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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Tips to Protect Your Facility and Home during Dog Flu Outbreak

An outbreak of canine influenza (dog flu) has been reported by the media.

Reduce the risk of infection outbreak in your facility and at home by taking the following steps:

  • Follow proper surface disinfection procedures to minimize the risk of infection.
  • Choose ready-to-use, DIN-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants.
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizing are important routines to follow to prevent the spread of the infection.

Swish has several proven disinfecting solutions that are fast-acting, safer and effective. They are now available for purchase via Swish eStore with just your credit card – no commercial account required.

 

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Cleaning hard-to-reach windows 25% faster with Stingray

Cleaning indoor windows poses 2 key challenges – efficiency and safety. Traditional tools and methods lead to time-consuming issues, such as re-arranging of furniture and electrical equipment for safe access and reaching high or unusually positioned windows. Finding solutions to these issues results in more wasted time and increases risks associated with the use of ladders and access equipment. The need for intensive training of the least experienced staff creates additional problems, so these infrequent periodic cleaning tasks are often passed to specialist teams or subcontractors. Meet the UNGER Stingray, the ready-to-run solution to your indoor window cleaning needs.

The Unger Stingray helps clean windows and glass 25% FASTER, using 39% LESS CHEMICALS as compared to traditional sprayer and cloth method, according to Interior Glass Cleaning study by Sabine R. Mück, Hygiene Consult Mück.

Faster Window Cleaning

  • Enclosed spray nozzle prevents over-spraying, eliminating drips, streaks and the Stingray_action_15rework associated with wet window sills
  • New one-step “Apply and Clean“ Technology
  • Unique TriPad shape for simultaneous cleaning of windows and frames
  • Larger pad size saves time via reduced frequency of pad change
  • No need to spend time on moving or covering up nearby furniture

Incredible Ease of Use

  • Precise dosing and accurate application direct to surface system minimizes waste
  • Ready-to-use, easily replaceable pouches pre-filled with 3M Scotchgard™ professional glass cleaner
  • One glass cleaner pouch cleans up to 150 m2
  • Long lasting premium quality microfibre pads

Ergonomic and Safe

  • Minimizes injury risks, increases safety for workers SRKT8
  • No need to climb ladders or move heavy furniture
  • Enclosed spray nozzle prevents inhalation of cleaning liquid and minimizes slip hazards
  • Triangular pole shape facilitates enhanced grip for perfect control
  • Stingray’s weight distribution is towards the cleaned surface, so it is easy to use and minimizes back strain
  • Battery powered sprayer helps to reduce operator fatigue

Professional Results

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  • Unique glass cleaner formula cleans glass and mirrors brilliantly
  • Dust, fingerprints and other light dirt – even marks from a permanent marker – are easily removed
  • 3M Scotchgard™ protection makes glass easier to clean over time
  • Intuitive design requires minimal training
  • Spray activation button on the handheld unit and each Easy-Click-Pole – press & play!

Suitable for Cleaning

  • Indoor Glass & Mirrors
  • Elevators
  • Display Cabinets Glass Refrigerator Doors
  • Other Washable Surfaces

No wonder those who tried the Unger Stingray call it “probably the most efficient indoor window cleaning tool ever”! Give it a try yourself – request for a demo today.

 

 

 

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What sustainable cleaning solutions mean to us at Swish

At Swish it is our objective to meet the sustainable development goals of our customers and their customers by delivering proven innovative solutions that help make the spaces they work and live in safer and more environmentally responsible.

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Swish has been built on three pillars of Sustainability – Environmental, Social and Economic – these pillars have been part of our philosophy since the early days of the company. Over the years, we have taken many steps in our sustainable development journey with our focus remaining on understanding our customer’s problems and developing effective cleaning processes and solutions that create value and meet their changing requirements.

With our strong focus on sustainability, Swish recognizes the importance of offering cleaning products, which are less harmful to human health and the environment. We offer a wide range of cleaning chemistry, hand hygiene, towel and tissue products as well as can liners that are ECOLOGO and Green Seal certified. Along with that, we offer cleaning equipment that combines environmental benefits and efficiency to minimize the resources used to clean.

We are continually evaluating our products and operations against the “3 Pillars of Sustainability”. We believe that only by considering and balancing all 3 pillars are we able to properly evaluate our business activities, make informed decisions and ensure continued success.

Ask us today about ways to make your cleaning operations more sustainable.

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