Split! – Terminology with Assessment

  • Acidic – Anything that has a pH of less than 7.0 is considered acidic. The cleaning theory is, you use an alkaline pH to clean a soil (food base soils are a good example), and an acid cleaner to clean an alkaline based soil (lime scale or rust). Split! doesn’t follow these rules. All that matters is if the soil to be cleaned is a non-solid molecular structure. Split! splits that soil.

  • Acid Rinse – Acid rinse is commonly used by truck mount carpet extractor operators to lower the pH of the carpet they just extracted with an Alkaline Cleaner. These acid rinses are still detergents and will leave their own residue plus the residue they didn’t remove with the acid rinse process. The idea is taken from commercial laundries, where they will use an Alkaline cleaner and then use a Sour (acid cleaner) late in the cleaning process to bring down the pH of the laundered material (sheets towels etc.) This works because included with that process is multiple water rinses. Even then, there are times when the finished laundry still has an Alkaline pH when tested. When using a truck mount, if you use as much water as a washing machine does to truly rinse the carpet, it would be soaked and damaged, so they can’t do that. So, they “hit” the carpet hard with an acidic rinse. The results end up being, much less than they want, with a high pH still on the carpet and residue left on the carpet.

  • Agitation – In terms of relating to the Split! cleaning process, it is applying a brush, a rotary brush, a pad, a mop or a cloth, to the surface Split! was applied to. All cleaning products need some agitation to help, and Split! is no different in that regard. This allow complete release from the surface you are cleaning and will ease the pick-up of the ‘splitted material”.

  • Air Mover – An industrial fan in a spiral shape that has multiple speeds, is more powerful than a common house fan, and allows you to specifically direct the fans moving air.

  • Airborne Residual – This is the result of a combination of soil and residue that is left on surfaces, dries and becomes airborne. A good example would be soil and residue left on a carpet to dry. The dried residue is then walked on, becomes airborne, and remains in the air to be breathed in by building occupants, along with landing on other surfaces or ending up in the building air handling system.

  • Alkaline - Anything that has a pH of more than 7.0 is considered alkaline. The cleaning theory is, you use an acid pH to clean a soil (limescale or rust are a good examples), and an alkaline cleaner to clean an acid-based soil (food-based soils). Split! doesn’t follow these rules. All that matters is if the soil to be cleaned is a non-solid molecular structure. Split! splits that soil.

  • Asphalt Walk Off – This is common in geographic areas with higher temperatures, longer daily exposed sun, and higher elevations. The black oily petroleum-based product in asphalt is the asphalt cement. This product liquefies in the heat, gets on the people’s shoes, rolling carts etc. The product is walked into buildings and attaches itself to carpet and hard surfaces. It is incredibly difficult to clean. Detergent based cleaners rarely remove any of this when it is on the carpets. Asphalt walk off builds ups, and like residue, and attracts other soils with its sticky nature. Split! Restorative Cleaner will split the asphalt walk off, but sometimes with buildup, it could take multiple passes.

  • ATP - Adenosine Triphosphate - Adenosine Triphosphate, the universal energy molecule in cells, those that are or were recently living. ATP is a perfect indicator when trying to determine if a surface is clean or not. Readings are measured in RLUs, Relative Light Units, in direct proportion
    to the amount of ATP present on a given surface. A reading of 0 to 10 indicates the surface as “pass”; 11 to 30 indicates “caution”; and 31 and above indicates “fail”. Current detergent cleaners may lower RLU readings to be somewhere near 31. Split! Non-Detergent cleaners routinely lower RLU readings dramatically lower, often to zero. Our patent pending formula for removal of ATP cannot be matched by any detergents.

  • ATP Meter – Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence measurements in relative light units (RLU) are often used to rapidly assess the level of cleanliness of environmental surfaces in healthcare and other settings. For our purposes, the surfaces to be measured are swabbed and inserted into the ATP meter. The ATP meter then measures microbial contamination on the surface you are checking. Split! is clearly in its own league getting measurements of ZERO after cleaning with any of the Split! products.

  • Auto-Scrubber – A mechanical walk behind or riding cleaning machine that stores its own water and delivery system for cleaning, has an attached scrubbing head, and has a built-in wet vacuum system for recovery of the scrubbed fluid from the floor surface after cleaning.

  • Biofilm – Biofilms are a collective of one or more types of microorganisms that can grow on many different surfaces and attach themselves to the surface. For our purposes, biofilm ends up being a combination of residue, soil, and microorganisms. They end up being feeding and breeding grounds for bacteria and other microorganisms. We measure the amount of biofilm with an ATP meter (see ATP Meter). Split’s! ability to remove ATP and retain counts of ZERO on an ATP meter, makes Split! a fantastic choice for all surface cleaning.

  • Bonnet Cleaning – This is the process of cleaning carpet with a single disc floor machine and a bonnet pad. The steps vacuum first, the wet the bonnet pad in a bucket and wringer or spraying, attach the bonnet to your floor machines disc drive, clean the intended area with the floor machine and bonnet, flipping and changing the bonnet to a clean bonnet so you do not load up the pad to the point it is ineffective. Let dry and post vacuum.

  • Bonnet-N-Brush System – A more modern and effective way to bonnet clean. It requires a Camel floor machine or a standard single disc floor machine, a Bonnet-N-Brush driver, Slotted Cleaning Pads that fit the Brush-N-Bonnet Driver, and Cotton Wiping Pads. This unique driver has 4 brushes built into the driver for enough agitation to release any soil build up, but it can do it safely without damaging the carpet. This allows the bonnet that is attached to it, to also agitate the “splitted” soil to be removed and pick up some of it. The Cotton Wiping Bonnet is used for complete pick up of the splitted material. As a note – Cotton is much more effective and absorbent at picking up the splitted material than a synthetic or microfiber-based bonnets.

  • Brown Out - Carpet wicking is the culprit for reoccurring brown spots. Carpet Browning is a directly related to the process of wicking. Wicking is when the carpet gets wet from cleaning, and the deeper parts of the carpet fibers absorb all that excess moisture. Occasionally a brownish discoloration appears on a carpet or rug after it has been cleaned. One of the causes of this discoloration is a condition called cellulosic browning. Cellulosic fibers are present in all jute carpet or rug backings and are a major source of cellulosic browning.  Over-wetting can also be a cause of brown out. The wetting of jute backing causes cellulosic browning. Don't forget that many woven rugs may have a cotton or jute backing yarn and can cause browning and shrinkage. Avoid all of this by using Split! with a low moisture cleaning process.

  • Camel – This is a unique 17” single disc floor machine with a 180-frame motor, an onboard tank, a built-in pump and spray device, and 126 lb. weight, empty. It allows for powerful restorative and maintenance work on both carpet and hard floors.

  • Carbon Black – Carbon black is found in tire manufacturing, belts, hoses, rubber goods and pigments. For Split’s purposes, you will run into it cleaning when copier toner or other inks are spilled, or when rubber-based products are walked into a building. It can be difficult to remove. Split! splits it like nothing else on the market and it is simply removed by our cleaning processes depending on the surface it is on.

  • CDC - The Center for Disease Control offers information and protocols on building cleaning for infection control and use of disinfectants. Their website is information packed:  https://www.cdc.gov

  • Charged Water – Electrically charging water is popular right now and considered as a health benefit by some, especially alkaline charged water versus acidic charged water. For cleaning purposes, electrically charged water is up for debate, with sides being taken that is disinfectant replacement at times and a general cleaner, when others argue it doesn’t clean any more than water and we have the white paper tests to prove it. Our stance is, it can’t leave much residue, but it doesn’t remove residue very well. If it does clean, the product is unstable, and it doesn’t clean very well. There’s no debate on that. Split! can remove all biofilm with a count of Zero on an ATP meter. Split! can clean better than any traditional detergent based cleaner on the toughest soils, and Split! leaves no residue. Plus, the cost of the charged water systems is astronomical compared to the results and compared to using Split! They are really selling an idea more than a completed proven result.

    • As a note to clarify – any truly proven thing that works is agreed upon by many sides and doesn’t fall into the category of “clearly up for debate”. Charged water is still in the debate category.

  • Chemical Exposure Sensitivity - For our industry, a sensitivity to any chemical cleaner, finish, or disinfectant caused by repeated exposure over time. This area is still being discussed and tested for validity. Applying reason and logic to the discussion brings us to consistent, over time exposure to disinfectants which are insecticides. Chances are, this could be a real problem if not addressed for building occupant safety and exposure and employee use, safety and exposure. So, relating to Split!.  Split! could be a viable option to minimize exposure and use disinfectants, and to position them as, “use only as needed”.

  • Detergent Cleaners – A detergent is a surfactant or a mixture of surfactants with cleaning properties in dilute solutions. Detergents use water as a carrier to attach itself to soil, and grease/oil, break down that grease and oil, and then get carried away through a cleaning process. When the detergent cleaned surface is dried, it will leave a film of residue made of the detergent and the soil not picked up by the cleaning process. They will also create a build-up of residue because detergent cleaners are not very good at removing previous residue left on the surface.

  • Disinfectant Cleaner – A wide variety of products designed to kill microorganisms while cleaning soil from the surface. Each of the many types of disinfectants “kill” different types and levels of microorganisms, with different dwell times needed, and better or worse cleaning ability. Example; a standard quaternary disinfectant cleaner needs a dwell time of ten minutes before its kill claims are valid. Each one of these cleaners will leave residue behind when dry, compounding the residue problem previously left from past cleanings of the same product.

  • Double Scrub -Using an auto-scrubber; take the first cleaning pass while leaving your vacuum off and your squeegee set up, you put down scrubbing solution and scrub an area, leaving that area wet for several minutes. Then you come back to that same area, rescrub with more solution down and pick up all at the same time with squeegees down, and the machines wet vacuum on. This is an excellent solution for stubborn soils on floor and top scrubbing. This also can be accomplished with a single disc floor machine, a half flood mopping of solution, scrubbing with several passes while applying more solution and then picking all up with a wet vacuum.

  • Dwell Time – This is the time you leave a solution on the surface you are cleaning, to allow it to use chemical action to enhance the ease of cleaning and removal of the soil. In the case of disinfectants, this is the time the disinfectant must stay on the surface of whatever you are trying to disinfectant, until its EPA stated time is up where it is valid that the “kill’ claim for that disinfectant is completed. When it comes to cleaning dwell time and Split! some dwell time can be helpful, but you can start working immediately. To remove ATP, there is no needed dwell time with Split!...Just spray, wipe and you’re done!

  • EPA – Environmental Protection Agency. They are the guys that are rating products and creating standards and rules that we follow when using products like disinfectant cleaners. https://www.epa.gov

  • Epoxy Floors – a concrete floor that is coated with an epoxy finish. These coatings can be water based or solvent based. All these coatings are known for their toughness to hold up to industrial wear. Many of these floors are cleaned poorly or cleaned with residue creating detergent based cleaners. Split! products will restore those floors to new and allow you to maintain them residue free.

  • Extraction Cleaning – Carpet cleaning using a machine with a built-in water/pressure spraying device with or without a brush system, a system for wet vacuum pick-up using a hose/wand or front mounted pick-up tool set-up. There are many varieties large and small with different water pressure delivery systems, tank sizes, vacuum ability, and walk behind, drag towards or riding ergonomics. As good as wet extraction can be, it still leaves, at best 20% of its solution in the carpet (many times much more). This is a residue creator which can never improve with the use of detergent based cleaners while using it. The best choice for these type of systems, is to use them on the lowest moisture setting whenever that is available.

  • Film – the left-over visible residue on a floor or hard surface that was created by using detergent based cleaners mixed with whatever soil has attached itself to that residue.

  • Floor Squeegee - A rubber or synthetic rubber floor tool with a metal holder and handle that allows for quick clean-up of water and solutions on the floor. Comes in multiple sizes.

  • Frequencies – The amount of times you are going to clean a thing or an area in any given time period. The outline is:  

    • You have the task or the job you must do.

    • You assign the task with the amount time needed to do it.

    • You create a frequency schedule for the task to be repeated such as daily, weekly, monthly etc.

    • You calendar the frequencies and inspect and adjust based on the cleaning level you are trying to achieve.

      • Note – Frequencies need constant attention and change because situations change, and cleaning needs and capabilities change. Never be apathetic when it comes to staying on top of the management decision of frequencies. Solid, well scheduled frequencies is the first thing that will make your building look good. Frequencies ignored through complacency is the first thing that will cause a building to look bad.

  • Green – A generalized term that is used by many to describe a product or situation that is environmentally safer or safer for personal exposure. Claims for those products or situations may or may not be true. There is no person or entity proving or disproving any claims.

  • Green Seal Certified – Green Seal is an agency, started in 1989 to standardize and publish requirements along with setting protocol for what is truly “Green” or not. These standards that they have set are recognized internationally, and to be certified means to have met those standards. To learn more: www.greenseal.org

  • Grit Floor Brush - A nylon brush that is made from silicon carbide impregnated nylon bristles. It comes in a floor brush style shape of a doodlebug pad in which you attach it to a handle, or in a rotary brush that you can attach it to a single disc floor machine. They are also made to fit auto-scrubbers. They come in several different bristle thicknesses for different floor types. All are meant for aggressive cleaning agitation.

  • Grout – The filler to hold in tile types in restrooms and other areas looking for a longtime flooring and wall solution that is easy to clean and maintain. Also, a real cleaning problem for those who do not maintain it correctly and allow build up to take over.

  • Grouted Tile –Tile types in restrooms and other areas looking for a longtime flooring and wall solution that is easy to clean and maintain. Life expectancy can be extremely long depending on the care and maintenance it receives. In many cases, these grouted tile areas are mishandled when it comes to maintenance and the look and cleanliness spirals downward. A soil and residue mixture dominate many tile and grouted areas. Split! Restorative Cleaner can bring these tile and grouts back to their original look.

  • Hypo-Allergenic – A product or thing that is relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. All Split! products are Hypo-allergenic.

  • Insecticides – A pesticide type, approved by the EPA. Pesticides are substances that prevent, destroy, repel, or reduce the severity of pests. Pests are living things that occur where they are not wanted or that cause damage to humans, crops, or animals. Pests can be insects, mice, unwanted plants such as weeds, bacteria, viruses, or different types of fungus. In this case, insecticides kill insects, bacteria, some fungus and some claims on viruses. Disinfectants are insecticides/pesticides.

  • Low Moisture Cleaning - Cleaning using the least moisture possible, yet being effective. Split! with the Camel Brush-N-Bonnet System is an effective low moisture cleaning system.

  • Low Residue Cleaning – Cleaning and leaving a lower than usual amount of residue on any one surface compared to other cleaners or cleaning system. This doesn’t mean NO Residue, and sometimes can be far from it.

  • LVT – Luxury Vinyl Tile. LVT is an industry term, not a standard, for vinyl that realistically mimics the appearance of natural materials with an added layer to improve wear and performance. The extra layer of protection is usually a heavy film covered with a UV-cured urethane that makes it scuff, stain and scratch resistant. LVT is being used in more and more buildings. Build up and improper maintenance is a big problem with LVT. Split! is a terrific choice when it comes to restoring the look back of LVT to new and then maintaining it thereafter.

  

  • Maintenance Cleaning – A term for every day cleaning or normal effort cleaning that is part of some frequency scheduling. Not restorative cleaning.

  • Microfiber - Microfiber is synthetic fiber finer than one denier, having a diameter of less than ten micrometers. This is smaller than the diameter of a strand of silk (which is approximately one denier), which is itself about 1/5 the diameter of a human hair. The most common types of microfibers are made from polyesters, polyamides (e.g., nylon, Kevlar, Nomex,), or a conjugation of polyester, polyamide, and polypropylene. Microfiber is used to make mats, knits, and weaves for apparel, upholstery, industrial filters, and cleaning products. The shape, size, and combinations of synthetic fibers are selected for specific characteristics, including softness, toughness, absorption, water repellency, electrostatics, and filtering capabilities. With that type of description, it is no wonder there isn’t a standard, and there are many qualities, especially not-so-good qualities on the market that are not near as effective as a cleaning tool as they should be.

  • Microfiber Cloths – Cloths made of microfiber cut into pieces of multiple varied sizes and qualities. Be careful of what you purchase. Many microfiber cloths on the market do no clean with the expectations they claim and do not last in the laundry like they should. Quality microfiber will scrub scratches from porcelain sinks because of their true fine “micro” thread nature, will make removing soil from surfaces easier, and will handle be laundered, 300 to 500 washes.

  • Microfiber Mops – Mops made of true Microfiber. Read microfiber cloths above.

  • Natural Fibers – Any fiber that is grown from the earth like cotton or hemp or is from an animal like leather. From a cleaning perspective these fibers are delicate, and the cleaner must take care in choosing the right product and tools to clean natural fibers with. For example; when cleaning Haitian cotton on a chair, over wetting could create a real problem and damage could occur. Know your products and tools. Know your target. Ask questions before proceeding.

  • Non-Detergent Cleaners – A Non-Detergent Cleaner is any cleaner that has no detergents or properties that make up a detergent in its formula. That leaves very few choices. Water is one. Solvents are another. Neither will clean well and safely at the same time. Split! is the only Non-Detergent Cleaner that cleans the toughest soils, removes all the residue from other cleaners, leaves no residue when done, and removes all ATP so your ATP meter can read zero.

  • No Residue Cleaning- Restoring and cleaning, removing all the old residue left behind by previous cleanings, and leaving no residue on any surface when done.

  • Non-Solid Molecular Structure – A description of the physical make up of any matter that Split! will attack and split. This includes food stains, oil, residue, ATP and carbon black.

  • Nylon Carpet & Fibers – This describes mostly all carpet made today and upholstered fabrics in commercial settings.

  • Nylon Floor Brush – This is a softer rotary brush available for a floor machine or a Camel where a grit rotary brush would be two aggressive. This brush will give safe but strong agitation for cleaning any hard surface floor.

  • Offgassing – The term Offgassing is used many times instead of Outgassing. The real use of the word is more like the odor coming from a new car in the interior...it is Offgassing and that is what you are smelling.

  • Outgassing – Outgassing is when odors are trapped in a soil/residue filled grout line. When you use Split! to clean that grout line, the trapped odor is free to release into the air and you smell it - such as a uric acid odor.

  • pH – pH is the measurement of any chemical or chemical product for its acidic nature or its alkaline nature. 7.0 is considered neutral. Anything below that is considered acidic. Anything above that is considered alkaline. Each number above and below in the pH scale is an exponential reading or ten times the amount of the previous number.  Example – 5.0 is ten times more acidic than 6.0. Soils such as food can range in the middle acid levels like 4.0. Rust is 8.2. The cleaning theory is, it takes an alkaline cleaner to clean acidic soil and the opposite; it takes an acidic cleaner to clean alkaline soil. For Split! this does not matter. Split! just splits the soil if it is a non-solid molecular structure.

  • Phosphoric Acid – As it applies to Split! this is an ingredient that is not added to the product. It is the result of the manufacturing process. The amount of phosphoric is less than 1%.  The pH is alkaline for the Restorative Cleaner, and slightly alkaline to neutral for Non-Detergent and Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner in all of their concentrated forms.

  • Pre-Cleaner – For our purposes, this is describing the cleaning that is needed to be done prior to using a disinfectant on any surface. The EPA requires that all surfaces are precleaned first before applying a disinfectant because the disinfectant itself cannot be guaranteed to remove the entire soil load on a surface. Split! Non-Detergent cleaner (green label) makes a great pre-cleaner and will give you a zero ATP meter reading for easy and confident follow up disinfectant applications.

  • Pump-Up Sprayer – Pump up sprayers are a necessary tool in any custodial crew’s arsenal. They come in many sizes. The key to an excellent quality and usable pump up, is they have nitrile valves, so they will not lose their ability to pump to pressure. Also, that they have a quality spray tip that will atomize the spray, so you do not over wet the surfaces you are spraying. These sprayers are essential when carpet cleaning or doing every day maintenance cleaning.  

  • Residue – What is left on the floor or surface to be cleaned that has dried and is now attracting more dirt and microorganisms. This must be removed to have a truly clean surface and be biofilm free.

  • Restorative Cleaning – Cleaning that comes before everyday maintenance cleaning because the surfaces to be cleaned need heavy duty solutions to bring them back as close as possible to the look they originally had when new. Once restored with Split! you can set frequencies for maintenance cleaning depending upon need to keep the look continuous.

  • Rubber Floors – Rubber flooring used to be made from a rubber tree, a 100% renewable resource. Today styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), a general-purpose synthetic rubber, produced from a copolymer of styrene and butadiene is used for "rubber flooring" It is easy to install and maintain, is anti-static and provides effective sound insulation and vibration reduction. Rubber flooring is also resistant to fading and cigarette burns. Most rubber flooring is made from synthetic rubber, which is not a sustainable product (See Synthetic Athletic Floors for cleaning info).

  • SDS – These are safety data sheets. They are multiple page documents that describe in detail the chemical products you have in your building, the make-up of them, the level of safety they claim, and ways to protect yourself when exposed to those chemicals. These are documents you need to take the time and read. Split! products are safe, and you will find that out by viewing these documents. They are available in English and in Spanish. They are available on the www.splitcleaning.com website and with your employer. 

  • Scrub & Recoat – This is a process to avoid the strip out cycle on a VCT or finished floor of another type. This term is also applied to gym floors, but the process is different depending on the finished being used. For this purpose, we are discussing finished floors like VCT. Mop Split! Restorative Cleaner with a heavy dilution down on the floor using a half flood amount (which is about half the amount of solution you would put down for stripping the floors with a stripper). Scrub the floors with a single disc floor machine walking slowly and scrubbing the edges with a floor brush. Make sure the floor looks thoroughly scrubbed and any marks and stains that can be removed are gone or lightened as much as possible. Pick up the solution on the floor with a wet vacuum or an auto-scrubber. Rinse the floor with water using a mop or auto-scrubber. Let dry. Apply one or two coats of floor finish.

  • Single Disc Floor Machine – This is a standard floor, frequently called a “buffer”. They are usually rotating at approximately 175 RPM, weighing 85 to 95 lbs. These machines can do many jobs that are needed in every day maintenance cleaning and restorative cleaning. A cleaning crew must have a couple of these machines to be functional. The Camel is a single disc machine, but with unique upscale features that make it a great choice for any cleaning crew (see Camel in this list).

  • Slotted Bonnet - In the Bonnet-N-Brush System, this is the cleaning bonnet that custom fits in the Brush-N-Bonnet driver. It is made of a synthetic blend and it is design for smooth rotation on a carpet, while having enough friction to clean the carpet without harming any of the fibers and the carpets “look”.

  • Soil Load – This is a description of the amount of soil that is on any one surface.

  • Solid Molecular Structure – This is a description of surfaces that Split! cannot attack. It just will not. Examples are floor finish, rubber floors, honed stone floors and nylon carpet fibers. That is what makes Split! so safe to use on these surfaces.

  • Split Certified Training - The Split! Basic Training Program is a program design for end user customers to train their employees once they have decided they are going to buy and use the Split! products for their in-house cleaning program. The training consists of a classroom room piece with instructional power points and videos lead by an instructor; a hands on piece having all attendees using the products in different applications that relate to what they will be doing in their own daily tasks; a Basic Training Test that covers the key points to know from the training, and a Certificate of Completion awarded to the attendees who complete the training.

  • Splitting the Residue/Soil – Splitting is put into action by applying a Split! product to the surface you are cleaning. While agitating the Split! on that surface, Split! then splits the soil and residue into microscopic particles that never will go back to their original state. You then pickup the splitted material with a dry cloth, mop, bonnet or machine leaving a clean, residue free surface.

  • Stain – Any mark, dried spill, or discoloration on a carpet or a hard floor that appears it could be permanent or leave a permanent blemish on the carpet or hard floor it is on.

  • Stone Floors – This includes any natural stone like marble or mixed strata used installing a floor. Some of these products are honed so the top has a solid smooth feel and a shine. These can be cleaned with Split! mopping or auto-scrubbing. Restoring can be safely done without affecting the stone. If any of these types have finish on them, then maintain them the same way you would maintain VCT.

  • Synthetic Athletic Floors – Manufactures such as Connor Floors install many of these type of floors selling them as an easier solution for overall maintenance and care than a gym floor or a rubber floor. The issue is they end up not being maintained properly and the build of dirt and residue happens so quickly because of poor maintenance combined with tremendous foot traffic. Split! can restore and then maintain the floors, leaving a residue free surface while easing the maintenance level needed before and improving the look drastically from the restorative time going forward.

  • Training Cards - These cards are Split! use instructional cards that are 5 ½” by 8” laminated. They are to be put on a ring with other cards and hung on a maid’s cart or machine for personal training instruction. There are multiple instructional versions depending upon room type or task type. They can be customized.

  • Uric Acid - The uric acid you will be dealing with when it comes to cleaning will be left on the floor of a restroom after the user “missed”. This builds up along with the detergent residue left beyond from multiple cleanings with a detergent based cleaner. Uric acid will create an odor that will not leave the room until you restore your floors and walls completely by removing all the residue the uric acid resides in.

  • VCT – Vinyl Composite Tile is made from PVC (poly-vinyl-chloride) which is made from salt, which is cheap to produce. VCT is distinguished by the fact that its primary raw ingredient is limestone, a naturally abundant material. Almost 65 percent of vinyl composition tile is made of limestone. This is referred to as a “filler” material. It is made into a sand like powder…thus vinyl composite tile is only as good as the amount of sand it doesn’t have in it or does have in it. Unlike it’s denser and higher quality brother LVT, floor finish protection must always be applied to VCT and maintenance frequencies are a must to make this tile last.

  • VOC’s – Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs are organic chemical compounds whose composition makes it possible for them to evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions of temperature and pressure. – EPA. This is the odor and Outgassing you will recognize from paint, gasoline, or gym finish. Most all cleaning products and floor finishes have some VOC’s. Split! contains no VOC’s and has no odor.

  • Wall Charts – These charts are Split! use instructional charts that are 8 ½” by 11” laminated. They are to be hung on a wall in a common employ area or custodial closet. There are multiple instructional versions depending upon room type or task type. They can be customized.

  • Wet Dry Vacuum - A machine with vacuuming ability to hold wet and dry substrate, but primarily used in the cleaning industry to pick up water and solution from floors. Can be in various sizes and power abilities. Power is rated in CFM (cubic feet moved) and water lift. The higher the power numbers, the stronger the motor and vacuum system is. When purchasing, do not over buy on the tank size. Many times, the big tanks become too clumsy and cumbersome to work agilely. It is better to buy the strongest motor for pick-up with a smaller tank. You can always dump it and then keep cleaning. Always buy an excellent tool and wand set. Picking up cleanly in tight areas is critical.

  • Wiping Bonnet – These are cotton bonnets are extremely thick are durable and are used as the last cleaning step in the Bonnet-N-Brush system to pickup the splitted material after cleaning.

  • Wood Floors Finished – This includes Gymnasium floors, sports floors and courts, and dance floors that are all made of real wood and are finished with a wood finish. All can be restored, deep cleaned and maintained with Split! products! Split! will only clean the floor but will not harm or effect the gym finish. You can top scrub to clean it. To prep this for recoating you must use the pads or scrubbing system recommended by the finish manufacturer you intend to use.

  • Wool Carpet - All carpets made of natural wool fiber are easily affected using alkaline cleaners. Higher alkaline cleaners used at heavy dilution ratio can brown out and or “burn” the wool carpet fibers. You will smell the odor which is like hair burning if this is occurring. To avoid this, use Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner (blue label) which is safe on wool and will do an excellent job bringing your wool carpet or fabric back to original. Also, be careful of any unusual colors or dyes in wool and natural fibers, they could run while cleaning. Test an area first before proceeding.  Be aware, even water makes those bad dyed release, so it is not just the Split! You can use water as a test.