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9 Ways to Keep Your Shop Floors Cleaner

Posted on November 10, 2015 by No-Spill™ News Team

Vehicle Maintenance - No-Spill Systems - Oil Drain Plug AlbertaThese Easy Tips Will keep Your Shop Floor Cleaner and Safer, and Help Protect the Environment Too

A clean mechanic’s shop is key to a safe a productive environment and with environmental restrictions getting tighter and tighter, shop managers must keep looking for ways to keep toxins from entering the water table. Although this can seem like a daunting task for vehicle repair and fleet vehicle maintenance shops, there are several things you can do to keep your floors cleaner and avoid spills that will enter the water table.

Cleaning cloths and rags
  • Mechanics should always have clean cloths available to wipe spills or overflows before they reach the floor. Consider using a supplier who can consistently deliver clean cloths and remove dirty ones.
Clean all drops and spills immediately
  • Oil, solvents and antifreeze dropped on the floor can be tracked throughout the shop and into vehicles. Cleaning even the smallest of spills immediately will keep your shop floor cleaner.
Mark cleaning supplies well
  • Designate an area for spill cleaning supplies that are easily accessible. Keep separate buckets with mops for different types of cleanup including oil, solvents and antifreeze. Mark each bucket well and attach rags to the mops so they are easily identified as spill mops.
Clean spills properly
  • When cleaning an oil spill use a hydrophobic mop and avoid back and forth movement to keep the oil from spreading. 
  • When cleaning an antifreeze spill use only a cloth mop dedicated to this purpose and make certain you wring out the mop in a drum also dedicated to coolant. 
  • Use only mild detergent for final clean up with water.
Use spill prevention equipment 
  • Water troughs used for livestock fluid are excellent and inexpensive options for secondary containment of used oil and waste antifreeze. They are available in feed stores.
  • Use funnel drum covers to minimize spills when transferring liquids from one container to another.
  • Replace traditional oil plugs in your vehicles with No-Spill Systems™ magnetic drain plugs. Designed to work on both gravity and suctioning systems, No-Spill Systems™ magnetic drain plugs eliminate spills entirely.
These tips will not only keep your shop floor clean and safe you will be minimizing the effect on the environment and will ultimately save you time and money.

How to Find the Best Maintenance Tools

Posted on November 03, 2015 by No-Spill™ News Team

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We all know that proper engine maintenance can be the difference between a long trouble-free engine life, and one jumbled with repairs.  Proper engine maintenance can be fun, satisfying, and will save you money.  With endless products and infinite information at our fingertips, how do you choose the best tools to do the job?  We’ll help you sort it all out.

Automotive Repair Tools, Oil Change, Drain Plug

Do Your Research
Before you begin, go online and start looking for the parts you’ll need to get the job done.  There’s no use in buying tools you don’t need, or wasting time trying to make the wrong tools work for your particular job. 

Read Trusted Reviews
Be sure to read reviews from other mechanics on repair chat sites, and product reviews.  Also, be sure to check multiple review sites.  If the tool you want to purchase is available on numerous sites, chances are there will be reviews on all of those. 

Ask Respected Mechanics
Ask for help.  If you know a mechanic who can offer advice on which tools they find the most useful, give them a call!  Alternatively, post your query on a chat thread.  There is no shame in asking questions, and many experienced mechanics are more than happy to share their love of tools with you.

Call the Manufacturer
Not sure on a warranty policy, or want to know exactly what your tools are made of, or want to find out where your tools are made?  Most manufacturers have contact emails on their web sites.  Tools are investments and you’ll want to make sure you are buying the best tools that fit your budget.

Don’t Sweat It
Remember to breath.  Whenever you attempt a repair for the first time it can seem overwhelming and even frustrating at times, so cut yourself some slack and give yourself a break!  Walk away for a moment, read the manual and re-read how to properly use your tools.  Pretty soon you will be the master of your maintenance routine!