Maintenance and Cleaning Practices

Title Abstract Publication Date
Dry and Safe. Explores ideas for controlling mold buildup in educational facilities. Topics addressed include source identification, prevention of standing water, carpet cleaning, and odor removal tips following... 10/31/2001
Education, Noise, and Cleaning. Discusses sources and effects of excessive noise on campuses, and how to reduce cleaning noise, which is the second highest contributor of unwanted decibels. 06/30/2005
Educational Performance, Environmental Management, and Cleaning Effectiveness in School Environments. This paper briefly discusses research on the negative impact of indoor air environments within educational facilities and the positive impact of a scientifically based cleaning process. Included is a... 12/31/2000
Effectively Maintaining Tile and Grout. Describes techniques for cleaning and restoring tile and grout in restrooms. Restorative bonding is a relatively new technology that eliminates the cycle of staining, cleaning, and resealing of tile... 07/31/2004
Efficient Operations and Maintenance LEED to Savings. Reviews elements of the 2008 LEED operations and maintenance component, part of the United States Green Building Council's LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) rating system. Areas covered by... 12/31/2008
Ergo Sum. Discusses the benefits of microfiber mops and dual-compartment buckets, citing savings of time, water, and chemicals that this equipment affords, even while cleaning more thoroughly. Microfiber... 07/31/2011
FacilitiesNet FacilitiesNet, a comprehensive site for professionals who design, construct, manage and maintain buildings, features online editions of Building Operating Management, Maintenance Solutions, and...
FacilityManagement The on-line home of American School and Hospital Maintenance Magazine. This site is intended to help facility managers stay informed about current issues and the latest products.
Filter Facts: IAQ and Efficiency. Discusses types of HVAC air filters, their respective filtering efficiencies, and resistance to air flow. Advantages and disadvantages of newer electrostatic filtering are also addressed. 09/30/2009
Finding the One Best Way to Clean Finding the one best way to clean means analyzing the facility's needs and the tasks involved in meeting those needs, assessing method and equipment options and available workforce, and then... 03/27/2006
Five Simple Steps to Green Cleaning Describes five steps to take to implement a green cleaning program in a school: develop your program; use green cleaning products; introduce green equipment and supplies; adopt green cleaning... 12/31/2011
Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems. Discusses steps to take when cleaning and repairing a home after flooding. Excess moisture in the home is cause for concern about indoor air quality primarily because it provides breeding conditions... 12/31/2002
Floor Care Equipment: Dedicated or All in One. Briefly narrates the evolution of floor care machinery from dedicated single-task machines to all-in-one machines, citing improvements in both types that can justify investment in either. Advantages... 04/30/2008
Floor Maintenance Tips from the Experts. Presents advice from three university maintenance directors on what they see as the most important parts involved in keeping floors in top shape. Training, staff motivation, flexible scheduling, and... 08/31/2001
Get Control of Snow and Ice Removal. Discusses the effectiveness and environmental impact of various ice melting compounds, as well as heated mats that leave no chemicals in the soil. 12/31/2005
Get Ready for Summer: IAQ Cleaning and Maintenance. Discusses management steps and procedures for Summer cleaning and maintenance that address indoor air quality. Involving and communicating with all stakeholders, training custodial staff, and... 04/30/2005
Get Your Money's Worth. Advises on finding the most cost-effective measures to prioritize and clean building areas. Preventing dirt from entering a building is emphasized, and entrance and shoe-cleaning strategies are... 06/30/2010
Getting the Architects to Listen Cleaning maintenance managers should get involved in the earliest stages of building design, armed with in-depth knowledge of what it will cost to clean the architect's vision. 12/31/1998
Getting with the Program. Describes elements of formal preventive maintenance programs designed to extend the life of buildings and equipment. Advocates consistent gathering and monitoring of data and ongoing training of... 09/30/2003
Good School Maintenance: A Manual of Programs and Procedures for Buildings, Grounds and Equipment Describes the basics of good school maintenance, including managing the program, using computers, controlling energy costs, ensuring safe practices, designing buildings for efficient maintenance, and... 12/31/1995
Green Clean Schools Ten states now have laws or policies regarding green cleaning in schools. The National Association of State Boards of Education highlights these state actions and many other facets of green cleaning... 01/31/2012
Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities. Profiles the school districts and higher education instutions that received this award. The jury made its selections by considering the institutions' use of green-cleaning products, equipment,... 11/30/2007
Green Cleaning in Schools: A Guide for Advocates. Discusses the importance of green cleaning in schools, four steps to initiate change, illustrated with fact sheets on improved environmental health and possible saving with green cleaning, additional... 12/31/2009
Green Cleaning in Schools: Developments in State and Local Policy. This regularly updated website summarizes selected state laws, proposed state legislation, and school district policies that promote environmentally conscious cleaning methods and materials in... 06/30/2011
Green Cleaning in Schools: Summary of Selected State and School District Policies. Summarizes selected state laws, proposed state legislation, and school district policies that promote environmentally conscious cleaning methods and materials in schools. 09/30/2007