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“How To” – Videos from the Academy

Over the years we have made a number of videos for your viewing and we won’t stop.

This months video is on “How to Use and Maintain the Tornado BR16/3.

During the Accredited Floor Care Expert class, we use many different types of equipment from all different manufacturers.

Showing you “Best Practices” is part of the class.  Come see us!  Join in on the fun and earn your certificate today.

Click here to see where, when, what on the next LIVE class.

Is Your Company Just Maintaining the Status Quo?

Today many operations are struggling to be different. However, they are using the same tools, equipment, chemicals, and supplies as others. Let us ask a question here. “Why are you not spending an equal amount on education and training of your team as you do on the purchase of such items?”
“We can’t afford to spend that kind of money training people; they don’t stay long enough for it to pay.” If this is the way your operation looks at training, then you have an issue that no amount of training will solve.
However, this is only one of the excuses used when the subject of professional development for frontline staff comes up in a management meeting.
A question might be asked of this same management team, “What happens if you don’t train them and they stay?”
If these individuals do stay and your operation depends on, On the Job Training, then your staff is learning all the shortcuts to keep the boss happy and nothing else.
Now, let us look at the differences between education and training. Knowledge is the explanation and understanding of the why’s of completing a task or job. Training, on the other hand, is the “how to do” of the situation, or if you will, getting the job done. One must come before the other.
Professional development education uses both. Operations who believe they don’t have the time or money to ‘train’ are probably right because they are only training. They haven’t come to understand that to fully engage a new hire, rehire or advance an employee, both education and training must be provided.
Those team members who receive the support of management from both the knowledge of the process, tools, supplies, and equipment and then the training, will then produce a better outcome with said items.
So let us get back to the number of dollars spent on professional development of the team. I suggest, that if you spend $10,000 on a riding scrubber which has a 10-year life expectancy, that you spend an equal number of dollars in an ongoing education program for the individual who would be maintaining floors.
If you spend $1200 on a battery-powered backpack vacuum, your operation should spend an equal amount on the education of the staff members who maintain the carpets in the building.
You get the idea. Your staff is your most valuable resource, and if your team are to stay, you should look at spend equal amounts of dollars on education and training, as you the tools and equipment they use.
Is your operation where their future is at, or do you have nothing to offer them which will advance your company?
“The future is won by those creating the future, not by those individuals trying to maintain the status quo.”

How to Be a Rock Star Leader

GEM Supply and the Academy of Cleaning Excellence presented this THIRD session, of the Rock Star Supervisory series, at the FSPMA conference this month in Orlando.

Here is the podcast of the presentation from Mike Ward’s book, “Who Swings Your Mop”.

https://beyondclean.podbean.com/e/fspma-how-to-be-a-rock-star-leader/

Raging Against the Status Quo

Published in the October 2018 issue of American Cleaning and Hygiene Magazine

Recently an article was published that stated, “Green Cleaning is Mainstream.” This might be true if you are only talking with a select group of followers who have changed their mindset, however, in the real world of cleaning, Green Cleaning is anything but mainstream.

If Green Cleaning was mainstream, then why does customer after customer still purchase single hole mop buckets and vacuums with no filters? Chemicals which have high pH factors, fragrances and color fly off the shelves daily of JanSan distributors. Look at any online catalog and try and find Green or Healthy products for the consumer to purchase.

Daily, customers purchase mop handles that are non-adjustable and use cotton mops by the case. If Green Cleaning were really mainstream, then these items would not be even manufactured as there would be no call for them.

There needs to be a reality check here about what Green Cleaning really is and what it is not. Green Cleaning is not about purchasing these items, but it is the mentality of those still mandating their use.

Read the complete article here in the American Cleaning and Hygiene Magazine;

https://www.americancleaningandhygiene.com/raging-status-quo/

The Academy is Coming to California

Academy of Cleaning Excellence Welcomes  A2D Cleaning Solutions as New                 California Campus

The Academy of Cleaning Excellence (ACE), based in Orlando, FL, is pleased to announce, that effective November 1, 2018, A2D Cleaning Solutions (A2D) in Modesto, CA will join its team.  A2D Cleaning Solutions will provide Live, Virtual and E-Learning courses as provided by ACE.  David Swindle II, will serve as the Facilitator for A2D.

Today, http://www.a2dsolutionsclasses.com/ is LIVE for those wanting an online class. In addition, on December 27 and 28, 2018, A2D will facilitate its’ first VIRTUAL HANDS ON classes, ACE Accredited Carpet Care and Floor Care for frontline custodial staff in Northern California.  These classes are part of the Frontline Education Package offered from ACE through A2D Cleaning Solutions.

Background of A2D Cleaning Solutions

David Swindle II has over 25 years of experience in the cleaning industry working as distributor sales representative, sales manager and regional sales manager.  David recently left Surtec, Inc in Northern California where he worked as sales manager for the past 4 years to start his own consulting company.  His goal is to provide solutions which go beyond just products or services.   He started A2D Cleaning Solutions to provide help to customers with cleaning challenges, no matter their cleaning and restoration challenges.

In 2011, while working for Envirox Chemicals, Mr. Swindle had the opportunity to attend some of the Frontline classes instructed by Mr. Thompson.  It was during this time that he realized the value of the Academy and how it could benefit, not just managers, but frontline cleaning professionals.  Over the years the two men have stayed in communication.  His goal has been then to eventually provide this same education to his customers on the West coast.

David and the team at A2D Cleaning Solutions, have chosen to partner with the Academy of Cleaning Excellence primarily because of their focus in the professional development of frontline workers.  This philosophy of the Academy brings educational solutions to our industry, which blends perfectly with A2D’s core values; “Provide professional development education and certification for the cleaning industry.”  Mr. Swindle states, “It doesn’t make sense to reinvent the wheel.  ACE has built a successful program which covers a wide range of topics to educate, train and support cleaning professionals.  I want to utilize what they have built and provide this support to building service contractors and educational facilities throughout Northern California.”

Academy of Cleaning Excellence

“The future is won by those creating the future, and not the ones trying to maintain the status quo.”

The Academy is powered by GEM Supply, an 80-year-old jan-san distributor based in Orlando, Florida.  The Academy has four regional campuses in central Florida and an Atlanta, Georgia regional campus as well.  David Thompson is the Director of the Academy and is an Accredited Certification Trainer (A.C.T.) from ISSA.  https://academyofcleaning.com/  If you would like to join the team at ACE, contact Mr. Thompson; mailto:dthompson@academyofcleaning.com

Care and Maintenance of Microfiber Cleaning Products

If the towel/wiper/pad becomes too dirty, it will also begin to “streak”. It is then time to wash the towel. This is easily done by just throwing the towel, or any other microfiber cleaning product, into any washing machine and laundering with any soap or detergent you prefer.

A word of caution here; experience tells me you should be careful of the additives in our detergent as they tend to build up in the microfiber, reducing its’ ability to perform as intended. The other restriction in the wash cycle is to NEVER use any type of FABRIC SOFTENER.

The towel will treat the fabric softener as if it was dirt. It will try to store the tiny particles of the softener in the towel fibers and may cause the towel to be less effective. The use of any POLISHES will result in the same issues.

Microfiber does not MOVE the dirt or dust. It actually tries to trap it, and this means a microfiber product will “fill up” periodically. This dirt and dust is released in water and soap. Soap helps release the greasy part of the build-up. If the fiber is being used with water, it must be rinsed and wrung out periodically for best performance.

Remember, the microfiber is trying to trap and remove dirt and dust, and it should not be used to mop a whole floor or clean a whole room. The skill comes with knowing when to change out or rinse out the microfiber tool.

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