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Education = Value

Today, many operations are struggling to be unique. However, they are using the same tools, equipment, chemicals, and supplies as everyone else. Let us ask an important question:
“Why are you not spending an equal amount educating and training your team as you do on purchasing such routine items?”
You might answer in response: “We can’t afford to spend that kind of money training people; they don’t stay long enough for it to pay off.”
If this is the way your operation perceives of training, then you have a different issue that will be important to resolve in order to move forward.

Read the rest of the article from Dave in American Cleaning and Hygiene Magazine here.

https://www.americancleaningandhygiene.com/education-training-tells-employees-valued/

The Academy is Coming to California

Academy of Cleaning Excellence Welcomes  A2D Cleaning Solutions as New                 California Campus

The Academy of Cleaning Excellence (ACE), based in Orlando, FL, is pleased to announce, that effective November 1, 2018, A2D Cleaning Solutions (A2D) in Modesto, CA will join its team.  A2D Cleaning Solutions will provide Live, Virtual and E-Learning courses as provided by ACE.  David Swindle II, will serve as the Facilitator for A2D.

Today, http://www.a2dsolutionsclasses.com/ is LIVE for those wanting an online class. In addition, on December 27 and 28, 2018, A2D will facilitate its’ first VIRTUAL HANDS ON classes, ACE Accredited Carpet Care and Floor Care for frontline custodial staff in Northern California.  These classes are part of the Frontline Education Package offered from ACE through A2D Cleaning Solutions.

Background of A2D Cleaning Solutions

David Swindle II has over 25 years of experience in the cleaning industry working as distributor sales representative, sales manager and regional sales manager.  David recently left Surtec, Inc in Northern California where he worked as sales manager for the past 4 years to start his own consulting company.  His goal is to provide solutions which go beyond just products or services.   He started A2D Cleaning Solutions to provide help to customers with cleaning challenges, no matter their cleaning and restoration challenges.

In 2011, while working for Envirox Chemicals, Mr. Swindle had the opportunity to attend some of the Frontline classes instructed by Mr. Thompson.  It was during this time that he realized the value of the Academy and how it could benefit, not just managers, but frontline cleaning professionals.  Over the years the two men have stayed in communication.  His goal has been then to eventually provide this same education to his customers on the West coast.

David and the team at A2D Cleaning Solutions, have chosen to partner with the Academy of Cleaning Excellence primarily because of their focus in the professional development of frontline workers.  This philosophy of the Academy brings educational solutions to our industry, which blends perfectly with A2D’s core values; “Provide professional development education and certification for the cleaning industry.”  Mr. Swindle states, “It doesn’t make sense to reinvent the wheel.  ACE has built a successful program which covers a wide range of topics to educate, train and support cleaning professionals.  I want to utilize what they have built and provide this support to building service contractors and educational facilities throughout Northern California.”

Academy of Cleaning Excellence

“The future is won by those creating the future, and not the ones trying to maintain the status quo.”

The Academy is powered by GEM Supply, an 80-year-old jan-san distributor based in Orlando, Florida.  The Academy has four regional campuses in central Florida and an Atlanta, Georgia regional campus as well.  David Thompson is the Director of the Academy and is an Accredited Certification Trainer (A.C.T.) from ISSA.  https://academyofcleaning.com/  If you would like to join the team at ACE, contact Mr. Thompson; mailto:dthompson@academyofcleaning.com

Last Chance Classes for 2018

Last Classes of This Kind in 2018.


November 8

How to Make Money Cleaning & Polishing Concrete/Terrazzo

Find out how to use standard floor care equipment you have to pick up dollars you are walking over. Learn how to pick up small jobs and add income to your budget.

By only adding a few drivers to you floor machine, you too can clean and polish concrete/terrazzo like the pros.

Big companies can’t set up for less than a $5000. YOU CAN! Come to this one-off, concrete cleaning/grinding/densifying and polishing class, conducted by WCPFS Facility Services and Diambrush, and see how to put more $$$$ in your pocket… THAT NO ONE IS GETTING NOW!!!


November 12

ISSA/CMI Master Certification Course

This ISSA/CMI Masters certification class is designed for frontline staff and middle management.  Whether you are new to the industry or a veteran, these sessions are full of up to date techniques and technology. 

Be ready to change your mindset!   Have you found yourself in charge of a department you know nothing about?  Just moved into a position where the staff know more than you?

Are you now inspecting work and have no idea as to the “how’s” and “why’s”?


November 27

Luxury Vinyl Flooring – Everything You Need to Know

Your Instructor is Sean DeVore,

District Manager for Mannington Commercial

This class will explore everything you need to know about this flooring material, how it’s made, proper care and what NOT to do.

Flooring materials are changing, are you changing your programs, tools and equipment to meet the demands of these new materials?

Do you know how to tell what type of floor material you are maintaining?

This 3 hour class will put you and your program ahead of others in how to deal with the issues, solutions and program when dealing with Luxury Vinyl flooring materials.


December 6

How to Clean, Polish & Restore Stone Flooring Surfaces (Hands-On)

This one day class will teach the essentials of stone floor care. Including, but not limited to, a brief geology lesson explaining how to identify different types of stones, such as igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary stones and the proper maintenance of each.

During this hands-on class, you will learn to repair and remove stains from natural stone, Terrazzo and Travertine.  Learn how to bring back the natural beauty by removing etching and stains, then polishing them back to the desired luster.


December 12

How to Make Money Coating Tile & Grout (Hands-On)

 

This two day class will educate and train you on how to make money cleaning, restoring and installing a long-lasting, clear, protective coating on most tile & grout, terrazzo and concrete floor surfaces.

  •  Prevent grout staining

  •  Prevent urine staining

  •  Improve traction


December 18

ACE & EMist Introduce Electrostatic Certification Classes

 

This introductory session will give you basic information as to the ins and outs of electrostatic spraying units. There are choices to be made and you need to make the right ones, for the right reasons.

This one hour FREE presentation is to introduce the partnership between the Academy of Cleaning Excellence (ACE) and EMist and upcoming VIRTUAL certification classes which have been verified by ISSA/CMI.

Newly Accredited Floor Care Experts

The Academy of Cleaning Excellence held another professional development class yesterday.

 

“How to clean, polish and refinish resilient floor surfaces.

Students reviewed with the instructor the reason we take care of

floors, and it is not for Appearance.  You’ll have to come to class to learn the real reason.  Everyone got a chance to operate tools and equipment and watch a demonstration of proper finish application.

Professional development education classes are held every week at one of the Academy’s five regional campuses.  Check out the schedule for a class near you. 

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Accredited Industry Certifications

As the Director of Education here at the Academy of Cleaning Excellence, it is important for me to keep my certifications current and up to date.

In order to instruct professional development classes around the globe, I maintain my ISSA/CMI Accredited Certification Trainer status every two years.

Verified certificates from an organization, which is known in an industry, carries with it a value worthy of the workplace.

Let this be evidence that I “walk the talk” so to speak.

“The future is won by those creating the future…and not the ones trying to maintain the status quo.”

Our next CMI Master Certification class will be August 28th. Click here to see the full details on this industry leading certification.

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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