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

The Biggest Threat to Sustainable Carpet

While installing carpet that’s from a sustainable source is an environmentally responsible decision, it can certainly be costly. Maintaining that investment is a top priority — that’s why it’s important to know that the biggest threat to sustainable carpet is moisture. How moisture damages carpets Sustainable carpets made of natural fibers (from animal or plant sources like wool or bamboo) have a greater risk of water damage than those made of synthetic fibers (from man-made, recycled materials like nylon or polypropylene). The reason they are especially susceptible to moisture is that natural fibers are extremely absorbent, making them more difficult... read more

milliCare’s Dry Approach vs. Encapsulation Cleaning

It’s typical in a commercial setting to find carpet cleaners employing what the industry calls a “very low moisture” method (VLM). VLM is the antithesis of hot water extraction, and in order for a method to qualify as VLM, it must have quick dry times of less than two hours. There are a variety of VLM methods available, but they are not all equally effective. The most popular VLM method, encapsulation cleaning, falls short to the milliCare approach. What is encapsulation cleaning? In the 1990s, new polymer technology began encapsulating soil particles. Polymers attach to the dirt and soil in... read more

Network Spotlight: milliCare by The Floor Care Company

Franchise: milliCare by The Floor Care Company Owner: Rick Gulick Background How long have you been part of the milliCare network? We’ve been part of the network for almost 20 years. What geographic areas do you service? We’re located in Englewood, Colorado. Our offices service the Denver area and other parts of Colorado. Company culture What makes milliCare unique? Our network is what makes milliCare unique. It’s filled with great people, and we trust all of them to take great care of our mutual clients. Has your franchise won any awards you’d like to share? While we are consistently recognized... read more

A Guide to milliCare’s Comprehensive Care Plans

Every facility’s cleaning needs are different, and a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t always apply to cleaning strategies. Each of milliCare’s Care Plans is customized to meet a facility’s unique demands and priorities, starting from the very beginning. Initial Care Determining the needs of each facility starts with a consultation with the facility manager — the person who knows the facility best. A local milliCare representative will ask a series to questions to establish the best recommendations. The questions assess daily wear and tear — how much traffic the facility sees on a regular basis and whether the traffic varies throughout the... read more

4 Considerations for Wool Carpet Maintenance

With recent sustainability trends, wool carpet has made a comeback. That’s no surprise given wool carpet’s luxurious feel, superb insulation and outstanding resilience. Perhaps the reason wool lost some popularity in the first place was the belief that it’s difficult to maintain. While yes, wool carpet requires more maintenance than synthetic carpet, it’s well worth the effort. Here are some wool carpet maintenance tips — some dos and don’ts to keep your wool carpet in top-notch shape. Beware of moisture When maintaining wool carpets, avoiding moisture should be a top priority. In some cases, water can actually damage the fibers.... read more