Thursday, May 10, 2018

Be Moved While You Watch TV or Use Wi-Fi

China has taken the lead again with new high-tech restrooms. These restrooms have Wi-Fi, ATM's TV's and they use facial recognition which is used to dispense toilet paper and to control theft. So, sit down, relax and be moved!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

A Crappy Way to Start the Day

In Holmdel, New Jersey, no time was "wasted" in searching for the culprit.  The slate needed to be "wiped" clean of possible suspects.  No "paper trail" led to the perpetrator. Any guesses as to who it might be were "flushed away" when he was seen on camera.  Who was this bizarre person who was leaving human feces on or near the school track every day? A disgruntled parent?  A student prankster?  An upset parent?  You'd never guess unless you read the news release from Q13 news. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

This Would Save Time!

Check out 3M's new 2-1 Clean & Shine pad.  Reduces burnishing, useable on multiple surface types, simple. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sealed Soap Dispensers - Safe, Savings and Streamlined Maintenance

Once upon a time a bar of soap sufficed to clean your hands.  Then it was discovered that this was not always preventing the spread of bacteria, but actually aiding in it.  Thus the advent of the refillable soap dispenser.  But it too did not work as promised.  Bacteria can accumulate inside of these containers and even mold can grow inside of them despite the contents being soap.  Now the safest way to go is to use sealed soap cartridges. 

Sealed soap cartridges cannot be contaminated, dispense better, especially the foaming type and are recyclable when empty.  They are easy to store, easy to install and not that expensive.  Studies have shown that using sealed soap cartridges are 100% bacteria free and when hands are washed, they really are clean.  Bacteria is not being passed on to the next user.  An article from cmmonline.com goes into more detail on these sealed systems and even how the military benefited from installing them in their facilities. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Wash, Dry, Contaminate

Restroom hand dryers are a common-place fixture in many restrooms.  They dry hands quickly and help move traffic in and out of restrooms faster than normal.  Plus, they save trees. 

A new study, however, shows that using hand dryers actually contaminates your hands after washing them.  The aersosolized feces that are in the air from the flushing of toilets, especially those without lids, is sucked into the hand dryers and then spread back onto your skin.  Even hand dryers with HEPA filters did not completely remove all bacteria.  Newsweek magazine reported on this new finding quoting statistics from Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 16. Ten Years. Wow!

Ten years ago, on April 16, I started this blog dealing with a variety of cleaning-related stories, comments, information and news.  The intent was and is to provide interesting and helpful information to anyone who wants to learn more about cleaning of all types.

Some of the topics covered include restroom cleanliness, carpet care, interesting people in the cleaning field, odd cleaning news, industry-related topics, articles that pertain to cleaning and so much more.  As this year progresses, I will continue to provide posts dealing with these subjects. I will continue to share high caliber information that can be used or mused for all those interested in cleaning.  Please continue following and sharing your comments on what you find interesting and useful.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Skewed Scores for Schools Screams Scandal

School systems and those who clean them, should take pride in doing the best they can despite any monetary shortfalls.  However, occasionally there are those systems wherein personnel in charge do not follow the rules or have the desire to do things honestly.

Here's quite an article about a Chicago school system that misrepresented the findings of how clean their buildings were and eventually were called on the carpet for it since the students and teachers were working in conditions that were not healthy.  It's quite an eye-opening story.  (Read on)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Diatomaceous Earth

Our recent poll asked what diatomaceous earth (DE) was.  100% answered correctly in stating it was "fossilized diatoms blended with natural clays and minerals".  DE comes in different grades. Some grades are more dangerous than others, but DE can be used in cleaning.  Before using DE, all safety warnings and instructions should be followed closely.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Not All Carpet Fibers React the Same Way

When it comes to spots and stains, carpet fibers react in various ways depending on their construction.  Nylon, polyester, olefin, mixed blends and so on all absorb different substances based on their affinity for or against what's been spilled on them.  Identifying the substance and knowing the type of fiber will go a long way to potentially removing the problem. 

The article linked here has great suggestions on the above information.

Restroom Stalls - Checking Them Thoroughly

The restroom stall is a scary place. When people finish their business, they still have to wash their hands.  So, when they leave the stall, they are touching a lot of surfaces, including the door latch.  How can you be sure you are cleaning all surfaces and doing so thoroughly? 

This article had some insightful suggestions on what to look for in a restroom stall.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Custodian Wouldn't Even Clean It!

At the Pickens County High School in Pickens County, Alabama, there is a field restroom that is used occasionally and became so dirty and smelled so bad...How bad was it?...That the custodian didn't even want to clean it.  It has since been brought to the attention of the principal and superintendent and the situation is being remedied.  Check out the article and ABC news story here.