Restoration Odors

Finding and treating malodors in restoration work requires a good nose and the right tools. Various sources release odors including new building materials, decomposing organic matter, incomplete combustion, and many others. Source identification and source location are the first steps in odor removal. In some cases, identifying the odor problem is easy because the odor […]

Full Speed Ahead for the Sustainability Movement

Full Speed Ahead for the Sustainability Movement By: Stephen Ashkin Members of the cleaning industry, as well as building owners and managers, frequently ask me if the green cleaning and sustainability initiatives will weaken or be dismantled in the next few years. My Answer to these questions is no. It’s a journey that will not […]

Chemical Testing

Chemical Testing As a cleaner, you don’t have to be a scientist. But you do need to know these important points. By: Tom Forsythe Every carpet cleaner goes through product testing, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Unfortunately, conclusions are generally based on perceptions, not facts. However there, indeed are differences in performances between chemicals. These differences […]

Five Simple Solutions For Workplace Success

George was the operations manager at a small university. His love affair with the cleaning business – and his wife, Peggy – began on that same campus when he was a student and worked as a cleaner during the summer. Upon graduation, George was offered the position of campus supervisor. Married, with one child and […]

Levels Of Clean

Define performance expectations by following these metrics. “Clean” can be a subjective term. Facility managers have a specific expectation of cleanliness when it refers to their building and the image they want to present to both building visitors and their superiors. Building service contractors (BSCs) want to meet that expectation, but often have their own […]

Right Sizing Your Equipment

RIGHT-SIZING YOUR EQUIPMENT – How small changes can yield big savings Today more than ever, it’s important to understand how long it takes to clean your building. With budgets and resources declining, you cannot afford to have waste in your processes. When purchasing equipment, be sure to understand its financial impact on your business. You should […]

What’s In A Name

Why it’s necessary to distinguish sustainability from green cleaning Throughout the years, different definitions for green cleaning have been put forward, but in the early 1990s, a universally accepted definition was agreed upon. This was based on an executive order signed by former President Bill Clinton that defined green cleaning as: “The use of products […]

Dry vs. Hot Water Extraction for Carpet Cleaning

If you are struggling with the differences between bonnet cleaning, hot water extraction and encapsulation, you’re not alone. First of all, let’s clarify that our goal is to clean the carpet effectively and efficiently so that it looks good, smells good and does not show any spots or stains. The three areas of carpet maintenance […]

Smart Restrooms Improve Cleaning Efficiency

• A wide variety of Internet of Things, or IoT, solutions are becoming increasingly available that allow BSCs to tap into restroom fixtures and dispensers, which inform them of high usage, low supplies, or even the possibility of future malfunctions. • IoT allows for the aggregation of data through the connectivity of objects to the […]