Category Archives: Restrooms

Disinfecting Dwell Time

Here’s another one on disinfecting. Deeper Details of Disinfecting A lot of the classic advice here in a very short article. – Clean first – disinfectants aren’t for soil removal. – Follow label instructions, especially re proper dilution. – Not …

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Enzymes for Bathroom Hard Surface Cleaning

I think of enzymes primarily in terms of carpet and porous surface cleaning and as mitigating odor, both in porous items and in drains. Here’s an article that describes how to use them as odor control and cleaning agents on …

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Disinfectants – how they work

How they work. Quats, phenolics, chlorides (bleach), alcohol, and peoxides. Pretty detailed. Kind of interesting – but we operate by using that disinfectant recommended for that soil condition / pathogen rather than worrying about how it kills the specified pathogen. …

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Enzymes – a chemistry lesson

This is a pretty good basic lesson in enzyme chemistry. Enzymes and Cleaning Performance One misconception that I have been guilty of teaching is that they are bacteria.  This article describes them as a “catalyst” for breaking down odor causing …

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Grout Cleaning

Grout cleaning is one of the more difficult challenges we face. Article in Cleaning and Maintenance Management this month laid it out step by step with some discussion of the tradeoffs in using different procedures. Dingy Grout — You’re Out! …

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Grout – all you ever wanted to know

Here’s a really complete article on ceramic floors and grouts. Among other things it discusses the permeability ratings for the ceramic floor itself and the process of glazing. Tile and Grout: The Importance of Routine Maintenance | 2012-07-02 | ICS …

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Disinfecting – if you only read one article …….

This is one of the most comprehensive and one of the more clearly written articles on the various options for disinfecting. It also goes into some detail on dwell times, and the importance of removing the organic soils that pathogens …

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Microfiber – Mopping Edges and (not) Baseboards

One of the problems with string mops is that you can’t mop the corners without mopping the walls. You have to either : Do the corners by hand with a rag or brush, Hope your sweeping or dustmopping the edges …

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Mops = bad

Obviously Kaivac has a bias.  That said, the first thing one of my vendors said to me when I got started in this business was something like “what you really need to clean a building is a wet vac” – …

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Odor Control – Mildew – Liquid Enzymes

One of the few occasions when my wife actually admitted I knew something about commercial cleaning was the summer the elementary school she volunteers at got water damage. They were remodeling and an unforeseen thunderstorm hit when the building wasn’t …

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