Clean Better than Hercules

In Greek mythology, Hercules was the mortal man, fathered by Zeus, who sought to become a God. In order to prove himself worthy, he had to complete a variety of labors.

Out of all the labors, there’s one that seldom is talked about (in comparison to him stealing apples, and slaying beasts with claws as sharp as swords), the time Hercules cleaned the Augeas stables in one day.

As the myth goes, the labor was meant to be an impossible task and a humiliating one. The stables hadn’t been cleaned in over thirty years and housed over 1,000 cattle, which meant there was a large amount of dung to be cleaned and slaved over.

In order to clean it, Hercules rerouted the Alpheus and Peneus rivers to wash out the stables. The rivers flowed through the stables and wiped all the grime and dung away and through the streets. The stable was clean, but in cleaning it, Hercules only succeeded in moving the filth from one area to another.

We all know cleaners like that; the one that starts the project and then finds the quickest way to make the job look done, even if it’s not. Don’t let those Hercules cleaners get away with it. In the end, quick short-cuts only ends up creating more mess for someone else, or you to clean up later.

And if you are working in a medical facility, around or with children, sanitation is essential key to a happier and healthier day for everyone.

Like Hercules, some can claim that they really do want to be better cleaners but they just don’t have the tools needed to deliver that promise.

Don’t let this become an excuse at your place of work, or home, either. If you have a tough mess to clean or live in an environment that needs to be cleaned thoroughly, find a machine that can work as hard as you. Invest in a quality cleaner that can get the job done right the first time. Don’t settle for fickle machines. Invest in one that will work as hard as you will to clean an area, such as the Mercury H-20E Hercules Heavy-Duty Floor Cleaner.

The Mercury H-20E Hercules 20inch Floor Machine is one that will not let you down. It won’t suck up only some of the dirt, only some of the time. It will scrub, buff, strip and dry the floor. It’s the prime choice for spray buffing, scrubbing, stripping, and bonnet cleaning. It has a 1.5HP, 66-frame AC motor and 185 RPM transmission; is rugged with an all metal construction.

Mercury Floor Machines will also issue you a five year warranty on the motor, and chassis.

This vacuum model is great for most surfaces, but especially recommended for hospital, large venue use, janitorial use, and the upkeep of hardwood floors as its high powered engine works best with the more surfaces it has to work to clean. It comes in 6 apron sizes: 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, and 21inches. Vacuums can be shipped for free and delivered normally within 1-5 days.

Tips to Ensure an Easy Moving Day

So you have just moved from you tiny apartment into a beautiful house. It took several years of you scrimping and saving in order to afford the down payment on the perfect home. You lived in a small apartment with your spouse and perhaps a new baby, maybe even a family pet, and the tight living quarters were difficult. Baby food and dog toys were a constant interruption in the cleanliness of your apartment and you are very much looking forward to the space the new home offers. You hope to put baby clothing in the baby’s room and dog toys on the porch. Or maybe in the basement. Either way you have the space and you deserve it. Now begins the scheduled move-in day. But you have to be prepared first. Here are some things to do before you move-in baby, pets and furniture:

  • Plan how you want each room to look. But only use this as a reference point as not everything is going to turn out how you would like it to or even how you expect it to look. However it does help to have a guide point. This will also help your movers, whether they are hired movers or just your friends and family. It is important for you to remember that you can always change things around; they do not have to stay the way that you have set them up.
  • This may be the most important factors of pre-moving preparation. Make sure the house is clean. Otherwise you will be moving in all your furniture and belongings on top of someone else’s dirt. Great machines to ensure cleanliness, especially for those former tenants who had pets, are carpet extractors and the Mercury DS-18 Chemical Free Floor Scrubber. Again, whether you hire someone to clean for you or you take on the task yourself, a clean house will ensure a stress free moving day.
  • Packing with purpose. Another very important task to ensure before you move is the concept of packing up your old home. If you pack with a purpose, you will not only find all your belongings a lot more quickly but your unpacking will go smoothly and efficiently. Be sure to pack each room together and label the boxes. Also when moving your boxes to the vehicle, whether it be your car or a moving truck, put the boxes in a specific order. Which rooms do you want to unpack first, when you get to your new house? Put those boxes in the moving truck LAST. Other rooms that may not be as important to you, such as the dining room, can go into the moving truck first. This way you do not need to struggle with moving heavy boxes around to get to the most important things first.

Of course, as much preparation you do before moving can never completely ensure a stress free moving day. There are certain aspects that are simply out of your control. The most important thing to remember is to keep your cool in any stressful or disappointing situation. Remaining calm and collected will also help those around who will sense your calm and pick up on that vibe. To remain calm and happy about your move into your new and treasured home will ensure the best moving day possible.

Clean out the Cobwebs, Just What are Floor Machines? (Part II)

In our previous post we provided a glimpse into just what floor machines are, who uses them, and their different types. In Part II we’ll finish our descriptions of floor machines and then offer some thoughts to keep in mind when you look to buy your next new floor machine.

Continuing our floor machine descriptions:

Carpet Cleaners

  • Cleaner/extractors: heavy duty machine power washing machine designed to break up and remove tough carpet dirt
  • Carpet dryers: after you’ve cleaned your rug, use this floor machine to dry your carpets quickly

Vacuums

  • Backpack vacuums: small, light devices for smaller areas
  • Large area vacuums: designed for bigger areas, these machines have a powerful motor and large suction base
  • Wet-dry vacuums: for those really tough jobs when you need both fluid for cleaning and a vacuum for drying

4) How do I know what floor machine I need?

This is a very important question. There is a floor machine for virtually any type of floor and floor cleaning requirements, and for almost any size environment. First you need to determine the floor covering you wish to clean. Most Floor machines are design to work on either hard floor surfaces or carpeting, but not on both. Second you need to figure out just how much floor space you need to have cleaned.  Floor machines are based on coverage area, so a small machine designed for a small office, is not going to give you the kind of cleaning power and durability you would need for a shopping mall. Secondly, what kind of foot traffic does your space experience? Is it subject to large groups of people or equipment running over it tracking in all kinds of dirt and grime, or does it have relatively modest foot traffic as one would find in an office? Finally, be aware of the layout of area to be cleaned. Is there a great deal of furniture the machine needs to maneuver around, or are there wide open shopping aisles?

Always remember before you buy a floor machine to consult with your seller to determine exactly what sorts of cleaning jobs and environment you have, so that he or she may assist you in getting the right machine for your needs.

5) What kind of warranty should I expect?

The floor machine’s warranty all depends on the type of machine you purchase and the dealer from which you purchase it. Typically warranties can range from 30 to 90 days to as long as several years. This is a critical factor so be sure to discuss this with your salesperson.

6) Where should I buy my floor machine?

We here Pro Floor Machines understand that you have a great many options from which to buy your new floor machine and we hope you will consider us for your next purchase.  We are always happy to answer any questions you may have on our full line floor machines including; carpet extractors, floor scrubbers, sweepers, and vacuums. Please contact us at www.profloormachines.com for more information.

Clean out the Cobwebs: Just What are Floor Machines? (Part I)

The time has come. You’re ready to purchase your first floor machine, but do you know the basics? What type of machine do you need? What projects are you trying to accomplish with your floor machine? How do you know you’re getting the machine you need for your job?

In Part I of this blog, we’ll take a look at some of these questions and start looking at different types of floor machines. In Part II we’ll wrap up our look at floor machines and provide some insight as to what you should look for when purchasing your floor machine.

1) So, What are Floor Cleaning Machines?

Let’s start with the basics. There are a wide range of floor machines designed to perform many types of floor cleaning services on carpets and hard floors, floors in both industrial and residential settings. These range from industrial vacuums and floor scrubbers to carpet extractors, and floor buffers, (and we’ll take a look at some of these machines a little later). These heavy duty machines act to protect and preserve your floors to keep them looking great, protect your investment, and reduce the amount of time it takes to successfully clean your floors.

2) Who uses Floor Cleaning Machines?

Because of the industrial capabilities of these machines we tend to find them being by people in commercial, government, and large residential complexes. Anywhere there is a large amount of foot traffic, e.g., shopping malls, schools, universities, court houses, grocery stores, apartment building, warehouses, etc. ), you’ll find people using floor machines to clean, protect and make their environments look more professional. Additionally you’ll find heavy use of floor cleaning machines with employees of cleaning companies and large organizations with in-house cleaning services.

3) What are the Different Types of Floor Machines? The list is almost endless. There is a floor machine for virtually any type of floor and floor cleaning requirements. Do you have carpet, linoleum, tile or hardwood floors? Do you need to clean a small room, a retail store, of the floor of a manufacturing facility? Let’s take a look at some specific types of floor machines.

Floor Cleaners

  • Compact Floor Machines: these are smaller floor cleaners that can be used in smaller environments to easily get in and around small spaces
  • Scarifiers: designed specifically to lift up oil, grease and tough, thick substances
  • Tile & Grout Cleaners: best for areas affected by water, (e.g., pools, restrooms, showers and locker rooms)
  • Scrubbers: Use brushes powered by a high-speed motor to clean different floor surfaces. There are three main types of scrubbers available: 1) Ride-on scrubbers: these work best in large industrial settings with a good amount of foot traffic, with plenty of room to operate, 2) Walk-behind scrubbers: You’ll quite often see these in schools and retail stores, and 3) Small scrubbers: best for smaller environments

Floor Finishers

  • Buffers: remove scratches and scuff marks to provide a glossy floor finish
  • Floor Strippers: used prior to refinishing your floors to remove the old layer before applying the new coat
  • Floor Stripper Applicators: used to apply and spread the new finish on the floor you just stripped
  • Polishers: as the name suggests, gives your floors a glossy look. Different ones can be used for wood and other hard floor surfaces
  • Sanders: used before refinishing jobs on hardwood floors to even heights and get rid of splinters and imperfections

In Part II we’ll wrap up our look at the different types of floor machines and provide some input into what you should look for when purchasing your floor machine.

Benefits of Maintaining Your Floors

Floor machines are an excellent way to maintain the condition of your tile, carpet and other floor surfaces. The amount of traffic your floor receives on a daily basis contributes to its longevity. Do you live alone? If so, your flooring may last longer than someone with three kids and a ton of pets. But even if your floors receive a lot of foot traffic and activity, there are plenty of ways to maintain their appearance. This is the first thing people see when they step foot inside your home. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to maintain your floors, just the right floor machines.

But it’s not only about appearance. Regular use of floor machines creates a safer environment. How many times have you slipped and fell on your floors? With proper maintenance, you can enhance your slip resistance. This is helpful if you have elderly people or young children living in the home. And with better traction, you don’t have to worry about guests tripping inside your home.

Floor machines can also protect your investment. Talk to anyone who has replaced their flooring and they will attest to the cost. Given the expensive nature of new floors, it only makes sense to protect your investment. Floor machines are designed to clean and protect floors. This keeps your surface looking new longer. Some people do not protect their surfaces. And as a result, they end up replacing their flooring every 10 years. Who wants to deal with this hassle? Investing in your own floor machine and conducting your own periodic maintenance can make a world of difference, and save you money in the long run. Plus, these machines are simple to use and cost-effective.

You may wonder, do I really need to purchase may own machine? Sure, you can always rent floor machines when you’re ready to clean and protect your floors. But while you may have good intentions, it’s easy to put off projects of this nature. By owning your own floor machine, you’re more likely to maintain the condition of your floors. Plus, renting equipment is expensive. There is an initial expense when you own, but the machine pays for itself in the long run. Besides, if you rent, you’ll have to transport heavy equipment to and from your home.

These are only a few benefits of owning floor machines. There’s also the flexibility to clean your floors and carpet whenever you like. You don’t have to make an appointment with a professional company or wait for availability. What’s more, regular cleanings improve the air quality in your home. Maybe you or a loved one suffers from allergies. Minimizing the amount of dust, allergens and pet dander trapped in your floors can make a huge difference.

There’s a variety of floor machines available, such as floor scrubbers & auto scrubbers, carpet extractors and floor dryers. Are you ready to make your purchase? Visit www.profloormachines.com today and check out the vast selection for yourself.

Every business is different and every business has different needs – especially when it comes to their flooring. For example, a medical or dental office may require vinyl tiles because of health and cleaning issues, where a retail store environment may need some type of laminate because of heavy foot traffic.

That goes for the mood you are trying to set as well. Linoleum, vinyl, stone, tile, laminate, carpet or hardwood can all look great but the tone some of them may or may not be as professional, or as relaxed as you would like. For example, a legal office might want some kind of exotic hardwood flooring, but an insurance agency may opt for carpeting. Just remember you are going to be spending a good amount of time in your business setting; you need to get it right. So pick a flooring that matches the image and feel you want for your business.

No matter which type of flooring you end up choosing for your business you need to keep three things in mind:

1) Your flooring needs to be tough enough to withstand lots of foot traffic,

2) Your flooring should be able to be installed relatively quickly, and

3) Your flooring should be easy to take care of and maintain. This is where our full line of professional floor machines comes in.

So let’s take a look at a few flooring options for your business:

Carpeting: When it comes to carpets you have a huge variety from which to choose; wall-to-wall, bounded, wool, synthetic, etc. – the list goes on and on. If considering carpeting for your business make sure to put mats at every entry/exit point to limit the amount of dirt that will be tracked in over your carpeting. Also think about carpet tiles or carpet squares. These are typically very easy to install and should one get damaged or stained, it is very easy to replace them as only a section or two can be removed and replaced, without replacing your entire carpet.

Hardwood Floors: Hardwood floors can bring a feeling of warmth and class to your business and can be a great choice for many businesses. As with carpet, choices abound when it comes to hardwood flooring, such as; Oak, Cherry, Maple, Hickory, etc. Engineered hardwood flooring is also a good choice if you need fast.

Vinyl Flooring: Vinyl can be cut and trimmed for any design purpose, making it a versatile flooring material. It also is available in large variety of patterns and finishes, resistant to moisture and can make your business an attractive and inviting space.

Tile Flooring: If your business needs to be kept in a clean and sterile condition, such as a medical office, tile flooring is a great option for you. With tiles you have the choice of materials made from either stone or ceramic, depending upon your preference.

No matter the type of flooring you decide upon, please contact us if you need help with cleaning your business’ flooring. We offer a wide variety of professional floor machines for every flooring type.

Best Uses for a Power Washer

Power washers; sure you have heard of them. Power washers are those machines that spray a concentrated stream of high pressure water used for cleaning. Some people believe that power washers are one of the most useful power tools that a homeowner or a business (in this case an industrial power washer) can own. But why – and what are some of the best uses for a power washer?

Truth be told, power washers are useful for just about any kind of clean up job you may have in mind, either at home or for your business. Here are just some of the uses for home owners:

·         cleaning boats

·         cleaning cars

·         cleaning dog kennels

·         cleaning driveways

·         cleaning garage floors

·         cleaning garden equipment

·         cleaning gutters and downspouts

·         cleaning lawn mowers

·         cleaning outdoor furniture

·         cleaning siding

·         cleaning trash cans

·         cleaning walkways

·         removing peeling paint

… and here are a few uses for industrial power washers:

·         cleaning automotive machinery

·         cleaning commercial boats and boating equipment

·         cleaning factory floors

·         cleaning hard to reach windows

·         cleaning heavy duty landscaping equipment

·         cleaning industrial garages

·         cleaning and preparing surfaces to be painted

·         cleaning roofs

·         cleaning tough to clean areas where dirt, grease, and oil buildup occurs

·         … plus many, many more.

Given all of these examples, you can easily see why investing in a power washer can be a very wise choice. You are not just buying a new power machine you are getting a long-term, efficient and effective maintenance solution for your home or your business, and for some of your most valuable possessions.

So what is the right type of power washer for your specific needs? There are several considerations to take into account. Is it for home use or industrial use? How do you plan on using it? How often will you be using it? Let’s take a look:

Is it for home use or industrial use?If it’s for home use you are probably fine going with a smaller, less powerful model. If it’s for business or commercial usage you are going to need the power that an industrial power washer will provide.

How do you plan on using it?If you have small jobs, (e.g., cleaning the siding on your house, or cleaning a driveway, you should be fine with a lower end machine. If you have tough commercial grime to clean, (e.g., oil, heavy ground in dirt, etc.) you will be better off with a higher end, powerful model.

How often will you be using it?Typically less usage means you can buy a less powerful machine. A good rule of thumb is that if you plan to use your washer less than one hundred hours per year, a smaller machine should fit the bill, over one hundred hours a year and you will want an industrial-type model.

Before you purchase your power washer take some time to consider these factors. In addition, think about how much power do you really need? How many GPM (Gallons per Minute) and PSI (Pressure per Square Inch) do you need? Should you get a gas powered model, or will an electric model be the best fit?

If you have any questions, please contact us. We are happy to assist you.