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Restoration Tips for Property Managers

Property management of multi-family residences is a full-time job. Rent must be collected, repairs made, neighbor disputes resolved…the list is seemingly endless. On top of this, the property manager is often the first contact in the event of a disaster, which is a huge responsibility. In these cases, it’s best to make detailed records when possible and contact the appropriate professionals. However, preventative measures and post-cleanup work fall back to the property manager. Here are some restoration tips to keep your buildings safe and looking brand new.

Water Damage Restoration

Water damage can be an absolute disaster for property managers and owners. Tenants are displaced, causing a loss of revenue, and it can cause permanent structure damage and mold growth if it’s not taken care of quickly and efficiently. The first concern, then, in the case of water damage is to act fast and call trusted professionals. It may be tempting to take on the project yourself in an effort to save on cost. However, for example, that water that seems to be gone from the flooring has most likely seeped in somewhere underneath. Furthermore, it will continue to weaken the structure of your property, threaten the electrical system, and create an environment hospitable to mold growth until it’s properly dried. The dollars you save on the front end could easily multiply in cost down the road.

Mold Remediation and Restoration

Once everything is probably dried, you may want to consider a good mold resistant coating to prevent the proliferation of fungi. Bioesque’s Mold Resistant Coating is available in clear and white finishes and features an EPA-registered fungicide in a 100% acrylic water-based coating to ensure long-term protection. It’s also worth considering as you’re restoring a property in between tenants. Mold can be a health hazard for residents and can cause litigation problems for you down the line. Know the signs of mold, for example dark colored grouting or dark spots on the wall. Be sure to sanitize after a move-out inspection. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution kills 99.9% of mold in just three minutes of dwell-time. Meanwhile, our Mold and Mildew Stain Remover can take care of unsightly spots once the area has been properly disinfected. In the case of a large outbreak, again, it’s best to call in professionals.

Fire Damage Restoration

Fire is another nightmare when it comes to property management. The structural damage, the water damage that follows, and soot residue are all costly and disrupt lives. Like water damage restoration, the best thing you can do is act quickly and leave the work of rebuilding to trusted professionals. However, even after the pros leave, you may be left with units that continue to smell like smoke. The Bioesque Smoke & Odor Encapsulant is a water based protective coating that can be used to paint over existing fire and smoke damage on most surfaces to eliminate odors and block stains. Our advanced odor encapsulants treat malodors at the source and prevent them from ever returning.

A Safer Way to Clean

Cleaning chemicals like bleach, chlorine, and ammonia are very effective, but come with an added cost: they’re harsh, toxic, and terrible for the environment. Bioesque Solutions was founded on the principle that there must be a safer way to clean without sacrificing the power of these chemicals. With a formula that is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals, Bioesque’s full range of cleaning products is a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings.

Property Management Checklist

Property Management Between Tenants: A Checklist

A Transition Checklist for Property Management

Handling the transition from old tenants to new ones can be one of the toughest and most time-consuming jobs a property manager faces. Even with years of experience managing multi-family residences, a change in tenancy always seems to bring new challenges. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a checklist for property management between tenants.

Show Up for the Move-Out Inspection

Being there in person for a tenant’s move-out inspection can save on hassles and headaches down the road. This can minimize haggling with property damage disputes and help you to avoid paying for repairs you weren’t responsible for. And remember to pick up all sets of keys!

Take Plenty of Pics

Along with being present for the move-out inspection, this is your best way to defend yourself against damage disputes. It’s also a good way to keep track of the appearance of your property over time and see how things are trending.

Double Check the Utilities

Assuming that residents closed their utility accounts can be a problem for you down the road. Make it part of the move-out process to receive proof of closed accounts or consider retaining control of utilities and charging tenants with their rent.

Take Care of the Walls

Walls are bare when a new tenant moves in so dings and scuffs leap out at them and look terrible. Patching and painting walls are one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of keeping a unit looking fresh and increasing its appeal to potential residents.

Give the Plumbing a Once Over and Respond Accordingly

This is possibly the single most important step you can take to ensure your property’s wellbeing and save on costs in the future. Make sure you check the plumbing in each unit thoroughly and make all necessary repairs. Leaks and floods can turn into disasters for multiple units in a short period of time.

Stay on Top of the Landscaping

This should be routine but it’s important enough to mention here. The property’s landscaping is the first impression for prospective tenants, so regularly scheduled visits from a professional landscaping company are a good investment. It will also keep you in line with local ordinances and help you avoid violations and fines.

Make a Decision on Carpeting

After tenants move out, it’s time to either replace the carpets or clean them. If you opt for the latter, Bioesque Carpet Cleaners feature an eco-friendly deep cleaning formula that effectively removes tough spots and stains while simultaneously deodorizing.

The Deep Clean

Make sure you have a detailed checklist covering the entire process to make sure nothing gets missed. Do a walkthrough, clean, and then do another and clean again, paying special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is an all-purpose formula capable of cleaning and disinfecting in one step without the use of personal protective equipment.

A Safer Way to Clean

Cleaning chemicals like bleach, chlorine, and ammonia are very effective, but come with an added cost: they’re harsh, toxic, and terrible for the environment. Bioesque Solutions was founded on the principle that there must be a safer way to clean without sacrificing the power of these chemicals. With a formula that is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals, Bioesque’s full range of cleaning products is a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Product Guidelines

Cleaning and Disinfecting Products Guidelines for Public Transit

Guidelines for Choosing the Right Cleaning and Disinfecting Products

A few months into the Corona pandemic, the America Public Transportation Association issued guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and facilities to combat the spread of COVID-19. As companies became more efficient in carrying out these various tasks, and as public awareness about the spread of germs increased, many of these practices became the new normal. As we move into a post-COVID era, customers still want to know that companies are doing everything they can to keep them safe. This article will go over some of the highlights of the aforementioned cleaning and disinfecting products guidelines to ensure your riders and employees are healthy and happy.

Cleaning Products

The APTA recommends that cleaning products be “non-toxic and selected with the intent of cleaning away all dirt, grime and debris from surfaces ahead of the disinfection process”. Cleaning and disinfection are actually a two-part process. Cleaning away the debris prior to disinfection clears away those areas in which pathogens tend to congregate and fester. Once this is done, disinfection becomes more efficient. The APTA also discourages the use of dry cleaning methods as sweepers and vacuums cause infectious particles to become airborne.

Disinfecting Products

The guidelines state that “transit agencies use disinfectant pesticides registered with the EPA and specifically formulated to mitigate against virus transmission”. They also go on to mention the EPA’s List N as a resource. The EPA expects these registered products to “kill all strains and variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to label directions”. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution, included on List N, is a ready-to-use all-purpose solution. It is capable of cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing in one step. Furthermore, it is botanically derived, free of bleach and other harsh chemicals. This makes it a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings

A Safer Way to Clean

Bioesque Solutions was founded on one simple principle: there must be a safer way! Little did we know when we first started this journey that safer could also be better. We are a pioneer in the development and distribution of our naturally occurring, botanically based disinfectant and other cleaning products. Bioesque Solutions specializes in bringing the benefits of nature to address the demanding and ever-changing needs of commercial customers across various industries, including public transportation, health care, food service, janitorial, and restoration.

Disinfecting Public Transit

Best Practices in Disinfecting Public Transit Systems

The Size and Scope of Public Transit Systems

When we think of public transit, we immediately think of the vehicles. However, we also need to take into account our facilities: the buses and train stations, ticketing areas, restrooms, waiting areas, restaurants and concession areas, and so on. With so many passengers coming in and out every day, any one of these places can become a hotspot for pathogens. That’s why it’s absolutely essential to have everyone on the same page, pitching in, and moving forward together to ensure the safety of riders and employees. Here are some best practices for disinfecting public transit systems.

Create a Daily Checklist

To tackle such a large area, companies and organizations should perform a detailed walkthrough of every facility and vehicle that receives traffic, either by passenger or employee. Make special note of those areas that are high-touch surfaces. These will include countertops, door handles, railing, seats, restroom fixtures, and more. Be sure that these areas are disinfected several times a day, including at the end of each shift, and that each gets checked off.

All Hands On Deck and On the Same Page

The size of public transit operations means that everyone has to be aware of the goals and doing their part to reach them. Even the best janitorial staffs can only do so much. If everyone is pitching in, this will free them up to handle the bigger and more difficult jobs more efficiently.

Choosing the Right Disinfecting Products

There are hundreds of disinfecting products on the market. How can someone be sure they’re choosing the right one for the job? One resource is the EPA’s List N. Quoted from the EPA’s website, the “EPA expects all products on List N to kill all strains and variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to label directions.” Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is included on the list and features a 55-second kill time against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). It also kills 99.9% of bacteria in two minutes, 99.9% of fungi and molds in three minutes, and 99.9% of viruses in four minutes.

A Safer Way for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Transit Systems

Bioesque Solutions was founded on one simple principle: there must be a safer way! Little did we know when we first started this journey that safer could also be better. We are a pioneer in the development and distribution of our naturally occurring, botanically based disinfectant and other cleaning products. Bioesque Solutions specializes in bringing the benefits of nature to address the demanding and ever-changing needs of commercial customers across various industries, including public transportation, health care, food service, janitorial, and restoration.

Sustainability in Public Transportation

Sustainability in the Public Transportation Industry

The Public Transportation Industry and Sustainability

The public transportation industry is often at or near the center of discussions about sustainability. The bottom line is that public transit systems reduce the number of vehicles on the road. This saves fuel and it saves on emissions. For example, compare the emissions of one bus with 50 passengers versus those same passengers driving 50 separate cars. The reduced emissions have a tremendous effect on the air quality of our cities.

A move toward public transportation, then, is already a move toward sustainability. However, the question that the managers and operators of public transportation systems should be asking is, how can we improve further? These can be big problems and solutions or small ones. For example, partnering with cities to implement programs to decrease congestion and promote ridership. On the other hand, actively searching for ways to reduce or recycle waste is a simple and efficient way to help an operation’s bottom line. Below are a few ideas to improve sustainability in the public transportation industry.

Reduce Barriers and Encourage Ridership

Getting more people to use public transportation should be priority number one. Look for ways to increase access to public transportation and incentivize its use.

Lower-Flow Plumbing Fixtures in Facilities

With the sheer number of passengers moving through bus and train stations, public transportation systems can use a tremendous amount of water. By switching to low-flow fixtures in sinks and toilets, public transit systems can reduce water usage by 30%.

LED Lighting

LED lighting fixtures are eight times more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent lighting, with bulbs that last eight times longer. LED lighting is also three times more efficient than fluorescents.

A Greener Option for Clean

Cleaning products are often full of harsh, toxic chemicals like bleach, ammonia, and chlorine. However, environmentally friendly options are available that are botanically derived without losing any cleaning effectiveness. It’s a sustainable move that can also increase your indoor air quality.

A Safer Way to Clean for Sustainability

Bioesque Solutions was founded on one simple principle: there must be a safer way! Little did we know when we first started this journey, safer could also be better. We are a pioneer in the development and distribution of disinfectants and cleaning products. Bioesque Solutions specializes in bringing the benefits of nature to address the demanding and ever-changing needs of commercial customers across various industries, including public transportation, health care, food service, janitorial, and restoration.

Getting Rid of Mold in Your Car’s Interior

Removing Mold from Your Car

The appearance of mold in a car’s interior can be a real problem. Left unchecked, it can begin to profligate and creep into unseen and hard-to-reach areas like the air-conditioning ducts. Fortunately, mold cleanup can be much easier than most people think. This article will detail how to remove small spots of mold from your car’s interior. However, if the mold is widespread, or is near air ducts, we recommend taking your vehicle for professional ozone and dehumidifier treatment for the reasons stated above.

Cleaning with an All-Purpose Solution

The first step is to clean the affected and surrounding areas with a good all-purpose cleaner. Bieosque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is a ready-to-use, all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant capable of cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing in just one step. It also kills 99.9% of molds within three minutes. Begin by spraying the area and let the solution dwell for the full three minutes. This will ensure the mold is dead at the source and will prevent future outbreaks. Once appropriate dwell time is reached, simply wipe the area dry. The Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant Solution is a no-rinse formula. However, mold can sometimes leave unsightly stains. In this case, we recommend using our Carpet Cleaner with a steam extractor machine to get rid of those tough stains. It’s important to remember, though, that the Carpet Cleaner will not kill the mold, so make sure this is the second step after disinfecting.

A Safer Way to Clean

Cleaning chemicals like bleach, chlorine, and ammonia are very effective, but come with an added cost: they’re harsh, toxic, and terrible for the environment. Bioesque Solutions was founded on the principle that there must be a safer way to clean without sacrificing the power of these chemicals. With a formula that is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals, Bioesque’s full range of cleaning products is a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings.

Car Seat Stain

Removing Tough Stains from Your Car Seat

Taking Care of Unsightly Upholstery Stains

We all do what we can to keep our cars looking their very best. However, accidents do happen. Furthermore, a simple coffee stain can leave a previously pristine vehicle looking pretty unsightly pretty quickly. Fortunately, there are ways of taking care of that stain without resorting to buying a brand new cushion. This blog will go over how to remove stains from your car seats using an extractor machine.

Bioesque Carpet Cleaner to Clean Seat Stains

The first step is to vacuum all around the area of the stain to prepare it for soaping. You’ll want to use a soap that’s been designed specifically for steam and extractor machines. Bioesque’s Carpet Cleaner is formulated for use with these machines, delivering an environmentally friendly deep clean while deodorizing with a refreshing lemon-mint fragrance. It’s highly concentrated, with one gallon making up to 35 gallons of cleaning solution, with a formula that will break down the dirt and grime in the car’s seat surface. You’ll want to dilute the solution according to your needs. For light-duty cleaning, use 2 oz. per gallon of water. For medium, use 3 oz. and for heavy-duty cleaning, use 4 oz. per gallon of water.

Using an Extractor Machine

Extractor machines work by warming the solution to a high degree, injecting it into the fabric, and immediately vacuuming back into the recovery tank. First, when using Bioesque’s Carpet Cleaner in your extractor machine, make one pass with the machine, overlapping strokes between one to two inches. Next, allow the seat to dry for approximately four hours depending upon temperature, humidity, and airflow. Additionally, depending upon the severity of the stain, you may want to pre-treat the area with the solution first, working the cleaner in with a utility brush or a steamer.

Creating a Safer, Better Way to Clean

Bioesque® Solutions was founded on one simple principle: There must be a safer way! Little did we know when we first started this journey that SAFER could also be BETTER. The harsh, toxic, chemicals used in most commercial settings are individually tested and approved for use. However, the effects of use once all chemicals are used together may be extremely harmful. Every Bioesque® Solutions product is designed to work together, harmoniously like in nature. We are bringing the future of disinfecting and cleaning to our customers today.

Electrostatic Solutions for Airline Cleaning

Electrostatic Solutions for Airline Cleaning

Rising to the Challenge with Electrostatic Sprayers

Current Harvard University guidelines for cleaning commercial aircraft include disinfection before every flight as well as a daily deep cleaning. The quick turnaround time of flights as well as the varied types of surfaces in aircraft present a particular challenge to airline cleaning crews. As a result, many airlines have turned to electrostatic sprayers for the application of disinfectants. Electrostatic sprayers work by applying a positive charge to the particles of approved disinfectant solutions. This positive charge causes the particles to cling to negatively charged surfaces, efficiently handling a large area of various hard non-porous surface types. Tests run by the EPA showed good spray deposition and “wrap-around” effect – that is, good coverage ­– when using approved disinfectants according to manufacturer’s directions. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is one such approved disinfectant.

Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant Solution

Our Botanical Disinfectant Solution is a ready-to-use all-purpose solution capable of cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and deodorizing in one step. In addition to being approved for electrostatic sprayers, the Botanical Disinfectant Solution is on the EPA’s List N. The EPA expects all products on this list to kill all strains and variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label directions. Our solution actually features a 55-second kill-time against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). It also kills 99.9% of bacteria in two minutes, 99.9% of mold and fungi in three minutes, and 99.9% of viruses in four minutes.

A Safer Way to Clean

Cleaning chemicals like bleach, chlorine, and ammonia are very effective, but come with an added cost: they’re harsh, toxic, and terrible for the environment. Bioesque Solutions was founded on the principle that there must be a safer way to clean without sacrificing the power of these chemicals. With a formula that is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals, Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings. Powered by Thymox technology, it utilizes Thymol, a cutting-edge antimicrobial agent present as a component of Thyme Oil, to quickly power through grime and destroy the germs that it encounters.

Choosing the Right Cleaning Products for Your Airline

Choosing the Right Cleaning Products for Your Airline

Global Standards from the International Air Transport Association

The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, is a trade association that sets technical standards, including cleaning guidelines, for airlines. These cleaning guidelines include “informed selection and the correct use of chemical products” which is “vital in ensuring effective cleaning and disinfection of an aircraft without damaging the aircraft interior, systems, and equipment while minimizing the likelihood of the transmission of COVID-19 or any other communicable diseases.” The IATA’s number one priority is safety, and these guidelines ensure the safety of passengers, crew, and other employees.

The EPA List N

The IATA recommends that airlines refer to local authorities for recommendations of products effective against COVID-19 and other contagious pathogens. The EPA maintains List N, a group of products expected to kill all strains and variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label directions. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is included on this list. The IATA also advocates referring to the aircraft manufacturers’ guidelines for the most recent recommendations.

SAE International

The IATA also states that “cleaning and disinfection products should comply with and be certified or tested according to OEM standards and/or industry test standards, such as SAE International standards.” Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution has AMS 1452C & BSS7434 approved testing, in accordance with SAE International standards.

A 55-Second Kill-Time

Finally, the IATA directs airlines to “refer to the cleaning and disinfection product manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that the proper application, frequency, quantity, ventilation and personal protection equipment is used.” Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution includes a 55-second dwell time for effective use against coronavirus. Furthermore, it is a ready-to-use all-purpose formula safe for everyday use without the need of personal protective equipment.

A Safer Way to Clean

Cleaning chemicals like bleach, chlorine, and ammonia are very effective, but come with an added cost: they’re harsh, toxic, and terrible for the environment. Bioesque Solutions was founded on the principle that there must be a safer way to clean without sacrificing the power of these chemicals. With a formula that is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals, Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings. Powered by Thymox technology, it utilizes Thymol, a cutting-edge antimicrobial agent present as a component of Thyme Oil, to quickly power through grime and destroy the germs that it encounters.

Airline Cleaning Practices to Halt the Spread of Coronavirus

Airline Cleaning Practices to Halt the Spread of Coronavirus

Harvard-Recommended Cleaning Measures for Airlines

Airlines have always presented a special challenge when it comes to ensuring a clean environment. Passengers are grouped together in close quarters with plenty of high-contact areas and fast turnarounds. Fortunately, a study by Harvard University found that a comprehensive, multi-tiered strategy can effectively reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during air travel. This layered strategy consists of federal masking guidelines as well as enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. These Harvard-recommended cleaning measures include:

HEPA Filters

High-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, filters in their ventilation systems. Columbia University professor Faye McNeill explains here that these filters can actually catch the particles that cause coronavirus. Furthermore, these filters refresh cabin air every two to four minutes, offsetting the close quarters that travelers endure during their flights.

Masking Guidelines

Mandatory face coverings for all travelers and staff. Harvard found this to be the number one deterrent for the spread of coronavirus during airline flights.

EPA-Approved Disinfection

Disinfection of all high-touch surfaces with an EPA-approved product before every flight along with a daily deep clean. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is on the EPA’s List N, and features a 55-second kill-time against SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19).

Electrostatic sprayers can be especially effective in the application of disinfectants. These sprayers apply a positive charge to approved disinfectant solutions resulting in particles that are attracted to negatively charged surfaces, allowing them to cover a large area and a variety of hard non-porous surfaces. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is one such approved disinfectant.

A Safer Way to Clean

Cleaning chemicals like chlorine, bleach, and ammonia are harsh and toxic. Bioesque Solution was founded on the principle that there must be a safer way to clean without sacrificing the power found in these chemicals. Powered by Thymox®, every Bioesque® Solutions product is designed to work together harmoniously like in nature, to bring the future of disinfecting and cleaning to our customers today.

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