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  • Why Are Disinfectants and Sanitizers Classified as Pesticides?

    Aug 19, 2019

    Pesticide-label

    The word “pesticide” appears on all of Betco’s disinfectant and sanitizer product labels and safety data sheets. 

    You may have noticed this language on safety data sheets:

    EPA Statement:
    This chemical is a pesticide product registered by the Environmental Protection Agency and is subject to certain labeling requirements under federal pesticide law. These requirements differ from the classification criterial and hazard information required for safety data sheets, and for workplace labels of nonpesticide chemicals. Below is the signal word as required on the pesticide label:

    Or you may have noticed directions for “Pesticide Storage” and “Pesticide Disposal” on product labels (click image below to enlarge).

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    So why are disinfectants and sanitizers listed as pesticides?  People often use the term "pesticide" to refer only to insecticides, but it actually applies to all the substances used to control pests.  Disinfectants and sanitizers—as well as insecticides, herbicides, swimming pool treatments, and even leaf defoliants—are managed by EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs.  Disinfectants and sanitizers kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.  According to the EPA these are considered pests just as insects, weeds, snails, and slugs are considered pests.  Therefore, the EPA classifies disinfectants and sanitizers as pesticides.

    In addition, the EPA further classifies disinfectants as antimicrobial pesticides: “Intended to disinfect, sanitize, reduce or mitigate growth or development of microbiological organisms or protect inanimate objects, industrial processes or systems, surfaces, water or other chemical substances from contamination, fouling or deterioration caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, algae, or slime.”

    For more detailed information from the EPA, please click here or here.

    So, the term “pesticides” covers a large range of products, from your well-known insecticides and herbicides to less well-known disinfectants and sanitizers, and the inclusion of this term on product literature, including labels and safety data sheets, should not be considered cause for concern. Whether from Betco or a different chemical manufacturer, all disinfectants and sanitizers in the United States must be labeled as pesticides.

    All of Betco’s safety data sheets are up-to-date and available online. Simply click the “SDS” tab in the red navigation bar at the top of our website to access Safety Data Sheets for all products, or check the “SDS and Resources” section of each product page.

  • New Symplicity™ Built Detergent Offers Performance You Expect

    Aug 08, 2019

    49278-00_300x300_mainAn essential part of providing Professional Performance Everyday is listening to our customers. We heard your concerns about Symplicity™ Built Detergent Ultra, and we took them to heart. That's why we're replacing Symplicity Built Detergent Ultra with Symplicity™ Built Detergent.

    New Symplicity Built Detergent reflects our continued commitment to delivering simple, safe, and high-performing cleaning technologies that enhance the value of your operation.

    Uniquely designed to prolong linen life, Symplicity Built Detergent is compatible with the complete Betco® laundry product line.
    • Stable surfactants banish heavy soils for a one-wash clean
    • Anti-redesposition agents prevent dulling
    • Optical brighteners enhance whiteness
    • No need for a break or builder for most applications
    • Effective over broad range of temperatures and water conditions

    Experience the difference for yourself. Learn more.
  • Introducing Mobile Inspector

    Aug 02, 2019
    Inspector

    Lock in business with ironclad quality assurance through mobile Inspector, now available on the Betco® iBet® app.

    You asked, we listened: mobile Inspector has been streamlined and simplified, making it easier, quicker, and more intuitive than ever to set up and implement a quality assurance program.

    Get the most out of cleaning programs and win with customers by guaranteeing a standardized clean with the highest efficiency and at the lowest cost. 

    • New and existing template creation in minutes
    • Measure level of clean by person, zone, or area
    • Allow users to perform scheduled or random inspections with customized rating scales
    • Provide notification to others of corrective actions needed
    • And more!

    Download the Betco® iBet® app from the App Store or  Google PlayLearn more.

  • Floor Finish Troubleshooting Guide

    Jul 26, 2019

    Floor Finish

    Every facility deserves a first-place finish, but there are a lot of ways to get off track. If you've got floor finish problems, we've got answers. This troubleshooting guide lists common problems faced by those applying or maintaining floor finish, along with their causes and best solutions.

    Betco® offers a complete line of high-performing finishes to satisfy a variety of facility and maintenance program needs. Whether you have time constraints to maintain finishes properly or you want the highest appearance level, we have a floor finish for you.

    Problem  Cause Solution
    Streaked appearance of floor finish Too little polish in mop during application Scrub and recoat; do not overwork the mop. Avoid using wrung out mops.
    Use of dirty mop Be sure mop heads are washed thoroughly before applying finish. 
    Poor rinsing If residue has been left on the floor surface, or an alkaline stripper was not properly rinsed prior to applying floor finish, re-stripping of the floor will be required.
    Finish too thick Apply each coat evenly and thinly. If a coat is applied too thickly, dry buff with a blue pad and recoat.
    Recoating too soon before prior coat has dried properly If streaking appears after more than three coats of finish have been applied, the most likely cause is “cut in.” This occurs when the top coat of finish appears to be dry enough to apply the next coat, but there is still moisture trapped in the finish film. If this happens… stop. Do nothing further to the floor until it has had a chance to fully dry, then dry buff the surface with a polish pad and recoat.
    Poor leveling, spreading, or wetting of floor finish Floor finish applied over factory finish on new tile  

    Strip thoroughly, rinse, and reapply finish.

    Floor not adequately cleaned Stop…do not apply floor finish until you have followed the proper cleaning procedures.
    Floor not properly rinsed No floor finish will properly bond or spread over a floor which has an alkaline residue. Rinse floor if necessary, but apply finish only after you have a clean, dry floor.
    Poor initial gloss Not enough floor finish Apply a minimum of four to six coats of finish/sealer on all stripped floors.
    High floor porosity Be aware of this prior to applying your finish and apply one or two coats of sealer first.
    Poor after gloss Floor dirty Clean floor and rinse thoroughly, use a restorer and burnish to bring gloss back.
    Wrong pads or brushes used (usually too aggressive)  Use red pad for routine scrubbing, blue or green pad for deep scrubbing, and tan, coral or white pads for buffing. On uneven floors, an appropriate brush is recommended to restore gloss. Use a mop-on restorer and burnish or recoat with a thin coat of finish.
    Excessive amount of sand and grit on the floor Use mats, dust mop frequently, and remove grit outside doors. To restore gloss, use a mop-on restorer and burnish or scrub and recoat.
    Using an alkaline floor cleaner Use of an alkaline all-purpose cleaner or degreaser will cause finish to dull and may even leave a hazy film on the floor surfaces. Spray buffing or use of a mop-on restorer will bring back the gloss. Use a neutral cleaner for routine cleaning.
    Tacky or sticky Too much finish applied in too short a period; improper drying time Apply thin coats and allow to dry before applying subsequent coats. High humidity, low temperature, and stagnant air conditions require longer drying time.
    Finish applied over improperly rinsed floor Re-strip the floor with a no-rinse stripper.
    Sticking of chairs and other objects to freshly coated floors Too long a drying time, especially under high humidity conditions Normal dry time for most finishes is between 30-45 minutes. If the floor is not dry to touch in 30 minutes, a fan may be applied to provide air movement.
    Finish applied too heavy Strip the floor and start again with thin coats, allowing adequate drying time between coats.
    Washed-out appearance Too frequent cleaning without sufficient use of restorer/spray buff Check to be sure you are diluting your cleaning agent properly or reduce cleaning frequency. Rely more on dust mop treatments and review recommended cleaning schedules.
    Harsh cleaners Use neutral detergents that will not attack the finish film.
    Abrasive material Clean entrance mats. Dust mop frequently with water-based treated dust mop. Use less abrasive cleaning pads.
    Color bleeding Solvent cleaners or solvent finish Use neutral cleaners and water emulsion finishes. (Never use solvent products on resilient floors.)
    Harsh alkaline cleaners Bleeding is the transfer of color from the flooring to the clearing solution and represents an attack of the flooring. Do no use harsh cleaners. Rinse floor well.
    Color fading Direct sunlight Curtains, screens, or tinted glass will reduce the effect of sunlight on resilient floors.
    Strong cleaners Use neutral detergents.
    Excessive black marking Inadequate amount of floor finish Build up enough coats for a protective coating. Buff regularly to maintain high gloss.
    Powdering Poor film formation upon drying of the finish due to an alkaline residue on the floor Re-strip the floor and rinse thoroughly. Give the floor a final rinse of 3 oz. Mild Acid Detergent per gallon of water.
    Poor film formation due to cold temperature Minimum temperature for application is 50° F.
    Factory finish not stripped from new tile before finishing Thoroughly strip, rinse, and re-apply finish.
    Applying coats too thinly Apply in medium coats, approximately 2,500 to 3,000 square feet per gallon of finish (avoid wrung-out mops).
    Wrong buffing pads or brushes used Use less aggressive pads or brushes.
    Loss of gloss Use of hot water, solvents or harsh cleaners Use neutral cleaners in cold water.  Avoid highly alkaline cleaners or solvents on resilient flooring.
    Using dust mops treated with oil-based agents Strip top layers of finish. Apply floor finish and subsequently use only water-based dust mop treatment.
    Insufficient finish on mop during application Scrub and recoat, avoiding use of wrung out mops.  Apply finish at a rate of 2,500–3,000 square feet per gallon of finish.
    Conspicuous formation of traffic lanes Too little touchup of traffic lanes with new coats of finish Use touch-up techniques of feathering new coats into old coat of finish at the edge of traffic lanes. Recoat as required by traffic wear.
    Over-polishing of non-traffic areas Do not finish around furniture or near baseboards except when stripping the entire floor and refinishing.
    Yellowed film Infrequent stripping Apply less finish or strip more often. Preventative maintenance schedules should be followed.
    Recoating the entire floor every time floor is cleaned Don’t finish the non-traffic areas as often as the rest of the floor.
    Buffing, spray buffing, or burnishing without proper cleaning. Anytime a floor machine is used on a finish film, the floor must be totally clean first, otherwise dirt and soil will be driven into the finish film, giving it a yellow appearance.
    Mastic bleed Mastic bleed is caused by the glue used to put the tile down bleeding up through the cracks. Strip the affected area, use solvent to clean the excess glue, wash with detergent, rinse, and reapply floor finish.
    Water spotting Applying finish over an improperly rinsed floor Select a finish made to resist water spillage, particularly in areas subject to spillage. All finish will turn white if water is allowed to sit for 30 minutes or more.
    Scuffing of the finish Excessive scuffing under normal conditions for the floor A harder floor finish is recommended.
    Wrong scrubbing or buffing pads/brushes used Use the proper pad or brush for the floor finish.
    Scratching of the finish Excessive dirt and grit on floor Use entrance mats and dust mop frequently with a water-based dust mop treatment.
    Floor finish film is too thick from excessive recoating Deep scrub with a green or blue pad before recoating (maintain 4 to 6 coats).
    Not scrubbing or buffing often enough Identify and separate main from secondary traffic areas and schedule appropriate maintenance procedures for each based on traffic patterns.
    Wrong scrubbing or buffing pads/brushes used Use a pad or brush recommended for each maintenance procedure.
  • The Next Evolution of Betco®

    Jul 19, 2019

    About Us Video

    We are boldly celebrating who we are—an exemplary brand rooted in our dedication to helping customers succeed—as well as who our customers are.PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE, EVERYDAY is our fundamental mantra, proudly affirming our mission to provide more powerful, reliable performance for our customers—in service of their winning visions—and ours: to always be their preferred choice.

    For decades, our passionate commitment to helping our customers win in the commercial cleaning industry has been at the core of the Betco® brand, andPROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE, EVERYDAY aims to expand upon this legacy and reflect the cornerstones of our next evolution:

    • Consistently superior products and programs drive customer business growth
    • Our valued expertise guarantees solutions for every customer's challenges
    • Investment in the future of clean keeps customers on the leading edge
    • Relentless improvement and forward thinking enables limitless potential

    We look forward to continued shared success with all of our customers. Learn more.

  • Introducing Anti-Splash Urinal Screens from Betco®

    Jun 27, 2019

    Anti-Splash Urinal Screens

    A modern restroom solution with a myriad of benefits, switching to new Betco® Anti-Splash Urinal Screens with Micro-Tube Technology is a no-brainer!

    • Improve occupant satisfaction with cleaner and more hygienic restrooms
    Micro-Tube Technology • Avoid splash back to minimize spread of germs, keep urinals cleaner longer, and reduce labor cost
    • Patented Micro-Tube Technology is heat-activated, releasing concentrated fragrance during use
    • Enzymes prevent malodors
    • Transform high-traffic restrooms with 3 long-lasting fragrances and vibrant colors: Ocean Breeze, Citrus, Lavender
    • Flexible construction properly fits any urinal to prevent debris
    • Use with water and waterless urinals
    • 100% recyclable, VOC compliant, and no CFCs

    Restroom smarter, not harder with new Anti-Splash Urinal Screens. Learn more.

  • Does Your Autoscrubber Smell Like a Dumpster?

    Jun 20, 2019

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    Autoscrubbers are valuable pieces of equipment that save labor and keep your facility looking spiffy, but if not properly maintained, autoscrubbers certainly can cause significant olfactory discomfort. Problems such as malodor, white residue, and gummy material on the filter are fairly common.

    If an unexpected and unpleasant odor is emanating from your autoscrubber, we recommend removing the tank and inspecting it. If the tank has…

    White Residue

    Cleaning chemicals that were used in the autoscrubber were too dilute, resulting in an interaction with hard water ions (calcium and magnesium). Alternatively, cleaning chemical residue was left behind in the tank due to water evaporation. While these white mineral films themselves do not usually have an odor, their formation at low temperatures is usually accompanied by bacterial biofilms, which are malodorous.

    If the white residue is not coupled with a smell, our recommendation is to treat the tank with dilute acid solution, such as MAD, according to the label directions. If an unpleasant odor is present, we advise treating the tank with a mild bleach solution due to the presence of bacteria, again according to the label directions. Symplicity™ Destainer is about 12.5% bleach and can be diluted at a ratio of 1:20 for such a purpose.

    Gummy Residue

    Incompatible cleaning chemicals were used in the autoscrubber, resulting in cross-contamination in the tank. Similarly to mineral films, gummy residue itself does not smell, but it is often present alongside bacteria in the form of biofilms. Regardless of whether or not odor is present, we suggest treating the tank and cleaning the filter with a mild bleach solution according to the label directions.

    Malodor

    With or without residue, bacteria is present in the autoscrubber’s tank. We advise treating the tank with a mild bleach solution according to the label directions. Appropriate bleach products, such as Symplicity™ Destainer, will not leave a residue nor potentially lead to excess foaming in the scrubber. 


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    NOTE: Never mix acids and bleach solutions when cleaning, as it produces a toxic gas.

    Do you have different autoscrubber or other equipment issues? Tell us about it at social@betco.com, and our experts will address your problem in an upcoming blog post!

  • Introducing Sports Zone® Improved Products and Procedures

    May 10, 2019

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    Betco® is pleased to announce enhancements to Sports Zone®, our complete floor care solution that is sure to box out the competition.

    Products:

    • Still boasting the fastest cure times on the market, SS Gym Coat's reformulation increases durability and widens VOC compliance.
    HP Gym Coat has also been reformulated for increased durability, as well as easier application and more competitive pricing.
    I.F.C.—Intensive Floor Cleaner effectively removes black marks, cleans deeply enough for use prior to coating, and is a better and easier-to-use alternative to PK Cleaner, which is being discontinued as supplies last.

    Procedures:

    • The three Sports Zone programs have been updated with streamlined procedures.
    • The program selection guide has been revised accordingly.

    Sports Zone I.F.C. Versus PK Cleaner:
    I.F.C.—Intensive Floor Cleaner

    Both I.F.C. and PK Cleaner

    PK Cleaner

    • Superior alternative to PK Cleaner
    • High solvent content
    • Hydrophilic (residue far less likely to cause issues)
    • Used in the CGC process
    • Effectively remove black heel marks
    • Same usage procedures
    • Same dilution rates
    • Will be discontinued this season
    • High d-Limonene content
    • Hydrophobic (residue can cause issues, like fisheye)

    Get your game face on. Learn more.

  • Measles: What You Need to Know

    May 08, 2019

    Measles

    Incidents of measles have greatly increased in 2019. In fact, according to the CDC, 22 states have reported measles cases. 5 states have measles outbreaks (defined as 3 or more cases). An extensive handwashing program and good disinfection program is the best way to stop the spread of any disease, including measles.  

    Also, educating your staff about the disease is very important. Knowledge is power! Below is a list of frequently asked questions so you can better understand measles and take measures to keep everyone healthy.

    What are measles? Measles is caused by a single-stranded enveloped virus. Humans are the only natural hosts of the measles virus.

    What illness does the measles virus cause? Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness. It causes a high fever (up to 105° F), cough, nasal congestion, and conjunctivitis (inflammation of transparent covering of the eye), followed by a rash that appears as a flat, red area with small bumps. The rash usually appears 14 days after a person is exposed and can spread all over the body. Patients are considered to be contagious from 4 days before to 4 days after the rash appears. Some high-risk patients do not develop the rash.

    How does measles spread? Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases. Up to 9 out of 10 susceptible persons with close contact to a measles patient will develop measles. The virus is spread by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Measles virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after the infected person leaves the area.

    Who is at high risk for contracting measles? Anyone born after 1957 who has not been vaccinated is at a high risk for contracting measles. Infants and children younger than 5 years old, adults over the age of 20, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems are at a high risk for having complications from measles.

    What are common complications from measles? Pneumonia, bronchitis, and diarrhea are common complications.

    • One out of every 1,000 measles cases will develop acute encephalitis, often resulting in permanent brain damage.
    • One or two out of every 1,000 children who become infected with measles will die from respiratory or neurological complications.

    How can I prevent getting the measles? There is only one sure way to prevent contracting measles, and that is through vaccination. The vaccine is usually given as a combination MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). The MMRV vaccine can be used for children aged 12 months through 12 years for protection against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chicken pox). One dose of MMR vaccine is approximately 93% effective at preventing measles. Two doses are approximately 97% effective.

    What can I do if there has been a confirmed or suspected case of measles in my facility? Whoever has a confirmed or suspected case of measles should stay home for four days after developing the rash. Ask your doctor when it is safe to be around other people again.

    Good practices to stop the spread of any disease:

    • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and put used tissues in the trashcan. If you do not have a tissue, cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
    • Avoid sharing drinks or food utensils.
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, tables, and counters. Standard disinfectants will readily kill the measles virus.

    Why have we seen such an increase in measles? I thought the disease was eradicated in the US? Measles is still common in many parts of the world, including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the US. Measles spread when these travelers visit US communities with pockets of unvaccinated people. As of April 26th, 22 states have reported measles cases.

    Betco has a complete line of skin care products and programs to encourage frequent handwashing and also has numerous disinfectants that help reduce disease transmission.

  • Hand Hygiene Products and Preservatives

    May 02, 2019

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    Many cosmetic products, a category that includes hand hygiene products, are close to a neutral pH and contain a considerable amount of water. Under these conditions, any environmental contamination could cause rapid bacterial growth and spoil the product.

    Proliferation of bacteria is particularly problematic with regard to regular and antibacterial hand soaps and cleansers, as bacteria can overwhelm any active ingredients and render the product ineffective, ultimately leading to increased spread of potentially harmful germs.

    In order to inhibit undesirable bacterial growth, preservatives are commonly used in hand hygiene and other cosmetic products. To properly defend products against contamination, it is important that manufacturers use a preservative package that is effective against a variety of bacteria, yeasts, and molds. One of the most common preservative packages is MCI/MI: a combination of methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone. The MCI component provides quick initial protection from contamination, while the MI component holds off bacteria in the long term. 

    Although preservatives like MCI/MI often get a bad reputation, these and all other ingredients in cosmetic products such as soaps and cleansers are regulated by the FDA to ensure the safety of consumers. It is true that MCI/MI has been associated with skin irritation, but those associations were largely formed in previous decades with relation to leave-on products and when MCI/MI was used at higher concentrations. Now primarily used in rinse-off products and at much lower concentrations, rates of contact allergy or irritation from MCI/MI in rinse-off products are extremely low. Indeed, MCI/MI has been repeatedly proven safe for use in rinse-off cosmetic products at concentrations up to 15 ppm.

    Beyond the FDA, MCI/MI has been ruled safe for use in rinse-off products at appropriate concentrations by other organizations, such as the Cosmetic Ingredient Review and the European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety. Neither MCI nor MI have been listed by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a known, probable, or possible human carcinogen.

    MCI/MI is an effective preservative package that plays a crucial role in maintaining the efficacy of cosmetic products, including hand hygiene products. When products that contain preservatives are manufactured as stipulated by regulatory agencies and used as directed by consumers, the preservatives therein are not only safe, but are furthermore necessary to safeguard the health of consumers. Betco is committed to using preservatives to maintain hand hygiene products that are both safe and effective for the end user. 

  • At Betco®, Every Day Is Earth Day!

    Apr 22, 2019

    Our dedication to sustainability has a long legacy, and being environmentally responsible is a company standard all year long.

    Earth Day

    We're committed to developing solutions that meet or exceed health and environmental standards, with sustainable products performing equal to or better than conventional products. All of our sustainable products are:

    • Certified by a third party or Green Earth® standards
    • Tested by external or internal labs
    • Proven by use in successful programs for over 30 years

    Learn more about some of the latest innovations on our ongoing sustainability journey!

  • Introducing the iBet® App

    Apr 03, 2019

    Learn, train, and develop with the new Betco® iBet® app, now available on the App Store or Google Play. The app features access to Betco University, an extensive video library, Betco’s product cross-reference tool, and more!

    iBet App

    • Offline capabilities afford you the freedom to work from anywhere
    • App format allows you to perform actions with speed unmatched by websites
    • Intuitive interface makes navigation a breeze for all users
    • As always, iBet facility resources are free to use


    Get in the know while you’re on the go. Learn more.


  • Polish off Your Spring Cleaning with Polished Concrete

    Mar 27, 2019

    Polished Concrete

    A Brief History
    The invention of concrete can be traced back to 6500 B.C., but this concrete—used for floors, walls, and reservoirs on the Arabian Peninsula—was not polished. The Egyptians used concrete in the building of the Great Pyramids, but that was also unpolished. Romans used concrete in vast amounts during the construction of their cities but, yet again, unpolished.

    Polished concrete, as we know it today, was accidentally developed in the early 1990s in a Tunisian palace by workers. They polished the floor dry, and as a byproduct of their mistake, sparked a fervor for polished concrete that took off around the world. 

    Modern Times

    In modern times, there are 3 different types of polished concrete floors, for which the Concrete Polishing Association of America created standards:

    1. Bonded abrasive polished concrete floors are achieved using a machine to cut fine microscopic peaks and valleys.
    2. Burnished polished concrete floors are achieved using friction and abrasive pads on a machine.
    3. Topical polished concrete floors are achieved using an applied liquid coating, delivering a polished gloss.

    The Betco Crete Rx™ System is the simplest concrete system on the market and exceeds the standards set forth for bonded abrasive and burnished polished concrete floors. Our innovative process seamlessly integrates chemicals, pads, and tools to achieve better-looking floors, with a depth of gloss and stain resistance in less time, with no liquid coating necessary. Learn more here.

  • Introducing Dye-Free, Fragrance-Free Detergent

    Mar 22, 2019

    The latest addition to Betco®’s laundry list of innovations, Dye-Free, Fragrance-Free Detergent delivers the same high-caliber clean without the risk of allergy or sensitivity from exposure to perfumes and dyes.

    Dye-Free, Fragrance-Free Detergent• Blended surfactant technology banishes a variety of heavy soils for a no-fuss, one-wash clean.
    • Anti-redesposition agents prevent dulling and keep your linens looking pristine use after use.
    • Ultra-concentration and suitability for cold water boost sustainability while slashing end-use-cost.
    • Freedom from fragrances and colorants ensures the safety and satisfaction of all your customers.


    Enjoy the Symplicity™ of Dye-Free, Fragrance-Free Detergent. Learn more.

  • Introducing FastMix™ Dilution Management System

    Mar 11, 2019

    This new closed dilution control system combines the benefits of dilution management with the advantages of tote packaging. FastMix uses nozzles of 2 different sizes at low- and high-flow rates to automatically dilute chemical and fill spray bottles, mop buckets, and autoscrubbers.

    FastMix• Ultra-concentrated formulas slash cost-in-use up to 15%
    • Accurate dilution eliminates wasted chemical and ensures cleaning consistency
    • Closed liquid system enhances safety by reducing potential splash and spills
    • Fill times up to 20% faster boost productivity
    • Totes are reusable and/or recyclable and use approximately 30% less floor space


    Let FastMix put you on the fast track to increased savings, safety, and efficiency. Learn more.

  • Introducing MRO 360 Industrial Manufacturing Program

    Mar 11, 2019

    MRO 360 is a new, fully customizable industrial manufacturing program that uses 5S lean principles to enhance safety, eliminate waste, and boost productivity. Do more with less!

    MRO 360

    • Innovative equipment saves time and reduces safety risk, including no-mess chemical mangement systems
    • High-performing cleaning and sanitation products ensure cleaner, healthier environments in lockers/restrooms, production, and office areas
    • Simple and easy tools, like audit forms and decision maps, give you the edge to deliver more customer value and increase sales

    Whether it’s hand care, industrial floors, or surface cleaning, MRO 360 has you covered from every angle. Learn more.

  • Introducing the Stealth™ ASO20BT Orbital Scrubber

    Jan 09, 2019

    This 20-inch automatic scrubber is a dual-function powerhouse that excels in both daily cleaning and stripper-free finish removal, allowing you to save time and do more.

    Stealth Orbital Scrubber

    • Best-in-class, 110-lb. down pressure guarantees one-pass cleaning and finish removal for increased productivity
    • Reduce slip/fall hazards and finish removal labor by over 80% compared to chemical stripping
    • Low 60s dba sound levels are non-disruptive even in noise-sensitive environments
    • Built to last with rugged, high-performance scrub deck and best overall warranty, including 2-year isolator warranty



    Put inferior machines to pasture and upgrade to the Stealth Orbital Scrubber workhorse. Learn more.

  • The Science behind Handwashing

    Oct 15, 2018

    Handwashing

    One of the best ways to protect yourself against germs and viruses is to clean your hands. Since 80% of germs and viruses are spread by hands, experts are zeroing in on simple hygiene to help curb the spread of illnesses like the flu.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows the science behind handwashing and how washing your hands with soap and water removes germs and viruses from hands. 
    Here’s how to wash your hands according to the CDC:

    1. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
      • Why? Using soap to wash hands is more effective than using water alone because the surfactants in soap lift soil and microbes from skin, and people tend to scrub hands more thoroughly when using soap, which further removes germs.
    2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to clean all surfaces on your hands (backs of your hands, between your fingers, under your nails, etc).
      • Why? Lathering and scrubbing hands creates friction, which helps lift dirt, grease, and microbes from skin.  Microbes are present on all surfaces of the hand, often in particularly high concentration under the nails, so the entire hand should be scrubbed.
    3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
      • Why? Based on several global studies and research, the optimal length of time to wash hands is 20 seconds. This removes more germs from hands than washing for shorter periods.
    4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
      • Why? Soap and friction help lift dirt, grease, and microbes—including disease-causing germs—from skin so they can then be rinsed off of hands. Rinsing the soap away also minimizes skin irritation.
    5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
      • Why? Germs can be transferred more easily to and from wet hands; therefore, hands should be dried after washing.

     

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    Germs are Always Lurking

    Handwashing helps prevent infections because:

    • Germs can enter our bodies through our eyes, nose and mouths. People frequently touch these areas with their hands – which come in contact with an average of 10 million germs per day.
    • Germs from unwashed hands can get into food and drinks. Sometimes, germs can even multiply in certain food or drinks under certain conditions and make people sick.
    • Germs know no boundaries – unwashed hands can transfer germs to multiple objects and surfaces like door knobs, table tops, toys or keyboards. These germs will linger on the surface until they’re eventually transferred to someone else’s hands.
    • Removing germs through handwashing can help prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections, and could even prevent skin and eye infections.

    By changing handwashing behavior, we can help individuals and their communities stay healthy. In fact, by simply washing our hands, we can:

    • Reduce the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%
    • Reduce diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
    • Reduce respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%
    • Protect approximately 1 in 3 children who get sick

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    To learn more about the science behind handwashing, click here.

  • Flu Season Tip: Wash Your Hands

    Oct 01, 2018

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    October 1st is here! But before you get that fall feeling, make sure you protect yourself against the flu feeling, too. 

    October officially marks the beginning of the flu season. While influenza viruses are detected all year-round in the U.S., flu activity often begins to increase in the fall. Viruses that cause a common cold and the flu can spread easily. Shaking hands, opening a door and even petting an animal can result in germ-filled hands. In fact, 80% of germs and viruses are spread by your hands. By touching your eyes, nose and mouth you can infect yourself.

    But don’t worry – there’s an easy way to combat these germs. It starts with washing your hands.

    Samuel N. Grief, MD, an associate professor of clinical family medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago, says “Hand washing is the best way to prevent colds and other respiratory and infectious diseases that are transmitted by hand to mouth or hand to nose and eye contact…soap acts as a vehicle to trap the germs that are loosened by the act of rubbing your hands together under water. These germs can then be rinsed away by the water."

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    Wash Your Hands the Right Way

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a six step process for washing hands. It only takes 20 seconds and is one of the best proactive methods to disinfecting your hands to stop the spread of germs and viruses.

    Here’s how to wash your hands the right way:

    • Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to clean all surfaces on your hands (backs of your hands, between your fingers, under your nails, etc).
    • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
    • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
    The most important part to remember is to scrub your hands for 20 seconds – this is proven to trap the germs and wash them right down the drain! By using this model for hand hygiene, you can protect yourself and others from the spread of germs.

    Don't Spread Germs and Viruses to Others

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  • A Quick Guide to Calculating Dilution Ratios

    Sep 24, 2018

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    Let’s face it – calculating dilution ratios can be complicated.

    Since cleaning products can have different dilution ratios, it’s important to understand how to properly dilute the product. Here’s a quick guide to help get you there.

    Starting with the Basics

    Always remember that there are 128 ounces in one gallon. This is important to know when working with dilution ratios. 

    Dilution ratios are expressed in two ways:

    1. Typically, you’ll see dilution ratios expressed as 1 to a given number such as 1:256.

    If a dilution ratio is expressed in this way, you will have to calculate the ounces per gallon.

    A common method to determine ounces per gallon is to take 128 (because that’s how many ounces are in a gallon) and divide it by the ratio number. Like this:

    128 ÷ ratio number = ounces per gallon

    Now let’s plug in some numbers! For example, a product that has a dilution ratio of 1:256 would be calculated like this: 

    128 ÷ 256 = .5 ounces per gallon

    In this example, 256 is our ratio number and by plugging it into our formula, we can determine how many ounces per gallon of product is needed.

    2. Dilution ratios can also be expressed in terms of ounces per gallon such as .5 ounces per gallon – no math needed here!

    Both ways mean the same thing – you would mix one part of the product to 256 parts water. This means that the gallon of product will make 257 total gallons of solution because to mix the proper solution, you would take the gallon of product and add 256 gallons of water which equals 257 total gallons.

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    Dilution Ratio Cheat Sheet

    Take the guesswork out of it! To help keep things simple, here are some common dilution ratios:

    Ounces per Gallon Dilution Ratios 
     ¼ ounce per gallon  1:512
     ½ ounce per gallon  1:256 
     1 ounce per gallon  1:128 
     2 ounces per gallon  1:64 
     4 ounces per gallon  1:32
     5 ounces per gallon  1:26 (1:25.6 rounded)
     6 ounces per gallon  1:21 (commonly considered 1:20)
     8 ounces per gallon  1:16 
     12 ounces per gallon  1:10

    Need a Metric Calculation?

    Metric calculations such as liters can also be calculated. You just need to convert the metric figures to gallons or ounces prior to starting. Common metric volume measurements and their English equivalents are listed below:

    1 quart = 0.946 mL
    1 gallon = 3.785 liters
    1 liter = 0.264 gallons
    4 liters = 1.056 gallons

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