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Product Review: Battery Powered Backpack Vacuum

Product Review:  Battery Powered Backpack Vacuum

Does it irritate you when you have to unplug the vacuum cord, walk to another room, find another outlet and plug the cord in before you can start vacuuming again?  Have you ever tripped over a vacuum cord while sweeping your living room?  Have you ever shocked yourself when plugging in a vacuum cord?    These [...]

March 31, 2014 Melanie Thomas Uncategorized 0

How to Make Your Restrooms Smell Like Fruit

How to Make Your Restrooms Smell Like Fruit

Occasionally we get calls from people telling us their restrooms stink and they can’t get the smells to go away.  In November of 2012 we wrote an article titled Four Strategies to Make Your Restrooms Smell Better that addresses good, long-term solutions to this problem.  However, if you’re looking for a quick and easy fix [...]

March 3, 2014 Melanie Thomas Uncategorized 0

Major Changes to OSHA Standards

Major Changes to OSHA Standards

OSHA is changing its standards and you need to know about these changes. OSHA, or the Occupational Safety Health Administration, is a government agency that is responsible for ensuring safe working conditions for employees.  The changes include updates to the Hazard Communication Program that all employers are required to have in place so that all [...]

February 24, 2014 Melanie Thomas Uncategorized 0

Seven Ways to Keep Bugs and Rodents Out of Your Breakroom

Seven Ways to Keep Bugs and Rodents Out of Your Breakroom

Cockroaches, ants and mice are attracted to breakrooms.  They can crawl into your cabinets, your pantry, and even your food.  Here are six things you can do to keep this from happening to you:  Do not leave food on breakroom tables or countertops. Clean up spills and crumbs right away. Hire a pest control company [...]

February 12, 2014 Melanie Thomas Uncategorized 0

Your Employees’ No. 1 Cleaning Complaint

Your Employees’ No. 1 Cleaning Complaint

Have you ever walked into a restroom and noticed any or all of the following things?  Sticky floors.  Toilets with stain rings inside the bowl.  Toilets with rust stains around the base.  Nasty odors.  Dirty mirrors.  Dirty partitions.  Pieces of toilet paper on the floor.   I have been in restrooms like this and I don’t [...]

January 29, 2014 Melanie Thomas Uncategorized 0

The Key to Proper Disinfection: Dwell Time

The Key to Proper Disinfection:  Dwell Time

Disinfectant cleaners, such as Lysol, Clorox and Ajax, are designed to kill bacteria and germs.  However, the bacteria and germs will not die if you merely spray the disinfectant and immediately wipe the surface.  This process will get the surface clean, but it will not disinfect it. If you want to properly disinfect a surface, [...]

December 30, 2013 Melanie Thomas Uncategorized 0

The Secret to Removing Ice Melt Residue from Your Tile Floors

The Secret to Removing Ice Melt Residue from Your Tile Floors

Ice melt is great.  It keeps your sidewalks and entry ways safe during the winter by melting the ice and preventing countless accidents and injuries.  Unfortunately, people get ice melt on their feet, they track it into your facility and it leaves a chalky haze on your floors.  This haze is ugly and can be [...]

November 25, 2013 Melanie Thomas Cleaning Products, Cleaning Tips 0

“Housework, if you do it right, can kill you.” — Erma Bombeck

“Housework, if you do it right, can kill you.” — Erma Bombeck

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November 8, 2013 Melanie Thomas Uncategorized 0

Never Forget to Clean the….

Never Forget to Clean the….

Here’s a helpful cleaning tip.  In break rooms and kitchens, occasionally clean the trash can and wipe down the wall behind the trash can.  If you fail to do this, you could end up with bugs in your kitchen and sticky walls and trash cans. Have you ever thrown a drink into a trash can [...]

October 14, 2013 Melanie Thomas Uncategorized 0

Three Reasons You Should Use a Backpack Vacuum

Three Reasons You Should Use a Backpack Vacuum

Every year more and more professional cleaners are using backpack vacs to vacuum carpets.  The following are three reasons this is true. Reason #1:  Backpack vacuums are more efficient.  Conventional vacuums are difficult to maneuver.  When you clean with a conventional vacuum, you roll the vacuum back and forth until the carpet is clean.  When [...]

October 4, 2013 Melanie Thomas Uncategorized 0