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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:

Read the Article here! 

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.

 

 

© Keep Clean Products, Inc 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Keep Clean Products Inc. with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

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 I – Accessibility

AUTOSCRUBBER BUYING GUIDE

This guide is meant to help consumers make informed decisions about buying ride on, walk behind, auto scrubbers (also spelled autoscrubbers), floor machines, carpet cleaners, sweepers and other floor cleaning machines. These machines can clean tile, concrete, hardwood, carpet, linoleum  vinyl floor, rubber floor, ceramic tile and virtually all surfaces.  One autoscrubber will take the job of three tools: The mop bucket, floor buffer, and wet vac an autoscrubber does all three jobs in one pass. Keep Clean Products is a great friendly resource for those that are looking for more information in Southern California, but we also want to help others not in the area by providing this guide detailing what to look for in an their floor cleaning machine.  This guide will appear as a 7 part series.

Part I 

Accessibility of parts

1. Recovery and Solution Tanks

  •  How accessible is the recovery tank for cleaning?  If an operator forgets to empty the floor machine and it sits for several days the sediment settles and creates a sludge which can be difficult to remove clean.
    • Ex. Tomcat autoscrubbers have a bathtub like recovery tank which makes it easy to rinse out using a hose or even the optional sprayer jet attachment (see Fig. 2)
    • Tomcat Magnum Autoscrubber

      Fig. 1 Picture of the recovery tank in a Tomcat Machine

  • Can the solution tank be easily emptied to change chemical types, i.e. from stripper to neutral cleaner?
    • Ex. Most autoscrubbers have a clear tube that shows how much solution is in the tank.  The tube can easily be removed to empty the solution tank. Clean your concerete warehouse, empty solution and change the pads to then clean your hardwood floor!
    • Clean Solution Level Indictor

      Ref. 2 Clean solution level indicator / drain on the Tomcat MiniMag

  • Is there a view window in the recovery tank? (See Fig. 1) If foam builds in the recovery tank it will be sucked into the vacuum motor, which dramatically shortens the life of the vac motor ($300+ expense) Some machines have “De-misting Chambers”, which in theory creates separation between the vacuum intake and the recovered solution, however, most have limited effectiveness, foam doesn’t dissipate fast enough as more is created during solution recovery.
    Why does foam occur in autoscrubbers? 
    1.  The wrong cleaner; autoscrubbers require a “low foam” detergent, some cleaners produce high foam, even at low dilution rates.
    2. Too much detergent for the level of soils on the floor.  A view window (Fig. 1) allows the operator to react and either empty the machine or add a defoamer, rather than blindly operating the machine and sucking foam and dirt debris through the vacuum motor to the detriment of its longevity and vacuum power!

2. Working and electrical components accessibility

How accessible are the major working components?  All  floor automatic scrubbing machines will have these parts: Vacuum motor, brush motor(s), clean solution filter (does it have a filter?), batteries, electric switches and components.  The easier these parts are to reach will make them easier to replace if the time ever comes.
  • Ex. Tomcat machines excel in this area. Note in the picture how everything is easily accessible.  This feature can cut your service call expense in half.
  • Exposed working components

    Fig. 3 Exposed working parts on the Tomcat MiniMag

3. Brush and pad holder accessibility 

Brush and pad holder accessibility and changing.  How accessible is the brush/pad driver.  How easy is it to remove and replace.  Some machines have a rubber or plastic shroud which protects the scrub head and contains solution under the brush.  In many cases the shroud is difficult to remove, limiting operator accessibility.  Brushes or pad drivers should be stored in the “Up” position, preventing undue bending of the bristles!  Likewise pads should be inspected frequently to make sure they are in good condition, a worn pad will not protect the pad holder from damage, and may damage the floor. There will be another installment in part VI explaining the difference between disc and cylindrical brush styles.

 

 

© Keep Clean Products, Inc 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Keep Clean Products Inc. with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.