Monday, August 27, 2012

Selecting Floor Cleaning Machines: Satisfying Requirements & Budgets

As more cleaning standards are put in place, and maintenance budgets decrease, facility managers struggle to find effective methods to clean floors without increasing costs. Facilities such as hospitals and schools are subject to daily, continuous foot traffic, which can result in floors becoming heavily soiled very quickly. Soiled floors not only detract from the overall appearance of the facility, but slick dirt and grime can cause slip and fall hazards while dust and other particles can impact indoor air quality.

To overcome these challenges and meet current sustainable cleaning requirements, healthcare and education facilities should utilize cleaning equipment that maximizes soil removal without increasing labor or effecting the environment— satisfying industry standards while keeping the cost of cleaning within budgets.

Today, cleaning professionals can select from a variety of cleaning equipment that is designed to provide flexibility and meet cleaning needs. By understanding and identifying their cleaning challenges, facility managers can select the ideal cleaning solution(s) that promote facility sustainability—minimizing labor, chemical and water requirements without sacrificing results.

Learn more about this important topic by reading the full article.

Monday, August 20, 2012

More Than A Vacuum

This article was originally published by Housekeeping Solutions.

Manufacturers and distributors agree that the wet/dry vacuum can be used in any facility type and in any situation. Aside from the occasional natural disaster, one of the more common methods of use is in entryways and lobbies following storms.

Liquid recovery is accomplished with either the wand and optional squeegee, or with the attachable front-mount squeegee. According to distributors, the mounted squeegee is a high productivity solution to recovering large amounts of liquids. Most models function in both forward and reverse motion, making for quick completion of jobs.

This mounted squeegee can also save departments time when cleaning floors. Many departments will apply floor chemicals and then squeegee and remove those chemicals with the wet/dry vacuum. In some facilities, this smaller equipment option is a nice alternative to large floor scrubbers. Distributors comment that the addition of the squeegee makes a wet/dry vacuum a very versatile piece of equipment.

Read the full article here, or learn about our wet/dry vacuum solutions.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Clarke Clean Track® L24 Carpet Extractor Delivers Sustainable Deep Cleaning Results

The Clarke Clean Track® L24 is the newest battery-powered, walk-behind model in the company’s Clean Track family of carpet extractors. Featuring LIFT™ (Low-moisture, Indirect spray, Fast dry time, True cleaning) technology, the Clean Track L24 achieves carpet dry times of 30 minutes or less—allowing for maximum productivity. Moreover, with class-leading sound levels, the Clarke Clean Track L24 is ideal for daytime cleaning in noise-sensitive areas such as education, healthcare and hospitality facilities.

In addition to providing a time-saving deep clean, the Clean Track L24 delivers enhanced, sustainable operation, providing the following benefits:
  • Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Seal-of-Approval certification ensures the Clean Track extractors meet the highest standards of soil and water removal
  • Quiet operation, at only 69 dB A, the L24 meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings’ (LEED-EB) IEQ credit guidelines for green cleaning equipment
  • Onboard Detergent Dispensing minimizes the use of detergent and water while allowing users the flexibility to use any brand of green-certified detergent, eliminating the need to purchase a proprietary chemical
  • Deep Treat™ single-pass, pre-spray ensures proper dilution and application of detergent, minimizing detergent use and costs
Read the entire release here.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Focus® II MicroRider™

The Clarke Focus® II MicroRider™ is a small, easily maneuverable machine that is designed to clean the areas that are inaccessible with larger riders—including those with limited access or tight corners. Yet, with a 26 or 28 inch deck, the Focus II MicroRider offers a wide cleaning path for maximum productivity in your larger cleaning areas.

The low-profile SatetyGlide™ deck eliminates wasted time and money spent on side skirts, and irritating watermarks. Simply turn the steering wheel; as the machine turns, the deck automatically moves in line with the path of the rear squeegee, resulting in 100% water pick-up. With a spring-loaded safety design, you no longer have to worry about accuracy or accidental contact for edge cleaning. The deck ensures precise, straight edge cleaning without additional labor-intensive detail edge mopping.

Enhanced with BOOST® Technology, the Focus II MicroRider is available with a 28 inch BOOST deck, delivering high levels of cleaning with the ultimate in green benefits. Say goodbye to costly chemicals, slippery floors and undesirable odors. BOOST allows for easy floor finish removal without the use of chemicals. Plus, this efficient technology uses up to 70% less solution, extends equipment pad life by 40%, provides longer battery runtimes and cuts labor time in half.

The Focus II MicroRider is an equipment contestant in ISSA's 2012 Innovation Award Program. To vote, visit