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Barbara Staib, President of Safe Home Products, is an expert on child safety, emergency preparedness, pet training and even pest control. She has personally helped thousands of customers since SHP started in 1999. Here you can find Q&A with Barbara to foster safer, healthier and simpler living.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dealing with Slippery Floor Tile in A Japanese Restaurant

Question about dangerous ceramic tile restaurant flooring and Grip-On .

Q: "We've been lucky so far, only our employees have slipped and fallen on our new flooring. When the new owner bought this formerly Chinese restaurant, he had all the old carpeting ripped out and replaced it with ceramic tile because he felt the tile was easier to keep clean. The tile was laid directly on the concrete slab. The water table is high since we are near the Rock River (Moline, Illinois) so moisture comes up through the tile sometimes and the floor is wet. We've tried everything to make it less slippy. Currently, the floor is cleaned every night with a degreaser followed by a detergent wash and then we pour chlorine bleach on it since we were told the chlorine would make it more slip resistant. The bleach does not help. Help!" Tina.

Answer: Reality is we stopped at this restaurant on the way back from Pennsylvania. The food was excellent. Even with my deep grip athletic shoes I was sliding on this floor as if I was on ice! It was scary to say the least. I talked with our server and Tina and the above was what they shared with me. I promised I would phone our Grip-On supplier and find out what actions the restaurant needed to take.

Here is what William shared with me:

  • The janitor should degrease with Blu-It or a similar de-greaser that leaves no residue.
  • Next, rinse the floor thoroughly with water. Remove all the old detergent and residue.
  • Then swab the floor with Grip-On. One gallon treats about 400 square feet.
  • After 20 minutes, wash it off with clear water
  • Let dry.
Remember, William, said that there is grease in the air of most restaurants that will settle on the floor. The kitchen area may need mopped twice a day. The eating sections, probably once a day but perhaps more often in the grill areas. He recommended a 12 lb. cotton mop head and a clean bucket. Make sure the mop head is changed every few months.

The anti-slip quality should last about 1 year minimum if the floors are properly maintained.
I'll be faxing you the information, Tina. Hope to enjoy your teriyaki again soon!

Sincerely,
Barbara

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Friday, May 1, 2009

UV Air Purifiers Help Reduce Risks of Swine Flu, Colds & Virus

Question about portable air purifier units such as the MiracleAir PM 600 and the Air Pura UV600 for waiting rooms, waiting areas in restaurants, etc. that can help reduce exposure to viruses and bacteria.

Q: "For those of us who work in offices, medical clinics, etc, exposure to viruses, colds, etc. is part of every day. What air purifier do you recommend to reduce the "air pollution" in waiting areas from coughing and sneezing? I don't want to wear a mask or stay home. Thanks. Dave."

Answer: HEPA air purifiers with UV germicidal lights are the best proactive option for those areas. Do continue to take those actions recommended such as the University of Connecticut website: cough and sneeze into an arm or elbow, not into hands; wash hands often with soap and water, especially after a sneeze or cough; sing the “ABC Song” while washing to make sure hands are thoroughly washed; use alcohol-based hand sanitizers; avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth; avoid contact with others who are ill; stay home from work or school and avoid contact with others if ill; get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

We recommend you consider either of these two quality portable air purifiers with UV germicidal lights:
  1. MiracleAir. Made in USA. The Black MiracleAir PM600 or the white MiracleAir PM600 both feature twin double UV lights plus three filters including a potassium permanganate filts
  2. AirPura. Made in Canada. The AirPura Black Air Pura UV600 features the UV light inside the HEPA cartridge. Colors: black, cream or white.
We recommend that one or more units be placed in patient waiting areas, employee lounges, restaurant waiting areas or other areas where groups congregate. This is one of the better proactive measures for maintaining good health.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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