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Posted by Briana Smith on Apr 7, 2017 8:25:00 AM

Let's Do This! Tackling Your Facility Maintenance Spring Cleaning To-Do List

By Briana Smith

Now that spring is officially here, and most of the nasty winter weather is behind us, it’s time to tackle some of those tasks that come with the changing of the seasons. 

Oftentimes, the brutal winter rains and snowfall leave buildings quite beat up (as evidenced by the accumulation of ice melt and dirt that get tracked across floors and thrashed entrance floor matting). Afterwards the advent of spring brings more pollen into the air, not to mention the build-up of any dust that staff wasn’t able to get to during the winter, causing heightened indoor air allergy issues.

Here are a few things that should be part of your facility’s spring cleaning to-do list:

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Topics: indoor air quality, workplace wellness, cleaning procedures, flooring, carpet care

Posted by Briana Smith on Jul 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Differences Between Cleaners, Disinfectants and Sanitizers

By: Becky Mollenkamp

The importance of training staff to understand the variations between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing

As a facility cleaning manager, are you confident that your staff can walk into a janitorial closet to grab chemicals off the crowded shelves and actually know the differences between cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants? If you hesitate in answering, you’re not alone.

Although these products are commonly used in cleaning departments, there are many misunderstandings about the chemical categories. “I’m not sure all custodial staffs truly understand the difference,” says Nancy Bock, senior vice president of meetings and education for the American Cleaning Institute (ACI). “The terms clean, sanitize and disinfect are often inaccurately used, which is why training is essential.”

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Topics: cleaning procedures, tips & tricks

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 26, 2016 12:30:00 PM

What Facility Managers Should Review Yearly

By: Briana Smith, Social Media and Product Branding Specialist, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

It’s always good to have a game plan. Game plans make it easier for both you and your staff to be on the same cleaning & maintenance page.

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Topics: cleaning procedures, education, preventative maintenance, facility maintenance

Posted by Briana Smith on Nov 7, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Eight Steps to Cleaning Entrances and Common Areas

Originally published & reprinted with permission from CleanLink Online: Clean Link Minute
By: Mickey Crowe

An office area is different enough from entrances and common areas that we will address them separately. Oftentimes these areas are exposed to more traffic and soiling than most offices. If you utilize the 80/20 Rule you will need to identify those areas that capture more soil and require more effort to maintain. 

Following are some points to consider:

  1. Move furniture or other items as directed using care not to scratch surfaces.  
  2. Take more time vacuuming carpeted areas to allow pick up and also be more thorough in covering the area wall to wall. This applies especially to mats and entrances or high traffic lanes.
  3. Promptly address spots on carpet as soon as possible to reduce the chances of it becoming a stain. Identify the spot type, choose appropriate chemical, spray and blot turning cloth over to allow soil to wick into cloth.
  4. Inspect and dust mop hard floor surfaces taking note as to the type floor (Vinyl Composite Tile with finish or granite as an example). Use a microfiber dust mop when possible and be sure to sweep up debris.
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Topics: high traffic areas, cleaning procedures, hints & tips

Posted by Briana Smith on Sep 19, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Eight Tips For Keeping Facilities Clean

Originally published & reprinted with permission from CleanLink Online

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Topics: cleaning procedures, flooring, restrooms, green cleaning chemicals