Pike Hires 1st Infection Preventionist

TonPike Systems welcomes Tonya Obrochta to our Healthcare Team! Fighting infections like c. Diff has never been so critical. Tonya rounds out our healthcare team and is our first but not last Infection Preventionist!

With 27 years of Healthcare experience, Tonya is a leader in promoting best practices and quality assurance. Her career as a nurse in a variety of settings, launched a focus on Infection Prevention. For the past 6 years as an IP Nurse, she worked with policies/procedures, accreditation preparation, environmental services, ambulatory surgery, hospital/clinic and safety team. As the IP educator, Tonya participated in quality control measures, product safety and review, and served on the occupational health committee. The training, knowledge and dedication to best-practice clinical outcomes, allows her the unique opportunity to now partner with the industry. An active member of APIC, she holds certificates in Fundamentals of Infection surveillance, prevention & control, Epidemiologic principles, IP Strategies for the surgical setting, Infection Control programming and Meeting CMS Conditions for coverage for ASC’s. Tonya remains current in evidence-base guidelines and is actively working toward her IP certification in the Long-Term Care setting. Her focus on achieving clinical outcomes through training and processes for the healthcare facility, highlights her belief in the importance of reducing healthcare-associated infections.

Are your Auto Scrubbers ready for a new school year?

SC800 EcoFlex OL Rt - main productAs the students gear up for a new year of learning, it is important that custodians too prepare for a school year and make sure all the auto scrubbers are in working order. Pull out your equipment and test it to be sure that it is running properly prior to the return of the kids, be proactive with issues before you need to use the machine.
Having issues, we can help! Read below for some troubleshooting hints!
Poor Water Pick-up:
  • If your squeegee is worn or torn, try reversing or replacing it. Also, if it is out of adjustment, move so that the blade touches the floor evenly across it’s entire width. Remove any debris that may be stuck in the squeegee.
  • If the drain hose is leaking, secure the drain hose cap or replace it.
  • Remove any debris that may be clogging the vacuum hose or grid. Check the float to make sure it is not stuck closed.
  • If the tank cover is not closed correctly, or the gasket is damaged or leaking, you may need to replace gasket and seal cover properly.
Poor Scrubbing Performance: 
  • The brush or pad may be worn out, replace them and start out the school year on a fresh one!
  • If you are using the wrong chemical or dilution rate, call Pike Systems for advice on which chemical is best for your application and how it should be diluted.
  • If the machine is not using enough solution, increase solution flow on the control panel.
Inadequate Solution Flow / No Solution Flow: 
  • Is the solution tank empty? It may be as simple of a fix as refilling the tank.
  • The solution lines, valves, filer or trough may be clogged. Flush the lines, trough and clean solution filter.
Machine Does not Run:
  • If the scrubber is not running, the issue could be in the batteries. Are the batteries connected? Make sure to charge the batteries fully.
  • Check for error fault codes in the service manual as the issue could be in the main system control.

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Updated:How to Choose the Right Floor Pad

Preserving the appearance and the cleanliness of a floor begins with selecting the right floor pad. This ensures that the job is done right, while also saving time and money. Use of a incorrect pad can cause permanent floor damage and costly repairs, which is why it is so important to be educated on proper pads for certain jobs.  

The various applications of pads is distinguished by the color of the pads. The rule of thumb with pad colors is that the darker the pad is, the more aggressive it is. There is usually not much variation between manufacturers with common floor pad colors. Here is a quick summary of colored pads and the jobs they are used for:

White- Polishing Clean, Dry Floors

There is typically not variation between manufacturers in the most common colors. Floor pads are available in both synthetic and natural materials (Green options available!). Note that the pad not only needs to match the task at hand, but also the machine being used and they type of floor finish being treated. Using the right combination of equipment, chemicals, and floor pads keeps your floors looking their best, in the most cost-effective manner.

Call Pike Systems today for assistance with your floor pad selection: 630-896-6373!

What is the difference between a cleaner, sanitizer and disinfectant?

It is constantly surprising how many cleaning professionals and custodians don’t know the difference between a cleaner, sanitizer and disinfectant. All of them are used in our day to day duties, but how does their performance differ? 


Cleaners do as they are named, they remove dust, soils and odors from surfaces. They are the products used to achieve the “look” of clean. However, that is all they do. While cleaners improve the appearance of a facility, they do not kill bacteria or viruses. Using a cleaner is a important step in the cleaning process, but it is not enough to stop disease spread. Cleaners should be used on surfaces were the likelihood of cross contamination is low.


“A sanitizer reduces (but doesn’t necessarily kill) bacteria, viruses and fungi on a surface to a level considered safe by public health codes (Cleanlink).” To be labeled a sanitizer, the chemical must reduce microorganisms by 99.9% within 30 seconds. Sanitizers are not as strong as disinfectants which is why they are more commonly used in childcare facilities and health service areas.


Disinfectants are most often used in healthcare environments where stopping the spread of Healthcare Acquired Infections is vital. As organisms like MRSA and C. Diff are developing resistance, having a fast and effective disinfectant is vital. A disinfectant, like our Perisept Sporicidal Disinfectant, kills nearly 100% of the disease causing bacteria, viruses and fungi. Perisept, in particular, kills C. Diff within two minutes. However, the key to using a disinfectant properly is that you closely follow the dwell time, or the amount of time the surface has to stay wet in order to kill everything.

Now that you know the difference, are you using cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants properly? See our inventory of surface cleaners here! Still not sure which product you should use for a job? Call us today at 630.896.6373 and speak to a sales professional!

July 1st Product Launch:New Genesan Micro Dilution Caps

Genesan Caps

New Product Alert! We get so excited when we get to share great new products with our customers and the new Genesan Micro Dilution Caps are definitely worth the buzz! Available starting July 1st, the caps provide a new method of product dilution that is safe, mobile, accurate and sustainable. The proportioned caps come in a variety of chemicals and eliminate the risk of chemical splash in addition to being able to be used anywhere, at anytime. You always have 100% accurate dilution!

Contrary to popular belief, caps are cheaper than RTU chemicals. First of all, by buying caps, you eliminate the bulky packaging and high freight costs associated with shipping RTU. With caps, you eliminate the coast of shipping the water. Secondly, PORTION CONTROL! Portion control ensures the exact amount of chemical is being used, this creates an accurate inventory and an accurate process. Using caps also cuts labor costs as custodians no long need to return to closets to use dilution systems as they can refill bottles at any sink in the facility.

Contact us for more information on Genesan Micro Dilution Caps!


Why Commercial Vacuums beat out Consumer Vacuums every time.

Far too often, we hear stories about contractors purchasing consumer grade vacuums because they need them fast and they are convenient and inexpensive when picked up from the local 83282d42-ece5-4304-815b-b478cd79d425_400big box store. But when contractors purchase these vacuums, they fail to weigh the benefits of commercial vacuums and ultimately waste a lot of money investing in  “disposable vacuums” that hardly compare in quality.

When you buy a commercial vacuum for a professional setting, you are buying a piece of equipment that is built to handle the wear and tear and extended daily usage. Consumer vacuums are designed to be used in homes, meaning they are used once a week for no longer than 20 to 30 minutes at a time. When used in a professional setting, they often break quickly and warrant repairs that cost more than the vacuum is worth. On the other hand, commercial vacuums are designed with the end user in mind. They are built to be used 5 days a week and for up to five hours or more per day. The motors in commercial vacuums are manufactured for more cycles and to run for extended periods of time. Commercial vacuums also have a much higher air flow than consumer vacuums. Professional cleaning necessitates a heavy duty vacuum. The features on commercial vacuums far outweigh the benefits of consumer machines.

 At Pike Systems, we want you to start making informed purchasing decisions when shopping for a vacuum. We discuss you needs in order to match you with the right vacuum for the job. You are even able to test drive the vacuum before purchasing. Should your vacuum need repairs, we have in-house certified technicians to fix the equipment quickly and headache free. We also are proud to offer a Vacuum Management Program (VMP). VMP allows you to phase out old vacuums that have exceeded their life cycles and replace them incrementally with new vacuums.

Highlights of our VMP for Backpack Vacuums: 

  • Staff training on use and routine maintenance by factory certified trainer.
  • CRI certified equipment for filtration and soil removal.
  • Guarantee trade in value at the end of the life cycle.
  • Managed budget line items spread over 3 year period.
  • Elimination of repair costs due to part failure over the 3 year life cycle.
  • Free parts replacement. 
  • Parts and filters provided within 1 day if ordered in a.m.

 Call us at 630.896.6373 for more information on our Vacuum Management Program! 

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The Future of Squeegee Blades is Here!

Prematek-NR-300x240We are proud to introduce Hydrotec Squeegee Blades from Pike Systems! The squeegee blades are engineered from natural rubber using advanced technology resulting in a new generation of squeegee.

Years of research into the problems typically associated with standard squeegees has resulted in the development of Hydrotec Squeegees. Hydrotec Squeegees surpass expectations in all levels of performance! 

Hydrotec Squeegees have: 

  • Longer life span with no reduction in elasticity and flexibility
  • Improved water pick-up regardless of floor surface
  • Less friction which means less force is needed to collect water
  • A unique formula that helps the squeegee stay dirt repellent longer
  • Been tested to increase batter life of machines due to reduced energy usage.

So, from now on, ask for the yellow squeegee! Call 630.896.6373 to order today. We can assist you in selecting the correct squeegee for your machine.

ProTips: Caring for Your Wet Mops

wet-floor-sign-mopping3Majority of mops wear out from abuse, not use.  There are a few simple maintenance procedures you can follow that will extend the life and improve efficiency in your mops: 

  • Break in new mop heads by soaking them in a warm, mild detergent for at least twenty minutes. (Pre-laundered mops are ready to use)
  • Avoid scrubbing with the top portion of the mop, this tears strands and shortens the mops life.
  • Avoid strong cleaning solutions (lye, bleach, caustics) that break down strands more quickly.
  • When mopping a rough surface, mop in the direction that minimizes snagging.
  • Cut off any loose strands to prevent snagging and splattering.
  • Rinse and wring out mops after each use.
  • Store mops with the strands hanging down in a warm, dry and well-circulated area.
  • Discard and replace worn out mop heads.