MECHANICSBURG, PA (September 16, 2022) – Bortek Industries, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based distributor of cleaning and environmental equipment solutions has been appointed as the exclusive dealer partner for Schwarze Street and Parking Sweepers in Central and Western PA. Effective immediately, Bortek will be providing Sales, Service, Warranty, and Parts support for all Schwarze products and customers.Read More
Overwhelmed at your floor equipment options? We understand. These days, it’s easy to get intimidated at the sheer number of seemingly-identical industrial floor scrubbers. As a typical guy or gal who simply needs to clean your floors, it can certainly be difficult to spot the differences between these machines. To further complicate things, user reviewsRead More
MECHANICSBURG, PA (January 4, 2022) – We are pleased to share exciting news that Bortek Industries, Inc. (Bortek) recently finalized an agreement to purchase the operating assets of Carolina Industrial Equipment, Inc. (CIE). CIE will operate as an independent entity as Carolina Industrial Equipment, LLC. The acquisition of CIE is an important part of ourRead More
MECHANICSBURG, PA (January 4, 2022) – Bortek Industries, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based distributor of cleaning and environmental equipment solutions has joined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) team as an associate sponsor in a multi-year deal beginning with the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. The company logo will be featured on the No. 30 entry and transporterRead More
Citing operational support costs and declining customers and profit margins, Tennant Company announced the discontinuation of its Sentinel outdoor vacuum street sweeper and All-Terrain Outdoor Vacuum (ATLV) during its Q3 2019 Earnings Call on October 30th. This slimming of Tennant’s product lines follows a similar discontinuation from Q2 where it dropped the Green Machine sweepersRead More
Manufacturers have made substantial improvements to all models in recent years from diesel, propane, gasoline and especially electric sweepers and scrubbers. Cleaning equipment is a very specialized category and electric machines have definite advantages in the proper setting while considering other important application specific requirements to ensure an effective cleaning result. Safety, longevity, ease ofRead More
What exactly are “wearables?” Wearables on your machine include things like brooms, brushes, pads, squeegees, belts, filters, oil, casters, etc. Essentially, any part of the machine that contribute to the operation of your machine and tend to wear out over time. Hence the name! These parts wear down in an effort to protect the integrityRead More
Cleaning vs. Disinfecting vs. Sanitizing At times, when some folks are looking for a cleaning product, terms like “cleaner,” “disinfectant,” and “sanitizer” are used interchangeably– which… well, can be problematic. To help clear up any potential confusion with these terms, we’re here to break things down when it comes to cleaning a surface and howRead More
There are two basic types of cleaning machines which both fall under the definition of “Sweeper-Scrubber”, even though their cleaning methods are quite different. In spite of this difference, manufacturers and distributors of cleaning equipment have taken to grouping them under a single category. Both styles can sweep and scrub, but let’s take a look at what makes them different.
If cancer and lung disease don’t convince you to abide by OSHA’s silica dust control regulations, try $304,130 in fines. That’s what highway construction contractor, Lanford Brothers, may be facing for five alleged violations this year.
Even if you’re a sweeper/scrubber newbie, thinking of your floors like a lawn in need of mowing can simplify a potentially overwhelming job and purchasing decision into something more familiar and manageable. With the right tools, you may even find that cleaning the floor becomes as therapeutic and satisfying as mowing the lawn is for me.
What’s that machine called that cleans the floor? Or the road? It’s not a Zamboni, I’ll tell you that.
What’s the largest area of dirty ground that’s yet to be cleaned? That’s right, it’s the surface of the moon. It’s a menace, and something needs to be done! Something like… sweeping it up. Could it be done?
Beware of foreign critical components hiding in “American” machines! The US has had a long tradition of dominance in the Cleaning Machine industry. Unfortunately, that has dramatically changed with cheap Chinese imitations of American designs, and machines imported from all over the world.
“Factory Direct” is a popular purchasing buzzword with an assumed consumer-friendly connotation. In some industries, it makes sense to attempt to cut costs this way. But when dealing with cleaning equipment, the so-called “middleman” distributor can offer value with which the manufacturer can’t compete.
You may very well be healthy as an ox, but the goal of these scheduled appointments isn’t always to check on a current ailment, but to get an overall examination to prevent any issues BEFORE they happen! Planned maintenance, sometimes called preventive maintenance, works the same way with your cleaning equipment!