Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Wrath of Ice Melt Residue

It's coming. After the first big snowfall. That white residue tracked in at all entryways. It’s a nuisance on carpets and hard floors. This is essentially a hard water/scale residue brought on by ice melters- like what you would see in restrooms. This does not mean you would use a bowl cleaner on your floors- PLEASE do not do this. There are cleaners made specifically to handle this problem without ruining your floors!

A good neutral cleaner will be safe for floor finishes and can also remove the ice melt residue without streaks. We like Double DutyNeutral Floor Cleaner. It’s economical, and it does a great job cleaning everyday traffic on floors without removing the finish. 

If you have a major ice melt tracking problem and it also involves carpeting, we recommend Concept “915”. It easily wipes out the white crust on hard floors and on carpeted areas.

 Preventative Measures:
  • Although Ice melt is a must, you can minimize tracking by trying to keep walkways clear of ice and snow.
  •  Use Ice-Melt sparingly- more is not always better! 
  •   Entrance matting. Entrance matting. Entrance matting- 10-15 feet is ideal. You want to get as much ice melt off feet before they hit your floors. This also minimizes slip and fall hazards!
Call AMS Advanced Maintenance Service for a quote on keeping your facility looking it's best during any season! 815-547-7952.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

OH My Aching Back!

Safety is a major concern for AMS Advanced Maintenance Service. Unfortunately, all cleaning staff is at high risk for injury because of the cleaning chemicals and equipment they use daily.  Here are some tips we follow to ensure the safety of our staff: 

Dress the part
To prevent slips and falls, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes with non-slip tread.  Long pants, eye protection and gloves are also a necessity when working with cleaning chemicals.

Match the tool to the person
You wouldn’t expect a small person to use a large mop- the same goes for a larger person using a small mop.  Neither scenario is efficient. Both workers are wasting motion, taking longer to complete the task. They are more likely to be exposed to injury from repetitive motion. 

Watch your posture
Incorrect posture is stressful on the body. Be sure you are using different parts of your body for assistance. Lift with your legs. Use your arms for support when leaning over or crouching.

Read the label
Read ALL cleaning chemical labels to ensure proper usage. Be sure to have the SDS (Safety Data Sheet) on hand in case of an emergency.

Stay safe everyone!

Advanced Maintenance Service   815-547-7952

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Preventing Cross Contamination

Cross-contamination is the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one object to another, with harmful effect. You trust your janitorial crew to be knowledgeable in proper cleaning procedures, but cleaning an entire facility is a lot of work. How can they be sure they didn’t just clean your break room countertops using a restroom sponge?

Color code your cleaning items!  You wouldn’t use the same mop in the kitchen that you just used in the restrooms, would you? No! Microfiber mops and cloths, scrub brushes and even string mops come in different colors: red, yellow, blue, and green (usually).  It’s a good idea to pick a color for each area:
  • Red: sanitary appliances, restroom floors, toilets, and urinals
  • Yellow: restroom surfaces, including sinks, towel dispensers, hand dryers, soap dispensers, door handles, and walls
  • Green: general food and bar cleanup in non-preparatory food areas, such as lunchrooms
  • Blue: areas at low risk of contamination, such as hallways and offices.
EXTRA TIP: Clean from top to bottom!   This also helps with making sure everything gets cleaned in a room. First, wipe down all surfaces, then sanitize/disinfect. Keep the floors for last. 

AMS Advanced Maintenance Service will be sure to clean your facility top to bottom! Call us for a quote today! 815-547-7952

Friday, June 22, 2018

June is National Safety Month!

OK, I know! June is almost over, but it's never too late to be safe! Wearing the appropriate gear, cleaning spills and learning CPR are just a few ways to ensure no one gets hurt at work or at home.
The National Safety Council has some great information on how to keep you, your coworkers and family safer. CLICK HERE for more information!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

It's All About The Tools

Using the right tools will save time and labor...and just do a better job! These are some of the essential tools AMS uses on a daily basis:

- #74 Sponges- These yellow sponges have a green scrubby attached to be extra tough
- #Q311 Doodle pad holder- Don't break your back, use a doodle pad holder (with scrub pads) on a tapered handle on your next floor job. Baseboards and edges are no match for it!
- #RCP7577 and RCP7580 Mop Bucket and Wringer Combo
- #VP25, VP35 or VP45 Visa Versa Squeegee and Strip Washer Combo- Go from washing to squeegeeing with a flip of the handle! Why carry 2 tools when you can get the job done with 1?
- #LH12C Long Handled Scraper
- #S9957 Utility Kit / Bowl Caddy- Holds a bowl mop and your favorite toilet bowl cleaner

See these tools and more by clicking here!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Cleaning to Control Pests

Spring cleaning means much more than looking shiny and new again.  The warmer weather is finally here, which also means the arrival of pests. Pests damage your health AND your facility. They can spread disease in a matter of days. Take control before an infestation begins!

·    It’s a great time to wipe out cabinets and discard food that has expired.
·   How about those areas in the Break Room / Lunch Room that get ignored? Clean behind the refrigerator, vending machines, microwave and other large appliances.

This is also a great time to do some general maintenance on your building:
·   Be sure leaky faucets/pipes are repaired; Pests love moisture. 
·   Check your screens, doors and windows- repair or re-seal where needed.

Too late and you already have a case of the creepy crawlies? Try Spartan’s CR-2 Roach and Ant Killer Spray. It kills ants, roaches, centipedes, spiders and other crawling bugs that I can’t even list now because I am starting to itch. CR-2 also provides residual control for up to 3 months! Click Here to see the CR-2 brochure for more info.

You can always call AMS Advanced Maintenance Service for all your cleaning needs! 815-547-7952