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
Cleaning is an important part of life for everyone. Commercial cleaning goes beyond that because we clean for others. Cleaning is a personal issue and because as commercial cleaners we for everyone.
A while back, we took a trip to Minneapolis to visit family. While we were there, we had an opportunity to visit the world-renowned Mall Of America. All I can say is “Wow!” This place is huge! If you have not had the chance to visit, I would recommend adding it to your list. From the indoor amusement park to the seemingly unending selection of stores and restaurants, the Mall Of America lives up to its reputation as one of the modern wonders of the world. What really impressed me though was the amount of cleaning. But is more cleaning the answer? Read more
Cleaning Professionals Must Earn Respect
It has been said that in order to gain respect, you must earn it. For cleaning professionals, this could not be more true. Read more
Cleaning appearance is what we are judged on. But is that the reason we clean? There is a lot of attention paid to teaching a cleaning staff how to clean. This is usually centered around the proper use of tools and products. While knowing the best ways to use cleaning chemicals and equipment is important, it has little effect on the end results if there is not at least a basic understanding of the reasons for using them. To know how to clean, you must first understand why to clean. Continue Reading
Cleaning without leaving streaks on windows and other surfaces is always a big challenge. When there are still smudges on the glass after cleaning, it makes the effort seem wasted. Why does this happen? After all, it is window “cleaner” isn’t it? The whole reason for its existence is to get rid of marks on glass, not add to them? How to clean without streaks isn’t really difficult. You just have to understand what is going on. Read more
Entrance matting is a multi-purpose tool for any facility. They provide protection from slip and falls. They help control the dirt that is tracked into a building and they can add to the style and image of the building. In some cases entrance mats serve as billboards and warning signs. Given all of the rolls they can and do play, they require very little maintenance and care. Here are a few entrance matting tips to ensure that you are getting the maximum use from this important part of your building cleaning program.
As the author of this and several other blogs, I am always looking for great examples of cleaning blogs. There are an estimated 1 million blogs started everyday, most left abandoned after a short time. The reason I chose to start writing a cleaning blog was because there were not many places on the web to find cleaning industry information that was not product based or supported. Although most of these blogs are connected to products and/or services of some sort, they focus on and provide great information and experience. Please visit them and let them know what you think. Read more
The Illusion of Killing Germs
“I am going to need a case of (spray disinfectant) to avoid the flu germs!” I recently saw this comment from a friend that was faced with a case of the flu spreading through the house. I always cringe when I hear people say this out of desperation.
Avoiding and fighting the spread of germs is a subject that, as many of you know, puts me on edge. While many blindly have faith in the brand name products to protect the health of their families and employee’s, they don’t realize how under-informed they are about how their use. Just like any type of “bug” killer or medication, if not used correctly, can have counter productive and dangerous results.
As I talk about in “Do You Read Chemical Labels?” the correct information is right there on the bottle or can. These are often overlooked because of the evasive marketing message that makes users believe these products can kill germs with a quick spritz or wipe down, while the directions tell a much different story. Read more
A question that seems to be growing in popularity “What is the definition of cleanliness?” It’s interesting that so many seek the meaning of a term that is goes back farther than biblical times. This may be due to the change of perception.The view of clean and cleanliness is one that is constantly evolving. Thanks to science and technology, the social definition of cleanliness is always narrowing, leading to a need for a better refined definition that justifies results or helps prescribe improved methods. Read more
Here is a very interesting blog post about the practice of Soji No Jikan in Japanese schools. Translated it means “The Cleaning Time.” In these schools, student cleaning is an important part of the school day. As you can see from the authors comments, the students get a lot more out of their cleaning time than just a clean school. (image via Lifehack.org)
I wonder why this isn’t more widely accepted and if there would be a place for this in the United States? There would be many advantages to having student cleaning incorporated into the educational system. Read more