• Dec 16, 2010

    Restaurant Restroom Surveys Predicts % of Returning Customers

    While I don't currently clean or service any restaurants, but if or when I begin to market to this potential segment of the market I may want to include some of the following statistics to show the value of my janitorial services. Some of the statistics may also apply to commercial buildings with common use or public use restrooms. To make it easier to jump to the numbers, I'll bold type those. Survey...
    • Nov 5, 2010

    Cleaner Indoor Air

    2002 CRI posted a " Cleaning and Foot Traffic Emissions Analysis " experiment done by Professional Testing Laboratory. The condensed version of the experiment / test was broken down into 2 floor surface types, hard surface floor and a carpeted floor. The test was done with a dust mop, a NON CRI approved vacuum ( doen't use a 2 bag system or a Hepa filter ) and a CRI approved Green label vacuum ( uses a Hepa...
    • Oct 7, 2010

    Cold and Flu Review

    1st let's look at the potential cost of employee sick days. The Mercer (mercer.com) survey stated that "unplanned incidental" absences such as sick days account for 6 % of payroll. America Public Media/Marketplace (http://americanpublicmedia.publicradio.org) reported from a survey done in 2005, that the annual cost of sick days was calculated to more than $600 per employee. From the above we...
    • Sep 17, 2010

    Bring Back The Bleach

    " Some 40 % of commercial disinfectants used to clean surfaces are believed to be ineffective in eliminating noroviruses, a group of viruses responsible for more than half of all foodborne gastroenteritis outbreaks ". Gastroenterities is a condition that causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. " According to a recent study published by Universite' Laval researchers in the Journal...
    • Sep 1, 2010

    Cleaning Chemical Categories Part 2

    The previous post listed the EPA Toxicity Categories 1 2 3 4 and the routes of exposure, inhalation, oral and dermal. This post will discuss the " Signal Words " that must appear with significant prominence relative to the front panel text and graphic material to assure that it will not be over looked under customary purchase and use. The table below shows the Signal Words Danger Warning Caution None Required...
    • Aug 19, 2010

    Hand Sanitizers and The 99%

    Like most janitorial contractors, I sanitize my hands after I leave each building or before I start in the next building. I was surprised by an article in the December 16 2009 Wall Street Journal that featured hand sanitizer testing done by a University of Ottawa microbiologist. He tested 3 hand sanitizers for CBC News and the results were, Three popular sanitizers killed between 46% and 60% of microbes on the students'...
    • Jun 9, 2010

    New Microfiber Mop Pad

    I recently purchased 3 Chenille Microfiber Mop Pads to test on a contoured vinyl floor. The traditional microfiber mop pads didn't clean or remove some of the dirt that was in the depressions of this particular vinyl floor. I think the reason maybe that the traditional microfiber mop pad has fibers that are very short in height. The Chenille Microfiber pad has much longer fibers and there is much more space between...