Category Archives: Janitorial Equipment

Prepare for Winter: Special Pricing!

A good matting system is the cheapest custodian that you will ever put to work. 

Wet, cold, snow and MUD will visit soon!

Is it time to replace your mats? 

Special Fall Pricing! 15% off from September 1st to October 31st!
This video is less than four minutes long and will demonstrate how to keep the dirt and salt at the door instead of throughout your building and HVAC system.  
Andersen Company Sand and Water Video
Invite your BRUCO rep in to assess your matting needs before the snow flies!
15% off all In Stock Taski Equipment!
Taski XPR
TASKI® swingo XP-R
TASKI® swingo XP-R 
Round disc cleaning for customers requiring intensive heavy duty cleaning.
Key Features
  • Rugged, ergonomic design maintaining a professional image and increasing operator satisfaction
  • Easy get on get off
  • Total 360 degrees visibility around machine
  • Larger solution tank capacity increasing productivity up to 10%
  • Next generation electronics and software providing best-in-class driving experience
  • Compatible with TASKI Intellitrail Intelligent GPS Fleet Tracking system
  • Yellow maintenance points for easy everyday maintenance
  • Excellent cleaning and drying results for safe floors
  • Reduced water and energy consumption compared to standard scrubbers
  • Automatic cut out if operator steps off machine

Taski procarpet 45
TASKI® procarpet 45

TASKI® procarpet 45
45cm (18in) Carpet Cleaning System

Key Features
  • Excellent deep cleaning results 
  • High productivity 
  • Ease of operation 
  • Flexible operation 
Reliability and High Performance
  • TASKI procarpet 45 has been designed with the reliability found on all our floor care machines. TASKI has developed this machine using our expertise in vacuum pick-up and chemical application to design a high performance carpet cleaning with excellent results.
Flexible Application
  • TASKI procarpet 45 allows users to select the cleaning application that best fits their needs based on turnaround time and soil levels. The machine can be set-up for deep cleaning extraction for heavy soils or restorative type cleaning application and also be set-up for interim cleaning using our specifically formulated encapsulation chemical.
Taski swingo 2100
TASKI® swingo 2100μicro
TASKI® swingo 2100μicro

Key Features
  • Unrivalled performance
  • Advanced design
  • Intelligent total solution
Unrivalled performance
  • The new TASKI swingo 2100μicro offers unrivalled performance, benefiting from the combination of speed, small footprint, agility and large tank size. A totally new design of offset cleaning function allows reduction of manual work and seamless cleaning in large and small areas with the highest possible cleaning result and supporting a low total cost of ownership. 
Advanced design
  • TASKI swingo 2100µicro combines great overview, ergonomic working and high safety standards, benefiting from a protective tank design, active sitting concept and many other safety features. 
Taski swingo 1650
TASKI® swingo 1650


TASKI® swingo 1650
Large walk-behind 26 inch (65 cm)

Key Features

  • Increased working autonomy
  • Excellent cleaning result  
  • Simplicity and ergonomic
  • Easy maintenance 

Increased working autonomy

Immediately dry floors
Simplicity and ergonomics
Easy maintenance

Invite your BRUCO rep to survey your building and make suggestions on what is needed where in your facility

Contact your local BRUCO rep
Give us a call at 800-652-1020
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Is Your Facility Compliant?

GHS Training:  Is Your Facility Compliant?
Effective Dates: 
December 1st, 2013 – Employers must train employees on the new label elements and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Format

June 1st, 2016 – Employers must update all labeling and hazard communication program as necessary.  All manufacturers, distributors, and facilities should be compliant.

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.
Contact Brian Waddell, BRUCO University’s Director of Education to make arrangements to train your staff onsite or in our training center in Billings.
Brian Waddell
cell: 406-839-4724
brucoeducation@gmail.com

T300 Specs
The New Versatile T300

BRUCO works hard to keep you up to date with the latest advances in floor equipment.  

Tennant has recently improved the technology of its T3 scrubber and renamed it the T300 and T300e.  This machine is incredibly versatile and is available with new ec-H20 NanoClean technology. 

The standard process of stripping a floor takes its toll physically on your facility maintenance team.  You must use stripper chemicals, 3-4 machines to get the finish off the floor and all the particulate cleaned up.  With the new T300 using the square orbital head, you can take a few coats of finish off in one pass without any chemicals while leaving no residue behind.  The square head enables you to get into corners and up to the baseboards.  Extending the pad beyond the head allows stripping the baseboards.

Here are just some of the highlights of this machine:  
  • Increased down pressure for stripping floors
  • Solution sprays directly on entire surface of pad instead of in front of it
  • Picks up the water and particulate in one pass reducing risk of wet floors
  • Option of detergent free cleaning options with Nano Clean
  • Use a turf pad for excellent tile and grout cleaning and for cleaning rubberized floors
  • The battery has a longer run time due to reduction in amps
If you’d like to hear more about how these Nano bubbles clean check out this short video:
Tennant's Sustainable Cleaning Solution
Tennant’s Sustainable Cleaning Solution

Act fast and take advantage of our Tennant Sale running through July 15th!  
5% off Corded Equipment
10% off Battery Powered Equipment
12% off ecH2O NanoClean

To get a quote or to schedule an onsite demo for equipment that you’re interested in, please email us, contact your local BRUCO rep or give us a call at 800-652-1020.  
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Four Steps to Maintaining Your Carpet

In Issue One of the BRUCO University newsletter, my friend PeDIR showed us the four steps of hard floor care. In this issue we’ll apply the same four rules to carpet care.  PeDIR’s credo has four parts: 

 

  • P  for Preventative
  •   for Daily
  • I    for Interim
  • R  for Restorative

All four processes come into play to have beautiful carpets that last longer and have that new look without the permanent damage of traffic patterns.

Let’s spend a little time on each process for carpet care and I’ll introduce you to the latest technology in each step.

Preventative Carpet Care:

This step is just the same as in hard floor care, so I’m going to repeat a lot of this.  What I didn’t mention in the last issue is to sweep your parking lot and from time to time pressure wash the lot to remove oily soil that gets tracked in.

Take a walk around your facility to see where your matting is in relation to high traffic areas and what kind of shape your mats are in.  First of all, do they need to be replaced?  What type of mats are you using?  Are they doing the job of keeping the dirt in the mat and off the floor?

Ideally, you should be using three types of mats:

1. The outdoor scraper mat which traps heavy soil and allows water to drain away freely.

2. The indoor scraper/wiper mat.  We like the construction of the AndersenWaterhog.  The Waterhog mats have a hi lo pattern in the resilient rubber backing which creates a water dam keeping moisture in the mat and off your floors.

Waterhog Masterpiece Select
Waterhog Masterpiece Select

3. The indoor wiper mat is a finishing mat which traps finer dirt before stepping out onto your floors.

How much matting do you need?  You should have a 10-15 foot run of a combination of the mats listed above to be able to remove 80-90% of the contaminants from entering the building.  Not only does proper matting keep the dirt off of the floor but also keeps the dust out of the air and improves your indoor air quality decreasing the load on your HVAC system.

Daily Carpet Care:  

You may not vacuum the whole facility daily, but you should always vacuum the mats and the high traffic areas to avoid irreversible traffic patterns.  If you don’t remove soil daily from those high use areas, the soil goes deeper and deeper into the carpet pile and scratches the fibers.  Carpet fiber is designed to reflect light which gives it that luster and allows the color to pop.  When soil gets into the carpet and scratches the fiber, it’s just like scratching a pair of eyeglasses.  What do you see when you put them on?  Not much.  Everything becomes dull.  This is exactly what happens in a traffic pattern.  It dulls the fibers permanently.  So think of preserving the luster of your carpet by first of all keeping the majority of the dirt off of them in the first place with long runs of matting and then vacuuming those traffic lanes daily.

 What type of vacuum should be used?  It depends on the job, the person using it, and the square feet of the area to be cleaned.

 A tip on cleaning the mats is to use an upright to vacuum the top, then flip it over and vacuum the rubber backing so the beater brush loosens the ground in dirt onto the floor.  Flip it back over and vacuum up the loose dirt from the floor and go over the top again.

 If you have a large area to be cleaned, backpack vacuums are a great option. When choosing a backpack vac, the most important specifications to compare are:

 1)  Motor input power in watts

2)  Static lift (how high the suction can lift a 1″ column of water)

3)  Airflow in CFM’s (cubic feet per minute).

 As far as the occupants in your facility go, you may need to also check out the decibel level. For instance, a ProTeam Super Coach Pro 6 backpack vacuum runs at 66dBa; 1108 watts; 159 CFM and 96 inches of static lift.

The GoFree Pro Battery Backpack specs are 60 dBA; 507 watts; 65 CFM and 70 inches of static lift.

 So the quieter the vacuum the less power, air flow and static lift you’ll have. However, if you operate a healthcare facility and need to vacuum high traffic areas daily or more than once a day, and want to avoid the trip hazard of an electric cord, you can afford to give up the power.  They do a fantastic job if the carpet is cleaned consistently.  The priority is the satisfaction of your patients not having to be woken up with a loud vacuum or visitors having to dodge the noise and cords of a standard backpack vacuum.

The other consideration is square feet.  Using an upright to vacuum large areas and areas with a lot of furniture like cubicles or classroom desks is way too time consuming.  Uprights are great for cleaning high traffic areas and smaller open spaces.

 In a 10,000 square foot area, it will cost you 3 man hours using a dual motor upright compared to 1 man hour using a ProTeam Backpack Vacuum.  Let’s say those man hours have a loaded cost of $14 per hour.  You would save $9240 over the course of a year based on 264 working days.  Another way to look at it is you could enjoy $9240 worth of improvements in the cleanliness of your facility.  The backpack vac pays for itself in months.

OK, enough of my love for backpack vacuums.

 Spots.  Those nasty spots.  Ideally, they get reported right away and you can get on it pronto, but no one really wants to confess that they just spilled coffee all over the hallway carpet.

It just has to be done as you’re vacuuming because that’s when you’re going to notice them.   It’s very inconvenient to stop vacuuming and get out of your flow to stop and clean up a spot.  If there’s no foot traffic where you are at the time, I recommend keeping those little bright colored stickers in your pocket and just sticking one to the spot and then coming back through to do your ‘spot’  cleaning or have another team member come behind you with a heavy duty spot remover.

Interim Carpet Care: If you take the time to clean high traffic areas between extractions, your carpets will look new much longer.

First of all, maintain your mats.  Pressure wash your matting as needed:

Prespray with a light detergent.  Pressure wash swiping back and forth across the mat until all dirt and grit is removed.  Hang to dry overnight.

Using Encapsulation to Clean High Traffic Areas:

Encapsulation is really the best technology out there for interim carpet cleaning.  Encapsulation is a very low moisture cleaning technique mainly used in commercial settings for traffic lane cleaning.

The chemistry is unique since it consists of a detergent and crystal polymers. The detergent breaks the binding of the soils to the carpet fibers and then the polymers act as sponges to form a crystalline residue that can be immediately vacuumed.

Most equipment manufacturers are designing extractors that can also be used for interim cleaning just by using an encapsulation chemical.  Let’s take a look at the Taski Pro 45.

The cool thing about this machine is that it’s so easy to use.  The handle flips to the front or the rear.  You can use it in a push or pull motion and it’s self propelled.  Let’s check out Adam’s demonstration in the video below…

Taski Pro45 Carpet Extractor
Taski Pro45 Carpet Extractor

 Enough said – who wouldn’t want to use that baby in a big facility?  Talk about not feeling like you’re 80 after extracting carpets all day.

Restorative Carpet Care:

 The most important part of extraction is the prep work that needs to be done before you even turn your extractor on.

Vacuuming:  Be sure that you remove the dry soil in your carpets very well so that you’re not asking the extractor to do a job it isn’t designed to do, which is to extract mud.

If you have a tough situation with a carpet that’s been neglected and there’s a lot of impacted dirt that even a vacuum won’t remove you may need to use a high flow extractor like a Steamin’ Demon.  We have a customer that cleans the dorm rooms once a year with it and you can only imagine the build up that happens after a school year of abuse and neglect.

Once you’ve removed the soil by vacuuming, you’ll need to pre-spray the carpet with the chemical most appropriate for the soil you are removing.  This allows you to implement the principle of TACT.  Picture what you need to do when you’ve got to clean a casserole dish with all that hard dried up food around the edges.  You soak it in hot water with a little soap and let it sit for awhile before you attempt to scrub it.  When it comes to carpets the same rule applies to pull the old oily dirt and grease that’s been tracked in all year.

TIME:  Let the pre-spray sit for about 10 minutes to allow the chemicals to work on suspending the soils and breaking the bond to the carpet fibers.

AGITATION:  Rake or use a pile lifter on the carpet while the chemicals are working away to aid the soil suspension process

CHEMICAL:  Diversey makes a good pH Neutral Heavy Duty PreSpray which also contains a soil repellent to prevent re-soiling.

TEMPERATURE:  Although you may not use hot water in your extractor depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations, you can use hot water in this pre-spray step which will be more effective in breaking down the grease and oil.

If you don’t pre-spray and just use detergent in your extractor, then the detergent only has a fraction of a second to accomplish all of the above.  It just doesn’t make sense to put all that time into such a huge job to get sub standard results.

When it comes to the extraction step, having a dual purpose extractor like the Taski Pro 45 or the Tennant 1610 is ideal.  Whatever extractor that you’re using, you should only use water since you’ve already applied the chemical in the pre-spray step.

A good extractor will leave the carpet with as little moisture in it as possible. Choose a time of year when the humidity is low and you have the ability to open windows.  Using air movers to speed up the drying process is advised.

Applying all of these steps in the care of your carpets will extend the life of your investment.  Taking shortcuts just doesn’t pay off, so follow our friend PeDIR’s advice and make a great first impression on your guests with beautifully maintained carpets!

If you’d like to view or share with your staff a full length  48 minute BRUCO University training video by Tony Sandau on Carpet Care Basics just click on the video below!

Carpet Care Basics - BRUCO, INC.
Carpet Care Basics – BRUCO, INC.

Get Floored! Four Strategies of Hard Floor Care

My friend PeDIR knows what he’s doing when it comes to hard floor care. He’s got all kinds of tips, tricks and new technology to save time and backaches.

PDIR’s credo has four parts:

  • P  for Preventative
  • D  for Daily
  • I    for Interim
  • R  for Restorative

All four processes come into play to have beautiful floors that will stand the test of time and traffic, especially in the challenges of our harsh Montana and Wyoming winters. I have to give a shout out to the team at Lander High School  in beautiful Lander, Wyoming.  They have floors you could practically eat off of no matter what time of day it is in that school.  It’s truly a showcase for what high traffic floors CAN look like.  They were awarded the Bronze Medal by the U.S. News Best High Schools for 2014!

Now, let’s spend a little time on each process.

Preventative Floor Care:

This always starts on the other side of the entryway, out in the elements. Take a walk around your facility to see where your matting is in relation to high traffic areas and what kind of shape your mats are in.  First of all, do they need to be replaced?  What type of mats are you using?  Are they doing the job of keeping the dirt in the mat and off the floor?

Ideally, you should be using three types of mats:

1. The outdoor scraper mat which traps heavy soil and allows water to drain away freely.

2. The indoor scraper/wiper mat.  We like the construction of the AndersenWaterhog.  The Waterhog mats have a hi lo pattern in the resilient rubber backing which creates a water dam keeping moisture in the mat and off your floors.

 3. The indoor wiper mat is a finishing mat which traps finer dirt before stepping out onto your floors.

How much matting do you need?  You should have a 10-15 foot run of a combination of the mats listed above to be able to remove 80-90% of the contaminants from entering the building.  Not only does proper matting keep the dirt off of the floor but also keeps the dust out of the air and improves your indoor air quality decreasing the load on your HVAC system.

Daily Floor Care:  

 Dust mop daily using clean microfiber dust mop heads or vacuum your hard floors with a backpack vac like ProTeam.  If you operate a facility where you need to avoid trip hazards and would like to vacuum quietly during the day,  check out this GoFree Pro battery backpack vacuum.

 Vacuum and clean mats daily to maximize their effectiveness.  A good tip is to vacuum the mat as usual, then flip it over and vacuum the rubber backing with an upright so the beater brush loosens the ground in dirt onto the floor.  Flip it back over and then vacuum up the loose dirt and the top again.

 Remove heel scuff marks with a Merlin Eraser  Sponge and clean up spills.

Interim Floor Care:

 Pressure wash your matting as needed:

Prespray with a light detergent.  Pressure wash swiping back and forth across the mat until all dirt and grit is removed.  Hang to dry overnight.

Mopping or Auto Scrubbing:

In some facilities, this is also a daily process.  Many facilities have chosen to use equipment with electrically charged water, like the Tennant T5 ECH2Omodel. This eliminates the need for chemicals and leaves no residue on the floor.  It also adds years to your equipment since there is no chemical build up to maintain.  Take a look here at the money you can save over time by using a machine with ECH2O.

Tennant T5 Walk Behind Scrubber

 In restrooms with tile and grout to take care of, a couple of great time savers are the Kaivac 1750 which works like a pressure washer and a vacuum. Tennant has just released the Q12 which is also great for getting into small spaces, in corners and up the walls. It really blasts the dirt and stains out of your grout lines with pressure that will go as high as 1200 psi for your really tough jobs.  Click here to watch the demo.

Buffing or Burnishing:  Propane, Electric or Battery??

When someone walks through the front door of your building, they will have developed a positive or negative first impression within the first five seconds based on how it looks, how it smells and how it sounds.

To really pop a shine on your floors, you’ll need to buff or burnish depending on the intensity of the shine required for your facility.

Use a low speed buffer (150-175 rpm) or a high speed buffer (200-400 rpm’s) to polish your floors.  If you are going to spray buff with about 1 part finish and 2 parts water, then you’ll need to use the high speed buffer.  Be sure to throw buffing pads away when they get to about half their original thickness or if when you hold them up horizontally, they aren’t stiff anymore but droop down.

Retail stores, medical facilities and schools really want that mirror like reflection on their floors which requires burnishing.  When you’re burnishing, you’re actually planing the floor taking off embedded dirt and scratches.  A burnisher runs at 1000-2500 rpm’s.

You can go with electric, propane, or battery burnishers, listed in order of cost.  When shopping for a burnisher, always check what the working rpm’s are.  When under load, you’ll lose speed, so check your spec sheet to see what you can truly get out of it.

What are the advantages of using battery over propane or electric?

  • The team at Lander High School uses the Tennant B10 which is a rider.  They were thrilled that they could operate it during the day and cut down on night hours because of the quietness and the HEPA rated dust control option.  Less night hours means less electricity costs.
  • No cords to haul around saving time and man hours.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of propane burnishers. Carbon monoxide fumes are odorless, colorless, tasteless and non-irritating. Symptoms range from a slight headache at 200 ppm to confusion, headache and nausea at 1000-2000 ppm to fatal at 4000 ppm.  If you operate a propane burnisher, be sure that it’s equipped with a catalytic converter and a CO and emissions monitoring alarm tied to an automatic shut off.  Also, while operating any propane burnisher, set your building’s HVAC system to 100% outdoor air and exhaust the return air.
  • A battery burnisher has a higher price point but a longer life.  A propane burnisher typically lasts about five years.  The battery burnisher will go strong for over ten years.

Check out this cost comparison analysis between a 24″ Tennant B7 and a 24″ propane burnisher.

Tennant B5 Battery Burnisher comes standard with active HEPA dust control air filtration and as low as 63 dBA
Restorative Floor Care:

Thirty or forty years ago, carnauba wax was most commonly used.  Now we use synthetic finishes.  They are made from polymer emulsions.  A typical floor finish has 18-22% solids – when the volatile ingredients evaporate, that’s the amount of polymer we have left on the floor.

There are harder finishes and softer finishes.  To choose which finish to apply, look past the finish and focus on how you will care for the floor and what equipment you’ll be using to maintain it.  How often do you clean it?  Less?  You’ll need a harder finish.  More often?  You can use a softer finish with lower solids.  High traffic? Then use a high solids finish.

Wet Stripping: Why spend all the time, backache and risk of falling when you can dry strip?  Let’s look at that process instead.

Man with back pain massages his back trying to relieve his backache.

 Dry Stripping:  Eliminate the time consuming steps, and excessive elbow grease that it takes to wet strip and invest in a T3 or a Square Scrub.  If you’re in the market for a square orbital dry strip machine, we prefer the T3 for a few reasons.  It’s been through several redesigns and has big bushings that can handle the vibration.  It also serves as a general purpose autoscrubber – so what a bonus!  You can use it wet or dry and if you get the ECH20 option, you’ll be saving on chemicals and wear and tear on your crew.

Here’s the process with Tennant’s T3 Orbital Scrubber.

  Tennant Orbital Scrubbers

  • First, dust mop your floor.  Then dry strip the area with the T3  using a 3M prep pad.  This will take off 2 coats of finish.
  • The T3 doubles as a scrubber, so go over the area again rinsing with plain water.  Your floors will be dry and ready to go.
  • Then apply two coats of finish.  When spreading finish, spread with just a flat microfiber or nylon mop head.  Nylon will release the finish much better than cotton. Don’t pour too far ahead of your mop or it will start to set.

A conventional class room would take two to three hours from start to finish using this process.

When we demonstrated this at our last seminar one of the custodians burst out “I just want to cry sitting here watching this.  It looks so easy!”Smiley

 

 

PeDIR  takes great pride in his floors and it shows!  Floors that pop a shine make all the difference when that front door opens and your valued customers or patrons walk in!