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Cleaning in areas that need to maintain a quiet atmosphere can be a challenge. Here are some tips and technologies that can help.
We could all use a little more time in the day. While it’s not possible to add to the clock, here are four tips for increasing cleaning productivity to make the hours we do have count.
In the consistent drive to control costs and improve yield, manufacturers need to examine their facilities’ efficiency and look for ways to improve. Understanding the causes is just a start to improving efficiency.
What’s up-and-coming in the flooring and cleaning industry? Read more to find out if these four cleaning trends resonate with your business!
What happens when you put floor finish on a ceramic tile floor? Why is terrazzo different than other non-resilient floors? Learn about non-resilient floor care in a short video featuring Dave Frank of the AICS.
Tennant shines the spotlight on one of our many talented employees: Transportation Manager Kirk Juergens talks about his commitment to community stewardship and his focus on environmentally-friendly business practices.
In a market where recruiting new staff can be challenging and expensive, retaining employees is critical – but not always easy. Managers can help by focusing on some key areas (hint: it’s not just compensation).
You invested in quality flooring. You purchased a quality floor scrubber. Make sure you take care of both. Learn what to look for in a quality disk or cylinder floor scrubbing brush.
There are several types of vacuums to consider when selecting a vacuum cleaner to meet your facility’s needs. One type that stands out because of its many benefits is the cordless vacuum cleaner. Read on to discover advantages that come with going cordless.
If you’re planning floor restoration for your resilient floor, you need to know your floor type—different material types like vinyl, asbestos, linoleum, or rubber require different care. Our short video talks about what you need to know to maintain and restore your floors.
There’s a reason sports teams track stats – they help tell the story of player and team performance. The same is true of equipment performance. Learn how to calculate Mean Time Between Failure – and why it’s important for your decision making.
As winter approach, your retail stores will become busier with holiday shoppers. While this increased traffic can be good for business, it is important to prepare. Check out this series of posts with tips to keep your retail stores clean and running smoothly.
ISSA 2018 was an opportunity to connect with customers, see the latest industry innovations and have some fun! Read more for our top takeaways from the event.
Internet of Things (IoT) technology makes it possible for connected devices to communicate, transmitting real time data and even remotely controlling those devices. Find out what that means for floor care equipment and services.
While you may expect to see someone dressed as a vampire on Halloween, vampires can be found year-round. Energy vampires are devices that draw standby power, even when not in use. Check out these tips on how you can slay your energy vampires.
Dirty floors can have a detrimental impact to the customer experience, leaving retailers in a drop in traffic – and sales. Find out how your store may be affected and what you can do about it.
Are you considering robotic cleaning machines for your cleaning program? Read today's article for questions to ask before selecting a robotics partner.
Conventional training is great, but busy employees can forget key details by the time they need them. Just in time training supplements conventional learning by providing information on demand just when employees need it.
Choosing the right sweepers and scrubbers for your cleaning applications, indoors and outside, can be challenging. Compare some of the advantages of different cleaning machines and solutions.
You have the floor. You have the sweeper. Now, all that's left is finding the right brush. Check out this post to learn which sweeper brush fill pattern will give you the best cleaning results for your application.
If you have production equipment maintenance specialists in your facility, it’s easy to ask them to work on floor scrubber repair too. But in the long run, working with a cleaning equipment specialist can save time and effort, and create savings.
For many, the holidays season is a joyful time with family and friends. It also is a time of increased retail activity. Is your warehouse and distribution center ready? Check out these five tips to help your facility handle the busy holiday season.
For facilities managers, it’s always important to control the cost of cleaning services, whether in-house or outsourced, and save labor costs. Tennant offers tips that can result in savings.
If you’ve experienced a natural disaster, you know that clean-up of your home or business is one of the top priorities to help get life back to normal. Read up on safety precautions to take before digging into the damage.
Is there any worse feeling than being struck down by the flu? Follow these tips to help you stay healthy this flu season.
Tennant releases our ninth annual corporate sustainability report. Read about many of the activities that the company does to help make our world a cleaner, safer, healthier place.
The flooring in a retail store helps to set the ambiance as well as set the tone for the customer's shopping experience. Here's how to keep it looking like new.
Facility managers need to justify staffing levels. Conducting a site needs analysis can help by providing data. Chapter 3 of our new resource guide for large spaces details this important process.
Employee turnover. It’s something all businesses experience, but in the cleaning industry, the turnover rate of employees is especially high. What causes an employee to leave? And what can a company do to get them to stay?
Tennant shines the spotlight on one of our many talented employees: Sustainability Specialist Kate Powers talks about the career path she is forging from her interest in sustainability, and how volunteering builds connections.
Cooler temperatures, shorter days, and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. The signs are all around us. Summer is coming to an end and autumn is fast approaching. Check out this post for tips on how to keep your outdoor spaces clean in the approaching season.
A critical part of any floor restoration project is selecting the right process. In two short videos, AICS President Dave Frank discusses floor types and how to treat them.
Managing cleaning costs is tricky when cleaning large spaces – but paying attention to resource allocation in key areas can help. Chapter 2 of our new resource guide for large spaces offers some insights.
Data-driven cleaning allows organizations to sustain and improve customer service, even during the lean years. Learn how to start your organization on the path to strategic cleaning and see results in employee engagement and customer satisfaction.
On August 10th, a group of young superheroes convened at Tennant Company’s global headquarters. The Clean Squad, as they became known, participated in a number of training activities to prepare them to fight the evil forces of grime. Learn more about their adventures in the thrilling tale of Tennant's superhero-themed Kids Day 2018!
Nobody wants their equipment to be down, but it’s a part of life when you run a floor cleaning program. When you do need service, make sure to follow these 3 tips for maximizing your equipment’s performance and fix time.
Wells Concrete, a manufacturer and installer of a variety of structural and architectural precast wall panels, was faced with meeting the new OSHA standards limiting silica dust exposure. See how they partnered with Tennant to test a solution designed to keep their workers safe.
What's the best way to keep your facility clean? An in-house crew or an outsourced professional cleaning service? We'll break down the pros and cons of each.
Where we once cleaned for appearance, processes now often focus on cleaning for health. Issues like indoor air quality affect how we understand and approach important cleaning tasks.
Are you planning an office remodel any time soon, or work with clients who have carpet in their facilities? If so, check out the trends that are ruling 2018 and ensure you’re following the proper cleaning protocols.
For cleaning schools, best practices need to help students learn by focusing on important areas like improving indoor air quality. Download our best practices guide for a discussion of ways facilities can help students learn.
Your equipment is durable, but it’s also in constant use. How do you care for aging equipment to get consistent performance and a long useful life? Pay attention to areas that can lead to service issues.
Preventative maintenance may seem like a disruption in daily routines, but it can help prolong equipment life – allowing facilities to maximize the return on their equipment investment.
Anyone that uses a scrubber knows the squeegee is a critical piece of the machine. When the proper squeegee is used, your machine will deliver optimal cleaning results, reduce downtime and decrease risk of slip and fall accidents. Check out our 5-point checklist to see if your squeegee is giving you the best performance.
Capital planning for a new equipment purchase can be daunting. Three steps can help start the process and form the foundation of successful decision-making.
For healthcare facilities, the customer experience can be affected by their perception of building care. Cleaning for patients means many things, all important – removing soils, of course, minimizing disruption, and creating a good first impression for anxious patients and families.
Operator training on board and on demand is just one of the ways technology is helping increase efficiency in Tennant’s Pro-Panel® user interface. Watch a short video about Pro-Panel.
Orbital scrubbers can perform a wide variety of cleaning tasks when paired with the right orbital pad for the job. Select the right pad to get the most from your orbital machine!
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of ec-H2O technology on select Tennant and Nobles Walk-Behind Scrubbers. Through the years, ec-H2O technology has helped Tennant contribute to our goal of creating a cleaner, safer, healthier world.
Clean = Profits. We'll show you how important cleaning is to your profit margin in this one-hour on-demand webinar.
Lithium-Ion batteries are popular, and pricy. But what exactly are you paying for? We discuss the benefits you get when you buy the technology.
In this dynamic one-hour webinar, we will explore the principles of the consensus-based Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS-GB) and ways to measure and manage a successful cleaning operation.
Weeks 3 and 4 of National Safety Month are dedicated to reducing falls and ensuring employees are using best practices when it comes to driving. Read more for tips and resources.
Managing landmark properties for clients with strong sustainability initiatives has led Compass Facility Services to explore new technologies. In a recent article, they explain their use of the Orbio® os3 on-site generation system for making electrolyzed water cleaning solutions.
Have you tried to diagnose the service issue we describe in our blog post “Propulsion Problem”? Here’s the correct service diagnosis for this set of symptoms!
Put your technical hat on and try to solve a service issue! We describe the symptoms of a T12 Rider Scrubber with a propulsion problem, and ask what to do for diagnosis. See if you can solve the puzzle before reading the answer.
June is National Safety Month. Read more for tips and resources to protect your employees and communities this month and all year long.
Explore how trends in facility design for higher education are affecting flooring decisions for these institutions.
Protect your investment in carpeting and provide a welcoming environment to guests. We tell you how to use DIRT to do it – the D.I.R.T. plan for carpet maintenance.
Among Tennant Company’s core values is a commitment to leaving the world in better condition than we found it. In the spirit of this value, Tennant Company employees recently participated in the company's annual Clean Sweep volunteer event at two local outdoor attractions.
Reducing chemical odors, maintaining air quality and minimizing noise can all contribute to your HCAHPS scores. We’ve identified best practices from healthcare facilities worldwide to bring you insights on healthcare cleaning.
As businesses continue to search for ways to reduce costs and improve their sustainability practices, saving water is becoming an area of focus.
Your scrubbers’ brushes are on the floor every day keeping your facility up to your standard of clean. Make sure you’re maintaining your cylindrical brushes to manage brush wear and get the most out of them with these 9 tips!
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) encourages companies to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Tennant is proud to join other large companies to set targets in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming.
View Chris Volan with Tennant Company as he discusses restaurant cleanings during RIF Talks at RFMA 2018 in Phoenix.
How do you attract quality, skilled employees to your company? And how do you keep them? In an article on Cleanlink.com, cleaning industry professionals discuss their experiences and strategies for attracting and retaining the skilled employees that contribute to their companies' success.
More and more, companies are using connected floor cleaning equipment to understand when and how their floor care machines are being used. Read an article about this important trend and how companies are using connected machines to make smart business decisions.
The theme for this year’s Earth Day global campaign is End Plastic Pollution. Read more for ways you can reduce plastic waste individually, and how Tennant is continuously working to become a zero waste organization.
How do you ensure your equipment is efficient, effective and a good investment? Check out these tips on selecting hard-working floor care equipment.
78% of in-house facility managers say improving productivity is a key priority, but only 1 in 5 has developed strategies to address the issue. Read more to learn how you can make informed decisions using data.
If you want to rise in your customers’ opinion, focus on looking good as well as operating efficiently. These three tips can give you an extra edge.
How does a busy retail store manager balance operational efficiency and customer expectations when it comes to cleaning? This white paper focuses on three key decisions that facility managers need to consider.
As technology advances and disrupts nearly every industry, how can logistics professionals keep up? Read more about trends in Supply Chain Logistics in today’s article.
What do your cleaning closets look like? If they’re filling up with half-used or outdated cleaning chemicals, it may be time to get rid of the clutter. This article offers some tips and inspiration.
Wondering if you should rent, lease, or purchase floor cleaning equipment? Take a look at what factors to consider to make the right decision for you and your facility.
Has your organization considered investing in backpack vacuums? This ISSA article looks at new trends.
Ensure your polished concrete floors remain in great shape for years to come by following our best practices for maintenance.
Planning for summer restoration projects? This webinar gives you detailed advice on collecting information, calculation production rates, and more. Download it now!
Over time, lead acid battery technology has changed. Have your charging practices changed along with it?
Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
While self-driving hovercrafts of futuristic television are still pretty far out, robots are decidedly here for good. The Twin Cities recently showed off two examples of how robots are becoming a part of our everyday lives.
180 facility decision makers answered questions on their thoughts and strategies behind reducing silica dust exposure and a new rule that OSHA estimates will save over 600 lives each year. See what others are doing to solve for silica dust.
After a long winter, your facilities may need some extra attention. Harsh winter weather can make your facility an eye sore or even worse, a hazard to pedestrians. Consider these cleaning tips to help you get ready for spring.
Hard floor maintenance is an important part of keeping your floors in good condition. Use our DIRT method for hard floor maintenance to ensure your floors get the glisten.
You know you need every dollar in your facilities budget. In order to set that budget well and to defend it, you need to correctly calculate workloading levels to set staffing for maximum effectiveness. Learn more about smart workloading and staffing in an in-depth webinar.
Continuous improvement is a challenge for most organizations, whether a small BSC or large manufacturing company. Read how Tennant’s own journey has progressed by investing in people, processes and tools.
Technology connects everything, even in the janitorial industry. “Connected cleaning” allows companies to make decisions and drive behaviors. Smart technology has expanded to floor care equipment, putting powerful tools right at your fingertips.
It’s easy to dismiss planned maintenance as another expense being pushed on a buyer. Consider the benefits of preventative care when making a decision to buy new equipment. The plans can save you money in the long run.
The maintenance of soft floor coverings like carpet requires a reasonable and methodical schedule using a variety of cleaning techniques. Read more for soft floor cleaning best practices.
Do you have worn concrete floors? Create a hassle-free stone care maintenance program with our 10 tips and tricks.
Explore the 40 year history of Tennant walk-behind scrubbers, from our first purpose-built machine in 1978 to the innovations of today.
When buying small cleaning equipment, take the time to analyze a facility’s needs and challenges. This article from Facility Cleaning Decisions reviews some of the things to consider.
The signs are up, the locals are talking, and a hashtag or two may have even cropped up on social media: there's a big event coming, and you are - for better or worse - right in the proverbial line of fire for an influx of visitors. While a crowd descending on a city is great news for business sales, it also demands unique solutions to ensure you are ready and that "business as usual" can resume after the event is over. Here are a few things you'll want to consider to prepare before, during, and after a major event in your locale:
Using environmentally-friendly products and practices whenever possible is simply the right thing to do. It’s also great for your bottom line.
Ah, cold and flu season… We all know that germs spread fast in an office. There’s a scientific study that shows exactly how that happens, and suggests a common-sense approach to cleaning high-touch surfaces to help maintain a healthy workplace!
We surveyed over 200 building service contractor (BSC) decision makers to learn more about their biggest challenges, strategies for business growth and what matters most. Read more for the current state of the BSC.
Beginning a new start-up and want to ensure you wow your client? We walk you through making the right early decisions to help ensure the success of the job.
Sustainability plans can combine strategies for building a sustainable future with sound business goals. Many companies are asking their business partners how their environmental practices fit – learn more about Tennant’s eco-advantaged products and practices.