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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.

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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.

UMF Corporation’s Micrillon Microfiber Eliminates Risk of Recontamination

SKOKIE, ILL.—UMF Corporation’s Micrillon microfiber, made in the USA, is setting a new standard as the first hospital-grade microfiber that can be converted into a wide range of long-lasting, reusable products, including: towels; cubicle curtains; socks; gloves; walk-off mats; reusable N95 rated face masks; and color-coded microfiber cleaning products. Leading manufacturers are using these high-performance microfiber yarns to develop a new standard for materials targeting infection prevention in hospitals, hotels, cruise lines, long term care, and many other industries. “The introduction of Micrillon microfiber puts an end, once and for all, to any question about recontamination related to reusable products,”...

Results of My Chat with AAA Director Regarding New Inspected Clean Program

Years ago—2009 I believe—AAA announced that it would recognize properties that have been eco-certified with a bright green “ECO” icon in its 2010 TourBook guides. As time rolled on, that program faded away, but I reported on it because when AAA announces just about anything, you must listen. The organization has more than 62 million members and there are currently between 24,000 and 27,000 hotels in the AAA Diamond Program at any given time. Chances are that your property is Diamond rated. This past June AAA announced that it had enhanced its housekeeping evaluation to include objective, scientific validation of...

As Months Roll By, Rollout of AAA’s Inspected Clean Program Gets Closer

ORLANDO, FLA.—This past June AAA announced that it had enhanced its housekeeping evaluation to include objective, scientific validation of the cleanliness of common surfaces throughout hotels. Hotels that meet AAA’s standards for cleanliness, condition and this new surface cleanliness testing will be recognized as Inspected Clean and then assigned a Diamond designation. Scott Hammerle, Director of the AAA Diamond Program, told Green Lodging News that AAA is hoping for a late 2021 Q4 or early 2022 Q1 rollout of the Inspected Clean recognition program. According to AAA research, 76 percent of consumers surveyed would be disappointed if a third-party inspection...

Research from Whittaker Reveals Level of Carpet Cleanliness Influences Visitor Confidence

NEW CASTLE, PENN.—Impressions about cleanliness in commercial facilities start from the ground up, according to new research from Whittaker, the leader in low-moisture carpet cleaning. The survey, conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Whittaker from August 5 to 9, 2021, among 2,056 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, found that 83 percent of Americans say well-maintained carpet improves their confidence in a facility’s cleanliness. “Often the first thing that people notice upon entering a facility is the flooring and what condition it is in,” said Joe Bshero, Director of Technical Services at Whittaker. “Carpet needs to be free...

Diversey Unveils Innovation Zone Research & Development Center

FORT MILL, S.C.—Diversey Holdings, Ltd., a leading provider of hygiene, infection prevention and cleaning solutions, announced the opening of its Innovation Zone Research and Development Center. Located on the campus of Diversey’s corporate headquarters in Fort Mill, S.C., the facility houses numerous state-of-the-art labs where scientists and specialists develop the industry’s next generation of cleaning and hygiene solutions. “We’re incredibly excited to open the doors of the Innovation Zone because it will help us fast track the development of new solutions that care for and protect people around the world,” said Paul Budsworth, President – Diversey North America. “This investment...

Diversey Oxivir Tb Recognized on Best Infection Prevention Products 2021

FORT MILL, S.C.—Diversey, a leading provider of hygiene, infection prevention and cleaning solutions, has been recognized by Newsweek and the Leapfrog Group for its leading Oxivir Tb, which has been rated as a Best Infection Prevention Product in 2021. Diversey’s Oxivir Tb was evaluated and selected, using four criteria: effectiveness, safety (to both patients and healthcare workers), successful real-world implementation and the stability of the company. “A clean environment is critical to minimize the risk of infection,” said Carolyn Cooke, Vice President of Healthcare in North America, Diversey. “Oxivir disinfectants powered by Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) technology, provide an alternative to...

Bradley Survey Finds Office Workers Taking Coronavirus Precautions

MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS.—As office workers in the United States continue returning to their places of employment, Bradley Corp. conducted its Healthy Handwashing Survey and found that coronavirus concerns persist, especially as new variants emerge. In response, employees are taking preventive actions. A total of 86 percent are bringing a mask with them to work and 73 percent have been fully vaccinated. In addition to masks, office workers are packing a few other personal protection items: 66 percent have their own hand sanitizer; 39 percent are taking cleaning wipes; and 29 percent are prepared with disinfectant spray. The survey also revealed that,...

Registration Opens for ISSA Show North America 2021

DALLAS—Attendee registration is now open for ISSA Show North America 2021, which will take place in person at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) in Las Vegas, November 15 to 18. Featuring more than 500 exhibitors and 65-plus educational sessions, ISSA Show North America is the one week when the entire professional cleaning industry comes together for top-tier education, networking, commercial opportunities to grow business, and to showcase the latest innovative products and solutions. This year’s event will be hosted in the newly expanded West Hall of LVCC. In August 2020, LVCC earned GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division...

Green Lodging News Adds Pure-Light to Product & Service Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—A technology used on the International Space Station to purify and clean the air—Titanium Dioxide has been improved upon by Pure-Light Technologies, Inc., the newest addition to the Green Lodging News Green Product & Service Directory. Patent pending, LED bulbs, produce super oxygen molecules that purify and deodorize the air of musty odors from mold, bacteria and breaks down toxic VOCs. The bulbs are coated with a formula of Titanium Dioxide. Various bulb types are available—dimmable or non-dimmable bulbs for table lamps, globe bulbs, candelabra bulbs, can bulbs, & 4-foot tube bulbs. The bulbs use 70 to 90 percent...

Acuity Brands Filtered Far-UVC Module UL Certified

ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc. announced that its Care222 filtered far-UVC module with patent-pending dosing electronics is the first germicidal UV (GUV) source in the wavelength range 200-230 nm (i.e., “far-UVC”)  to be UL LLC Certified to meet U.S. and Canadian standards for germicidal equipment for use in occupied spaces. When properly installed and administered, the module is in the Exempt risk group for photobiological hazards, as described in the IEC 62471:2006, Photobiological safety of lamps and lamp systems. “This tremendous technical achievement has come at a time when the worldwide awareness of the need to control pathogens has never been greater. Substantive pathogen...