Robert Kravitz is a former building service contractor, having owned, operated, and then sold three contract cleaning companies in Northern California.
He is the author of two books about the industry and continues to be a frequent writer for the industry.
Robert is now president of AlturaSolutions Communications, which provides communications and marketing services for organizations in the professional cleaning and building industries.
- June 25th 2019
New equipment-mounted video technologies that let workers learn on their own are confidence builders and help keep workers on the job longer.
- June 20th 2019
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) will hold its next symposium July 15-17, 2019 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, located just north of Cincinnati.
- January 25th 2019
Poor custodial training or the lack of adequate cleaning tools and equipment has been a problem for decades throughout the professional cleaning industry, so to see it showing up in correctional facilities is no surprise.
- December 13th 2018
To ensure proper inmate health services correctional administrators must keep floors clean and healthy.
- October 24th 2018
Hospital acquired infections (HAI) are a problem in veterinary hospitals and it seems to be getting worse.
- October 18th 2018
The Cedar Rapids Community School District has been using Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning® systems for more than five years because they allow us to clean deep into corners where dirt and germs can accumulate.
- July 19th 2018
Key performance indicators (KPIs) help building owners and cleaning contractors evaluate how effectively a building is being cleaned.<br>
- June 22nd 2018
Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning® and OmniFlex™ Cleaning Systems, has just been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Cincinnati Enquirer.
- May 29th 2018
Traditional cleaning methods spread germs in public restrooms as they are used. No touch cleaning systems remove germs in public restrooms.
- May 10th 2018
Mopping is simply no longer recommended for cleaning floors because so many reports have been published documenting the problems mopping causes.
- April 20th 2018
Full Sweep Cleaning utilizes a system developed by Kaivac that are 60 times more effective at removing contaminants than mops and rags.<br>
- January 30th 2018
Many of us are not sure what an ATP system is or how it works. As a result, we asked Terry Schawe, head of research and development at Kaivac, to bring us up to speed about this technology.
- January 4th 2018
Dealing with norovirus and norovirus outbreaks and what cleaning contractors should know to clean-up a vomiting incident caused by norovirus.
- December 21st 2017
Velstand facility management has made itself irreplaceable by using the Kaivac OmniFlex crossover cleaning system
- December 19th 2017
Norovirus is a complex disease, filled with lots of misunderstandings and myths. For instance, most people think that it is a disease mainly found on cruise ships. This is a myth. Of the more than 21 million cases of norovirus each year in the U.S., th
- December 8th 2017
Brighter Futures Celebration, Easterseals’ annual awards gala, has recently honored Kaivac, Inc. as its 2017 Outstanding Community Partner.
- December 4th 2017
The Holidays can get pretty busy with parties and events in schools, offices, and other types of facilities. This often means the typical cleaning routine can be in for some significant changes.
- November 9th 2017
Most of us, even those in the professional cleaning industry, may see dust on a surface and think little about it - other than it needs to be wiped away. But there’s a lot more to dust than we may realize.
- September 28th 2017
Before jumping in, here are a few things you should know about cleaning up after a serious storm.
- August 3rd 2017
Kaivac announces that its lithium-ion battery-powered OmniFlex™ cleaning systems have been certified and found to meet all applicable Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) safety requirements.
- July 27th 2017
Human patients are not the only victims of HAI. Cats and dogs and other household pets get them too, but in this case, they acquire them in veterinary hospitals.
- June 27th 2017
If you are flying anywhere this summer on vacation, you might want to plan accordingly, if you think you might need to use the plane’s restroom.
- May 19th 2017
We’re going to test your knowledge on what to do when you see a spill on a floor
- May 18th 2017
Are you comfortable dipping chips into a dip that has indirectly been exposed to a dozen mouths at a party? If not, then don’t risk your health or the health of others by dipping a mop in contaminated water and spreading it all over the floor.
- April 12th 2017
There are some unusual - even strange - facts about biofilm that we should know.
- March 13th 2017
Mopping is not too healthy for our bodies, especially when it comes to our backs. Here are ten reasons why.
- February 7th 2017
IoT is a very simple and practical technology. It actually dates back to the 1960s when “things” talked to each other using cords, fibers, and networks. Now the Internet, for both humans and things, has gone wireless, which has opened up a number of new
- January 16th 2017
Floorcare is too time consuming, too complicated, has too much impact on the environment, and too important to the overall health, appearance, and safety of a facility for it to be based on trial-and-error. This applies to large and small facilities but
- January 11th 2017
In order to help us prevent germs from spreading and reduce germ survival rates, we need to know how they spread and how fast they spread.
- January 6th 2017
At its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, BTG Labs researches, innovates, and manufactures specialized surface analysis equipment.
- November 10th 2016
Slip and fall accidents can happen any time of year, but they are more prevalent in the winter, especially in the many areas of the country that experience adverse weather. This means that we must take extra steps to help ensure the health and safety of t
- September 21st 2016
Slip and fall accidents often occur due to spills. Having a spill response program and using a Kaivac AutoVac system can help eliminate them.
- September 8th 2016
New guidelines to help reduce slip and fall accidents are extensive, but they can be adopted fairly easily with the right tools, training, and equipment.
- August 16th 2016
The best way to reduce costly germs is with prevention and that involves effective, hygienic cleaning.
- July 28th 2016
Building managers should become aware of some of the studies available on how the tools we use to clean surfaces—specifically, cleaning cloths and mops—can sometimes spread disease and cause cross-contamination.For instance, a study published in 2004, "Household Cleaning and Surface Disinfection: New Insights and Strategies"
- July 26th 2016
For most cleaning professionals, floor drains, especially those in commercial kitchens, only come to mind if they get clogged and stop working. When this happens, cleaning them can be a messy, very unpleasant job.
- July 21st 2016
Let's face it, cleaning a commercial kitchen floor is one of the most difficult jobs in the professional cleaning industry.
- July 19th 2016
The goal of the floor audit is to evaluate the overall needs of the floors so that managers and cleaning professionals can prepare an appropriate floorcare maintenance plan.
- July 15th 2016
A 2004 study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, found that in situations where the cleaning procedure fails to thoroughly eliminate contamination from one surface and then the same cloth is used to wipe another surface, “the contamination is transferred to that [new] surface.”
- February 17th 2016
Kaivac, Inc., developer of the No-Touch Cleaning® and award-winning OmniFlex™ Crossover cleaning systems, announces the formation and launch of Kaivac EMEA GmbH, a new company based in Neumarkt am Wallersee, Austria.
- January 29th 2016
Floor safety is a hot button issue right now. Are your floors a liability?
- September 11th 2014
Kaivac, known for innovation, announces it has just been awarded its 13th patent from the U.S. Patent Office. The latest patent is for the company's Smart Towel System, which was introduced about five years ago.
- August 15th 2014
Restroom Cleaning Help: This cleaning contractor is cleaning restrooms twice per day and the customer is still complaining. What would you advise?
- August 5th 2014
No-touch restroom technology is becoming commonplace. From door handles to cleaning systems, restrooms are being designed for use and cleaning without the need to touch surfaces.
- July 30th 2014
There are many health risks in cleaning and for cleaning workers such as myself, cross-contamination is a very serious problem. I hope by telling you my story it can help you and many other cleaning workers stay healthy.
- April 15th 2013
While the United States has been suffering through a nasty flu epidemic, many of us may have missed what's happening around the world.
- April 11th 2012
- October 14th 2011
A study released in September 2010 regarding cleanliness and kitchen floors may have more sweeping ramifications than anticipated when it comes to protecting human health, especially in facilities such as corrections buildings that have large populations living in relatively small quarters.