Avmor Clears the FOG of Slow and Blocked Drains

ONTARIO, Canada – Dealing with the FOG of kitchens has long been a challenge for cleaning workers in the food service industry grappling with fats, oils, and grease collecting in drains. FOG is considered the most common cause of slow and blocked drains in a commercial kitchen. Fat, oil, and grease flow down drains initially, but as they cool, they harden, slowing drainage and causing drain backups. “Of the three, grease is the big problem,” said Mike Watt with Avmor, a [...]

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Five Tips For Keeping Commercial Kitchen Floors Clean

As warmer weather returns in many parts of North America, one thing that restaurants, school cafeterias, and all commercial kitchens must be aware of is the return of insects. Many insects hide during the cold winter months, but warmer weather brings them out in force. “One of the big concerns with ‘creepy crawly’ pests in food service facilities is that they carry foodborne illness,” says Mike Watt, with Avmor, one of the oldest cleaning chemical manufacturers in North America. “E. Coli, Salmonella, [...]

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Best Practices for commercial kitchen cleaning

When it comes to proper and effective cleaning of commercial kitchens, we often find that the cleaning tools we use to keep the kitchen clean and healthy are the items that spread disease.   Take a look at our article by Mike Watt that has been published in the most recent issue for ISSA Today on the Best Practices for commercial kitchen cleaning.   http://www.avmor.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Best-Practices-for-commercial-kitchen-cleaning_ISSA-Today-February-2018.pdf

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Here’s How to Keep Ice Melt From Harming Floors and Carpet

           Covering many streets and walkways during the winter season is ice melt.  Just in case you are unsure of what ice melt is or how it works, here are the basics. The key ingredient in ice melt is salt, otherwise known as sodium chloride. However, it may also contain calcium chloride and magnesium chloride, which are also salt products. When it mixes with water, it becomes a liquid chemical solution.  This chemical solution now has the ability to [...]

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Colds, Flu, or Allergies: Which Is It?

Most parts of North America may be in for a pretty severe flu season this year, based on the latest reports in the New England Journal of Medicine* and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But here’s something we have to know.  Just because we have stuffy noses, sneezing, sniffling, itchy eyes, coughs, and just don’t feel well, we may not have the flu. Maybe it’s an allergy or just a bad cold.  The symptoms are surprisingly similar. Check out [...]

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What We Can Do to Help Stop Cross Contamination

Cross contamination is a fancy name for when bacteria moves from one surface to another via some form of direct contact.  For instance, in a commercial kitchen, it can occur when a knife used to skin a chicken is then used to cut meat.  Any bacteria in the chicken can now be transferred to the meat. But cross-contamination can refer to more than just bacteria.  It can also include toxins, viruses, germs, pathogens, or similar contaminants found on one surface [...]

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What You Need to Know about UL410 Certified Floorcare Products

Earlier this year, Avmor announced that five of its most popular floorcare products had been UL410 Certified.  Those products are:Avmor’s EP80, a concentrated floor sealer/finish. EP82, an ultra-high-speed (UHS) floor finish that provides high-gloss retention. PREMIERE, a high-gloss floor finish designed for low to heavily trafficked areas. DISTANCE, a UHS floor finish designed for large floor areas such as malls and airports. LUX UHS, for managers and contractors looking for a “wet look” shine on high traffic floor such as in the retail [...]

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The Power of Cleaning Can Help Protect Us from the Flu

The Power of Cleaning Can Help Protect Us from the Flu The flu season is fast approaching.  We likely won’t know for a couple of months how bad it will be this season, but none the less, it’s a good idea to start taking some cleaning steps now to keep people healthy. Yes, proper and effective cleaning is one of the best ways to keep facilities healthy and minimize the spread of not only the flu, but colds and other infections [...]

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Five Questions and Answers about Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents

Five Questions and Answers about Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents Building managers and cleaning professionals are likely aware of the big slip and fall accident problem in North America.  In the U.S., it is estimated there are about three million emergency room visits each year due to slip and fall accidents. This costs about $31 billion in direct medical expenses and results in approximately 20,000 deaths annually in this country. While some slip and fall accidents are unavoidable, the vast majority [...]

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Why Did the FDA Ban 19 specific active ingredients, including Triclosan in Consumer Soap?

We all wash our hands throughout the day, and most of us have finally caught on to the fact that frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to protect our health. So, it’s logical to think that if handwashing helps keep us healthy, then adding antibacterial additives such as triclosan to soap – which has been proven to help kill germs and bacteria – will protect us all the more. Right? Well, this is not totally true and [...]

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“Green” Winter Floor Care

If you are a steadfast believer in the Farmer’s Almanac, get ready now for the coming winter. According to the 2018 Canadian Farmer’s Almanac, here is what you can expect: “Anticipate a return to a colder, more normal winter from Quebec east into the Maritimes, with many locations experiencing above-normal precipitation. From the Great Lakes going east across Quebec, and into the Maritimes, snowier-than-normal conditions are expected. Winter temps should also be 1–2°C below normal over the eastern two-thirds of the [...]

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People are Falling – Statistics are NOT

This is the eye catching title of a 2015 article posted in Canada’s Occupational Health & Safety Magazine. According to the article, more than 40,000 Canadian workers are injured on the job due to a slip and fall accident. Along with the personal suffering, this costs employers and the government millions of dollars annually as a result of actual medical expenses and reduced worker productivity. In the US, with ten times the population, the slip and fall statistics are staggering. [...]

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Bin Cleaning

CMM Bin Cleaning One More Thing to Clean As we know, there is a lot of discontent today among American travelers regarding many of the U.S. airline carriers.  And there is another problem that has been brewing for some time, but now coming to the surface: more and more people are concerned about getting sick, not when they travel, but when they get on the plane. As a result, two reporters from the Today Show decided to test for contaminants on just about [...]

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Rubber Floor Conditioner, Cleaner and Care

We don’t hear a lot about the care of rubber floors or rubber flooring tiles for a variety of reasons. First, while these floors are becoming more popular, they are typically just used in “utility” areas of a facility. In other words, the glossy stone floors proudly on display in the facility’s lobby get all the praise and attention while the rubber floors installed in the secondary staircases, mailroom or warehouse get all the heavy-duty traffic & limited care. Another reason we [...]

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Climate Change and the Indoor Environment

“One of the most effective ways to protect IAQ and adjust to changing environmental conditions is “the operation and maintenance of buildings,” according to the EPA” A report, recently posted on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), finds that “climate change may worsen existing indoor environmental problems and indoor air quality (IAQ).” One reason for this is the fact that we spend 90 percent of our time in an indoor environment such as a school, office, factory, or home. However, most [...]

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Stop Snow in its Tracks

It’s possible to safeguard floors from seasonal damage by taking steps to restore, protect and maintain hard surfaces before, during and after harsh weather arrives. A cleaning solutions expert explains how North Americans spend more than $1 billion annually on hard-surface floor care products. And if facility managers don’t take preventive measures, especially before and during the harsh winter months, they may pay more than necessary to keep floors clean and safe. Download: Stop Snow in its Tracks

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Winter conditions challenge facility maintenance

Snow and ice removal practices to prevent slip-and-falls and preserve flooring Wednesday, February 15, 2017 By Robert KravitzPowerful blizzards and record-breaking snowfalls are hitting provinces across Canada this winter. This week, a heavy winter storm hit the Maritimes, while about 30 centimetres of snow fell in the greater Montreal area. With these seasonal elements, ice melt should be applied to key walkways around facilities as part of a complete snow removal plan. According to a report released by the Toronto Public Health [...]

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Keeping Senior Living Facilities Healthy and Clean

Keeping Senior Living Facilities Healthy and Clean Canadians are living increasingly longer lives which means that senior living facilities are welcoming larger numbers of seniors into their buildings. Operating a healthy senior living facility is therefore not only beneficial for your business but helps optimize health care workers who are flooded with patients who acquire healthcare associate infections (HAI) resulting in an estimate of $1 billion each year. Protecting your facility does not only mean maintaining its infrastructure but also necessarily [...]

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Benefits of Healthy Indoor Air Quality

  Study indicates the benefits of healthy indoor air quality in improving cognitive functioning by reducing VOCs and CO2.   A study published in 2015 from Harvard University about the benefit of healthy indoor air quality appears to say it all. According to the study, “people who work in well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores—in such crucial areas as responding to a crisis or developing strategy—than those that work in [...]

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Focusing on Indoor Air Quality

School administrators have known for years that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can have a negative impact on the health and performance of students, teachers, and all other staff. And, according to the Asthma Initiative of Michigan (AIM), which is designed to help educate parents, teachers, and school administrators about the negative impacts of poor IAQ, one of the many triggers of asthma, especially for children, is the cleaning solutions normally used to maintain schools. Cleaning chemicals—traditional as well as [...]

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5 reasons to welcome the New SDS (Safety Data Sheets)

The new SDS is here as most of our dealers, sales representatives, and end-customers know. As of 2016, Avmor is officially transferring from the old MSDS, used for decades, to the new SDS, or safety data sheet. While this change has created some confusion, overall the new SDS is a step forward, especially for users of professional cleaning solutions and a wide range of other products. This is because one of the key benefits of the new safety data sheets is that [...]

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How to Reduce Custodial Injuries

Understanding SDS is one of the foremost important things to increase workplace safety and prevent custodial injuries.   A Hispanic cleaning worker in North America had her own special way of identifying cleaning solutions. Because English was a second language for her—making it difficult for her to read labels and virtually impossible to read material safety data sheets (MSDS)—she would open a cleaning solution, take a whiff, and determine if it was the product she needed for the cleaning task at [...]

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Reduce Germs this Summer with a Proper Handwashing Routine

Summer vacation is already well underway, and with it comes exciting activities, family vacations, summer camp, sports, swimming… you name it! While the heat brings lots of fun and a much needed rest from the school year’s everyday routine, it is very important not to neglect hand hygiene. It might seem like the chances of catching the flu or transferring germs are lower during the summer, but that is not the case. Reminding children about the importance of handwashing [...]

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Keeping Restaurants Clean and Healthy

Keeping Restaurants Clean and Healthy Using Sustainable Products Food safety is a restaurant owner’s first priority as it enables the business to function according to the Restaurant Food and Safety Inspection Standards and preserves the health and safety of customers. However, food safety and a clean, healthy environment is not solely beneficial for the customer. Improving the indoor environment by using environmentally preferable solutions, or green chemicals, has benefits for the restaurant itself. Becoming familiar with how switching to green [...]

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Shaking Things up for Spring

Shaking Things Up for Spring If you look up the origins of the term “spring cleaning,” you’ll find that it actually dates back thousands of years and is shared by major religions that all honored the tradition at about the same time each year. In what is now March and April, these faiths instructed their followers that this was the time of year for “shaking the house,” as one religion called it, and getting everything thoroughly cleaned.  The underlying message of [...]

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Protecting yourself against the Flu

Protecting your facility against the flu requires implementation of the right cleaning and disinfection procedures as well as clear and effective training programs. Healthy employees are conducive to a healthier and more productive work environment. While employees frequent your facility, make sure to communicate with employees about the importance of flu vaccines and daily steps to help reduce chances of contracting the virus. Naturally, extra precautions should be implemented for children under six months as well as the elderly [...]

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Top 7 Countdown to Staying Healthy During the Holiday Season

When snow starts falling and jingles start playing, it is important to take the right steps to make sure the holiday cheer is the only contagious thing going around. Keeping everyone happy, safe, and healthy during the holidays should not be overlooked. Follow a seven day countdown to help keep you and your facility healthy so that the celebrations can continue without a hiccup, sneeze or cough! #1: Hand Hygiene With all the hand shaking during the holiday season, germs and [...]

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Norovirus Prevention – Be Prepared!

Commonly referred to as norovirus or viral gastroenteritis, Norwalk is an infectious virus that is transferred through infected people, contaminated food or water, or by coming in contact with contaminated surfaces, the more knowledge that one has regarding norovirus, the more likely they are to take the proper steps to protect themselves and others from contracting the virus. The virus results in stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea. Young children and seniors are most at risk. Taking precautions to prevent [...]

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Salt and Calcium Removal to Prepare for the Upcoming Winter Season

Winter is coming and we cannot deny it is fast approaching. Rather than dreading the winter weather that can wreck our facility floors, taking a proactive approach and preparing for inevitable salt and calcium stains can go a long way in facilitating the cleaning process. Conquer the winter challenges effectively. Be sure NOT to overlook the following areas: FLOORS To combat the build-up of salt and calcium during the winter months, implement a floor care program that focuses on deep cleaning, protecting, [...]

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IT’S GLOBAL HAND WASHING DAY! WASH YOUR HANDS!

It’s in your hands Take into account the many things you do in a day including blowing your nose, playing with the dog, talking on the telephone, typing on the computer, touching the doorknobs; bring your hands into contact with germs. For this reason, frequent hand washing is the single most important thing you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick as well as from spreading germs to other surfaces and to other people. Consider the following facts and figures:2 [...]

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7 ways to stay healthy during the upcoming flu season

The flu season always causes stress and anxiety as everyone tries to power through the busy work period and avoid the years’ circulating viruses. It’s worth taking some important precautions as the cold weather sets in to make sure your facility works at optimal productivity levels and everyone within it is safe and healthy. Here are 7 ways that you can make sure the flu season doesn’t bring you down this year! 1. Always remember to wash your hands. Implement signage [...]

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Mobile Cleaning Carts Simplify Washroom Cleaning

Using mobile cleaning carts is an excellent way to implement a convenient routine cleaning. The flexibility and manoeuverability of cleaning carts make them an ideal component for a maintenance schedule in any facility. Using a cleaning cart that is most appropriate for your cleaning needs will optimize practicality.  The cleaning cart is an efficient, self-contained cleaning system and is especially applicable for cleaning washrooms, shower areas, trash areas, foodservice areas and much more. Some cleaning carts provide sanitization options [...]

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Clean and Healthy Washrooms will help Retain and Attract Customers

Providing customers with a positive impression of your business can stem from the most unexpected places such as the washroom. Here are some aspects to keep in mind that will help guarantee a clean and healthy washroom. Cleaning First impressions can determine whether or not customers will return to your facility and if they can trust your company. Customers and visitors will remember if they were pleased by the environment you provided and will return based on that experience. Further, the [...]

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Keeping Educational Facilities Healthy

Educational facilities operate for youths across all ages, from toddlers and children in elementary school, to the teenagers and young adults in high school and university. There are many objectives when implementing a cleaning program in educational facilities such as improving the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for all students, staff and any other persons that use the space. Other goals include reducing the rates of absenteeism from infection or viruses that are spread within an educational facility, and to [...]

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Keeping facilities clean during the heat wave

As temperatures rise, certain areas become breeding grounds for bacteria and germs. To keep your facility clean and germ-free, beat the heat by paying special attention to odour control. Odour can hinder your business because of the negative impression it creates. The most important facilities are those that are meant for human activity such as healthcare facilities, camp grounds, schools, community centers, day cares, recreational and sports facilities, and outdoor public recreational areas. Odour Control Odours might develop in surprising [...]

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Effective Cleaning Program for Foodservice Establishments

You never get a second chance to make a great first impression. Customer perceptions of your foodservice establishment are formed before their food arrives. Making sure your environments are clean can help lead to a great experience for every customer. Customers are less likely to return to a food establishment after having a negative experience due to lack of cleanliness and dirty appearance. Sanitizing and eliminating the possibility of cross contamination especially around food preparation areas should always be a [...]

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Go Green! Use Ecofont!

Cultural awareness of the environmental impact humans have has become extremely prevalent in our society with new programs and innovative undertakings constantly changing our lives to help the world become greener. Ironically, in the ‘digital age’ we still consume enormous amounts of mashed up, bleached tree pulp, most of which gets used once or twice and then tossed or recycled. Environment Canada has stated that “paper and paper products accounts for more than one third of all Canada’s waste” [...]

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Effective Carpet Care Program

According to the Canadian Lung Association, carpets act as a «sink» for chemical and biologic irritants. Carpets collect airborne pollutants and substances that may be tracked in from the outdoors. Carpets need to be kept clean to maintain good indoor air quality. Indoor air quality, due to its important health ramifications is a crucial component of an efficient business. Protecting and maintaining it is in your business’ best interest to remain cost effective while ensuring the aesthetic appearance levels [...]

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Effective cleaner for ovens, grills, and fryers

While front of house cleanliness is important to maintain a positive impression and reputation among customers, back of house cleanliness is equally as important. Proper cleaners for back of house helps prevent the breakout and spread of foodborne illnesses. A clean kitchen will also contribute to the best tasting food to contribute to an overall pleasant dining experience. Areas to watch out for in particular include ovens, grills, and fryers. Toasters The exterior of the toaster must first be wiped [...]

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Moving Day is Almost Here!

Anyone who has lived through a move knows that sometimes, the details we neglect to consider are the ones that throw us over the edge on what is one of the most stressful days of the year! July first, in Quebec, is known as Moving Day. Across the province, people, couples, families’ box-up and move out. When the U-Haul arrives and everything is seemingly good to go- walls painted and all, we might want to take a bit of [...]

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How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies – 5 Tips for Restaurants

Warm weather and longer days is the perfect formula for restaurants, especially those that offer patio dining. However, it’s not all sunshine and roses when the fruit flies invade. This time of year is the most common time for fruit flies to make their move in our favourite restaurants. THE PROBLEM Not only do fruit flies compromise the appearance of your restaurant cleanliness, but they could be extremely dangerous. Greg Baumann, chemist and pest management professional, states in his article, How [...]

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Canada’s Environment Week

Canada’s Environment week is taking place from June 1st to 7th with the theme “Strengthening our Environment Today for Tomorrow”. It is composed of individual days dedicated to call others to action on certain areas of the environment. These specific days include Clean Air Day and World Oceans Day. The goal is for grass roots organizations to run activities that inform the public in order to preserve, protect, and restore our environment. In the spirit of creating a better tomorrow, [...]

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Urine Odour Elimination and Stains

Odours and stains that result from urine can quickly deter potential customers from staying or coming back to visit your business or facility. Therefore, it is extremely important to be diligent when it comes to the cleaning and removal of the evidence leftover by urine. In a poll conducted by CleanLink in 2014, “94 percent of adults aged 55 and older indicated that odour contributed to their perception of a dirty restroom. In restaurants, according to the poll, unpleasant [...]

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