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Green Cleaning in a Healthcare Facility


By Jim Ronchi
Whether you are working in a hospital, a surgical center or a doctor’s office, you need to be diligent with cleaning and disinfection procedures. In today’s COVID environment, emphasis on total disinfection has become even more prominent. Where does this leave green cleaning?  Read more

GTC Luxurious Foaming Hand Soap: Helping Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Hand_soap_tweet_shutterstock_1730495671Respiratory viruses like COVID-19 and influenza spread when mucus or droplets containing the viruses get into your body through your eyes, nose or throat.Viruses can also spread easily via our hands. Read more


Be Prepared

be_prepared_shutterstock_463742216As a young boy, I remember rolling my eyes as my dad told me every day be prepared in life. Later I heard it from my coaches as I approached a new season or opponent, then as I understood more, it was a daily speech to my own kids. Now, I think be prepared means more than ever. What does that really mean in a professional setting? Read more


Tips for Building an Effective Team
Hand_ShakeUsually I discuss tips for cleaning areas in a hospital, office or school, but today I want to focus on the people that get it done. Your team. Many times I have heard this place would be so much cleaner if I had better people, if they were more motivated, if they listened. Read more


Back To School Cleaning Tips for Moms

As a young child I always remember when I first started to notice the Back To School signs in the department stores, and see the commercials on the TV for sales on back to school clothes, I knew summer was almost over. I was not too happy about it, in fact I dreaded it. Read more




4 Elements of the Cleaning Process

shutterstock_128594141When talking about cleaning we always mention the process in which it is carried out. There are 4 basic elements that you should follow to help ensure that you are cleaning effectively and efficiently to save the most time and money. Read more


Inspecting Areas for Cleanliness

Inspector_Housekeeping_shutterstock_159820619This month I am not going to discuss a cleaning tip, but rather a tip on inspecting your staffs cleaning performance. If you want quality, it requires evaluation.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I go into any establishment, I find myself looking at everything from vents, to windows to the corners and edges of a floor. It's just something in our business that we do. Read more

Stripping and Refinishing Your Floors - Common Poor Practices and Why You Have to Correct Them

floor_care_2_croppedSpring time is here, the snow is in the past and it is time to get your floors in top shape. Over the winter, it is sometimes very hard to keep your floors looking good.  Weather and ice melt can dull the shiniest of finishes. This month I want to show you the common bad practices to stay away from when refinishing your floors and give you tips and a procedure on properly stripping and refinishing your floor.
I know we do not always have the required time to perform this process, but you cannot cut corners when performing this job.  It will eventually lead to poor results. Read more

Spring Cleaning Your Home

girl_cleaning_shutterstock_252454870-2Believe it or not, it’s finally that time of the year, Springtime! I’m sure for most of you it didn’t come soon enough.  The cold is coming to an end, our winter doldrums are fading and it’s time to freshen up our homes. Here are some tips to get you started, room by room. Read more

High-Speed Burnishing

high_speed_walk_behind_burnisher_2_IMG_5571I just finished a training session on burnishing floors and was surprised to see that most employees do not realize why they perform this task or what  the difference is between buffing and burnishing. Even though both terms are sometimes used for the same process, there is a significant difference. Read more



Keeping Your Workplace Safe

wet_floor_signshutterstock_382926928As a leader in your Environmental Services department or as a manager of a private cleaning company it is important to not only make sure everything is clean, but to make sure you are performing the job in the safest possible manner.  This keeps you, your staff and other occupants of the facility safe.
Good housekeeping practices are not a one-time thing.  It’s an ongoing operation. Read more


Having the Right Equipment for the Job

ride_on_scrubber_shutterstock_620350172In today’s janitorial cleaning market we are always asked to do more with less. Whether you are part of an in-house operation or a contract cleaner, we are being told to clean more square footage with less staff and less money. Read more


The Importance of Properly Diluting Cleaning Chemicals


dispenser_2Although the art of manually mixing chemicals or the “glug glug” method has pretty much faded into the sunset with slow speed spray buffing, many people still do it. Ignoring directions, staff members become chemists overnight and feel the more product they use the better the outcome. This could be a dangerous and costly mistake. Read more


7 Step Cleaning Process

girl_guy_cleaningThis month we will look at the 7 Step Cleaning Process. This is basically an industry standard though one or two steps may differ in order depending on the facility specifications. This is an important process to follow.  It ensures the person cleaning covers all areas and does not miss a step. Read more


Carpet Cleaning with Extractor System

carpet_extractor_rug_shutterstock_1063381166Carpets can create a rich and lavish look in many facilities while evoking a warm, home-like feeling. On the flip-side, a carpet that is not properly maintained can, as they say in our business, “Ugly Out” Read more



vacuum_shutterstock_748494502This cleaning procedure is often neglected, but is the most important step in keeping a carpet clean. It removes surface dirt and helps prevent soil from setting deep into the carpet fiber. Here are a few simple but important steps to remember. Read more


The Importance of Handwashing

hand_washing_shutterstock_630315251No 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


"One Man's Waste is Another Man's Treasure"

Blue_Wrap_DressesIt’s finally getting warm and it is that time of the year for getting rid of old junk and cleaning up for spring, but this month, I am going to give a tip for those of us who work in a hospital or surgery center, on cleaning up something different. Blue wrap! Blue wrap plays a crucial role in maintaining the sterility of surgical instruments prior to use in operating rooms. Read more

Bring Your Floor Surfaces Back to Life

floorAfter a harsh winter, the floors in your facility need some TLC. Most of us have tight budgets and cannot afford to provide continuous refinishing with the risk of another storm and pounds of ice melt placed out to ruin your floor’s appearance once again. Read more




Understanding Microfiber Tools

microfiber_rag_shutterstock_664613347Microfiber products have come a long way since their introduction in the 1950s.  Microfiber cloths are now available in many colors and sizes and can be found in the form of mops, sweepers and hi-dusters. They are economical, reusable and play a major part in green cleaning initiatives. Read more


The Importance of Training

Training_shutterstock_crop_349455404Training is the most essential part of ensuring consistent and proper cleaning procedures. It communicates what is expected of your staff, increases job satisfaction, sharpens skills, and contributes to financial gain and efficiency in the workplace. Read more


Maintaining Your Lobby Floors During Winter Months

Auto_scrubber_shutterstock_230117131First impressions count.  That’s why it’s so important to always keep your facility looking great, especially in the winter months.  
Between the ice melt, snow, dirty water and debris being tracked in and of course staff shortages, it seemed like an impossible task to keep floors in top shape. Read more



The Importance of Entrance Mats

With winter upon us, leaves are blowing throughout the streets and ice melt is already being spread outside your facility and on your entrance floors. That's why quality entrance mats will be the most essential tool you have in keeping your floors looking good. They should be utilized in every entrance of your building and directly outside its entrance points. Read more



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