Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Eye-Opening Stats

Here's some eye-opening statistics regarding toilets, clean water and hygiene in schools around the world as reported on by UNICEF.  Be glad if you're not affected.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Crow Cleaners

The Puy du Fou theme park in France has enabled the help of trained crows to clean up cigarette butts and trash from the park.  These sometimes misunderstood but intelligent birds are setting a great example of how humans, the supposed "masters of the living world", should be taking care of the planet.  The New York Times ran this fascinating article about these avian creatures.  We can all learn something from them. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cleaning That Drones On and On

High rise buildings are a challenge to clean, that is, the outside.  Safety gear, scaffolding, harnesses, and more are often needed to clean and maintain these structures.  Now, a company, Lucid, is providing a way to clean these large structures in a safer way.  By using drones.  These drones can spray a cleaner on the outside of buildings at the rate of over 2,000 square feet in under 5 minutes.  Link to the article to read more of the intriguing details.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Fatbergs Might Be Useful After All

A model of one of London's fatbergs, showing its size compared to humans.
Fatbergs.  Those pesky lumps of fat, oil and grease (FOG's) that are wreaking havoc on London's sewer system and creating problems in other cities as well.  (A past post discussed wipes that were flushed down the toilet and how they added to the problem and the Facebook page, Custodial Soupcon,  had a post dealing with fatbergs when they were first discovered.) These fatbergs have recently been discovered in sewer systems due to the amount of FOG's, wet wipes and soiled diapers that get flushed away every day.  Maintenance workers have been chipping away at removing them, one which is over 850 feet long and weighing more than 143 tons.  Until now, disposal of these fatbergs was ominous.  However, with a little further research and some out-of-the-box thinking, scientists have devised a way that they can be used as bio-fuel which would create much lower carbon emissions than other fuels.  The full story can be found at

Monday, July 30, 2018

Waste Water Woes - Custodians to Blame

In Marblehead, Massachusetts, custodians have been dumping waste water from floor cleaning and stripping projects into the organic garden instead of down the drains made for such waste.  This has resulted in the vegetables in that garden having to be discarded and the top 18 - 24 inches of soil being removed.  The EPA has been called in to test the soil.

This is just another reminder that WASTE WATER should NEVER be dumped outside.  It should always be emptied down the custodial floor sink or even into a toilet where it can be processed at the sewage plant. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Big Cat, Little Bees - Beware of These!

When working alone, at night, in a rural area, where wildlife roams and so on, custodians always need to keep on the watch for not only unsavory humans, but wildlife as well.  Here's a couple articles about a maintenance worker encountering a cougar at work and about a housekeeper that ran into 80,000 bees nesting in a drainage pipe.  The maintenance worker got away unscathed, but the housekeeper ended up in the hospital in serious condition having been stung over 200 times.  So always be aware of your surroundings and stay alert!



Friday, June 15, 2018

Toilet Seats - Thrones of Disease?

Toilets. We use them daily.  With that said, can we get sick or can we get some disease from sitting on a toilet seat, especially one that is not our own? Three separate microbioligists/immunologists answered that question in response to a query from Basically, the answer is maybe, but not likely. Check out gizmodo's article for a more in-depth answer to this concern.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

His Toilet Goes Wherever He "Goes"

Kim Jong Un has a personal toilet and it goes with him wherever he goes. Whether the mountains, the plains, the city or meetings, he has a variety of toilets that tag along just for his use.  The reason?  Wipe any ideas from your mind.  It's more than just convencience. It's to prevent anyone from taking his waste and examining it to see what his state of health is.  It's a national security issue.  Check out the full article as posted on

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification was the correct answer from our latest poll when queried as to what the acronym IICRC stood for. Wikipedia defines the IICRC as follows.  

"The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, more commonly known as the IICRC, is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspectioncleaning,[1] and restoration industries.[2] It is headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, United States, and has offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. The organization formulates health and safety related industry standards for built environment. As an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standard-development organization (SDO), the IICRC works with international trade associations such as the International Sanitary Supply Association(ISSA) and the Restoration Industry Association(RIA)[3] to develop consensus-based standards." 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cleaning Windows Almost a Mile Above the Ground!

How do you clean the underside of the Grand Canyon's Skywalk which is 4,000 feet above the floor of the canyon. With ropes, safety harnesses, cleaning equipment, and lots of planning.  Check out the article, with pictures, of this adrenaline-pumping job.  Would you like to help them?