The Majesty of Carpet Cleaning Month

Did you know that July is carpet cleaning month? If the thought of maintaining or cleaning a carpet overwhelms you, you’re not alone. At MISCO, we know carpet care and have some tips and tricks that can make carpet care easy. Carpet matting at the entrance to facilities is the first step you can take…

Do You Clean Your Bathroom Reader?

Before cell phones, it wasn’t uncommon to find a magazine rack or newspaper in the bathroom. Nowadays, people tend to carry their bathroom readers around with them in the form of their smartphones. While it’s made things more convenient, it can lead to a higher transfer of bacteria & viruses. In a survey conducted by…

Tick Season & Protecting Your Employees

As the weather warms up, tick season begins. Many employees may find themselves moving to work outdoors, and tick prevention becomes a priority. According to the CDC, tickborne disease cases more than doubled from 22,000 in 2004 to 48,000 in 2016. Ticks are known to cause Lyme disease, but they also cause Rocky Mountain spotted…

Let’s Go to the Movies!

It’s been a year without a lot of public outings. Many people had to give up going to see the newest films or plays at the theater. Thankfully, movies and shows are starting up again and, if done correctly, they can provide a safe and fun experience to make visitors feel welcome. How can these…

Four Areas You’re Forgetting to Spring Clean

After the long winter, Spring is finally here. This is commonly the time of year when the spring-cleaning itch makes itself known. Below we’ve listed four areas often left out of the annual deep clean. Pillows Whether it’s a decorative throw pillow or where you lay your head at the end of the day, dead…

The Return of Bad Hand Hygiene

When the pandemic began a year ago, we were constantly reminded of the importance of handwashing. There were how-to videos (like ours) and even websites that turned favorite songs into handwashing timers (found here). Though it has been a long year, the pandemic is still ongoing and handwashing is still just as important. Clean hands…

When Winter Comes Inside

Winter weather brings unique dirt and cleaning problems – inside!  When not handled properly, these problems will cause real long-term damage to facilities and can make people sick. Floors Take a Beating! When preparing for a winter storm, we typically salt our walkways, driveways, and sidewalks to make them safe and slip free.  And hopefully,…

Safe Travels, Pandemic Edition Part II

Last month we talked about traveling safely in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we’re going to talk about staying safe once you reach your final destination. Hotel rooms and rental homes, according to experts, pose a similar risk of transmission, however they are both safer than staying with family or friends. It’s easier…

Summer Traveling During a Pandemic

Whether you’re traveling for business or you simply miss hearing “Are we there yet?” on repeat, you may find yourself on the go for the first time in months. Summer is here and some restrictions have relaxed leaving many people to ask themselves, “How can I travel safely?” The first thing you will need before…

Will My All-Purpose Cleaner Disinfect My Counter?

With health in mind, cleaning has become an important daily routine for new reasons. The task can be overwhelming when you consider all of the terms that are out there – cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing. We’ve already discussed the differences in sanitizing and disinfecting, but what about all-purpose cleaners? Our products are all formulated for…

Stop Putting Fecal Matter on Your Face

When it comes to germs, people fear the toilet seat, but there’s actually something a lot more personal that you should be concerned about. You carry your cell phone around, keeping it close, and press it next to your face, but did you know that it has more germs than a public toilet seat? In…

Social Distancing

The Difference Between Self-Quarantine, Self-Isolation, and Other COVID-19 Related Terms Social distancing, self-quarantine, self-isolation, quarantine, isolation – you’ve seen these words everywhere lately, but how do they differ and which one should you be practicing? We’ve been told that social distancing can help slow the spread of COVID-19, which will reduce the number of those…

Keep Your Courts March Madness Ready

March Madness is an annual tournament played each spring in the United States. For those unfamiliar with the tournament, it’s when the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball teams compete. This single elimination challenge has 64 college teams playing against each other for the winning title. That’s a lot of basketball and a lot of wear…

Why the Toilet Seat Is Your Friend

We’ve all have the pleasure of walking into a public restroom only to find a visible surprise left for us on the seat, usually in the form of a yellow liquid. Unfortunately, other than avoiding public bathrooms altogether, these incidents are inevitable. Some restrooms provide paper covers to help keep users clean, but it’s not…

Spread of the Norovirus

Flu Season VS. All Ya’ll After the holidays, you may have returned to work only to discover several of your coworkers are sick. The odds are, the festive season got to them. Holiday gatherings are known to spread germs, but this year the Norovirus is spreading faster than usual. The number of outbreaks is 67%…

Chemical Mixing Don’ts & Don’ts

A properly trained janitorial staff has its obvious benefits. The end result of their shift will be clean facilities that are efficiently maintained. But what about the safety of these workers, beyond the safety goggles and gloves? A clean job well done is very important, but there can be hazards that come with cleaning chemicals,…

Sick of Your Coworkers, Or Just Sick?

Every year like clockwork the holiday season comes rushing in with its best friend, flu season. It’s nothing new and you can count on it just the same as you can count on a happy ending in a holiday Hallmark movie.       We’ve gone over the importance of hand washing, disinfecting surfaces, and exercising to…

Clean Your Dirty Mind

It’s been proven that a clean environment has a positive impact on the physical health of its visitors, but what about their mental health? It turns out that it’s good for the mind too. It all comes down to control. When we clean, we are filled with a sense of control and accomplishment. While cleaning,…

Medical Marijuana Stinks

Medical marijuana may have its much-needed health benefits, but it’s affecting the hospitality industry in a negative way. Now a legal drug in 34 states and Washington, D.C., the smell that comes along with it is prevalent. The closest thing the scent is compared to is a skunk’s spray, and some people even find it…

Don’t Be Afraid of the Outbreak

Whenever there is an outbreak of any disease, fear often follows. The public is informed about these incidents and begins to worry, and in some cases, even panics.  But where there is a disease, there are scientists working on a cure and chemists working on a method for prevention. In cases of harmful bacteria, we…

Land of the Free, Home of the Bathed

In the month of July, we celebrate the birth of our nation. When we think back to those times, we often picture wars being fought in battlefields, powdered white wigs, and dirt, lots and lots of dirt. While you could argue that poor hygiene wasn’t without good reason, it’s easy to imagine how foul a…

The 5-Second Rule Myth

We all know that one person who will eat anything, even after it falls on the floor. The argument for this is the 5-second rule, which states that dropped food is OK to eat if you pick it up in five seconds or less. But is there any truth to this rule? Unfortunately, this rule…

Catch Rays, Not Colds

Traveling can take a toll on your body, and if you’re traveling for vacation, getting sick may ruin your whole trip. We’ve covered the germiest spots in airports and on airplanes but today we are going to cover other ways to stay healthy while traveling. Get some sleep. People assume that because they’re sitting on…

The “Vinegar is a Miracle Cleaner” Myth

The myth that vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaner surfaced in the 1950s. People were using soap to clean everything, but soap left behind residue. This led to people using water to rinse off everything they had just cleaned. Somewhere down the line, it was determined that adding acid to the rinsing water got rid…

A Resolution You Can Keep in 2019

The holidays are behind us and New Year’s resolutions have started. Or, if you’re not that committed, started and finished. Regardless of your goals for 2019, you may find yourself in the gym a lot, and while that’s wonderful for your health, it’s also harmful. And don’t we all want to go into the new…

The Value of Training

Trained workers are safer, more productive, and more efficient, but what does the right training program offer you as an employer? Helps You Save Money Regardless of your type of organization – school, hospital, or building service contractor – everyone is trying to do more with less resources. The most controllable factor in custodial operations…

How to Exorcise Halloween Stains

Halloween, if you’ve been gifted with a sweet tooth, may be the best holiday there is. However, if you tend to celebrate with costumes, candy, and decorations, then you may find yourself dealing with some scary stains. Have no fear, because we’ve found solutions for many common holiday related stains and they’re listed below. Fake…

Hurricane Ready

Google trends data shows that every August and September there is a spike in hurricane-related searches. When you consider that this is the height of hurricane season, which is from June 1st to November 30th, it is safe to assume that people want to know how they can prepare for the worst. There are several…

The Unvarnished Truth About Cleaning Myths

We are fortunate enough to instantly have answers to questions right at our fingertips. However, well written advice and tips are often posted as truths on the internet and many people take them as fact. It can be hard, especially when you’re trying to handle a cleaning routine, to find good, verified advice. Below are…