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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 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!

  • Why Keeping a Clean School is Crucial

    Now that school is back in session and the dreaded cold winter months are just around the corner, it’s crucial to remember just how important it is to keep schools clean and germ-free. It won’t be long before one child is out with a cold, and the next thing you know it has circulated throughout half the classroom. It always feels like a vicious, never-ending cycle for the rest of the winter. In fact, nearly 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common cold. There are so many places that bacteria can live in a school environment, and cold/flu viruses can live on these surfaces for up to 48 hours. Therefore, it is essential that our schools are being cleaned thoroughly and in a timely manner. Have you ever thought about how the cleanliness of a school may be affecting children’s education?

    Healthy students remain focused:

    On average, elementary students contract 8-10 cold or flu cases every year. Schools can help to decrease that number by keeping their facilities clean and the spread of germs to a minimum. With fewer absences, students are able to focus better and miss out on less at school. When kids miss several days in a row, they often get behind and struggle to get back on track with the curriculum.

    Less Teacher Absenteeism

    It goes without saying that teachers play a vital role in educating their students. In addition to the absences of students, teachers miss an average of about 5 days each year. A teacher that frequently misses school can have serious effects on the quality of education that students are receiving. Keeping schools clean can help not only students but teachers also to stay healthy and able to stay on track with the curriculum.

    Clean Schools can Increase Funds for Other Resources

    While it may be fairly obvious the implications that a dirty school can have on the health of children, people often neglect the high costs that are also associated with a dirty school. When teachers miss a day of school, a substitute has to be paid to fill in. Did you know that when teachers are absent it costs the school system $25 billion annually, on top of the $4 billion spent of substitutes? Think about what could be done with that money if it could be allocated to other school resources. Although it may seem expensive to clean the schools, it can actually save you in the long run.

    Janitorial and Custodial Cleaning Supplies in Newburyport MA

    It is evident that keeping a clean school is essential to a healthy and successful school system. Check out our online catalog of products to help keep your school clean and germ-free this season!

  • Green Cleaning: Why does is matter?

    In today’s society, many people have been hopping aboard on the “going green” trend. In fact, recent studies show that 55% of consumers are interested in, and actively seeking out green products and services. We are all trying to make efforts to recycle more, use renewable energy, and live an overall more sustainable lifestyle. However, one area that is often overlooked is the importance of using cleaning products that are environmentally friendly. Green cleaning is not only essential for the environment, but for our overall health as well. Let’s take a deeper dive into what exactly green cleaning is, and why it is important.

    What is Green Cleaning?

    Green cleaning is using products and methods that are safe for the environment and do not emit any pollutants. Essentially, this means avoiding products that contain toxic chemicals. Green cleaning can also refer to the way that these products are manufactured, packaged and distributed. You may see these products labeled on the shelf as “green seal” or “safer choice.”

    Why is it important?

    There are many harmful synthetic compounds found in conventional cleaners that are released into the air, water, and our bodies.  When choosing brand name cleaners in the grocery store, many of them will not only be toxic but also contain synthetic fragrances. These fragrances are often derived from petroleum-based chemicals which can alter hormones and cause issues such as cancers, neurological disorders, learning disabilities, allergies, and more. By using green products, you can reduce your risk of these hazardous health effects. They are made to reduce pollution in our water, maintain better air quality, and reduce exposure to allergy and disease-causing substances.

    What products do we offer?

    Custodial Partners is dedicated to providing the most efficient cleaning solutions, and are proud to offer a plethora of green seal products. Some of these options include chlorine-free processed paper products, green spec approved hand dryers, green seal certified cleaning chemicals, and more. Visit our green products page to learn more. Our goal is to always help out customers make their facilities cleaner, safer, healthier, and environmentally friendly.

  • Split! Solutions

    At Custodial Partners, we not only aim to provide you with high quality and efficient cleaning products, but we also take pride in our commitment to the environment. Up until this point, green cleaning products have come a long way, but have been mostly detergent-based. Detergent works by being sticky, leaving an undesirable residue on every surface it touches. This residue then collects soil from our shoes, hands, etc, causing your surfaces to rapidly re-soil. That is why we proudly recommend our revolutionary Split! Non-detergent cleaners, containing no detergent at all.

    How do non-detergent cleaners work?

    These industrial strength cleaners work by splitting the soil into small particles of matter, blasting them into bits small enough to be wiped away. Split! Solutions leaves you with a truly clean surface. It can remove tough soil, biofilm, and even old detergent residues, leaving nothing behind to attract more dirt. Surfaces will also stay clean 4 to 8 times longer, meaning less frequent cleanings. This will save you time, in addition to your savings on electricity, fresh water, treatment of soiled water, and volume of packaging to landfills. Split! Solutions can safely be used on carpets, stainless steel, and hardwood floors.

    Split! Solutions are…

    • Detergent-free
    • VOC & solvent free
    • No oxidizers/bleaching agents (like peroxide)
    • No bacteria or enzymes
    • Patented ingredients for removing germs and bio-film
    • Exceeds green testing standards

    Split! Solutions are a safer, smarter, and more effective way to clean without detergents. Contact Custodial Partners today to learn more and order yours today!

  • What’s That Smell?

    The smell of your grandma’s fresh baked cookies… The aroma of fresh cut grass at your championship baseball game… The smell of hamburgers on the grill at your 4th of July cookout… There are certain scents that can instantly bring us back to some of our fondest memories, and stir up emotional experiences. The scents that we choose to have in our space tell a story about who we are, and make guests feel comfortable right at home. F-Matic takes pride in dispensing authentic fragrances that satisfy the senses without being overbearing. With over 35 years in the industry, we can confidently say that they are “scent experts.”

    The F-Matic Twist air freshener system provides sustained freshness to your room, with both elegance and efficiency. Fill your room of up to 6000 cubic feet with one of their signature scents, or customize your own.

    Signature Scents:

    • Orange Grove
    • Cherries Jubilee
    • Green Apple
    • Mountain Breeze
    • Spring Flowers
    • Mango Mystique
    • Naturally Clean
    • Tropical Paradise
    • Madagascar Vanilla
    • Lavender Morning

    Fresh scent cartridge

    • Spill-proof from start to finish
    • Fragrance cartridge fits competing dispensers
    • No batteries, fuel cells or electronics
    • Superior molecular odor counteractant
    • Simple twist-click activation for quick use
    • Designed using 100% recyclable materials and in turn, it is fully recyclable.

    Customization:

    If you want something a little more personal, F-Matic will gladly create a scent tailored just for your nose. They can also customize the dispenser with your company logo and color of your choosing. With their team of experts, the opportunities are endless!

    Contact Custodial Partners today to order your F-MATIC Twist air fresheners!

  • 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!

  • Cleaning Tips to Reduce Household Allergies This Spring

    The idea that your home is making your allergies work is depressing. However, it’s often true, especially in the springtime, when spring cleaning is in full effect in many households. Fortunately, there are quite a few steps you can take to make sure your spring allergies are kept at bay this year and in the years to come.

    Preventing Household Allergies

    1. Vacuum at least once a week – This tip is especially important if your home is fully carpeted or you have a lot of area rugs. Allergens can “nest” in carpet and rug fibers, making you sick even when your home is clean. Frequent vacuuming removes them. Invest in a HEPA filter for your vacuum, though, a some allergen particles are so small they will pass through standard filters and contaminate the air in your house instead.
    2. Remove any mold from your bathrooms – Bathrooms are veritable breeding grounds for mold. Between leftover soap scum, damp air, and moist grout, the entire room is a mold spore’s paradise. To prevent allergy-inducing mold from forming, keep your bathrooms clean and scrub their surfaces daily!
    3. Don’t clean without a mask – If you suffer from household allergies in the spring, the worst thing you can do is clean your house without wearing a dust mask. As you clean, mold spores, dust, and other allergens will enter your mouth and nose, likely bringing on an allergy attack. Protecting yourself with a mask is key to preventing allergy symptoms from impacting your health.
    4. Avoid scented products – The ingredients that are used to add fragrances to various cleaning products can cause allergy flare-ups. To protect yourself, make a point of using fragrance-free options. This is especially important in regard to laundry detergents and fabric refreshers, as sheets, clothing, and other soft-goods will have direct contact with your skin.
    5. Use a damp cloth when you dust – Dusting can seem futile, as it always feels like half of the particles just end up back in the air anyway. This may not be far from the truth, actually, when you use a dry cloth. To cut down on the number of dust particles that just get relocated, dampen your rag to catch the dust, rather than merely moving it elsewhere in your house.
    6. Keep outside areas clean – When people enter your home, they probably walk up a path or across a porch. The cleaner these areas are, the less likely it is that outdoor allergens, such as pollen, will get tracked into your house. Sweep your porch, patio, and/or walkway on a daily basis for best results.
    7. Ask for help if you need it – Your family loves you and certainly doesn’t want you to be sick from allergies all spring! If you need assistance with a specific chore, like dusting, delegate it, at least for the season. If you live alone, you may want to consider hiring a housecleaner to do at least a few tasks per week for you. Don’t forget about the outside of your house as well. You’re windows need cleaning just as much as the inside of the house does! That’s why you should check out someone like this Toronto eavestrough cleaning company to help you with that, as window cleaning is hard if you don’t have the right equipment.

    To keep your home clean and allergen-free, it’s imperative to have the right tools for the job. Investing in high-quality cleaning supplies, such as mops, buckets, and brooms, and fragrance-free, natural cleaners is key to preventing allergy symptoms and having a happy, healthy spring this year and every year.

    Ready to kickstart your spring cleaning and fight off those pesky allergens? Contact Custodial Partners today to order cleaning supplies and cleaning equipment.