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  • The Truth Behind Green Cleaning Products

    As a janitorial equipment and custodial cleaning supply company, it’s our job to provide a wide variety of cleaning products. We never include products that aren’t built for the task at hand, and that includes certified Green products (among other chemical cleaners). There’s often a stigma against these environmentally friendly products as being “less effective” than their more potent counterparts, but in reality, Green certified chemical cleaners can get the job done just as well.

    Companies such as Seventh Generation and Method have made it a priority to exclude chemicals that are known to cause serious side effects in humans during one-time use and after repeated use. Chemicals such as ammonia and chlorine are toxic if safety precautions aren’t enforced and custodians aren’t careful with the handling of these chemicals. Green certified chemicals are not only better for human use, but also for the environment.

    If you decide to choose environmentally friendly cleaning products, it’s important to note a few differences:

    • First, Green products will be slightly more expensive than their more toxic counterparts. This is due to the manufacturing process.
    • Second, environmentally friendly products may take some more elbow grease during the cleaning process in order to achieve the same results as more harsh chemical cleaners. However, the results from Green products are the same as chemical products when used as directed.

    Not sure if a product is Green certified or not? Here is a helpful review on what labels to look for. Our Boston area custodial equipment and janitorial supply company has multiple Green certified chemical cleaning options. Contact us today to learn more or to place an order!

  • Game-Changing: REN Escalator Cleaning Tools

     
    Escalators do several things, and they do those several things well. Most importantly, they transport foot traffic up or down inside a facility– a very attractive ride for walkers. But they also get very, very dirty, and are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning.

     
    On the one hand, this seems surprising. Escalators are the most expensive square footage of flooring in a building, and see the greatest amount of foot traffic per square foot– perhaps excepting the main entrance. Dirt, grease, and grime buildup on these very expensive and vital systems means increased wear and tear, leading to more frequent downtime. Escalators also feature some of the highest levels of exposure to slip and fall liability– a serious risk for passengers and businesses alike, only made riskier by poor cleaning and maintenance.

     
    On the other hand, the logistics of escalator cleaning can make everyday maintenance unfeasible. REN Clean has just changed that.

     
    REN Clean has created a solution for escalator cleaning that is fast, easy, and inexpensive. The REN Escalator Cleaning Tool enables facilities maintenance crews to clean an escalator in just a few minutes, without having to shut the system off. Minimal disruption of passenger traffic and easy cleaning means that with the REN Escalator Cleaning Tool there’s no reason why your building’s escalators should look shabby again.

     
    The REN Cleaning Tool is a long-handled cleaning system which accepts REN’s replaceable escalator cleaning pads. These pads settle into the grooves of escalator steps, backed up against the top or bottom stop of the escalator, with moderate downward pressure applied by a worker.

     
    REN Escalator Cleaning Pad

     
    The forward motion and small mechanical vibration of the steps, the grime-cutting action of REN’s specially-formulated cleaning solution, and the wicking action of the cleaning pad material combine to break down and lift away all the dirt that has been collecting on the escalator surface. The end result is a clean escalator in as little as five minutes, with little effort.

     
    Custodial Partners distributes all elements of REN’s Escalator Cleaning System: Tool, Pads, and TREAD CLEAN solution– available now!

  • Malish’s Sonic Scrub Combines Deep Cleaning & Extra Durability

    Malish Sonic Scrub

     

    Malish is bringing a new, long-lasting brush to the oscillating floor scrubber industry. The Sonic Scrub combines versatility, ease of use, and Malish’s industry-leading effectiveness into a money-saving long-lasting brush type.

    Superior Effectiveness, Exceptional Versatility

    The Sonic Scrub’s materials and design are aimed at cleaning the toughest surfaces more effectively, and with ease. Created for ceramic/quarry/raised disc rubber tile, VCT, concrete, and Terrazzo floors. Its dual filament design provides excellent deep scrubbing, especially in deep grout lines and on uneven floor surfaces. Flared tufting provides corner-to-corner cleaning. The Sonic Scrub does not cut corners.

    The Sonic Scrub is designed to fit any 14”x20” oscillating floor machines, including stick, walk behind, and riders. There’s no driver block required, making installation and replacement a simple and quick task. Installation is as easy as aligning the brush and pressing. Removal is as simple as pulling on pre-molded tabs.

     

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    Save Time, Save Money

    Malish used extra-tough materials and quality construction to give the Sonic Scrub unbeatable durability. The innovative design is tufted with polypropylene & durable nylon filament, designed to get into deep grout lines and scrub uneven surfaces with ease. In addition to its superior effectiveness, the Sonic Scrub also outlasts typical scrub brushes 20 times over! The Sonic Scrub cuts out the cost of replacement brushes by outlasting them 20-to-1.

    That means less time spent switching out brushes instead of getting the job done. And since the Sonic Scrub is more effective on some of the most troublesome surfaces, getting the job done is quicker than ever. The extra-long lifespan makes it the right choice for any budget– saving you 85% over the life of a single Sonic Scrub.

    Custodial Partners will carry the Sonic Scrub when it arrives in Spring 2016, so you can put one in your normal order with us. Just check our online catalog. If you’d like to learn more about the Sonic Scrub, any other product we carry, or how Custodial Partners can raise your facilities management capabilities, call us at 978-499-5400, or email us at customerservice@custodialpartners.com.

  • Modification of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) – OSHA

    Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule

    New changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), further improving safety and health protections for America’s workers. Building on the success of OSHA’s current Hazard Communication Standard, the GHS is expected to prevent injuries and illnesses, save lives and improve trade conditions for chemical manufacturers. The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the ‘right to know,’ but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the ‘right to understand.’

    The new hazard communication standard still requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate the chemicals they produce or import and provide hazard information to employers and workers by putting labels on containers and preparing safety data sheets. However, the old standard allowed chemical manufacturers and importers to convey hazard information on labels and material safety data sheets in whatever format they chose. The modified standard provides a single set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and safety data sheets.

    Benefits: The new standard covers over 43 million workers who produce or handle hazardous chemicals in more than five million workplaces across the country. The modification is expected to prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses and 43 fatalities annually. Once fully implemented it will also:

    • Enhance worker comprehension of hazards, especially for low and limited-literacy workers, reduce confusion in the workplace, facilitate safety training, and result in safer handling and use of chemicals;
    • Provide workers quicker and more efficient access to information on the safety data sheets;
    • Result in cost savings to American businesses of more than $475 million in productivity improvements, fewer safety data sheet and label updates and simpler new hazard communication training; and
    • Reduce trade barriers by harmonizing with systems around the world.

    Rulemaking background: OSHA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the Hazard Communication Standard in September 2009 and held public hearings in March 2010.

    Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard:

    • Hazard classification: Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to determine the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import. Hazard classification under the new, updated standard provides specific criteria to address health and physical hazards as well as classification of chemical mixtures.
    • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category.
    • Safety Data Sheets: The new format requires 16 specific sections, ensuring consistency in presentation of important protection information.
    • Information and training: To facilitate understanding of the new system, the new standard requires that workers be trained by December 1, 2013 on the new label elements and safety data sheet format, in addition to the current training requirements.

    Changes from the Proposed to the Final Rule: OSHA reviewed the record and revised the Final Rule in response to the comments submitted. Major changes include:

    • Maintaining the disclosure of exposure limits (Threshold Limit Values [TLVs]) established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and carcinogen status from nationally and internationally recognized lists of carcinogens on the safety data sheets;
    • Clarification that the borders of pictograms must be red on the label;
    • Flexibility regarding the required precautionary and hazard statements to allow label preparers to consolidate and/or eliminate inappropriate or redundant statements; and
    • Longer deadlines for full implementation of the standard (see the chart below).

    What you need to do and when:

    • Chemical users: Continue to update safety data sheets when new ones become available, provide training on the new label elements and update hazard communication programs if new hazards are identified.
    • Chemical Producers: Review hazard information for all chemicals produced or imported, classify chemicals according to the new classification criteria, and update labels and safety data sheets.
    Effective Completion Date Requirement(s) Who
    December 1, 2013 Train employees on the new label elements and SDS format. Employers
    June 1, 2015*

    December 1, 2015

    Comply with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:

    Distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1, 2015.

    Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers
    June 1, 2016 Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. Employers
    Transition Period Comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (this final standard), or the current standard, or both. All chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers

    * This date coincides with the European Union implementation date for classification of mixtures.

    Other U.S. Agencies: The Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission actively participated in developing the GHS. DOT has already modified its requirements for classification and labeling to make them consistent with United Nations transport requirements and the new globally harmonized system.

    Global implementation: The new system is being implemented throughout the world by countries including Canada, the European Union, China, Australia, and Japan.

    Additional information: More information on the hazard communication standard, including the link to the Federal Register notice, can be found on OSHA’s hazard communication safety and health topics page at www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html.

     
  • Back to School… Cleaning

    As we wrap up the first week of August, many kids are just coming to grips with the fact that they need to go back to school soon. As the kids enjoy the last few weeks of summer and start preparing for the year again, the custodians are already hard at work getting the school cleaned and ready. The hallway floors are being waxed, the lockers getting disinfected and the classrooms getting painted.

    School Custodial Cleaning Supplies Boston, MA, Newburyport

    It’s a tough job keeping an entire school sanitized and looking good, that’s why we do our best to provide our beloved custodians with the best supplies around and some of the best service around. Whether its the best floor cleaning solution or the strongest vacuum, you can find it all at Custodial Partners. And remember, when you get back to school, make sure to thank your custodian for all the hard work he put in this summer to keep your school looking beautiful!

    Browse all of our cleaning products and supplies to find everything you need! Or give us a call! 978-499-5400

  • Cleaning Supplies Boston, MA, Manchester, NH

    Custodial Partners is a leading supplier of Cleaning Supplies in the New England area. We offers supplies ranging from mops, brushes, squeegees, brooms and dustpans, to floor machines, vacuums and outdoor tools. Whatever type of supply you need to maintain you facility, Custodial Partners has got it! Our products and services are ideal for schools, large business’s and sports/music venues. Please call us today if you have any questions about our products and services, or even if you are looking to find out if Custodial Partners is right for your situation!

  • Janitorial Equipment Boston, MA, Manchester, NH

    Custodial Partners is one of New England’s leading suppliers of Janitorial, Sanitary and Maintenance supplies. Located in Newburyport, MA, Custodial Partners provides service to all of Eastern Massachusetts, as well as Southern New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Whether its cleaning equipment for a bathroom or or plastic cutlery for a company outing, Custodial Partners has it all. We also offer a whole line of “green” products as we try to do out part in cleaning up the environment! Give us a call today or check out our website to see all of the other types of products that we offer!

  • Stearns Quarter Packs

    Introducing Quart’r Packs®, a quicker and simpler dilution control system for spray-and-wipe cleaning. A complement to our Water Flakes® line, each packet of Quart’r Packs® dilutes with one quart of water. Buy online or learn more.

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  • MRSA Updates

    We are now seeing everyday new cases of MRSA cropping up all over the country. While this Methicillin Resistant Stapholococcus Aureus, also called a “Superbug”, can be very dangerous, we all need to pay attention to what government leaders recommend. Proper hand washing and good hygiene practices will ultimately win out. Along with some helpful disinfectants, we can keep this bug in check. At the CDC website, you can learn much more about this.http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/ar_mrsa_ca_public.html If you work in a school facility, check out the following site for info specifically for schools: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/MRSAinSchools/.