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    by Scott Holland | May 09, 2018

    Most professionals in the Jan-San industry are experts in cleaning. How did they get this knowledge? The majority learned the best cleaning practices through on-the-job training from their supervisors or co-workers. They have also gained more knowledge through years of experience in the industry. A few thousand professionals have picked up additional tricks and techniques at one of our RCU training classes.

    No matter how valuable information was learned, misleading information may have been picked up along the way. Here are the 5 most common misconceptions in the professional cleaning industry.

    1. Using hot water for stripping floors. Many custodians don’t think the temperature of the water when stripping a floor makes a difference but it does! Most strippers are designed to work best with COLD water. Hot water can create strong odors. Because hot water evaporates faster than cold water, it reduces the effectiveness of the stripper. When stripping floors, always follow basic safety procedures and dilution recommendations on the chemical’s label. For more information on stripping a floor check out our previous blog “8 Steps to Properly Strip a Floor”.
    2. Bleach is a cleaner. Did you ever smell bleach in a restroom and think it must be clean? Think again! Bleach is a disinfectant when properly mixed but it is not a cleaner. Why is this important? Bleach doesn’t remove the dirt and soils. If only bleach is used, the dirt will undermine the effectiveness of bleach’s disinfection properties. Check out our previous blog on choosing the right disinfectant to learn more on choosing the correct products in your facility.
    3. “Green” glass cleaners do not work. Many property managers require the use of Green Seal products in their buildings. Ammonia is the #1 ingredient in glass cleaner but isn’t Green Seal certified. Some window manufacturers caution against using ammonia; it is especially harmful to tinted windows and causes damage. Common misconception is ammonia is the ONLY approach for glass cleaning. Chemical companies have worked hard to make products that meet these Green Seal certifications while still being effective.Non-ammoniated glass cleaners do not leave behind streaks, are quick drying and do not leave behind the strong ammonia odor.
    4. The more chemicals you use, the better the results. More is not better! Incorrect chemical mixing will lead to poor performance and creates additional work for the custodians. Too much chemical can create cloudy or tacky floors. Too little chemical leaves a dirty and not suitably disinfected restroom with leftover germs and bacteria. Not following the proper dilution ratios can also be hazardous. For example, if you use a stripper straight from the jug you may run risk of harmful toxic odors. To ensure all products are mixed properly, use a chemical dilution system. The systems are designed to automatically mix the correct portion of chemical to water for the most effective product. These systems are efficient, cost effective and eliminate waste.
    5. White floor pads are best for burnishing. Floor pads are designed to work best with the appropriate equipment. If used incorrectly, you can damage your floors! Low Speed Buffers should use a red pad for buffing floors. High speed machines should use a burnishing pad. One of the most common mistakes is using the white polish pad on a high speed machine. To restore gloss on dull floors, the new 3M Blue Sky Pad is one of our top choices.Read our previous blog “4 Things You Should Know Before Buying Floor Pads”

    Are you making any of these mistakes?

    Do you need a refresher class on general routine cleaning?

    Do you need additional tips or techniques when stripping/finishing a floor?

    Register for an upcoming RCU Class!