Knowing how infectious diseases spread is an extremely important component of cleaning correctly. If you know how germs spread, you know how to prevent them and thus preventing the spread of illness to others.
Infectious disease spread through direct contact, food, insects, or airborne pathogens. Illnesses, like the flu and colds, spread from person to person when droplets from the cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air and get in the mouth or nose of a person nearby. These germs can also live on surfaces up to two hours infecting the people who touch them, and then touch their eyes, mouth, or nose. This is why it is so important to disinfect surfaces, and to wash hands. A key component in preventing the spread of diseases is through washing hands, and unfortunately, not everyone does it.
Cleaning is more than just what meets the eye – you not only want to clean for appearance, but almost more importantly for health. Your goal should be to clean your facilities on a microbial level – and with the products currently on the market – this is growing easier and easier everyday.
Here are some Pike System’s recommended products that really prevent disease spread:
Purell Hand Sanitizer: America’s #1 instant hand sanitizer. Kills 99.99% of the most common germs that cause illness – works in as little as 15 seconds and leaves your hands feeling soft and refreshed.
Microfiber Mops and Rags – not only do microfibers clean at a microbial level, but they are washable AND color coded. You can buy an array of colors to prevent cross contamination in your facilities.
KaiVac Hands Free Cleaning Systems – give your restrooms and kitchens a deep cleaning without even touching the surfaces thus eliminating the possibility of contamination.
Need help with your infection prevention? Give us a call at 630-896-6373 and we will help you set up a program!
All employers whose employees are exposed to any hazardous chemicals are now required to train their employees in the new label elements and safety data sheet requirements that are an important part of the GHS revisions to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.
employee training acknowledgement form
certificate of completion
What is the GHS standard?
Understanding product labels and pictograms
Understanding safety data sheets
For more information on the GHS training and to find classes, please call Carolyn at 630.896.6373
In conversations about disease prevention, hand drying rarely comes up. More and more studies are proving that hand drying and how you do it, is just as important of an act as washing hands! The CDC has reported that wet hands are more likely to transmit bacteria than dry. Now what is the best way to dry? Read on……
The Mayo Clinic recently did a study into the spread of bacteria through the different methods of drying hands. This review found that hot air dryers disperse bacteria withing a radius of about 3 feet, while the jet air dryers push that bacteria six feet! When testing paper towels, Mayo found that there was no bacteria dispersal.
Mayo Clinics official conclusion: “On the basis of our review, drying hands thoroughly with a single-use, disposable paper towel is the preferred method of hand drying in terms of hand hygiene. Most studies found that paper towels can dry hands effectively, remove bacteria effectively, and cause less contamination in a washroom environment.”
Now that we have established which methods are better for drying hands, in the mass amounts of towels that are on the market, which ones are best? We at Pike Systems recommend roll towels. They are the most economical choice and nowadays they come in a number of different qualities to cover most applications!
To find out what the best option is for your application, please call 630.896.6373
Ten years ago, the only type of wipe you would be able to find in any market would be baby wipes. Today, wipes are virtually in every market segment ranging from skin care to professional cleaning.
Why use wipes? A study published by the Cleveland, OH based market research firm The Fredonia Group cites the following reasons for the growing popularity of wipes:
Ease of Use: Users can use wipes right out of the box
Less Product: Often, you only need one wiper when cleaning a surface versus cleaning with a cloth or paper towel
Portability: Wipes are compact and light weight making them easy to transport
Reduced Risk of Cross Contamination: Use once, then throw away
If we take a closer look at professional cleaning wipes, you can find some amazing options to help keep your work environment clean. Here are some great wipe options from Pike Systems:
SSS Sanotex Environmental Surface Wipers: Sanotex Environmental Surface Wiping System eliminates more than 99.9999% of C. difficile in 3 minutes! Sanotex Wipers are an effective easy to use and economical alternative to the spray bottle or cloth and open bucket disinfecting cleaning system. Sanotex wipers come dry and when combined with the disinfecting solution can help you reduce risk and help to simplify the process – saving time and money while bringing greater control to your cleaning program. Sanotex Wipes are available for purchase online here.
SSS Graffiti Wipes: SSS Graffiti Remover Wipes are a unique one step cleaning system combining both a high-quality graffiti remover formula and a highly absorbent, abrasive, non-scratching towel. The formulation will penetrate, loosen, break down and dissolve spray paint and graffiti, allowing the towel to absorb and hold residue without redepositing dissolved contaminants back onto surface being cleaned.
SSS Cleaning Disinfectant Wipes: SSS Disinfectant Cleaning Wipes are intended for use in hospitals and healthcare settings: Clinics, Doctor’s office(s), Physician’s office(s), schools, health clubs, gyms, athletic facilities, airports, transportation terminals, grocery stores, etc.
Order your wipes from Pike Systems today by calling 630.896.6373.
Read the full article on the pro’s and con’s of wipes in ISSA today here.
Schools across the United States pose health risks to students and staff due to the lack of standardized approach in assessing the effectiveness of their cleaning regime. Majority of people judge the cleanliness of facilities by sight, smell and even touch. However, most custodians and maintenance teams are great at removing the dirt, but the germs are still there.
Dr. Charles Gerba (in partnership with the Clorox Company) found that when testing school surfaces for cleanliness, failing marks go to desks, pencil sharpeners, cafeteria tables, and water fountains. Desks being the #1 dirtiest place in a school. Its not hard to believe how easily germs spread in schools. Children touch their mouth, eyes, or nose an average of 80 times per hour compared to the 16 times per hour adults touch their face (which honestly still seems high).
We at Pike Systems propose not cleaning more to prevent the spread of germs, but cleaning better! It is amazing how many germs you can remove from a desktop when you use a squeegee as opposed to a rag.
Here are our top 5 tips for cleaning your schools better:
Implement a hands-free bathroom cleaning system (like KaiVac)
Use a backpack vacuum on hard floors (we recommend ProTeam)
Daily desk top disinfection (target the dirtiest place in schools, and go at it with a vengeance!)
Quality control checks – make sure you and your team are cleaning the right way!
The video below is a great look into 21st Century hygiene, how it has changed compared to 100 years ago and recommendations for infection prevention! (Plus we love Charles Gerba – he is a germ genius!)
Infectious diseases, many of which are spread by unclean hands, are the leading cause of death and disease worldwide, and the 3rd cause of death in the United States according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control). You carry millions of microbes on your hands – most of which are harmless – but you can pick up some that cause illness such as flu, colds, and diarrhea.
The solution is a simple one – wash your hands with soap and clean water for 20 seconds. When we forget to wash our hands, or don’t wash them properly, we spread germs to other people, or give them to ourselves. Think about how many different items you touch a day, and how many people have touched those items also.
A study done in 2010 by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute found that 85% of adults wash their hands in public restrooms. That number is up from the first time they did the study in 2008. That is more than a little disturbing…..but Chicagoans, we have a little bit of bragging rights – our fair city tied for first place for most hands washed in public restrooms at a whopping 89%- with he best venue being the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (93%). Let’s work on getting that number up to 100%.
Need a reminder on how to wash? – Check out this awesome choreographed video below (you will find yourself breaking out these great dance moves in the bathroom)
What we recommend? Use any of our amazing products from STOKO Skin Care, and when you can’t get to a sink, substitute with an Anti-bacterial hand gel like Purell – also available through Pike Systems!
Dirty, unsanitary restrooms are consistently the number one building maintenance complaint – not to mention one of the custodians most dreaded cleaning areas! Rightfully so, restrooms are bio-hazardous waste transferring stations – germs and disease-causing organisms can flourish in this environment. These germs and bacteria can be spread beyond just the bathroom as well – it is alarming to find out how much fecal matter is on commonly touched places far from the location of the bathroom. The reality of this is, you cannot have a clean building without having a clean restroom!
Pike Systems has the answer! The KaiVac No-Touch Cleaning System! KaiVac’s science-based No-Touch Cleaning Systems are designed from the start to remove the maximum amount of bio-pollution – and you don’t have to touch ANYTHING! They combine automatic chemical metering and injection, an indoor pressure washer , and powerful wet vacuum into an integrated system!
Custodians not only clean better using the KaiVac but they also clean faster, cutting labor costs! According the ISSA, it takes an average of three minutes to clean a restroom fixture. In many restrooms, No-Touch Cleaning cuts that time to one minute, leaving surfaces sparkling clean in one-third the time.
KaiVac is all around a better way to clean! Request a demo today, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 630.896.6373
Have a KaiVac that has been put out of use, but want to re-introduce it to your staff? Let us know! We will come in and make sure it is in running order and give your staff a training demonstration on it!
Stand-up to increase performance and productivity!
The SC1500 stand-on scrubber provides a flexible, extremely maneuverable and compact solution for small to medium-sized areas. Plus, with its high-capacity tank, you can cover more surface faster while maximizing your bottom line!
SC1500 Stand-on Scrubber Features:
Large recovery tank opening, complete draining and smooth interior for easy cleaning
Front fill port allows easy, flexible tank filling
Front polyurethane tire for outstanding traction and high durability
Wrap-around squeegee ensures 100% water pick-up and dry floors
Quiet mode for daytime cleaning and cleaning of noise-sensitive areas
Safety dead-man switch and GO pedal provides flexible cleaning performance
Rear fill port allows easy, flexible tank filling
Low foot platform height for easy on/off
Rear polyurethane tires for outstanding traction and high durability
What is REV Technology?
The SC1500 employs REV technology, a patent pending Dual Random Orbital Scrubbing technology, which scrubs deeper and more uniformly to leave a perfectly scrubbed surface with no swirl marks while using far less water and chemicals. The SC1500 can provide up to 109 minutes of scrub time without refilling!
What does the Eco-flex system do?
Clean green and still meet the highest expectations for clean floors with the standard onboard EcoFlex System. The EcoFlex System controls the consumption of detergent so effectively that real savings can be gained without compromising performance. With the switch of a button, you can go between weak and strong cleaning. There is also a temporary “burst of power” button for contained dirty areas.
Growing up, we use to chuckle when our parents told us “Goodnight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” – little did they know that Bed Bugs would become a disgusting infestation and a major problem among even the nicest hotels, apartment complexes and homes today.
Bed bugs are no bigger than a sesame seed, so they can go undetected very easily. They live in articles of clothing, furniture, and bedding. You can pick them up when you are staying in a hotel, or even while you are shopping and not even know it! Bed bugs are not known to spread disease, but they do feed on human blood. Their bites create persistent itching and skin rashes. If you are anything like us, just reading this information makes us never want to stay in a hotel again! But…now we can help!
Stop Bugging Me! is a green, non-toxic formulation that can be sprayed directly onto beds and lines to safely kill and repel bed bugs. It is safe to use around the entire family, including pets! Chemical pesticides, historically the first choice in killing bed bugs, have been linked to illness in occupants and residents. Because Stop Bugging Me! is non-toxic, there are absolutely no fear of side effects! Stop Bugging Me! comes in a variety of sizes including a 3oz travel size that is able to be taken through TSA security and gallon sizes for industrial use! Why take the change of being bitten or of transferring bed bugs to your own home when you could easily solve the problem using Stop Bugging Me!
For more information on Stop Bugging Me! or to purchase the product, please call 630-896-6373 or e-mail email@example.com
In the United States, the Clostridium difficile bacterium or C. difficile is now recognized as one of the most dangerous and fastest growing Healthcare acquired infections in existence, linked to killing 14,000 Americans each year. C. difficile germs move with patients from one health care facility to another, making it easy for the bacterium to spread. C. Difficile infections can be prevented . . . and Pike Systems can help thanks to a new product, Sanotracin RTU!
Sanotracin RTU Sporicidal Disinfectant Cleaner has a three-minute kill claim against C. Difficile spores at 99.9999% efficacy. Sanotracin provides maximum effectiveness, but does not use bleach which can damage surfaces and contribute to respiratory issues in patients and staff. It will also save time and labor costs compared to bleach, which requires the surface to be rinsed. Sanotracin leaves no film on surfaces!
Use Sanotracin in a spray bottle or in the NEW easy-to-use Sanotex Environmental Wipe System. Be part of the movement to stop the spread of the C. difficile bacterium today!