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Colgate. For laundry applications, in January, Procter & Gamble
Professional will introduce a dispensing system that’s more durable and easier to maintain. Also from P&G Professional is a
C.dif. kill claim for its Comet disinfecting cleanser with bleach.
Something in the Air
Zep acquired Amrep back in 2010, but it’s only been in the past
couple of months that new products have rolled out under the
Zep, rather than the Amrep, aegis. One of the newest is Time
Mist, which utilizes air to push fragrance into the room. Unlike
competitive products, Time Mist lasts 60 days and the unit’s battery lasts two years, according to Deborah Heilig-Roach, director
While more marketers are emphasizing efficacy and price
in their new product offerings, Sierra Technologies & Industrial
Specialties (STIS), a first-time exhibitor at ISSA, promoted
the environmental benefits of Ecomate multipurpose cleaner.
Company president Olabisi Carlton-Carew explained Ecomate’s
wide range of applications include: carpet, concrete, floor and
appliance cleaner; degreaser; spray and wipe; stain remover and
wax stripper. It is approved for use in food service by the USDA.
“Ecomate is green and safe and odor-free,” added Carlton-Carew, who said the product’s unique surfactant system keeps
dirt and oil from redepositing on surfaces.
Other time- and money-saving solutions were also on display
at ISSA. Simoniz’s Gripcoat anti-slip floor care system not only
provides 25% more slip resistance than OSHA requirements, it
requires less scrub and recoats and extends the normal recoat application 2-3 times, according to Bryan Cope of Simoniz.
3M touted the benefits of its new Glass Cleaner & Protector.
The formula contains ScotchGard which, with regular application,
“After five applications, the formula imparts an invisible layer
of protection on glass for easier cleaning,” he explained.“It reduc-
es fogging on windows and mirrors with repeated use, leaving an
Rochester Midland Corp. promoted the benefits of its new
Enviro Care Novus floor finish, which is said to outperform and
outshine competitive products thanks to a unique, cross-linking
iXT technology. The formula was third-party certified and is
odorless and transparent, yet delivers a very high gloss.
“It benefits people, the planet and the bottom line,” insisted
Jim Bruno of RMC.
Ecolab recently rolled out a new and improved StainBlaster
program that is designed to keep lodging linens on the beds and
out of the trash bins.
“If you look at the lodging sector, there are a number of expenses,” explained Tony Johnson, senior marketing manager,
institutional, Ecolab. “Linen replacement cost is a significant
component of that, so extending the life of the fabric is important.
Proper stain management extends linen life.”
Keeping hotel linens and towels clean can be an expensive proposition, according to Ecolab. The company estimates that a typical
150 room-lodging establishment spends $75,000 a year on laundry costs, which translates into $205 per day! But not all that cash
is going toward detergent and water. In fact, Ecolab estimates
that linen replacement represents 25% of overall costs. And just
THE HIGH COST OF GETTING SICK
• It sucks to get sick, as everyone knows, but illness is also a
drain on the economy. ISSa points out that sick employees, averaging 7. 7 sick days a year, cost the US economy $225.8 billion a year.
Taking a closer look at the damage caused by a dirty workplace, ISSa
found that cold/flu symptoms resulted in
an overall loss in performance of 3-8%,
and dust exposure affected workers’
cognitive skills by 2-6%. What’s more,
unplanned absences cause a 54% decrease in productivity/output and a 39%
drop in sales/customer service.
In contrast, a properly clean environ-
ment reduces the probability of catch-
ing the common cold or flu by 80%,
reduces virus-contaminated surfaces
by 62% and, perhaps most importantly,
reduces absenteeism by 46%.
and what common surfaces require
special attention due to high levels of contamination? according to
ISSa, they include: computer mice and keyboards, desk phones,
break room sink faucet handles, microwave oven and refrigerator door
handles, and water fountain and vending machine buttons.
Cleaning has a very real and mea-
surable value, then, according to ISSa.
It leads to a 2-8% increase in productiv-
ity and 94% of people said they would
avoid a business in the future if they en-
countered a dirty restroom.
among quick-service restaurant
customers, cleanliness is ranked No.
1 in customer satisfaction—ahead of
value, speed, convenience and variety,
Clean facilities are not just a cost,
according to ISSa, they generate
Common surfaces harbor contamination.