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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.

UMF Calls for Nominations for Guest Room Attendant Excellence Award

NORTHBROOK, ILL.—Nominations are open for the third annual 2021 Guest Room Attendant (GRA) Excellence Award, sponsored by UMF Corp. The award recognizes the invaluable contributions of GRAs, who ensure a safe guest and employee environment in hotels and lodges across the country. During another trying year that included new variants and near-constant industry disruptions, GRAs bravely served as the first line of defense in cleaning and disinfecting guestrooms and common areas in hotels. Nominations are open through April 30, 2022. “Hospitality, already hyper-focused on cleanliness, has transformed its business model during the pandemic, deploying infection prevention practices that are similar to those of...

Clean Air in Buildings Challenge Provides Roadmap for Ensuring Superior IAQ

In case you missed it, earlier this month, the Biden-Harris Administration released the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, a roadmap to move the country forward safely and continue to fight COVID-19 as Americans get back to their more normal routines. Of course, a big part of getting back to normal is improving air quality in whatever dwelling we happen to be in—hotels included. As part of its Preparedness Plan, on March 17, the Administration launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge. It calls on all building owners and operators to assess their indoor air quality and make ventilation and air filtration...

energyware Launches Olympia Disinfection Lighting to Eliminate COVID-19

NEW YORK—energyware, a leading national provider of energy-efficient technology solutions, has announced the latest edition to its portfolio in the Olympia Disinfection Lighting system. In addition to Olympia’s multifaceted ability to enable air and surface disinfection, the lighting features innovative disinfection devices that have been proven to reduce bacteria, mold, and viruses such as COVID-19 by 99.9 percent. Research conducted by third-party laboratories, such as Microbac Laboratories Inc., has verified these results. Olympia launches with the best warranty opportunity across the entire industry. The five-year, 30,000-hour warranty on the lighting system ensures that customers will have access to unparalleled air...

Wooster Products Adds R & D/QC Manager

WOOSTER, OHIO—Wooster Products, an industry leader in anti-slip safety stair treads and walkway products, has added Matt Gray, as Research & Development/Quality Control Manager. Gray is a PhD Graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and has extensive experience in synthetic materials chemistry and powder diffraction. As the Manager of R & D, Dr. Gray leads the effort to improve existing products within the Wooster Products family and develop new ones to address customer needs. As the head of Quality Control, he oversees testing to verify that products meet the company’s strict guidelines as well...

Bradley Survey Finds 25 Percent Decrease in Handwashing

MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS.—The Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corp. has found handwashing frequency decreased 25 percent among adults compared to when the coronavirus first hit. Specifically, in the spring of 2020, Americans were washing their hands an average of 10.5 times per day. This January, that number dropped by one-fourth to 7.8 times per day. While the adult population may be shortchanging their handwashing routine, the survey found that 79 percent of parents take some sort of action to encourage their children to suds up. A total of 44 percent say they regularly ask their young ones to wash their hands, 26 percent...

JAWS Refillable Cleaning System Uses Safer Ingredients to Eliminate Grime

TOLEDO, OHIO—The Just Add Water System is an effective eco-friendly household cleaning system designed to reduce single-use plastic bottles, and provide safer, more effective cleaning solutions. JAWS starts with a refillable spray bottle and a childproof cartridge of concentrated cleaning solution. Fill the JAWS bottle with water to the fill line, drop a cartridge into the neck of the bottle, and twist on the sprayer to release the concentrate. The JAWS lineup of cleaning solutions includes six EPA Safer Choice Certified formulas including JAWS Glass Cleaner, Daily Shower, Kitchen Cleaner, Floor Cleaner, Granite Cleaner, and Foaming Bathroom Cleaner. JAWS also offers a Multi-Purpose Cleaner and a one-stop...

CASPR Group Rebrands as CASPR Technologies

DALLAS—Environmental health technology company CASPR Group announced its new name is CASPR Technologies. The updated branding will launch initially on the company’s new website CASPRtech.com and will continue to roll out onto products and company materials through the coming year. CASPR—which stands for Continuous Air & Surface Pathogen Reduction—uses proprietary Natural Catalytic Conversion (NCC) technology to provide healthier indoor air and surface environments across industries including healthcare, education, transportation, and commercial real estate. The brand change better reflects the company’s technology solutions. “Let’s be clear about what type of company we are and the solutions CASPR provides,” said Co-Founder and Executive Chairwoman Gail Warrior. “We’ve always...

PathoSans Launches PathoSans Direct Retail Platform

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, ILL.—PathoSans Technologies announced the launch of PathoSans Direct, its retail platform for consumers and businesses to purchase electrochemically-activated (ECA) cleaning and disinfecting solutions and application equipment. PathoSans offers two ECA products made from salt, water and electricity: PathoPure is a multi-purpose cleaner/degreaser and PathoNex is a hospital-grade broad-spectrum disinfectant, virucide and food contact surface sanitizer. “Heightened concerns around cleanliness have led to more frequent and thorough cleaning, often with caustic ingredients that can increase risks to people and the environment,” said Jim McCann, Marketing Leader of PathoSans Technologies. “ECA solutions are just as effective as conventional chemicals and provide a greater level of...

Spotta Introduces Bed Bug Cost Calculator

LOS ANGELES—It’s a tale as old as time—bed bugs will bite. Whether you’re a national treasure like Great British Bake Off’s Dame Mary Berry or a regular holidaymaker, staying in a luxury resort or a large business hotel, the tiny pests don’t discriminate in who they feed on. While Covid may have temporarily set them back, bed bugs are re-emerging—ready to bite as travel returns and causing costly damage to hotels’ financial results and reputation, plus headaches for overstretched housekeeping teams. Hoteliers can now easily gauge the impact of bed bugs on their business by using the Bed Bug Cost Calculator—a free online...

More than 340 Facilities Commit to GBAC STAR Facility Reaccreditation

ROSEMONT, ILL.—From airports to convention centers to hotels to arenas, nearly 350 facilities around the world have completed the annual reaccreditation process for GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation. The accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, gives employees and visitors of these environments reassurance that the facility has the proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious diseases. “Third-party validation of our cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention procedures gives our cleaning professionals, event hosts, and attendees confidence that the arena is taking the necessary steps to ensure safe and fun gatherings,”...