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  • Keeping Your Floors Clean in the Winter

    Between snow and salt being tracked in, muddy shoes, and other outdoor debris being tracked in, it can seem nearly impossible to keep your floors clean in the winter. The dirty feeling underfoot, not to mention possible staining, is less than desirable. We’ve put together a list of ways you can be proactive to keep your floors clean all winter long!

    Use Door Mats

    This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at the difference a good quality doormat can make! Using them both inside and outside entryways will act as the first barrier against salt and dirt. Be sure to invest in a quality mat that will not hold onto moisture (then you’ll be dealing with bigger problems- mold!)

    Shoe Trays

    Getting a shoe tray to encourage family members and guests to take shoes off right at the door can keep salt and mud from being tracked all around the house. Salt can scratch, stain, and even eat away at hardwood floors, so it’s well worth the effort to put a halt before spreading it.

    Sweep or Vacuum up Salt

    If salt does make its way across your floors, sweeping or vacuuming is your best bet to remove it without damage. Be wary that Swiffers and similar dusters can trap salt underneath the head, which can result in scratching of your floors.

    Cleaning Carpets

    Not only are your carpets dirty from outside debris being tracked in, but in the winter when the heat is on full blast and the windows all closed up, your carpets are also filled with dust. We would recommend using the Majestic Carpet Extraction Cleaner for a full clean, or the Majestic Triple Action to treat stains. These products will leave your carpets looking good as new.

    Contact Custodial Partners

    Custodial Partners is dedicated to bringing you efficient cleaning equipment that will keep your space spotless. Our products are designed to help make your job easier. We’re happy to offer delivery in Boston, Cambridge, Newburyport, Worcester, and other areas in the Northeast. Check out our online catalog of products today or contact us to learn more!

  • Cleaning High Surfaces With the Cen-Tec 93125 Reach System

    Whether you’re a janitor trying to keep a school or hospital clean, doing custodial work at an office building, or cleaning any other commercial environment, our goal is to provide you with equipment to make your job easier, and safer. How many times have you found yourself standing on a chair or latter to get those high up areas, and thinking “this probably isn’t safe?” Having to get up on a ladder to vacuum, reaching in awkward directions to reach all cracks and crevices and making yourself unstable, is simply not worth the risk. However, you don’t want to leave those cobwebs hanging, right? That is why we offer the Cen-tec 93125 Reach System, to allow you to efficiently clean those high up areas, while keeping yourself safe.

    The 93125 Reach System is a comprehensive vacuum solution, specifically designed to clean elevated surfaces, both horizontal and vertical. It comes with three extension wands that can reach up to 20 feet when stacked. From there, you can choose between four adaptor wands, straight, 45 degree, 90 degree, or 130 degree, depending on the angle of the surface you’ll be cleaning. It also includes eight specially designed vacuum nozzles, including a sidewinder tool, commercial brush, and pivoting head patent pending curved brush, allowing you to clean any dust, dirt or debris from surfaces.

    With the extension wand, adaptor, and nozzle attached, it allows you to clean surfaces up to 25 feet from the floor or elevated platform. All elements are designed to lock together, making it safe to use overhead, without worrying about any separation of parts. The Cen-tec system is light weight, making it manageable and stable for the user. It be used with either a backpack vacuum or commercial tank style vacuum, dry or wet-dry.

    Contact Custodial Partners

    To learn more about the Cen-Tec Reach System, and other available cleaning equipment, contact the experts at Custodial Partners! We provide solutions to help make your cleaning efficient and effective, while keeping you safe. Fill out a contact form or give us a call today at 978-499-5400 to learn more!

  • Natural Carpet Stain Removers Found in the Home

    You’re having guests over and someone spilled their red wine, or perhaps your kids tracked in some grass and mud or dropped chocolate on the floor. There are hundreds of different types of stains out there that can wreck havoc on your carpet, so it’s important to make sure you’re arm and ready for anything.

    At Custodial Partners, we offer only the best carpet care products that are guaranteed to work faster and more efficiently than traditional carpet cleaning products. If you don’t yet have our recommended line of Majestic Carpet Cleaner products, then you should opt for the following natural carpet stain removers, as well as investing in a cordless vacuum cleaner after reading reviews on a website such as Helpful Habitat (See some of their ideas).

    Natural Stain Removers

    • Water. Whether it’s boiling water, cold water, or even ice, water is your first line of defense when it comes to dissolving and dissipating stains from carpet. Water and a rag can remove the stain at the surface as long as you act quickly. The rag acts as a sponge to draw the stain up and out of the carpet fibers so all you’re left with is a milder version of the original stain that you can fight with other cleaning products.
    • Club Soda. Arm yourself with a spray bottle and club soda. Spray the stain in question and use a rag to blot at the fibers until it is completely removed. Club soda works to loosen oils and is safe to use on colored carpets of any pile height.
    • Cornstarch. Cornstarch is a powder, so it works best for liquid stains as it works to absorb moisture as well as break up the stain’s pigment. Apply cornstarch liberally to the spill and once the powder dries again, scrape or vacuum the powder. If the stain is still visible, then it’s time to bring out the club soda as a second line of defense.
    • Borax Powder. Another great and handy cleaning powder is Borax. This is perfect for liquid spills such as red wine, juice and even blood or pet stains. Borax works as an odor neutralizer and can work well when mixed with water. Sprinkle the powder on top of the stain, then spray it with water and dab with a dry cloth.
    • Baking Soda. This is often the go-to carpet stain removal method for homeowners as this solution works to fight grease stains and oil stains. The only caveat is that once you apply the baking soda, it must sit for at lest six hours before to take a vacuum to it. If there is leftover residue, this can be removed with water and a dry cloth. We recommend not using this method for high pile carpet as it can be difficult to remove the baking soda.
    • Hydrogen Peroxide. Dark stains such as those left from coffee, tea, soda, wine and ink are no match for hydrogen peroxide — just be sure you dilute it first as it could create more harm to your carpet in it’s purest form. We recommend mixing two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of dish soap and applying the solution to the stained area. Next, rise the carpet liberally with water and blot to dry; repeat if necessary.
    • White Vinegar. Mix one part distilled white vinegar with two parts water in a spray bottle or bucket. Apply directly to the stain and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before blotting with a dry rag. White vinegar is perfect for pet urine and rust stains as the acidity works to break down the components of the urine or rust. White vinegar is also the perfect odor neutralizer when it is properly diluted.

    Carpet care is crucial to making a great impression on guests. Stained carpets are not only unsightly, but they also can harbor mold and allergens when not properly cleaned after a spill. Custodial Partners is here to provide cleaning equipment in the form of vacuums and carpet extractors, as well as cleaning chemicals such as carpet bonnet and carpet spot cleaner to save you time. Contact us today to order a product!

  • Benefits of Using an Automatic Scrubber

    Spring is here and that means there’s going to be a lot of rain and mud over the next couple months before the drier summer season rolls around. At Custodial Partners, we know how difficult it can be to maintain a facility with non-carpeted flooring. Washing and cleaning large surface areas of floor is time consuming, which is why we provide a variety of automatic floor scrubbers.

    Why Choose an Automatic Floor Scrubber

    • Save Time. Opting for a traditional mop and bucket to clean your extensive network of floors is going to end up taking forever. There are hundreds of other tasks you and your crew can be doing that require your time and attention. Our automatic floor scrubbers quickly clean grocery store hallways, hospitals, schools and industrial complexes and warehouses.
    • Save Money. Having to constantly purchase new mops, mop buckets, and cleaning solution can eventually add up over the course of a few months or years. Investing in an auto scrubber for your company will instead help you stay on budget — all you’ll need to replace is the pads.
    • More Thorough. You may think that washing your floors by hand is more thorough, but it’s natural for humans to make mistakes. You may find that you’ve been missing a section of a hallway or one portion of the floor wasn’t cleaned enough. Auto scrubbers are thorough and provide an even surface clean every time. Our NSS Wrangler Autoscrubber provides three different scrub pressures and variable speeds to get the job done.
    • Less People. Where it may take 4-5 people to clean a facility’s non-carpeted floors it will only take one person with an automatic scrubber to get the same amount of work done. These auto scrubbers were invented for a reason: the main reason being less people for the task at hand. Instead, you can allocate other members of staff to perform other maintenance and cleaning duties throughout the property.
    • Fast Dry Times. With a floor scrubber, dry times are much faster because they require less water. Many floor scrubbers also utilize pads that help absorb water so that it can evaporate more quickly. A traditional mop and bucket system may leave puddles and droplet, creating hazardous walking conditions. It’s our goal at Custodial Partners to always make sure that you are getting the job done quickly, efficiently, and safely. 

    Auto Scrubbers for Commercial Floor Cleaning

    Custodial Partners offers the widest selection of automatic floor machines, including:

    Contact our cleaning equipment and janitorial supply company in Boston today to order your auto scrubber.

  • How to Prevent Indents in Your Carpet Pile

    Normal wear and tear is expected and your carpeting will inevitably sustain some indents as time goes by. This is generally caused by placement of heavy furniture for a long period of time and high foot traffic. The Majestic Traffic & Bonnet Cleaner is the leading industry cleaner for treating areas of carpet with high foot traffic.

    Preventing Carpet Indents

    The most common cause of carpet indents or flat spots is due to heavy objects being placed on it for an extended period of time. You can remedy this by moving the furniture periodically by a few inches or rearranging the furniture in the room. When moving furniture, it is best to lift it from one spot to another instead of dragging it as this can worsen the flat spot.

    Vacuuming is an easy way to not only clean and remove dirt from the carpet but it also pulls the carpet fibers back up. Castor cups is another option to help prevent flat spots because it spreads the weight of each leg of the furniture over a larger area of the carpet. Although you will still need to eventually rearrange your furniture, you will not need to do so as frequently.

    It is best to treat any signs of flat spots as soon as you notice them to prevent them from becoming deeper or even permanent. One way you can treat these areas is by laying a damp towel over the flat spot and running an iron over the towel to steam the fibers. Perhaps the best option to clean and restore small to medium spots is the use of a carpet extractor, such as the NSS Stallion 818.

    If you are interested in learning more about how Custodial Partners can help with your carpet needs, please call us at (978) 499-5400 or contact us online.

  • Another Nor’easter Incoming, Prepare With Ice Melter

    Less than a week after another bomb cyclone rolled through the coastal areas of Massachusetts, more precipitation is on the way — this time in snowflake form.

    Massachusetts, particularly those in the central part of the state, are gearing up for anywhere from 2 to 12 inches of snow. Although most of the state has seen rain and scattered flurries, the majority of the snow is supposed to start piling up between the hours of 3 PM and Midnight on Wednesday. Scattered snow showers into early Thursday may also add another 1-2 inches to the total. Either way, the commute home for Massachusetts residents isn’t going to be a fun one.

    If your business, facility or establishment is determined to stick out the storm, we highly recommend preparing as quickly as possible. Make sure walkways are cleared of snow and parking lots are accessible for customers. Our janitorial supply company also recommends laying down Morgro SNO-PLOW Ice Melter to keep sidewalks, steps and ramps safe.

    The Morgro SNO-PLOW Ice Melter isn’t your average road salt. This product includes LIQUI-FIRE which helps prevent exposed metal from corroding. LIQUI-FIRE also helps the Ice Melter melt snow and ice 3 times faster than other brands — and with snow accumulating at 2-3 inches every hour, this is a huge time saver! The green-colored granules also prevent the applicator from over-applying the product. The best part about this ice melter is that it is safe on carpets and floors, which means your business can both stay open and look presentable during this blizzard.

    Depending on how the storm moves and what the temperatures are later in the day, this could be the difference between 2 and 12 inches of snow. So it’s best to plan for the worst and expect the best in this situation. Contact Custodial Partners today to order the Morgro SNO-PLOW Ice Melter!

  • Benefits of Using the BruTab 6S Sanitizer Tablet

    Brulin’s BruTab 6S Disinfectant and Sanitizer Tablet is the leading disinfectant tablet due to it’s safety and efficiency when in use. Your janitorial staff will love the results and you can rest assured that it is safer to use than your traditional bleach-based cleaning products.

    Although the sanitizer tablet does include chlorine, it is not the same hypochlorite that’s found in bleach. Sodium hypochlorite bleach has a pH of 11 or more, which is extremely toxic and harmful to the touch, when ingested, and when coming into contact with certain surfaces such as carpet. The BruTab on the other hand uses Free Available Agents which is the active ingredient during the disinfection process. The tablet also slowly releases it’s chlorine, which means you have more disinfecting and sanitizing power than bleach (which releases it’s chlorine immediately while in a water solution).

    With only a pH of about 6.5, the BruTab 6S hypochlorous acid disinfects more than 4 times better than traditional bleach solutions. Other benefits include:

    • Delivering a longer-lasting disinfecting power making this sanitizer tablet more cost effective for your business
    • Longer-lasting chlorine reserve for a more stable solution that lasts for a week in a closed container.
    • These BruTab 6S Sanitizer Tablets have a shelf life of 3 years whereas bleach concentrates only last around 6 months on the shelf.
    • The most important benefit is that these tablets are much less corrosive than your typical bleach solution, making it less harmful to your janitorial staff and the surfaces you’re cleaning.
    • The disinfectant tablet is also simple to use every time when following directions. Our tablet allows you to take the guesswork out of ratios and dilutions.

    Ready to disinfect more affordably and efficiently this season? Contact Custodial Partners today to order your Brulin BruTab 6S Disinfectant and Sanitizer Tablet or check out the product info pamphlet online now to learn more information.

  • How to Protect Your Commercial Carpets This Winter

    It wouldn’t be a northeastern winter without the weather we dread – numbing cold, coupled with icy rains and freezing snow.

    But these issues have simple solutions – dress warm, put salt down for the snow, cover every inch of your body, etc. What about some more underlying problems, with less-simple solutions? That’s right – I’m talking about your carpets.

    Carpet Issues During the Winter

    People often don’t take care of their carpets enough year-round, and especially overlook them during the winter season. It is assumed that a strategically placed piece of cardboard or thick rug will suffice to trap all outside material (salt, snow, rain, etc.). However, this assumption is false – there is no direct way to provide your carpet with 100% protection, unless you place a heavy sheet of plastic over the carpet (which defeats the purpose of the carpet in the first place).

    This assumption also has the ability to make the situation worse. Every time you step outdoors, your shoes and clothing gain fragments of whatever you’re exposed to, whether that be snow, rain, salt, or bacteria. When you return and unknowingly carry it with you, bits of material fall from your body and get stuck in your carpet. Upon turning your heating system on, the cold moisture of the substance in the carpet partnered with the blasting heat provides the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria, which can make you and your family ill or cause bad smells to emanate from the carpet. Stains can also result from complex chemical combinations, such as that of ice-melting salt and whichever household carpet cleaner you use. These stains solidify, and become much tougher to get out if not treated within a reasonable amount of time.

    Solutions for Clean Carpets this Winter

    So what can you do? Create a carpet cleaning schedule. Custodial Partners offers cleaning supplies to businesses that can protect your carpets in the harsh winter. Our janitorial supply and cleaning equipment company serves multiple areas of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, with background in winter-related issues and carpet concerns. Feel free to call 978-499-5400 for a free consultation, and to figure out how to protect your floors during this frosty season.

  • How Does Cold Weather Affect Skin?

    We’re approaching mid-winter here in Massachusetts and you may have noticed that the temperatures are getting lower and lower. The other thing you might have noticed is changes in your skin. It is quite common for individuals to experience skin changes as the weather starts to take a downward spiral, and it’s important to take action sooner rather than later to prevent further irritation and dryness.

    Major Causes of Winter Skin Issues

    • Central Heating
      Central heating systems lower your indoor air’s humidity levels which can cause your skin to crack, flake and become irritated.
    • Cool, Low-Humidity Weather
      When outside in the cold winter weather, the dryness of the air causes the moisture on your skin to evaporate, eventually dehydrating you and causing your skin to crack.
    • Hot Showers
      Hot water from a shower or bath removes the protective oil layer your skin creates for itself in order to trap moisture. Once this layer is removed, your skin over-produces the oils and can cause breakouts. For others, the oil layer takes time to replace and causes flaking.
    • Temperature Fluctuations
      Going from a warm interior out into the cold weather causes your veins to expand and contract rapidly, causing redness and broken capillaries that may be difficult to get rid of.
    • Comfort Food
      There’s nothing like a hot bowl of clam chowder or chili during the winter months to warm you up, or sitting down to a holiday meal full of refined carbs and oils. Poor holiday season diets can have a negative effect on your skin and can cause breakouts.

    Products to Prevent Winter Skin Problems

    At Custodial Partners, we provide our customers with the most extensive selection of skin care products. We understand that many of our customers are engaged in hands-on activities that oftentimes take place outside. It’s important to take care of your skin during the winter, which is why we recommend the following products:

    Interested in learning more about our skin care products or other custodial equipment and janitorial supplies? Contact Custodial Partners today or view our products online.

  • How To Protect Wood Floors During Winter

    Winter is on its way into Massachusetts and homeowners and businesses throughout the state are bracing for yet another salty onslaught on their wood floors. Wood floors are a beautiful addition to any interior space and the installation isn’t cheap, so its important to know how to prevent your wood floors from damage this winter.

    What Causes Damage to Wood Floors

    Aside from the usual high traffic damage from people’s shoes, your floors have other enemies, including:

    • Pet’s claws
    • Dirt and dust
    • Water
    • and salt

    Salt is a major contributor to wood floor damage in Massachusetts because it is a corrosive material. Just as salt can ruin your car, it too can ruin the wood even though it may have a protective coating on it.

    Hardwood Floor Care Tips

    1. Use Rugs, Mats and Covers. Although floor runners and mats may not look appealing, they will end up saving you a lot of money in the end because they will be protecting your wood floors all winter long. Always make sure that guests either wipe their shoes or take them off before traveling elsewhere on the hardwood floor. Businesses should invest in long floor runner mats to ensure all the salt and moisture collects on the mat and not the floor.
    2. Sweep and Clean Weekly. Our janitorial equipment company recommends cleaning floors in high traffic areas at least once a week to remove salt and moisture from the floors. Don’t forget to stock up on wood floor care cleaner from Custodial Partners such as the MPC™ Prime Time WC Waterbased Wood Floor Cleaner or the MPC™ Crystal Cote 350 Polyurethane Wood Finish
    3. Maintain Correct Indoor Humidity and Temperature. This is one thing that many businesses and homeowners may not know affects wood floors. If you’ve ever seen wood floors that have split or have gaps between the planks, this is a flood that’s been subject to high levels of moisture and extreme temperatures. Wood floors do best in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees at 35-55% humidity. Be sure to use either a dehumidifier or a fan to remove excess moisture and don’t forget to set that thermostat to a temperature within this range.

    Looking to prolong the life of your beautiful wood floors this season? Protect your property from the ruinous effects of salt by contacting Custodial Partners. Our janitorial equipment and custodial supply company is here to provide you with cleaning chemicals, cleaning supplies and cleaning equipment for any surface!