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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.

Premier Hospitality Management Chooses MTech’s PMWorks

MIAMI—Premier Hospitality Management, a Durant, Okla.-based owner and operator of 17 hotels in the central United States, has partnered with MTech to implement its PMWorks preventive maintenance solution across all its properties. MTech is a developer of Software as a Service (SaaS) products aimed at improving service and efficiency for the hospitality industry. With PMWorks now in place, Premier Hospitality Management has made an investment in the future by better maintaining and extending the effective life of each physical asset and the furnishings, fixtures and equipment within. “When I joined Premier almost a year ago, I immediately began looking for...

Advance Floor-cleaning Machines Now Contribute to LEED-EBOM

PLYMOUTH, MINN.—Advance now offers ergonomically designed floor-cleaning equipment that can help contribute points to LEED-EBOM certification. Advance’s Advenger rider-scrubber with EcoFlex System and the ProTerra rider-sweeper meet requirements for sustainable cleaning equipment specified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Rating System (LEED-EBOM). The Advenger and Proterra offer ergonomic design features that minimize physical stress on the user and maximize operator safety, both of which are requirements under the LEED-EBOM program. The use of ergonomic cleaning equipment is a prerequisite to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Credit 3.4: Green Cleaning—Sustainable Cleaning Equipment of the LEED-EBOM...

Federal Trade Commission Mandates Mercury Warnings on CFL Packaging

SAN FRANCISCO—The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) ruling on mercury labeling will require all compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) manufacturers to provide information on proper handling and cleanup when a CFL breaks. CFLs have gained in market share in recent years because of their energy efficiency. Amy Galland, research director of As You Sow, said, “Consumers have learned that CFLs use less electricity than incandescent bulbs, which is good for the environment. But as more CFLs entered the market we have been concerned that consumers do not fully appreciate the potential dangers if a CFL is broken. There is mercury...

Bargoose Home Textiles Introduces The Bedbug Solution Bedding

LYNBROOK, N.Y.—The bedbug epidemic currently keeping Americans awake at night is the stuff of nightmares for hospitality managers. That is why Bargoose Home Textiles has introduced The Bedbug Solution protective bedding. The Bedbug Solution covers for box springs and mattresses feature Bargoose’s patent-pending Zip-N-Stick zipper tape that locks bedbugs out. Housekeeping knows the seal is engaged when the tape is fastened securely over the zipper pull—an important visual safety check. Lab-certified for effectiveness and washability, the rust-proof Zip-N-Stick barrier protects a property’s investment in expensive sleep furnishings while delivering peace of mind to its overnight guests. The Bedbug Solution bedding for...

New Product Provides Early Detection of Bedbug Problems

NEW YORK—A new concept in bedbug detection from AP&G’s Catchmaster line now offers hotel, hospitality and residence-based industries an innovative, “passive” detection system designed specifically to monitor for bedbugs on a large scale as part of a proactive inspection/intervention strategy. Called BDS (Bedbug Detection System), the product overcomes the problems of standard insect glue traps by utilizing a patented adhesive dot matrix technology and physical design to capture specimens. “The growing scourge of bedbugs is a ticking time bomb,” said Jonathan Frisch, AP&G’s vice president, sales and marketing. “According to the National Pest Management Association, 95 percent of pest management...

Brush & Clean Enters North American Market

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Brush & Clean, a manufacturer of dry carpet and flooring cleaning systems, chemicals and accessories for leading environmental service companies worldwide, announced it has now expanded into North America, with the opening of its headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and distribution facility in Pennsylvania. A renowned company in European, South American and Asian markets, Brush and Clean has been in business for more than 20 years and today operates in more than 35 countries. Brush and Clean’s secret dry carpet cleaning formula, “Brush & Clean Dry Carpet Cleaning,” includes safe and effective nontoxic cleaning agents and is 98...

New Ashkin Group Website Emphasizes Sustainability

BLOOMINGTON, IND.—The Ashkin Group, which has long been a leading advocate for green cleaning and sustainable practices in the professional cleaning industry, announces the launch of their new company website. The site, www.AshkinGroup.com, was built under the direction of Elizabeth Crosbie, marketing director for The Ashkin Group. According to Stephen Ashkin, the Ashkin Group’s president, the new site is a reflection of the industry’s evolution from green cleaning to an increased emphasis on sustainability.  “As we did with green cleaning, we are increasing our emphasis on sustainability so we can play a leadership role in this evolution as well,” said Ashkin. According...

Misunderstandings About Green Pest Management Clarified

NATIONAL REPORT—“Green” is everywhere we look in today’s marketplace—“green building,” “green cleaning,” “green energy,” “green cars,” and yes, “green pest management.” But what’s in a name? Isn’t “green” pest management just another name for IPM (integrated pest management)? IPM has been around for a long time. The stated goal of IPM has always been to reduce the impact of pesticides on people and the environment. Isn’t that “green” pest management? Or, is “green” truly different than the way we have practiced pest management in the past, even IPM? Confused? When I was first designated the “Green Guy” at Terminix International...

Advance Vacuums Now Contribute to LEED-EBOM Certification

PLYMOUTH, MINN.—Advance now offers vacuums that meet the requirements for sustainable cleaning equipment specified by the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Rating System (LEED-EBOM). Advance vacuums that can contribute points to LEED certification include Adgility XP backpack vacuums and Spectrum upright vacuums. The Adgility XP and Spectrum vacuums have been awarded the Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) Seal of Approval and operate with a sound level of less than 70 dBA, both of which are requirements for vacuums under the LEED-EBOM program. The purchase of green cleaning equipment is a prerequisite to Indoor...

New Natural Topia Insecticide Available from FMC

PHILADELPHIA—A new, completely natural pest control product for use by pest management professionals to control cockroaches, bed bugs, ants, flies and more than a dozen other pests is now available from FMC Professional Solutions, a business unit of FMC Corp. Introduced earlier this year, Topia insecticide features a proprietary blend of natural oils with well-documented insecticidal properties. Available in a 17-oz. aerosol can, Topia is a water-based product that delivers contact control of many structural pests. “Topia is a breakthrough insecticide product—the first completely natural, water-based insecticide from FMC,” said Chris Bowley, product manager for FMC Professional Solutions. “Pest management professionals...