Paramount Building Solutions Appoints Business Development VP

February 11, 2019

Paramount Building Solutions, a national provider of janitorial services, has appointed Greg Wohlforth vice president of business development.

Wohlforth joins Paramount from ABM, where he oversaw national business development for the company’s business and industry segment. In his new role, Wohlforth will be based out of Paramount’s Minneapolis, MN, office and will lead the sales and business development initiatives in the region.


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Following Social Media Cleaning Influencers Can Be Dangerous

Fire departments report increase in chlorine gas calls due to mixing cleaning chemicals

February 11, 2019

Social media has created its own set of celebrities touted as experts in all topics, and cleaning is no exception. Millions of people follow Instagram cleaning influencers such as Sophie Hinchliffe, known as Mrs. Hinch, who promotes specific cleaning products and methods. Mrs. Hinch’s followers purchase large amounts of the products she recommends, and that’s where some of them get in trouble.

Fire chiefs in Bristol, England, have warned people to take care in how they use cleaning products after experiencing several calls to homes where people tidying up their houses inadvertently created toxic chlorine gas clouds, Bristol Live reports. One woman was hospitalized when she used bleach and cider vinegar while scouring her shower. Another woman who used several products to unblock her toilet caused a chlorine gas cloud that closed off her entire street.

Fire officials link the increase in hazardous materials calls to cleaning becoming one of the hottest new fads on social media. They warn people never to mix products with different active ingredients. Even if people don’t intend to mix products, they must realize any residual product left on a surface can react when a new product is used in the same areas. Fire officials urge cleaners to practice the following tips when using cleaning chemicals:

  • Get to know the ingredients in your products so you can avoid creating toxic fumes from the intentional or unintentional mixing.
  • Keep chemicals in their original containers with their warning labels.
  • Always dispose of chemicals in accordance with the instructions on the container.
  • Do not pour chemicals into the same container or use one solution right after another, as it may create harmful gases or additional chemicals that have been linked to various health conditions.
  • Be sure to wash off one cleaner before using another so that there is no mixing of chemicals.
  • Always open windows where possible to allow for natural ventilation.
  • Always store harmful chemicals away and out of reach of children.

For safe cleaning methods, look to respected sources such as Cleaning & Maintenance Management .


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Keep Up With Technology and Trends at Clean Buildings Expo

February 11, 2019

Remaining up-to-date with the latest cleaning industry trends and technology can be a time-consuming process. Fortunately, the Clean Buildings Expo (CBE) provides a one-stop location to attend a track of educational courses specifically on cleaning trends and technology.

Designed and targeted specifically for end users of cleaning products and equipment, CBE will he held March 26-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. It features more than 20 sessions in three separate educational tracks covering everything from management techniques and employee engagement to infection control tips and sustainability best practices.

Attend Robotic and Automation’s Impact on Cleaning to learn how technology tools are transforming how building service contractors approach their work and pick up tips on how to integrate these tools to deliver services more effectively. At Hard Floor Trends for 2019 & Beyond you will learn new procedures that can minimize floor maintenance costs without compromising appearance or performance on a variety of floor types, including luxury vinyl tile, engineered wood, polished concrete, and more. Come see how you can clean the air with a glass product, strip your floors without harsh chemicals, clean surfaces with aqueous ozone, and kill germs with salt water and electricity at Nano, Electric, and Hydro: New Technologies in Cleaning.

Don’t miss this unique educational opportunity. CBE registration is free.



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Go Online to Read the Latest Issue of ISSA Today

February 11, 2019

The February issue of ISSA Today—available in digital formats for your desktop or mobile device―includes all the latest industry and ISSA-member news. This month’s edition offers tips to fine tune critical aspects of your organization.

In the February issue, you also will find:

And much, much more.

Why not see for yourself? Visit to browse the current issue.



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