The Dirty Truth

Answers to Your Hospital Housekeeping and Janitorial Service Questions.

Commercial vs. Medical Cleaning

Recently I was asked about the difference between cleaning an office and a medical facility. There are many!

To best answer this question the first thing we need to establish is what is clean? And the truth is that it depends. “Clean” in an office is different than “clean” in a hospital. “But why?” you say. “Isn’t there a universally applicable standard of clean?” Well... yes and no.

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8 Money-Saving Tips for Your Hospital Housekeeping Department

Hospitals, like everyone else, have taken a hit during the economic downturn. The good news? Here are a few easy ways to save on housekeeping operational costs without sacrificing patient care:

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Certification Requirements for Commercial Green Cleaning Products

Green cleaning - we’ve all heard the term but what does it really mean? What is the process for a product to be certified as "green"? I've wondered about this so I took some time out to do a little research and, boy, was I surprised. What I found is that there are three main players involved in green product certification: Green Seal, the EPA’s Designed for the Environment (DfE) program and the Canadian governments offspring EcoLogo.  All three agencies certify green cleaning products but each goes about it a little differently.

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How to Choose a Linen Service Provider to Meet Your Hospital's Housekeeping Needs

How many of you have been in the situation where you need to go out and select a linen services provider but don’t know where to begin? You might be in this situation because there have been numerous service-related issues with your current provider that have fallen on deaf ears and it’s time to make a change.  Completely changing out your outsourced linen services vendor is a large undertaking. The following are a few things to keep in mind during the selection process:
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Five Tips for CMS and Joint Commission Survey Preparation

I recently had the pleasure of participating in an unannounced CMS Validation survey at the Hospital I work at. It served as a great wakeup call to all hospital staff of the necessity to be survey-ready at all times. It would seem simple enough to say that you should always be ready for a survey, but that usually isn’t the case. At a minimum, all Hospital Environmental Services departments should be prepared for the following inspection points:

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