Thursday, September 3, 2015

Saving Money With New Equipment

Getting a business, school, commercial enterprise or other large organization to purchase new cleaning equipment such as machines is always a challenge due to the cost factor.  But purchasing new and better equipment often results in cost savings in the long run as well as limiting labor and work in the short term.  Check out this article that goes into more detail on this subject.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Bane of Your Building - Again!

It seems like every few weeks or months there's another article about restroom cleanliness.  For most people, the restrooms are a key indicator of the quality and care given to the rest of the facility.

Once again another article discussing the health benefits of proper restroom cleaning are discussed. This link will connect you with this information.

Here's five other related links to restroom blog posts:






Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Razor Blades and Glass - A Great Combination

Our recent poll asked whether or not it was a good idea to use a razor blade scraper on windows or glass. Absolutely!  In fact, this is one of the best ways to remove stickers, dried paint, difficult to remove spots and so on.  Of course, you have to be careful, but the removal will be so much easier.

To use a razor blade scraper on windows, wet the window or spot first!  Then, use the razor blade scraper (best used in a scraper not just a single blade in hand) to remove the debris.  Tip the blade at about a 45 degree angle and scrape the material off.  It it dries or is too thick or sticky, re-wet it and scrape some more.  Once finished clean the window.  You'll be amazed and pleased at having nice clean glass once again.

VCT versus LVT

You've heard of and probably worked with VCT (Vinyl Composition Tile) for years.  And you know the routine.  Scrub (or strip after several years) and wax.  There are several steps involved in this simplistic statement, but the fact remains that cleaning VCT takes a lot of time and effort.

Now technology has come up with LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) which it is not recommended be stripped.  So what do you do when it gets dirty?  How do you keep it clean?  Here's an online article from that explains the process.  Interesting and more long-lasting with less work!  I like it.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Yup! Handwashing Works!

Well, after a three year study on hand washing the results are in.  Hand washing really does keep people healthier!  Wow!  Imagine that.  Yes, science has confirmed what has been suggested and which only seems to make common sense all along.  Want the details?  Read on.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It Always Pays to Be Honest, Honestly

Here's a great human interest story about a housekeeper who found $4700 and honestly returned it to its rightful owner.  Not only did she receive praise for her honesty, she was also rewarded monetarily, although that was not her intent. Read the article here.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cleaning Windows 250 Miles Above Earth

And you thought your window cleaning jobs were difficult?  How about cleaning the windows on the ISS (International Space Station)?  That's what two Russian cosmonauts recently did as part of their space walk to do maintenance and some upgrades.  Here's a short article about that event and a quick video showing the instrument used to do the cleaning. After all, you can't just spray something on windows in space.  It would either float away or freeze!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Concrete Care Continues to Clamber for Cleaning Concerns

It seems that the use of concrete in buildings is becoming more and more common and a desirable alternative to flooring that needs scrubbing, waxing, and more care.  This article from Cleaning and Maintenance Management highlights some things to consider when cleaning concrete.  You'll find it of interest if you have concrete or are considering how best to clean it.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Grout Lines Be Gone!

Tired of those dirty grout lines between tile, especially in restrooms?  Well, this article has some great ideas on getting those lines clean.  When you do, your floors will shine!  Read on.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Watch Out for the Walls that Whiz

In March this year I posted an interesting article about a special paint that repels urine when miscreants try to urinate on them.  The paint was being tested in Germany.  Now the same idea is being used in San Francisco to help "curb" urination by individuals and to help maintain a cleaner, healthier city.  Whiz through this article that highlights a few things about this product.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Half Way There

This week marks the half way point of the summer before school begins.  We typically have to have the cleaning portion done by August 15 though, before students, teachers and parents start arriving to register and prepare for school to begin.

So, how's your cleaning, maintenance and other projects coming along?

Here's an approximate figure of where we stand right now for completion.

General: 75%
Floors: 85%
Carpets: 80%
Maintenance: 85%
Other: Varies.  We have a lot of oddball projects and little stuff to work on and extras once the major cleaning is done.  Much of this is done in the two to three weeks prior to school starting. We'll try to paint some areas while the weather is dry and warm.  We'll also tackle other items and the unforeseen things too.  

Then, when September rolls around, it's back to the normal 10 month routine while the students learn and play throughout the school year. I hope your year is going well too!