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How To: Prevent H1N1 (Swine Flu)

Apr 27, 2009

With the CDC confirming that H1N1 (Swine Flu) has surfaced in over 5 states, everyone is on alert. A mutated strain of Influenza, H1N1 (Swine Flu) is contagious and dangerous if not treated quickly and effectively. However, there are ways to prevent getting sick.

1) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.purell2

2) Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

4) Try to avoid close contact with sick people- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Stock up on all your antibacterial hand soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant cleaners at

Flushable Wipes vs. Toilet Paper: What Works Best?

Apr 22, 2009

Though flushable wipes are marketed as a safe alternative to toilet paper, many people are still questioning whether or not these innovative wipes are the best choice for their pipes. To test this question, reporters for News Channel 5 of Cleveland, Ohio, took toilet paper and flushable wipes by a couple of leading paper companies and compared them.

To see how these claims hold up, a recent Consumers Report put three wipes, along with plain old toilet paper, through a disintegration test. It simulates what may happen when flushing and gives consumers a look at how the product could affect their pipes. Toilet paper tends to break down in about eight seconds. In contrast, flushable wipes lasted well beyond 30 minutes.

Kim Leman of Consumer Reports said of the experiment, “Although they say flushable, our disintegration tests show they don’t break down easily, which could pose problems with your plumbing or septic system.”

A spokesperson for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, which manufactures Scott and Cottonelle, defended the use of flushable wipes and said in a recent statement, “The Consumer Report article does not identify which test method was used to rate the various tissue products, and the story also indicates that further tested needs to be undertaken. There are industry-standard flushability test methods, which have been peer reviewed and accepted by both tissue manufacturers and public works authorities. Kimberly-Clark has performed extensive testing of our flushable wipes products using these methods and all our flushable wipes products pass the relevant tests.”

A Charmin spokesperson also said Charmin Wipes have been tested and are flushable and compatible with functioning household drain lines and sewerage and septic systems.

So what’s your take? Are flushable wipes a better way to do your business, or is classic Toilet Paper a better choice?

Stadium Toilet Ratios Come into Play

Apr 15, 2009

According to a recent story in the New York Times, female baseball fans can get some bathroom relief faster and easier than ever when visiting the new Yankee Stadium and the Met’s Citi Field, where restroom plans are being instituted to save on the wait times of so many women during the ball game.

Roughly 1,500 new toilets and urinals await fans at the two ballparks, which is about a 30 percent increase at Yankee Stadium and a 10 percent increase at Citi Field.

According to the New York Times article, studies show that women take about twice as long as men in the restroom. The reasons vary, but the problem still remains the same: women need more bathrooms to avoid longer wait times.

Groups including the American Restroom Association and the World Toilet Organization view quick access to clean public toilets as a serious public health issue. People with medical problems, including bladder or bowel dysfunction, may not be able to wait. Long waits can also complicate other issues, including urinary-tract infections, making the trip to the restroom more of a hassle than a relief.

To combat these issues, New York City has passed several laws requiring a higher ratio of female bathrooms to male bathrooms in newly constructed or renovated public areas. More often than not, outdated buildings are tailored to male bathroom visits more so than female, so the update will be a much needed change – especially since many of the city’s codes were based off of requirements set in 1968. In 2003 and 2005, the city decided it was time for change and instituted new guidelines for building departments handling the installation of public toilets. Now, these laws will apply firsthand with the opening of the new stadiums.

We wonder how they’ll solve the need for more toilet paper.

Think Pink, Do Good in Your Restroom

Apr 10, 2009

In the United States, about every 1 in 8 women suffers from breast cancer. In addition, 2.4 million women living in the U.S. have been diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer.

To do your part in the fight against the second leading cause of cancer death in women, outfit your public bathroom with the vendPINK Tampon Dispenser. This cause related dispenser shows your support in the fight against breast cancer while providing a feminine element to your restroom. Plus, this unique machine features the pink ribbon symbol for awareness and dispenses dittie tampons, adorable feminine care products with inspirational messages on each and every wrapper.

When you purchase your vendPINK starter kit and dittie tampon refills, 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. Organizations like Y-Me (also known as the Breast Cancer Network of Strength) act as a support group and educational resource for families affected by breast cancer. By donating to this charity, you’re giving women the chance to receive the support and guidance they need throughout their diagnosis and treatment.

Do your part. Think pink for your restrooms today.

Use Floor Mats to Keep Your Facility Clean

Apr 8, 2009

Matting According to the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, over 26lbs. of dirt can be tracked into a facility in one month by just 1000 people. The cost of removing t that dirt can be up to $500 per pound! If you want to avoid extensive cleaning costs, your best bet is an efficient matting system.

Matting systems are designed to stop dirt, soil, dust, residue, grime, and other foreign materials from entering your facility. The benefits of installing matting are endless- from a better facility appearance, to increased safety for your workers, an easier daily cleaning routine, less damage to products, a lower cost of carpet care, and decreased frequency in replacing carpet and flooring.

There are three types of matting systems:

1) Outside Matting– Outside matting is durable, long lasting, and stain resistant. We recommend non-backed mats so that dirt and moisture can pass through the mat for easy clean-up.

2) Foyer & Entrance Matting– The mats need to be durable and non-slip. We recommend the 3M Entrance Floor Mats because they come in different sizes and construction depending on traffic. They are also attractive and look nice in a foyer, with colors like Brown, Slate, Ebony and Grey.

3) Inside Matting– Inside Matting is usually made of nylon or polypropylene with a vinyl backing to hold moisture and dirt off the floor- backless mats are a no no for indoor use because you will stain your floor! The vinyl back will also make sure the mat stays in place and doesn’t move along the floor.

Not only should you consider what type of mat to purchase, but you also need to think about what size is necessary. Many factors come into play when deciding what type of mat you need- how much traffic, how much moisture, and what type of mat you prefer. For more questions, please email, or comment below.

Green House Cleaning

Apr 3, 2009

Springtime is a great time for cleaning, especially if you like to keep it natural. As the grass gets greener and flowers start to bloom, use nature as your inspiration and use natural cleaners to assist you in your spring cleaning tasks in a way that is both safe for your family and effective for ridding your home of dirt, dust, and grime. offers a great selection of Green Cleaners, perfect for restoring your home to its natural beauty without being harmful on the environment. Made from all natural materials and designed to pack a powerful cleaning punch without the harsh chemicals, the natural cleaners from are the perfect addition to your cleaning closet or cabinet this season. Just take a look at some of our favorites:

Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner

Free from bleach and other harmful abrasives, this all-purpose cleaner is perfect for cleaning up all of life’s little messes, spills, drips, scuffs, and dirt. Fresh lemon scent, biodegradable, and non-toxic.

Clorox Green Works Glass Cleaner

For sparkling window panes, mirrors, and tabletops, use Clorox Green Works Glass Cleaner. Made from natural ingredients and perfect for cutting through dust, dirt, grime, and smudges on all of your favorite glass, stainless steel, or appliances.

Clorox GreenWorks Bathroom Cleaner

Cleaning power with a touch of Mother Nature is what Clorox Green Works is all about. Its powerful formula is derived from the most effective natural sources, such as coconut-based cleaning agent, essential lemon oils, corn-based alcohol and biodegradable preservative. Works on tough stains such as soap scum, hard water and rust to get your bathroom sparkling.


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