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Posted by Keith Schneringer on Jul 27, 2021 9:27:30 AM

Global Supply Chain Disruptions & Shortages in 2021

By: Keith Schneringer  |  July 23, 2021

Part one of a series analyzing the continued impact of COVID-19 on the facility supplies and foodservice disposables industries

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the news and collective psyche of the world throughout 2020, and its spread and the resulting cascade of ramifications have led to a global crisis of unprecedented reach and proportion.1 As was written in one of our articles on this topic last year,2 it would be the height of understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic and oversized impact on many of the facets of our everyday lives which we may have previously taken for granted.

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Topics: industry news, covid-19, supply chain

Posted by Briana Smith on Jun 11, 2021 2:27:39 PM

Planning an Efficient Waste Diversion & Recycling Program

By: Briana Smith | June 11, 2021

Part three of an ongoing series guiding you on the path to creating a cleaner, healthier, greener and safer building for re-entry and beyond.


Much like basketball, devising a strategy and building upon your momentum is essential for a successful sustainability program. It’s good to look at the overall process, make goals, and then take a look at the individual steps needed to get there.

In this blog series, we’re breaking down the process of developing a sustainable building program into eight steps, as reflected in our WAXIE GPS® (Green Partner Support™) Program, which progresses from easier to adopt green cleaning procedures and techniques to higher level strategies and stewardship.

As mentioned in the previous two steps, Green Chemistry and Mechanization, waste reduction is one of the cornerstones in a holistic approach to sustainable facility management and it goes hand-in-hand with an efficient waste diversion and recycling program.

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Topics: recycling, sustainability, facility maintenance, waste diversion

Posted by Briana Smith on May 27, 2021 9:15:56 AM

Green Cleaning Tools, Equipment & Technology for Healthier Indoor Environments

By: Briana Smith | May 27, 2021

Part two of an ongoing series guiding you on the path to creating a cleaner, healthier, greener and safer building for re-entry and beyond.


In this blog series, we’re breaking down this overall process into eight steps, as reflected in our WAXIE GPS® (Green Partner Support™) Program, which progresses from easier to adopt green cleaning procedures and techniques to higher level strategies and stewardship.

Part one discussed Green Chemistry.

The next step builds onto and works in combination with your green cleaners and dispensing systems. Green cleaning involves more than just the cleaning chemicals themselves. The tools, equipment and actual cleaning processes play an integral role in increasing efficiency and reducing your overall environmental impact to keep your building and those that use it clean and healthy.

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Topics: cleaning equipment, microfiber, green cleaning, sustainability, machines & equipment, facility maintenance

Posted by Briana Smith on May 14, 2021 2:42:39 PM

How to Develop a Sustainable Building Program

By: Briana Smith | May 14, 2021

Part one of an ongoing series guiding you on the path to creating a cleaner, healthier, greener and safer building for re-entry and beyond.


If there’s one thing that this past year has underscored, it’s the impact and need for healthy buildings so that children have a safe learning environment, employees are more productive at work, and guests feel comfortable frequenting your business.

This becomes even more essential as government regulations loosen and businesses, schools and buildings begin the re-entry process.

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Topics: dilution control, green cleaning, sustainability, facility maintenance

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Apr 29, 2021 9:35:00 AM

Why Regularly Cleaning Around Urinals Is a Must

Guest Post By:Kaivac |  April 15, 2021

A study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases reports that traces of the pathogens that cause coronavirus can be found in an infected person's urine.

Further, another study, published by scientists from China’s Yangzhou University, finds that when urinals are used by people infected with the virus, traces of coronavirus can become airborne when the urinal is flushed. In the process, the pathogens can be inhaled by others in the restroom.

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Topics: restroom cleaning, covid-19

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Apr 1, 2021 9:39:35 AM

Battery Maintenance for Cleaning Equipment

By: Mike Anderson  |  March 4, 2021

There are many different varying opinions on how to maintain deep cycle batteries, so always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. With that said, I have learned a few things over the years and found that the following advice works in most scenarios.

In general, batteries are designed well and last many years IF maintained properly. Maintenance includes “watering” of wet cell batteries, as well as monitoring the amount of charge cycles a battery can consume. Batteries don’t go bad in general, users cause the batteries to go bad. This is NOT pointing a finger at a specific user, or users, but explaining the lack of training users of battery equipment receive, or retain.

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Topics: flooring, machines & equipment, facility maintenance

Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on Mar 18, 2021 11:30:00 AM

Refreshed, Reimagined & Reopening: The 2021 Classroom

By: Caitlin Dimalanta  |  March 18, 2021

“Provide clear, consistent, evidence-based guidance for how communities should navigate the pandemic – and the resources for schools, small businesses, and families to make it through.” –  The White House Coronavirus Task Force 2021

Trailing the anniversary of the nationwide school campus closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, questions regarding when schools will reopen and how they will do so safely are at the forefront of many American minds. There are various ways to ensure the safety of staff and students when going back to school in person. Methods that contribute to the overall health of learning environments include: standardized cleaning procedures and staff schedules; proper training of custodial, faculty and administrative staff; and correct handwashing practices.

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Topics: proper cleaning procedures, education, healthy schools, covid-19

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Mar 8, 2021 9:11:21 AM

International Women's Day: Challenging What's Possible

March 8, 2021  |  By: WAXIE Editorial Staff

The Jan/San and cleaning industries have historically been considered male dominated, especially in certain career paths and leadership positions. Yet over the last several years there's been a lot more awareness and a paradigm shift as both companies and the industry professionals are making strides to provide tools, access to resources, and mentorship opportunities for women to build meaningful careers.

In 2015, the Hygieia Network (an ISSA charity) paved the way for women in the industry to connect with and support one another, as well as have access to the resources to advance professionally in their careers. WAXIE has been a huge supporter of the Hygieia Network and many of our staff are members. But there's still quite a way to go.

As we've done the last two years, we would like to acknowledge some of the hard working women across WAXIE who are challenging the status quo of what's possible—from operations to leadership roles. This year though, we're including a few words from their coworkers who nominated them for this recognition.

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Topics: company news

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Feb 19, 2021 9:32:00 AM

Meet the Newest Member of Your Cleaning Team: The Nilfisk SC50 Autonomous Floor Scrubber

Guest Blog By: Nilfisk  |  February 18, 2021

In the wake of COVID-19, cleaning teams face more pressure than ever to clean quickly and effectively. Beyond the basics of ensuring facilities are cleaned to the desired standard, cleaners are quite literally tasked with ensuring the health and safety of everyone who enters a facility.

At the same time, workforce challenges continue. Cleaning teams often work at a staffing rate of only 70-75% and the employee turnover rate can be as high as 200%.

These factors combined have led more organizations to embrace autonomous cleaning solutions as a way to stretch their cleaning dollar further.

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Topics: flooring, machines & equipment, facility maintenance