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How Often Should We Clean It?

How Often Should We Clean It?

How often should we clean our building?  Five days a week?  Three days a week?  One day a week?  Every facility manager must answer this question.  When making this determination, the facility manager must find the appropriate balance between the costs associated with more frequent cleaning versus the desired level of cleanliness. Here’s is a [...]

December 30, 2015 Beth Elliott Expectations, Miscellaneous 0

Symbols

Symbols

If you’re involved in building maintenance of any kind, there are several symbols that you need to know.                                Recycling:                                         Trash:   [...]

December 7, 2015 Beth Elliott Uncategorized 0

Is That Your Mop or Mine?

Is That Your Mop or Mine?

Does your business purchase vacuum cleaners, trash barrels, floor care machinery or any other type of cleaning equipment?  If so, here are four things you should know: Label your equipment. If your business buys a trash barrel or a hammer or a vacuum cleaner, you should label it.  This eliminates future confusion about who owns [...]

November 19, 2015 Beth Elliott Miscellaneous, Uncategorized 0

Building Owners: Do You Know Which Floor is the Most Cost Effective?

Building Owners:  Do You Know Which Floor is the Most Cost Effective?

Have you ever wondered which floor is the most cost effective choice for your building? In 2005, The Tile Council of North American hired an independent construction consulting firm to answer that exact question.  The Tile Council commissioned Scharf-Godfrey to perform a life cycle cost study of various types of commercial flooring.  Scharf-Godfrey determined that [...]

November 9, 2015 Beth Elliott Miscellaneous, Uncategorized 0

Disinfect in an Instant?

Disinfect in an Instant?

I just recently discovered a new product that seeks to help facility managers that want to “disinfect” and “deodorize” their facilities faster or better.  The product is called Aseptic Plus+ and is produced by Aseptic Health, LLC. According to company literature, Aseptic Plus+ is an odorless, non-toxic, EPA registered, hospital grade disinfectant that kills 20+ [...]

September 8, 2015 Beth Elliott Cleaning Products, Health & Safety, Miscellaneous 0

Ever Heard of Presenteeism?

Ever Heard of Presenteeism?

Have you ever gotten up in the morning with chest congestion and a horrible headache and still gone to work?  Of course you have!  This is called presenteeism.  Presenteeism is showing up for work when you’re sick.  Lots of people don’t like to miss work so they show up and gut it out.  While this [...]

August 27, 2015 Beth Elliott Employees, Importance of Clean, Miscellaneous 0

Blind Cleaning 101

Blind Cleaning 101

Have you ever wondered how to clean your blinds?  Well different people use different methods of cleaning them.  Below is a breakdown of three different methods that people use to clean blinds. Vacuum the blinds using a brush attachment. When doing so, remember to vacuum across the slats and not up and down. Another key [...]

June 23, 2015 Beth Elliott Cleaning Tips, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized 0

What Do Vinegar and Hamsters Have in Common?

What Do Vinegar and Hamsters Have in Common?

Vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner.  It is a weak acetic acid that is able to kill bacteria and viruses. I thought it might be interesting to explore how people at Alliance have used vinegar to clean over the past few months. The following are all actual stories from recent history relating to people at [...]

June 15, 2015 Beth Elliott Cleaning Products, Cleaning Tips, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized 0

Ever Use this Magical, Natural Cleaning Ingredient?

Ever Use this Magical, Natural Cleaning Ingredient?

A facility manager for an office building recently asked one of our area developers to help get rid of the hard water stains that were on the tile in their gym shower. The area developer showed up one evening to get the job done.  He tried 3 different cleaning chemicals that night.  None of them [...]

June 5, 2015 Beth Elliott Cleaning Products, Cleaning Tips, Importance of Clean, Uncategorized 0

The Great Toilet Paper Debate is Over

The Great Toilet Paper Debate is Over

When you’re putting a new roll of toilet paper in your restroom, should the paper hang in front of and over the roll or behind and under the roll?  It’s a difficult question to answer and has been the subject of countless arguments! If you’re on the “over” side of the debate, I’ve got good [...]

May 4, 2015 Beth Elliott Miscellaneous, Uncategorized 0