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:
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…]