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Tips For Easy Spring Cleaning For Home Surfaces And Windows

Marc De Rosa

Whether homeowners are getting ready to sell their houses during the spring home buying season or just getting their homes ready for visitors, a spring cleaning is the natural next step after winter ends. To ensure homes are free of clutter, The Federal Savings Bank offers a few tips for easy and simple spring cleaning:

Spray protective sealants on surfaces
When opening their homes to guests, homeowners should be aware of the dust, grime and dirt that could be present on everyday surfaces like furniture. Rather than wait for this buildup to become visible on furniture and carpets, homeowners spray sealants and other protective agents on surfaces to prevent stains and other contaminants like mold and mildew.

Clean windows on wind-free days
Before cleaning windows, homeowners could choose the right day. Since sunlight can result in streaks and gusts could redirect the spray, the best time to clean windows is when there is an overcast sky and it is not windy. When washing the windows, use a fresh cloth and wash the windows from the outside in on its surface.

Spring cleaning is the necessary first step to any new home purchase at this time. Thankfully, cleaning a home is easiest when it’s empty upon purchase. Remember to begin cleaning from the top down.

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Tips To Controlling Odors In Facilities

Marc De Rosa

While many people are looking forward to spring in the air, there are some residential and commercial property owners who are curling up their noses because of a stench in the air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside can be two to 100 times more polluted than outside. Sources of bad smells can include mildew, mold, smoke,  urine, foods, or just plain dirt. When these sources are combined, they odor can be problematic.

To control these odors, Rainbow International offers a few tips on how to dispel unwelcome smells:

• Identify the source. A leaky faucet or recent flooding or water damage can cause a mold and mildew smell. Pets can leave behind smells in the form of urine in places you may not know. If you have a smoker in the property, smoke lingers and attaches to curtains, furniture and air vents. Spoiled foods, dirty dishes, or excess trash can also emit smells.

• Schedule a cleaning. In food service areas, flush the garbage disposal by running it with lemon or orange wedges or ice cubes to remove stuck food and lingering stenches. Clean out the refrigerator in break rooms by removing items and wiping down the inside with a cleaning solution. You might also place an opened box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb unwanted smells. To clean your laundering equipment, run machines on low cycle with a proper combination of bleach and warm water to keep it fresh. Wipe up spills and pet accidents immediately to prevent saturation into the carpet and schedule regular deep cleanings to prevent smells and improve air quality. Vacuum, sweep and mop often.

• Use the fresh air. When possible, open the windows to let the smells escape. If available, run the exhaust fan in areas prone to moisture. This will help direct excess moisture out of the area and prevent possible mildew and mold. Removing the humidity from a business with a dehumidifier may also reduce the risk of mildew and mold.

 

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Backpack Vacuums Improve Efficiency And Productivity

Marc De Rosa

Taken from Cleanlink.com

By Rebecca Kanable

The Columbia Public School District, in Columbia, Missouri, consists of more than 3 million square feet of cleanable space within 37 separate buildings. With roughly 144 custodians and six supervisors on staff, it is up to Michael Jones, director of custodial services, to make sure workers are efficient and productive and every inch of the district is kept clean.

One area he has been successful in achieving this goal is in floor and carpet care. Just this year, the district has completed the replacement of all upright vacuums with backpack options. Used to control dust and contaminants on both carpeting and tile floors, the backpack vacuums have increased efficiencies and productivity among workers.

Although Jones has seen successes with backpack vacuums, the shift to weed out uprights was not necessarily an easy one. Previously, the district had been using a combination of upright and backpack vacuums, and according to Jones, roughly 70 percent of the staff preferred the uprights.

“In many cases, that’s all they’d ever used,” he says. “It’s what they knew and were comfortable with.”

But, Jones pressed on with a goal to shift the perception of his crew. His initial focus was on cleaning efficiencies.

The district first incorporated backpack models in select buildings about 10 years ago and quickly realized that custodians that used backpacks (roughly 25 percent) cleaned more square footage per hour. Unlike uprights, the backpack vacuums could easily transition from carpeting to hard floors to stairways, making workers more efficient.

Industry standards support what Jones was experiencing. According to ISSA’s 540 Cleaning Times, backpack vacuums are more productive than upright options. For example, vacuuming 1,000 square feet of carpet using a 14-inch upright vacuum will take a worker 21 minutes. At the same time, vacuuming 1,000 square feet with a backpack and 14-inch orifice tool will take only 8.1 minutes — 62 percent less time than the upright.

Further research found that when used in the crowded classrooms of a K-12 setting, backpack vacuums continued to outrank their upright counterparts in terms of efficiencies. According to Jones’ research, backpacks are 70 percent more productive and they remove roughly 40 percent more dirt.

The increased productivity and dirt removal came from being able to move easily in between chairs and desks, Jones explains, adding there was often no need to move furniture. It was a win-win for the staff.

On average, custodians vacuum an hour to an hour and a half a day in areas such as classrooms, offices, stairwells, entrance vestibules and small hallways. Over time, the staff has commented favorably about the increased use of backpack vacuums.

“It’s common to hear staff say things like, ‘I don’t spend as much time vacuuming as I used to,’” says Jones.

With this in mind, and after factoring in the maintenance and repair costs of the existing uprights (roughly $10,000 to $14,000 per year), the district elected to replace all of its 110 vacuums with new backpacks.

Choosing The Right Product Is Key When Cleaning Urine Stains

Marc De Rosa

Taken from Cleanlink.com

By Brendan O'Brien

Skip Seal, a cleaning industry consultant, is a firm believer in the job that nonpathogenic bacteria and synthetic detergent can do on urine. Years ago, when Seal was working for a janitorial supply company, he was called to a hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a male cat got sick in a room during a cat show.

“The odor was so bad, you could smell it when you got off the elevator,” says Seal, CEO of Seal 360 Consulting in Fort Myers, Florida. “They called me there because they said they were going to replace the carpet and (they wanted) to know what to use to treat the concrete (underneath) so the odors will not permeate the new carpet.”

Seal mixed a nonpathogenic bacteria and synthetic detergent product with warm water to “wake up” the bacteria spores and applied a liberal amount to each spot in the room.

“The next day, they called and said all they had to do was extract the carpet,” says Seal. “All of the odors and all of the stains were gone.”
 
If the urine is noticed soon after the accident, Seal says a hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner, which will neutralize the urine, can be sprayed on the spot and then allowed to set. He then suggests extracting the entire carpet with the same product, which should be film-free, so it does not leave any residue.

“Another advantage to a [hydrogen] peroxide product on carpet is it neutralizes any past detergent residue that would build up in the carpet,” says Seal. “So you have a secondary benefit in that you will restore the soft, luxurious feel to the carpet and brighten the colors while getting rid of the urine odor.”

One of the keys to picking a product for urine spots in carpet is determining whether the product can be utilized to clean other areas of the facility, says Seal. If it is a hydrogen peroxide-based product, then it can be used to deep-clean restroom grout and in laundry to pre-treat bed mats before washing.

“If [custodians] choose the right product, they can use it in other areas,” says Seal. “Urine is organic. What about the organic in the restroom? It works there. What about the organic in the kitchen? It works there, also.”

A benefit of hydrogen peroxide-based or “oxygen” cleaning products is that they are effective in other situations that involve other bodily fluids, which are common in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, day care centers and preschools.

These products are safe to be used around those who are asthmatic or have other types of respiratory illnesses, which are common among the elderly and children.

“The beautiful thing is the oxygen products are truly green. They are hypoallergenic and they are safe,” says Craig Jasper, an IICRC approved instructor. - See more at: http://www.cleanlink.com/sm/article/Choosing-The-Right-Product-Is-Key-When-Cleaning-Urine-Stains--17763?source=focuson03/10/2015#sthash.We7Jowy5.dpuf

All About Ebola

Marc De Rosa

Should I be worried about Ebola?

Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes bleeding inside and outside the body. As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding. The disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus, kills up to 90% of people who are infected(WebMD).

As most of you know, Ebola has had the top spot in the news lately. It is a serious sickness that has Americans, and the world, on high alert. The virus is very prevalent in Africa, and as of late, has be brought to the United States. If you don't know, here are some symptoms of the Ebola virus:

  • High Fever
  • Headache
  • Joint and Muscle Aces
  • Sore Throat
  • Weakness
  • Stomach Pain
  • Lack of appetite

These symptoms can show up as early as two days after infection, and up to 21 days after contracted. Although the symptoms are comparable to the common cold, or even the flu, the virus isn't as contagious. Although it is contagious, it requires the exchange of bodily fluid in order to be transferred. Bodily fluids include:

  • Blood
  • Mucus from the nose or lungs
  • Sweat
  • Tears
  • Urine
  • Vomit
  • Breast milk
  • Stool

How Do I Protect Myself?

Blood and body fluid precautions involve the use of protective barriers such as gloves, gowns, masks, and eye protection. These reduce the risk of exposing the skin or mucous membranes to potentially infectious fluids. Health care workers should always use protective barriers to protect themselves from exposure to another person's blood or body fluids(WebMD).

Here are steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands frequently. When we say frequently, we mean ALL THE TIME.
  • Always wear gloves when in contact with any type of bodily fluid, such as blood or mucus.
  • Wear glasses and a mask when coming into contact with bodily fluid, as well.
  • DISINFECT EVERYTHING. Go around your house, workplace, and anywhere you frequent, and treat all surfaces with the appropriate disinfectant.
  • Be sure not to touch your face until you make sure your hands are clean. Even if your hands look clean, they are not. At least use hand sanitizer when antibacterial soap and water are not available.
  • DON'T FORGET TO DISINFECT YOUR CAR. Steering wheel, audio controls, EVERYTHING. You can never be too careful.
  • See your cell phone? DISINFECT THAT TOO. Be sure to spray the disinfectant on a clean cloth, and NOT directly onto the phone. (*Disclaimer: We are not responsible for incorrect treatment of cell phone disinfecting resulting in malfunction, or any other result from improper care)
  • Don't forget about your keyboard and mouse. They can harbor more bacteria than a toilet seat. (*Disclaimer: Refer to above for proper treatment techniques)
  • Did we mention washing your hands? Yeah. WASH THEM.

Ebola can be a scary thing, but taking these preventative measures will drastically reduce your chances of contracting the virus. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding cleaning products, disinfectants, and soap that we recommend using.

Oh and one more thing. WASH YOUR HANDS.

-Advance