The importance of vacuuming cannot be overstated. It's a daily task that can help protect floors from lasting damage, however, it can be extremely time consuming. One of the best ways to reduce the amount of time your staff spend on vacuuming procedures, is to ensure they are using the most efficient vacuum for your facility. In a previous article, we discuss how commercial backpack vacuums can increase worker productivity by as much as 230% when compared to upright vacuums. They can be a time-saving and cost-saving addition to your facility. There are several different commercial backpack vacuums on the market today, but each provides its own unique features and benefits. To sort through the different backpack vacuums, we compiled a list of the top-rated vacuums of 2020 based on static lift, airflow, cleaning capacity, and other various features. On that list was the ProTeam® Super Halfvac Pro. In this article and video, we’ll review the ProTeam® Super Halfvac Pro backpack vacuum and identify the features that make this one of the best commercial vacuums of 2020.
Businesses in every market are faced with increased and more intensive cleaning requirements today. As a facility manager, you are likely challenged to find new ways to meet these demands without adding more cleaning staff. This calls for innovative solutions. One way to help your staff meet these new expectations is with the addition of autonomous cleaning equipment.
Automatic floor scrubbers are one of the most popular pieces of janitorial cleaning equipment. There are several different manufacturers and models of floor scrubbers available on the market today. Choosing the best one for your facility will likely come down to the available features on a machine that will make it the most productive and effective in your facility. So, how do you choose the best automatic floor scrubber for your facility when there are so many choices? We previously shared a list of the 6 best stand on and ride on floor scrubbers of 2020 based on available features and benefits to help you narrow down your options. One of the automatic scrubbers on that list was the Clarke Focus® II Micro Rider™.
If you’re asking the question, “How much does a commercial vacuum cost?” you’re probably getting ready to invest in a new vacuum. Commercial vacuums are a critical component of your floor maintenance program, and selecting the right vacuum(s) for your facility can positively impact your cleaning results, worker productivity, labor costs, and your bottom line. The five primary types of commercial vacuums are handheld duster, canister, upright, backpack, and wet/dry. The best choice for your cleaning operation will be the model that will allow your staff to be most productive. In some cases, you may even need more than one type of vacuum depending on the areas within your facility and if your budget allows it. The cost of a commercial vacuum can range from $125.00 to $3,400.00. The price will be affected by several different factors.
There are many misconceptions about the meaning of “solids” and their role in floor finishes. It has been a longstanding belief that the quality of a floor finish is related to the amount or percentage of solids in a floor finish. This would mean all high solid floor finishes are high quality and will be the best choice. Another belief relates floor finishes with a higher percentage of solids to increased maintenance and cost. However, it is important to realize that innovation in floor finish manufacturing has allowed for advancements in floor finish chemistry which positively affects the ease of floor finish application and appearance. The percentage of solids in a finish no longer directly affects the quality, durability, cost, and other factors.
Commercial wet mops are an important tool in most every facility. They are the traditional, go-to tool for cleaning spill prone spots, periodically maintaining heavy traffic areas, and several other floor cleaning procedures. With the right mopping technique, they can be effective in removing soils from hard floor surfaces. It’s important to use the right technique so spots aren't missed, otherwise allowing germs and soils to remain on the surface.
One of the most productive types of commercial vacuum cleaners are backpack vacuums. Switching from the traditional 12-inch upright vacuum cleaner to a corded backpack vacuum with a 14-inch orifice carpet tool can allow your staff to enjoy an increase in productivity by as much as 230%. Backpack vacuums are lightweight and more versatile than other types of vacuums like uprights or canisters. They provide janitorial staff with a range of benefits including increased range of motion, improved safety, reduced fatigue and improved ergonomics that ultimately allows workers to complete more work in less time. Backpack vacuums are more expensive than some types of commercial vacuums, but given the large increase in worker productivity you can achieve a full payback in as few as six weeks.
There are several different types of automatic floor scrubbers available on the market. As you search for the best automatic floor scrubber to maintain your facility’s floors, you will likely realize that each floor scrubber offers its own unique features and benefits. Selecting the best floor scrubber based on your facility's budget and needs can be challenging. The best auto floor scrubber for your business will enable your staff to be the most productive in the space being cleaned. To help you select the right autoscrubber for your facility, we shared a list of the best stand on and ride on floor scrubbers of 2020 and that list includes the Advance® SC1500™.
Even with comprehensive daily and periodic cleaning procedures like vacuuming and cleaning with an autoscrubber, commercial hard flooring will eventually experience damage and begin to look worn. The top of your floor is covered with a finish to protect against wear and damage but over time will begin to accumulate dirt, scratches, and the other effects of foot traffic. Floor finish wears down and daily and periodic procedures are no longer enough to restore your floor’s shine. When this happens, it is likely time to strip and finish your facility’s floor. Pro Tip: A strip and finish is the process of removing old layers of wax and dirt from the floor, preparing it to be coated with new layers of finish. Performing a strip and finish is time-consuming and expensive, but when performed properly it can revive your floor’s appearance and protect them from future damage. However, there are several mistakes custodial staff often make when stripping the finish from commercial floors.