Tips to Proper Mat Installation and Placement, Andersen Mat

Tips to Proper Mat Installation and Placement

Many people think about installing floor mats only at the front door. Mats are traditionally installed at key entries at both commercial and industrial facilities. However, there are actually different mats designed specifically for use in scores of different areas of a facility for different reasons.Andersen Mats offers the following suggestions for where mats can and most likely should be placed in a typical office building or industrial facility:

Commercial Office Building

  • Welcome facility visitors with a reception mat such as a logo mat or a molded rubber mat specifically designed to scrape and capture soil off of shoes like our Waterhog logo mats and Superscrape as well.
  • Copy machine areas are terrific for our Hog Heaven anti fatigue matting which is also anti-static.
  • Transitional areas, for instance from a warehouse into the main office area, call for transitional mats such as Waterhog or Enviro Plus.
  • Installed under water fountains to absorb spills again the Waterhog is a terrific choice as well as Enviro Plus or Tri Grip.
  • In food service areas, drainage mats allow spills and debris to settle below the mat surface to promote safety and keep moisture and soils from spreading and our Comfort Flow is a perfect choice for this area.

Industrial Facility

Along with all the mats listed previously, the two types of mats most often needed in an industrial location are anti-slip mats and anti-fatigue mats.   A number of the Andersen mats can combine both features of anti-fatigue and anti-slip all in one mat. Anti-fatigue mats are necessary wherever workers must stand for long periods of time.

ISSA TV, Put the Pro in Professionalism

Put the Pro in Professionalism With Anthony Trombetta

Do you know how many steps someone will take to reach a garbage can? The cleaning professionals at Disney know, and they use this kind of knowledge to makes themselves a valuable part of the branding strategy. In this week’s ISSA TV, Educational Quick Clip, Anthony Trombetta explains how you can use better training—and top-notch professionalism—to make cleaning a walk in the park, just like Disney…..Watch it Here

Aligning Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures in Schools, by Kassandra Kania

Aligning Cleaning And Disinfecting Procedures In Schools

By Kassandra Kania

Schools are notorious breeding grounds for bacteria — and students and staff are suffering the ill effects. Moreover, inadequate cleaning and disinfecting in schools can contribute to an increase in illness or even outbreaks of infectious disease, which in turn leads to higher absenteeism.

Fortunately, custodians can play a vital role in breaking this cycle. Studies have proven that proper disinfection techniques in schools can help reduce the spread of viruses, thereby reducing absenteeism rates. On the flip side, overuse of disinfectants can exacerbate allergies and asthma and also contributes to absenteeism. Cleaning professionals walk a fine line to clean and disinfect properly around these sensitive building occupants.

Cleaning And Disinfecting: A Two-Pronged Attack

Allen Rathey, president of The Healthy Facilities Institute, Boise, Idaho, points out that not all germs are the enemy.

“Microbes are essential to human life,” he says. “However, it’s important to control pathogenic microbes, particularly in a school or daycare environment where you have little people that are more sensitive to infection.”

Discussions about disinfection cannot take place without first talking about cleaning.

Disinfection is a two-step process,” says Rathey. “First you clean and then you disinfect if necessary.”

Removing soils and germs via mechanical cleaning is always preferable to adding toxins to the environment, particularly in a school building.Surfaces should be wiped with a microfiber cloth or agitated with a microfiber pad, says Rathey. Custodians can then remove the bioload with a squeegee. Rathey suggests focusing on above-floor touchpoints, such as faucet handles, light switches, doorknobs and telephones.

“The reason cleaning is important is that germs need food, and that food consists of organic matter, such as skin flakes and oil,” he explains. “If you remove the food source, you remove the potential for germs to live there.”

Likewise moisture is an enemy.

“Keep things dry,” says Rathey. “Even if there’s a food source, if the surface is very dry it’s harder for the microbes to get a foothold.”

Before addressing disinfection techniques, custodial staffs should first review their cleaning procedures to ensure that buildings are being cleaned effectively, says Mark Bishop, vice president of policy and communications for the Healthy Schools Campaign in Chicago.

“We want to make sure we’re reducing cross-contamination every time we’re cleaning,” he says. “One of the most important strategies for preventing cross-contamination is to use appropriate microfiber cloths and to launder and change out those cloths frequently.”

Microfiber cloths should also be folded each time a new surface is cleaned to prevent cross-contamination.

“The old way of wiping desktops or any other surface is not very controlled,” says Rathey. “You’re taking a microfiber cloth and wadding it up and rubbing it on the surface. As you clean using the same cloth, if you don’t continually flip to a clean surface of that cloth you actually get to the point where you can be depositing organic soil instead of removing it. So the idea is to keep flipping your cloth or use clean cloths so that you’re removing stuff rather than just moving it around.”

Dr. Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, conducted a series of tests in a high school classroom comparing the effectiveness of number-coded microfiber cloth that encourages a flipping and folding technique with a typical wadding method. Desks were disinfected using a hospital-grade quaternary ammonium disinfectant, and results were measured after each desktop was wiped using an ATP meter.

The ATP meter count was significantly lower on the desks that were cleaned using the number-coded cloths

CDC Says Hand Drying Is Essential,

CDC Says Hand Drying Is Essential

By Stephanie S. Beecher, Associate Editor 

This summer, Americans were reminded about the serious nature of foodborne illness when more than 600 cases of an unidentified stomach flu began to crop up in Iowa, Texas and other states. The U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention linked 240 cases to a Mexican farm, but the remaining cases were left without answers.

Hand washing remains the best lines of defense against foodborne illness and disease. While health experts continuously preach the virtues of hand washing, researchers say hand drying may be just as important in the fight against infection.

The CDC reports that the transmission of bacteria is more likely occur from wet hands than from dry hands. Though, the organization considers proper hand drying after washing an essential component of hand hygiene, researchers at the Mayo Clinic say the role of hand drying has not been widely promoted and is often overlooked in conversations about disease prevention.

There are generally four methods for drying hands: with paper towels, under air dryers, on cloth towels, or through evaporation. While most people express a personal preference toward a particular hand drying method, recent studies aim to shore up anecdotal sentiments with science.

Over the past few years, researchers have indicated that paper towels may provide more hygienic benefits than previously acknowledged. With high consumer preference levels and the ability to physically remove soils and microbes, paper towels have earned their mark as the go-to hand drying method in many building environments.

For jan/san distributors who play an essential role in the health of a facility, it’s important to have a pulse on the research that is coming out of the academic community surrounding hand drying methods, as well as keep an ear to the ground to hear what customers are saying — especially those who operate in healthcare environments where maintaining proper hygiene is paramount.

It’s the perfect position for distributors to flex their consultative muscles, says Jim Smith, executive vice president at HP Products in Indianapolis.

“We try to understand first what a customer’s desire is,” Smith says. “We educate them with the studies and the information that we have. There is going to be different schools of thought. Customers want to be taken care of and they want to be comfortable.”

With paper towels, visitors can dry their hands and “get on down the road,” he adds.