Monday, July 30, 2012

The Greener Clean: Current Trends in Industrial Floor Scrubber Technology

This article was originally published by Industrial Utility Vehicle & Mobile Equipment Magazine

With today's emphasis on sustainability and LEED certifications, floor cleaning equipment is evolving to adapt to current industry trends. Traditional mop and bucket cleaning is being replaced with efficient, versatile scrubbing machines to satisfy sustainability goals. Floors scrubbers can now perform more functions while utilizing fewer resources. Operating with less water and detergent, as well as requiring less labor and machines to complete tough cleaning challenges, floor cleaning equipment can now provide superior cleaning results without additional costs.

By understanding what 'green cleaning' encompasses and knowing available floor scrubbing capabilities that promote these strategies, facility managers must select cleaning equipment that meets their industrial requirements while still satisfying their green initiatives.

Read the full article here to learn more sustainable cleaning and green capabilities of industrial floor scrubbers.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Advance Enters SC350™ Micro Scrubber into ISSA Innovation Award Program

Advance has entered the SC350™ Micro Scrubber into ISSA’s 2012 Innovation Award Program. The annual competition allows distributors and cleaning industry professionals to vote to determine the industry’s most innovative products and services in five unique categories, including: Cleaning Agents; Disposables; Equipment; Services & Technology; and Supplies. The SC350 is entered into the “equipment” category. Voting opened on July 16, 2012.

The SC350 Micro Scrubber is designed to replace traditional mop and bucket cleaning procedures. With its fully-adjustable rotating deck, it is the industry’s first compact unit capable of delivering effective cleaning results in both forward and backward directions—allowing users to tackle diverse cleaning jobs, ranging from convenience store entryways to quick serve restaurant kitchens.

To vote for the SC350, visit

Monday, July 16, 2012

Driving Down the Environmental Cost to Clean

For a green cleaning solution to be truly effective, the solution must successfully satisfy both parts of this phrase: the solution must be environmentally friendly while delivering the standard of cleaning required for your application. Ideally, green cleaning will minimize environmental and human-health impacts, while maintaining or even improving cleaning effectiveness.

While green cleaning typically involves practices aimed at reducing chemical, water and energy use, it also means finding new ways to clean quickly and easily—saving time and money. Adding sustainability goals to green cleaning results in a program that is also designed to help maintain the life of the building so that floor surfaces (and many other components) have the longest possible useful lives—which, in turn, minimizes resource consumption and waste stream contributions.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

The Difference Between Green And Sustainability

This article was originally published by Housekeeping Solutions.

The words sustainable and green are often used interchangeably. But being "green" and being "sustainable" is not the same thing.

The federal government defines green as "products and services that reduce health and environmental impacts compared to similar products and services used for the same purpose," says Steve Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group and chairman of the Sustainability Dashboard.

Sustainability, on the other hand, can be represented with a three-legged stool having a leg for environmental, social and financial responsibility, according to Jim Newman, owner of Newman Consulting Group.

"With green, our consideration about people and staff is limited to direct exposures from products or services," says Ashkin. "Sustainability is a much broader term that talks about the implications of those products and services used over a much longer period of time, and considers social and financial impacts as well."

So what does this mean to custodial operations? It means they must define their green/sustainability goals, implement these changes and then measure their success.

Read the full article here, or learn how Advance defines green cleaning

Monday, July 2, 2012

Municipalities Markets

Keep your city streets and common areas litter- and debris-free with durable, multi-purposed outdoor cleaning equipment from Advance. Maintain a positive public image with clean, aesthetic grounds in even the most frequented public areas, from paved pedestrian surfaces in city parks to concrete and asphalt on residential streets. To drive down the cost to clean, Advance equipment is easy to use and maintain—keeping productivity at its peak and reducing labor costs.

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