Friday, April 24, 2015

School-cleaning successes worth sharing

Whether you rely on an in-house staff or a building service contractor to clean your school’s floors, there’s never been a better time to know what successes other facility managers are experiencing and how you might improve on your own current practices. Innovation to better clean carpeted floors, improved cleaning productivity, incredible cost savings—these are just a few recent stories we’ve gathered from across the country about how Advance is revolutionizing the way schools clean.
Going soft on floors, but tough on clean.
The first school that reached out had recently started leveraging the power of the Advance ES4000™ carpet cleaner. This versatile riding machine provides a total carpet care solution, eliminating the need for multiple machines and enhancing productivity up to 400% compared to walk-behind extractors. It performs daily cleaning, low-moisture cleaning, restorative extraction and more—all at a quiet decibel level no louder than a person speaking.
For education facilities with significant carpeted space, the capabilities of the ES4000 allow you to maintain a high level of clean, even in high traffic areas. The school, in this instance, is deriving maximum benefits from the versatility of the ES4000. The multi-purpose platform allows them to use a single machine to conduct daily cleaning as well as periodic touch ups and deep extraction.     Not only will the ES4000 allow the district to maintain a healthy, clean environment for its students and faculty, it will also extend the life of the carpet—ultimately helping the district to save money.
Standing up for productivity.
The second story came from a school district that took the Advance SC1500™ standup scrubber with REV™ orbital scrubbing technology for a spin—and loved it. The REV system is known industry-wide for providing uniform, deep-scrubbing performance and even single-pass, chemical-free floor finish removal.
Reporting steadily rising levels of production—including hallways getting cleaned more frequently and dreaded floor projects becoming simpler, safer tasks—this particular facility manager has since made the SC1500 with REV a mainstay throughout the entire school district.
Getting REVved up about cost-savings and safety.
The final story came out of a school district in Texas where operation managers were also discovering the power of REV technology. With 152 classrooms in their high school, every hour of labor and gallon of chemical added up to significant costs. Fortunately, once they adopted REV equipment, things started changing right away: stripping one classroom floor went from requiring three people and 1.5 hours to one person needing only a half hour. The resulting labor savings was over 85 percent!
In addition, in the previous year there had been three slip and fall incidents, which cost the district $70,000. With REV’s chemical-free floor stripping, no such instances occurred and the district actually finished three weeks early—saving on both wages and air conditioning costs too.
Wrapping up

Schools will always prove to be challenging environments to clean: high traffic, tight turnarounds and tough budgets are only a few of the many considerations operations managers regularly make. But as a primary solutions provider for educational facilities nationwide, Advance is finding that, as more schools share their successes in best practices for cleaning, the better off everyone will be. To learn more about Advance cleaning solutions for education, visit

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Nilfisk to Move Americas Headquarters to Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Nilfisk, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional cleaning equipment, today announced that it is moving its Americas headquarters from Plymouth, Minn., to Brooklyn Park, Minn.

For the past 28 years, Nilfisk has maintained its Americas headquarters in Plymouth, most recently in a 216,000-square foot facility located near the intersection of Minnesota State Highway 55 and 21st Avenue North. With its current lease set to expire in April of 2016, the company has opted to build a new 182,000-square foot facility in Brooklyn Park’s Northcross Business Park.

“With our lease expiring, we saw an opportunity to assess our needs as it relates to production capacity and work flow and determine if our current facility was sufficiently meeting those needs. In the end, we decided that a new custom-built facility would serve us better, not just for today but for well into the future,” said Diane Lapp, CFO of Nilfisk Americas. “Not only will our new facility better serve our employees, but it will allow us to further enhance our ability to provide world-class products and service to our customers.”

Lapp added that the move, which will begin in the fourth quarter of 2015 and be complete by the first quarter of 2016, will include all current Plymouth-based employees, approximately 300, and all operations as they exist today, including manufacturing and production, sales and marketing, R&D and product management, and corporate services.

Northcross Business Park is located at the intersection of Minnesota State Highway 610 and U.S. Highway 169, just 12 miles from Nilfisk’s current location. Nilfisk is working with United Properties and Pope Architects to develop and design its new space.

About Nilfisk

Nilfisk is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional cleaning equipment with around 5,250 employees and an annual turnover of EUR 881M. Based on a century of cleaning expertise, we develop and manufacture high quality products that represent the latest technology and innovation and offer the broadest product portfolio in the industry. Nilfisk has sales companies in 45 countries around the world and with an additional strong distributor network Nilfisk markets and sells its products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Nilfisk is a part of the NKT Group.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Clean Schools Enhance Learning

While it’s known that the quality of educators and curriculum are vital contributors to a student’s scholastic performance, the quality of school facilities is often overlooked. Clean school buildings enhance a student’s ability to learn by keeping them healthy, attentive and present.

According to ISSA, students miss 38 million school days each year due to the influenza. And when students get sick, teachers and staff do, too. The cost of these absences is costly, both socially and economically. Frequently absent students are 7.4 times more likely to drop out of school while absentee teachers and substitute replacements cost schools more than $29 billion annually.

Proper school cleaning plays a pivotal role in the health and success of students, teachers and staff. Studies reviewed by the National Research Council found that schools will have increased attendance and test scores if the buildings are clean, dry, quiet, and have good indoor air quality. Another study reported that healthy indoor school environments contributed to an 87 percent reduction in flu, 46 percent reduction in upper respiratory problems and 67 percent reduction in Sick Building Syndrome.

The unfortunate reality is that school budgets are being cut. Schools across the country face the challenge of constrained budgets while also trying to implement improved cleaning routines. Today, more and more schools are trying to accomplish the same level of work with fewer people and fewer resources.

In an effort to overcome these resource issues, one northern California school district turned to Clarke’s innovative BOOST technology. Learn how Clarke helped the district to enhance their cleaning routine, decrease chemical use, meet sustainability objectives and create a healthier learning environment for students all while reducing labor costs.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Nilfisk-Advance Changes Corporate Name, Brand to Nilfisk

Nilfisk-Advance, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional cleaning equipment, today announced that it has changed its corporate name and brand to Nilfisk. The change is designed to create a stronger alignment with the company’s global product brands while increasing brand awareness for Nilfisk customers.

“In changing our name, we are reducing complexity in our branding and simplifying our overall brand hierarchy to make it easier to understand for our end-customers and dealers across the world,” said Jonas Persson, president and CEO of the Nilfisk Group.

According to Jeff Barna, senior general manager and president of Nilfisk-Americas, removing Advance from the corporate name and brand in no way diminishes the importance of the Advance product brand. “We will continue to leverage the strong heritage and history of the Advance, Clarke, and Viper brands as we market and sell them throughout the Americas,” he said. “This new corporate identity provides an exciting opportunity to support Nilfisk’s future market strategy and further position the company as a global market leader.”

Barna added that the change does not impact the company’s current product brands or brand names, nor the company’s go-to-market approach with dealers and end-users.

A new Nilfisk corporate visual identity will be unveiled in April; over the course of the year, Nilfisk will update websites, marketing materials, back office systems, legal conditions, etc. to reflect the change.

Nilfisk is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional cleaning equipment with around 5,500 employees and an annual turnover of EUR 918M. Based on a century of cleaning expertise, we develop and manufacture high quality products that represent the latest technology and innovation and offer the broadest product portfolio in the industry. Nilfisk has sales companies in 45 countries around the world and with an additional strong distributor network Nilfisk markets and sells its products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Nilfisk is a part of the NKT Group.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

School Cleaning Presents Unique Challenges

This article was originally posted on CleanLink.

From dealing with school boards and compliance with building security regulations to special event demands and maintenance scheduling, schools fall into their own unique service category. The work flow is just plain different, says Mahanay.

"The key to school cleaning is understanding that schools are cleaned differently and getting it right with the correct amount of labor and supervision as well as automated cleaning equipment that can help increase production," he says.

Continue reading on CleanLink. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Clarke Rental: Rent. Profit. Repeat.

Ease of use and reliability mean more satisfied, repeat customers.

When running your own rental business, it’s important to invest in high-quality, reliable products that are both easy to use and maintain. Well-made, durable products will have a longer lifespan in your inventory with less downtime, lower replacement costs and, overall, a higher return on investment.

When it comes to floor care rental products, trust in Clarke to deliver reliable, top-quality floor care equipment that will maximize your profits for years to come. The rugged durability of every Clarke machine is well known throughout the industry and carries on the long legacy of Clarke products being the best-built, best-backed floor care equipment in the market place.

Clarke’s dependable equipment promises professional rental grade quality, and the built-in efficiency and simplicity of operation enables rental customers to get the job done quickly with little or no training. Clarke’s low maintenance models offer the highest levels of utilization, equaling more rentals and a faster, higher return on investment.

With a dedicated rental customer service team in place, Clarke has the staff and experience needed to care for and support customers’ diverse floor care rental needs. Clarke’s informative and easy-to-follow operation guides provide the know-how to get the job done right. Going above and beyond, Clarke proudly promises satisfaction by offering the most comprehensive warranty program in the industry.

See for yourself why the rental industry has trusted Clarke for more than 50 years. Visit our website and stop by the Clarke's ARA Rental Show booth (#5905) to get your hands on some of the most durable, profitable and trouble-free floor care equipment in the industry.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sports Facilities Present Specialized Cleaning Challenges

When it comes to the types of green cleaning products and equipment they need, sports venues are not much different than other markets. They are unique, however, in the volume they require. The size and usage of these facilities also create special challenges, with which distributors should become familiar.

Unlike an office building, where cleaning needs rarely change, sports facilities are a whirlwind of activity. Some are outdoors, creating different cleaning needs as the seasons change. Some hold as many as 100,000 people, who all rush to the restrooms during halftime. Many are multi-use — hosting a hockey game one night, a rodeo the next day and a concert the night after, for example — with each event presenting unique, quick-turnaround cleaning requirements. 

Continue reading about sport facility cleaning on CleanLink.