Clean facilities do not happen haphazardly
They are the inevitable result of effective program management: the management of
chemicals, the management of tools, and the management of personnel
August 9, 2012 by Pike Systems
Pike Systems introduces Sanotracin RTU, a highly effective EPA-registered sporicide, bactericide, virucide, tuberculocide, and fungicide offering a 3 minute C-Diff kill claim and six log disinfection – 99.9999%.
The patented, hyperactive chemistry provides fast results. With its shorter kill times and powerful wetting agents, Sanotracin RTU stays wet longer and works faster. The result, assured efficacy against hard-to-kill C. difficle spores and other dangerous pathogens every time you clean and disinfect.
Sanotracin RTU provides maximum effectiveness without the risks of bleach, which include damage to carpet, clothing, upholstery, LCD screens, medical equipemnt, and other surfaces; handling and mixing of bleach by the housekeeping staff; and respiratory issues for patients and staff. In addition, one-step, one-application Sanotracin RTU saves time and labor cost compared to bleach which requires a pre-cleaning and a rinse.
For more information, follow the links below:
Efficacy Data: http://www.biomedprotect.com/index.php/component/phocadownload/category/1-sanotracin-rtu?download=2:efficacy-rates
Application Protocol: http://www.biomedprotect.com/index.php/component/phocadownload/category/1-sanotracin-rtu?download=5:application-protocol
Environmental Services Management of C-Diff: http://www.biomedprotect.com/index.php/component/phocadownload/category/1-sanotracin-rtu?download=4:environmental-services-management-of-c-difficile
Category: Cleaning for Health, Home Page Tags: budget, C-Diff, c-difficile, Cleaning, disinfecting, germ control, sanitizing, sanotracin | Comments Off
July 20, 2012 by Pike Systems
This summer, Hillyard introduced the newly redesigned Multi-Flo XP finish applicator. This replaces their current Multi-Flo Applicator. The new applicator boasts the following benefits:
- Versatility – use it on resilent/vinyl, wood, terrazzo, and smooth concrete
- Improved productivity – apply finish in open areas at a rate of 10,000 square feet per hour or in smaller areas like classrooms at a rate of 6,000 square feeet per hour. Backpack applicators have a producitivy rate of 6,316 square feet per hour making the Multi-Flo XP 40% faster.
- Better Result, Minimal Training – Maneuverability is excellent with four swivel castors allowing you to coat large open areas as well as smaller compact areas. Achieve specified coverage rates by applying or removing weights when and where you need to. Battery operated pump system dispenses finish at the touch of the button and coats more than 100,000 square feet per charge.
- Multiple Container Options -Use BIB (Bag in Box), Gallons, Pails, etc. The Multi-Flo XP can adjust to whatever size container you need.
- Better Ergonomics and Safety – When applying finish with the Multi-Flo XP, the operator uses a more natural upright walking position. All the finish weight is distributed over four large castors making it easier to position the applicator.
- Price Point – With the acquision cost ranging from $600 – 800 per applicator, it’s affordable.
Click here to see the video for more information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GdcuC2j3b0
Category: Carpet and Hard Floor Maintenance, Cleaning Budget Tags: budget, floor care, floor finish, high efficiency, Productivity | Comments Off
May 4, 2012 by Pike Systems
Floor finish represents a large portion of most facility’s total cleaning budget. As summer nears, schools and colleges will begin their summer floor restoration process. As the cleaning industry becomes more sophisticated, better and better tools are introduced to enhance the cleaning process. Today’s process spotlight is on the Padco Finish Applicator. This finish application process, boasts the following benefits:
- Elimination of floor finish waste which produces savings of up to 20%
- Fast and easy clean-up at the end of the day
- Enhanced productivity during finish application
- Low purchase price makes acquisition a no-brainer
Watch the video by clicking the link below and let us know what you think!
Padco Finish Applicator
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April 23, 2012 by Pike Systems
As budget preparations are well underway for the new fiscal year, budget cuts are still a hot topic. If you’re charged with reducing your budget, know that there are only 6 ways to reduce costs. If you keep this in mind, it will help streamline this daunting task.
1. Decrease Expenses
2. Cut Benefits
3. Cut Salaries
4. Cut Staff
5. Decrease the quality of services
6. Increase Productivity – do more in less time.
The only positive way to reduce costs is to do more in less time. See our mechanization and productivity page for more information or give us a call. We’re more than happy to provide a productivity audit of your facility.
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April 20, 2012 by Pike Systems
Your budget is shrinking making it harder and harder to provide a healthy learning environment. Each year, you’re forced to do more with less…less funding, fewer people, outdated tools, etc. While product costs have high visibility, lowest total cost solutions lie in managing the labor spend. We can help you do both!
Traditional dilution management systems pigeonhole you into a one size fits all model. The Arsenal Flex SMS gives you options. Stop stocking a two year supply of glass cleaner because you have to order it by the case and start spending money on what you really need and can use within your fiscal year. Supply costs will continue to rise. You have the power rise above by better managing your inventory.
The Arsenal Flex SMS offers all your routine cleaning chemicals in a close-looped chemical dispensing solution for your high volume, high use chemicals like floor detergent and a premeasured pouch solution for everything else reducing your inventory holding costs by as much as 50%. In addition, if you are using restroom cleaning machines such as the Kaivac, chemical expenditures can be greatly reduced through the Arsenal Flex SMS system as well. For more information, contact Pike Systems for an analysis of your current supply program to find out how you can minimize your inventory and maximize your cash flow!
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April 13, 2012 by Pike Systems
Taking a closer look at the custodial budget.
Today’s K through 12 Building & Grounds Managers are continually challenged to do more with less. While addressing the overall budget numbers, school administrations around the state are slashing custodial budgets again. Does this mean dirty schools for the coming year? Custodial operations were, at one time, just a necessary part of providing a good education for our children. Now it represents a large piece of the overall M&O budget, a budget under constant scrutiny.
Where did that budget number come from over the years? In many cases, it was just there. As administrators, how would you like some answers as to what the number (budget) should be for your district? After all, a supply like floor finish is based on your demographics and square footage of the floor surface to be coated. We as a supplier see custodial staffs deciding when to coat a floor and how many coats to apply. If you asked your managers how many gallon of finish you need, I will bet you a cup of coffee the answer is based on what they used last year. Matter of fact, how many mangers know the square footage of the area to apply floor finish?
As long as the custodian manages your budget, and you continue to drive costs out by buying at a low price you will not solve the custodial dilemma. Look around your schools and see the overstocking of supplies in the nooks and crannies of the school. Who’s managing the inventories? Just what should the number look like?
Risk management is becoming a bigger issue for administrators. This has added to the operational costs. When a MRSA outbreak happens, many administrators are bypassing their staff and calling in the “professionals”. These issues will continue to plague our schools. We need to put cleaning processes in place that lower our risk and provide process documentation for all concerned.
Pike Systems can help you through the budget dilemma. We can provide you with the answers you need to provide a healthy learning environment. We will help you address budgets constraints and tell you the impact less dollars will have on the environment. We bring over 25 years of experience working with schools as well as the support of manufacturers who also know the school environment.
If you want a budget number that is backed with meaning, Pike Systems can help! For more information on Hillyard’s new Cleaning Cost Analysis Program, watch this video on a program that gives you the tools you need to justify departmental expenditures on both labor and supplies:
Category: Cleaning Budget, Cleaning for Health Tags: attendance, budget, cleaning chemistry, cleaning for health, cleaning tips, custodial budget, custodial staffing, custodial trainining, high efficiency, Productivity, reduced budget | Comments Off
April 9, 2012 by Pike Systems
As you take a look at your capital budgets for this year, keep in mind that nothing stands still. Everything is constantly changing and evolving. Nilfisk-Advance has been and continues to be at the forefront of cleaning equipment technology. New technology means higher performance cleaning processes that lower costs and improve cleanliness levels. This couldn’t come at a better time given the economic climate.
There are six keys to maximizing efficiency in your facility:
- Standardization of cleaning processes
- Simplification of processes, equipment, tools
- Mechanization – productivity enhancing equipment
- Training – We are not born with the knowledge of how to clean. We have to be taught the most efficient and effective processes.
- Balanced workloads
- Quality control – measuring and tracking the results
Mechanization is the single most effective way to do more with less! Pike Systems and Nilfisk-Advance are here to help you evaluate mechanization options and determine the best solutions for your facility. We offer a risk free survey and assessment of your current building and equipment. Please contact us if you’re interested.
Here are some exciting new things from Nilfisk-Advance:
Stay-Tuned for new updates as they’re made available! For questions or more information, feel free to give us a call!
Category: Carpet and Hard Floor Maintenance, Cleaning Budget, Equipment Repair Tags: budget, carpet cleaning, Cleaning, cleaning tips, custodial budget, Equipment, high efficiency, labor costs, preventative maintenance, Productivity, reduced budget | Comments Off
April 6, 2012 by Pike Systems
Over the last decade, school districts and universities have felt increasing budgetary pressures especially in the area of maintenance and operations. Because custodial expenditures make up such a huge portion of the total maintenance and operations budget, custodial purchases have been the focus of many budget cuts.
This year’s Maintenance and Operations Cost Study, published by American School and University Magazine, tells a similar story. Due to our current economic state, budget restrictions will continue to be a cause for concern for many facilities moving forward.
For a copy of the American School and Universities’ recent M&O Cost Study, go to http://asumag.com/Maintenance/school-district-maintenance-operations-cost-study-200904/
Category: Cleaning Budget Tags: budget, Cleaning, custodial budget, custodial staffing, custodial trainining, reduced budget, tips | Comments Off
April 4, 2012 by Pike Systems
Are you looking for a way to effectively restore your finished floors this summer in less time, using fewer products, and with greater effectiveness?
Introducing the Advance Adfinity Rev X20R. The Adfinity Rev represents the latest in floor care technology for the industry. Advance’s mission of “Driving Down Your Cost to Clean,” continues to ring true!
Why is this machine worth a look?
- Unlike other machines, the Rev was truly designed as a daily scrubber as well as a chemical-free stripping machine. This is not a project machine. It’s a daily use scrubbing machine.
- Orbital Technology works and it’s even better when it uses a standard round cleaning pad. The Rev micro scrubs the floor in 1/4″ orbits at a rate of 2,250 RPMs which attacks dirt and floor finish from multiple directions. The Rev provides more contact and therefore, more intense cleaning.
- Budgets are tight. The Rev uses 50% less water and 50% less chemical. How’s that for hard dollar savings?
- The #1 way to reducing floor stripping and refinishing costs is to scrub your floors daily. This allows you to prolong your stripping and refinishing cycles with the built in flexibility to strip or deep scrub floors quickly and effectively when needed.
If you’d like to see a demo, contact us. We’ll even put down a couple coats of finish for you!
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March 28, 2012 by Pike Systems
The only thing that separates good service from bad service is the support that comes along with it. At Pike Systems, we look at the overall needs of your facility and match your facility with products that fulfill those needs. We care about the products and equipment that we sell long after the sale is made.
With an equipment purchase, we offer a wide availability of parts, a certified service team and all inclusive maintenance agreements. In general, when you look at purchasing a new machine, you should evaluate the purchase on the basis of:
- Warranties Offered
- Cost of Repair Parts
- Ease of Daily Maintenance
- Labor Savings
If you stick to this list when evaluating the purchase of new machine, you will be happy with your purchase for years to come. The costs over the life of the machine can often be more than the purchase cost of the machine. At Pike Systems, we would like to reverse that figure.
We provide training on the daily maintenance and care of your machine in order to keep your machine like new for as long as possible. At Pike Systems, we focus most on building relationships with our customers. Our success is measured by our customer’s satisfaction rather than in dollars.
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