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Cleaning And Disinfecting

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

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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.

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Disinfectants for COVID-19

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, COVID-19

We have received word that two of the disinfectant products 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

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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A Note of Thanks Goes a Long Way

By Business, Cleaning And Disinfecting, Fragrance, Work Smarter

note of thanks

One of the most effective ways to work smarter is to simply express gratitude with a note of thanks. Make an effort to notice someone doing something good and recognize them for it. As Larry Dennis wrote: “There’s little more we can do to give ourselves a lift than to express an ‘attitude of gratitude.’ It results in changed feelings on the part of the giver and ultimately influences the attitudes and feelings of the recipient. If you’d like to take charge of your world and work, begin today to be more appreciative and show it.”

How To Write A Thank You Note

“Over the last few weeks of the academic year, I began writing a note of thanks to someone in my school… The result was immediate. Almost every teacher told me that the expression of thanks was something that they needed to hear that day. That made me feel good as well.”
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Do Mops Spread Disease?

“Building managers should become aware of some of the studies available on how the tools we use to clean surfaces — specifically, cleaning cloths and mops — can sometimes spread disease and cause cross-contamination.”
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How Do You Become An Entrepreneur?

“The best way to become an entrepreneur is to simply start a business or join a fledgling business. Any business… Building a business is about solving problems… If you build value for people, you will make money.”
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Three Email Habits That Kill Your Whole Team’s Productivity

“After hashing things out together, it became clear that the overload Eric and his company were experiencing wasn’t just a staffing issue. It was more likely a productivity one, starting with how Eric communicated with his staff. Three of his bad email habits were trickling down to everybody else, undermining the entire team’s working methods.”
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Being Helpful at Work Can Make You Worse at Your Job

“One of the simplest strategies for making new work friends, if that’s your thing: Be helpful… But in a recent column in Harvard Business Review, University of Florida business professor Klodiana Lanaj outlined a major downside to this approach: Helping out your colleagues is exhausting.”
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The Nose Knows: Humans Can Smell More Than 1 Trillion Scents

“People often say that humans can distinguish among only 10,000 different odors. But in fact, the nose can tell apart at least 1 trillion different odors, and possibly many more, the new findings suggest.”
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Quote of the Day

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather to become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein

Students Need Clean Schools

By Business, Cleaning And Disinfecting, Work Smarter

Back to School

Students are heading back to school, and they need to work smarter, just like the rest of us. They also need safe, hygienic work environments —students need clean schools. A survey conducted last year gave insights into students’ opinions of their schools’ cleanliness.

Survey Asks Students To Evaluate Restroom Cleanliness

“Ninety percent of those polled agree hygiene was important to them as a student, and 93 percent say they washed and dried their hands every time they used the restroom. And while students generally gave their schools high marks for cleanliness (73 percent said the lavatories were at least somewhat clean), the majority — 57 percent — felt their schools didn’t do enough overall to support on-campus restroom hygiene.”
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20 Brutal Truths All 20-Somethings Need to Hear

“Nobody cares if you didn’t have enough time. If your toilet flooded. If you weren’t feeling well. If you are “going through a tough time.” Some people do — they care a little bit, and want to make sure you’re OK. But in general, nobody cares. Everyone has “stuff” going on in their lives, and it’s on you to figure it out and stay on top of your responsibilities.”
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Working 80 Hours a Week is Not Actually What Leads to Success

“Some founders are fanatical when bragging that they work 60 to 80 hour weeks. Their sense of building ‘sweat equity’ blinds them to the sacrifices they make — to their health, to their marriages, to their families and communities. What they mistake as a successful lifestyle is actually a massive failure.”
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9 Pieces of Obsolete Tech That Just Won’t Die

“Have you had to write a rent check lately? Or maybe fax some important documents? Despite things like Venmo and email that normal people use every day, these ancient bits of tech and culture just keep hanging on. There’s clearly better technology, it’s just that not everyone is using it. Here are nine outmoded technologies that just won’t disappear.”
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7 Interview Questions For Measuring Emotional Intelligence

“Emotional intelligence involves self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. In other words, it’s a complicated amalgam that hiring managers have a hard time testing for. As a result, many fall back on gut instincts and subjective impressions. It isn’t always a smart move to leave something so important to such faulty measures.”
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“BookBub is a free daily email that notifies you about deep discounts on acclaimed ebooks. You choose the types you’d like to get notified about — with categories ranging from mysteries to cookbooks — and we send great deals in those genres to your inbox.”
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Quote of the Day

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” — John Wooden