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August CMM: Innovation For Cleaning Toilets

September 04, 2009
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The August issue of Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine is now available online, featuring Les Ollinger''s "Innovation For Cleaning Toilets" article.
Ollinger states that if your cleaners are using the "glug, glug, swish and flush" method, then they should stop immediately because they are wasting two of your most valuable resources — labor and cleaning supplies — by not using them to their fullest potential.
He notes that given the limited and often non-preferable ways to lower or remove bowl water, a device was needed that could be easily used, was portable and serviceable, required no electricity or compressed air to operate and was compact enough to fit on a custodial cart. This unmet need led to the development of a very innovative product category: Hand-held toilet bowl pumps.
Ollinger adds that in terms of ergonomics and safety, you do not have to lean down over or reach inside the toilet — unlike using a bowl mop as a plunger — which reduces worker strain and reduces the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
According to Ollinger, while the idea is revolutionary, the process is simple; some of the best inventions did not reinvent the wheel; however, several advancements did help it roll smoother and longer.
Les Ollinger is the associate director of procurement, operations and custodial services for Grinnell College with 1.6 million square feet of buildings to care for. He has been at the college for 23 years. He is the inventor of the Dry-Flush® and the Wedge-Les™ from IK Corp. For information about the Dry Flush, visit For information about the Wedge-Les, contact Les at
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