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How to Maintain Your Restroom Cleaning Machine

How to Maintain Your Restroom Cleaning Machine

The Kaivac No-Touch Restroom Cleaning Machine offers a ton of benefits for facility managers and maintenance crews alike. The machine cleans restroom fixtures, surfaces, and floors faster and more completely than a bucket and mop without the risk of...

A Clean Pet Care Facility Keeps Tails Wag 'N

A Clean Pet Care Facility Keeps Tails Wag 'N

Dogs can be messy. But 150 to 200 dogs per day can be especially messy. For Matt and Shannon Bergman, owners of Wag ‘N Paddle, image is everything, and maintaining a clean pet care facility is crucial.  Wag ‘N Paddle is a unique dog care...

Can You Clean with Water Only?

Can You Clean with Water Only?

Can maintenance professionals effectively and safely clean with water only? The answer is a qualified yes. Plain tap water, combined with the right cleaning processes and tools, effectively removes soils and bacteria from surfaces.  Giving up cleaning products...

UniVac Revives Floor, Delights Staff at Dairy Queen

UniVac Revives Floor, Delights Staff at Dairy Queen

Jennifer Spencer remembers the day the floor of her Dairy Queen Grill and Chill was installed like it was yesterday—even though it happened 48 years ago. “My dad did the job himself, laying these four-by-four quarry tiles by hand,” she says.  A lot has happened since...

The Importance of Deep Cleaning

The Importance of Deep Cleaning

Project cleaning, deep cleaning, or spring cleaning, no matter what you call it, these yearly tasks protect your facility. Deep cleaning projects extend the life of building materials, safeguard mechanical systems, and create healthier interiors. They are also...

How to Create a Cleaning Checklist

How to Create a Cleaning Checklist

Knowing how to create a cleaning checklist makes the difference between employee success and failure. A well-designed cleaning checklist; complete with cleaning tasks, frequencies, tools, chemicals, and workflow expectations; removes guesswork and empowers workers....

The True Cost of Mopping

The True Cost of Mopping

Keeping expenses in check is crucial for a successful business. You’re probably painfully aware of your big-ticket items like labor, insurance, supplies, fuel, and marketing. But what about the unseen costs? These little expenses hide in plain sight and add up...

3 Benefits of Clean Restrooms

3 Benefits of Clean Restrooms

We all know that clean restrooms are important to a successful business or facility. Once again, restrooms topped the list of problem areas in the 2021 CMM In-House / Facility Management Survey Report, a surprise to absolutely no one. The facility managers and...

QSRs Save Time, Money, and Headaches with UniVac

QSRs Save Time, Money, and Headaches with UniVac

We’re always talking about how Kaivac equipment saves restaurant owners time, money, and effort. And this isn’t just talk. Our Return on Investment (ROI) calculator, developed by food service director Marc Ferguson, shows exactly how we get those big, beautiful...

Cleaning to Prevent Infections: 3 Questions to Ask

Cleaning to Prevent Infections: 3 Questions to Ask

Cleaning to prevent infections. It’s certainly been a hot topic in the news and in the eyes of the public. But if you work in building management or commercial cleaning services, you know it’s more than just the latest trend. Removing contaminants and germs which...

The 4 Worst Things about Maintaining Hard Flooring

The 4 Worst Things about Maintaining Hard Flooring

Maintaining hard flooring can be daunting and unpleasant task, especially with the varied and complex workload many maintenance managers face. And let’s face it - maintaining hard floors can be, well, hard. Labor shortages in the face of keeping up with cleaning...

Six New Year’s Resolutions for Facility Managers

Six New Year’s Resolutions for Facility Managers

As the year winds down it’s time for facility managers to reflect, take stock, and plan for a better New Year. Here is a list of six New Year’s Resolutions for Facility Managers to get you started. New Year’s Resolutions for Facility Managers 1. Raise Your...

Exceptional Commercial Entryway Cleaning All Winter

Exceptional Commercial Entryway Cleaning All Winter

Winter weather – with all its rain, snow, sleet, and slush – has arrived. This means ice-encrusted boots, drippy umbrellas, soaked overcoats, and plenty of tracked-in road salts and sand. This dreaded mix of soils makes its way into buildings and leaves its ugly mark...

Do Cleaning Workers Unintentionally Spread Disease?

Do Cleaning Workers Unintentionally Spread Disease?

Is it possible that cleaning workers may unintentionally spread disease because of the cleaning tools and equipment they use?  Here’s a case study that provides some answers. Case Study In 2010, children attending a preschool started coming down...

Stop the Mop: Good, Better, and Best Mopping Alternatives

Stop the Mop: Good, Better, and Best Mopping Alternatives

Clean floors are vital for attractive interiors. More than just cosmetic, hygienically clean floors deliver health and safety benefits too. They protect people from slips and falls and stop dangerous microbes from moving throughout the facility. And, because they are...

Six Surprising Strategies for Recruiting Workers

Six Surprising Strategies for Recruiting Workers

While it is not entirely understood why, almost every business owner will tell you they are having problems right now recruiting workers. That’s why we are seeing hiring signs just about everywhere. Because of this, employers must start getting creative when it comes...

The Importance of Cleaning for Health

The Importance of Cleaning for Health

Cleaning for health is the most important task facing the janitorial industry today, and, no, that’s not an exaggeration. Right now, entire business sectors and public institutions are betting that cleaner, more hygienic interiors will build enough trust to lure...

Stop the Mop to Increase Cleaning Productivity

Stop the Mop to Increase Cleaning Productivity

Improved cleaning productivity is more important than ever. A clean and hygienic workspace always offered a lot benefits including higher employee morale, better work environments, and enhanced health and safety. That last point about health and safety...

Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Chemicals

Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Chemicals

A janitor’s closet full of cleaning chemicals offers a lot of choice, and a lot of opportunities for confusion. With a different solution for every task, your cleaning staff faces a dilemma. What product is best for floors? Do solutions for restrooms also work in the...

What Cleaning Pros Need to Know about Biofilm and COVID

What Cleaning Pros Need to Know about Biofilm and COVID

A few years back, when the discussion turned to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, many publications in the professional cleaning and facility management industries were reporting on biofilm. Biofilm is essentially pathogen-generated housing for bacteria and...

Help Wanted: Tips to Improve Cleaning Worker Retention

Help Wanted: Tips to Improve Cleaning Worker Retention

Labor shortages were labeled the “Number One problem facing American business,” by chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Suzanne Clark. Obviously, hiring and holding on to employees challenges every sector, but the maintenance industry faces a particularly...

Public Restroom Cleaning Checklist—Know Where to Start

Public Restroom Cleaning Checklist—Know Where to Start

Following consistent restroom cleaning procedures takes all of the guesswork out of this important task. It makes cleaning staff more efficient, sets clear expectations, saves time and prevents possible cross contamination. A cleaning checklist not only makes the job...

FAQ: ATP Measurement for Cleaning Validation

FAQ: ATP Measurement for Cleaning Validation

Since the pandemic, virtually all industries and organizations have focused on protecting the health of building users by implementing hygienic cleaning methods. However, we still often overlook the need to test surfaces after they have been cleaned to ensure the...

How to Train Cleaning Staff for Optimum Success

How to Train Cleaning Staff for Optimum Success

Frontline maintenance professionals need training, and not just on how to clean. Sure, training teaches best practices – the how and why something gets clean – but good training also protects employees. They handle hazardous chemicals, encounter dangerous bodily...

The Ultimate Guide to Stripping and Refinishing Floors

The Ultimate Guide to Stripping and Refinishing Floors

Every year, maintenance professionals shift their gaze downward to consider the floors. Summer presents the perfect time to strip and refinish concrete, terrazzo, and vinyl composite tile (VCT) flooring. That is because shiny, well-maintained floors work as your...

How to Clean Commercial Restroom Tile and Grout Floors

How to Clean Commercial Restroom Tile and Grout Floors

Tile and grout are commercial restroom floor staples for good reason. These robust materials perform well, look great, and contribute to floor safety. The combination holds up under heavy foot traffic and is designed to last for decades.   Maintaining...

KaiVac 1750 Wins 2021 Distributor Choice Award

KaiVac 1750 Wins 2021 Distributor Choice Award

The KaiVac® 1750 No-Touch Cleaning® system received a 2021 Distributor Choice Award as one of the top products of the year. Every year, jan/san distributors decide on their favorite products by voting in the Sanitary Maintenance Distributor Choice Awards in four...

Green Cleaning and Sustainability with Kaivac

Green Cleaning and Sustainability with Kaivac

Implementing a green cleaning program brings many benefits to your facility. Expect healthier interiors, happier employees and a better protected environment, along with chemical savings and a reputation boost that will enhance your bottom line. Green cleaning has...

Floor Maintenance for Safety

Floor Maintenance for Safety

Think of your commercial floors as your facility’s calling card, a giant canvas that reflects your institution’s culture, principals and goals. Your floor maintenance program can reflect your attention to details. A shiny surface, free of dirt and debris, projects...

One Year of Covid: Reflections from the Sales Team

One Year of Covid: Reflections from the Sales Team

In March 2021, with one year of Covid behind us, we asked the Kaivac sales team to tell us about how the pandemic changed life in the last year. As each team member weighed in, themes emerged: the importance of cleaning, the bravery of the frontline cleaner, and the...

Reinventing How You Clean Your Restrooms

Reinventing How You Clean Your Restrooms

The Restroom Message Restrooms talk. Whatever the facility size, purpose, age, or usage, restrooms talk to everyone who enters. They tell a story about the facility’s cleanliness, priorities, and attention to detail. They tell you whether the people who clean them do...

The Big Chill: Winterproofing Floors

The Big Chill: Winterproofing Floors

Winter is particularly hard on floors. Dripping umbrellas, tracked in grit and melting snow create slip and fall hazards. Add road salt and ice melt to the mix and you have a corrosive combination. Get on top of the issue before it becomes a problem.

The Ultimate Hotel Cleaning Checklist

The Ultimate Hotel Cleaning Checklist

Cleanliness is key to any hotel’s success. No matter the size of the establishment or economic challenges thrown at the hospitality industry, hotel and resort cleanliness remains a huge factor in attracting and delighting guests. Now with infection control at the...

Best Tile and Grout Cleaning Products

Best Tile and Grout Cleaning Products

Traditional mops and buckets can’t cut through the grease but they can spread it around the rest or your facility. Kaivac’s OmniFlex™ Dispense-and-Vac used with KaiPow™ degreaser gets rid of grease and saves time an

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