Monday, October 5, 2015

NCWRDay, Again

Here's a follow-up article on National Custodial Workers Recognition Day that happened on October 2nd last week.  A school district in Iowa recognized their custodial staff because of the hard work and behind-the-scenes labor they perform.  I'm sure other districts or individuals did the same, but this one made the news.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Stature is Relative

Check out this article about Gary Aungst, a custodian in Michigan who's been asked to be the Grand Marshal of today's homecoming parade.  Sporting a long beard, he is said to do a great impression of Billy Gibbons of the rock band ZZ Top.  The kids love him and he's been working at his high school for 38 years.  What a great guy!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

National Custodial Workers Recognition Day - October 2

Did you know that tomorrow is the unofficial National Custodial Workers Recognition Day?  That's right! Every October 2 is a day to recognize a custodian that might work in your place of business whether it be a school, business, church or otherwise.  Take a second to say "thanks" to these often unrecognized and behind-the-scenes workers!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Like Dust Mopping in Molasses

The poll that just closed asked why it might be difficult to dust mop a floor.  The choices included humidity, water or something sticky on the floor.  The answer is obviously all of them.

Many times while dust mopping, higher humidity with create a floor that feels sticky like molasses and is very difficult to dust mop.  Likewise, water or some sticky substance, can also wreak havoc on your dust mopping efforts.  Turning up the air flow, wiping up the water, changing the dust mop head regularly or just dealing with the situation until it dissipates is about all you can do.  Happy dust mopping.

Crying for the Custodian

Check out this article about a Tennessee custodian being featured in a new Kleenex commercial.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Feminine Waste Receptacles - Do's and Don'ts

It's easily overlooked and often contaminated.  Cleaning them is probably not considered a high priority unless something obvious is visible.  Yet, germs can live and breed here.  I'm talking about feminine waste receptacles commonly found in the women's restroom stalls.

Unless an obvious condition exist indicating contamination, most of the time we just replace the liner and move on.  But there's more to it than that.  An article in Cleaning and Maintenance Management outlines steps that can be used to limit the spread of germs and gives suggestions on cleaning these receptacles.  Read the entire two page article here and notice some high points as to cleaning these receptacles as taken from the article.

Best Practices for Handling Feminine Waste Receptacles

The following tips were previously published by ISSA and Cleaning and Maintenance Management magazine. For more on how to properly clean and line feminine waste receptacles, and for a comprehensive list of tips, visit 
  • Wear protective gloves.
  • Empty the receptacle contents by removing the liner bag, sealing it, and placing it in a lined cleaning cart trash receptacle or lined trash pickup container.
  • Use extra caution when handling the liner, which may contain sharps, such as needles.
  • Visually inspect the inside of the receptacle, cautiously remove debris remaining in the bottom, and discard it in the trash. Contact a supervisor immediately if you find evidence of sharps or a pool of liquid.
  • Use paper towels or other disposable wipes to remove any visible soiling of the inside and outside of the receptacle.
  • To properly disinfect, apply (via disposable wipes/spray bottle) an appropriate disinfectant to the interior and exterior of the receptacle, including to the lid, even when there is no visible soiling.
  • Follow the recommended dwell time on the manufacturer's product label.
  • To dry receptacle surfaces, use paper towels or other disposable wipes only, and discard when saturated.

Antibacterial Soap Versus Plain Soap...Again

I posted information on this in the past, but here's some more scientific research indicating that plain soap works just as well as antibacterial soap.  The only time the antibacterial soap works better is if it is left to work for a longer period of time.  Read on.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

We're All Like Pig-Pen From Charlie Brown

The kid with a roiling dust cloud around him. Remember Pig-Pen?  Well, scientists are deeply involved in the study of microbial cloud research which basically shows that we all look like that on a microbial scale.  And you thought you were clean! The study of this cloud surrounding us could be used as forensic evidence in the future.  Read on!

"No, You Can't Bring Your Own Chemicals to School"

With the implementation of new rules regarding SDS sheets, Hazcom training and otherwise, custodians are up against teachers and other staff bringing in their own chemicals to clean with. Here's an article about how one district met this problem head-on.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Driving Into the Lunchroom

Here's an interesting use of school funds.  Using bus drivers to clean school lunchrooms between routes.  In Kansas, a pilot program has been instituted to provide workers, specifically bus drivers, to clean lunchrooms at several schools.  This is saving the district money and gives the bus drivers more work.  This article gives more specific details, but it shows that unique ideas can be implemented to get a job accomplished.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Urine Color and You

Normally when I post something urine-related, it has to do with cleaning.  But how about a change? Why not look at your own urine as an indicator of your well-being?  That's right.  The color of your urine can tell you a lot about your health.  This Time magazine article gives some nice suggestions from a urologist regarding urine and what it might mean for your health.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Never, Never, Never Dump Cleaning Chemicals on the Ground!

"But it says it's biodegradable!"  No excuse.  You never dump chemicals of any kind on the ground. They all must go down the drain via a custodial sink to be processed by the sewage plant.  This article highlights the reason why and tells the tale of a school district in Virginia where this did happen.  Now they're in the news and not for a good reason.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Cintas Sponsors Another Contest for the Best Restroom in America

Last year Cintas was highlighted for their contest recognizing the Janitor of the Year.  Now, for the fourteenth year in a row, they are again sponsoring their "Bowl Games" contest of the best restroom in America.  Check out the press release from Cintas!