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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. 


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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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