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Take a deep breath. Breathe In. Breathe out. Now, consider the quality of the air around you.

Because we can’t usually see bad air particles, the assumption is that the air around us is clear. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re sitting indoors in front of your computer screen. In fact, on average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. Unfortunately, indoor air quality can be up to ten times more polluted than the air outside. According to the environmental protection agency, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental risks to public health and, in professional settings can lead to symptoms such as decreased productivity, increased employee absences, and greater health care costs.

So what can you do? First, it’s important to understand where the quality of your air sits today. 


There are many indicators of poor indoor air quality. Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher whether or not there is an issue without a professional test, but there are signs you can look for, and smell for, if you suspect there may be an indoor air quality issue. If you walk into your home or place of business and smell something musty, pungent, wet, or stale, you are most likely smelling mold. If you smell a chemical-like or a toxic aroma, that is also an indication that there is something that is creating air quality issues. Health-wise, you should be looking for symptoms that occur when you are in your home or place of business that continue even after you leave. For example, headaches, dizziness, light-headedness, and drowsiness are all signs of exposure to poor indoor air quality. Not only should you watch out for the immediate symptoms of poor indoor air quality, but you should also be aware of the long term symptoms that could occur. You don’t have to live in fear because there are professional services available that can help.

Measuring your air quality indoors can be easily and effectively done by an indoor air quality professional. Indoor air quality professionals, also known as Indoor Environmental Consultants, are fully trained, certified, and licensed in their field. They are able to take samples of contents in the air and building materials (damaged and not damaged) to assess whether there are dangerous materials or air pollutants present. This process is very detailed and the results can provide you with peace of mind.

There are also products that are readily available to you, that aide in improving your indoor air quality. Not only are they just a few clicks away from being in your possession, they are very affordable and help maintain the cleanliness of your space as well.

Cleanliness in your indoor spaces is the first step in improving your indoor air quality. Below are a couple of steps you can take to ensure that you are providing the best working environment for yourself and your employees.

Have your Carpet and Upholstery Regularly Cleaned and Maintained

Vacuuming your carpeting consistently prevents the particulates that get caught in carpet fibers from polluting your air every time somebody walks into your building. And deep cleaning your carpet and upholstery with the MilliCare by Cubix, Inc. proprietary carpet maintenance system has been proven to remove up to 99% of pollutants—preventing them from becoming airborne. Your space will not only look cleaner, but will feel fresh, too

Use Environmentally Safe Cleaning Products and Methods

Environmentally safe cleaning products and methods help prevent dirt, dust, and pollutants in your textiles from becoming airborne without introducing unnecessary or unwanted VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).

Limit moisture in your workspaces

Microbial growth thrives in wet or humid conditions. By managing the amount of water leftover in your office spaces and common areas, you can improve air quality and promote a healthy and comfortable working environment free of mold, pests and insects. The dry care process used by Cubix, Inc. uses very little water to limit the potential for mold and bacteria growth.

To learn more about the quality of the air in your building or what you can do about it, contact Air Quality Assessors and Cubix, Inc. today.

About Cubix, Inc.

A single source for total floor care solutions, Cubix, Inc. was founded in 1997 by Rick and Judi DeVane and has continued to grow and develop in many great ways since then. Now home to over 40 employees who serve some of Florida's largest and most prestigious accounts, Cubix, Inc. strives to understand each client's unique needs and provide the most effective and environmentally-friendly solutions available. Cubix, Inc. offers total consultative packages including flooring maintenance, sales and installation. 

About Air Quality Assessors

Air Quality Assessors is a provider for indoor air quality and building damage testing and consultation services. Fully certified, licensed, and insured, we proudly cover the entire state of Florida while servicing commercial and residential clients. Trusting us with your testing needs since 2010. “Don’t just guess it, test it!”

Once a year, the global facilities management community comes together to celebrate on World FM Day, an opportunity to globally discuss and share experiences and celebrate the successes of facility management professionals worldwide. This year’s theme “Empowering people for a productive world” looks at how facilities management (FM) enables different business disciplines to collaborate to deliver high quality business performance.

Says Duncan Waddell, Chairman of Global FM, “FM is all about enablement; as a sector we enable people to work, we enable the economy, we enable technology, we enable social interaction – the list is endless. At the crux of all of this is people – and for this year’s World FM Day we aim to highlight how we, as FM professionals, empower people to reach their full potential and in turn create a productive world.”

As total care solution providers, we have the pleasure of partnering with FM professionals across our communities every day and are able to witness firsthand how the work they do truly is empowering their organizations to deliver consistent, high-quality services and products. We asked a few of our partner FMs how they are empowering their organizations every day. Here’s what they had to say:


Ray Ramirez, FMP - Senior Facilities Manager JLL | Bank of America

“I found that not micromanaging and allowing people to shape the business empowers us all and promotes motivation on a personal level, giving ownership. Utilizing modern platforms and applications available like enterprise social networking tools such as Yammer makes it easier for employees to contribute to institutional knowledge. Cloud-based office suites like Office 365 help contribute to a culture of sharing and helping across the enterprise. Each of us having ownership in the day-to-day operations and the use of the latest Technology platforms provides a productive and effective work environment.”

 

Chuck Zufelt  FMP  PFM - Maintenance Supervisor-Office Services, Crowley Maritime Corporation

“The roof at our operational headquarters in Jacksonville had reached the end of its service life. The 21,000 square-foot roof was original to the facility when it was constructed 30 years ago. We developed and executed a planned replacement of the roof before major leaks developed and result in potential property damage.

When researching available options, we looked for solutions that were more environmentally friendly. The old roof was dark and with constant exposure to the Florida sun, we felt significant energy savings could be achieved with one that was lighter in color. We chose a cool roof with a white reflective surface that reduces the heat transfer to the building.

The installation of the roof took place in 2015. We faced a huge challenge with the weather, which turned rainy shortly after we began the project. The rain caused some delays which pushed the work into the summer. Despite the challenges, we preserved and the installation was completed in three months.

We have been very pleased with the early results and the utilities savings achieved. Our average monthly electrical cost during 2013-2014 was $22,628. Our average monthly savings so far this year is a little more than 10%, about $2,500, which translates to $30,000 annually. These savings have been reflected in reduced overhead charges to the business units, which has helped with overall profitability.”

 

Anonymous

“Achieving a well-functioning building is the main goal of our efforts every day. By constantly pursuing ways to become more efficient in our operating systems, choosing sustainable materials and effective processes, I’m able to take that concern off the minds of our top executives and allow them to focus on the things they need to, all while reducing operating costs.”

 

Anonymous

“The safety and health of our staff is always top of mind for me. I avoid harmful chemicals with cost-effective, sustainable products where possible. I ensure the safety of our people by keeping entrances, walkways and carparks hazard free, dry and safe at all times. By keeping our people healthy and safe, we allow them to come to work each day without worry and reduce the costs associated with sick time and injury claims.”

Every day, approximately 1,200 kids enter foster care in the United States. Together We Rise, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is changing the way these children experience what can be an emotionally trying system. The non-profit organization, led entirely by volunteers, was founded by a group of teens in 2008, with the goal of providing a sense of normalcy to children who live in the foster care system. Through their programs and events, Together We Rise strives to offer children in foster care the tools and experiences that they need to build happier, more confident futures.

For the second year in a row we, along with the broader milliCare network, are able to partner with Together We Rise to help make a difference in the lives of these children. Over the course of the month of August, for each chair cleaned or committed to be cleaned, Cubix, Inc. will donate $1 to the Together We Rise organization. Last year, during our CHAIRity event, the milliCare network donated over $32,000 to the charity. We hope to surpass this in 2016 and, as a network, have set a bold goal of reaching $50,000 in donations this year.

We believe in investing in people and in the communities and environment in which they live. Our holistic approach is cyclical: healthy environments foster healthy people who cultivate healthy communities.

We hope that you will join us in investing in the next generation. Give us a call today to schedule your August chair cleaning.

While tending to his ailing father, Greg Hurtt noticed his dad had grown disoriented and clammy over the course of the morning. A check of his father’s blood pressure confirmed that something was wrong. Hurtt called 911.

When the paramedics arrived, Hurtt’s father had improved. But, given the man’s history, the paramedics decided he should be admitted into the hospital. Upon learning they were taking him to the hospital, the man pleaded and begged not to go.

While these feelings are not uncommon, for Hurtt’s dad, the negative feelings were elevated. During a recent stay in a rehab center, he contracted a near fatal infection. Since then, he has feared being admitted into any health care facility.  His impression of chaos and lack of cleanliness in the health care environment has clouded every experience.


A patient’s perspective is all-important.

In 2002, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services partnered with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.

The HCAHPS is designed to capture patients’ perceptions of the quality of their care while in a hospital or health care facility. Because of this nationally standardized survey, patients have an opportunity to compare hospitals in their area and choose where they will receive care based on a consistent quality ranking. What’s more, according to legislature enacted in 2010, the Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement monies a hospital receives are greatly impacted by HCAHPS scores.

Question #8 of the survey addresses cleanliness by asking, “During this hospital stay, how often were your room and bathroom kept clean?” While the bathroom floor may be cleaned regularly, the impression that it isn’t or hasn’t been cleaned effectively, especially when tile and grout are old and worn, can impact patients’ and their families’ points of view.

The SaniGLAZE system provided by Cubix, Inc. not only restores ceramic tile and grout surfaces to a like-new appearance, but also seals out impurities to prevent future contamination. Standard cleaning methods don’t remove impurities and odor-causing agents from porous grout, so no amount of mopping done will change the perception that the area is dirty. 

The bottom line is that clean and sanitary floors in a health care environment are not only what’s best for patients’ health, but can also help patients and their families feel comfortable in an otherwise stressful time.

From software programmers to facility managers to nurses, certified industry professionals rise head and shoulders above others in the field because they have put in the effort to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise.

In the cleaning and restoration industry, certification has its place, too. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has spent 40 years as a standards development organization. The nonprofit organization strives to advance ethics, communication and technical skill throughout the inspection, cleaning and restoration fields. Those who achieve certification through the IICRC have demonstrated:

Top-Notch Techniques. On the surface, having certification signifies that a professional or firm knows how to do their job well. Yet, there’s more to certification than just knowing how to accomplish a task. Companies that hold certifications value training and excellence within the industry. By pursuing certification, these companies are making a commitment to continuously furthering the knowledge of their employees so they can provide the best possible service to clients both today and in the future.


Uniform Delivery. Organizations, such as the IICRC, stake reputations on the fact that the professionals they certify will offer a certain level of service to their customers. This means that consumers are able to enter into business relationships with certified firms trusting that they will receive high-quality service. Working with a certified company takes away the unknown aspect of the relationship and offers the consumer reassurance that the job will be done right.

Professionalism. Beyond simply accomplishing certain tasks correctly, quality certifying organizations also expect companies to employ a certain level of business sophistication before they will certify a company. From quality customer service to carrying the appropriate level of insurance, companies that seek certification must demonstrate that they are committed to working in a professional and ethical way with their clients.

A certified floor and textile company is one that you can turn to when you need advice, professional grade solutions quickly and knowledge of the latest cleaning options. For these reasons, Cubix, Inc. believes that certification does matter and has achieved certification through the IICRC.