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Maintenance Sales News Keep Clean Cover Story

Keep Clean Products is proud to be featured in the cover story of the March/April 2014 edition of Maintenance Sales News!  Please follow the link below to read the article online. Cover story starts on page 6:

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Keep Clean Products - March/April 2014

 

 

Disposable Gloves Guide

Vinyl vs. Nitrile vs. Latex Gloves

Vinyl, Nitrile and Latex Gloves

 

Vinyl:

  • Most affordable disposable glove.
  • Trusted by food service applications.
  • Appropriate for use near heat source.
  •  Tear easily and loose fitting.

 

Nitrile:

  • Most resistant to punctures and tears.
  • Splits when punctured – allows immediate awareness to potential biohazard contamination.
  • Chemical resistant – Used by TSA and used as an inner glove for hazmat incidents.
  • Trusted by industrial applications.
  • Alternative for people with latex allergies.

 

Latex:

  • Best fitting disposable glove. Provides superior finger dexterity.
  • Complete barrier protection.
  • Trusted by surgeons.
  •  Allergic reaction / irritation may occur in some people that have a latex allergy. 

 

 

Paper Towel Dispenser Review

Paper Towel Dispenser Types:

Dispenser Reviews

What type of paper towel dispenser is the best? What type of paper towel dispenser will save money? Is it possible to reduce waste with a paper towel dispenser? – The short answer to these questions is a Controlled Output Roll Towel Dispenser, but finding the best dispenser for your application is key to limiting waste and maximizing your budget.   This article will review all three styles of paper towel dispensers.

There are approximately 3,000 tons of paper towels used in the United States each day (Source).  If you are a business owner or purchaser trying to reduce operating costs this blog post is meant for you! The type of paper towel dispenser installed in restrooms directly correlates to the number of towels people use.  Unless everyone uses “the perfect paper towel method” then selecting the best dispenser is the most effective way to limit the quantity of paper towels used.

An alternative to paper towels are electric air dryers.  Studies show that not only do people prefer paper towels but there are hygienic concerns related to air dryers.  The original study can be found here.  The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post both published articles regarding the findings from a Mayo Clinic study.  This blog post is not meant to dissuade you from electric air dryers but rather inform you about the three different types of paper towel dispensers.  Note: Keep Clean Products carries all three towels, dispensers and electric air dryers. Our recommendations are based on manufacturers data, our own experience/research and our customers experiences.

Center Pull Dispenser

This style of dispenser is most often seen at gas stations.

Pros:                                               
Simple design, easy to install new rolls.

Cons:                                              
X. Roping is a term used to describe center pull towels becoming intertwined and tightly wound and thus not perforating properly.   People keep pulling, but the towels do not perforate.  On average people use 30” of center pull towels to dry their hands. (Including waste from roping)
X. Effectiveness – Center pull towels are not effective for drying hands.  A paper towel that is roped in your hands is not conducive for effective drying because the towel must be unwound.  No one unwinds center pull towels instead they just use more.  Surface area is important for effective hand drying and center pull towels lack surface area when they are roped together.
X.Stub Roll” – Partially used rolls need to be switched out to avoid costly “emergency refills.”  What happens to the “stub roll?” Maybe it ends up in the supply closet to be used later.  Most likely the stub roll ends up in the trash can.  Business owners pay for paper towels to to dry hands and if part of each roll ends up in the garbage you are throwing money away and promoting waste.

Multi Fold Dispenser

Probably the most common dispenser found in public restrooms. Known as: Multi-Fold, C-Fold, Single Fold etc..

Pros:                                               
✓ Fixtures look good. Oftentimes they are recessed in the wall, or underneath the counter.

Cons:                                              
X. Overuse- People use an average of 4 folded towels to dry their hands (including waste). The dispenser makes it easy to grab handfuls of towels.
X. Wasteful – Oftentimes someone might grab a fistful and half the towels fall to the ground. Keep in mind you paid for all of the towels and when a big stack ends up on the floor they go straight into the garbage.
X. Wasteful – Have you ever gone in the restroom and noticed a stack of towels sitting above the dispenser or on top of the counter? Stacks left sitting on top of the dispenser could have been put there by someone that grabbed too many. More likely that the stack was put there by the maintenance person that needed to refill the dispenser and did not have enough room for the full packets.  These towels will be used, but if left out in the open they are more likely to end up contaminated and in the trash.

Controlled Output Roll Towel Dispenser

There are many styles of roll towel dispensers – levers, battery operated, and mechanical hands free.  These 3 types all dispense and perforate from the roll.

Pros:                                                
✓  “Stub roll” feature.  Once the roll has been partially used it can be placed in the back of the dispenser and a new roll can be loaded in the front.  The “stub roll” is dispensed until the roll is empty then the new roll automatically dispenses.  This feature will reduce service visits to the restroom as it increases the capacity of the dispenser.  There is a video that shows this feature here.
✓ Controlled use: Certain roll towel dispensers can be customized to limit the length of towel dispensed.  It takes much longer to get 4 towels from a roll towel dispenser than it does from a multi-fold dispenser, as such this style dissuades visitors from using more than 2.
 Retrofitted Appearance: New roll towel dispensers can be retrofitted to fit in recessed towel dispensers.  If you are in Los Angeles please call us! Keep Clean Products will calculate your potential savings by switching to a controlled use roll towel!  If you are not in Los Angeles please find a local janitorial supply company that sells paper towels.
 ✓ Savings by Switching: Reduce waste by 25% to 35% by switching from multi-fold towels.  

Cons:                                              
X. These towels may have limited distribution.
** To gain all the benefits above be sure to find at least a dispenser with a 800′ roll capacity.  Also l
ook for dispensers that come with a “stub roll” feature.  I mentioned the wasteful “stub roll” in the center pull towel section and it can also come into play here.**

Paper Towel Styles by the inch

Average length of towels used (including waste) per hand dry for each category.

 Sustainability:

In addition to reducing waste buyers should consider other environmental impacts from paper towels.  Check out Green Seals “Choose Green Report on Bathroom Tissue and Paper Towels”  for more information and for recommended paper towel products.

Facts:

  • 40% of our landfills are paper products.  
  • Bleached towels are harmful to wildlife and aquatic systems.
    • Elemental chlorine contains dioxins which are known as  human carcinogens.
    • Furan is a carcinogen and mutagen that is harmful to living systems.
    • Both chemicals bio-accumulate in organisms.  The concentration of these chemicals increases as it travels up the food chain.  Specifically affecting immune and reproductive systems.
The Green Choice: 
  • Unbleached towels – They are just as effective at drying hands.  
  • Green Seal Certified – GSC is easily identifiable and is the standard for environmentally preferred products.
  • Alternatives to GSC paper:
    • 100% Recycled content – Containing at least 40% post consumer waste.
    • Process Chlorine Free (PCF), Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF), or Total Chlorine Free (TCF).
    • Pick a Hardwound Roll Towel that has 800′ or greater capacity.
  • Bring a reusable cloth towel with you to public restrooms.
  • Hardwound Roll Towels reduce packaging by 80% – Require less storage space because they are more compact.
  • Hardwound Roll Towels can reduce waste by 35% compared to multi-fold towels – It is impossible to grab a fistful of roll towels – stub roll feature ensures all the towels are used to dry hands.

 

 

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Autoscrubber Guide Part VI – Service and Support

AUTOSCRUBBER BUYING GUIDE

Part 7 of 7: Before buying a floor machine you should inquire about service and parts availability.  This guide will briefly explain what to look for in the warranty. To view the entire buying guide on one page please visit this page 

1.  Service and Support.

What is parts availability?  Does the dealer stock parts, in the least wear parts?  Wear parts include: Squeegee rubbers, tires, vacuum hoses, vacuum motors, and switches?  Does the selling dealer maintain a Service Department?  Is the machine made in the U.S. or is it Italian, or Chinese machine “branded” by an American manufacturer?  Many companies sell machines but do not service the machine themselves, instead relying on the manufacturer to service them.  If you are ready to buy make sure you ask about service and warranty.  At the very least 1 year parts and labor.  Nobles by Tennant has the best warranty in the industry: 3 years parts and 3 years labor.  All warranties exclude wear parts.

- If you buy a machine through Keep Clean we will train your operators and then revisit the machine after 1 week of use to make sure they are maintaining it properly.  Within the first 30 days we also will do a free Preventative Maintenance or “PM” service to ensure your new investment will last.  Keep Clean services all the machines that we sell and we always have wear parts in stock.

 

 

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About Keep Clean Products – How we can help your business

Keep Clean Products is a distributor of janitorial supplies and other facilities maintenance equipment.  We serve all of the Los Angeles area and are specialists when it comes to cleaning.  

Below is a list of why you should choose Keep Clean for your Jan-San needs!

  • Keep Clean Products sells quality janitorial products at wholesale prices.Single source facility supply – Janitorial / cleaning supply / paper products / disinfectants / floor care equipment / brooms / vacuums / rental equipment / can liners / light bulbs / dispensers and much more.
    • Our prices are competitive against Costco and Smart and Final.
  • Single source facility supply - Janitorial / cleaning supply / paper products / disinfectants / floor care equipment / brooms / vacuums / rental equipment / can liners / light bulbs / dispensers and much more.
  • Delivery of orders the Next Day!
  • No minimum order
  • No contract agreement – you purchase what you need when you need it.
  • Simple invoices – prices and items are clearly labeled.
  • Free “Facility Tune Up” – We will walk through your facility to analyze your existing products and provide alternatives that may provide savings to you.
    • We will advise you of your cleaning chemical obligations under OSHA
    • We will help provide recommendations for earning LEED credits.
  • Billing available on Net 30 days (subject to confirming credit)
  • All major Credit cards, debit, cash and checks accepted.
  • Will Call is available at our Gardena warehouse
  • KCP serves all types of industries and business segments: Schools, manufacturing, hospitals, veterinary, restaurants, warehouses, retail, churches etc…
  • Founded in 1946 – 66 years of cleaning and supply experience. There is nothing we cannot clean and rarely a problem that we have not seen before.
  • KCP is a Certified Small Business – No bureaucratic structure,  our employees are part of the community. We have much more flexibility over the prices of supplies. We offer a personalized service for your business. 

Give us a call for more information.  Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you! 310-327-7418

Autoscrubber Guide – Part VI – Machine Options

AUTOSCRUBBER BUYING GUIDE

Part 6 of 7: Before buying a floor machine you should know what options will be best for your type of facility. What is better disk brush or cylindrical? – It depends on what you type of surface you want clean.  If your facility has a lot of debris on the floor you might prefer the cylindrical brush because it will sweep debris as it cleans.  Disk machines will pick up dust but the floor must be free from screws, string, staples and other items before running the machine.  If you have a LEED Certified facility there is even a new type of brush that can even earn LEED credits.

1. Type of brush – Disc vs. Cylindrical and EDGE

Cylindrical vs. Disk Brushes

Type of brush system, disk or cylindrical?  Pad type brushes clean floors; however debris is either swept to the side or allowed to pass through to the squeegee, where it is either sucked up through the vacuum hose, or gets stuck in the squeegee causing it to streak.  A cylindrical brush system sweeps and scrubs in one pass, throwing debris into a hopper before it can get to the squeegee at the rear of the machine.

There is a third brush option for your floor cleaning machines.  EDGE technology: These are square brushes that allow you to clean in corners that disk and cylindrical machines cannot reach.  EDGE machines are versatile enough for day to day cleaning with a red or white pad but can also be used to strip floors.  EDGE can strip floors without using chemicals. EDGE machines also use 70% water and detergents which can help your facility earn LEED credits.

2. Cleaning path and machine size

Cleaning path and machine size.  How wide is the cleaning path of the machine?  The cleaning path is dictated by how large an area is to be cleaned, mitigated by “tight” spaces.  A 20″ machine with 17 gallon solution/recovery tank is a good solution for cleaning hallways and tighter areas that require the operator to maneuver around machines and through doorways.  Larger open areas dictate larger machines with 29” – 34” cleaning paths to optimize labor savings.

3. Options Available

EDGE strips floors without using chemicals

What options are available for the machine?  Does it just scrub and pick up solution.  Can options be added at a later date to add more flexibility to cleaning “tighter” areas that can’t be accessed by the machine? Nobles offers many innovative options for their machines:

ech2o available on Nobles machines:

ech2o is a low cost solution to cleaning floors without using chemicals. The two step process first oxygenates the water then sends an electric current through the water.  The acidic and alkaline solution is a powerful cleaning agent for grabbing dirt and soils and suspending them on the floor for the brushes and squeegee to pick them up.  After 45 seconds the electrically charged solution turns back into water.  This effective technology can help earn your facility LEED credits.

FaST available on Nobles machines:

FaST stands for “Foam activated Scrubbing Technology.”  This innovation can clean your floor using 90% less chemicals and 70% less water.  Machines with FaST technology mix water and chemicals then automatically injects air in order to increase the effectiveness of the solution.  There are many FaST chemicals available, including Green Seal Certified cleaners, and cleaners that are certified by the NFSI (National Floor Safety Institute).  These chemicals will increase traction on your floor, reducing the number of slip and fall accidents.  Watch this video that gives more information about both FaST and ech20 technology

 

 

 

 

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Autoscrubber Guide – Part V – Good Design and Safety

AUTOSCRUBBER BUYING GUIDE

Part 5 of 7: Floor cleaning machines are a big investment. Do not waste money on a machine with poor design.  The key to floor machines, auto scrubbers, carpet cleaners, and sweepers is well thought out design.  Your machine should not only be easy to operate but also safe for the operator. Walk behind scrubbers can weigh between 350 to 650 pounds and it only takes a second for your operator to lose control. Ride on scrubbers can weigh up to 1300 pounds and likewise you want not only the operator to be safe but also people surrounding it.  Part 5 of this guide goes over fail safe controls, drive systems and squeegees.

1. Drive system

Is the machine “brush assist” or does it have a transaxle to move it.  Brush assist is less expensive, saving the cost of the motor, however, the pad driver or brush is “canted” to one side so that as the brush turns, it pulls the machine and the operator forward.  Brush assist machines do not have full pad contact against the floor. Is the brush “cant” optimized for pad contact?  Also, because the brush is set in one position, reverse requires more operator effort, to counteract the machine’s pull.  Machines with transaxles usually have both forward and reverse, and full pad contact.

Features of Tomcat machine

Features on the Tomcat Autoscrubber

2. Fail Safe Controls

Does the machine have a “Dead man’s” feature which turns off the brush motor and solution if the operator leaves the machine on? Any type of floor cleaning machine can be very heavy and thus dangerous if it can move forward with no one behind it.

3. Squeegee

How is the vacuum and squeegee activated, hand lever or foot lever.  Hand levers are more convenient and safer, keeping both of the operator’s feet on the ground.  Is the squeegee flat or curved (parabolic)?  Parabolic squeegees provide better water control and solution recovery, allow higher flow rates and promote faster cleaning.

 

 

 

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Autoscrubber Guide – Part IV – Vacuum Motors & Pads

AUTOSCRUBBER BUYING GUIDE

Part 4 of Keep Cleans 7 part installment about auto scrubbers.  This is your complete guide to making informed decisions about purchasing ride on, walk behind, autoscrubbers, floor machines, carpet cleaners, sweepers and other floor cleaning machines.  Keep Clean Products is a great friendly resource located in the Los Angeles area.

1. Pad Pressure

How much pad pressure does the machine exert?  Cleaning efficiency is a function of brush rpm’s, pad pressure and chemical efficacy.  Only so much can be achieved with rpm’s, as at high rpm’s the cleaner is thrown beyond the brush.  Typical rpm’s are between 150 and 350 rpm’s.  Pad pressure can be adjustable or fixed, depending on the machine.  Some machines have a spring-loaded foot pedal to lower the brush head, yielding only one (or at most 2) pad pressure settings, while others have an actuator which provides pad pressure variability to address more cleaning situations!  Actuators add to the price of the machine but provide better cleaning results.

2. Vacuum Water Lift

Vacuum water lift.  How strong is the vacuum motor?  A weaker vacuum motor will not have the lift to fully remove water through the squeegee.  70″ of water lift is a benchmark measurement.

3. Sound Levels

Sound levels.  Is the vacuum motor baffled or configured to minimize noise?  What is the noise level at the operator’s position?  Sound levels from the machine will affect your ability to run the machine during business hours.  The Nobles Speed Scrub 3 for example is whisper quiet at 68.5 dBA.  See below video for more information.  

 

Autoscrubber Guide – Part III – Battery & Maintenance

AUTOSCRUBBER BUYING GUIDE

This is Part 3 of our 7 part guide on auto scrubbers.  This part will discuss what you need to know about the batteries in your floor cleaning machine.  Batteries are obviously crucial for your floor machine to run.  While batteries are perceieved as simple, these heavy duty marine deep cycle batteries require careful maintenance but will last nearly 500 charge cycles if done correctly.  For those that missed our prior posts: Part 1 discussed accessbility of parts and Part 2 discussed the frame & design quality

1. Battery Charging

Does the machine have an “Onboard” charger, or does it have a separate “Shelf” charger.  Shelf chargers are less convenient, and the plugs can be damaged, from connecting and disconnecting, and must be optimized for the battery pack.  Onboard chargers are more likely to fail, as they are exposed to constant vibration, are smaller and lighter (to fit on a machine) and have less rugged construction and components.  Is the charger an “automatic” unit, which varies the charging to the needs of the battery pack, or a simpler “timer-based type?

Nobles Speed Scrub Battery Compartment

Battery compartment on a Nobles Machine

2.  Gauges and meters.

Does the machine have an hour meter and battery condition meter?  Hour meters provide a means to assess service needs.  Battery status meters provide the operator warning when the machine will soon need recharging and prevent starting a job which can’t be finished.  Status meters also prolong battery life by eliminating operator guessing when the batteries need charging.  Deep cycle batteries can be charged a finite number of times called a cycle (approximately 400-500 cycles).  Automatic chargers draw the batteries down to prevent “memory” from forming, and then charge the pack up again.  By charging only when needed unnecessary chargings are eliminated, extending battery pack life.

Operation hours display

Display screen showing operating hours on the Tomcat MiniMag

3.  Machine run time.

What is the run time before the machine requires recharging?  Are different battery options available to match run time with cleaning requirements?  How big is the battery pack?  A smaller battery pack lowers the price of the machine but may artificially limit productivity.  Match your batteries to the demands of the job – If it will take you less than 2-3 hours for one job do not have a battery pack listed to last 4-5 hours.  Do not charge your machine when the battery is 2/3 full because it will still knock one more “charge cycle” off of its life.

4.  Battery Compartment & Battery Maintenance

Does the machine have a battery liner or pan in which the batteries are located?  Deep cycle batteries generate heat during operation, and during charging.  Operators should check solution levels after operating the machine as fluid levels rise as the batteries heat up.  After use and before charging the operator should make sure there is enough water to cover the cells, if there is not distilled water should be added.  If the operator adds water before using the machine, solution can overflow from the batteries.  A liner prevents the overflow to drip onto the frame/ transaxle, other metals parts or on the floor, protecting against unnecessary corrosion and floor damage.  If battery maintenance sounds like too much trouble there is an alternative.  AGM sealed sealed batteries do not require maintenance.  These are much more expensive but do not expose the operator to battery fumes, and do not require water maintenance.  However AGM batteries have fewer charge cycles, less run-time, and are much more expensive.

 

 

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