Thursday, November 17, 2016

Commercial Floor Cleaning Tips for Winter

Snowy Footprints

Winter is a wonderful time of year for a multitude of reasons, but dirty floors are not one of them. As soon as the first snowfall settles, patrons will begin splashing slush, mud and other debris onto the surfaces that you tirelessly work to keep pristine.

Thankfully, this month’s blog post focuses on three quick winter floor cleaning tips that make life easier for contractors and janitorial staff everywhere. Here are the tried-and-true commercial floor cleaning tips we recommend:

Invest in Floor Mats
This tip is pretty intuitive but incredibly important to emphasize. When you increase the surface area your floor mats cover, there’s less flooring for you to clean and less of an opportunity for accidental slippage. It is especially important to place these mats in areas with heavy foot traffic—they’ll capture the majority of the excess mush on guests’ shoes.

Viper ShovelNose Wet/Dry Vacuum

Eliminate Moisture
In order to ensure the longevity of your flooring, it’s important to remove moisture as soon as it accumulates. Mops are one solution to this issue, but they aren’t able to effectively sop up all of the wetness, and your floors are left slick. If you’re looking to reduce manual labor and increase efficiency, a better option is using an industrial vacuum to suck up puddles and cover a greater surface area. We suggest our New Viper ShovelNose Vacuum—it comes mounted with a 2-foot-long squeegee attachment.

Apply Degreaser
Foot traffic during the winter months inevitably tracks in residue from ice melt chemicals that will severely damage your floor’s finish if left untouched. Neutralizing excess calcium chloride buildup should be near the top of your “to do” list in order to ensure salt doesn’t fester and become difficult to remove. If you’re looking for a DIY neutralizer, channel your inner chemist and mix vinegar with water.

For a more effective solution, we suggest selecting one of our neutral ph cleaners—they’re specifically designed to lower calcium chloride pH to the base level of 7. After melt chemical residue is removed, apply an industrial strength degreaser to eliminate all remaining traces. If you’re consistent in repeating this process every few days, you can avoid the stress of tackling this daunting project all at once.

By following these three easy floor cleaning tips and tricks, you can significantly reduce the risk of slippage and avoid irreparable damage to your tile, hardwood and carpet surfaces. Implementing these techniques is just the beginning—comment below with additional suggestions and methods for winterizing flooring.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

28” Tennant T5 w/ EC-H2O series

Floor cleaning has never been safer, simpler, more efficient or cost effective than it is with the Tennant T5 28" disk floor scrubber with built-in ec-H2O™ technology. EC-H2O (Electrically Converted Water) allows the Tennant T5 to clean floors without the use of cleaning chemicals. Not only is the need for general purpose cleaners eliminated in the floor cleaning process with ec-H2O, the benefits provided are fantastic, including:

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  • Elimination of health issues that may be encountered when using chemical cleaners such as breathing in harmful fumes, splashing solutions and disposing chemicals into the environment.
  • 70% less water used than with other floor scrubbers and capable of three times the amount of scrubbing per single tank of water.
  • No chemical residue left on the floor after scrubbing. This leaves floors looking polished much longer, thereby reducing the need for stripping, recoating and burnishing.
  • No need to purchase floor-cleaning chemicals. This is a real money saver.

How it Works

The ec-H2O process utilized in the Tennant T5 walk-behind floor scrubber starts with regular tap water which is sent to an oxygenation chamber where it's infused with oxygen. The water is then subjected to an electric current, creating both positive and negatively charged ions having the ability to clean as well as a chemical cleaning solution. The scrubber's pads (or optional brushes) are then able to scrub the dirt from the floor and pull it into the recovery tank. After less than a minute, the electrically charged water reverts back into normal tap water and the used, dirty water is simply flushed down the drain with no harmful effects to the environment.

Slashed Price on Demo Unit

Buying a full-sized floor scrubber isn't an inexpensive proposition but, fortunately for you, we have a massive discount available on Tennant T5 28" disk auto scrubbers previously used as demo units but now completely refurbished and as good as new. All of our reconditioned units have been fully tested, inspected and is backed by a 90-day parts and 30-day labor warranty.

Besides being a great floor cleaner that's easy to operate and keeps floors looking their best, training time for new users is negligible. And a major benefit is the elimination of the environmental impact of manufacturing, transporting and disposing of cleaning chemicals after use. The T5 only uses a fraction of the water used in other floor scrubbing machines and leaves no chemical residue, which also makes it safer because it reduces potential slip-and-fall accidents on slippery floors. EC-H2O technology is also registered by NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation) for use in areas handling food and beverages.

Friday, September 23, 2016

What Type of Floor Equipment Fuel Source is Best for Your Business?

Technological advancements have made floor-maintenance equipment easier and more efficient to use, as well as safer to operate. The industry has also developed a huge range of different types/sizes of equipment designed to clean and maintain just about any surface, both indoors and out.

Equipment Choices
There are plenty of options when it comes to floor care equipment, including more than just types and sizes but also a choice of energy sources or fuel types used to power them. You can opt for electrical, power-corded or battery-operated motors or for propane, gasoline or diesel powered engines. It all comes down to what type of cleaning you’ll be doing, where you’ll be doing it, how much area needs to be covered in what amount of time, and how much you’re willing to spend on the equipment.

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Power Options
The power source you choose for your floor-maintenance equipment should be guided by the size of the jobs you’ll be performing, whether the work will take place indoors or outdoors and the ease of accessibility to your required fuel. Consider these points:

  • Machines utilizing electric power cords are generally for smaller, entry-level equipment such as buffers/burnishers or vacuums. They have an endless supply of power that’s as nearby as the closest electrical outlet.

    These electric floor cleaning machines are primarily for smaller, indoor floor maintenance jobs where having an exposed cord, which can be a tripping hazard for passersby, is not an important consideration. They're popular for use in office settings, where maintenance is done after hours, but not as much in medical facilities or nursing homes, where 24-hour foot-traffic may be ongoing.

  • Battery power is often found on walk-behind or small ride-on scrubbers or sweepers. Average run time is about 2.5-3 hours, and recharging will typically have to take place overnight, causing significant downtime between jobs. Lead-acid batteries, the least expensive and most commonly used, must be maintained regularly or premature replacement may be necessary. Battery-powered floor maintenance machines are front runners for environments without any access to electrical outlets, and the typical workload is three hours or less.

  • Propane-powered equipment, such as propane floor buffers and burnishers, are by far the most popular for industrial floor maintenance use. There is generally a ready supply of propane available, since industrial companies utilize other heavy-duty equipment in their operations that also use propane. Propane power is best in areas with adequate ventilation, since they emit some CO2. They work well for larger jobs like retail malls and schools where cleaning is done after hours.

  • Gasoline and diesel-powered equipment may be used only for outdoor operations because of dangerous emissions. Units like diesel floor scrubbers and sweepers are the most popular choice for outdoor sweeping equipment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Product Spotlight: Tennant S30 Diesel-Powered Rider Sweeper

When keeping commercial spaces clean, it’s crucial to have the right ride-on sweeper. The Tennant S30 diesel-powered Rider Sweeper with cabin is the perfect tool for the job, but purchasing one new costs $43,963. Thankfully, Southeastern Equipment is offering a reconditioned Tennant S30 Rider Sweeper for $32,900, saving you $11,063. Purchasing this Sweeper is the most economical choice for keeping both indoor and outdoor spaces sparkling clean.

Tennant S30 Rider Floor Sweeper

For operators, our Tennant S30 diesel-powered Rider Sweeper comes with the optional cabin. This pressurized cabin protects the operator from loose debris, and it has heat and air conditioning. This ensures that the sweeper can be operated in even the most severe climates and still provide protection from the elements for the operator. The cab-forward design also offers improved sightlines for the operator, which makes using the Tennant S30 diesel-powered Rider Sweeper safe and easy.

In addition to the ergonomic benefits of this industrial sweeper for operators, the one-step sweep button makes it easier for operators to get started cleaning. With just one click, machine operators can be on their way to obtaining squeaky-clean floors. Whether you decide to use the sweeper to clean inside spaces like warehouses, schools or other commercial spaces, or in outdoor spaces like roads, the Tennant S30 Rider Sweeper delivers unrivaled results.

In terms of functionality, the Tennant S30 Rider Sweeper offers top-of-the-line cleaning and air filtration. The sweeper can pick up small particulates like sand and dust as well as pick up larger debris. For air filtration, the sweeper offers a three-stage dust control system.

  • Stage 1: Keeping bulky debris, moisture and dirt in the hopper with the first-stage Perma-Filter
  • Stage 2: Removing fine dust and moisture by redirecting it into the hopper with the second-stage cyclonic filters
  • Stage 3: Filtering sub-micron dust particulates down to 0.5 microns at 99 percent efficiency with a third-stage, flame-retardant, nanofiber canister filter.

These steps ensure that the air output from the machine is clean, resulting in safer work conditions for operators and minimal pollution in the area where the machine is operated.

The amazing functionality of the Tennant S30 Rider Sweeper also includes easy-access panels. These panels allow the machine to be serviced quickly. The latches used to secure parts ensure that no tools are needed for daily maintenance, speeding up service time and maximizing efficiency.

Our Reconditioned Tennant S30 diesel-powered Rider Sweeper with the optional cab has been specially restored so that it looks and performs like new. With less than 15 days of use, the machine is in excellent condition. This specific sweeper comes with the road package add-on, giving it turning signals along with a backup alarm and a beacon light.

With free shipping and a standard warranty of 90 days, why pass up a deal like this? Shop our Reconditioned Tennant S30 diesel-powered Rider Sweeper with a cab now!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Environmentally Friendly Industrial Cleaning Trends

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The industrial cleaning market is expected to reach $50.24 billion by the year 2020. Given the sheer magnitude of this booming industry, it’s not hard to find examples of the use of industrial cleaning products all around us. Many chemicals used have been proven to be dangerous to the environment. It’s for this exact reason that many companies are moving toward more environmentally friendly industrial cleaning solutions. Operating in an eco-friendly manner has many benefits for commercial cleaning companies, but the most important is the impact on the environment, and ultimately, people. Maintaining green practices is critical to making sure that we are respectful of the earth’s resources and the environmental spaces that exist around us. Read on to learn more about emerging environmentally friendly trends in the commercial cleaning industry.

Many industrial cleaning products contain hard-to-source minerals. To maintain environmentally friendly practices, these minerals should be gathered ethically. The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative, or CFSI, is an organization dedicated to developing and ensuring best practices for mineral sourcing. Recently, its membership has been bolstered by several industrial cleaning companies joining the ranks by following the standards set forth by the CFSI. This is just one way that industrial cleaning product companies are beginning to minimize their environmental impact, and we can expect to see more of this trend for years to come.

Another trend within the industrial cleaning market is the use of natural and non-toxic industrial cleaning products in conjunction with the use of machines and equipment. These products are manufactured without the use of ammonia, acids, harsh caustics, dyes, fragrances, chelating agents, silicates or butyl depending on the specific product. Using products that have non-toxic chemicals can reduce or eliminate the harm caused to the environment, namely toxic waste finding its way into rivers and other water reservoirs. Using environmentally friendly products also gets rid of toxic or chemical irritants in commercial spaces where these cleaners are used. This is important, because frequently these cleaners destroy the ecosystems to which they are exposed. In addition to the environmental impact, these chemical compounds can cause skin irritation or contact dermatitis for people who are exposed. The use of non-toxic chemicals is one trend that we’re sure to see more of over time.

One more way that cleaning companies are affecting their environmental footprint is through reduced water usage. Traditional cleaning methods can have a huge impact on water conservation efforts, and industrial cleaning equipment has been known to use tons of water while cleaning commercial spaces. New cleaning methods have resulted in diminished water usage. For example, the dry-centered carpet cleaning method uses 99.5 percent less water than a water-based cleaning system. This is approximately 50 gallons for every 10,000 feet of carpet cleaned! Advancements like these are at the forefront of environmentally friendly developments in the commercial cleaning industry.

Although it may seem like the industrial cleaning industry is making miniscule changes, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many of these improvements can result in a substantial positive change in the way that companies handle toxic waste. Ultimately, preserving the planet and its resources is of paramount importance, and trends in the commercial cleaning industry support this goal.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Product Review: Windsor Chariot iScrub 26” Floor Scrubber

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When it comes to efficiency and productivity, equip your office or commercial space with a walk-behind floor scrubber that surpasses the rest of the competition. The Windsor Chariot iScrub is easy to use and a huge money saver in energy costs. And to save you even more money, we’re offering this 26” used and fully reconditioned model here at a very small fraction of a new unit’s list price.

Our reconditioned Windsor Chariot iScrub, a 26” cylindrical auto floor scrubber for sale at Southeastern Equipment & Supply has only 437 hours (18 days) of previous use. We’ve taken special care to replace parts and accessories that experience the most wear and tear, such as filters, hoses, brushes and vac motors, as well as crucial performance items, such as batteries and chargers.

Agile Cleaning

This Windsor Chariot floor machine is designed to scrub cramped, high-traffic areas, making it an ideal solution for schools, hospitals and office buildings. The difficulty in cleaning such spaces is in accessing tight little corners and maneuvering around people and objects, but the 26” cylindrical iScrub is compact and narrow enough to overcome those difficulties. Its full-circle visibility allows the operator to spot obstacles and safely navigate around them. The unit can be moved to any room or hallway in the building and even rolled right into an elevator with people already inside.

Straightforward Cleaning Control Dial

It doesn’t take a genius, nor an extensive amount of training, to operate the Windsor Chariot iScrub. It has a smart control panel with seven preset modes, which include low- and high-speed transport options, an EcoMode, normal and heavy cleaning options, a vacuum-only mode and a double-scrub mode, to optimize cleaning performance. Each level is depicted with clear images, which removes the uncertainties of vague drive controls and allows for more consistent cleaning.

Save Energy With EcoMode

One programmed level you may find yourself using the most is the EcoMode. On EcoMode, the Windsor Chariot iScrub will scrub using less battery, water and pressure and emit less noise, which is perfect for day cleaning during normal business hours while the building is occupied. By being able to run without interrupting the day’s workflow, it essentially pays for itself in saved energy costs because it scales down the amount of electricity needed during the night.

Combined with simple drive controls, the ability to navigate complex environments and the handy EcoMode, the Chariot iScrub is a leader in productivity. Find a beautifully reconditioned unit here at Southeastern Equipment & Supply.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Types of Flooring & Quick Floor Care Tips

Janitor Using Yellow Floor Equipment to Clean Tile Floor

Cleaning carpet and hardwood floors in a commercial environment requires having the right equipment, materials and techniques to produce the best results. Each job may require different types of equipment depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Floor surface composition
  • Area size
  • Amount of typical floor traffic
  • Amount of dirt and other contaminants you're cleaning and what they are
  • Noise considerations
  • Time constraints and cleaning frequency
  • Entryway and aisle widths
  • Obstacles typically encountered

The Right Machine for the Job

Floor cleaning machines come in all types, including vacuums, sweepers, scrubbers, polishers, strippers, buffers and more. This type of equipment is usually rated on its coverage area capability per hour. Obviously, a small home floor scrubber won't be very useful in cleaning a warehouse floor, for which you'd be best off using a larger walk-behind scrubber or an even larger ride-on floor scrubber.

Advance Carpetriever Wide Area Vacuum
Large carpeted areas will usually call for a large-area vacuum cleaner while areas with many obstacles, such as a movie theater or airliner floor, will be better served using a backpack vacuum. Areas where large spills are typically encountered may require the use of a wet/dry vacuum. Some machines out there are sold as combination equipment—able to accomplish more than one job. The important consideration here is that a combination machine is able to do both jobs well, thereby saving the expense of having to obtain two separate pieces of equipment.

Types of Flooring to Consider

Commercial floors come in a wide range of surface materials, each of which must be considered when determining which type of machine, method of cleaning and materials used are best suited for each particular type. Some of the more common commercial flooring types include:

  • Linoleum
  • Hardwood–may be waxed, oiled or coated in polyurethane
  • Laminate tile
  • Ceramic tile
  • Vinyl
  • Natural stone
  • Unfinished/finished cement/concrete
  • Porcelain

Carpeted floor areas will require a vacuum machine for regular general cleaning and a cleaner/extractor to break down heavy grime or dirt with the use of a power washer and then extracting the dirty liquid for disposal. Carpet dryers may be used for providing ventilation and quick drying.

Polishers are used to provide a glossy finish to hardwood floors, and buffers can be employed to remove scuff marks and light scratches from wood, linoleum, ceramic and more.

Floor Scrubbers

Most modern floor scrubbers are multi-functional machines with a pre-sweep option that precludes the need to sweep before scrubbing. They then dispense cleaning solution, scrub it into the floor and vacuum it up with the aid of a built-in squeegee, all in one pass across the floor. These may be small for cleaning in corners and along baseboards or larger walk-behind or ride-on units.