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  • 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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Spring Is In The Air With The F-MATIC TWIST

    Spring is on our doorstep here in Massachusetts and you’re probably gearing up for some serious spring cleaning of your location. One of the best ways to get your building feeling fresh is with the help of an inconspicuous air freshener. The F-MATIC Twist is an innovative air freshener that features scented liquid and a wick fragrance system in order to achieve prolonged freshness in a large space of up to 6,000 cubic feet.

    Benefits of the F-MATIC Twist

    • Spill Proof. No need to worry about scented fluid being leaked everywhere with this air freshener. The F-MATIC Twist is spill proof to ensure you get every last drop of scented liquid.
    • No Batteries. Don’t worry about having to purchase batteries for this air freshener. The Twist also doesn’t require fuel cells or electronics.
    • Quick Activation. Our patent-pending Twist-Click activation method works like a charm and the product immediately starts dispensing a light aroma of your chosen scent.
    • Variety of Scents. Choose from 10 different scents such as Madagascar Vanilla, Mountain Breeze, and Green Apple to awaken the senses. Can’t find anything you like? No worries — we can also create a custom scent just for you.
    • Environmentally Friendly. At Custodial Partners, you already know that we’re dedicated to providing our customers with environmentally friendly cleaning products. The F-MATIC Twist was designed using 100% recyclable materials and in turn it is fully recyclable.

    How the F-MATIC Twist Works

    Compared to other leading brands, the F-MATIC Twist is the toughest air freshener product available when it comes to combating odors. With 60 days of continual use, this product doesn’t use any propellants and can even fit into competitor’s dispensers if you’re looking to make the switch to the Twist. To operate this air freshener, just twist the bottom of the product and insert it into the dispenser and forget about it for up to 60 days!

    Ready to make your building smell like spring? Contact Custodial Partners today to bulk order your F-MATIC Twist air fresheners!

     

  • 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.