How Lean Are Your Closets?

We have visited custodial closets for years, in fact we can’t even keep track of how many we have visited over the years.  A recent article published by ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association) titled “Whats in Your Custodial Closet” inspired us to write about our experience with touring custodial closets. Awhile back one of our [Read More…]

Fun for Friday: Donuts to CHIPS… Finding YOUR Solution

Fun for Friday: Donuts to CHIPS Every day when your alarm goes off, does the retro commercial “Time to Make the Donuts” pop into your head? Whether you are “making the donuts” in a high-rise office building, an elementary school, a retirement village or a manufacturing plant… every facility seems to have its own unique [Read More…]

Employee Wellness in the Open Office: How Layout Trends Affect the Spread of Germs

Long gone are the Mad Men days when you could retire to a spacious, private office between meetings. The open office trend is here to stay, and for good reason: the layout can foster collaboration, a livelier interchange of ideas and a greater sense of belonging to the team. Surrounded by coworkers, even Don Draper [Read More…]

Hard Floor Care: Tips, Tricks, Techniques and Observations

You rest your weary arms after applying your final coat of floor finish and can’t help but look back at your work of art. You take a few minutes to reflect on the amount of work that went into your floor care project and then smile in satisfaction knowing that you just accomplished something – a [Read More…]

Green Disinfectants

As you may recall a number of years ago the EPA Design for the Environment launched a pilot program to review disinfectants that could be classified as “green”.  A hand-full of products were authorized as such under the Dfe label and you an find that list here. Since we have had a few requests lately [Read More…]

Can You Manage What You Don’t Measure?

You have to admit that the green building movement has definitely put some pressure on formalizing cleaning programs and forcing some measurement of success.  A number of years ago we put in place a tool to help us pull data from our enterprise system and create a report that allows us to help customers measure [Read More…]

Color-Coding Your Waste Containers

Everyday it seems that businesses, institutions and organizations are setting zero waste or zero waste to landfill goals. If that is the case with your organization, you may be adding composting (or organics) to your breadth of waste that you are collecting.  Labeling and color coding containers is an easy way to help direct people [Read More…]

Clean Hands, Reduce HAIs

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) says that the number one way to prevent the spread of infection is by practicing good hand hygiene, but what does that mean to you and me?  Good hand hygiene, in a sense, has been a topic of discussion since we were all children.  Remember your mom or dad [Read More…]

We Celebrate Safety

Nichols drivers traveled more than 1,000,000 miles in 2016 to deliver orders to our customers.  Maneuvering roads, both expressway and through the urban core of all of the cities we serve across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, is no easy task, and then top that with weather conditions in the Midwest, especially in the winter time.  [Read More…]

Overcome the Top Four Warewash Challenges, Part 2 of 2

Overcome the Top Four Warewash Challenges  Segment 2 of 2 As a continuation from the blog from last week, the Nichols team wants to help you conquer your warewash challenges, starting with the four most prevalent. Dishes not coming clean Spotting on silverware Lime scale build-up Increasing chemical costs Lime scale build-up inside dish machine: Work [Read More…]