Friday, May 29, 2015

Organized, Efficient and Stream-Lined

Alan Beeler does what we do here in our building every summer in his school. Although their crew is larger, the workload is the same.  Working around summer events, cleaning every room, carpet and floor and doing what needs to be done before school starts again in September. If you've been around our high school during the summer, you'll see that the comparisons are the same. Read the article here.

Wow! Young at Heart for Sure!

Here's an amazing story about a janitor from Arkansas that has been working for a long, long time and has decided to retire. He's over 100 years old! Read his story here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Proposal By Hundreds

Check out this human interest story about a custodian and the students at his school that helped him propose to his girlfriend at an assembly unknown to her.

Summer's A Comin'

So what's on your roster for the summer break? Cleaning? Painting? Maintenance? Something else? We're gearing up to do the normal list of "things" that have to be done every summer. They range from changing filters on HVAC units and greasing motors to cleaning classrooms and waxing floors. Although the summertime is busy, we keep a good pace and still have time to BBQ a few times with the crew outside in the sunshine. It's quiet for the most part, but the work eventually gets done.

So, what are you doing this summer?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thinking Deeply, Phantom Text Syndrome and Our Diminishing Minds

Although vaguely related to cleaning, (concentrating, using the brain to work out problems, etc.) this is a followup to the article on digitization I posted this morning.  Tech device users beware!  Read on.

Digitization May Be ..... What Was I Saying?

Too much to do?  Can't remember where you put that vacuum?  Trouble remembering what you cleaned last, what chemical to use, why your garbage bags are sitting in the hallway?  Here's a possible reason according to Time.  Digitization.  A short read below.

No longer can we boast about 12 seconds of coherent thought

Researchers in Canada surveyed 2,000 participants and studied the brain activity of 112 others using electroencephalograms (EEGs). Microsoft found that since the year 2000 (or about when the mobile revolution began) the average attention span dropped from 12 seconds to eight seconds.The average attention span for the notoriously ill-focused goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft Corp., people now generally lose concentration after eight seconds, highlighting the affects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain.
“Heavy multi-screeners find it difficult to filter out irrelevant stimuli — they’re more easily distracted by multiple streams of media,” the report read.
On the positive side, the report says our ability to multitask has drastically improved in the mobile age.
Microsoft theorized that the changes were a result of the brain’s ability to adapt and change itself over time and a weaker attention span may be a side effect of evolving to a mobile Internet.
The survey also confirmed generational differences for mobile use; for example, 77% of people aged 18 to 24 responded “yes” when asked, “When nothing is occupying my attention, the first thing I do is reach for my phone,” compared with only 10% of those over the age of 65.
And now congratulate yourself for concentrating long enough to make it through this article.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hand Sanitizer Studies Requested

Hand sanitizers have become a common site in schools, businesses, doctor's offices and especially hospitals. Their use is obvious. Help prevent sickness and the spread of disease. Now the FDA is requesting more information about these products, some of which contain an ingredient called triclosan, which I posted information on last year in regard to antibacterial soaps. While most hand sanitizers contain alcohol and chloroxylenol, the FDA wants more information about absorption rates and potential problems when used long-term. Read this article for more details on this emerging study and why it is of concern.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Absolute Humidity, Relative Humidity and All Definitions in Between

If you like technical aspects to cleaning and restoration, you'll enjoy this article. It highlights the difference between relative humidity and absolute humidity (also known by other names) and describes how moisture in the air can be measured and why it is important in the cleaning industry. 

Water damage is not just a matter of removing the water, it involves much more including checking the water content present in the air. This brief article will describe a few of the technical issues involved in doing so.

The Votes Are In for 2015 - Who Won?

This years winner of the Janitor of the Year contest sponsored by Cintas Corporation is in. Sherry Albright of Angola, Indiana was the winner. She, along with nine other contestants, were nominated at the beginning of April. Voting for them rolled in all month long and yesterday the tally was complete. Another contest begins sometime in 2016.

Read the full release here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Another Honorable Mention

Here's another human interest story about a beloved custodian in South Carolina.  Read this short article about how his students love him and even dressed like him on the day they held a special event for him.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Students Protest the Possible Layoffs of Multiple Custodians

At a Massachusetts University, students are doing all they can to prevent the layoff of several custodians due to restructuring by the administration. This article from explains the concerns, attempts and possible outcome of this stressful situation.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Burnishing Brings Out the Brightness

The question in our last poll asked about burnishing floors and the purpose for doing so. 100% of the answers were correct in stating that burnishing helps "snap" the luster and shine of the floor back to a brilliant, shiny appearance.

Burnishing is a great way to keep your floors looking good, making them easier to sweep and giving them a clean, well-kept appearance between scrubbing and re-coating with floor finish. Burnishing can be done on a regular basis to accomplish this. In a school environment, burnishing on breaks helps maintain the floors between the big summer cleanings when all floors are cleaned and re-finished.

Superman Retires

Here's a heart-warming story about a custodian who is retiring after 20 years. Read his story and the impact he's had on those around him.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Working on A Trial Basis for 65 Years

He was 19 when he started working at the school. He's 85 now and still working full-time. The story tells it all.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Antibacterial Soap - Not Really That Great After All

You hear the word "antibacterial" and immediately you think that's a good thing. "It will kill the germs!" "It will prevent the spread of disease." Now studies are showing that maybe they aren't that great after all. In fact, they don't do much better than ordinary soap and the use of them could have detrimental effects, especially for children.

This article from Time goes into more detail about what science has discovered.