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  • The 4 Cleaning Tools Everyone Should Own

    With so many cleaning tools and chemicals on the market today, it can be confusing and overwhelming to choose which ones are really worth it. We all want a spotlessly clean building, with as little hassle and little time spent cleaning as possible. Many products may also make you question, is this really safe? Bringing any sort of chemicals into your office, workspace, or commercial building can pose health risks, if you don’t know what’s in them. At Custodial Partners, it’s our goal to make efficient cleaning products and tools that make your job easier. We’re also committed to bringing you a selection of green products, that you can feel good about using. We’ve put together a list of the top 4 cleaning supplies that are a necessity, no matter what you’re cleaning!

    Backpack Vacuum

    The ProTeam Super CoachVac Backpack Vacuum is a powerhouse and can meet the most demanding of cleaning challenges you have. With a 10-quart filter capacity, you can keep the floors spotless in even the largest of buildings, such as hospitals or hotels. They’re designed specifically for these high square-footage areas, so you won’t have to keep stopping to empty the filter.

    Automatic Floor Scrubber

    To efficiently clean floors in a large building, you certainly don’t have the time to waste with a handheld mop and broom. The Aztec ProScrub Automatic Floor Scrubber is an affordable cleaning tool, and easy to maintain. Perfect for any commercial building or large floor space.

    Carpet Cleaner

    When it comes to carpets, having an extraction cleaner handy at all times is a must. Carpets can be difficult to keep looking good, in comparison to floors that can easily be swept or mopped. If you have carpets in areas of high foot traffic, the Majestic Carpet Extraction cleaner will work wonders to remove soils, and even add stain-resistant protection from future spills. It’s safe to use on all carpet fibers and wool.

    Disinfectant

    No matter what type of space you’re cleaning, having a quality disinfectant is crucial, especially in areas like a hospital or school where germs are quickly spread. The Brulin Brutab Disinfectant Sanitizer Tablets are a safe alternative to bleach that’s sustainable, simple to use, and kills off a broad range of viruses. You can rest assured knowing your building is germ-free, and you won’t harm your floors finish or leave residue on the surface with this product.

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    Want to learn more about the effective cleaning solutions we offer at Custodial Partners? Check out our online catalog or give us a call today at 978-499-5400 to speak with one of our experts!

     

  • Getting Squeaky Clean Windows This Spring

    Now that the winter months and stormy weather are (hopefully) behind us, it’s the perfect time to give your windows the TLC that they deserve. When the sun starts shining, you’ll quickly see the streaks of dirt, dust, and grime that have accumulated over the last few months. Letting the excess moisture and debris sit on your windows for too long could even cause damage to the inserts. Cleaning both the interior and exterior is a must to remove any excess build-up. With these tips and tricks, in combination with the right equipment, you’ll have squeaky clean windows in no time!

    Tips for a Successful Cleaning

    When to do it: Although it may seem like it’d make sense to do it on a bright sunny day so you can clearly see all the built up grime, it’s actually best to clean windows on a cloudy day. On hot sunny days, the water and cleaning solutions may dry to quickly, leading to streaks on the glass. Choose a mild, overcast day for best results.

    Equipment You’ll Need: Using a squeegee is the most efficient way to get the job done. The Unger Pro Stainless Steel Squeegee will give you a streak-free look every time. Use it hands-free on smaller, easy to reach panels, or attach it to any one of the Unger poles to reach high up windows. Be sure to pull the squeegee down each pane in one single stroke from top to bottom. To avoid streaks, wipe the blade with a rag in between each stroke.

    You’ll also need a good cleaning chemical to use. The Claire Gleme Glass Cleaner will clean and polish your windows, without running, dripping, or streaking. You won’t have to worry about it leaving a film behind; Just spray and wipe clean! The Stearns Window Cleaner is also a good choice, also leaving surfaces free of oils or smudges. 

    Screens: While you’re doing the interior and exterior of your windows, you might as well pop out the screens and clean those too! Most screens can easily be removed to make it easier for you. Scrub them with a non-abrasive brush and household cleaner, and finish by hosing them down. The Unger Original Stripwasher & Sleeves can also be used, as they’re gentle but strong. Be sure to let them dry completely before putting them back in!

    Contact Custodial Partners

    Ready to give your windows the thorough cleaning that they need? Order the equipment you’ll need from Custodial Partners today. Check out our online catalog, or give us a call for more information.

  • Making Restroom Cleanliness a Priority

    Since the restroom is typically one of the most frequently visited areas in the office or commercial building, it’s crucial that it’s kept clean and sanitary. One of the obvious benefits is the enhanced overall appearance of a clean restroom, which is especially important in a restaurant or retail space. Both employees and visitors will appreciate the cleanliness of the restroom. By keeping it sanitary, you’re also preventing the spread of germs and getting rid of unwanted odors. Whether you’re the building manager, contractor, or small business owner, it’ll help to create a checklist for yourself to ensure the bathroom is kept clean. We’ve put together a list of some of the top supplies that will keep your bathroom sparkling and smelling fresh at all times!

    Stock up on Soap

    Ensuring that your soap dispensers are always stocked is crucial to prevent the spread of germs. You certainly don’t want to shake the hand of someone in your office that wasn’t able to wash their hands because the soap dispenser was empty. We provide offices and commercial buildings with several options of liquid soaps, foam and gels, and waterless soaps to choose from!

    Keep it Smelling Fresh

    No one likes walking into a smelly bathroom! Make sure yours stays smelling fresh with one of our air fresheners. One of the most popular, being the F-Matic twist. Choose from a variety of different scents that your employees or customers will love!

    Disinfectants

    Cleaning all surfaces, including sinks, toilets, floors, door handles, etc., is key. Getting a disinfectant that will kill all those germs is equally important. We offer several disinfectants that will do the job right. Check them out here!

    Wastebaskets

    This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at how many times businesses don’t keep up with the bathroom trash, and you walk into an overflowing pile of paper towels all over the floor in the restroom. The best way to ensure people are disposing of their trash properly is by providing the necessary amount of wastebaskets.

    Touchless Towel Dispensers

    Another way to avoid paper towels all over the floor is by installing touchless towel dispensers. This typically encourages people to only use 1 paper towel, rather than picking up a whole stack, wasting half of them, and then overflowing your trash can quicker than necessary. We offer a variety of these touchless towel dispensers to keep your bathrooms tidy, and more eco-friendly!

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    Interested in any of our custodial supplies and cleaning equipment to keep your restrooms spotless and germ-free? Contact Custodial Partners today to learn more, and place your order! We deliver locally to Boston, Worcester, Beverly, and beyond.

  • How a Clean Workplace Promotes Productivity

    Finding the time to keep a clean work area is something that many employees and employers struggle with, but what if taking that extra time actually improved productivity? It turns out it does! There have been several studies and surveys that show a clean workplace sees better productivity from employees. We wanted to dig a little deeper and find out exactly why that is – here’s what we learned.

    Improved Focus

    Having a cluttered workplace leads to a cluttered mind. When everything is put in its place, you’ll be able to quickly reach and grab what you need as you work. That means staying focused on the task at hand rather than straying mentally as you search for an item. This consistent focus will improve productivity and work time by allowing employees to use as much of their time as possible actually spent working.

    Less Stress

    Stress is a powerful thing that can lead to a variety of health issues. It’s been proven that by reducing workplace clutter, stress levels are lowered. Stress can lead to slow productivity, fatigue, and many other symptoms that hinder progress in the workplace. Simply taking the time to clear the workspace before you begin your day could be the key to creating a workspace that you’re happy to spend time at, rather than a stressful one that you dread.

    Improved Morale

    If each employee works to keep their personal space clean, the workplace as a whole will be clean. Cleanliness leads to improved morale because employees are able to see their workplace as organized and productive. Morale is contagious and that means that if you can get a few employees on board, others will soon follow. A positive workplace morale creates a sense of pride in the work that’s being completed. That pride leads to improved productivity without the employees even trying to improve it! It’s a proven fact that you work faster and more effectively if you’re in a good mood.

    Contact Custodial Partners for Cleaning Supplies

    To begin creating a clean and organized workplace for your employees it’s important to lead by example. To create a habit consider using the first or last ten minutes of the workday for everyone to clean and organize their workspace. You’ll also want to stock up on all of the necessary cleaning supplies that your team may need; Disinfectants, dusters, sponges, and more. Custodial Partners provides efficient and effective cleaning solutions that will make these tasks easy for everyone. Order online today, or give us a call at 978-499-5400 to learn more!

  • Preparing for a Spring Cleaning

    With spring and warmer weather just around the corner, many of us are probably itching to do a deep cleaning of the house. Between the dust that accumulates from the heater, snow and ice melt being tracked all around the house, and not being able to open the windows in months, we’re all ready for a good spring cleaning. When the time does come, you’ll want to be prepared with all the cleaning supplies that you’ll need to get the job done efficiently. Check out some of our top picks to get your home sparkling like new this spring!

    For Dusting

    One of the first steps on your to-do list for spring cleaning should be dusting. Our Golden Star Microfiber Cloths provide exceptional absorption to attract and hold any dust, dirt, and grime that has accumulated. These are perfect to use on any surface, wet or dry. The Microfiber Flex Duster Wand is perfect for high up areas that you otherwise may not be able to reach.

    Cleaning the Floors

    After a long winter, it’s inevitable that your floors and carpet are going to need a little extra TLC. Our Majestic Carpet Sanitizing Extraction Cleaner is perfect for use on all types of carpets and rugs. It contains a fungicide and mildewstat, along with sanitizer to fight odor-causing bacteria. Your carpets that may have once reeked of an old musty smell, will now give off a pleasant, refreshing fragrance. When it comes to your floors, there are a variety of products that can be used in combination with one another to leave them shining. First, our Winter Days cleaner will remove any ice melt left over on your floors. If you have wood floors, the MPC Clean-Up Waterless Cleaner can work wonders to remove soil, dirt, oil, and more without leaving a greasy residue. Check out the rest of our floor cleaning products to determine which will be best for you!

    Washing the Windows

    The winter weather can certainly take a toll on your windows. When the sun finally shines and the temperatures finally reach high enough to be bearable, cleaning the windows should certainly be on your list. Try our Stearns Quart’r Packs Window Cleaner, leaving your windows streak, soil, and smudge free. (This is an EPA/Design for the Environment recognized product!)

    Contact Custodial Partners

    To stock up on your spring cleaning products, order online today or give us a call at 978-499-5400! We deliver to Boston, Cambridge, Worcester and more. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about products or quantities.

  • 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 Resolutions for the New Year

    With all of the chaos over the holidays, from baking cookies and wrapping presidents, to entertaining guests, etc., your home is probably ready for a deep clean in the New Year. If you’re ready to take your home to the next level of cleanliness in 2019, we have a few tips to help get you on track. These tips may seem simple, but they can make a big difference! 

    Keep Carpets Spotless

    When was the last time your carpets got a good cleaning? Even if you vacuum regularly, you’d be surprised to find how much dirt, dust, and debris still live in your carpet. Start this year off right by giving your carpets the thorough cleaning they deserve, using our Majestic Encapsulation Carpet Cleaner. The advanced technology of this environmentally friendly cleaner will lift years worth of soil from your carpet. Once you have your carpets looking good as new, you may consider picking up a bottle of Majestic Triple Action to have in the house. Then if spills should occur, you can use this spot treater immediately to help prevent stains.

    Invest in Disinfectants

    When it comes to disinfectants, you can never have too many… Especially during flu season! Keep you and your family healthy this season by regularly using our Germicidal Cleaner. This antibacterial spray kills several viruses, in addition to kitchen germs.

    Change Your Sponge Often

    Did you know that some studies suggest you should be changing your sponge as frequently as once a week? While you may be able to go longer if you’re someone that uses their dishwasher for most dishes, you should still change it often to stay as sanitary as possible. Stock up on our Norton sponges, which come 40 in a case, and you should be set for the year!

    Shower Scum

    Rather than letting the shower scum and mildew accumulate and having to scrub it down a few times a month, recruit everyone in your house to do a quick spray of the shower daily. Doing this right after a shower allows you to wipe away mildew while the walls are still warm. Pick up a bottle of our Mild Acid Spray Bathroom Cleaner to efficiently clean your shower, and the rest of your bathroom, too!

    Contact Custodial Partners

    For all of your cleaning supplies and equipment that you’ll need in the New Year, you can count on Custodial Partners! We provide innovative, cost-effective products to keep your home sparkling all year long. Fill out an online contact form or give us a call today at 978-499-5400

  • 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!

  • Preparing for the First Snowfall

    As always, the Summer months have flown by way too fast, the Fall air is quickly turning brisk, and before you know it Winter will be here again. Doesn’t it seem like we just the shovels and plows away? As much as none of us want to think about snow falling anytime soon, it’s always better to be prepared. If you are responsible for any sort of property, whether it be the parking lot of your business, sidewalks in front of a restaurant or apartment complex, keeping customers and residents safe in the snow should always be a top priority. Now’s the time to start thinking about products you’ll need to order to get ready for the long stormy months ahead.

    Now’s The Time

    You don’t want to wait until the first snowfall to realize that you need ice melt. By that time, the sidewalks will already be icy with slip hazards everywhere. The liability of having someone fall and hurt themselves on your property is not worth the risk. Ordering your ice melt far enough in advance will assure that you’ll be ready when the snow does decide to make its first appearance of the season. Additionally, pretreating your surfaces will make the ice melt much more effective.

    Choose Wisely

    Ice melt is not something you want to skimp on. Using cheap ice melt can leave your sideways just as icy and dangerous, and can actually cost you more money by using more product. As a general rule of thumb, 2-4 ounces of the product should be used per square yard. If ice is not melting after using a sufficient amount of product, you may have chosen the wrong one. Using cheap ice melts can also cause damage to your landscape, as well as your building and flooring inside. Keep in mind that much of that ice melt will be tracked indoor on people’s shoes, so you want it to be a safe product. SNO-PLOW is a great option, as it is safe on floors and carpets, and will not cause harm to vegetation such as trees or your lawn. Since the granules are green, you decrease the chances of over-applicating, which is the major cause of tracking problems. It also works up to 3 times faster, making your sidewalks and parking lots safer, quicker.

    Contact Custodial Partners

    Custodial Partners not only offers the best cleaning supplies and equipment for indoors, but we also offer property maintenance products such as SNO-PLOW to keep your business safe. Contact us today to learn more, or order SNO-PLOW right online!