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Clean Floors, Kill Bed Bugs, Clean Grout, and More with Vapamore Primo Steam Cleaner

by Barbara 25. November 2011 05:41

Qustion about the Vapamore MR-100 Primo Steam Cleaner Sanitizes Plus Kills Mold, Bedbugs Etc..

Q: "I have mold growing in the grout between the ceramic tile in my bathroom. I bought this house at auction in the fall. It was abandoned in the spring so no AC was on during the summer months. The ceramic tile itself is really dirty both in the shower and on the floor. I am concerned about bedbugs and dust mites in the carpeting. Can the Vapamore handle these problems? Is it expensive to operate? Do I need to add chemicals for the best results? Thanks. Will."

Answer: The Vapamore Primo Steam cleaner includes accessories to clean almost any hard surface that can be cleaned with water. Kill the mold in the grout and clean the tile as well. This unit was invented by a former ceramic tile installer and repairman.

The only requirement is that you always use distilled water in the Vapamore. The holding tank holds 1.6 liters of water: fill the included plastic measuring cup twice. Remember you must let the unit cool down for 30 minutes between refills to avoid steam/scalding. This is an economical way to clean this home, your cars and more since there are no expensive chemicals, no dangers other than steam.  Professionals use this machine to kill bedbugs and dust mites so you can, too.

Your wife or you will also appreciate using this as a steamer to get wrinkles out of clothing.

Vapamore Specifications:

  • Power requirement: 120V/60Hz
  • Heater Wattage: 1500 watts
  • Steam Flow: 40g/Minutes (Maximum)
  • Steam Availability: 50 minutes per tank (Maximum)
  • Steam Pressure: 3.5 Bar (Maximum)
  • Permissible Pressure: 5 bar maximum
  • Water tank volume: 1.6 Liters Maximum
  • Sound Level: 30 decibels during use
  • Appliance weight without accessories: 4.5 kg or 10.5 lbs
  • Heating time: approximately 11 minutes.
  • Wheels: Two, each are 4.5 inches in diameter.
  • Power Cord Length: 18 feet
  • Steam Hose Length: 6 feet

Below is a list of what is included with each Vapamore Primo.

Vapamore MR-100 Package Contents:
  • Vapamore Primo Steam Cleaner Machine
  • Steam Gun And Hose
  • Detail Adapter: primarily used for attaching different kinds of nozzles.
  • Jet Nozzle Tool: for harder to reach places
  • Detail Scraper Tool: for cleaning flat surfaces with stains and grimes.
  • Nylon Grout Brush: for cleaning hard less sensitive surfaces
  • Nylon Medium Duty Brush: for cleaning hard less sensitive surfaces
  • Large Nylon Brush: for cleaning blinds, radiators, valves.
  • Brass Metal Brush: for cleaning less sensitive surfaces like stainless steel and stone
  • Fabric Tool Cotton Cover:
  • Micro Fiber Floor Pad: Washable, melts stuck on dirt and grime.
  • Floor Cleaning Head: for cleaning flat surfaces
  • Three extension Tubes
  • Clothes / Fabric Tool
  • Smooth Surface Squeegee
  • Measuring Cup
  • Fill Funnel
  • Accessory Storage Bag
  • Replacement O-ring Set

This unit is really easy to use. You easily adjust the steam level by turning the dial.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

Starting a Safety Proofing Business With Anti-Slip Grip-On Solution for Concrete and Tile Floors

by Barbara 20. September 2011 15:00

Question about Grip On Anti=slip Solution as part of a business to safety proof hard surfaced flooring such as ceramic tile, concrete, etc.

Q: "I recently took an early retirement. I read about Grip On and am interested in starting a safety proofing business for slippery floors. Last week I went to a restaurant with ceramic tile that was slippery. Many times concrete outside malls and stores are slick when it rains. And my own garage floor is dangerous when it gets wet. How difficult is Grip On to apply, what would I need to start a business and how would I know what to charge? Thanks. Frank."

Answer: You didn't mention the state or town where you live. My advice is to learn about local requirements for a business and decide if you want a corporation such as a Chapter S. Seeking advice about that from a business attorney and/or local Chamber of Commerce is a great first step. Once you have your business and insurance in place, then it is time to seek out customers who need hard surfaces such as concrete and tile treated to protect their customers and themselves from slip and fall accidents.

The five gallon buckets are probably the most economical way to start. Each bucket treats about 2000 square feet of flooring. Each bucket weighs 50 lbs. When business improves, purchase the  55 gallon drums of Grip On: you can refill the bucket using a pump.  This 55 gallon size will treat about 22,000 square feet of hard surfaces. Ships by truck only: 4 drums can fit on each skid. Approximate shipping cost: $300 per skid with one drum. The shelf life is indefinite: with a good business, you''ll get through this quantity in weeks or days depending upon the square footage you will be covering. The lid of the drum stays on. There are two holes, one 4 inch hole and one 2 inch hole. Purchase a vacuum or hose pump from your local hardware store. (Cost about $15).

What you will need for faster application in addition to the Grip On are:

  • a 20 lb cotton mop
  • a mop bucket with wringer
  • an 18 inch to 24 inch squeegee
  • a wet vac to make removal of dirty and clean water faster
  • a long extension cord for the wet vac
  • a source of clean water
  • a good cleaning solution with degreaser. 
  • roller ruler to calculate accurately the length and width of areas to be treated in linear feet.
  • a calculator to determine the square feet to be treated (or a pencil and paper and the ability to multiply!)

As far as what to charge, you need to calculate the cost of the Grip On and pre-cleaning solution based upon the square footage of the project. Next you need to determine what your hourly wage should be based upon the local economy, your overhead (insurance, etc.), how you will be paid (check or credit card) and if there is another individual or company providing the same service in your area. You may be able to see public bids for local municipal buildings and see what the winning bids were.  Certainly $1.00 a square foot might be reasonable in a more rural area while in New York City a reasonable charge might be $2.50 to $5.00 a square foot.

Remember what you are selling is safety. Insurance rates for restaurants, malls, etc. are based on many factors including accident rates. The fewer claims for slip and fall accidents the lower rates those companies will pay.

Slip/fall accidents are a major problem for employers and customers as well as homeowners. Just think of what happens to those in the Northern states who don't deice their sidewalks and someone falls and breaks a leg! The statistics about insurance liability claims are that slip/fall accidents rank second after auto accidents claims., And slip/fall accidents, paid for by workers compensation claims, have greatly increased over the last 10 years.

As a general rule of law, according to Grip On's attorneys, if an owner or possessor of a premises knows of a potentially dangerous condition, which could cause harm and he or she knows there is a means to prevent that harm, the inference is that the injured party would be more likely to hold that owner liable and have higher damage claims. Insurance companies don't like accident claims: keeping business insurance is important. When a company is canceled for insurance, other insurance companies are less likely to insure or will significantly increase premiums due to the risks they see in the future.

Do make sure that you ask each customer for his/her permission to use you and your company as a reference. I suggest a website for your area where you can have customers rate your service and make comments about the change that Grip On made for their hard surfaced flooring such as ceramic tile, glazed brick, marble, polished stone, terrazzo, river rock, concrete, and quarry tile.

Do remember that porcelain bathtubs are still fixtures in many homes, hotels and motels. Applying Grip On means no more tub mats, stick on plastic "fish", etc.

Among customer who use GripOn are:Dr. Phil's House,McDonalds Restaurants, Trump Properties Exxon/Mobil, Burger King Restaurants, Tanasaka Power Plant ,Cities of New York & New Jersey ,City of Los Angeles ,Bureau of Engraving US Government ,Life Care Centers of America, G.L. Homes, Covenant Care of America, Manor Care Nursing Center, Darcy Hall Nursing Center, Boca Raton Rehabilitation, Spring House Manor, Elks Lodges of Florida, VA Hospitals, Delray Racquet and Country Club, Residents of Century Villages, Pete's Five Star Corporation, Cambridge Investment (Burger King), McDonald's Corporation, Marriott's Hotel and Assisted Living, 7-11 Stores ,Wolfe's Restaurant ,Carlucci's Restaurant Corporation, Billotti's Restaurant Corporation, Pompano Pizza, Onaisas Coney Island, Shopping Center Markets, Outback Steak Hous.

I hope this information has been helpful.

Thank you for the question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Replacement Covers for 24 Inch Bona Commercial Microfiber Mops.

by Barbara 13. June 2010 07:42

Question about the MicroMax Microfiber Wet Mop Cover, 24 In., BLUE

Q: "I bought a 24 inch BonaKemi microfiber mop last year. I need more covers. I understand the mop was discontinued. Will the MicroMax covers fit? How are they different? They are much less expensive. Thanks. Mary."

Answer: The MicroMax covers are made by Medline, one of the nation's leading manufacturer's and resellers of medical products. Medline MicroMax are super absorbent microfiber mop covers that fit all 24 inch long commercial mops that are 24 inches long by 4 inches wide. The actual size is a rectangle 25.5 inches by 5.5 inches. These are double layered covers.

Superior to standard commercial mop covers for microfiber mop bases, these wet mop pads are double layered. The outer layer is 100 percent twisted microfiber and is made from 100 percent polyester and 80 percent polyester/20 percent polyamide fibers. The inner layer is made of high-density foam for increased absorption. Wash these micromop pads in detergent and hot water up to 140 degrees F. Lasts through 250-300 washes. They are available in quantities with discounted prices. For example, a box of 12 coverscan save you a lot of money.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Is Bona Kemi Wood Cleaner Safe for Cats and Dogs?

by Barbara 30. July 2008 16:51

Question about the Product: Bona Professional Series Wood Floor Cleaner Concentrate 4 oz. 24/CS

Q:"I would like to know if it is safe for cats and dogs." Maureen

Answer: Bona Kemi floor cleaners are all non-toxic waterborne cleaners. Years ago, we discussed the safety of the concentrated hard wood cleaner with our Bona rep and were assured that it was a "green" safe cleaner. I've used it for years on my ceramic floors and never had a problem with my dogs (and now cat). (Yes, it works great to clean ceramic and vinyl, too.)

I doubt that an animal would have the chance to drink it if it is used as recommended, i.e. with a spray bottle. My two Boston Terriers have licked food off the floor and never had a problem

We also sell an entire line of soy based cleaners that are non-toxic.

Hope this helps. We like the concentrate: it is easier to ship, weighs less and works just as well as the premixed once it is diluted.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,
Barbara

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What Mop Covers Work with the Sh-Mop?

by Barbara 22. June 2008 06:49

Question about the product Product Code: SH-MOP Original Floor Mop w/4 Cotton Covers

Q: "What other mop heads do you have for the mop?" -Emily

Answer: This Sh-Mop kit includes one platform base (15 x 8 inches), one extending mop pole and 4 cotton covers that are elasticized to fit tightly on the base.

We offer 5 different covers for the Sh-Mop. These covers also fit the larger Bona Mop, the similar O'Cedar mops, etc. In other words, they fit any platform based mop with a 15 inch by 8 inch base.

  1. Sh-Micro Dusting Head for 15x8 Mops, Yellow. This is a 100% microfiber cover. Use wet or dry for hardwood floor, tile or laminate floor cleaning. This thinner flat woven micro fiber mop cover glides easily whether wet or dry. Elasticized.
  2. SH-Duster (Natural Cotton Loop) Cover . This is a 100% natural cotton loop dust cover for the Sh-Mop and all 15 x 8 inch based platform mops. Use wet to clean satillo and other irregular tile or dry for dusting. This cover is not elasticized but slips over both ends of the mop.
  3. Sh-Duster Synthetic Looped Dust Mop Cover This is a yellow acrylic looped dust cover. This is not elasticized but slips over both ends of the mop head.
  4. Sh-Wooly Plush Duster Cover This cover is a synthetic lambs wool duster. Use the Sh-wooly wet to wash cars, RV's, trailers, boats, etc. Highly absorbent, retains water.
  5. Sh-Wipes, the original cotton mop covers.

Thank you for your question. Remember we also offer packages of these covers in 3's, 12', 36's and 100's.

Sincerely, Barbara

Can I Use Bona Kemi Wood Floor Cleaner?

by Barbara 25. January 2008 10:57

Question about the 4 Oz. Bottle Bona Kemi Professional Hardwood Floor Cleaner Concentrate.

Q: "Hello is this recommended for a Mullican engineered wood flooring? thanks -dwright."

Answer: Yes, Bona Kemi hardwood floor cleaner is approved for use on Mullican engineered wood flooring.

Before cleaning your floors, please vacuum, sweep or use ar Sh-Duster to get sand and grit off before mopping. Wipe up spills with a microfiber cloth dampened in water or diluted Bona floor cleaner. Never use oil soaps or wax on your polyurethane finished floors.

At least once a month, clean your floors preferably with a Sh-Mop with soft cotton terry covers or microfiber covers. Spray on a small amount of floor cleaner. Never use a soaking wet mop on your flooring.

The advantages of Shmops is that the covers machine wash and dry. This means you never risk scratching floors with dirt or grit embedded in fibers. And you save money over disposable covers.

Thanks for your question. Enjoy your new floors.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Which Dust Mop Covers are Best for My Needs?

by Barbara 28. October 2001 12:49
Q: "I wish to purchase a Sh-Mop and several accessories from your company. I would like more information about the Sh-Duster dusting covers and the microfiber mop covers. I have read and understand that one is a yarn-duster and the other is similar to a Swiffer, but what is the functional difference between the two? What aspect of these two items would make one a better choice than the other for a consumer? Thank you for your assistance with this. I look forward to a speedy reply because my dust bunnies are about to revolt. Thanks. Karen"

Answer: The yellow duster cover is long strands of acrylic yarn that can get into corners. The Sh-Micro is more like a Swiffer as is the Bona full sized microfiber cover as they have a static charge as long as you don't use fabric softener. The cotton Sh-Duster won't attract as much of the finer grit but will wash cleaner as cotton lets go of dust and particles more easily than the acrylic.

The cotton Sh-Duster works well wet if you have grooves in tile. You can use the Bona microfiber covers or the Sh-Micro cover wet or dry. Both are woven so they will move well across flooring if it is wet or dry.

Comment from Customer: "Thanks for such a prompt reply! I think I will order the yarn mop for everyday collection of the dust-bunnies (actually, they are dust-beagles, and quite large) and get the micro-fiber cloth cover for thorough dust removal before damp mopping. Does this sound reasonable based on your experience? I have hardwood floors all over my house. I noticed the dustmop comes in both cotton and synthetic fibers. Is there a reason to select one over the other? Thanks again,Karen. P.S. I checked many sites and yours had the best prices by far. It was also one of the more professional-looking sites."

Answer: As I mentioned before, I think the acrylic is better at grabbing the bunnies but the cotton will wash "out" better. For hardwood, I'd probably go with the acrylic.Thanks for the compliments. We try to have it be a practical user-friendly site. Barbara

Which Mop Do I Order?

by Barbara 4. January 2001 04:12

Q: "Which mop do I order that allows me to clean my floors quickly and economically? Thanks Susan."


Answer: My suggestion: buy the starter kit  STARTER SH-Mop 15x8 In. Base, Pad, Pole, 1 Sh-Wipe), the SH-MOP Original Floor Mop w/4 Cotton Covers or the SH-Mop Micro Mop, 1 Cotton and 2 Microfiber Covers depending upon the square footage you need to clean. We currently also sell BonaKemi Pro Series Hardwood Cleaner Concentrate, 4 oz., 8/bx or single bottles. Each bottle dilutes to 32 ounces of non-toxic surfactant floor cleaner for wood, ceramic, marble or vinyl flooring.

Additional covers are available for the Sh-Mop in cotton, microfiber, cotton looped, acrylic looped and synthetic wool.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara