Workplace Safety for Custodians

  High Dusting Tools and Techniques When dusting hard-to-reach places, extend your reach by using lightweight tools with telescoping handles and bendable necks.
Wear eye protection. Bend the neck of the handle to align it with the surface being cleaned. Extend the telescopic handle and step back to improve your neck position. Stand at an angle not directly under the dusting area. Keep your elbows close to your body to minimize overreaching. Work with your hands in front of your body in the area between your shoulders to minimize effort. Wet Mopping Tools and Techniques A wet mop can weigh up to 11 kilograms or 25 pounds when fully saturated. Use a mop with a head that's not too heavy for you to move when wet. Wet mopping can cause significant strain on the low back and contact stress to your hands. Keep your arms close to your body to stabilize your shoulders. Alternate your right and left hands at the top of the mop handle. The mop handle should extend between your chin and eye. The handle should also have a diameter that allows for a comfortable grip. Buckets Handling Tips Filled water buckets and pails are heavy and unstable loads.

Mark buckets with a two-thirds fill line to reduce the weight. Using smaller loads will minimize the effort. You want to keep buckets light enough to carry comfortably. If you need to fill your mop bucket from a wall sink, use a smaller bucket to transfer the water. Use a hose to avoid lifting your mop bucket up and into a floor sink. When lifting, use two hands and keep your elbows at or near your sides. When emptying your mop bucket into a floor sink, use the lip of the sink to cantilever the bucket. Place one hand under the back of the bucket and use the other to stabilize the load as you lift. Have a wide stance, bend your knees, and keep your back straight.

If you need to empty your mop bucket into a wall sink, use a smaller bucket to transfer the load. Again, use the lip of the sink to cantilever the bucket. Wet Mopping Wringing Techniques When ringing a mop, place your foot in front of a wheel to prevent the bucket from moving. Bend your knees and keep your back straight. Face the wringer lever with a straight elbow and use your body weight to push down through the lever. Garbage Handling Tips Don't assume that garbage can or bag will weigh the same each time. Injuries can occur when lifting an unexpectedly heavy or awkward load. You can check the weight of the can by tilting or pushing it. Always test the load before lifting it. Look at the contents of the can for sharp points or protrusions. Bend your knees and keep your back straight as you pick up or lower the bags. Keep garbage bags compact and light if no carts are available.

Have the dumpster placed in a close and convenient location? Roll your cart as close to the dumpster as possible. Dumping garbage bags requires repeated high shoulder lifts with significant force. Avoid twisting and tossing the bag sideways. With your feet and body facing the dumpster, step closer and lift the bag into the dumpster.

 

Back-to-School Cleaning & Organizing Tips!

  In my many years of life experience, one of the things that I have learned is the key to success is being prepared.
So I'm going to help you get prepared and ready to go back to school this week, whether it's you going back or your kids. All right. Let's get to it. If you have any notes or paperwork, or projects from last year, ditch it. You're likely not going to need it again, and if you need that information for whatever reason, you can always Google it. I used to keep all of my paperwork from years and projects before, and I never touched it again. Then, when I moved out of my mom's house, I had like years of schoolwork to go through. Not worth keeping. As a recovered pen hoarder, I can advise you, test all of your pens, pencils, pencil crayons, and highlighters. Ditch anything that's not working anymore.
Get yourself a set of whatever you need to have a good, successful school year, and don't overdo the writing utensils. Take it from me. Get your school gear all ready to go. So that means take your book bags or your lunch bags, get all of that laundered, smelling fresh, looking clean, and then of course pack it so that you're ready to go for the first day.

I would rock this on the first day of school. I mean, "Hello, Kitty." We all want to have funky shoes on the first day of school. But the good kind of funky, not the bad kind of funky. So if you feel that your sneakers or kicks are a little bit on the bad funky side, check out this video to learn how to clean your sneakers and breathe new life into them so that you can look amazing on your first day back. Since going back to school is in and of itself a routine, it's important to establish routines around the school, and we've got some more ideas about this coming up. But the most important one that I can think of at least at staying clean and organized is the getting home from school routine because that's when mayhem can break out. So, establish this routine a couple of days before you go back to school.

 

Or if you have little ones, do a dry run with them. But basically, what you want to do is make getting home from school the same event day in and day out. A great example of a getting home routine, first things first, take off your shoes and put them in the proper area. Then, take your lunch directly to the kitchen. Empty out containers. Put those in the dishwasher. Throw any garbage away. Then, you want to empty your school bag and get any pertinent notes or paperwork, or homework out and then put your bag where it belongs. Now, all of that will take 90 seconds, and the reward? Hello, after-school snack. Unless you thrive in organized chaos and I know some of us do, the majority of us do well with an organized workspace. So that means you've got to clean that desk and make sure it's nice and ready for the school year. Good news, I already have a video on that topic. It is from an older back to school series that we did, and I think you should check it out. It's simple, it's quick, and it's going to make all the difference.

Going back to school is an exceptional time to go through all of your clothing and pick out the things that you just don't need anymore. So what this means is picking out anything that's too old, too dirty, too holey, and not the good kind of holy, the other kind of holey, and stuff that you're just not going to wear anymore. So, depending on the situation of the garment, you're either going to throw it away or donate it. Then, you'll have a good, succinct shopping list and you know exactly what to pick up when you're out shopping. Well, it's been a year or two since I've been in school. But I'm pretty sure it's a lot easier to go paperless today than it was back when I was going to school.

So if you can reduce the amount of paper that you're bringing into your home and taking with you in your school bag, that's a good thing. So figure out if there are apps that you can download, or if your school provides some resource for you to go paperless, or if you have some laptop or tablet you can bring along with you. I have a whole video on how to go paperless. We did it during our spring cleaning series. Why don't you check it out and see if it sparks any ideas for you concerning how you can go paperless this school year. Now, for the older kids, I have a suggestion that I wouldn't say is the coolest back to school suggestion, but it is a functional one.

Why do you keep a little, teeny, tiny bottle of dish soap in your locker? For a good reason. It's a perfect stain pre-treater. So, if you happen to drop something unfortunate on your favorite garment in the middle of lunch, and you don't want to look like a crazy person with a big old stain on their shirt in your fourth period class, run to your locker, get that little bottle of dish soap, clean that stain, and you'll be pre-treated and good to go.

There's no better way to get yourself in the right head space for going back to school and for being the most prepared to get all of your work done as quickly as possible than getting your room nice and clean.
Don't you worry? I have a video on that, and there it is. So give your room the good old once-over, get it all ready for your new school year ahead, and I promise you'll be so much more prepared, relaxed, and ready for success. So that's how you can stay clean, organized, and prepared for an awesome school year.

Remember, one of my keys to success is to be prepared. So keep these tips in mind, and you're going to be in great shape for this year. Let me know if you have any back to school cleaning, organizing, or routine questions in the comments down below. Well, it is one of my favorite times of the week where it's the end of the video, and I get to throw you to some other videos I think you're going to love. This week, I'm throwing you into three videos. They are our back to school series that we filmed a couple of years ago, spanning a variety of back to school cleaning topics from cleaning and organizing your desk, to getting out stains and some cool locker ideas. So be sure to check them out there. Over there you can click links down below. You can tap on these if you're watching on your mobile device. You can also check out our website, which is CleanMySpace.com. We've got the link and the whole business over there. There's lots of cool stuff up on our website. Be sure to check it out. Thanks, guys.

Happy back to school, and we'll see you soon.

Bathroom Cleaning Tips : How to Clean a Toilet

Hi, I'm Ann Hyrick, and today I'm going to show you how to clean a toilet.

What you want to do first is, you want to- we're going to do the whole toilet, so what you want to do first is, you want to just come with a paper towel, and then just get- anything that's loose, you want to get up off the toilet, and then you start with the top of the toilet. And there are many products out there you can use, I'm just going to use a spray like Fantastic or 409, and I'm just going to spray. You want to be sure and hit where the seat is joined, there's a lot of times dirt, and urine will get into those cracks, so you just want to give a really good spray to the top, you also don't want to miss the base of the toilet, going all the way around, up in all the cracks, and then with a sponge or paper towel, and I'm going to dip my paper towel, and just start, I'm going clean the top, and then go around the base, I'm just going to go all the way around.

You want to clean the seat, the bottom of the seat around the bowl, and then I'm just going to throw this dirty one in the bucket and start with a clean one, and do the same thing down in the base. Then you want to rinse, and really get all- you want to be sure that you get all the soap or the chemical off your toilet. Then with- I like using a powder when I do the bowl, and that way the cleaner will cling to the water and cling to the walls of the toilet, and then you just go around, starting with the back, and you want to be sure that you get up around the ridge, you flush. And you might want to flush several times, and then with the clean water that comes in, I just like to take it to be sure that I don't have any residue of soap, and then going back and drying the seat, the bowl, and you now have a clean toilet. rengøring København

This is Ann Hyrick, and that is how you clean a toilet..


How to Use a Vacuum Cleaner

Hi. This is Javris on behalf of Expert Vantage, talking to you about vacuuming.

What I wanted to go over with you is how many times do you actually go over a spot until it is clean. Well, a lot of people, if you'll notice (maybe even yourself included), when you do vacuum, you give it the quick once-over. And that's really not the way to do things if you want it to be done correctly. What it's going to do...actually, if you're going to be vacuuming, you might as well do it right.

So, you are spending the time to do it, do it right and your carpet is going to last longer which is going to be beneficial to you because you are not going to have to spend money on new carpet. Most people are going to do the once over; they are going to go down and back. Or, they may even go two times. So, down-back one, down-back two. However, the efficient number (and this has been done by studies) is that it takes eight times...down-and-back one, down and back two...eight times to be sure that that carpet is getting clean. There is a lot of dust build up, maybe you wear your shoes through your house, and all of that stuff over the months and the years adds up. Especially high traffic areas. You are going to want to make sure that you hit those especially the eight times and maybe a little bit more. So let me just show you what that looks like so you can get an idea. Okay? Here we go. That's one...down-back, two...down-back and that's eight. Raise the head.



So, you can see that it does look like a lot of work. That's why I recommended in the previous clip that you get a machine that has a self propelled feature so that you are not doing all of that work. It can become laborious. If that's how you want to get your exercise, put it on the manual setting and go around the whole house and make sure that you hit the spots that you are doing effectively eight times and that will make sure that you get more life out of your carpet..

How to Clean an Office: Dusting, Removing Trash & Vacuuming

This video demonstrates the proper way to remove trash, dust, spot clean, and vacuum commercial office spaces.

Before you began gather all your equipment and supplies including personal protective equipment such as gloves or goggles As a safety precaution always check power cord conditions before using electric equipment Check to see if the vacuum bag or filter needs to be replaced Bags should be replaced when they are half full. Move counterclockwise through the work area picking up obvious trash lying about as you go Be careful not to discard items that may be left on the floor but is not intended to be thrown away.

As you empty the trash cans check to see if the liners are wet or torn and replace them as needed Disinfect the trash can replace the liner with the correct size bag and return the trash can to its original place. Separate trash from recycling this can be made easier by having clearly marked containers Now it's time to dust. There are many dusting tools that work well You can use microfiber dusting mits, synthetic or lamb's wool dusters, feather dusters, or dusting attachments for vacuum cleaners.



It's best to use lint-free dusting cloths, microfiber cloths, or vacuums for healthier indoor air quality These methods trap most of the dust instead of making the dust airborne Always dust high levels first and then work your way down Make sure all cleaning solutions are properly diluted The best way to achieve this is by using a dispensing system Use disinfectant on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and telephones Allow disinfectant to dwell before wiping clean so the germs are eliminated Clean table tops and interior glass Dispose of trash properly in designated area to maintain pest control Now that the area has been dusted, spot cleaned, and the trash has been pulled it's time to vacuum.

Vacuum the entrance way mats then remove them and vacuum underneath also Vacuum hallways, elevators, and common areas Vacuum high-traffic paths and any visible debris in office areas Vacuum under trash cans and under furniture and then replace them to their original position Vacuum all air vents as required Replace packing bag and check filters at least every two hours Properly dispose of soiled bags Daily vacuum maintenance is important to prevent the need for deeper carpet cleaning Checking the brush roller bar and cleaning the filters keeps the vacuum in proper condition and will extend the life from the machine Store the vacuum cord and attachments in their designated areas Turn off facility lights and lock the door

A Short History of the Custodian

During the industrial revolution factories grew and so did the demand for workers.

People move to cities to live, work and learn. It was beginning of a major social change. This also was the beginning of moving from an outdoor agricultural age to the indoor environment of the industrial age. Large buildings and multi-family home dominated city life. Environmental conditions within most facilities were poorly ventilated, dirty, crowded quickly making making public health a top priority. It was imperative that cleanliness become the order of the day a clean environment very important to the public health in university environment where people work together and study together in close proximity such as in residence halls, in lounges and cafeterias libraries. We need to have a clean environment we need to be able to reduce the transmission of germs and make sure that people have a health and safe place to work as the demand for workers grew cities grew too. Same for ejendomsservice København.

Maybe a bit too much environmental conditions in cities and factories were loaded with dirt, germs, leading to health hazards ranging from sickness to major disease outbreaks epidemics, even death all this great progress was making a big mess.


We needed order and cleanliness, not more stuff. We needed custodians because they play a vital role in public health. Custodians are the real heroes of the industrial revolution. Not so long ago custodians were called janitors, a term derived from the roman deity Janus, the keeper of the keys custodian of treasures in ancient times. The title of janitor was the person responsible for protecting the household from both interior and exterior threats looking both forward and back Janus could see in all directions preserving and protecting all that was important. Even today their role is to put things in order improve and protect the quality of life restore an environment to pleasing or satisfactory, appearance control, indoor air quality, help prevent infections allergies and illness, in fact, more people have probably died from germ related diseases than from all the wars combined in our history. When we have an outbreak of infectious disease on-campus our custodial staff come in and cleanup. Especially like the campus bath and it's really important and I don't think it's something that I really notice how clean it is but if it were really dirty it would definitely be...

A distraction, it's really important because it's hard to work in a messy environment for me, at least students rank cleanliness as one of the most important elements of their personal learning. Custodians maintain the environment so students will thrive. Our custodial team play a vital role in keeping this a world-class university, we at building services are very proud of our custodial team that makes this a safe clean and healthy environment and makes it warm and inviting to our guests as Plant, Building, and Grounds services provides the optimal learning environment academic excellence follows the University of Michigan has won awards for it's cleaning programs. I'm reminded of the story of a reporter who was in the NASA space center and he came upon a custodian and asked him what he did and the custodian said I help send astronauts to the moon we all win because we're safer and healthier with our expert custodians one more reason why we're the leaders and best in all that we do