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Raging Against the Status Quo

Published in the October 2018 issue of American Cleaning and Hygiene Magazine

Recently an article was published that stated, “Green Cleaning is Mainstream.” This might be true if you are only talking with a select group of followers who have changed their mindset, however, in the real world of cleaning, Green Cleaning is anything but mainstream.

If Green Cleaning was mainstream, then why does customer after customer still purchase single hole mop buckets and vacuums with no filters? Chemicals which have high pH factors, fragrances and color fly off the shelves daily of JanSan distributors. Look at any online catalog and try and find Green or Healthy products for the consumer to purchase.

Daily, customers purchase mop handles that are non-adjustable and use cotton mops by the case. If Green Cleaning were really mainstream, then these items would not be even manufactured as there would be no call for them.

There needs to be a reality check here about what Green Cleaning really is and what it is not. Green Cleaning is not about purchasing these items, but it is the mentality of those still mandating their use.

Read the complete article here in the American Cleaning and Hygiene Magazine;

https://www.americancleaningandhygiene.com/raging-status-quo/

Microfibers are Measured in Deniers

Denier is the unit used for measuring the fineness of fabric. Microfiber is incredibly fine with a denier of approximately 0.01 to 0.02.

 

Compare this against the denier of a single strand of silk at 8, or a human hair at 20!

We would also caution you to

 

examine the denier of the microfiber your are using, as the market is flooded with product claiming to be microfiber and the denier is OVER 1.

  • <1 denier = microfiber
  • ( 1mt/gram = 9000yards )
  • Finer than 1/100 of human hair
  • Triangular section filaments

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Part Two -The Power of Water

The Power of Water

As professionals in the cleaning industry, we use water in many cleaning processes and many individuals may not realize that there are ways we can alter water to clean better.

  • Surfactant
  • pH
  • Oxidization
  • Pressure

 Surfactant

The concept of “Making Water Wetter” has been an age-old idea.  While not trying to be too complicated, water has a property called “Surface Tension”.  Surface tension may slow down the cleaning process because the water does not wet the surface, but remains on the surface.  This is why water will bead up on a smooth surface.  Surfactants reduce the water tension.

Surfactants are generally soaps.  Surfactants perform other important functions in cleaning, such as loosening, emulsifying (dispersing in water) and holding soil in suspension until it can be rinsed away.

pH

The power of Hydrogen (pH) refers the level of acidity or alkalinity of a solution.  pH uses a scale of 0 to 14 to measure the pH.  Water is ‘neutral’ at a 7 ph on the scale.  Below 7, the solution is more of an acid.  Above 7, the solution is considered an alkaline.EVS pH

Strong acids and alkaline are more likely to emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are yet another concern for those in the cleaning services.   Cleaning experts have long argued, that prolonged exposure to VOCs is a known health hazard.

pH will always be a factor in cleaning, and like many things in life, the most concerning are the extremes that may be adopted in the cleaning program.  All product labels have the pH levels identified as part of the safe handling of cleaning products.

OXIDIZATION

Oxidizing Reduction Potential (ORP) refers to the Oxidation Potential in which water may be altered, or improved for cleaning and sanitizing purposes.

ORP refers to the power of a liquid to oxide (destroy) potential contamination.  As you can see in the chart, ORP is currently an important measurement for numerous water applications.

Oxygen can turn iron to rust, turn copper green, or cause wood to age.   This happens every day in nature, but begs the question, “What happens if we can flood the target area with billions of oxygen atoms?”   Oxidizers are powerful sanitizers because they quickly attach to the outer membrane of bacteria and virus, causing the protective skin to fall apart.

Pressure

This is yet another way to make water, work better.  When applied in a pressurized stream, water can strip and remove many surface contaminants. Using engineered water in a pressurized stream, such as in no touch cleaning systems, carpet extraction units and many more, the water and oxygen together are an unbeatable duo.

Everyone should know a great deal about water temperature, cleaning products, and water pressure.  What we may not know much about is the application of engineered water to the cleaning and sanitizing process.

Continue on to Part Three – On-Site Generation of Engineered Water

Ban the Sprayer – They Don’t Work Anyway

Have you ever found a trigger sprayer that lasted the way you wanted, worked the way you wanted and was economical?  So I say, ban the trigger sprayer and don’t use them. Why continue to waste money on something that doesn’t work?

Now, there are other reasons I say this and top on the list is that trigger sprayers take cleaning solutions and aerosolized them to a point that the Technician is then inhaling the toxicity of the product being used.

I realize that there might not be a great amount of exposures at a time, however, immediate exposures to toxic products over a long period of time, result in chronic issues for frontline staff members. In an industry which promotes, “Spray and Wipe”, I implore you to “Ban the Sprayer” and replace it with a FLIP TOP.

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Oh, and if you are one of the operations who is continually purchasing triggers sprayers only to have them leak, fall apart or just plain quit working, the FLIP TOP will continue to work as long as the bottle it is put on.  Why spend budget dollars on something which doesn’t work, wastes product and can harm health?

Here is a situation which happened to Darrel Hicks when he was managing an Environmental Services staff at a hospital where he put in 34 years as the head of the department.

My facility had a visit from an OSHA Inspector in June of 1998. In the course of the inspection, the OSHA inspector mentioned to me about spray-triggers creating an atomized mist of the disinfectant that was being inhaled into the lungs of my staff. He asked me, “Are you aware that it is an occupational hazard for housekeepers to be breathing disinfectants or other cleaning chemicals into their lungs?” I replied, “Yes, I have read about that happening but it is a rather small population of housekeepers that have developed chronic lung diseases.” That’s when he pointed to the “FREE FROM RECOGNIZED HAZARDS that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees” in the General Duty Clause.

As I and my facility learned the hard way, the General Duty Clause states: “Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.” This particular OSHA Inspector interpreted this to include the use of disinfectants in particular when they are being sprayed.

During my ISSA Master Green Technician certification class last week, one of my students was so taken by this simple change that he wanted to make note of it on my weekly LIVE broadcast, Beyond Clean With Dave. Check out what Jason Moore has to say on the subject at the 4 minute mark of this broadcast.

While you or your operation may never see an OSHA inspector or have a fine levied against you, there are more reasons to BAN THE SPRAYER than to keep them.  If you really want to send a message to your staff that management is concerned about their health, start by making this simple, economical and proactive change today.

Start making those changes; make them healthy, positive and proactive.

Remember my mantra, “I am a Janitor and I Save Lives”.

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January 2017 – ISSA Master Green Technicians

These five individuals just graduated, January 20th, 2017 the ISSA Cleaning Industry Training Standards, Master Green Technician course, provided through GCI Certified and instructed at the A.C.E. Academy of Cleaning Excellence in downtown Orlando.

During five days of instruction, they earned certification in Customer Service, HAZMAT, Restroom, Carpet and Hard Floor Care, just to name a few.

Additionally, they started the process in how to build a sell sheet, how to create a WOW statement and found out the principals of workloading.

First Masters Class of 2017
First Masters Class of 2017

Right to left, Jason, Pascale, Brigitte, Geovanny, Jon and Dave the Instructor

Pascale has this to say about the class.

After two years of being in the janitorial industry and with minimal training, finally I have found the background information to understand the importance of my business. Not only do I now know the changes I need to make for my company and how to be a safer place for employees, but in my personal life as well.  I would recommend that any new employee, mid-level and/or executive level managers should take the valuable course, as it will open your eyes and mind to see how our industry impacts the life of others everyday.

 

You can view the complete schedule of classes by clicking here.

Keep current on what is going on at the A.C.E. Academy of Cleaning Excellence by tuning in to Beyond Clean With Dave every Friday afternoon, 1 PM Eastern.

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A.C.E. Carpet Care Expert Class – Lakeland, FL

This past week, two individuals earned their A.C.E. Carpet Care Expert buttons during a class at our Lakeland, FL. Learning Center.

Expedita Bernal, who is only 6 months into owning her new cleaning services and Kathie Dube, a veteran of the cleaning industry, learned about Healthy, Positive and Progressive attributes of soft floor care in the 21st Century.

img_0132 img_0133 img_0134Be sure to check the A.C.E. Education Schedule for 2017 to find a class on the subject you would like to attend.

Class Instructors: Angel Cruz and David Thompson