Monday, March 30, 2015

Five Things You Can Do To Stay Healthy

Here's a great series of articles on staying healthy. The information fits right in with good cleaning and personal hygiene.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I Was Surprised

Well, this came as a surprise. Thanks Tahoma School District for the support and training I've received over the years. I appreciate it!

Men (and Women) Share Your Germs With Everyone!

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 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
Survey reveals lack of hand hygiene in men and women

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

Lines of Grunge

You've probably seen them in your home or other homes or even in businesses.  That dark, grungy line along the edge of stairs, underneath doors, along the edge of furniture skirts or underneath curtains. The dark lines are called "filtration lines".

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.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Light Urine

It seems that urine is in the news again.  This time by being used to create electricity.  That's right. Urine creating electricity to light up dark areas.  Check out this article from Time.  It's a unique idea.

Friday, March 13, 2015

To Wipe or Not to Wipe - That Is the Question

I posted in the past about the damage and trouble that "wipes" have wrought on cities around the globe.  The largest "ball" of damage was found in London sewers a few years ago.  Other cities are fairing no better. The latest is New York City. They are having major issues with wipes labeled as "flushable" which are such, but do not break down like toilet paper and thus wreak havoc on sewer systems and in the end cost the consumers more. This article goes into more detail and includes pictures of this problem.  In the meantime, let's all do our part and avoid flushing wipes, whether labeled "flushable" or not and avoid creating more work and trouble for others and increasing our cost of sewer bills and consumer products in the long run.  Let's "wipe out" this problem once and for all!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Flushing With Their Feet - Closing With Their Hips

Here's an interesting survey related to restroom cleaning as conducted by the Bradley Corporation and reported in the European Cleaning Journal.

More than half (57 percent) of Americans flush the toilet in public restrooms with their feet, according to a recent study conducted by Bradley Corp.
Bradley Corp.’s sixth-annual handwashing survey queried more than 1,000 American adults about their hygiene habits. Fifty-five percent of respondents stated that they use a paper towel to avoid touching door handles directly, while 45 percent close the door with their hips rather than their hands.
The study also found that while an overwhelming majority of respondents (92 percent) felt that it was important to wash their hands after using the restroom, only 59 percent of men and 75 percent of women said they actually do so.

Don't Poo Poo This Story!

As custodians we have to clean up some pretty nasty stuff. And the things that people do on purpose sometimes is unbelievable! If only they had to clean it up themselves, maybe they'd think twice before doing it again. Here's just such a story!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

People Are Drawn to Cleanliness

I've posted several comments and articles in the past on how a person's first impression of a building can be highly influenced by the cleanliness inside and out. Once again, a survey by Procter and Gamble has confirmed that thinking. Here's the brief comments made about this subject from

Survey: Cleanliness Leads to Customers

March 11, 2015

Ninety-seven percent of hospitality guests rated cleanliness as the most important factor when choosing a restaurant, café, bar, or hotel, according to a recent survey commissioned by Procter & Gamble Professional.
More than 4,000 consumers throughout Europe participated in the P&G study. The results indicated that cleanliness not only leads to an increase in customers, but also better tips for staff. More than 90 percent of respondents stated that an establishment’s cleanliness also impacts whether or not they would leave a tip.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Urine Trouble - Don't Try Peeing Here!

Here's another humorous but true article out of Germany.  A wall that pees back at the would be urinators.  Here's the article from Time magazine.

A special kind of paint bounces the liquid back toward its source

Public urinators in the St. Pauli neighborhood of Hamburg are in for a rude awakening: a community group has applied a special water-repellant paint to the walls of certain buildings that sprays liquid back in the direction it came from.
The nightclub/red-light district has been plagued by night time revelers relieving themselves on walls, and residents decided that this solution would not only protect their buildings but also send the message loud and clear that this behavior was unacceptable. To give potential offenders a fair warning, Reuters reports the group has put up signs that read “Do not pee here! We pee back!”
The paint, which has previously been used on ships, is expensive — a 6 square meter area costs 500 euros to paint — but the organizer of the group behind the initiative says the community is saving money on cleaning.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Nominate a Custodian Deadline Approaches

The article linked here explains the details.


The Leaner Cleaner

Okay, here's a story that makes you appreciate making ends meet. This janitor who works for a casino would rather walk 35 miles a day to and from work rather than drive his car so he can save money on gas. Read this article from

Steve Simoff, a 61-year-old janitor at Lakeside Casino in Osceola, IA, doesn’t just spend time on his feet at work; he often walks 17.5 miles to and from his job each day.
While Simoff’s overnight shift at the casino begins at 11 p.m., he often leaves his home in Davis City, IA, by 3:30 p.m. to get to work on time—on foot, reports The Des Moines Register.
Simoff and his wife, Renee, have a car, but noted that gas money is tight. This often means that Simoff leaves the car in his driveway in favor of walking. He simply does what he can to help his household make ends meet.
 "First of all, when you got a family, and you've got a job," he told The Des Moines Register, "you've got to be able to support your family. And you've got to keep your job—the most two important things I can think of."  

Friday, February 27, 2015

Green Globes and Good News

Here's an interesting article about the construction of religious buildings that have implemented green designs to aid in the sustainability of the planet. Read on.