Commercial Sweepers Crash Course – Part 2: [8 Things to Know When Choosing a Sweeper]

There are numerous benefits to having a sweeper in your arsenal, as discussed in Part 1 of our Crash Course on Commercial Sweepers. You start saving money the moment you use your commercial sweeper for the first time – it helps reduce the amount of debris and soil otherwise tracked into the building by up to 66%. This means your staff does not have to remove all that dirt and can focus on other tasks to ensure your facility is safe, clean and makes a great first impression every time.

Download free Sweepers and Vacuumized Sweepers Guide to see how a sweeper can increase your cleaning productivity.

Now that you have made the decision that a sweeper is worth investing in, what should you consider to select a sweeper that will be best for your facility?

    1. The size of the outdoor or indoor space to be cleaned
    2. The type of the areas to be cleaned (outdoor parking lots, indoor garages, outdoor walkways, warehouse aisles, shipping areas, production floor, hallways, etc.)
    3. The amount and type of debris that accumulates on the surface
    4. The level of cleanliness (desired or required)
    5. Manual sweepers are often the most compact, the do not require power source and are easy to operate by pushing the machine to clean paths, halls and sidewalks quickly. Machines with traction drive are ideal from 300 m² (3,200 sq. feet)
    6. Powered walk-behind sweepers produce a powerful sweeping action to pick up litter and fine particles from hard surfaces. They are ideal for small to medium-sized areas. The no-push drive reduces fatigue, making them easier to operate.
    7. Ride-on sweepers are built to withstand harsh outdoor or indoor environments. They are equipped with a large onboard hopper for extended periods of sweeping. Best suited for large industrial facilities, parking lots and parking garages.
    8. Maintenance is key to keeping your sweeper doing its job. It only makes sense to buy from a company that can also provide service (planned maintenance and emergency repairs).

We at Swish help customers like you with both the pre-purchase complimentary sweeper consultation and post-purchase cleaning equipment service to ensure you pick the right sweeper for your facility and it performs at its best at all times.

Now is the great time to invest in a sweeper! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation and you are on your way to cleaning more efficiently, while saving money and time.

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Commercial Sweepers Crash Course – Part 1: [7 Ways You Save with a Commercial Sweeper]

Knowing that is costs up to $700 to remove a pound of dirt from your facility can help set the priorities when looking for ways to reduce the cost of floor care. And that’s just 1 pound! You are likely dealing with many more – 5, 10, 20, 100 pounds? What if you had a tool that helped prevent all these pounds of dirt from entering your building, would that be a worthwhile investment?

In addition to having to remove dirt, dust and sand that get tracked in, they literally ‘sand’ your floor finish like a 120-grit sandpaper. Now you must add the cost of re-finishing your floors!

It is not surprising that many facility managers and operations managers choose to invest in commercial sweepers. And here is why.

7 Ways a Commercial Sweeper Can Save You Money

A commercial sweeper can start saving you money the moment you put it to use for the first time.

  1. Sweepers used in the parking lots, garages, courtyards and walkways leading to the entrances help prevent the dirt and debris from being tracked inside. A study conducted by Kärcher North America in a hotel in Denver demonstrated a whopping 66% reduction in soil tracked into the lobby in just one week by sweeping walkways daily and sweeping parking lot 80 feet from front door twice.
  2. Sweepers come in various types and sizes – you can choose a sweeper that best meets your specific needs – from manual push sweepers to powered walk-behind sweepers to ride-on sweepers.
  3. Sweepers are useful in warehouse or industrial facilities not only to keep the floors clean, but consequently to reduce the amount of dust in the air and landing on the products.
  4. Sweepers are effective at picking up various types of contaminants commonly found on facility floors – from sand and pebbles to rock salt and leaves to wood chips, metal shavings and paper shreddings.Commercial Sweepers Productivity Gain
  5. Sweepers drastically reduce time-to-clean as compared to push brooms. A 26” manual sweeper can help cut the cleaning time in 4 as compared to a 24” broom. A 34” ride-on sweeper can reduce it to only 9% of the time it would take when cleaning with a push broom.
  6. Sweeping helps take unwanted particles out of the air in your facility (as opposed to lifting them in the air with a broom)
  7. Getting into sweeping requires a very modest investment and delivers significant return by reducing the time to clean, prolonging the life of you most expensive asset – the floor.

If you are looking to improve efficiency of your cleaning operations, reduce time to clean and save money, investing in a sweeper can help you achieve all these goals. And here are 8 things you should consider to select a sweeper that will be best suited for your facility.

Swish team of equipment specialists help customers choose the right machine that will not only meet, but very often exceed your cleaning efficiency expectations. And with SwishTech you have peace of mind knowing that your machine will be serviced by experts when needed or planned.

Now is the great time to invest in a sweeper! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation and you are on your way to cleaning more efficiently, while saving money and time.

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Reducing the Risk of C. Difficile Infection in Hospitals through Environmental Cleaning Program

In 2014, an Ontario hospital experienced a facility-wide Clostridium difficile (CDI) infection outbreak.  Further, and suspected of being related to this, nosocomial illnesses had risen significantly behind baseline rates, alarming hospital administrators. To address these problems, improvement initiatives were undertaken with a special focus on, what the hospital termed, “environmental cleaning.”

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This is where Swish was brought in.  Swish is one of the oldest and largest providers of cleaning solutions and equipment in Canada.

Swish cleaning experts were asked to assess the current cleaning processes, products, and procedures in the hospital and provide solutions to help improve cleaning results.  The ultimate goals: help reduce the number of CDI infections, as well as help lower the incidences of nosocomial illnesses.

The first step the Swish experts took was an initial assessment of the current cleaning processes.  They found that a one-step cleaning and disinfecting procedure was in place.  This, it was concluded, was a key contributor in the CDI/nosocomial infection spike.  Why this is a problem will be explained later.

Further, tests were conducted using an adenosine triphosphate (ATP) monitoring system. These tests indicated a lack of efficacy (cleaning effectiveness) in the current cleaning processes.

For instance, the ATP tests revealed counts of between 300 to as high as 1000 ATP units on high-touch hospital surfaces such as wheelchairs, bed tables, bed rails, mattresses and toilets.  These numbers were dangerously high and likely a major reason for the CDI and nosocomial infections the hospital was experiencing.

PCS 5000 Oxidizing Disinfectant/Disinfectant Cleaner RTU

 

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Upon completion of the initial cleaning process assessment, the Swish cleaning experts  recommended the hospital switch to a two-step cleaning and disinfecting process using two specific products, PCS ECOgent® Stabilized Bleach Cleaner and PCS 5000 Oxidizing Disinfectant.

By using these products and separating cleaning and disinfecting into two tasks, Swish experts explained to hospital administrators the following:

  • Cleaning efficacy would increase significantly
  • Cleaning surfaces prior to disinfecting would increase the disinfectant’s ability to make direct contact with C. diff. bacteria, allowing for more effective disinfecting results
  • With these products and processes in place, other forms of bacteria and germs that might be causing the increase in nosocomial illnesses would also be killed and their threat eliminated

To further ensure the effectiveness of the products and program, an extensive, hands-on training and communication program was provided by Swish for housekeeping personnel.

Results

After an eight-month trial of the products and cleaning procedures recommended, a follow-up assessment was completed. The following was uncovered:

  • Using the two-step cleaning and disinfecting process, post-cleaning ATP readings were consistently under 50 units. These are far safer readings than before.
  • Overall, the hospital experienced a 64 percent decrease in CDI cases by adopting the new process.
  • The nosocomial infection rate was also reduced, bringing the rate closer to baseline infection rates.

“What is most significant,” says Steve Everson, Infection Control Expert for Swish, is the role cleaning had in turning things around.  It proves once again that effective cleaning with the right tools and products does help protect public health.”

For more information on infection prevention and environmental cleaning programs contact a Swish representative today.

 

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The Importance of Interim Floor Care

When it comes to floor care, most cleaning professionals are aware of the importance of daily cleaning.   Keeping grit, moisture, and soils off the floor on a regular basis is one of the most effective ways of keeping the floor clean and, for walkers, safe.

Professionals also are familiar with stripping and refinishing floors. This is the process where we remove all the current finish on a floor along with embedded soils, rinse the floor, and then apply several thin coats of floor finish.

But, according to the Swish 5CE (Critical Elements) Floor Care Program, there is one step right in the middle of these two floor care methods that is crucial: interim floor maintenance.  This critical element of floor care involves scrubbing – not stripping the floor – and then recoating, typically by applying a thin coat of floor finish on top of the current finish. In most cases, this should be performed every three to six months.

Why is interim maintenance so essential?

The key reason is that it helps postpone refinishing cycles.  In most cases, refinishing a floor is time-consuming, costly, often not environmentally healthy, and can be disruptive to the facility. Usually, an entire section of a facility will need to be closed off for hours at a time when a floor is being refinished.

But with interim floor care, we scrub off most of the top surface soils, grit, and contaminants, so they do not begin to eat away at the floor’s finish and its appearance. Floors can have a high gloss, even “wet look” shine, for months at a time if interim floor care is performed regularly.

But there are other reasons as well.

Interim maintenance helps make it easier for cleaning workers to maintain the floor. Plus, they can usually bring the high gloss shine back over and over again by merely using a burnisher and even a low-speed machine.

Further, interim maintenance helps ensure the slip-resistant properties of the floor finish are maintained. If the finish begins to wear off a floor, so does the slip resistance.  For the safety of building users, it is important we take steps to prevent this.

However, one of the keys to effective interim floor care depends on the interim floor finish selected.  Look for what is called a “one step” floor finish.  This type of finish cleans as well as restores the gloss on most all types of floors. Plus, it helps improve the slip resistance of the floor.  While it is often best to apply the finish with an automatic scrubber, some can also be applied simply by mopping the finish on the floor.

For more information on floorcare and keeping floors clean, healthy, and safe, contact a Swish representative.

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Tips to Achieve Streak-Free Windows and Sparkling Glass Surfaces

Cleaning windows is a tough job with many factors affecting the end results. Check out this Q&A in REMI’s Facility Cleaning and Maintenance Magazine for factors affecting the quality of window cleaning and glass cleaning; common mistakes to avoid and ways to minimize the risk of injuries, increase window cleaning productivity and achieve streak-free sparkling windows.

Give us a shout for any of your window cleaning challenges – whether indoor or outdoor. We’ll be happy to help you find a solution – whether it is chemistry, traditional tools or integrated window cleaning systems.

 

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5 Key Points to Consider when Selecting a Pressure Washer

Pressure washers are indispensable when it comes to efficiently cleaning vehicles, industrial floors and surfaces, garages, patios, you name it. They help cut through the dirt and grime in no time. However, some work better and longer than others. This article will guide through the 5 key points to consider when choosing a pressure washer and why commercial pressure washers are the choice if you are looking for:

  • Shorter cleaning times
  • Greater cleaning performance
  • Longer service life

1.What makes a commercial pressure washer so much more reliable?

  • Brass Pump (vs. aluminum or plastic)
  • Stainless Steel Valves (vs. plastic)
  • Double-Braided Wire-Reinforced Hose (vs. vinyl)

2.Gas or electric? What about safety?

If the pressure washer is to be used far from an electrical outlet, in elevated areas or wherever corded piece of equipment is not desired, a gas machine is the way to go.  Electric pressure washers are quieter and do not produce fumes. Larger machines require 220-volt power supply. And there is no lack of machines that operate from 110-volt outlet. All our commercial pressure washers are approved for safety by the CSA (Canadian Standards Association). The 220-volt units are as safe as a 220-volt stove or dryer at home.

3.Cold water or hot water?

Cold water pressure washers work well in most cleaning situations and tend to be less expensive. When removing grease and oil from surfaces, a hot water machine is necessary. With a hot water system, the water flows through a set of coils that heats the water.

Don’t be tricked by the ‘hot water’ name – you should not fill a hot water pressure washer with hot water. You need to put cold water in and the machine will heat it to the right temperature.

4.Why PSI and GPM are important?

PSI and GPM help define the machine you need based on the cleaning jobs it will be required to do.

PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) is a measurement of pressure. It refers to the pressure or force of the water generated by the machine to do the work of cleaning the surface.

When a pressure washer is in operation, the water must flow through heating coils (if it is a heated system), hoses, nozzles and/or triggers. In the process, the water pressure may lose its “oomph.”  If the job calls for high pressurized cleaning of surfaces with minimal cleaning solution, then the PSI of the machine will be most important when making your machine selection.

GPM (Gallons per Minute) indicates the water flow rate. It refers to the amount of water released per minute. It reflects the speed at which the cleaning can be accomplished

When a cleaning solution is used, paying attention to the GPM should be key when choosing a pressuring washing system.

5.Transporting Pressure Washers

Kärcher pressure washers are easily transportable. Some are mounted on wheels and portable systems may have skids. Larger systems have a trolley system, so they can be rolled from one area to another, and still others may be mounted on trucks.

Swish makes choosing and ordering pressure washers easy for you. You can research and buy our featured models online at www.swishestore.com 24/7. If you’d like to book a consultation with a pressure washer specialist prior to purchase, fill out the form on the pressure washer page and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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Swish eStore: Cleaning Solutions Made Easy

With the recent launch of the Swish eStore  (www.swishestore.com), access to the professional cleaning products and equipment is easier than ever!

Whether you are looking to solve a cleaning challenge at work or at home, you can purchase our proven cleaning products with just your credit card. You can find the right product by checking the Cleaning Tasks library or by going directly into the Product Category menu. 60+ years of expertise in the cleaning industry right at your fingertips – on your phone, tablet or computer.

No credit applications, no hassle. Quick. Easy. Convenient. eStore purchases ship next business day.

Infection prevention, air quality and odour management, sanitizing and disinfecting, grout cleaning and stainless steel cleaning, pressure washers and slips and falls prevention are among the most searched tasks on the Swish eStore.

Visit the Swish eStore today, your online source for professional cleaning solutions!

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