5 Scary Industrial Cleaning Mistakes_Seacole

The 5 Scariest Industrial Cleaning Mistakes Manufacturers Make

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With decades of experience helping manufacturers find solutions to their industrial cleaning challenges, the Seacole team has seen it all. Just in time for Halloween, here are the five scariest industrial cleaning mistakes we see manufacturers make.

  1. Leaving spills on the floor.

Not cleaning up spills right away is a common mistake we see manufacturers make. It’s tempting to let a spill sit while you finish up production for the shift or the day. But spills can be hazardous for your team and your facility. Slip and fall accidents are huge liabilities for manufacturers. Slipping on spilled oil, paint, or lubricant can put an employee out of work for weeks. Instead of being productive on your assembly line, they’re healing at home.

If not resolved quickly, spills of certain chemicals can be hazardous to your facility and the environment. If your process requires flammable, corrosive, or other hazardous chemicals, leaving these materials on the floor can cause damage to your equipment, affect air quality, or even cause a serious environmental accident.

  1. Not drafting a disaster/emergency plan.

Speaking of environmental accidents, we’ve discovered many manufacturers fail to properly plan for a disaster or other emergency. What are the risks your facility and team face in the event of a fire, explosion, flooding, or structural damage? These incidents can expose flammable and other hazardous chemicals, causing a chain reaction. Is your team prepared to respond to such an event? A disaster/emergency plan helps your team spring into action and mitigates risk.

  1. Improperly storing industrial cleaners.

The storage requirements for your industrial cleaners varies from product to product. Some can tolerate extreme temperatures; others cannot. Some chemicals shouldn’t be stored near each other because combining them could cause an adverse chemical reaction. Is your storage room neat and organized? Are your various products and their storage and usage requirements documented? If not, we encourage you to invest some time into properly storing your industrial cleaners.

  1. Not training your staff.

Not training your staff on the safe and effective use of your industrial cleaning chemicals is very risky. Without training in the safe and proper use and storage of chemicals, your team is more likely to hurt themselves, their coworkers, and even your equipment. If you’re having trouble finding the time to properly train your staff, the Seacole experts can help.

  1. Investing in unneeded, expensive new equipment.

Sometimes, we discover a manufacturer has invested in expensive equipment to solve an industrial cleaning challenge. Often, there’s a chemical solution that costs a fraction of what they spent on new sprayers, tanks, and other equipment. If you’re considering investing in new equipment to solve a cleaning challenge, call Seacole first. Chances are that we can source or formulate a chemical solution that’s highly effective and affordable.

Are you making any of these industrial cleaning mistakes? Contact the Seacole team today for help.

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Meet Heather Thornberg, Seacole Inside Sales and Product Development

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We had a chance this month to catch up with inside sales and product development specialist Heather Thornberg. Heather builds customer relationships at Seacole. Take a moment to get to know Heather!

What is your role at Seacole?

I work in inside sales at Seacole and also work on product development.

What advice would you give people in your field?

Relationship building and listening to customers is the most important thing we can do in sales. Slow down and take the time to work through and understand customer challenges to deliver the best value and results.

What is your favorite Seacole product?

My favorite Seacole product is our Spraydet EL. It’s a liquid detergent for spray cabinet washers and an all-around performer.

What might someone be surprised to know about Seacole?

Seacole is the combination of our CEO’s children’s names: Sean and Nicole. This is a testament to Seacole’s humble roots and family business mentality.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work?

The first thing I do when I get to work is settle in and make a strong cup of tea to enjoy while responding to my emails.

Do you have a secret for staying productive?

I like to time-block so I can focus on and complete one task at a time.

Before starting your career, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I used to work for the University of Minnesota as an Emergency Medical Technician. Driving ambulances and working the Vikings and Gopher games could get pretty wild at times!

What is something you can’t live without?

Family, friends, and travel.

Heather’s Motto:

What would Rob Lowe say?

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4 Boat Cleaning Products That Save You Time and Increase Your Bottom Line

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The boating season may be winding down, your boat cleaning company’s busy season is just getting started. Without the right tools, cleaning your clients’ boats can cost you thousands in extra labor and time. Here are four boat cleaning products for getting your clients’ boats ready for winter storage that will save you time and labor and increase your profit margins:

  1. 99BH Boat Hull Cleaner removes water scale, slime, and algae all at once.

Water scale, slime, and algae are some of the most time-consuming contaminants to remove from boat hulls, especially when they’ve stained the fiberglass. There are plenty of boat cleaning products that can remove one of these contaminants, but they are not all-in-one solutions. And often, they are not safe for fish and other aquatic life.

A product that can safely remove scale, slime, and algae in a single application can cut down on the time it takes your staff to scrub a single boat hull so you can clean more boats in less time. Our favorite is 99BH Boat Hull Cleaner. Simply spray the exterior of your boat down, let the solution penetrate, scrub, and rinse away. It’s safe for the environment and super concentrated so a single pail can clean hundreds of boat hulls.

  1. BREAK spray is effective and safe for use on all interior surfaces.

Boat interiors can be very complicated—and time-consuming—to clean. They have multiple finishes that usually require separate cleaning products, from vinyl seats and plastic dashboards to teak decks and Plexiglass windshields. That’s why cleaning boat interiors often slows your production way down.

But with the right product, you can clean all of these finishes with a single chemical, cutting down on the time and materials it takes to clean a single boat’s interior. For interior grime, dirt, and even stained surfaces, we recommend Break, a degreaser and cleaner that comes in a handy spray bottle. Its powerful formula works hard so your staff spends less time scrubbing. Plus, it’s water-based, so it’s safe for your staff and the environment.

  1. Bill’s Bug Blaster blasts bugs from the windshields of speedboats and other craft.

It seems like no matter how hard they scrub, your staff has trouble removing those bug carcasses from boat hulls and windshields. All-purpose cleaners, degreasers, and soaps just don’t cut it for bugs, even when there’s an extra dose of elbow grease.

Instead, use a product developed specifically for blasting those bugs. Our favorite is Bill’s Bug Blaster, which doesn’t require any elbow grease (except in extreme cases) and is safe on Plexiglass and glass. Simply spray, let sit for a few minutes, rinse, and wipe dry. A word for the wise: don’t let Bill’s Bug Blaster dry on actual glass, since it can cause a film to form.

  1. Fresh Again removes mildew smells.

Mildew smell is one of the hardest things to get rid of when you’re winterizing boats. It seems like it doesn’t matter how hard you scrub, vacuum, or steam clean—the odor remains. Usually, it’s because mildew remains hidden in hard-to-reach places, including live wells.

With Fresh Again odor eliminator, all you need to do is spray and let the product fully dry. As it dries, the chemicals in the product react with the mold and mildew, eliminating the mildew odor. It’s safe for both hard and soft surfaces. You can even add it to your carpet cleaning solution to clean and erase odors in a single application.

Choosing the right cleaning products for the right jobs can help you clean more boats in less time and with less elbow grease. When you choose the right chemicals, they work harder so you don’t have to. To learn more about the different products that can make your boat winterizing operation more efficient and profitable, contact Seacole today.

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