Dilution 101- The Basics for Basically Everyone

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How do I dilute my cleaning products?

My first tip is don’t let a dilution center do it for you. If you’re looking for an easy, math-free system to dilute your products for you we highly recommend the Fastdraw system. The Fastdraw dilution system will save you money, we promise.  You won’t waste any chemicals and more importantly your dilutions will work as promised by the manufacturer.  Read more about the Fastdraw System HERE.

When all else fails learn the simple math.
A short rant as I am so well known for:  When I was a newbie I went to visit a customer who had recently bought a pail of our Floor Stripper.  I knew the stuff worked, I had used it dozens of times to excellent results.  As the label said:  We GUARANTEE this product will work as stated or we will refund 100 % of your purchase price.  Sounds goof-proof and confident if I do say so myself.
Bob, the custodian at a local school said to me: “I did everything I could to get this stuff to work but it just wouldn’t.”  After a bit of questioning I left to get some answers from my father.  We returned to see Bob the next day and it took less than sixty seconds to get the right answer.
It’s so easy to acknowledge my Father’s experience and knowledge now, it wasn’t so easy back in 1990.  “How did you dilute the stripper Bob?” He asked…  there it was. Since his floor was really bad Bob decided his chemistry would work best, so he started at a dilution ratio of 1:1.  Needless to say this concoction didn’t work.  So he tried full strength…nothing happened.  Let me cut to the chase- stripper needs water to work!  It won’t cut through floor finish without it.  After about ten minutes of hurry up and wait my Father showed Bob the end result.  A bare floor using a dilution of 1:8 with water.
The moral of the story? Coming in next week’s blog.

Tips and Tricks for a Happier Vacuum

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What’s going on in my vacuum?
Have you ever questioned how or why vacuums work?  Probably not too deeply, but being a kid at heart I decided you should learn a detail or two about vacuums.  Here’s where I will start: Vacuums are our friends.  Why must we all treat them with such disdain?  Vacuums help us to maintain a cleaner home or facility.  They save us from having to drag carpets out to the back forty and beat them with a Carpet Beater.  If you can, do yourself three favors:
1. When you unplug your vacuum use the plug.  Don’t pull it out by the cord!  We are happy to fix your vacuum if you do so, just remember the $45.00-$75.00 repair bill isn’t our fault.
2. Empty your vacuum bag when it is no more than half full.  We have unloaded more than a few vacuum bags with as much as 20 lbs. of dirt and assorted goodies.
3. Don’t pick up anything bigger than a peppercorn.  Vacuums aren’t made to do so if they have a roll-brush.
4. Lastly If you catch onto a carpet fiber and wind it around the roll brush stop and unwind it.  Save the broken belt.  Otherwise clean your roll-brush every three or four weeks.

If you follow these four hints your vacuum will thank you.  As will your pocket book.

The Puzzle of a Clogged Drain

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Just a quick note from previous experience that I thought I should share…
Last week, while in the shower (try not to close your eyes and shudder), the water level at my feet was reaching a level higher than the norm and also higher than the level it was at just a week ago – almost 2 inches deep!  The perfect drainage that I had before was no longer as free flowing as it should be.  My first thought was that my hair has officially started falling out at an alarming rate OR there were other issues I wasn’t aware of.  The next day at work, I decided to bring home a quart of drain opener in hopes of remedying the problem before it got worse.  Being on a septic system, sometimes I’m leery about using something so aggressive, even though certain issues need this.  As I walked up the stairs, I had a thought – why not try a plunger first?  Back down the stairs I went.  After two pushes with the plunger, the drain was back to be free flowing with zero resistance.  It had worked and my septic system got a reprieve!  Regardless of what was clogging the drain, it’s nice to know there are options for a great outcome.  Sometimes a great product is needed…and sometimes just the right tool.

Why use an Automatic Scrubber?

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Why should you use an Automatic Scrubber?
Simply put:  Time is too expensive and too precious to waste. Autoscrubbers as we know them DO A BETTER JOB than we as mop-toting humans ever could.  Why wouldn’t they?  The simple process done by a scrubber lays down water, scrubs it, then quickly after picks it up.
Per the ISSA (International Sanitary Suppliers Association) It takes a typical laborer one hour to scrub 387 square meters.  On the contrary, they say that a 20-inch automatic scrubber will clean between 862 -1,858 square meters in the same time.  Even on the conservative side you can do things two and a half times as fast!  At that end I say case closed; but the benefit of clean floors is even more over a plus.  Just try one!  We will bring you one made to fit your facility and leave it overnight for you to experiment.  If you spend more than 3 hours per week mopping, you will see immediate payoff.  Your wrists and shoulders will thank you.

It was the best of times it was the worst of times…

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Time is always a factor when we calculate cost in the Janitorial world.  Without consequence, Janitorial services have bid for years on the logic of get it and we will make it work.  As time and the almighty dollar add up so do losses.  I am often asked- How much should I bid?  My answer is just this to anyone who asks:  As a Cleaner your time is worth two times what your cost is including payload.  As a supervisor 2.5 times your cost-plus payload and vehicle.  As an owner.  Your time is priceless. 
So many people have tried and failed at the game of self-employ because they don’t know their real cost versus sale price.  If you intend to work in the contracting field you must learn these numbers to succeed.  Just the same as we do in the manufacturing and distribution world.  The good news!!!  You have a world of information at your fingertips.  Use the internet to make you money.  When that fails keep on asking questions.  Answers will appear.
The world of bid it at cost and hope for the best is coming to an end.  The number of contractors out there is shrinking and the number of interested employees is too.  Use caution when you bid.  It makes a lot more sense to work for profit that nothing.  If you can’t make money in your current field-Go back to school.

Something that Works!

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Have you ever tried something that just shocks you how well it works?  Last Summer I was handed a scratch and sniff card for a new line of odor control products from Betco.  Most of the time when I see a new product I wait to see how the market reacts, then I decide if it’s the one for me to sell.  Instead…  I shelved this one.  I have always known that Betco has the exact same values corporately speaking that my company does.  So I should assume that the new ideas that they offer will work.

Much to my chagrin, I was asked by my mother to bring her some deodorizer for her stale basement.  I figured why not unload on her the sample that my Betco rep had dropped off.  The next day she called me as pleased as punch- “This stuff is amazing! I sprayed it last night and I went down to get a few things from the fridge this morning and I can still smell it.”   Time to rethink things Mr. Chris!  Sometimes you need to admit you are wrong.  Try Sentec, It works.

The Concrete Truth Part Deux!

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Do you remember when you were in grade 7?  Shop class taught you how to bring out the beauty of wood using sand paper, finish and stain.
Love it or hate it shop class teaches us all the fundamentals to get the look that we desire.  Almost the same process gives us results that  can’t be beat on concrete floors.  No need to use a finish however;  concrete shines on its own.  Yup, concrete with a little bit of chemistry gives you amazing gloss and durability.  The trick is knowledge.  Take a day and a concrete floor and we can give you something you would never have expected even from the messiest floors you can find!

We know the process.

We know the products.

We get the results!

Step one: Call us
Step two: Ask for a demonstration
Step three: Watch in anticipation

Concrete Truth

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Have you ever been to a big box store and been in awe of the sheen on their concrete floor?  Its easy to assume that they have put some crazy topical coating on top of their concrete to put their best foot forward.
But did you know that these floors have no coating?  Did you know that the gloss you see is simply a result of releasing the inner beauty of the concrete itself?  You bet 100% fact.  We could talk about process and products but all too often I lose people in the verbose explanations that I offer.  We love polished floors.  “It’s kind of our thing” For as little as $2.00 per square foot we can help give you that mirror finish with very low maintenance and super durability.  We have worked with two manufacturers for years in this pursuit and developed a huge repository of knowledge and results to match.  Large national chains rely upon Corporate Facility Supply for results and knowledge every day.
Visit these pages for a quick visual.  Soon I will produce a step by step explanation of the process to give you a handle on what is involved and what you can expect.

Betco Matrix

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The Professional Cleaner: How can you save lives?

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Since we have all realized that we are professionals, we know well enough that we must do our part to earn our status.
There is no question that disinfection is part of most daily cleaning processes. So, my suggestion for the week:  Proper disinfection gives you a chance to save lives.

Most disinfectants are considered “Cleaner Disinfectant”,  this is a tiny bit of a mistruth.  Disinfectants work best when they have no soil load to contend with. Our recommendation is to always use a cleaner before a disinfectant if there is a soil load present. Disinfectants work by weakening the cell wall or structure of microbes, so they simply need time to attack the bacteria, virus or proteins. But did you know that most disinfectants require ten minutes of wet contact time to do their job? Quaternary disinfectants cause the least surface damage and do a more than sufficient job killing microbes. The only real challenge is wet time. Ten minutes wet time and disinfectants kill most microbes 100%. Five minutes and they kill 99%. The 99% solution is known as sanitization.

No doubt Hospitals use bleach to disinfect all surfaces.  You like most people might even consider bleach to be a clean smell.  In a subsequent blog I will talk about bleach and its perils.

For a deeper dive on this topic you can always ask me a question in person or check out our ask the expert section on our website.  www.corpfs.com

Biological Odour Control

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What is it?  How does it work?  Get rid of that smell!
If you have ever eaten yogurt you have participated in biological digestion.  In fact, if you have ever eaten you have participated.
The reality is that our bodies need beneficial bacteria every day to maintain dozens of bodily processes.

Biological odour control works by digesting the source of odour.  Most commonly we use odour masking or odour pairing agents to overcome odours on a day to day basis.  Most of these products certainly do their part, but odours come back as quick as they left most of the time.
Get it at the source they say!  And that’s what we say too, but our thought process is to get it at the source for good. Digestion is the key.
It doesn’t work for every odour, but it sure works wonders for protein based odours.

Bio Magic is just that!  Magic Not only does it contain biological load digester but it also contains a very effective odour pairing agent that chemically pairs with odour causing molecules to create no smell.
I could drag things out with a scientific explanation.  But I won’t.
Simply put:  Biological smells + BioMagic= No smell

Toilet Seat Covers

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What is the most undervalued restroom product? Toilet Seat Covers.
Toilet seat covers?????  How can toilet seat covers make a difference in your facility?
Toilet seat covers will accomplish two things:
#1 They will cut down toilet paper consumption. How? The average washroom user will use 13 feet of toilet tissue to protect themselves on a toilet seat.
#2 They will make your facility look better. How? The small pieces of toilet tissue that are left on the ground after patrons visit your public restroom will not be there!
All things considered ….
You will provide your guests with a more sanitary environment and you’ll save money on toilet tissue- At an average cost of 1.8 cents per toilet seat cover.
You will save 4.5 cents per patron on toilet tissue.  The environment will experience a great deal less abuse. Less paper will make it’s way into municipal water treatment.
Our suggestion is:
Buy one starter pack of toilet seat covers with a free dispenser. See the results for yourself. We know you will see very quickly why toilet seat covers
are so common in other parts of the world.

Clean Restrooms

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It was a rainy day.  My friends and I were out for a weekend stroll through the streets of Dublin.  OK it wasn’t rainy.

Just the same we went to a wonderful little pub in the city center.  Granted it was a Saturday morning and Saturdays in Dublin can be a bit hairy. Everyone was famished so we decided to go out for a bite to eat.  As I entered the establishment I decided why not visit the loo. As quick as I walked in I noticed that the air was polluted with days, if not weeks old odours.  More importantly the floors were filthy and the mirrors were coated in scuzz.  I am all about clean so I am hard to satisfy; but this place could have turned off anyone.  The moral of the story?

Clean restrooms save business. They certainly don’t create it…  I knew full well that if their restrooms were that dirty that their kitchen must be so too. Maybe only 15 or 20 dollars in lost revenue to that restaurant.  But multiply that times six.  It starts to make sense that clean restrooms pay back.  You can learn the details that matter here!