Orders for infection control products like disinfectants and other related items have increased across the nation as Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) continues to spread. Manufacturers of these products are having difficulty keeping up with demand, and your current disinfectant may be temporarily unavailable. If you can’t get the disinfectant you regularly use, other disinfectants, like bleach, can be used in its place.
Great tasting, good quality food and a pleasant dining experience is not enough to satisfy customers and encourage repeat visits. Customers desire a complete dining experience including everything from polite and attentive staff and short wait times to spotless dishes and clean restrooms. For many restaurant owners, the impact of long lines and spotless dishes is known, but it can be surprising to learn that a clean restroom has a direct impact on customer satisfaction and retention. A patron’s bathroom experience may not seem like it plays an important role in the overall experience but, more than 80 percent of consumers would avoid a restaurant with a dirty restroom—not just avoid the restroom, but avoid the restaurant altogether.
[Updated: March 6, 2020] There’s been a lot of attention around the recent emergence of a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). While the majority of the cases are in China, 2019 Novel Coronavirus is now prevalent in the U.S. While cases in the U.S. remain comparatively low, WHO and CDC expect more confirmed cases. To help you navigate the best way to control the spread of this virus and to prevent an outbreak from occurring in your facility, EBP has gathered information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and several of our manufacturing partners.
Common in most facilities, wet mops are used to complete various cleaning procedures. Wet mops are the perfect tool to combat floor stains in entryways, maintain heavy traffic areas, clean spill-prone spots, or to perform floor disinfection. However, there are several different types of wet mops, and each type is designed to tackle specific floor cleaning applications. Using the right wet mop for each cleaning procedure will allow your staff to achieve the best results.
Winter is quickly approaching, bringing its own mix of harsh conditions and cleaning challenges. Now is the time to start preparing for the wet wintery effects that come with snow, ice, and slush. Soils, snow, and ice melt are abrasive and can cut carpet fibers and scratch hard floors, dulling floor appearance and causing lasting damage. Winter floor care will require more time and labor than other seasons, but with the right preventative and daily care, you can keep your floors looking their best despite the weather challenges.
Commercial floor mats are placed both inside and outside of your facility to protect your floors and your occupants. Floor mats are used in many different types of facilities including schools, hospitals, and retail stores to prevent slip, trip, and fall accidents. They are also used to protect the floors from abrasive soils, liquids, and harsh chemical compounds, like ice melt or oils from being tracked throughout your facility. Understanding the importance of mats throughout your business is important for preventing slip and fall injuries and keeping your facility looking its best. Not all mats perform the same and each type has its respective use. A proper matting program will greatly impact how cleaning is performed within your facility and how much it costs your facility.
The flu causes U.S. employees to miss approximately 17 million workdays a year, in turn costing employers, like you, about $7 billion annually in sick days and lost productivity. Each year the seasonal flu peaks between December and February, but preparing for cold and flu season should start in late October. Prevention begins with encouraging healthy habits among your employees and maintaining a clean facility. Illnesses like the flu compromise an employee's ability to perform their daily tasks, meaning they may be operating slower than normal or could be making more mistakes. Decreased productivity and increased mistakes will cost you money.
New technology is constantly being developed to increase efficiencies and simplify processes, and that is no different in the janitorial services industry. Innovative new products streamline cleaning procedures, increase employee productivity, and provide you with a quicker return on your investment. In the commercial cleaning industry, innovative products from dispensers to floor pads are similar in that they aim to boost worker productivity. Increasing worker productivity through product innovation is one of the best ways to reduce your costs.
Winter months are quickly approaching and that means ice and snow are on the way, and slick sidewalks and slippery parking lots are also on the horizon. As a business owner, you are likely familiar with the increased dangers of wintery weather and the associated dangers that come with slippery sidewalks and entryways. Before the first snowfall, it is important to take the necessary steps to reduce or eliminate hazardous icy conditions outside your facility. The best way to avoid slips and falls due to icy sidewalks, parking lots, and entryways are with the use of the right ice melt.
When a member of your janitorial staff is injured, it presents a problem for the employee and you. Not only will you incur increased costs from workers' compensation claims, replacement labor, and insurance costs, but also the added costs from lower employee morale and productivity. Custodians and janitors play a critical role in making sure your facility is clean, safe, and looking its best. The safety of your cleaning crew should also be a priority. One common cause of injuries to janitorial staff is the result of improperly handling chemicals. Custodians in your facility likely work with a range of chemicals every day, potentially putting them at risk for chemical burns and other related injuries.
Without proper cleaning and sanitization procedures, foodservice operators are putting their customers at increased risk of foodborne illness. A food poisoning outbreak will negatively affect customer’s perception and satisfaction with your business, giving your business a bad reputation. A bad reputation can mean lost sales and may even put you out of business.