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ATP meter – what is it and is it beneficial?

If a surface looks and smells clean, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s actually “clean”. The only way to know that a surface is truly “clean” is to test it. How do you test it? You can use an adenosine triphosphate (ATP) monitoring kit. This kit is a powerful tool that can elimina

Disinfecting and Infection Control – Personal Items

Disinfecting and infection control is important in any facility, however, is critically important in hospitals and healthcare settings. Doctors and healthcare workers can treat multiple patients at a time. Since these facilities often contain people with weakened immune systems, prope

Dilution Control Matters

Dilution control systems can provide many benefits to the end user. It can increase safety, productivity, and decrease costs and chemical waste. Two scenarios can occur with manual dilution techniques. The first scenario is over-dilution. For example, over-diluted disinfectants may no

Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illness, or food poisoning, causes 48 million illnesses annually and can be attributed from eating contaminated food. The common viruses and bacteria that cause foodborne illness include E. Coli, Salmonella, Norovirus, Campylobacter, Listeria, and Clostridium Perfringens. Mo

How can disinfectants become ineffective?

Quaternary ammonium chloride, or quat, is an active ingredient found in many disinfectants. When disinfectants are used at the correct dilution, quats are effective against bacteria and viruses. However, if quat binding occurs, quats can become very ineffective. Quat binding is when t

Types of Floor and Air Quality

The debate regarding air quality between using carpet and hard flooring has long been an issue. Many school districts and administrators believe that carpets negatively affect indoor air quality. On the hard flooring side, advocates suggest that debris gets trapped in the carpet fiber

Dilution control – is it worth it?

Dilution control systems, such as the Multi-Task System, can significantly reduce cleaning time, decrease cleaning cost, and are easy to use. In absence of chemical dispensers, end users would have to manually dilute chemicals, which is typically an inaccurate process and can become v

Preventing Foodborne Illness

  Foodborne illness, or food poisoning, is an illness caused by food contaminated with microbes such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Food contamination can develop from, to name a few, unpasteurized foods, contaminated surfaces and workplace environment, and improper food ha

Workplace Sickness and Absences

Workplace sickness and absences can be challenging if you have to interact with sick workers throughout the day. According to a Cintas Corp. survey, 81% of Americans found that the act of wiping a runny nose on one’s hands or sleeve is the grossest workplace habit. The top five gross

How do you measure clean?

A clean looking surface doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s actually “clean”. The only way to know that a surface is truly “clean” is to test it. An adenosine triphosphate (ATP) monitoring kit is a powerful tool that can eliminate the guesswork. ATP is found in all living organisms. If