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BCWG S4:E4 Bill Fellows is back in 2020, this time talking about chemicals, safety, storage, and reactivity.

To start the year, 2020, Bill is here talking about how we store, move, and use chemicals in the cleaning industry.  Did you know that liquids must not be stored on a shelf over 6′ from the floor surface?  This is just one of the facts Bill shares along with understanding the importance of PPE.

Ask Bill about his Michigan story sometime?

Bill Fellows started his career in the cleaning industry over 53 years ago, February 1966.  Bill’s experience includes working as a custodian, business owner, multi-site manager, international support person, ISO auditor, and consultant.  He is currently an assessor for ISSA – CIMS & CIMS-GB certification, a verifier for CMI training courses and training centers, and a third-party custodial effectiveness auditor of buildings applying for or being re-certified in the LEED standard through USGBC.  Along with his wife Patty, they operate Fellows Custodial Consulting, LLC, providing training and consulting services for existing cleaning organizations and assists individuals in starting new custodial businesses.

Patty & Bill Fellows

Making Cleaning Organizations and Their People Better!

615.606.6056 Patty

410.530.8545 Bill



Engineered Water – Part One

Engineered Water in Cleaning – Part One

Water is unquestionably the “Universal Solvent” and as such, every Technician should appreciate that water is essential to any cleaning process where a liquid is involved. This understanding allows the cleaning team to solve cleaning problems in the most effective, and most environmentally-safe, manner.

Engineered Water (EW) – “Water engineered to meet the performance requirements of professional cleaning, sanitizing and/or disinfecting, with long-term value and green factors as the key uptake and ethical drivers, and On Site Generation (OSG) as a common denominator,” as defined by the Engineered Water Consortium.


Water, what is it?  Why isn’t water on the periodic table of elements? The periodic table only includes individual chemical elements. Water is not found on the periodic table because it does not consist of a single element.

Water is a molecule of bonded hydrogen and oxygen atoms. The smallest particle of water moleculewater is a water molecule, which is made of two atoms of hydrogen bonded to one atom of oxygen. Its formula is H2O and it can be broken down into its components, so it is not an element. Water is made of 3 atoms.  Two are hydrogen, and one is oxygen.

Complicated?  Not really, as changes to water can improve its cleaning power and ability. Water is the foundation of cleaning in nearly every cleaning product.

This subject is complicated and thus is why it is important that you understand the complexities of the base liquid product you are using in your liquid cleaning programs.

Learn more on this subject in Part 2 – The Power of Water