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Soil is a substance found where it is not wanted.  Nature places microorganisms in soil to conduct the process of digesting soil and returning its nutrients back into the earth.  Some of the microorganisms can make living things sick and are therefore referred to as germs.  Living things have immune systems that keep the "microorganism/germ count" under control.  Buildings do not have immune systems to battle germs.  Therefore, it is imperative that building managers and custodians focus on minimizing the availability of germs by following residue-free cleaning practices.

The essays below identify a host of facility problems and then explain how to proceed in dealing with them.  We invite you to suggest a topic for a future article.  Send your comments to

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Difference Between Mold & Mildew

MRSA—A Pragmatic Response to the Scare

When & When Not to Use a Disinfecting Solution
A Cleaning Professional's Opinion on Where to Focus

Understanding Cold Water Cleaning
w Nature Makes Cleaning Easier

Custodial Common Sense
Don't Be Afraid to Stand Up for What Makes Sense to You

Sick Hospitals Need To Listen To the Dirt Doctors
Healthcare Leaders Need To Think Outside The Box

Green Cleaning Hype May Be Drowning the Truth
Public Health Deserves Everyone's Commitment to Excellence

Being "Friendly" To Our Environment
To Understand Cleaning Is Being The Most Friendly

Metal Interlock Floor Finish
A Professional's Theory Behind The Banning of Zinc In Floor Finish

When the Personal Injury Lawyers Show Up
Years of Manufacturer Misinformation Will Come Full Circle For The Big Bite

Trying To Remove Soil & Kill Germs Simultaneously Can Backfire
Disinfectant Detergents Are NOT Magic Germ Killers

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All essays are offered in the spirit of sharing the author’s professional experiences.  Technical statements, claims, or factual-type statements have been found to be as described by the writers.  However, Gabriel and the writers expressly excludes any and all warranties, guarantees, or representations whatever, written or otherwise, including implied warranties of fitness for particular purpose and merchantability.  Reader of any and all essays assumes the entire risk for results obtained from the use of any information provided.  Since the essays are written only as a sharing of the writers’ experience, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure that the information provided is scientifically and/or mechanically accurate and complies with the laws of all governing bodies under which you operate.

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