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High Touch Areas: Why Keeping High Touch Areas Clean is Important

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, and the impression is, shall we say, far different.

However, many people are often unaware of the most important areas that need proper cleaning; these places are known in the professional cleaning industry as high touch areas. We’ve all seen them but probably have never heard them called this before. Continue reading

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Cold and Flu Season 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that each year 164 million school days are lost due to illness. (Source: CDC 2014)

Resources and Facts on Cold and Flu Season:

What are the differences between cold symptoms and flu symptoms?

Cold and flu symptoms can overlap each other. If you’re trying to determine if  you have a cold or flu, see the following:

What are the symptoms of a cold?

Cold symptoms can last from 2 days to 2 weeks, most people recover in 1 week to 10 days. Symptoms of the common cold usually begin 2 to 3 days after infection and include:

  • Sore throat
  • Mucus build up in your nose
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Swelling of your sinuses
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
 What are the symptoms of the flu?

The flu comes on suddenly, though people can host the flu virus for 1-4 days before symptoms begin to emerge. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills*
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

What resources can be used to track cold and flu season?

You can track the flu virus on the website for The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC collects, compiles and analyses information on influenza activity year round in the United States and produces a weekly report from October through mid-May.

You can track the influenza virus and the current flu season by clicking here.

Peak Season for Cold and Flu Activity:

Flu timing is unpredictable and varies from season to season. Flu activity begins as early as October and continues through late May.  Flu activity peaks in the United States in January or February.

The 2014-2015 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following three viruses:

  • an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011;
  • a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.

How Should You Wash Your Hands?

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

Check out the CDC website for the following links:

How to Wash Your Hands

When to Use Hand Sanitizer

Focus on cleaning key touchpoints in your schools and stay a step ahead of the k-12 clean standard with Betco’s CleanDegrees Program.

Betco CleanDegrees Education Program helps K-12 facilities understand and incorporate the “Science Behind Cleanand identify the key “touch points” within their facilities, while staying compliant with the newly established K-12 Clean Standard.

Schools that adopt the cleaning and education program will achieve a reduction in germs and bacteria on key touch point areas such as desktops, water fountains, lockers and restroom sinks by utilizing Betco’s ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) meter system, reducing absenteeism and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for students and faculty.

 Link for the K-12 Clean Standard:

Link for the Betco Clean Degrees Program:

 

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Krysten 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.

Ebola MYTH BUSTED

Dispelling the Myths: Ebola

With Ebola gaining more and more coverage in the media, and the 2nd healthcare worker diagnosed, we felt the need to provide greater insight into this emerging virus that has surged into the zeitgeist.

First, we want to dispel a myth that is causing concern: No, Ebola can’t be spread through the air like the common cold: Ebola can only be spread by direct contact with body fluids from an infected individual, living or dead. The CDC defines direct contact as “body fluids (blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, or feces) from an infected person (alive or dead) [that] have touched someone’s eyes, nose, or mouth or an open cut, wound, or abrasion” (Centers for Disease control and Prevention, 2014). It may take up to three weeks after exposure, for an infected individual to start experience symptoms of Ebola. Individuals cannot spread the virus until they have fever 100.4 degrees or greater along with other symptoms usually related to the flu.[1] This means the 2nd infected nurse from Texas who recently traveled to Northeastern Ohio, did not meet the criteria for transmission while traveling. CDC Director -Tom Frieden stated, “Although she did not report any symptoms and she did not meet the threshold of 100.4, she did report at that time that she took her temperature and found it to be 99.5…she did not vomit, she was not bleeding, so the level of risk [to] people around her would be extremely low.” Continue reading

Don’t Get Backed Into A Corner: Tips For Refinishing Floors

One of the more challenging and time-consuming steps in stripping and refinishing floors is ensuring that the edges and corners are free of finish and dirt buildup.

Look like a professional by taking the extra time to remove all the finish from the edges and corners.

The following process is recommended to make your next strip and recoat look its best:

  1. Make sure you have proper personnel protective equipment such as gloves and safety goggles and set up wet floor signs.
  2. Properly dilute the stripper according to label directions.refinishing floors, floor finish. floor, tile, vct tile, school
  3. Pour the stripper onto the floor and let it sit or dwell for 10 minutes.
  4. Take a razor blade scraper on an extension pole and scrape the edges of the floor along the baseboards or display shelves.
  5. Use a “Doodle Bug” and a black strip pad to remove any excess finish along the edges.
  6. Take a floor squeegee to pull the stripper solution from along the edges onto the center of the aisle.
  7. Pick up solution with an auto scrubber.
  8. Rinse the floor with clean water if necessary.
  9. Apply new floor finish along the edges with the first and final coat. All other coats in between should not go any closer than a few inches of the edge. This will help speed up the removal process next time around.

 

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Rob Dodson
Product Manager, Floor Care, Betco Corporation
rdodson@betco.com

Rob is an avid Cleveland sports fan and hopes to one day experience a championship. He also enjoys hanging out with his wife and 3 kids.

 

 

Summer School – The Time To Clean

The summer months can be some of the busiest and most important months when it comes to school cleaning. To ensure your custodial team is productive summer school and to help simplify the process, share these top ten recommendations.

apple, betco, summer cleaning, cleaning, schools, summer school, go green, education, floor care 1. Prepare a written plan as to who will tackle which projects and when.

2. Divide and conquer. Big summer cleanup projects usually involve floor care; before doing any floor-care work, divide the facility into different categories. Such as those that will be stripped/refinished, those that will only be scrubbed, and those that need only detail cleaning.

3. Clean up those closets. Go through janitorial closets and properly discard any chemicals or other products that have expired. Typically, chemicals should never be stored for more than one year.

4. Go green. Start making the shift to go Green. Special green cleaning training may be required  during this transition, and summer break can provide that extra time.

5. Get Equipped. Evaluate all of your cleaning equipment; determine which machines are running properly, which need servicing, and which should be replaced.

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New Product: Express® with SRT

New from Betco Express® with Scuff Resistant Technology™. Betco Express with SRT is a fast drying, fast curing, and extremely low odor floor finish with superior black heel mark resistance. Betco Express with SRT is formulated with Max-Cure™ Technology that utilizes a highly durable, internally cross-linked polymer, specially blended to minimize dry and cure times. This labor savings, one of a kind floor finish can be re-coated in as little as 10-15 minutes allowing up to six coats in one hour.

This new and improved finish will have the same great price and SKU’s! Available August 4th, 2014 for shipment. Click below to watch our new Express with SRT video.

Express with SRT Launch from Betco Corporation on Vimeo.