There is far more to green cleaning than moving away from toxic chemicals and the use of non-recyclables. Green cleaning is a major driver in the industry, reflecting sustainable trends and increasing expectations among customers for products and services that respond to the environmentally friendly agenda. Improving air quality with the aim of preventing allergies, asthma, and infections is a key focus, along with maximizing resources and identifying more efficient cleaning methods.
Reducing the health and environmental impacts of chemicals, products, and processes employed in building cleaning and maintenance—while raising the profile of cleaning as a whole through the “value of clean”—demonstrates that clean is not just a cost burden. The role cleaning plays in a building is becoming clearer as an investment—especially the green component—and the financial ROI from proper cleaning contributes significantly to a company’s bottom line. Green cleaning is a natural ally for green building due to its positive impact in preserving asset value, ongoing efficiencies of use, and the health and safety of everyone, including cleaning staff, where it can also contribute to reducing absenteeism.
It also ensures your organization is equipped and capable to meet the demands of a client base that is searching for more sustainable facilities and greener building environments.
How To Professionally Clean Glass
Hand wiping a pane of glass is the most basic way of professionally cleaning glass, no matter if it is in a door, window or mirror. Do NOT spray the glass and wipe in circular motions like you did at home. Items needed: Blue microfiber wiper, glass cleaner of choice and a properly labeled squirt bottle. Process:
• Squirt a small amount of glass cleaner onto the blue wiper. Never apply the glass cleaner to the glass itself as this will cause the technician to inhale the vapors of the cleaning agent.
• Inside glass. Wipe from left to right, right to left. Never work the wiper in a circle.
• Outside glass. Wipe from top to bottom, bottom to top. Never work the wiper in a circle. Do NOT use paper of any type to wipe the glass as all types leave lent and streaks.
Hand wiping, even with a microfiber wiper will leave some amount of residue, which results in streaks on the glass. Step up to a better way by using a window mop and squeege. The technician can use whatever glass cleaner you choose. Some however, will work better than others once you perfect your skills. Items needed: 12” or larger, window mop and squeege, including a window bucket sized to accept the size of window mop. No rag or wiper is needed. And of course, glass cleaner of choice.
• Dip the window mop into the bucket of cleaner, hand squeeze most of the liquid out of the pad.
• Apply glass cleaner to the glass, being sure not to touch any of the frame, neither top/bottom or sides. Glass cleaner should not be running down the glass, if so, the technician has used too much cleaner.
• Once the squeege is placed on the glass, it should never come off of the glass during the removal of cleaning solution.
• Place squeege in the middle of the pane at a 45% angle to a top left corner.
• Pull the squeege to the corner and across the top, changing the angle as you move from left to right, so that when the squeege gets to the far right corner, it is angled opisit way as when you started.
• Pull down the right side 1/3 of the way down the pane.
• Adjust the angle and pull up in an arch, being sure to remove all solution as you pull back to the left.
• Repeat this process, arching from left to right and right to left until you get to the bottom of the pane.
• At the bottom of the pane, pull straight from one side to the other.
We have all seen many articles and various signs promoting the importance of handwashing. There are many reasons for this. For one, given the many things you do in a day that bring your hands into contact with germs, frequent handwashing is the single most important thing you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick, as well as from spreading germs to other surfaces and to other people. You may not even be aware of how many times a day you blow your nose, play with the dog, talk on the telephone, use your smartphone, type on the computer, or touch a doorknob.
Consider the following facts and figures:
Infectious diseases commonly spread through hand-to-hand contact include the common cold, the flu, and gastrointestinal disorders.
Many outbreaks of foodborne illness such as salmonella and E. coli, can be traced to unwashed or poorly washed hands.
Two million people become ill each year as a result of a hospital-acquired infection. Proper hand hygiene is critical to the prevention of these infections, which contribute to the death of nearly 90,000 hospital patients per year and $4.5 billion in medical expenses.
91% of adults say they always wash their hands after using public restrooms. However, only 83% were observed doing so.
Proper handwashing is also the most effective way of preventing the spread of many serious illnesses such as meningitis, bronchitis, hepatitis A, and SARS.
Most people report washing their hands after using the bathroom in their home (83%) and before handling or eating foods (77%). However, smaller percentages wash their hands after petting a dog or cat (42%), coughing or sneezing (32%), or handling money (21%).
68% of respondents of the Soap and Detergent Association’s (SDA) 2006 National Cleaning Survey do not wash their hands long enough to effectively remove germs and dislodge dirt. (Source: foodsafety.gov)
As you can easily see from these statistics, good hand hygiene is proven to benefit health. Properly cleaning your hands is simple and extremely effective, yet many people do not maintain this practice as often, or as well, as they should.
Hand hygiene in the workplace
Infectious diseases, such as colds and the flu, are the leading causes of employee absenteeism due to illness. Lost productivity in the workplace from the flu alone costs employers an estimated $15 billion. Yet, the first line of defense against infectious diseases—good hand hygiene—is often overlooked by employers. Most companies do not proactively encourage handwashing in the workplace.
The SDA recommends that employees wash their hands approximately five or more times a day. What’s more, there seems to be a direct correlation between encouragement by employees and compliance. In businesses that post handwashing reminders, 72% of employees wash their hands five or more times a day and 38% wash their hands more than 10 times a day. Employers should therefore post reminder signs in bathrooms, kitchens, and other communal areas. By doing this, companies are not only being responsible, but can also help improve their bottom line.
Experts agree that the best way to stay healthy as we head into flu season is to practice proper hygiene and have an efficient cleaning program. It is also important, to put a response plan in place in case preventative measures do not work. Employers must take this important step to help prevent the rapid spread of infection, and thus avoid a pandemic.
Businesses play a key role in protecting the health and safety of employees, as well as the general public, and in limiting the negative impact on the economy and society.
Below are some helpful tips on when to wash your hands:
After using the restroom
Before and after eating
Before and after staff meetings
Before and after a networking event
After using shared office equipment
After sneezing, coughing, and blowing your nose
After scanning reading material in the break room
After using someone else’s keyboard or tools
How One BSC Prevents Illness Using Electrostatic Tech
In a continued commitment to better protect its community, All4You Cleaning Services, Lakewood, Ohio, invested in the Clorox Total 360 System from CloroxPro, Oakland, California. The addition of the system will support All4You's new #LETITSHINE program that aims to employ youth who have aged out of the foster care system, allowing them to gain work experience for future success. The Clorox Total 360 System will be used by program members to learn proper cleaning and disinfection protocols when cleaning a customer's facility.
With this year's flu season underway, All4You Cleaning Services recognizes the importance of getting ahead and illness prevention. With the extra layer of protection the Clorox Total 360 System provides, the team is now equipped to prevent the spread of illness-causing germs year-round.
"At All4You, it's been our mission since day one to serve our community with the highest standards and that goes beyond the job," says Melinda Gonzalez, owner, All4You Cleaning Services. "I do my due diligence to personally test every single product used by our staff before using it in our clients' homes and facilities. Our company uses many CloroxPro products, so the decision to include the Clorox Total 360 System in our arsenal of disinfection tools was easy as I trust the brand's quality and support."
High-touch surfaces in public spaces are breeding grounds for commonly spread pathogens that lead to highly contagious outbreaks and can be detrimental to facilities, from losses in productivity to reputational damage.
The Clorox Total 360 System works by using electrostatic technology to charge Clorox disinfecting and sanitizing solutions. The charge attracts the solutions to surrounding surfaces with a force stronger than gravity allowing them to uniformly wrap and coat surfaces, including even the hardest-to-reach areas that manual cleaning often misses.
All4You Cleaning Services currently services a roster of residential homes, office spaces and commercial sites. Now equipped with advanced electrostatic technology, the company is expanding its cleaning and disinfecting offerings to a wider range of clients including local daycare centers, nursing homes, gyms and schools to help safeguard against preventable illnesses like the flu or norovirus throughout the greater Cleveland area. The Clorox Total 360 System will be used as an additional tool to disinfect surfaces daily in areas including restrooms, hallways, playrooms and equipment areas.
Gonzalez, who grew up in the foster care system, has made it her mission to support her customers and employees alike. She started the #LETITSHINE program as an educational resource for her employees to build confidence in their professional abilities in addition to workforce experience.
"Supporting foster care youth is a passion of mine and as a former child of the foster care system, I understand the difficulties that these children face," says Gonzalez. "With our investment in the Clorox Total 360 System, we are able to give back to the community in more ways than one. Outfitting our offerings with the latest disinfection technology allows us to provide advanced cleaning services to more facilities, in turn helping us hire more employees into our #LETITSHINE program."
Flu Season On Pace To Be One of the Worst
One of America’s foremost infectious disease experts is projecting this flu season to end as one of the worst of the past 10 years, reports CNN.
National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci says the 2019-2020 flu season is on pace to be as bad as the infamous 2017-2018 flu season, which rocked citizens throughout the United States.
This year’s flu activity has already exceeded the peak of 2014-2015 season, which was also considered to be rough.
"The initial indicators indicate this is not going to be a good season — this is going to be a bad season,” says Fauci, according to CNN. Fauci says it is possible that the spread of flu activity slows down, which could potentially prevent this season from being as bad as 2017-2018.
"We don't want it to keep going up and up and up like in 2017-2018, says Fauci. "Hopefully it won't, but if it continues to go straight up, this could really be a bad year." Fauci’s comments come on the heels of the CDC's latest report detailing the large presence of flu in the United States. The report, which was dispersed Friday, projects that more than 2,900 flu deaths have already occurred in the United States this season. The report also indicates that 45 of America’s 50 states are currently displaying widespread flu activity.