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Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Sep 24, 2020 11:00:53 AM

Cleaning Public Toilets: COVID-19 Edition

Guest Post By: Amy Milshtein from Kaivac  |  September 24, 2020

Cleaning public restrooms remains one of the most important jobs for maintenance workers. There's plenty of research about the benefits, both real and perceived, of a clean, fresh-smelling public bathroom. Past studies show that unpleasant restroom experiences creates negative perceptions and a potential loss of customers and sales. And bathroom dangers, like contracting streptococcus, staphylococcus, E. coli and hepatitis A, present real public health risks.

Now add the threat of contracting COVID-19 to the mix and cleaning public toilets has never been more important to human health and economic stability.

Here's what to consider when looking at your restroom cleaning schedule in the age of Coronavirus.

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Topics: cleaning equipment, dilution control, Restroom Care, versa

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Aug 27, 2020 11:00:00 AM

When to Use Soap vs. Hand Sanitizer

Guest Post By: Jim Arbogast, Ph.D., Vice President of Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements, GOJO  |  August 27, 2020

Hand hygiene has been a primary tool in keeping the public healthy during this pandemic. Americans are washing their hands more frequently and for longer.1

Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to remove germs from your hands, but the overuse of some soaps and water can lead to dry and damaged skin. It’s important to not only keep your skin clean, but also healthy.

So, when should you wash your hands and when should you sanitize them?

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Topics: hand hygiene

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Aug 13, 2020 11:05:00 AM

17 Tips for Chemical Safety

Guest Blog By: Jessica Clifton with ReAgent  |  August 13, 2020

Not all chemicals need special handling or storage because not all chemicals are harmful, but toxic, corrosive, flammable, and explosive chemicals, for example, need special care and the proper safety precautions.

Extremely hazardous chemicals might require handlers to wear personal protective equipment such as goggles, rubber gloves, and aprons, and storing hazardous chemicals can also require special types of containers as well as environment control. This type of chemical is typically only handled in the workplace.

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Topics: cleaning chemicals, safety, cleaning tips

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Jul 30, 2020 1:15:00 PM

Disinfectant Applicators: Electrostatic vs. Non-Electrostatic Sprayer Devices

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  July 30, 2020

When considering how to most effectively clean surfaces, workspaces, and all of the areas where a deep and thorough cleaning and disinfecting is of concern, traditional methods such as dusting and spray and wipe cleaning just may not be enough. Wet surface cleaning doesn’t clean hard to reach areas where harmful bacteria may reside. Unless cleaning cloths are changed out and cleaned on a regular basis they do little more than spread the surface soil around. Dry dusting can spread dirt and particulates back into the air to settle onto other surfaces with contaminates.

For areas that require a deep and thorough cleaning designed to eliminate and kill all bacteria and germs from surfaces, electrostatic disinfection is an effective method of applying disinfectants, cleaners and sanitizers to the entire surface needing to be sanitized and cleaned.

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Topics: workplace wellness, disinfecting, cleaning tips, covid-19

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Jul 2, 2020 11:05:00 AM

Longtime Employee Recognized for Superior Efforts and Dedication

Pictured from left: Teresa English, Aaron Gerraughty Sandy Nourian

WAXIE Sanitary Supply Announces Promotion of Sandy Nourian


June 30, 2020

SAN DIEGO, CA June 30, 2020 – WAXIE Sanitary Supply announced the promotion of Sandy Nourian to Vice President of Procurement on April 13, 2020.

Sandy began her career at WAXIE in March of 2000 when she was hired as a Purchasing Manager for the Santa Ana branch. Over the years she has held many roles within the Procurement team and today she leads a staff of dedicated professionals.

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Topics: press release, company news

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Jun 25, 2020 12:45:34 PM

Air Purifiers Can Improve Indoor Air Quality as Buildings Re-Open

Guest Blog By: AeraMax Professional from Fellowes Brands  |  June 25, 2020

The Airborne Threat is Real

The rapid global spread of COVID-19 has increased our urgency to protect ourselves and each other. Healthy and safe facilities matter now, more than ever.

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has shed new light on the near-invisible world of viruses and germs, with the general public becoming acutely aware of aerosol transmissions and virus spread. For businesses, there’s an added complexity, as they need to both clean facilities and communicate to occupants that safety and security are primary objectives in their daily tasks. That’s not easy, given emerging information.

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Topics: indoor air quality, workplace wellness, covid-19

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Jun 12, 2020 11:22:01 AM

Beloved WAXIE Employee Melissa Fortin Has Passed Away

Melissa Fortin and Jim Reed delivering a 'ton' of water to United Food Bank in 2017 as part of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce's Hydration Challenge

By: Briana Smith & Barbara Treadwell  |  June 12, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of Melissa Fortin, HR Administrator for WAXIE Sanitary Supply’s branches in Mesa and Tucson, Arizona from cancer.

Melissa grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota across the Red River from Minnesota that she fondly remembered as being a “small enough town to make it cozy but large enough to not be boring.” During her senior year of high school there was a major flood which closed down the schools and everyone contributed in filling sandbags to save the town. This attitude of pitching in whenever and wherever it was needed was ingrained in Melissa and became part of her tireless work ethic.

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Topics: company news

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on May 28, 2020 1:27:22 PM

6 Steps to Occupant Wellness and Pathogen Control

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  May 28, 2020

As areas across the country begin to stabilize from the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are starting to welcome building occupants back into their facilities. When considering the complexity and sensitivity of this endeavor, there are many aspects to consider – governmental guidance to incorporate, protocols to be reviewed and implemented, and final preparations to be made to ensure your facilities are as safe and ready as possible for people to return.

WAXIE delivers hand hygiene programs, comprehensive cleaning solutions, surface disinfecting technology and facility maintenance supplies, combined with industry-specific expertise and consultation to assist with implementation and ongoing support. We stand ready to partner with you to welcome building occupants back to facilities which will be cleaner, healthier, greener, and safer.

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace wellness, cleaning tips, covid-19

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on May 8, 2020 10:56:16 AM

The Ongoing Demand for Hand Sanitizers, Disinfectants and Toilet Paper – Oh My!

By: Keith Schneringer  |  May 8, 2020

Part three-of-three series analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on the Jan/San industry.

• Part One: Supply Chain Survey and COVID-19 Disruptions
• Part Two: The Effect of COVID-19 on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supplies

• Part Three: The Ongoing Demand for Hand Sanitizers, Disinfectants and Toilet Paper – Oh My

In light of recent events, most of us are aware of how difficult it is to find face masks and gloves. However it's more than just personal protective equipment (PPE) that's being greatly affected by supply chain disruptions.

Products that are used on a daily basis to keep buildings clean and running, such as hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and yes, toilet paper have been hard to find as well. The issue that we are all facing is that all of these items are essential and will be needed as more businesses, stores and other facilities reopen.

Our final article in this series gives an in-depth look at how the supply chains in these specific product categories are being impacted.

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Topics: industry news, covid-19, supply chain