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Get with the Program: Go Green

Green Water dropThe move toward green cleaning is the next step towards further reducing the impact left on the environment. We can always continue to maintain and improve the health, comfort and aesthetics of our surroundings. We know that green cleaning creates healthier environments, but what does it truly mean to go green?

Sustainable solutions minimize the impact of cleaning on people and the environment. More importantly, it is a process to protect natural resources for the future – not a single product alone. This means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Going Green is a journey that anyone can participate in. By being environmentally responsible, we can become more knowledgeable about the ingredients we are putting into products, leading to a healthier home and a healthier you. Wondering how you can help? Try these tips to get started:

Save energy: Finished using something? Make sure you shut it off. You can easily conserve energy by turning off the lights or unplugging smaller appliances as soon as you’re done with them.

Save water: No one likes a dripping faucet…especially the environment. From brushing your teeth to watering your garden, it’s important to be conscious of how much water you are using and how you can better conserve it.

Reduce, reuse, recycle: These three R’s are the perfect triple threat. By helping to reduce waste, we can conserve natural resources and energy. When we reuse and recycle, we can avoid creating waste, reducing the amount of trash going to our landfills and keeping the environment healthier.

It’s important to remember that every little bit helps when it comes to conserving natural resources within our environment. You can start out small and still make a positive impact. By focusing on maintaining the balance between people, profit and planet, we can protect our environment now and in the future.

At Betco®, being environmentally responsible is a company standard. We are committed to developing products, programs and procedures that meet or exceed health and environmental standards while providing cost effective benefits to accomplish your maintenance goals. To learn more about our sustainability efforts and complete green program, please visit www.betco.com/solutions/sustainability for more information.

Want to implement a Green Program at your facility? Click here to get started!

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Hunter is the Content Marketing Specialist at Betco.

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Creating a Facility Maintenance Program: Dos and Don’ts

canstockphoto22217883Developing a comprehensive approach to facility maintenance is not always an easy task to accomplish. While there are many best practices for creating a facility maintenance program, the path to finding and implementing a plan that meets the specific needs of your facility can be challenging. With efficiency as a common end goal, facilities are searching for ways to optimize opportunities without increasing costs. Here are some dos and don’ts to help you develop a maintenance plan that fits your facility.

Dos:

  • Expect to Inspect. There is always room for improvement. Pay attention to the areas in which your facility maintenance program could become better. By determining what changes need to be made, you could increase efficiency and reduce expenses.
  • Calculate Costs. Assess the specific needs in your facility and develop a plan to convert to more innovative, cost effective solutions. When evaluating your current expenses and researching other options, you’ll feel more empowered to make a decision in your maintenance program and potentially get more bang for your buck.
  • Outline Opportunities. Building an effective facility maintenance program requires weighing the pros and cons. Presenting various options and showcasing the advantages of a proposed program will help you establish a customized plan for your facility.

Don’ts

  • Rely on the Bare Minimum. You shouldn’t have to settle when it comes to the cleanliness of your facility. While your current maintenance program may be sufficient, there is always an opportunity to enhance it. When you analyze your program, you may discover new ways to achieve a higher level of clean.
  • Guesstimate. There’s no need to play the guessing game with your facility maintenance program. Many modern tools are available to you for free online to assist you in planning and executing the very best solution strategies.
  • Short-Change on Change. Every facility is unique and requires solutions customized to their specific needs. While modeling your maintenance plan off of another facility’s may be easy and effective, make sure you take the time to evaluate what’s best for your facility. Building an exclusive plan may present you with various new opportunities.

For more solutions or guidance on creating a facility maintenance program, visit betco.com to learn about our innovative resources and training sessions.

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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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Does cleanliness affect a hotel’s success?

Yes! Hotel cleanliness has a significant impact on guest satisfaction. Hotel cleaning has to be a priority or customers will not return and ratings will fall.

Many hotels hire commercial cleaning companies to maintain the highest standards of clean. Professional cleaning specialists are trained and equipped to deliver the latest best practices in the cleaning industry, allowing your hotel to exceed guest expectations. Continue reading

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.

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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.

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.

What’s the Stink all About?

Odor Control is a significant issue in long-term care facilities because it can be a deal maker or breaker in your client’s mind. Too much odor control gives the impression that you are trying to cover something up; on the other hand, not enough odor control can potentially let those bad odors creep in and turn your potential customers off. So, how do you find the right balance? First, you need to understand where the odors are coming from and then attack those lingering odors.
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The 5 Factors of Clean

When it comes to dish machine operation in a Dietary Department of a Long Term Care Facility, there are many variables that dictate how efficient your warewashing operation is. In my world, all of these variables fall into one of five categories called the 5 Factors of Clean. They include Time, Temperature, Chemical Action, Mechanical Action and Procedures.
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Is Your Clean Really Clean?

If you have a loved one residing in a long term care facility, one of the first things you want to be Getting the cleanest cleanassured of is that they are residing in facility that is clean and comfortable. When your loved one arrives at their table for a meal, one of the first things they may notice is how clean the china, glassware and silverware appear to be. I emphasize the phrase; appear to be, because it is one thing to notice with the naked eye the appearance of the tableware, but is another thing to really know if the items that you are eating off of are truly clean.

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4 Benefits to Chemical Management Systems

Controlling Chemical Cleaning Costs

Chemical manufacturers have created more concentrated chemicals over the past couple decades.  While this is a good sign to help reduce cost, it also creates challenges for janitorial staff to properly dispense, dilute and use these chemicals. Mixing concentrated chemicals isn’t as easy as one might think. In fact, chemical injury often occurs with end users.
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How Clean Is Your Clean?

Did you know

  • Infections are one of the main reasons people are admitted into hospitals?
  • Proper disinfection prevents 36% of healthcare acquired infections (HAI’s)?
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states ATP Monitoring Systems are an objective method for evaluating cleaning methods and recommends having a critical “Touch Point” cleaning program?

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