November 1, 2005
ISSN 1556-7648

In This Issue

Tip of the Week
What's New
Membership Advantages
Subscriber Information
About Us


What's New

Take the New Survey!
What type of facility do you provide most of your services to?

Recent Articles:
Cleaning Decorative Items -- There is more to cleaning an office than just emptying the trash, sweeping the floor and vacuuming the carpet. You may be cleaning offices that are covered with photos, plaques, scupltures and other kinds of knickknacks. How do you clean these items? Should you clean these items? Keep Reading...

Sales Therapy 101: Break Your Fear of Cold Calling - Are you trying to get over your fear of cold calling? Some people panic at the mere thought of picking up a phone and struggling through the motions of a cold sales call. How do you overcome this fear? There are a few simple concepts you need to know about cold calling. Keep reading...

Downloadable Form:
Floor Inspection Checklist - This checklist will help you keep accurate and detailed records of how your employees are taking care of the floors in the buildings you are cleaning. It evaluates the condition of the floor in the areas of sweeping, mopping, buffing, stripping and waxing.

Recent Online Discussion Topics:
Connecting With the Decision Maker - How do you connect with the decision maker when bidding on janitorial contracts?

Don't Miss the Next Telephone Discussion Forum! F.r.e.e. for members. Join us November 12 at 10am Central. We'll be discussing Bidding and Estimating during the call. Read more and sign up here.


Membership Has Its

"I would like to thank you for this web site It is great!!!!!!!!" -- MA

Here are just a few of the advantages for becoming a member of The Janitorial Store...

  • Members Only Bidding Calculators
  • F.r.e.e Downloadable Forms
  • F.r.e.e Live Tele-Seminars with Industry Experts
  • F.r.e.e Telephone Discussion Forums
  • Online Discussion Forum
  • Members-only articles added weekly
  • And much more...

Find out how to become a member today!

Trash Talk: Tip of the Week

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Tip of the Week:
Working with Cleaning Chemicals

As cleaning companies we work with an assortment of cleaning chemicals. Your employees need to know how to use all chemicals they work with and be aware of where the MSDS sheets are for the products they use.

Following are safety tips that apply to the use of any product they may be using.

  • Never mix chemicals.

  • Measure all chemicals and mix according to the label directions. If the directions say one ounce of product to four gallons of water, keep those ratios even if you are mixing a smaller quantity. Too weak a solution may not provide the cleaning power you need; too strong a solution wastes chemical and may cause damage to surfaces or injuries to employees.

  • Never use chemicals that are in an unlabeled container. Employees should never sniff, taste or try to guess what is in the container.

  • Employees need to know what chemicals they are to use for each particular cleaning task and how to use that chemical properly.

  • Clean spills immediately. Before cleaning the spill, employees should put on protective goggles and latex or rubber gloves. If the spill is on a hard surface carefully mop up the spill. If the spill is on carpet absorb it with a white rag. Use another damp white rag to blot the spill. Report spills to a supervisor in case it needs to be further extracted from the carpet.

  • Eye protection, gloves and other protective clothing may be necessary when working with some cleaning chemicals. Employees need to know what protective gear to use when working with chemicals.

Using chemicals correctly helps make cleaning tasks go quicker. Make sure your employees follow all of your company’s specific guidelines when working with chemicals.

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