Winter is Coming... Don't be left in the cold without Ice Melt

Many of us here at Weinstein Wholesale Solutions are still trying to come to terms with that it's officially Fall but let Winter is quickly approaching. 

Last Winter (and all of it's glorious weather) snuck up on us seemingly unannounced and we ran out of our first shipment of ice melt nearly immediately.  Consider this your friendly reminder that winter is on the way.  We have placed our initial order of ice melt and will reach out when it arrives. 

Please do not hesitate to touch base with your Weinstein Wholesale Solutions Sales Representative to get your pricing and place a preorder.  They can be reached via email at orders@weinsteinwholesale.com.  

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Introducing Gateway R Spec Liners

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In a previous newsletter post, Selecting the Right Liners, we discussed the best practices for selecting the liner for each application.  By making strategic choices through the liner selection process most customers are able to reduce the amount of plastic they are using thus reducing their overall costs. 

We are especially excited to announce that we've discovered an innovative garbage liner that further reduces the amount of plastic without sacrificing strength and performance; Gateway R Spec Liners.  

Traditional liner brands have options that fall into one of two categories: standard or premium liners.  Most standard lines are typically developed with Butene resins that have two molecular bonds; most premium lines utilize the more robust Hexene resins with six molecular bonds.  Gateway liners, on the other hand, sought to revisit the status quo of the liner industry and developed a proprietary, custom resin blend with more molecular bonds than the resins commonly used today.   

The result is a liner that consistently outperforms standard and premium liners while using a fraction of the plastic.  With Gateway liners you can down-gauge a liner's thickness without sacrificing performance. 

A Thinner Liner = Less Plastic Used = A Cost Savings for you* 

*and the environment thanks you too

You don't have to take our word for it.  Contact your Weinstein Wholesale Solutions sales representative; tell them you want to take the Gateway Challenge and we'll let the results speak for themselves. 

Carpet Care

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Carpets, while at times can seem difficult to clean, have significant advantages over hard floor coverings.  Beyond the aesthetics carpets provide insulation against temperature and noise, are non-slip, more comfortable for anyone standing for long periods of times and (while it may be surprising) do have lower maintenance costs since they don’t require any stripping or refinishing.   Because of these distinct advantages, carpets make up 75% of all floor coverings in the US; thankfully with a strategic cleaning program keeping carpets in tip top shape is easy as pie.

Because carpets have a high surface area, they attract and hold many more soils and contaminants that hard floor coverings.  The first line of defense is keeping the dirt and soils off the floor in the first place.  The easiest way to do that is with properly placed and maintained floor mats at all entrances.  We covered floor matting and the proper upkeep of those mats in a previous newsletter; you can access that information HERE.

NSS 12UE Vacuum

NSS 12UE Vacuum

After you have the proper floor matting strategy in place the next step is to establish your cleaning and upkeep strategy.   Below you’ll find a step by step recommendations.  As always if you have any questions or need suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Weinstein Wholesale Solutions Sales Representative.

Step One – Dry Soil Removal (performed daily)

The first step is to remove any dry soils, which accounts for approximately 90% of all carpet soils, on a regular (daily is recommended) basis.  Once dry soils encounter moisture they become muddy and are much more difficult to remove.   With vacuuming it is important to take care to get the entire area of the carpet.  The most effective way to vacuum is to follow a grid pattern with parallel rows.  With multiple passes first going left to right (or vice versa) and then forward and back.  Beyond the technique of vacuuming the investment in the vacuum itself is important to consider.  Here at Weinstein Wholesale Solutions, we carry many types of industrial vacuums; both upright and backpack from both NSS and Koblenz.  Touch base with your Weinstein Wholesale Representative to select the vacuum type best suited for your establishment and your budget.

Step Two – Spot Removal (performed daily)

Spartan's SSE Spotter & Prespray

Spartan's SSE Spotter & Prespray

Because of the porous nature of carpets, it is imperative the quickly treat any spots as quickly as possible to avoid more permanent staining.  When spot treating carpets, it is important not to rush the process and allow the chemicals to do their job.  Before treating a spot, you first want to remove any excess liquid or solid matter by scrapping and blotting.  Next you’ll want to apply the chemical to the area, physically agitate the area with a brush (to loosen any soils).  Allow the chemical to dwell for 5 to 10 minutes. Then flush with water to extract the soils and chemical blotting any liquid with a white absorbent cloth.  Depending on how long the soils have gone untreated, it may be necessary to repeat the process multiple times to fully release the soils from the carpet.  Because carpet materials can differ we recommend testing your chemicals on a small, un-soiled spot to make sure they will not damage your floor covering.  Two popular carpet spotting treatments sold here at Weinstein Wholesale Solutions are Spartan’s SSE Carpet Prespray and Spotter and Buckeye Eco’s E51 Carpet Spotter.  If you are in search of a ready to use spotting solution Spartan’s option is perfect since it doesn’t require dilution.  The Buckeye Eco’s spotter does require dilution via an Eco dispensing system. 

Step Three – Carpet Extraction (performed monthly and as needed for larger spot treatments)

Buckeye's Eco Extraction Cleaner E52

Buckeye's Eco Extraction Cleaner E52

Carpet extraction should be performed on a fairly regular basis to keep carpets looking and performing their best.  Carpet extraction is different from carpet shampooing which is considered ‘restorative cleaning’; carpet extraction is interim cleaning designed to keep the carpet in its best shape possible in between scheduled restoration cleanings.  There are numerous ways to perform regular extraction cleanings.  Consult with your Weinstein Wholesale Solution’s Sales Representative to find the method that works best with your existing equipment and for your establishment.  Weinstein Wholesale Solutions offers numerous extraction cleaning chemicals to assist in the process as well.  

Proper PPE Usage

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First, and perhaps most importantly, it is important for employers and managers to inform their employees and staff of the risks associated with being exposed to different chemicals and what steps and tools they can utilize to minimize their exposure risks.  To their credit, chemical suppliers are doing their part to minimize the risks associated with chemical usage and are beginning to fully embrace greener options which benefit not only the environment but also put lessen contaminants that can damage the human body.  That being said, proper PPE will also be necessary to protect the worker, not only from chemicals but also from any germs or bacteria that could be present on the surfaces they are cleaning. There are 3 main ways contaminants can get into the human body; through the skin (1), the nose (2) and the mouth (3). 

The first (and obviously largest concern) is chemical exposure on the skin, harsh chemicals (such as some hospital grade disinfectants) can actually burn the user due to their pH.  The first barrier of defense against skin contact and contamination is wearing disposable gloves.  WWS offers Nitrile, Vinyl, Latex and Poly disposable gloves.  The first consideration should be whether or not anyone who will be wearing the gloves has a latex allergy (since that will obviously rule some out).  The second consideration should be what chemicals and tasks they’ll be completing while wearing the gloves.  Some types of gloves will protect from certain chemicals while others will not.  Click HERE for comprehensive list of the various chemicals your employees might encounter and what gloves types protect against them. 

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To protect from chemical exposure via the nose or mouth it really is quite simple. The first, and quite obvious, protective measure to take is to not directly inhale or digest any chemicals.  Obviously that won't be much of an issue so the next step is to don proper masks and respirators (if necessary) to further obstruct chemicals from entering the human body.  There are many different mask and respirator options out there so it is best to consult the professionals at Weinstein Wholesale Solutions for assistance in selecting the best option for you and your staff. 

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It is also important to remember to protect the eyes as they are quite sensitive to various chemicals.  It is easy (and recommended) to wear protective eyewear when handling strong chemicals not only to protect the area but also for the comfort of the employee.  Here at WWS we offer not only protective glasses but goggles as well. 

Beyond donning the proper, PPE it is also important to avoid exposure when removing the protective equipment.  It is very easy to inadvertently get exposed to chemicals while taking off gloves or other protective equipment.  Make sure to remove gloves by only touching unexposed material on the inside of the gloves, the guidelines recommended by the CDC can be accessed HERE.  With a little practice it will become second nature.

As always if you have any questions or concerns about proper PPE usage please don't hesitate to contact your Weinstein Wholesale Solutions Sales Representative, we're happy to help. 

Selecting The Right Liners

In order to select the best performing liner for your establishment and specific application you need to ask yourself three main questions:

  1. What size liner do you need?
  2. What type of trash will be collected in the liner?
  3. How heavy is the refuse that the liner will be holding?

Step One:  Pick the right sized liner

Selecting the correctly sized liner is very much a ‘Goldie Locks’ dilemma but fortunately while personal preference is prevalent there are mathematical measurements and stats can get you in the ballpark of that ‘just right’ perfect liner.  The goal of a correctly sized liner should be to have 3 inches of overhang.  That extra length to ensures that the outside of the liner will grip the container and provide enough tension so it doesn’t fall into the receptacle.   Any overhang beyond 3 inches is unnecessary to keeping the bag secure utilizes more plastic upping the price.  By selecting the correctly sized bag you can better control your usage (less bags failing) and reduce your cost per case.  CLICK HERE for list of trash can and the size of liners that go with them.

A typical example of High Density (HD) Liners

A typical example of High Density (HD) Liners

Step Two: Consider what type of trash will discarded in the can

The type of trash you will be collecting will ultimately determine what type of liner you choose; high density (HD) or low density (LD).  It is really quite simple. 

If there’s a chance your refuse will puncture the bag with sharp objects, you should opt for a low density bag.  Although high density bags are thinner, they are significantly stronger than low density bags (assuming they do not get punctured) making them a great choice not only for offices, where they are commonly used, but also for food waste or wet fabrics or any other objects that are quite heavy.  The danger of high density liners is that once punctured, they tend to zipper which means all your trash fell out and you need a new liner.

Low density bags are much more forgiving and withstand puncture better than high density bags making them a perfect option to hold any trash that would risk puncturing the bags commonly seen in general ‘all-purpose’ trash cans and with yard waste.

There is a third option, compostable bags made from corn polymers. These bag will break down in compostable environments but without that specific environment, they are no more environmentally friendly. Compostable liners should be used only with compostable refuse like food and compostable containers and cutlery. Unlike low density liners, this is a specific purpose liner.

A typical example of Low Density (LD) Liner

A typical example of Low Density (LD) Liner

Step Three:  What is the maximum load weight you will need the liner to support

Once you’ve determined the type of bag that’s best for your application, you’ll need to figure out how ‘strong’ you need the bag to be.  Conventional thought is that thickness directly corresponds with strength but like many things, that is not correct.  For many consumers the inclination is to err on the side of caution and purchase a thicker bag than what’s actually necessary.  A thicker bag will have a higher cost because more plastic is being used. 

The mundane nature of the liner industry does not seem to inspire much innovation at first glance.  A trash bag is a trash bag; end of story.  Fortunately, that has not stopped a few manufacturersfrom exploring ways to lessen the environmental impact of liners without sacrificing performance.  We’ve been impressed with some of the new product lines and are excited to soon be introducing our customers to the latest and greatest in the world of liners.  Stay tuned!

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting vs. Sanitizing

Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing are all important components of any successful janitorial game plan to keep a facility clean and its occupants healthy.  Too often, these terms are used interchangeably which can result in the assumption that a specific chemical might be accomplishing something that it is not.  Without further ado, let’s dive into these three areas to hopefully clear up any confusion.

Thankfully this all can be summarized pretty easily.  Cleaning removes dirt and germs from a surface. Disinfecting kills the germs. Sanitizing greatly reduces the amount of germs on a surface. Depending on the chemical in question,  you might be able to accomplish one or two of these tasks with a strategic chemical choice.

Buckeye Eco Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner E15

Buckeye Eco Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner E15

The most popular cleaning chemical option are all purpose cleaners. They are typically pH neutral so they won’t damage surfaces without being rinsed. Some cleaners might have some disinfecting properties but you’ll have to read the labels carefully to see if any disinfecting claims are made and the quantity of dwell times are required. Two popular all-purpose cleaners are Spartan’s Clean by Peroxy® and Buckeye Eco Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner E15.  Both can be diluted at different rates to effectively clean a multitude of surfaces and don’t require rinsing.  They do not however make any disinfecting claims. 

Buckeye Eco Neutral Disinfectant E23

Buckeye Eco Neutral Disinfectant E23

Disinfectants are important to incorporate into cleaning routines to keep the spread of illness at bay. High touch points (such as doorknobs or light switches) need routine disinfection to prevent the spread illnesses.  Disinfectants don’t kill all germs or bacteria on a surface but instead are tested to 100% wipe out specific germs.  More often than not disinfectants require a minimum dwell time to perform effectively.  With all disinfectants, it is important to read the label and follow any directions to ensure they are being used correctly.  Two popular disinfectants are Spartan’s DMQ® and Buckeye Eco Neutral Disinfectant E23.  Both have neutral properties so they will not dull or damage floor finish and do contain cleaning properties making them very effective additions to any cleaning program.  As with most disinfectants, both chemicals require a 10 minute dwell time to effectively kill the bacteria they make kill claims against.

Spartan's Sani-T-10 Plus

Spartan's Sani-T-10 Plus

Sanitizers are primarily used in food production and service applications.  They do not claim to kill all of the bacteria on a surface but instead greatly reduce their presence on a surface.  In order for a chemical to be classified as a sanitizer, they need to kill 99.9% of the germs they are making a claim against on a surface.  As with many disinfectants, they typically require dwell time to be effective.  Sanitizers are ideal for use with any surface that make come in contact with food and unlike disinfectants, typically don’t require rinsing. Spartan’s Sani-T-10 Plus and Buckeye Eco Sanitizer E62 are popular and effective sanitizers with very low dilution rates which keeps your costs down.

Hopefully knowing the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing will help you strategize your cleaning programs to keep your facilities clean and it occupants healthy.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Weinstein Wholesale Solution’s sales representative to help select the best chemical and practices to add to your arsenal. 

Choosing Hand Hygiene Dispensers

While each manufacturer typically will give their individual ‘take’ on a hand hygiene dispenser at the end of the day they can be broken down into three main categories: bulk fill, automatic, and manual.  There are clear pros and cons to each, at the end of the day it is up to the customer to select the dispenser type best suited for their budget and establishment.

The first, and most widely debated, dispenser type is the bulk fill dispenser.  Many people select bulk fill as their hand hygiene dispensing method for budgetary reasons; product is cheap and with attentive janitors ‘topping off’ dispensers soap is readily at all times.  Win/win; right?  In actuality the apparent ‘pros’ of bulk fill soap and dispensing are quickly dwarfed by the cons. 

Symmetry Stealth Manual Dispenser

Symmetry Stealth Manual Dispenser

The first con, and most major drawback of bulk fill, is the potential risks for contamination and bacterial growth. Bulk fill dispenser manufacturers, along with the CDC, all suggest that in order to keep a bulk soap dispenser as hygienic as possible a user should NOT top off the soap dispenser as needed, instead each fill should be allowed to empty completely followed by a thorough cleaning of the dispenser prior to a refill.  In reality, how often is this procedure actually followed?  It’s time consuming, daunting and quickly negates any budget savings by purchasing a bulk product with the increase labor needs to make soap hygienic when used.  When dispensers are refilled without a complete cleaning, not only can the dispenser stop working effectively due to clogs but bacteria in the air (which bulk fill products are constantly exposed to) can thrive in the moist environment of the dispenser and contaminate the soap itself.  If a dispenser becomes contaminated hand washing with product from those dispensers becomes ineffective and can actually contribute to the spread of germs.  You might say, hey, why bother?  Soap is soap, it’s self-cleaning.  Well… Not exactly.  Soap essentially lubricates the hands capturing the germs so they are washed down the drain.  If the germs are in the soap it instantly becomes less effective, if a sanitizer is being bulk dispensed it can actually deposit germs on the hands completely defeating the purpose. The risk is the germs that develop after surviving hand sanitizer exposure are exactly the ones you do not want.

Kutol 'Designer Series' Manual Dispenser

Kutol 'Designer Series' Manual Dispenser

In an effort to pull away from bulk filled hygiene products manufacturers have switched their focused dispensing systems that utilize sealed-soap (or sanitizer)-dispensing systems therefore reducing, if not eliminating, airborne germ exposure.   While the look of the dispensers can vary wildly manufacturer to manufacturer ultimately it boils down to two options: automatic or manual.

The case for automatic dispensers seems to make itself; since there’s no contact needed to trigger a ‘push’ the opportunity for germs to transfer from the touch point to a person’s hands is taken away.  In reality, since a person is cleansing their hands after touching a dispenser the automatic function isn’t necessary.  Automatic dispensers also require batteries to keep functioning which can add to the cost quickly and if the batteries aren’t changed there is no manual way to get the soap to dispense. And as with any battery and sensor opperated device automatic dispenser can sometimes delay the trigger push or even trigger on their own dispensing product onto sink counters or floors causing damage.  It is not uncommon to see floor wax stripped by leaking hand sanitizer dispensers. 

At the end of the day the most hygienic, cost effective, and reliable dispenser option is a manual dispenser that utilizes enclosed products. 

Kutol Soft & Silky Manual Dispenser

Kutol Soft & Silky Manual Dispenser

Contact your Weinstein Wholesale Solution’s Sales Representative to select the hand hygiene products and dispensers that are best for your establishment.  You'll find a few of our most popular and highest recommended dispensers listed throughout this article.  As always dispensers are free with on-going product purchases!

All About Floor Pads

The number of different sizes and types of floor pads can make the selection process a little overwhelming to say the least.  All of the different descriptions can make it seem like there’s a special pad for everything with secret magical power.  In reality, a floor pad services as an abrasive surface to assist in completing the task at hand.  The darker the color of the pad, the more abrasive it will be. It may be tempting to select the pad just based on the description you also need to consider what type of machine you’re using and how that will affect the abrasiveness.  The higher the machine’s speed is the more abrasive the pad will become which can have damaging results.  For example, a red buffing pad on a high speed machine can actually strip away floor finish since red pads are designed for usage at low RPMs (rotations per minute).  It also is important to avoid selecting a slightly more abrasive pad in an attempt to speed up the process as floors or their finishes can become damaged by the use. 

The graph below will help you best select the pad for your floor machine and the desired results. 

Stripping Boots w/ Removal Abrasive Soles

Stripping Boots w/ Removal Abrasive Soles

In addition to selecting the correct pad type, it is also important the pad is the correct size for the machine.  While yes, you can technically apply a larger or smaller pad to a machine and get some results, they will not be uniform.  The floor or the machine can become damaged and the machines themselves can become hard to operate increasing the risk of injury to the user.  To ensure stability when using a floor machine, we recommend wearing stripping boots with abrasive soles over your shoes so you have a better grip with the ground in the presence of floor cleaning solutions, strippers or finishes. 

If you are unsure on the type of pad to select don’t hesitate to reach out to your Weinstein Wholesale Solution’s Sale Representative so you can get the best results.

Back to the Mat

The Eco Dirt Stopper Scraper Mat in Black

The Eco Dirt Stopper Scraper Mat in Black

Approximately 60% of a facility’s maintenance costs are allotted to keeping floors clean and properly maintained. Floor matting is an easy and cost effective way to protect your investment in your flooring. Let the mat trap the dirt and dust before it gets into your carpets and on your floors

Considering all the different types and lengths of floor matting available it can be slightly overwhelming choosing a floor matting strategy.  The general (and best) rule of thumb is you want 12 to 15 feet of entry way matting before a person steps on the floor.  At that length each person is taking around four to five steps on the matting removing 80 to 85% of the dirt they would track inside. 

The Chevron Wiper / Scraper Mat in Burgundy

The Chevron Wiper / Scraper Mat in Burgundy

The first, and most obvious reason to use floor matting is for esthetics. The less dirt that’s tracked in the better your floors will look, it’s far from rocket science.  Reducing the amount of dirt tracked in will prolong the life of your floor finish.  This is an especially important consideration for gym floors as the slightest amount of dirt can cause the floor to feel slippery increasing the slip and fall risk.   

For entryway matting you’ll want to incorporate scrapper & scraper/wiper mats.  A properly strategized floor matting program will incorporate both of these types. Entryways are great locations for custom mats so when visitors, students, customers, clients and employees wipe their feet, they are staring directly at your logo or brand. 

Scraper Mats are the first responders of the floor matting world.  These mats are the most durable and typically placed outside to remove heavy soils from a person’s shoes before they enter the building.  Our scraper mat, The Eco Dirt Stopper, will not only stand up high traffic and the elements but it is also made from 95% recycled tires making it an ecologically sound choice as well. 

The Aqua Dam Wiper / Scraper Mat in Charcoal

The Aqua Dam Wiper / Scraper Mat in Charcoal

Scraper/Wiper mats are a versatile option suitable for both inside and out. They aren’t as durable as scraper mats so for outdoor use they should be placed in covered areas, these are the mats you’ll want to utilize for walk-off areas.  We offer many options but the Ridge Runner and Aqua Dam mats are our two most popular options and both are proven to hold up well regardless of placement. 

Reach out to your Weinstein Wholesale Solutions’ Sales Representative to find the best solution for you and your facility.  For those of you wanting to add a personal touch to your entry way ask your rep about our custom matting options!

Restroom Cleaning 101

Restrooms are the perfect storm of the cleaning world.  Between the various surface types, nooks and crannies and the constant presence of moisture provides the opportunity for soils and bacteria to thrive. Following proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures not only ensures high satisfaction among your facility’s patrons but also reduces the chances of infection, keeping absentee rates low and productivity rates high.

The first, and arguably most important, consideration to take when cleaning a restroom are taking steps to prevent cross-contamination with other areas of your establishment. It is imperative that any and all cleaning tools used specifically for the restroom are NOT used in any other areas of the facility.  The easiest way to ensure that cleaning tools are not used outside the restroom is to implement a color coded system and purchase cleaning tools with those specific colors to aid in proper identification. If this option is not available, easy shortcuts include using tape or label makers to identify where to use and not use the cleaning equipment.  As a general rule of thumb red tools are utilized for ‘high risk’ areas for infection (such as toilets and urinals in a restroom); yellow tools are for ‘medium risk’ areas in the restroom (such as floors and sinks); green tools are for food prep areas (such as kitchens or bars); and blue tools are for low risk, general purpose cleaning. At Weinstein Wholesale Solutions, we have tools available in all the applicable colors and can provide laminated wall charts to assist your staff with easy identification.

Now let’s tackle toilets and urinals. Without proper cleaning and disinfection, bacteria thrive in the nooks and crannies of the toilet’s moist environment.  The presence of bacteria not only increases a person’s risk of infection but also can lead to unpleasant odors and unsightly stains. The video to the right demonstrates the proper procedures for cleaning a toilet. It is important to not only clean the toilet and urinals or visible soils but to disinfect allowing the chemical to dwell for the appropriate amount of time per the manufacturer’s instructions. For best results, make sure to push the water in the toilet or urinal down to allow the chemical to stay on the surface without being diluted. To avoid a two–step cleaning and disinfecting process we recommend Spartan’s NABC, a ready-to-use disinfectant, cleaner, and deodorizer. NABC is formulated without acid so it will not damage or etch sensitive restroom surfaces. 

A toilet bowl being cleaned with Spartan's NABC and a toilet bowl mop. 

A toilet bowl being cleaned with Spartan's NABC and a toilet bowl mop. 

For all other restroom surfaces, it is VERY important to not only clean away visible soils but also to disinfect allowing the chemical to dwell for the appropriate amount of time.  We carry a wide range of dilutable and ready to use chemicals as well as chemicals for use with proportioning systems. For customers using a Buckeye Eco dispensers the E12 Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner used in conjunction with the E14 Acid Cleaner, for sensitive surfaces, will be more than adequate.  To disinfect following cleaning, use Buckeye’s E23 Neutral Disinfectant allowing the chemical to dwell for 10 minutes.  For customers using one of Spartan’s Clean on the Go® dispensing systems, the Acid Bathroom & Shower Cleaner 7 combined with the HDQ C 2 disinfectant will do the trick. HDQ C 2 does have cleaning properties for lighter soils so it makes it the perfect one step solution for bathroom floors.

Pretty much all high traffic or public restrooms will get vandalized at one time or another with graffiti being the most obvious culprit.  With a robust tough deposit remover, graffiti cleanup doesn’t have to be a labor intensive process. Both Buckeye’s E15 Muscle Cleaner and Spartan’s Graffiti Remover SAC are concentrated formulas that will attack the tough deposits without damaging surfaces or leaving toxic residues behind.

Chemical Dilution Systems

The Buckeye Eco Pro Dispenser

The Buckeye Eco Pro Dispenser

There’s no denying the convenience that ready to use chemicals provide; unfortunately, that convenience can add up to a cost that is higher than most people realize both as actual costs of ready to use chemicals are high they take up significant space in storage.  By switching to a concentrated product, you are able to bring down costs and storage space as well as consumption since ‘glug glug’ methods can be far from precise.  Luckily there’s numerous chemical dispensing options on the market that can ensure that dosing of the chemicals is done safely and accurately.

The most basic option does not require a hookup to a water source or complicated installs.  By equipping your gallons or pails of concentrated chemical with a hand pump you can easily control the output.  However, depending on the chemical multiple ‘pumps’ may be required and human error is a reality of all situations.

To take all of the guess work out of chemical dilution your best bet is to install a chemical dispenser.  These units can vary in size but all fit comfortably into a janitorial closet.  Dispensing units do need to be hooked up to a water source.  Our most popular chemical dispensing options are below.

The Buckeye Eco Element Dispenser

The Buckeye Eco Element Dispenser

The first system, the Buckeye Eco Proportioning Units, have won awards for their design and ease of use. They offer two designs, one for a full chemical lineup and a small dispenser to supplement and fit in small closets. The first option, The Buckeye Eco Pro, is a wall mounted dispenser that holds up to six different chemicals with four spray bottle fills and two mop bucket fill and a water only bucket fill.  A smaller wall-mounted option, The Buckeye Eco Element, holds up to three chemicals with two spray bottle fills and one mop bucket fill.  The Element is designed as a supplemental unit for larger facilities or in areas that do not have enough space to accommodate a Pro.  What sets the Buckeye systems apart from the rest is that the dilution tips are housed in the bags of chemical themselves and do not require changing or maintenance within the dispenser.  Each dilution tip is set to dispense at the correct ratio once the chemical is hooked up in the dispenser removing all guess work and room for error from the occasion.

Spartan's Clean on the Go Stainless Steel Lock & Dial

Spartan's Clean on the Go Stainless Steel Lock & Dial

The second system, Spartan’s Stainless Steel Clean on the Go® Lock & Dial, is another popular wall-mounted option.  The durability of stainless steel coupled with a locking cabinet ensures staff safety coupled with extreme durability.  The Clean on the Go Lock & Dial holds up to four different chemicals and dispenses four spray bottle fills and three mop bucket fills plus a clear rinse.  Unlike the Buckeye Eco units the meter tips are housed within the dispenser itself and will periodically require changing to ensure the chemical is being dispensed at the right proportions.  However, with the right training the changing out process if painless and the durability of the Lock & Dial keeps it a popular option. 

Spartan's Clean by Peroxy® Dispenser

Spartan's Clean by Peroxy® Dispenser

 

The third system, the Clean by Peroxy® dispenser, also from Spartan operates similar to the Clean on the Go® Lock & Dial (and is also wall-mounted).  The broad appeal of Green Seal Certified Clean by Peroxy® is that a single chemical can be used to tackle a vast majority cleaning projects all by using the chemical at different dilutions significantly cutting down on the number of products that needed to be ordered and stocked.  Clean by Peroxy® can be used in three spray bottle applications as a glass, all purpose and heavy duty cleaner degreaser and in a mop application as both a carpet extractor and floor cleaner. 

Regardless of the dispensing method chosen there is no doubt that using a chemical dispenser increases staff safety, maximizes the effectiveness of the chemicals and takes the guess work out the occasion.  For a complete list of chemical dispensing options available, please contact your Weinstein Wholesale Solution’s sales representative to find the option best suited for your staff and your facility.  

Spring into Clean!

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Preparing for the big Spring Clean can be daunting to say the least but with the right strategy, chemicals, cleaning tools and checklist the process can be streamlined.  Below you’ll find some of tips of the trade that will hopefully make the Spring Cleaning process a little more bearable.  As with any cleaning project, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Weinstein Wholesale Solution’s sales representative if you’re unsure on how the best way to tackle a certain project. 

Tile Grout –The gradual dirtying of grout makes it barely noticeable but once it’s clean the difference is night and day.

For mild staining and repeated use a Hydrogen Peroxide based cleaner is ideal.  The bubbling action of the hydrogen peroxide lifts and suspends the soils from the grout so they can they be wiped away.  The Buckeye Eco Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner E15 and Spartan’s Clean by Peroxy are both excellent options.

For tougher stains you might need to use a mild acid based cleaner.  Some soils will attach themselves to the grout making them more difficult to remove.  An acid based cleaner will attack the grout itself loosening any soils that might be attached. For this reason acid based cleaners should only be used occasionally since they can be corrosive.  The Buckeye Eco Acid Cleaner E16 and Spartan’s Sure Step are options both stocked by Weinstein Wholesale Solutions.

Ice Melt Residue – Ice melt is a requirement to survive an Eastern Washington winter.  While it makes our sidewalks safer the milky residue it leaves behind inevitably gets tracked inside dulling floors.  

You’ll need to select a product that will dissolve and suspend the ice melt residue in the solution so the ice melt does not redeposit on the floors when it is wiped away.  Additionally in order to not damage floor finish it is important to select a pH neutral floor cleaner, the Buckeye Eco Floor Cleaner E32 and Spartan’s DMQ (which also has disinfecting properties) are perfect options.

Since the bulk of the ice melt deposits happen near entrances it is best to start furthest away from the entrance and work your way towards them.  Regardless if you are mopping or using an auto-scrubber it is important to change your cleaning solution constantly so it does not get saturated with ice melt crystals.  If the cleaning solution does get too saturated the ice melt residue will begin to redeposit on the floor. 

For tough concentrations near entrances, a floor machine equipped with a blue cleaning pad at low RPMs can help to agitate the ice melt deposits making removal easier.

Deep Cleaning the Restroom – Arguably the most used room in any facility is the restroom. It is important to give restrooms extra attention when spring cleaning time rolls around.  With Eastern Washington’s hard water is is important to remove that buildup periodically; mold and soap scum when unaddressed can also cause unsightly stains and offensive odors.

It is important to select a chemical that will aggressively remove soils but doesn’t damage the ceramic, glass, porcelain, chrome or stainless steel surfaces found in most bathrooms.  Acid cleaners are the gold standard of restroom cleaners as they are safe for these types of surfaces and attack common restroom soils.  Buckeye’s Sparkle and Spartan’s RJ8 are good options that have a higher concentration of active ingredients than general acid cleaners making them ideal choices for spring cleaning.  Since these are more robust chemicals, it is important to don the proper PPE (personal protective equipment) while cleaning and take care to make sure these chemicals do not mix with others.  Since restrooms have a high concentration of germs and bacteria, it is important to disinfect surfaces after cleaning up any soils. 

Disinfecting Stored Items & High Touch Points – One of the best parts of Spring Cleaning is finally dragging all of your summer supplies out of storage.   Items that have sat in storage for a considerable amount of time definitely benefit with a through disinfection, anything to keep the summer colds at bay. Disinfecting requires reading the labels for proper application. Most disinfectants, like Buckeye’s Neutral Disinfectant or Spartans DMQ, have claims attached to a specific dwell time and to achieve this, it is important to let it dwell. In addition to disinfecting stored items, Spring Cleaning is the perfect time to disinfect high touch points that might otherwise get missed. Light switches, doorknobs and phones are all high touch points that can harbor bacteria that are easily forgotten about or missed.