Using milliCare for Restorative Care

When a space has been empty for a while, neglect can really damage a carpet. The same damage can be seen when facilities are not cared for or maintained properly. In situations like these, neglected carpet may require restorative care to reverse the damage. Restorative care requires a specific plan of action in order to be successful. If you know what soil is in the carpet, communicate that with your carpet care representative. If the facility is new to you or you do not know what has happened to the flooring, carpet care technicians will examine the carpet installation, construction,... read more

Floor Care Considerations for the Fall Season

Fall is here! If you’re like many facility managers, fall is a time when you begin thinking about deep-cleaning your facility. Here are a few floor care tips you should consider this fall. Clean up summer grime With summer’s end comes the need to clean the mess it left behind. With more people outside in warm weather, it stands to reason that more dirt and soil is being tracked into the facility during the summer months than any other time of year. The end of summer is the perfect time to have your floors professionally cleaned, removing that summer grime... read more

How Resilience and Sustainability Work Together

Sustainability is a common theme in the cleaning industry. By incorporating cleaning products and processes that are sustainable — providing environmental, social and economic benefits over their entire life cycle — facility managers are doing their part to be environmentally responsible. Why is sustainability important? Focusing on sustainability has several benefits beyond just helping the environment, such as qualifying for United States Green Building Council (USGBC) certification programs for sustainable buildings, called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). There are a number of LEED categories that partnering with a sustainable floor care company like milliCare can help facility managers... read more

5 Quick Action Tips for Carpet Spills

No matter how pristine the carpet in your facility is kept, spots and spills are inevitable. When an accident does happen, address it quickly. The sooner you target a spill, the easier it will be to remove. The longer the spill is left, the more likely it is to become a permanent stain. Take action as soon as possible using the following steps. 1. Remove solid material Before taking any other action, remove as much solid material as possible with a spoon or spatula, and then vacuum the area. Removing these objects will ensure particles are not being crushed into... read more

5 Steps to Implementing a Green Cleaning System

As facility manager, you are constantly looking for ways to improve the workplace. You know that implementing a green cleaning system will be beneficial to both the environment and the health of your employees. But such a huge change can seem time-consuming, expensive and, frankly, overwhelming. Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Read on for five steps to get you started on incorporating a green cleaning system into your facility. 1. Assess current... read more

Preventing Slips & Falls in the Workplace

Keeping the workplace safe for employees and visitors is a paramount concern for administration and facility managers. In addition to being harmful for employees’ wellbeing, workplace injuries can result in significant financial losses for a company. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slips and falls represent the primary cause of lost days from work and are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims. Clearly, one of the most important ways to ensure the safety of employees is by preventing slips and falls. Factors contributing to slips and falls There are several factors that influence slips and falls. A... read more

What are milliCare Benefits for Libraries?

One of the top priorities of library managers is to ensure the health and wellbeing of both employees and patrons. Being open to the public’s constant foot traffic can make cleanliness a challenge, so it’s important to find a cleaning partner uniquely suited to meet the demands of library maintenance. milliCare is one of those perfect partners. Here are four ways milliCare provides exceptional benefits for libraries. Dry cleaning methods With the abundance of books, magazines and electronics, moisture is one of the biggest threats to a library. milliCare’s dry-centered approach uses 99% less water than competitive systems, making it... read more

4 Ways Facility Managers Can Improve Workplace IAQ

As facility manager, you are continuously seeking ways to improve the work environment for yourself and the other employees. As employees spend more and more time indoors, indoor air quality (IAQ) is a real concern for the overall health of employees. A previous blog post identified signs that your workplace IAQ is harmful. As a continuation to that post, read on to learn how you can improve your workplace IAQ. 1. Keep it clean Dirt, dust and moisture are the primary sources of irritants, so keeping the workplace clean is the number one strategy you can employ to improve your... read more

4 Signs Your Workplace IAQ is Harmful

Most employees spend 40 hours per week in an indoor workplace — nearly as much time as they spend at home. Facility managers have no small job caring for all aspects of a workplace, including intangibles like indoor air quality (IAQ). Since you can’t see the air around you, it can be tough to determine whether the air is potentially hazardous. Here are four signs your workplace IAQ is harmful. 1. Sick employees Frequent employee illness is one of the first signs of poor workplace IAQ. Harmful IAQ can sometimes affect a person’s respiratory system, triggering allergies or asthma. More... read more

7 Questions to Ask Your Floor Care Provider

The company responsible for cleaning such a significant portion of your facility as your flooring should be trustworthy and capable. But narrowing down your options to find the best partner for your needs can be frustrating. Here are seven questions to determine the best floor care provider for your facility. 1. What clients do you work with? Every facility is unique and has specific needs, so it’s not essential to find a floor care provider with a résumé matching your exact requirements. Experience does matter, however. Look for a professional floor care company that has a diverse client portfolio, demonstrating... read more