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Certification: What’s the Payoff?

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Build Your Exterior Maintenance Budget

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ISSA & AACEM have developed a report to help industry professionals stay current with commercial construction and renovation activity and projections, flooring materials trends, and key U.S. economic indicators.

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Prove Your Return on Investment

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If you ask ISSA Executive Director John Barrett about whether it’s worth the investment to certify a cleaning operation, he’ll tell you it’s a no brainer.

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By 2020 millennials are positioned to dominate the U.S. workforce. What is your organization doing to recruit millennial employees to the cleaning industry?

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Overcoming Cleaning Operation Challenges

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Restroom lock/light indicator
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Heads Up Lock Co.

Green Means Go to the Restroom

A restroom lock/light indicator from Heads Up Lock Co. is designed to increase traffic flow and patron satisfaction in restaurants, coffee shops, office buildings, and other facilities with single-stall restrooms. The indicator light shines red when the restroom is locked and in use, and green when it is available, also making it easier for custodial staff to know when the restroom is clear for maintenance. It is easily mounted on a wall and clearly visible from anywhere in the room.

Menstrual care product dispenser
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Hospeco

Control Dispensing With the Push of a Button

The Evogen® EV1 menstrual care product dispenser from Hospeco releases both pads and tampons with the push of a button. If programmed for free dispensing, it features a delay function that prevents multiple products from being taken, preserving more products for other patrons. The dispenser is easy to load and has a light indicator that alerts staff when it needs a refill.

Variety of paper towels
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Sofidel America Corp.

A Restroom Towel for Every Occasion

Sofidel’s Papernet Multifold Paper Towels are compatible with any universal multifold or trifold dispenser. Towels are available in traditional or special options: The Dry Tech towels feature enhanced water resistance; the Dissolve Tech towels dissolve within three minutes when thrown in a toilet; the Heavenly Soft Superior towels feature patterned embossing and are ideal for high-end facilities.

Spray cleaner for urinals
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Waterless Co., Inc.

Spray and Walk Away

Treat your restroom patrons to sparkling clean urinals with NviroClean™ from Waterless Co. This product is formulated to clean all urinals, both water and waterless systems, with a simple spray—scrubbing is not required. NviroClean breaks down urine, bacteria, and organic matter. The contaminants drift down the interior of the urinal and are transported away. Prolonged use extends the life of the urinal trap.

Riding scrubber
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NSS Enterprises

Scrubber

The eForce Scrubber from NSS features a joystick controller for easy maneuverability. A training manual is built into the touch screen control panel for new users. The riding scrubber offers customized cleaning, with three solution flow rates, three pad pressures, two pad speeds, and two vacuum speeds available. It also operates in conservation mode, set to the lowest water and power settings.

Loading ramp
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National Fleet Products

Loading Ramp

Lightweight WM System loading ramps from National Fleet Products are a maintenance-free alternative to hydraulic liftgates. They are suitable for a wide variety of vehicles including vans, box trucks, and service vehicles. The ramps vertically stow inside rear- and side-access doors. They can be opened in five seconds with 20 pounds of force using a built-in spring-assist feature and sturdy handles.

Disinfectant
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The Bullen Companies, Inc.

Disinfectant

RX77 Plus from The Bullen Companies disinfects all washable, hard, nonporous surfaces, such as floors, doorknobs, sinks, toilets, and telephones. It’s also safe for vinyl and plastic upholstery and finished woodwork. The disinfectant kills numerous pathogens including salmonella, staphylococcus, and H1N1 influenza. Its fresh breeze fragrance is effective against odors. Each bottle comes with a flip cap and two sprayers are included in each case.

Mop system
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Filmop USA

Mop System

Filmop’s Baggy Floor Collection System provides a touch-free solution for collecting wet and dry debris from hard floors. Clip the frame and sliding bag lip on the mop handle to attach the disposable bag of your choice. The system’s squeegee handle and rubber frame blade pick up liquids, body fluids, or dry solids. When you’re finished, simply slide the clip down to release the bag.

Bodily fluid spill kit
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OSHAkits.com

Spill Kit

The Eco-Friendly Bodily Fluid Spill Kit from OSHAkits.com has been upgraded to be 85 percent decomposable, eliminating the potential for cross-contamination while helping companies achieve their sustainability goals. The kit contains everything needed to safely collect body fluids and broken glass, including long-handled cardboard scrapers, mop heads, and a closable waste pan. It also contains a bottle of Purell® Foodservice Surface Sanitizer.

Toilet tissue for commercial use
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Procter & Gamble

Toilet Tissue

Charmin® Bathroom Tissue for Commercial Use from Procter & Gamble Professional is available in 450-sheet rolls, allowing for extended time between roll changes. The 2-ply tissue is soft and absorbent, yet safe for septic systems. Each roll is individually wrapped so it remains hygienic while in storage.

Front-dispensing case of wipers
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Cascades Pro

Wipers

Tuff-Job High Performance Wipers from Cascades Pro will not break down in strong solvents or chemical solutions. They are idea for all your wiping needs, from absorbing spills to staining furniture. The wipers can be used either wet or dry and will not leave a lot of lint behind. They are packaged in a front-dispensing case for easy access.

Dilution control system
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National Chemical Laboratories, Inc.

Dilution System

The Dual-Blend® Super Concentrated Dilution Control System from National Chemical Laboratories provides precise dilutions of cleaning products. The products are packaged in a Main Squeeze™ container, with a built-in measuring spout. Simply remove the cap, squeeze to fill the measuring chamber, then pour the concentrate into a spray bottle, bucket, or auto-scrubber tank.

Microfiber mop pad
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Geerpres, Inc.

Mop Pad

The Advantex® Single-Use Microfiber Mop Pad from Geerpres is ideal for eliminating cross-contamination during daily floor cleaning in health care and laboratory settings. The disposable microfiber pads effectively pick up pathogens that spread health care-acquired infections. They are compatible with all disinfectants, including quats, bleach, and peroxide. Each mop pad cleans 240-250 square feet.

Shaker spreader
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Tolco Corp.

Ice Melt Tool

Tolco’s Shaker Spreader offers a quick and simple method to apply ice melt, fertilizer, seed, and other dry products. The shaker is made of corrosion-resistant polypropylene and holds  ounces of dry material. It features an adjustable dial base to control how much product is distributed. Simply adjust the base and shake to distribute a controlled amount of product.

LED 70-watt light
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Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.

LED Light

The Radius LED 70-watt Temporary Light from Milwaukee Tool provides steady lighting while reducing energy consumption by up to 30 percent. The light sets up easily and provides 7,000 lumens of light. It comes with a standard 120-volt plug, but can be wired to handle up to 277 volts. The Radius LED is ideal for maintenance and construction environments from residential to large-scale commercial jobs.

Floor mats
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Hospeco

Mat

TASKBrand® SureGrip™ floor mats help prevent slips and falls. The fast-drying mats absorb water, cooking oil, grease/fats, and condensation. An impermeable adhesive backing keeps them in place despite constant foot traffic. The mats can be swept, vacuumed, mopped, or cleaned with floor scrubbers or shop vacs. They are available in blue or gray 50-foot or 100-foot rolls that can be easily cut for hard-to-fit areas.