Wednesday, May 18, 2016

More construction means more floor space to clean.

Commercial and institutional construction is set to increase in 2016, which means floor cleaning workloads will, too.

When construction projections go up, so does the need for new floor cleaning equipment. According to Dodge Data and Analytics, construction in the U.S. is set to increase 6% by the end of 2016, following gains of 9% in 2014 and 13% in 2015, and a large percentage of this construction falls into the “institutional” and “commercial” categories. These types of new facilities all require well-planned cleaning programs, hence the anticipated need for new floor cleaning equipment.  

New healthcare facilities are focusing on cleanliness more than ever.

Construction of healthcare facilities is booming, and they face very specific challenges when it comes to sanitation. Large amounts of pathogens are carried inside these facilities every day, and the occupants of these buildings are often more vulnerable to the diseases these pathogens than the general public. That’s why it’s so important for new healthcare facilities to use equipment that can thoroughly disinfect while minimizing the use of chemicals. Cleaning health facilities also needs to be done very quietly, further narrowing the field when it comes to which floor cleaning equipment you select for the job.

We’re building healthier learning environments.                       

Although schools aren’t being built as quickly as new healthcare facilities, they do have something in common. Schools, like hospitals, also have particularly sensitive occupants. This not only means that thorough disinfection is important, but also that chemical use must be kept to a minimum due to allergies and sensitivities among students. Schools, both new and old, can benefit greatly from this kind of green cleaning and disinfection. Plus, in order to clean during more productive daytime hours, floor cleaning equipment should be as quiet running as possible to avoid disrupting the learning process.

Cleaning new office space is big business.

With new office spaces and facilities being built throughout North America, new carpet and tile are coming with them. These new offices will all need thorough cleaning programs, and not only for health and sanitation reasons. Clean office spaces can allow for a more productive workforce by reducing sickness and stress as well as improving motivation. Dirt and/or clutter, whether consciously or subconsciously, can affect our mood and how well we work. With the right powerful, highly effective floor cleaning equipment, a new office space can be a bright, positive and clean work environment.

Since Advance builds the most cutting edge floor cleaning equipment on the market, they can effectively sanitize without using excessive amounts of energy or chemicals while maintaining a sharp, organized image. This makes Advance the right brand for a wide variety of new facilities. To get a free site assessment at your facility from your local authorized Advanced dealer, go to

Cleaning Trends Are Consistently Leaning Toward Green

When it comes to floor cleaning, being green is actually pretty easy. 

The term “green cleaning” is tossed around the cleaning industry left and right, but what does it actually mean? In the most basic sense, “green cleaning” is when a task meant to sanitize a given area also conserves energy, water and chemicals while minimizing the impact on human health. It’s an attractive idea for facility managers and service contractors everywhere, not only for its potential health benefits, but because it cuts costs. Green cleaning, it turns out, is actually good for business.

With concern for the environment, a drive toward less energy consumption, and personal health awareness growing year to year, tenants often find comfort in knowing their building is being cleaned in a responsible way. In fact, governments at all levels are actually requiring the use of green cleaning products in their facilities. Whatever the reason, the industry is definitely trending toward greener cleaning.

Green Cleaning Standards


A staggering 6 billion pounds of cleaning chemicals are used around the world annual. Minimizing the use of these chemicals and the harm they can cause is one motivation behind green cleaning. In fact, green cleaning programs nearly always mandate the use of chemicals that have been certified by organizations such as CRI, Green Seal, EcoLogo and EPA Design for Environment.


While chemicals are an important factor when it comes to green cleaning, equipment can also make a significant contribution to the cause. Brands with high-quality construction, corrosion resistance and reliability, such as Advance, can reduce the environmental impact of equipment manufacturing while providing long-term economic benefits.

Policies and Procedures

Green floor-cleaning programs specify when and how the cleaning gets done. The “Standard Guide for Stewardship for the Cleaning of Commercial and Institutional Buildings” is a great resource for building manangers looking to create a green cleaning program that’s specific to their facilities. Green cleaning policies have also been addressed by ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, which has even gone as far as updating the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS), helping guide facilities into greener cleaning.

In conclusion…

Green cleaning is one way to minimize the environmental and health impact of commercial, industrial, public and institutional cleaning programs. Facility managers and Building Service Contractors intent on creating their own green cleaning program should focus on purchasing only chemicals and equipment that meet green cleaning requirements. Still, even the greenest chemicals and machines are useless unless they can get the job done. Fortunately, with Advance, the “green” comes with the “clean.”

To find out how Advance can help you move forward with your green cleaning program, visit and explore our selection of powerful, ultra-efficient floor cleaning machines.