Price Increase Alert: Can Liners

FuturaCanLinersDue to an increasing global and domestic demand, a polyethylene resin price increase has been implemented. As a result, all Berry Plastics can liners carried by Pike Systems will have a manufacturer implemented 7% price increase. We will continue to work closely with you to manage the impact of these pricing adjustments and keep you updated to any changes in the market. 

Thank you!

Stop Using Bleach!

620466077c427f141effa294382f5fba_XLTraditionally, people turn to bleach as the ultimate cleaning product. It has such a strong smell, why wouldn’t it’s cleaning ability match, and destroy any and all dirt on a surface? There is a huge misconception in our society that bleach cleans and disinfects. While bleach is able to disinfect and kill bacteria on a surface, it doesn’t posses any cleaning agents to actually clean the surface. In fact, when used as a cleaner, the oxidizing effect of bleach gets tied up in the soils thus reducing it’s killing ability. Bleach also expires quickly, losing 50% of its strength after just 90 days of being packaged.
In addition to lacking cleaning capabilities, with continued use over time, bleach can destroy the surfaces it is used on. Surfaces will fade in color, floor polishes will dull or haze and the bleach will slowly eat away and degrade the surfaces.
There are also dangers associated with the use of bleach. Per OSHA, when using bleach in a workplace, you are required to wear gloves and a mask as the bleach can cause problems with the eyes, skin and respiratory track.
This is why, at Pike Systems, we recommend using Vindicator or Contact 256 to both disinfect and clean surfaces. These have the same capabilities of bleach, with the addition of a cleaning agent, without the harsh smell.  Do you know what your facility uses as a multi-purpose surface cleaner?

Elevate Your Restroom Cleaning – The Easy Way

Restrooms are a major challenge to clean – they are what patrons typically judge the entire cleanliness of the building on. Why do it the traditional, hard way, when you could reduce cleaning time by as much as 67% and not have to touch anything with the C3HP from Hillyard! With this hands-free cleaning companion, all areas of the bathroom get the full attention they deserve thus improving the cleaning quality in restroom facilities and staff morale.

New! C3 Front Mounted Squeegee:

  • Simplify and speed up solution recovery and quickly dry floors
  • Ideal for large restrooms
  • Purchased as an accessory to both the C3XP  and C3HP
  • Item #HIL99241

C3HP – High Pressure Cleaning:

  • The cord-electric C3HP is ideal for removing heavy soil loads
  • It’s simple to operate – Use the variable angle spray with a pinpoint tight pattern to remove stubborn soils or use the wide fan setting for rinsing
  • C#HP is ideal for high volume restrooms, shower rooms, kitchens and heavy soil loads
  • Item #HIL99242



The Psychology Behind a Clean Facility

brain_gearsBooks and careers have been written and made all based on the psychology of why and how we shop. For example, Sephora Cosmetics is designed to look like a candy store for makeup, thus igniting our youthful joy from trips to a candy store potentially pushing us to purchase more. However, it wasn’t until a recent article in ISSA Magazine, that I really began to understand the psychology of clean… or dirty.

When we enter a new facility, we immediately begin to judge using our senses and visual cues. What does it smell like? Do we see dust or trash? Does it feel grimy? These reactions will solidify our overall perception of the facility and the business that resides within that building. Unfortunately, people tend to surmise the worst assuming that a surface is dirty even when they can’t see dirt. The tough part here is that, for the most part, cleaning is invisible. We notice when environments are not clean, but hardly do we take notice of an impeccably clean facility.

Most often, the spaces perceived to be dirty are the restrooms. It comes down to trust. Very few people trust that others have washed their hands after using the restroom – and rightly so – the percentages of people who wash their hands are absolutely not has high as they should be!

Interestingly enough, people tend to behave in a given environment in a way that corresponds with how they perceive that environment. For instance, at a sports stadium, it is completely acceptable to leave food cups on the floor near your seat and throw peanut shells on the floor, but put this in an entirely different environment, like a school cafeteria, and it would be frowned upon.

So how do you overcome this mentality of clean or dirty and have your facility perceived as clean? Have custodians clean while there are people there to observe them if you are able! But also, make sure your space is always impeccably cleaned, it is a combination of both perceiving, and actually being clean! Our job as a distributor is to give custodial operations the tools they need to increase awareness of cleanliness.