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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

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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GO Cordless!

A cordless backpack vacuum may seem like a luxury until you work the numbers.
Studies have shown that quality battery backpack vacuums, like the GoFree Flex Pro designed by ProTeam, clean up to 18,000 sq. ft. per hour.
Sq. Ft. per Hour
Cost per 10,000 sq ft. at $15 per hour
Upright Vacuum 2,850 $52.60
Corded Backpack Vacuum
Battery Backpack Vacuum
In a facility that vacuums 10,000 square feet per day, you would save $9,926 over the course of one year based on 264 working days between an upright and a corded backpack and would save $11,695 between an upright and a battery backpack.  Backpack vacuums pay for themselves in a few months.
The cordless backpack has many advantages and is a perfect choice for healthcare facilities, schools and offices.
Check out this quick video to see all the reasons why.
ProTeam GoFree Flex Pro

  • Quiet operation allows for daytime cleaning
  • Eliminate trip hazards
  • Vacuum around chairs without having to take time move them out of the way
  • Great for stairwells where there may be no outlets
  • No cords to get hung up on cubicle panels and display racks
  • Great for hard floor surface cleaning

Call your BRUCO rep and we’ll do an ROI calculation for you to determine how many months it would take for this huge time saver to pay for itself!



Hire Some Equipment! Part Three

Carpet is one of the bigger investments in your facility. It provides a warmer feel to the environment, sound reduction and great design elements.  The care required to extend the life of this investment is significant. However, it can be the most neglected floor surface in your building.  Why?  Because spills and dirt are obvious on a hard floor surface while carpeting absorbs and hides them.  This means that a strict carpet maintenance program must be followed.
The saying or quote Time is Money on a white clock to symbolize the value and fleeting nature of time
Check out some money saving strategies to maintain your carpet and free up man hours.
Many facilities’ daily carpet care equipment consists of upright vacuums or backpack vacs.
Have you considered integrating a riding sweeper into your daily carpet care program?  Here is a comparison of integrating a riding battery powered sweeper for large carpeted areas or long carpeted hallways.


If you were to use the riding sweeper over the backpack vacuum, you would save 6.48 minutes per 1,000 square feet.  If you had 10,000 square feet of carpet, that would translate to 64.8 minutes per day and let’s say your facility operates 365 days per year, that’s 394.2 man hours per year that could be spent elsewhere in maintaining the facility.
If you’re currently using upright vacuums for large carpeted areas, you would save 18.01 minutes per 1,000 square feet.  With 10,000 square feet of carpet (365 days), that translates to 3 hours per day or 1,095.6 hours per year.
A forty hour per week employee working 50 weeks per year puts in 2000 hours per year (over half a year of work saved just on carpet care).  At a loaded cost of $15 per hour, that’s a $16,434 savings.  A Tennant Model 6100 38″ Battery Riding Sweeper retails at $16,112.
Depending on the square feet of open carpet space in your facility, do the math and find out how many years it would take to get a return on your investment.  Or just call your BRUCO rep and we’ll do it for you!
For interim cleaning and restorative care, we recommend the Tennant 1610 Dual Technology Carpet Cleaner with Ready Space.  The 1610 allows you to easily clean high traffic areas more often so that you’ll need to extract less often.
Some facilities use the 1610 in Ready Space mode during normal business hours because carpeting is normally dry in less than 30 minutes.
This video shows you how the soil transfer rollers make this an outstanding piece of equipment.
Time is money.  Money spent on equipment is time saved and injuries avoided.  Provide cleaner, safer and more productive environments by hiring some equipment!


Check out the Tennant discounts below through July 31st!  If you’d like a quote, please contact us online or give us a call at 800.652.1020!


Act Now – Special Offer Expires July 31st!!!
Tennant Equipment Sale!
Riders:  12% Discount
Battery Walk Behinds:  8% Discount
Corded Electric:  5% Discount
Call your BRUCO rep or our showroom at 
for a quote today!

Hire Some Equipment! Part Two

In the first part of this series we talked about some quick ROI’s when investing in autoscrubbers. This month, I’d like to take a look at a company whose new innovations are BIG time savers!
The saying or quote Time is Money on a white clock to symbolize the value and fleeting nature of time
KaiVac offers fantastic solutions to BIG problems…like equipment that allows touchless bathroom cleaning. Who wouldn’t want to eliminate the need to kneel down and reach around toilets all day to disinfect them? Consider saving tons of time and lowering your risk of back injuries by Hiring Some Equipment in the KaiVac line of products.
I must confess, I’ve cleaned my share of toilets, and when I saw this machine in action, I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread.  KaiVac is showing us a better way to clean than sloshing around dirty water with mops, hauling buckets and wrapping ourselves around toilets.
See for yourself in this video:
The FACTS about Kaivac's Process
The FACTS about KaiVac’s Process
This is worth repeating from the video.  “KaiVac’s patented systems are scientifically proven to be 30 to 60 times more effective at reducing bacterial contamination than other methods.”
“Trained operators can achieve results in one half to one third the time required for traditional mopping processes.”
KaiVac just came out with their newest innovation to clean large areas quickly.
We envision this battery powered AutoVac being set up every morning ready to go to:
  • police slip and fall areas through out the day
  • clean gym floors and wrestling mats
  • quick clean ups in food service areas and cafeterias
  • be on hand in convenience stores
  • clean large box store entrances
Introducing Battery-Powered AutoVac
Introducing Battery-Powered AutoVac
Time is money.  Money spent on equipment is time saved and injuries avoided.  Provide cleaner, safer and more productive environments by hiring some equipment!


Hire Some Equipment!

We’ve all got budgets to manage and it’s that time of year for schools and other businesses.
To help you when considering where to allocate those dollars I’m going to give you an example of a return on your investment of a riding scrubber over mopping by hand or a walk behind scrubber.
Even in the short term, you’ll see a savings but when you look at the 10 year return, the results are dramatic.
For example, one of the school districts we work with were using a mop and bucket to clean 22,200 square feet of corridors including the cafeteria and gymnasium.  When comparing the cost of equipment and labor in the first year the difference between the two solutions was $3,500 higher than the mop and bucket to use the riding scrubber.
However, over the next ten years, this school saved $125,000 by automating the solution.  That’s $12,500 per year.
That’s obviously a big savings going from mop and bucket to riding scrubber, not to mention taking the physical strain off of the custodial staff.
What if you’re using a walk behind scrubber versus a riding scrubber?
At a retirement center in Wyoming we did an analysis.  They spend 4 hours per day cleaning floors with the walk behind compared to 1.33 hours per day with a riding scrubber.  Based on a loaded hourly wage of $15 per hour, they saved $2,000 in the first year.
Over the next ten years, they will save $112,050.  This enables them to reallocate 747 labor hours to take care of other more critical areas of concern such as preventing hospital acquired infections by cleaning highly touched objects more frequently.


If you’d like our staff to work with you on putting numbers around upgrading your processes in order to reallocate labor hours for your facility, please contact us online or give us a call at 800.652.1020!