Millions of people during their daily routines use refillable (bulk) soap dispensers to wash their hands, so think about this … every time someone washes their hands with soap from a refillable dispenser, are they putting their health at risk?
Why wash your hands with dirty soap?
Studies have shown that bacteria levels found in bulk soap dispensers were in concentrations levels higher than what industry standards deem as “safe”:
Inadequate cleaning – Germs grow inside the dispenser because they do not get properly cleaned or sanitized every time they are refilled
Airborne and environmental contaminants can land in the open container
Opening dispensers to refill soap in unsanitary reservoir, such as a restroom, where fecal bacteria is exposed
Cleaning personnel not properly dressed in PPE (personal protective equipment, such as gloves), have cleaned toilets, and then moved on to refill the dispensers
“Topping off” or improper refilling – new soap is tainted when coming in contact with contaminated soap
Diluted hand soap – companies try to save money and dilute down concentrated soap formulas
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control), recommends the storing of products as follows:
Liquid products should be stored in closed containers and dispensed from either disposable containers, or containers that are washed and dried thoroughly before refilling
Soap should not be added to a partially empty dispenser because this practice of “topping off” might lead to bacterial contamination of soap and negate the beneficial effect of hand cleaning and disinfection
Hand hygiene is the single MOST IMPORTANT way to reduce the transmission of germs from person to person that can cause infections.
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.
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:
Make sure you have proper personnel protective equipment such as gloves and safety goggles and set up wet floor signs.
Properly dilute the stripper according to label directions.
Pour the stripper onto the floor and let it sit or dwell for 10 minutes.
Take a razor blade scraper on an extension pole and scrape the edges of the floor along the baseboards or display shelves.
Use a “Doodle Bug” and a black strip pad to remove any excess finish along the edges.
Take a floor squeegee to pull the stripper solution from along the edges onto the center of the aisle.
Pick up solution with an auto scrubber.
Rinse the floor with clean water if necessary.
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.
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.
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.
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.