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From the housekeeping department, where green cleaning is considered and implemented, to engineering, where mechanical systems are maintained and fine-tuned, 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Home Cleaning & Maintenance
From the housekeeping department, where green cleaning is considered and implemented, to engineering, where mechanical systems are maintained and fine-tuned, 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

iCleanse Announces Expansion into European Market

AVON, CONN.—iCleanse, a leader in chemical-free UV-C disinfection technology for over 10 years, announced that it has expanded into the European market with iCleanse UK Ltd, growing the iCleanse 40+ sales representatives across the United States with an international sales team in the U.K., including representatives in Great Britain, Wales, and Scotland. Currently used in over 100 U.S. hospitals, the iCleanse UV-C technology includes the patented Swift line of disinfection products for mobile devices and other personal items for use in hospitals, government buildings, and other businesses and homes to keep them safe and free of pathogens, such as...

UBTECH Robotics Showcases New UV-C Robots

LAS VEGAS—UBTECH Robotics, a global leader in intelligent humanoid robotics and AI technologies, recently introduced the newest additions to its portfolio of humanoid robots at CES 2021: ADIBOT: UV-C Disinfecting Robots; and AMR: Intelligent Logistics Robotic System. ADIBOT UV-C Disinfecting Robots—The ADIBOT robotic disinfection system provides a superior, effective, hospital-grade solution against COVID-19 to help businesses and schools safely reopen in the midst of the pandemic. It combines the robotics and AI expertise from UBTECH with UV-C technology that disinfects targeted surfaces and air by deactivating the DNA and RNA of harmful pathogens. Available in stationary and autonomous models,...

Antimicrobial Film on Touch Points Adds Level of Protection for Guests, Staff

FORT LEE, N.J.—Even before COVID-19 there was an “ick” factor when it came to touching public door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, and other high-touch areas. Today? These areas are of course of much greater concern. Back in 2018, Zeynep “Z” Ekemen, one of the inventers and current Managing Partner of Silver Defender, recognized the need for some type of antimicrobial protection on high-touch areas. “We wanted to create the next Purell,” she says. Ekemen and her colleagues developed chemical-free Silver Defender antimicrobial protected film that can be applied to any high-touch surface. Silver Defender’s technology is activated by light, air...

UMF Partners with Medentech on EPA-Registered Disinfectant

SKOKIE, ILL.—UMF Corp. has partnered with Medentech to bring Kloreseâ, a private-labeled version of Klorkleen2 disinfectant, to the U.S. market. Registered by the EPA (#71847-7-94101), Klorese is included on the EPA List N for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and List K for use against Clostridioides difficile (C. diff). Klorese is a hospital-grade disinfectant that produces hypochlorous acid (HOCL), the same antimicrobial chemical produced by the human body to fight infection. The disinfectant has broad spectrum effectiveness against human coronavirus, C. diff, Candida auris, MRSA and many additional bacteria, fungi, spores, viruses and mycobacteria. Klorese is...

How to Implement a Sustainable Cleaning Program at Your Hotel

With multiple effective COVID-19 vaccines emerging, hotels are looking forward to hosting more guests in 2021 and beyond. Even after most of the population has been vaccinated, many guests will likely maintain heightened awareness of hotel cleanliness. At the same time, the environmental crisis is worsening, and a growing number of Americans are feeling its impact. A recent Pew Research Center survey found a majority (62 percent) of Americans see the climate crisis affecting their local communities. These conditions create a perfect opportunity for hotels to emphasize sustainability in their cleaning programs. It is crucial to understand that green cleaning...

How to Prevent Mold Problems in Hotels

NATIONAL REPORT—The hotel industry is one of the most successful in the world, but also one of the most competitive. Statistics show that there are literally hundreds of thousands of hotels worldwide, each competing with the surrounding establishments for the attention of each and every traveler, and all doing what they can do to stay ahead of the game and keep up with the competition. The roles and responsibilities of a hotelier can therefore be varied and numerous, as it’s vital to constantly try to think two steps ahead and explore every avenue to improve your service, appeal to the...

Sofidel Offers Three Tips for Public Restroom Hygiene

HORSHAM, PENN.—In response to the pandemic, Germany has enacted an Occupational Health and Safety Rule that now requires disposable paper or textile towels to be available for guest use. It also discourages the use of warm air dryers for hand drying due to concerns around the spread of COVID-19. To increase consumer confidence about using public restrooms, Sofidel, a leading global provider of paper for hygienic and domestic use, released three recommendations for enhancing restroom hygiene. “Businesses are now facing higher cleanliness standards, and in some countries, like Germany, specific restroom hygiene requirements are emerging,” said Fabio Vitali, Vice President,...

ABCO Cleaning Installs 2,000 Solar Panels at Honduras Facility

MIAMI—ABCO Cleaning Products, a leader in sustainable cleaning tools, completed a large solar panel installation at its facility in Choloma, a city in the Honduran department of Cortés. Proving its commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing, ABCO expanded its solar capabilities by installing an additional 2,058 solar panels at the site, which collectively generate 1 megawatt (MW) of power. “This solar array will help power our operations with clean energy as we continue to minimize environmental impact throughout our vertically integrated process,” said Jose German Lopez, facility manager at the Choloma plant. “Sustainability is always a priority for us, from the...

LG Disinfecting Robot Featured at ‘Best of CES 2021’ Event

NEW YORK—In recognition of its technological advances and the potential for immediate real-world impact, the new CLOi Autonomous UV-C Robot from LG Business Solutions was featured at The Paley Center’s Best of CES 2021 product showcase and panel discussion. The robot is designed to efficiently disinfect various commercial environments using UV-C light and was one of only four products selected for demonstration by the Paley Media Council from among thousands introduced at Digital CES 2021. According to Jeffrey Weiland, LG Business Solutions USA’s robotics team lead, “This special recognition validates LG’s dedication and determination to rapidly develop this vital public...

Green Lodging News Adds GenEon Video to Vendor Videos Section

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added a GenEon video to the Vendor Videos section of its website. GenEon is a visionary corporation that believes that on-site generation (OSG) of electrolyzed water is the future of beyond-green cleaning. The company’s five systems, from a home unit to commercial, high-volume models, produce cleaners, a heavy-duty degreaser, sanitizer, and disinfectant that are effective, safer, sustainable, and chemical-free. On-site production eliminates repetitive ordering and significantly reduces cost and waste. Made from just water, select minerals and electricity, all products are safe for skin, eyes and lungs, pets, plants, and planet. The company’s portable...