Dalco's Food Drive Challenge
Every year Dalco participates in a food drive to support our local food shelf. As a large distributor in the Midwest region we feel as though we have a strong presence as well as a responsibility in our surrounding communities. This past March, Dalco fundraised alongside others participating in the Corporate Food Drive Challenge and donated food and hygiene supplies to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
In addition to donating food and hygiene supplies, Dalco employees participate in raising money for Ralph Reeder with our “Dalco Café”. Each week a different department takes their turn bringing lunch, potluck style, for anyone to enjoy for a small donation. This year we were excited to be able to donate a total of $4,600 and 400 lbs. of food and hygiene products.
We are proud to support such a great organization. The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf began as a way to provide families within the school district, who needed the extra help, with food. As the needs increased, so did the services they provided. Today it has grown to support a much greater area and is able to provide a shopping-like experience and other services such as case management and crisis referral, Operation Joy during the holiday season, nutrition and health education, and much more.
If you'd like more information about how your company can get involved within their surrounding community you can find resources on Corporations Feeding America website. Using these resources, you can join many other companies that are now also participating and helping in their communities.
Removing Ice Melt Residues from Carpet & Hard Floors
By: Eric Scholl, Multi-Clean
Ice melting compounds are used extensively in the winter months near the entrances of buildings to keep the ground from getting slippery, to ensure the safety of employees and customers.
The problem is, as people enter the building, the ice melt residue is tracked inside and onto carpets and hard floors. This creates cleaning challenges.
To understand the solution to this issue, we first need to understand the chemistry of ice melts.
Ice melts are water soluble salts. They dissolve in water and reduce the freezing point of the water solution. For example, a water solution containing calcium chloride (the most common ice melt compound) would have a freezing point of -20 oF. Compare this to the traditional freezing point of water, 32 oF.
The result of using these types of salts to melt ice is the formation of a compound called calcium carbonate. We often refer to this compound as "hard water residue" or "lime scale." It is the same compound that you often see and have trouble cleaning in restrooms.
If you need to remove tracked in ice melt residues from floors, be sure to use a product recommended for the type of floor you are using it on. Use only products where it specifically states that it is safe for carpets and hard floors.
Dalco’s Orbit is a mildly acidic neutralizer that can be used for ice melt residue. It is safe for use on carpets.
Use the following procedures to remove stubborn ice melt residue your floors carpets:
- Dilute Orbit at a rate of 4 oz/gal of water.
- Apply to area using a pump up spray or trigger sprayer.
- Work into the carpet using a spotting brush.
- Let the product stand for 5-10 minutes, then lightly agitate with the brush.
- Re-apply with more Orbit, then extract or blot out the stain.
For hard floors, Dalco ICE KLEEN is a non-acidic product designed to be used safely on all types of hard floors including finished (waxed) tile floors, rubber floors, granite, marble, ceramic tile, grout, sealed wood, polished concrete and entry way matting. It quickly dissolves ice melt residue on floors. Use on virtually any floor not harmed by water!
- For removing stubborn white stains on hard floors, dilute Ice Kleen at 2-4 oz/gal of water.
- Apply to the affected area and let stand for 1-2 minutes.
- Pick up or rinse away the solution.
For hard floors that are sensitive to acids, like marble and concrete, Dalco’s Ice Kleen is a great alternative that is effective against ice melt residues without harming acid-sensitive surfaces.
You can also follow these tips to help prevent the formation of ice melt stains:
Use good quality walk-off matting that includes a combination of wipe and scraper matting.
Use at least 15 feet of walk-off matting at entries. In winter months, consider using additional matting to keep floors dry.
Use Orbit daily to help prevention of ice melt deposits on hard floors.
In entry areas where ice melt tracking is likely to occur, mop floors regularly with Orbit. For daily mopping of finished or other hard floors, dilute Orbit at 1 oz/gal of water and mop floors as usual.
Maintain entrances outside the building.
Using ice melts is a necessity. Keeping areas outside just before entering a building as clean and ice-free as possible helps to prevent ice melt tracking.
Removing Coffee Stains & More from Carpet
By: Mike Tarvin, Multi-Clean
When it comes to caring for carpet, one of the biggest issues that arises is spots or stains. A very common and troublesome type of carpet stain comes from beverages, whether it be coffee stains, red wine stains, or others like tea or sports drinks.
The problem with beverage stains on carpet is that they can be very difficult to remove, and they can often be larger volume spills, resulting in stains that are tough to eliminate and can often come back after they seem to have been removed.
Many beverages, including colas, coffee, tea, and wine, contain compounds called tannins. Tannins are naturally occurring compounds found in many plant materials, and are responsible for the dark color of these types of beverages.
The problem with tannins is that they can be difficult to remove, meaning beverage stains can also be difficult to remove.
The secret to removing tannins lies in pH. Tannins have an alkaline pH, meaning they will be neutralized by an acidic pH and be easily removed. If you try to use a neutral or alkaline stain remover (as many general purpose spotters are), it won't be as effective.
A very effective remover for coffee stains on carpet is a spotter based on hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide serves multiple purposes:
- It gives the spotter a mild acid pH, which allows it to effectively neutralize most beverage stains while remaining safe to the user (if used correctly)
- It reacts with carpet fibers to produce color-safe bleaching and brightening of the carpet
- It destroys odor causing soils deep within the carpet and helps to deodorize the carpet while cleaning
Dalco’s O-Force Ready is a ready-to-use hydrogen peroxide cleaner that is a great option for cleaning carpet, especially for beverage stains and the like. The peroxide eliminates tannins found in coffee stains and many other beverage stains, while also brightening and deodorizing the carpet.
Large Volume Spills
As you have probably experienced at one time or another, you often don't just spill a few drops of coffee on a carpet; it is usually a full cup that causes a rather large stain.
The problem with these types of larger volume coffee stains is that even after they seem to be removed, they come back over time.
This is due to a process called wicking. Wicking happens when the carpet pad is not properly cleaned and dried, leaving the soil deep within the pad underneath the cleaned carpet. Over time as the carpet pad dries, the soil is transferred from the soiled pad into the clean carpet. The stain reappears as the soil rises to the top of the carpet fibers.
Wicking is usually caused by improper spotting or cleaning techniques. It can be prevented by using the correct spotter (a mild acid peroxide based product in the case of beverage stains) and thoroughly rinsing and drying an area after a stain has been cleaned. Rapid drying of the stain area makes wicking less likey.
Red wine stains and older, set-in stains can be especially tricky to remove. For this, it is usually helpful to use the heat transfer method of spotting. To perform heat transfer:
- Apply a spotter like you normally would. Extract or rinse the spot, leaving the carpet slightly wet but not overly wet.
- Take a cotton towel, wet it, and wring it out so it is slightly damp. Place the towel over the stain.
- Using an iron, apply pressure over the spot for 15-20 seconds at a time, moving the iron around frequently.
- After 15-20 seconds, lift the towel and check if the stain still remains.
- Repeat until the stain is removed.
By using the correct spotting product, and with the proper knowledge and a couple tricks up your sleeve, removing coffee stains, or any beverage stain, should prove much easier.
Ask an Expert: Are My Secondary Labels GHS Compliant?
Recently, an Account Manager at Dalco asked if we were prepared to handle a heavy amount of secondary label requests due to the recent GHS deadline of June 1st, 2016.
Don’t panic! You will all be glad to know that according to the compliance department of one of our key vendor partners, secondary labels do not need to be updated by any deadline. All current secondary labels will meet the new GHS compliance standards unless the actual hazardous material has changed.
Question: Are customers required to change out secondary labels to meet the new GHS standards? Are we, as a distributor required to send out only GHS compliant secondary labels after the June 2016 deadline or are we okay to use up our pre-GHS stock?
Answer: "Employers are only required to change secondary container labels if the hazard of the product has changed. In most cases our use dilutions were not hazardous before and are not now under GHS. So, in most cases the old label will be fine.
As indicated in the OSHA guidance, workplace labels are not required to have full GHS labeling with the new pictograms. So, even for a Ready-to-Use product where the product might be hazardous (ie: it was corrosive before and still is now), the old label is still fine. But, if it was simply an irritant before, with no PPE required, and now it is considered corrosive to eyes or skin, with PPE required, they will have to update the label to accurately reflect the hazard information on the primary label. These requirements will be the same after June 2016 when customers are required to have their Hazard Communications Programs updated." – John Heyer, SealedAir Diversey Care
This indicates that unless the product’s hazards have changed under the new GHS standards, the old secondary label will be in compliance for diluted product that comes from a newly labeled concentrate product. Make sure to double check all of your new SDS documents for any changes in chemical hazards and PPE requirements.
All that being said, in the case that someone specifically wants to have the newest secondary labels, we can provide those. Just contact your Dalco account representative and we can have them ordered.
So, now you have the full scoop. For any other GHS related questions don’t hesitate to contact us at Dalco or you can visit our GHS resource page for more links and information.
Have an industry related question? Dalco can help you answer it, contact us with our Ask an Expert form or our customer service chat line.
Dalco Enterprises, Inc. Acquires B. Miller Products, Inc.
Dalco Enterprises, Inc. and B. Miller Products, Inc. combine local relationships with robust product and service lines to bring local businesses the best in facility maintenance solutions and support.
Dalco is excited to announce that on April 4th, 2016 an agreement was signed to acquire B. Miller Products, Inc. a supplier of industrial, commercial and institutional maintenance products. B. Miller has been serving the northern Minnesota and Wisconsin market since 1960 creating lasting customer relationships by putting customer service and support at the heart of their business.
As with B. Miller, Dalco pushes for having personalized customer service and quality employees to support our customers. This acquisition will combine our strengths and those of B. Miller in order to sustain and improve the level of service current customers are receiving. With B. Miller’s long term customer relationships and Dalco’s comprehensive product lines and robust service teams, this combination will help businesses in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin shine.
“We are pleased to announce that Dalco has teamed up with B. Miller Products to provide customers an even more comprehensive line-up of facility supplies, equipment, repair services, training and a wide array of maintenance solutions,” commented Dalco Enterprises, Inc. President, Ted Stark III. “B. Miller has been a formidable and friendly competitor in the northern market for many years and has built many long term customer relationships which Dalco is pleased to begin supporting and doing business with.”
Dalco is a family owned an operated company with over fifty years of service to the Upper Midwest market. With this aquisition we now have distribution centers located in Hibbing, Duluth and Rochester Minnesota; La Crosse, Marshfield and Eau Claire Wisconsin; and Marquette Michigan, with our corporate office and distribution center in Minneapolis/St Paul Minnesota.