Polishing Stone

It sounds like I am talking about a geologist taking a piece of meteorite and putting a smooth edge on it with a beautiful gloss.  I guess I am, but we are talking on a grander scale of course.  How is stone polished you ask?  Kind of like wood it is abraded until it is […]

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Stone floors and what cleaning mistakes you can make

Let’s start the discussion with the reality.  In spite what many of us may think,  stone is made from metals.  That is of course according to the periodic table.  In the strictest sense of the word metals are elements that are ductile, malleable and of course conductive as well as most of the time, when […]

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The coolest new technology I have seen for disinfection.

For years we have experienced challenges with airborne pathogens.  Tuberculosis has definitely been held at bay but just the same, like most people in our industry I am always looking over my shoulder for the next strain or unknown virus.  Recently the sanitation industry has focused on new ways to clean and disinfect healthcare facilities.  […]

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Commercial versus Residential Cleaning Equipment

        If you’re like me and you like to save money, you obviously understand where I’m coming from when I say this. Just like anything else you purchase, a vacuum needs some consideration before you buy. When you visited a local retailer looking for a vacuum for home, you obviously realized there’s […]

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What is the Real Benefit of a Sustainability Initiative?

What is sustainability all about?  Is it about the David Suzukis of our world?  Is it about ego?  Is it just another fad?  Why should you consider changing your facility to meet these rigid standards?  Is there a cost savings when you choose to buy green? Why do you want to benefit from this (more […]

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What has happened to LEED?

“LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.” Let me start by saying that I’m a huge fan of LEED.  LEED offers building inhabitants and visitors a safer structure with greater sustainability practices and better standards for overall operation.  Why then have commercial […]

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What difference has the $14.00 minimum wage made in Ontario?

January 2018 spelled a massive increase in wage minimum from $11.60 to $14.00 per hour. This of course caused a massive outcry from the public business community. What has changed since that increase? Are we better off or are we worse off? Has lifestyle for those most affected been changed? Have the cost of building […]

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Fly and The Shotgun: A Story of Degreasers

Fly and The Shotgun: A Story of Degreasers

Let’s take the discussion back to 10 years ago.  When a client with a greasy mess came in to see us they often asked for the strongest cleaning product we had.  Without a doubt we answered the question exactly the same as we do now.  The interesting thing is, over the past 10 years we’ve […]

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Daily Office Cleaning: Is It Necessary?

Maybe it is, if you have expectations above and beyond that of all sensibility.  Last week I visited a ‘Class A’ office building to chat with the Building Manager.  Of course my priority is a little different than his, but I have learned that the meeting of expectations for a group of people can end with […]

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Cleaning Windows Part 2

The best high-rise window system I have ever had my hands on, is Unger’s Hydropower system.  If you have to clean windows over 10 feet up, you must see this system.  We have had 100% success with this system. Better yet the process is quick, the clean-up is easy, and the results are off the […]

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Cleaning Windows Part 1

No not the software… Yes, people actually clean windows once in a while. Do you? It has gotten so much easier to clean windows than it used to be. The reason? Better chemistry and less of it and…. microfiber. Despite what they tell you at home parties, you do need to use a bit of […]

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Floor WAX! A Thing of the Past?

You are probably already retired if you call it floor wax anyways but…just the same. I need to correct a misnomer: Floors are no longer waxed! The janitor at a hall in Niagara Falls asked me for two buckets of floor-shine “you know…the WAX”. I knew right away. Wax belongs in two places: candles and […]

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