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August 13, 2012
New Ebook Hits Shelves: The Magic Of Microfiber And The Science Behind It

Coastal Wipers new Ebook has just hit the shelves...

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In it we cover topics that will help you understand better what exactly it is that makes microfiber the wonder cleaning tool it is. When you better understand how microfiber textiles are made, what the difference is between them and the different variations that can be combined to acheive differerent performance traits, the real value begins to emerge more clearly.

An excerpt from the book "Cleaning microfibers are designed specifically to make them very sensitive to the capillary effect. By splitting the microfiber it dramatically increases the total surface available to wick, thus increasing the total amount of absorption possible." 

To download the whole book for free visit coastalwipers.com  


July 30, 2012
Cleaning Rag Market Stabilizing But Long Term Outlook Still Uncertain
Over the last fiscal quarter a lot of companies have felt the pinch of rising cleaning rag costs. Several factors including the emergence of several Pakistani companies have began exporting very large amounts of used clothing from the market shrinking the availability of a big source of raw material used for recycled shop rags. These goods are being sold at huge used clothing bazaars in the Pan-Asian region and with little going unsold the raw material just is not there. American companies like Coastal Wipers have responded with increased offering prices and we believe that we have reached a plataue. The results is that supply has improved but prices have risen. Recycled hospitality and hospital goods have become a short term alternative for those that needed pure white rags but nonwoven disposable sales have increased as well as customers begin to find that they are more than adequate for a lot of applications.



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Getting The Most From your Microfiber


August 6, 2012
5 Tips For Clean Floors You Could Eat Off Of

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Using microfiber mops and floor cleaning products can deliver exceptional results as compared to conventional mopping products. There are some simple tricks that pro's know that can really ensure you get the most complete clean possible.

 

  1. When using flat wet mop pads, pre-wet the pads completely but you do not want water dripping from the pads. 
  2. With flat wet mop pads make sure you start on the far side of the area you are cleaning and work backwards keeping the same edge of the pad facing you and you won't leave anything behind.
  3. When using flat scrubbing wet mop pads for tough, dried spills use them in a figure 8 pattern to create as much contact from as many angles as possible between the scrubbing rows of polypropylene and your target spill.
  4. Looped end tube mops and string mops are great for cleaning large spills when the occur but remember to clean from the outer edge of the spill in so that you avoid spreading the spill.
  5. All fringed dry dust mop pads should be used keeping the same leading edge while slightly twisting the handle from side to side working away from you to grab everything and avoid leaving dust and dirt behind.
So there you go, 5 easy, simple tips to help you clean smarter not harder and get the most out of your Coastal Microfiber Floor Care Cleaning Products .

 




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Health, Safety, The Environment & Microfiber


July 21, 2012
How Microfiber Cleaning Products Help Your Allergies, Asthma & More

Do you or someone you know ever suffered from asthma, allergies or skin conditions?

Well, chances are if you live on planet earth the answer is yes. But do you know why these conditions occur? Most commonly the come from exposure to excessive levels of VOC's or Volatile Organic Compounds. These are very fine particles that are in the air we breathe, our homes, cars, workplaces and every other setting we journey into during our lives. They are tiny flakes that actually come from our carpet, couches, beds, animals and everything else that as it ages breaks down. Some occur naturally in our environment from plants, some come from artificial objects, but no matter where the originate from, high levels of these compounds continue to build to toxic levels in the environment around us until they are removed properly. So how do you properly remove them?

CLEAN!!! I mean really clean. See, this is what most people don't know. Since people began cleaning their surrondings they have commonly been cleaning with traditional cotton based products like mops and towels. You wipe or mop a surface and what was there is gone. Or is it? Did you remove it or just move it. The eye can be decieved very easily. See cotton fibers don't trap anything. By it's nature cotton fibers are not statically charged and it has a very flat, non-porous surface area for trapping small particles. This is where microfiber cleaning products are so beneficial. Microfiber mopping products, microfiber cloths and microfiber towels as well as microfiber dusters are actually electro-statically charged to attract dust, dirt and fine VOC'S. Not only that, they have a tremendous surface area with literally millions of small pores that are extremely effective at trapping these very fine particles. So if you are actually picking up these particles, you can actually remove them. It gets better. Microfiber cleaning products are constructed from polyester and a nylon composite called polyamide and guess what? Polyester and polyamide are hypo-allergenic. So not only can you finally remove harmful VOC's from your surroundings reducing your exposure to them and the risk of reaching toxic levels of these compounds but you don't have to worry about your cleaning products contributing to your condition like cotton based fibers can. Pretty cool huh. If you have any questions or want to learn more give me a call or write me and I'd be happy to help.

Written By: David Smiles
david@coastalwipers.com
(813)628-4464 x 229  

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Disposable Wiper Options


May 14, 2012
Disposable Wiper Option
The wiping cloth industry is in a state of change. Products that have always been readily available like  recycled white knit cleaning rags and heavy duty huck/surgical towels are becoming harder and harder to find in the large quantities that are needed to supply the industries that use them. That's the bad news. The good news is that there are some great disposable wiper alternatives to cloth rags that are much more cost effective, abundantly available and will perform very effectively for many applications.
First, for those that aren't familiar here's a little information about what are considered disposable wipers.

  • They are typically made of multiple materials(wood pulp, polyester, etc.) and are bound together by water, heat, pressure or a binding agent.
  • The result is a highly engineered wiper designed specifically for an application.
  • They are designed for strength, absorbency, to be reusable, resistance to solvents as well as to be lint free and much much more. 
  • Chances are there has been a disposable wiper designed just for what you need.
  • They have a great value due to the large number you get for the money. 1 pound of recycled white knits may have 6-10 cloth rags, where as 1 pound of disposable wipers will have as many as 70-100 wipers.
Now let's take a look at five different industries and the disposable wiper options that will work great for them.

1. AUTO MECHANICAL REPAIR - This industry uses a lot of recycled soft colored knits cleaning rags. Two great options for grease rags that will save you money are:

  • DRC - This wiper is a medium duty cellulose based disposable that has a cloth like feel and thickness, has great absorbency for grease, oil and water, is reusable and abrasion resistant.
  • SCRIM - This light to medium duty wiper is 4 ply nylon reinforced for extra strength. Exceptionally low lint, ideal for glass, stainless steel and smooth surface cleaning.
2. FACILITY MAINTENANCE COMPANIES - This industry uses a lot of huck/surgical and terry towels. Two tough disposable options that will absorb well enough are:

  • HYDRO ENTANGLED SPUNLACE -  This heavy duty wiper is exceptionally strong, abrasion and solvent resistant. Economic alternative to shop towels.
  • SONTARA -  This heavy duty wiper is reusable, tough, low lint and absorbent. Don't use with strong solvents though but another great alternative to shop towels.

3. FIBER GLASS MANUFACTURERS - This industry needs a soft, totally lint free wiper that won't scratch but is strong enough to remove wax and other compounds.

  • NON WOVEN POLY - Designed specifically for waxing and wax removal.
  • CHEESECLOTH - Soft, strong and totally lint free. Ideal for molds, plastic or glass. Will not streak or smudge.
4. GENERAL INDUSTRY - These industries use a lot of recycled soft colored knit cleaning rags for general light duty clean up and wipe down.

  • RESINBOND - Very low lint, reusable many times and great for wet cleaning. 
  • RAYON/PET - Low linting, soft, cloth like feel, non abrasive with a textured finish to help trap particles.
These disposable wiper options are available in many different put up options from rolls, flat packs and quarter folds to jumbo rolls, pop ups and center pulls. Give me a call at 1(800) 825-7247 or email me at barbarawells@coastalwipers.com and I will be glad to help you solve your wiping cloth problems and figure out what disposable wipers will work best for your application.

Written By :
Barbara Wells
Senior Account Executive
www.coastalwipers.com

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Top 3 Reasons


May 14, 2012
Cleaning Rags Changing

Cleaning rag and wiping cloth manufacturers are going through some challenging times right now. Certain products that people and organizations have gotten used to using over the last 10 to 20 years are finding availability is becoming more and more limited while pricing is going up and up. So what gives? Well globalization and the toughest recession we've experienced in the last 50+ years have created a super storm of circumstance. Let's look at one in particular as an example. Soft white knit recycled shop rags made from 100% cotton has been a popular and economic choice for a long time for a number of industries and end uses. Everybody around the world felt the impact of the recession, so what do people do during tough times of uncertainty? They hold on to their possessions longer, and that includes clothing. The used clothing industry is one of the supply chains for recycled cleaning rags and since people are not donating as much of their old clothing as quickly as they once did, a valuable source of raw material has shrunk dramatically.

Another reason is fashion has changed. Fashion you say! What the heck does fashion have to do with rags? More than you can imagine, both new and recycled wiping cloths are affected by fashion trends.When fashion moves in a more colorful direction made from different materials, both immediate and medium term source of white cotton rags diminishes. So what is a business or person to do. First you need to be aware of what is happening so that you can begin to plan for the future. White cotton rags are not going extinct, but they are and will be harder to come by. You need to start looking for alternatives for applications where other types of wipers could be easily substituted. When we are comfortable with things and there is no problem acquiring them human nature tells you not to waste your time looking for an alternative. The good news is that there are a lot of great alternatives available, some are actually significantly more cost effective, some are significantly better performers. It all depends on your application.

There are amazing disposable wipers available that can be much more cost effective. There are phenominal microfiber cloths that perform better than anything else you have ever tried and can last 300+ washings. And there are other shop rag or shop towel options that can absorb more and be a great substitute as well. This is where you need professional advice, this is why we are here, this is why for over 30 years we have been offering solutions to the challenges our customers face.

Visit www.coastalwipers.com or call 1(888)239-4788 to speak with a qualified wiping cloth expert that can help you figure out a solution for you.

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The New Addition

Coastal Wipers Awarded


May 14, 2012
2012 Earth Charter Small Business

On Friday February 24th Coastal Wipers was awarded Small Business Of The Year by The Earth Charter US in recognition of it's lifetime accomplishments as a leader in the wiping cloth industry. this is a tremendous honor for us and empowers us to continue down the road of sustainability that we started on 3 decades ago. Walk with us and become a member of Earth Charter, you can join

The Sustainable Business Coalition or become a member of Earth Scouts. Visit www.earthcharterus.org for membership info and become a part of the solution.

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Disposable Wipers


August 20, 2012
Why Spunlace Wipers Make Your Life Easier?

First, what the heck is a Spunlace wipe and how can it help me? Well, chances are if you have ever used a disposable kitchen wipe, or if your in the medical industry and use disposable surgical or wipes, or if you have ever used a disposable shop towel, then you are already using a spunlace wipe. The technology that goes into making these wipes is fascinating and very complex, so we'll sum it up as simple as possible. These types of wipes are made by using a very high pressure water to entangle the base fibers used to make the web of material for the wipe. By very high pressure I mean saw your hand in half pressure, bone and all!

An AquaJet Spunlace System Used To Manufacture All Types And Weights Of Nonwovens

 An AquaJet Spunlace System used to make all types and weights of nonwoven textiles.

With this technology you can combine an almost infinite amount of base fibers from polyester, cellulose, wood pulp, polyethylene, rayon and more. This allows us to dial in certain amounts of these fibers so the finished materials have different properties. Some of the most common and popular blends result in materials that are soft to the hand, drapeable, absorbent, strong and reusable. As technology continues to evolve we can make better, more effective and affordable products that are more versatile and practical for multiple uses saving you time, performing better and saving you money. Who doesn't want that. These ain't no wimpy paper towels we're making here! Okay, cool you say, I want to try some. To try a free sample of your choice just fill out our registartion form and we'll send you yours to try for free! Click Here for your free sample and see the difference for yourself.

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May 14, 2012
Disposable Wipers & The Amazing Technology
  First let's clarify what we in the industry call a disposable wiper. These ain't no ordinary paper towels. We're talking industrial strength, multi-use, application specific non-woven textile fabrics blended together using the latest technology. So what the heck is a non-woven textile you ask? Non-woven fabrics are defined as a web or sheet of fibers bonded together by mechanical pressure, thermally by heat, or chemically by a binding agent. Sometimes it a combination of these.
     Non-woven fabrics are being used more and more due to their efficient manufacturing processes. They can be designed for specific properties such as high absorbency or liquid repellency, flame resistance, high tensile strength, abrasion resistance, bacterial resistance, softness and much more. The base fibers can be blended in an almost infinite combination of blends and binded together using multiple technological processes that produce fabrics engineered for disposable, reusable and permanent applications. They can range from light duty to heavy duty and within each class can be made of multiple different weights to amplify the specific attributes. So let's talk about these amazing technologies...

  •      Airlay -   This technology uses a binding agent to hold together cellulose making it soft, absorbent and durable. They make great personal care wash cloths and towels and perform well with detergents, oils and most chemicals. it is a medium duty disposable  and is one of the older technologies.
  •      DRC - This technology utilizes a binding agent to hold cellulose fibers together as well but is put creped twice adding more cellulose and adding more strength. It creates a very absorbent, very soft and durable disposable wiper. You would be amazed at how much this will hold. It has cloth like properties and is a great alternative for industrial general use wipers.
  •      Scrim - Another older technology that uses a nylon netting that has up to 4 layers of tissue paper that are mechanically bonded to the netting. This creates an exceptionally low linting economical wiper that is ideal for glass, mirrors, stainless steel or any surface where lint and streaking are of concern.
  •      Resinbond - A blend of Rayon and Polyester held together with a binding agent. It is apertured to create a mesh like finish to help catch particles. The blend of these types of fibers creates a very strong, reusable wiper perfect for wet wipe purposes. Multiple colors allow for color coding to avoid cross contamination as well making it a great fit for foodservice, healthcare or high tech manufacturing.
  •      Spunlace - This technology can be used with many different types of fibers and it uses extremely high amounts of hydraulic pressure to entangle the fibers creating a web that is a superior blend of the strongest, most durable, most absorbent non-woven disposables in the market. They can be made from cellulose, wood pulp, polyester, rayon, polypropylene and much more. There are variations to how the fibers are laid that can create even greater strength and absorbency.
So as you can see, there are an abundance of options for materials that are suited for your specific needs.  Check out the video to see how some non-woven textiles are made. For more help ensuring that you are getting what you need, feel free to contact me at jennifernolan@coastalwipers.com or 800 825-7247 x 227.

Written By:
Jennifer Nolan
Account Executive
www.coastalwipers.com

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The Shop Towel Rental Scam


May 11, 2012
The Shop Towel Rental Scam, Don't Be A Victim!!
 Shop towel rental services have been around for well over a decade and have become an accepted way for many industries to manage their cleaning rags. It usually starts as an offer from a uniform or linen service company that performs some other duties to help their customer save some money and to make their lives easier. Talk about a bait and switch. The first month the accountant looks at an invoice and compares it to the cost of what they were spending on wiping cloths and it appears they got themselves a good deal. Then one or two months later, the honeymoon ends and these little extra charges start appearing on their statements, 2 cents for environmental charges, 5 cents for delivery, fuel and energy charges and then the big one hits like a ballon payment on an interest only loan, BOOM 40 cents for a replacement towel. Wait a minute!!! I thought I was renting these towels, that's what the nice gentlemen who sold me the service said!
     This is about the time we get a call, looking for some help. Time and time again we here the same story of another good, hardworking company getting put over by one of these scams, and that's what it is, a scam. Here's the reality of it, YOUR NOT RENTING SHOP TOWELS, YOU'RE FINANCING THEM, and by the time your done you've paid 3 sometimes 4 times as much as you would have if you just bought them outright.
     So this is where our honesty, transparency and helpfulness show you what your options are. Sometimes it makes sense to just buy less expensive, low end colored cleaning rags. But more than likely there is an even better option for you.
 
     Industrial Disposable Wipers...

    The most important question is if this wiper can do the job I need it to do? The answer study after study is a resounding yes!!! Non-woven Industrial Disposable Wipers are engineered for specific properties such as higher absorption, better liquid holding, exceptionally low linting, solvent resistance, abrasion resistance, fire retardancies and much more. In a sense, cotton is more restrictive in what it can do while non-wovens are far more adaptive and can be selected for optimal traits.
    The next most important question is what are the costs compared to cotton rags? While the base cost of industrial disposable wipers can vary from as inexpensive as $.05 a piece up to $.15 a piece for some types, the base cost of shop towel rentals tends to be in the same ballpark. The difference is the ongoing costs over the lifetime of that towel can add up to paying well over $1.00 per shop towel before they make you replace it with a new one, and they tell you when you have to replace them. Disposable wipers can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars a year over the cost of a shop towel rental service!

This is not even accounting for employee health and safety risks that come along with reusing shop towels contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins that are not removed via laundering. We will talk about those issues in another article soon to come. For help to stop the madness contact d.smiles@coastalwipers.com or call me at 800 825-7247 x 229. We will be happy to share more honest information and help find the right product for you.

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David Smiles
New Business & Product Development
www.coastalwipers.com

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Hydrogen Gas Conversion


May 14, 2012
Hydrogen Gas
We are proud to announce as part of our eternal effort to be a part of the solution for environmental sustainability that we have launched our first 26' delivery box truck that runs on a combination of hydrogen gas and diesel fuel. And the results are impressive. But first lets explain the system we are using.
There are multiple systems available on the market, however the one we selected has three components to it.

  1. A HHO generator
  2. A pulse width modulator 
  3. A combination of water and potassium hydroxide

We tracked the three months prior to installation and the first three months after it was installed. While there are always some variables we averaged out the miles per month to 6,609 miles. Pretty good for a local delivery truck. We saw an increase in efficiency of .76 miles per gallon. Remember these are 26' delivery box trucks that average 6-8 miles per gallon between the city and highway. That equates to a 13% increase in efficiency. Let's do a little more math and see what the real impact over just one year is.

  • 3,216 gallons of diesel per yr. x 13% improved effeciency = 418 gallons of diesel that we are reducing our carbon footprint by.
  • 418 gallons at current cost of $4.15 = $1,734.70 in operational savings.
Wow, and that is only on one of our trucks. And while the installation and implementation takes some effort to dial in and get right the positive impact can be quite substantial. Our pledge is to have this system installed in our entire local fleet of delivery trucks by the end of 2013. That can equate to a reduction of over 1,600 gallons a year in our carbon footprint and over $7,000 a year in operational savings. Now that is making a difference. We encourage other companies and individuals to but in the effort and know that together we can achieve a sustainable world. If you have any questions or if I can be of any help to you feel free to contact me at dennisbahro@coastalwipers.com or give me a call at 800 825-7247 x 225.

Written By:
Dennis Bahro
Operations Team Leader
www.coastalwipers.com

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