Centaur Quality-Made to Last

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If you have ever driven a truck you will understand my thoughts as I describe Centaur.  I liken Centaur Cleaning equipment to the Mack Truck. Tough. Durable. Made to last.
In the mid-seventies Tony Lelkes, a Hungarian expat, left Burnside (his employer at the time) to start his own endeavor.  Within weeks Burnside disappeared and Centaur took over the best in class category of industrial Canadian Made vacuums.  Yes, you heard it here!  Canadian Made matters, we all know that.  The big question is can we afford it?  In this case yes, we can. Centaur is the best you can buy for about 30 cents more on the dollar. Way back when, my grandfather sold Centaur all over the place.  The wonderful truth is that a good many of those vacuums are still operational, in fact we still see them from time to time.  I can ramble about quality and durability but the reality is, they last for a really long time.  Try one.  I will stake my reputation on it.

Beat Winter Salt Stains

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What do I do about salt staining?
It’s easy, clean the floor and away you go.  Yeah no…not the case.  But good news is on the horizon where salt stains are concerned.  You can always find a salt stain remover at your favorite local JanSan supply house.  Oh and for those of you who are easily hypnotized… you’re getting sleepy…. after you wake you will unequivocally know that your favorite Janitorial supply house is Corporate Facility Supply. OK Wake up!
What could be easier than using something that just works, plain and simple?  We have three products that work awesome for winter’s worst salt offenses.
Product #1  Contractor’s Choice Melt Down. Use according to directions and you won’t have very many salt stains because Meltdown doesn’t stain(when used as directed). That said, we can’t protect you from overuse!
Product #2 Winter Beater (I came up with that name all by myself). This product is safe for use on almost all resilient and non-resilient floors and finishes.  Also safe and effective for use as a carpet pre-spray before deep restorative cleaning.
Product#3 Betco’s pHerfect . This stuff works and very effectively at that! Betco knows floors, so as one of my customers said to me “try it, you’ll like it!”

Backpacking- A Better Way to Vacuum

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Have you ever backpacked across Europe?  If so, you have one on me.  And truthfully, I am jealous, but onto the real discussion.
Why do fewer Canadians use backpack vacuums than other North American folks?  We are complete wimps the Americans tell us.  Backpack vacuums clean up to three times as fast as upright vacuums and break 68% less! What’s to lose? Not much if you ask me. Backpacks are easier on the body, clean quicker, better and easier.  Upright vacuums however, are hard on your back, upper body in general and your wrist.  Tell me why backpacks aren’t better? Now that cordless battery backpacks are commonplace there is nothing to hold you back from burning a hundred-mile trail with a backpack vacuum.  We will revisit this one with some more solid, concrete facts and numbers in a future blog.

Ice Melter vs. Salt

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Salt on a wound or in your pool, just don’t put salt on your concrete! Why? Salt corrodes concrete.  How can I stop this you ask?  Try Ice Melter.  But isn’t Salt an Ice Melter?  True it is, but is it the best thing for the job?  No. Salt only melts effectively up to about -3 degrees C. Our Contractor’s Choice Ice Melter melts down as low as -25 degrees C (other brands may not be quite so effective). Calcium Chloride has been touted to melt as low as -37 degrees C, which brings up another point.  Heat causes expansion and pore damage to concrete.  Concrete behaves like our skin.  If exposed to cold the pores of concrete close, if exposed to heat they expand.  This of course is oversimplified but it explains the end result very well.  What makes Melt Down so safe and so effective? CMA(Calcium Magnesium Acetate) is the additive in our ice melter that creates more heat and quicker melt times while protecting concrete from the corrosive nature of heat and salts. Try the stuff.  It goes three times as far as traditional rock salt and it works!

The Concrete Truth Part 3!

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Do you want to know the oversimplified version of how to polish concrete?
I am happy to outline the quickest and easiest way to give you amazing results with concrete.  However, I would strongly recommend that you consider getting as much training as you can.
Step one: Decide where to start with your grinding process, an educated eye will help a lot here.
Step two: Grind the floor starting with your machine in a cross hatching pattern, usually 4-6 passes will work.  This process stays wet until 800 grit diamonds.
Step three: Progress through your diamonds until you complete 400 grit.  Clean your floor to the point where you would consider it spotless.
Step four: Apply a densifier, I like Lithium Silicate.
Step five: Allow the floor about 45 minutes to an hour to dry.
Step six: Begin polishing the floor with 800 grit diamonds, about the same number of passes works all the way through.  You can choose to do a 1500 grit diamond or progress to concrete polishing pads.
Step seven: Work your pads through to reveal the gloss that your concrete floor has within.
Step eight: Apply no topical coating if you aren’t able to revisit this floor at least twice per year.  Polish guard is wonderful but it must be maintained, we can help with this step.  Truthfully it offers a spectacular visual and a very satisfied customer.

The end.  But realistically you need an educated eye to guide you through until you are an expert. This is labor intensive work, consider getting too much help rather than just enough.

Concrete Truth Part 1

Concrete Truth Part 2

Vacuums-What makes one better than the other?

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Vacuums are machines. They are therefore prone to failure and bad engineering just the same as anything else with moving parts.  To simplify the story-  what makes one vacuum better than the other?  There is no doubt in my mind that one thing stands out way beyond all other measures. #1 The simple results that you feel and see as you vacuum.  If the carpet looks clean and the vacuum has dirt in it,  things are working.  It doesn’t take long to separate the men from the boys quickly thereafter though.  There are three basic measures that matter when it comes to vacuums.
1. Waterlift
2. CFM air movement
3. Amperage
If all the stars line up, a vacuum (be it canister or upright) has amazing measures working for it.  What’s the answer then?  #2 consumer and user reviews that are independent in nature.  Good luck with that!  But if you can, find an independent opinion and you are well on your way.  Here’s where the buy local plea comes in; do you trust the people you buy from?  Can they fix it if it breaks?  Need I say much more?  We will always match an online distributor’s price on the equal piece and beat it by 2%.  That is the law of the land here.  Try us.

Why Microfiber? The Magnified Benefits.

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Educate me you say!  You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t want to learn from the most charming person in the cleaning industry, would you?  Did you know: The average 16” x 16” microfiber cloth has enough fiber in it to stretch from the Southern tip of Florida to the Northern tip of Alaska?  Yup, it’s true!  Cheers, Cliff Claven (dating myself).  Microfiber often annoys users so much at first that they avoid using it because of its picky nature.  We’ve all felt the familiar tugging of microfiber on the skin of our hands.  What is that you ask?  Microscopic fibers are grabbing onto lose skin and not letting go.  That same annoyance allows microfiber to clean more effectively and cheaper.  Every wipe with a microfiber cloth usually matches the efficacy of four wipes of a traditional terry towel.  Microfiber abrades more with less damage and cleans deeper.  Talk about a win!  Microfiber is certainly less expensive than ever and with better designed cleaning tools you save time, the most precious element on the Periodic table of elements.  Yes, I know it’s a misnomer but it just worked, call it poetic license.  Time is money!  Notice a recurring theme in my blogs?

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To Whine or not to Wine- A Carpet Stain Solution

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When I was 9 my Father and mentor said: “Stop whining”.  In the case of wine stains versus broadloom I disagree.  It’s ok to whine when you have a wine stain on your beautiful white living room rug. It stinks when you can’t just step back in time to that moment when the dog ran in between Aunt Ethel’s legs and forced her to spill her wine.  Wine itself has no effect on people’s ability to hold a wine glass, honest!
We have a solution!  Proxi Spray and Walk Away.
1. Find a stain.
2. Spray it.
3. Walk the other way!
Guess what there’s more!  Proxi works on hundreds of stains, not just wine.  The chemical nature of Proxi allows it to permanently remove protein and some acid base dye stains.  Even better.  It’s cheap at twice the price.  Time is money and Proxi involves very little time or money.  Try it; you’ll love it!

Need to see it to believe it?

Save Money, Buy Concentrate

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A little deeper dive on product concentration is necessary from time to time. So, I thought I would talk about the chemical industry’s dirty little secret…concentration.
Everyone has travelled through the aisles of their local big box store and seen a superb deal on something that suits their needs.  Where to start? We all look for deals, it’s common sense to try to keep as much money in your account as you can.

Recently we had a consumer visit us asking for prices on glass cleaner, floor cleaner and the like.  After speaking with our front-end staff, I happened to walk past and hear him whisper to his fellow patron: “These guys are almost 25% more than Big Box Store A” . Being Mr. Curious, I had to poke my nose in.  I asked the prospect if I could do anything to help.  He simply said: “I guess you heard.  I think you are too expensive” I know full well that we aren’t and after several minutes of dialogue I decided that I had to offer up a simple chalkboard discussion.  If company A’s product dilutes at six ounces per gallon and ours does at one ounce per gallon- I would easily assume that we are six times as concentrated (container sizes being almost equal) but is our product six times costlier?  No. Case closed!

Moral of the story: Sometimes you must look deeper than the dollar amount to find the best deals.

Redo, Renew, Refresh your Restroom’s Image

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Those who know me well realize that I am a big proponent of change; I love the new stuff.  I’m an early adopter of technology and I renovate all the time.  So, when I get a chance to do something as a renovator for free or next to nothing I jump on it.  Did I mention I am frugal too?  We at Corporate Facility Supply have the ability to offer you a new washroom appearance for free.  We are so happy to do so that we will give you a thirty-day trial with product included*.
We can give you new washroom dispensing equipment for almost all facets of your daily restroom systems at no cost.  Even deodorization systems!  You have lots of
options to suit your needs.  All you need to do is ask!  Our staff will install** your dispensers and leave a neat and clean environment when they leave.
C’mon don’t tell me you’re not super happy right now!
Deb Hand Care, Tork and NPS Systems Free!
*Some conditions may apply, contact our office for a custom restroom solution for your facility.
**Complimentary installation provided for installs of 5 or more units. Contact us for details!

Dilution 101- The Basics Part 2

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It isn’t a secret that those who sit on the genius side of things can still be silly at times like the rest of us.  We all know that doing things properly, professionally or otherwise, always has its own set of challenges.  Such required knowledge is not something we’re all born with.  The professionals (and even their superiors) that I have been selling products to for years, question me on regular basis about proper dilution for those products.  Math isn’t always fun, but proper dilution keeps certain tasks/procedures safe for the user and others around.
Here it is:
1 to 10 = 1:10 = 12oz per gallon = 90ml per litre
And, just in case you need a little more help, we have a whole chart that breaks it down even better.

DILUTION CHART 2017

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.