Old Stuff- Not all Things are Meant to Age!

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When I was 23 and a new sales person I was sent off to sunny Dunnville in mid-January to sell cleaning products by my father. Not an exciting trip, but I discovered that the time spent in Dunnville offered me a great boost in experience as well as a group of clients that nearly twenty-five years later are still equally loyal.  That’s small-town Canada!
When I visited one of the more visible churches in town I saw something that kind of shocked me.  A container of R&R Chemicals dust mop treatment!
At the time R&R Chemical hadn’t been in business for 16 years, and this container just appeared on a shelf deep in the basement of this church. Not that it was still wise to use the product so long after production.  I just wish I had the foresight to take a picture at the time!
A few weeks ago one of our newest reps visited an office building in Hamilton to find a 4 litre container of D’light. We haven’t sold D’light washroom cleaner in 15 years so I was shocked to see it!  History aside here is the moral of the story: If you suspect a cleaning product is over 2 years old-  Don’t use it!  Follow proper procedures according to the SDS and dispose of the product safely. We guarantee 99% of our products for 2 years.  This is for good reason and sage advice!

Sense and Safety of Wearing Gloves


Have you ever looked at your hands and thought that they look like they’ve been through way more than they should have?  Maybe dragged down a rural road for 6 kilometers? Why is that?
Should skin look so worn?  Here is my answer- No!  You are given one body.
Your skin is the second most common point of entry into the body.  Did you know that many chemicals can be absorbed into the bloodstream in as little as nine seconds?  It’s true.
What can I do to protect myself from this you ask?  Simple…  Wear gloves.  They’re cheap and highly effective when used properly.  Safety is important, get advice and keep yourself well informed about how you can work safely.  You won’t regret it. I don’t know too many people at the end of their life who complained that they wish that they could have had five more minutes in the work day.

Check out our selection of gloves for more information.


Dilution 101- The Basics for Basically Everyone


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.