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Outbreak 101: Dealing with Outbreaks of Illness in Schools

Whenever large numbers of people are in close proximity, there is an increased chance of spreading illness. This is especially true in schools, where one student illness can spread quickly enough to cause an outbreak.  For the most serious outbreaks, administrators may even choose to

Green Floor Strippers – Do They Work?

Floor strippers have historically been some of the most dangerous cleaning chemicals to work with. They can cause skin, eye, and respiratory irritation, and they can emit hazardous and irritating fumes. End users have begun to push for safer and more environmentally friendly strippers

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

Selecting the Right Deodorizer

An odor is one of the most noticeable characteristics of a building or facility, and a bad odor can serve as an indication to customers or visitors that the building is dirty, regardless of its appearance. Even if a facility appears or looks clean, it may not smell clean. Malodors can

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

Preventing Urine Odors in Restrooms

Urine odors in restrooms generally come from urine that does not make it into the bowl and ends up on the floor, walls, or sides of toilets and urinals. There, it becomes food for bacteria that reside on these surfaces. The byproducts created by the bacteria cause the odors that we re

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

Cleaning Baby Changing Stations in Public Restrooms

According to Congress.Gov, a bill was recently passed called the BABIES Act or the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Act. Under this legislation, every public government owned facility is required to have baby changing stations in every men and women’s bathrooms. This will incre