Monday, August 14, 2017

Toilet Plume

Leaving the lid open when you flush the toilet allows aerosolized particles of fecal spray to fill the room and can easily reach heights of 15 feet. Imagine if your toothbrush or other items are nearby? The best thing to do is close the lid before flushing. Here's the full article from the European Cleaning Journal.

If you usually leave the lid up when you flush the toilet, you may want to reconsider. Because it has been revealed to Business Insider that "when you flush a toilet, the swirling water that removes your waste from the bowl also mixes with small particles of that waste, shooting aerosolised faeces into the air".
This unfavourable phenomenon is known as 'toilet plume'. Microbiologist Philip Tierno told Tech Insider: "It is a good idea to lower the seat, especially if the bathroom is used by multiple people."
This is because aerosol plumes can actually reach a height of 15 feet when the toilet is flushed. And these potentially infectious bacteria and viruses can reach far across the room and even contaminate places such as the nearby sink, the floor and even your pot of toothbrushes.

Business Insider says: "The microbes also remained on the toilet bowl's porcelain surface after multiple flushes, and while the number of microbes decreased after the first few flushes, the population levelled out and remained until it was scrubbed off (with or without a detergent)."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Bacteria Don't Leave

New scientific research has determined that no matter if you microwave or wash your dish sponge in boiling water, the amount of bacteria basically remains the same.  Cmmonline referenced an article in Discover that shed more light on this subject.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Excrement That's Over the Top

In South Africa, there is an emergency situation where there are not enough janitors to clean the overflowing, plugged, unsanitary 136 restrooms in Wallacedene, a housing settlement in the suburb of Cape Town.  Janitors don't have the proper PPE or vaccines to do the job properly.  Sometimes they are shoveling out the excrement to be hauled away and buried.  The full article can be read here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Where Am I?

You may have noticed that I haven't posted much in the past few weeks.  Why not? Basically, because I'm in the middle of getting our brand new 300,000+ square foot new high school up and running.

Since I started here on March 7, I have been ordering equipment and supplies for our department, taking deliveries, going through training on multiple building systems including, but not limited to electrical, plumbing, HVAC, security, fire, safety harness use, intercoms, clocks, grounds and more.  I have been working on getting the custodial areas for cleaning together, writing up Duty Descriptions for each area, working with the staff, moving items, hanging things and so much more.

The school opens on September 6 and we will be ready.  So, now you know where I've been.  More to come!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Custodial Closets - Do's and Dont's

Here's a great article found in the website about how to keep your custodial closets organized and working well for the benefit of you and those you serve. There are numerous points that are well worth reading about.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

White LED's

Our last poll asked if white LED's were possible.  Yes.  White LED's are possible by mixing several colored LED's or a thin spectrum of light from red, green or blue LED's placed close to one another. The link to this article explains in more detail how this is done.

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.