Having the proper hand soap dispenser system for your facility can help reduce the spread of germs and illness. It is also important to understand what you are paying for. With all of the different brands, models and dispensers available, trying to figure out the best value can be confusing. Read more
Fitness equipment cleaning may be causing you more trouble than you think. Have you ever gone to the gym, ready to hop on the treadmill, only to see “Out Of Service” signs? This happens way too often for me. After all, I am paying to use their fitness equipment. When it doesn’t work, it disrupts my entire schedule. This forces me to either wait for the equipment that is working to free up or cancel my workout all together. Both options cost me time and lower my opinion of the facility as a whole.
There is a lot of time spent comparing negotiating and shopping for the best price for cleaning equipment and supplies. After all, the hard dollars spent on an automatic scrubber, a vacuum or restroom cleaning equipment is easily measurable and the quickest path to closing the purchasing project, right?
A commercial restroom cleaning checklist is a great way to keep track of your cleaning time. It will also help you keep from missing important steps. But most generic check lists are not specific enough for me. Over the years I have build a system for creating my own bathroom cleaning checklists Because of the dynamic nature of these facilities, there are always challenges.
Did you know that every year there is a National Hand Washing Awareness Week? Well there is. It is the first week of December every year. Find out the exact dates for this year.
The observance is the product of Dr. Will Sawyer and his helpful companion, Henry The Hand. Dr. Will is a family practice physician and infection control specialist. He has dedicated himself to providing information on the importance of hand washing.
And the battle against the spread of disease and illness. Read more
Rubber gym floors can be a great alternative to hardwood athletic floors. They are not as sensitive to changes in temperature and are often considered to more durable for alternative uses, beyond the traditional gymnasium sports. Many think they would be much easier to maintain.
The fact is, cleaning rubber gym floors does require some special attention and care. Read more
Okay. Okay. I get it. Restroom hand dryers all but eliminate the need for paper towels. They save money. (maybe) And they never run out. By using them, there is always a way for people to dry their hands. I really do understand why they are so attractive for facilities. But, when I walk into a restroom and see hand dryers, (especially if hand dryers are the only option) I almost instantly form a negative opinion of the cleanliness and of the business overall. Why do I feel this way? Well there are a number of reasons, but the main reason is because they are inefficient for the user. Read more
Having a proactive winter floor care maintenance plan is great way to minimize the damage and headaches that winter weather can cause. When it comes to maintaining floors during the snow and ice season, the old adage is true, The Best Defense Is A Good Offence. Read more
It was late on a Friday and my boss at the time came to me with a request to burnish a hallway over the weekend. Not just any hallway, but the hallway in the executive office area. “Ok” I thought, I can do this.” So began my first experience with a high speed burnisher.
At the time, it was early in my cleaning career and I had been part of the janitorial crew for several months. While I had seen the normal floor crew high speed burnishing several times, I had never done it myself. They made it look easy enough. I had also recently learned to run the low speed floor machine, and was fairly comfortable with that skill. So, running the high speed burnisher shouldn’t be a big deal right? I couldn’t have been more wrong. Read more
When it comes to commercial janitorial supplies, no area gets more attention than cleaning chemicals. There seems to be a chemical for everything.
Windows, tile, grout, brass, stainless steel. The list goes on an on. But these precious liquids can also be one of the biggest hazards in the janitorial supply closet.
This is why it is important to take some time when evaluating your needs. Read more