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Key Points

  • Cleaning is the foundation of housekeeping.
  • Microorganisms are nature’s recyclers that break down and divide matter into individual nutrients and other matter in an effort to replenish our earth’s resources.
  • Germs live in soil. When the soil is removed, the germs travel with the soil. A clean surface is a sanitary surface.
  • Detergents break up soil masses and encapsulate the microscopic pieces of soil.
  • Grease, oil, and animal fats are binders of soil (grit, dust, sand, fiber, etc.)
    • Hot water melts binders which release soil into water.
    • Melted binders spread in water and reattach to colder surface being cleaned.
    • Once binders reattach they collect some of the soil floating in water to cause a binder film residue of collected left-behind-soil. Binders also grab new soil. 
    • Cold water detergents break up the soil but the binders do not melt and thus continue to hold soil except that the binder and attached soil are microscopic in size and because binders float in cold water, all the soil moves away from the surface, floor, fiber, etc. being cleaned. 
  • Grouted flooring needs to be wet mopped as frequently as traffic soiling dictates.
  • The US EPA requires that a soiled surface be washed free of soil immediately prior to an application of a disinfectant-detergent solution. Following the regulation logic, disinfectant-detergent solutions are not to be applied directly into residing soil in an effort to render the surface germ-free. Click Here for further video explanation.
  • When washing vertical surfaces, wet surface first with fresh water and then wash or scrub with a detergent solution from the bottom up. Rinse from top down.
  • Most scuff and/or black marks stem from a detergent solution residue. The more soil in the residue, the greater will be the marks. For best mopping results, use a Gabriel cold water detergent, a Primo-Pro wet mop, and a fully-operational gear-driven mop wringer. For autoscrubbers, use a Gabriel cold water detergent, the proper brush or pad, and a fully-working squeegee.
  • Basically, 95% of a housekeeping budget is to fund labor and 5% goes to purchase supplies. Gabriel TQH-Certified Education and Training empower labor and TQH-Certified products ensure optimum performance from a well-trained staff. Together, labor and material savings have exceeded 50% with never-before-achieved results.
  • With floor finish, high solids and/or many coats does not guarantee best results. Best performance rests in the highest quality of the finish raw materials, solids in the range of 17% to 21%, thin and even coats with about a 1 hour drying time between coats, and an initial application of 3 to 4 coats. For upkeep, washing must not leave a soil film residue–period! Don’t be trapped by salesmanship. TQH-Certified Education and Training imparts what you need to know in order to maximize your success.