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August 2014 Cleanthoughts

No Winter Surprises

July 31, 2014
KEYWORDS cleaning / cold / ice / janitor / melters / museum / snow / winter
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If there is just one thing I learned last winter as Editor of Cleaning & Maintenance Management, it’s this: Snow and ice removal products and processes are a huge concern for facility managers and building service contractors (BSCs).

For four months in a row, snow and ice removal were the most searched phrases on our website,

Perhaps the severity of last year’s winter — and the large amounts of snow and ice it brought to much of the country — created this particular interest.

Or, perhaps this is a yearly concern.

Either way there is little doubt that the severity of last year’s winter weather took a lot of commercial facilities by surprise.

Speaking from personal experience, many municipalities and buildings here in the Deep South were not prepared for a bout of extended winter weather.

Equipment used for facility functions, as well as public safety equipment, was not available to help stranded motorists, workers and schoolchildren during a surprise snow and ice storm in January.

“Slumber parties” became the norm in office buildings, retail locations and gas stations when the ice and snow seemed to suddenly cover roads.

Be Prepared

Remembering the problems and issues from last winter’s strong and surprising storms will have facility mangers and contractors concerned as fall turns into winter.

To aid our readers in their winter preparation, this month’s issue includes a feature article covering ice and snow removal.

The article, entitled Keeping Walkways Free Of Snow And Ice, can be found on page 30.

Provided here are operational tips, equipment ideas and facts about melters to inform our readers on the best options in case of another long, bitter winter.

Numerous Subjects

In addition to the winter weather feature, we’re covering a number of other issues, including carpet care, Green Seal certification, software, social media and large event cleanup.

In an extended A Clean Sweep profile, we also learn from the environmental services and facility managers at a children’s science museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

Tasked with keeping the hands-on McWane Science Center clean during busy field-trip season and winter holidays, these managers and their environmental services team address a number of important cleaning issues every day.

From infection control options, IMAX theater cleaning and busy restroom upkeep, we discuss their cleaning practices, as well as the challenges that open aquariums can create for a janitorial department.

Once again, thank you for reading, and here’s to a successful fall and winter for facility managers and BSCs in all commercial buildings.

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