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Briana Smith

Briana Smith is WAXIE’s Social Media & Product Branding Specialist and spends quite a bit of time skimming the news for what’s new in cleaning, sustainability and technology while managing all of WAXIE’s social channels. She especially loves posting about #teamwaxie activities & conversing with customers on Instagram. Briana has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Design from California State University, Chico.
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Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 22, 2021 10:54:54 AM

More Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021: Cleaning for Health

By: Briana Smith & Caitlin Dimalanta  |  January 22, 2021

Part two-of-two series examining what topics will drive the cleaning industry in 2021 and the impact of the pandemic.

Part One: 5 Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021
Part Two: More Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021: Cleaning for Health

The pandemic has left an indelible mark on the world and the cleaning industry. It has also brought about a renewed focus on the overall value of cleaning. 

In part one of our two part series we reviewed the continued strain on our supply chain and the challenges of reopening businesses while managing outbreak risks

The other trends on the horizon highlight an emphasis on getting back to the basics with cleaning best practices, up and coming technology and furthering the momentum towards developing and sustaining healthy buildings and indoor spaces to improve the health and wellness of people within them.

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace wellness, sustainability, IoT, industry news, covid-19, supply chain

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 19, 2021 1:00:47 PM

5 Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021

By: Briana Smith & Caitlin Dimalanta  |   January 19, 2021

Part one-of-two series examining what topics will drive the cleaning industry in 2021 and the impact of the pandemic.

Part One: 5 Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021
Part Two: More Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021: Cleaning for Health

Who would’ve thought this time last year that 2020 was going to change the world the way it has?

Managing outbreaks was on the radar after the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic and 2018 the Hepatitis A multi-state outbreak, but no one was quite prepared for the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic when it started spreading across the globe.

Supply chains were immediately strained, toilet paper became scarce, and stay-at-home orders were announced in various states causing businesses and consumers to scramble for essential supplies. The cleaning industry was thrown into the spotlight overnight as custodial and environmental services (EVS) teams were at the forefront in combatting the spread as essential workers.

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace wellness, sustainability, IoT, industry news, covid-19, supply chain

Posted by Briana Smith on Dec 18, 2020 1:10:48 PM

The Forgotten Cleaning Step: Interim Maintenance

By: Briana Smith  |  December 18, 2020

Winter break is typically the time of year that many custodial staffs have some time to do some extra cleaning with so many people out of the building or off campus for several weeks on holiday.

While it may be tempting to spend the time on restorative or deep cleaning procedures, you’re better off holding off until after all of the inclement winter and spring weather has passed. A combination of ice melt, excess water from snow and rain, and mud being dragged in really does a number on a facility’s flooring!

Instead, it’s better to focus on interim cleaning procedures, which allow you to clean more extensively than daily routine but is less intensive and time consuming than deep cleaning.

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Topics: carpet, hard floor care, flooring, cleaning tips

Posted by Briana Smith on Nov 13, 2019 1:48:59 PM

America Recycles Day: Keep Calm & Recycle On

By: Briana Smith  |  November 13, 2019

America Recycles Day is coming up this Friday, November 15th and it’s a day to educate, to motivate & to make recycling bigger & better!

We are at a crossroads when it comes to the state of the recycling industry. As was mentioned in our The Future of Recycling article, China started banning “foreign garbage” in 2018 which encompassed recyclables from the United States that are often contaminated due to improper collection & disposal practices. This contamination in the recycling stream has caused processing problems at recycling centers here as well, as consumers are unaware of their local waste management rules & regulations resulting in “hopeful recycling.”

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Topics: zero waste, recycling, sustainability, waste diversion

Posted by Briana Smith on May 29, 2019 12:37:00 PM

Semper Paratus – “Always Ready”: WAXIE’s Michael Gould Honored with Prestigious Military Awards and Advancement to Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves


Petty Officer Michael Gould (center) receiving the 2018 Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year Award and Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (left) and Master Chief Petty Officer of the United States Coast Guard Reserves George Williamson (right). 

By: Briana Smith  |  May 29, 2019

WAXIE has great respect and a long history of supporting those in the U.S. military dating back to our founders Morris Wax and Harry Wax who served in the U.S. Army & U.S. Navy respectively. 

So you can imagine how excited we were when it was announced that one of our employees, who was deployed with the Coast Guard at the time, earned the recognition of Coast Guard’s 2018 Enlisted Person of the Year Reserve Component (REPOY) soon after being presented with the Q4 2018 JTF (Joint Task Force – Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) Enlisted Professional of the Quarter award.

WAXIE Santa Ana’s Regional Sales Manager Michael Gould spent six years in the U.S. Navy after graduating high school. Mike began his career at WAXIE in 2003 but said that he always had a “flag shaped hole in his heart” since separating from the military the first go-around and wanted to continue serving his country so he joined the U.S. Coast Guard as a reservist in 2012. 

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Topics: company news

Posted by Briana Smith on Jun 28, 2017 3:22:29 PM

Orange County Business Journal Recognizes WAXIE Sanitary Supply Santa Ana with Renowned Accolade

By Dawn Mead, Public Relations Manager, BOLT PR


Alice Sawaya, Vice President, General Manager of the Santa Ana branch and Charles Wax, Chairman, CEO of WAXIE Sanitary Supply receive the 2017 Large Family-Owned Business Award from a representative of the Orange County Business Journal.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SANTA ANA, CA – WAXIE Santa Ana, a local branch of the industry leader in sanitary maintenance supplies, was named the top Large Family-Owned Business in Orange County at a luncheon hosted by the Orange County Business Journal in Irvine, California.

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Topics: press release, company news

Posted by Briana Smith on Jun 8, 2017 1:33:00 PM

Determining the Effectiveness of a Sustainable Floor Care Program


By the WAXIE Floor Care Specialist Team

A sustainable floor care system should meet the desired outcome of the users with minimal impact on the people involved, the planet, and profitability.

But why does this matter?

ISSA’s last Sanitary Supply Distributor Sales Report estimated annual sales of $1.32 billion in resilient and hard floor care chemicals. When adding labor expenses, waste, and water/energy consumption to that figure this becomes an enormous expenditure within commercial, institutional and industrial facilities. When qualifying this type of investment it’s important to look at why we do it, how it’s done, how it’s measured, and how to improve upon it.

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Topics: hard floor care, workplace wellness, sustainability

Posted by Briana Smith on May 16, 2017 3:37:00 PM

The Evolution of How Floor Finishes Became More Green

By: WAXIE Floor Care Specialist Team  |  May 16, 2017

Historically, green floor finishes were considered inferior to conventional floor finishes. That belief was generally based on durability of green floor finish. Third-party floor finish certifications, such as Green Seal GS-40 or ECOLOGO UL 2777, contain many stringent requirements, but the most significant factor is eliminating metal compounds from the floor finish.

Conventional floor finishes generally utilize zinc to for “crosslinking” within the formula. This creates a very strong and durable bond, helping with durability, wear, scuff resistance, etc. Some early green floor finishes used calcium for crosslinking, instead of zinc. While they met third-party standards, they didn’t meet customer standards. It just wasn’t as durable and the finish “walked off,” leading to more maintenance and more expense for facility operators.

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Topics: hard floor care, innovation, green cleaning

Posted by Briana Smith on Apr 27, 2017 2:18:00 PM

Spring Break Restorative Cleaning at Perkins K-8 in Barrio Logan

By Lee Jackson

On Wednesday March 29th, myself and a motivated group of 14 individuals from the WAXIE Sanitary Supply sales team descended on Perkins K-8 in the Barrio Logan section of San Diego to lend a hand to the custodians with their restorative cleaning.

As the morning began, the WAXIE San Diego team unloaded two trucks worth of commercial floor care equipment and restorative bathroom cleaners, and immediately got to work. Thanks to a prior survey of the school, it was determined that the areas of primary concern for the staff were the floors in a large multipurpose room, their kitchen, a teacher’s lounge, and multiple large restrooms.

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Topics: community involvement, flooring, education