Wednesday, May 20, 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.