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5008 South 110th Street
Omaha, NE, 68137
United States




Brandon Acker

With fresh buds on the trees and the first flowers in bloom, spring is truly a season for renewal. As the weather warms, there’s no better time for facility managers to freshen up their buildings with a few fixes and improvements, especially after a harsh winter season. Prepare your facility for this vibrant new season with these simple spring cleaning tips for facility managers.


Before the spring cleaning begins, pinpoint your facility's biggest problem areas. Remember, small problems can quickly become big, expensive issues if they're not addressed immediately. Be thorough in your examination and ask the janitorial team or a licensed handyman to take a tour of the facilities with you. Trusted experts are excellent at pointing out problems you might not have noticed otherwise.

After a long, harsh winter, several areas of a facility are prime candidates for wear and tear. Cold temperatures, excess moisture, and salt tracked inside from the street can damage many different surfaces and materials. Pay special attention to the following trouble spots:

  • Ceilings
  • Corner guards
  • Doors and cabinets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flooring tiles
  • Light switches
  • Storage shelves
  • Tiles and grout


Did you know that having a clean workplace can actually help increase productivity and boost morale? Take the time to spruce up your space, and welcome everyone into a sparkling office this spring. Use these three simple spring cleaning tips to cover the most important areas:

  1. Deep clean the problem spots

Since winter often takes its heaviest toll on flooring, it's vital to shampoo carpets and properly clean hardwood, tile, and concrete floors on at least an annual basis. Commercial floor cleaning extends to washroom floors, too. Working with a professional janitorial team can often be the most convenient and efficient method of deep cleaning a commercial property's floors and carpets. Winter boots bring the season's road salt, dirt, and snow into all these spaces and can cause damage to surfaces and fixtures, and professionals can often help you identify areas in need of additional care or repair, as well.

  1. Improve your facility's exterior

Put your best foot forward by freshening up your building's exterior this spring. During winter, wood and cement work are particularly vulnerable to damage, especially around main entrances and other areas with heavy foot traffic. Beyond structural repairs, sweeping or spraying down exterior walkways, washing windows, and other basic commercial building maintenance can go a long way toward improving the impression your business makes on the outside world. Don't forget to clean off and inspect your roof for damage, as well.

  1. Test the air conditioning system

While spring may seem too early to turn on the air, we recommend testing these systems well in advance of when you need them. Once the summer's heat waves arrive, a faulty A/C unit is the last thing your business needs. Since these cooling systems often go unused all winter, they are susceptible to dust and dirt buildup, which could lead to lower efficiency, unpleasant smells, increased allergens, and even unit failure.

Need help implementing these tips? Contact the experts at ServiceMaster Clean® to help you deep clean your facilities on a schedule and budget that works for you. Ready to handle even the toughest grime, we can polish and repair every inch of your building. Dirty carpets, cracked grout, and streaked windows are no match for our team members, because we're never satisfied until you are. Contact us now to learn more.


Brandon Acker

Biohazardous waste makes up approximately 15 percent of the medical waste created by healthcare activities across the world, according to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO). Incorrect storage or disposal of these and other materials can put healthcare workers and patients at considerable risk. In fact, WHO goes on to report that the health risks of improper biohazard waste disposal can include disease transmission, poisoning, radiation burns, and injuries from needles and sharp objects.

Learn to identify four of the most common biohazardous materials. Then, practice safe biohazard waste disposal to help keep the staff and patients in your facility safe.


Sharps are classified as needles, syringes, disposable blades, and other sharp medical instruments. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges healthcare workers to practice extreme caution when handling, packaging, and disposing of sharps to avoid injury and disease transmission.

After use, sharps should be stored in a sturdy, accessible, and, if necessary, tamper-proof container that's resistant to punctures and leaks – often, these containers are colored red or yellow for easy identification. Make sure the box is labeled with a biohazardous sticker. Once the unit is full, seal it and schedule a pick-up with a biohazard waste disposal team.


Pathological waste includes human tissues, fluids, and organs, body parts, and animal carcasses. Dispose of these biohazardous materials in red plastic bags. Simply tie the bag, close and seal the specially labeled, red pathological waste containers. These containers should be lined with two red biohazard bags and tightly sealed before being stored in a medical freezer or fridge.

Within seven days, pathological waste must be disposed of off-site through a process of medical incineration, and busy medical facilities may find it easiest to schedule weekly biohazard waste removal services to ensure compliance with local and national regulations. Contact a local expert in biohazard clean-up to understand the requirements and regulations for your area and healthcare facility.


Liquid biohazardous waste includes human blood, bodily fluids, and infectious laboratory cultures. Store liquid waste similarly to pathological waste, in red bags inside of red biohazard waste bins in refrigerated facilities. Using a lidded vacuum flask, these potentially infectious liquids can be treated with household bleach (9:1) or sterilized by steam in an autoclave.

Once treated, most liquid waste can be poured down the laboratory sink's drain into a special sanitary sewer. Of course, you shouldn't undertake either treatment method without the appropriate training or equipment. Depending on the capabilities of your facility, you may choose to partner with a professional company to dispose properly of liquid waste, as well.


Never put radioactive material into regular waste containers or drains – due to the risk, radioactive waste is subject to very strict regulations. First, this form of waste must be separated by its isotopic and physical composition before being placed in a designated collection container. These containers must be clearly marked with a "RADIOACTIVE" banner and kept sealed at all times. Contact your hazardous waste team for safe, off-site disposal.

Overall, the safe storage and disposal of biohazardous waste depends on strict, consistent practices. Setting and upholding these practices helps to ensure patients and staff stay protected from potential harm, infection, and disease.

If you need help with your facility’s cleaning and waste management programs, contact the professionals at ServiceMaster Clean®. Our customizable environmental cleaning programs for healthcare facilities can include safe and effective biohazard collection and disposal to help ensure your staff and patients stay safe under your care.