The Blog

04 Aug

Weathering the Drought: Water Conservation and the Janitorial Industry

The most important liquid in any cleaning operation is plain old water. We use it in almost everything we do, usually without a second thought. That’s changing. Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report named water shortages as the number-one crisis facing the planet in the next decade. As the summer temps

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02 Aug

A Conversation About Cylindrical-Brush Technology

Just two decades ago, very few people in the janitorial industry had ever used (or even heard of) cylindrical floor machines. Traditional rotary buffers with a single disc were the standard tool of choice for floor care. Times have changed. Today, cylindrical brushes are more popular than ever. The change is due in large part

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20 Jul

A Look at LEED Certification

The push towards greener buildings has been gaining steam for decades. At this point, many people expect facilities to do their part to preserve the planet. While facility managers often understand the environmental and economic benefits of a sustainability plan, knowing where to start can be a challenge. That’s where the U.S. Green Building Council’s

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13 Jul

Waste Not, Want Not

Words and phrases like “sustainable,” “green initiative,” and “zero waste”—once used mostly by eco-conscious extremists—are now part of the common vernacular. Cleaning up the planet is a common goal today, and the janitorial movement is leading the charge. Reducing waste is one important way BSCs, senior housekeeping staff, and facility managers can reduce the negative

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07 Jul

Making Sense of Green Certifications

Not so long ago, green cleaning was far from a priority for many in the industry. In a sector driven by practical concerns, it was largely considered a novelty. Times have changed dramatically. Environmentally sound cleaning practices and products have a solid presence in the industry, and recent studies have shown consumers are increasingly willing

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29 Jun

Back to Basics: 10 Essentials of a Janitorial Closet

For the last several months, we’ve discussed important trends affecting the janitorial industry, from the Affordable Care Act to automation. Today we thought it might be useful to go back to the basics. Are you a BSC or housekeeping manager who prefers not to be first to invest in a shiny new (untested) product? Your

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29 Jun

How Automation is Changing the Cleaning Industry

Self-checkout lanes. Video bank tellers. Driverless cars. Delivery drones. As technology advances and machines become more sophisticated, many industries fear the worst, but will robots and artificial intelligence actually lead to the extinction of millions of American jobs? It depends on who you ask. Some predictions from “futurists,” or experts who study technology trends, are

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27 Jun

Tornado Pac-Vac 6 Roam Lithium Battery Technology

With the Pac-Vac 6 Roam we are able to offer cleaning professionals something they have been looking for, a battery operated back pack vacuum with unrivaled comfort. No longer tied to a power cord, team members can clean larger spaces quicker and more efficiently than traditional back-pack vacuums. Why the Pac-Vac Roam? Tornado’s backpack vacuum

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24 Jun

How to Hire Subcontractors

Your BSC business is growing. You’ve landed some new contracts, expanded your territory, and are ready to reach for the next level. As you enjoy the warm glow of success, it hits you — how will you actually handle all of this new work? Congratulations! You’ve reached a milestone that most flourishing BSCs reach sooner

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22 Jun

Safety Basics: Tips for Keeping Your Building Accident Free

Janitors are supposed to make a building safer. If not carefully performed, however, cleaning work has the potential to create hazards. That’s why facility and housekeeping managers spend so much time thinking about protecting custodians and building occupants. Five industries account for 20 percent of all occupational accidents and injuries in this country, according to

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