Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Breath of Fresh Sign

A new air-cleaning billboard has been erected in London's Leicester Square with another eight planned by the end-of-the-year.  The signs use nano-molecules to remove exhaust emissions from gas and diesel powered vehicles.  It is estimated that this sign will reverse the effects of emissions produced by 13,000 vehicles yearly.  Read on. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Man Above

Imagine living for three years above a public restroom!  That's just what authorities found in a crawl space above a restroom in Japan.  The space was 990 square feet and very neat.  Read this odd story from Oita, Japan.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Coming Soon: Ultrasonic Dryers

New and more efficient technology is replacing even household appliances.  A new dryer is in the works that uses ultrasonic waves to dry clothes faster than ordinary dryers.  The Department of Energy is behind this new technology.  Here's more details.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nine Years

Nine years ago I started this blog.  After learning how simple it was, I decided to create a blog that could keep custodians and other interested readers informed about things that custodians deal with and news that pertains to the custodial field.  To date, I've posted almost 550 entries covering subjects about other custodians, interesting news items, personal comments, useful information and more.  I enjoy sharing this information and will forge ahead for another year sharing items regarding the custodial world.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Dangers of Boilers

A high pressure vessel of any type is dangerous. But boilers can easily top the list.  Think about the pressures found inside these large structures. And steam boilers are extremely dangerous. This article highlights why regular maintenance, daily checks and high respect for boilers is so important. The explosion that occurred in this article sent a piece of a boiler over 500 feet where it went through the roof of another building killing two first-day employees.  Use extreme caution around boilers!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bring Your Own TP or Submit to an Eye Scan to Get a Few Sheets

Imagine that!  Use a public restroom, but toilet paper is NOT provided. You have to bring your own. This is the situation in China. Now, due to the increase of public toilets due to tourism, public restrooms have installed eye scanners before dispensing toilet paper so that the precious resources are not stolen.  Read the full article here.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Triclosan Ban

In some previous posts I discussed the banning of Triclosan which is used in anti-bacterial soaps and other products.  In the March, 2017 edition of, there is an entire article dedicated to this ban and more information regarding it.  You'll find the information interesting and eye-opening, especially since custodial staff may be responsible for making sure that products containing Triclosan are not used after September 6, 2017.  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Robotic HVAC Cleaning Units

Here's a nifty way to clean your ductwork.  Use robots!

Students in India took six months to design an HVAC duct cleaning robot system that inspects and cleans the ductwork.  The following link will take you to the article from the India Times.

Robot Cleaners

Friday, February 10, 2017

What's the Best Way to Use A Public Toilet?

Here's some interesting points on the best way to use a public toilet. You'll find this interesting and insightful.

Toilet Usage

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Exhale. Detect. Prevent.

Yesterday I posted an article dealing with the Microsoft Cloud and the ability to detect a potential outbreak of disease before it happens.

Today, there is an article dealing with a device much like a breathalyzer that has been invented that allows the user to simply exhale into it and detection of the flu or other diseases like Ebola could easily be detected.  This would be a great boon to preventing or limiting sickness.  Here's the link to this intriguing article from the University of Texas.