According to public health officials, there are three primary ways that food in restaurants and food processing facilities can become contaminated and unsafe to consume. These are:
1. Biological: unhealthy microorganisms in the food
2. Physical: hair, dirt, airborne pollutants that get in the food
3. Chemical: intrusion of cleaning chemicals into the food [Read More…]
A hotel chain was looking for ways to reduce cleaning-chemical supply use, minimize supply costs, operate more sustainably, and decrease its overall environmental footprint in its several four-star and five-star hotels. Looking at a variety of options and alternatives to traditional and green cleaning solutions, the hotel chain decided its most viable option was the use of what are called aqueous ozone cleaning systems.
The chain has been using the cleaning systems for all types of cleaning duties, from cleaning guest rooms and bathrooms, public washrooms, and glass to wood and ceramic floors and carpet. While aqueous ozone is not viewed as a disinfectant, at least not in the United States, the hotel chain representatives say they do use aqueous ozone to sanitize surfaces in order to help reduce the number of potentially harmful pathogens on a variety of “high-touch” surfaces. * [Read More…]
On January 30, 2014, the U.S. Federal News Service and the University of California at Riverside issued the following alert:
“Do not smoke and do not allow yourself to be exposed to smoke because second-hand smoke and third-hand smoke are just as deadly as first-hand smoke. While first-hand smoke refers to the smoke inhaled by a smoker and second-hand smoke to the exhaled smoke and other substances emanating from a burning cigarette that can get inhaled by others, third-hand smoke is the second-hand smoke that gets left on the surfaces of objects, ages over time, and becomes progressively more toxic.” [Read More…]
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…]
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…]
CleanCore™ Technologies, which manufactures aqueous ozone cleaning systems, was started nearly six years ago. The company was first known as Viriditec but changed its name to CleanCore Technologies in 2014. However, the name Viriditec is still used for the company’s products marketed and sold in Canada.
While CleanCore is nearly six years old, it’s first five years were dedicated to research and development of this no-chemical cleaning technology. The goals were to ensure its effectiveness and making it a practical, reliable, and cost effective system for use in professional cleaning.[Read More…]