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Microfiber System Helps Save Money, Win Green Award

Filmop USA ISSA/INTERCLEAN Exhibitor Profile

August 27, 2012

There is only one winner for the American School & University's Green Cleaning Award for Best New Program 2010 — and that winner is Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, Missouri.

The district won this award by embracing a comprehensive "go green" program that included changing to green cleaning products, paper, microfiber and new green maintenance initiatives.

The new floor maintenance program included switching from a more traditional floor maintenance program to Filmop USA's microfiber floor maintenance system.

The district's new floor program incorporated several of Filmop's systems for floor maintenance and cleaning of flat surfaces.

The transformation started with the district's dust mopping.

The district replaced the use of cotton dust mops and mop oil with Filmop microfiber dust mops in sizes from the 24-inch flat mop to the super-sized, adjustable 72-inch V-sweep.

The time it took to dust mop classrooms was significantly decreased with the new system, as Filmop's quality microfiber clearly outperformed other products.

Hallways were finished in a fraction of the time with the oversized 72-inch equipment.

System Saves Thousands

The district changed its damp mopping system by replacing the traditional string mop and single bucket with Filmop's Fred double-bucket system and the unique Spin 'n Drop microfiber flat mop that collapses so it can be used with a wringer.

The conversion to the Filmop system saved the district over $26,000 in the first three years of implementation.

Prior to this change, the district spent $17,000 each year on the traditional system of string mops, handles, wringers and buckets.

Additionally, the Filmop system enabled the district to reduce its consumption of floor cleaning chemical by 35 percent, as the new double-bucket system uses less chemical.

The district implemented a new approach to cleaning tabletops, desks, walls and whiteboards with Filmop's Top-Down Microfiber System with 12-inch microfiber pads.

The system uses just three quarts of cleaning solution to charge up to 15 pads, which can clean up to 4,000 square feet of flat surfaces.

The Filmop floor finish system enabled the district to decrease its consumption of floor finish by 20 percent.

These savings were primarily accomplished by eliminating the string mops that absorbed the finish and hung onto it.

The Filmop system also eliminated the problem of how to dispose of leftover contaminated floor finish and finish-saturated string mops.

For details about Filmop's full line of microfiber systems, microfiber products, mops, buckets and compartmentalized carts, visit booth 2514 at the 2011 ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America trade show.


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