Tips for Your Summer Floor Care

Summer is officially in full swing! The kids are out of school and the Chicago weather is finally warm! Now is the time to get those floors looking great! Continue reading to discover Pike System’s best practices for a variety of floor care! 

 Floor Stripping Best Practices:

  • Keep the floor wet; do not let the solution dry
  • Do not ring your mop out. Pull it straight from the mop bucket and onto the floor
  • Allow 15 minutes for the solution to activate before scrubbing. Scrubbing too soon is counter-productive
  • Use 1 pad per 1,000 square feet. Flip that pad at 500 square feet and discard after 1,000 square feet
  • Coat the baseboards with Hil-Tone or any oil-based dust mop treatment to prevent stripper residue from adhering to baseboards
  • If you havea n orbital machine, use an SPP Pad with the orbital machine to scrub baseboards. Position the pad in the middle of the pad deck and curl it or fold it up in the front of the machine to hit the baseboards at the desired height

Traditional Top Scrubbing: 

  • Keep the floor wet; do not let the solution dry
  • Use a GREEN scrub pad, Black is too aggressive and white/red are not aggressive enough
  • Use 1 pad per 1,000 square feet. Flip that pad at 500 square feet and discard after 1,000 square feet
  • Scrub both horizontally and vertically to ensure even and thorough abrsion

Top Scrub and Recoat with Orbital Machines: 

  • Always dust mop floor before using an orbital machine
  • When using a walk-behind orbital scrubber, run the machine on the lowest water setting with the pad driver locked in the downward position. Chemical is not needed
  • When using a corded orbital, damp mop floor with water prior to scrubbing to contain the dust
  • The less water, the better. Too much water will cause this machine to hydroplane preventing the pad from removing any finish
  • 1 SPP Pad will scrub 10,000 sq. ft. of flooring. To optimize pad life, you’ll need to rinse after every 1,000 sq. ft. Begin the day with 10 pads; 1 per classroom

Looking for a new scrubber to get the job done? We recommend the Advance SC1500 with Rev Technology!

Report any equipment performance issues immediately. Never use a machine that is missing a prong or has exposed wires! Have more questions? Call us at 630.896.6373 – we are here to help!

Foaming Hand Soap – The Key to Staying on Budget

EZHH_usage.lgWith the growing influx of hand hygiene education to prevent germ spread, we have seen an increased use of hand soap. While awareness of proper hand hygiene has resulted in more people washing their hands, it has naturally increased the amount of soap consumption as well as added pressure to the facility manager’s budgets. Hand soap is one of the largest consumables in a restroom budget. 

 Luckily, there is a solution that allows for increased hand washing and reduced budgets! By simply switching liquid soap to foam soap, facilities could see some big savings. Kutol did the match and found that switching to foam soap saves $6 per 1,000 hand washes over liquid soap. Foam soap can double the number of hand washes from on refill as compared to traditional liquid soap saving money in both product and labor. Kutol further tested to find that traditional liquid soap dispensers dispense between 1.0 – 1.5 mL per hand compared to .75 mL with foaming hand soap which results in a 25-50% savings when using foam hand soap.

 Read the full Kutol Report here!

 Call Pike Systems today for more information on the Foam Soaps we stock!

Vacuuming 101

proteam-in-use-classroomVacuuming is the most efficient way to keep your carpet clean. Depending on the foot traffic, the general cleaning formula ranges from daily for busy areas to weekly for all areas. Vacuuming not only has a positive impact on the facilities appearance, but also contains airborne allergens thus making the air you breathe cleaner.

It is always a good idea to refresh on the basics of cleaning. While you may vacuum regularly, you want to makes sure that you are doing so properly! The Carpet and Rug Institute has put together this list of quick and easy tips to improve what is probably one of the easiest cleaning tasks out there! 

Carpet and Rug Institute’s Quick and Easy tips: 

  • A quick once-over doesn’t do much – slow and steady does the trick
  • When vacuuming, don’t ignore those corners and crevices where dust builds up
  • “Top Down” cleaning saves you the step of vacuuming again after dusting
  • Remember to replace empty vacuum bags when they are half to 2/3 full

Read additional past Vacuum Blogs: 

Industry Report: Operating Room Hand Hygiene

Operating Room

Operating Rooms are extremely fast paced environments. They are some of the most important rooms to clean and disinfect thoroughly, but due to scheduling, they are mostly likely the fastest to be cleaned as well. If you are in the healthcare industry, you probably hear daily about the major threat Healthcare Acquired Infections poses on the industry. Hand Hygiene is another major threat to the spread of Healthcare Acquired Infections as hand washing protocols remain unfollowed in medical settings.

This April, Infection Control Today released a special report on OR Hand Hygiene. The report focuses on studies executed by L. Silvia Munoz-Price MD and her colleagues, of the Department of Medicine in the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, monitoring the hand hygiene and disinfection that takes place in operating theaters. The results were not good. The report shows how “Evidence exists that ORs may remain contaminated after standard disinfection practices. Approximately 50% of surfaces are not adequately disinfected during between case or terminal cleaning and can harbor pathogenic organisms”

Improper hand hygiene or ineffective OR disinfection are major causes of nasocomial infections. These infections not only cost the hospital significant amounts of money yearly, but also delay wound healing, prolong hospitalization and increase morbidity. Luckily this report found that pathogen numbers decreased following educational interventions. An educated staff is the first step in the fight against Healthcare Acquired Infections.

Get the Full Report here.

 Other Healthcare Blogs that may pertain to you:



Bed Bugs have preferences in colors…

Growing up, we use to chuckle when our parents told us “Goodnight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” – little did they know that Bed Bugs would become a disgusting infestation and a majorno-bed-bugs problem among even the nicest hotels, apartment complexes and homes today. 

As a quick refresher: Bed bugs are no bigger than a sesame seed, so they can go undetected very easily.  They live in articles of clothing, furniture, and bedding.  You can pick them up when you are staying in a hotel, or even while you are shopping and not even know it! Bed bugs are not known to spread disease, but they do feed on human blood.  Their bites create persistent itching and skin rashes.  To thwart the existence of these pests in our homes, many different types of insecticides have been created, but it’s an on-going struggle as the bed bugs grow resistant to the insecticides.

 A new study released in the Journal of Medical Entomology reveals that Bed Bugs are more attracted to certain colors when seeking shelter from daylight. The research uncovered that Bed Bugs gravitate towards reds and blacks while avoiding whites, yellows and greens. The Washington Post reported that many insects use color as a behavioral cue and it is usually easy and inexpensive to change things and design new traps. The study also uncovered that bugs that were hungry had no color preferences.

Read the Full Study Here.