Entries by Andi Curry

Why We Clean

Cleaning gets a bum rap. Just try googling quotes about cleaning and you’ll find that most of them portray cleaning—specifically, house cleaning— negatively. “I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. – Joan Rivers “Housework can’t kill you, but why take […]

(OS1) Trainer Profile: Josh Sego

(OS1) Trainers are a critical piece to creating and implementing a successful (OS1) System. Beyond training their teams, they are also committed to their own continuing education. Trainers are required to complete Train the Trainer class and must pass an exam with a score of 80 percent or higher to earn their designation as a […]

Here’s to the Janitor

As we close out this decade, we wanted to send a quick thank you to all the hard working people who keep our buildings, homes, streets and cities clean. Here’s to the Janitor, who works in the shadows. The person who pushes a mop, Takes out our trash, And removes the dust To keep the […]

6 Easy Ways to Prevent Accidents from Cleaning Chemicals

After last week’s incident at a Buffalo Wild Wings when a young manager died following exposure to toxic fumes from a floor cleaner, we’ve received several calls and emails from organizations looking to prevent a similar situation from happening in their own businesses.  Updates from the original story show that the manager died and at […]

Engaging Younger Workers: How the Provo City School District Trains High School Custodial Workers

Jeff Hawkins is the Director of Custodial Services with Provo City School District, which includes 18 schools — three high schools, two middle schools and 13 elementary. To clean the 2.5 million square feet in each of these buildings, the district employee 175 custodians. The majority of these custodians—or “sweepers” as they’re called locally—are high […]

Thank you for an incredible Symposium!

Wow, we’re fresh off a wonderful few days with all of our friends from the Simon Institute and feeling overwhelmed (in a good way) from all the great information, news and resources shared!  The theme of this year’s Symposium focused on “treating janitors as first-class citizens.” We talked a whole lot about strategies to make […]

Thank You, Cleaning Workers.

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, is National Custodian Day. And to celebrate, we’ve made it really easy to show the person who cleans your office, your child’s school or the person wiping down the sink in the airport restroom just how much you appreciate what they do. Cleaning workers are the invisible heroes who keep our […]

How to Prepare for a Bad Flu Season with a Good Disinfection Program

So—do you want the good news or bad news first? Bad news: Early reports show that this year’s flu season is not looking so good. There’s a particular strain—H3N2—which is said to be more severe. Good news: With proper disinfection, cleaning teams can have a substantial impact on stopping the spread of the virus. A […]