Nearly all solid ice & snow melting products on the market today are made from one of (or a blend of) five materials. They are: Calcium Chloride Sodium Chloride Potassium Chloride Magnesium Chloride Urea Calcium chloride and sodium chloride (rock salt) are the most popular. Why do Ice & Snow Melt Products cause issues on […]
An epidemic has started in the world of flooring and, unfortunately in some cases, it cannot be corrected. It’s not done maliciously and it starts before anyone realizes it. In this new world of “sanitize this and disinfect that”, facility staff is asked or told to include flooring in the disinfection process. It’s at the […]
XL North partner RD Weis shares the successful results that can be achieved when commercial carpet manufacturing, maintenance, and chemistry are specified, installed, and performed properly. The photos from their customer’s facility tell the story. Carpet tile installed at Affinity Health Plan in New York is seven years old, yet continues to look brand new. […]
Learn how Steve Brown with Southeastern Commercial Flooring successfully restored the appearance of a customer’s carpet when plastic with an adhesive backing was used to protect the floor during a construction project. When construction was finished and the plastic was removed, the adhesive unfortunately stayed behind.
Vital Oxide has been our most asked about product this year for good reason. Because it’s on the EPA List N, it’s become a favored choice for disinfection and sanitization use to safeguard spaces and facilities against Coronavirus. Below we answer some of the most common questions we’re asked about VO. What is Vital Oxide? […]
Polished concrete has undisputed appeal. One of its advantages is lower maintenance costs than similarly specified hard surface flooring. Over time, however, the selling point of lower maintenance has been exaggerated to “no maintenance”, and it has created confusion and frustration for end users and maintenance service providers alike. The featured article in The Flooring […]
In the past, Steve and Kathy Cloud would dread receiving a call from an end user or GC concerning a clogged drain on a job site. Not anymore. Owners of M. Frank Higgins in Connecticut, Steve and Kathy recently introduced a preventive procedure on all of their tile and grout jobs that requires the use […]
Often floor care professionals are accused of things that are out of their control. This is one of those cases. The first indicator is the purple outline of the area. This is caused by battery acid dripping onto nylon fibers from a ride on vacuum.
Disinfection and sanitization are trending topics due to the current pandemic. As the situation around the globe changes daily, it’s important to educate your staff and your customers with the most updated information. Although the words “disinfect” and “sanitize” may commonly go hand in hand, they are different. Here’s the distinction. Only hard non-porous surfaces […]
Carpet in the main hallway of a Class A building in downtown New Orleans was not performing as well as carpet throughout the rest of the building. Sun Interiors was called in for a demo to see if the carpet could be “revived”. Check out their results and learn the process they used in this […]
Cary Woodfield continues to make an impact in the world of commercial flooring. His 4 decades of experience in carpet installation and maintenance are nearly unparalleled. In that time, he’s traveled the globe (6 continents, 20+ countries, 80+ cities) to troubleshoot and resolve flooring issues through better education. With literally millions and millions of yards […]
A local Scottsdale, Arizona daycare facility was faced with a floor care challenge when their newly installed ceramic tile was tracked with dirt and covered in grout haze. Matt Tylman and the DFS Green team were called in to correct the problem after other contractors failed to find a proper solution. In this case study, […]
Roland Downs, owner of Downs Janitorial Services, discusses the recent success he had using XL Rubber Floor Cleaner/Maintainer on the floor at a 24 hour gym. In the case study, discover the process Roland used to remove drag marks from the crumb rubber flooring and how he was able to improve the overall appearance of […]
During the winter season, ice melt issues are a common problem in many commercial spaces. Learn the proper way to clean carpet and resilient areas where ice melt re-soiling is a frequent problem.
Unhappy with the appearance of relatively new carpet, the staff at a dining facility in Chicago reached out to Steve Starcher and the Timco team for assistance. Steve and his crew performed an impressive demo to show how easily and effectively carpet can be cleaned and maintained when equipped with the proper chemistry and floor […]
XL North is always on the lookout for new advancements in the commercial floor care industry that can help our customers achieve better results. While using foam detergent as a cleaning method has been around for quite some time, the chemistry and process used to create foam has changed greatly over the decades. Recent improvements […]