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Emerging trends in green cleaning technology
Green cleaning—products and services that protect the environment and human health—is now common practice in the facility maintenance field. But some industry insiders say it’s not enough to be green anymore. If contractors and facility managers truly want to create a sustainable environment in a cost-effective way that is also competitive, they need to look at how materials are sourced, manufactured, distributed, used, reused and disposed. Technology trends are constantly evolving to meet these needs, resulting in a number of opportunities.
Changes loom for City of Toronto cleaning services
The City of Toronto overspent on cleaning services last year, according to two audits released in mid-June that examine both in-house and contract services. A list of recommendations show opportunities to control costs, improve productivity, enhance the quality of cleaning services and maximize value from staff.
Consumers polled on public bathroom behaviour
A recent survey conducted by restroom fixture manufacturer Bradley Corporation reveals why public restrooms have a bad reputation.
 
Mould and Your Property
Mould is a common problem, particularly in buildings with damp basements or after a flood. Though mould exists everywhere, amplified mould growth can cause severe health problems in occupants and lead to costly damage—or worse, litigation. Mould remediation requires not only actual cleanup, but building and water source investigation and repair in order to prevent further growth in the future. Here is everything you need to know about mould and how to stop a full-blown outbreak from infecting your property.
 
Steps for keeping dance floors clean and safe
Cleaning professionals responsible for maintaining nightclub dance floors can establish a cleaning routine to save time and ensure all tasks are completed.
2016 ASHRAE Handbook targets HVAC systems
The new ASHRAE Handbook – HVAC Systems and Equipment discusses various systems and the equipment, components or assemblies they comprise. It also describes features and differences to help operators in selecting and using equipment.

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Clean towels paramount in hotel guest experience
A new Xeros consumer survey reveals that towel quality is important to the overall hotel guest experience and can impact a guest's decision to return to a hotel.
Water damage restoration standard gets French version
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has released the French translation of the ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (4th edition, 2015).
Aging facilities face increased pest pressure
While all buildings need protection against potential pests, older buildings can face increased pest pressures and unique challenges if left unprepared. The likelihood of pest infestation increases as buildings age, and facility managers need to understand the risk factors before an infestation occurs, introducing numerous health and safety concerns. Here is how preventive measures such as maintenance and sanitation can help.
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Remove graffiti fast to prevent future tagging
If a building has no porous surfaces, the do-it-yourself approach to removal is most effective. Keep primer and extra paint available to quickly cover up graffiti sprayed on painted surfaces. Do not just paint over the tag. Feather out the paint over a larger area.
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