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    Last updated 4 years ago

    At Windsor we are proud to give back. To learn more please click here to visit our new social responsibility page on our website.

    Tips To Fight HAIs In Any Facility

    Last updated 4 years ago

    While traditionally found in healthcare settings, superbugs aren't a problem exclusive to medical facilities, nor should they be treated that way.

     
     
    There was a time when certain so-called superbugs were thought to be a problem that only healthcare facilities needed to worry about.

    But, for these dangerous bacteria, the line between healthcare facilities and everywhere else is becoming increasingly blurred.

    Traditionally healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are becoming community-acquired and have found their way into other public spaces, presenting challenges to cleaning professionals regardless of where they work.

    Because of their increasing prevalence and ability to be picked up in non-traditional places, the way facilities managers of all kinds look at their infection control practices needs to change.

    Not Just For Hospitals

    It’s all too easy for facilies managers and their employees to turn a blind eye to what could potentially be lurking in unseen cracks and crevices.

    For too long it was thought, maybe accepted, that the germs found in their facilities were completely different from the germs that their counterparts in healthcare facilities were tasked with dispatching.

    But, the truth is that this is no longer certain and, as such, facilities of all shapes and sizes need to ensure that they are properly prepared to fight in the infection prevention game.

    “Preventing the spread of infections should be a priority for all organizations, especially those that allow large groups of people to interact and share common items,” says Salah Qutaishat, Ph.D., senior clinical advisor of infection prevention at Diversey Inc.

    In order to implement an infection prevention program that is comprehensive and effective, facilities need to pull from the situations experienced in the healthcare setting.

    “Pulling from these experiences will allow for the implementation of effective infectious diseases transmission prevention strategies in non-healthcare settings like schools and higher education organizations, athletic clubs, restaurants and lodging facilities and cruise ships," adds Qutaishat.

    The Non-healthcare Commonality

    What all these non-healthcare facilities have in common is that they fit the description of a facility that allows for large groups of people to interact.

    We know that germs and bacteria are spread far too easily, and when they are given ample opportunities to be passed around, they will take advantage of this.

    For example: Germy students and teachers come in contact with one another, and with items such as shared textbooks or computers from computer labs, every day; and fitness centers encourage members to wipe down their equipment after use, but there is only an honor system in place when it comes to whether or not this equipment is disinfected between uses.

    Just like healthcare facilities, every facility listed by Dr. Qutaishat potentially services individuals who harbor a plethora of bacteria.

    What those in charge of caring for these facilities don’t necessarily consider is how dangerous those bacteria could be.

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    Amanda Martini-Hughes is the assistant editor of Cleaning & Maintenance Management magazine. A graduate from Siena College, she can be reached at AMartini-Hughes@EBSCO.com. Since joining the publication, Martini-Hughes has worked on numerous industry articles and is responsible for populating the industry's only daily electronic newsletter, CM e-News Daily.

    Equipment And Its Effect on ROI

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Originally Posted by CleanLink

    By: Mickey Crowe

    It is always wise to evaluate the productivity of a piece of equipment to determine its ROI (Return on Investment) when compared to what is currently being utilized. Identifying the right equipment is crucial to keeping costs under control and managing productivity.

    One mistake that many make is a “one size fits all mentality” which can lead to poor fits for some tasks. Although it is always recommended to standardize whenever possible since it simplifies parts, training and repairs, one needs to be always looking for better technology that could increase productivity. Standardizing can only go so far in that a more productive tool may be available but not used for the wrong reasons.

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    Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678.314.2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.

    Three Ways To Prolong Deep-Cleaning Carpet Extractions

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Originally Posted by CleanLink

    By Kassandra Kania

    There’s no question that the economy is having an impact on the budgets of cleaning departments and facility managers. When end users need to cut back on carpet care costs, distributors can implement strategies that reduce the need for expensive deep-cleaning extractions.

     

    The Power of a Vacuum

    When looking to save money on carpet care, distributors agree that one area where customers can’t afford to cut back is vacuuming.

    “The first line of defense for longevity of your carpet and to maintain a clean carpet is a good vacuum program,” says Belinda Jefferson, president of Hercules and Hercules Inc., in Detroit. “That’s one area where you don’t want to reduce frequencies.”

    Frequent vacuuming can prolong the time between more expensive extractions, says Keith Schneringer, marketing manager for WAXIE Sanitary Supply in San Diego.

    As a rule of thumb, heavy traffic areas should be vacuumed at least once a day, Jefferson says, while other areas can be vacuumed every other day.

    A good vacuum program also outfits custodians with the right equipment.
    “As a distributor, you need to ensure the tools you’re providing people with are as effective and efficient as possible,” says John Downey, a representative of IICRC, headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., and president of Downey’s Carpet Care, Granville, Ohio.

    A vacuum cleaner with good lift and HEPA filtration is essential so that you don’t reintroduce dust to another area, says Jefferson. And a good interior and exterior matting program can also help to prevent the spread of debris.

    “Customers that have made these changes have reduced their overall costs in terms of carpet care for extractions and hard surface care,” says Jefferson. “When you stop debris at the door, you’re not diminishing the integrity of the floor finishes beyond the door.”
     

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    Kassandra Kania is a freelancer based in Charlotte, N.C. She is a frequent contributor to Sanitary Maintenance.

    Windsor Cleaning Tip of the Month: All About Floor Machines & Burnishers

    Last updated 4 years ago

    It seems Floor machines & Burnishers have been around forever. These machines are the solution for treating hard floors with rotating disc pads or disc brushes. Luckily today’s consumer has many options when looking to tackle these tough jobs including highly productive stand-on machines. Take a closer look at these floor machines & burnishers below.

    Why use a disc machine?

    The only way to do a deeper, more intense cleaning on sticky floors with tough dirt is with the increased mechanical action provided by a disk machine. These powerful, yet small machines can even take off coatings and strip floors. This is necessary so they can be re-coated and polished to look like new again. Floor machines are low-speed machines used for scrubbing, stripping, or polishing. Burnishers are high-speed machines for polishing high-gloss surfaces. Both machine types are great for restoring life to worn out floors made of natural stone, wood, tile, VCT, etc.

    What should you look for in a disc machine?

    • needs to be safe to handle during operation

    • should provide good ergonomics and user-friendliness for long cleaning intervals

    • needs to be easy to balance and control so cleaning will be more efficient

    • should be compact for storage and easy transportation

    • accessories need to be easy to change (brushes, pads, tank, vacuum bag, etc.)

    When to use what kind of disc machine?

    Low-speed floor machines should be used for floor scrubbing, deep cleaning, stripping, and wood grinding.

    High-speed burnishers

    are needed for polishing high-gloss surfaces. As always the correct pads or brushes need to be used with your floor surface.

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