education, tools and equipment.

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    Aaron Baunee, a graduate of the University at Albany with a double major in history and journalism, is the managing editor of Cleaning & Maintenance Management magazine. He can be reached at In his years with the publication, Baunee has amassed numerous articles, columns and commentaries pertaining to commercial cleaning and maintenance.

    New Clarifying Logos for our Websites that Require Logins!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    To best serve our customers we have 3 targeted websites that require usernames and passwords. These are Windsor's Customer Portal, Windsor Rewards, and Windsor's Literature & Promotional Items Website. For security reasons each website requires a separate username and password. To help clarify which website you are visiting we have updated each website to feature a new clarifying logo. These websites are listed below:

    Windsor’s Customer Portal
    This is where you can file a warranty claim, use our ROI/Quick Quote, find service documents, etc.

    Windsor Rewards
    This is where Distributor Sales Reps and Equipment Specialist can claim rewards for qualified sales.

    Windsor’s Literature & Promotional Items Website
    This is where you can order sales brochures (for free) and promotional items (for cost).

    Windsor's Cleaning Tip of the Month March 2013: The First Impression is What Counts

    Last updated 5 years ago

    This is true for every facility no matter what the use. As you probably know, your most demanding customers will pass on their judgment about the cleanliness of your place to others. Their opinions often influence every visitor’s overall quality assessment of your facility. If demanding customers cannot see at first glance that cleanliness is a top priority for your facility, they will quickly decide "this organization fails to live up to expectations."

    Take a minute to look around your facility. Do you see crumbs in the corners or loose dirt in the entrance area? Do you hear crunching noises while people walk across the carpet? Loose dirt gets tracked in fast where traffic is highest, especially in entrance areas.

    High traffic makes keeping a high standard of cleanliness a challenge—especially when you try to do so without disturbing anyone. Luckily with the right tools you can easily conquer this challenge!

    Let’s face it; people at your site do not want to know you are cleaning. They just want to know that it is clean! There are many ways to clean without being noticed. Find a machine that is quiet, imperceptible, and compact.

    A great way to clean without disturbing people is with the Radius Mini battery-powered electric sweeper. This machine is quiet, virtually unnoticeable, and compact. Your guests will hardly notice the Radius Mini because it operates at a very low 56 dBA. With the optional high speed battery charger, you can recharge the removable battery in only 50 minutes. The Radius Mini is the perfect tool to help you exceed the expectations of your most demanding visitors!

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