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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.

Marble Shine Services Introduces StoneClean Concentrate Cleansers

SALEM, ORE.—Marble Shine Services introduces the StoneClean Concentrate line of cleansers from Richard James Specialty Chemicals (RJSC). They are available for purchase in a sample quart or gallon container at buystoneclean.com. RJSC cleansers and sealers and finishes have all three elements to qualify as “environmentally friendly”—absence of toxic compounds: short biodegradation time, and “rinse-ability free”. StoneClean Plus Hard Surface cleaner is the ideal cleanser for polished granite countertops. It is fast in environmental breakdown while providing a residue free surface to help make the surface resistant to discoloration, odor and degradation due to microbial and fungal contaminations. One quart will make...

Green Lodging News Adds ChemxWorks to Product & Service Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added ChemxWorks to its Green Product & Service Directory. The company’s D-CARBONATOR soak tank removes carbon buildup and the worst fats, oil and grease (F.O.G.) from kitchen equipment (aluminum baking pans, hood filters, baking racks, floor mats and more) using heated water in combination with safe, eco-friendly and proprietary detergent CarbonZyme. The D-CARBONATOR operates at a temperature of 185˚F/85˚C. Equipment removed from the unit is fully sanitized and bacteria free. It saves on labor, utilities, water, equipment and chemicals. The D-CARBONATOR is 12 times less costly to operate than a 3-compartment sink and cleans better...

Foodservice Equipment/Soak Tanks

ChemxWorks Clean & Conserve—Without Scrubbing! The D-CARBONATOR soak tank from ChemxWorks removes carbon buildup and the worst fats, oil and grease (F.O.G.) from kitchen equipment (aluminum baking pans, hood filters, baking racks, floor mats and more) using heated water in combination with our safe, eco-friendly and proprietary detergent CarbonZyme®. The D-CARBONATOR operates at a temperature of 185˚F/85˚C. Equipment removed from the unit is fully sanitized and bacteria free. It saves on labor, utilities, water, equipment and chemicals. The D-CARBONATOR is 12 times less costly to operate than a 3-compartment sink and cleans better than a dishwasher. The stand-alone unit plugs into...

More Killed, Injured in Hotels from Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Unfortunately, I have written about carbon monoxide deaths in hotels far too often—most recently last November. The past few weeks I have read about two more incidents at hotels. First, in late June, two men were found dead by a third guest staying in the room at the Best Western Hotel in Asheville, N.C. Police suspect the cause of the deaths to be carbon monoxide poisoning. According to an unsealed warrant, Asheville fire chief Shane Mackey suspects a utility room behind the room was the source of the carbon monoxide. The utility room contained two water heaters and two...

Ecolab Ahead of Pace to Save Enough Water for 1 Billion People

PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies, has released its 2018 corporate sustainability report, Accelerating Meaningful Change, which highlights its work with leading companies throughout the world to reduce environmental impact and drive cost savings. The 2018 publication is Ecolab’s 12th annual corporate sustainability report. “Whether it’s saving water or reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, there’s a growing realization that these priorities go hand-in-hand with business growth and profitability,” said Ecolab Chairman and CEO Douglas M. Baker, Jr. “By the nature of our work, we help companies achieve their operational and sustainability goals.” Highlights from...

Hilton Hotel Chooses Delta Five Advanced Bed Bug Detection System

RALEIGH, N.C.—The installation of an advanced bed bug detection system from Delta Five Systems, LLC, a supplier of innovative solutions to stop bed bugs using computer vision, biological science, and cloud technology, has proven to be a smart investment for a newly-constructed hotel located near Hartford, Conn. Realizing early on that traditional bed bug management methods would not provide a sufficiently effective solution for preventing infestations, managers at the Hilton Garden Inn Wallingford had the Delta Five Automated Bed Bug Detection System installed after construction at their property in September 2017, and as a result, there have been zero...

HCN to Unveil ‘Guest Choice’ Green Initiative at HITEC

OTTAWA, ONT.—This week at HITEC Minneapolis, the Hotel Communication Network (HCN) will unveil a new green initiative. Called “Guest Choice,” the patent-pending technology enables guests to use HCN’s in-room Navigator Tablets to opt out of room cleaning, potentially saving owners up to $50 per room per month in labor costs. In addition to determining “if” and “when” they want their rooms cleaned, guests are also given the option to request late checkout for a fee. Upselling this opportunity is an easy way to capture potentially lost revenues. “Giving guests a choice in how they prefer to interact with the hotel...

Hotel Housekeeper Uncovers Human Trafficking Scheme in New Book

ATLANTA—Human trafficking is a growing epidemic in the United States and across the world. As a response to this problem, neuroscience researcher and seasoned author Laura Otis has released her novel, “Clean”, a gripping story of an abused housekeeper who must overcome her inner fears to help women held at a cheap motel by human traffickers. Abused as a child, Ginny lives an isolated life as a housekeeper at the Run-Rite Inn in a small Texas town. The inn’s manager, Jake, who knows every hinge on every door and the personality of every room, encourages Ginny to think beyond dusting,...

Choice Hotels Designates Delta Five as Qualified Vendor

RALEIGH, N.C.—Delta Five Systems, LLC, a supplier of innovative solutions to stop bed bugs using computer vision, biological science, and cloud technology, has been selected for the Qualified Vendor Program of Choice Hotels International, Inc. The agreement supports Choice-branded properties’ access to the Delta Five Automated Bed Bug Detection System, helping Choice franchisees to safeguard their guests’ experience, protect the reputations of their hotels, and receive significant cost savings over traditional pest management methods. One of the world’s largest hotel companies, Choice Hotels franchises approximately 7,000 hotels representing more than 570,000 rooms worldwide across a myriad of brands, including the...

Scandic’s New Standard Further Muddies ‘Allergy-Friendly’ Definition

The definition of an allergy-friendly room has often been in flux in our industry. More than a decade ago, PURE Allergy Friendly Rooms were introduced. At that time, the PURE process included steps ranging from ozone shock treatment to an air purification system to a showerhead with a chlorine filter. PURE Allergy Friendly Rooms have since evolved and are now called Pure Rooms as part of a Pure Wellness experience. The current seven steps include: ozone shock treatment, sanitize air handling unit, deep clean soft and hard surfaces, apply Pure Shield Barrier, install air purification system, install antimicrobial tea...