How to choose the right dust mop?

Believe it or not, there is a significant difference between dust mops on the market – they are not all created equal – and the one you may be using for you facility might not be the best option there is.  Pike Systems can offer you guidance in picking out the right dust mop for you!

Loop vs. Cut:


Dust mops come two ways, with cut or looped ends.  Cut ends are more economical – if you are looking for something you can mop with for a certain period of time, and then just throw away, then cut mops might not be a bad choice for you.  Loop end mops are more expensive, but are washable so they last longer.


Fiber Content:


For us, this might be the most significant aspect in choosing the right dust mop.  The industry in general is have a strong push towards microfiber mops…why? …The material does not need to be pre-treated and can hold a greater amount of soil.  Microfiber mops will pick up dust and dirt at microbial levels!  Not only do they pick up more, they are also washable – which together contribute to the higher price point.


For facilities that don’t have laundry rooms or require a less expensive option, a traditional cotton or synthetic mop would be a better choice.  Synthetics are longer lasting than cotton, and don’t require pre-treating – they actually attract dust electrostatically.  To buy a cotton mop is to buy a convenience item – cotton mops are suitable for removing loose debris, but require treating between applications – they also deteriorate over time and don’t hold up well to multiple washings.


GHS Required Training – Deadline December 1st!

All employers whose employees are exposed to any hazardous chemicals are now required to train their employees in the new label elements and safety data sheet requirements that are an important part of the GHS revisions to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.

Training includes:

  • video instruction
  • quizzes
  • training materials
  • employee training acknowledgement form
  • certificate of completion

Topics covered:

  • What is the GHS standard?
  • Understanding product labels and pictograms
  • Understanding safety data sheets

For more information on the GHS training and to find classes, please call Carolyn at 630.896.6373


Which is better? Hand towels or dryers? …The results may surprise you!

In conversations about disease prevention, hand drying rarely comes up.  More and more studies are proving that hand drying and how you do it, is just as important of an act as washing hands!  The CDC has reported that wet hands are more likely to transmit bacteria than dry.  Now what is the best way to dry? Read on……



The Mayo Clinic recently did a study into the spread of bacteria through the different methods of drying hands.  This review found that hot air dryers disperse bacteria withing a radius of about 3 feet, while the jet air dryers push that bacteria six feet!  When testing paper towels, Mayo found that there was no bacteria dispersal.


Mayo Clinics official conclusion: “On the basis of our review, drying hands thoroughly with a single-use, disposable paper towel is the preferred method of hand drying in terms of hand hygiene.  Most studies found that paper towels can dry hands effectively, remove bacteria effectively, and cause less contamination in a washroom environment.”


Now that we have established which methods are better for drying hands, in the mass amounts of towels that are on the market, which ones are best? We at Pike Systems recommend roll towels.  They are the most economical choice and nowadays they come in a number of different qualities to cover most applications!



To find out what the best option is for your application, please call 630.896.6373


Behind the Scenes of a Soap Factory

A couple weeks ago, Pike employees Carolyn Quinn and Julia Tiedt had the opportunity to go on a tour of a soap factory with the Triple-S Future Leadership Council and see how it all works! We even got to preview a new dispenser and speak with the head sales manager about the company.  It was a great experience! Here are some of the highlights!







Are you in need of some great hand soaps (foam, gel, or liquid?) – call us today at 630.896.6373 to find out about our amazing line of hand soaps and sanitizers!