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.