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What Are We Doing Wrong When It Comes to Promoting Women?

By Rosalie Harrison

December 9, 2019

With women representing more than 50% of the world’s population and a rapidly growing percentage of the most highly educated portion of the world’s employable talent, many companies are interested in building diverse and diversity-capable leadership teams….

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Guiding Customers to Maximize Product Effectiveness

By Joseph Ricci

December 2, 2019

It is important for suppliers to ensure their customers understand how to properly use and maintain their products whether providing important instructions, safety data sheets or additional supporting resources. The stakes are higher for companies providing cleaning and hygiene products and services…

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How Scent Negatively Influences Behavior

By Paul Wonnacott

November 25, 2019

Since the beginning of human history, sense of smell has been key to our survival as human beings—we have the ability to sniff out potentially dangerous scents like spoiled food, smoke or gas. Sense of smell is incredibly important, yet it rarely gets the attention that it deserves…..

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Keeping Drains Healthy During the Holidays

By Ron Bender

November 18, 2019

Throughout the country, residential and commercial kitchens will soon be crowded with family, friends and loved ones looking to share big meals for the holidays. All too often, however, those celebrations can take a turn for the worse if the proper precautions aren’t taken….

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Electronically activated water (EAW) has been around for a while now but has struggled to hit main stream adoption. Part of this is due to high startup costs, part is due to pressures to compete from cleaning chemical suppliers and manufacturers, and some due to the resistance to what can be a major shift in cleaning strategy. I recently took the leap and switched…

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In recent years, the flu has broken records in the U.S. for all the wrong reasons. The 2018-2019 flu season was the longest in a decade according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), due to a second wave that began in February. Meanwhile, the 2017-2018 flu season was the deadliest in four decades, with an estimated 80,000 deaths…

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Preparing for Winter Carpet Care

By Joe Bshero

October 28, 2019

While year-round carpet maintenance is essential, care is especially important during the winter months. From snow and salt to sand and mud, heavy winter boots and shoes bring various contaminants into facilities and onto floors. As cleanliness is such an important part of a facility’s image, managers of buildings with carpet must find ways to keep soils…

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The Future of the Paper Industry

By Giorgia Giove

October 21, 2019

Since its introduction in the late 1800s, toilet paper has come a long way. Today, it’s a necessary means for maintaining hygiene at home and beyond. Yet, while paper products meet basic needs, the purchasing process can be complex due to the presence of so many options on the market. Understanding the latest advancements and upcoming changes…

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A build-up of fats, oils, grease and food waste in drainage pipes and grease traps can cause major problems. Over time, this build up can lead to blockages which can jeopardize normal operations and create health and safety hazards. When a blockage occurs, facility managers often turn to a drain cleaner to clear pipes…

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Factoring Laundry Hygiene in Risk Reduction

By Joseph Ricci

October 7, 2019

When a business receives a delivery of textiles from its outsourced linen or uniform service, the receiver relies on sensory perception to assess these items’ cleanliness. In most industries, passing such sight and smell tests clears the textiles for serving customers or employees. In other businesses, management requires proof…

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Let's Listen to Greta

By Alana Hippensteele

September 27, 2019

Climate change is no longer a question. The research is in—it is happening. Insurance companies are planning for a difficult future where humans’ lives and well-being will be more affected by extreme weather, scientists are researching ways to reflect back the sun’s rays in the sky to prepare for a potential future of unbearable heat…

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Managing Slime: A Biofilm on Kitchen Surfaces

By Steven Sklare

September 23, 2019

Anyone in the foodservice industry knows slime when they see it, whether it’s inside the ice machine, on a cutting board, inside a floor drain or under a countertop-mounted piece of equipment. What most people in foodservice don’t understand is that there is much more to slime than meets the eye….

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Understanding Microbes to Improve Food Safety

By Alana Hippensteele

September 16, 2019

Probiotics have grown in popularity as an area of focus in our diets, from products like yogurt and sauerkraut to kimchi and kombucha, we have learned that the inclusion of probiotics can support a healthy gut. More and more research is also shedding light on how the role of the gut may be greater in our lives than we previously understood, with some calling the gut a “second brain”…

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After 10 consecutive years of growth in the US hospitality sector, it’s expected that around 1,000 hotels are to be built in America during 2019, adding approximately 116,000 rooms to the nation’s current 5.4 million. While this is good news for US tourism and the economy as a whole, operators in America’s 40 billion dollar commercial and on-premise laundry industry face significant obstacles…

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Taking Scent-er Stage

By Matt Wonnacott

September 3, 2019

Scent marketing, as a field, allows us to take company brands and the messages they portray and link them with a fragrance that intensifies those messages. Inside our bodies, our olfactory nerve is responsible for our sense of smell, and smell is deeply connected to our emotional state. Ultimately, it has a far greater influence on our behaviors than most of us ever realize….

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There are three popular portable equipment mechanisms being used in janitorial services for the delivery of products designed to improve surface hygiene: Handheld/Backpack Electrostatic Sprayers (Emist, Victory and Protexus), Insitu Fine Misting/Fogging Whole Room Systems (HaloMist), ULV Foggers (Longray, B&G)….

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How to Properly Clean a Portable Restroom

By David Sauers

August 19, 2019

Anyone who’s ever used a portable toilet knows how unpleasant they can be—but we need them, especially at events, festivals, construction sites and more. But between the awful smell and lack of hygiene and upkeep, using such toilets can be a disgusting experience. Let’s be honest—we use them out of necessity rather than by choice….

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Preparing for Winter Floor Care

By Ryan Greenawald

August 12, 2019

There has been much debate around cleaning floors with chemicals vs. without chemicals. With winter quickly approaching, a season during which floors face additional abuse, it’s important for facility managers to understand different approaches to floor care, best practices and essential tools to properly maintain and rejuvenate floors….

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Debunking Common Carpet Care Myths

By Joe Bshero

August 5, 2019

Carpet can easily last for 15 years or more, but only if it’s properly maintained. Unfortunately, carpet often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Facility managers are frequently pulled in many different directions and may overlook carpet care, especially if carpet appears clean….

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Technology for Walkthroughs and Proposals

By Ricardo Regalado

July 29, 2019

Building service contractors are always looking for new ways to improve their processes and stay ahead of their competitors. Running a successful commercial cleaning company involves managing many different departments and roles…..

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Summer Carpet Cleaning Guide

By Joe Bshero

July 22, 2019

As temperatures rise and more people travel during the summer, places like retail stores, airports, hotels and museums see an influx of building visitors looking for clean and air-conditioned interiors….

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Menstrual Hygiene Disposal Best Practices

By Shallan Ramsey

July 15, 2019

Menstrual hygiene disposal may not be everyone’s favorite topic, but facilities everywhere are familiar with the challenges it presents. When toilet paper is all that is provided in a stall for the handling and covering of blood-saturated items, …

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Science Behind the Scent

By Paul Wonnacott

July 8, 2019

Scent marketing allows us to take company brands and the messages they portray and link them with a fragrance that intensifies those messages. According to Lindstrom, a best-selling author and branding expert, “seventy-five percent of the emotions we generate on a daily basis are affected by smell.” …

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The Ins and Outs of Encapsulation Cleaning

By Tom Whittaker

July 1, 2019

Every facility wants its carpet to look its best and impress visitors, building occupants and employees. Proper carpet maintenance is not only crucial for upholding brand image, it extends the lifespan of a carpet, thereby reducing replacement costs, facility disruption and unnecessary landfill waste. Understanding carpet care challenges and encapsulation cleaning best practices can help facilities protect their investment…

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Hurricane Season Is Here

By Ryan Pierce and J.D. Moore

June 24, 2019

There’s no avoiding natural disasters, but there’s no reason to not be fully prepared for one. Hurricane season began June 1 and will run through November 30, and, unfortunately, it’s more likely than not we’ll see a hurricane or two make landfall in America during that time. …

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When Andrew and Mary Fratini, independent owner-operators of The Goddard School in Skokie, IL, decided to build and open their school in 2016, they knew they’d be heavily involved in the overall management of the 14,000-square-foot facility. …

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The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) applies to more than 43 million U.S. workers who produce or handle hazardous chemicals in over five million workplaces. With June being National Safety Month…

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What the Smell?

By Chad Davis

June 03, 2019

As an aircare, fragrance and scent marketing business, Vectair Systems selects scents for companies with a wide variety of businesses from different countries and cultures as their customer base. Smell is not just an experience that influences our minds and moods…

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When employees aren’t properly trained or equipped to handle unexpected issues, lapses in cleanliness and hygiene are more likely to occur. In turn, these lapses negatively impact customer safety and satisfaction, and thus the bottom line for your business. …

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We’ve used soap and warm water, we’ve sung “Happy Birthday” twice while scrubbing our palms, the backs of our hands and in between our fingers. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, some bacteria remain on our hands after washing. …

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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?

 By Lawrence Smith

February 18, 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

By Daniel Jones

February 11, 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

By Daniel Daggett

January 21, 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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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

By Markus Asch

January 7,  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

By The American Cleaning Institute

December 10, 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

By UMF Corporation

December 3, 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

By TRSA

November 26, 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

By Laura Brothers, AlterNet

November 19, 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.

By Lawrence Smith

November 12, 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

By Paul Budsworth

November 6, 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

By Jennifer McDermott

October 29,  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

By Markus Asch

October 22, 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

By Lawrence Smith

October 15, 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

By Ilham Kadri

October 8, 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

By Joseph Ricci

October 1, 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’

By Alana Hippensteele

September 25, 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

By Laura Napper

September 18, 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

September 10, 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

By Markus Asch

August 21, 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

By Dr. Donald W. Schaffner

August 6, 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

By Dr. Ilham Kadri

August 1, 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?

By Markus Asch

July 16, 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.

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Working With Foreign Language Customers

By Alana Hippensteele

May 8, 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.

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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.

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Understanding & Managing Diversity

By Kiran (Raj) Rajbhandary

March 8, 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).

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