A manufacturer made small, aluminum tubular parts, about one inch in diameter, for one of their customers. The parts were used in highly sophisticated equipment and one of the problems they were encountering was removing chemical residue left on the parts during the manufacturing process. Not only did the residue have to be removed before the parts could be shipped, there were concerns that acids might be entrapped in the parts, which also had to be removed.
They turned to a leading product finishing expert for advice. The expert suggested, “I would first recommend rinsing [the aluminum tubular parts] thoroughly in a cold water rinse. Then go back and forth between a hot rinse and a cold rinse. This will cause expansion and contraction of the “pores,” or surfaces, and will most likely rinse out all of the residue.” 1 [Read More…]
Omaha NE – October 20, 2016 – CleanCore Technologies LLC, which is emerging as one of the leading manufacturers of aqueous ozone cleaning systems in North America, announces that the solution generated from its two key products—the CleanCore CCT-Caddy and the CleanCore CCT 3.0 Fill Station—has been certified by Green Seal, one of the most respected green certification organizations in the country. [Read More…]
It’s often easier to pinpoint when a new technology first started to take hold in the marketplace than it is to predict its future. This is not necessarily true when we discuss the use of “engineered water,” as it is frequently called in the professional cleaning industry.
It appears that engineered water systems such as aqueous ozone, which turns ozone into a safe and effective cleaning agent, and related technologies that effectively clean carpets, floors, and surfaces without the use of chemicals have a growing future in the industry. [Read More…]
Recently, health professionals have become concerned about something referred to as third hand smoke, especially its potential impact on children. Here’s what we know. According to a report from the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, part of Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire, if someone smokes just one cigarette in a room the size of a bedroom or hotel guestroom with the doors closed, it takes about two hours for smoke particulates such as nicotine in the air to return to levels that are no longer harmful.
But what happens to that nicotine? Does it just break down or dissolve during that two-hour period? No. What happens is it begins to collect on chairs, furniture, clothing, and because it is the biggest sponge in the room, in the carpet. Many times the nicotine combines with other chemicals, making it an even greater health risk. These residues of nicotine collect over time and that’s one reason why a hotel guest room in which smoking is allowed can develop a cigarette odor. These reservoirs of nicotine on furniture and carpet are examples of third hand smoke. [Read More…]
Many cleaning professionals have heard that a surface must be cleaned before applying a disinfectant. However, they might not know exactly why. But before explaining the reasons, it will help to identify the differences between cleaning and disinfecting.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here is how these terms are defined:
Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects.
But these definitions do not tell us why cleaning must be done before a surface can be disinfected, often referred to as the “two-step” process.
The following explanations from leading health and safety sources can help explain why the two-step process is necessary.
And there is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting, something else we need to know. But it appears that some in the facility maintenance and professional cleaning industries may be missing a few steps—and doing so can potentially cause serious harm to human health. This is because proper cleaning and disinfecting kills germs.
We are also seeing some cleaning solutions manufactured for the professional cleaning industry that carry a label that these products “clean and disinfect” surfaces. While cleaning and disinfecting a surface does help stop the spread of disease, what these product labels seem to suggest—or at least the message some building managers and cleaning professionals are receiving—is that cleaning and disinfecting a surface can be done in a one-step process. [Read More…]
More than two decades ago, a company that manufactures circuit boards* for use in a variety of electrical products was facing a quandary. To clean their circuit boards, the company was using a solvent that contained ingredients determined to be harmful to the environment. As a result, they were given two years to phase out the use of these solvents. Company management decided they had four possible options to address this situation:
1. They could simply not clean the circuit boards, a solution referred to as the “no-clean” process.
2. They could turn to cleaning processes that use nonsolvent cleaning chemicals.
3. They could use solvents that were not harmful or less harmful for the environment.
4. They could look into alternative cleaning processes using no chemicals whatsoever.
The manufacturer quickly decided using the so-called no-clean process was not an option. Manufacturing circuit boards sometimes leads to the creation of what are called “solder balls,” which must be removed to prevent short circuits in the product. To remove these necessitates cleaning, meaning the no-clean process was obviously not a viable option. [Read More…]
In the coming years, cleaning professionals and building managers in all types of settings may have to contend with a new—at least new to them—threat to the health of building users: biofilm.
Microbial communities, known as biofilm, were first reported on in 1684 by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutch scientist. He found a huge accumulation of microorganisms in dental plaque, and in a report to the Royal Society of London, he said, “The number of these animalcules in . . . a man’s teeth are so many that I believe they exceed the number of men in the kingdom.”
This observation tells us a few things. First, the place where we hear the most about biofilm is, to be frank, in our mouths. The plaque on teeth is usually biofilm. However, since this report, dating back more than 500 years, we now know that biofilm can be found on a variety of surfaces—from floors to counters to sinks and even in dog food and water bowls.
And we have learned something else. The amount of germs and bacteria housed in biofilm can be huge. And if it is found, for instance, on a restroom counter, this huge microbial community does have the potential of causing serious illness. [Read More…]
We saw this a decade ago with green cleaning products were introduced and are encountering it again with aqueous ozone cleaning systems.
With aqueous ozone, ozone is mechanically created through the interaction of electricity and oxygen and then infused into water. This produces an effective cleaning solution that is far less harmful to the user and the environment than traditional cleaning solutions.
However, because the technology is new to the professional cleaning industry, there has been some hesitation.
Matt Montag, national sales manager for CleanCore Technology, which manufactures these systems, offers these seven tips for introducing aqueous ozone technology to cleaning workers: [Read More…]
Although many more cleaning professionals are aware of aqueous ozone cleaning systems today, many are not totally sure how to use these systems and on what surfaces they can be used.
Because of this, CleanCore™ Technologies, a leading manufacturer of aqueous ozone cleaning systems, offers the following tips and suggestions: