• By SC Johnson Professional

    Summer is almost over, which means students, faculty and staff are returning to educational facilities that have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Germs within a school are unavoidable but following proper cleaning protocols can aid in preventing the spread of germs and harmful pathogens.

    When preparing to reopen, facility managers should take a wholistic approach to maintain a safe and healthy environment. From installing additional hand hygiene stations to properly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, consider the following best practices to help with a successful start to the new school year:

    • Keep hand hygiene products stocked: According to the CDC, hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others.[1]  Without access to hand soap or hand sanitizer it’s difficult to ensure proper handwashing protocols, so stock facilities with soaps that remove more than 99% of dirt and germs and contain skin moisturizers to help prevent dry skin, like SC Johnson Professional Refresh Foam Soap. When soap and water aren’t available, consider providing alcohol-free hand sanitizer that eliminates up to 99.99% of many type of common germs in as little as 15 seconds, like  SC Johnson Professional InstantFOAM™ Non-Alcohol Pure hand sanitizer or with 80% alcohol that kills 99.9999% of common germs in as little as 15 seconds, like InstantFOAM™ Complete Pure hand sanitizer.
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces: High-touch surfaces can be breeding grounds for germs and harmful pathogens if not cleaned properly. Surfaces such as door handles, tables, desks, chairs, and light switches should be wiped down multiple times a day to reduce the spread of germs. Facility managers can use a multi-surface disinfectant such as Windex Multi-Surface Disinfectant Sanitizer Cleaner that kills 99.9% of germs when used as directed. Or try Trushot™ Disinfectant Cleaner, Restroom Cleaner & Disinfectant.  A fast and effective one-step spray and wipe virucide and disinfectant
    • Follow label instructions and contact times: To properly disinfect surfaces, facility managers should follow product labels that include safety and application instructions. Some products have specific contact times that need to be followed for effectiveness. If a product has a contact time of two minutes, that means that the surface should remain wet with the disinfectant for at least two minutes. Wiping away the product before the two minutes have passed can decrease the product’s effectiveness.
    • Revitalize floor surfaces:  While students are on break, take the opportunity to revitalize your floors for the new school year. Floors can be one of a school’s most expensive assets and tend to experience the most wear and tear. Day-to-day foot traffic creates scratches, and worn areas and soils become embedded in the flooring which can cause mold growth and floor discoloration. To combat this, use a floor care products such as the SC Johnson Professional Floor Care System, which includes a stripper, finish and a cleaner that is low-odor and easy to work with on a daily basis. Implementing preventative measures, such as scrubbing and recoating regularly, along with corrective measures when necessary, helps reduce floor maintenance costs and can protect a school’s flooring.


    Now more than ever, it’s important to follow cleaning protocols closely in order to avoid spreading germs. The emergence of COVID-19 demonstrated just how important it is to ramp up cleaning processes along with using the right products to keep building occupants safe and healthy.

  • By SC Johnson Professional

    Floors tend to experience the most wear and tear within a building. Well-maintained floors can generate a positive experience for customers and give unity to a facility. Knowing how to properly care for floors after long periods of high traffic and inclement weather is key in promoting a positive brand image and protecting one of a building’s most expensive assets – its floors.

    It is important to understand how products work and which ones to use for specific applications. For example, floor finishes or coatings provide an aesthetically pleasing environment while extending the life of floors. Day-to-day foot traffic creates scratches and worn areas. Dirt and bacteria can accumulate in these areas, causing mold growth and floor discoloration. High-quality finishes, such as SC Johnson Professional® Ready-To-Use Multi-Surface Floor Finish Plus Sealer, adhere to most flooring substrates and provide excellent resistance to scuffs, heel marks and dirt embedment, keeping floors shiny and protected.

    If the floor finish in high-trafficked areas remains in good condition even after long periods  of time and use, facility managers may only have to clean floors thoroughly, which involves deep scrubbing with a product such as SC Johnson Professional® Multi-Surface Heavy Duty Neutral Floor Cleaner. Deep scrubbing involves removing the embedded soils from the floor, which prepares it for added layers of floor finish. This mildly aggressive process occurs when the floor is heavily soiled, gloss is low, and should be implemented to avoid significant degradation of the floor finish from heavy traffic. However, if the floor finish is considered ‘dull’ or ‘unresponsive’ to a scrub and recoat, and has major yellow discolorations, dark spots or any other stains, facility managers may have to strip the floor.

    When floors have not been maintained properly, the continuous buildup of dirt and bacteria becomes embedded in the floor covering and floor stripping is necessary. High quality floor strippers, such as SC Johnson Professional Hyper Concentrate Floor Stripper, allow you to efficiently strip layers of floor finish from your floor while minimizing overall disruption to the facility. If floors aren’t maintained regularly during the throughout the year, the chances of having to strip the floors increases. At Cornell University, a high-traffic Ivy League university, their experience with the low odor formulation expanded opportunities to schedule necessary floor care work. Chris Mott, a purchasing agent in Facilities and Campus Services for Cornell University said: “We no longer have to strip and wax floors at 3 a.m. to keep people away from odor. We can do our work at any time of day.”  

    It’s important for facility managers to keep up with regularly scheduled maintenance tasks. Implementing preventative measures, such as scrubbing and recoating regularly, along with corrective measures when necessary, helps reduce floor maintenance costs and protects an organization’s flooring.

    Designed to improve the way maintenance professionals work, the SC Johnson Professional Floor Care System, which includes a stripper, finish and a cleaner, seamlessly integrates into most existing workflows and requires minimal training. The low-odor system makes it pleasant to work with on a daily basis and is ideal for scent-sensitive environments such as hospitals, institutions and schools. According to Mott, his group has pared 13 different floor finishing products down to two – depending on the type of floor – and Cornell University now uses just one floor cleaner. In the case of Cornell University, switching to the SC Johnson Professional Floor Care System helped simplify floor care operations. A year ago, their Building Care used eight floor-stripping chemical products: now they utilize just one three-product system across their campus.

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  • How to Practice Safe Hand Hygiene

    5/5/2020 7:26:36 PM +00:00

    By SC Johnson Professional

    May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day, which is a global call for workers across all industries to slow the spread of germs by handwashing. Proper handwashing includes using soap, water and washing for at least 20 seconds. A 2011 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that washing with soap and water can reduce the presence of bacteria associated with diarrheal disease by up to 23% and slow the spread of harmful bacteria from fecal origin.

    Hand hygiene may seem like common sense, but studies show this is not the case. According to a 2013 study in the Journal of Environmental Health completed by Michigan State University, only 5% of people wash their hands long enough to kill germs and only two in three people use soap when handwashing.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20% of respiratory infections and about 30% of diarrhea-related illnesses can be prevented if proper hand hygiene practices are followed[1]. If workers and employers promote proper handwashing procedures and follow them diligently, it can reduce the spread of illness-causing bacteria.

    The Importance of Hand Hygiene

    Handwashing can prevent a variety of germs from spreading. In the restaurant industry, 89% of food borne illnesses are caused by germs transferring from improperly washed hands to the food.[2]Proper handwashing can[3]:

    • Reduce the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23 – 40%
    • Reduce diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
    • Reduce respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16 – 20%
    • Reduce absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness for school children by 29 – 57%

    It’s critical for workers to wash their hands regularly. Workers must have clean hands to help stop the spread of harmful bacteria throughout a facility.

    How and When to Wash

    To prevent the spread of germs, the CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. While washing, lather the back of hands, between fingers and under fingernails. This creates friction, which helps effectively remove dirt and germs from skin. Finally, dry hands using a clean towel. Facilities can offer soaps that deliver antimicrobial efficacy of up to 99.999% for a variety of Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria, such as SC Johnson Professional’s Refresh AntiBac Foam

    When soap isn’t readily available, make alcohol hand sanitizers available to employees, like SC Johnson Professional’s InstanFOAM Complete sanitizer with 80% alcohol. When using hand sanitizer, use similar motions to handwashing – rub hands together for at least 20 seconds and make sure hands are fully dry when complete.

    According to the CDC it’s especially critical for workers to wash their hands:

    • Before, during, and after preparing food.
    • Before and after eating food
    • Before and after treating a cut or wound
    • After using the toilet
    • After nose blowing, coughing or sneezing
    • After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
    • After touching garbage


    Following these practices can help mitigate crucial danger points for germs transferring from workers’ hands to other surfaces or people. Wash hands frequently and correctly is essential to preventing the spread of germs.

    By keeping these recommendations in mind, employees can help stop the spread of illness-causing bacteria and keep everyone in the facility safer.

  • The State of the Heavy-Duty Hand Cleanser

    4/29/2020 8:51:00 PM +00:00

    Industrial workers frequently come into contact with a variety of contaminants and dirt, resulting in need of regular daily handwashing. Constant handwashing can lead to dehydrated and cracked skin, early symptoms of a common condition known as dermatitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 90-95% of occupational skin disorders are related to contact dermatitis, with irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) accounting for 80% of cases.

    ICD is caused by repeated contact with hazardous workplace substances and can be exacerbated by using heavy duty hand cleansers and/or solvents that are harsh to the skin. It begins with redness and irritation, with occasional swelling. Over time, employees in the industrial sector perceive this issue to be a routine or acceptable side effect of manual work, which has contributed to a tolerance of unreported and untreated painful skin conditions. It’s estimated that the total annual costs associated with occupational skin diseases, including lost workdays and loss of productivity, can reach $1 billion annually

    What can environmental health and safety professionals do to help reduce the risk of ICD’s?  Offer a hand cleanser that has been designed to meet the cleaning needs of the worker but is also gentle to the skin with natural non-abrasive scrubbing agents, like SC Johnson Professional’s Solopol ® GFX ™.

    As the world’s only heavy-duty foam hand cleanser with grit, Solopol GFX contains natural, non-abrasive scrubbing agents such as biodegradable cornmeal and olive pit scrubbers that don’t damage the skin. Its unique, patented foaming technology allows the liquid to grow into five times its original volume, which means less product is used per handwash, potentially resulting in cost savings.

    Additional benefits of Solopol® GFX™ include:

    High Efficiency Use: The patented, unique foam format delivers optimum amount of product required for an effective hand wash. It provides up to 42% more hand washes per liter compared to traditional hand cleansers.

    Economic Advantage: The instant foam spreads rapidly and easily to emulsify dirt and grime for a thorough cleansing. Customers get nearly twice as many washes compared to common 2L formats.

    Better Cleaning Power: It out cleans traditional heavy-duty cleansers but uses half as much product.

    Better Post-Use Feeling: The product lacks skin damaging ingredients like petroleum distillates or pumice, which eliminates dry, rough or cracked-feeling skin after use.

    Environmentally Responsible: It is the only heavy-duty hand cleanser with USDA BioPreferred, UL ECOLOGO and Green Seal certifications.

    Occupational Skin Disorders are serious skin conditions and should be treated as such. It’s important for employers to provide products that are well-formulated for the workplace. Using a product that has been designed to be effective and gentle to the skin with non-abrasive scrubbers will help keep employees more productive and improve a business’s bottom line.

    If you’re not sure which product to use, refer to SC Johnson Professional’s Quick/Dirty Reference Guide or explore the Compatibility Tool Selector to help select the best products for your need.

  • April 2, 2020

    2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2)


    On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) was identified as the causative virus by Chinese authorities on January 7, 2020.

    Coronaviruses (CoV) are ‘enveloped viruses’ belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

    2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

    Coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

    • the air by coughing and sneezing
    • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
    • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
    • rarely, fecal contamination


    There are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection. WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

    •  Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
    • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
    •  Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
    • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
    • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
    • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices. 

    Proper Hand Hygiene

    As a refresher on proper hand-washing technique using soap and water, please reference our hand washing video. To see SC Johnson Professional hand wash and hand sanitizer options visit our website.

    It is important to note that under FDA regulations, it is prohibited to discuss or promote antiviral claims for hand sanitizers or hand
    cleansers in the United States without a new drug application. SC Johnson Professional hand sanitizers and hand cleansers do not have a
    new drug application and have not been tested against this strain of coronavirus.

    EPA Guidance for Surface Disinfection

    The SC Johnson Professional products listed below have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, the items listed below can be used against 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) when used in accordance with the directions for use against Norovirus on hard, non-porous surfaces. Refer to the CDC website for additional information.

    SKU #Product NameEPA Reg. #Follow Label Directions against the stated virus (contact time)
    689945TruShot® Disinfectant Cleaner – Restroom Cleaner and Disinfectant6836-348-89900Feline Calicivirus
    689950TruShot® Disinfectant Cleaner – For Hospitals6836-348-89900Feline Calicivirus
    680068Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner6836-78-89900Norovirus

    311930 &
    311836 / 10054600000325

    fantastik® Multi-Surface Disinfectant Degreaser89900-3Rotavirus
    313358 / 10025700004766Scrubbing Bubbles® Disinfectant Restroom Cleaner89900-2Rotavirus
    682265 &
    682266 / 10019800707689
    Windex Multi-Surface Disinfectant Sanitizer Cleaner4822-593-89900Rhinovirus Type 37


    Status of Additional Disinfectant Products

    SC Johnson Professional is aware of the US EPA’s Emerging Pathogen policy as it relates to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) and has submitted applications to US EPA for the qualifying products. We will communicate EPA’s approval of our applications upon receipt.


    You can learn more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) outbreak at CDC and WHO websites.

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