Monday, March 28, 2011

Gator Shoes

Gator shoes or as they may be better know as Stripper Shoes and I don't mean stilettos, are a great product when it comes to worker safety. As stripping and waxing or scrubbing floors can be a slippery job and many have had slip and fall issues consider Gator Shoes. These work in 2 ways.

1) They have a pad below them giving workers a better grip on the floor preventing slip and fall. Many will also use them for detail work as the pad/foot pressure allows you to scrub tough spots.

2) As you are walking on a pad it constantly creates micro movement on your feet which helps in preventing worker fatigue.

Gator shoes are also great if working in an arena and crossing the ice you will have grip and reduce trip and fall there.

At the end of the day a good pair of Gator shoes will prevent Slip and Fall, reduce worker fatigue and help your staff be more productive a Win, Win, Win for under 50$ a pair you can't go wrong.

"Nothing's too filthy for Phil-T"

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Stone Floor Pads

If you have natural stone floors such as Concrete, Marble, or Terazzo, maintaining them can always be a challenge. I have discussed previously the advantages of using diamond impregnated pads to maintain the floor. But what if your floors need some minor restoration or you want more shine? A new product from 3M will get you there.

3M now has Trivact Diamond floor discs. It is a box of 4 - 5" discs that are diamond impregnated. They are 400 and 1000 grit cuts to bring a nice shine to the floor. For those who want to bring an extra shine to the floor, they have the concrete protect. It is a polymer based product to apply to the floor to protect and shine the floor. While I personally am still partial to a water based stone floor impregnator, If what you absolutely want is a great shine then this extra step is great and only needs be reapplied yearly with 1 coat.

Have a look at the pictures of our warehouse before and after.


The best part of this program is that the end user cost is only $1.00 square foot. If a contractor where to do full restoration cost would be somewhere between $9-10 sq/ft. And it can be done by your own staff with very little training.

"Nothings too filthy for Phil-T"

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Importance of a good Rep

I had a situation this week, I had recommended a certain piece of equipment for the client that would save them time and last them a long time. I truly believe this equipment was in their best interest and so did the client.

I sell cleaning solutions. I know what is available, what works, and I help my clients get value from these. I do not sell flooring or paint. I can make recommendations on what type of flooring works best in certain areas but I will not sell you a floor. Long story short a carpet installer came in and sold a 16" upright vac to my clients boss for 300$ then he would have paid getting it from me. Worst of all I would have refused to sell them the upright because that was not what they needed as they already have 2 of them and it's not doing the job they need it to do.

My point. Ask Question as a client.  And listen to your staff they are the ones using the product you buy. If you are a sales rep sell what you sell, don't add on. I'm sure that 50$ spiff is nice but at the end of the day your client will not be happy and your repeat business will be none existent.