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We Need More Janitors In Schools!

we need more school janitors

We point to the questionable practices of open-air markets in other countries as a source of new diseases, while in our own backyard we have restaurants, for instance, who are so dirty we are entertained by news segments on “Dirty Dining.” The latter being a major source of foodborne illnesses and rodent attraction (which bring about more disease).



Another example of society not taking cleanliness seriously is the lack of custodians or janitors in our schools. Let’s take a look at the San Dieguito School District in Encinitas, California. They publish their list of janitor duties. In that publication they start by stating, “Each custodian has on average, 27 classrooms (approx. 32,000 sq. ft.) to clean daily, as well as specialty rooms, and events to prepare for/clean up after.” So they probably have 1.5 janitors per school (just a guess). What that means is janitors are stretched thin and have absolutely no time to clean our children’s classrooms. Here is their extensive list of daily duties in each classroom:

  • Trash
  • Vacuuming (weekly)

That’s it!

Where’s the sanitizing of desks? The disinfecting of doorknobs? The mopping of floors? Oh yeah, that’s only during the summer break:

  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Washing/disinfecting desks (done through the year as needed, as well)
  • Washing windows
  • Washing walls….

I’m not picking on the San Dieguito School District either. After researching, there are multiple schools with very similar “cleaning” schedules. I’d go as far to say most schools employ the same sorry practices. That is why, with the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we now see emails to parents saying schools have ramped up their cleaning efforts. Well that’s pretty easy to do when you have done nothing in the first place.

The next outbreak doesn’t have to be COVID-19, it could be something more common like the norovirus. You know that virus that infects over 19 million people per year, sends 400,000 kids to the emergency room and shuts down our schools? What is the affected schools’ response after they shut down? Ramp up their cleaning efforts…SMH.

It would be laughable if our kids’ health isn’t at stake.

Why wait for an outbreak or pandemic to take cleanliness seriously? This “heightened” awareness should be sustained to the point where it becomes part of our daily routine, decision making and culture. We owe it to our children to provide them with a healthy environment.

One way to make good on that is to hire more janitors in our schools who are truly responsible for the hygiene of our childrens’ environment, not just taking out the trash.

To all the school janitors and custodians who actually GAF about the safety and health of our students, THANK YOU! I see you!

5 things to sanitize in your office right now

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5 Things To Sanitize In Your Office Right Now

5 things to sanitize in your office right now

Part of preventing the spread of germs is basic cleaning and sanitizing of the environment around you. Think about your shared office space and all the gross little germs that float around and stick to your belongings and things you use on the daily. Things like your keyboard and mouse are easy pipelines for germ transmission. But what about other items?

Here are five things you should sanitize in your office immediately to help prevent the spread of disease in your office:

  1. Keyboard, wrist rest, mouse and mousepad – you touch your face almost as much as you touch your keyboard and mouse. That’s just nasty. No biggie though. Just lock your computer before cleaning those keys. Spray a nontoxic cleaner onto a microfiber rag first and then get to cleaning. Try this gel to get in the crevices.
  2. Telephone/cellphone – you’d be surprised how much oil and makeup get caked onto telephone receivers and cellphones. A little cotton pad and rubbing alcohol go a long way in this process. If you have a phone cover, be sure to use a qtip and clean those crevices where the microphone, selfie camera, charge port, headphone jack and earpiece are located. If you have a landline, make sure to get into the crevices of the phone cradle too.
  3. Desk and filing cabinet handles – you can take a glance at your desk right now and probably see all kinds of smudges and prints. You better believe germs are lurking right there. Use a clean microfiber rag for the most efficient results.
  4. Doorknobs and light switches – the first things you touch on your way in and out of your office should definitely get sanitized. Particularly if you’re a smoker, you can avoid the tar buildup on the switch and knobs by doing this frequently.
  5. Purse/Wallet/Lunch Bag – When was the last time you sanitized your handbag? Your lunch bag? I know, pretty gross, right? Maybe that stomach issue you had yesterday was from one of the billions of bacteria or fungi lurking in your bag that magically made its way onto your face after you pulled out your lip balm. Piece of gum any one? Fellas…you nasty too! I’m pretty sure you never thought about cleaning your billfold since you got it. Why do you think it’s sometimes called “dirty money?”

Insider Tip: Review your cleaning contract. Most commercial cleaning services have terms in place that prevent them from touching anything on your desk–let alone your keyboard and mouse.  If your service is supposed to include your desk and items on it, and these things aren’t being cleaned, your cleaning company is putting you at risk. Maybe it’s time to start looking for a commercial cleaning service that places customer service and your health first.

Contact us for a FREE estimate. We’ll spend the time to get to know your pain points and wishlist, then tailor a cleaning program just for your office.

Picking Up The Blitz

Keep in mind that when you use toxic chemicals to sanitize you are likely killing all microbes–both bad and good.

The good ones are known as probiotics and are all around us. They are on our skin, in our mouth, in our gut, in the air we breathe even the dirt we grow food in and play with. Probiotics act as the first line of defense from harmful germs.

Toxic chemicals kill these good microbes and leave us more defenseless when under attack from the flu, cold, and, yes, coronavirus. It’s like a quarterback being attacked by a blitz and no offensive line is even on the field for protection.

Don’t get sacked! Use probiotic cleaners for the ultimate protection.

Probiotic cleaners contain good bacteria that help maintain a healthy microflora in your environment. They protect you from germs in the following ways:

  • Probiotics eat the food sources germs would normally eat. Germs die of starvation.
  • Probiotics crowd out germs so they have no place to live. No shelter, germs die.
  • Probiotics “eat up the dead bodies on the battlefield.” When most disinfectants kill every living thing, unless you wipe and clean afterwards, they leave dead microbes behind on the surface. These dead microbes act as a buffet for the next germs to come along, feed, and grow stronger. This helps lead to the creation of superbugs too. Probiotics, on the other hand, eat up the dead microbes because these microbes are food for them too. Less food in the food supply and germs die of eventual starvation.
  • Probiotics reduce allergens. They eat up pollen, pet dander, dead skin cells, dust, etc. With less allergens attacking your body, your immune system can focus on the more sinister threats like viruses.
  • Probiotics “quorum sense.” When bacteria and other microorganisms get together, they take a vote. This is called quorum sensing. If they’ve multiplied enough and have the numbers, they’ll vote to turn on their virulence and infect their host. However, if they hold the vote and determine they are outnumbered by the probiotics and won’t be successful in their attempt to infect, they won’t turn on their virulence. In other words, as long as the good germs outnumber the bad, the bad germs have very little chance of survival and you stay healthier.

Keep your office healthier this season and sanitize the items you use every day every day.

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Counter-Rotating Brush Machine

When it comes to the latest in cleaning technology, we invest in many different machines and eventually find a few that work better than the others. Such is the case with our latest machine: a counter-rotating brush machine or CRB.

The CRB we have is a Powr-Flite Multiwash. It’s called “multiwash” for a reason. This machine cleans nearly any floor to near perfection.

There are two brushes on our machine that spin the opposite direction–hence the term “counter-rotating”. These brushes spin at about 780 revolutions per minute. Imagine getting on your hands and knees, as is typical, to scrub and gyrate as fast as you can on an entire carpet or in every grout line. Believe me, you won’t come close to 780 rpm and you won’t last but a minute. And remember, there are two brushes on our machine scrubbing that fast (queue Tim Allen voice: “Arrgh..arrgh…arrgh!”).

The CRB also weighs over 50 pounds, providing much needed heft and downward force to make for more efficient cleaning.

There are several different types of brushes that can be attached to the CRB depending on the type of floor. In our case we use it on tile and grout and carpets.

For tile & grout, we slap on the blue stiff bristle brushes and let the machine get to work. You’d be amazed at how much crud the machine scrubs off the tile and how well it digs into the grout lines without damaging the floor. Tile comes out looking like new and the grout lines finally are back to their natural color.

When it comes to carpet, we bring out the black or grey brushes for that–something softer and less abrasive than the blue. The machine acts as a skilled archeologist in its performance, pulling up old hair, dead skin cells, dust mites and allergens that have been buried deep in your carpet pile for months, if not years.

Our CRB actually picks up the dirt it comes across thanks to its big rotating rubber drum that collects then deposits dirt, hair and other nasty stuff into a tray so you can see what it’s pulling up. The murky, creamed-coffee water will absolutely make you wonder why it took so long to call us in the first place.

If you’re interested in seeing our new CRB in action, simply choose our Probiotic Carpet Scrubbing or Nontoxic Tile & Grout Cleaning and we’ll be happy to provide you with the healthy results we’re known for.

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How To Keep Your Football Pads From Stinking

How To Keep Your Football Pads From Stinking

Don’t Be Afraid To Admit It

There is one thing that every football player knows for sure, but may not admit outloud to themselves nor their teammates for fear of embarrassment: your football pads get funky!

Your pads get smelly enough to where they have to ride in the trunk of the car and are not allowed inside the house.

Your days of embarrassment are over. Here are a few ways to keep your gear from smelling like a barnyard and also keep germs at bay that can cause infection and keep you off the field.

Air Out

Germs love dark, damp places–that’s where they do the most multiplying. By zipping your gear up in a duffle bag all you’re doing is giving germs like staph and e. coli their favorite environment.

When enough bad germs are present that’s when your gear starts getting funky and you can contract an infection. I know it’s easier to toss your pads and helmet in a bag or locker and let them marinate in your sweat until the next time you need them, but that is not a good habit to get into to.

A simple way to remember it: bad odors equal a ton of germs.

After each game or practice it is critical to let your gear air out. Since we live in Las Vegas, and the air is dry, just place your pads and helmet outside for an hour or two (direct sun and heat not required). The goal is to evaporate your sweat to give the germs nothing to eat or drink to survive on.

Spray Down

After evaporating the moisture and sweat from your pads, you are now ready to spray them down with something antimicrobial.

There are number of chemical sanitizing sprays out there, but I highly recommend against them for a few reasons: 1) ounce for ounce, they cost more than natural sprays, 2) they simply don’t work–they will not penetrate fabrics before they themselves evaporate, 3) they have proven to be contributing factors in the growth of superbugs like MRSA and 4) they are hazardous to your health–their own warning labels say so!

Alternatives I strongly encourage are natural antimicrobials like vinegar, essential oils or even probiotics.

To make your own spray you just need a spray bottle, water and mix in one of the following:

  • vinegar – 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water – the vinegar smell goes away in a few minutes
  • essential oils – 1-2 drops per ounce of water – essential oils also smell great
  • probiotics – 0.5 ounces to 32 ounces of water – probiotics can stay active for several days, so they are still working even when you put your gear back on tomorrow.

Each natural alternative works great and will keep your gear from harboring germs a lot longer than chemical sanitizers will, plus they’ll cut down on the odors that spring up from your pads.

Go Deep…!!

At least once per month, during the season, you should get your gear professionally deep cleaned.

Look for a company that specializes in cleaning sports gear using natural methods. That way you won’t suffer in the long run from doing the healthy thing by getting your pads cleaned and deodorized from time to time.

In Las Vegas, go with Germz Be Gone as they deodorize and sanitize sports gear using steam and probiotics so there aren’t any nasty side-effects from the cleaning process. For the ultimate convenience, they are a mobile service and make house calls. They even offer team discounts. Check out their prices.

Bad Odor = A Ton Of Germs

Whether you play football or any other sport where you sweat in pads, the above techniques can be used to help save you embarrassment and keep you healthy and active.

Use these techniques every time you take off your pads. Remember to:

Can you imagine your locker room where all of your teammates keep their gear free from germs and odors? How much better would the locker room smell? How many more players reduce the risk of infection and stay healthier during the season (football is played in the heart of flu season)? How much better will your season be?

Onward to glory!

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