The kids are back in school! Now let’s keep them there!

Summer is all about deep cleaning tasks for custodians. The jobs that need to get done, but that often get overlooked during the regular school year due to time demands elsewhere. While the goal is to preserve and maintain all of the hard work from summer, it can be difficult due to the demanding responsibilities and fast-paced environment during the school year.

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Now that the kids are back in school, facilities directors should take steps to keep them there through effective cleaning processes and proper disinfection to prevent the outbreak and spread of germs. Here are some steps you can take:

#1 – Promote hand washing – many infectious diseases are spread due to unclean hands. Hands should be washed with soap and water for 20 seconds. Providing antibacterial hand gel is also beneficial in the fight against germs.  Antibacterial hand gels kill 99.99% of the most common germs in  as little as 15 seconds.

#2 – Microfibers- switching from traditional mops and rags to microfiber products could contribute to more efficient cleaning and better disinfection. Microfibers are able to attach to even the smallest of dirt particles providing a deep clean.

#3 – Daily Desktop Disinfection – According to a study done by Dr. Charles Gerba, desktops are the #1 dirtiest surface in schools and contribute most to the spread of germs and illness. Squeegeeing desk surfaces daily with a proper disinfectant can remove more of the germs.

Following these three tips can contribute to the health of everyone and keep attendance high. Make sure to do frequent quality control checks to ensure that you are cleaning the right way!

Need help putting together a school cleaning plan and budget? Call Pike Systems today: 630-896-6373

Are Reusable Towels in Hospitals Actually Helping to Spread Germs?

One of the biggest concerns in healthcare facilities today is the prevention of Heath care Acquired Infections (HAI’s).  Infection Control experts are constantly seeking methods and products to improve the overall hygiene of hospital rooms.  However, a recent study done by Dr. Charles Gerba, microbiologist at University of Arizona,  shows that custodians might be doing the opposite of removing germs from the facilities threw the use of cotton and microfiber reusable towels.

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The study selected 10 hospitals in Arizona at random and collected 3 clean microfibers or towels and samples from the insides of buckets used to soak the towels in disinfectants. The results proved that 93% of the laundered towels used to clean in hospitals contain bacteria ranging from e. coli to total coliforms to klebsiella – all of which could result in the spread of HAI’s.  The study also found that 67% of the buckets used to soak the towels contained bacteria, including spore forming strands. (The Study)

This proves that the towels used to clean hospital facilities are actually reducing the strength of our disinfectants and helping to spread germs around as opposed to eliminating them.  So how do you keep microfibers and cotton cloths effective for the longest period of time so that they actually do their job?  One solution to this problem to eliminate the use of laundered microfibers and cotton towels as much as possible. In their place, use products such as wet wipes, disposable wipers and disposable mircrofibers.

Contact Pike Systems today to receive a consultation for the most effective products to clean your facility!