Welcome to Elliott Affiliates, Ltd.’s Knowledge Center, where you will find information relevant to owners, occupiers, investors, and contractors in the commercial real estate space. While Elliott’s core focus in the janitorial services segment is about creating clear performance- and outcome-based contract scopes of work and guiding their delivery using a continuous improvement process that delivers exceptional results. Organizations that engage contractors have a myriad of factors to consider when engaging and managing contracted services.

Synbiotic Cleaning Products: A Game-Changing Moment for Cleaning?

In this 11-minute ISSA video, Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner (Senior director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council) discusses "synbiotic" cleaning products.

Add Beauty to Your Facility With Natural Stone Floors

Cleaning Maintenance & Management article on "caring for marble and granite flooring"

New Guidance for Stopping the Spread of Illness in Schools

Cleaning Maintenance & Management report on the CDC's new guidance for "Preventing Spread of Infections in K-12 Schools" (as of May 17, 2024)

Contracting Profits (May / June 2024 Edition)

The May / June 2024 edition of the Contracting Profits magazine discusses the "benefits of improved cleaning carts for frontline staff" (P. 8-10), "proper use" of quaternary ammonium compounds ("quats") for disinfection (P. 12-13), and the results of the 2024 Building Service Contractor Market Study (P. 18-21).

Cleaning Maintenance & Management (May / June 2024 Edition)

The May / June 2024 edition of the Cleaning Maintenance & Management magazine discusses "battery and charger solutions" and "sustainable products" for floor cleaning (P. 14-16 / 40-42), using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in a cost-effective manner (P. 18-20), "understanding the concrete-polishing process" (P. 30-31), accessibility considerations for public restrooms (P. 32-34), maintenance of "natural stone floors" (P. 37-38), and chemistry considerations of cleaning products (P. 44-47).

Facility Management Journal (May / June 2024 Edition)

The May / June 2024 edition of IFMA's FMJ magazine discusses "integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in facility management" (P. 13-17), implications of the WELL Building Standard on commercial restrooms (P. 32-35), "strategic space management" (P. 42-46), "7 strategies to improve IAQ (indoor air quality)" (P. 68-71), and safety considerations related to "UVC lighting" used for disinfection (P. 81-83).

Building Services Management (May 2024 Edition)

The May 2024 edition of the Building Services Management magazine discusses the maintenance of concrete floors (P. 12-13), "safe work practices when using cleaning chemicals" (P. 16-17), two product lines of floor cleaning equipment (P. 18-19), "prevent[ing] mold growth on school ceilings" (P. 26-27), and the usage of "environmentally friendly cleaning products" (P. 30-31).

Building Operating Management (May 2024 Edition)

The May 2024 edition of the Building Operating Management magazine discusses upgrades to the Boston Public Schools facilities since the COVID pandemic (P. 4-7), efforts to achieve energy efficiency at the Pueblo Community Health Center in Colorado (P. 8-11), and "carbon monoxide detection" (P. 12-15).

New Research Shows Cleaning Chemicals May Affect Brain Cells

Report on a March 2024 article in the Nature Neuroscience journal on the potential toxicity of quaternary ammonium compounds "used in cleaning and disinfecting products... to a type of brain cell"

Walk-Behind Leaf Blowers Recalled Due to Laceration Hazard

FacilitiesNet article mentioning the recall of selected models of DR Power's "Walk-Behind Leaf Blowers and Vacuums, and Tow-Behind Leaf Vacuums" as of May 2, 2024

Air Quality 2.0: Shaping IAQ Now and Into the Future

This 65-minute ISSA webinar discusses the "sick building syndrome," monitoring of indoor air quality, "IAQ strategy for older buildings," "smart building" technology, and other low-cost strategies for improving indoor air quality in commercial buildings.

Slippery Floors

Cleanfax article on common causes of slippery floors in commercial buildings and how the cleaning process may contribute to the issue
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