Ultra Chem Lab's Odorless Lift-Off Floor Stripper

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Ultra Chem Labs has just introduced a high-performance odorless floor finish stripper - Lift Off Stripper. This new stripper is capable of removing most floor finishes from a variety of floor surfaces, and it is particularly effective at stripping metal fortified finish buildup.  Lift Off Stripper has an odorless formulation that is safer to use.  Directions for use are fairly straight forward ...

1. Mix "Lift Off" with cold water in a bucket with wringer.  (Refer to the "Lift Off" label for the correct dilution ratio.)
2. Apply stripping solution liberally (flooding method) with stripper mop. Do not allow stripper solution to dry. Re-wet floor with water if stripping solution begins to dry before the final pick up procedure. For best results let stripping solution sit on floor for 10 minutes before scrubbing.
3. Scrub floor with 175-RPM rotary floor machine and abrasive pad (red or black) until all the finish is removed from the floor.  Repeat this step if needed.
4. Use a wet-vac to pick up the stripping solution.  If using an auto-scrubber, scrub as many times as necessary to completely remove film and then pick up solution on the last pass.
5. Mix "Cleaner and Conditioner" with cold water (1 oz per gallon) in a clean bucket with wringer. Using mop, apply solution liberally over floor.
6. Scrub the cleaning solution with a floor machine or auto scrubber using green or blue pad.
7. Use wet-vac or auto scrubber to pick up cleaning solution.
8. Damp mop rinse the floor with a clean mop.
9. Check pH of floor. If neutral, seal or finish floor.  If pH too high, rinse floor again and retest pH (repeat until neutral and then finish/seal).  Apply 4-5 coats of finish.

 

Cleaning Schedule for Offices, Conference Rooms, and Lounge Areas

Keeping a clean, well maintained business environment has a direct effect on your clients, vendors, and employees.  It makes a great first impression with customers and vendors, and studies show it also makes for healthier, more productive employees. 

Here is a recommended schedule for cleaning your office, conference room, and lounge area.

Daily
Empty trash

Twice Weekly
Dust mop stairways and floors                                                          
Sweep inside and outside steps leading to office areas         
Spot clean entry doors and glass panels on/by doors              
Dust mop or vacuum hallways                                                           

Weekly
Damp mop hard surface floors                                          
Vacuum carpets                                                                                      
Clean conference room chalk/marker board              
Wipe light switches and door knobs                                               

Monthly
Clean trash receptacles                                                                        

Every Other Month
Vacuum and edge carpeted area                                     
Clean baseboards                                                                   
Dust ceiling vents                                                                    

Every Six Months
Clean inside glass                                                                    
Clean doors, jambs, kick plates, hardware                   

Next up ... Cleaning frequency for restrooms

Baby Wipes - Not Just For A Baby's Bottom

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Bet you didn't know that many of our clients purchase baby wipes from us. Baby wipes are pre-moistened, hypoallergenic, disposable cleaning cloths that are easy to carry and store, so it's no surprise that they can be used for much more than cleaning a baby's tushy.  

Here are just a few of the many alternative uses for this versatile product:

  • Removing stains from almost any surface - walls, carpets, fabric
  • Safely cleaning dust off the leaves of your household plants
  • Quick clean and shine for leather furniture
  • Removing excess grease from frying pans before cleaning
  • Cleaning up a messy pet
  • Catching pet hairs on upholstery and clothes
  • Removing deodorant marks on clothes
  • Quick clean up for kitchen and bathroom surfaces
  • Removing eye makeup
  • Removing marks on hard surface floors
  • Quick clean ups in your car

Keep a box of baby wipes on hand in your office, vehicle, kitchen, bathroom, or shop.  They are a gentle but effective all purpose cleaning cloth.

What NOT to Clean With Vinegar

Vinegar is a wonderful all-natural cleaner.  However there are some surfaces that should not be cleaned with vinegar.

  • Granite and marble - Vinegar contains acetic acid, which makes it a wonderful cleaner for many surfaces.  However the acid is too strong for natural stone surfaces like granite and marble and will actually etch the surface.  Dish detergent and water is a gentle but effective cleaner for granite and marble.

  • Egg stains - Egg stains should not be cleaned with vinegar.  The acid in vinegar will cause the egg to coagulate and make it more difficult to remove.

  • Hardwood floors - Again, the acid in vinegar is too harsh for natural wood surfaces.  Go with a cleaner that is specifically designed for hardwood.

  • Iron and aluminum - Vinegar works well as a cleaner for tough metals like stainless steel.  However, it shouldn't be used to clean softer metals like iron and aluminum.

The Benefits of Pets in the Workplace

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Anyone who frequents our office on Jack James Drive knows that we're a very pet friendly work environment.  Chihuahuas Winston, Riley, and Dax are always quick to greet any customer who pops in to pick up supplies and are definitely key members of the team at Martin County Janitorial Supply.  Pets in the work place is a growing phenomenon that we wholeheartedly endorse.   Studies have shown that pet-friendly work environments can benefit both employees and employers. 

  • Pets on the job help reduce stress
  • Bringing a pet to work can enable an employee to work longer hours
  • Pets in the workplace have been shown to increase camaraderie among workers  
  • Pet-friendly work places tend to have healthier workers (pets reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as encourage workers to get a bit of exercise during the work day)
  • Pets brighten up the work environment

We can attest to the fact that pets at work can definitely be a win-win for all.