Entries by Andi Curry

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 […]

The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do to Attract and Retain Custodial Workers

What do employees what in a job, anyway? Custodial managers often ask themselves this question when assembling a new team or filling a position opening. Finding good staff is difficult, because even in tough labor markets, turnover in the commercial cleaning industry is notoriously high—as much as 200 percent in some operations.   In Facility […]

Why Dirty Schools are a Big Problem—and What We Can Do to Clean Them Up

Last year, the Chicago Public School (CPS) system had a major cleaning problem on its hands. When it outsourced cleaning services, it promised the move would save the district money, provide cleaner schools and reduce responsibilities within individual schools. That didn’t happen.  An investigation by a local newspaper revealed that 91 of 125 schools failed […]