Warning signs are mandatory in many situations.
We stock the usual “Wet Floor” “Cleaning in Progress” “Restroom Closed” signs but we can get almost any sign made for you. The cost can be even cheaper than off the shelf signs depending on the number ordered. If you need a lot of “wet floor” signs for instance why not get them private labelled with your name and logo - makes them easier to track and it can be very good publicity. There are also many colours available including yellow, orange, white and pink. The signs can be printed on one side or both and even have different messages on each side and they are printed in Australia so the lead time is not too long.
70 - 80% of all dirt, dust and grime in public buildings is tracked in from outside and spread through the floors of the buildings.
The cost of removing 1kg of dirt from a modern building in the USA is in excess of $1,300. Of that only 5-10% is spent on supplies and equipment, the rest is labour.
It takes only 1,500 people entering a building where there is no mat to remove 42% of the floor finish. Carpet is similarly effected in terms of wear and unsightly appearance.
One good 1.8 x 1.2m mat will save 2-4 times its cost in labour in just one month. If a mat costs $120-$150 and collects .5kg of dirt it will save $600-$700 in labour.
Information supplied by Mat World
We are often asked for a cost comparison between electric hand dryers and paper towel. We recently came across this article from a drier manufacturer. “The average consumer uses at least 2 pieces of interleaf hand towel to dry their hands. The is at a cost of approximately 5 cents. Cost per thousand dries using paper towel is $50. An automatic Medeclinics hand dryer uses 2.2kw of power each hour, electricity costing approximately 10cents per hour. Costs per thousand dries using Mediclinics hand dryer is $1.53.” To be taken into consideration is the initial cost of the drier approx $600 plus installation. A hand towel dispenser is about $35.00 plus installation. Another issue is the cost of removing the waste hand towel and the storage cost and ongoing time taken to purchase the hand towel. Alternatively from the paper manufacturers is a recent study showing that the action of wiping with a hand towel removes a large number of germs not removed with soap and water. In fact the study said that wiping hands is nearly as important as washing hands and they say that the warmth of a hand dryer aids the growth of bacteria that is then spread by the blowing action.
Removing graffiti can be simple to extremely difficult. It can be as simple as removing spray paint from a window that can be achieved with a blade scraper or as difficult as removing engine enamel from a sandstone wall.
This is very difficult because engine enamel cannot be removed with heat by steam etc, sandstone is extremely porous so the paint soaks into the stone, and it’s appeal is the natural look so over painting isn’t an option. We have a range of products for different situations including So Safe Yellow for painted surfaces and Blue for concrete and masonry, Good Bye Graffiti & GR 200 for professional use.
We have been talking about “green cleaning” for many years and it looks like it is about to become a bigger issue.
The Government has announced a “green building scheme” offering substantial tax breaks to building owners who increase their 2 star or lower energy efficiency rating to 4 star or higher rating. Phrases in the government paper on the scheme include “operational impact on the environment” “emissions reductions targets” and “improved energy efficiency” - sound very similar to phrases used when talking about “Carbon Tax” and how we must reduce our energy consumption.
To qualify building owners must have their building assessed before and after renovations using the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS). Part of the assessment is ongoing auditing and this is where cleaning will be further effected. Once the building has been upgraded with better lighting, more cost effective air conditioning etc they are going to look to other green costs such as Good Environmental Choice accredited toilet consumables and vacuum cleaners that are quieter and use less power and possibly cleaning during the building’s operational hours, which means battery powered scrubbers with no trip hazard leads and will the “tea lady” concept return for cleaners in offices. Look at shopping centres - it is quiet accepted for cleaners to work during open hours and factory cleaning during operation is common.
This means safer chemicals and cleaning trolleys with lockable compartments. For interesting reading www.climatechange.gov.au.
This is the heading of a document produced by the NSW Food Authority.
The document goes on to say “Food businesses use chemicals to keep businesses clean and pest free. While there are many chemicals available, not all are suitable for use in the food industry.” “All food businesses in NSW are required to have documented evidence that the chemicals they use in their food handling areas are suitable for use in the food environment”.
A huge headache for cleaners is successfully cleaning the ever increasing amount of slip resistant flooring being installed in all types of areas.
The slip resistance of flooring is classified with an R rating (ramp test). The simple explanation of a ramp test is a person wearing a harness standing on flooring on a ramp wearing special shoes and the ramp being tilted until the person starts to slip. A complicated calculation with factors such as the angle of the ramp, weight of the person etc determines the R rating of the flooring. The higher the number (0-13) the greater the slip resistance. Floors with a high R rating are not generally smooth floors and usually contain particle enhanced material. R ratings of 9+ change the technique for cleaning the flooring.
How would you like to use a chemical that keeps killing bacteria after you have finished cleaning?
It may not be too long before we have a spray and wipe type product that can do just that. It is being developed by the guys that make Bio Cleaner, the enzyme cleaning product being successfully used to keep bathrooms and toilets clean and odour free. The product being developed will stay active for up to a week on surfaces such as table tops and benches. It would be the ultimate anti bacterial spray and wipe.
Invariably we get phone calls this time of the year from people that have bad odours to remove. It can be people returning to work and someone turned the fridge off over the holidays with the milk still in it or a person or an animal was sick in the car and the smell is overpowering.
The most obvious action is to first remove the source of the odour and then work on the residual. If we look at what causes the odour then you can determine the best method of rectification. If it is on a hard surface then washing it away using a product to breakdown the source or hold it in suspension is the place to start.
Spaghetti or Kentucky mops are still incredibly popular in Australia and we keep inventing better buckets to wring them out.
Cotton was the traditional fibre used in all mops then we had cotton/polyester blends that had less lint and were great for laying floor polish and then coloured blend mops and now microfibre mops are everyone's favourite.
By far the most widely sold vinyl flooring is the low maintenance type that is pre sealed in manufacture.
It is called low maintenance not because it doesn’t need cleaning but because it does not require polish and the associated tasks such as stripping and resealing and constant buffing. Without going into the technical reasons, the floor can be damaged by too much buffing. There are many examples where the cleaning process can be reduced by developing a maintenance program suited to the flooring and conditions. An automatic floor scrubber works very quickly cleaning the floor with clean water and recovering the dirty water in the one process. It reduces the amount of chemical being used, leaves the floor dry reducing slip hazards and removes dirt and stains that deteriorate the flooring. Similarly, mopping with microfibre reduces the amount of chemical required and leaves the floor almost dry. Low maintenance floors are not designed to have a high gloss so scrubbing or mopping is all the maintenance required with the occasional buff to bond the surface. Neutral pH detergents are essential and the water can be warm but not hot and most important the floor must be swept regularly to remove sand and grit than can scour the surface.
We can design a maintenance program to suit your floor and environment - just give us a call.
The Nilfisk VP300 vacuum cleaner with standard Hepa filter has become an instant success.
Hepa filtration on vacuum cleaners is being specified by more and more building owners to reduce “dirty air” in their buildings. Studies have shown that vacuum cleaners are the main generator of dust in multi storied buildings with increasing concentrations the higher you go. Hepa filtration dramatically reduces dust emissions particularly when used with disposable dust bags. The VP300 actually has 4 stages of filtration with a dust bag, Hepa filter, cloth filter and an exhaust filter. The machine has a powerful 1200 watt motor and a 10 litre dust bag capacity which fills completely before needing to be changed. Most repairs to vacuum cleaners is the power lead. The 10m power lead on the VP300 can be changed by the operator so a spare lead means that the machine does not have to come to the shop to be serviced.