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    Keep Your Extractor Tip Top With Richard Bodo

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Do you want to prolong the life of your extractor, while ensuring peak performance? Watch as Bo from Windsor explains how to get the most out of this essential piece of equipment with a couple of simple steps.

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    Proud to be part of a company that gives back!

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Colorado businesses have stepped up in big ways and small to assist the communities across Colorado impacted by the recent historic flooding. Now, as communities look toward recovery and rebuilding, German-based Kärcher, a global leader in cleaning technology with U.S headquarters in Denver, has donated 250 pressure washers to the clean up effort.

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    Come see us at ISSA 2013

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Come see us at booth 1257 during this year's ISSA trade show happening November 19-21. We will be demoing lots of exciting new equipment!

    PDIR: R is for Restorative

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Restorative cleaning is the final step in our PDIR cleaning process. This is the most labor and time intensive step. If you utilize PDIR in your facility you will reduce your dependence on restorative cleaning, ultimately saving you time, money, and chemical. As a reminder PDIR stands for Preventative, Daily, Interim and Restorative cleaning processes.

    Why restorative cleaning?

    Restorative cleaning is necessary when you need to bring your carpet or hard floor to close as possible to its original state. This step requires the most amount of time and resources of any of the four cleaning methods, but it is the most effective process at returning your floor surface back to like-new appearance.

    What is restorative cleaning?

    This process involves intensive deep extraction for carpets or stripping, finishing, and polishing for hard floor surfaces. For deep extraction the process is spray water and detergent, work it into the carpet, let it soak so the detergent can release the soils, extract, rinse, extract again and let it dry completely. For hard floors the restorative process is to strip away all layers of coating, clean the surface thoroughly, neutralizing it with the appropriate chemical, apply the correct coating, and burnish it to the desired level of shine.

    What equipment is required for restorative cleaning?

    For restorative carpet cleaning you want to use a spray extraction machine with the matching detergent. To assist in drying, use a portable air blower.

    On hard floors, strip your floors with an automatic scrubber, a low-speed machine, or an orbital machine. If you use a low-speed or orbital machine you will need a vacuum or scrubber to pick up the dirt produced by stripping the floor. To burnish you will need a high-speed burnisher such as a Lightning 1500 or a Chariot 2 iGloss 20. Go green and use chemical-free stripping pads or rollers to strip your floors. Chemical-free stripping takes less time, makes less of a mess, uses no chemical, and reduces slip and fall accidents.

    What is the proper way to vacuum a room?

    Last updated 5 years ago

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    By CP Editorial Staff


    What is the proper way to vacuum a room?

    Start by vacuuming the main area with a vacuum that is appropriate for that specific area. High soil load areas will need a vacuum with a brush bar to agitate the soil from the carpet. Whether you use a single motor (one motor driving the brush and creating the suction) or a dual-motor vacuum (a motor dedicated to driving the brush and another dedicated to creating suction) these areas need concentrated vacuuming. High soil load areas will vary by facility but here are some common areas to look for:

    • The first 40 feet inside entries
    • Elevators
    • Outside restrooms
    • Carpeted stairwells
    • Areas that transition from hard surface to carpet
    • Congregation points such as nurses stations and copiers

    High soil load areas are the front line in your battle against soil and the damage it will cause to your floors. If soil is allowed to accumulate in these areas it will not only damage the carpet, it will spread further into the facility.

    However, once the high soil load areas have been addressed, the focus then becomes production rate and what vacuum is the fastest in the area you have to clean. To illustrate what I mean, the “ISSA 540 Cleaning Times” shows that the production rate of an upright vacuum is between 2,239 and 4,000 square feet per hour depending on the width of the vacuum and whether it is a dual-motor vacuum or single-motor vacuum. While these vacuums may not be extremely productive they do offer the best soil recovery and are ideal for use in high soil load areas.

    Contrast that with the vacuums typically used in the interior portions of a facility where the soil load is not as high. Backpack vacuums are rated by the “ISSA 540 Cleaning Times” at 7,273 square feet per hour, 28-inch-wide area vacuums are rated at 10,000 square feet per hour, and stand-on vacuums offer 18,000 to 30,000 square feet of productivity per hour.

    Choosing the right vacuum for areas with lower soil loads really boils down to what vacuum is right for the space being cleaned.

    As always “the devil is in the details,” so be sure to finish the area with detail vacuuming along walls and other objects.
    Richard “Bo” Bodo, director of business development, Windsor Industries, Englewood, Colo.

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