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  • Measuring Cleanliness Is More than Passing the

    Measuring cleanliness — and doing it right — is a little more complicated than it seems.

  • University Finds Money Not Too Clean

    Hamilton, OH - A research project conducted by New York University found that paper money can host hundreds of different types of bacteria and other contaminants. Analyzing U.S.

  • Getting Started with ICM (Integrated Cleaning & Measurement)

  • Student Wins Grand Prize Using ATP Rapid Hygiene Monitoring System from Kaivac

    Hamilton, OH (PRWEB) April 02, 2013 -- Fourteen-year-old Megan Lange of Auburn, AL was recently awarded the "Best in Fair" prize in the Greater Eastern Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair using the Kaivac ATP Rapid Monitoring System.* The fair consisted of 75 high school students from 19 counties in Southeastern Alabama.

  • Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools ® (PC4HS) Supports IEHA's Integrated Cleaning and Measurement™ (ICM) Program

    Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools® (PC4HS) is pleased to support IEHA's Integrated Cleaning and Measurement™ (ICM) program by taking before and after measurements of ATP and allergen levels in K-12 schools deploying a PC4HS program.

  • TURI OmniFlex AutoVac Testing

  • Dow AgroSciences Cleans Lab Floors Hygienically Using High Flow Fluid Extraction (HFFE) Technology

    While research laboratories must be clean, labs performing biotech work involving cell cultures and molecular biology must be pristine - if not sterile. According to Cathy Peacock, a Senior Microbiologist in the Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, 

  • Tests of the Kaivac System at the University of Washington Revealed

    A recent comparison of the Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning® technology conducted at the University of Washington in Seattle suggests that this method of cleaning can be exceptionally effective.

  • Renewable Cleaning - The Right Prescription for What Ails Us

    Why renewable, water-only cleaning processes will gradually displace many chemical-driven approaches Cleaning is the removal of unwanted matter, including dirt, germs and toxic substances.

  • The Test for Contaminants

    Health-based, hygienic cleaning, including desk cleaning, has also enhanced with the development of easy-to-use ATP technology. 'ATP is a universal energy molecule found in all animal, plant, bacterial, yeast, and mold cells,' says Morrison.

  • Gold Old 0046

    Rolando Brown, supervisor of custodial services for Metropolitan School District, Lawrence Township, IN, is proud her district owns Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning™

  • The ISSA 2010 Kaivac Challenge

    Live Science-based Demonstrations Highlight Extreme Soil Removal - 31 Times More Efficient at Removing Soils From Hard SurfacesWhat's the most critical component of a cleaning system?

  • The ISSA 2010 Kaivac Challenge

    Live Science-based Demonstrations Highlight Extreme Soil Removal - 31 Times More Efficient at Removing Soils From Hard Surfaces What's the most critical component of a cleaning system?

  • Washoe Schools, Reno NV, Pilots ICM Process Cleaning

    Reno NV - Tuesday, August 31, 2010. The Washoe County School District (WCSD), Reno NV, has announced a pilot program - starting in several of its elementary and high schools - based on the Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM) model.

  • When It Comes to Hygienic Cleaning, Coverall Steps Up to the Plate

    Developing hygienic, healthy cleaning practices has long been a priority in medical facilities, where concerns regarding the spread of infection and nosocomial illnesses are paramount.

  • Log Reduction: Quantifying the Removal of Germs Under ICM Using Less Toxic or Greener Methods

    Given the growing public awareness of H1N1, E. coli and other 'invisible' contaminants, service providers striving to clean for a healthier environment should be able to control or remove these threats and prove it. 

  • The Importance of Correct Sampling and Swabbing in ICM Programs

    The swabs used for sampling surfaces for microbial contamination are examples of devices that are simple in design and construction, but are difficult to use without discipline and training.

  • Clean Restrooms - It's All About Respect and Measurement

    How do we get more kids and custodians in public schools to respect each other? Unfortunately, too many students think custodians are hired to pick up after them.

  • Putting ICM to the Test

    In late 2008, the Integrated Cleaning and Measurement™ model first emerged into the cleaning industry. When implemented correctly, ICM can help your facility reduce costs and make your cleaning program more efficient and effective, thus increasing customer satisfaction and decreasing the spread of disease.

  • How Clean is Clean? There is No Looking Back ...

    We banter about the word 'clean', but we are hard-pressed to come up with a good definition that is not subjective.

  • ICM Commentary - The Best Thing to Have Happened ...

    We in the public health industry have been agonizing over 'Clean to sight and touch' for decades. Subjective evaluations of cleaning outcomes have certainly not prevented disease transmission.

  • Measuring Devices: Minimize the Risk, Maximize the Reward

    A lot of the evaluation of cleaning processes has been built around the concept of 'huffing and puffing': if we work and we sweat, that must mean the surface is clean.

  • University of Washington - ICM Spray-and-Vac Water Only Test

    If there is any upside to managing a custodial department during a downside economy, it may be the way it forces innovation in the form of increasingly creative solutions to solve severe budgetary problems. 

  • Integrated Cleaning and Measurement - Why Communication is Critical to its Success

    'Nobody knows what we do until we don't do it' is a slogan often seen in custodial closets and on lunch room notice boards, and to a degree is typical of the way in which cleaning services have been perceived by both service providers and their clients.

  • Integrated Infection Prevention: Cleaning and Measurement Take Aim at Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs)

    Most experts agree that a multifaceted approach is the best way to help stem the tide of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). 

  • Integrated Cleaning and Measurement: A New Approach to Housekeeping and Sanitation

    As a sanitarian, I always viewed my professional goals as those of ensuring food safety by constantly applying scientific principles through the application of cost-effective and cost-efficient ongoing preventive measures.

  • ICM Defined

    Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM) is an open source unified-systems approach to institutional and industrial cleaning that uses measurement as a product and process selection, enhancement and validation tool.

  • ICM: Integrated Cleaning & Measurement - An Open Source Protocol for Results-Based Cleaning

    ICM is a systems-approach to cleaning that incorporates measurement as a cornerstone of the process.  A  key to any improvement initiative is the ability to measure. 

  • Cleaning: Art or Science?

    Is cleaning an art? Or is it really a science?  It's a question that is bound to get lots of responses from cleaning industry veterans with vigorous arguments being raised on both sides in favor of their respective points of view. 

  • How Do We Know It is Clean?

    MRSA, C-difficile, VRSA, Norwalk disease, Hepatitis C, Asian flu; every day there are reports that our schools, health facilities, workplaces and public spaces are becoming serious health risks. 

  • Are We Cleaning Properly? Is Our Failure to Update Our Cleaning Methods Harmful to Health?

    Despite the wide use of sanitizers and disinfectants, it's becoming clear that conventional cleaning methods are not achieving the standards or results that are essential for our health and well-being.

  • Biowarfare: Mitigating Toilet Sneeze with ICM

    'Aerosol: Particles, either liquid or solid, suspended in air.' – Definition from the Textbook of Military Medicine, Part I: Medical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Warfare

  • Remove It, Prove It - Better Cleaning Through Scientific Validation

    Cleaning is the removal of unwanted matter, including macro soil we can see: dirt, debris, and spills; and micro soil: harmful bacteria, viruses, spores, dust particles, and chemical substances below the threshold of human perception.

  • Professions of the Future: Indoor Environmental Experts

    Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM) is changing the perception of the cleaning industry and generating interest from individuals who want to pursue cleaning as a career.

  • ICM Q&A

    We are excited and proud to introduce to you the concept of Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM) - The Industry's First Open-Source Cleaning System.

  • Hygienic Green Cleaning - The Next Wave

    In the past 10 years the concept of 'green' cleaning has progressed from fringe ideology to mainstream philosophy. Cleaning service providers, facilities maintenance managers, building service contractors and others who once dismissed environmentally friendly practices in favor of traditional methods are now embracing the approach, encouraging the next wave.

  • Clean Restrooms - It's All About Respect, and Measurement

    How do we get more kids and custodians in public schools to respect each other? Unfortunately, too many students think custodians are hired to pick up after them.

  • Development of An Optimal Cleaning Process Through ICM

    Cleaning processes consist of a number of manual and/or automatic steps involving the use of mechanical action, solvents, and/or detergents.

  • Measuring for Health

    Sitting in class not too long ago, students sneezed, coughed, bled and touched their way through each day and didn't think twice about it.

  • A White Glove Inspection for the Invisible - Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM)

    Many years ago while serving in the military I was exposed to a foreign concept, the "White Glove" inspection.  The purpose of the inspection by our military instructors was to determine if our rooms were clean.  

  • Independent Certified Lab Tests Confirm Multiple Kaivac Technologies as Sanitizing Devices

    Greater than 99.9 Percent Reduction in Bacteria without Chemicals Breakthrough Patent-Pending Process Simplifies Training and Improves Productivity by 40 Percent or More over Current Kaivac Processes Kaivac, Inc., announces today that both its KaiVac®

  • Cleaning to Reduce the Risk of H1N1 Flu Virus - Guidelines for Cleaning, Janitorial and Maintenance Staff

    Swine flu is a new variant of the H1N1 strain of influenza type A. It is highly contagious and spreads from person-to-person in several ways: when an ill person sneezes or coughs, infected droplets enter another person through the nose, mouth or eyes;

  • Kai-Leidoscope Survey Reveals How Subscribers Measure Cleaning Effectiveness

    The April 2009 issue of Kai-Leidoscope, the monthly newsletter of Kaivac, Inc. (developers of the No-Touch Cleaning® system), asked its readers to complete a survey regarding how they measure cleaning effectiveness. The question evolved because Kaivac, along with such organizations as the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI), have been working to scientifically evaluate cleaning effectiveness and the importance of more effective cleaning through scientific research. However, the results of the study indicate that most cleaning professionals still do not use scientific measurement systems to determine cleaning effectiveness: Nearly thirty percent of the respondents reported that they measure the effectiveness of their cleaning programs "by my own overall view of the facility based on its appearance, smell, etc."About a quarter of the respondents said that they judge cleaning effectiveness based on feedback from their clients (building owners, managers or occupants).Sixteen percent of respondents indicated that they do in fact use scientific measurement tools and data, the most common of which are ATP rapid monitoring systems or similar devices.

  • Survey: How Do You Measure the Effectiveness of Your Cleaning Program?

    March Survey Results Below are the results for the March Survey.Be sure to take this month's survey. In the March 2009 issue of Kai-leidescope, our subscribers were asked what steps they are taking to hold on to their customers during the current downturn in the economy. According to Matt Morrison, Communications Manager for Kaivac, the two key steps BSCs are taking to hold on to their clients and weather the current economic storm are: Improving Service (28 percent)

  • Cleaning for Health: A Comparison of Cleaning Methods

    The results of this cleaning for health study were presented at the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) symposium on May 2, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV.<br><br> The purpose of this paper and investigation was to apply a scientific methodolog

  • Winning Premium Business Using Rapid Hygiene Measurement

    Building Service Contractor Darryl Lawson has very personal reasons for wanting to see cleaner public restrooms. As a kidney transplant recipient, he is more at risk than most to the viral pathogens that cause infectious diseases.

  • Back to Back Studies Find Similar Results

    The removal of microbial contamination from grout areas presents a serious problem for cleaning professionals. This is because grouting tends to be softer and more porous than surrounding tiles and the "grout line" is invariably lower than the tiles making it more difficult to clean. Consequently, successful removal of microbial contamination in grout areas has traditionally been dependent on the skill of the cleaning technician, the amount of time allotted for this time consuming task, and the cleaning systems used. There are a limited number of investigations on the qualitative clean ability of grout areas.

Cleaning Science Articles

  • Measuring Cleanliness Is More than Passing the

    Measuring cleanliness — and doing it right — is a little more complicated than it seems.

  • Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools ® (PC4HS) Supports IEHA's Integrated Cleaning and Measurement™ (ICM) Program

    Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools® (PC4HS) is pleased to support IEHA's Integrated Cleaning and Measurement™ (ICM) program by taking before and after measurements of ATP and allergen levels in K-12 schools deploying a PC4HS program.

  • TURI OmniFlex AutoVac Testing

  • The Mechanics of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

    Most of us assume we know what a slip-and-fall accident is. However, legally, medically, and scientifically, it is an amazingly complex occurrence. The following discussion gives us some simplified insight into how we walk and how a slip-and-fall accident

  • Kitchen Floor Study Gets Second Look

    In September 2010, England's Leeds Metropolitan University Faculty of Health Department reported that the kitchen floor of an average student house contains more bacteria than a public toilet.

  • What The Cleaning Industry Can Learn From Cleanrooms

    Standardized, consistent cleaning lends itself to various applications in the JanSan industry.For many years, I have been teaching a course on cleanroom design, operations and maintenance to classes chiefly composed of professionals from the pharmaceutical industry. At the beginning of the curriculum that deals with maintaining a cleanroom, I present a slide that states: "Almost all the aspects of running and using a cleanroom are basically the same ones we use to keep a clean private home or commercial working space, except they're formalized and more rigorous." Modern industrial cleanrooms developed from their origins in the 1960s when a requirement for dust-free working environments became necessary in a variety of situations that ranged from assembling military gyroscopes to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) moon landing project. The first standard for cleanrooms was published by the U.S.

  • Kaivac's ISSA Cleaning Challenge Results Now Available

    Kaivac, developers of the No-Touch Cleaning® system, has just released results of  tests conducted at the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® tradeshow in Orlando comparing the effectiveness of cleaning floors with the Kaivac system versus using new, unused, high-quality microfiber floor pads.

  • The ISSA 2010 Kaivac Challenge

    Live Science-based Demonstrations Highlight Extreme Soil Removal - 31 Times More Efficient at Removing Soils From Hard SurfacesWhat's the most critical component of a cleaning system?

  • The ISSA 2010 Kaivac Challenge

    Live Science-based Demonstrations Highlight Extreme Soil Removal - 31 Times More Efficient at Removing Soils From Hard Surfaces What's the most critical component of a cleaning system?

  • Hospital Patients Should Ask,

    Typically, patients admitted to a hospital room are most concerned about the doctors and nurses that will be attending to them.  However, a new report finds it may be more important to ask, ‘Who was here before me?' According to Dr.

  • Study: Cleaning Desktops and Other Classroom Surfaces Reduces Absenteeism

    Abstract  The presence of microorganisms on common classroom contact surfaces (fomites) was determined to identify the areas most likely to become contaminated.

  • Survival of Acinetobacter baumannii on Dry Surfaces

    Acinetobacter spp. are important nosocomial pathogens reported with increasing frequency in outbreaks of cross-infection during the past 2 decades. The majority of such outbreaks are caused by Acinetobacter baumannii ...

  • Testing for Aerosolization Caused By Indoor Pressure Washing

    One question has come up regarding the spray and vac process in hospitals:  Does the indoor pressure washer aerosolize bacteria, exposing workers to potentially harmful disease, as well as propagating the spread of infectious disease to building occupants? 

  • Prevalence of Community Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in High School Wrestling Environments

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was predominantly a hospital-acquired organism; recently, however, community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) has been causing outbreaks in otherwise healthy individuals involved in athletics. 

  • Bringing Home Something Other than Homework from School: Microbial Contamination from Highly Touched Objects

    Increasing quantitative evidence points to the conclusion that children are more susceptible to infection by microbial pathogens picked up from their environments than older persons exposed to the same pathogens [1].

  • Restroom Cleaning: Using Science in the Fight Against Design Flaws

    A basic guiding principle in understanding restroom cleaning is that almost all public restrooms have used designs and been constructed with methods and materials that embody flaws that work against easy removal of microbial contamination.

  • The Science and Technology of ATP

    ATP is the primary energy transfer molecule present in all living biological cells on Earth. ATP cannot be produced or maintained by anything but a living organism, and as such, its measurement is a direct indication of biological activity.

  • Improper Use of Disinfectant Wipes Can Spread MRSA

    A study by Cardiff University's Welsh School of Pharmacy looked into the ability of antimicrobial-surface wipes to remove, kill and prevent the spread of such infections as MRSA.

  • 'Clever Cleaning' the Way to Beat Hospital Superbugs

    Just one extra cleaner on a hospital ward can save lives and money, according to new research sponsored by UNISON, the UK's largest public service union.

  • Cruise Ship Environmental Hygiene and the Risk of Norovirus Infection Outbreaks: An Objective Assessment of 56 Vessels Over 3 Years

    Norovirus infection outbreaks (NoVOs) occur frequently in closed populations, such as cruise ship passengers. Environmental contamination is believed to play an important role in NoVO propagation.

  • Independent Certified Lab Tests Confirm Multiple Kaivac Technologies as Sanitizing Devices

    Greater than 99.9 Percent Reduction in Bacteria without Chemicals Breakthrough Patent-Pending Process Simplifies Training and Improves Productivity by 40 Percent or More over Current Kaivac Processes Kaivac, Inc., announces today that both its KaiVac®

  • Cleaning for Health: A Comparison of Cleaning Methods

    The results of this cleaning for health study were presented at the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) symposium on May 2, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV.<br><br> The purpose of this paper and investigation was to apply a scientific methodolog

  • Removing Soil: A Comparison of Cleaning Methods

    Kaivac has long believed that clean can be defined as the absence of soils, and has accordingly designed its no-touch cleaning systems from the start for maximum soil removal. Although much anecdotal evidence had been collected over the years that seemed

  • Winning Premium Business Using Rapid Hygiene Measurement

    Building Service Contractor Darryl Lawson has very personal reasons for wanting to see cleaner public restrooms. As a kidney transplant recipient, he is more at risk than most to the viral pathogens that cause infectious diseases.

  • Back to Back Studies Find Similar Results

    The removal of microbial contamination from grout areas presents a serious problem for cleaning professionals. This is because grouting tends to be softer and more porous than surrounding tiles and the "grout line" is invariably lower than the tiles making it more difficult to clean. Consequently, successful removal of microbial contamination in grout areas has traditionally been dependent on the skill of the cleaning technician, the amount of time allotted for this time consuming task, and the cleaning systems used. There are a limited number of investigations on the qualitative clean ability of grout areas.