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Perfect Your Walkthrough Process

By Greg Berg

May 13, 2019

An initial walkthrough at a prospective client’s space is one of the most crucial steps in the sales process, and first impressions are everything. That is why being prepared before meeting a potential client at their space is imperative….

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In our fast-paced society, everything around us is changing at such a breakneck speed that it can be hard to keep up. But the truth is that everything is changing, and your job is to be alert and educated on the manufacturer’s equipment and their associated performance requirements…

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The summer travel season is fast approaching, and with heightened temperatures come increased foot traffic for many facilities. During these busier months, poorly maintained restrooms can result in dissatisfied customers who have the potential to deter other patrons from visiting a business…

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Seventy-seven percent of households will spring clean this year, more than ever recorded by the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) National Cleaning Survey. According to the data, that’s a good thing because we have some dirty little secrets when it comes to cleaning our homes…

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Commercial cleaners often go unseen by many people, but these “invisible heroes” make sure places like offices, healthcare facilities, schools and airports are spotless. From chemical and noise exposure to ergonomic strain, there are numerous risks cleaners encounter….

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One in two Americans are willing to ante up more cash at businesses that have clean, well-maintained restrooms, according to the 10th Annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey by Bradley Corp. The number of those who will “definitely” or “probably” spend more money has hiked up seven points to 52% this year compared to 45% in 2018. In addition, 64% of consumersmake a conscious decision to choose a business…

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According to a recent survey by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), more than 75 percent of American households participate in the annual ritual of spring cleaning. While the primary reasons cited for spring cleaning are to reduce clutter, remove asthma or allergy triggers and prevent the spread of illness, the Packets Up! campaign urges parents and caregivers to consider one additional reason—home safety.

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It’s a situation no one wants to encounter: opening a restroom door and encountering a clogged or overflowing toilet.Maintaining a clean and functional restroom is crucial for protecting brand reputation and helping secure repeat business. Akey component of restroom upkeep is eliminating the risk of unpleasant toilet clogs.

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Plants & Indoor Air Quality

By Alana Hippensteele

March 4, 2019

There is no doubt that plants are a necessary element of humanity’s ability to comfortably live on this planet. We know that through photosynthesis, plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, and through phytoremediation, plants can remove toxins and mitigate pollution in the air. Yet, questions remain around plants’ effectiveness when cleaning the air in indoor environments.

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A new national survey shows almost a third of Americans (28%) have experienced water contamination issues in the past two years, a slight increase from a prior poll. The survey conducted by Bluewater, a water technology company and global advocate for clean water, reveals how the deteriorating state of America’s aging infrastructure affects Americans’ drinking water attitudes and habits.

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How Is Green Cleaning Regulated?

Article by Lawrence Smith

18th of February 2019

The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) recently called green cleaning “arguably the No. 1 trend in the industry—a marketplace phenomenon driven by customer demand” that is “showing no signs of slowing down.”

So, is green cleaning going mainstream?…

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Myth or Fact: UV Lamps Edition

Article by Daniel Jones

11th of February 2019

Despite being recognized for significantly improving airflow and heat-transfer efficiency levels and lowering the costs associated with HVAC/R systems, ultraviolet light in the 253.7 nm germicidal C-band wavelength (UV-C) is often misunderstood and therefore under-utilized by HVAC/R contractors, mechanical engineers and end users…

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Refrigerant leaks can be dangerous. There are a variety of reasons for employing refrigerant gas detectors to alert when a leak takes place. These include drivers such as reducing the amount refrigerant leaked in order to reduce costs; reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to protect the environment;…

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In 2018, 87 percent of all travelers reported that they want to travel sustainably. Similarly, 45 percent of diners indicated that how restaurants conserve energy and water and whether they use environmentally friendly packaging are important considerations.

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Committing to Green Cleaning in Schools

Article by Daniel Daggett

21st of January 2019

Staff and students are in school between 175 and 180 days each year, where the air pollution levels can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. Additionally, the prevalence of asthma is over 10 percent in some U.S. public schools, making good indoor air quality (IAQ) a must in these environments.

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Selecting the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Article by Impact Products

14th of January 2019

For industrial employers and workers selecting respiratory protection, there is good news. The National Personal Protective Technologies Laboratory, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tests all respirators used for a variety of situations and if they meet specific performance standards and criteria, certifies them.

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Cleaning on Demand

Article by Markus Asch

7th of January 2019

The question as to how cleaning will be performed in the future is a concern for our sector. More than that, we are being challenged in our thinking on conventional business models and how they will change over time.

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“How Clean Is the Linen at My Hospital?”, a study recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, validated TRSA’s approach to curbing pathogens on laundered healthcare linens (HCL's).

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New FDA Rulemaking for Food Handler Antiseptic Products

Article by The American Cleaning Institute

10th of December 2018

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) welcomed a proposal by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create a separate regulatory category for antiseptic products used in food handler settings.

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UMF Corporation Teams Up with Logan’s Linens

Article by UMF Corporation

3rd of December 2018

UMF Corporation is teaming up with Logan’s Healthcare Linen Systems to deliver high performance Perfect CLEAN microfiber products and training to almost 20 hospitals and surgical centers in the Midwest.

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TRSA Holds Annual Conference in Napa

Article by TRSA

26th of November 2018

TRSA recently held its 105th Annual Conference & Exchange from Oct. 16-18 at The Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, CA. Nearly 250 linen, uniform and facility services executives and guests gained insights from presentations on technology and family business, plus thought-provoking panel discussions and break-out sessions.

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Waste Increases During the Christmas Season

Article by Laura Brothers, AlterNet

19th of November 2018

The average household produces more than a ton of waste every year—and it’s during the festive period that we waste the most, according to E-Card firm Eco2 Greetings.

In fact, the company said that over Christmas we create 30% more waste than usual.

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Fragrances. Why They Really Stink.

Article by Lawrence Smith

12th of November 2018

What does clean smell like?

Well, today it could smell like lemon or pine or apple blossom or … almost anything. But what should clean smell like?

Perhaps some of you remember the days when towels were hung outside on a clothesline to dry in the fresh air. That’s what clean should smell like. Towels fresh off the clothesline. Of course, they didn’t really have a “fragrance” at all.

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Fighting the Flu in the Modern Age

Article by Paul Budsworth

6th of November 2018

The 1918 influenza pandemic killedapproximately 675,000 Americans and 50 million people around the world. One hundred years later, medical advancements like vaccinations have drastically reduced total fatalities related to the flu. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the 2017-2018 flu season resulted in more than 900,000 hospitalizations and 80,000 deaths.

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The Cost of Convenience

Article by Jennifer McDermott

29th of October 2018

As the saying goes, time is money, and according to recent research from finder, Americans are willing to attach a pretty hefty price tag to it.

Convenience services certainly make life easier, but, according to a recent finder.com study, Americans are spending $177 billion on convenience services each year, 46% spending on services such as delivery, driving, handiwork, pet needs and subscription boxes.

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Battery Technology: The Power of the Future

Article by Markus Asch

22nd of October 2018

Battery technology is a key technology with unique future potential. Smaller and more powerful batteries were one of the decisive driving factors behind the digital revolution. Just as smartphones have had a lasting impact on society, also thanks to lithium-ion batteries, innovations will now be possible that just a few years ago seemed inconceivable.

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How to Kill Germs without Killing People

Article by Lawrence Smith

15th of October 2018

Okay, that title may sound a bit extreme. But actually it’s not crazy at all. We all want our living and working spaces to be clean. Whether we’re in our own kitchen or our favorite restaurant, in a bathroom or boardroom, hotel or hospital, we don’t want to deal with dirt and germs.

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For Cleaning Tomorrow’s World

Article by Ilham Kadri

8th of October 2018

We are working in an industry that is making a valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of the community. Yet our work often remains invisible. It is only noticed when someone comments on a build-up of “dirt” or lack of cleanliness.

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TRSA Helps to Reform California Title 22

Article by Joseph Ricci

1st of October 2018

TRSA’s efforts to reform California’s Title 22 code, which regulates the laundering of healthcare linen, took the final step to passage when California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed the legislation into law.

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CleanWell Believes ‘Knowledge is Power’

Article by Alana Hippensteele

25th of September 2018

The cleaning products that are available to buy for commercial use may look and smell ‘clean,’ but most of them have a cocktail of chemicals that can be dangerous to your health, and to the health of the planet.

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The ABC’s of Social Media in the Cleaning Industry

Article by Laura Napper

18th of September 2018

Firstly, when dealing with social media, think about your business and who you want to engage with – a commercial cleaning company would do better on LinkedIn than Facebook, for example, whereas a domestic cleaning company would do well on Facebook. Posting photos of before/after images looks great on Instagram, but not on Twitter. The key here is to really consider your audience and how to engage with them through each medium!

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Deceptive KPI’s

10th of September 2018

If you want to ensure your facility is running in tip-top shape, tracking the essential facility maintenance KPIs is critical. Depending on the KPIs you choose to track, the picture you paint of how well you’re performing can change. Some KPIs might even give you a skewed picture of what’s really going on inside your facility, so it’s important to understand why you could be fooling yourself with “good” results.

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Planned Maintenance Movement

Article by Markus Asch

21st of August 2018

If a company doesn’t set aside the budget for regular HVAC maintenance, they will often spend more money replacing equipment that breaks down prematurely. Small companies that keep their budgets too tight are often the most vulnerable – but that’s not even the most intimidating part.

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For as long as Deisy Gonzalez can remember, she has enjoyed working with her hands. It’s a rewarding feeling to look at a famous structure and say, “I built that.”

When she started thinking about her career, the trades became a perfect fit.

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Hand Washing: Cool Water As Effective As Hot For Removing Germs

Article by Dr. Donald W. Schaffner

6th of August 2018

We all know that washing our hands can keep us from spreading germs and getting sick. But a new study I co-authored with GOJO scientists and published in the Journal of Food Protection found that cool water is just as effective as hot water in removing bacteria from hands.

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A Recipe For Success In The Jansan Industry

Article by Dr. Ilham Kadri

1st of August 2018

There is no life without water. In the same way, I have always maintained that “there is no sustainable life without hygiene and cleaning.” I am passionate about the cleaning sector and constantly seek out ways to improve public perceptions of the JanSan industry.

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Autonomous Cleaning – Where Is It Going?

Article by Markus Asch

16th of July 2018

Robotics and automated solutions are on the advance everywhere. At the same time, the debate on what the effects will be on the use of human labour is omnipresent. Studies predict that the need for service robots will grow worldwide – including cleaning robots – and acceptance in the population for such a need is also increasing.

The challenges that exist within the market are not decreasing, such as the increase in labor costs, an aging population reducing available workforce (especially in developed markets), or the customer’s request for new solutions to reduce total cost of cleaning – to name just a few.

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Working With Foreign Language Customers

Article by Alana Hippensteele

8th of May 2018

There may come a time professionally when it is important or necessary to work with foreign language customers looking to buy a product. Numerous professionals may experience a sense of uncertainty when considering how to proceed in this interaction, but there are a few key elements that will be helpful and important to remember in order to support a successful business transaction with foreign language customers.

First of all, it is important to remember that emotions are universal throughout the world, and the ability to read people’s emotions on their face is possible without understanding exactly what they are saying.

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Keeping an umbrella and an ice scraper in the car doesn’t seem very important when it’s a sunny day in June. But, eventually it will rain or there will be an overnight frost and having these items readily available makes these weather-related inconveniences more bearable. Having spill kits in multiple areas of a facility where spills are most likely to happen is similar to having an umbrella and ice scraper in the car. Chances are, spills don’t happen every day – but when they do, having stocked spill kits ready for response allows employees to take immediate action. This minimizes the overall time spent cleaning up a spill and reduces the likelihood that someone will slip and fall while response supplies are being obtained.

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Understanding & Managing Diversity

Article by Kiran (Raj) Rajbhandary

8th of March 2018

Diversity is a hot topic in every avenue of daily life. The word itself illuminates a difference, and in the present day it suggests unity, unification and inclusion through separate experiences and uniqueness. Whether we are referring to diverse neighborhoods, educational institutions or the myriad work environments – diversity has complexities that in combination can make many unique profiles.

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If you believe that technology is not going to impact your cleaning company, or that your cleaners are not using Facebook while on the jobsite, you probably don’t want to read this (just trying to save you time).

However, if you’re aware that your cleaners are using their smartphones at work, consider this: why not try to use this to grow your business? I don’t need to outline the benefits of technology — few would dispute its ability to unlock productivity and subsequent impact on growth. The larger topic to address is why so many business owners in the janitorial industry reject the idea of adopting technology.

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