What are called aqueous ozone cleaning systems are starting to make significant inroads in the professional cleaning industry. One of the initial goals of the manufacturers of these products was to prove to the professional cleaning industry these systems clean effectively, that they can be used for daily cleaning, and that they offer what is now called “on-demand” cleaning, allowing the cleaning worker to use the system whenever needed/wherever needed, without needing to gather supplies from a janitorial closet.
Scores of studies have now been released that prove the cleaning effectiveness and value of these systems. Further, as cleaning professionals begin to use these systems, they find the manufacturers were correct and the systems are equally suited to handling both daily and on-demand cleaning tasks. [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…]
A cleaning professional working in a laboratory was tasked with disinfecting work surfaces in the lab. The disinfectant he was using had already been pre-mixed and poured into a bucket. His job was to take a microfiber cleaning cloth and wipe down the surfaces with the water/disinfectant solution.
Following up on his work, his supervisor then tested the surfaces using what is called an ATP monitoring system. Already in use in many laboratories for a variety of functions, when it comes to cleaning these tools are used to determine how much adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is found on a surface before or after cleaning. [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…]
In the U.S. today, there are 4,575 prisons housing approximately 2,220,000 adults. That means about one in 100 U.S. adults are in prison and if they were all located in the same city, it would be the fourth largest city in the country.
These numbers are important for correctional administrators to know because it is their job to keep these people as healthy as possible while they are under state and government supervision. While this can involve a variety of strategies, at the top of the list is proper cleaning. Yes, for these 2.22 million people to be healthy, the prisons they live in must be clean and healthy; and one way we do this is by understanding what we can call cleaning “jargon.” [Read More…]
Historically, the professional cleaning industry has been slow to change, and this was evidenced by many of the same types of equipment being displayed at tradeshows. But this all changed about a decade ago when the industry “went green.” Today, new environmentally preferable cleaning chemicals, tools, and equipment are introduced just about every year.
And this year is no exception. We expect some manufacturers at the tradeshow will be introducing an entirely new type of green cleaning system, referred to as aqueous ozone. Manufactured by different companies, a limited number of these systems have already been certified by Green Seal®, which verifies their green credentials as well as effectiveness. [Read More…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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 – although the name Viriditec is still used for the company’s products that are marketed and sold in Canada. [Read More…]