Flu and Illness Prevention Procedures (CDC)

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Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in schools. To help slow the spread of influenza (flu), the first line of defense is getting vaccinated. Other measures include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands, and keeping sick people away from others. Below are tips on how to slow the spread of flu specifically through cleaning and disinfecting.

1. Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing
Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

2. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often
Follow your school’s standard procedures for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Typically, this means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys. Some schools may also require daily disinfecting these items. Standard procedures often call for disinfecting specific areas of the school, like bathrooms.
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Ice Melt Season Is In Session!

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With the bitter cold winter weather quickly arriving uninvited (as always!), Four State has the ice melt options to keep you grounded and safe.

Arctic Blue is effective to -15°C, leaves no oily residue, and has a unique blue color to identify where it has been laid, as well as the amount.

Mountain Organic is effective to -23°C, clean to use, safe on concrete and vegetation, and fine to use around children and pets.

Finally, Liquid Green Fire is a product that can be used as both an ice melt (pre-treatment or to melt existing ice and snow) and for dust control (ex. in warmer weather, on gravel roads or in construction areas), effective to -51°C.

Our bags of ice melt are 44 pounds, and come 49 to a pallet (if ordering in bulk). Liquid Green Fire is available in gallons (four per case) or a 55-gallon drum.

Give us a call at 1-800-497-5707 to place an order today!

Navigator Product Line A Hit!

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Over the last 4-5 months, Four State has successfully incorporated a new line of products into the company’s growing list of cleaning solutions. The Navigator dilution system, offered by Triple S, boasts a full arsenal of chemicals that clean buildings from top to bottom. Each is extremely easy to use, and the bottles are convenient to handle and store. Where most concentrated products have a low output per gallon of water, the Navigator system features a handful of cleaners and disinfectants that are high output, including a heavy-duty degreaser that dilutes at 1:128, a glass cleaner at 1:256, and a quat-based citrus cleaner/disinfectant that dilutes at 1:64.

See the link below for a list of our Navigator products, and give us a call for special pricing.

https://catalog.4statemaintenance.com/CatalogSearch.aspx?Value=navigator&Type=Anything