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.


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Hotels Need to Properly Clean Jetted Tubs, Dishwashers

2/9/2016

ST. PAUL, MINN.—Hotels need to properly clean their jetted tubs, dishwashers and washing machines from the effects of biofilm and the contaminants biofilm growth promotes in these appliances. Hotels use and rely upon a battery of jetted tubs, dishwashers and washing machines to run their businesses. Mounting scientific evidence suggests that these appliances (and, more specifically, the improper design and/or cleaning of these appliances) are among several primary hosts of contaminants that get and/or keep hotel patrons sick.


PathoSans Water Cleaning Solution Now WoolSafe Approved

2/4/2016

WHEATON, ILL.—PathoClean, an electrolyzed water cleaning solution from technology leader PathoSans, has been WoolSafe Approved for effective cleaning of wool and other carpeting, rugs and upholstery.


Envirocleanse Introduces Replacement for Disinfectants

1/27/2016

HOUSTON—As social and industry awareness continues to grow regarding the negative impact of harsh chemicals in industrial cleaners, Envirocleanse has developed a safe, biodegradable alternative that has zero toxic effects on humans and warm-blooded animals: Envirocleanse 500 Anolite Solution. “Envirocleanse 500 is the ideal product to replace harsh disinfectants such as bleach, chlorine-based products and bromine biocides commonly used in oil and gas operations and other industries,” says Matt Hughes, Executive Vice-President of Envirocleanse.


HotelTap Adds Preventive Maintenance to Its Workplace Tool

1/19/2016

ALAMEDA, CALIF.—HotelTap has added a new feature to its popular “digital log book in the cloud” to aid hoteliers in their preventive maintenance processes. Room Logs: Preventive Maintenance is designed to create digital task and subtask logs for routine room inspections. The Silver Palms Inn in Key West, Fla., is the first user of HotelTap with the new Preventive Maintenance tool added.


Ecolab Earns LEED Gold Recertification for Nalco Headquarters

1/6/2016

ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, has received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold recertification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the buildings at its 76-acre campus in Naperville, Ill., the headquarters of its Nalco Water and Process Services business.


Green Seal Celebrates 15 Years of Cleaning Products Standard

12/30/2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green Seal, Inc. is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the GS-37 Standard for Cleaning Products for Industrial and Institutional Use—a standard that helped usher in a new era for sustainable and safer cleaning products.


Conference Facility Introduces NanoSeptic Self-Cleaning Surfaces

12/28/2015

FOREST, VA.—Attaining the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) certification for BESt (Building Environment Standards) buildings with eco-friendly operations and infrastructure represents a tremendous commitment to the environment and sustainability. As a recipient of this certification, the Victoria Conference Centre (VCC) in Victoria, British Columbia continues with initiatives to provide an even cleaner environment for employees and guests.


P&G Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

12/17/2015

CINCINNATI—The Procter & Gamble Co. released its 17th annual sustainability report, detailing the progress it is making to reduce its environmental footprint and improve social conditions for those in need.


Georgia-Pacific Adds Green Seal Certified Products

12/16/2015

ATLANTA—Georgia-Pacific announced Green Seal certification for a selection of the company’s skincare products. This designation by Green Seal, a third-party sustainability certification organization, is another building block in GP PRO’s offering of sustainable products.


Why Hotels Should Know About Aqueous Ozone Cleaning Methods

12/2/2015

More than two decades ago, a company that manufactures circuit boards* for use in a variety of electrical products was facing a quandary. To clean their circuit boards, the company was using a solvent that contained ingredients determined to be harmful to the environment. As a result, they were given two years to phase out the use of these solvents. Company management decided they had four possible options to address this situation: 1. They could simply not clean the circuit boards, a solution referred to as the “no-clean” process. 2. They could turn to cleaning processes that use nonsolvent cleaning chemicals. 3. They could use solvents that were not harmful or less harmful for the environment. 4. They could look into alternative cleaning processes that would use no chemicals whatsoever.


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