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Soil is a substance found where it is not wanted. Nature places microorganisms in soil to conduct the process of digesting soil and returning its nutrients back into the earth. Some of the microorganisms can make living things sick and are therefore referred to as germs. Living things have immune systems that keep the "microorganism/germ count" under control. Buildings do not have immune systems to battle germs. Therefore, it is imperative that building managers and custodians focus on minimizing the availability of germs by following residue-free cleaning practices.

The essays below identify a host of facility problems and then explain how to proceed in dealing with them. We invite you to suggest a topic for a future article. Send your comments to gabesr@gabrielfirst.com.

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Difference Between Mold & Mildew

MRSA—A Pragmatic Response to the Scare

When & When Not to Use a Disinfecting Solution
A Cleaning Professional's Opinion on Where to Focus

Understanding Cold Water Cleaning
How Nature Makes Cleaning Easier

Custodial Common Sense
Don't Be Afraid to Stand Up for What Makes Sense to You

Sick Hospitals Need To Listen To the Dirt Doctors
Healthcare Leaders Need To Think Outside The Box

Green Cleaning Hype May Be Drowning the Truth
Public Health Deserves Everyone's Commitment to Excellence

Being "Friendly" To Our Environment
To Understand Cleaning Is Being The Most Friendly

Metal Interlock Floor Finish
A Professional's Theory Behind The Banning of Zinc In Floor Finish

When the Personal Injury Lawyers Show Up
Years of Manufacturer Misinformation Will Come Full Circle For The Big Bite

Trying To Remove Soil & Kill Germs Simultaneously Can Backfire
Disinfectant Detergents Are NOT Magic Germ Killers