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Consumer Reports: Spend at Least Ten Cents per Laundry Load

July 25, 2012

Detergents and Machines! There seem to be tons of options out there.  As usual, when it comes to making a wise choice about which product to use, I consult Consumer Reports.  Did you know they recommend spending at least 10 cents a load? Anything cheaper scored subpar in performance.  Here is some recent information about laundry detergent and washing machines:

Laundry Detergents & Washing Machines

Have a clean and safe day!

Beat the Heat!

June 13, 2012

At age 11, I was in a choir commissioned to sing at a Pennsylvania nursing home in July.  Pennsylvania is already really hot and humid in July and I’m pretty sure there were no significant measures to cool the elevated performance stage.  Mid-chorus, I fainted. The kid next to me fainted. I think over 1/3 of the whole adolescent choir ended up on the floor by the end of the set. They lined us all up in a side room, lying on the carpet with our feet elevated in armchairs, draping our foreheads with baggies of ice, and having us sip iced tea from Styrofoam cups through coffee straws.  The problem?  The HEAT.  Lack of ventilation and hydration resulted in many preventable heat stress complications. 

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Ben Franklin

Millions of adults in this country face extremely hot working conditions on a daily basis.  Heat stress, unchecked, can escalate to major health problems—even death.  Take precautions to cool and ventilate the work area as much as possible and implement appropriate work/rest cycles so that workers can slowly acclimate to the heat.  In the interest of preventing heat stress trauma, Model Coverall Service has products and services to help beat the heat:

  1. Electrolyte Tablets and Drink Mix.  Model offers electrolyte packets in individual servings that can be dropped into a water bottle and larger quantities that can make 5 gallon batches.  Hydration during heated working conditions is extremely important. An average person in heated working conditions can lose between 2-3 gallons of fluid per day.  Replace those fluids by drinking about 1 cup of liquid every 15-20 minutes, even if not experiencing a thirst sensation.  While water is great for this, failure to replenish salt lost through perspiration can result in debilitating heat cramps.  The Center for Disease Control recommends electrolyte drinks as a facet of first aid when treating heat illnesses. 
  2. Mira-Cool Bandana.  Stay cool with our specialized bandana that can be moistened and worn around the neck or forehead to cool major areas of blood flow.  The body cools itself through the evaporation of sweat and the circulation of blood to cooler extremities of the body.  A Mira-Cool Bandana keeps moisture against the skin, helping to cool blood pumping through the arteries. 
  3. Heat Stress Training.  Model’s First Aid, Safety and Training Division offers training in many areas of workplace injury prevention. Heat Stress is just one of Model’s many areas of training specialty.  Call about our flexible classes! 

For more information on how to lessen heat stress, check out these helpful links:

National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety article on Heat Stress
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention article on Working in Hot Environments
OSHA Quick Card on Heat Stress

Have a clean and safe day!

2012 Racing Schedule at Berlin Raceway

May 11, 2012
Model Coverall Service Sponsors Modified Division at Berlin Raceway 2012

Model Coverall Service Sponsors Berlin Raceway’s Modified Division

Click here for the 2012 Racing Schedule at Berlin Raceway: Where Speed Belongs!

Gideon Sundback

April 25, 2012

"Gideon Sundback"






Who is this guy?

The Inventor of the Zipper and it’s his 132nd birthday. Without designer Gideon Sundback, we might still be using buttons and ties for everything.  Here at Model, we deeply embrace the zipper!  Pants, Jackets, and Coveralls stay on largely thanks to Sundback’s ingenious design.Separating Fastener

Today, as you secure your jacket against the air’s spring chill using Sundback’s toothsome joiner, hum a little Happy Birthday. And check your fly.  Esquire proclaimed in the 1930’s as zippers began replacing buttons on clothing: “The Possibility of Unintentional and Embarrassing Disarray” is greatly reduced with proper use. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a browser that supports HTML5, enjoy today’s Google Doodle! Or see this video of how awesome it was.

Have a clean and safe day!

Honoring Jerry Subar as 2012 Civil Libertarian of the Year

April 2, 2012

The ACLU of Michigan Western Branch in Grand Rapids is honoring Jerry Subar, longtime owner of Model Coverall Service,  who passed away in January 2012, as 2012 Civil Libertarian of the Year.  This award “recognizes those who’ve gone the extra mile to guarantee that our essential constitutional rights are protected in western Michigan.” 

Jerry’s son, Jon Subar, president of Model says, “Jerry never shied away from the ACLU’s focus, in spite of the controversies sometimes raised by their activities. Jerry mostly helped individuals here in West Michigan who felt their freedoms were wrongly denied. We are proud that his commitment and years of dedicated work to preserve our very hard-earned freedoms are being recognized by the community here in West Michigan.”

2012 Civil Libertarian of the Year

An event is being held to honor Jerry Subar’s achievements and valuable contributions to our community. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thursday, April 19 at 5:30pm
Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids

Please RSVP today at

Read more here and here.

Have a clean and safe day!

Berlin Raceway: Model Sponsors Modified Division 2012

March 15, 2012

Model is so proud to be involved in West Michigan’s vibrant community.  Here is an excerpt of a press release from Berlin Raceway:

3/12/2012 – Marne, MI — Berlin Raceway is pleased to announce that Model Coverall Service will be returning as the title sponsor of the Modified division in 2012.

Model Coverall Service had been no stranger to Berlin Raceway in the past, but in 2010, they stepped up to be the title sponsor of the newly-formed Model Coverall Service Modified division and it was a sponsorship that they have maintained throughout the years.

“Model Coverall Service is a great fit for Berlin Raceway”, explained Kurt Dietrich, Operations and Marketing Manager of Berlin Raceway. “They are a tight knit family run company that holds many of the same values as Berlin Raceway, we are very excited to have them continue on as a title sponsor of the Model Coverall Service Modified Division.”

 Berlin Raceway

Read more here.

Have a Clean and Safe Day!

LEED Certification: How Can Model Help?

March 8, 2012

What is LEED?

In today’s climate of eco-awareness, you may have heard of LEED, an acronym that stands for: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

A building cannot become LEED Certified accidentally; it has to be extra environmentally friendly. 

NPR’s Franklyn Cater explains it like this: “LEED is set up like an arbiter of a sort of building Olympics. Projects earn points for various features. Use renewable cork flooring, for instance, get a point in the materials and resources category. Use paint that doesn’t give off toxic substances — score a point for indoor environmental quality. There are categories for water efficiency and energy. Pay the fees, rack up enough points, and win a basic, silver, gold or platinum rating.”

LEED is like building Olympics.  Kind of like sprinting, swimming, and skiing but with rechargeable batteries, rooftop landscaping, and repurposed materials.  Sound fun? 

How can I work toward LEED Certification?

Yes, competition is fun, but LEED Certification can get expensive.  Don’t let that discourage you; not all points have to be purchased.  You can work toward LEED Certification just by keeping your building clean in the most efficient way possible.  Use Model’s entrance mats!

Entry mats keep dirt and moisture from being tracked into a building, reducing cleaning expenditures, improving energy efficiency, safety, and scoring LEED points
The U.S. Green Building Council offers these four points for matting effectiveness:  

  1. Stop soil and water. 85% of all soil enters a building on the feet of the buildings occupants. High performance mats are more effective at stopping soil from entering buildings.
  2. Store soil for removal at a convenient time. Storing means that a mat contains soil in a place where it can be removed effectively and safely with minimum impact on the building. A building with minimized contaminants reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals required. This reduces airborne contaminants and volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) from cleaning chemicals, thereby improving a building’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
  3. Minimize tracking of stored soil and water into the building. A mat with a permanent bi-level construction (like Model’s) will store soil and water below shoe level to prevent it from being transferred into the building. This is perhaps the most important thing an entrance mat should do. Most store-bought mats with a non-reinforced surface will crush flat, and once soil is deposited on these mats it can reattach to the shoe of another person and be tracked further into the building. 
  4. Provide a safe surface for traffic. Entrance mats should hold contaminants within the structure of the mat and not allow them to seep onto the floor where they could cause a slip/fall accident.

In addition to these 4 points, Model’s mats provide a 5th point of effectiveness:

  1. Looks great.  Mats from Model can significantly improve the look of your business. They keep detritus off of your floors efficiently while reducing wear on your existing flooring.  Mats add color, flooring longevity, and safety.  You can even get your company’s logo on a mat for your front door.

Let Model help you become a LEED Olympian by keeping your building Clean and Green. 

Have a clean and safe day!

Check out these links for inspiration:
Green Buildings of West Michigan
The Little Steps in Getting LEED Certified
Greenest Buildings of 2011

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