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Cleaning And Disinfecting

Blog posts related to cleaning and disinfecting, especially in commercial facilities.

Prevent Slips and Falls with Clean Floors

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, Product Information, Safety
Aire-Master Step Safe

Slips and falls cost US businesses billions of dollars annually. Greasy floors are slippery floors. Aire-Master floor cleaners safely and effectively remove grease and grime from floors.

Step Safe Enzyme Concentrate

Aire-Master Step Safe is an enzyme floor cleaner for tile and grout. This concentrated cleaner breaks down grease that builds up on hard surfaces. It is especially effective in kitchen areas around stoves, grills, and fryers.

Step Safe is simple to use and requires no floor equipment to apply — just a bucket and mop, squeegee, and stiff brush are all that’s needed. Step Safe’s no-rinse, bio-enzymatic action continues to work long after the floor is dry!

Use Step Safe in conjunction with your floor maintenance program to break down and remove the toughest grease from tile and grout joints — helping to prolong the life and beauty of your floors. Step Safe is perfect for food prep areas where grease can be a problem. It’s also great for high-traffic areas such as lobbies and entryways.

Floor tiles before and after treated with Step Safe
Aire-Master Floor Wash, Super Floor Wash

Floor Wash

Neutral Floor Cleaner

Our concentrated, general purpose floor cleaner provides the cleaning power of orange oil. Quickly removes grease, oil, wax, tar, and grime from floors. Excellent for removing urine from tile and grout. Contains gentle cleansing peroxide.

Super Floor Wash

Acid Floor Cleaner

Our concentrated, acid floor cleaner quickly removes grease, oil, wax, tar and dirt from floors and walls. Low-foaming formula features fast-acting mild acids that are safe on floor tile, plastic drain pipes, septic and sewer systems. Use for the toughest floor and wall cleaning jobs.

Save Money, Time, and Mess with FlexDose

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, Product Information
FlexDose dispensing applications

Portable Waterless Dispensing System

FlexDose makes ready-to-use cleaners easily, accurately, and safely. Unique anti-reverse pull pump prevents users from under or over dosing a product. Using the SafeLink™ closed-loop inserts, it delivers the right amount of concentrate each and every time. For half-gallon and gallon concentrate chemicals. Also, use to fill spray bottles, mop buckets, sinks, and more.

FlexDose accurately doses cleaning chemicals into a wide variety of applications. Capable of dosing 1/16oz (2ml), 1/8oz (4ml), 1/4oz (7ml), 1/2oz (15ml), or 1oz (30ml), FlexDose is your solution for dosing cleaners into trigger bottles, sanitizers into hand buckets, disinfectants into mop buckets, dish detergent into sink basins, and much, much more. It is ideally suited for any application where backflow protection is a concern, a wall mount installation is too costly, or portability is a must.

FlexDose portable waterless dispensing system

FlexDose is robust and can withstand some of the harshest user environments and still perform as expected each and every use. It offers the convenience of an ergonomic design to ensure that users have a comfortable working experience.

Features

  • Designed for SafeLink closed loop inserts to dose (dilute) in quart bottles, mop buckets, and sinks.
  • Dispenser has three dosing (dilution) settings: 1/4oz, 1/2oz, and 1oz per pump.
  • Built in anti-drip valve to ensure accurate dosing (dilution)
  • Easy grip handle to pull and prime chemical reservoir.
  • Correct dosing (dilution) every time.
  • Better reliability and durability for years of service.

Uses

  • All Purpose Cleaners & Degreasers
  • Glass & Multi-Surface Cleaners
  • Floor & Hard Surface Cleaners
  • Liquid Deodorants for Hard & Soft Surfaces
Office door handle

COVID-19 and Surface Contamination

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, COVID-19

How long can the virus that causes COVID-19 live on surfaces? Estimates from the WHO ranged from a few hours to a few days. Those estimates were based on previous coronaviruses.

A new study is the first from a federal laboratory testing SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the current crisis. This study tested the virus lifespan on a variety of different surfaces. For example, “the virus can survive on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours. However, the virus remained viable on copper for only about four hours.”

The virus seems to survive longer on hard flat surfaces than rough surfaces or cloth. Of course, there are other conditions that affect contamination, such as light, temperature, and humidity. So testing in laboratory conditions suggests the virus can survive on surfaces for 2–3 days. But now we have a new report from the CDC about the cruise ships that had infected passengers. Researchers found the virus on a variety of surfaces 17 days after the ships were vacated.

If you are still in the workplace, be aware that a virus can spread through a building in 2–4 hours. Some of the typically germiest surfaces there are:

  • Sink faucet handles in the break room.
  • Microwave door handles.
  • Computer keyboards.
  • Refrigerator door handles.
  • Water fountain buttons.
  • Your own desk.

Also, be mindful of cross-contamination from dirty mops and cleaning cloths.

If you are at home, some of the germiest places there include:

  • Kitchen sinks
  • Underwear
  • Purses and handbags
  • Wet laundry
  • Keyboards
  • Cell phones
  • Kitchen sponges
  • Bath tubs & shower curtains
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Beds
  • Money
  • Soap (especially bars)

If you are out shopping or running errands, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands after touching the card readers at the checkout, shopping cards, ATMs, door handles, gas pumps, and so forth.

The EPA has a list of registered Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. Aire-Master carries two disinfectants on that list: PortionPac Germicidal Cleaner, and Pro-Con Turquoise 3. Ask your local Aire-Master service provider about cleaning and disinfecting services using these products.

Trigger sprayer

Disinfectants for COVID-19

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, COVID-19

These disinfectant products that Aire-Master carries meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.

PortionPac Germicidal Cleaner

Aire-Master has been using this disinfectant for years in our cleaning service. Treating surfaces with PortionPac Germicidal Cleaner is the first step in our cleaning process.

The product is EPA registered and effective against a variety of pathogens such as Staph, Salmonella and Pseudomonas, MRSA, Influenza A, Avian Influenza, HIV-1 and fungi. Cleans, disinfects and deodorizes floors, walls, toilet fixtures, tables, mirrors and non-invasive equipment.

From the manufacturer:

We are writing to share an update regarding the effectiveness of PortionPac Chemical Corporation’s disinfectants: Germicidal Cleaner and Germicidal CleanerQ against COVID-19. Our disinfectants meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. As of Friday, March 13, the EPA has expanded List N: Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens and Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARS-CoV-2. Products with EPA Registration Numbers on this list can be used to help prevent surface transmission of COVID-19.

PortionPac Chemical Corporation’s disinfectants are EPA registered formulations of the Stepan Company. The EPA registration numbers are: 1839-215 and 1839-168. Both have a Human Coronavirus claim and meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. EPA registration numbers for our products can be found on each pouch, carton and inner carton label of our disinfectants.

Download Safety Data Sheet

PortionPac Germicidal Cleaner

Pro-Con Turquoise 3

Aire-Master offers the Pro-Con Turquoise 3 Disinfectant in our chemical proportioning program. Turquoise 3 is a disinfectant, cleaner, deodorizer, detergent, virucide, fungicide, and mildewstat.

Turquoise 3 Disinfectant is a one-step neutral disinfectant that is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria. It is virucidal (including HIV-1, HIV-2, HCV, and Coronavirus strains). It inhibits growth of mold & mildew and their odors when used as directed. Formulated to disinfect the following non-porous inanimate environmental surfaces: floors, walls, metal surfaces, stainless steel surfaces, glazed porcelain, glazed ceramic tile, plastic surfaces, vanity tops, shower stalls, bathtubs, and cabinets.

Download Safety Data Sheet

Pro-Con Turquoise 3

Husky® 892 Arena Plus

This EPA-registered, concentrated disinfectant cleaner with detergent is for general cleaning of hard surfaces. Contains detergents and germicides that kill germs, bacteria, viruses, and fungi without bleach. Also effective in killing Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, MRSA, Coronavirus, Parvovirus, and more! Citrus Sunrise fragrance. For use in pump, bottle, and electrostatic sprayers.

Download Safety Data Sheets: Concentrate | RTU

Husky® 892 Arena Plus Disinfectant

Bioesque Botanical

This Botanical Disinfectant is ready-to-use and approved for use against the Coronavirus. This no-rinse formula is safe even on food-contact surfaces.

  • Safe around children and pets.
  • No PPE needed when using this product. (We still recommend wearing eye protection and some type of a mask.)
  • Kills cold and flu viruses.
  • For use in pump, bottle, and electrostatic sprayers.

Download Safety Data Sheet

Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant

Poor Restroom Conditions Drive Customers Away

By Business, Cleaning And Disinfecting
Poor restroom conditions

Poor restroom conditions can keep customers from returning to your business, according to a 2017 survey by Bradley Corporation. When a customer uses a restroom that’s in bad shape, it puts all of your products and services in a bad light.

If you are a restaurant owner or manager, dirty restrooms will likely make a customer assume your kitchen is dirty, too. There’s a good chance that customer is not coming back.

Keeping your restrooms clean and well stocked is a great way to create value for your customers. Show them that you care about their well-being, that you go the extra mile to treat them right.

Customers believe the condition of your restrooms is a direct reflection of all your goods and services.

Patrons assume your restaurant kitchen is only as clean as your restrooms. Attention to detail means everything!

Customers will likely consider not returning to your business if they experience an unclean or smelly restroom.

Workplace Cleanliness is Important to Employees and Customers

By Business, Cleaning And Disinfecting, Hand Care, Odor Control, Work Smarter

workplace cleanliness
Making improvements in workplace cleanliness is a great way to work smarter — and create value for customers. Provide a clean environment for employees and customers. Back it up with good hygiene practices to avoid spreading germs.

Why the Cleanliness of Your Workplace Restroom Matters

“A dirty bathroom is more than a nuisance or a potential health hazard: According to a national hand-washing survey, the condition of restrooms in the workplace indicates to employees just how much their company values them.”
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Proper Handwashing — and Drying — Is the No. 1 Way to Prevent Spread of Contagious Disease

“When it comes to preventing the spread of contagious disease, handwashing tops the list of effective strategies. The key is to do it, and to do it correctly, using proper products and techniques.”
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Face It — Why handwashing alone is not enough

“If you could see me at work, you would see my face is resting against the palm of my left hand as I look at the computer screen; that may be the biggest mistake I have made today when it comes to preventing the spread of germs and bacteria.”
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Restaurant cleanliness more important than customer service, finds report

“Food hygiene ratings have greater influence over a diner’s choice of venue than customer service, according to research by food safety management company Checkit.”
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Odor Patrol: Tile and Grout Cleaning

“Grout — the substance filling the void between the tiles — is porous. The smaller the tile, the higher the grout-to-tile ration. So, while grout bonds the tiles together and prevents cracking and chipping, it also harbors soils, contaminants and urine.”
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