Nature at Work

 Where did the time go?

It’s a new year. February is coming to a close, and spring is just around the corner. Ah, spring, in these parts, at least, it means the return to green – green grass and green leaves, the flowers bloom and the rivers flow. The Cycle of nature is remarkable, and it never fails to amaze me how we can emerge from the the cold, white blanket we live under for 4 months to a world of color, warmth, life and energy.  This brings me inevitably to this simple phrase: “Nature at Work”.

At the 2012 ISSA Show we introduced this important message; Nature at Work describes the perfect system of growth, regeneration, reuse and reapplication that we know as nature.  Three words – nature at work; the message is simple and to the point.  It describes the world around us, and captures the essence and value of the core of the Lambskin Specialties/DUST WAND line.  Natural products work, and they are environmentally sustainable. 

Nature at Work

Nature at Work by Lambskin Specialties

For over 40 years, Lambskin Specialties has focussed on products that are manufactured from natural materials – not because it was in style or because of a green doctrine, but because they really work.  Both our wool dusters and our feather dusters are manufactured with raw materials that come from nature, not factories. 

Triple threat!

Wool dusters are a triple threat (no they don’t sing, dance and act).  The combination of static electricity, a web of fibers, and lanolin does work together harmoniously to gently and effectively attract and hold dust. It really is amazing that nature could invent such a valuable and versatil raw material. Beyond cleaning, wool has many properies that make it ideal for other applications (more on that in a future post).

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Close up an personal with the wool used on our dusters.

The much maligned feather!

As I wrote in an earlier post, feather dusters have long been maligned as a product that just moves dust around, making working for cleaning staff.  But this simply isn’t the case.  Feathers gently reach in and grab dust from tough to reach spots, while protecting the most delicate and fragile surfaces.

Now don’t get me wrong, mirco fibers and synthetics do work, and they have their place in the arsenal of front line cleaning personnel.  But there is a reason why wool and feather dusters have been around for decades, and are still an industry staple – they work!  They do the job.  And now the secret is finally out – they are natural!

Put nature to work with the DUST WAND line of wool dusters and feather dusters.

Lambskin Specialties – “Nature at Work”.

Feathers Dusters are NOT Obsolete!

One of the most common questions I am asked when I sit down with a distributor is  – “given all the technology, why would anyone still use a feather duster?”

Questions are a great starting point for a conversation, and this is truly one of my favorites.  So why indeed?

As I wrote in my last post, there is no single duster that is ideal for every dusting job.  Similarly, with all the different types of dusters – and the materials used to manufacture them – there are advantages to them all.  The Feather Duster is a great example.

First, let’s keep in mind that feathers are a natural product, and are an important component of the ecosystem.  They come in many different grades and sizes, which make them suitable and favored for different applications.

Second,  with many natural products, and with particular reference to ostrich feathers, they have proven themselves for decades, if not centuries, for being effective for cleaning. We sometimes look for the next, best thing for cleaning, when the best is staring us right in the face.

Why do feather dusters really work?

But what specifically does the feather duster offer, and what sets it apart from other dusting products?  There are two elements to the feather to discuss here: the properties of the feather plume itself, and the quill.

If you look closely at the plume you will see tiny hairs, or barbs, that effectively grab dust and hold it till shaken free.  The feathers are also exceptionally soft so they will not damage surfaces.  The feathers generally are available in three different qualities; Black – male feathers, that are exceptionally soft; Grey (or Drab) – female, that are also very soft; and Chick  – immature feathers – brownish in color, and not quite as soft or as consistent in quality.  All are effective, though as a general rule, the softer and more consistent the better.

A close look at an ostrich feather duster.

A really close look at an ostrich feather. Notice the tiny barbs on the ends of the feather.

The quill is the real secret behind the value of an ostrich feather for dusting. It is long, and flexible, which permits the cleaner to reach into tight spots, and to dust and dust around delicate objects without handling them.  This makes them perfect for home cleaners (why risk breaking glass and other valuable objects), as well as for gift shops, supermarkets, liquor stores, convenience stores…well you get the idea.There is simply no other product that offers this advantage.

Now, a final word on how to dust.

An ostrich feather duster doing what it does best!

I am  amused (and a little annoyed) by the commercials for Swiffer (the product that encourages you to throw your money away).  For the record, that is not how to use a feather duster (and I dare say that if you used a Swiffer like that, it would scatter dust around as well).

The technique is quite simple;use controlled movements without waving the feathers about with exaggerated motions. Use a smooth, swiping movement, as if you were painting (or putting barbeque sauce on your spare ribs). And always dust from top to bottom.  When a surface has been dusted, gently release the dust by tapping on the side of a garbage bin.

One last thought; ostrich feather dusters can be a little fragile, particularly if moths get in them and lay eggs.  We do recommend storing your feather duster with moth balls.  They can be washed with sudsy water to keep them clean between uses.  Treat it kindly, and it will last for years.

Visit Lambskin Specialties at the ISSA Show in Chicago, October 17-19th,  Booth 1248, to see our complete selection of dusters and cleaning accessories.

See you next time.

 

 

What Else?

After ‘What’s new?’…  ‘What else do you have?’ is probably the most commonly asked question of manufacturer.   And it is a great question!  I should know, I have heard it often enough.  In fact, we even created an ad campaign around that very question!

At Lambskin Specialties, we were always known for the Big Pro 312FH wool duster.  It was the industry standard.  We quickly learned that not every dusting job is the same…and they require different tools.  That is why we created extension dusters, and flex dusters, and wall dusters, and corner dusters…you get the idea. These products were created to address the different dusting applications faced by the front line cleaning staff – making their job easier, safer, and more economical.

What Else do you have?

No single duster will do every dusting job.

 

But the interesting thing I have learned about sales (and it applies equally to children!), the more you have, the more your customers want…and expect of you. So we didn’t stop there.  Over the years, we have broadened the line to include feather dusters and synthetic dusters, cob web dusters and microfibers.

Beyond the Duster

And beyond the duster category, other products such as buffing pads, applicator pads and wash mitts have been mainstays from early on.  Floor dusters, chamois, utility handles, carpet bonnets, window scrubbers and squeegees and auto squeegee are among the many products that have entered the Lambskin Specialties line over the years, and answer that question…’What else’?

All This and More

We are more than just a duster!

We have been committed to building the bundle of products that we offer; not just scratching the surface, but ensuring that we bring solutions, not simply products.  And we will continue to do that for as long as we exist.

‘What else’ isn’t just a question, it is a call to action!  Never stop asking the question, and never lower your expectations of the response.

Have a great summer.

Effective Dust Removal in Easy Reach with Dust Wand®

You’ve put it off for days, maybe even weeks…. that long reach to dust the skylight in the conference room.  The prospect of climbing a ladder to reach it wouldn’t seem as daunting if you had the right tools.

While dust may sound like a small maintenance matter, it can add up to some big labor costs and appearance issues.  The key is using products that quickly and effectively eliminate dust.  Otherwise, you are wasting time and money.

Lambskin Specialties has spent over 60 years perfecting the manufacturing of quality products for cleaning and dusting, specializing in its line of Dust Wand lambswool dusters, floor finish applicators and polishing bonnets.

Since Lambskin Specialties introduced the wool duster to the maintenance industry over 40 years ago, it has accumulated decades of experience in creating the highest quality dusting products.  The Dust Wand line has models designed to attack every dusting job; from floor moldings to desk tops; from high walls to sky-high light fixtures.

Line Variety
From the original Dust Wand to the recently unveiled MultiFlex Pad Holder (designed for cleaning difficult contoured surfaces such as bathtubs and Jacuzzis), Lambskin Specialties offers more dusting and surface cleaning equipment solutions than you can shake a dust pom at!

There are dusters ranging from premium ostrich feathers to economy turkey feather dusters.  The super-sized Big Red, a 36″ lambswool duster is designed for restoration clean-up. A full line of window washing cleaning tools is available including microfiber window strip washers, natural and synthetic chamois, window squeegees and automotive windshield squeegees.

“Over the years we have diversified our line of products to meet just about any dusting or flat surface cleaning need,” points out Myron Schultz, director of sales and marketing for Lambskin Specialties.  “To give you an idea of how deep our product categories are, we have over 22 dusters in our feather duster line alone. Our commitment to our customers is to provide the right tools for their various needs.”

Attention to Quality
When you wrap your fingers around a Dust Wand handle, you immediately feel the attention to quality.  The sturdy handle construction allows for long reaches with no bowing, cracking, breaking, or sliding.

You’ll also notice the quality of the dusting pom.  There is a consistency in the length and density of the wool fibers to deliver more effective dust removal and a longer product life.

Lambskin Specialties applies the same quality in the manufacture of its WindowPro line of scrub sleeves and t-bars.  The sleeves are manufactured with a specially designed fabric – both standard and microfiber – and are built to last with the inside seems reinforced to prevent the T-Bar from breaking through.  And speaking of T-Bars, each unit is designed to convert to a 6” T-Bar – that is two for the price of one!

If you are wondering about the best product for your needs, visit the Lambskin Specialties website at http://www.lambskin.com and click on the “Dusting 101” training module.  Or, call the experts at Lambskin Specialties at 1.800.665.0202, info@lambskin.com.