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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 Chris Meyer on Sep 12, 2019 11:15:00 AM

You Can’t Touch This! The Benefits of No-Touch Cleaning Caddies

By: Chris Meyer  |  September 12, 2019

A Harris Interactive Survey found that 94% of adults surveyed would avoid a business in the future if they encountered a dirty restroom.

So if you want to prevent customers from walking out the door, you shouldn’t be relying on outdated equipment like string or flat mops to keep your restrooms clean.

Modern, no-touch cleaning caddies are far more efficient and hygienic. In fact, here are a few of the no-touch cleaning caddy’s most significant benefits compared to traditional equipment.

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Topics: cleaning equipment, Restroom Care, workplace wellness, versa

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Aug 2, 2018 1:16:00 PM

Solving Problematic Odor Issues in the Restroom

Identifying the Source to Determine the Best Solution

By: Briana Smith  |  August 2, 2018

Restrooms are notoriously difficult to keep clean -- especially when it comes to odor issues. 

Bad odors can negatively impact the customer experience, particularly in places which receive high foot traffic such as sports arenas, movie theaters, airports, train stations, amusement parks, etc. Perceptions of cleanliness can either increase or deter business, and noxious smells have a way of sticking with you longer, which leaves a bad impression. 

Determining the type and source of the odor problems is key to any solution, as bad scents in restrooms can be caused by numerous things. Thankfully there are many more sustainable options available that are highly effective at solving will these issues.

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Topics: Restroom Care, Sustainable Solutions, odor control

Posted by Blake Vanderwiel on May 7, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Cultivating for Future Generations

Interview with: Peter Leahy, Channel Leader – Cleaning & Hygiene at Kimberly-Clark Professional


Kimberly-Clark, the first major towel and tissue manufacturer in North America to introduce products made with 20 percent plant fiber, resulting in the use of up to 20 percent fewer tree fibers or recycled fibers than conventional products.

Introducing GreenHarvest* products – a truly innovative offering that incorporates plant-based rapidly renewable fiber, such as bamboo and wheat straw, into trusted Kleenex® and Scott® Brand towel and tissue products. It’s a pioneering approach to fiber sourcing that will transform the paper products industry. As a world leader in sustainability, Kimberly-Clark is paving the way – delivering innovative products along with the quality and performance that you’ve come to expect from our trusted brands. Today, in a resource-constrained, digital world, with fewer sources of recycled fiber, and the need to put less pressure on natural forests, it’s important to continue exploring new fibers. Partner with us and cultivate the future with the brands you know and trust.
Green Cleaning Solutions - Products, Tools, Education & Training

What is GreenHarvest* plant-based fiber?

It’s fiber, but it doesn’t come from trees:
It comes from plants, such as wheat and bamboo.

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Topics: Restroom Care, innovation, recycling

Posted by Briana Smith on Jun 5, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Do Women Care More About Restroom Appearance Than Men?

By: Briana Smith  |  June 5, 2014

A thought occurred to me this weekend as I caught a snippet of the television program Bar Rescue, do women care more about restroom appearance than men? Bar Rescue is a reality show highlighting a bar or nightclub that isn’t very successful. A team of professionals surveys the situation in order to diagnose & resolve the problem(s). At this point in the show, Jon Taffer, host and bar/nightclub consultant, had already pointed out sanitation issues with the main bar & food preparation areas, spotlighting the owner of the bar. From there, he moved onto the women’s restroom to discuss the cleanliness.

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Topics: Restroom Care, standards of cleanliness, first impressions

Posted by Briana Smith on May 15, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Public Toilet Seat Sanitizers – Do They Work or Is It Peace of Mind?

By: Briana Smith  |  May 15, 2014

Using a public toilet is not typically on the list of my favorite things to do. In fact, most of the time I will attempt to “hold it” for as long as possible to avoid having to use one. Sometimes though I don’t have an option, and I have to actually brave it. Most of the time this happens when I’m out & about in an area that I haven’t been to before, so I haven’t scouted out the restrooms beforehand. Half the time I’m pleasantly surprised and discover that the restroom is perfectly fine with plenty of supplies, but the other half…

Regardless of the condition of the restroom, the second thing I do, after checking for a stall with toilet tissue (always #1 in importance), I reach for a paper seat cover, if they are available. I’m not sure why, but it always makes me feel slightly less grossed out, even though I’ve read that “most” toilets have less germs & bacteria on them then our mobile phones & handbags. Deb Group has a fantastic article on “Your Mobile Phone Is Dirtier Than You Think”. Which reminds me…I’m reaching for my disinfectant wipes now!

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Topics: hand hygiene, Restroom Care, sanitizing

Posted by Briana Smith on Sep 23, 2013 12:30:00 PM

WAXIE Tucson’s Healthy Workplace and Restroom Care Seminar

By: Barbara Shapiro, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

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Topics: Restroom Care, Healthy Workplace, Tucson, seminar

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 28, 2013 1:19:00 PM

Total Restroom Care Seminar at WAXIE Tucson - January 24, 2013

Our Total Restroom Care Seminars in both WAXIE Mesa & Tucson were an absolute success thanks to the hard work of the presenters, including Rob Abeln from Rubbermaid, and to all who showed up. Let us know what you liked best about the seminar or what you'd like to learn about in a future restroom care seminar in the comments below. We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Restroom Care, tile & grout maintenance, Tucson, seminar, HYGEN, Rubbermaid, Mesa, machines

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 24, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Paper Towels vs. Hand Dryers

A predicament of personal preference for removing moisture from hands.

Originally published in Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

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Topics: hand hygiene, maintenance, paper towels, hand dryers, dispensers, HEPA filters, Kimberly-Clark, Excel, recycled content, Restroom Care, sustainability