Kelly Industrial Services Inc. Kelly Industrial Services Inc. Kelly Industrial Services Inc. Maintenance For A Epoxy Floor Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:42:43 EST <p>Epoxy is a material much the same as wood in the fact that it requires attention in order to keep the</p> <p>structural and visual integrity. Epoxy, especially coatings exposed to high traffic, (i.e. Garages, commercial</p> <p>business floors, industrial floors exposed to heavy machinery and forklifts) requires regular cleaning and</p> <p>waxing to maintain its visual appearance and minimize risk of scratching and delaminating the surface. In</p> <p>our proposal, we offer several options for final coatings (top-coats) recommendations depending on our</p> <p>experience and your requests. These include: Epoxy, Solvent or Water based Urethanes, Poly-aspartic&hellip;</p> <p>the later being the most chemical and scratch resistant. Our epoxies are of the highest durability on the</p> <p>market and many of which are not even available to the public as the companies selling these products often</p> <p>times do not want typical homeowners applying their coatings due to increased likelihood of failure due to</p> <p>improper preparation of floor prior to application and higher difficulty of application due to set times. Our</p> <p>epoxies are 100% solids (best on the market) and UV resistant (hold up very well to UV rays.) However, no</p> <p>epoxy is scratch proof or UV proof further proving that some maintenance is a good idea for longevity of the</p> <p>floor coating. We offer two options. 1.) Application of a 1 &ndash; 3 coats of floor wax / protection recommended</p> <p>every 1 &ndash; 5 years (depending on top-coat used) and 2.) Re-coat surface with another layer of epoxy /</p> <p>urethane / poly-aspartic (recommended every 10 &ndash; 15 years depending on application to revitalize the</p> <p>surface of your floor coating. The second option is &lsquo;optional&rsquo; and not always needed in lower traffic areas</p> <p>but often times needed in very high traffic areas like commercial floors and business floors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="LEFT">We at LSC use several Products for floor coating protection and offer our products and services in waxing</p> <p>and/or re-coating your epoxy floor coating depending on your requests.</p> <p>Reasons for regular cleaning / waxing of epoxy surfaces:</p> <p>1. Fills any imperfections / gaps in your floor to keep out water, chemicals, salts, oil, grease and</p> <p>stains which can weaken and discolor the surface.</p> <p>2. Makes cleaning other stains from the above-mentioned stains easier. Most solvents will not</p> <p>discolor the concrete.</p> <p>3. Resists abrasion, scuffing, scratching, dog/cat claw markings, etc&hellip;</p> <p>Limitations:</p> <p>1. Must apply in temperatures above 50 Degrees Fahrenheit.</p> <p>2. Allow 2 - 4 hours to dry before opening it to traffic.</p> <p>3. REMEMBER, it&rsquo;s ALWAYS better to give light applications and apply twice rather than one</p> <p>heavy appplication!!!</p> <p>Applications:</p> <p>1<span style="font-family: ArialMT; font-size: xx-small;"><span style="font-family: ArialMT; font-size: xx-small;">st </span></span><span style="font-family: ArialMT; font-size: xx-small;"><span style="font-family: ArialMT; font-size: xx-small;">&ndash; We apply the first application immediately after we finish applying your floor coating.</span></span></p> <p>Future applications: Every year for epoxy top-coatings</p> <p>Every 3 &ndash; 5 years for Urethane and Poly-aspartic top-coatings</p> <p>NOTE: If proper care of your top-coat is not taken, the likelihood of scratching and unwanted abrasions</p> <p>increases substantially.</p> <p>Do you want help with protecting your concrete?</p> <p>If you choose to hire us to re-seal your concrete, please feel free to call us at (507) 663-0337 or email us at</p> <p><span style="font-family: ArialMT; font-size: xx-small;"><span style="font-family: ArialMT; font-size: xx-small;">and we will discuss costs and schedule a time convenient for you (and the weather) to</span></span></p> <p>clean and wax your epoxy floor coating.</p> <p>What we can offer you:</p> <p>1. We will schedule a convenient time for you.</p> <p>2. We will offer to clean / strip existing waxes off / power-wash your epoxy for you if you choose</p> <p>not to do this yourself.</p> <p>3. We will apply the protective wax product of your choice&hellip;. Gloss or Matte Finish. 20% solids</p> <p>High quality floor finish.</p> <p>4. If need be, we can tape off / baracade the area to prevent others from wandering onto your</p> <p>freshly waxed floor.</p> <p>For your information:</p> <p>Epoxy is still far superior in quality and is far less demanding of your attention in comparison to other options</p> <p>such as vinyl, tile, carpet, stone or hardwood, however contrary to popular belief, epoxy coatings do require</p> <p>some attention! Whether you decide to take care of your floor coating yourself or you have someone such</p> <p>as ourselves take care of it for you, please be aware of how important it is that your epoxy does get the</p> <p>proper care and maintenance it needs to stay durable and clean for years to come!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href=" Floors/">Epoxy Floors</a>, <a href=" maintence/">floor maintence</a> How To Keep Your Production Area Clean Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:34:47 EST <p>One easy way to gauge a warehouse or manufacturing plant &lsquo;s effectiveness is to check how clean it is. Cleaner facilities are more productive, tend to be safer, and tend to be more organized.</p> <p>Whether your facility features gleaming floors or just keeps debris from packaging materials, pallets, and accumulated junk under control, being cleaner is well worth the time investment. People who work in a disorganized facility where things just feel sloppy won&rsquo;t work as well. They may make more errors. They won&rsquo;t have pride in the operation.&nbsp; An inch of dust on <a href="">rack</a> beams or beneath conveyor legs sends a message to workers. You don&rsquo;t need a sparkling facility with floors so clean you could have lunch on them, but a well-lit, organized, pleasant place to work can be helpful in employee attitudes and retention.</p> <p>Clean facilities are the result of consistent leadership. If you don&rsquo;t create and enforce clean facility rules, your facility will degrade in terms of organization and cleanliness.</p> <p>The safety pitfalls are very real. A forklift that leaks oil can create slippery spots where workers can be hurt. Piles of banding, pallets, or processing debris can limit forklift driver visibility. Overflowing garbage bins can be dangerous when people try to shoehorn more into them than they should, in particular if the debris is heavy or sharp. Even tiny inventory labels, with their waxy backing, can cause falls if they are allowed to languish on a polished cement floor.</p> <h2>Warehouse cleaning tips:</h2> <ul> <li><strong>Create regular cleaning goals.</strong> It&rsquo;s much easier to keep a facility clean than it is to do a massive cleaning (which will quickly become dirty again once complete). Assign cleaning tasks based on need to daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly rotation. Create documentation and calendar items for these tasks. For instance, floors should be swept daily. During that sweep, slick spots, damage, and other problems can be spotted. Racks could be scheduled for dusting on a monthly basis. Critical areas like shipping doors or work cells could require a daily regimen to ensure a clean appearance and safe operation.</li> <li><strong>Empty your garbage bins regularly.</strong> Don&rsquo;t let them get to the stage of overflow. Overflowing bins means people won&rsquo;t dump trash when they should.</li> <li><strong>Require clean-as-you-go.</strong> Many companies simply don&rsquo;t consider a task complete until the mess is cleaned up. If a machine creates metal shavings, or a work shift results in a ton of packaging material waste at individual packing stations, the day isn&rsquo;t done until it&rsquo;s cleaned up. If a picking operation results in a pallet of stock left on the floor, don&rsquo;t let it stay there.</li> <li><strong>Assign employees a cleaning zone.</strong> If you are running a distribution operation, a picker might be made responsible for a certain amount of space around a <a href="">conveyor line</a> or shelving row. Don&rsquo;t allow shift workers to leave a mess for the next shift. Reasonably quick cleanings on a daily basis help maintain your operation and make every shift more productive. These duties can be simple &ndash; sweeping, picking up debris, wiping down equipment, reorganizing materials, etc.&nbsp; Simple things like coffee cups left at a station can easily be addressed.</li> <li><strong>Make cleaning supplies and equipment readily available.</strong> Obviously if you&rsquo;re asking a picker to sweep, don&rsquo;t make him walk half the warehouse for a broom. Garbage cans positioned near work areas are inexpensive and help encourage people to throw away papers and other trash. If they have to walk long distances for a trashcan, it&rsquo;s a waste of their time and your money. If you are asking for people to wipe down machinery, make sure they have the right kinds of cleaners and materials.</li> <li><strong>Regularly turn inventory.</strong> Aside from being expensive and taking space, outdated stock that sits in cartons or on racks are magnets for dust. They clutter and complicate the entire operation.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href=" Production Area/">Clean Production Area</a>, <a href="">Clean</a>, <a href=" Area/">Production Area</a> Epoxy Floors Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:01:36 EST <p>There is no need for warehouses to have beautiful decor, but they must be organized, clean and professional-looking. Excellent flooring is a necessity.</p> <p>Floor flatness needs to be considered in a warehouse since traffic inside is typically busy. Creating a more optimal flow of movement is greatly facilitated by having a strong floor profile. There is the possibility of damaged equipment if the floors are rough or have a lot of holes in them, even if the holes are extremely small.</p> <p>Epoxy flooring is highly recommended for warehouse floors. What are the specific reasons to choose epoxy flooring?</p> <p>Epoxy flooring can be installed quickly. It will not be necessary to extend hours while it is set up, so there is no need to be concerned about downtime during installation. It doesn't take too long to install epoxy flooring. You will be able to start operations earlier due to all the time you will save with a quick install.</p> <p>The reason is the fact that clean-up is very simple. When regular floors become dirty, you waste a lot of time getting them cleaned up. They will still have a gross, unattractive appearance even after hours of cleaning, surely creating a disappointment. These are very dissimilar to floors made from epoxy. A non-porous surface is a characteristic of them, which allows them to block liquids that may be spilled from absorbing. Spilled liquid on an epoxy floor will bead making it easy to clean. You will be able to save both time due to the easy clean up and you can save money from buying fewer cleaning products.</p>tags: <a href=" Floors/">Epoxy Floors</a> MOLD, MOLD and MORE MOLD Mon, 05 Nov 2012 12:08:15 EST <h2 align="left">How do you control&nbsp;mold&nbsp;and&nbsp;mildew&nbsp;growth in your commercial buildings?</h2> <p align="left">Why prevent mold/mildew growth?</p> <h4>Health hazards to employees&nbsp;include:</h4> <ul> <li>Headaches</li> <li>Allergies</li> <li>Sinus problems</li> </ul> <h4 align="left">Where does mold/mildew grow?</h4> <p align="left">Areas of moisture allows growth of mold spores</p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center">Most common sources of moisture&nbsp;build-up:</p> <ul> <li>Areas where moisture vapor is&nbsp;released</li> <li>Condensation (air handlers,&nbsp;etc)</li> <li>Water leaks (roof,&nbsp;plumbing)</li> </ul> <h4>How&nbsp;does&nbsp;mold/mildew spread?</h4> <p>Mold and mildew are fungii and along with the&nbsp;presence&nbsp;of moisture, mold will feed on drywall,&nbsp;certain&nbsp;paints, vinyl, and is found to grow and&nbsp;spread &nbsp;on most surfaces.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mold/mildew release spores into the air which&nbsp;create&nbsp;the health issues and cause it to spread if not&nbsp;controlled.</p> <p>Dangers of Mold/Mildew outbreaks in the&nbsp;workplace:</p> <ul> <li>Health issues for employees!!!&nbsp;</li> <li>Possible susceptibility to OSHA enforcement or mold 'remediation' as set forth&nbsp;by state OSHA&nbsp;standards!!!</li> </ul> <div> <h2>For More information about&nbsp;mold:</h2> <a href="" shape="rect"></a><a href=""></a> <h2>For more information about mold remediation&nbsp;in your state:</h2> <a href=""></a></div>tags: <a href="">MOLD</a>, <a href="">OSHA</a>, <a href=" ISSUES/">HEALTH ISSUES</a>, <a href="">EMPLOYEES</a> The Cost Of Keeping Your Manufacturing Plant Clean? Tue, 07 Aug 2012 08:52:21 EST <p><strong>Below is an article Written by Steve Hanson (see article web address at the bottom of page)&nbsp;that was listed on the internet about the cost that a cleaning company must charge for their&nbsp;services? It brings up a really good point of the checks and balances that companies must take into c<span class="st">onsideration<em>,</em></span>&nbsp;when pricing a job, from both sides of the fence. This is&nbsp;a delicate situation for both parties: the company (thats trying to comply with all the rules and regulations&nbsp;of their higher headquarters) and the Federal Government<span class="st">.</span> Keeping within&nbsp;the company&nbsp;budget&nbsp;is getting&nbsp;harder everyday.&nbsp;The cleaning company&nbsp;has to hire&nbsp;competent/safe&nbsp;workers, get the equipment that is needed for&nbsp;the specific job and location, k</strong><strong>eep crews together, maintaining training and&nbsp;c<span class="st">ertification within that industry are just a few of a company's responsibilities<em>...</em>It is t</span>he Great Balancing Act of the Millennium!</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>How Much Should I Charge For My Commercial Cleaning Services?</h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="by-line"><em>By <a title="EzineArticles Expert Author Steve Hanson" href="" rel="author">Steve Hanson </a></em></p> <p class="by-line"><em></em>&nbsp;</p> <div style="overflow: hidden;"> <div id="article-content"> <p>The rates for commercial cleaning vary widely depending upon the area you live. Hourly rates are anywhere from $15 to $40 per hour depending on the type of services that you provide, whether or not you're doing the work yourself, and your company's overhead and expenses. Monthly square footage rates could run anywhere from $.05 to $.20 per square foot depending on the type of building you are cleaning and the frequency of cleaning. You'll be able to bid a higher square footage price for medical facilities versus office buildings due to more specialized cleaning needs. You'll likely bid a lower square footage price for large buildings versus small buildings. For example, you may bid $.08 per square foot for a 50,000 square foot building versus $.12 per square foot for an 8,000 square foot building.</p> <p>You will most likely be charging your customers a monthly price and you will need to figure that price by estimating how long it will take to perform the services that your client has requested. The more productive you or your employees are, the higher the hourly production rate. If you're able to clean 3,500 square feet per hour, your profit will be higher than if you're only able to clean 2,500 square feet per hour, so adjust your price accordingly.</p> <p>It's also a good idea to find out what the "going rates" are in your area. A few phone calls to competitors may be necessary to get an idea of the basic charges in your area. Use a script when you call so you can compare apples to apples. So what do you say when you call? Try something like, "Hi, I have a small business office that I would like cleaned once a week. It is 3000 square feet and has two small restrooms. Can you give me a rough estimate of what you what you charge per month?" The person may or may not give you an estimate. Most contractors will insist on walking through the building, but it is worth a few phone calls so you have a ballpark figure on what cleaning companies in the area are charging.</p> <p>To estimate what you should charge for cleaning a building, start by doing a walk-through with the building owner or manager. Keep track of the following:</p> <p>* Frequency of cleaning (once a week, three times a week, five times a week). If frequency is one or two times per week, it's best to estimate your time and multiply by your hourly rate. If cleaning 3 or more times per week you can estimate your time by the square foot.</p> <p>* Overall square feet</p> <p>* Types of floor surfaces and square footage of each (carpet, vinyl flooring, ceramic tile)</p> <p>* Types of rooms - general office, break room, restrooms. Also note the number of toilets/stalls and fixtures in each restroom, as well as the types of restroom supplies used.</p> <p>* Any special considerations - heavy traffic areas, elevators, unusual requests, etc.</p> <p>* Make note of the specific services the client is seeking such as emptying trash, dusting, restroom cleaning, mopping and vacuuming.</p> <p>The following services are specialized services and you should bid them separately, and list a per-service charge on your bid:</p> <p>* Stripping and Waxing (.25&cent; - .50&cent; per square foot)</p> <p>* Buffing/Burnishing (.03&cent; - .07&cent; per square foot)</p> <p>* Machine Cleaning of Ceramic Tile floors (.12&cent; - .21&cent; per square foot)</p> <p>* Carpet Cleaning (.12&cent; - .25&cent; per square foot)</p> <p>* Carpet Spotting ($20 - $40 per hour)</p> <p>* Cleaning appliances (microwave, refrigerator) - $10 - $35 per appliance</p> <p>* Window Washing ($1.00 - $5.00 per pane)</p> <p>Make sure you take enough notes so you can put together a realistic price that is fair to the client and one in which you will make a profit. After your first meeting with the client, go back to your office look through your notes and decide what it will cost you to clean the building. You may have to consult a production cleaning rate chart to determine how long it will take you and your staff to clean the building. Once you have an idea of how long it will take to clean the building you can put your cost estimate together:</p> <p>* Estimate the time it will take by using a production cleaning rate chart or calculator.</p> <p>* Determine your labor cost for cleaning the building one time.</p> <p>* Determine your monthly labor cost to clean the building.</p> <p>* Estimate a monthly cost for supplies. This will be a fairly low figure, perhaps 1 or 2% of monthly sales.</p> <p>* Be sure to add in a profit margin!</p> <p>Add up the figures and you will come up with your monthly cost. If you have access to a bidding calculator you will be able to put in a series of numbers and come up with a price. A bidding calculator will also show what profit you can expect to make. It is also advisable to add a first time cleaning charge. This is usually an hourly rate of perhaps $20 - $25 an hour. The first time you go through a building it will take longer and you may find the previous cleaning service may have left dirt in cracks and crevices that you will have to clean the first time through.</p> <p>Once you have your price established, put your bid packet together. Your bid packet should specify what you are responsible for and what the client is responsible for (buying their own trash can liners, restrooms supplies, etc.). It should also include the monthly charge for cleaning services, how long the agreement is for, and the procedure to cancel the contract if either party is unhappy.</p> <p>It is important to learn how to price your cleaning services so your customers know you are providing a professional service at a realistic price and so that you make a profit. After all, if you do not make a profit you won't stay in business very long!</p> <p>Copyright (c) 2006 The Janitorial Store</p> </div> <div id="article-resource"> <p>Steve Hanson is co-founding member of The Janitorial Store (TM), an online community that offers weekly tips, articles, downloads, discussion forums, and more for anyone who would like to learn <a href="" target="_new">how to start a cleaning business</a>. Visit The Janitorial Store's blog and get inspired by reading <a href="" target="_new">cleaning success stories</a> from owners of cleaning companies.</p> </div> <br /><br />Article Source: <a href=""></a>&nbsp; <a href=";id=385906">;id=385906</a></div> <p>&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href=" of doing business?/">Cost of doing business?</a>