Buckeye Floor Cleaners: Cleaning Floor Grout

Cleaning floor grout can be a challenging task. The first thing to remember is that cement-based grout, like a concrete floor, may not be uniform. After grout has been thoroughly cleaned, there may still be some darker spots next to lighter areas due to factors of installation. This is not something that can be changed with different methods of cleaning. When there are soils that need to be removed from grout, first wet the floor with a degreasing or general purpose cleaning solution. Next, let the solution sit for several minutes, and scrub the floor with a brush that can reach down into the grout. Then pick up the solution with a wet vacuum or mop, apply rinse water and scrub, and then pick up the rinse water.

Buckeye offers effective degreasers and general purpose cleaners that can be used for this purpose including Buckeye Maurader® and Eco® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner E15. Both of these products contain hydrogen peroxide and have excellent detergency for wetting the surface and suspending soil. The hydrogen peroxide reacts with some soils to make them more soluble in water which can physically loosen soils. If your facility has grout that won’t come clean after using a good cleaning solution there may be a discolored coating covering it. You can remove it with a Buckeye floor stripper, and follow up with a Buckeye water-based cleaner to scrub the floor.

Another option you can try is to used an acid-based cleaner such as Buckeye Eco Acid Cleaner E16 and Buckeye Gel Scrub Tub and Tile Cleaner. These products go after soils that are sensitive to acid chemistry and based on phosphoric acid. This allows them to attack the grout itself and loosen soils that can then be flushed loose from the floor. But do be careful to seal after the use of acid chemistry, since the use of acids is not meant to be a regular cleaning process. If you are unsure which solution is best use to clean your cement-based grout, try a small-scale test. This can reveal the winning solution without too much unnecessary work.

This Week is International Infection Prevention Week!

Break the Chain of Infection

Friends, family members, and healthcare professionals are coming together this week to celebrate International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 16-22. This week raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety. The theme for this year is “Break the Chain of Infection.” There are six main points at which the chain can be broken and a germ can be stopped from infecting another person. The six links are the infectious agent, reservoir, portal of exit, mode of transmission, portal of entry, and susceptible host. You can read more about them here.

During this week you can go to the APIC website for tips, infographics, and resources to help you advocate and promote infection prevention. There are also polls and quizzes you can take to test you and your colleagues infection prevention knowledge. You can join the conversation later today during the Twitter chat at 2 p.m. and the Thunderclap on October 19 at 12 p.m. EDT. Be sure to use the hashtag #IIPWChat!

Play a Part in Infection Prevention

Everyone plays an important part in infection prevention. Unfortunately, there are germs inside and outside of the healthcare setting that can spread in different ways. Patients, families, and healthcare professionals can work together to stay healthy. You can start by cleaning your hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitizer, asking about vaccines, becoming familiar with healthcare-associated infections, and asking questions when you go into any healthcare facility. Don’t be shy about speaking up for your care.

Outside the healthcare setting you can help avoid an infection from one of your closest companions, your cell phone. Never take your phone into the restroom and be sure to wipe your phone with an alcohol-based wipe periodically. Be sure to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and do not place your phone on surfaces such as bus seats or restroom floors. And, as always, clean your hands and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Don’t forget that coming up is a week dedicated to raising awareness of the role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety. International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is the week of October 16-22. There will also be a Twitter chat hosted by AHA and APIC on October 17 at 2 p.m. EDT so be sure to join the conversation by using the hashtag #IIPWChat. The focus will be on this year’s IIPW theme, learning how to “Break the Chain of Infection.” You can also check out the “Break the Chain of Infection” podcast here.

Auburn University All Majors Career Expo

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Attend the All Majors Career Expo to network with employers offering internships and full-time jobs to students of all majors.

LOCATION:
Student Center Ballroom
255 Heisman Dr
Auburn University, AL 36849, USA

DATE:
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

TIME:
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Indiana University Kelley School of Business On-Campus Interviews

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

OCR Interviews are hosted in rooms at the Kelley School of Business in the Undergraduate Career Services Office (UCSO) during the fall and spring semesters.

LOCATION:
Undergraduate Career Services
1309 East 10th Street, P101
Bloomington, IN 47405

DATE:
Thursday, October 13th, 2016

TIME:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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University of Massachusetts at Amherst Athlete Career Fair sponsored by Athlete Network

Monday, October 24th, 2016

A great opportunity to interact with employers looking for high-performing student-athletes. Required for Juniors/Seniors and open RSVP for Sophomores.

LOCATION:
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Goodell Hall, 140 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003

DATE:
Monday, October 24th, 2016

TIME:
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Gloss Retention Procedures

Gloss retention is reliant on the equipment being used. The operation of the autoscrubber and burnisher, the dust mop, and the selection of the proper cleaner, can all impact the longevity of a floor care program. An important factor to consider is the variables between staff and the technique used to apply floor finishes.

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For example, let’s say that there are three different cleaning staff members applying the same floor finish. The first one applies the coats very thin. At the end of the day there are only two coats, instead of six coats applied. Each of the coats covered at 6,000 square feet per gallon, producing a very thin coat. The second person applies medium coats, each at 1,500 – 2,000 square feet per gallon. This results in better looking floors for a longer amount of time. The third person applies heavy coats, each at 800 – 1,000 square feet per gallon. Since the coats are so heavy they take a very long time to dry tack-free. The residual moisture and solvents in floor finishes can take months to fully evaporate out of the film. This extremely long time to cure means an unusually soft coating that doesn’t wear well.

Even though each person used the same floor finish, they each ended up getting different results. The Buckeye® Floor Care Program includes a comprehensive training program for your staff to ensure the products are being used correctly and efficiently. The program can be tailored to meet your specific needs and Buckeye is dedicated to providing the most extensive customer support.

Middle Tennessee State University Fall Career Fair

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Hosted by the Career Development Center. This fair is for employers offering entry-level professional positions and/or supervised career-track internships and co-ops. Graduate and Professional School admissions recruiters are also invited to attend.

LOCATION:
Location: Murphy Center – Track Level
1301 E Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

DATE:
Thursday, October 27th, 2016

TIME:
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Eastern Washington University Fall Career Fair

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Fall Career Fair at EWU Cheney will have employers from from multiple industries including computer science, engineering, business, finance, administration, government, community services, design, marketing, public relations, and education. Graduate schools will also be in attendance for those interested in furthering their education.

LOCATION:
University Recreation Center
1007 Elm St
Cheney, WA 99004

DATE:
Thursday, October 27th, 2016

TIME:
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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