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.

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remove permanent marker from dry erase boards

Remove Permanent Marker From Whiteboards Easily.

I would bet the day the dry erase whiteboard was invented, while the creator was out to lunch, someone came in and wrote on it with a permanent marker. Thus leaving us all to battle with how to remove permanent marker from whiteboards. Read more

How Many Coats of Floor Finish?

How Many Coats of Floor Finish Do You Need?

I am always getting the question “How many floor finish coats do I need to properly protect floors?”

I have always used  4-6 coats as my standard answer. This comes from experience and the manufactures guidelines. Read more

Cleaning Awareness Starts With You

Cleaning Awareness Starts With You! — Learn Clean

I often get frustrated at the lack of attention paid to cleaning. For all of the money that is spent on labor, supplies and equipment, we should really be getting better results. Has our society just become use to poor results? It seems that cleaning awareness is missing.

Lack of Cleaning Awareness

I took the picture below in a public restroom where I was helping my son use the facilities. Since he could not reach the urinal, I had to hold him up. His feet were on top of my feet and left a sticky residue on my shoes. Also, due to excessive use of cleaning chemicals, the floor was sticky. And as you can see, there was obviously a lack of attention paid in the “Dribble Zone.”

Dirty Restroom Floors are unacceptable. Lack of cleaning awareness.

Wasted Cleaning Effort

My real problem with the situation is that someone was paid to mop this floor, a lot! It was obvious from the sticky chemical is evidence!  They are doing the job. A supervisor should be inspecting the work. It was a busy restroom. Have we just come to accept it. No one seems to notice or care that the floor is not fit for zoo animals? The monkey house is at least hosed out once a day?

Therefore, all the work, time and money put into restroom cleaning would be better spent on a portable toilet just outside that will be sucked out each day and hosed out weekly.

In addition, this restroom exited into a carpeted area. As a result, everything that is on the restroom floor is tracked out on to the carpet. Carpet that parents have no problem allowing their children to crawl around on.

Who’s Fault Is It?

So who is to blame? First of all, the custodian is at the bottom of the list. This person is doing their job with the tools and knowledge they are given. Maybe it should be the supervisor? Is it this person’s fault that they have never been shown what is acceptable or even possible?

I really feel it is the patrons. An industry study has shown that 94% of patrons will not return to a business if the restrooms are not clean, but do they ever tell the business? We can’t just walk away without saying anything. We have to let them know that their idea of clean and ours is not the same.

Unhappy customers equals no customers. Hence, no customers equals no business, jobs, money ect…

Trust me, if you talk, now more than ever, they will listen and act.

cleaning myths

5 Dangerous Cleaning Myths

Cleaning Myths – Unproductive and Dangerous

Cleaning Myths are everywhere. This works better than that. “I sprayed this on and it was clean!” The impact of cleaning affects everyone. From the kitchen and tables in a restaurant, to the restroom in your home, the cleanliness or lack thereof, can influence odors, appearance and most of all health.

Since cleaning is actually a rather complicated science, most of us rely on what we have heard or on the broad explanations supplied by-product manufactures  in commercials or on bottle labels. The reality is that what you currently do  to clean may be the cause of your cleaning problems.

5 Cleaning Myths that explain the results you are getting and how to improve.

#1 – Clean Is A Matter of Opinion Cleaning Myths

“What I call clean and what you call clean are two different things.” This is a statement that moms make every day to their teenage kids when inspecting their rooms and although this may be a good  way to get a kid to improve the tidiness of her room, it is not the case when it comes to cleaning for health.

To clean something means to remove all soils that can attract bacteria and promote its growth.

With methods such as A.T.P. testing and even simple black light inspections, it becomes apparent that a surface that looks clean, is in fact not. Clean is not a guess or  opinion but a fact.

#2 – More Chemicals Equals Less Dirt Cleaning Myths

It is an old statement that many still believe, “A little works good. A lot works better” This couldn’t be farther from the truth for cleaning. The overuse of chemical concentrates can cause  your cleaning efforts to back fire.

When too much chemical is used it will leave a residue on surfaces that attract more dirt. Although these residues can be rinsed with clean water to remove, it adds another step to the cleaning process. Essentially you have to re-clean the surface to clean away the  cleaner. This makes no sense in the case of most cleaners.

To add to the confusion, an old trick that many chemical manufactures still employee is to direct users to use more than really needed. This leads to more product sold and also attracts more dirt so you have to clean it again sooner.

Note: Any product with an E.P.A. registration must be used at the required dilution to effectively provide the kill claims.

#3 – If It Smells Good, It’s Clean Cleaning Myths

Smell is a very powerful sense. It can influence perception in dramatic ways. When it comes to cleaning, we associate clean with an odor, in many cases it is bleach or pine or lemon. This is because these odors have been connected with many popular cleaning chemicals throughout the years. The problem is that most of these chemicals cover up to real issue and rely on a “clean scent.”

The smell of clean is no odor at all. The compounds used for fragrances are in many cases exaggerated to the point of leaving a bio film behind that can attract dirt and bacteria.

For the record, if a restroom smells like stale cherry, it’s dirty. End of story.

#4 – Disinfectant Cleaner Cleaning Myths

“Wow! It says right here on the label ‘Disinfectant  Cleaner!’ That means I only need one product to clean and disinfect!” Yes, but make sure your read the directions on the label. It won’t say it on the front of the bottle or even in the catalog descriptions, but there are always at least 2 steps to the process and the product must be used as if it were at least 2 different chemicals.

The E.P.A. disinfection guidelines all include the statement “On Pre Cleaned, Non Porous surfaces.” This means that you must clean the surface first before moving on to the next step. Very few do this. In fact, I would guess that less that 10% of housekeepers even know about this. The disinfecting step is to apply the product and allow it to remain moist for a prescribed amount of time. Then, in most cases you still have a third step to wipe the surface again to remove residue. This also removes bacteria killed in the disinfection process.

Dead bacteria become a great food source for live bacteria if not removed. If used to clean a floor, the residue can be so bad that your feet will stick to the floor.

#5 – Bleach Is The Answer Cleaning Myths

“Mom always used bleach to clean everything.” She may have but there was very little cleaning going on. Cleaning chemical properties help to loosen and suspend soil in the solution so that they can be removed. Bleach has no such properties. It is a killer of bacteria. That’s all.

If the surface is contaminated with any number of micro-organisms, bleach will kill them if used properly. The problem is that with even a moderate soil load, it is not capable of removing the excess soil and deceased bacteria. Once it has lost is killing ability in a very short time, other bacteria show up is droves to feed on this buffet and the effort put in to cleaning the surface is wasted. Bleach is also dangerous for humans since we are just a larger organism.

The fumes that give us that desired “Bleach Clean” smell are toxic and can contribute to body burden.

Knowing the facts about cleaning can help to improve your overall results and also improve your health. Taking time to find out what is actually happening when you clean can save time, money and give you the peace of mind that if you say it is clean, it is clean!

Remove Salt Residue From Floors

How To Remove Salt Residue From Floors Fast And Easy

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Get Rid Of Salt Residue On Floors Winter weather brings with…
bathroom cleaner products

Bathroom Cleaner Products

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Bathrooms have so many different types of surfaces to be cleaned.…
how to clean sticky floors

Why You Have Sticky Floor and How To Fix It

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Cleaning sticky floors can be a very frustrating task. After you mop the seem to end up stickier than when you started. Don't worry, there is an answer. Here are the steps to cleaning your sticky floors.
How To Clean Stainless Steel

How To Clean Stainless Steel The Right Way

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It seems everyone wants to know how to clean stainless steel? The…
Neutralizer and neutral cleaner for floors

Cleaning Chemicals - Neutralizer or Neutral Cleaner?

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It seems floor neutralizer and neutral floor cleaner gets…
automatic floor scrubber

Automatic Floor Scrubbers Are No Longer A Luxury

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While shopping with my family the other day, we saw a custodian…
hand soap dispenser systems

Hand Soap Systems - Evaluating The Real Cost

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Having the proper hand soap dispenser system for your facility…
Fitness Equipment Cleaning

Fitness Equipment Cleaning

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Fitness equipment cleaning may be causing you more trouble than…
Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors

Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors

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Rubber gym floors can be a great alternative to hardwood athletic…
remove permanent marker from dry erase boards

Remove Permanent Marker From Whiteboards Easily.

I would bet the day the dry erase whiteboard was invented, while the creator was out to lunch, someone came in and wrote on it with a permanent marker. Thus leaving us all to battle with how to remove permanent marker from whiteboards. Read more

How Many Coats of Floor Finish?

How Many Coats of Floor Finish Do You Need?

I am always getting the question “How many floor finish coats do I need to properly protect floors?”

I have always used  4-6 coats as my standard answer. This comes from experience and the manufactures guidelines. Read more

Cleaning Awareness Starts With You

Cleaning Awareness Starts With You! — Learn Clean

I often get frustrated at the lack of attention paid to cleaning. For all of the money that is spent on labor, supplies and equipment, we should really be getting better results. Has our society just become use to poor results? It seems that cleaning awareness is missing.

Lack of Cleaning Awareness

I took the picture below in a public restroom where I was helping my son use the facilities. Since he could not reach the urinal, I had to hold him up. His feet were on top of my feet and left a sticky residue on my shoes. Also, due to excessive use of cleaning chemicals, the floor was sticky. And as you can see, there was obviously a lack of attention paid in the “Dribble Zone.”

Dirty Restroom Floors are unacceptable. Lack of cleaning awareness.

Wasted Cleaning Effort

My real problem with the situation is that someone was paid to mop this floor, a lot! It was obvious from the sticky chemical is evidence!  They are doing the job. A supervisor should be inspecting the work. It was a busy restroom. Have we just come to accept it. No one seems to notice or care that the floor is not fit for zoo animals? The monkey house is at least hosed out once a day?

Therefore, all the work, time and money put into restroom cleaning would be better spent on a portable toilet just outside that will be sucked out each day and hosed out weekly.

In addition, this restroom exited into a carpeted area. As a result, everything that is on the restroom floor is tracked out on to the carpet. Carpet that parents have no problem allowing their children to crawl around on.

Who’s Fault Is It?

So who is to blame? First of all, the custodian is at the bottom of the list. This person is doing their job with the tools and knowledge they are given. Maybe it should be the supervisor? Is it this person’s fault that they have never been shown what is acceptable or even possible?

I really feel it is the patrons. An industry study has shown that 94% of patrons will not return to a business if the restrooms are not clean, but do they ever tell the business? We can’t just walk away without saying anything. We have to let them know that their idea of clean and ours is not the same.

Unhappy customers equals no customers. Hence, no customers equals no business, jobs, money ect…

Trust me, if you talk, now more than ever, they will listen and act.

cleaning myths

5 Dangerous Cleaning Myths

Cleaning Myths – Unproductive and Dangerous

Cleaning Myths are everywhere. This works better than that. “I sprayed this on and it was clean!” The impact of cleaning affects everyone. From the kitchen and tables in a restaurant, to the restroom in your home, the cleanliness or lack thereof, can influence odors, appearance and most of all health.

Since cleaning is actually a rather complicated science, most of us rely on what we have heard or on the broad explanations supplied by-product manufactures  in commercials or on bottle labels. The reality is that what you currently do  to clean may be the cause of your cleaning problems.

5 Cleaning Myths that explain the results you are getting and how to improve.

#1 – Clean Is A Matter of Opinion Cleaning Myths

“What I call clean and what you call clean are two different things.” This is a statement that moms make every day to their teenage kids when inspecting their rooms and although this may be a good  way to get a kid to improve the tidiness of her room, it is not the case when it comes to cleaning for health.

To clean something means to remove all soils that can attract bacteria and promote its growth.

With methods such as A.T.P. testing and even simple black light inspections, it becomes apparent that a surface that looks clean, is in fact not. Clean is not a guess or  opinion but a fact.

#2 – More Chemicals Equals Less Dirt Cleaning Myths

It is an old statement that many still believe, “A little works good. A lot works better” This couldn’t be farther from the truth for cleaning. The overuse of chemical concentrates can cause  your cleaning efforts to back fire.

When too much chemical is used it will leave a residue on surfaces that attract more dirt. Although these residues can be rinsed with clean water to remove, it adds another step to the cleaning process. Essentially you have to re-clean the surface to clean away the  cleaner. This makes no sense in the case of most cleaners.

To add to the confusion, an old trick that many chemical manufactures still employee is to direct users to use more than really needed. This leads to more product sold and also attracts more dirt so you have to clean it again sooner.

Note: Any product with an E.P.A. registration must be used at the required dilution to effectively provide the kill claims.

#3 – If It Smells Good, It’s Clean Cleaning Myths

Smell is a very powerful sense. It can influence perception in dramatic ways. When it comes to cleaning, we associate clean with an odor, in many cases it is bleach or pine or lemon. This is because these odors have been connected with many popular cleaning chemicals throughout the years. The problem is that most of these chemicals cover up to real issue and rely on a “clean scent.”

The smell of clean is no odor at all. The compounds used for fragrances are in many cases exaggerated to the point of leaving a bio film behind that can attract dirt and bacteria.

For the record, if a restroom smells like stale cherry, it’s dirty. End of story.

#4 – Disinfectant Cleaner Cleaning Myths

“Wow! It says right here on the label ‘Disinfectant  Cleaner!’ That means I only need one product to clean and disinfect!” Yes, but make sure your read the directions on the label. It won’t say it on the front of the bottle or even in the catalog descriptions, but there are always at least 2 steps to the process and the product must be used as if it were at least 2 different chemicals.

The E.P.A. disinfection guidelines all include the statement “On Pre Cleaned, Non Porous surfaces.” This means that you must clean the surface first before moving on to the next step. Very few do this. In fact, I would guess that less that 10% of housekeepers even know about this. The disinfecting step is to apply the product and allow it to remain moist for a prescribed amount of time. Then, in most cases you still have a third step to wipe the surface again to remove residue. This also removes bacteria killed in the disinfection process.

Dead bacteria become a great food source for live bacteria if not removed. If used to clean a floor, the residue can be so bad that your feet will stick to the floor.

#5 – Bleach Is The Answer Cleaning Myths

“Mom always used bleach to clean everything.” She may have but there was very little cleaning going on. Cleaning chemical properties help to loosen and suspend soil in the solution so that they can be removed. Bleach has no such properties. It is a killer of bacteria. That’s all.

If the surface is contaminated with any number of micro-organisms, bleach will kill them if used properly. The problem is that with even a moderate soil load, it is not capable of removing the excess soil and deceased bacteria. Once it has lost is killing ability in a very short time, other bacteria show up is droves to feed on this buffet and the effort put in to cleaning the surface is wasted. Bleach is also dangerous for humans since we are just a larger organism.

The fumes that give us that desired “Bleach Clean” smell are toxic and can contribute to body burden.

Knowing the facts about cleaning can help to improve your overall results and also improve your health. Taking time to find out what is actually happening when you clean can save time, money and give you the peace of mind that if you say it is clean, it is clean!

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish. A Closer Look

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Is using a 25 percent solids floor finish a good option for you?…
Floor Finish Yellows

Why Floor Finish Yellows and How To Fix It

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When it comes to floor finish, by far the most wide-spread…
Best Vacuum Cleaner

Choosing The Best Vacuum Cleaner

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One question I get often is "What is the best vacuum cleaner?"…
reduce cleaning costs

Reduce Cleaning Costs By Improving Results

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I saw this soap dispenser at a rec center a while back. I wondered…
Carpet Cleaning Methods

Carpet Cleaning - Is Wetter Really Better?

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There are some carpet cleaning methods that have become widely…
getting stains out of carpet

Carpet Cleaning - Why You Have Carpet Spots

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It seems getting stains out of carpet is a popular mystery. I…
How To Clean Without Streaks

Cleaning Chemical Streaks Mean It's Not Clean

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Cleaning without leaving streaks on windows and other surfaces…
Fixing Restroom Odors

Fixing Restroom Odor - Do You Know Where To Clean?

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Do restroom odors indicate a lack of work? I don't think so.…
Entrance Matting Tips

Entrance Matting Tips For Year Long Floor Protection

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Entrance matting is a multi-purpose tool for any facility. They…
green cleaning focus

Green Cleaning Focus On Health

So much has been said about green cleaning. Too often the green cleaning focus is simply grabbing a products with a green claim. If this is what your green cleaning program consists of, you may be making a big mistake.

To understand what it really means to clean green, you must first understand what it means to clean. When we go through the process of cleaning, we are doing more than just removing dirt. Cleaning has 3 main focuses, preventing long term damage, improving the appearance and most importantly, keeping the facility healthy. Read more

school health

Who Is In Charge Of School Health?

School health, when I was a kid, was either a little room with a very cold vinyl bed or it was a class you had to take with classmates of the same gender that taught students the basic functions of the human body. The only person that was in charge of school health was the nurse, who was only part time. Well that has all changed now. Read more

microfiber cleaning products

Not Using Microfiber Cleaning Products? You Are Wasting Money.

Microfiber cleaning products have taken the North American cleaning industry by, well, spring shower. For some reason, cleaning professionals have been lukewarm when it comes to converting to the use of this material that in Europe is the standard. Why is this? I say it is a perceived value over cost issue. Yes, in most cases, the upfront purchase of microfiber is significantly more than the traditional tools. Read more

green cleaning programs

5 Results Of Green Cleaning Programs

Implementing green cleaning programs has become the focus for many. Some of the questions that come up are “What does it cost?” “How long does it take?” “Do I need to be certified?” These are important questions, but there is one questions that needs to be asked first.

What are the reasons  for implementing green cleaning programs? Although there are thousands of green products on the market and most have been given the image that to use them, you  must sacrifice cleaning quality for green clean compliance. This seems to have had a measurable impact on green cleaning momentum.


To implement green cleaning programs, the focus must first be moved from green cleaning products, to green cleaning practice. Most importantly, results. There is a need to change the way cleaning is done, before green can be achieved. These changes are not because of a desire to be green, they are because of the need to clean with health in mind. There are definite changes that are made when a green cleaning program is implemented with a focus on health. Many of which are not even factor in the world of traditional cleaning.

5 Results Green Cleaning Programs.

1. Health

By implementing cleaning programs, you will experience improved indoor air quality, slow the spread of illness and reduce the chances for exposure to toxic chemicals. By employing safer green procedures, less chemical residue is left on surfaces to promote the spread of germs and there are fewer air borne particles released that contaminate the air.

2. Appearance

Green cleaning programs actually remove more dirt if implemented and performed properly. Taking a step back and re-learning what clean really is, it will become apparent that the level of clean we have grown to accept is no longer acceptable. Green cleaning allows surfaces to be cleaned much more effectively. This improves the cleaning results as well as the appearance.

3. Reduced Surface Damage

Many traditional methods of cleaning, over time, actually damage the surfaces they are meant to maintain. Toxins and abrasives may remove soils but also cause long term and even permanent damage that can be costly to repair or replace. By reducing or eliminating harmful practices, and focusing on maintenance, the surfaces will last much longer.

4. Cost To Clean

Green practices are much more efficient. Accomplishing more, with less is at the heart of green cleaning programs. By directing effort toward better results, you are able to achieve a cleaner, healthier facilities, in less time. This is done by employing techniques that eliminate the use of wasteful and counter-productive cleaning products that in many cases can cause surfaces to be more difficult to clean.

5. Employee Morale

By being able to perform tasks more effectively, with less risk to yourself and the facility and actually see the positive results from your efforts, the morale of the staff will be improved. No one likes to do a bad job and given the know how to do a good job only makes performing the task more rewarding.

Implementing green cleanings program is very effective way to maintain facilities. By evaluating cleaning results and setting up procedures that use resources more efficiently, you will discover the positive effects of from green cleaning!


 

proactive cleaning

Proactive Cleaning Prevents Headaches Later

What types of prevention do you practice on a daily basis? You brush your teeth twice a day. You put on shoes and socks to prevent damage to your feet. You turn on your directional signal to keep other drivers from running into your car. Read more

cleaning sends message

Cleaning Sends Your Message

Business’ and organizations are constantly being forced to find ways to attract and retain customers. They bend over backwards to give deeper discounts, provide better products and spend thousands of dollars on advertising to lure new business.

Schools are no different. They push for better educational supplies and more funding to provide a safer, healthier learning environment for students, yet cleaning gets over looked when it comes to restrooms and classrooms? With the scare of disease and illness threatening us every day, somehow, we still have a long way to go when it comes to providing clean restrooms. Read more