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Cleaning for Healthier Childcare
Our youngest children are most vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals. 90% of a child’s brain development occurs during the early years of life. A growing body of research finds that exposure to certain chemicals while in utero or during the early years can lead to chronic diseases during their lifetime, as well as acute problems such as allergic reactions and asthma flares. Read more
5 Hi-Touch Surfaces You Can't Miss in restroom Cleaning
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining high-traffic common areas within a facility such as restrooms is critical. According to a study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77,000 distinct types of bacteria and viruses exist in restrooms. Due to the aerosol effect that occurs when a toilet is flushed with the lid open, harmful bacteria can easily spread throughout a restroom. Read more
Avoid Gaps in Floor Care
Floor care can seem a never-ending task. Floors take a lot of wear and tear and if they aren’t in pristine condition, they attract the notice of building owners, facility managers, and building visitors. If a facility’s floors look dirty, dingy, spotted, and stained, who gets the call? You do. Read more
Streamlining Cleaning Chemistries in the New Normal
Historically, professional cleaners have used diverse protocols to clean, sanitize, and disinfect each aspect of a facility. Add mold remediation, odor control, and other tasks to the list and the prospect of success was even more daunting. Read more
C.Diff Rates Decrease Due to Coronavirus Streamlining Cleaning ChemistriesProtocols
Protocols enacted by hospital environmental services (EVS) staff and health care workers to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have also been effective against another infectious disease—Clostridium. difficile (C. diff). Read more
How Long Do COVID-19 Pathogens Live on Surfaces
According to the authors, “While COVID-19 is mainly spread by inhaling tiny droplets released when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes, large droplets can also land on surfaces.” Read more
CDC Confirms Airborne Transmission of COVID-19
As a facility manager, improving your building’s ventilation and indoor air quality continues to be a priority, especially during an infectious disease pandemic. Read more
Pandemic Leads to increased Interest in Daytime Cleaning
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, facilities have increased the amount of cleaning scheduled during business hours—referred to as daytime cleaning, the European Cleaning Journal reports. Read more
Disinfection 101-Are You Covering The Basics
The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need for robust disinfection processes in facilities across all industries. Whether you’re new to disinfection or it is a familiar and necessary part of your cleaning routine, the pressure is on to make sure you are disinfecting both efficiently and effectively. Read more
6 Tips for Handling Start and Stops in Business During Pandemic
This fall, whether facilities will continue to reopen or will instead slow down due to a second wave of COVID-19 is still unknown. But whatever happens, cleaning and maintenance professionals need to be prepared. Read more
Green Cleaning for COVID-19
You don’t need to stop using green cleaning products to eliminate the coronavirus from your facility. This condensed green cleaning roadmap developed for the U.S. Green Building Council will help you meet the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) guidelines on COVID-19. Read more
Countering After-Hours Cleaning and Maintenance Concerns
For many businesses, the night shift is an excellent time to complete routine maintenance, whether that’s sanitizing floors or carrying out general housekeeping duties. Read more
Worker Burnout Continues to Increase
As workers return to their home computers, offices, and jobsites after the long holiday weekend, instead of feeling rejuvenated many are suffering from low motivation due to burnout. Read more
5 Things to Know About Carpet Care and the COVID-19 Pandemic
In just a few short months, facility managers across the country have had to become cleaning experts. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a new urgency to cleaning and disinfecting that simply wasn’t there before. Read more
Safety Tips for Reopening Buildings
While the shutdown of in-person working for many businesses amidst the coronavirus pandemic allowed facilities the opportunity for deep cleaning projects, welcoming back employees to an infection-free building and keeping it that way are different challenges. Read more
Resources for Combating the Flu and COVID-19
The 2020-2021 flu season is approaching in the United States and its timing couldn't be worse. The annual issue is kicking off as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause major problems across America. If both COVID-19 and the flu thrive at the same time, already overworked healthcare facilities will struggle to control both. Read more
Guidelines for Safer COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting in Schools
As schools consider COVID-19 disinfection regimens that can unintentionally expose students and staff to health risks from hazardous chemicals, Healthy Green Schools & Colleges is released its "Guidelines for Safer COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection," which spell out effective and responsible cleaning practices for health and safety during the pandemic. Read more

Green Cleaning Leaders Release Disinfecting Guidelines for Schools

Healthy Green Schools & Colleges released Guidelines for Safer COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection for custodians and building service contractors dedicated to using green cleaning methods. Read more
If Superheroes Fought COVID-19
Since February, COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 have dominated the news. The cleaning industry put all hands on deck to keep the pandemic at bay and protect building occupants. Read more
Grocery Store Custodians Seek Health and Financial Safeguards
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, essential workers such as custodians put their lives at risk each day to keep others safe. Custodians who clean Safeway grocery stores in the California Bay Area organized a protest late last week to demand hazard pay and personal protection equipment (PPE), Palo Alto Weekly reports. Read more
Smart Restrooms Deliver Hygeine and More
In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, one thing is clear: hygiene is king. And there seems to be little debate that today’s daunting demand for heightened hygiene will remain long after the pandemic itself has waned. Read more
FDA Expands List of Hand Sanitizers That Contain Methanol
The agency now lists 75 hand sanitizers it says are tainted with methanol. Some of the products have already been recalled. Read more
How to Safely Disinfect for Coronavirus
Green Seal’s new Guidelines for Safer COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection spell out five effective and responsible cleaning practices for occupant health and safety during the pandemic. Read more 
Cleaning Market On Upswing After Pandemic Losses
Despite losses due to the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year, the U.S. cleaning industry is rebounding, according to a report from Jobbers, a job tracking and customer management platform. Read more
Don't Let Up On Handwashing
Handwashing is a topic that comes up often, as it is an old-school yet effective method of preventing the spread of viral and bacterial diseases. Read more
Caution Still Needed When Wearing PPE
Cleaning professionals working in hospitals and nursing homes with people being treated for COVID-19 should take care to stay away from these sick patients, even while wearing personal protective equipment. A new study published in the journal Lancet Public Health found that wearing PPE isn’t enough to completely protect frontline workers, CNN reports. Read more
Masks Do Not Give False Sense of Security
Facilities that require patrons to wear masks may worry that people believe their face coverings are so effective they can be lax on other safety measures, such as frequent handwashing. However, a study published in BMJ analysis found this was not the case. Read more
CDC Release Latest School Reopening Guidelines
As school facility managers and custodians await instructions on reopening plans for education facilities across the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its latest guidelines that favor opening schools to in-person classes. Read more
COVID-19 Practices May Keep Flu Season Mild
With all the talk and restrictions of COVID-19, influenza has not been on the mind of many people in the Northern Hemisphere. Good news coming out of the Southern Hemisphere is that people in the United States and other countries in the Northern Hemisphere may not have to think about it much come fall either, Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Read more
U.S. Customs Seize $120,000 Worth of Illegal Disinfectant Wipes
The federal agency has been working since the pandemic began in late February to identify and seize counterfeit, unapproved, or otherwise substandard COVID-19-related products including mislabeled or unregistered personal protection equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies. Read more
Infection Control on Campus
Although the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has been the main pathogen of concern lately, one of the major roles of a university’s Environmental Services (EVS) staff is infection control against norovirus and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Read more
Restroom Care in the Age of COVID-19
As facilities reopen after being shuttered for the global COVID-19 pandemic, there are new public health guidelines facility managers need to follow to protect building occupants. Perhaps even more importantly, occupant expectations are higher than ever before. As caution continues amid the pandemic there will be one area of your buildings that will continue to be a focal point of the public’s expectations—the restroom. Read more
Custodians say They Don't Alway's Have the Training or Supplies to Get the Job Done
Many businesses have touted enhanced cleaning and disinfection to win back customers during the pandemic, but cleaners in many industries say they don't have adequate training or supplies to disinfect properly. Read more
FDA Warns of Using Certain Hand Sanitizers
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers not to use nine types of hand sanitizer manufactured in Mexico. Read more
Older Handwashing Monitor Now Generating Interest
Jan/san distributors, facility managers and building service contractors who have struggled to get their employees to wash their hands during work shifts might have had what they needed available to them for years. Read more
Florida Custodians Fear Return to School
A union representing thousands of janitors and other essential workers employed by schools in Florida is encouraging the state to reconsider plans to resume classes in the fall. Read more
Survey Shows Heightened Appreciation for Janitors
Janitors, housekeepers and custodians have always worked to keep things clean and healthy for the public, but that work has traditionally gone unnoticed by most. Now the public is starting realize just how cleaning professionals keep them safe through their work. Read more
Antimicrobial Wipe Demand to Rise Through Decade
The global antimicrobial wipes market is expected to witness surging demand in the forthcoming years, according to research from Future Market. Read more


How to Prevent Cross Contamination

When faced with any infection challenge, preparation is key. While we collectively experience the uncertainties of infectious illnesses, there are steps we can take to feel more prepared should harmful pathogens impact our facilitiesHow to Prevent Cross Contamination. Read more


Reducing HAI's with Touchpoint Disinfecting
In the face of the coronavirus, many facilities are reviewing and renewing their commitment to cleaning and disinfecting practices. Nowhere is this more evident than in healthcare environments where environmental services (EVS) staff is tasked with the ongoing battle against hospital acquired infections. Read more
Green Seal Releases Safer Disinfection Guidelines for COVID-19
As businesses and schools consider COVID-19 disinfection regimens that expose building occupants to unnecessary health risks, Green Seal released "Guidelines for Safer COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection" that spell out effective and responsible cleaning practices for occupant health and safety during the pandemic. Read more
Infection Prevention: EVS Leads the Way With Interdisciplinary Teamwork
Surgical site infections and a lack of adherence to nursing standards began complicating infection control measures at Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach, New York. In response, an interdisciplinary team formed to scrutinize and analyze current cleaning practices, responsibilities, and schedules to determine best practices. Read more
Increased Cleaning Protocols Could Cost the Hotel Industry $9B
New cleaning protocols to combat COVID-19 are expected to cost the hotel industry up to US$9 billion annually, according to a report from Hotel Asset Value Enhancement Inc., Consulting U.S. reports. Read more

Proper PPE Use Key to Containing the Spread of MRSA

Although the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has been the main pathogen in the news these days, other germs have not gone away. Hospital patients are still at risk of contracting health care-acquired infections (HAIs) such as Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Read more

Cleaning Products Demand Predicted to Reach $16B
The global market for industrial cleaning products is expected to reach US$16.1 billion by 2027 with a compounded annual growth rate—or CAGR—of 3.9%. Read more
Vacation Time is More Important Than Ever as Burned Out Employees Return to the Workplace

Businesses that operated throughout the pandemic relied on the stamina of their employees. Many worked from home, carving out space separate from spouses and roommates also trying to work remotely while children needed assistance with eLearning. Read more

4 Workplace Safety Strategies for Cleaning Professionals
Cleaning chemicals are intended to create environments that promote health and safety, but these products can also lead to unfortunate consequences. Read more
Are You Future Ready
The commercial cleaning industry is at the start of its hike and the path looks very promising for the implementation of millions of robots around the world. Read more
Don't Forget to Check Your Facility's Water
Most facilities are concentrating on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as they prepare to reopen and allow the public back inside. Facility managers will also want to take the time to check their building’s water supply as water that has been sitting stagnant can be unsafe. Read more
As Building Reopenings Begin, What Does Post - Covid-19 Cleaning Look Like
Robert Rivadeneira has learned one key thing in the past few weeks when he has been working with clients who run office buildings, medical facilities, restaurants and schools on their cleaning and disinfecting needs: Every reopening strategy is different. Read more
An Integrated Approach to Infection Control
Patients can pick up health care-associated infections (HAIs), such as C. difficile and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), in any health care facility, from hospitals and long-term care centers to doctors’ offices and ambulatory surgery centers. Read more
CDC: Coronavirus "Does Not Spread Easily" From Contaminated Surfaces

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tweaked its COVID-19 guidance with new information that the virus doesn’t spread easily from objects and surfaces you might touch, including animals.  Read more.....

3 Steps to Take Before Reopening Your Facility
As some states begin to ease shelter-in-place restrictions and many shuttered nonessential businesses begin to reopen, our nation’s journey toward our “new normal” has begun. Read more


Improving Disinfection Outcomes with Electrostatic Technologies

It’s becoming more difficult for facilities to stay ahead of today’s rising public health threats and increasing demands for higher levels of disinfection. Managers and service providers are challenged with improving outcomes, yet in a limited timeframe without increasing budgets or staff. Read more


OSHA Offers Tips For Preparing Office For COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a document intended to help employers maintain a safe and healthy workplace in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak. Read more



Overlooked Touchpoints Lead to Cross- Contamination

An EVS staff can do everything right when it comes to hitting every assigned surface with the appropriate disinfectant at the proper frequencies, yet all it takes is one overlooked surface — perhaps one not even on a checklist — to cause an infectious chain reaction. Read more

Inventory Management Improves Cleaning Efficiency

For many, a new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. That could mean a new diet, resurrecting a favorite hobby or the chance to get rid of old habits and start anew. Read more

Cleaning Robots Could Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A recent experiment conducted by The Perfect Little Company (TPLC) concluded that by using commercial robotic vacuums in offices, over 11 thousand tons of greenhouse gases could be saved each year. Read more
Infection Prevention Innovations for Facility Managers
Infection prevention tools have come a long way from the days of the string mop and bucket. Increased awareness of the harmful bacteria that can be found on floor. Read more


Robots Instrumental in Stopping the Spread of Corona Virus

Robotics are an important innovation in the cleaning industry, providing autonomous floor cleaning and tackling other highly repetitive jobs to free up custodians for more thought-provoking tasks. Read more

The Superbug Era
Not too long ago, if people became ill with an infection caused by bacteria, they simply took a medication prescribed by their physician to kill the germ. Read more
Professional Cleaners Asking Questions About Combatting the Corona Virus
Professional cleaners concerned about the effects coronavirus could have on their facilities. “We’re learning day-to-day about this coronavirus, we’re all going to the be the ones on the front line. Read more


12 Simple Steps for Better Deep Cleaning

Vacuum thoroughly first. It’s important to vacuum the carpet thoroughly to remove loose debris before extracting with water. Make several passes at different angles to remove as much soil as possible. Read more

3 Tips For Cleaning Open Architecture Ceilings
One of the most overlooked areas of retail spaces, warehouses, hotels, casinos, or hospitals—just to name a few facilities—is the open-architecture ceiling. Read more
Teach Educators the 5 Lessons of Cleaning Schools
Student attendance at almost every school is tied to federal and/or state funding, so educators have a specific interest in limiting student illness, as well as that of staff and faculty. Read more
How to Perform an Entrance Effectiveness Audit
Slips, trips, and falls rank No. 3 on the National Safety Council’s list of workplace injury events that result in lost days of work with over 300,000 cases in 2018. Read more
Carpet Spots vs. Stains
Nothing in a facility says you have let your floors go like spots that inevitably appear in the most high profile of places. As a facility manager, your proficiency in spotting is essential. Read more
Prevent White Haze When Cleaning Tile and Grout

As more cleaners add tile and grout cleaning to the list of services they provide, they are encountering unexpected problems. One concern is a white haze left on the grout or on the tile after the floors dry. Read more

The Robots are Coming...Are You Letting Them In?
With automation such a hot topic, these days, one of the most interesting survey questions to me was, “Do you implement autonomous or robotic cleaning equipment in your operation?” I was surprised to find the answer was an overwhelming Read more
Flu Activity Continues To Rise
Keep up your facility disinfection measures, especially as students return to school this week and many workers come back from holiday breaks. Seasonal flu activity in the United States is high and continues to increase, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report. Read more

10 Safety Considerations For Construction Cleanup

Unlike standard janitorial services, construction cleanup requires attention to every surface. From drywall dust to large sawdust and paint-splatter, there’s a wide range of service to implement. 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
Smart Tips for Cleaning a Commercial Kitchen
Let’s discuss some smart tips for cleaning a commercial kitchen so that your establishment conforms with all health and safety regulations. From products to use on kitchen surfaces to make them shine to daily maintenance tips that help commercial equipment stay clean longer. Read more
How to Select and Use Electrostatic Spray Technology for Cleaning and Disinfecting
Cleaning large spaces can be a challenge, especially if those spaces include various surfaces that are difficult to clean and disinfect. Take a gym, for example. Staff are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting multiple exercise machines and equipment, lockers, and restrooms, all within a limited time. Read more
University researches Lives of Janitors

New research from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities demonstrates the physical and emotional toll janitors undergo while doing their job, reports MinnPost. Read more

Prevent Common Custodial Injuries

Overexertion tops the list of most frequent injuries to custodial workers, making it a reasonable place to focus initial safety efforts. Read more

Protect Carpets With Proper Dry Times

Routine maintenance can prolong the life and appearance of carpets, but excessive moisture can quickly negate the cleaning process. Not only do wet carpets act as a magnet for dirt, but they pose potential health and safety risks to building occupants, which is why drying carpets is as important as cleaning them. Read more

Winter Carpet Care Tips
As the days grow shorter during the winter and the air colder, people prepare to spend more time indoors. For businesses, this increase in foot traffic can elevate the risk of carpet stains, damage and wear. Read more
Proper Application of Ice Melt Improves Effectiveness
Experts emphasize the importance of purchasing the right ice melt formulation for the application and area, rather than simply going with the least expensive option. Product performance can vary greatly depending on the ingredients. Read more
Steps to Improving Floor Safety
Due to the ambiguous nature of floor safety standards, Kendzior encourages cleaning and maintenance managers to educate themselves and make sure their voices are heard. One way they can take charge is by playing an active role in the selection of flooring for their facility. Read more
Ergonomics Promote Safety, Boosts Morale
No doubt, mopping is physically demanding work that requires lifting, bending, and reaching for extended periods of time. The repetitive motion places undue stress and strain on the back, arms, shoulders and wrists. Read more
Top Restroom Cleaning Challenges
When it comes to landing repeat business, having a well-maintained restroom is vital. If someone's touch, smell, or sight senses something is awry, that individual is remarkably less likely to visit that restroom again, or, consequently, that entire facility. Read more
Campuses Preach Hygiene as Virus Cases Confirmed

With high indoor-traffic in classrooms, libraries and especially dorms, the spread of infectious disease is often an inevitability among college students. Read more


Contaminated Waste Harms Business and Sustainability Efforts
An estimated 25 percent of recycled materials in the United States are contaminated, according to the National Waste and Recycling Association. Read more

Cleaning's Role in Public Health
Running a contract cleaning company is not easy. Any job that deals with clients can be challenging, especially when the idea of what clean means is different for many customers. Read more
30 Year Study Finds Weekly Use of Disinfectants Greatly Increases Your Chance of Lung Disease

One of the most versatile cleaning supplies in the home, bleach, disinfects anything it comes into contact with and can not only clean every surface but remove stains from fabrics, too. Despite its cleaning power, we’ve also long heard of the effects such chemicals can have on our health and wellbeing. Read more

Staffing Still a Challege for Building Service Contractors
Recruiting and retaining staff continues to be an uphill battle for building service contractors (BSCs), according to results of the 2019 CMM BSC/Contract Cleaning Benchmarking Survey sponsored by Sunbelt Rentals. Read more
The Importance of Handwashing
No matter where you work, play or relax frequent handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. Many diseases and conditions are transmitted by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Read more
Protect Your Cleaning Staff From Chemical Injuries
Cleaners worldwide know the importance of using the proper chemicals and solutions for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. What they might not be aware of is the importance of using these solutions safely. Read more
The Great Debate: Paper Towels vs. Hand Dryers

The process of washing hands removes bacteria and brings it to rest on the surface of one’s hands. When testing paper towels after use, researchers have discovered many of the bacteria previously on one’s wet hands are transferred to paper towels, as friction from the mechanical abrasive action of drying the hands is a key component of removing the bacteria. Read more

10 Tips for Vacuuming Success
Working smart will protect your client's carpeting, your vacuum, and your back. Read more
Acoustic Flooring Solutions for Healthcare and Educational Facilities

Facility design elements are crucial in allowing building residents to experience and utilize the space in a healthy and productive manner. Read more



Norovirus: It's More Than Just a Cruise Ship Disease

Many associate norovirus with the “cruise ship” virus because the news often features stories about ships having to dock early due to an outbreak.In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)report that one in 10 passengers between 2008 and 2014 fell victim to this virus. However...Read more

Shift the Commercial Restroom Paradigm
The restroom has long been the bane of commercial buildings—a place dreaded by employees, avoided by visitors, and often feared by both. And with good reason. Too often, the office restroom boasts a collection of less-than-desired attributes and amenities like fluorescent lighting, leaky faucets, messy sinks, empty toilet tissue dispensers, and an overpowering and unpleasant odor. Read more
Teach Educators the 5 lessons of Cleaning Schools
In order to win the business of a school or an entire district, cleaning companies must demonstrate that they share the school’s goals. Cleaning is fine, but creating healthy atmospheres is the goal. Read more
Healthy Air Means Healthier Students
Good indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important component of a healthy indoor environment in schools and can contribute to improving students’ health. However, schools face numerous challenges to maintaining good IAQ. Read more
Simple Steps Towards More Sustainable Floor Care
It’s no wonder that floor care consumes a large portion of most cleaning budgets (it has been estimated that approximately 67% is related to floor care) and generally more labor intensive than any other cleaning task.
But when it comes to environmental impact, floor care is one of the biggest culprits in any cleaning program. Read more
Adopt Green Cleaning To Maximize the Benefits of the Green Building Trend

Green cleaning is mutually beneficial to this mission. However, there is far more to green cleaning than moving away from toxic chemicals and the use of non-recyclables. Green cleaning is a major driver in the industry, reflecting sustainable trends and increasing expectations among customers for products and services that respond to the environmentally friendly agenda. Read more

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
Minimize Mold
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




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.
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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 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

Minimize Health and Environmental Impacts

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

Keep it Clean

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
Studying Green

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"
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"Why Using Safer Chemicals is Important"
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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
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.





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