Monday, April 20, 2015

Put It On Your Pancakes and Stay Healthy

Syrup. That sweet, tasty commodity that we love on our pancakes and waffles. But now, it seems, there is another potential use for syrup, specifically syrup extract. The ability to help fight off infection-causing bacteria. This article out of Canada, which of course is known for their syrup, explains more. So eat and be healthy.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ways to Save Time When Cleaning

The Cintas Corporation shares some common sense but sometimes forgotten ways to save time while cleaning. Check out this article which succinctly puts into words six quick ways to get your job done quickly and efficiently.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Glitter and Gum

How many other custodians out there feel that the two worst things a school can allow are gum and glitter? I don't know how many times I have to clean up gum on a hard floor, which isn't too bad, or out of a carpet, which takes much more work. And sadly, the gum on the outside sidewalks and concrete areas cannot be remove easily if at all. All you see is a freckled walkway that is very unsightly!

Glitter is the worst. That stuff gets into everything. Even after cleaning and cleaning the stuff still gets tracked all over the building. I find glitter weeks after it's been used in areas miles from where it started. Shiny, sparkly little stars "glittering" everywhere you go.

If a custodian could ban something, I'm sure most would agree that it would be glitter and gum! How do you feel?

April 16, 2008

Eight years ago today I started this blog. This post is number 389! It's amazing how fast time flies. Once I got the hang of laying out the page (very easy with Google's tools) and began writing, things just flowed. I've had the opportunity to write about all sorts of things from sewer system problems to custodians that stand out. I've also received numerous positive comments about the site and many comments on specific posts. I enjoy sharing this information for others to learn from or laugh at and look forward to another anniversary next year on this same date. Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMR Could Kill Thousands

It feels like an uphill battle. Ground is made on eliminating or squelching disease and sickness and then another battle begins. That's what's happening with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) wherein normal antibiotics and antiviral drugs are not working.  This article from Britain discusses this concern in detail.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

No More Stripping, Burnishing or Scrubbing of Floors?

As with almost everything in the world, the cleaning field goes through changes as well.  This link will take you to an interesting article about the changing world of floor cleaning. The article comments on types of flooring material, cleaning techniques, testing equipment for slippage, shine and so on and myriad other floor related topics. Five to Thirty years from now floors will be completely different than they are now as will the ways they are cleaned.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Medieval Medicine Remedy Kills MRSA

Here's one right out of the textbooks, literally. A 1,000 year old medical book of "cures" has been used to recreate an ancient recipe that actually reduced MRSA cells from billions to thousands. Scientists are astonished that it worked so well and further studies are under way. Amazing!

CNN Article

Dromedaries Diminish Disease and Death

Last year I posted some information about MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and the difficulty doctors were having in eliminating it in humans. Now a study suggests that camels might have the necessary antibodies to help prevent MERS from infecting humans. For a more detailed, medical discussion of this promising preventive measure, read the full article found in Infection Control Today.  


Yes. 42 is the answer to "life, the universe and everything" according to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. However, it is also the minimum temperature that fire riser rooms can be to prevent damage to sprinkler systems. By keeping the temperature at or above 42, major damage to the building can be prevented. The one thing you don't want to freeze and then thaw are fire sprinkler lines that run throughout a building. Thus, by keeping the exposed piping warm, this disaster can be eliminated.

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.