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Keeping It Clean With Janitorial Supplies

Whether you’re in a home, office building, school, industrial warehouse, concert venue, or even a museum, the need for janitorial supplies is important.  From mopping supplies to cigarette receptacles to a cleaning cart to house all the supplies, Rand MH has the best products for you at great prices. Rand MH has been around since the early 1970’s and besides janitorial supplies, they offer industrial warehouse, storage and packaging supplies Nationwide.

Rand is a one stop shop for all your janitorial supplies even on a commercial level.  Their products are high quality and the available variety is endless.  Besides offering a printed mailed catalog, Rand’s Internet online store is extremely easy to navigate and shop from which makes it a much more enjoyable experience to purchase all your supplies from one place.  They also have products that you might need that you didn’t think about but would be perfect for your clean up jobs and environment that you are cleaning.

From small supplies to bulk items, this resource is one worth viewing.  While offering janitorial supplies and many other products from top manufacturers, Rand has outstanding Customer Service that will assist you with getting all your janitorial supplies.  Be sure to check them out online at

What to Look for in an Air Duct Cleaning Company

Air duct cleaning is a relatively new industry that has exploded as a $4 Billion a year industry in the United States alone, in the 21st century. Some people have embraced air duct cleaning as a beneficial service, while others have criticized the service and view the service as a waste of time and money. More than likely though, people who have their varying view points for and against the service are both correct on this issue in one way or another and in this article I will address why I think that both sides raise interesting and very good points that you as a consumer should consider. In this article I will address different air duct cleaning methods and explain what those methods are, I will explain credentials so that you can better understand who the organizations are and who they represent and last I will address the common scams that are out there so that you as a consumer can avoid being caught up into such scams to increase the possibilities of receiving a good service performed correctly, should you ever schedule an air duct cleaning service in the future with a local service provider.

The two most common air duct cleaning methods are the “contact cleaning” method and the “Power vacuum air wash” method in air duct cleaning. The contact cleaning method in air duct cleaning involves the use of shop vac style equipment to keep constant contact between the vacuum hose and duct work surface during the cleaning process. Generally speaking the companies that employ this form of cleaning charges less money for their services, because they know that they are limited in what dirt, dust and debris that they can actually pull out of the air ducts and are typically in your home to perform the service for 30 minutes to 1 hour. There is usually no benefit to an air duct cleaning service when this method of cleaning is performed, however it may be beneficial if the actual vent boots were full of construction debris or dog food or whatever and you did not feel like cleaning the vent boots and preferred to just get a cheap service provider out to do that work for you instead. Now, the power vacuum air wash method in air duct cleaning involves the use of expensive powerful equipment to allow a technician to deep clean the entire HVAC system. The vacuum hose is usually 8-12″ in diameter and is installed in the main trunk line to put the entire air duct system under a deep and powerful vacuum.

No kidding, every vent in the house will have a powerful vacuum pulling hard off of every vent in the house for a perfect negative air containment, which disallows any cross contamination of dirt discharges in your home to occur during the cleaning process! The vacuum machines could be 220 volt HEPA rated negative air machines, gas powered or diesel powered machines to generate a powerful enough vacuum to perform the service properly. Compressed air tools are used to air wash all of the dirt, dust and debris to the power vacuum hose installed in the main duct, trunk line. When the power vacuum air wash form of air duct cleaning is performed correctly the service usually takes anywhere from 2-4 hours to perform the service in an average sized home. Reputable companies will clean all supply boots, adjoining supply branch lines, supply trunk line(s), supply plenum, return boots, return channels, return trunk line(s) and return plenum, virtually 100% of the entire HVAC system.

It is vital that the entire air duct system is cleaned, because if any debris and or contamination is left in the system, then that missed debris and or contamination will just recirculate again to recontaminate the air duct system as if nothing was even done, once the furnace is turned on again after the air duct cleaning is complete. A typical forced air ventilation is a circulatory system of constant air in and air out when a furnace is in operation. Companies that are licensed for HVAC will also thoroughly clean the furnace and evaporator coil (indoor coil that is often above the furnace).

The benefits can be tremendous with this method of cleaning, such as increased air flow, increased HVAC system efficiency, reduced dust in the home, reduction in unpleasant odors deriving from the air ducts and increased life expectancy of working HVAC parts such as surface igniters, blower motors, limit switches and capacitors that dirt, dust and debris destroys over time. A reputable company that pays their technicians well, maintains their tools & machinery and possesses all of the proper credentials such as ACCA membership status, EPA certified technicians to handle refrigeration and carries proper insurance(s) will charge anywhere from $425.00-$1000.00 per HVAC system for about half a days work to properly clean each HVAC system.

The price swing is also factored by different cost of living standards depending on where you live in the country and varying overhead costs that each company carries. Some one in Manhattan New York would probably be near the $1000.00 price per HVAC system cleaned, whereas someone in Austin Texas would be near the $425.00 per HVAC system cleaned. The cost of living is much higher in Manhattan New York than in Austin Texas, so logically air duct cleaning in Manhattan New York would cost more than in Austin Texas.

Credentials are very important! Beware of companies that have no credentials at all, because an in experienced service provider can cause a lot of expensive damage to your HVAC system, if they don’t know what they are doing and you surely don’t want to be stuck with an expensive repair bill as a result. The best credentials that a service provider can have is the ACCA membership status.

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) HVAC system cleaning standards is the only air duct cleaning standard accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI is a reputable international organization that creates rigid tough standards to improve products and services for the better good of the consumer to ensure that the product or service is safe and effective. If an organization lacks ANSI accreditation, then they lack validity to their product or service(s) in the HVAC, Heating, ventilation and air conditioning field.

A prime example of that would be NADCA, which stands for the National Air Duct Cleaning Association. NADCA has raised some good guidelines to follow in an air duct cleaning procedure, however they lack knowledge in having much HVAC technical knowledge to deliver the best procedures in cleaning your furnace or evaporator coil, which is at the heart of the entire air duct system. Very often NADCA member companies are not licensed for HVAC, which increases your risk when hiring them to clean and HVAC system. These vital working components needs to be cleaned as well, which means in my opinion NADCA will leave you in the dust pertaining to HVAC system cleaning. The safe approach to take is to shop around with ACCA member companies to ensure that your HVAC system is cleaned correctly by a licensed HVAC contractor or company rather than hiring an under trained carpet cleaner or air duct cleaner.

Air duct cleaning is a good service to have performed if it is done properly by an ACCA member company, however many companies have exploited the good service that many homeowners and building owners desire by delivering bait and switch tactics or blow and go air duct cleaning procedures that leaves the system contaminated after the service has been performed. 9 times out of 10 you should discredit ads that state air duct cleanings start at $59.00-$199.00 for up to 10 vent lines cleaned. Only two results will derive from these forms of advertising such as Company “A” arrived for $79.00 and in fact cleaned 10 vent lines with a shop vac type machine and left within 1 hour leaving your system contaminated or Company “B” arrived to clean 10 vent lines for $69.00 and their technician explained that the returns are very dirty too and they can be cleaned for $25.00 each.

Now your ticket has turned to $144
.00 with 3 return lines cleaned. While the technician is still cleaning he realizes that your trunk lines are dirty too and up sells you on that to clean a supply trunk line for $100.00 and to clean a return trunk line for another $100.00, which now turns the ticket into $344.00. You’re done with receiving the up selling, right? No, think again, because the technician explained to you that he had to cut out accesses into the ductwork to clean it right, he of coarse now has to sell you clean out doors to install so that all of your air doesn’t escape out of the system, so he quotes you at $75.00 for each clean out door installed to make the ticket $494.00 from an additional $150.00 for two doors sold.

If the job was performed correctly that would be fine, however the guy is in your house with a shop vac type machine, which means he received $494.00 from you to leave your HVAC system contaminated. After he leaves once the air duct cleaning service has been performed, you realize that dust is blowing out of all of the vents when the furnace cycles, because he disturbed a lot of dust during the air duct cleaning, because shop vac style machinery are in effective in performing a thorough air duct cleaning service. You could have called a reputable company that is an ACCA member company utilizing the most powerful equipment in the industry to give you an “up front” price quote right in the same ball park for price as the bait and switch company eventually got out of you, to get the job done thoroughly and correctly. If it is too good to be true, that is because it is. Buyer beware, these bait and switch tactics have been going on for years and usually the companies that follow these price structures are the very companies leaving the majority of dirt, dust and debris in your ventilation system that they were paid good money by the customer to clean out.

When shopping around for a service provider that offers air duct cleaning as a service, make sure that they are an ACCA member company, which tells you that they are licensed for HVAC and check their record at the BBB. If they have a few complaints that is fine, so long as all of the complaints have been resolved. You know there is a huge difference with 5 complaints all quickly resolved and 112 complaints unresolved. These contractors and companies deal with the general public, which means they deal with all different walks of life of different personalities and characters on a daily basis. It is almost impossible if a company has done enough volume of work to keep a perfect record with the BBB. Usually the companies that are small and have not done too many jobs are the only companies that have the perfect score with the BBB. No less, the BBB is still a good reference though, to safe guard yourself from blatant scamming companies and it would be wise to reference companies there if you are unsure of the companies over all reputation.

The conclusion of this article is if a company is licensed for HVAC, uses the most powerful air duct cleaning machinery in the industry, performs air duct cleanings by the power vacuum air wash method and has a good reputation with the BBB and other reporting institutions, then air duct cleaning will more than likely be performed thoroughly and properly in most instances, so that you can realize positive results such as increased air flow coming out of vents, odor reductions deriving from the vents, increased HVAC system efficiency and increased furnace and air conditioning part life.

Author: Mike Meincke Managing Member of Lucky Duct, LLC. Lucky Duct, LLC is a full service licensed heating and air conditioning company that operates in Denver Colorado. Visit to find more great information and facts on air duct cleaning. Enter the “Air Duct” page to find air duct cleaning related content.

Mike Meincke is the Managing Member of Lucky Duct, LLC which operates a full service heating, ventilation, AC and air duct cleaning company in the Denver metro. Lucky Duct, LLC was founded in 2005 and has quickly attracted some of the most seasoned tenured HVAC technicians to work for Lucky Duct, LLC due to a positive working climate, good hourly pay and full fledge employee benefits that has allowed Lucky Duct, LLC to rapidly grow in the saturated Denver Metro HVAC market. Visit to learn more about why Lucky Duct, LLC has raised the bar in customer service, up to date technician training and quality of service, products and workmanship!

Cleaning rusty power tools?

I have inherited a collection of power tools including a jigsaw, two miter saws, a drill, a router and a belt sander. All but the router suffer from a mild to moderate case of rust. They are all still in fine working condition.

What is the best way to clean and polish them up for safe and proper use?

Another clip of cleaning the leaves with the leaf hog

Another clip of cleaning the leaves with the leaf hog

Cleaning Old Sailboat

Cleaned and polished port side of heavily oxidized 1967 Chrysler Lone-Star 13. Wet sanded with 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500 grit sandpaper. Then hit it with buffer and 3M rubbing compound. Last step was polishing with NXT.

Cleaning and Detailing your boat? TIP: Use Shurhold's Clean-N-Simple System

Barry Berhoff – President of Shurhold Industries introduces Shurhold’s complete Clean-N-Simple marine maintenance system. Check out Shurhold’s entire line of innovative boat care and accessory products at Shurhold’s website also includes lots of cleaning, detailing & maintenance tips.

The Best Cordless Vacuums: Your Ultimate Cleaning Assistant

Cleaning has never been this easy. With the continuous technological developments, each and every single task is becoming more and more comfortable and easy. Probably considered to be one of the most useful household innovations is in the form of vacuum cleaners. This piece of equipment has continually developed and improved. Now, the best cordless vacuums are available for more assistance in overall household cleaning.

Cordless vacuums are very convenient cleaning tools. Their nature makes it very easy for user to get to the most closed up and small spaces. They can even be used to clean the car floors and seats. Currently, cordless vacuums come in two types. They are the hand vacuums and the stick vacuums.

Handheld vacuums are lightweight and, obviously, smaller in size. This characteristic, however, does not compromise their cleaning abilities. These models have the same power as the regular vacuum models. Some are even packed with certain special features. There are models that have a wet and dry cleaning feature. These are heavy duty units that are usually heavier than most hand vacuums but are sure to handle anything under the sun. There are also handheld vacuums available for daily use.

Another type of cordless vacuum is the stick models. This comes in two different kinds. The stick sweeper is similar to the manual carpet brooms that have been popular years ago. It is a stick with the motor and dirt bag located at the bottom part. The stick vacuum, on the other hand, is like a mini vacuum cleaner. The dirt container is situated on the stick and away from the motor.

Here are some notes to remember when deciding to purchase a cordless vacuum.

1. Lesser distance between the suction and the dirt bag means better work efficiency. Dirt bags that are closer to the ground make it faster for the dirt to be collected as opposed to regular vacuums with which the dirt has to travel longer.

2. Check on the features and choose those with guaranteed low emissions or superior dirt suction. This should ensure the complete suction of dirt particles since there is a general observation of smaller particles getting blown around when using cordless vacuums.

3. Consider the clearance measurement of the vacuum model. They should not be so low to the ground.

4. Be practical and smart when choosing the specific model of choice. There are vacuums that can handle liquid mess. However, this might cause a problem when cleaning the collection bag after use.

With the varied options available in the market, it is helpful to take the time when making the decision to purchase the vacuum cleaner of your choice. This is in order to come up with the best model to suit the need at hand.

power tools vs. manual teeth cleaning?

i am wondering what the pros and cons are to having a horses teeth floated if power tools are used? i have always had it done by hand and i was just curious how the “new technology” was working out…

New York, NY Chimney Cleaning tools and methods

We all know the importance of cleaning chimney in regular interval of time and how hazardous a clogged chimney could be. The constant threat that envelops us owing to dirty chimney is well known in the contour of chimney fire and the only way to avoid it is New York, NY Chimney Cleaning.

Getting your chimney cleaned through a professional company that specializes in the same is a great idea as these companies employ skilled and experienced staff, who is well versed with the technique of cleaning the minutest particles. Also, they have such innovative and state of the art tools for New York, NY Chimney Cleaning that there remains no doubt that the chimney is properly cleaned.

Chimney tools used for cleaning

Flue Brush

Creosote is a constant threat that when adheres to the wall of the chimney is capable of breaking heavy fire even with a small spark. A flue brush is used by professional cleaners to remove every possible trace of creosote deposited in the chimney. These come in three materials: Oil tempered steel, Polypropylene plastic and Stainless steel. These can be oval in shape, round, rectangular or square. Although square and round are the most popular of all yet all kinds and sizes are used to clean the creosote. The diameter of these brushes ranges from 5″ to 14″.

Apart from flue brushes, other New York, NY Chimney Cleaning tools include wire brushes, Polypropylene Brushes, Hand Brushes, Rotary Steel Cable chimney tool and chimney rods.

Wire brushes have their bristles made of steel and these brushes can be both round and flat. Round brushes are really useful in scraping the chimney walls and to clean the dampers, flat brushes are used. The top of the chimney is scraped using a flat brush only owing to its strength.

Polypropylene Brushes are used in metal chimneys and are comparatively softer than the wire chimneys. Usually as New York, NY Chimney cleaning tool, it is used in sizes 1/8″ to 1/16″and is highly effective. The next important tool is Rotary Steel Cable chimney tool which when used along electric drill and rods do a great cleaning job in the smoke chamber.

The next category is of hard brushes which come in wire, pot brushes in U shaped with scrapers attached. The thimble area, connectors, smoke chamber, smoke shelf, chimney caps and the fireboxes are all cleaned using hard brushes.

Chimney rods are again a great tool for New York, NY Chimney Cleaning. These rods come in many materials like fiber glass, which come in both rigid and flexible variety; Polypropylene rods, which are highly flexible and metal rods used in rotator chimney cleaning systems. But the most common and effective rods for chimney are rattan rods which are used to scraping the creosote deposited on the walls of the chimney.

All these tools are when clubbed with expert and skilled cleaning professionals extensive methods of New York, NY Chimney Cleaning give highly positive results. Its indeed advisable to opt for professional chimney cleaning service once in year to avoid any chances of breakout of fire.

All these tools are when clubbed with expert and skilled cleaning professionals extensive methods of New York, NY Chimney Cleaning give highly positive results. Its indeed advisable to opt for professional chimney cleaning service once in year to avoid any chances of breakout of fire.

Tools for Cleaning a Porcelain Cooking Surface

Flat top stoves are much easier to keep clean than stoves with detachable metal burners and drip pans. There are some special tools to use when cleaning porcelain cooking surfaces, however. Some wrong ones will scratch and ruin the surface, while others won’t properly clean at all. Using the proper tools will ensure your porcelain cooking surface a long life and keep it looking new(bosch dhi 635).


Use a soft scrubber such as a Scotch-Brite pad. Do not use metal scrubbers or steel wool, as they will scratch the surface of your cooking area. Carefully use a specially purchased scraper or a razor blade in a holder to clean off stubborn stuck-on stains.


Use the proper cleaner. Some stove tops have specific cleaners that are available. These cleaners not only clean the surface, but they also protect it from future scratches and burns. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for exactly what type and brand of cleaner it suggests. Otherwise, use only mild dish washing liquid to keep porcelain surfaces clean. Do not use cleaners with bleach or ammonia.

Wipe off all of the cleaner. Thoroughly dry the surface with paper towels. Leftover cleaner residue will smell the next time you turn on the burner. If you are using a porcelain grill pan, the cleaner could contaminate your food.

For stubborn stains, apply the cleaner, spread it all over the cooking surface and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. Come back and use a soft scrubber to work the stains loose. Wipe with a damp sponge to remove the cleaner and the stains. Repeat if necessary.

Make your own cleaning paste out of baking soda and water if you don’t want to use commercial chemicals. Apply the paste to the cooking surface siemens ek 77554 . Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes, and scrub using a non-abrasive scrubber.

Tips Make sure the bottoms of your pots and pans are not warped before using them on a porcelain cooking surface. Also make sure they are completely clean and dry.

If spills do occur while cooking, clean them up immediately. This prevents the ingredients from burning and sticking, which requires much more work to remove.

Clean the surface right away after using it. Leaving spills to clean up later only makes the job harder. Clean the stove while it is still warm, and all you will need is dish soap and a soft sponge.