December 13, 2005
ISSN 1556-7648

In This Issue

Tip of the Week
What's New
Membership Advantages
Subscriber Information
About Us


What's New

Recent Articles:
Ice Melt - How Does It Work? -
In the winter months, many building facility managers have the added task of keeping sidewalks and outside entryways free of ice and snow. How do you know what type of deicer to use? Although all deicers work basically the same way, they contain different ingredients which may or may not be appropriate for your situation.

A Simple Sales Strategy: What To Say When Asked For A Discount - Do you have a client who says "Your price is too high and I would like a discount"? It may or may not be appropriate to give a discount. This article outlines a couple of approaches you can use when someone asks for a discount.

Recent Online Discussion Topics: Removing salt from tile floors - Do you have any advice to share on this common winter problem?

Training Programs:
Cleaning to Perfection - Use this training program to train your employees on the basics of cleaning. Includes sections on:

  • Trashing
  • Dusting
  • Restrooms
  • Mopping
  • Vacuuming

Three formats available, for as little as $9.97 for members of


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  • Members Only Bidding Calculators
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  • F.r.e.e Live Tele-Seminars with Industry Experts
  • F.r.e.e Telephone Discussion Forums
  • Online Discussion Forum
  • Members-only articles added weekly
  • And much more...

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Trash Talk: Tip of the Week

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Tip of the Week:
The Importance of Hand Washing

It is well known that inadequate hand washing can lead to the spread of germs. However, as cleaning professionals it is sometimes overlooked how important this is in our industry. Even if your cleaning staff is wearing gloves, it is still important that they spend the extra time necessary to make sure chemicals and germs are thoroughly washed off their hands.

Wash hands thoroughly after using chemicals, cleaning up spills, or emptying trash -- even if gloves were worn. At least 20 seconds are needed for the washing to be effective. Follow these steps to get hands thoroughly clean:

  1. Wet hands with warm running water prior to reaching for soap, either in bar or liquid form.
  2. Add soap and rub hands together to make a lather. This should be done away from running water, so the lather is not washed away.
  3. Wash the front and back of hands, between fingers and under nails. Continue rubbing the hands for an additional 15 seconds.
  4. Rinse hands well under warm running water.
  5. Dry hands thoroughly with either clean towels or an air dryer.

If soap and water are not available, it is a good idea to keep alcohol based hand sanitizers, gels or antibacterial wipes around as an alternative.

It is especially important in health care environments that employees take the extra time needed to be sure they have removed any contaminants they may have come in contact with. Problem areas in health care environments include: door handles, patient bed rails, patient and public telephones, restrooms, treatment areas and furniture.

Surveys show that proper training is beneficial in getting employees to pay attention to their hand washing habits. When training your employees make sure to include this vital information about keeping their hands clean.

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