Posted: February 6, 2017 at 9:40 am

How to Clean Chrome Plated Flush Valves and Faucets

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Why Flush Valve Polish Doesn’t Exist

You may ask yourself, why can’t I simply buy flush valve polish, or faucet polish to make my flushometer or faucet shiny again? Simply put, chrome plated metals cannot be polished because chrome is an inert or chemically inactive metal. As a matter of fact, using chemicals or rough cleaning techniques on chrome plated fixtures can potentially cause more harm than help. Here’s why: the majority of chrome plated faucets and flush valves have a very thin coating of chrome over their brass body. When maintenance personnel uses harsh chemicals on flush valves and flushometers in an attempt to clean them well, they can actually damage the chrome plating, causing it to become pitted. Likewise, when custodians or maintenance technicians scrub chrome plated fixtures too roughly, they can also damage the finish, in some cases even remove the finish entirely.

Read on below to find out how we recommend cleaning the chrome plated fixtures in your facility.

How to Clean Chrome Plated Flush Valves and Faucets

At Equiparts, we recommend that our customers clean their chrome plated flush valves and faucets with good ole soap and water. Since chrome is a soft, inert metal that does not rust, it does not need any type of polish to make it shine like new. Instead, it just needs the grime, dust, and dirt removed to get it back to its prime.

In Sloan’s Care and Cleaning Instructions in their Repair Part and Maintenance Guide for chrome plated flushometers, they state the following:

DO NOT USE abrasive or chemical cleaners (including chlorine bleach) to clean flushometers that may dull the luster and attack the chrome or special decorative finish. Use ONLY mild soap and water, then wipe dry with a clean towel or cloth.
While cleaning the bathroom tile, protect the flushometer from any splattering of cleaner. Acids and cleaning fluids will discolor or remove chrome plating. 

We recommend wiping down the surface of the fixture with warm, soapy water, then using a microfiber cloth or towel to dry the surface.

Next time you are wondering what you should use to clean your flushometer, or how to make your faucets shiny and like new, remember to keep it simple, and just use soap and water so you don’t cause any permanent damage to your chrome plated flush valves and faucets.

At Equiparts, we carry all of the maintenance and plumbing repair parts, fixtures, and tools you need to outfit and maintain your facility. We carry products from all of the top plumbing and hardware companies and also carry hard to find parts as well. Our staff consists of experts, not order takers. Browse through our website or give us a call 7:30AM-5PM M-F EST toll-free at 800-442-6622.
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Posted: November 30, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Wipe Off Vandalism Mark Remover

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The Wipe Off Vandalism Mark Remover (EC Part # 79643) is a graffiti remover, spray paint remover, marker ink remover, scuff remover, and more, all in one handy 16.5 ounce can. It’s a great item for facility managers, janitors, and building operations managers to have on hand. It removes a variety of media from a multitude of surfaces, and drastically reduces the labor involved in removing those marks. Not only does it remove common vandalism materials like spray paint and marker ink, but it also makes clean up easy for other, less common items like wax based lipsticks and crayons, as well as ink based items like ball point pens. This Vandalism Mark Remover can also remove wear and tear marks like tape residue and scuff marks.

In general, the less porous the surface, the better the Vandalism Mark Remover will work. Example surfaces that respond well to the mark remover include, but are not limited to, the following: baked enamel and powder coated steel, plastic, hard rubber, and porcelain surfaces.

Call to order the Vandalism Mark Remover now at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST. Be sure to mention the EC Part number (79643) when placing your order. Save/share the Wipe Off Vandalism Mark Remover PDF with your colleagues.

Posted: October 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Okeeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream for Hard Workers

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OKeeffesWorkingHands-HeavyDutyHandCream-EquipartsO’Keeffe’s Working Hands uses a unique formulation of moisturizing ingredients which are guaranteed to improve dry skin. Contains a high concentration of glycerin which helps draw in and retain moisture. Maintaining healthy hands will not only keep you active, it can help prevent a more serious problem of occurring. If you work with your hands, you’ve got to try working hands!

Features:

  • Instantly boosts moisture levels in skin. Working Hands hydrates the skin with water and glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant which draws moisture to itself at a molecular level causing hydration of the skin.
  • Prevents further moisture loss. The unique formulation traps that moisture with occlusive agents. These highly effective ingredients prevent evaporation of hydrating compounds and water.
  • Creates a protective barrier on the skin’s surface. Unlike other products that can be thin and watery. O’Keeffe’s Working Hands is a thick hand cream which prevents evaporation.
  • Makes skin feel better within days of usage. For best results, Apply hand cream after washing hands, bathing, and also at bedtime. Those are the most effective times to moisturize very dry skin.

Give us a call to purchase Okeeffe’s Working Hands (EC Part #37014) Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM EST on our toll free number: 800-442-6622 or submit a quote through the O’keeffe’s Working Hands listing on our website.

View or Download the O’Keeffe’s Working Hands PDF to share with your colleagues or friends!

Posted: July 27, 2016 at 11:01 am

Improve Your Facility’s Cleanliness With A Simple Fixture: AeraMax Pro

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Did you know that the air inside your facility is up to 5 times more polluted than air outdoors? It’s true!  According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health.

The public spaces we share with others like offices, schools, assisted living, restaurants, and hospitals are breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses that make you sick. Dust and allergens can irritate sinuses, and odors can leave a bad impression. This is why improving indoor air quality is an essential part of your building’s maintenance.

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AeraMax® Professional is a commercial grade air purifier that will help you take your facility to the top level of cleanliness. At Equiparts, we have an AeraMax Pro Filtration System stationed in our work stations, lunch room, and restrooms, ensuring that our team is always breathing clean air while in our facility.

A cleaner facility will increase productivity, improve the perception of your facility’s cleanliness, and help employees and patrons breathe easier.

By stopping the spread of germs, allergens, and other irritants present in your facility’s air, you will reduce the amount of sick days taken, while simultaneously creating a cleaner and more positive experience for your patrons, patients, students, and customers.  

Product features of the AeraMax® Professional include the following :

  • • Mode Selection utilizes EnviroSmart Technology to adjust performance based on sensor feedback. It scans the room for occupancy, noise level, and the presence of airborne contaminants. You can set the unit to the specifications appropriate to the unit’s location.

Normal Mode: Use this mode in highly populated areas like cafeterias, break areas, play areas, fitness centers, locker rooms, and restrooms. When these areas are occupied and a strong odor is present, rapid purification occurs. When the room is empty, the unit will lower to a standby mode.

Quiet Mode: Quiet mode should be selected for classrooms, waiting areas, conference rooms, and general office spaces. In this mode, the unit is on standby when the room is occupied, and then it cleans the air once the room is empty.

  • • Vandal-Resistant Reinforced Design to deter tampering, and elongate the life of the unit.
  • • Four-Stage Design which removes 99.9% of Airborne Contaminants through the AeraMax® Professional air purifiers.
    • Stage 1: A pre-filter, which helps elongate the life of the inner filters.
    • Stage 2: A carbon filter, which captures volatile organic compounds (VOCs,) odors, and other contaminants.
    • Stage 3: A true HEPA filter with antimicrobial treatment which captures particles as small as 0.3 microns. These particles include viruses, bacteria, mold spores, dust mites, and allergens.
    • Stage 4: The PlasmaTrue™ Bipolar Ionizer, which removes bacteria, viruses and molds, and breaks down odors.

Watch the video below to see what the facility’s manager of a health care center has to say about his experience with the installment of AeraMax® Pro in the center’s restrooms:

AeraMax® products are now available at Equiparts! Both wall mounted and floor standing AeraMax® Units are currently listed on our website. Request a quote online, or call to learn more. Place your order at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

Posted: June 6, 2016 at 10:10 am

How to Permanently Eliminate the Smell of Urine from Public Restrooms

Have you ever walked into a restroom and smelled urine despite the fact that the restroom has been cleaned? Odor can be due to a multitude of factors, including people missing the toilet and other unsanitary conditions. Unfortunately, it can also happen in clean restrooms.

PB Gone, the Uric Acid EliminatorFor restrooms that aren’t cleaned thoroughly or often enough, the problem may be a buildup of uric acid that is hard to remove. In this instance, we suggest using a cleaning product called PB Gone’, the Uric Acid Eliminator. This specialty cleaning product utilizes engineered enzymes which attack Uric Acid build up and continue to break it down long after it’s sprayed. Another cleaning agent, ‘Urinal Scale Remover’ removes uric acid as well as limescale, calcium, and rust build-up.

What is the problem when a restroom is clean, but still smells like urine?

Restrooms that smell like urine even when they are clean and free of uric acid build-up are most common in men’s restrooms for one reason: Urinals. This problem can be more common in waterfree urinals. There is a Waterfree Urinal Cleanser that can be used to ‘flush’ the urinals of residue from urine.

60800115CS_2Facilities choose waterfree urinals to save money and energy through bypassing the need to flush the urinal every time it’s used. Based on Gentworks survey data collected from hundred of sites, 80% of the monetary savings gained from the installation of water free urinals (view our waterfree urinal selectionwill be due to the reduction in water use. However, the challenge of waterfree urinals is their maintenance requirements.  Improper or infrequent maintenance leads to the buildup of solids in the urinal, which results in bathroom odor. This brings us to our final, permanent solution for ridding your restroom of urine smell while remaining water and energy conscious: introducing the Sloan Hybrid Urinal with Jetrinse technology. Find out how the new Hybrid Urinal by Sloan Valve can save your facility tens of thousands of gallons of water each year while needing little maintenance at the same time with a ‘service purge’ that keeps drain lines clean and free of urine. Learn more about the most innovative urinal on the market in our Sloan Hybrid Urinal blog post.

Posted: March 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

Antimicrobial Solutions for Commercial Facilities

Saniguard Total Release Fogger 8 ounce Aerosol CanEquiparts offers a range of antimicrobial products and pre-treated antimicrobial repair parts.

Sickness and lack of hand washing make restrooms and classrooms a breeding ground for microbes. Surface bacteria can double every twenty minutes on an unprotected surface. To combat the growth of bacteria and the spread of disease, Equiparts offers an assortment of antimicrobial products including antimicrobial chemicals, such as foggers, sanitizers, and sprays, pre-treated antimicrobial plumbing parts, such as faucet handles, complete faucets, and pre-rinse units, and pre-treated antimicrobial miscellaneous parts like grab bars, ice scoops and holders, soap dispensers, switch plates and push/pull plates.

Saniguard Total Release Foggers are a quick and easy way to fight the battle against bacteria and disease. You can sanitize an entire room in just minutes! Perfect for offices, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, restrooms, dorm rooms, hotels, and more! Saniguard Foggers are available in individual 8oz. and 3oz. sizes, as well as case quantities of 12. The 8oz. Fogger treats up to 625 sq. ft in one application. The 3oz. Fogger treats up to 125 square feet. Keep your building healthy, and order Saniguard Antimicrobial products today!