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.
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.
When it snows, it salts. While salt trucks go about their business keeping the roads a little bit safer for all of us, it’s our floors that wind up in danger. As people come and go in a facility they stomp, shake and dump snow, slush and salt on floors everywhere. This can wreak havoc on both carpet and hard surface floors.
Betco® is proud to announce our first innovation of 2016, MotoMop™, small area cleaning machine. This year, drop the mop and ban the bucket and grab the most important innovation in small area cleaning. Continue reading
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!
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.
Betco’s latest innovation is sure to replace the mop and bucket system. So you might be asking, “What do I do with my old mop and bucket?” We may have a few suggestions…
PowerUp Your Clean
Lightweight and durable, the all-new PowerUp™ 14-inch upright vacuum combines dual motor power and HEPA filtration to create the best option for carpet care. The superior ergonomic design and lightweight construction make this vacuum easy to maneuver around any obstacle.
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.
Did you know floor machines have gone green? Betco®, a leading manufacturer in the cleaning industry, has developed green floor care machines specifically designed with sustainability in mind. However, it can be difficult to determine which types of floor machines are green and which are not.
When the weather turns hot, a host of refinishing problems can pop up. Here are some common problems and tips for prevention.
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.
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.
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
Have you ever wondered why so many school districts throughout North America have switched from using traditional cleaning chemicals to green cleaning in their schools? The reasons for green cleaning in schools are many but it typically comes down to two things: protecting health and improving student performance.
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
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.
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.
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
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
- 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.
Building owners and managers are always looking for ways to increase their attractiveness to potential new tenants. While building from scratch or major renovations can be costly and time consuming, there are many small steps that can be taken to make a building more attractive. Continue reading
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
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.
- 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
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!
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.