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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a few steps you can take to make sure your use of ice melt is most effective:
Have 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.
With 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.
There 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:
Many 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:
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 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.
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…)
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.