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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Beads, Sewers, Fun and the Environment

Beads and fun go together during Mardi Gras, so it's said.  But those thousands and thousands of beads have a dark side. 

Not only do these beads make their way into the sewer system clogging drains and wreaking havoc, the time it takes to clean them up and the impact on the environment due to the mercury, lead and other toxins in them is tremendous.

And when the facts come to light that most of these beads come from sweatshops in China where girls work 16 hours/day stringing beads for a measly pay of 10 cents an hour, the dark side of it all sky-rockets. 

Below is a table taken from the article linked here regarding how many beads are left behind after the partying ends.

Imagine 1,800 tons of beads

Michael LaRussa with the Krewe of Hercules estimates that Terrebonne Parish parades toss 1,800 tons of beads to crowds during the Mardi Gras season.
That’s the same weight as:
878 Ford F-150 pickups.
360 killer whales.
18 Boeing 737 Max 9 airplanes.
25,714 kegs of beer (full).
45,000 Labrador retrievers (full grown, male).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

~ 2300

Our last poll asked about how many students grace the hallways and classrooms of the new high school.  The answer is about 2300. 
When classes are in session, you wouldn't know there was anyone there. But when the lunch bell rings are its passing time, the hallways are packed.  And that doesn't include the 200+ staff as well.

Smart Toilet

There's now a toilet that responds to voice commands via Siri and other smart devices.  Here's the short article about this unique John. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Wrong Soap, Burned Children

Secondary labeling is a must and the law. It is imperative that chemicals and cleaning solutions are always checked as being the right product.

An article from cmmonline.com highlights why. Several kids washed their hands at a YMCA in California and ended up in the hospital because the wrong product had been filled in the soap dispenser. Here's what the article said.

If you’re a facility manager, it’s a good idea to periodically review product safety with your cleaning staff and make sure all solutions are labeled correctly. Several children who washed their hands in the restroom of a YMCA facility in Palm Desert, CA, earlier this month were injured when a janitor unintentionally put harsh dishwashing soap in the hand soap dispensers, the Desert Sun reports.
The children were taken to a hospital to treat rashes on their hands and arms. Emergency responders found the restroom soap dispensers held an industrial-strength dish soap containing lye, which can cause burns when it comes in contact with skin. Fortunately, the children were not seriously injured and were treated and released.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Global Glitter Ban

Glitter has always been the nemesis of custodians and janitors the world over. Now, it seems, not only is glitter a nuisance due to the impossibility of removing it completely from carpets and other surfaces, it seems that scientists are concerened about the affects of glitter on the environment.  The followiing is an article published by Fox News regarding this concern.



Environmental scientists have urged glitter to be banned worldwide due to the damage the art supplies does to the environment.
Glitter, which is commonly used in arts and crafts, is comprised of small plastic particles. Scientists argue the particles get into the ocean and the environment where animals eat it, CBS Philly reported.
Professor Richard Thompson did a study and discovered a third of fish caught in the United Kingdom contained plastic particles.
“I was quite concerned when somebody bought my daughters some shower gel that had glitter particles in it,” Thompson told The Independent.  “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”
Dr. Trisia Farrelly, a scientist at New Zealand’s Massey University, said glitter should be banned because it was a microplastic.
Microplastics, or small pieces of plastic, have been known to pollute ocean, including the Great Lakes, the National Ocean Service reported. The microplastics come from many places, but microbeads, a tiny piece of plastic that were common in beauty products, were the biggest culprit. The small particles easily get into water filtration systems where they wind up in oceans and lakes.
The BBC reported that some British nurseries have banned using glitter in its establishments due to the “terrible damage” the arts supplies does to the environment. Some states in the U.S. have banned using microbeads in beauty and health products.