By Teri Bradshaw, Director of Operations, 360clean Facilities managers—I invite you to walk to the nearest janitor’s closet and peek inside. What do you see? Dirty, stringy, cotton mop-heads? Stained and stinky cotton rags? If so, my advice is simple—find a new janitorial company, or hire a new environmental services director. Cotton mop-heads and rags are obsolete, and any cleaning company worth their salt has switched over to microfiber technology, especially those companies focused on providing hygienic cleaning to their clients. A survey conducted by Cintas Corporation at the 2010 annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), indicated that “52 percent [of respondents] … implemented a microfiber program as the preferred method for cleaning patient rooms. Of those using microfiber, 98 percent felt that it demonstrated a positive contribution to their facility’s infection control efforts” (Infection Control Today, August 2010). I suspect that if the same survey were done today, the number of infection preventionists who have implemented microfiber cleaning at their facilities is nearing or has already reached 100 percent. If you’re a facility manager of a non-medical commercial building, you may wonder why this is important to you as you don’t have sick patients in your facility and have no need for an infection preventionist to be on staff. Well, if you’re only worried about aesthetics, it may not be; however, more and more facility managers are recognizing the value in hygienic cleaning. Not only does this kind of service clean their building, but it also protects their workforce by eliminating germs, which prevents the transmission of highly contagious communicable illnesses. The impact of a widespread infectious event could be devastating to your company. Having a reputable janitorial company that utilizes the latest techniques in hygienic cleaning is the best way to combat rampant absenteeism due to workplace illnesses.