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Norovirus Outbreaks in Schools – Infection Control

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes the stomach and intestines to become inflamed. This leads to vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus is often referred to as the stomach flu or food poisoning. Norovirus is spread by contaminated food and surfaces, and is especially contagio

Disinfectant Efficacy: A Study on Disinfectants

If you are familiar with disinfectants and infection control, you know that all EPA-registered disinfectants have required concentrations and contact times in order to achieve the desired efficacy. But what happens when a disinfectant is applied incorrectly, either at a lower than req

Proper Care of Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring has been receiving more attention recently as an effective sustainable flooring option in many facilities such as schools, gyms, institutions, and more. Rubber flooring has numerous benefits, from sustainability to performance. Rubber flooring has very good durability

Floor Care – High Traffic Areas

High traffic areas, where higher levels of soil track into a facility and can result in more aggressive wear on floors, vary from facility to facility. A high traffic area could be a stairway, a lobby, an entrance, a restroom, a cafeteria, or even all of the above. Since these high tr

The Basics of Grout Care and Mildew Removal

Ceramic tile and grout, most commonly used in restrooms, locker rooms, and similar areas, can be difficult to clean and maintain. The grout is the main problem, as ceramic tile is mostly impermeable while grout is very porous. When mold and mildew removal become involved, the task can

Floor Finish Durability: Black Mark Resistance

When choosing a floor finish, one of most important attributes to assess is the durability of the finish. Durability consists of several factors, one of which (and probably the most noticable) being black mark resistance (BMR). Black mark resistance refers to a floor finish’s ab

Restroom Maintenance – Cleaning Tools

Cleaning restrooms is often not the most desired task in facility maintenance. We want to make sure we clean our restrooms timely and effectively; by doing so the overall maintenance time spent on restrooms is decreased and restrooms are much more appealing to their users. To help cle

Burnishing: Choosing the Correct Pad

High speed burnishing is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to maintain a high gloss floor. However, many people have trouble understanding how burnishing works and developing a program for their facility, in addition to choosing the appropriate pad. Burnishing is a physical a

Floor Care: Scrub and Recoat Procedure

Regardless of how well a floor is cared for over its lifetime, it will eventually begin to wear down and become dull and yellowed. At this point you may think that the floor needs to be completely stripped with chemical and recoated to restore the gloss and appearance, but this is not

A Breakdown on Bio-Enzymatic Cleaners

Although they aren’t a new technology, bio-enzymatic cleaners are gaining popularity and getting looked at more closely by cleaning professionals, and rightfully so. However, many people question: What are they and how do they work? Bio-enzymatic cleaners are cleaning products t