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Keeping Food Clean and Safe to Eat

Keeping Food Clean and Safe

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…]

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Should Housekeepers Clean Without Chemicals?

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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…]

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Third Hand Smoke a New Concern for Hotel Properties

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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…]

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When Cleaning and Disinfecting Always Clean First and Then Disinfect

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We must always clean first and then disinfect, two steps we need to know.

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…]

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Biofilm: What It Is, Why We Need to Know, and How to Remove It

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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…]

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The Ten Hidden Benefits of No-Chemical Cleaning

on site, on demand cleaning Not requiring the use of chemicals is just one of the benefits of no-chemical cleaning. According to Matt Montag, distribution sales manager at CleanCore™, manufacturer of aqueous ozone cleaning systems, there are other benefits that often get overlooked. To ensure we do not lose sight of these, Montag lists the following “ten hidden benefits” of no-water cleaning:
  1. No Packaging Materials:

    Using no-chemical cleaning systems means no cleaning chemicals must be packaged in containers or boxes. [Read More…]

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Common Questions about Aqueous Ozone Cleaning Systems

on-site on-demand cleaning Now that more facilities such as schools, restaurants, office buildings, and healthcare settings are selecting engineered water or no-chemical cleaning systems such as aqueous ozone, it is becoming clear that custodial workers often have questions about them, including why they are being adopted in the first place. To help us address some of these issues, Matt Montag, sales manager for CleanCore™ Technologies, manufacturer of aqueous ozone equipment, lists some of the questions that usually come up:

Is ozone safe?

Ozone is naturally found in the atmosphere and is safe to use for both commercial and residential cleaning.

Do I need to wear protective clothing?

It is not necessary to wear protective clothing; however, as with all cleaning, custodial workers are encouraged to wear gloves as well as goggles. [Read More…]

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A Little More About CleanCore Technologies

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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.

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