Floor Refinishing: A “Cure” For Long Floor Refinishing Times

 

The summer break is the perfect time of the year for custodians in educational facilities to strip, clean, and refinish floors.

When you think about it, floors in educational facilities, especially in common areas such as hallways and cafeterias, take an amazing amount of abuse. Students’ rubber-bottomed sneakers, movement of desks and chairs from one area to another, and tracked-in weather – rain, snow, and ice – can all punish floors and their finish as well. An educational facility’s floor finish must hold up to all these types of use and abuse, remain durable, protect the floor beneath, and even manage to retain its shine under tough conditions. It is important to have an effective floor refinishing program in place. Continue reading

Germs: The Top Six Germ-Infested Locations, Part One

Have you ever put your hand on something and then thought, “I wonder how dirty that is”? Reality is, germs are just about everywhere and ready to attack. Without the proper measures of disinfecting, you are susceptible to getting sick.

Where will you find the most germs? Of all the places you visit, six stand out as the places where you are most likely to come in contact with disease-causing germs and bacteria. Here are the first three, along with the germiest “touch points” at each location . . . and some of these might surprise you! Continue reading

What Is The Best Orbital Floor Machine For You?

Orbital floor machines are quickly becoming one of the most popular new machines for janitorial and custodial professionals.  With so many of these new products on the market, how can you decide which one is best for you?  This guide will help you make the most informed purchasing decision possible.

Weight Equals Performance

Weight makes all the difference when it comes to orbital floor machines.  Machines with the greatest head pressure prove to be the most efficient and effective for any surface prep or cleaning task.  Your floors will strip faster, screen better, and scrub more effectively with a heavier machine.  A 150 pound machine will perform better than a 100 pound machine and a 200 pound machine will perform better than a 150 pound machine.  When choosing an orbital machine always look for a model that weighs more than 200 pounds.  Of course, be sure that the machine has removable weights so that the machine can be made lighter if needed for transport purposes.

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Tips For Removing Gum and Adhesives from Carpets

Even when it appears that gum or adhesives have been removed, they sometimes reappear a few days later. This is because some of the sticky residue remains in the carpet.

The following are suggestions for removing gum and adhesives from carpets:

• Scrape. Scrape off as much of the gum/adhesive as possible. Freezing the gum and “chipping” it off is also an option. Continue reading

Don’t Get Backed Into A Corner: Tips For Refinishing Floors

One of the more challenging and time-consuming steps in stripping and refinishing floors is ensuring that the edges and corners are free of finish and dirt buildup.

Look like a professional by taking the extra time to remove all the finish from the edges and corners.

The following process is recommended to make your next strip and recoat look its best:

  1. Make sure you have proper personnel protective equipment such as gloves and safety goggles and set up wet floor signs.
  2. Properly dilute the stripper according to label directions.refinishing floors, floor finish. floor, tile, vct tile, school
  3. Pour the stripper onto the floor and let it sit or dwell for 10 minutes.
  4. Take a razor blade scraper on an extension pole and scrape the edges of the floor along the baseboards or display shelves.
  5. Use a “Doodle Bug” and a black strip pad to remove any excess finish along the edges.
  6. Take a floor squeegee to pull the stripper solution from along the edges onto the center of the aisle.
  7. Pick up solution with an auto scrubber.
  8. Rinse the floor with clean water if necessary.
  9. Apply new floor finish along the edges with the first and final coat. All other coats in between should not go any closer than a few inches of the edge. This will help speed up the removal process next time around.

 

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Rob Dodson
Product Manager, Floor Care, Betco Corporation
rdodson@betco.com

Rob is an avid Cleveland sports fan and hopes to one day experience a championship. He also enjoys hanging out with his wife and 3 kids.

 

 

Summer School – The Time To Clean

The summer months can be some of the busiest and most important months when it comes to school cleaning. To ensure your custodial team is productive summer school and to help simplify the process, share these top ten recommendations.

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2. Divide and conquer. Big summer cleanup projects usually involve floor care; before doing any floor-care work, divide the facility into different categories. Such as those that will be stripped/refinished, those that will only be scrubbed, and those that need only detail cleaning.

3. Clean up those closets. Go through janitorial closets and properly discard any chemicals or other products that have expired. Typically, chemicals should never be stored for more than one year.

4. Go green. Start making the shift to go Green. Special green cleaning training may be required  during this transition, and summer break can provide that extra time.

5. Get Equipped. Evaluate all of your cleaning equipment; determine which machines are running properly, which need servicing, and which should be replaced.

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Water Challenges Also Present Opportunities

Water Challenges: Sixty percent of the companies surveyed believe looming problems associated with water are poised to negatively affect their businesses. 

Many people are surprised to learn that the Chinese word for crisis actually has two meanings. The same Chinese characters that represents “danger” also means “opportunity.” Similarly, the future water challenges expected in the United States and other parts of the world may actually be opportunities in disguise.

 

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Floor Finish Myth: A higher solids finish is more durable

Floorcare is one of the most challenging cleaning tasks cleaning contractors and facility managers must grapple with. It is time consuming, often stressful, and for building owners and managers, costly. Complicating matters, several myths have evolved that can make the entire process all the more challenging. One of the biggest myths involves floor finish “solids.”

Usually expressed as a percentage of weight, floor finish solids are whatever is left on the floor after the coating dries and cures. A coating with 50 percent solids, for instance, will be half evaporated after it dries. This means that the higher the solids in the floor finish, the more coating you will have left on the floor after it dries.

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Healthy Living in Healthy Communities

HazardThere are many infection control guidelines for Long Term Care Facilities, especially with the emphasis on bodily fluids.  Removing bodily fluids on carpet can be tricky.  Timeliness, a good process and the right chemicals are all important factors to get the job done. Some spots are much easier to treat than others, but what do you do when you have bodily fluids to remove?

To get started, you will need the following supplies:

  • Wet floor signs
  • Protective goggles
  • Gloves
  • Clean white towels
  • Clean water
  • Spotting Kit
  • Carpet extractor
  • Vacuum

The process:

  1. The first step when removing bodily fluid stains in public areas is to place caution or wet floor signs near the stain. Use appropriate personnel protective gear such as goggles and gloves so that you do not get in contact with the fluids as well.
  2. Blot the stain to remove excess liquid using a white absorbent towel. A white towel prevents dye transfer to the carpet.  Be sure to blot and not rub the spot to avoid further penetration into the carpet fibers.
  3. A good spotting kit will have an assortment of chemicals, safety gear and a chart to determine which spotter to use. After you identify the stain, use the chart to know which product to use.
  4. Apply the spotter in a circular motion to the outside perimeter of the stain. Always work toward the center of the stain to avoid spreading the stain. Allow appropriate dwell time then use a tapping brush and a clean white towel to absorb the soil.
  5. Follow the spotter with an enzymatic treatment which will digest the stain and control the odor.
  6. A carpet extractor is an excellent tool to use when done to rinse the area with clean water to remove any residue of the spotter. This step helps prevent any chemical or soil residue from attracting new soil which could reappear later as a new stain. If you do not have an extractor available, simply vacuum the area when dry to remove any residual residue.

RobRob Dodson
Product Manager, Floor Care, Betco Corporation
rdodson@betco.com

Rob is an avid Cleveland sports fan and hopes to one day experience a championship. He also enjoys hanging out with his wife and 3 kids.

This World Is Ours

earth day pictureEarth Day is a holiday to promote conservation and concern for our fragile environment. We are reminded on this day how much damage the human race has caused, and that we should do our best to correct what we can and prevent more damage as we go. Everyday, we live our life going through the motions and not realizing the impact that we have on our planet. A carbon footprint is term used for the amount of carbon being emitted by an activity or organization. We all have a carbon footprint, but the question is, how big is it? Here are some simple tips and recommendations on how you alone can make a difference in preserving our natural resources.

Use cleaner transportation

  • Walk,bike, or take public transit whenever possible.
  • Avoid allowing your car to idle. If you’ll be waiting for more than 30 seconds,      turn off the engine (except in traffic). And don’t take the drive-through-park the car and walk inside instead.
  • Have your vehicle serviced regularly to keep the emission control systems operating      at peak efficiency. Check your car’s air filter monthly, and keep the tires adequately inflated to maximize gas mileage.
  • Avoid short airplane trips-take a bus or train instead.

Add energy-saving features to your home

  • Install compact fluorescent bulbs in all your home light fixtures-but remember, compact fluorescents contain mercury, so look for low-mercury models and be sure to dispose of old bulbs safely through your local hazardous waste program.
  • Weatherproof your home. Make sure your walls and ceilings are insulated, and consider      double-pane windows. Eliminate drafts with caulking, weather strips, and      storm windows and doors.
  • Insulate your water heater. Even better, switch to a non-tank water heater, so your water will be heated only as you use it.
  • Choose energy  efficient appliances.

Adopt energy-saving habits

  • Keep thermostat relatively low in winter and ease up on the air conditioning in summer. Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended to  keep the A/C operating at peak efficiency.
  • Unplug your electronics when not in use. To make it easier, use a power strip. Even when turned off, items like your television, computer, and cellphone  charger still sip power.
  • Dry your clothes outside whenever possible.
  • Make minimal use of power equipment when landscaping.
  • Defrost  your refrigerator and freezer regularly.
  • Choose green electricity. Many utilities give you the option to purchase electricity generated by wind and solar power for a small rate surcharge.
  • Purchase carbon offsets to make up for the energy use you can’t eliminate.

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Top Five Disease Outbreaks in History

Disease outbreaks have occurred throughout history. Some have lasted for years, and are still present today while others evolved and fortunately passed.

Top Five Disease Outbreaks in History

Disease and illness outbreaks have occurred throughout history. Fortunately, the number of outbreaks has significantly decreased due to the vast amount of innovation in medicine and disinfectants. However, we are still vulnerable to many illnesses.

To prevent new pandemics from occurring, it helps to know how previous crises were handled. The following are some of the largest outbreaks in world history.

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A Cluttered Mind

When we think of living “healthy” we are told to stay active, exercise daily, eat right, drink enough water and sleep at least 8 hours each night.

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Ask yourself this question, what about while you are at your workplace? Keep in mind, a person spends 8-10 hours a day in their work environment. Can a “clean lifestyle” affect your work performance?

Dr. Jennifer  Baxt, DMFT, an online metal health therapist states there is a direct correlation between mental health and a clean lifestyle. Similar to exercising, a person can feel happier and more relaxed in a fresh, clean environment by removing dirt, dust and clutter.

Keeping a clean and workspace helps decrease a stressful environment and lead to higher productivity.  Here are a few quick daily maintenance techniques to keep your space clutter and germ free and productivity soaring!

  • In between hand washing (which is the key at reducing the spread and transmission of germs, keep hand sanitizing wipes within reach around your work station. Sanitizing your hands several times a day, such as, after, answering the phone, working at your computer) helps decrease the spread of germs and you getting sick, resulting in absences at work.
  • Carry hand sanitizing gels with you at all times. By keeping hand sanitizer gel with you, you can put your mind at rest knowing that your hands will always have the opportunity to be clean in any situation.
  • Clean touch points daily with general disinfectants/wipes. Some common touch points such as telephones, keyboards, desktops and your mouse harbor germs.
  • Avoid a clutter pile up! Keep papers and office supplies organized. This will leave your desk in order and your mind at ease knowing needed documents are easily accessible.

Krysten Comperchio_jpgKrysten Comperchio is a Product Manager for Skin Care and Education at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, Krysten enjoys yoga, running and keeping up on current events. Click here to contact Krysten directly.

Why you Shouldn’t Overload your Washers Beyond their Designed Capacity

laundryWe’ve all been there. You’re at work, and you are trying to trade jobs with another employee to avoid having to do the mountain of laundry that has piled up. Who wants to do 10 loads of linens when there are so many other things you could be doing with your time? What you might not know though, is that stuffing the washer beyond the recommended capacity can leave one with dirty linens and a broken machine.

When you over load your washers beyond the manufacturer recommended dry linen weight, you set yourself up for a letdown. Your linen needs to be able to move freely in the washer and allow the linens to rub and agitate upon themselves. This friction allows the chemicals to penetrate deep within the linen fibers and it also allows the water to flow freely between the linens and the linen fibers to leave you with an optimal level of clean. If you have too many linens in the washer, you create an environment where the linens are packed together so tightly that very little chemical or water can flow properly to clean as the chemicals and equipment were designed to do. This can be detrimental to any business, not to mention your job! Make sure you follow proper loading procedures and you are on the right path for bright and fluffy clean linens.

LesLeeLesLee Winfield is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, LesLee enjoys running, movies, and spending time with her family. Click here to contact LesLee directly.

Don’t be THAT Person

germ hand pictureWhen the flu season strikes, nobody wants to be known as the person that has passed along the flu to everyone in the office. It’s a reputation nobody wants to have; however, it is a hard one to avoid. Many times, we don’t even know that we are carrying a flu virus; symptoms may go unnoticed when you are the most contagious. So, how do you prevent passing along the pesky flu that nobody wants? Here are a few tips and tricks that might keep you from being “That” person.

Be Conscientious- If you are ill, let that be known when greeting people as to why you refuse to shake their hand. A simple, “excuse me for not shaking hands, I have a terrible cold” will suffice. The people you encounter will appreciate your consideration of them.

Keep your distance. If you are the sick one keep your distance from people. No hugging or close interaction that might cause germs to spread.

Cough and sneeze into the bend in your arm or into a tissue, not in your hands. This will keep your hands a little more germ free for when an unexpected handshake or interaction occurs.

Sanitize your desk, computer, keys and phone regularly. Your desk and work area is a germ infestation! Keeping the things we touch cleaned throughout the day is a big help. A general disinfectant can usually do the trick. Anytime you might touch something that is contaminated, make sure you wipe it down with a disinfectant and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Throw away used tissues after using them once. Don’t leave them laying around for others to pick up and throw away. Especially, don’t leave them on tables where someone else would have to dispose of them. They don’t want your germs either.

Keep a box of tissues and hand sanitizer on your desk at work. It is always smart to have extra on hand. Others can use them if they feel a sneeze or cough coming on. Make sure you sanitize your hands as soon as you are finished using a tissue.

Have some illness guidelines for employees. Be smart. Encourage employees to stay home if they are acutely ill or have a fever. If someone has a fever, it means they are still contagious. This will reduce the spread of illness throughout an organization.

LesLeeLesLee Winfield is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, LesLee enjoys running, movies, and spending time with her family. Click here to contact LesLee directly.

Don’t Get Stuck in a Pickle

SpreadingFlu_m_0102So, you’re in a pickle. Imagine you are going into the biggest job interview of your career, and you notice the interviewer seems to be under the weather during a record breaking flu season. Do you shake his hand? Or do you politely decline? Declining a handshake in any situation has the potential to be offensive. These are just one of the many situations you might run into during the flu season. To avoid an awkward encounter AND the flu, here are a few tips you can follow to keep the flu away!

1.) Stay home- If you are under the weather, and you have the opportunity to stay home to get well, that is your best option; however, we know that being sick isn’t always the ideal situation.

2.) Keep hand sanitizer on hand- Hand sanitizer, alcohol based, or non-alcohol based is a great way to clean your hands after you have been in a crowd or any place in public. It is smart to use hand sanitizer after touching anything that might be harboring the flu virus or dangerous germs. (i.e. someone that is ill and still contagious, door knobs, railings, public telephones, etc.)

3.) Wash your hands thoroughly -Take extra care in washing your hands. We recommend using hot or cold water, a strong antibacterial soap, and scrubbing for good 20 seconds in-between fingers, around your wrists and under your nails. Also, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before eating. Regular hand washing can drastically decrease your chances of picking up and transferring dangerous germs and bacteria.

Stay tuned for Part Two: “Don’t be THAT Person”. A blog that will give you great insight on how to reduce your chances of transferring your sickness to someone else when YOU are the one sick.

LesLeeLesLee Winfield is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, LesLee enjoys running, movies, and spending time with her family. Click here to contact LesLee directly.

When Clean Really Matters

With the risk of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s), a clean patient room is more important than ever. A person’s definition of “clean” can be a subjective one; however, in the health carehospital_cleaning3 industry, there is a clean standard that must be followed to insure a sense of comfort and quality for the patient. When a patient is admitted into the hospital, it is far from home, but the least a health care facility can do is provide their patients with a clean and welcoming environment. You may be wondering, what all should a health care facility do to meet this cleaning standard? The list below is a guide recommended by an experienced cleaning contractor that may be helpful for a health care facility cleaning staff.

  • Knock on the door of the patient’s room and announce “Housekeeping.”
  • Introduce yourself by name to the patient.
  • Clean the room from ceiling to floor
  • Look  for furniture that is out of place and rearrange to the standard layout.
  • Organize the patient’s personal items as requested.
  • Pick up all debris on the floor.
  • Empty the trash by removing the entire liner and replacing it with a new liner.      If the trash basket is soiled, wipe it clean with a disinfectant.
  • Work in an organized fashion around the room.
  • Spot clean horizontal surfaces.
  • Disinfect correctly all the high touch points and clean all surfaces.

Even further, patient room floor cleaning also calls for a uniform sequence of steps, including the following:

  • Assemble your mop and adjust the height.
  • Begin cleaning the floor, starting from the back of the room and working toward the door.
  • Collect dirt and debris at the door with a cleaning brush and dustpan.
  • Look around the room to make sure furniture is not out of place, supplies are not left behind and that waste receptacles are clean. Also, look for soiled areas missed earlier.

Health facility staff members interact with numerous patients on a daily basis, meaning that daily cleaning is crucial for the health and satisfaction of their patients. For more information on improving the quality of a patient’s room at a health facility, visit Health Facilities Management Magazine!

Andy Gail is the Associate Product Manager – Disinfectants, Insecticides, Laundry and Warewashing for the Betco Corporation. He is driven to ensure a cleaner more sustainable future through products, and programs that you inspire and we innovate. When not disinfecting or changing loads of laundry, Andy enjoys spending time with friends and traveling. Click here to contact Andy directly.

 

 

 

Germs, Germs, Everywhere!

Get this…the average student gets between 6 to 10 colds per year. The fact is colds and flu cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness. So how can parents and school administration work together to prevent thcold and flu in school blogis?

Here are 5 ways to achieve this:

1.) Get Immunized – Prevention is the best medicine. Keep up to date on scheduled immunizations for school-aged children. Remember, vaccines only work against specific types of influenza virus for which it was designed for. There is no universal vaccine that will protect you against common cold viruses.

2.) WASH YOUR HANDS! One of the most common ways of catching a cold or flu is not washing your hands often enough or well enough at school. Studies have shown middle and high school students about half washed their hands after using the bathroom and only 33% of girls and 8% of boys used soap!

3.) Provide Hand Sanitizer – When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. To make it effective, you should rub the product all over the surfaces of your hands and fingers until dry which is about 30 seconds. Note: Children under the age of six should not use without supervision.

4.) Proper Germ Etiquette – Cover coughs and sneezes to prevent spreading germs if you think you may have the cold or flu. Sneeze into a tissue and discard then continue to wash your hands!

5.) Beware of Germ Spots (Touch points) – Studies have shown that bacteria levels are 80% higher on drinking fountains and locker doors than on a toilet seat. Likely because toilet seats get cleaned regularly.

“Stopping germs where they breed is the best preventative action.”

Here is a great resource on how to survive cold and flu season!
http://www.today.com/health/how-survive-cold-flu-season-2D12015077

Krysten Comperchio_jpgKrysten Comperchio is a Product Manager for Skin Care and Education at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, Krysten enjoys yoga, running and keeping up on current events. Click here to contact Krysten directly.

Part 2 – Flu Prevention in the Workplace and video

fluAround the workplace you hear the coughing and sneezing throughout the office and a box of tissues and sanitizer bottles placed near computer keyboards. Keep in mind, that cold and flu season runs from November through April and spreads readily when people are indoors from person to person and surface to surface within the workplace.

According to the CDC, people are most contagious during the first 2-3 days of contracting a cold, and almost immediately up to 5 days after being infected with the flu.

Here are a few suggestions to prevent the spread of cold and flu virus’s at work: We also encourage you to watch our video below!

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with hand soap several times throughout the day and sanitize with with an alcohol based hand sanitizer, especially following contact with potentially contaminated surfaces
  • Handshakes of others
  • Door handles, ((including microwave coffee pots and refrigerators)
  • Copy machine buttons, keyboards, phones
  • Desks, countertops, food prep areas
  • Shared books or other office materials
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold or the flu
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your sleeve rather than your hands.

Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces with BetONE™ Disinfectant wipes offers one step cleaning and disinfecting while killing pathogens, virus’s and bacteria within ONE minute!

Krysten Comperchio_jpgKrysten Comperchio is a Product Manager for Skin Care and Education at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, Krysten enjoys yoga, running and keeping up on current events. Click here to contact Krysten directly.

On behalf of Betco Corporation®, thank you for your support in 2013! We wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season and a safe and prosperous 2014!