Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Selecting Floor Cleaning Machines: Satisfying Requirements & Budgets

This article was originally published in American School & Hospital Facility

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 affecting 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.

Ensuring education and healthcare facilities maintain a certain level of cleanliness is important to preserve the health and well-being of building occupants. In order to ascertain their cleaning equipment needs, facility managers must be able to identify their exact cleaning requirements and implement solutions designed to satisfy these needs. Read the full article here to learn about cleaning requirements in education and healthcare facilities.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cleaning The Right Way Makes You Smarter

This article was originally published in Cleaning & Maintenance Management. 

By Roni Barker

According to the best-selling book, Spark, by Dr. John Ratey of Harvard Medical School and a member of the Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) Advisory Board, brain growth happens as a result of regular exercise.

That growth is especially pronounced when the exercise includes activities requiring an acquisition of skills. Thus, Ratey explains, learning to play the piano can make you smarter for performing algebra because developing the skills needed to play the piano creates brain connections that can be used to perform other tasks.

What does this have to do with cleaning? Simply put: Everything.

Learning the precise and well-orchestrated movements and skills needed for cleaning and disinfection tasks that produce repeatable results — a great example is Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PC4HS) — builds brain cells for other activities. The bottom line is that, process-based cleaners and, indeed, any skilled custodial professionals, are smarter than their unskilled counterparts.

Per Dr. Ratey, for maximum brain development, you need both aerobic and skill-based exercise. Building upon this, cleaning and learning better, faster, healthier ways of executing tasks should aid in brain growth.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dust Magnet™ Dry Mopping System

The Dust Magnet™ dry mopping system is the preferred way to remove dust and light dirt from hard surfaces at major hospitals, schools, nursing homes, health care and other facilities.

The standard Dust Magnet floor tool and shaft has single or multiple sheets that easily attach to the aluminum frame. The telescopic handle extends to 79 inches (201 cm) making it ideal for hard-to-reach and overhead areas. The entire unit weighs less than 2 lb (0.91 kg)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Reduce Costs And Improve Perception With Quality Floor Finishes

This article was originally published in Housekeeping Solutions

We abuse them and walk all over them—and are quick to pass judgment if they aren't pristine. Whether they're in an office building, a school or a supermarket, floors bare the brunt of unrelenting traffic—abuse that can leave them looking lackluster and reflect poorly on the facility.

In conjunction with a daily floor maintenance program, custodians rely on sealers and finishes to not only improve and maintain the appearance of flooring but, more importantly, protect it from daily wear and tear.

The most common type of flooring that requires the use of sealers and finishes is vinyl composition tile (VCT), which is found in many public buildings and institutions, such as schools, hospitals and commercial facilities. Newer synthetic flooring is also becoming more popular and requires a similar floor care regimen.

When it comes to applying floor finishes and sealers, experts generally recommend two coats of sealer to fill in porous surfaces and prevent staining. But today's products have come a long way; new floor finishes on the market often preclude the need for a separate sealer.

Read the full article here to learn more about quality floor finishes.