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 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  (, 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


  • 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.


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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Cut Carpet and Mats Drying Time with Low-Profile Air Movers

Air movers, also known as air blowers, help significantly reduce the amount of time it takes for carpet or matting to dry.  Industry leading air movers can cut the drying time by up to 40%!

Why reducing drying time is important?

  • Promotes safety. When walking from a wet, just-cleaned carpet or mat, to a hard surface floor, the chances of a slip and fall accident occurring are very high. Drying the carpet and matting as quickly as possible helps reduce this risk.
  • Prevents re-soiling. Often, people start walking over a just-cleaned and damp carpet or mat before it has completely dried. Dry soiling such as dust and dirt, which can just be vacuumed up on a dry carpet, now can become embedded in the moist carpet or mat, marring its appearance.
  • Stops odours. Carpets and mats that remain damp too long can attract bacteria that harbour unpleasant odours.
  • Increases productivity. By reducing the time required for drying the carpets, you can have your cleaning crew focused on other tasks at hand sooner.

And one more thing. According to John Poole, a consultant with the American Institute of Cleaning Science, “Drying the carpet is as important as cleaning the carpet. [But] if you leave the carpet wet, you’ll set off mould and mildew, so it’s critical to dry it thoroughly.” Same holds true for entrance mats as well as other types of matting.

Why air mover placement matters?

Placing an air mover in a room and letting it go to work is a good first step. Is there a way to increase its efficiency at drying the carpets and mats? Proper placement of air movers allows them to be most effective, while ensuring maximum air circulation and faster drying.

To see how this is done, let’s assume we are working with a “snail” or “whistle” air mover in an office building.  These are the most common types of air movers and get their names because this is what they look like. Cleaning professionals refer to them as low-profile air movers.

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A low-profile air mover pulls dry air down through the unit and out the snout of the machine. The air is blown directly over the carpet. An air mover that produces 2200 CFM is typically needed to dry carpet and subfloor areas quickly. And by the way, the air blown over the carpet is not heated. It is the movement of the air over the carpet that speeds evaporation. Choosing an air blower with a mat holding clip makes it easy to keep a mat in place, thus increasing air circulation underneath and drying it faster.

Air Mover Placement Tips 

Here are some of the things we should know about the use and placement of low profile air movers in different carpet and matting cleaning situations:

Hallways.  Place an air mover at either end of a just-cleaned hallway.  For very long hallways, a general rule of thumb is to place at least one unit for every 200 feet.

Office areas.  Using the same rule of thumb, for every 200 square feet of carpet in an office, at least one air mover is needed.  Using this formula, a 20-foot by 20-foot room would need two air movers.

Corners. In most cases, placing an air mover in a corner of the room will dry the carpet most effectively, following the same formula. So, if the room is 20 feet by 20 feet, we would position those two air movers in opposite corners.

Adjustments. It may be necessary to relocate air movers during the drying period. Do so about every thirty minutes to make sure the units are reaching all mat and carpet areas.

Stairs. Drying stair carpet can be a bit more challenging.  A typical stairway can often be divided into two sections. Place the air mover at the bottom of the stairs – the first section – and then after thirty or forty minutes, move it to the next section further up the staircase.

As our consultant said earlier, view the process of drying the carpets and mats as important as cleaning them, and ensure air movers are part of your routine floor maintenance. Not only does this promote safety and keep the carpets and mats clean and healthy, it also helps prolong their life and improve the overall look of your facility. It is worth remembering that routine maintenance is one of the critical elements of floor care, reducing the need for costly restoration or replacement of carpets and mats.

For more information on air movers, other tools and cleaning solutions used for carpet care and matting maintenance, contact a Swish representative.

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