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Matting That Makes A Difference - Clean-In-Place Matting

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on Oct 13, 2017 3:18:30 PM

It's always a fight to keep soils at bay before it gets tracked into your building. If you're using traditional “throw-down" mats, maybe it’s time to look at a better solution! A solution that stops soils and improves cleaning results and lowers your total cost to clean.

Custom, clean-in-place matting systems offer a host of advantages over traditional “throw-down” mats, but what makes clean-in-place matting the smart business solution?

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Topics: Blog, Gator Matting by Hillyard

Hillyard- Over 100 Years of Milestones

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on Sep 21, 2017 9:48:10 AM

The U.S. Patent system is one of our most important indicators of economic growth as a nation.

Topping the list of companies with the most patents is IBM, which received 4,914 patents in 2009 alone. General Electric, Texas Instruments, and Hewlett-Packard follow shortly on Forbes’ list.

Ranking among these household names is Hillyard, Inc., an equally successful yet often-forgotten contemporary. It is rare that one comes across a company with a history as rich and consistent in invention as Hillyard’s.

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Topics: Blog, Hillyard

Hillyard Honors Christie Braggs, Building Service Employee of the Year

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on Sep 18, 2017 1:26:01 PM

LAS VEGAS – Hillyard proudly presented the 2017 Building Service Contractors Association International’s (BSCAI) Building Service Employee of the Year Award to Christine Braggs of FBG Corporation during the 2017 ISSA/INTERCLEAN Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

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Topics: Press Release

Top 5 Healthcare High-Touch Surface Areas - Protect with Q.T.® 3

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on Sep 7, 2017 9:21:19 AM

When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting, preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is the top priority. Focusing on high-touch surfaces can help stop the spread of infection, and prevent HAIs.

Researchers conducted an 18-month study to determine what constitutes as high-touch surfaces in healthcare environments. The top five high-touch surfaces are:

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Topics: Blog, Q.T. 3, Healthcare-Associated Infections

High-Touch Surface Disinfection - 3 Steps to Success

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on Aug 25, 2017 9:09:58 AM

Keeping our students and staff healthy can be tough when they are in school. Schools and universities are hot spots for germs, and germs spread quickly when people are in close contact with each other.

“Most infectious diseases are transmitted by direct contact, either by touching an infected person or by touching surfaces contaminated with pathogens,” says Charles Gerba, environmental microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona's Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. "The crowded classrooms, cafeterias and gyms in schools can be a breeding ground for a variety of diseases including colds, influenza, norovirus and staph infections such as MSRA.” 

Here’s what you need to know about the high-touch areas, and the steps you should take as a facility manager to protect your students.

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Topics: Blog, Q.T. 3, High-Touch Surfaces, Disinfectants

Hand Defense Skin Moisturizer is Now Available!

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on Aug 7, 2017 9:21:55 AM

Hillyard's Hand Defense Skin Moisturizer is now available, completing our clean, protect and restore regimen approach that is critical for keeping skin healthy - especially in industrial settings. 

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Topics: Blog, Industrial Degreasing and Cleaning, Hand Defense

5 Levels of Sustainable Cleaning - Where Can You Go?

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on Jun 28, 2017 11:11:55 AM

Sustainable cleaning is not an all or nothing proposition. It's about making improvements in your cleaning program that are environmentally-preferred, and better for the health and safety of all the people that use or work in your facility. 

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Topics: Blog, Sustainable Cleaning, 5 Levels of Clean

Clean, Safe, Healthy Facilities - A Proven Approach

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on May 31, 2017 11:49:01 AM

Our experience shows that providing clean, safe, healthy facilities at the lowest total cost is more than just a product procurement-driven decision. In fact, product procurement is just a small part of the total cleaning results equation. It takes more; it takes people and process to drive cleaning results. And, it takes a structured approach for people and processes to succeed. An approach focused on evaluating the current state, standardizing best practice products and processes, training for success, and utilizing management tools that improve outcomes. 

Evaluate the Current State
Evaluating your cleaning program versus accepted best practices is a critical first step to clean, safe, healthy facilities. It will provide insight into the gaps that need to be bridged so you can build a road map for success. Help is available to evaluate your current state of clean. Hillyard, with over 100 years of experience, has developed an app-based best practice evaluation system that helps improve custodial department results. The system collects and analyzes data on current cleaning processes, products, and outcomes. Based on the data collected, it provides a written report that identifies opportunities for improvement. Additionally, recommendations are presented outlining the best practices that can be implemented to improve cleaning outcomes and lower the total cost of cleaning. 

Standardize on Best Practice Products and Processes
You may have heard the line: people don't fail, systems fail. It's especially true in cleaning industry. A lack of systems or systems that are too complicated fail cleaning staff all the time. With over 75% of a cleaning budget dedicated to labor cost, it's critical to simplify the cleaning process and standardize the product offering. Standardization simplifies training. Training provides the pathway to cleaning success. 

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Topics: Blog, Hillyard University Online, CCAP, Best Practice, QC Manager

School District Partners with Hillyard to Go Green

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on Apr 26, 2017 11:19:14 AM

School districts throughout the United States are looking to go green, just like Holyoke Public Schools in Holyoke, Mass. Under their new Green Housekeeping Program, each school in the district will receive new cleaning products that meet green standards.

The goal of the program is to minimize the impact on the environment, and create asthma and allergy-friendly classrooms.

The district selected Green Seal™ Certified Hillyard Suprox® to be part of their green program. 

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Topics: Blog, Sustainable Cleaning, Green Seal Certified, Green Cleaning

Best Practice Resilient Floor Care - 4 Steps for Success at the Lowest Total Cost

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on Apr 12, 2017 10:16:24 AM

Resilient floor care systems need to protect flooring substrate, provide a safe surface, and deliver an acceptable level of appearance for your stakeholders. Implementing a best practice, burnish-free, resilient floor care program can be segmented into four areas: trapping soil, the first line of defense; getting a fresh start with a strip and finish; protecting the finish with daily maintenance; and revitalizing the finish with a deep scrub and top coat. 

Trapping Soil - The First Line of Defense

Trap and remove soil before it gets spread onto your floors. It sounds easy; just throw some mats down. Not so fast! An effective matting program is more than throwing down mats. An effective matting program consists of wide, high-performance, clean-in-place matting that covers at least 12 to 15 feet of flooring at your entryways. A clean-in-place system like Hillyard Gator® Brand Matting has high soil and moisture retention, and can easily be vacuumed in place, saving labor and enhancing safety. Clean-in-place matting also eliminates the safety and trip hazards of curled edges, mat-slips, and mat-rolls. 

Getting a Fresh Start - Strip and Finish

Every three to five years it's time to strip the old finish from the floor, and build a new finish base with three to five coats of finish. Stripping a floor can be process intensive, and take a lot of time if the right stripper is not used. A high-performance, high-active stripper, like Arsenal® 26 Stripper from Hillyard quickly emulsifies multiple coats of old finish in one application. Less-effective strippers may be priced less, but they cost more in multiple applications, time and labor. 

After the floor is stripped, selecting the right burnish-free finish to apply is going to be based largely on your staff's level of application expertise. The key product spec you will be looking at is solids content. High solids coats are thicker and take more skill to apply, while low solids costs are thinner and easier to apply. Solids content builds the protective coating on the floor. Water, emulsifiers, and leveling agents are added to a finish to help with application and drying. These ingredients evaporate during the drying process - leaving the solids to create the protective coating on the floor. For example, it takes four coats of an 18% solids product like Hillyard Top Shape® to approach the film build of three coats of a 25% solids product like Hillyard Explorer®. Once the new finish base is built, it's time to take care of it with an effective daily maintenance program. 

Protect the Finish - Daily Maintenance

An effective two-step daily maintenance program extends the life of the finish and keeps the appearance up. 

Step one: dust mop to remove grit and soil before it causes damage by abrading the finish and lowering gloss. If soil and grit is not removed, it will get embedded into the finish, negatively impacting the appearance. So, dust mopping after periods of high foot traffic is critical to floor care success. Use treated cotton mops greater than half the width of the hall for single pass, high productivity. It is so important to treat your dust mops. Treated cotton dust mops release the collected dirt better than microfiber. If soil is not released from your dust mop, it turns it into high-grit sandpaper, so to speak, scratching and abrading finish with every use. Treat your dust mops nightly with a product like Super Hil-Tone® from Hillyard. Dust mopping complete - it's time to damp mop. 

Step two: autoscrub high traffic areas daily. Ride-on or stand-on scrubbers deliver highest productivity. Spot mop where needed. Microfiber flat mops are excellent at removing soil while traditional string mops spread soil. Use a neutral pH cleaner, like Hillyard Top Clean®, a Green Seal®-Certified cleaner designed to not harm the finish with repeated use. 

Even with the best daily maintenance program in place, it makes good financial sense to restore the top wear layer annually. 

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Topics: Blog, Resilient Floor Care, Best Practice

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