Quick Tips to Maintaining Industrial Floors | Corona, CA

by Michael Schaffer

Rarely in the commercial cleaning business will you hear the term, “general cleaning.” That is because each cleaning task is unique; unique cleaning problems produce unique cleaning solutions. In following this adage, the maintenance of industrial floors is no different.

Floor maintenance works best when the duties, frequency of tasks and other services necessary to maintain the floor have been outlined and written down. Everyone involved in floor maintenance should be aware of and be a part of the floor maintenance plan. The floor maintenance plan should also outline exactly how the floors are to be maintained.

Regular maintenance — including such things as placing mats at entries, vacuuming them regularly and maintaining the outside entries by removing oily soils on sidewalks and parking lots — helps keep industrial floors clean. In addition, all building lobbies and entries should be dust mopped, mopped and cleaned daily.

More advanced floor care equipment, such as scrubbers, burnishers and cylindrical machines, can significantly reduce the time needed to care for floors. In addition, managers of industrial facilities will usually look for the most efficient equipment they can find, such as machines that can multitask: Scrub, clean and polish.

The chemicals selected for floor maintenance are also a concern. These chemicals, of all cleaning products, can be some of the most potentially harmful to the environment. Environmentally preferable floor care chemicals are now being introduced that work as effectively as conventional products but with less impact on the environment.

For industrial facilities, floor care machines with passive vacuum systems are necessary. These vacuums keep impurities from being released into the air, protecting the health of cleaning professionals and industrial workers.

To find out more about cleaning commercial flooring, please contact us at (951)735-2905 or visit www.sciefloorscrubbers.com.

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Presenting the Clark Focus II Mid-Size Riding Autoscrubber | Corona, CA

Just because we seem to be on the other side of COVID-19, that doesn’t mean we need keep our workplaces clean. In fact, this is even more reason to do so. And a main feature to keeping things tidy, is cleaning the floors. If you have a lot of square footage to clean, consider investing in a riding scrubber, like the Clark Focus II Mid-Size Riding Autoscrubber.

Similar to its stand-behind brother, this scrubber has all of the flash but none of the complications. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages that make this riding scrubber the best choice for you:

BOOST technology. BOOST Technology is a green way to remove floor finish without the use of chemicals. By using BOOST, you cannot reduce your water usage, but the squared pad design helps to get in the corners, making it a time and money saver.

Three-disc models. Available in 28 and 34-inch discs, and a 28-inch BOOST disc version, these models are perfect for a daily scrub. Because it is powered by two heavy-duty brush motors, it helps reduce manpower. If you have uneven floors, this is the model for you for an all-over clean.

Other bonus features. A tight turning radius makes this model a fantastic option for those floors that have lots of corners and edges. An increased down pressure is a definite asset as it will only take a single pass for your flooring to sparkle like the Chrysler Building. And a quiet motor makes this machine perfect to clean floors at any time of day, without disturbing the business conducted as you clean.

To find out more about cleaning commercial flooring, please contact us at (951)735-2905 or visit www.sciefloorscrubbers.com.

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The Best Cleaning Method for Your Commercial Flooring | Corona, CA

July 10, 2019

Too often people underestimate the impact of a building’s flooring material. Picture yourself walking into a high-end commercial building. Natural light floods the room and glints off of marble floors that cover the expanse of the lobby area. Instantly, the commercial building gives its owners added class, prestige, and reputation.

But with unique floors comes unique cleaning and care needs. The last thing you want is to ruin your nice marble floors by using an acidic cleaner. Or warping your building’s beautiful hardwood by using too much water. When choosing a commercial cleaner for your building, pay extra attention to how they’ll take care of your floors.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is a common flooring material. It’s hardy, cost-efficient, water-and-stain resistant, and can be attractive. Today, vinyl floors can mimic wood, tile, and even marble. It comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. However, vinyl can be difficult to install.

Vinyl is a relatively thin material. This fact is part of why it’s so cost-efficient. But it does mean that the success of your flooring installation often depends on the subfloor underneath it. If there are any bumps, grooves, or indentations, it will show through to your finished vinyl flooring. Because of this, the best subfloor is typically well-sanded plywood.

Vinyl flooring is one of the easier materials to clean. It can be scoured with germ-killing solutions such as antiseptic. It is also resistant to chemicals, such as oil, grease, methane, propane, and more. This means fewer stains to scrub out and that it can handle a heavy-duty cleaning.

However, vinyl isn’t indestructible. The surface can be scratched. Therefore, the first step to cleaning vinyl floors is to dry mop to remove any dust or dirt. It’s also a good idea to place a mat at all entries and exits. And stain-resistant doesn’t mean stain-proof. Wipe up any stains as soon as they occur. Vinyl is not a material where you would use a “mop and shine” product. These can actually leave a dull film on top of your floor. Abrasive cleaners will also scratch the floors and should be avoided.

If your vinyl floors are heavily-trafficked, you want to clean them frequently. This will prevent a build-up of dust and grime which could damage the surface. However, you need to wait at least two weeks after it has been installed before cleaning. This ensures that the surface has set and will not be negatively impacted by any wet cleaning.

Wood Flooring

Hardwood floors can be iconic. Depending on what tree they’re made out of, they can be quite wide, with beautiful patterning and decent durability. If you have an older more rustic commercial building, they can add a lot of character to your building with a warm feel. However, hardwood floors are expensive. The installation cost of hardwood ranges from $5 to $8 a square foot. This adds up quite fast when you’re installing the square footage needed for a commercial building.

Hardwood floors require more care than synthetic vinyl. Its warmth and attractiveness greatly decreases once scratched, or scuffed. If not well-taken care of, it loses its shine and makes your building look grungy and old instead of professional. Part of cleaning and care should include sweeping to remove any dirt that could be ground into it by constant walking traffic. Placing mats at entrances will keep the dust and dirt from entering into your office.

If you do choose to use entryway mats, be sure to sweep underneath them on a regular basis. Otherwise the area underneath the mats will be slowly ground away, as if by sandpaper.

Hardwood floors are easily damaged by sunlight and excess water. Wood is a porous material and will more easily soak up stains and water than vinyl. This will lead to discoloration, warping, and an unattractive floor for your office. Hardwood can also be damaged or discolored by sunlight. If your commercial building has a lot of natural lighting, hardwood floors may not be a good choice.

While vinyl should be cleaned frequently, hardwood flooring should be cleaned every day. This prevents any sort of sandpaper effect by removing the thin layer of dust and grime that has built up from foot traffic throughout the day. In order to truly keep their shine, hardwood floors need to be mopped with a wood finishing product at least once a month. This will help keep the floor shiny and your building looking nice. Avoid excess water usage when mopping to avoid damage.

Concrete Flooring

Concrete floors are becoming more and more popular in commercial buildings. They lend themselves to an industrial feel that is hardy and long-lasting. When it is sealed and polished, concrete can almost have the same impact on your building as marble flooring. It can add shine and prestige to your office. However, if it becomes too dirty or loses its luster, it can quickly start to feel like your typical garage floor.

To keep concrete floors looking professional, it’s important to have them scrubbed, sealed, and polished on a pretty regular basis. Despite its durability, concrete is actually quite porous. This means it can easily be discolored by spilled drinks or chemical mishaps. Having your concrete floor sealed helps to prevent discolorations from ruining your flooring.

Compared to carpet or hardwood, concrete is actually an easy-to-care-for material. When it’s properly sealed, it’s resistant to almost all scratches and stains, and doesn’t trap small particulates or dust. However, concrete does still need some maintenance.

To keep your building clean and fresh, it’s a good idea to dry mop on a daily basis. The floor should be scrubbed and re-sealed every few years. This will keep it resistant to stains. Avoiding the use of harsh chemicals or acidic cleaners on a daily basis will keep the sealant intact for longer and help the flooring keep its polished look for longer.

To find out more about cleaning commercial flooring, please contact us at (951)735-2905 or visit www.sciefloorscrubbers.com.

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What Floor Scrubber Is Best for Your Needs? | Corona, CA

When deciding on the best way to clean your industrial floors, there are a few things to consider. Because there are so many different models, it is important that you know the full scope of your floors in order to invest in the appropriate machine. Because the machine options vary and every building is different, choosing the wrong machine may cause issues regarding use, manpower and monetary budgeting. Here is an easy way to gather all the information needed to choose an appropriate machine.

Estimate the square footage that needs to be cleaned. We can assist you with this calculation, just drop us a line.

Choose a machine that can clean the bulk of your facility.

Walk through the machine’s entire cleaning path. Measure doorways, ramps and obstacles to ensure you don’t get a machine that doesn’t fit.

Choose the largest machine your space can accommodate. A bigger machine will have a longer run time, and it can carry more water.

Calculate how much your company currently spends on labor to maintain floors and show how an efficient new machine can pay for itself.

We can help with an estimation, just let us know and we will walk you through it. If you need a machine to clean hallways or warehouse aisles, measure the width of those aisles. This will help you select the best cleaning path width for your machine.

For example, if you have 10-foot warehouse aisles (120”), a floor scrubber with a 40” cleaning path could (in theory) clean the aisle in three, very precise passes. Realistically, the employee would make four passes. By purchasing a scrubber with a 45” deck, the same aisle could be cleaned in only three passes.

To find out more about floor scrubbers, please contact us at (951)735-2905 or visit www.sciefloorscrubbers.com.

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Product Showcase: The Advance Adgressor® Rider Scrubber | Corona, CA

When it’s time to invest in a floor scrubber, there are plenty of things to consider. And because no business is exactly alike, there are factors that don’t sweep across the board. The Advance Adgressor® rider-scrubber is not only a fantastic piece of equipment due to its flexibility, but its EcoFlex™ System, making it an environmentally friendly way to maintain your facility’s cleaning routine.

The Adgressor is designed to be able to switch pad pressure, water and detergent quickly and easily, so it is able to perform all your cleaning needs with very little effort. Depending on your need, you can switch between water only for quick upkeep, ultra-low detergent for a routine cleaning, standard detergent for those tougher messes and the EcoFlex’s burst of power for the ultimate deep cleaning. Name the cleaning challenge, the Adgressor has the solution.

Not only does it have this multi-functionality in its cleaning modes, but because it is a riding machine, the operator will save both time and energy that can be utilized in other projects. Yes, it’s true – the Adgressor can clean twice as much space as a manual scrubber within the same amount of time.

In one hour, the Adgressor with a 35-inch scrub deck cleans up to 46,200 square feet in an hour while a manual scrubber with a 32-inch scrub deck cleans 28,160 square feet in that same hour. As an employer, this is a benefit as the time and money spent on manpower.

If your commercial/industrial building is in need of cleaning equipment that is not only versatile but economical and eco-friendly, the Advance-Adgressor rider-scrubber is tough to beat. Our expert sales team will be able to point you in the right direction based on your needs.

To find out more about floor scrubbers, please contact us at (951)735-2905 or visit www.sciefloorscrubbers.com.

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Proper Maintenance of Scrubber Pads and Brushes | Corona, CA

As the saying dictates, all good things must come to an end. And the same goes for your maintenance equipment. The more you use your machine, the sooner it will develop wear and tear. But the life of each can be extended with a few maintenance tips.

Firstly, pads and brushes should be cleaned before the next use as the debris, finish, and stripper from any floor gets up inside the pad or the brush. Pads are meant to be used on both sides, but even that doesn’t guarantee an eternal lifespan. Of course, this depends on a few factors: the dirtiness of the floor, how often it’s cleaned, how solid the finish is, and how fast the operator runs the machine. However, the best way to tell is when the pad loses its effectiveness in cleaning.

Pads need to be cleaned in specific ways based on use. Soaking them in cleaning or stripping solution is not recommended as it will break them down. Simply use hot water and a garden nozzle to remove soils and finish from building up on the pad. Rinse it, brush it and hang it to dry after each use. Do this before finish or soil dries on the pad.

Rotating brushes on a weekly basis ensures that the brushes are effectively scrubbing. If brush rotation doesn’t occur, the bristles will begin to wear more on one side, causing loss of brush power. Similar to pads, clean them well after each use while still moist. When the bristles fray and there is debris packed into them, or the bristles are just too short, it is time to replace.

To find out more about cleaning your floor scrubbers, please contact us at (951)735-2905 or visit www.sciefloorscrubbers.com.

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When It’s Time to Purchase a New Floor Scrubber | Corona, CA

When you have a large area to keep spic-n-span in order to keep everyone safe and protected from germs and debris, it can be a daunting task. Many industrial businesses invest in a floor scrubber rather than using the traditional mop and bucket technique. Not only does it save time, but it also saves manpower.

Are you ready to make the investment? Here are a few questions to consider when beginning your search:

Do you need a sweeper, a scrubber or both?
Knowing what your floor needs to maintain the level of cleanliness you’re looking for will help guide which models to seek out. Some  specialize in one mode of cleaning, while others have a dual feature. It all depends on what your industry is and the area you are trying to maintain.

Rider or walk-behind? This depends on the surface of your floors. A rider will increase productivity, but not if you have lots of nooks and crannies to get clean. Knowing the area your cleaning will make this decision easier.

What kind of flooring are you cleaning?
Different surfaces necessitate different cleaning products.

Who is operating the scrubber?
“Different strokes for different folks” may be the saying, but it holds true for floor scrubbers purchasing. Make sure whoever is operating it  can fit the machine and know how to operate it properly. The point is to make this investment a worthwhile one, not cumbersome to those using it.

To find out more about automatic floor scrubbers, please contact us at (951)735-2905 or visit www.sciefloorscrubbers.com.

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Product Showcase: CT5 Automatic Walk-Behind Scrubber | Corona, CA

The CT5 is one of the smallest and lightest automatic scrubbers on the market and is extremely portable with its lightweight design weighing only 44 pounds, including the battery and brush. The machine can be carried from room-to-room or transported on a cleaning cart such as the Brix, making it perfect for cleaning restrooms, picking up spills, and cleaning wet and slippery entryways. Its small, compact size allows it to squeeze into many tight spaces, such as aisles or between tables, making it perfect for the retail sector and restaurants as well.

Easy to use. The CT5 is easy to use with its ergonomic and innovative control panel as well as its adjustable handlebar. It takes very little time to learn how to operate and a significant reduction in effort for having to move the machine from room to room.

Easy to store. The CT5 has a maneuverable and compact design, weighing only 44 lbs. The machine can easily be stored, transported or parked into any space within seconds.

Optimal run-time. The CT5’s lithium-ion battery can be recharged within an hour, either on-board or externally, when swapping out batteries.

Easy to fill. The CT5’s solution tank is extremely easy to fill – either directly or by removing the recovery tank from the machine. The easy to dump tank is easily removed and can be dumped into a toilet or sink.

Easy to dry. The CT5 can dry in both forward and reverse. This allows it to dry places that other scrubbers cannot reach, making it a perfect tool for restroom cleaning.

Productive. The CT5’s battery guarantees 50 minutes of cleaning, or up to 75 minutes with an optional battery. It can clean approximately 6,500 square feet an hour.

To find out more about the CT5 automatic walk-behind scrubber, please contact us at (951)735-2905 or visit www.scielifts.com.

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Types of Floor Scrubber Cleaning Chemicals & Detergent | Corona, CA

There are a few basic types of floor scrubber chemicals:

pH neutral cleaner. pH neutral is 7 on a scale from 1-4.  This is safe for all floor types, but this will only clean basic dirt from foot traffic you might see in a hospital or school.  Basically, if it’s already clean by dust mopping, this will clean the remaining dirt.

All-purpose cleaner. this is slightly above pH neutral (usually in the 9-10 range).  With the added pH alkalinity, the chemical can “cut” or dissolve soils better. It’s slightly more aggressive than a pH neutral cleaner and many of these are safe for use on floor finish.  Read the label first before using on floor finish.

Light duty degreaser. This pH will usually be around 9-11.  It’s got some ingredients that will dissolve or “cut” grease and petroleum.  It may be geared towards food grease (animal fats) or petroleum based (motor oils).  This product is not designed for use on floor finish, and it will destroy the floor finish over time causing you to have to strip/wax the floors more frequently.  You might find these products in a spray and wipe application as well as mop bucket or autoscrubbers.

Heavy duty degreaser. The pH for these products will usually be 12 or higher as that’s the strength of alkalinity required to easily break down greases, oils and other petroleum based industrial soils.  The ingredients in these products are caustic (corrosive) and need to be handled with care.  These products are not designed to be used by hand as that poses too much risk of contact with the operator or housekeeper.  These products are usually designed for floor use only for safety.

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To find out more about floor cleaner options, please contact us at (951)735-2905 or visit www.scielifts.com.

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Three Reasons to Switch to a Floor Scrubber | Corona, CA

As we are slowly working our way back to normal business practices, it is important that we keep our businesses clean and safe for the patrons and the employees. We once relied upon a mop and bucket to clean the floor, but for busy buildings, it can become a waste of manpower to constantly keep these floors pristine.

So, how do you keep the surfaces clean while saving time and energy of manually pushing a mop around? A floor scrubber will not only keep your floors very clean, but depending on the type of model, can save you loads of manpower hours. Here are the biggest reasons to make the swap:

Time saver. An employee with a mop and bucket can clean about 4,000 square feet per hour. The same employee with a floor scrubber can clean anywhere between 20,000 square feet and 30,000 square feet per hour, depending on the size and runtime of the scrubber. This leads to a decrease in labor costs with a return on investment.

No dirty water. A floor scrubber doesn’t reuse dirty water when cleaning the floor while a mop and bucket does. This means a floor scrubber will leave your floor cleaner. Clean water flows through the floor scrubber while the squeegee at the base of the floor scrubber catches the dirty water and transfers it to the recovery tank to be disposed. This also allows you to avoid cross contamination since you’re not reusing water.

Safety. The floor scrubber leaves the floor dry within minutes while a mop and bucket leave the floor wet much longer allowing for potential slips, trips, and falls.

To find out more about floor scrubber options, please contact us at (951)735-2905 or visit www.scielifts.com.

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