... providing facility health solutions


search here for SDS

Bye Bye Triclosan in Hand Soaps … Cavalier Said It First!

November 7th, 2016 by

Once again, Cavalier is proven to be ahead of the curve, looking out for the health of our customers and their facilities. Over five years ago, we talked about our concern with studies showing concerns about certain ingredients in antibacterial hand soap.   

washing hands without Triclosan

At that time, we emphasized our hand soap inventory only contained antibacterial hand hygiene products that were free of certain ingredients that were questionable for health reasons.

One of the ingredients we mentioned at that time was Triclosan.  As it turns out, Triclosan is one of 19 ingredients the FDA recently banned in the manufacturing of consumer hand soap products.

(more…)

Cleaning Concentrate Flexibility: On and Off the Wall!

November 7th, 2016 by

Taking advantage of the economic benefits afforded with cleaning concentrates can be problematic if a facility has a limited number of closets with wall space and plumbing to accommodate wall mounted dilution control systems.

However, we’ve solved that problem with the Multi-Task System line of cleaning concentrates, designed to work with a number of different dispensing tools: wall mount, portable, no-touch and manual.

Using one concentrate line simplifies your inventory while enables staff to have the flexibility to use them in a number of applications, including wall mount, portable, no-touch, and squeeze/manual.

For closets with wall space and plumbing, each Multi-Task wall mount system holds two different products for dilution dispensing of cleaning concentrates.  The metering tips are integrated into the container for trouble-free operation while the E-Gap proportioner technology mixes product with water while conforming to ASSE 1055B approved backflow prevention. Like most other wall dispensers, it easily fills spray bottles, mop buckets, auto scrubbers and carpet extraction equipment.

(more…)

Using Ice Melt Effectively in Norfolk, VA

November 7th, 2016 by

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, our area should have a winter that is overall warmer than normal with near normal snowfall. It is predicted the first chance for snow is around Thanksgiving, so now is a good time to stock up on ice melt products.

image-snow shovel

There are a few steps you can take to make sure your use of ice melt is most effective:

(more…)

Floor Stripping “in the Green” – Tips for Best Results

June 24th, 2016 by

Green-Seal-transHave you had difficulties in removing a green floor finish with a traditional floor stripper?

Most green floor finishes have calcium interlocks compared to traditional floor finishes that have metal interlocks.  Therefore, most traditional strippers are formulated to unlock the zinc cross-linking bonds found in metal interlocked floor finishes, not calcium.

Although there are green strippers that can remove both traditional and green finishes, for best results with a green floor program we recommend sticking with using a green floor finish with a green stripper.

(more…)

Multi-Talented Orbital Floor Machines!

June 24th, 2016 by

background-white-grey-floorWith the onset of “stripping season,” orbital machines (also known as oscillating machines) become more beloved by maintenance crews.  There is no comparison for their ability for chemical-free stripping (or more appropriately defined as scrubbing and re-coating) with back and forth, side-to-side motion, reaching into corners and saving an incredible amount of labor time.

In addition to scrubbing and re-coating strength, these flexible machines perform multiple maintenance tasks, including daily scrubbing, cleaning and buffing. They perform on all different types of flooring such as rubber, textured, grouted, polished stone, wood, Marmoleum, TEKNOFLOR®, VCT, terrazzo, concrete, and epoxy.

(more…)

Gliding Your Way to Awesome Floor Stripping Success

June 24th, 2016 by

BIG-school-gym-floor-wide-HIGH-SMALLSince traditional floor stripping is so labor intensive, it is prudent to maintain flooring on a regular basis in order to lengthen the time between stripping and refinishing.

On average, floors should be stripped once a year, but frequency depends on the traffic, ongoing maintenance, and environmental factors such as tracked-in ice melt.

When a floor needs stripping, it is pretty obvious to the eye as the floors have:

(more…)

Cavalier Celebration: 10 Years of Janitorial Supplies in Norfolk!

June 24th, 2016 by

10-years-logo-HIGH-Cavalier-FINAL-PRINTER-VECTOR-cleaning tagIt was ten years ago this summer that the current management took the reins of Cavalier, Inc. with a fresh, new vision of how your janitorial supplies provider should meet your facility needs.

In those 10 years we’ve come a long way, continuing to bring you vetted, innovative cleaning and maintenance products, procedures, and equipment.

To remember our beginning, here are 10 memorable events of 2006:

(more…)

Elements of a Green Carpet Care Program

August 5th, 2015 by

BIG-office-light-colored-carpet-22837166-HIGH-smallThere are many factors involved with a comprehensive green carpet care program, including equipment, processes, and products.  There is never a “one-size fits all” when it comes to the best program for your facility so we encourage you to contact one of our experts to evaluate and recommend the best program for your needs.

Here are a few of our suggestions for more environmentally friendly carpet care:

(more…)

Seven Steps To Avoid Commercial Vacuum Repair Bills

August 5th, 2015 by

Karcher Commercial Vacuum RepairMany expensive commercial vacuum cleaners repair bills can be avoided by practicing correct equipment usage and implementing a consistent maintenance program.  We often see commercial vacuums come in for service with problems that could have been easily prevented.

Here are seven steps to avoid commercial vacuum repair bills and the inconvenience of having a machine in the repair shop:

(more…)

June 1: Goodbye MSDS, Hello SDS

June 9th, 2015 by
MSDS is now replaced by SDS.

MSDS is now replaced by SDS.

The next phase in GHS implementation is upon us as we see an end to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) as they are replaced by Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

June 1, 2015 was the deadline for manufacturers to change their MSDS to the new formatted SDS and update all their product labels according to GHS standards.

However, you won’t necessarily see all new labels this month, or even next month.  As a distributor we are allowed to deplete our inventory displaying old labels until December 1, 2015.

(more…)

DfE: Same Program, New Name, New Logo

June 9th, 2015 by
New Safer Choice logo

DfE name and logo changes to Safer Choice

The EPA has put a new face on an old friend with the introduction of “Safer Choice.”

Formerly known as “DfE Standard” or the “Design for the Environment Standard,” the program will now be known as “Safer Choice” in an effort to better communicate the program’s health and environmental goals and increase purchasers’ understanding of products benefits that earn the label. (more…)

OSHA Penalties for Non-Compliance of Safety Glasses in Janitorial Work

March 25th, 2015 by
OSHA can levy hefty fines for non-compliance of safety glasses.

OSHA can levy hefty fines for non-compliance of safety glasses.

How prevalent is eye injury in the JanSan industry? The good news is other industries have a higher incidence rate, however according to the last report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 1,800 eye injuries in the maintenance, repair, and cleaning industries each year.

The typical eye injury is the result of foreign materials abrading the eye, such as dirt particles, splinters and chemicals.

(more…)

How Surfactants in Cleaners Work

March 25th, 2015 by

Knowing some simple chemistry will help you understand the importance of surfactants in the cleaning process. 

Surfactant is short for “SURFace ACTive AgeNt”. Surfactants are usually organic compounds, which are “Amphiphilic”. Translation: the surfactant molecules have two sides; one is a water attracting side (hydrophilic head) and the other is a water repellent side (hydrophobic tail).

The water-repellent side of the surfactant molecule will attach to dirt, grime and grease molecules that naturally repel water. At the same time, the water attracting side of the surfactant molecule will attach to the water molecules.  Thus, in a sense the surfactant is encapsulating the dirt molecules to pull them from the surface being cleaned. (more…)

Five Things to Know About Chemical-Free Floor Stripping

January 15th, 2015 by
Watch this video on the Pacific S-28 features.

The Pacific S-28 is one machine you should know about when it comes to “chemical-free” stripping.

Chemical-free stripping is perhaps one of the most welcomed innovations in hard floor maintenance.  After all, who looks forward to the messy, smelly task of floor stripping and refinishing?

Here are five key points that any facility manager should know about chemical-free stripping: (more…)

Is Logo Matting Worth It?

January 15th, 2015 by

Logo matting becomes dirty and soil distracts from your visual branding.Many businesses consider extending the marketing of their logo onto the floor with customized logo matting. After all, you can capture a lot of first and last impressions while the matting does “double-duty” to keep dirt and debris from entering your facility.

However, we counsel our customers to carefully weigh the alternatives before diving into custom matting territory. 

First of all, for the same cost of a single customized mat, you can purchase two to three “off the rack” mats.

(more…)

Newsletter Registration

Sign up for our Monthly Newsletter!

Name

Email

Company