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  • 23 May 2019 6:24 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Hand dryers suck in fecal bacteria and blow it all over your hands, study finds...

    We know fecal bacteria shoots into the air when a lidless toilet flushes — a phenomenon known, grossly, as a “toilet plume.” But in bathrooms where such plumes gush regularly, where does all that fecal bacteria go?

    Into a hand dryer and onto your clean hands, perhaps. That’s what a new study suggests. Researchers examined plates exposed to just 30 seconds of a hand dryer compared to those left in, you know, just plain feces-filled air.

    The findings: Air-blasted plates carried 18-60 colonies of bacteria on average, whereas two minutes’ exposure to the mere bathroom air left fewer than one colony on average. What’s more, the inside of the dryer nozzles themselves had “minimal bacterial levels.” The results were published recently in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

    More at source: AEM

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  • 21 May 2019 6:28 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Why do people feel the need to disinfect their homes?’: Kirstie Allsopp sparks debate with divisive opinion on cleaning

    Kirstie Allsopp

    The 47-year-old property expert kicked off the discussion when talking about air fresheners, revealing that she wehemently dislikes them and doesn’t agree with their use.

    After some comments back from Twitter users, Kirstie shared her opinion that there is also no reason to ‘disinfect our homes’ with antibacterial products.

    Later, she took particular aim at Zoflora, a potent disinfectant made famous by Instagram cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch.

    Questioning the need for such cleaning products, she wrote, ‘Why do people feel the need to “disinfect” their homes? Our home is not a hospital, it’s not harbouring super bugs, it’s tidy and clean and well aired, but going round cleaning imaginary “bad” bugs is just weird, and bad science.

    More at source: Woman & Home

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  • 16 May 2019 6:59 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Española Company PMI Wins $52 Million Subcontract With Los Alamos National Laboratory

    LANL News:

    Española-based Performance Maintenance Inc. (PMI) has won a five-year, $52 million subcontract to provide janitorial services and supplies to Los Alamos National Laboratory, with the award marked by a signing ceremony this morning attended by LANL Director Thom Mason at PMI's facility at 835 N. Paseo de Oñate.

    “Enhancing opportunities for small businesses like PMI to provide goods and services to the Laboratory is a priority,” said Mason told the crowd gathered for the event. “The Laboratory needs to partner with regional companies to carry out our work, and there's also an important economic benefit to Northern New Mexico.”

    The subcontract, which has a three-year base period with options for two additional one-year terms, was awarded to PMI and its lower tier subcontractors Tsay Professional Services based in Ohkay Owingeh, NM, and Kleen Tech Services Corporation from Denver, Colo., after a competitive bid process.

    The Laboratory recently increased from 5 percent to 10 percent the local preference available to businesses based in the seven counties surrounding the Laboratory (with an additional preference for qualifying pueblo businesses).

    Established in 1994 by Eric and Celina Quintana from their home, PMI now employs more than 160 people and takes an environmentally friendly approach to its janitorial services, producing its own line of green-certified cleaning products.

    More at source: LA Daily Post

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  • 14 May 2019 2:24 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Your imagination can run wild thinking of the bacteria lurking in your home. But people tend to look in the wrong direction when it comes to fighting germs in the kitchen. Disinfect these seven germ sanctuaries as soon as possible.



    Your refrigerator harbours bacteria in some surprising places. Ice and water dispensers, vegetable crispers, meat drawers, and door seals are some of the germiest!

    To do: Use a disinfectant when you clean the fridge, do a white vinegar flush of the water dispenser, and clean and sanitize the ice maker and ice bin. If your fridge needs extra care (and elbow grease), consider hiring a cleaning service that offers appliance cleaning.


    Countertop appliances need more intensive cleaning than you might think. In fact, not doing things like flushing your coffee maker and disinfecting your blender gasket can put you at risk of ingesting unsafe bacteria.

    More at source: Hamilton Spectator

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  • 08 May 2019 5:56 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    With headquarters in Boylston, Mass., Butler-Dearden Paper Services Inc. has become the 20th acquisition with Robert and Jason Tillis at the helm of disposable food service and janitorial supply distribution company Imperial Dade.

    On Tuesday, the Jersey City-based company announced its acquisition of Butler-Dearden, a distributor of packaging supplies, printer paper, chemicals and janitorial supplies, serving the New England area.

    Imperial Dade said the move strengthens the company’s presence in the regional market.

    “Butler-Dearden is a leading distributor in New England and has an excellent commitment to service, which makes it a great addition to the Imperial Dade platform,” Imperial Dade Chief Executive Officer Robert Tillis said in a prepared statement.

    “This acquisition will enhance our ability to serve Butler-Dearden’s customers as well as our own,” said Jason Tillis, president, Imperial Dade, in a prepared statement. “We look forward to working with the Butler-Dearden team members and continuing to grow together.”

    Last week, Bain Capital announced it agreed to acquire a majority stake in Imperial Dade, though the company will continue to be led by its current management team.

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  • 08 May 2019 4:03 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    New York's ongoing measles epidemic alarmed midtown Manhattan resident Deb Ivanhoe, who couldn't remember whether she'd ever been vaccinated as a child.

    So Ivanhoe, 60, sought out her long-time primary care doctor, who performed an antibody test to see whether she had any protection against measles.

    To her surprise, the test revealed that Ivanhoe had no immunity to measles. Her doctor quickly gave her a measles booster shot.

    "I'm a New Yorker. I'm out and about. I take the subway every day," Ivanhoe said of her concerns. "One of the outbreak areas is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I have friends in Williamsburg. I go to there to visit, for dinner. It all becomes local."

    Ivanhoe is one of a growing number of adults who are worried that their immunity against measles might have lapsed, if they even received a vaccination.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has downplayed these concerns, saying that only adults in high-risk groups should talk with their doctor about a measles vaccination.

    But experts are divided on whether the CDC is underestimating the threat posed by possibly waning immunity in adults.

    More at source: US News

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  • 02 May 2019 4:59 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Press Release: Bain Capital announced it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Imperial Dade, a distributor of disposable food service and janitorial supplies with headquarters in Jersey City.

    Imperial Dade will continue to be led by its current management team, who will remain significant investors in the company. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

    Founded in 1935, Imperial Dade serves more than 40,000 customers through a footprint of 27 branches operating in 13 states and has a growing a network of strategically located distribution centers with over 620 fleet vehicles. The company has grown both organically and by acquisition to become a leader in the disposable food service and janitorial supplies industry.

    “We are pleased to welcome an experienced investment partner who shares our vision for building Imperial Dade into a national distributor of foodservice and janitorial supplies, and who will support our efforts to seize the many opportunities we see in the marketplace,” said Robert Tillis, Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Dade.

    “With Bain Capital’s extensive resources and experience with industrial distribution businesses, we are excited to drive our next phase of growth and continue to strengthen our value proposition and service offering,” said Jason Tillis, President of Imperial Dade.

    The transaction is supported by fully committed debt financing. It is expected to close during the second quarter of 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

    Harris Williams is serving as M&A advisor, and Ropes & Gray LLP is serving as legal advisor to Imperial Dade. Credit SuisseBarclays, and Goldman Sachs & Co. are serving as financial advisors, Kirkland & Ellis is serving as legal counsel, and PwC as accounting advisor to Bain Capital Private Equity.

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  • 29 Apr 2019 7:20 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Caring about the environment and caring about a clean home don't have to be mutually exclusive. Though most of the cleaning products and tools sold on the shelf are disposable, a striking amount of them are actually reusable — which is good for the environment and your wallet.

    When the movement toward "green cleaning" began, there were very few products that approached the benchmark of being both high-quality and good for the Earth at the same time. Yes, there was the ol' kitchen mop and the bacteria-infested sink rag, but more often than not, reusable meant repulsive.

    More at source: New Haven Register

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  • 23 Apr 2019 6:31 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Target just released a new line of eco friendly cleaning products on Earth Day. This new line is called Everspring and it includes 70 different household products. Target says that these products are up to 20% cheaper than products that are similar but with name brands.

    The 70 different products include "laundry detergent, paper towels, hand and face wipes, multi-purpose cleaner and more." In Target's announcement of this launch, they say that they want guests to "feel confident they’re purchasing essentials for their home that include ingredients and components they want and have the efficacy they need to get daily routines done."

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  • 22 Apr 2019 9:03 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Here are 13 everyday things you can do to help our planet

    1. Turn your computer off overnight: By reducing power use, you will not only save a few bucks, but you'll also help reduce your footprint.

    2. Don't pre-rinse dishes: With a good detergent, your dishes will be just as clean and you can save gallons upon gallons of water per load.

    3. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs: This is one of the easiest ways to reduce power use. LED or CFL lights will use a fraction of the energy incandescent bulbs use.

    4. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth: Humans can use up for five gallons of water while running the tap during brushing. Just turn it off. You don't need that water.

    5. Opt out of a bath and into a shower: Baths use about double the amount of water a shower uses. 

    6. Adjust your thermostat: By dropping your in-home temp even one degree, you'll save money and energy, along with helping the planet. Throw a sweater on, it's cozy!

    7. Do a light check before leaving (or while home): Be sure to turn your lights off before leaving the house. Or, turn off lights in rooms you're not using. 

    8. RECYCLE: Almost everything in your house can be recycles, including cell phones, wire hangers, glass, aluminum, paper, plastic, boxes, bags and bottles. Find a local recycle center.

    9. Use a reusable bag for groceries: Those plastic bags you get at the store are a huge hazard to the planet. They sit in landfills and often end up in the ocean.

    10. Don't use coffee stirrers or straws: About 140 million straws and stirrers are thrown away every year in the U.S. Using a spoon to stir and just avoiding straws is a great way to help the environment. 

    11. Go paperless: Most services now offer paperless billing options, like banks, loans, and your every month bills. Check with your provider for paperless options.

    12. Use rechargeable batteries: Throwing away batteries can be extremely damaging when they end up in landfills. The up front cost of recharging will save you money in the future.

    13. Go vegetarian for a day: If you can cut down on meat, even once per week, you can have an immense effect on the planet's health. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef.

    14. Use only green cleaning products or find a green cleaning service here.

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