Amy Milshtein covers design, facility management and business topics for a variety of trade publications and consumer magazines.
Her work has won several awards, most recently a regional silver Azbee Award of Excellence.
She lives in Portland, OR with her family and Clyde, a 15-lb tabby cat. Once an avid hiker, these days she finds herself on the less-challenging -but-still-exciting 'creaky knees' trails.
- August 25th 2020
Here are factors to consider when cleaning for returning to school. One thing remains certain; enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting is vital for any district planning on an all in-person or hybrid return to class.
- July 15th 2020
Cleaning public toilets has never been more important to human health and economic stability.
- June 29th 2020
Everyone is eager to restart sports, but no one wants to endanger health. Cleaning to protect athletes may let us get back to normal faster and that’s something to cheer about.
- June 25th 2020
Pool locker room cleaning is essential for a safer summer, especially in the midst of a pandemic.
- June 15th 2020
Pouring disinfectant on a dirty surface is a waste of time, money and effort. To get optimal results you must clean before you disinfect.
- June 8th 2020
Now that counties in every state are slowly opening up, going to the vet’s office now will look quite a bit different as new protocols have been announced.
- May 26th 2020
The restaurant industry is gearing up to welcome diners back, but expect half empty dining rooms, outdoor accommodations and cleaning protocols kicked into the highest gear.
- May 19th 2020
As administrators, teachers and maintenance staff adjust to new protocols, here are cleaning tips to keep everyone safe as schools reopen.
- May 8th 2020
If used correctly, microfiber towels really can clean surfaces faster, better and more completely than cotton cloths.
- April 28th 2020
While the bulk of the nation is sheltering in place, essential custodial workers are still out there deep cleaning grocery stores, warehouses, hospitals and more.
- April 21st 2020
Being out of product doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Here’s how to clean when there are no cleaning products available.
- April 6th 2020
Nursing home cleaning has always been the first line of defense for the health and well-being of residents and staff alike. Now, the emergence of Coronavirus COVID-19 makes those cleaning protoco
- March 27th 2020
Transit agencies and airlines are stepping up their maintenance protocols to help protect their riders, employees and the general population. Here’s the best tips when cleaning public transportation for health.
- March 23rd 2020
Here's a primer on why cleaning works, where to focus cleaning efforts and what to use when combating viruses.
- February 25th 2020
Follow these tips to prevent the spread of germs in school and keep your students, teachers and staff safe and healthy.
- February 14th 2020
The KaiTutor Personal Video trainer uses a Play-Pause-Practice method to make training easy, accessible and inexpensive.
- January 28th 2020
Restroom cleaning is vital but it doesn’t have to be expensive, difficult or time consuming if you use the right equipment.
- January 16th 2020
Learn about tools and techniques to boost your grocery store spill response time.
- January 6th 2020
Customers judge the quality of a pet care facility with their nose first. A fresh smelling facility, however, signals a well-run business and trustworthy employees.
- December 17th 2019
Maintaining wide-area, hard surface floors can be fast, simple and efficient. Learn how to stretch your cleaning resources without losing any cleaning effectiveness with the Kaivac AutoVac Stretch.
- December 16th 2019
Nasty restroom smells come from a variety of sources. Some are the usual suspects, other may surprise you. No matter the source, malodorous restrooms make a bad impression.
- December 10th 2019
Maintaining countertops doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. So, put down that rag and keep reading to learn the best way to clean a countertop.
- December 6th 2019
Being aware of the dirtiest places in a restaurant can help keep diners healthy and clue staff in on areas that need special attention.
- November 12th 2019
Arm yourself with facts about the flu you may not know for a healthier, better protected flu season.
- November 8th 2019
Custodians are the unsung guardians of public health, but the work is often viewed as dirty, and less valuable than other career paths..
- October 29th 2019
When it comes to cleaning, disinfecting and protecting animal health, the Monmouth County SPCA got the pick of the litter.
- October 7th 2019
Inmates enrolled in DuPage County jail’s Janitorial Works program are serving more than time.
- October 3rd 2019
Grocery store cleaning isn't easy. Stores are big, employees are busy and outside contractors are expensive. But with the right tools and techniques, grocery story cleaning can be quick, easy and effective.
- September 23rd 2019
Regular cooler case maintenance saves money in multiple ways, from extending equipment life to lowering power bills to cutting down on expensive, outside contractor costs.
- August 28th 2019
Follow these college dorm cleaning tips for sparkling interiors that make the grade.
- August 26th 2019
Adhering to a classroom cleaning checklist will ensure that schools remain clean and fresh-smelling and help keep students, faculty and staff healthy into cold and flu season.
- August 15th 2019
A kennel cleaning checklist can make, or break, your boarding business. Far from the most thrilling part of caring for dogs, cats and other pets, kennel cleaning is the most important.
- August 14th 2019
Well-cared for tools work better, clean faster and last longer. Kaivac designs state-of-the-art cleaning machines for simple, in-house maintenance so your equipment is always up and running at its peak.
- August 2nd 2019
Restaurant floor cleaning is necessary but it doesn’t have to be hard. Read on for a list of common restaurant flooring types and cleaning methods.
- May 7th 2019
Knowing how to clean refrigerated display cases, and doing the work in-house, can give managers a leg up on their competition and boost the bottom line.
- April 2nd 2019
Cleaning an industrial facility is no small feat. These buildings are large with a diversity of spaces and functions.
- March 19th 2019
Biohazard cleaning professionals step in after the police, investigators and forensic specialists leave. Their job is to put the scene back to its original state by cleaning and sanitizing the home, business or vehicle.
- March 12th 2019
Elementary school cleaning is a challenge. The buildings contain different hard and soft surfaces, lots of restrooms, tons of touchpoints and plenty of little kids coughing, sneezing, spilling and tracking in dirt, grit and microbes. As a result, elementa
- February 27th 2019
Gentle, daily cleaning is the secret to well-maintained hard surface floors with lots of shine.
- February 13th 2019
Knowing how to clean spills quickly and completely will save your business time, money and big headaches.
- February 7th 2019
In the two and a half years since purchasing the machine, the Spray-and-Vac made every cleaning job at Wagging Tail Ranch faster, easier and more complete.
- January 30th 2019
Parks, walking and biking trails, large city commons and even small neighborhood greenspaces benefit from clean restrooms.
- January 22nd 2019
Cleaning an office sounds pretty straightforward, but it’s not. There’s a variety of spaces with different uses, finishes, furnishings and fixtures to consider.
- January 17th 2019
If you’re ready to improve the appearance of your facility, increase the health and safety of its occupants and get your floors really clean, then it’s time to get serious and stop the mop.
- January 10th 2019
A clean store creates the right impression. Shoppers enjoy the experience and workers feel valued. But getting and keeping stores clean presents some challenges.
- January 8th 2019
Car dealership cleaning can be complicated. There’s lots of surfaces, different materials and a variety of soils to clean. Luckily, there are tools and techniques to get job done quickly and completely.
- December 18th 2018
Clean airport restrooms are a huge part of traveler satisfaction and one of the biggest challenges to your maintenance staff.
- December 10th 2018
Follow these protocols and start cleaning to stop and prevent restaurant pests.
- November 20th 2018
Protect your people and your business. Know how to keep your warehouse floor clean and keep your facility running smoothly all season long.<br><br>
- November 12th 2018
There is a better way to protect patients and staff from infections in the hospital, clinic and doctor’s office. Here are cleaning tips for healthy patient rooms.
- November 1st 2018
Follow these restaurant cleaning tips for the best first impressions.
- October 22nd 2018
Recreation centers are complex, but cleaning them doesn’t have to be.
- October 9th 2018
Flu season is back. How can you help students stay healthy? Here’s the four ways to keep students healthy during flu season.<br>
- October 2nd 2018
There’s no 100% effective plan to prevent kennel cough, a Kaivac Spray-and-Vac system goes a long way to making your pet business as clean as possible, making for healthier dogs and happier customers.
- September 25th 2018
Grout, because of its unique properties, is nearly impossible to clean with a mop. Learn how to stop the mop and clean your tile and grout floor the right way.
- September 18th 2018
Hint: It’s probably not what you think.
- September 7th 2018
Understanding how dirt, soils and contaminants travel through your facility is the first step in keeping clean floors clean.<br>
- August 15th 2018
Get great results and grow your business with the machine that can do it all.<br>
- August 8th 2018
Dirty locker rooms are more than smelly and unpleasant. They can be downright dangerous. Keep your team’s space in great shape by cleaning the right way.<br>
- July 30th 2018
Small brewers, distillers and winemakers are creating products that directly reflect their environments. Lots can go wrong before your product gets to the bottle, can or glass if your facility isn’t clean.
- July 23rd 2018
KaiTutor™, delivers the expert, hands-on training right on the job site. The pre-loaded media player mounts directly to the Kaivac cleaning system and delivers critical operational and educational information.
- July 16th 2018
Traditional mops and buckets can’t cut through the grease but they can spread it around the rest or your facility. Kaivac’s OmniFlex™ Dispense-and-Vac used with KaiPow™ degreaser gets rid of grease and saves time an
- June 12th 2018
Good looking, well-maintained floors are a must for any business. Here is the best way to clean them.<br>
- May 30th 2018
This guide to cleaning chemicals will help janitorial crews make the right choice and provide best practices for using a variety of products.
- May 15th 2018
Kaivac's No-Touch Cleaning systems are the best restroom cleaning products on the market today.
- May 8th 2018
Keeping floors in top shape is important, but different materials require different tools, techniques and approaches. Here is a guide to maintaining floors by their type.<br>
- April 23rd 2018
Correctional facilities, jails and prisons face the same cleaning challenges as any other large, densely-populated facility. But their unique characteristics make the job harder and more crucial. <br>
- April 6th 2018
Healthcare cleaning demands attention, precision and a well-trained staff. A poorly-cleaned facility poses a risk to patients, medical staff and visitors, while cleaning the facility incorrectly poses a risk to your janitorial staff. Keep the public and y
- March 21st 2018
Running a restaurant is hard work, but there are commercial kitchen cleaning hacks that can lighten the load. Keep your customers happy and employees healthy by following some simple commercial kitchen cleaning protocols.<br>
- March 7th 2018
Kennel cleaning is definitely not the most glamorous part of running a pet business, but when it comes to setting your company apart, it is the most important. Keep your client’s dogs and cats healthy and help your business thrive by following a
- February 21st 2018
Proper restroom cleaning is essential, no matter the building type . Well-maintained facilities protect the public from germs, viruses and other dangerous pathogens. But the benefits go even further. Clean, fresh smelling restrooms delight occupants and e
- January 29th 2018
Cleaning equipment maintenance is too important to overlook, especially for your Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning or OmniFlex system. Well-maintained machines last longer, perform optimally and even smell better.
- January 22nd 2018
Stairwell cleaning is one of the most difficult jobs in any facility but particularly problematic in schools where stairs get heavy use.
- January 15th 2018
It’s long been documented that a business’s reputation lives or dies by the state of its restroom. Customers expect clean, odor-free restrooms in healthcare facilities, supermarkets, retail stores and even gas stations. Anything less will repel patrons an
- January 8th 2018
While it’s true that restroom floors, toilets and urinals harbor pathogens, they’ve got nothing on light switches, sink taps, toilet flushers and stall door handles. These touchpoints host a surprising amount of dirt, viruses and bacteria and, because the
- December 5th 2017
Slip-and-fall accidents are all too common, sending 8 million Americans to the ER each year and costing more than $20 billion. Mistakes happen, but preventing them in commercial kitchens protects workers from harm and employers from liability.
- November 27th 2017
While customers probably never see or even think about them, an orderly, well-maintained warehouse fills a logistics manager’s heart with joy. Conversely, dirty, unkempt spaces can slow lines, harm workers and effect the bottom line. This makes
- November 20th 2017
Shoppers are making their list, checking it twice and deciding if they should shop on-line this holiday season or got to an actual brick-and-mortar store. Attract shoppers with these retail cleaning tips in time for Black Friday.
- November 13th 2017
We may be smack in the middle of Autumn, but winter is coming. For facility managers and building maintenance professionals that means winterproofing floors.
- November 2nd 2017
Microfiber will save you time, money and effort in the long run, the high-tech towels cost much more than cheap cotton rags upfront. Get the most out of your investment by employing these microfiber towel best practices.
- October 30th 2017
Fight back with three flu prevention cleaning tips to keep students healthy and in school.
- October 24th 2017
The strategy for fighting HAIs includes disinfecting frequently touched hospital surfaces; think bed rails and call buttons. But what about the floor? Studies show that cleaning hospital floors is key to preventing hospital acquired infections.
- October 19th 2017
When a pathogen like Hepatitis A spreads so quickly, cleaning up infectious diseases is paramount to public health.
- October 9th 2017
Not only are they expensive to build, restrooms are expensive to maintain. They must be deep cleaned daily and, depending on use, stocked and spot cleaned several times a day, adding hourly costs to you bottom line
- October 2nd 2017
With cleaning representing 20 to 30% of the total maintenance and operation budget for nearly any type of organization, janitorial professionals can benefit from automation as well. Are you ready to work smarter and safer? Here’s how to automate your clea
- September 25th 2017
It might be tempting to buy a time saving product like an instant acting cleaning solution, but beware. If claims sound too good to be true, they probably are.
- September 18th 2017
We’re only a few months into hurricane season and the country has already experienced two major storms. While the damage from Harvey and Irma was devastating, the truth is floods happen everywhere and in every season.
- September 5th 2017
Well-trained employees are also empowered employees. They know the technique and equipment and can even troubleshoot potential problems. This leads to fewer service calls, better results and happier clients.
- August 21st 2017
Microbe-infested surfaces can spread influenza, gastrointestinal illness and more. Follow these three steps to keep your facilities clean and clients safe.
- August 14th 2017
The reasons for chronic school absenteeism are complex. But there are some simple steps you can take to keep kids and staff healthy, and present, while they are in your facility.
- August 7th 2017
Here’s all a cleaning business really needs to succeed.
- August 1st 2017
Dirt never takes a holiday. You may stop and admire a newly-cleaned space, but don’t get too comfortable. Soils and pathogens will be back soon; constantly reintroduced to freshly-washed floors and newly-shined surfaces and then redistributed throughout t
- July 24th 2017
Mops are relatively inexpensive to buy, but a quick look beyond the price tag reveals hidden expenses that eat into your bottom line.
- July 17th 2017
Old fashioned cleaning tools like mops don’t actually clean. They leave hard floors looking worn and dingy. More importantly, they don’t remove soils and pathogens completely. Is it time to stop the mop at your facility? Here’s some telltale signs.
- July 10th 2017
These high-tech tools keep changing the cleaning game by making it faster, easier and healthier.
- June 26th 2017
Camping’s gone upscale so cleaning campground restrooms is more important than ever.
- June 19th 2017
Concert venues take many forms: grungy dive bars, small theaters, large stadiums and outdoor amphitheaters. No matter the size of the stage, or the type of music, cleaning restrooms is the most important job one once the lights come on.
- June 13th 2017
Chris Henderson had a problem. As Chief Operating Officer of The Pet Hospitals in Memphis, TN, he just oversaw a successful rebranding and renovation of their seven full-service veterinary clinics. The new look and homey feel was a hit with clients but st
- June 9th 2017
A hotel room cleaning checklist protects your reputation??”and five-star reviews??”by ensuring maintenance staff delivers consistently clean accommodations.
- May 30th 2017
Take back cleaning equipment repair by purchasing machines meant to be maintained easily in-house.
- May 22nd 2017
Proper corrections cleaning will keep inmates, staff and visitors healthy.
- May 15th 2017
Swim season is almost here and while everyone loves splashing in the pool nobody wants to change in an unpleasant locker room. Keeping these areas clean isn’t just about aesthetics.
- May 8th 2017
Effective project cleaning requires planning, coordination and a hard accounting of available tools, supplies and personnel. Are you prepared for the school project cleaning crunch?
- April 20th 2017
Here’s some restaurant floor cleaning techniques to keep each material safe, sanitary and looking its best.
- April 18th 2017
Usually associated with hospitals, long-term care facilities and other acute care locations, nosocomial infections also occur at the doctor’s office, particularly in the exam room. This makes proper exam room cleaning an important part of every healthcare
- April 10th 2017
Dangerous pathogens are invisible, odor-free and thrive perfectly well on clean-looking and smelling surfaces. Fortunately, tools for measuring cleanliness give a definitive answer to how clean a surface truly is.
- April 3rd 2017
Routine public transportation cleaning is important for the health and comfort of commuters. Check out these tips to keep the system from running off the rails.
- March 28th 2017
Don’t sell the importance of a checklist short. A good one sets clear expectations between management and staff, outlines protocols and priorities and helps train managers and staff on food safety techniques.
- March 20th 2017
Cruise ship cleaning is important for protecting both passengers’ health and a cruise line’s reputation.
- March 10th 2017
Here are ways to keep a basketball court floor safe and looking great on event day and every day.
- February 24th 2017
Keeping on top of soils, smells and spills will encourage pet parents to stay longer and spend more.
- February 21st 2017
Maintaining convenience store floors isn’t especially challenging but there are some nuances. Master them to boost sales.
- February 13th 2017
Knowing how to clean high rise offices the right way will protect your investment and impress tenants.
- February 6th 2017
A well-trained crew will do their job better, faster and stick around longer. Are you taking training seriously?
- January 30th 2017
Proper restaurant dining room cleaning will keep the public, and profits, healthy.
- January 23rd 2017
There is a whole list of communicable diseases that can bring an organization to its knees. Influenza, strep, norovirus and other gastrointestinal illnesses spread quickly through a business, school, daycare or nursing home with disastrous results. A good
- January 18th 2017
Mike Ward’s first book teaches custodians how to get hired, get along and get promoted.
- January 16th 2017
Want to know the difference between a flashy add-on and a real upgrade? Here are three new cleaning technologies that are worth the investment.
- January 9th 2017
Wrestling's popularity brings increased risk of skin infections. Proper wrestling mat cleaning curtails that risk.
- December 28th 2016
Salt corrodes cars and trucks, kills plant life and burns the paw pads of dogs and cats. Just imagine what tracked-in road salts are doing to your floors.
- December 19th 2016
Better hand hygiene and consistent, targeted hospital cleaning promise to cut down on HAIs and limit their human and financial costs.
- December 12th 2016
Whether consumers are there to shop or play, mall cleaning plays an important part in the success of any property. Look around. Is your mall ready for the holidays? Here are some tips to help you get ready.
- December 5th 2016
Here’s some tips and tricks for the school cleaning holiday rush guaranteed to leave your facility shiny and bright.
- November 28th 2016
Successful tile and grout cleaning will ensure that restrooms will always pass the sniff test.
- November 21st 2016
Try these tips and tools to clean house like a pro.
- November 14th 2016
Airport restroom cleaning made easy.
- November 4th 2016
Effective cafeteria cleaning made easy.
- October 28th 2016
Entryway cleaning boosts business success.
- October 24th 2016
Classroom cleaning keeps school populations healthy.
- October 14th 2016
the right tools for winter cleaning will keep your business clean and healthy right through spring.
- October 7th 2016
Considering how common flooding is, and how dangerous floodwaters can be, proper flood cleanup is paramount to business owners needing to bounce back from disaster quickly.
- October 3rd 2016
Keeping stadium restrooms clean is tough work.
- September 26th 2016
Here are three tips for cleaning to prevent flu. Stay healthy!
- September 16th 2016
Car dealership cleaning makes the showroom sparkle.
- September 12th 2016
Proper pharmacy cleaning is more important than ever.
- August 29th 2016
Veterinary clinic cleaning for safety and profit.
- August 19th 2016
Clean Stores Boost Back-to-School Sales.
- August 15th 2016
Floor Maintenance Tips to Extend that Summer Clean
- August 5th 2016
Locker room cleaning for fall sports is serious business.
- July 22nd 2016
Stop the mop with a state-of-the-art wet/dry vacuum
- July 18th 2016
The importance of a better convenience store restroom can’t be denied.
- July 12th 2016
How smart is your cleaning cart? New technology disrupts the maintenance space.
- July 12th 2016
Everyone benefits from summer school cleaning.
- June 24th 2016
Proper and thorough restaurant grease removal keeps kitchens safe and business owners happy.
- June 20th 2016
Clean public showers make for happy guests.
- June 14th 2016
Unpleasant restrooms impact your business.
- June 3rd 2016
Cleaning spills to protect your business.
- May 31st 2016
A well-designed restaurant kitchen cleaning checklist keeps operations running smoothly
- May 31st 2016
With 1.4 million people living in nursing homes as of 2014, nursing home odor control is an important quality of life issue.
- May 26th 2016
Whether you're part of a professional cleaning crew or just like a tidy home, knowing how to clean fast can make the job quick and fun.
- May 17th 2016
Cleaning in food processing plants is serious business.
- April 29th 2016
Truck cleaning is important. Knowing how to maintain your vehicle's appearance protects your investment.
- April 25th 2016
Recess is important for growing children, but it creates extra mess. Knowing how to keep your school clean can help keep everyone happy and safe.
- April 6th 2016
Busy nights mean extra mess. Does your staff know how to clean a bar or restaurant after a party?
- March 24th 2016
Keeping the yoga flooring and equipment clean can mean the difference between a successful studio and a practice that ties your patrons in knots.
- March 11th 2016
Knowing how to clean up after a flood can get your business up and running again quickly and safely.
- February 29th 2016
Rodents, cockroaches, flies, and other pests will drive your customers out the door, so take proper pest cleanup steps at the first sign of rodents.
- February 18th 2016
Knowing how to prevent mold in your indoor pool areas will protect swimmers and safeguard your investment.
- February 3rd 2016
Puppywood Pet Resort understands the importance of clean, healthy pet facilities.
- February 1st 2016
Pre-portioned cleaning chemicals are easy to use, efficient and surprisingly green.
- January 29th 2016
Nothing smells like ice hockey locker rooms. Luckily, the rubber floor is easy to maintain.
- January 25th 2016
Janitorial professionals have seen and cleaned it all, but their worst horror stories are just a regular Tuesday for crime scene cleanup professionals.
- January 20th 2016
As convention centers become more sophisticated, trade show cleaning practices have to follow suit.
- January 18th 2016
The beauty business can get pretty ugly. A strict salon cleaning regimen keeps customers safe and profits healthy.
- January 4th 2016
Sure a window squeegee work great on glass, but have you considered its other uses?
- December 29th 2015
Restroom cleaning: Ski lodge restrooms poses specific challenges.
- December 16th 2015
It's no wonder pet-friendly establishments are popping up everywhere. While this makes for an adorable experience, it also creates cleaning challenges.
- December 7th 2015
Good daycare cleaning practices keep children and adults healthy and safe.
- November 23rd 2015
With the holiday season fast approaching, it seems like everyone is trying to catch a plane somewhere. A clean airplane is paramount to travel health.
- November 6th 2015
Because the average warehouse store is so large, several things can complicate your cleaning process. Here are the most important tasks to address.
- January 15th 2015
Restaurant grout cleaning is ineffective with brushes and mops. Kaivac's Dispense-and-Vac system does a better job.