Monday, September 24, 2012

Clarke BOOST® Auto Scrubber

 The Ultimate Green Machine!

Check out how the BOOST® orbital scrubber technology from Clarke removes floor finish without chemicals.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hard Floor Care: More Shine, More Satisfaction

This article was originally posted in Cleaning & Maintenance Management

In North American markets, the level of shine on a floor reflects the performance of the custodial crew, with high gloss perceived as superior. Interestingly, in many European markets, more of a matte finish is preferred.

According to Bill Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultant Services Inc., it is a matter of differing opinion. "We polish it to a shine and, in Europe, they would shoot you for destroying the historic integrity of the floor if you patched it or made it shine," proclaims Griffin.

So, you want a shiny floor because it looks great, is more durable and, last but not least, you feel a sense of pride from gazing at a mirror-like finish. But, how do you get from a dull floor to one worthy of reflection? It is all in the ongoing, daily maintenance. However, the process begins with selecting a finish that will withstand a constant onslaught of foot traffic and detergents.

Choosing The Proper Finish

There are two basic camps regarding floor finish — what longtime industry veterans would refer to as wax. High solids finishes, which have a greater concentration of polymers, and low solids finishes, which contain more water. Solids content is what remains on the floor surface after a finish has been applied and the water contained therein fully evaporated. Generally, high solids finishes dry more quickly and are more resistant to scuffing, marring and other degradation. Low solids finishes are typically less expensive and require an area to be out of commission longer due to increased curing times.

As one would imagine, a low solids finish — roughly 18 percent to 22 percent polymer content — is more susceptible to discoloration and will not react as positively to frequent burnishing as will a high solids finish of roughly 22 percent or higher polymer content. However, the higher the solids percentage in a finish, the more difficult it will be to spread out evenly on a floor, opening the door to uneven gloss, mop swirls and worse if proper procedures are not followed.

Depending on the type of traffic your facility receives and the amount of resources at your availability for daily maintenance, your choice of floor finish will vary. A general rule of thumb is that high solids finishes require fewer coats to achieve a protected shine while lower solids finishes require increased stripping and refinishing cycles.

But, regardless of how many coats you apply — four to six thin layers of finish, with five being ideal — and notwithstanding the types of polymers present in your finish and their concentration, your success hinges on your maintenance.

Read the full article here

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vantage 14 Micro Scrubber Marks a Breakthrough in Daily Scrubbing for Small Area Cleaning

Clarke introduces the new Vantage 14 Micro Scrubber, a battery scrubber designed for small-area cleaning applications. With its fully-adjustable rotating deck, the Vantage 14 is capable of delivering effective cleaning results in both forward and backward directions.

Designed to replace traditional mop and bucket cleaning procedures, the Vantage 14 features a compact, maneuverable design, allowing users to tackle diverse cleaning jobs, ranging from convenience store entryways to quick serve restaurant kitchens. The innovative rotating deck features an integrated squeegee, providing simultaneous clean and dry capabilities in all directions. Operators can push the machine forward like a “normal” scrubber, or they can easily flip the machine up, triggering the deck to rotate for backward scrubbing performance—providing an ideal scrubbing option for tight, restricted spaces or behind counters.

The Vantage 14 delivers superior scrubbing performance and effortless operation through the following benefits:
  • Reduced physical labor with brush-assisted technology and full battery-powered operation.
  • Quiet operation at only 64 dB A allows for daytime cleaning without interrupting facility occupants.
  • Extended operation with two-hour battery-operated runtime and convenient on-board battery charger.
The Vantage 14 is ideal for use in small area applications that require reduced noise and safe, clean floors. Applications include, but are not limited to: convenience stores, educational facilities, healthcare facilities, food service restaurants, gas stations and retail stores.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Strategies to Keep Schools Clean and Students Healthy

This article was originally published by Cleanlink News.

Although the first day of school represents a clean slate for students and their families, for facility managers, it's about putting a plan in place to ensure that hallways, classrooms and restrooms stay pristine well beyond the first day of classes. In order to protect the health and academic performance of students, Cintas Corporation announced three general cleaning principles facility managers should be mindful of as they develop their yearly cleaning plans.

"Student health and safety should always remain a top priority when cleaning schools," said Dave Mesko, senior director of marketing and strategy, Cintas. "By creating a clean and safe environment for students, facility managers will help to reduce absenteeism and improve student performance."

Three tips that will help facility managers keep schools in top condition include:
  1. Improve air quality
  2. Clean safely
  3. Prevent the spread of bacteria
Read the full article here or learn about more cleaning solutions.