Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Letters To The Editor

December 12, 2011

Fantasy Of Editorial

Your article titled "The Fantasy of Disinfection" was interesting; however, I don''t believe you need to express your opinion when you stated: "A great deal of end users cannot comprehend verbiage beyond the eight grade reading level."

While this could be true, the responsibility is with the employer for training in proper procedures.

Most custodians that I know are good, hardworking employees.

If they are not cleaning effectively, it is because they have not been educated or trained to do so. — Morton Banks of Banks Industries Inc.


While my remark was not intended to belittle JanSan professionals, Morton, I understand how it could have come off as such.

The point of that tidbit, which has been supported through various research and industry surveys, was to show that the very nature of labeling language is often confusing.

The gist of the article — noted in your message — was that training is deficient and needs to be vamped up if we are to truly achieve what we set out to accomplish: Hygienically clean surfaces. — Aaron Baunee, managing editor.


Worth The Investment

Time is saved when using no-touch cleaning systems.

Along with a team cleaning specialist and a restroom specialist, no-touch systems provide assurance to make hygienically cleaning restrooms efficient.

Please pass this on to anyone who cleans restrooms.

When it comes to not spreading germs and reducing cross-contamination, these machines are the way to go.

I now have four machines and plan to purchase more for the 20 school buildings that my staff maintains.

Also, we have 70-plus backpack vacuums now; every custodian has one.

They offer excellent service and performance. — David Hodge, custodian services manager for Montgomery County Public Schools.


Don''t Get Lost In The Haze

We are approaching the time of year when the snow and ice will accumulate on the walkways to the entrances of the buildings in the North.

To help clear the frozen precipitation, ice melters will be used.

Unfortunately, the ice melters will leave a haze on the floors and white marks on carpeting and entrance mats.

Not only is the haze unsightly, it increases slip and fall hazards as it becomes wet from melting snow and ice.

As you know, traditional neutral floor cleaners cannot remove the haze, and if you use a traditional haze remover, most either have a very high pH or a low pH, consequently dulling the floors and stripping the finish.

A neutral-pH, EcoLogo-certified alternative should be used.

Some offerings are very effective cleaners for haze — as neutral cleaners — as well as great on removing pencil lead marks from floors and walls. — Mike Sawchuck, general manager of Enviro-Solutions Ltd.