Category Archives: Floor Care

The Stealth Microrider™ – Your Answer to Daytime Cleaning

Have you noticed the dramatic shift from night time janitorial services to daytime services these days? Why you might ask? Daytime cleaning has several benefits for the facility and the environment.  Daytime cleaning can save your company money along with reducing your business’s carbon footprint. The extra energy usage for a nightly janitorial service can rack up your electric bills. By having a daytime cleaning crew, your company will be seen in the public eye as more efficient with their time and environmentally friendly. Daytime cleaning will also reduce your facility’s employment turnover rate. By having a position(s) available during the normal business hours, you are more likely to keep someone in that position longer than someone who has to work throughout the night. By hiring a daytime janitorial service you are improving the quality of life of your employees.

While there are several benefits to hiring on an internal daytime cleaning staff, there are also negative aspects. Daytime cleaning can provide a potential safety hazard for your employees. If employees are active during the day, there is an increased chance for a slip and fall accident. Another aggravating disadvantage to daytime cleaning would have to be the noise aspect. Employees may be concerned that their work will be disrupted by the hustle and bustle of cleaning equipment. So, what is the solution to these obvious shortcomings? The answer is simple; Betco Corporation’s StealthMicrorider will eliminate these burdens and leave your facility clean and back to operation in no time. The Stealth Microrider was developed to provide optimal results by saving your facility up to 36% in savings. This auto scrubber is also the quietest machine on the market by operating at only 54 dBA. The Stealth Microrider makes daytime cleaning a reality!

Paul Lewandowski_JPGPaul Lewandowski is the Equipment and Retail Product Manager at the Betco Corporation®. He has over 9 years of experience in the janitorial and institutional cleaning business. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family and coaching intramural softball. Click here to contact Paul directly.

Restorative Maintenance – Phase Three of the Life Cycle of Floor Care

The third and final phase of the Life Cycle of Floor Care is Restorative Maintenance. This is to be done when the routine and interim maintenance procedures no longer remove the soils that may be imbedded in the finish producing undesired results.

When you get to this point, you will need to completely strip the floor finish off of the floor and reapply. Floor stripper is formulated to remove multiple layers of finish by emulsifying the dirty layers of finish. With the use of a black stripping pad and an auto scrubber, the floor surface is cleaned and free of any finish so that you can apply new layers of finish to restore your floors.
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Automatic Scrubber Maintenance Made Easy!

One of the most neglected tasks for custodial professionals is routine maintenance of their automatic scrubbers. Daily maintenance should not be viewed as a daunting task. By following a few simple steps every day, your scrubber will continue to operate at maximum performan31eLLmP8XDL__SL500_AA300_ce.

  1. Clean the squeegee assembly after every use. The squeegee assembly is one of the most critical parts on the machine.  This simple device ensures your floors are clean and dry. Without regular cleaning, the vacuum channel on the squeegee will clog with dirt and debris reducing vacuum flow. Clean the squeegee assembly with water after every use to keep it operating at maximum performance.
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Why Walk Or Stand, When You Can Ride?

riderA new generation of cleaning equipment is growing in popularity by delivering increased productivity, reduced operator fatigue, lowered maintenance expenses and improved safety. The latest innovation of compact riding scrubbers can reduce cleaning costs by 36% compared to their walk-behind or stand-up counterparts!

Built in the same footprint as a 20” walk-behind scrubber, the newest compact riding scrubber has two primary features to increase productivity. The first is 70% larger tank volumes which reduce downtime from emptying and refilling the machine with fresh solution. More importantly, the riding scrubber cleans at just less than four miles per hour, allowing it to clean up to 30,000 square feet per hour.  This is 44% more productive than comparable sized stand-up scrubbers.
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Top 5 Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and faman-sign-slippery-floor-11ll accidents cost businesses millions of dollars annually due to lawsuits, insurance claims, lost work hours and hospital costs. Knowing how to eliminate the common causes to slip and fall accidents will save your business money and more importantly, make your facility safer.

The following list is the top five most common causes of slip and fall accidents:
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What’s the Stink all About?

Odor Control is a significant issue in long-term care facilities because it can be a deal maker or breaker in your client’s mind. Too much odor control gives the impression that you are trying to cover something up; on the other hand, not enough odor control can potentially let those bad odors creep in and turn your potential customers off. So, how do you find the right balance? First, you need to understand where the odors are coming from and then attack those lingering odors.
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What to Look for in a Linoleum Floor Care Program

How do you take care of linoleum flooring? This question surfaces frequently and the first step Linoleum Floor Carebefore implementing a program is to identify if you actually have linoleum flooring. Names are often interchangeably used to describe linoleum. Linoleum can look like vinyl flooring and vinyl flooring may be called sheet vinyl, and sheet vinyl may be referred to as linoleum and so forth. Are you confused yet?

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Care and Maintenance of Luxury Vinyl Tile

One of the fastest growing floor surfaces being installed in North America is Luxury Vinyl TileLuxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). We have all seen it, synthetic vinyl surfaces manufactured to look like natural stone, marble, wood, or other exotic ceramic tiles. The possibilities are endless when it comes to LVT.  As these floor surfaces continue to gain popularity in the institutional market, facility managers struggle to develop the proper care and maintenance procedures to ensure their LVT floors look as good in year five as they did on day one.
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The Life Cycle of Floor Care, Phase 2: Interim Maintenance

Phase two of the Life Cycle of Floor Care is interim maintenance, or commonly referred to as top Floor-Care-Equipmentscrub and re-coat. The top scrub and re-coat procedure is employed when routine maintenance no longer produces the desired appearance levels you demand, and if further deterioration occurred, the floor would require more expensive stripping. During the top scrub and re-coat process, the top, dirty layers of the floor finish are removed. Two or more coats of finish are then applied to restore the original shine of the floor. This allows the floor care program to start over with phase one of the life cycle, Routine maintenance. Read part one in this series on routine maintenance here.

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The Life Cycle of Floor Care, Phase 1: Routine Maintenance

The life cycle of floor care consists of three stages of maintenance processes that a typical floor Routine-Floor-Maintenanceundergoes as the floor is stripped, coated, maintained, and then eventually stripped again. A properly coated and maintained floor can essentially last indefinitely, avoiding costly stripping procedures. Most floors are often subjected to large amounts of traffic and soils, and a subpar maintenance program causes the life of the floor finish to diminish quickly.

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Why Sustainable Cleaning Equipment Matters

While new home construction experienced significant contraction over the last few years, the Floor Care Maintenance - Sustainable Cleaning Equipmentconstruction and remodeling of healthcare facilities has remained strong. As new buildings are being constructed, engineers and contractors continue to design green, sustainable buildings. The benefits of new construction are endless, but most facilities focus on the financial impact such as energy savings, reduced maintenance expenses, and minimizing environmental impact. Much of the effort is put forth during the design and construction phases, however, maintaining a sustainable building requires a concerted effort for the entire life of the facility.

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How to Solve Your Slippery Floor Problem With Proper Floor Care

A slippery floor is a liability you cannot ignore. Routine maintenance is required to maintain the Floor Care Mistakes - Proper Floor Caredesired appearance level of your floor and more importantly, to prevent slip hazards. Most floors are subjected to excessive traffic and soils; further the possibility of slip hazards exist when dirt, soil and moisture are present on the surface. A simple routine maintenance plan should be in place to not only to make floors look their best, but to keep them safe.
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The Dirty Truth About Your Mop and Bucket

How to Improve Floor Cleanliness and Safety at Your Long Term Care Facility

For decades the mop and bucket has been the staple of floor cleaning professionals. Unfortunately, this type of cleaning methodology is seriously flawed. The truth about cleaning with a mop and bucket is that it actually does more harm than good.

Let’s start with the perspective of your custodial professional. Cleaning with a mop and bucket is floor cleaning with a mopthe most inefficient method to clean a floor. According to widely accepted productivity standards, the average custodial professional can mop between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet per hour using a bucket and wringer.  This is far lower than the 10,000 to 30,000 square foot productivity of a mid-sized walk behind automatic scrubber. Worse yet, using a mop bucket wringer is not very ergonomic and can lead to fatigue and injury.  Every fifty to 100 square feet, the custodial professional needs to dip the mop back in the bucket and use the wringer to press out excess solution. This process can very quickly lead to back fatigue and potential injuries.
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Top Five Floor Care Mistakes that Cause Streaking and How to Fix Them

Clean shiny floors show that you and your Long Term Care Facility take care and pride in cleaningAvoiding Floor Streaks and maintaining the floors. Applying floor finish is a relatively simple process that we may take for granted. All too often, we as floor care professionals, may skip a step or take a shortcut (hard to believe, but it happens). When we get complacent, mistakes can happen. One of the most common floor care complaints is streaking on freshly coated floors. Streaking is unsightly and if you end up with a streaky floor, there are ways to fix it.
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