November 19th every year is World Toilet Day. This day was created by Jack Sim to bring awareness to the fact that 40% of the world does not have access to sanitary, private toilet facilities. While many who read this site are constantly looking for ways to improve the sanitary conditions for those that have the luxury of a working toilet, it is important to realize what a true luxury it really is. Read more
Take a look through any college or trade school course schedule and it is doubtful you will find a single course on cleaning. While there has been talk in the industry for years about developing education programs for cleaning professionals, and there are many out there, few programs have gotten any traction when it comes to the mainstream business world. 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
The amount of money that is spent in cleaning industry each year is estimated to be $100 billion . That’s right. With a “B”. And it continues to increase, even in these difficult economic times. When you add in the popularity of green cleaning and green cleaning products, who knows how high it will go. What this means is, as a society, we are concerned about maintaining clean environments. And while we are spending huge amounts of money each year to clean, I feel that much of it is wasted. Read more
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
Green Cleaning has been a buzz word for a while. It seems that environmentally preferred choices have become part of everyday cleaning. You may not realize it, but ‘green’ is also big business too. As businesses seek to improve their image and reduce the corporate foot print, they are looking for more professionals that can add to their efforts. Because of this, many are turning plain old cleaning into a green cleaning career. 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