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Preventing Unpleasant Summer Smells


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Encapsulation Cleaning is the way to go for Carpets

May's edition of the Lily Pad is all about Carpet Care, especially maintaining commercial carpet and carpet tiles.  Effective entrance matting, regular vacuuming and routine cleaning of carpets not only keep your facility looking its best but also extends the life of your carpet. Encapsulation cleaning with Spin-Vac and a Carpet Pad is a low-cost, time-saving way to clean your carpet.  Read all about it in the newest edition of The Lily Pad, here, or read all issues of Croaker's Lily Pad Newsletter on The Lily Pad Page.

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December Issue of the Lily Pad now posted

Our December Issue features Hand Hygiene information and lists the equipment we have available for rental.  Each issue is filled with useful information.

The Lily Pad, Volume 1, Issue 3

All past editions are posted on The Lily Pad page under Helpful Links.

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Good Hand Hygiene Controls Spread of Germs

Each year, it is estimated that 32 million school days are missed due to flu while up to 180 million school days are lost due to the common cold. School administrators are well aware that increasing proper hand washing is effective in decreasing illness.

Absenteeism from illness results in a significant loss in productivity in all work environments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) state that hand hygiene is one of the most important steps in preventing illness and stopping the spread of germs to others. The CDC reports that appropriate handwashing practices can reduce the risk of foodborne  illness and other infections; handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16 percent.

When choosing hand hygiene products, people want high quality products that are gentle on hands, and priced competitively. Hand hygiene product dispensers should provide the highest level of durability and precision.

Understanding why proper hand hygiene is important will help maximize hand hygiene    practices in your facility.In order to accomplish this, people must be supplied with the proper    products, education, awareness, and training to make hand hygiene a part of their everyday routines.

 Ask us to recommend the right hand hygiene system for your facility.  In most cases, converting to a foam soap system like “Symmetry” from Buckeye will not only upgrade your facility but save you on  your hand washing costs.

By Barbara Pauli | | Hand Hygiene | 0 comments | Read more

November edition of The Lily Pad now posted!

Welcome to the Lily Pad!  Croaker's monthly newsletter features news, tips, product spotlights and more. We want to share the newest products and articles of interest.  Each edition will also offer a tips, tricks and techniques section.  Got a tip to share?  Let us know!

Go here for the latest edition:

Lily Pad, Volume 1, Issue 2

October's Edition is here:

Lily Pad, Volume 1, Issue 1

Enjoy!

 

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The "Solution" for Pet Odors and Stains!

Are you dealing with orders and stains, or pet accidents?  "Natures Solution" from Croaker is a bio-enzymatic odor digester.  With a high concentration of enzymes, it efficiently digests and dissolves organic waste.  Nature's Solution is extremely effective on urine odors and stains.  It is invaluable for odor control, drain maintenance, carpet spotting, bathroom cleaning, septic tank maintenance and more.

Natures Solution removes all orders and stains by completely digesting the source.  Simply spray on the problem and let air dry, or allow to dwell 15 - 20 minutes and blot dry.

Croaker has the solution for organic odors: Natures Solution!  Available in quarts or gallons.

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Summer Means more Bugs...Control them with Assault II from Croaker!

One product does it all!
KILLS BEDBUGS - KILLS LICE AND THEIR EGGS.
OK for use on bedding and furniture.
Flying insects: Houseflies, mosquitoes, gnats, wasps, bees and more
Crawling insects:  Cockroaches, ants, spiders, ticks, fleas and more. Residual insecticide. Lasts for weeks.
Water-based. Vanilla odor.  Use in and around homes, apartments, garages, motels, hotels, institutions and food processing plants.
20 oz Aerosol Can 
Each
Order here:
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Clean "Green" with A-Ben-A-Qui!

Do you have a tough cleaning challenge but want to use a safe, environmentally safe product?  Look no further than A-Ben-A-Qui from Croaker, Inc!

The A-Ben-A-Qui Universal Cleaner is a revolutionary multi-purpose cleaner that is Environmentally certified, yet incredibly powerful. The paste is certified by Chlorine Free Product Association and is Childsafe certified.

A-Ben-A-Qui is a revolutionary “go-to” multi-purpose paste cleaner for those who want one versatile and effective product to use virtually anywhere. From glass top stoves and stainless steel appliances at home, to lockers, toilet partitions and floors in schools, our product offers a safe way to tackle the most stubborn stains and messes safely.

Use on: Fiberglass, stainless steel, enamel, aluminum, tile , linoleum,  rubber, plastic, vinyl, porcelain, brass, chrome, glass, marble, granite, cement, grout and more...

Go here to a link to the manufacturer's site for more information and a great demonstration video of A-Ben-A-Qui in action!

http://www.nhcleansource.com/

A-Ben-A-Qui is a featured product on our site - just click there and you will go to the product page.

By Barbara Pauli | | Specialty Cleaners | 0 comments | Read more

MOVING....MOVING.....MOVING

We are in the process of moving to our new location at

4010 Market Street, Wilmington, NC

Your patience during this time of transition is greatly appreciated.  Please visit us at our new location beginning Monday, March 23rd.

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Paper Towels Blast Hand Dryers in the Battle of Germs

Paper Towels Blast Hand Dryers in the Battle of Germs
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Recent studies show that there are plenty of good reasons to stock up on paper towels if you want to prevent the spread of germs. Most people realize that hand washing is critical to reducing the risk of infection, but proper drying is also an important part of good hand hygiene. Research shows that paper towels are the smart choice for hand drying for several reasons.

Just as in hand washing, hand drying needs to be thorough because bacteria thrive in moist environments. A number of studies have focused on the effectiveness of paper towels versus hot-air dryers and found that not only do paper towels do a better job of drying hands, they also reduce bacteria, while hand dryers have been shown to actually increase bacteria on hands by up to 255%.

In addition, hand dryers can disperse bacteria into the surrounding area which can contribute to cross contamination. When researchers measured bacterial dispersal with different hand drying methods they found none with paper towels, but bacteria was found within a 3-ft. radius of the hand dryer and on the research subject's clothes. Add in the fine aerosol sprayed into the air every time a toilet is flushed, and the air movement produced by hand dryers could be spreading fecal bacteria as well. Rubbing your hands under a hot air dryer can also lead to bacterial dispersal while rubbing your hands with a paper towel creates the friction needed to remove the germs that are then captured in the paper towel and thrown away.

One study revealed that hand dryers actually harbor germs because they provide the warm, moist environment bacteria prefer. Researchers found that 97% of the tested hand dryers had bacteria on the outlet nozzle surfaces and all of them had high bacterial counts on the air inlet.

Another reason paper towels are the best choice? People prefer them. In a 2009 survey of 2,516 US adults, 55% of respondents selected paper towels as the preferred method for drying their hands. Another survey showed that people feel hand dryers are noisy and take too long. Most people aren't willing to wait the length of time necessary to get their hands dried under a hand dryer. Some of those surveyed admitted to skipping hand-washing all together to avoid using a hand dryer.

The Mayo clinic summed up the argument for paper towels in The Hygienic Efficacy of Different Hand-Drying Methods: A Review of the Evidence: "most studies suggest that paper towels can dry hands efficiently, remove bacteria effectively, and cause less contamination of the washroom environment. From a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electric air dryers." 

Croaker has a complete line of hand towels and hand soaps with several dispensing options.  Also, with Croaker's Dispenser Program, featured dispensers are provided at NO CHARGE, with FREE INSTALLATION and LIFETIME FREE REPLACEMENT.

See all your options at croakeronline.com, or contact us for more information.

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