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  • 29 Jan 2014 6:53 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    A local emergency clean-up company purchased a larger building in Moraine to make room for growth in the company.

    PuroClean Emergency Services, currently located at 2500 Stanley Ave. in Dayton, purchased the buildings at 2023 and 2029 Edgefield Road. The building, sold byKaplan University, was 18,000 square feet, with a 5,000-square-foot annex building.

    The company’s investment in owning its own real estate will put life into a long-vacant building in Moraine, which is starting to see a renewal of business interest from companies taking advantage of its proximity to Interstate 75.

    More at source: Biz Journals

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  • 25 Jan 2014 8:12 AM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    PORTLAND, Ore. – The Influenza and norovirus season is in full swing, and health officials say cleaning your home is part of the defense you need to put up to fight getting sick.

    The flu virus can live a day or two on surfaces in your home. The tougher norovirus can survive up to two weeks, according to Tri-County Health Officer Justin Denny, MD, with the Multnomah County Health Department.

    “It’s likely to be spread in your household; it’s hard not to. Typically every one [norovirus] case causes two more, and if you don’t clean up causes 14 more. That’s why cleanup is so important,” said Denny.

    Fortino Barajas says his Maids by Trade cleaning service is busy right now, with clients wanting a good cleaning after viruses infected their homes.

    “It’s very common this time of the year. We get a lot of calls for that type of cleaning,” said Barajas.

    He recommended, along with a complete cleaning, that residents focus on door knobs and handles, kitchen and bathroom areas and play areas.

    Denny said bleach is required to kill the tougher norovirus. He said to use from five tablespoons to two cups of bleach for every gallon of water, depending on the surface you are cleaning.

    “Any beddings have to go in the washing machine right away with bleach or high temperature. That’s the only way to kill it,” Denny added.

    The flu virus is more fragile and can be killed with non-chlorine cleaners. With both illnesses, health experts say you need to stay home if you’re sick, because person-to-person contact is the most common way for illness to spread.

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  • 25 Jan 2014 8:08 AM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    Food service and janitorial staff at the Pentagon are going on strike Wednesday morning, opening a new front in the ongoing fight to get President Obama to end the federal government’s practice of paying poverty wages to contract employees at federal facilities.

    The Pentagon employees’ walkout follows similar strikes by service workers at federally owned, privately operated facilities in Washington, DC, such as the Ronald Reagan Building, Union Station and the Smithsonian museum food courts. It also comes after wage theft charges against employers at the Reagan Building and the train station. The expansion of the campaign to the Pentagon comes almost exactly eight months after the first strikes led to retaliatory firings by employers, indicating that efforts to intimidate workers did not succeed.

    The workers in question are on the payroll of companies like Dunkin Donuts and Taco Bell, but in a sense their real employer is the federal government. The government hires fast food, retail, security and janitorial companies to service contracts for federal properties. Those contracts give the government a chance to set wage and hour terms for the on-the-ground workers who will actually cook the food and haul the trash. Federal contracts of this sort actually prop up more low-wage jobs than notoriously low-paying companies McDonald’s and Wal-Mart combined. At present, three in four of these workers make less than $10 per hour, and four in 10 rely upon public assistance despite working a full-time job. The same contracts funnel a total of $24 billion per year to the CEOs of the companies that pay their workers so poorly to staff public facilities.

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  • 15 Jan 2014 8:38 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    Of the myriad of accolades bestowed in the franchise industry, an Entrepreneur Franchise 500 award is among the most prized. That is why it is a supreme honor for JAN-PRO Franchising International to be awarded the #1 in commercial cleaning, fastest growing commercial cleaning franchise, and #12 overall franchise in Entrepreneur’s 35th Annual Franchise 500 rankings for 2014. Entrepreneur also ranked JAN-Pro a Top 30 Global Franchise. And the honors continue, because JAN-PRO also recently received high satisfaction reviews from its Master Owners in a survey conducted by Franchise Business Review.

    In the $2.1 trillion dollar franchise industry, competition is intense among franchise businesses around the country. To organize the rankings, Entrepreneur divides the award categories by type of industry, providing a clear scope from which the rankings may be pulled. In the commercial cleaning section, 18 franchises were analyzed. Therefore, the winning accolades provide JAN-PRO with not just a more established reputation, but a tangible way for clients, prospects, and JAN-PRO owners to track observable progress when compared to their competition.

    “We operate in an industry that can seem a lot more exciting than the janitorial category, so when we receive this kind of recognition, it is particularly gratifying for all of us,” says CEO and President of Premium Franchise Brands, Rich Kissane.

    According to Entrepreneur, franchises make up for 3.4 percent of all U.S. GDP and 10 percent of new U.S. jobs, thus making franchising a strong force in the U.S. economy. To measure their growth in the franchise industry in another dimension, JAN-PRO recently participated in a survey via the Franchise Business Review (FBR) in December 2013 that determined their franchise owners overall satisfaction with the brand in which they invested. There was a 79.89% overall satisfaction rating among their surveyed franchisees, against the FBR Benchmark for 2013 of 69.68%, which is another source of great pride to Kissane.

    More at source: PRWEB

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  • 15 Jan 2014 8:36 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    Las Vegas-based Brady Industries has acquired the Tucson operations of Fulton Distributing, a supplier of food-service and janitorial supplies.

    Brady plans to continue the company’s Tucson operations at 2425 N. Huachuca Drive, Suite 191, and retain the half-dozen employees there, Brady marketing director Daniel Wood said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Brady Industries is a third-generation, family-owned company founded in 1947 in Las Vegas. The company serves six Western states through 10 distribution centers, including one in Phoenix. Fulton Distributing, based in California, has been serving clients in Southern Arizona for about four years.

    Source: AZ Star

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  • 09 Jan 2014 6:45 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – Water main breaks have been a growing epidemic in Missouri and Illinois since temperatures hit below zero earlier this week.

    The bursting pipes have lead to water gushing into area neighborhoods as well as homes, and one area company deals with cleaning up the mess left behind.

    NewsChannel 5 reporter Ryan Dean spoke to Nick Matheny of ServPro in north St. Louis County Wednesday morning about their service calls and how homeowners can protect themselves from having a busted pipe this winter.

    More at source: KSDK

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  • 09 Jan 2014 6:41 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    Non-Toxic Microwave Cleaner

    Steam clean a microwave with a bowl filled with a sliced lemon in hot water. Run the microwave for five minutes and then towel off with a clean cloth.

    Bleach-Free Sanitizer

    Clean and sanitize wood or plastic cutting boards by rubbing lemon juice over the surface, let sit for ten minutes, run with lemon to loosen stubborn bits and rinse.

    Skin-Safe Silver Polish

    Clean silver with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Run onto surface, rinse with warm water and dry with soft cloth.

    Totally Non-Toxic Tarnish Remover

    More at source: Fox News

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  • 09 Jan 2014 6:39 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    RESTON, Va.Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today that the Company has been awarded a two-year contract extension by Public Works and Government Services Canada to provide site support services at the 5 Wing Canadian Forces Base in Goose Bay, Canada. This new contract extends the current 11-year agreement through March 2016. The extension is valued at just under $100 million over a two-year period.

    Under the extension, Serco will continue to perform the majority of the non-military operation and maintenance functions at this base, which is located in Central Labrador. The base is comprised of two 10,000 foot runways, over 200 buildings totaling almost 275,000 sq. meters, and extensive civil infrastructure. The base has a training area that covers 130,000 sq. km.

    The services provided by Serco include: Aviation Services, including Air Traffic Control and Navaids; Logistics Services, including Warehouse Operations, Snow and Ice Removal, Environmental Protection, Hazardous Waste Management and Material Control; and Facilities Management Services, including Engineering, Telecomm/IT, Electrical and Airfield Distribution Systems, Water Treatment, Central Heating Plant Operations, Grounds Maintenance, Security, Food Services and Janitorial Services.

    "Working with the Department of National Defence, Serco has provided site support services at Goose Bay for over 15 years. We're excited to continue our work on behalf of the Canadian government and to remain a viable part of the local Goose Bay community," said Paul Dalglish, Serco's Vice President of Canadian Operations.

    Read more at source: Digital Journal

  • 06 Jan 2014 4:51 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    Amy Bates with Merry Maids demonstrates how to sanitize a sink
    Amy Bates with Merry Maids demonstrates how to sanitize a sink

    By Chris Cordt

    TULSA, Okla. undefined 

    Like most winters, the flu bug is rearing its ugly head.

    Amy Bates with Merry Maids Tulsa recommends not just disinfecting but sanitizing commonly touched surfaces in your home every day.

    Bates offers the following tips to wipe out the cold and flu bugs at home:

    • The most commonly said, yet most commonly ignored: Washing your hands often.
    • Sanitize children’s toys. Mix 1/4 a cup of bleach with a gallon of warm water to wipe down the toys. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and lay out to dry before. Cloth or stuffed toys can be thrown in the washing machine to kill bacteria.
    • Use that same mixture of bleach and warm water to disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Doorknobs, TV remotes, refrigerator handles and anything else in high-traffic areas of the home.
    • Wash all of your bedding! Even your comforter and any other blankets on your bed. Also, clean your pillows.
    • Sanitize your thermometer- stick the end of it in a small glass of peroxide.
    • Clean your toothbrush or get a new one.
    • Disinfect commonly used areas in the kitchen, such as refrigerator/freezer door handles, knobs to cupboards, etc.
    • Wipe down your cell phone, and steering wheel/dashboard in your car.

    Bates says just cleaning once a week is not enough during cold and flu season. She recommends that you take 20 minutes a day to wipe these areas down.

    Source: KRMG

  • 06 Jan 2014 4:47 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    Mold problem expected to cost Ridgeway Rescue Squad some $250,000, said a report. My Cleaning Products gave out a tip to prevent such a huge mold removal expense.

    Richmond, VA (PRWEB) January 06, 2014

    A mold problem was discovered in Ridgeway Rescue Squad. According to a report from, it was going to cost the group some $250,000. In response to it, My Cleaning Products shared a method how the public could prevent such a huge mold removal expense.

    Based on the report which was posted on January 02, 2013, the mold spread to the sheetrock, floor, ceiling tiles and other parts of the building, shared My Cleaning Products. It was discovered, it added, in March during the renovation of the kitchen.

    It was said in the post that the determined cause of mold growth, which were water drainage issues, were already fixed, MCP related. However, it relayed according to President Darren Lockridge's statement that mold removal and some remodeling were still needed in the building.

    Here is an excerpt from the post Mold Gets Ridgeway Rescue Squad in Money Crisis by My Cleaning Products.

    “Mold, if not detected and removed early, could cost anyone a huge expense. Take, for example, the mold case in Ridgeway Rescue Squad building in Virginia. It is expected to cost the organization some whooping $250,00

    More at source: Intelligencer

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