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Winter Carpet Cleaning: How to Properly Clean a Carpet

Winter Carpet Cleaning: How to Properly Clean a Carpet

From November to February, much of the US can expect to get hit with snow, ice, and sleet. For many, preparing for the increased wet weather and associated dangers means laying down ice melt and rock salt. 

In fact, In 2021 the US produced 40 million tons of salt; highway deicing alone accounted for about 42% of total salt consumed. Rock salt isn’t the only deicer on the rise, the ice melt product market size was USD 3.9 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow 18% by 2028. 

While salt and ice melt are great at mitigating slips and falls outside, these products can be tracked into facilities. Once inside, they can stain carpeting, leave unsightly residues, and cause damage to your carpeted surfaces.

While it can lead to dirty, stained, and even damaged carpets, ice melt and rock salt are necessary. So, we’ve put together three surefire ways you can follow to rid your carpets of any stains this winter, and keep them looking great.

Winter Carpet Cleaning 

First things first, before you can “clean” your carpets you must remove all hard soils and other sediment with a vacuum.

Dry vacuuming is an essential preliminary step in any carpet cleaning procedure. 

The problem is, when vacuuming, people have a tendency of cleaning in a way that only focuses on attacking visibly soiled areas. Often they neglect to thoroughly clean the whole carpet surface because they’re too focused on the stain directly in front of them. 

The idea is to vacuum efficiently; don’t just attack the visibly soiled areas, or mindlessly push the vacuum over the carpet surface, but have a planned out approach. The best way to do this is to develop a pattern and stick to it with every carpet. 

The goal should be thoroughness; you want to pass over every inch of the carpet surface to ensure that all of the soil and debris are lifted from the fibers. 

Some stains are going to be too oily, or too deep, to get out with a dry vacuum. That’s where our winter carpet cleaning methods come in.

3 Methods to Clean Carpet in the Winter

There are several ways to clean carpets in the winter, which to use depends on the severity of the stain and the type of residue left behind. We’ll cover that below. 

The three winter carpet cleaning methods our experts have identified are:

  1. Regularly Clean Using Floor Neutralizer (and a Floor Machine) 
  2. Perform Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning 
  3. Remove Heavy, Stubborn Stains with a Carpet Extractor

Regularly Clean Using a Floor Neutralizer and a Floor Machine 

Your first option is to use a floor neutralizer for daily carpet protection. 

Pro Tip: Daily methods are floor care procedures, like cleaning and maintenance, that should be done every day. 

Floor neutralizer is specifically made to combat the stains left behind by winter products, like ice melt and rock salt. It utilizes a slightly more acidic pH balance to really attack ice melt residue.  

Not to be confused with neutral floor cleaner, which is designed to loosen organic soils. 

It’s most useful for attacking lighter, newer stains. By removing newer stains with floor neutralizer, you ensure that they don’t build up into deeper, damaging stains. 

At least a few times a week, you should use a floor neutralizer within 100’ of the main entrance to help break up stains before they migrate to other carpeted surfaces. 

Doing this is a great way to prevent the build up of ice melt residue.

How to remove stains from a carpet with floor neutralizer:

  • Step 1: Vacuum Carpet
  • Step 2: Apply Floor Neutralizer with a Pump Up Sprayer at the Correct Dilution
  • Step 3: Let Dwell
  • Step 4: Extract The Dirty Area with Water in the Extractor
  • Step 5: Let Dry

For a more in-depth review of how to use floor neutralizer to attack and remove winter stains, check out the full article here. 

Perform Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning 

Encapsulation cleaning is effective in dealing with pesky stains like mud, soil, and white streaks. 

As an interim cleaning method, it is more intensive than daily cleaning methods. This means that encapsulation technology is able to effectively deal with many moderate stains, except for deep grease or oil stains.carpet encapsulation cleaning

Pro Tip: Interim methods are floor care procedures that should be completed when the finish of your flooring, or the appearance of your carpet, is experiencing a noticeable level of wear and tear.

It also has the added benefits of not leaving behind any residue from the cleaning products, and having a shorter dry time than carpet extraction. 

This is ideal for scenarios where you don’t have enough down time for the carpet to dry off from a carpet extraction, but it still needs to be cleaned. The downside is that it’s an interim, and not restorative, method, meaning that it needs to be performed more frequently. 

How to remove stains from a carpet with encapsulation cleaning: 

  • Step 1: Add Water and Encapsulation Formula to the Dry Foam Generator
  • Step 2: Secure the Dry Foam Generator to the Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine
  • Step 3: Insert the Brush Into the Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine
  • Step 4: Adjust the Handle of Your Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine
  • Step 5: Activate and Adjust the Dry Foam Generator
  • Step 6: Allow Time for the Foam to Build Up
  • Step 7: Start Swinging Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine Back and Forth Over the Carpet

If you’re interested in learning more about the encapsulation cleaning process, check out our full article on the topic. 

Remove Heavy, Stubborn Stains with a Carpet Extractor

The best way to deal with deep-rooted stains, soils, and odors, is with a restorative carpet extraction. 

Pro Tip: Restorative methods are floor care procedures that should be performed when your carpet or flooring can no longer be revived with daily and interim care. What is a Carpet Extractor

Typically reserved as a restorative cleaning procedure, carpet extraction is excellent at dealing with stains that other carpet cleaning methods struggle with, like oil and grease stains; this is what makes it a good candidate for frequent, deep winter cleanings. 

Carpet extraction is very effective, but most extractors leave between 30% and 50% of the moisture behind. Because of this, drying times can be long. You can use floor drying blowers to get your carpet back in use sooner. 

How to remove stains from a carpet with carpet extraction:

  1. Step 1: Vacuum Carpet
  2. Step 2: Apply Heavy Duty Carpet Cleaner with a Pump Up Sprayer
  3. Step 3: Add Extraction Rinse to the Extractor’s Tank
  4. Step 4: Begin Cleaning the Carpet
  5. Step 5: Remove as Much Soap and Water as Possible
  6. Step 6: Let Dry

For a full breakdown of the carpet extraction process, check out the full article on our blog. 


Final Thoughts 

Occupant foot traffic will bring in outside dirt and residues that get tracked onto the carpet’s fibers, causing damage, and creating difficult-to-clean stains. 

As a result, you can bet that if there’s snow, there’s a good chance ice melt and rock salt will end up on your carpets. But at least you’re now prepared to deal with any white streaks and stains that come your way.

For frequent cleaning of minimal residue stains, a floor neutralizer can do the trick. Remember, if you are dealing with moderate stains, encapsulation is a good go to; unless the stains are heavy and involve oily ice melt residues, you should do a restorative carpet extraction.

We recommend reaching out to our experts for a free consultation, where an expert will review your facility, onsite or virtually.

Our commercial cleaning experts will assess your carpets and make recommendations to your carpeted surface care routine. They are well-versed in how to extend the life of your commercial carpeting and stain removal, and can help you save money, lower cleaning costs, and protect your carpet’s appearance. 

The services we provide at  Imperial Dade are unrivaled, from commercial cleaning, to equipment repairs; we’ll have your facility winter-ready in no time. 

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How to Save Money & Lower Maintenance Costs With Winter Floor Prep

How to Save Money & Lower Maintenance Costs With Winter Floor Prep

Winter weather is unpredictable. There’s just no knowing for sure how harsh it will be until we’re in the thick of it. 

Last year, the foremost weather observatory in the US recorded a warmer winter than average, but sporadic weather meant that it also saw more cold fronts and above-average snowfall. In fact, winter snowfall totaled 65.6 inches, almost 25% higher than the 30-year average

There’s really no telling how much snow we’ll get this year, but there’s no harm in preparing for the worst. In fact, the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks of adjusting your floor care routine for the winter. 

For example, while ice melt and rock salt are key to lowering slip and fall risks

in the winter, especially during times of heavy snowfall, these products are also harsh on your floors and equipment and can damage them if you don’t take the necessary precautions – like regular equipment cleaning and maintenance. 

That being said, it is important to invest in winter floor prep essentials and a new routine; if you don’t, the consequences can be costly both visually and financially. 

How to Avoid Floor Damage During the Winter

It’s no secret that the appearance of a facility’s floors has an impact on how people in the building perceive the overall cleanliness. Winter weather makes floor maintenance that much more challenging. Combat floor damage with the following recommendations from industry experts. 

Perform A Scrub and Recoat 

A scrub and recoat should be performed before the winter, acting as a preventative measure. 

The best time to perform a scrub and recoat is at the end of fall, no later than mid-November. Really, you want to get it in before the weather really kicks in. If it gets cold, that will negatively affect how the floor finish adheres to the floor. T380AMR Floor Scrubber 20iin

We recommend this as a winter floor care procedure because it allows you to build up a couple of protective layers, called “wear off” coats. They’re called wear off coats because you expect them to be diminished by general wear and tear that happens to your floors each winter.

3-5 wear off coats is enough to protect your floors from any deep stains or serious damage for the winter. For the step-by-step process follow our winter floor prep guide on how to get your floors winter ready with a scrub and recoat, where we cover how to do both a top scrub and a deep scrub. 

If you miss the window for a scrub and recoat, you can try and perform the procedure during the winter, but it is not recommended. It will take significantly longer to dry, and you risk people tracking moisture across the floor before it cures. At the end of the day, missing the scrub and recoat means amping up your floor care procedures for the rest of the season. 

Install Floor Mats at Entryways 

Your facility needs a good matting system to stop ice melt and rock salt residue, along with moisture from snow and ice, at the door. 

A matting system that is at least 15 ft long should trap about 90% of soil particles before they enter your facility. But, that’s just half the battle. In order to ensure that no ice melt residue or moisture gets tracked through the front entryway, your winter floor mats should include wiper, scraper, and wiper/scraper mats. This will ensure that as much ice melt residue and moisture as possible is removed from the bottom of people’s footwear as they enter the facility.

For more information on the best mats to protect your floors, download our FREE guide: 

Everything you need to know about commercial floor mats including types, sizes, specs, & more!

If you want to learn more about the different types of entry mats, take a look at our article on commercial floor mats. If you’re interested in learning more about how to properly utilize winter floor mats, check out our article on winter floor maintenance tips

Use Floor Neutralizer to Remove Salt and Ice Melt Residue

If ice melt residue is still making its way into your facility, covering your floors in residue, then it’s time to break out the floor neutralizer. 

Floor neutralizer is specifically designed to rid your floors of the white streaks and oily residue left behind by ice melt, because it is more acidic than floor cleaner. 

Pro Tip: Floor neutralizer is different than neutral floor cleaner. A neutral floor cleaner is a perfect commercial cleaning product for daily floor maintenance, while floor neutralizers are specifically designed to dissolve ice melt chlorides, soap, and hard water films as well as scum, scale, and other organic residues. Floor neutralizer will both clean the floor and eliminate white residue so you only have to perform one floor care procedure.

On hard floors, floor neutralizers will help to prevent finish damage. When used on carpeted floors, it will help rinse salts from the carpet without damaging or degrading fibers. Do not try to use a cleaner with a high or low pH. Aside from potentially dangerous chemical reactions, high or low pH cleaning chemicals will not be effective at removing the residues. The pH of salts, which is the most common compound in ice melt, is very high.

Adopt a Routine Equipment Maintenance Schedule 

Ice melt and rock salt residue can be left behind in the form of a white powder, oily film, or crystal, all of which are able to clog water lines and create back-ups in equipment tanks. On top of that, most popular brands of ice melt are made up of harsh chemicals, like chlorides, that can corrode and oxidize when they come into prolonged contact with metal.  

The only real solution is to be diligent with your equipment maintenance and daily cleaning.

In the winter, it’s necessary to perform regular maintenance checks on equipment so that you can catch any problems and service them before they can turn into defects. Ideally, you’ll perform maintenance checks at the end of each day while cleaning the equipment.

Daily cleanings are the best preventative measure for equipment damage. Best practice would be to clean the equipment after each use. That may seem excessive, but the key to keeping equipment well-maintained is frequent and effective cleanings. 

At the very least, we recommend cleaning equipment before storing it at the end of the day. There are two benefits to this:

  1. The ice melt residue will not be able to corrode and oxidize your equipment overnight while it sits in a closet
  2. You don’t have to spend time performing a maintenance check the next morning because already know that the equipment is clean and ready to go 

Pro Tip: For an example on how to thoroughly clean a piece of equipment, check out our Steps to Clean an Autoscrubber Guide.


Final Thoughts

By neglecting to plan for winter floor care, you’re not only risking the appearance and condition of your floors, but you’re also inviting an increased risk of damage to your equipment as well. 

Do yourself a favor and start prepping today! Don’t know where to begin? That’s ok, our experts here at Imperial Dade, are here to help!

We offer an unparalleled selection of equipment, materials, and supplies that will keep your floors and facility looking clean all year round. Sign up for a free consultation and we’ll have our experts review your facility, onsite or virtually, and look for gaps to diagnose exactly what products your facility needs. 

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Winter Floor Prep: Creating a Winter Floor Care Bundle [+ Product Recs]

Winter Floor Prep: Creating a Winter Floor Care Bundle [+ Product Recs]

When creating a winter floor care bundle for your facility, consider the winter weather hazards you dealt with last year, the problems that arose from them, and what products you needed to address those issues. 

Did you deal with hazy, white ice melt residue on your hard floors? Stock up on winter floor neutralizer. Or, maybe you dealt with wet floors during heavy snowfalls? Invest in a solid matting system.

Most businesses face an array of similar issues each year. That’s why our experts put together a winter floor care bundle with some of the most useful products for addressing common winter-related issues.

Winter floor care issues we’ll be addressing in this article: 

Prevent Moisture and Rock Salt From Being Tracked Inside

It’s no secret by now that foot traffic in winter will put your floors to the test. Snow, sleet, and rock salt get tracked in by occupant’s shoes, wreaking havoc on your floors. But, what if those contaminants never made it past the main entryway? Enter, winter floor mats. Entry Mats Open

Winter floor mats may just be the single most important tenet of our floor care bundle. Floor mats are responsible for catching roughly 90% of the dirt and soil that would otherwise have been tracked into your facility. Plus, an effective floor matting program will be absorbent. Their ability to prevent moisture from entering your facility is key to deterring moisture and rock salt from making it to your floors. 

For the most effective matting system, the goal should be for no moisture or rock salt to be left on any footwear after it leaves the mat. 

Experts recommend at least 15 ft of matting, from outside to the inner foyer, composed of both scraping and drying mats, to achieve that goal. This should effectively prevent most moisture and rock salt from getting tracked into your facility.

Don’t forget to refer to our commercial entry mat guide for everything you need to know to create your own matting system.

Everything you need to know about commercial floor mats including types, sizes, specs, & more!

Already have winter floor mats in place? Learn how to clean floor mats in 6 easy steps with this tutorial

Address Oversaturated Winter Floor Mats

While great at preventing most moisture from being tracked onto your floor, winter floor mats aren’t failproof. During high-traffic periods, and especially during heavy snowfalls, it doesn’t take long for your outdoor mats to become waterlogged. After that, the rest of the matting system will become waterlogged too. Clarke Summit Pro 185Q Wet Dry Vacuum

The best solution to this problem is a wet/dry vac. Wet/dry vacs are the quickest way to put a mat back into action after becoming oversaturated with water. A regular vacuum can’t be used on a wet mat, while an air drier can take hours to dry off the mat, and then you have to vacuum it to remove contaminants. A wet/dry vac is able to quickly and efficiently dry the mat while unloading any contaminants from it, allowing it to go back to use. 

It is important for this process to be quick because a waterlogged mat isn’t just useless for picking up residue, it also ceases to prevent moisture from entering your facility. That means a wet mat result in wet floors, and a higher risk of falls. 

It is vital to keep those winter floor mats in constant use if you want them to continue keeping the floors dry and clean. 

Reduce Slip-and-Fall Risks in Your Facility

Unfortunately for your floors, people may elect to walk around the entry mats and unknowingly track water into the facility. At this point, you need to focus on increasing awareness in order to reduce slip and fall risks. A great way to do that is with proper signage. install floor signs

An often overlooked aspect of the floor care routine, wet floor signs are key to communicating to people that the floor is wet, and there is a slip-and-fall hazard in place. This is especially important for promoting the visibility of wet zones in high-traffic areas, where there is an increased risk of slip-and-falls.

One measure you can take to actively deter slip-and-fall hazards is to address them as they arise. If a floor is particularly moisture-ridden, or there is a visible pool of water, break out the autoscrubber and take care of it. If your equipment is in use at that moment, grab a mop kit to soak up any moisture.

If you’re unable to take immediate action, wet floors signs are a great way to raise awareness surrounding wet zones and other areas that are at high risk for pooling. With all of this in mind, don’t forget that it’s also important to take measures against slip-and-fall hazards outdoors. 

Mitigate Slip-and-Fall Hazards Outside Your Facility

Slips and falls are not only prevalent inside, but also outside, and it’s important for facility managers to be aware of this as it’s also their responsibility to mitigate the risk. 

Ice melt is a winter must-have if you want to be proactive against slip-and-falls during the icy season. It can be used both as a preventative measure, as well as a responsive measure, for deterring the formation of hazardous ice and snow. 

Ice melt may be a saving grace for winter floor prep, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all product. That’s why it’s important to know exactly what kind is the right one for your facility, and how to properly use it. There are dozens of different varieties, each with its own chemical makeup and use case. To find the right product for you, check out our article, What is Ice Melt? Selecting The Best Ice Melt For Your Facility

Everything you need to know about ice melt including how to select the best one for your facility based on surface type, lowest effective melting temperature, & more!

As for where best to apply ice melt, parking lots, walkways, stairways, sidewalks, and around the main entryway are all good locations. The goal is to prevent personal injury from falling, so targeting areas that see high foot traffic, have low visibility, or are already prone to slips are all good choices. 

Eliminate White Streaks from Ice Melt Residue

It is inevitable that ice melt residue will make its way into your building at some point in the winter. It’s a product that is used by so many that even if you don’t elect to use it around your facility, chances are someone will track it in from elsewhere. That’s why we recommend stocking up on floor neutralizers. 

Not to be confused with neutral floor cleaner, floor neutralizer is a vital component of your winter floor care routine due to its effectiveness as a floor neutralizer and ability to combat white streaks left behind from salt and ice melt residue. 

Pro Tip: Watch this video to learn the key differences between floor cleaner and floor neutralizer:

Floor neutralizer does an exceptional job at removing white swirl marks from vinyl, terrazzo, and ceramic tile flooring. It can also be used to remove salt stains from carpeted surfaces.

Floor neutralizer makes cleaning efforts a lot simpler because it is specifically made to address the residue left behind by harsh chemicals used during the winter time. It is able to do this because it is slightly more acidic than your typical neutral cleaner.


Final Thoughts

Needless to say, there’s more to a full-fledged winter floor care bundle than what we’ve gone over, but this product bundle should be more than enough to get you started. 

For all the winter floor care products you need, contact an Imperial Dade sales rep today. We offer an unparalleled selection of equipment, materials, and supplies that will keep your floors and facility looking clean all year round. We offer free consultations where our experts can review your facility on-site or virtually to identify gaps in your winter floor care program.   

Our specialists are available day-in and day-out to offer their expertise in creating a winter floor care bundle that is right for your operation.

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Stretch Wrap 101: What Is Industrial Plastic Wrap, Types of Plastic Stretch Wrap, & How to Use

Stretch Wrap 101: What Is Industrial Plastic Wrap, Types of Plastic Stretch Wrap, & How to Use

Imagine this: the average semi-truck (72’) can fit 26 standard pallets inside it, without stacking. A single standard pallet can carry up to 4,600 lbs of cargo. That means just under 120,000 lbs of cargo can fit inside a semi-truck. 

If it weren’t for industrial stretch wrap, it’s safe to say that much of that cargo would be tossed around, torn up, or shattered by the time the shipping container reached its destination. Stretch wrap plays an incredibly important role in the transportation industry, but what is it?

If you want answers, look no further! We’ve put together this introductory article on all things stretch wrap.

What is Stretch Wrap? 

Not to be confused with saran wrap, stretch wrap goes by many names; stretch film, plastic stretch wrap, and industrial stretch wrap are some of the more common ones. 

As its name implies, stretch wrap is a highly stretchable plastic film. Its primary function is to unitize loads, though it has several secondary functions that we’ll go over in this article. 

Check out this article’s accompanying video to watch one of our packaging directors demonstrate the use and efficacy of several different types of stretch wrap!

What is Stretch Wrap Made Of?

First things first, what is stretch wrap made of? 

Industrial stretch wrap is made from linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE). While other types of polyethylene can be used, LLDPE is the most common material because of its elongation at break and puncture resistance.

Those are some big terms, I know. But what it really means is that a special type of plastic is used in the making of stretch wrap so that the product can have a high elastic recovery, which is ultimately useful for wrapping and holding large loads together. 

What is Stretch Wrap Used For? 

As mentioned earlier in the article, stretch wrap’s primary function is to secure products together so that the loads don’t fall over in transit. More often than not, this means securing products or materials to a pallet so that they can be shipped without damaging the load, or any other materials being shipped with the load. 

All it takes is a basic layer of industrial stretch wrap to a load to a standard pallet. Its low cost and high efficacy have made industrial plastic wrap a staple of the shipping and transit industry. More than just a load stabilizer, though, stretch wrap has several secondary functions. 

One of its many benefits is how it helps to reduce product loss. Industrial plastic wrap is very stretchy. Its elasticity allows the plastic stretch wrap to apply pressure to whatever it is securing when it’s wrapped around a load, keeping things in place. Because of this, fewer items fall off pallets and go missing in transit. 

It’s for that same reason that industrial stretch wrap improves the stability of packages and the efficiency of handling and storing loads while decreasing the risk of injury for workers. 

When looking at different varieties of stretch wrap, there are a host of added benefits, from UV protection, to color-coding. We’ll cover all that later in the article. 

How is Stretch Wrap Made & Why Does it Matter? 

There are two main processes by which plastic stretch wrap is created, the first is cast extrusion, and the second is blown extrusion. 

Let’s break down the difference between these two extrusion processes. 

Cast vs Blown Stretch Wrap?

Let’s start with cast stretch wrap. Cast stretch wrap is made by a process called cast extrusion. In this process, plastic material is heated up and continuously melted into a flat die slot so that it can be pushed out onto a cooled roller, causing it to re-solidify in a new shape.

This process boasts a handful of benefits, like clearer transparency, ease of use for stretching, a good grip with two-sided cling, and less noise when stretching. Due to reduced manufacturing costs, cast stretch wrap is also more affordable to produce, making it a popular option over blown stretch wrap. 

In a similar process to cast stretch wrap, the blown extrusion process begins by melting plastic material and pushing it through a die slot; imagine funneling hot, melted plastic through a tube and onto a flat, chilled surface so that it cools as a thin sheet. 

Where blown extrusion differs from cast extrusion is that the die slot is ring-shaped, and the plastic is pushed through vertically to form a refined tube. Then, air is blown through an opening in the center of the die, causing the tube to expand like a balloon. From the top, cool air is blown onto the tube, chilling the plastic. 

This process creates a tougher, yet more flexible stretch wrap. On top of that, blown stretch wrap has a high degree of memory once stretched, leading to more secure loads. Its superior memory, strength, and tear resistance make it an effective option over cast stretch wrap. Blown stretch wrap however is more expensive than cast stretch wrap.  

Whether you should be using blown or cast stretch wrap should be determined by weighing out the benefits of each to see which is more applicable to your operation. 

Blown extrusion produces a higher cling quality, but the cost of production is also higher because it produces more film per hour than cast extrusion. The blown extrusion process is also less consistent, leading to a less consistent product. 

Cast extrusion is a faster process that produces a more consistent product that has better performance characteristics. While the cling quality is not as good as blown stretch wrap, this is offset by a quicker and more cost-effective production. 

At the end of the day though, both of these products are viable for securing loads to pallets. 

What Are the Different Types of Stretch Wrap?

Industrial stretch wrap comes in many varieties, each with its own use. When stretch wrap has a specific use, other than to unitize loads, it’s referred to as specialty stretch wrap. Here, we’ll review some of the most common specialty stretch wraps.

Pre-Stretch Wrapstandard stretch wrap

Advantages: Pre-stretch wrap is just stretch wrap, but stretched up to 90% of its maximum stretch rate. This means it requires less stretching during the application process, which translates to about 50% less film consumption than other industrial stretch wraps.

Disadvantages: Because it is already stretched out, this film is thinner than your standard stretch wrap, meaning it has poor puncture resistance. In large or uneven loads where there are multiple corners, that can mean multiple punctures.   

Use Case: If you’re looking to increase cost-effectiveness without sacrificing quality, pre-stretch wrap is your go to. Because it uses about 50% less film, it can lead to huge cost savings. 

UV Stretch Wrap

Advantages: Ultraviolet (UV) stretch wrap helps to protect the integrity of the stretch wrap from harmful UV rays by preventing photodegradation, a process by which rays of sunlight and the air can cause particles to degrade, damaging the stretch wrap. 

Disadvantages: UV stretch wrap has two distinct disadvantages. The first is that it is more expensive than standard stretch wrap, owing to the film’s special chemical makeup. The second is that it is made to order, which usually takes about a month to get to your business.

Use Case: If you’re wrapping or storing loads outdoors, especially for extended periods of time, and want to avoid the stretch wrap degrading, then UV stretch wrap is the way to go.

Vented Stretch Wrap

Advantages: Vented stretch wrap allows products being contained by the wrap to get fresh air flow. This is particularly effective at creating the proper ventilation for produce to breathe so that it can ripen during transportation, though it is also used for meat, frozen foods, and plants.  

Disadvantages: This stretch wrap has holes all over it, making it far easier to see what is being carried than other types of stretch wrap. It also has less strength than standard stretch wrap. This is because there is less plastic in it as a result of being covered in holes. 

Use Case: If you ship produce that needs to breathe, especially for the purpose of ripening, this variety of stretch wrap is the best option. 

Anti-Static Stretch Wrap

Advantages: A special additive that is applied to anti-static stretch wrap eliminates the possibility for this film to experience an electrostatic discharge. It clings tightly to itself for added security and reduces the amount of generated static compared to normal stretch wrap.

Disadvantages: Anti-static stretch wrap is typically thicker than your standard stretch wrap. This can be a problem if you need to see through the stretch wrap, as the added thickness can cause increased opaqueness. There is also the problem of limited manufacturing because it is more expensive.

Use Case: Anti-static stretch wrap is great for shipping electronics, electrical equipment, or anything flammable when you don’t want to risk the chance of a static shock. 

Colored Stretch Wrap

anti static stretch wrap

Advantages: The use of colored stretch wrap is for any facility that needs to easily separate shipments. The USDA, for example, only uses blue stretch wrap so that it is easy to identify if it gets in any food. It can be used as a means of color-coding, both during shipping and in storage. It is also designed to be puncture resistant. 

Disadvantages: Colored stretch wrap can make it more difficult to see exactly what products or materials are secured to the pallet. This can make it a problem if transportation workers need to know what is in the load they’re transporting. It is also made to order, meaning that if the manufacturer doesn’t already have a batch in stock, it can take a long time to be produced and delivered to your business. 

Use Case: Colored stretch wrap is useful for everything from warehouse color coding to inventory dating. Create a system of organization, implement it, and watch as the efficiency of your shipping and storage increases. 

Coreless Stretch Wrapcoreless stretch wrap

Advantages: Coreless stretch wrap is more sustainable than regular stretch wrap because it does without the core, leaving nothing to be thrown out after all the stretch wrap is used up. Pair with a reusable core for more efficiency. In addition, it will always come pre-stretched. 

Disadvantages: Coreless stretch wrap is the exact same as pre-stretch wrap, just without the core. Other than having no core, it has no advantages or disadvantages over pre-stretch wrap. 

Use Case: If you’re looking for a fully green manufacturing plan, or wish to promote sustainability at your business, coreless stretch wrap is the way to go. 

Biodegradable Stretch Wrap

Advantages: Biodegradable stretch wrap is one of the newest stretch wrap variants out there. It is not only fully recyclable, but it is also biodegradable. So, while you may recycle it, the film will fully degrade in a landfill in approximately two years. It can break down in water or on land and breaks down so fully that it can be consumed by living organisms. 

Disadvantages: This stretch wrap is soft, meaning that it has low tear resistance compared to standard stretch wrap. This affects its ability to maintain the security of an especially heavy load in transit. 


Final Thoughts 

Stretch wrap is an integral tool in load unitization, transportation, and storage. While it is essential to the structural safety of loads, it also provides an array of bonus benefits when taking full advantage of the wide selection of specialty plastic stretch wraps. Whatever the type of transportation or storage, there is a variety of stretch wrap that can help you in more ways than one. 

Whether you’re located in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, or Canada, Imperial Dade locations can provide your business with the tools and guidance you need to find the right stretch wrap for your operation. We also offer a wide variety of commercial manufacturing equipment including hand stretch wrap tools, stretch wrap machines, different specialty stretch wraps, and more. Reach out to us for more information today.

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How to Clean Bathroom Tile and Grout: 10 Tips and Tricks You Need

How to Clean Bathroom Tile and Grout: 10 Tips and Tricks You Need

Is your commercial bathroom plagued by stained, dirty floors? Are there lingering odors in the air? These are some of the most common complaints for a commercial restroom, but they don’t have to be for yours.

In 2021, a survey found that more than 68% of Americans say dirty floors would cause them to have a negative perception of a business, confirming that dirty restrooms directly impact how people perceive a business.

Restroom cleanliness is vital to how your business, and facility, are viewed. 

Foul odors and dirty floors are two major factors impacting people’s perception of a facility.

Knowing this inspired us to put together this collection of tips and tricks for effective bathroom floor maintenance.

We’ll cover different methods of cleaning and preventative care for your bathroom flooring, so that they can be at their cleanest for your facility’s occupants.

10 Tips and Tricks For Cleaning Bathroom Tile & Grout

Here are 10 tips and tricks our experts came up with to help prevent grout stains, nasty odors, and any other issues that may occur in a commercial restroom.

By using these tips and tricks, you will effectively be lowering the cost and amount of labor involved in restroom maintenance, as well as reducing the number of complaints from people in the building.

  • Tip #1: Display Signage to Communicate Hazards
  • Tip #2: Always Remove as Much Dry Soil as Possible
  • Tip #3: Clean the Bathroom Flooring From Back to Front to Prevent Cross-Contamination
  • Tip #4: Ditch Your String Mop for a Microfiber Mop
  • Tip #5: Use a Compact Orbital Floor Scrubber to Attack Nasty Grout Stains
  • Tip #6: Install an Anti-Splash Guard 
  • Tip #7: Strategically Position Urinal Mats for Added Protection
  • Tip #8: Tackle Bathroom Odors with an Odor Digester
  • Tip #9: Use a Grout Restorer to Bring Back the Original Coloring
  • Tip #10: Perform Floor Care as the Last Part of Your Restroom Maintenance Routine

Tip #1: Display Signage to Communicate Hazards 

Wet floor signs are an effective way of informing employees that the restroom floor may be wet or has recently been cleaned, and they should be cautious about slips and falls. Rubbermaid Floor Sign with 'Caution Wet Floor' imprint, 2 sided

Posting signage will let the people in your facility know that the bathroom flooring is closed for maintenance. You should place them in front of the doors to the bathroom, as well as in the bathroom near areas where water tends to pool.

There are three different types of wet floor signs: collapsible signs, tent signs, and cone signs. Each sign has its own usage depending on the location they’re needed, but tent signs seem to be the general go-to because they are not easily overlooked, and can be stored easily.

Tip #2: Always Remove as Much Dry Soil as Possible 

Before wet mopping or cleaning with an auto scrubber, remove as much dirt or other dry build up as possible. Failing to dispose of soils can lead to an even bigger mess when dirt and soil particles mix with water or cleaning solution, leaving muddy streaks across the floor.

The best tool to remove dry soils in the restroom is a disposable microfiber dust mop.

Disposable microfiber dust mops are single-use products. This eliminates the risk of cross-contamination. Microfiber dust mops are also highly absorbent. They can capture and contain up to 25% more dirt than regular string mops.

Sweep the bathroom flooring with a microfiber mop before cleaning in order to remove large amounts of dirt and soil before they can build up and cause a bigger nuisance.

Tip #3: Clean the Bathroom Flooring from Back to Front to Prevent Cross-Contamination

This tip applies to most floors when cleaning, not just bathroom flooring. You want to start at the innermost corner of the bathroom and work your way out towards the entrance so that you don’t have to trek across your freshly cleaned floor.

Furthermore, if you walk across a freshly cleaned, wet floor, you risk tracking contaminants or cleaning chemicals to other floor spaces in your facility which is both a slip-and-fall risk and harmful to other floor surfaces like granite or hardwood. Bathroom restoration chemicals for grout and tile can be highly acidic and could damage other floors.

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Tip #4: Ditch Your String Mop for a Microfiber Mop

Traditional string mops unload dirt into the grout lines, leading to discoloration, and eventually requiring them to be deep cleaned. 409912400 - Rubbermaid Disposable Microfiber

The most effective way to clean grout lines is with a compact scrubber. Floor scrubbers can penetrate down into grout lines and lift dirt away. However, if you don’t have access to one of these, you may be required to use a mop and bucket. If that’s the case, then we recommend using a microfiber mop.

Microfiber mops can help lift the dirt out from the grout lines, making them effective at elongating the time between scrubbings.

Tip #5: Use a Compact Orbital Floor Scrubber to Attack Nasty Grout Stains

Also known as a small floor scrubber, this is the perfect piece of equipment for cleaning bathroom floors because it is designed to fit under partitions and urinals, behind toilets, and in other hard-to-reach places that are typically extra dirty because traditional floor scrubbing machines cannot reach.

We recommend using the blue turf pad because it is rough, flexible, and designed for tile and grout work. Equipped with a blue turf pad, the compact scrubber will have no problem penetrating into the grooves between tiles, making it perfect for cleaning grout.

Tip #6: Install an Anti-Splash Guard

Did you know? 90% of restroom odors are actually caused by urine trapped in the grout line. 

Prevent urine from splashing onto the floor with an anti-splash guard.

Anti-splash guards are installed in urinals to dramatically reduce splashback, keeping the liquids in the urinal instead of sending them to the floor. There’s no better way to limit odors than by preventing them.

 

Tip #7: Strategically Position Urinal Mats for Added Protection

As an alternative to anti-splash guards, urinal mats are placed under a urinal. They’re designed to collect urine and liquids, preventing moisture from reaching grout lines and flooring by absorbing it on impact.

Most urinal mats are disposable, so they don’t require cleaning. This can help cut down on labor costs.

Tip #8: Tackle Bathroom Odors with an Odor Digester

Even with splash guards or urinal mats, urine can still find its way into your bathroom grout.

Inevitably some urine will splash from the bowl and get onto the floor and in between the tiles, where it seeps into porous grout lines.

When this happens, the most effective product is an odor digester.<

Odor digesters are bio-enzymatic. Bio-enzymatic cleaning products contain bacteria and enzymes that penetrate organic residues, such as urine. The “good” bacteria and enzymes from the bio-enzymatic product will break down the “bad” bacteria from the stain and eliminate the odor in a process called biodegradation.

Tip #9: Use a Grout Restorer to Bring Back the Original Coloring 

If your grout color isn’t restored after periodic cleaning, like scrubbing, it is likely time to perform restorative gout cleaning using a grout restorer.

Grout restorer is an extremely acidic product that does a terrific job of eliminating large amounts of dirt build-up and restoring discolored grout lines.

This product should only be used for deep, restorative cleanings. If it is used too frequently, it can cause permanent damage to the grout.

Take a look at our video on tile restoration for a thorough guide on the restorative cleaning procedure.

Tip #10: Perform Floor Care as the Last Part of Your Restroom Maintenance Routine

In a traditional 14-step restroom cleaning program, floor care is always the last step.

You should always clean from top to bottom when maintaining your restroom; that means cleaning the walls, mirrors, partitions, counter, sinks, and toilets before beginning on the floor.

If you do the reverse, then there is a high likelihood that some residuals from cleaning all of those surfaces will fall onto the floor. You can’t leave residual chemicals on the floor because you’d have to clean the floor again.

Save yourself the hassle of having to reclean the floor by saving it for the end of your commercial bathroom maintenance routine.


Final Thoughts

Dirty bathrooms have a major impact on your business’ perceived cleanliness; leading to more complaints, fewer repeat visitors, and even negative reviews, all of which affect your business. The tips and tricks in this article are meant to make bathroom floor maintenance easier so that you can prevent your facility’s bathroom flooring from becoming a problem for your business.

Whether you’re located in the United States or Canada, Imperial Dade locations can provide your business with the tools and guidance you need to keep your floor care equipment well-maintained. We offer a wide variety of commercial cleaning equipment including all-purpose cleaners, microfiber mops, floor pads, and more. Reach out to us for more information today!

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How to Maintain an Autoscrubber in 10 Easy Steps: An Operator’s Manual

How to Maintain an Autoscrubber in 10 Easy Steps: An Operator&#8217;s Manual

Keep your automatic floor scrubber in peak condition by following these 10 key autoscrubber maintenance steps.

Maintaining your autoscrubber doesn’t have to be exhaustive, in fact, we’ve put together a guide to the 10 steps that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.

If you’re a visual learner, you can check out the video below for an overview of the article.

Otherwise, if you’re looking to learn about our ten easy steps to floor scrubber maintenance, keep reading!

Daily Auto Scrubber Maintenance: How to Clean an Autoscrubber in 10 Steps

Before jumping into the ten steps of our autoscrubber maintenance guide, let’s discuss why daily maintenance is important. 

Some of the most common auto scrubber maintenance problems are: poor water pick up, poor scrubbing results, your machine brush deck will not scrub, it is not releasing water, the machine will not turn on, and poor run time. You may notice that each of these problems presents a huge roadblock for a floor scrubber to effectively perform its job.

We go in-depth on the various issues, and their causes, that can affect an auto floor scrubber in our article: Causes of the 6 Most Common Auto Scrubber Problems and How to Solve Them.

Beyond saving your machine from performance problems, daily auto scrubber maintenance serves as a preventative measure. Daily checks reveal small problems before they become too big to deal with. Everyday use for a big machine like an auto floor scrubber involves vibrations and friction, which lead to wear and tear.

It is crucial to the life of a machine that preventative maintenance be performed regularly, and not reactively. If you’re responding to a preexisting issue, it is not preventive maintenance.

In the rest of this article, we will teach you what to do to reduce the likelihood of having a problem occur altogether.

Daily Autoscrubber Maintenance Guide

Here’s an overview of each step so that you can jump around the article at your convenience.

  • Step 1: Drain the Recovery Tank
  • Step 2: Rinse the Dirty Water Tank
  • Step 3: Take Out the Debris Tray and Clean it Fully
  • Step 4: Take the Squeegee Off the Autoscrubber and Rinse it Thoroughly
  • Step 5: Clean the Pad Driver or the Brush
  • Step 6: Check Your Batteries
  • Step 7: Drain the Clean Water Tank
  • Step 8: Clean the Water Filter
  • Step 9: Charge the Batteries
  • Step 10: Prop the Recovery Tank Open While Charging

Step 1: Drain the Recovery Tank

There are two tanks on an automatic scrubber. One is a clean water tank and the other is the recovery tank. Recovery Tank. jpg

After using an auto floor scrubber, the recovery tank should always be drained. Draining the recovery tank is necessary to keep a clean system, prevent sludge buildup and stop odors from developing

To drain, use the drain hose by detaching it from the machine and holding it to a drain. If your auto scrubber doesn’t have one, you can empty the tank directly into a mop drain.

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Step 2: Rinse the Recovery Tank

The recovery tank holds slurry and other dirty solutions collected from the floor. This is the tank on top of the machine, and it should be rinsed out after draining. By not rinsing the tank out, you risk odors, mold, or mildew developing over time.

Be sure to rinse the tank thoroughly; you can tell you did a thorough job if clear water comes out when you drain.

Step 3: Take Out the Debris Tray and Clean it FullyMA30 13B debris tray

On most machines, there is a debris tray. The debris tray collects small to medium size floor trash like paper clips, dirt clumps, and other refuse. The tray stores this material until you complete the cleaning procedure.

The tray should be emptied after each use. If you fail to clean this out, the debris buildup will inevitably plug the tank inlet up, which is why we recommend cleaning it daily.

Just don’t forget to put it back afterward; without the debris tray, bigger debris builds up and will plug the drain.

Step 4: Take the Squeegee Assembly Off the Autoscrubber and Rinse it Thoroughly

To collect water and soap or slurry from your floors, auto scrubbers use a squeegee in the back of the brush head. Autoscrubber Squeegee

The squeegee assembly needs to be removed, rinsed, and wiped down after every use. Squeegees are typically made from linatex, rubber, and urethane. Certain chemicals can break down these materials.

Rinsing the squeegee will help protect it from damage, extending the squeegee’s life. If you don’t properly clean the squeegee blades, it can lead to streaks or patches of water where the blade isn’t level with the floor.

Step 5: Clean the Pad Driver or the Brush

Similar to step four, you want to take the pad driver off and remove any debris that has built up by rinsing it off.

Normally, you a pad is used for several days between cleanings. This is not good practice. Ideally, you should always start the day with a clean pad, and that means cleaning it at the end of the day.

Take it a step further by cleaning it after each use. This dramatically extends the life of the pad.

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Step 6: Check Your Batteries 

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Another incredibly important step, open the floor scrubber up to reveal its internal compartment. This grants you access to the batteries so that you can monitor their water levels.

Monitor their levels by uncovering each vent on top of the battery compartment. Peer into the vent, and you’ll see a series of plates. You want to make sure that the plates are completely covered by the water, but by no more than half an inch. If it does not cover the plates, you should add more distilled water.

Be careful to never overfill the batteries, overfilling will cause them to boil over, resulting in a mess of battery acid leaking into your machine.

Step 7: Drain the Clean Water Tank

If there is any leftover water in the water tank that is contaminated with chemicals, always drain it out. Over time, chemicals can build up in the lines, which is normal, but if you don’t rinse often, it can lead to a blockage.

Take the sight line tube off the auto scrubber machine, and empty it out into a drain.

Step 8: Clean the Water Filter

ES400 XLP Solution Filter removed

Avoiding this step is another great way to ensure your auto floor scrubber gets totally plugged up. The clean water filter prevents mineral buildup from hard water by filtering the debris that comes through the freshwater supply.

All you need to do to clean the water filter is remove the filter from the filter holder, thoroughly rinse it out, place it back into the holder, and return it to the auto floor scrubber.

Step 9: Charge the Batteries

This step only applies if the auto scrubber machine was used for an extended period of time; charge the batteries. Battery Disconnected

You don’t want to charge the battery after every use especially if the machine is only used for short periods of time. We call that opportunity charging, and you want to avoid it at all costs.

Opportunity charging is when you plug the auto scrubber machine in just because you can. This results in overheating, which can cause significant damage to the battery. Even if the damage isn’t very noticeable, the auto scrubber will have fewer cycles in its lifespan, leading to a premature battery replacement.

Pro Tip: Learn more about the dangers of opportunity charging.

Step 10: Prop the Recovery Tank Open While Charging

Last, but certainly not least, while charging the batteries, leave the recovery tank lid propped open.

Most machines will come with a mechanism or prop built in, the ones that don’t can just be left with the hatch open or off, but it is important to let that recovery tank breath at the end of the day to avoid bacterial buildup and odors.

 


Final Thoughts

Taking proper care of your equipment is crucial to keeping up the life of your auto scrubber and the cleanliness of your facility. In this article, we gave you all the knowledge you need to begin taking care of your autoscrubber with an effective daily maintenance routine.

Whether you’re located in the United States or Canada, Imperial Dade locations can provide your business with the tools and guidance you need to keep your floor care equipment well-maintained. We offer a wide variety of commercial cleaning equipment including autoscrubbers, floor pads, brushes, and more. Reach out to us for more information today!

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Floor Prep 101: Get Your Floors Winter Ready with a Scrub and Recoat

Floor Prep 101: Get Your Floors Winter Ready with a Scrub and Recoat

With all the products and floor prep information floating around this season, we thought we’d save you from the hassle of having to figure out what the best option for winter prep is by putting together this guide.

As you know, winter comes with a host of contaminants, which means salt, ice, and mud being tracked across your floors. The best floor prep for winter is a solid scrub and recoat of your floors; this will get rid of all the dirt and dust that has built up over the spring and fall.

We’ll go over two different methods for scrubbing and recoating floors, one is with a floor buffer, and the other with a floor scrubber. Not sure which is the right way to scrub and recoat your floors? Keep reading or check out the video below.

What Are the Two Methods of Scrub and Recoat?

The two methods of scrubbing and recoating that we’ll be covering in this article are differentiated by the machine, pad, and chemicals that are used. The first method will use a floor buffer with a blue pad, while the second utilizes an orbital auto floor scrubber with a surface preparation pad (SPP).

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Which Scrub and Recoat Method is Right for your Business’ Floor Prep Routine? 

Before we go into detail about how to perform each of these methods, let’s talk about which is best suited for your floor prep routine.

The method you end up using will probably depend on what machinery is currently at your disposal. However, if you have both a floor buffer and a floor scrubber, or have neither and are considering which to purchase, let’s compare how they perform.

When to Use a Floor Buffer to Perform a Scrub and Recoat 

A deep scrub with a floor buffer takes about half a layer of wax off the top of the floor, removing all the dirt that was sitting on there. This process is a little slower, and uses an intense, alkaline all-purpose cleaner, but produces great results for the appearance of your floor.

When to Use a Floor Scrubber to Perform a Scrub and Recoat 

An orbital auto floor scrubber is best used for really, really grimy floors. It’ll take off at least 2 or 3 layers of wax, which fully removes any dirt and grime from the floor. It does not require any chemicals when used with an SPP and water. As a result, it is less labor-intensive while attaining a deeper scrub. It achieves this because of the sandpaper-like quality and grit of the SPP.

Method 1: Top Scrub with Floor BufferBuffers & Burnishers

For a deep scrub, sometimes referred to as a top scrub, you’ll be using a floor buffer equipped with a blue pad. The blue bad is best in this scenario because it is effective at heavy-duty scrubbing, can handle a medium to heavy amount of soil, and scratches the wax just enough for a fresh layer to adhere to it.

We’ll also be using an all-purpose cleaner in our tank. An all-purpose cleaner will more effectively scrub away at the wax than a neutral cleaner. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for dilution.

After filling up the tank with a diluted chemical solution, and equipping a blue pad, you’re ready to attack your floors! After you scrub, the dirt will all be removed, and you can follow with a layer or two of finish!

How to Perform a Scrub and Recoat with a Floor Buffer

Here is an overview of the steps for using a floor buffer to scrub and recoat your floors (for a more detailed guide, check out our article on the subject).

  1. Select the Blue Floor Pad
  2. Install Floor Pad
  3. Unplug (Cord-Electric) or Turn Off (Battery-Operated
  4. Lock the Machine Handle in Place
  5. Tilt the Machine Back
  6. Center Pad on Pad Driver and Install
  7. Lock the Handlebar Into Desired Height Position
  8. Use Handlebar to Control Side-to-Side Motion

This method is slightly more laborious and, owing to the use of alkaline chemicals, intensive. That being said, it’s the best choice for you if you’re just looking to perform routine maintenance or want to add back some shine to your floors.

Method 2: Deep Scrub with an Auto Floor ScrubberT380AMR Floor Scrubber 20iin

For more heavily soiled floors, look towards using an orbital auto floor scrubber for your winter floor prep. An auto scrubber will take care of deeply ground in dirt.

Unlike the last system, there is no need for a chemical formula. For the auto scrubber, all you’re going to need is water and a surface preparation pad. You can think of the SPP as a sandpaper pad, it’s going to scrub away at the top few layers of wax and really get rid of any deeply set dirt or grime.

Using an orbital auto floor scrubber equipped with a surface preparation pad, you’re going to remove 2 or 3 layers of wax from you’re floor. Therefore, you’ll want to follow the procedure with 2 or 3 coats of wax, in order to restore that floor to its original shine.

How to Perform a Scrub and Recoat with an Auto Floor Scrubber

Here is an overview of the steps for using an auto floor scrubber to scrub and recoat your floors (for a more detailed guide, check out our article on the subject).

  1. Prep the Area
  2. Dust Mop or Vacuum Floors
  3. Prep the Machine
  4. Scrub the Floors with Water and an SPP
  5. Drain the Auto Scrubber Tanks
  6. Rinse the Auto Scrubber Tanks
  7. Leave the Tanks Open to Dry
  8. Clean the Squeegee
  9. Rinse the Pad/Brush
  10. Charge the Battery

This should be your go-to method if those floors haven’t seen a deep scrub in a while. It may take more time than top scrubbing with a floor buffer, but it will dig down deep and really remove any unwanted soil on your floors. If the floors are in need of a need cleaning, or you have to remove a particularly nasty stain, go with an auto floor scrubber.

Is a Scrub and Recoat the Same as a Strip and Wax

You may be asking yourself what the difference is between a scrub and recoat, and a strip and wax, and that’s a valid question. To strip and wax the floor is an expensive, labor-intensive process that can be a major waste of time and money if all you needed was to scrub and recoat.

A strip and wax is required when your floors have significant dirt and grime buildup. The process involves using harsh chemicals and an aggressive scrubbing pad to remove all layers of wax from your floor before applying a wax finish and sealant.

There are a few more steps to the process than that, but that’s as in-depth as we’ll go here. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our article on whether a strip and wax or scrub and recoat is right for you.

Scrub and recoat when you want to refinish your floors but there isn’t enough buildup to justify a full strip and wax. Compared to strip and wax, this is an expedited process; it requires the removal of the top layers of wax on the floor, with the goal of removing the dirt and grime trapped within those layers. After recoating, your floors will look clean and shiny again.


Final Thoughts

The end of fall is the best time to think about recoating your floors. You want to get ahead on winter, avoid the tough stains that come with it, and take advantage of the warm weather to scrub and recoat your floors.

Whether you’re located in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the Caribbean,  Imperial Dade will provide your business with the tools and guidance you need to keep your flooring looking great. We offer a wide variety of commercial cleaning supplies including mopping kits, floor machines, and more. Reach out to us for more information today!

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IoT & Smart Restroom Management Systems: Which is Right For Your Business?

IoT &amp; Smart Restroom Management Systems: Which is Right For Your Business?

Looking to learn more about the most popular Smart Restroom Management Systems on the market? Read on.

Below, we review the top 3 IoT-enabled systems on the market today (in no specific order):

KOLO™ Smart Monitoring System

The KOLO™ Smart Monitoring System by GP PRO connects your whole restroom.
The KOLO™ Smart Monitoring System by GP PRO connects your whole restroom.

This system is designed for office buildings, high traffic locations, colleges and universities, and even hospitals and large industrial facilities.

Today, the KOLO™ System is installed in a range of locations, from 300,000 sq ft office buildings to the busiest airport in the world. Common characteristics of KOLO customers are sites with over 250 dispensers who are focused on using the latest technologies to enhance facility hygiene and offer a premium customer experience. 

The KOLO System monitors paper towel, tissue, soap and sanitizer usage, as well as a host of other data points, including estimated restroom traffic, waste, outage time, and more.

With the KOLO System, facilities are able to reduce product waste, lower occupant complaints, and increase operational efficiencies.

In some cases, facilities can see a 90% reduction in people impacted by towel outages and as much as an 85% reduction in tissue waste. Additionally, 88% of custodians surveyed say it makes them more efficient.

This system sends real-time alerts from the exact problem location, helping to increase staff efficiency. Staff spend less time searching for the out-of-stock or malfunctioning machines across your facility as the exact restroom location and dispenser or item are noted in the alert. 

The KOLO™ System sets itself apart in several ways, including that it can connect to a variety of smart or cloud-connected devices such as TOTO™ toilets, sinks, and urinals to monitor, track, and notify of any issues on these items all from one system. 

Other KOLO partners include Avius customer satisfaction tablets and Tooshlights stall occupancy lights.  KOLO data can also be integrated with other facility management and work order solutions.   

The connection between various devices allows for a more robust facility monitoring system.

Further, KOLO has a new Cleaning Task Management System that is not limited to the restroom and can be used across your entire facility.  

System Tracking & Available Analytics

The KOLO™ system is unique in the fact that it can transmit data in two different ways.

Data is sent from dispensers to collectors via Bluetooth, and then from collectors, it can either be transmitted to the cloud via your existing wi-fi network or through a secure LoRaWAN network that Georgia-Pacific installs. 

If you have a robust wi-fi system currently and choose to use your existing wi-fi networks, there is no external hardware or integrations needed.  If you do not have a wi-fi network that a business partner can connect to, however, Georgia Pacific’s LoRaWAN solution provides a completely ‘off-prem’ solution – so you’re covered in either case. 

The KOLO™ Smart Monitoring System has both a mobile and desktop application.  The mobile application provides timely information for custodians and supervisors on the go, while the desktop application is designed for managers and supervisors who need a comprehensive view of what’s happening across their facility now and over time.

Key alerts available on both applications include:

  • Low or Out of Stock Product
  • Low or Depleted Batteries
  • Dispenser Jams or Clogs

You can choose from preset alerts or determine your own. For access to the data, there is a monthly subscription payment. There is no payment per user seat.

In addition to these alerts, the system uses predictive analytics based on past trends to help prevent future premature changeouts, reduce waste, and helps develop data driven cleaning routines.

Installation Protocols

The KOLO™ team manages the entire installation process and offers onboarding, training, and ongoing consulting and support on your site’s performance. 

Dispensers used with the KOLO™ System are leased by the facility. While dispensers do not require an upfront purchase, paper and hand hygiene product costs, as well as data management, must be paid by the facility. 

To help determine if this technology is a fit for a facility, the KOLO team will estimate the value the system will create, including reduced product waste and the time saved by reducing complaints and work orders, easing inventory management, and limiting unnecessary dispenser checks.

Tork Vision®

Tork Vision®
Tork Vision®

Designed to help support better hygiene and lower occupant complaints, Tork Vision®, previously known as EasyCube, utilizes a combination of technology to monitor restroom traffic, track product consumption, and digitize cleaning tasks.

Alerting staff in real-time, the Tork system enables your janitorial team to maximize efficiency, stay ahead of issues and respond to needs more quickly.

This intelligent system does this by using data-driven cleaning to identify urgent needs in the restroom. This helps your staff get actionable insights to understand where and when cleaning and refilling are needed.

The system can track consumption levels for soap, sanitizer, hand towels, and bath tissue, with a wide connected dispenser assortment to fit customers’ specific needs. Monitoring consumption levels means you can rest assured your guests will always have access to essential products that support proper hygiene.

While this system is beneficial for the restroom, it can also be used in many other parts of the building. Tork® offers building managers flexibility to connect either visitor traffic or dispenser data sensors in all types of spaces to optimize the way of working everywhere that cleaning is done.

This is especially important in today’s environment where people are limiting how many people are allowed in a space and increasing the frequency of when an area should be cleaned based on the number of visitors. 

Tork Vision® allows you to see traffic patterns and set customized visitor thresholds per area to identify and service high-touch areas. Tools like the visitor heatmap quickly identify hot spots to optimize cleaning frequency and more strategically staff cleaners. This helps you display to your guests that you are actively cleaning and disinfecting, providing peace of mind. 

Given the versatility of the Tork system, it is a great gateway IoT option for any facility.  This system allows an operation no matter the size to ease into the world of smart restrooms and smart buildings.

System Tracking & Available Analytics

Using its own cellular connection, Tork  ® sensors do not require access to a WiFi network. This helps the sensors identify the strongest connectivity and avoid putting any strain on a customer’s bandwidth.

Tork   can be used to send alerts for:

  • Low or Out of Stock Product
  • Occupancy Limits
  • Cleaning tasks for cleaners
  • Messages to cleaners

After an alert is resolved, the dashboard stores analytics for future planning to optimize resources and lower product waste. Tork  ® also helps support stronger reporting and proof of service, with built-in reports on cleaning, quality, product consumption, availability, visitor traffic, and more.

While the system comes with a unique software application for managers and cleaners, Tork® also has open architecture with API options. Meaning, if you feel more comfortable tracking and analyzing data on your own software platform, you can pull the Tork visitor and dispenser data directly into that existing system.

Installation Protocols

A site survey, in combination with your goals, can help decide how this system can help enhance your operations. Pricing will vary based on each facility’s needs and goals.

With this system, customers will see the value they can achieve by identifying how they can generate savings in areas like labor and product cost, as well as how maximizing efficiencies can contribute to their bottom line.

Onvation® Smart Restroom Management System

Onvation® Smart Restroom Management System
Onvation® Smart Restroom Management System

Kimberly Clark Professional, in collaboration with GOJO Industries, has transformed the way you can manage your commercial washroom with the Onvation® Smart Restroom Solution.

This strategic partnership enables you to proactively monitor smart restroom solutions from both industry-leading SCOTT® and PURELL® brands – all through a single interface.

The Onvation® Smart Restroom Solution leverages smart-sensing technology, allowing your custodial crew to remotely monitor the use of Scott® Towel and Bath Tissue and  PURELL® hand hygiene products as well as dispenser conditions. 

You can easily track and analyze restroom conditions right from your fingertips to reduce customer complaints and increase tenant satisfaction.

Sending updates in real-time, maintenance personnel bypass having to check multiple areas or dispensers for issues, cutting down on the amount of time it takes staff to complete the task. The system also aids in reducing restroom complaints due to out-of-stock products or out-of-service dispensers. 

Designed for large, high-traffic facilities, the system seamlessly monitors buildings with 30+ restrooms, like office buildings, healthcare facilities, airports, and universities, optimizing restroom servicing and increasing staff efficiency so they can focus on other high-touch cleaning and disinfecting tasks.

System Tracking & Available Analytics

To transmit data in real-time, the Onvation® solution utilizes a third-party gateway that continuously uploads restroom data to Microsoft Azure, where the information is securely stored. The gateway has flexibility to connect to the cloud via cellular or Wi-Fi.

Alerts are dispatched to cleaning staff via the Onvation Compass™ app. The app is free and can be downloaded by as many users on your team as necessary.

When staff is alerted to an issue or upcoming outage, they can quickly resolve it, lessening the chance of customer complaints and unhappy guests.

Onvation® also saves employees time and energy by pointing to the exact restroom and dispenser they need to maintain.

This system also helps cut down on product waste. In many large facilities today, staff must estimate levels of product and guess if they should restock while they are there. This premature restock when paper products and soap dispensers are not fully empty, leads to unnecessary waste. In fact, a Senior Property Manager from St. Paul, MN shares how Onvation® helped reduce tenant complaints by 90% and cut product consumption in half.

Because the alert threshold within the Onvation® dashboard is adjustable, facilities managers can select the specific percentage at which they want staff to receive a notification. This means restroom dispensers can be refilled just before or exactly when needed, dramatically reducing waste and greatly improving inventory planning.

Possible alerts available from the Onvation® system include:

  • Low or out of stock product
  • Low battery
  • Dispenser jams

Additionally, the system can be configured to track restroom traffic and product usage information.

While alerts are best managed through the Onvation Compass™ application, supervisors and staff can access notifications through any cellular or internet-connected device.

When accessed via computer, management has control of a dashboard complete with analytics and predictive metrics based on past usage and occupant traffic.

Current and historical data and metrics help facility managers better evaluate product needs and usage. The dashboard offers the ability to compare monthly and year-to-date consumption averages, traffic patterns, premature refills, and average response times to alerts.

Installation Protocols

After a site survey, Kimberly Clark Professional and GOJO, in coordination with you and your Distributor will prepare, order and install the system as well as applicable products. 

In most situations, Kimberly Clark Professional will cover the cost of the installation but the building must lease the dispensers and pay for the products needed as a result of the site survey.

Post-installation, Kimberly-Clark Professional and GOJO deliver on-boarding training session(s) to review product set-up, performance, and answer any questions your team may have.


Final Thoughts

An Imperial Dade Specialist will help you identify which system is right for your business’ needs. We’ll start by identifying your goals and then perform an in-person or virtual evaluation of your facility so you can understand how to optimize your restroom cleaning and maintenance program with IoT and smart restroom management systems.


How to Perform Encapsulation Cleaning in 7 Easy Steps

How to Perform Encapsulation Cleaning in 7 Easy Steps

If you’re looking for effective ways to rid your facility’s carpets of the toughest stains, then you no doubt stumbled upon encapsulation cleaning in your research. Or, maybe you just got finished reading our article on encapsulation carpet cleaning.

Either way, this article is your one-stop guide for effectively assembling and operating an encapsulation carpet cleaning machine.

We’re going to give you the steps to properly perform encapsulation cleaning. We’ll start by reviewing the components of an encapsulation carpet cleaning machine, and then walk you through a detailed guide on assembly, followed lastly by the steps of operation.

Pro Tip: There are several different methods of encapsulation cleaning that all utilize different tools and chemical formulas. You’ll perform encapsulation cleaning based on the equipment and supplies available to you. Below, we’re using the dry foam system method.

How to Perform Encapsulation Cleaning 

Our experts at Imperial Dade have simplified the encapsulation cleaning process into seven basic steps that will have you encapsulating your facility’s carpets like a professional in no time.

To get the most out of this article, and gain the best understanding of how to perform encapsulation carpet cleaning, consider watching our accompanying video guide!

7 Simple Steps to Using a Dry Foam Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine 

It’s crucial to have all of the materials, supplies, and equipment prepared before you begin encapsulation cleaning. Here, we’ll go over everything you need to follow along with our guide.

Prepare for Encapsulation Cleaning

Equipment:

  • Ergodisc Floor Buffer
  • Dry Foam System

Supplies: 

  • Soft Brush Pad

Materials: 

  •  Encapsulation Cleaning Chemicals

Steps for Encapsulation Cleaning

Step 1: Add Water and Soap to the Dry Foam Generator

Step 2: Secure the Dry Foam Generator to the Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine

Step 3: Insert the Brush Into the Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine

Step 4: Adjust the Handle of Your Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine

Step 5: Activate and Adjust the Dry Foam Generator

Step 6: Allow Time for the Foam to Build Up

Step 7: Start Swinging the Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine Back and Forth Over the Carpet

Steps 1-3: How to Assemble an Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine

Before you can start operating an encapsulation carpet cleaning machine, we have to go over machine assembly.

Step 1: Add Water and Chemical Formula to the Dry Foam Generator

First things first, let’s focus on the dry foam generator.

Fill the dry foam generator’s tank to capacity with water. If you look at the top of the machine, on most models, you’ll notice a little dispenser. This is vital for correctly measuring out the encapsulation chemicals in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Not enough chemical solution and your efforts will have been in vain, too much chemical solution, and you risk leaving behind a sticky residue.

After carefully reading the manufacturer’s instructions, measure out the encapsulation chemical and add it to the dry foam generator’s water tank.

Pro Tip: It is highly recommended for you to use a neutral pH solution if you want to get the most out of encapsulation cleaning. A neutral solution ensures that there will be no sticky residue left to attract new dirt particles.

Step 2: Secure the Dry Foam Generator to the Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine

Next, you’ll need to secure the dry foam generator to the encapsulation carpet cleaning machine.

Put the foam generator onto the encapsulation carpet cleaning machine. It will clip into place, so make sure to listen for the click sound to know it is secure. Because the dry foam generator is a separate unit, make sure to plug it into the machine.

Step 3: Insert the Brush Into the Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine

While this step may seem straightforward, it is important that you get a number of factors correct if you want to perform an encapsulation cleaning most effectively.

Pro Tip: Use a soft brush, as opposed to a floor pad or bonnet. A brush will be able to reach deeper into the carpet and scrub out soil that a bonnet doesn’t have access to. You’ll want to make sure that the brush you do use has soft bristles, otherwise, it could cause too much agitation and end up damaging the carpet.

For fitting the brush into the encapsulation carpet cleaning machine, first, put the brush on the floor in front of the machine. Then, we recommended lowering the machine’s handle, allowing for easy leverage. Tilt the machine back, propping it up on its back wheels, roll it forward and over the pad, then, set the machine down on top of the pad.

Give it a little wiggle back and forth to make sure it fits snugly in the machine, and now you’re ready to operate the encapsulation carpet cleaning machine!

Steps 4-7: How to Operate an Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine

Now that the encapsulation carpet cleaning machine is all set up and ready for use, let’s move on to the operational aspect of this guide!

Step 4: Adjust the Handle of Your Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Machine

Encapsulation carpet cleaning machines rotate very fast and can be dangerous if you’re not careful. It is important to be safe while operating, so we always suggest getting comfortable with your machine before beginning.

Bring the handle down to a comfortable position, whatever that is for you. Our experts like to recommend that you bring the handle down to around hip level. A good tip for maintaining comfort and control is to use your hip to support the handle.

This position allows for the best control over the machine without sacrificing your lower back.

Step 5: Activate and Adjust the Dry Foam Generator

Now that you have the handle in a comfortable position, you can activate the dry foam system.

We recommend setting the dry foam system to 2.5; this delivers just enough foam for the average user. A slow operator would need to use a lower setting, otherwise the foam can billow up. Likewise, a fast operator would need to use a higher setting in order to get evenly cover the carpet.

What you set the dry foam system to is entirely up to the pace of the operator, their working speed, and comfort level.

Step 6: Allow Time for the Foam to Build Up

Once the foam generator has been activated, it will start to produce foam beneath the brush.

Here, it is important to give the encapsulation carpet cleaning machine at least 10 seconds to build up an adequate amount of foam. If you begin to swing before building up foam, you may unevenly distribute the encapsulation chemicals, and then you run the risk of leaving behind soil marks.

Step 7: START SWINGING ENCAPSULATION CARPET CLEANING MACHINE BACK AND FORTH OVER THE CARPET

With everything assembled correctly, and the proper ratio of chemicals to water, once the foam is built up, you’re finally ready to clean that dirty carpet.

Start up and swing the encapsulation carpet cleaning machine acrOss soiled areas in wide, controlled strokes. You want to work the foam evenly over the soiled areas by swinging the machine in half-lap-over passes, blending it in fully with the carpet. Don’t be afraid to linger on the tougher, bigger stains. Once the carpet has been entirely worked with the foam, you’ll know you’re done.

After a few brief moments, the foam will quickly dissipate. Once the foam is disappeared, you will notice that the soiled areas have too!

Advice for Before and After Care

Now that you’re familiar with how to assemble and operate an encapsulation carpet cleaning machine, let’s go over a very important part of the process: before and after care.

It is absolutely vital for the efficacy of a good encapsulation cleaning that you perform a dry vacuum before and after the procedure.

Vacuum before so you can remove easy-to-reach dirt particles. Eliminating the surface-level soil from the carpet will make it easier for the encapsulation chemistry to focus itself on the toughest areas of a soiled carpet.

Within 24 hours of completing the encapsulation cleaning, return to the carpet for another dry vacuum. By this time, the encapsulation chemicals will have bonded with the dirt particles previously trapped in your carpet’s fibers. With these particles released from their bond, they’re now able to be removed from the carpet entirely.

With the remainder of the soil particles having been vacuumed away, you’re now left with a clean-looking carpet.


Final Thoughts

Now that you know the insides and outs of how to use an encapsulation carpet cleaning machine, you have to decide whether it’s the right fit for your facility. If you’re looking for an interim cleaning method, this may be the one; it’s cost-effective, sustainable, and will increase the amount of time required between restorative efforts.

Whether you’re located in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the Caribbean, Imperial Dade will provide your business with the tools and guidance you need to keep your carpeted flooring looking great. We offer a wide variety of commercial cleaning supplies including carpet encapsulation machines, carpet spotters, and more. Reach out to us for more information today!

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What is Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning?

What is Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning?

If you’ve been in the commercial cleaning industry for a while, then you’ve probably heard the term encapsulation thrown around. Or, maybe you’re not an industry vet and just heard it for the first time. Some may know it’s a low-moisture method, or that it’s an effective interim procedure, but what exactly is encapsulation carpet cleaning?

Encapsulation carpet cleaning is the process of removing contaminants from carpeting using a chemical solution that contains acrylic polymers. These polymers attach themselves to soil particles in the carpet. Once attached, they break down the soil’s bond to the carpet fibers. After the bond is broken, the dirt particles are “released” from the carpet fibers and “trapped” in the solution as it dries. When fully dry, the carpet can be vacuumed, removing contaminants.

Encapsulation cleaning is nothing new, having been around since the mid-90s, but in the last 20 years, there have been incredible advancements in both practical and theoretical encapsulation technology hence the rise in popularity again.

Want to know if this is the right carpet cleaning method for your facility? Check out the video below, or continue reading to learn more!

How Does Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Work? 

During the encapsulation process, an encapsulation cleaning solution is applied to carpeting using either a pump-up sprayer, a dry foam machine, or an encapsulation machine. Once it has been worked into the carpet, allow 10-15 minutes for the solution to sit and dry. This is when the magic happens.

As we mentioned above, encapsulation carpet cleaning works by surrounding, or trapping, soil and sticky residue left behind by spills or other messes. By disrupting the chemical bond between hard-to-reach particles and the carpet fibers, the encapsulation solution can trap soil particles and dry them out so that when vacuumed, the soils are easily removed.

The encapsulation solution contains an acrylic polymer that crystallizes, or traps, the soiled particles. Different formulas will contain other cleaning components as well, not just the encapsulation polymers. It’s the job of these chemicals to break down the bond between dirt, grease, and grime particulate, and the carpet fibers.

After removing the dry, encapsulated soil with a vacuum, commercial carpeting will be clean and dirt-free. Because there is no residue left behind from the chemical solution, there is no need to worry about resoiling or wicking.

Later in the article, we’ll go more in-depth about how adding encapsulation to your carpet care routine can be advantageous for your business. For now, let’s find out when it’s best to use encapsulation technology.

When to Use Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning 

The first thing you need to know about when to use encapsulation is that it should not replace daily or long-term cleaning efforts.

Encapsulation, when used properly, is performed periodically, as a method of improving the appearance of a carpet, thereby extending the time between restorative efforts. That means it should be used in addition to a good restorative routine for the most effective results.

To get the most out of encapsulation, both in terms of cleanliness and cost-effectiveness, we recommend performing 2-3 times per year (between restorative procedures).

When Not to Use an Encapsulation Cleaning Machine

While some experts believe that encapsulation cleaning can replace other restorative cleaning efforts, we advise against that. As we discussed earlier, encapsulation cleaning works best as a periodic maintenance procedure, and it will not clean down to the base of the carpet.

While effective at giving soiled carpets the appearance of cleanliness, encapsulation cleaning is ineffective at removing deep stains. Soil that is entrenched deep in the carpet fibers may remain after encapsulation cleaning, particularly from especially bad grease or oil spills.

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Types of Carpet Encapsulation Cleaning

Encapsulation cleaning refers to a chemical process that dirt particles undergo when acrylic polymers encapsulate the dirt, isolating it from the carpet fiber and making it vulnerable to a dry vacuum.

There are many different cleaning methods that utilize encapsulation technology. Let’s compare some different carpet cleaning methods that can be done with encapsulation chemicals, and see how they stack up against each other.

Encapsulation Cleaning Type Low Moisture  Fast Dry Time  Leftover Residue  Low Water Usage

Dry Foam Shampoo

Yes Yes No Yes
Chemical Absorbents Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bonnet Cleaning  Yes Yes Yes No

Encapsulation Cleaning Technology: Dry Foam Shampoo

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Dry foam shampoo is a time-tested method of carpet cleaning that comes with a variety of chemical formulas, though it is simply an ineffective method when compared to modern solutions. 

Compared to an encapsulation carpet cleaning machine, dry shampooing is an ineffective use of your custodian’s time, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an encapsulation solution worth investing in if you don’t like the upfront cost of a machine.

Encapsulation Cleaning Technology: Chemical Absorbents 

Chemical absorbents require significant manual labor to be applied effectively. You may end up manually scrubbing a dry chemical solution with a carpet scrubber when you could have saved time and money with a machine. Additionally, cleaning residue is often left behind, which has the potential to reduce air quality and attract more dirt or soil particles.

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Encapsulation Cleaning Technology: Bonnet Cleaning

Using a bonnet on your encapsulation cleaning machine will require more water than some of the other methods we’ve looked at, which makes it a less sustainable method.

Typically, bonnets have more rigid bristles than a pad, which will result in more irritation and even damage to the carpet. For this reason, we don’t recommend bonneting unless you know it’s right for your carpet.

Bonnets will scrub harder than any manual effort can achieve, but that means there is a higher likelihood of residue getting pushed around and trapped deep within the carpet fibers. The leftover residue will attract new dirt particles, which results in resoiling.

Benefits of Carpet Encapsulation

There are three main advantages to encapsulation carpet cleaning that your business will undoubtedly benefit from:

  1. Improved Appearance 
  2. Increased Sustainability 
  3. Reduced Downtime 

1. Improved Appearance 

The simple answer is that encapsulation cleaning is likely to significantly improve the appearance of your business’ carpets, extending its life cycle. Of course, there’s more than just that. Encapsulation cleaning is cost-effective, labor-effective, and benefits companies looking to promote sustainable practices.

2. Increased Sustainability

Encapsulation cleaning uses less water and heat than similar methods of intermittent, and restorative, cleaning. In fact, encapsulation carpet cleaning uses 70% less water than extraction methods. Not only is that cost-effective, but it’s sustainable! As a very-low moisture method, you won’t have to worry about properly discarding contaminated water, as you would with extraction.

3. Reduced Downtime  

Quick drying is another big benefit. Depending on the encapsulation chemicals you use, your carpets can be dry in 15-30 minutes! That means less downtime for the carpet, more time for your custodial staff to address other concerns, and most importantly, the carpet won’t be out of commission for too long.


Final Thoughts

Are you looking for a more effective method of preventing your facility’s carpets from getting soiled? Adopt a solid encapsulation routine, and you won’t have to worry about keeping the appearance of your carpet clean between restorative cleanings!

Whether you’re located in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the Caribbean, Imperial Dade locations will provide your business with the tools and guidance you need to keep your carpeted flooring looking great. We offer a wide variety of commercial cleaning supplies including carpet encapsulation machines, carpet spotters, and more. Reach out to us for more information today!

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