Cleaning and disinfecting is the best way to remove germs from surfaces and to prevent illness from occurring in your facility. In any facility, the two main types of surfaces are hard and soft surfaces. Most EPA-registered disinfectants clearly state their ability to be used on “hard, nonporous surfaces.” This leaves many questioning how to disinfect soft surfaces. While some disinfecting chemicals have a claim for “soft surfaces,” this is actually a sanitizing claim.
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™.
As foodservice operations continue to deal with the effects of Coronavirus, many have been forced to make changes to comply with government regulations and new guest demands. Some states have capacity restrictions on indoor dining, while others are only allowing for outdoor dining and takeout. While some operators have chosen to stay closed to avoid the risk of an outbreak in their facility, many others have now reopened with changes in the way they run their business. Most commonly, businesses have shifted their service models to offer safer service options such as contactless curbside pickup and delivery.
As you search for the best automatic floor scrubber for your facility you will likely realize that there are several different sizes, models, and cleaning capacities. Selecting the best automatic floor scrubber for your business is essential to streamlining your cleaning procedures. With the right autoscrubber you can allow your staff to enjoy shorter cleaning times, increased productivity, and better cleaning results. To help you understand some of the best options for your business, we compiled a list of the 6 Best Stand On and Ride On Automatic Floor Scrubbers of 2020. One of the machines on that list is the Viper AS530R™ battery operated ride-on auto floor scrubber.
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.