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  • Measles: What You Need to Know

    May 08, 2019

    Measles

    Incidents of measles have greatly increased in 2019. In fact, according to the CDC, 22 states have reported measles cases. 5 states have measles outbreaks (defined as 3 or more cases). An extensive handwashing program and good disinfection program is the best way to stop the spread of any disease, including measles.  

    Also, educating your staff about the disease is very important. Knowledge is power! Below is a list of frequently asked questions so you can better understand measles and take measures to keep everyone healthy.

    What are measles? Measles is caused by a single-stranded enveloped virus. Humans are the only natural hosts of the measles virus.

    What illness does the measles virus cause? Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness. It causes a high fever (up to 105° F), cough, nasal congestion, and conjunctivitis (inflammation of transparent covering of the eye), followed by a rash that appears as a flat, red area with small bumps. The rash usually appears 14 days after a person is exposed and can spread all over the body. Patients are considered to be contagious from 4 days before to 4 days after the rash appears. Some high-risk patients do not develop the rash.

    How does measles spread? Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases. Up to 9 out of 10 susceptible persons with close contact to a measles patient will develop measles. The virus is spread by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Measles virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after the infected person leaves the area.

    Who is at high risk for contracting measles? Anyone born after 1957 who has not been vaccinated is at a high risk for contracting measles. Infants and children younger than 5 years old, adults over the age of 20, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems are at a high risk for having complications from measles.

    What are common complications from measles? Pneumonia, bronchitis, and diarrhea are common complications.

    • One out of every 1,000 measles cases will develop acute encephalitis, often resulting in permanent brain damage.
    • One or two out of every 1,000 children who become infected with measles will die from respiratory or neurological complications.

    How can I prevent getting the measles? There is only one sure way to prevent contracting measles, and that is through vaccination. The vaccine is usually given as a combination MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). The MMRV vaccine can be used for children aged 12 months through 12 years for protection against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chicken pox). One dose of MMR vaccine is approximately 93% effective at preventing measles. Two doses are approximately 97% effective.

    What can I do if there has been a confirmed or suspected case of measles in my facility? Whoever has a confirmed or suspected case of measles should stay home for four days after developing the rash. Ask your doctor when it is safe to be around other people again.

    Good practices to stop the spread of any disease:

    • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and put used tissues in the trashcan. If you do not have a tissue, cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
    • Avoid sharing drinks or food utensils.
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, tables, and counters. Standard disinfectants will readily kill the measles virus.

    Why have we seen such an increase in measles? I thought the disease was eradicated in the US? Measles is still common in many parts of the world, including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the US. Measles spread when these travelers visit US communities with pockets of unvaccinated people. As of April 26th, 22 states have reported measles cases.

    Betco has a complete line of skin care products and programs to encourage frequent handwashing and also has numerous disinfectants that help reduce disease transmission.

  • Hand Hygiene Products and Preservatives

    May 02, 2019

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    Many cosmetic products, a category that includes hand hygiene products, are close to a neutral pH and contain a considerable amount of water. Under these conditions, any environmental contamination could cause rapid bacterial growth and spoil the product.

    Proliferation of bacteria is particularly problematic with regard to regular and antibacterial hand soaps and cleansers, as bacteria can overwhelm any active ingredients and render the product ineffective, ultimately leading to increased spread of potentially harmful germs.

    In order to inhibit undesirable bacterial growth, preservatives are commonly used in hand hygiene and other cosmetic products. To properly defend products against contamination, it is important that manufacturers use a preservative package that is effective against a variety of bacteria, yeasts, and molds. One of the most common preservative packages is MCI/MI: a combination of methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone. The MCI component provides quick initial protection from contamination, while the MI component holds off bacteria in the long term. 

    Although preservatives like MCI/MI often get a bad reputation, these and all other ingredients in cosmetic products such as soaps and cleansers are regulated by the FDA to ensure the safety of consumers. It is true that MCI/MI has been associated with skin irritation, but those associations were largely formed in previous decades with relation to leave-on products and when MCI/MI was used at higher concentrations. Now primarily used in rinse-off products and at much lower concentrations, rates of contact allergy or irritation from MCI/MI in rinse-off products are extremely low. Indeed, MCI/MI has been repeatedly proven safe for use in rinse-off cosmetic products at concentrations up to 15 ppm.

    Beyond the FDA, MCI/MI has been ruled safe for use in rinse-off products at appropriate concentrations by other organizations, such as the Cosmetic Ingredient Review and the European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety. Neither MCI nor MI have been listed by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a known, probable, or possible human carcinogen.

    MCI/MI is an effective preservative package that plays a crucial role in maintaining the efficacy of cosmetic products, including hand hygiene products. When products that contain preservatives are manufactured as stipulated by regulatory agencies and used as directed by consumers, the preservatives therein are not only safe, but are furthermore necessary to safeguard the health of consumers. Betco is committed to using preservatives to maintain hand hygiene products that are both safe and effective for the end user. 

  • At Betco®, Every Day Is Earth Day!

    Apr 22, 2019

    Our dedication to sustainability has a long legacy, and being environmentally responsible is a company standard all year long.

    Earth Day

    We're committed to developing solutions that meet or exceed health and environmental standards, with sustainable products performing equal to or better than conventional products. All of our sustainable products are:

    • Certified by a third party or Green Earth® standards
    • Tested by external or internal labs
    • Proven by use in successful programs for over 30 years

    Learn more about some of the latest innovations on our ongoing sustainability journey!

  • Introducing the iBet® App

    Apr 03, 2019

    Learn, train, and develop with the new Betco® iBet® app, now available on the App Store or Google Play. The app features access to Betco University, an extensive video library, Betco’s product cross-reference tool, and more!

    iBet App

    • Offline capabilities afford you the freedom to work from anywhere
    • App format allows you to perform actions with speed unmatched by websites
    • Intuitive interface makes navigation a breeze for all users
    • As always, iBet facility resources are free to use


    Get in the know while you’re on the go. Learn more.


  • Polish off Your Spring Cleaning with Polished Concrete

    Mar 27, 2019

    Polished Concrete

    A Brief History
    The invention of concrete can be traced back to 6500 B.C., but this concrete—used for floors, walls, and reservoirs on the Arabian Peninsula—was not polished. The Egyptians used concrete in the building of the Great Pyramids, but that was also unpolished. Romans used concrete in vast amounts during the construction of their cities but, yet again, unpolished.

    Polished concrete, as we know it today, was accidentally developed in the early 1990s in a Tunisian palace by workers. They polished the floor dry, and as a byproduct of their mistake, sparked a fervor for polished concrete that took off around the world. 

    Modern Times

    In modern times, there are 3 different types of polished concrete floors, for which the Concrete Polishing Association of America created standards:

    1. Bonded abrasive polished concrete floors are achieved using a machine to cut fine microscopic peaks and valleys.
    2. Burnished polished concrete floors are achieved using friction and abrasive pads on a machine.
    3. Topical polished concrete floors are achieved using an applied liquid coating, delivering a polished gloss.

    The Betco Crete Rx™ System is the simplest concrete system on the market and exceeds the standards set forth for bonded abrasive and burnished polished concrete floors. Our innovative process seamlessly integrates chemicals, pads, and tools to achieve better-looking floors, with a depth of gloss and stain resistance in less time, with no liquid coating necessary. Learn more here.

  • Introducing Dye-Free, Fragrance-Free Detergent

    Mar 22, 2019

    The latest addition to Betco®’s laundry list of innovations, Dye-Free, Fragrance-Free Detergent delivers the same high-caliber clean without the risk of allergy or sensitivity from exposure to perfumes and dyes.

    Dye-Free, Fragrance-Free Detergent• Blended surfactant technology banishes a variety of heavy soils for a no-fuss, one-wash clean.
    • Anti-redesposition agents prevent dulling and keep your linens looking pristine use after use.
    • Ultra-concentration and suitability for cold water boost sustainability while slashing end-use-cost.
    • Freedom from fragrances and colorants ensures the safety and satisfaction of all your customers.


    Enjoy the Symplicity™ of Dye-Free, Fragrance-Free Detergent. Learn more.

  • Introducing FastMix™ Dilution Management System

    Mar 11, 2019

    This new closed dilution control system combines the benefits of dilution management with the advantages of tote packaging. FastMix uses nozzles of 2 different sizes at low- and high-flow rates to automatically dilute chemical and fill spray bottles, mop buckets, and autoscrubbers.

    FastMix• Ultra-concentrated formulas slash cost-in-use up to 15%
    • Accurate dilution eliminates wasted chemical and ensures cleaning consistency
    • Closed liquid system enhances safety by reducing potential splash and spills
    • Fill times up to 20% faster boost productivity
    • Totes are reusable and/or recyclable and use approximately 30% less floor space


    Let FastMix put you on the fast track to increased savings, safety, and efficiency. Learn more.

  • Introducing MRO 360 Industrial Manufacturing Program

    Mar 11, 2019

    MRO 360 is a new, fully customizable industrial manufacturing program that uses 5S lean principles to enhance safety, eliminate waste, and boost productivity. Do more with less!

    MRO 360

    • Innovative equipment saves time and reduces safety risk, including no-mess chemical mangement systems
    • High-performing cleaning and sanitation products ensure cleaner, healthier environments in lockers/restrooms, production, and office areas
    • Simple and easy tools, like audit forms and decision maps, give you the edge to deliver more customer value and increase sales

    Whether it’s hand care, industrial floors, or surface cleaning, MRO 360 has you covered from every angle. Learn more.

  • Introducing the Stealth™ ASO20BT Orbital Scrubber

    Jan 09, 2019

    This 20-inch automatic scrubber is a dual-function powerhouse that excels in both daily cleaning and stripper-free finish removal, allowing you to save time and do more.

    Stealth Orbital Scrubber

    • Best-in-class, 110-lb. down pressure guarantees one-pass cleaning and finish removal for increased productivity
    • Reduce slip/fall hazards and finish removal labor by over 80% compared to chemical stripping
    • Low 60s dba sound levels are non-disruptive even in noise-sensitive environments
    • Built to last with rugged, high-performance scrub deck and best overall warranty, including 2-year isolator warranty



    Put inferior machines to pasture and upgrade to the Stealth Orbital Scrubber workhorse. Learn more.

  • The Science behind Handwashing

    Oct 15, 2018

    Handwashing

    One of the best ways to protect yourself against germs and viruses is to clean your hands. Since 80% of germs and viruses are spread by hands, experts are zeroing in on simple hygiene to help curb the spread of illnesses like the flu.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows the science behind handwashing and how washing your hands with soap and water removes germs and viruses from hands. 
    Here’s how to wash your hands according to the CDC:

    1. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
      • Why? Using soap to wash hands is more effective than using water alone because the surfactants in soap lift soil and microbes from skin, and people tend to scrub hands more thoroughly when using soap, which further removes germs.
    2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to clean all surfaces on your hands (backs of your hands, between your fingers, under your nails, etc).
      • Why? Lathering and scrubbing hands creates friction, which helps lift dirt, grease, and microbes from skin.  Microbes are present on all surfaces of the hand, often in particularly high concentration under the nails, so the entire hand should be scrubbed.
    3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
      • Why? Based on several global studies and research, the optimal length of time to wash hands is 20 seconds. This removes more germs from hands than washing for shorter periods.
    4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
      • Why? Soap and friction help lift dirt, grease, and microbes—including disease-causing germs—from skin so they can then be rinsed off of hands. Rinsing the soap away also minimizes skin irritation.
    5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
      • Why? Germs can be transferred more easily to and from wet hands; therefore, hands should be dried after washing.

     

    Germs-Lurking

    Germs are Always Lurking

    Handwashing helps prevent infections because:

    • Germs can enter our bodies through our eyes, nose and mouths. People frequently touch these areas with their hands – which come in contact with an average of 10 million germs per day.
    • Germs from unwashed hands can get into food and drinks. Sometimes, germs can even multiply in certain food or drinks under certain conditions and make people sick.
    • Germs know no boundaries – unwashed hands can transfer germs to multiple objects and surfaces like door knobs, table tops, toys or keyboards. These germs will linger on the surface until they’re eventually transferred to someone else’s hands.
    • Removing germs through handwashing can help prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections, and could even prevent skin and eye infections.

    By changing handwashing behavior, we can help individuals and their communities stay healthy. In fact, by simply washing our hands, we can:

    • Reduce the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%
    • Reduce diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
    • Reduce respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%
    • Protect approximately 1 in 3 children who get sick

    Ready to improve hand hygiene in your workplace? Implement the Compass® Program from Betco®. Compass is the only program that guides users to proper hand hygiene as recommended by the CDC. Click here to learn more.

    To learn more about the science behind handwashing, click here.

  • Flu Season Tip: Wash Your Hands

    Oct 01, 2018

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    October 1st is here! But before you get that fall feeling, make sure you protect yourself against the flu feeling, too. 

    October officially marks the beginning of the flu season. While influenza viruses are detected all year-round in the U.S., flu activity often begins to increase in the fall. Viruses that cause a common cold and the flu can spread easily. Shaking hands, opening a door and even petting an animal can result in germ-filled hands. In fact, 80% of germs and viruses are spread by your hands. By touching your eyes, nose and mouth you can infect yourself.

    But don’t worry – there’s an easy way to combat these germs. It starts with washing your hands.

    Samuel N. Grief, MD, an associate professor of clinical family medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago, says “Hand washing is the best way to prevent colds and other respiratory and infectious diseases that are transmitted by hand to mouth or hand to nose and eye contact…soap acts as a vehicle to trap the germs that are loosened by the act of rubbing your hands together under water. These germs can then be rinsed away by the water."

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    Wash Your Hands the Right Way

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a six step process for washing hands. It only takes 20 seconds and is one of the best proactive methods to disinfecting your hands to stop the spread of germs and viruses.

    Here’s how to wash your hands the right way:

    • Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to clean all surfaces on your hands (backs of your hands, between your fingers, under your nails, etc).
    • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
    • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
    The most important part to remember is to scrub your hands for 20 seconds – this is proven to trap the germs and wash them right down the drain! By using this model for hand hygiene, you can protect yourself and others from the spread of germs.

    Don't Spread Germs and Viruses to Others

    Want to improve hand hygiene in your workplace? Implement the Compass Program from Betco®. Compass is the only program that guides users to proper hand hygiene as recommended by the CDC. Click here to learn more.
  • A Quick Guide to Calculating Dilution Ratios

    Sep 24, 2018

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    Let’s face it – calculating dilution ratios can be complicated.

    Since cleaning products can have different dilution ratios, it’s important to understand how to properly dilute the product. Here’s a quick guide to help get you there.

    Starting with the Basics

    Always remember that there are 128 ounces in one gallon. This is important to know when working with dilution ratios. 

    Dilution ratios are expressed in two ways:

    1. Typically, you’ll see dilution ratios expressed as 1 to a given number such as 1:256.

    If a dilution ratio is expressed in this way, you will have to calculate the ounces per gallon.

    A common method to determine ounces per gallon is to take 128 (because that’s how many ounces are in a gallon) and divide it by the ratio number. Like this:

    128 ÷ ratio number = ounces per gallon

    Now let’s plug in some numbers! For example, a product that has a dilution ratio of 1:256 would be calculated like this: 

    128 ÷ 256 = .5 ounces per gallon

    In this example, 256 is our ratio number and by plugging it into our formula, we can determine how many ounces per gallon of product is needed.

    2. Dilution ratios can also be expressed in terms of ounces per gallon such as .5 ounces per gallon – no math needed here!

    Both ways mean the same thing – you would mix one part of the product to 256 parts water. This means that the gallon of product will make 257 total gallons of solution because to mix the proper solution, you would take the gallon of product and add 256 gallons of water which equals 257 total gallons.

    Dilution-Ratios

    Dilution Ratio Cheat Sheet

    Take the guesswork out of it! To help keep things simple, here are some common dilution ratios:

    Ounces per Gallon Dilution Ratios 
     ¼ ounce per gallon  1:512
     ½ ounce per gallon  1:256 
     1 ounce per gallon  1:128 
     2 ounces per gallon  1:64 
     4 ounces per gallon  1:32
     5 ounces per gallon  1:26 (1:25.6 rounded)
     6 ounces per gallon  1:21 (commonly considered 1:20)
     8 ounces per gallon  1:16 
     12 ounces per gallon  1:10

    Need a Metric Calculation?

    Metric calculations such as liters can also be calculated. You just need to convert the metric figures to gallons or ounces prior to starting. Common metric volume measurements and their English equivalents are listed below:

    1 quart = 0.946 mL
    1 gallon = 3.785 liters
    1 liter = 0.264 gallons
    4 liters = 1.056 gallons
  • Introducing the Newest Member of the Crete Rx™ Family - the CM30!

    Sep 24, 2018

    A small investment turns big profits and delivers huge savings.

    The new CM30 Pre-Polished Concrete Maintainer machine delivers Crete Rx™ performance with a purchase price over 40% lower than traditional concrete polishing machines.

    Here's what to expect from the new CM30:

    - Pays for Itself Guarantee - CM30 virtually pays for itself in as little as 10,000 sq. ft.!
    - Beautiful polished Crete Rx floors in as little as 1-2 passes per tool.
    - Nationwide equipment service and support.
    - Durable heavy-duty, thick steel construction with top-of-class 3-year warranty.

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    Discover how this new, affordable machine fits into the revolutionary Crete Rx family - click here to learn more!
  • Teach Germs a Lesson: Hand Washing to Fight Back-to-School Germs and Viruses

    Aug 15, 2018

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    It’s that time of year when school bells ring, classrooms are filled and children are back to school. But, students and staff aren’t the only things that fill the halls …

    One of the most common interruptions during back-to-school season are germs and viruses. In fact, 80% of all infections spread from hand-to-hand contact. It’s no wonder why over 22 million school days are lost each year due to the common cold.

    This back-to-school season, protecting students and staff from sickly germs and viruses can be done with one simple solution – hand washing. 

    Many diseases and conditions are spread by improper hand washing. Germs and viruses from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects like door handles, table tops or toys and then transferred to another person’s hands. One of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs and viruses to others is by keeping hands clean.

    Implementing a hand hygiene program at schools is a must and it’s a fact that good habits start when we are young. Learning the proper technique for hand washing proves to be valuable for a lifetime of healthy hand hygiene practices. When implementing a hand hygiene program, a school is committed to a healthy atmosphere for children, staff and families. Not to mention, hand washing with soap could protect approximately 1 in 3 children who get sick, improving attendance and increasing dollars for the school.

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    Here are some quick tips to teach germs and viruses a lesson:

    • Wash hands frequently – make sure hands are washed before eating, after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing and after recess.
    • Follow the CDC model for hand washing – wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and clean water.
    • Place hand sanitizer outside the restroom door for use after leaving the restroom.
    • Don’t spread germs to others – stay at home when you are sick.

    No touch is germ-free, but when it comes to keeping students and staff healthy throughout the school year, prevention by hand washing protects them from the spread of germs and viruses.

    Want to reduce absenteeism at your school? Implement the Compass® Program from Betco®. Compass is the only Active Learning™ Hand Washing System that follows the CDC guidelines. Click here to learn more.

  • Poor Handwashing Leads to Cross-Contamination

    Jul 06, 2018

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    People are spreading dangerous bacteria around and don’t even realize it. The cause – improper handwashing.

    A recent study from the US Department of Agriculture shows that 97% of people who wash their hands are doing it wrong. This may seem strange as popular belief tells us that as long as you wash your hands, you’re germ-free. 

    Handwashing may seem like a simple task – however, most people don’t wash their hands according to the recommended Centers for Disease Control model (the one that’s actually proven to prevent germ spread and cross-contamination).

    A separate study done in 2013 by Michigan State University found that only 5% of people washed their hands according to the CDC model. This lack of proper handwashing contributes to the CDC’s staggering numbers like:

    • 48 million Americans are sickened by foodborne illnesses each year
    • 90,000 people die from Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) each year
    • Over 22 million school days are lost due to the common cold each year

    Handwashing

    How do we break our poor handwashing habits and change our handwashing behavior? By following the CDC model – it only takes 20 seconds.

    Here’s a simple break-down you can follow to make sure you are doing a good job when washing your hands:

    Step 1: Wet your hands with clean, running water.

    Step 2: Turn off the water and apply enough soap to cover your hands.

    Step 3: Scrub, scrub, scrub! Make sure you get the backs of your hands, under your nails and in-between your fingers.

    Step 4: Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

    Step 5: Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

    Step 6: Dry your hands with a clean, single-use towel or air dry them.

    Pro-tip: Want to take extra precautions? Place hand sanitizer outside the restroom door and use it after you leave the restroom.

    Think about it – no touch is germ-free. When we wash our hands correctly, we prevent the spread of germs and viruses to others.

    Want to teach people in your facility how to wash their hands the right way? Implement the Compass® Hand Hygiene Program from Betco® today! Click here to learn more.

  • Top Tools to Manage Your Facility Maintenance Plan

    Jun 19, 2018

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    There’s a lot that goes into managing a facility. That’s why we’ve developed iBet®. From training and maintenance to evaluation, the iBet Facility Resources Suite makes managing your facility maintenance plan easier.

    Consisting of six cloud-based applications, iBet is designed specifically to help cleaning and sales professionals assess, plan, implement, reinforce and manage the cleaning programs for their facility maintenance plan. Quite frankly, these tools are impressive!

    iBet Facility Maintenance

    Here’s a breakdown of the great tools in iBet and how they can help you manage your facility better:

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    Enjoy on-site and online training for your new and experienced cleaning and sales professionals. Keep employees engaged via learning everything there is to know — from those who know the most.

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    Charter

    Easily make custom wall charts to define the chemicals in use in your facility and how to use them properly. Nothing beats a quick cheat sheet right where you need it.

    Task

    Create customized visual aids with step-by-step instructions that make it easy for professionals to understand cleaning procedures, even guiding them to specific chemical products and equipment. Looking good!

    Inspector_Facility-MaintenanceInspector

    Increase efficiency and reduce costs by creating market segment-specific surveys to find out what changes need to be made in a cleaning and maintenance program. Together, we’ll get some answers!

    Estimator

    Assess your facility’s needs by estimating labor, general cleaning and floor care costs plus equipment ROI. Then see how converting to Betco’s superior innovative chemical and equipment solutions can improve every operation — in every way.

    iBet-Proposer_300x200Proposer

    Build modern, professional proposals that sales representatives can use in showcasing the advantages of using a custom cleaning and maintenance program (like a Betco® program). Presenting the total package has never been so simple!



    Betco is all about comprehensive programs for high quality cleaning and facility maintenance solutions. Making your life easier is what gives us — and you — the competitive advantage.

    To learn more about Betco’s proprietary iBet Facility Resources Suite, click here.

  • Introducing the New Optima XR Propane Burnisher!

    Jun 14, 2018

    This is not just another propane burnisher. This is a propane burnisher that goes further - reducing your propane refills by up to 44 tanks per year vs. the leading competitor.

    With comparable pricing, the Optima XR's Xtended Run capabilities are extremely fuel efficient - making this machine a totally unique offering that helps save thousands in fuel and labor costs.

    Optima XR

    Discover how you can save a truckload of propane - click here to calculate your fuel savings now!
  • 2017-18 Flu Season Recap: Wash Your Hands

    May 23, 2018

    Handwashing

    The Centers for Disease Control reports that the 2017–18 flu season had the highest rate of flu-related hospitalizations on record since this type of surveillance began. The FluView report includes preliminary cumulative rates as of May 12, 2018. According to the Health and Human Services department, annual hospitalizations from influenza have ranged from 140,000 to 710,000 since 2010 and there is an average of 24,000 deaths per year.

    As the peak of flu season ends, it’s important to remember one of the best defenses for stopping the spread of germs: hand hygiene.

    Handwashing

    With 80% of germs transmitted by hand-to-hand contact, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. This flu season the highest rate of infection was among older adults aged 65 years and older, followed by adults between the ages of 50-65. As the baby-boomer population ages and requires more care, the impact of hand hygiene in nursing homes is extremely important for infection control, and it starts with following the model for proper hand hygiene.

    The Science behind Handwashing

    The Centers for Disease Control recommends a six step process for washing hands. It only takes 20 seconds and is one of the best proactive methods to disinfecting your hands to stop the spread of germs.

    • Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to clean all surfaces on your hands (backs of your hands, between your fingers, under your nails, etc).
    • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
    • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

    This model for proper hand washing has been proven to remove the tiny microbes, germs and bacteria that may inhabit your hands throughout the day. By staying compliant with this model for hand hygiene, you can protect yourself and others from the spread of germs.

    Want to increase hand hygiene compliance in your workplace? Implement the Compass Program from Betco®. Compass is the only program that guides users to proper hand hygiene as recommended by the CDC. Click here to learn more.

  • Introducing New Sink Station Dispensers!

    May 15, 2018
    Better dispensers, less hassle, same price.

    Betco's new Sink Station Dispensers were designed specifically for ease of use:

    - No individual metering tips - metering is built into the dispenser

    - End user selects dilution with an easy dial setting

    - More robust body keeps dispensers running even longer for the same price

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    Click here to learn more about Betco's new Sink Station Dispensers!
  • Glybet™ III: A disinfectant you trust!

    May 15, 2018
    Glybet-IIIGlybet™ III (1086) is a new formula that disinfects and deodorizes surfaces with great claims killing:

    • Influenza A and B Virus
    • Streptococcus Hemolyticus (Strep)
    • Salmonella
    • Pseudomonas
    • Staphylococcus
    • VRE
    • MRSA

    This Tuberculocidal Disinfectant is available in a ready-to-use aerosol. Click here to learn more!





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