Cleaning And Disinfecting

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

Restroom Conditions Indicate School Performance

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, Community

It is no surprise to Aire-Master that the condition of a public restroom is an indicator of the overall condition of the establishment. According to one school evaluator, this is true of schools, as well:

Whenever I evaluate a school, my first stop is the boys’ bathroom because, without an unflushed urinal of doubt, it is every school’s least common denominator. Its sticky floors, calcified wads of toilet paper and juvenile-yet-timeless graffiti (“Here I sit broken hearted…”) are generally not what a principal shows off.

…after my “inspection” discovers the good, the bad and the ugly of the boys’ john, I usually have a good sense (or scent) of how a school is doing.


Avoid Shopping Germs

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, Hand Care

Aire-Master Hand SanitizerAccording to, the shopping mall is a very germy place. Flu viruses, E. coli, staph, and other germs are there, waiting to get you sick. Health consulted a panel of experts to name the germiest places in the mall:

  • Restroom sinks
  • Food court tables
  • Escalator handrails
  • ATM keypads
  • Toy stores
  • Fitting rooms
  • Gadget shops
  • Makeup samples

Read the entire article for the details of how you can get infected in each of these locations — and how to protect yourself. We might also recommend taking some Hand Sanitizer with you as you shop.

The Germiest Places in the World

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, Hand Care

Forensic Science Technician published a list of the 50 Germiest Places in the World. We broke the items out into categories for easy comparison.

Personal / Household

Kitchen Sink

As we have posted before, the kitchen sink is typically the germiest place in the house.

  • 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)
  • The human mouth


Portable Toilets

When you leave the house, don’t touch anything. And wash your hands.

  • Portable toilets
  • Door handles
  • Outdoor music festivals
  • Playgrounds
  • Hotel linens and towels
  • Keyboards
  • Communal office equipment (staplers, copiers, etc.)
  • Schools
  • Airplane bathrooms
  • Water parks
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Zoos
  • ATM machines
  • Dumpsters
  • Public transportation
  • Gym equipment

Cities / International Locations

Kissing the Blarney Stone

Most of these places are not popular travel destinations, but a couple are. If you go to Ireland, don’t kiss the Blarney Stone. Thousands of other tourists just kissed it before you.

  • The Blarney Stone
  • Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Ganges River
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Oscar Wilde’s grave
  • Port au Prince, Haiti
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Mumbai, India
  • Baghdad, Iraq
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Brazzaville, Congo

Places you probably never go

Slaughterhouse cattle bodies

Unless you work in one of these industries, it is unlikely you will come in direct contact with these places. Hopefully.

  • Slaughterhouses
  • Monkey cages
  • Landfills
  • Fish farm lakes
  • Sewers
  • Waste treatment ponds
  • Murder/suicide scenes
  • Farms

HT: Kaivac

Dirty Restrooms Turn Customers Away

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, Fragrance

Negative reactions to restroom conditions will keep customers from returning to a restaurant. In 2008, Harris Interactive conducted a poll of U.S. adults and found that diners link restroom hygiene to the overall hygiene of the establishment. In other words, if the restroom is dirty, the kitchen must be dirty. The top turn-off was an overflowing toilet, followed closely by unpleasant odors. We know something about that.

Here are the top conditions that will keep customers from coming back:

top restroom conditions that keep customers from coming back