Top Five Historical Disease Outbreaks

Over the years of history, the world has endured its share of historical disease and illness outbreaks. This number has significantly decreased due to the vast amount of technology in medicine and disinfectants. However, there are still times where even medicine can’t prevent us from the inevitable. Do you know about some of the largest disease and illness outbreaks that have left the healthcare industry in turmoil? Let’s take a blast through the past and go over some of the largest outbreaks in world history.

1.) 1918: Spanish Flu Pandemic

The year was 1918, and waves of mutating influenza viruses swept through the military lines of  armies fighting in World War I to the civilian population across the globe. This was commonly refespanish flurred to as “the Spanish Flu”; however, Spain was no more affected than any other European country, nor was it the source of the disease.

This flu outbreak was the cause of orphaned children, closed schools and businesses, and left the nation without important services due to ill workers. An estimated 675,000 Americans died in a matter of months. It is estimated that 20 million people died across the globe before the pandemic subsided (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

2.) The Great White Plague (TB or Tuberculosis)

Cases of Tuberculosis can be traced back to ancient Egypt. There is DNA evidence that proves its presence in Egyptian mummies. During the 1600′s, the disease plagued the population of Europe for over 200 years. Known as the Great White Plague, it killed roughly one out of every seven people it infected.

Tuberculosis continued to be a problem during the late 19th century, with estimates that 10 percent of all deaths in the United States.  In 1944, doctors discovered a preventative aid, known as antibiotic Streptomycin. Technology in modern medicine has continued to provide preventable measures against TB.

3.) 1952: Polio Epidemic

Polio is a viral disease that affects the nervous system. The first major polio epidemic in the United States occurred in 1916. In the 1940s and 50s, Polio outbreaks created a frenzy, frightening polioparents and prohibiting travel from city to city within the United States. Some towns were quarantined to protect the public from affected individuals.

In 1952, over 58,000 cases were reported, including 3,145 deaths (Salk Institute, 2012). However, an effective vaccine has made the United State polio-free since 1979.

4.)1980s to Present: AIDS

The first documented case was reported in 1981. Now known as HIV, it began to appear as a rare lung infection characterized by a weakened immune system. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the final stage of HIV. AIDS is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States among people age 25 to 44 (U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2012).

The virus that causes AIDS is passed through blood transfusions or use of needles, sexual contact or from a pregnant woman to her child.

5.) Noro Virus

The Noro Virus, often affiliated with international cruises in the recent months, is a virus that is transmitted by an infected person, contaminated food or water or by touching a contaminated surface. The first case of the new strand of this virus occurred in 2012. Many affiliate the Noro Virus as being an illness that is picked up from international countries, however, the United States is currently the leading cause of virus outbreaks. The symptoms are comparable to a bad stomach flu.

Unfortunately, there may not be a way to completely avoid a pandemic, but there are ways to decrease the likelihood of infecting yourself. Take a quick look at our video on how Betco Corporation is leading the way in innovation for a germ free lifestyle.

The Sickly Six – Part two

grocerycartLast week, we discussed the first three culprits of germ infested locations. Can you guess what the last three are? Take a look and see if you were right!

1.)    The Grocery Store

Touch point- Carts. Many grocery stores offer complimentary wipes upon entrance to wipe down the grocery cart handle. This is something you should take advantage of if you do not have your own source of disinfection. Grocery carts can pick up germs from other shoppers and raw meats and foods. Don’t risk cross contaminating bacteria from your hands and grocery cart to your fresh produce. Disinfect!

2.)    Hotel Rooms

Touch point-  TV Remote. Studies have found that the dirtiest item in a hotel room is in fact the television remote. Make sure you wipe down the remote each time you are ready to use it to avoid spreading germs to yourself and others.

Touch point-  The Cleaning Cart. This might be surprising since the cleaning cart is full of equipment and chemicals that are meant to KILL the bacteria we are speaking of. The cleaning cart harbors germs and bacteria that are picked up from room to room. This puts you at risk for cross contamination.

3.)    The Gym

gymTouch point- Equipment. Think about various sweating bodies touching the same weights or equipment you use every day. While most gyms ask for equipment users to wipe down their weights or machines after use, many do not. This means virus causing bacteria is waiting to pounce. Make sure you wipe down the equipment yourself before use even if the equipment was wiped down prior.

Touch point- Weight Lifting Gloves. These gloves are a perfect vacation spot for staph   infections, some of which might be deadly. The material of these gloves is often times polyester. Polyester can harbor these germs and increase your chances of infecting yourself with a virus or staph infection. Avoid the gloves if possible and properly disinfect.

Germs are everywhere and sometimes in locations we wouldn’t guess. Take proper precautions when using or visiting a public location. Betco offers a variety of products that will help fight against harmful germs and bacteria for every touch point!

LesLeeLesLee Winfield is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, LesLee enjoys running, movies, and spending time with her family. Click here to contact LesLee directly.

The Sickly Six – Part One

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder how dirty that is?” Reality is, germwork desks are just about everywhere and ready to attack. Without the proper measures of disinfecting, you are making yourself more susceptible to getting sick. Here is a quick list of the first three of six places you are most likely to get sick from. Some of these might surprise you!

1.)    Work

Touch point- Your Desk. Did you know that an office desk holds more bacteria per square inch than a toilet seat in the same building! Make sure you are wiping down your phone, keyboard, monitor and desk with a proper disinfectant on a daily basis.

Touch point- Lunchroom Refrigerator Door Handle. Think of all the food that is shoved in the back of a refrigerator and forgotten about. This moldy food creates germs and bacteria that linger around your lunch, your co-worker’s lunches and yes, the door handle. Who wants to touch a dirty door handle right before grabbing your salami sandwich? Make sure you are washing your hands before lunch time.

2.)    The Restroom

Touch point- Sinks. As soon as you finish your business, you do what you are supposed to do, take yourself to the sink to wash your hands. The sink knob is one of the first touch points to meet your dirty and germ infested hands.

Touch point- Hand Dryers- Believe it or not, hand dryers create more harm than paper towels. Many are under the misconception that they are a cleaner alternative to drying your hands with paper towels.  Wrong.  A study from the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that rubbing your hands under a traditional hand dryer can increase the number of germs on your skin by more than 45%. Hand dryers also suspend these germs into the air.

3.)    The Bank

 Touch point- The ATM Machine. We have all heard how dirty paper money is. Not only does an ATM hold thousands of bills, but it is also guilty of being touched by thousands of germ infected hands on a daily basis. We suggest you keep instant hand sanitizer on you at all times to avoid spreading these germs even more.

Do you know the last three? Stay tuned to part two of the Top 6 Germ Infested Locations.

LesLeeLesLee Winfield is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, LesLee enjoys running, movies, and spending time with her family. Click here to contact LesLee directly.

A Cluttered Mind

When we think of living “healthy” we are told to stay active, exercise daily, eat right, drink enough water and sleep at least 8 hours each night.


Ask yourself this question, what about while you are at your workplace? Keep in mind, a person spends 8-10 hours a day in their work environment. Can a “clean lifestyle” affect your work performance?

Dr. Jennifer  Baxt, DMFT, an online metal health therapist states there is a direct correlation between mental health and a clean lifestyle. Similar to exercising, a person can feel happier and more relaxed in a fresh, clean environment by removing dirt, dust and clutter.

Keeping a clean and workspace helps decrease a stressful environment and lead to higher productivity.  Here are a few quick daily maintenance techniques to keep your space clutter and germ free and productivity soaring!

  • In between hand washing (which is the key at reducing the spread and transmission of germs, keep hand sanitizing wipes within reach around your work station. Sanitizing your hands several times a day, such as, after, answering the phone, working at your computer) helps decrease the spread of germs and you getting sick, resulting in absences at work.
  • Carry hand sanitizing gels with you at all times. By keeping hand sanitizer gel with you, you can put your mind at rest knowing that your hands will always have the opportunity to be clean in any situation.
  • Clean touch points daily with general disinfectants/wipes. Some common touch points such as telephones, keyboards, desktops and your mouse harbor germs.
  • Avoid a clutter pile up! Keep papers and office supplies organized. This will leave your desk in order and your mind at ease knowing needed documents are easily accessible.

Krysten Comperchio_jpgKrysten Comperchio is a Product Manager for Skin Care and Education at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, Krysten enjoys yoga, running and keeping up on current events. Click here to contact Krysten directly.

Why you Shouldn’t Overload your Washers Beyond their Designed Capacity

laundryWe’ve all been there. You’re at work, and you are trying to trade jobs with another employee to avoid having to do the mountain of laundry that has piled up. Who wants to do 10 loads of linens when there are so many other things you could be doing with your time? What you might not know though, is that stuffing the washer beyond the recommended capacity can leave one with dirty linens and a broken machine.

When you over load your washers beyond the manufacturer recommended dry linen weight, you set yourself up for a letdown. Your linen needs to be able to move freely in the washer and allow the linens to rub and agitate upon themselves. This friction allows the chemicals to penetrate deep within the linen fibers and it also allows the water to flow freely between the linens and the linen fibers to leave you with an optimal level of clean. If you have too many linens in the washer, you create an environment where the linens are packed together so tightly that very little chemical or water can flow properly to clean as the chemicals and equipment were designed to do. This can be detrimental to any business, not to mention your job! Make sure you follow proper loading procedures and you are on the right path for bright and fluffy clean linens.

LesLeeLesLee Winfield is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, LesLee enjoys running, movies, and spending time with her family. Click here to contact LesLee directly.

Don’t be THAT Person

germ hand pictureWhen the flu season strikes, nobody wants to be known as the person that has passed along the flu to everyone in the office. It’s a reputation nobody wants to have; however, it is a hard one to avoid. Many times, we don’t even know that we are carrying a flu virus; symptoms may go unnoticed when you are the most contagious. So, how do you prevent passing along the pesky flu that nobody wants? Here are a few tips and tricks that might keep you from being “That” person.

Be Conscientious- If you are ill, let that be known when greeting people as to why you refuse to shake their hand. A simple, “excuse me for not shaking hands, I have a terrible cold” will suffice. The people you encounter will appreciate your consideration of them.

Keep your distance. If you are the sick one keep your distance from people. No hugging or close interaction that might cause germs to spread.

Cough and sneeze into the bend in your arm or into a tissue, not in your hands. This will keep your hands a little more germ free for when an unexpected handshake or interaction occurs.

Sanitize your desk, computer, keys and phone regularly. Your desk and work area is a germ infestation! Keeping the things we touch cleaned throughout the day is a big help. A general disinfectant can usually do the trick. Anytime you might touch something that is contaminated, make sure you wipe it down with a disinfectant and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Throw away used tissues after using them once. Don’t leave them laying around for others to pick up and throw away. Especially, don’t leave them on tables where someone else would have to dispose of them. They don’t want your germs either.

Keep a box of tissues and hand sanitizer on your desk at work. It is always smart to have extra on hand. Others can use them if they feel a sneeze or cough coming on. Make sure you sanitize your hands as soon as you are finished using a tissue.

Have some illness guidelines for employees. Be smart. Encourage employees to stay home if they are acutely ill or have a fever. If someone has a fever, it means they are still contagious. This will reduce the spread of illness throughout an organization.

LesLeeLesLee Winfield is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, LesLee enjoys running, movies, and spending time with her family. Click here to contact LesLee directly.

Don’t Get Stuck in a Pickle

SpreadingFlu_m_0102So, you’re in a pickle. Imagine you are going into the biggest job interview of your career, and you notice the interviewer seems to be under the weather during a record breaking flu season. Do you shake his hand? Or do you politely decline? Declining a handshake in any situation has the potential to be offensive. These are just one of the many situations you might run into during the flu season. To avoid an awkward encounter AND the flu, here are a few tips you can follow to keep the flu away!

1.) Stay home- If you are under the weather, and you have the opportunity to stay home to get well, that is your best option; however, we know that being sick isn’t always the ideal situation.

2.) Keep hand sanitizer on hand- Hand sanitizer, alcohol based, or non-alcohol based is a great way to clean your hands after you have been in a crowd or any place in public. It is smart to use hand sanitizer after touching anything that might be harboring the flu virus or dangerous germs. (i.e. someone that is ill and still contagious, door knobs, railings, public telephones, etc.)

3.) Wash your hands thoroughly -Take extra care in washing your hands. We recommend using hot or cold water, a strong antibacterial soap, and scrubbing for good 20 seconds in-between fingers, around your wrists and under your nails. Also, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before eating. Regular hand washing can drastically decrease your chances of picking up and transferring dangerous germs and bacteria.

Stay tuned for Part Two: “Don’t be THAT Person”. A blog that will give you great insight on how to reduce your chances of transferring your sickness to someone else when YOU are the one sick.

LesLeeLesLee Winfield is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, LesLee enjoys running, movies, and spending time with her family. Click here to contact LesLee directly.

When Clean Really Matters

With the risk of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s), a clean patient room is more important than ever. A person’s definition of “clean” can be a subjective one; however, in the health carehospital_cleaning3 industry, there is a clean standard that must be followed to insure a sense of comfort and quality for the patient. When a patient is admitted into the hospital, it is far from home, but the least a health care facility can do is provide their patients with a clean and welcoming environment. You may be wondering, what all should a health care facility do to meet this cleaning standard? The list below is a guide recommended by an experienced cleaning contractor that may be helpful for a health care facility cleaning staff.

  • Knock on the door of the patient’s room and announce “Housekeeping.”
  • Introduce yourself by name to the patient.
  • Clean the room from ceiling to floor
  • Look  for furniture that is out of place and rearrange to the standard layout.
  • Organize the patient’s personal items as requested.
  • Pick up all debris on the floor.
  • Empty the trash by removing the entire liner and replacing it with a new liner.      If the trash basket is soiled, wipe it clean with a disinfectant.
  • Work in an organized fashion around the room.
  • Spot clean horizontal surfaces.
  • Disinfect correctly all the high touch points and clean all surfaces.

Even further, patient room floor cleaning also calls for a uniform sequence of steps, including the following:

  • Assemble your mop and adjust the height.
  • Begin cleaning the floor, starting from the back of the room and working toward the door.
  • Collect dirt and debris at the door with a cleaning brush and dustpan.
  • Look around the room to make sure furniture is not out of place, supplies are not left behind and that waste receptacles are clean. Also, look for soiled areas missed earlier.

Health facility staff members interact with numerous patients on a daily basis, meaning that daily cleaning is crucial for the health and satisfaction of their patients. For more information on improving the quality of a patient’s room at a health facility, visit Health Facilities Management Magazine!

Andy Gail is the Associate Product Manager – Disinfectants, Insecticides, Laundry and Warewashing for the Betco Corporation. He is driven to ensure a cleaner more sustainable future through products, and programs that you inspire and we innovate. When not disinfecting or changing loads of laundry, Andy enjoys spending time with friends and traveling. Click here to contact Andy directly.




Germs, Germs, Everywhere!

Get this…the average student gets between 6 to 10 colds per year. The fact is colds and flu cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness. So how can parents and school administration work together to prevent thcold and flu in school blogis?

Here are 5 ways to achieve this:

1.) Get Immunized – Prevention is the best medicine. Keep up to date on scheduled immunizations for school-aged children. Remember, vaccines only work against specific types of influenza virus for which it was designed for. There is no universal vaccine that will protect you against common cold viruses.

2.) WASH YOUR HANDS! One of the most common ways of catching a cold or flu is not washing your hands often enough or well enough at school. Studies have shown middle and high school students about half washed their hands after using the bathroom and only 33% of girls and 8% of boys used soap!

3.) Provide Hand Sanitizer – When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. To make it effective, you should rub the product all over the surfaces of your hands and fingers until dry which is about 30 seconds. Note: Children under the age of six should not use without supervision.

4.) Proper Germ Etiquette – Cover coughs and sneezes to prevent spreading germs if you think you may have the cold or flu. Sneeze into a tissue and discard then continue to wash your hands!

5.) Beware of Germ Spots (Touch points) – Studies have shown that bacteria levels are 80% higher on drinking fountains and locker doors than on a toilet seat. Likely because toilet seats get cleaned regularly.

“Stopping germs where they breed is the best preventative action.”

Here is a great resource on how to survive cold and flu season!

Krysten Comperchio_jpgKrysten Comperchio is a Product Manager for Skin Care and Education at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, Krysten enjoys yoga, running and keeping up on current events. Click here to contact Krysten directly.

Part 2 – Flu Prevention in the Workplace and video

fluAround the workplace you hear the coughing and sneezing throughout the office and a box of tissues and sanitizer bottles placed near computer keyboards. Keep in mind, that cold and flu season runs from November through April and spreads readily when people are indoors from person to person and surface to surface within the workplace.

According to the CDC, people are most contagious during the first 2-3 days of contracting a cold, and almost immediately up to 5 days after being infected with the flu.

Here are a few suggestions to prevent the spread of cold and flu virus’s at work: We also encourage you to watch our video below!

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with hand soap several times throughout the day and sanitize with with an alcohol based hand sanitizer, especially following contact with potentially contaminated surfaces
  • Handshakes of others
  • Door handles, ((including microwave coffee pots and refrigerators)
  • Copy machine buttons, keyboards, phones
  • Desks, countertops, food prep areas
  • Shared books or other office materials
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold or the flu
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your sleeve rather than your hands.

Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces with BetONE™ Disinfectant wipes offers one step cleaning and disinfecting while killing pathogens, virus’s and bacteria within ONE minute!

Krysten Comperchio_jpgKrysten Comperchio is a Product Manager for Skin Care and Education at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, Krysten enjoys yoga, running and keeping up on current events. Click here to contact Krysten directly.

Part One – Cold and Flu Season

How to Avoid Getting a Cold
Chances are at some point in your life, you have come down with the common cold and flu. There currently is no known cure for the cold; however, researchers have learned plenty about how cold viruses spread. Respiratory droplets such as coughing and sneezing, are the easiest ways to pass along your cold.

Rhinoviruses and H1N1 can also be transmitted by touching contaminated surfaces, handshakes, and other personal contact. These surfaces are known as touch points. If you get cold viruses on your fingers, you might touch your nose or eyes without even knowing it; the two key entry points for a living virus. From there, cold viruses quickly reach nasal passages, where they take a life of their own and begin multiplying at a rapid rate.

Be Careful What You Touch!
Rhinoviruses and H1N1 can survive on doorknobs, table tops, shopping cart handles and other surfaces for more than 24 hours. Avoid these pesky germs by using an alcohol foaming hand sanitizer. Clario® Alcohol Foaming Hand Sanitizer and Clario® Alcohol Gel Sanitizer come in convenient package sizes for use in commercial environments or smaller sample sizes for easy access when on the go!

The key in preventing the flu, is to wash your hands frequently! Washing your hancold and fluds can be one of the easiest ways to prevent germs, but the question is, are you doing it properly?

How to properly wash your hands:

• Rub your hands together with soap and warm water
• Scrub the fronts and backs and in between your fingers for at least 20 seconds
• Rinse your hands with clean water and dry them with a paper towel. Do not use your clothing to dry your hands, you will be amazed at the number of people who do!
• Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is a great back-up plan if soap and water available

*FUN FACT: Did you know that paper towels are a sanitary means for drying your hands and that an electric air dryer actually just spreads more germs! See how the H1N1 virus is impacting an area around you here!

Stay tuned for Part Two to come on Cold and Flu Prevention!
Krysten Comperchio_jpgKrysten Comperchio is a Product Manager for Skin Care and Education at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, Krysten enjoys yoga, running and keeping up on current events. Click here to contact Krysten directly.

FDA Creates Media Frenzy!

FDAMainstream media has highlighted the FDA’s newly proposed amendment regarding the safety and effectiveness of consumer topical antiseptics found in antibacterial hand soaps and body washes.

The proposed  Amendment?

  • Includes Over the Counter (OTC) Consumer Antiseptics/Antimicrobial Drug products and all active ingredients (including Triclosan)  for use with water
  • Excludes products alcohol-based instant hand sanitizers
  • Excludes antiseptic products used by medical professionals

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The Stealth Microrider™ – Your Answer to Daytime Cleaning

Have you noticed the dramatic shift from night time janitorial services to daytime services these days? Why you might ask? Daytime cleaning has several benefits for the facility and the environment.  Daytime cleaning can save your company money along with reducing your business’s carbon footprint. The extra energy usage for a nightly janitorial service can rack up your electric bills. By having a daytime cleaning crew, your company will be seen in the public eye as more efficient with their time and environmentally friendly. Daytime cleaning will also reduce your facility’s employment turnover rate. By having a position(s) available during the normal business hours, you are more likely to keep someone in that position longer than someone who has to work throughout the night. By hiring a daytime janitorial service you are improving the quality of life of your employees.

While there are several benefits to hiring on an internal daytime cleaning staff, there are also negative aspects. Daytime cleaning can provide a potential safety hazard for your employees. If employees are active during the day, there is an increased chance for a slip and fall accident. Another aggravating disadvantage to daytime cleaning would have to be the noise aspect. Employees may be concerned that their work will be disrupted by the hustle and bustle of cleaning equipment. So, what is the solution to these obvious shortcomings? The answer is simple; Betco Corporation’s StealthMicrorider will eliminate these burdens and leave your facility clean and back to operation in no time. The Stealth Microrider was developed to provide optimal results by saving your facility up to 36% in savings. This auto scrubber is also the quietest machine on the market by operating at only 54 dBA. The Stealth Microrider makes daytime cleaning a reality!

Paul Lewandowski_JPGPaul Lewandowski is the Equipment and Retail Product Manager at the Betco Corporation®. He has over 9 years of experience in the janitorial and institutional cleaning business. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family and coaching intramural softball. Click here to contact Paul directly.

How To Properly Wipe Clean a Surface

If there is a mess, your first thought is to grab a cleaner and a rag to clean it up, but did you know that when you spray chemicals onto a surface and proceed to wipe the area down with a rag, you are emitting harmful chemicals and V.O.C.’s into the air. V.O.C.s are volatile organic compounds. VOC’s are emitted gases into the air from liquid and aerosol products. These harmful gases can cause short-term and long term health effects. However, there is a way to prevent this issue. By changing your cleaning routine, you can clean your surfaces in an efficient and safe way. Damp wiping is a procedure that involves spraying the sponge or cloth with your desired cleaning chemical and wipe in a consistent pattern; up and down or back and forth. A microfiber cloth will give you the best results for this process. This will ensure that you cover the entire area. Damp wiping is the most effective solution for surfaces need a light cleaning such as a desktop or countertop. Damp wiping is also is a great option when chemical residue should be limited such as phone and drinking fountains.

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How Clean is Clean?

restroomDid you know that the average person uses the restroom four to seven times a day? Think about the amount of traffic your facility’s restroom has in any given day! That is why a clean restroom is crucial for a clean and healthy environment. The most common key touch points in a restroom, including, the toilet, sink, urinals, door knobs and sink handles can house millions of germs that can cause illnesses and infections. The concern related to the spread of disease and cross contamination is continually on the rise. People are becoming more conscientious of how clean a public restroom is. Not only is an unsanitary restroom a serious health risk, but research shows that many people judge a business or facility based off the cleanliness of their lavatory. If you are looking for new and improved tips and recommendations for your restrooms, here are a few ideas your facility might be interested in.
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You’ll Never Go Back to Your Old Duster Again

It seems that there is a new duster on the shelves of the supermarket each day. They all seem to advertise the same thing- “remove dust and dirt from those hard to reach areas!” But which one is really the most effective for your home or facility? Many rags, cleaning cloths and dusters do quite the opposite; they just move the dust and dirt around and disperse it in the air. This can result in a dirtier environment along with increasing one’s risk for allergy issues. However, don’t panic yet, there is a solution for cleaning those hard to reach dusty areas the correct way; the answer is Microfiber cloths.

Microfiber cloths pick up more dust and dirt opposed to holding bacteria.  Microfiber is a polyester and nylon (polyamide) fiber that is used to make fabric. The fiber is split many times smaller than a human hair; so small that it sometimes can’t be seen by the human eye! This makes it a superior tool for cleaning and germ removal since it is capable of penetrating cracks and crevasses that cotton cloths or paper towels are not able to reach. The increased surface area of the fibers and their star shape also allow them to absorb up to 7 to 8 times their weight in liquid. The fibers generate a static electric charge when moved across a surface that attracts dust and contains it, rather than spreading it around or releasing it into the air when dry dusting. Here are the top three reasons why you should consider using a microfiber cloth next time you clean …
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To Mat or Not to Mat, That Is the Question

imagesCAOV5CL6When we welcome someone into our home or our facility, we don’t intend for them to bring their little friends; dirt, grime, and soils. The best way to keep these unwanted visitors out of a building or facility is to use a floor matting system. While you may be disappointed that the beautiful floors are covered up by a floor mat, we think you will change your mind when you hear the benefits that an indoor matting system will provide for you. Here are several perks that go along with entryway matting.
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Restorative Maintenance – Phase Three of the Life Cycle of Floor Care

The third and final phase of the Life Cycle of Floor Care is Restorative Maintenance. This is to be done when the routine and interim maintenance procedures no longer remove the soils that may be imbedded in the finish producing undesired results.

When you get to this point, you will need to completely strip the floor finish off of the floor and reapply. Floor stripper is formulated to remove multiple layers of finish by emulsifying the dirty layers of finish. With the use of a black stripping pad and an auto scrubber, the floor surface is cleaned and free of any finish so that you can apply new layers of finish to restore your floors.
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Overlooking Spots on Linens? Say Hello to Permanent Stains – and Increased Costs!

prespotting2Nowadays, perhaps more than ever, our employers are asking us to perform more and more tasks during the workday in the same amount of time that we normally work.  Commercial laundry machine operators in institutional laundry facilities are no different.  They have fixed shifts, and very little or no opportunity at all to work overtime, considering budget restraints continue to get tighter and tighter.
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Global Hand Washing Day

The Power is in your Hands”… Global Hand Washing day is today, October 15th, but practicing hand hygiene daily with soap helps reduce the risk of transmitting disease. Hands are vectors that carry disease-causing pathogens from person to person either through direct contact or indirectly by touching hard surfaces. The guiding vision of Global Hand Washinhand_washingg Day is a local and global culture of hand washing with soap. People from around the world wash their hands with water, but very few use soap at the most critical moments such as, using the restroom, handling food, sneezing, etc.. Washing hands with water alone is not enough. Hand washing requires soap and water. Soap helps break down the grease and dirt that carry most germs, while the rubbing and friction during hand washing helps rinse away the disease causing germs.

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Automatic Scrubber Maintenance Made Easy!

One of the most neglected tasks for custodial professionals is routine maintenance of their automatic scrubbers. Daily maintenance should not be viewed as a daunting task. By following a few simple steps every day, your scrubber will continue to operate at maximum performan31eLLmP8XDL__SL500_AA300_ce.

  1. Clean the squeegee assembly after every use. The squeegee assembly is one of the most critical parts on the machine.  This simple device ensures your floors are clean and dry. Without regular cleaning, the vacuum channel on the squeegee will clog with dirt and debris reducing vacuum flow. Clean the squeegee assembly with water after every use to keep it operating at maximum performance.
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What’s the Deal with Disinfectants?

disinfectantsWe are glad you asked. Actually, surface disinfectants are quite simple. Apply the product … wait the specified time … and the germs are killed. You have probably heard these common Disinfecting buzz words: Kill Claims, RTU, Phenols, limited, Peroxide, Hospital, Alcohols, Dwell Time, Concentrates, Quat, Bleach and General; these are all the common buzzwords related to disinfecting.  Disinfectants are easily understood and incorporated into daily cleaning when reviewed by the individual product characteristics (OR – when broken down into individual product characteristics):  the dilution type, the active ingredient, the claims and the disinfecting strength.

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Squeaky Clean to Clear Glass Cleaning

“With all the different glass cleaners out there, how do I know which one to use?”

Glass cleaners typically come in 3 different types of formula; Ammoniated, non-Ammoniated and 3rd Party Certified.

green cleaning 3Ammoniated Glass Cleaners are the original cleaners from brand names that would be purchased at a retail store.  While they have that distinct ammonia smell that we are accustomed to, they are not best suited for all types of surfaces.  For example, you should not use an ammoniated glass cleaner on Plexiglas.  Typically these types of glass cleaners are not preferred for healthcare applications due to the ammonia odor.
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Why Walk Or Stand, When You Can Ride?

riderA new generation of cleaning equipment is growing in popularity by delivering increased productivity, reduced operator fatigue, lowered maintenance expenses and improved safety. The latest innovation of compact riding scrubbers can reduce cleaning costs by 36% compared to their walk-behind or stand-up counterparts!

Built in the same footprint as a 20” walk-behind scrubber, the newest compact riding scrubber has two primary features to increase productivity. The first is 70% larger tank volumes which reduce downtime from emptying and refilling the machine with fresh solution. More importantly, the riding scrubber cleans at just less than four miles per hour, allowing it to clean up to 30,000 square feet per hour.  This is 44% more productive than comparable sized stand-up scrubbers.
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