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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 WAXIE Buzz on Oct 8, 2020 1:26:35 PM

Why Choose Dilution Control?

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  October 8, 2020

There are three common methods of purchasing cleaning chemicals: ready-to-use (RTU), bulk concentrates and dilution control systems.

And while they all have their benefits and uses, when possible, dilution control of chemicals is the most advantageous method you can use.

Dilution control provides you with the most cost-effective use of chemicals; reduced “re-cleaning” because the cleaning job is done with the right dilution the first time; and reduction of hazards because the system, not the people, handles the concentrated chemicals.

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Topics: cleaning chemicals, dilution control, cleaning tips

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 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 Apr 16, 2020 11:03:24 AM

EPA Emerging Viral Pathogens & Hard Surface Disinfectants

What Disinfectant Cleaners Can Be Used Against COVID-19 & Other Viruses

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  April 16, 2020

At present, the virus responsible for COVID-19 is not on any EPA registered product lists, and therefore there is not a disinfectant which can make a specific claim to be effective against this new virus. However respiratory illnesses attributable to COVID-19 are caused by a coronavirus, and WAXIE can provide several broad-spectrum hard surface disinfectants that have been shown to be effective against other similar viruses, such as Human Coronavirus, SARS associated Coronavirus, Porcine Respiratory & Reproductive Syndrome Virus (PRRSV), and/or have been shown to be effective against viruses which are more difficult to inactivate such as Rotavirus, Rhinovirus Type 37, and Norovirus.

When used in accordance with the directions on the label for each associated product, these hard surface disinfectants have been shown to be effective against the virus (or viruses) referenced on the master label for that product. Each disinfectant listed has already successfully gone through, or is in the process of going through, the protocol for the EPA Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides.1

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

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Mar 19, 2020 3:39:59 PM

Facility Surface Cleaning and Disinfecting

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  March 19, 2020

In addition to having building occupants and employees practice good hand hygiene, it is also important to maintain a clean and healthy building environment through effective surface cleaning and disinfecting.

It is recommended that your custodial team evaluate and implement measures to minimize the potential transmission of the influenza virus, coronavirus or any other pathogens via hard surfaces through good sound cleaning and disinfecting procedures, with a focus on areas which may have the greatest likelihood of potential environmental contamination such as restrooms, food preparation areas and high touch surfaces.

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Topics: workplace wellness, disinfecting, cleaning tips

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Jan 17, 2020 1:33:44 PM

Carpet Cleaning Basics: Routine Maintenance to Restoration

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  January 17, 2020

Carpeting is probably the most common type of floor covering in commercial buildings. It can add an attractive appearance and a warm, soft feel to a facility while reducing noise. But because dirt is often hidden in the carpet, proper maintenance can be neglected until the carpet "uglys out," and expensive restoration or replacement is needed.

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Topics: carpet, flooring, cleaning tips

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Dec 12, 2019 11:03:00 AM

Looks Just Like New! How to Scrub & Recoat Your Resilient Floors


WAXIE Account Consultant Hope S. learns how to use a floor machine as part of a scrub & recoat training session at WAXIE San Diego

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  December 11, 2019

A scrub & recoat procedure is integral to any resilient and hard floor care maintenance program. If done periodically it can improve the appearance of your floors without having to do the more time-consuming strip & refinish procedure as often.

Keeping your facility clean and safe is a lot of work, especially around the holidays when winter weather & tons of foot traffic can muck your floors up faster. When dirt, water and ice melt get tracked into your building your regular daily maintenance routine just can't keep up, which creates the potential for a slip and fall accident to occur. However implementing interim cleaning procedures makes it much easier for custodial staffs to preserve a consistent & high level of cleanliness, while maintaining safety for building staff & guests.

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Topics: hard floor care, flooring, cleaning tips