Hygiene

environmental surfaces

Environmental surfaces can be infection gateway

Recently released guidelines from Ontario's Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee address the cleaning and disinfecting challenges that housekeeping staff continue to face in healthcare facilities.
avidbot

Autonomous robots and the cleaning industry

It’s been quite a journey for two University of Waterloo Engineering graduates who dreamed of creating an autonomous robot company.
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Waste management tips for avoiding unwanted pests

Summer is fast-approaching, which means annoying pests will soon be out in full force. These creatures can become a problem for a facility if left unchecked.
SUNSHINE

Sunshine Building Maintenance: Building a Legacy

Now in operation for more than six decades, Sunshine Building Maintenance Inc. is one of the largest privately owned cleaning companies in Ontario.
scent

Creating a lasting first impression for your facility

A good or bad experience on a person’s first visit to a building can be the difference between a returning client or a lost opportunity. An opinion is formed within seconds of an individual walking through your doors and the scent that greets their nostrils will go a long way to deciding whether that opinion is positive or negative.
hospital

More hospitals introduce antimicrobial copper

Hospitals have a potent, new tool in their mission to improve patient health and safety. It also happens to be the one of the oldest metals known to man - copper.
restroom

Data-driven tech to upend restroom maintenance

As facilities evolve and become more high tech, new systems have developed to help improve efficiency - especially when it comes to cleaning schedules.
REMI

Canadian Cleaning Conference

Copper

Copper allays germy fitness centres

Copper alloys used more in hospitals to help fight health-care acquired infections, aren’t as prevalent in non-traditional spaces where germs also spread.
waste management

How IoT is making waste management smarter

The decreasing costs of sensors means the Internet of Things is rapidly moving into new areas of commercial properties, such as waste management.
mould

Thinking outside the mould in maintenance

Facilities still contain built-in materials that were exposed to rain and snow in the construction or renovation process, leading to the presence of mould.
hospital

Benefits and limits of UV-C Disinfection systems

New UV-C Disinfection technologies are being implemented across the globe in an attempt to eliminate harmful microorganisms before they reach patients.
multi-res landlords

Urbanization turbocharging pesticide resistance

Canada’s growing cities are fueling pesticide resistance as rodents, bed bugs and cockroaches better adapt to human environments.
hotel housekeepers

Precarious work takes toll on hotel housekeepers

A hotel housekeeper in Canada is estimated to assume 8,000 different body postures every shift. Repetitive motion injuries are common.
seasonal influenza

Prepping for flu season with the value of cleaning

Health officials won’t quite know what to expect until later this fall, but facilities should still brace themselves no matter what flu strain will spread.
rodent activity

Warmer weather to boost fall rodent activity

Summer-like conditions this past September and now October may contribute to higher rodent activity in the fall season.
handwashing

Few wash hands properly in germy schools

When educating children and young adults about good hand hygiene practices, it’s important to implement the right handwashing practices.