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AI Helps Track Hospital Hand Hygiene
Hand hygiene is always important, but there are few (if any) settings where clean palms and fingers are as vital as in hospitals. Nurse, doctor or patient — all three could potentially pass on something bad by neglecting to wash their hands well and often. Fortunately, the monitoring of hand washing compliance by hospitals can be made more successful through the use of artificial intelligence (AI). Read more
Case Study: Environmental Hygiene Best Practices for Pre-K School
The Goddard School in Skokie, IL. decided to build and open their school in 2016, they knew they’d be heavily involved in the overall management of the 14,000-square-foot facility.From the beginning, providing a clean, safe environment for the children was of paramount concern for Mary and Andrew Fratini, who says, “It was our observation that we would need to implement a new set of defined processes for cleaning all areas of the school. Read more
Hospital Acquired Infections Drive Cleaning Demand
Healthcare facilities ramp up cleaning in response to the rising threat of drug-resistant infections. Read more
Cleaning Improves Mental Health
It’s well known that clean facilities have a positive impact on physical health, but as it turns out, the act of cleaning itself can benefit a person’s mental health, too. Read more
GOJO Publishes Sustainability Report
GOJO, the inventor of Purell hand sanitizer, has published its seventh annual report on sustainability. “Changing How The World Stays Well” highlights the company’s progress throughout 2017 and 2018 against its 2020 sustainable value strategies and goals, which focus on creating social, environmental and economic value for its stakeholders. Read more
Difference Between Microfiber and Cotton
In the last decade, microfiber has become the cloth of choice for much of the custodial cleaning industry. Manufacturers of the high-tech fabric say it offers a host of benefits over traditional cotton, but many facility and housekeeping managers still stock their janitorial closets. Read more
My Experience When Cleaning Waterless Urinals
I was in San Diego to get started on a consulting project with a new client. As I walked through on the first day of performing my usual first-day-on-the-job tasks, I encountered something that I’d only read about in magazines and heard of in presentations: waterless urinals.“Marvelous!” I thought to myself. “They’ll reduce water usage by (whatever number the case studies said that I’d read at the time) Read more
Technology That Disinfects Surfaces in Record Time
The faster an item can be properly disinfected the better. Understanding this, a group of researchers are in the process of creating a technology that can disinfect a surface in less than five minutes by way of a uber-thin coating comprised of ultraviolet light-emitting diodes, reports Forbes. Read more
Best Practices for Addressing Summer Carpet Stains
With the arrival of summer, businesses can expect heavier foot traffic, increasing the risk of carpet stains, wear and tear and even permanent discoloring and damage.“From airports to hotels to retail stores, summer is a busy time for businesses and introduces numerous types of carpet challenges.” Read more
Cleaning Employees Hospitalized After Improper Chemical Use
The importance of proper chemical handling was unfortunately highlighted by a recent event in which two cleaning employees were hospitalized following a spill. Read more
Study ID’s Unexpected Germ Hotbed
Hand hygiene is a critical component of infection prevention in hospitals, but the unintended consequences include water splashing out of a sink to spread contaminants from dirty faucets. Read more
Robot Proven to Kill Superbug
A new study claims a pulsed ultraviolet disinfecting technology can destroy the superbug Candida auris. Read more
Hotels Stress Green Cleaning and Productivity Initiatives
Hilton’s Travel with Purpose initiative will double the company’s investment in social impact and cut its environmental footprint by half by 2030, say Hotel Executive reports. As part of the initiative, Hilton’s extended stay brands have shifted to more sustainable housekeeping practices through the introduction of their Light Touch cleaning program. Read more
Seven wasteful Practices of Cleaning Departments
The manufacturing of cars and building cleaning are two industries that don’t have much in common. Well, at least not on the surface. But cleaning departments can use a series of principles for managing production originated under Henry Ford’s leadership to improve efficiency, says a recent ManageMen blog post. Read more
Waste Stream Management Procedure
Often overlooked, but still very important, is the topic of dealing with waste that is generated by facilities and the people in them. The best solution is not as simple as taking out the trash. Read more
How to Create a Safety Culture in Your Facility
It is unfortunate that many professionals in our industry have been taught to believe the subject of health and safety is all about compliance with regulations. Read more
Disinfectant Pros and Cons; Hydrogen Peroxide vs Quats
For most decision-makers in the cleaning industry, the purchase of a disinfectant is one of the most challenging, yet important, decisions the job requires of them. Read more
Amazon Invests $10 Million in Closed Loop Fund
Amazon has announced it will invest $10 million in Closed Loop Fund, New York, to support recycling infrastructure in the U.S., according to an Amazon news release. Read more
Superbugs Poised to Become Main Cause of Death
Article by Cleaning Management
New disinfecting techniques and the development of germ-resistant surfaces may help save the human race from what is predicted to be the most common cause of human death in about 30 years—antibiotic-resistant germs, Newsweek reports. Read more
Four Secrets of Successful Infection Prevention Programs
The most effective infection prevention programs incorporate a well-thought-out plan, the right products for the facility’s goals, continuous monitoring and most importantly, a consistent and effective process. Read more
Mold is ubiquitous. In more simple terms, it can be found everywhere. When we open or close the front door, mold spores rush in behind us. When we open the window to get some fresh air, mold spores float right in. Read more
Protect Your Workers From Head To Toe
Article by Kathleen Misovic for Cleaning Management Magazine
Mark Warner, education manager with ISSA’s Cleaning Management Institute (CMI), recalls a worker who wore sneakers to strip a floor. The worker’s sneakers and shoes became soaked with the stripping solution, but he finished the job without stopping to change his footwear, which eventually dried. Read more
Don’t Forget To Clean High and Low
As professional (and nonprofessional) cleaners go through an office or home, they are diligent in scrubbing floors, counters, and restroom surfaces. But some areas don’t receive as much attention. Read more
No Touch Restrooms
Building managers in many facilities are embracing the cleanliness and convenience of no-touch dispensers and fixtures. Not only does this touchless technology help companies conserve bathroom supplies and save on restocking costs, it makes for a more sanitary restroom experience. Read more
Neglected EVS Training Will Cost Your Business
As I reflect on the earlier years of my environmental services and facility maintenance career, I recall undergoing training with an emphasis on individual development. We were taught if we failed to plan, we planned to fail. Read more
Protected Terrazzo Floors Last a Lifetime
Although durable, terrazzo can be a bit complicated to maintain when compared to other hard floor options, such as vinyl composition tile. Make sure you know how to clean, buff, and burnish these floors before you take on the job of caring for one. Read more
Autonomous Floor Care Solutions Raise the Stakes on Equipment Safety
When it comes to trends in the professional cleaning industry, robotic technology is the talk of the town. But industry robots are not an entirely new . Read more
Plastic Production and Pollution On The Rise
More people and businesses have become aware of the problem of plastic in the ocean and have committed to reducing their use of plastics and recycling the plastics they do use. However, the amount of plastic being dumped into the oceans has been increasing, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. Read more
The Flu Season That Keeps Going and Going
May is just around the corner, so that means janitors in schools, offices, and other public facilities can relax their diligent cleaning against the flu virus, right? Wrong! Keep up that cleaning. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the 2018-2019 flu season just broke a record for being the longest in duration. Read more
How Advances in Chemical Dispensing Systems Make Measuring Chemicals Easier
Manually measuring cleaning chemicals is still a common practice, but it can quickly become a time-consuming, wasteful, and unsafe process. If employees incorrectly measure chemicals or water, the solution won’t perform as intended, resulting in inconsistent cleanliness levels and lost time caused by repeatedly cleaning the same surface. Read more
Dispenser Innovations Drive Sustainable Solutions
As we enter the new year, more facilities are looking to adopt sustainable practices. Eliminating waste in the restroom is a good place to start. Read more
The Power of Going Green in the Cleaning Services Industry
Going green is becoming increasingly attractive as a business strategy, and this growth has seen the continuous investment in driving the quality in cleaning services, technological innovation and solutions that improve sustainability. Read more
Cleaning Tips for the Cold and Flu Season
As cold and flu season approaches, some cleaning departments may need to ramp up their cleaning efforts — and take their cue from healthcare facilities that already have stringent programs in place to prevent the spread of germs. Read more
CABVI STEM Camp
For the past few years, the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) has offered summer and winter camp experiences for local youth who are blind and visually impaired. This year, CABVI met with representatives from the U.S. Air Force Information Directorate and the Griffiss Institute. Working together, they created the inaugural CABVI STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp. Read more
FDA Bans 19 Antibacterial Ingredients
FDA Rules On Safety, Effectiveness of Antibacterial Soaps
The Food and Drug Administration said it is banning the use of 19 active ingredients found in antibacterial soaps and washes. Manufacturers will have one year to remove the ingredients from their products, or be forced to take them off the market. Read what Theresa Michele, FDA’s director of the division of nonprescription drug products, said in a call with reporters about why, and what makers of cleaning products had to say in this CleanLink.com article.
C.A.B. Foundation Announces Inaugural Invitational Car Show presented by Tallman’s Tire and Auto Repair.
Utica, NY – The C.A.B. Foundation invites the public to the first ever Vehicles for Vision Invitational Car Show presented by Tallman’s Tire and Auto Repair. The event will take place Sunday, June 12 at the Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford. Read more
Developing a Hospital Floor Cleaning Program
Advice for ES professionals on daily, periodic restorative maintenance
By Rock Jensen-In hospitals and health care facilities, there are few cleaning techniques that can make an impression like a well-maintained floor.
Cabvi to Host Low Vision Expo
Utica, NY – The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) will host a low vision expo Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 2pm at CABVI Headquarters 507 Kent Street, Utica. This free event is open to the public and will have two speakers. Learn more
How To Sustainably Refinish Floors
By Dane Gregory-Do your wood, vinyl, or stone floors need to be refinished? Before you reach for harsh chemicals, there are a number of ways to make the processes of revitalizing floors more environmentally friendly.
Training Staff To Be Productive and Efficient
When one thinks of productivity they need to take into account the various aspects in their interpretation of this concept. Productivity incorporates both efficiency (how long it takes to perform a task) and effectiveness (how thoroughly is the task performed).
Floor Pads Join The Ranks of Environmentally Cleaning Products
This is part 1 of a 3 part article on Green Floor Pads
As more facilities pursue green initiatives, distributors are stocking cleaning products and equipment that meet their customers’ sustainability criteria.
Five Challenges To Green Cleaning In Schools
When UL Environment and the Healthy Schools Campaign wanted to know the status of green cleaning in the schools, they went straight to the source.
Techniques To Improve Handwashing In Schools
Developing an A+ Hand Hygiene Program
Soap and water — it’s a combination we learned as kids. We were taught to wash our hands after using the restroom, before we eat, after we’re done playing, etc. Yet far too often, we take this simple and effective health prevention tool for granted, especially in our schools.
Antibacterial Soap Vs Standard Soap
Report Outlines Effectiveness of Antibacterial Versus Standard Soaps
New research has found that when it comes to removing bacteria from hands, standard soaps work just as well as antibacterial options.
Restroom Cleaning Machines Can Improve Level Of Cleanliness
Restroom Cleaning Machines Can Improve Efficiency
A worker cleaning by hand needs two minutes per fixture in a restroom to flush and disinfect toilets and urinals; stock dispensers; empty trash; dust; sweep; disinfect sinks, mirrors, brightwork, partitions and door handles; remove hard water deposits from fixtures; and clean and disinfect floors. A worker using a spray-and-vac restroom cleaning machine needs just one minute per fixture in a restroom.
“Comparing Cleaning Options In Hospitals”
“Why Using Safer Chemicals is Important”
“Green Cleaning Products: Reducing Your Exposures”
“Environmental Services Staffing Methodologies”
Keep Your VCT Flooring looking Great
From Tips To Keeping VCT Floors Looking Great
Vinyl composition tile (VCT) is one of the most common types of hard surface floorings cleaning professionals will encounter. It is durable, relatively easy to clean, and inexpensive when compared to most other floor types. However, when working with a new VCT floor, maximizing the floor’s benefits will depend on how well it is cared for from the very start.
“Terrazzo Makes A Comeback”
From WHITE PAPER: Terrazzo Makes A Comeback — Maintenance Tips For Cleaners
Although many cleaning contractors, distributors, and facility managers may not realize it, a flooring material that dates back to the 1400s is currently making a big comeback. Terrazzo floors are increasingly being installed in both commercial and residential settings, and this material is often used for countertops, partitions, wall coverings, and even bathtubs as well.
Why You Should Clean Your Carpets Year Round
From Ten Reasons to Have Carpets Cleaned Year Round
As the weather warms and people head outdoors, it is important that custodial departments don’t lose sight of what needs to be done inside. There are many reasons why carpets should not be neglected.
Proper Cleaning With Budget Cuts
From Promoting Cleaning Efficiencies As Budgets Get Cut
There’s a new C. diff in town and it’s a superbug designed to kill with ease. There’s also a new federal healthcare law rolling in that’s stripping away the very defenses hospitals may have to fight it — money.
Contaminated workplace, help stop the problem at one of its sources
From Healthy Workplaces Start in the Restroom
I recently spent a week vacationing at a major theme park resort. With two little boys in tow, we made frequent restroom breaks in between rides and shows.
Since more than 40,000 visitors pass through the parks each day, I expected my restroom experience to be completely touch-free to limit the potential for cross-contamination. I was surprised to find I still needed to touch a lever for my towel.
Reducing Cross Contamination Of Toilet Tissue
From Unrolling Toilet Tissue Sanitation
While sanitizing the toilet tissue dispenser is not top of mind, it is a restroom touchpoint facility executives should not ignore. A toilet tissue dispenser is a surface that can serve as a transmission route for disease-causing microorganisms.
Exposing Carpet Care Culprits That Lead To Soil Wicking
From The Dirt On Wicking
Coffee stains, juice spills, overturned soda cans: When it comes to carpet cleaning, these can be a custodian’s worst nightmare — and a source of frustration when spots reappear weeks after being treated.