Wednesday, August 27, 2014

From Rags to Pitches

Should I use rags, whether color-coded for specific areas or not, or should I use disposable wipes that I can just pitch in the garbage when I'm done?

This question is examined in the article in the current August issue of entitled Toss Away the Germs. Cross-contamination, better health, avoiding staph infections and other concerns are all pondered in this article. What are you using when you clean?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Ebola Games

No, this is not some sick, twisted adventure on a deadly and devastating disease.  It is scientists using the minds of video gamers to try and find a cure for Ebola.  Scientists at the University of Washington are using these unusual thinking methods of gaming individuals to study ways to prevent or cure Ebola.  This article goes into more detail on how this is being done and the studies involved.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Custodial World App for Android Devices

Are you looking to have quick access to Custodial World information via Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and more? Download this app to your Android smartphone and all the links via icons will be at your fingertips!

Or scan this QR code for quick access. 

Custodial World App

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bodies Dumped. PPE Scattered. Ebola Rages

Ebola continues to rage in western Africa and communities are frightened and fighting to stop government officials from dumping or burying dead bodies in their towns. The Ebola virus is spreading and is now considered an international public health threat by WHO. Two articles below highlight this situation. This outbreak has killed almost 1,000 people and doesn't appear to be stopping. As more attention is given to this situation, authorities continue to battle this deadly outbreak.


World Health Organization (WHO)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Green Products Versus Non-Green Products

Our last poll asked how well green products worked. Although green products are great for the environment, and many do work very well, not all do the same job as the current chemicals in use.

Using green products is the ultimate goal of all custodians, janitors and cleaning companies as well as products for home use. Sometimes though, the green products just don't "cut it" when it comes to cleaning. Individuals need to compare for themselves what products will or won't work. Will more time be needed to do the job with a green product versus the old one? Will it cost more? Does it save in time, energy and money in the long run?

As time goes on, green products will become more efficient and will work better. In the meantime, compare them for yourself to decide what you will use when cleaning.


Ebola has made headlines in the last few months as this deadly disease continues to kill most of those it infects. A couple of patients have been transported to a hospital in Atlanta, GA where they are being quarantined and treated. (Read on here to find out what Ebola is, what the symptoms are and how to avoid contracting it.)

Ebola has been around for years and every so often it flares up and wipes out scores of people. Then it dies down and is out of the news for awhile. Now it has reared its ugly head again and has killed hundreds. This link will take you to several news stories covering the Ebola outbreak over the past several months.

In 1994 Richard Preston wrote a book based on true accounts of the Ebola virus. It is very interesting, but be warned that some details are quite gruesome. The book is called The Hot Zone. 

With this new outbreak, it is hoped that this disease will not become a pandemic by racing around the world wiping out millions. Time will tell. In the meantime, keep up on the news to see what steps are being made in containing this disease.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This Custodian Is A Doll - Or At Least His Creations Are

Trash is trash. Or is it? Not according to James Gallien who works for a university in Louisiana. He takes things that others throw away and recycles them into works of art. Doll art that is. This article goes into more detail, but it shows what can be done with what many consider to be garbage. What a great way to recycle and reuse!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Don't Poo Poo This Museum

As a custodian, I've cleaned up my fair share of feces.  It's not pleasant, especially when it belongs to someone or something else.  But the study of feces, where it goes, how plumbing carries it away to be processed and more is interesting. Now a museum in Japan has picked up on this sticky situation and has logged information at their exhibit.  And when you visit, you even get to wear a poo hat and ride a toilet slide!  I'd like to visit this museum.  Would you? Could you?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Interesting Mix of Social Media Use

Our last poll asked which social media networks were used to find information about cleaning. Facebook and Instagram had the most votes followed by Twitter and others. Some voters said they did not use any media to search for this information. In this world of technology and instant access to information, it's quite interesting to see what people are using in their lives to find the things they need.

Custodian Death a Reminder to All

Whether or not chemicals were the cause of a custodians death in a Boston elementary school, the warnings about chemical use is still of high importance. Always use ventilation when using strong chemicals. Avoid using chemicals that are unnecessary or extremely volatile or that off gas strong odors. Always read warning labels and use according to the manufacturers instructions. Wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when necessary. Be safe!

Boston Custodian

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Work Never Ends

I've posted articles in the past about custodians across the country that have been highlighted for their work they perform every day, year round. Many teachers, administrators, parents and students think that the custodians get the summer off like everyone else. Unknown to most of them, the summertime is usually the busiest time of the year for custodians as they clean everything from top to bottom and perform other maintenance related tasks as well.

This article from Georgia confirms this fact and shows that this group of people are the backbone of a clean and maintained building.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Personal Microbiome and Cell Phones

Cell phones are a part of daily life. They can do everything from take pictures, play music, surf the Web, make phone calls and so much more. Now scientists have found how much phones really say about us when it comes to personal microorganisms that we carry around and transfer to our cellular devices. The future of how this information might be used at some point down the road is highlighted in this linked article.

Floored Art Floors Floor Cleaners

When you clean a floor, it's preferable that as much if not all of the items on the floor be removed before doing so so that a good cleaning can be accomplished. Often custodians and janitors are required to move items that have been left sitting so that the floors can be cleaned properly. It is a cumbersome job, time-consuming and frustrating, but necessary.

Unfortunately, some janitors in Germany took it a step further. It's sad when an individual or group of individuals goes to this extreme out of spite and irritation because something was in the way. What do you think?