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Tips for Cleaning and Disinfection in Hotels

During winter the general public spends more time indoors due to colder temperatures and inclement weather. Places like airports, hotels and public transportation can become a breeding ground for illness-causing germs due to the increased number of people spending more time there. Hotel staff should take note of this increase in the spread of germs during cold and flu season and have a strong cleaning and disinfectant program to prevent guests and staff from becoming ill.

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Critical Germ Touchpoints in Education Facilities

When it comes to effective cleaning in school facilities, what most people think about first is the restrooms. In fact, studies have found that parents, when visiting a college or university their son or daughter is considering, invariably visit the restrooms to examine their cleanliness. The reasoning is: clean restrooms mean a well-run school; poorly maintained restrooms, can mean something far different.

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2015 Innovations in Review

In 2015 we introduced many new products and product improvements. Betco’s creativity in making Cleaning Innovations That Matter for 2015 is now ready to view.  At Betco, we are proud to continue our commitment to bringing our customers and our partners innovative solutions. We thank you for your support. Click the link below to see what we have done in 2015!

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Stay tuned as we continue to introduce more innovations in 2016! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, online at Betco.com or call Customer Service at (888) GO-BETCO.

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Improve Restroom Appearance by Cleaning For Health

In public and commercial settings like office buildings, restaurants, schools and healthcare facilities, restrooms are most frequently cited as the number one source of customer complaints and unsurprisingly one of the toughest areas for cleaning professionals to maintain. Cleaning for health and aesthetics are both important. Consumer perceptions of a facility’s restrooms can impact bottom lines, but restroom cleanliness is also very important to public health in general.

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Foam Soaps Save Water

Do Foam Soaps Save Water?

It often comes as a surprise to building owners that the typical restroom faucet can use as much as 2.5 gallons of water per minute. If used ten times in an hour, that’s 25 gallons of water going down the drain. Over the course of an eight hour day, water consumption can top 200+ gallons per faucet. There are very effective aerators available along with other water-reducing systems that work to reduce consumption, however, the amount of water used for hundreds of hand washings in a typical facility every day can be excessive.

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New Product Updates

Betco Latest Product Updates

Improved Sour and Softener
Betco customers asked for softer linens even in the harshest water conditions. We answered. Sour and Softener (440) has been reformulated to work even harder.
  • Enhanced performance in accounts with iron in their potable water supply
  • Deeper blue color
Fragrance Update 
In response to customer feedback, the AF79 Concentrate fragrance has been updated to Ocean Breeze. Smell and feel the best knowing there will be no change in the efficacy or price. 
  • Non-acid formula is safe for use on all hard, nonporous water washable surfaces
  • Pleasant Ocean Breeze fragrance
  • Efficacious against VRE and MRSA, staph, salmonella, pseudomonas and HIV-1 (AIDS)
  • Non-acid formulation is safe to use every day
SYMPLICITY™ Product Line Update
We have made some updates to our powdered laundry offerings. We have discontinued SYMPLICITY Classic Premium Detergent (555). We are also re-introducing our classic  formula under its new name, SYMPLICITY Classic LD (550).
Our newest addition to our line of laundry offerings is  SYMPLICITY Powdered Laundry Detergent (5001). This new powdered laundry detergent offers a competitive option for conversion to the SYMPLICITY line.
Log in to Customer Central or contact Customer Service at 1-888-GO-BETCO for any questions or pricing.

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Betco’s New CleanMeasures™ Long Term Care Program

Introducing Betco’s new CleanMeasures™ Long Term Care Program. Betco® has become a leading industry expert in developing innovative solutions and products for the long term care market. Betco’s  CleanMeasures® Long Term Care Program focuses on every aspect to ensure overall tenant satisfaction.

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It … Hear For Yourself.

Click here to learn more about our program and what the industry experts have to say!

Innovation isn’t a new direction for Betco, but a continuous commitment we’ve made to the market, our customers and ourselves. Betco’s CleanMeasures® Long Term Care Program was created by listening to the experts and observing the needs of the industry.

Check out www.betco.com for all our Long Term Care updates.

 

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EPA Denies Request for Triclosan Ban

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced recently they denied a request to ban all use of the chemical, triclosan, and impose new regulations on releases of the antimicrobial pesticide into bodies of water.

Two environmental groups also petitioned the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to ban triclosan in personal care products such as cosmetics and soap, as the EPA’s authority on antimicrobial products extends only to those not meant to be applied to the body. The FDA has yet to respond to their petition.

The EPA disagreed with the environmental groups asking for a ban on their claims that triclosan poses a danger to human health. Triclosan is claimed to interfere with endocrine systems of humans and animals, and can accumulate within the body at high levels. The agency cited recent risk assessments it conducted through its required re-evaluation of the chemical’s pesticide registration.

“Antimicrobial uses of triclosan meet the applicable statutory standards, and the petition and supporting comments did not provide sufficient evidence to significantly change those conclusions,” the leaders of the EPA’s water, pesticides and science and technology divisions wrote in their May 13 response to the environmental groups.

The EPA did say it would take a biological assessment to see if triclosan affects endangered species. If determined, it would require work with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the NOAA Fisheries Service to base a comprehensive study on triclosan’s ecological impact.

For more information on this announcement, click the link below:

Letter from US Environmental Protection Agency – Petition to Ban Triclosan

http://op.bna.com/env.nsf/id/dscz-9wmmny/$File/EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0548-0787-2.pdf

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Save With Restroom Water Conserving Technologies

Water-reducing technologies are available that conserve water effectively and surprisingly inexpensively.

California is plagued with its fourth consecutive year of unprecedented drought. With increasing levels of severity, the state has become dependent on new mandatory measures that aim to reduce water consumption by 25 percent across the board. However, it is becoming clear that additional, and much more stringent, measures may be needed. In fact, the Sierra snowpack recorded its lowest levels (5%) in April. Continue reading

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New on Betco U: Hospitality and Lodging

The hospitality and lodging market is a fast-growing and stable market with a need for products in housekeeping, laundry and warewashing.

This means added potential for customers to increase their income. Supply solutions that will assist customers are: enhanced guest experience, controlled labor costs, consolidating vendors and many more solutions.

Betco’s new training module will: familiarize customers with the hospitality and lodging market, describe the opportunity, identify the key decision makers and influencers and their typical challenges. And most importantly, provide an outline for how to sell.

The Hospitality and Lodging training module includes:

  • Market overview video
  • Interactive learning module and certification exam
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Module word document to use with PowerPoint
  • Glossary of terms
  • Market outline
  • Hospitality and Lodging brochure

Login to Betco’s Customer Central today and access the new training course.

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New Improvements to Stealth ™ 20

We have made some exciting new improvements to the Betco® Stealth ASD20 walk-behind automatic scrubber. We’ve listened to your feedback and made innovative changes to make your floor care experience easier and better than ever— at no added cost!

A completely revised squeegee assembly and 4-sided blades provide for higher usage and a more powerful clean. Improved ergonomic features like the clam shell-style handlebar means easier maneuverability. Under the handlebar, operators can now find a quick and easy access point to machine components for maintenance.

Adding two casters at the rear of the Stealth ASD20, instead of just one, has improved the stability of the machine two-fold without compromising handling or performance.

An all new updated three lug pad driver provides a firm lock that is easy to remove when you need to. The new auto-release mechanism, located on the dashboard, now makes pad storage, cleaning and replacement as easy as the touch of a button.

A more sophisticated battery discharge indicator now reads battery voltage and provides more programming features for easier use and monitoring.

Increased endurance of your machine is important to us. An all-new cast aluminum deck provides superior durability and ensures your machine will withstand the test of time.

Trying to save on energy costs? The all-new Eco Mode saves on energy and provides quiet performance. Eco Mode will empower you by allowing for Stealth Day Cleaning.

Click the video below to learn more about the updates to Stealth ASD20. For more information go to Betco.com.

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How to Handle Chemicals

Accidents happen. This is one reason why the U.S. Department of Labor continues to list cleaning and custodial work as one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, mainly due to the many accidents involving chemicals that occur each year.

A Few Tips to Stay Safe:

  • Keep a list of the cleaning chemicals your facility uses. The list should include details on each chemical, such as how many gallons (and multiple-gallon containers) are stored, where they are stored, and the potential hazards and necessary precautions.
  • Make sure employee’s  know exactly what the following “signal words” mean: Continue reading

Introducing a New Tool, Refill Reminders!

Betco® is announcing a great new resource, The Refill Reminder Tool. The Refill Reminder Tool is easy to access and on Betco.com. This tool will benefit you during forgetful refill moments.

The Refill Reminder Tool can be used for:

  • SenTec Metered Aerosols
  • SmartScreens®
  • Floor Scrubber Pads
  • Clario® Bags of Soap
  • Laundry Products
  • Detergents or Sanitizers for Warewashing
  • Product/Testing Follow Up

Are you having trouble remembering where and when you last installed your SRS for testing and follow up? Never forget - the options are endless! Be sure to tell anybody using Betco’s products about the Refill Reminder Tool! Simply log in to Customer Central on Betco.com to access Refill Reminders.

Click here to see how easy it is to use Refill Reminders.

 

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Hospitals – Bathroom VS Elevator

When most people think of hospitals they think sterile, but that’s not the case – hospitals are dirty places and hospital-acquired infections, like C. difficile, are a common occurrence. Everyday objects in hospitals—from white coats to ultrasound equipment—are well-known harbors’ of bacteria. But, what is one of the dirtiest touch points in a hospital … A new study in the journal Open Medicine has revealed a little-known germ hotspot: the hospital elevator button. Continue reading

Cleaning Market

Five Trends Impacting the Cleaning Market

Now more than ever keeping the environments we spend our time in clean has gained importance, and the products used are under greater review. The following trends that are impacting the cleaning market were complied by CleanLink based on Smithers Apex data. This data shows that consumers are now concerned with more than having a clean environment: They want to understand the product choices.

  1. Performance: Products which combine their efficiency with innovative features have an advantage in this marketplace. While it is essential to differentiate the pack on-shelf, the product itself should also have innovative functions to establish the product and brand as cleaning market leaders. Continue reading

Sure Bet II Launch Blog

Sure Bet … Now With Disinfectant Claim

Double down on a Sure Bet … Introducing Betco’s Sure Bet™ II Foaming Disinfectant. With an increased need to fight germs and cross contamination, this improved EPA registered disinfectant is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, viruses, and inhibits mold and mildew. Sure Bet™ II not only cleans, but disinfects and deodorizes in one labor-saving step. This formulation penetrates, disinfects and dissolves soap scum, ground in dirt and grime, mineral deposits, rust, lime soap build up, and hard water stains. Better performance and disinfectant claims … all in one!

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Sanibet … Pass Along The Savings

The Sanibet ™ Multi-Range Sanitizer high flow dilution is now 1:512 which equates to 200 ppm quat. Previously, an external metering tip was needed to achieve this dilution which required periodic replacement to maintain performance. Although there will be an increase in case price,  end use cost for high flow applications will decrease by 43%!  In addition, no maintenance will be required to replace metering tips, insuring worry-free operation.  The new inserts are now Red (previously Tan). Over the next 6 months you will notice a paper insert inside each case of product denoting the change. Log in to Customer Central or contact Customer Service @ 888-462-3826 for updated pricing.