HAMILTON, Ohio and BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Kaivac Inc. and Coverall Cleaning Concepts announce a joint development agreement designed to improve the effectiveness of healthcare facility cleaning by aggregating technology, procedures and measurement strategies that maximize soil and microbe removal. The partnership will build on Kaivacs No-Touch Cleaning equipment, Coverall Cleaning Concepts proprietary healthcare cleaning system, and the commitment of both firms to scientific cleaning and sanitizing for disease control.
Under the agreement, the companies will work together to develop tools and define best practices for deep-cleaning areas such as exam rooms, operating rooms and gurneys that are specific to healthcare environments. Efforts will also focus on increasing productivity to reduce cleaning costs, measuring residues of contaminants such as urine and bacteria after cleaning, and using those measurements as a basis for establishing industry cleaning standards.
The new tools and processes will be based in part on Kaivacs No-Touch Cleaning systems, a family of spray-and-vac machines that provide environmentally friendly cleaning and automatic chemical preparation without requiring workers to touch soiled or contaminated surfaces. Tests have shown that Kaivacs integrated pressure washer/wet vacuum machines leave far fewer surface contaminants in locations such as restrooms than cleaning with string mops. The machines also reduce labor, chemical and equipment costs, cutting cleaning time by two-thirds.
The joint development project will also leverage Coverall Cleaning Concepts experience with more than 8,000 healthcare accounts as well as its industry leading cleaning program for non-residential medical facilities. That program, announced in January, includes the use of hospital-grade germicides and disinfectants, flat mopping, microfiber color coding, certified healthcare cleaning technicians, and other tools and techniques to reduce cross-contamination and aid infection control.
Kaivac and Coverall Cleaning Concepts share a common vision focused on raising the bar in the cleaning industry by cleaning to protect health rather than just for aesthetic appearance, said Bob Robinson Sr., president and CEO of Kaivac Inc. By combining our cleaning science with their two decades of experience in commercial cleaning, this strategic partnership promises to quickly advance the cleaning to promote health movement in healthcare and eventually in other markets.
Most janitorial contractors today still use buckets, mops and wipers without the specialized equipment, chemistry knowledge and cleaning processes required to remove unseen pathogens and avoid cross-contamination. They dont remove soil and microbes; they just move them around, said Peter Sheldon, vice president of operations for Coverall Cleaning Concepts. We are partnering with Kaivac in an effort to redefine the term clean in order to protect the public health.
On-site testing of the companies combined cleaning equipment and processes is expected to begin in the next 60 days.
Source: Kaivac, Inc. and Coverall Cleaning Concepts