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!
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.
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.
2. CFM air movement
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.
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?
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?
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.
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!
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*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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.