Influenza on Cruise Ships

Cruise ships play a significant role in the acquisition and transmission of vaccine-preventable illnesses, such as influenza, so extra care is required to ensure the health and safety of passengers, as well as the residents of any port of call.

Addressing the Challenge of Influenza on Cruise Ships
Influenza, influenza-like illness (ILI), and respiratory illness account for nearly one-third of all reported illness on board cruise ships due, in part, to several factors, including:

Tight quarters and enclosed spaces.

Health Related Causes of Chronic Absenteeism

Environmental factors such as indoor air quality and surface hygiene play a significant role in the health-related causes of chronic student absenteeism in the United States.

Addressing the Challenges of Environmental Cleanliness and Hygiene as it Relates to Chronic Student Absenteeism
Chronic student absenteeism is a growing crisis in U.S. schools, resulting in the classroom and learning disengagement, reduced reading abilities, and a higher likelihood of dropping out before the completion of high school.

Perceptions of Cleanliness and Hygiene

It may come as somewhat of a surprise to many that the perception of cleanliness and hygiene, as well as healthy habits, are entirely subjective in the eyes of many, ultimately resulting in concerning working and learning conditions.

What Does Clean Mean?
What does it mean to be clean?

A recent survey in the U.K. conducted by Formica Group examined the perceptions of the cleanliness of an establishment based on the condition of their restrooms.

Toilet Plumes

Toilet plumes are an unfortunate byproduct of modern public restroom function and design, which contribute to potentially hazardous conditions regarding occupant health.

It's Time to Talk About Toilet Plumes
Few things say gross more than the concept of the contents of a public toilet being vaulted upwards in an aerosolized plume--ultimately settling on every conceivable surface.

The Plague

The bubonic plague, a.k.a the Black Death--a pandemic that swept across the Eastern Roman Empire and Europe, and then eventually Eastern Asia to the United States--is alive and just as deadly as ever, with fears of a potential pandemic on the horizon.

The Bubonic Plague
The Black Death.

The Best Cleaning Services Content of 2019

2019 is coming to an end, and it's time for us to look back at what made this year great so that we can plan ways to make 2020 even better!

Our Most Popular Cleaning Content for 2019
2019 was our biggest year yet, here at Vanguard Cleaning Systems® of the Southern Valley, and we wanted to review some of our most popular content with you so that you and your teams can effectively plan out a healthy and productive 2020.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Coming in at the number one spot was an article from 2018 regarding the dangers of, and methods to address and prevent the spread of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD).

HFMD is a nasty virus that almost exclusively sees outbreaks among young children due to their tendency to put things in their mouths and can lead to a host of painful symptoms, including:

Mouth sores.

Building Healthy Facility Habits

Developing and encouraging high-quality cleaning and personal hygiene habits aids in the establishment and maintenance of a healthy facility, while ensuring the safety and productivity of all building occupants.

The Importance of Developing Healthy Facility Habits
Establishing high-performance habits in our personal lives is all the rage these days.

Norovirus Outbreak Closes Seattle School

A recent norovirus outbreak led to the shutdown of an elementary school in Seattle after more than 100 students and staff members fell ill.

Norovirus Outbreaks Underscore the Importance of Cleaning and Hygiene
Leschi Elementary School in Seattle Washington was closed on Friday, December 13th, after more than one hundred students and staff members reportedly fell ill with norovirus.

Standardized Cleaning

The standardization of cleaning tools, products, and processes ensures quality and safety, eliminates waste, and helps identify areas of concern to occupants and guests.

The Importance of Standardized Cleaning Services
The standardization of tools, products, and practices is a common method used by businesses to:

Streamline processes.

The Increasing Threat of Superbugs

The risk of superbug infections has increased exponentially over the last few years, with potential threats originating from multiple avenues and science able to do little to prevent it.

The Threat of Superbugs is on the Rise
First and foremost, the challenge presented by superbugs is an active threat resulting in nearly three million hospitalizations and claiming the lives of tens of thousands of individuals each year.