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Banning the Anti-Bac

The FDA ruled that beginning September 2017, soaps and sanitizers will no longer be able to contain the cleansing agent, Triclosan. Triclosan was removed because it has a negative impact on health and the environment, and contributes to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance has been a concern for decades, but concern increased when an antibiotic-resistant superbug popped up in Pennsylvania early this year.

Many businesses often provide hand sanitizers in high traffic areas for both employees and customers. Hand sanitizers have become popular because they are a quick way to clean up when users do not have access to soap and water, or do not have the time to step away and wash their hands in between customers. Research has found that although these products are intended to kill bad bacteria, they often attract bacteria because their ingredients leave a sticky film on hands that traps germs on the skin. It is recommended that individuals using hand sanitizers wash their hands with soap and water after every four or five times of sanitizer use. Sanitizers kill bad bacteria but also wipe out good bacteria on the skin that are part of the body’s natural defense against germs.

Instead of using hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps, the CDC recommends using plain soap and water, scrubbing hands for twenty seconds (time yourself by singing two rounds of Happy Birthday to You), and using a clean towel to dry hands. Washing hands significantly reduces the spread of germs in the workplace by bacteria that cause illnesses like colds, flu, and norovirus.

Other ways to reduce the spread of germs through your business and protect your health is to hire a professional janitorial cleaning service to clean your business. Professional cleaning companies will disinfect and sanitize high traffic areas and target places where germs live and thrive.


1 of 5 Great Cleaning Tips that will keep your office looking clean while reducing costs

Tip Number One: The Microfiber Wonder

One way to save you time and money is by using split microfiber towels or cloths to clean or wipe down surface areas. These microfiber towels are used by many professional cleaning companies and although they may cost more than a box of rags, they are more economical because they last longer and are much easier for you to use.

When utilized properly, the microfiber towels pick up miniscule dirt, oil and other contaminates much like a magnet picks up metal. Just by adding water, these towels are extremely efficient dusters and dirt removers.

To do this, first submerge the towel in water and then wring it out by folding it into smaller squares. If the towel leaves streaks, it is too wet and you must wring it out some more. If it leaves dirt behind, it is too dirty, so dump it in water until the dirt is gone and repeat the process. Unlike rags that push the dirt and grime, the microfiber towel will actually pick up the dirt and oil and hold it until you wash it off.

These microfiber towels are designed to clean on a microscopic scale. According to recent tests, using microfiber towels reduces bacteria by 99%, whereas a conventional cleaning rag reduces this number by 33% equaling less work for you.


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