It takes a lot of different products to keep a building clean and safe for everyone in it. A few decades ago, it wasn't unusual to see all of those chemicals and products lined up in 55-gallon drums in a building's maintenance area. Pumps or faucets were affixed to each for pouring into buckets. It seems obvious that this isn't the best, or safest, way to store and dispense the detergent, degreasers and other products maintenance and janitorial staffs most commonly use. So are you making use of the dispensing and dilution control systems that have developed and improved the industry? Here are eight great benefits to today's chemical dispensing systems.
1. Safety — This one is first, because it's one of the biggest, most immediate benefits gained through using the appropriate chemical dispensing system for your facility. A “closed loop” dispensing system means workers don't come into direct contact with the chemical concentrate, making this alternative far safer than the loose gallon or drum pouring of chemicals.
2. Savings — Dispensing from bulk chemical drums was messy and hard to control, commonly resulting in wasteful spills and incorrectly measured product. Accurate chemical dispensing processes avoid spillage and misuse, getting more use out of each bulk unit and saving you a significant amount of money.
3. Productivity — If your staff has to wrestle bulk drums and clean up product spillage, they're already spending too much time on what should be a simpler process. But it gets worse — the imprecise measurement that comes from improper dispensation means using too much (or too little) detergent or degreaser. Too little doesn't get the job done, and too much makes it difficult to completely rinse a surface, leaving excess residue on the floor and carpets. That excess chemical residue attracts soils, getting dirty faster and necessitating more frequent cleaning.
4. Preparedness — One of facility managers' greatest challenges is the proper preparation and training of their cleaning staff. Training these individuals to safely and correctly mix product from bulk drums can get frustrating fast, particularly if there are many different products in use. The simple, color-coded dilution control systems are user friendly and make training faster, easier and more effective.
5. Versatility — Dispensing systems wouldn't be as good as they are if they were as immobile and unchanging as the big drums we started with. Over the course of the last several decades, dispensing systems have evolved and diversified, creating options like wall-mounted, portable, “ready to dispense,” chemical packets and large volume systems. This versatility means there's a chemical dispensing system or combination of systems that comprises the perfect fit for every facility, regardless of type or size.
6. Performance — Cleaning properly means having the right tools for the job, and that means cleaners and solutions that are properly mixed for the surfaces and soil levels they're being used for. Dispensing systems minimize the chance for human error and ensure the right solution every time. As a result, your cleaning solutions will work better, faster, and deliver more consistent, quality performance. In turn, everyone from the staff and supervisors to the building's other inhabitants will be more satisfied.
7. Storage — Many businesses are struggling with finding enough space for everything from their supplies to their staff, and finding room for everything you need to keep your building safe and clean is no exception. Large, bulky chemical concentrate containers and chemical drums can demand a great deal of space in a building, especially if you have need for multiple types of specialized products. The concentrated amounts used with dilution control systems mean less space, which is a benefit that everyone can appreciate.
8. Sustainability — Shipping premixed, ready-to-use cleaning solutions can be costly, but it can also be detrimental to the environment. The increased weight and volume of these products require more transportation, necessitating more trains, trucks, vans and fuel to move these inefficiently around the country. With each gallon (and each mile), the carbon footprint can add up fast. Dilution control, especially with the advanced green chemistry that is now available, provides a more responsible way to supply cleaning chemicals. Higher concentration levels also reduce packaging, decreasing the waste thrown into our landfills.
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