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Infection Control

Concerns About Hitchhikers

Normally, when we discuss cross contamination issues in the professional cleaning industry, the concern is that building occupants will touch potentially contaminated surfaces, such as countertops, doorknobs, ledges, railings and
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Seeing Is Not Believing

In December 1999, a four-part study was conducted assessing the cleanliness of 113 surfaces in various hospitals over a 14-day period. The surfaces were cleaned using conventional cleaning methods —
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Science-based Steps Of The Cleaning Process: Part Three

Published with permission by the Cleaning Industry Research Institute© 2008 Examining Particles, Pollutants And Pesticides How is our health affected by these particles? Our respiratory system consists of the nose,
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Removing Blood Spots

Editor''s note: When cleaning in sensitive environments such as hospitals or other medical facilities, it is important to perform thorough detail cleaning. Failing to clean bodily fluids, for example, could
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Steam Vapor: A Green Disinfectant

CM/Spotlight: Sustainability
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State Of The Science: Do Disinfectants Cause Antibiotic Resistance?

Antibiotic resistance in bacteria is a terrible problem. Scientists have historically attributed the rise in antibiotic resistance among bacteria to two main causes: Low-level use of antibiotics in animal feed
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No-touch Devices Have A Hand In Hygiene

Often credited as being at the forefront of the green movement by driving sustainable initiatives, the commercial cleaning and maintenance industry is also a testing ground and launching point for
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Mis-LEEDing Info Made Clear

Recently, a sales representative was informed by a distributor that a manufacturer promised the distributor''s customer they could gain 10 points toward their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Existing Buildings
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Not Your Mother's Hand Sanitizer

For years, the health care industry — along with government, municipal and corporate professionals — has been indoctrinated with the notion that alcohol gels and rubs are the "recommended" hand
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Measuring Green Cleaning

For years, we''ve heard cleaning professionals say, "I would use ''green'' cleaners — I''d even be willing to pay a bit more for them — but the performance just isn''t
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