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From the housekeeping department to engineering, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Home Cleaning & Maintenance
From the housekeeping department to engineering, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Dyson Adds New Airblade Wash+Dry Hand Dryer

CHICAGO—In 1907, paper towels were introduced to washrooms. The electric hand dryer made its first appearance in 1948. But both can be expensive, unhygienic, and harmful to the environment. In 2006, Dyson engineers put a century of poor performing hand drying methods to rest, with the invention of Airblade hand dryer technology. But even with an efficient hand dryer, water dripping on the washroom floor can be a concern, as can excessive sound. With these challenges in mind, Dyson engineers set out to re-engineer the existing Dyson Airblade Tap hand dryer, to reduce loudness while maintaining a fast dry time....

Five Tips for Keeping Commercial Kitchen Floors Clean

ONTARIO, CANADA—As warmer weather returns in many parts of North America, one thing that restaurants, school cafeterias, and all commercial kitchens must be aware of is the return of insects. Many insects hide during the cold winter months, but warmer weather brings them out in force. “One of the big concerns with ‘creepy crawly’ pests in food service facilities is that they carry foodborne illness,” says Mike Watt, with Avmor, one of the oldest and largest cleaning chemical manufacturers in North America. “E. Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, can all be spread by insects.” Watt suggests that an increased focus on floorcare is...

Going Eco-Friendly on Your Swimming Time

Thousands of hoteliers all over the country have swimming pools that they maintain every year. There are many more that are considering putting in a pool for the first time. Having a pool can be a great thing when it comes to cooling off on those hot summer days. However, the upkeep for these pools is something that you need to keep in mind. You also want to think about what you add to your pools to help keep them clean and safe for your guests. Getting a pool for the first time can run a lot of money out...

Why Innovative Eco-Friendly Cleaning Matters to Hotels

First impressions count, which is why hotels should ensure they spend ample time cleaning the first things their guests see; the building’s exterior, including its windows and the main lobby. Back in 2015, unpleasant carpet odors were the second most complained about issue hotels received from their guests. Therefore, it’s just as important to keep the carpets in your rooms fresh and fragrant. This statistic should provide those in the hospitality trade all the encouragement they need to enhance their curb appeal and provide a healthy hotel to customers using the latest eco-friendly cleaning techniques. Why Green Cleaning is So Important in Your Hotel A...

Green Lodging News Adds Clear Pool USA as Directory Partner

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added Clear Pool USA to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Pool/Mineral Algaecide & Sanitizer” category. Clear Pool USA offers two choices to manage pool algae problems. The blue cylinder (at left) kills algae and reduces scaling. The other is an automatic water purifier that kills algae, reduces scaling and kills bacteria and pathogens including E.coli, pseudomonas, legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires Disease), staphylococcus, steptococcus, salmonella and others, some of which have been proven to be resilient to high levels of chlorine. Both products will help balance...

TubShroom Drain Hair Catcher a Non-toxic Solution to Drain Chemicals

LONG ISLAND, N.Y.—Juka Innovations Corp., a company revolutionizing drain protection, announces the success of TubShroom®, a mushroom-shaped drain hair catcher. The simple invention fits neatly into any standard bathtub drain type, keeping drains unclogged and chemical free. Founders of Juka Innovations Corp., Serge Karnegie and his wife Elena, grew frustrated by their family´s long hair constantly clogging the drains in their New York apartment. This led to the creation of TubShroom. The prototype, designed by Serge, launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising roughly $200K to fund production. Serge and Elena have since grown the product line to include chrome-capped TubShroom, a...

POOL/MINERAL ALGAECIDE & SANITIZER

Clear Pool USA Non-Chemical Mineral Algaecide & Sanitizer Clear Pool USA offers two choices to manage your algae problems. The blue cylinder (at left) kills algae and reduces scaling. The other is an automatic water purifier that kills algae, reduces scaling and kills bacteria and pathogens including E.coli, pseudomonas, legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires Disease), staphylococcus, steptococcus, salmonella and others, some of which have been proven to be resilient to high levels of chlorine. Both products will help balance pH and chlorine levels that are important for swimmer comfort, (eyes and skin). The automatic purification system can also eliminate harmful chloramines, (that chlorine...

Greening the Cleaning Supply RFP Process

Most hotel managers and sales departments are very familiar with requests for proposal and the RFP process. However, most of the RFPs they work with are from organizations that want to do business with the hotel. For instance, hold a meeting or conference at the property and asking what the charges would be. However, many green properties are not that experienced in writing their own RFPs, and for green hotel properties, an RFP is essential. This is because they are selecting cleaning supplies and products that are environmentally preferable. But first, let’s make sure we are all on the same page....

University of Melbourne Research: One in Four Americans Suffer Chemical Sensitivity

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—University of Melbourne research reveals that one in four Americans report chemical sensitivity, with nearly half this group medically diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), suffering health problems from exposure to common chemical products and pollutants such as insect spray, paint, cleaning supplies, fragrances and petrochemical fumes. The research was conducted by Anne Steinemann, Professor of Civil Engineering and Chair of Sustainable Cities from the University of Melbourne School of Engineering, and published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Professor Steinemann is an international expert on environmental pollutants, air quality, and health effects. Professor Steinemann found the prevalence of...

ChlorKing Upgrades NEXGEN On-site Chlorine Generators

NORCROSS, GA.—ChlorKing has reduced scheduled manual-cleaning requirements for its NEXGEN on-site chlorine generators with the introduction of five new models with self-cleaning capability. The upgraded NEXGENs automatically begin a cleaning cycle every three hours to remove calcium deposits from the electrically-charged plates that convert a mild saline solution to chlorine to sanitize swimming pools. The new models have daily chlorine-production capacities of 10, 20, 40, 60, and 80 pounds, respectively. “This is a feature our customers have requested,” said Steve Pearce, Executive Vice President, ChlorKing. “Depending on their pool sizes and volume of use, many pool and waterpark operators need...