College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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P R O D U C T S T H AT W O R K SPARTAN CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC. {what's new & noteworthy} A Look at 2013's Floor Care Trends T HE MANTRA OF TODAY'S workplace is "do more with less." Over the last few years, society, as a whole, has cut back on excess. It is now not uncommon to have one individual doing the work of two, three, or sometimes four. Concurrently, the demand for products with reduced environmental impact continues to rise. "Green" is no longer an isolated platform and a performance sacrifice is not tolerable. Traditionally, most labor-intense floor maintenance — restoring, recoating, and stripping — is done during off hours to ensure the safety of the floor crew, as well as the comfort of the building occupants and employees. As working hours in facilities expand and labor budgets are cut, facilities are trending away from off-hour maintenance. As a result, restorative floor maintenance is no longer a segregated activity and the need to minimize floor downtime becomes of paramount importance. While maintenance frequency and manpower have been slashed and "green" products become no longer a desire but a requirement for many facilities, standards for the gloss and beauty of the floor remain high. "Traditional 'non-green' floor finishes get their resilience and gloss from zinc crosslinking. In order to be considered 'green' a floor finish must not contain heavy metals like zinc," explains formulating chemist Rebecca Kaufold. "Typical 'green' floor finishes simply substitute a non-heavy metal for the zinc, resulting in a formulation that just wasn't designed to work together. The outcome is a sub-par floor finish which requires high maintenance programs, like multiple burnishing each week and regular recoating to main- 36 tain a high gloss appearance." In today's environment, facilities are looking to reduce their floor care workload, not increase it. Therefore, facility managers have been faced with a trade-off whether to utilize environmentally preferable products that require higher labor maintenance, accept a lower level of floor appearance and performance, or employ "non-green" lowmaintenance floor care solutions. This is no longer the case. Spartan Chemical has formulated a revolutionary floor care fi nish that is a dry-bright, environmentally preferred fi nish offering a robust, high-gloss coating designed to minimize burnishing and extend time between recoats. Spartan floorFront represents a complete departure from conventional floor fi nish chemistry. Rather than substituting ingredients into an existing formula, the system was built from the ground up so that the ingredi- COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 ents work synergistically. This unique system enabled Spartan to create a Green Seal-certified fi nish that performs like a traditional zinc fi nish. "floorFront dries with gloss traditionally associated with zinc finishes and holds that gloss with an equivalent robust nature in the face of heavy traffic," says Kaufold. "Since reducing floor downtime is so important to our customers, floorFront was also designed to require minimal to no burnishing, with prolonged recoat and strip out frequency." The JanSan business is constantly evolving and with this evolution, demands continue push the limits of "green" product chemistry. Spartan Chemical is at the forefront of such innovation, constantly striving to improve cleaning and sanitation programs so our customers can truly "do more with less" as they work toward a cleaner, healthier environment. CPM WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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