Monday, April 20, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
The Cintas Corporation shares some common sense but sometimes forgotten ways to save time while cleaning. Check out this article which succinctly puts into words six quick ways to get your job done quickly and efficiently.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Glitter is the worst. That stuff gets into everything. Even after cleaning and cleaning the stuff still gets tracked all over the building. I find glitter weeks after it's been used in areas miles from where it started. Shiny, sparkly little stars "glittering" everywhere you go.
If a custodian could ban something, I'm sure most would agree that it would be glitter and gum! How do you feel?
Eight years ago today I started this blog. This post is number 389! It's amazing how fast time flies. Once I got the hang of laying out the page (very easy with Google's tools) and began writing, things just flowed. I've had the opportunity to write about all sorts of things from sewer system problems to custodians that stand out. I've also received numerous positive comments about the site and many comments on specific posts. I enjoy sharing this information for others to learn from or laugh at and look forward to another anniversary next year on this same date. Thanks for reading.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
It feels like an uphill battle. Ground is made on eliminating or squelching disease and sickness and then another battle begins. That's what's happening with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) wherein normal antibiotics and antiviral drugs are not working. This article from Britain discusses this concern in detail.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
As with almost everything in the world, the cleaning field goes through changes as well. This link will take you to an interesting article about the changing world of floor cleaning. The article comments on types of flooring material, cleaning techniques, testing equipment for slippage, shine and so on and myriad other floor related topics. Five to Thirty years from now floors will be completely different than they are now as will the ways they are cleaned.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Here's one right out of the textbooks, literally. A 1,000 year old medical book of "cures" has been used to recreate an ancient recipe that actually reduced MRSA cells from billions to thousands. Scientists are astonished that it worked so well and further studies are under way. Amazing!
article found in Infection Control Today.
Yes. 42 is the answer to "life, the universe and everything" according to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. However, it is also the minimum temperature that fire riser rooms can be to prevent damage to sprinkler systems. By keeping the temperature at or above 42, major damage to the building can be prevented. The one thing you don't want to freeze and then thaw are fire sprinkler lines that run throughout a building. Thus, by keeping the exposed piping warm, this disaster can be eliminated.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Men are gross, at least according to surveys done when it comes to hand washing after using the restroom. This article comes out of Europe's online site www.europeancleaningjournal.com. Statistics tell a lot about habits and this one is no exception. Read the article below.
Survey reveals lack of hand hygiene in men and women
24th of March 2015
If you've ever harboured doubts about the personal hygiene habits of your work colleagues, the results of a new survey will not do anything to reassure you.
A survey of 100,000 people carried out by Initial Washroom Hygiene has revealed 62 per cent of men do not wash their hands after going to the bathroom. And while women are slightly better, still 40 per cent of them admit to this unsavoury habit.
A previous study by the firm found that after using the toilet, a person has on average 200 million bacteria per square inch on each hand.
People can then transfer the bacteria to their hands or mouths, as well as on to doors, keyboards, phones. This means office workers come into contact with an average 10 million bacteria a day.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Basically, the carpet acts as a filter and "filters" out the pollutants in the air and deposits them along these areas where the air movement is higher. (Edges of stairs, underneath doors, etc.) Over time, these lines get very dark and very difficult to remove.
This article will provide more information about these lines and what can be attempted to remove as much as possible of the discoloration.