The Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), which is an ISSA Division, has announced the choices of its new outreach program called the ARCSI Regional Ambassadors. The Regional Ambassadors will act as a personal liaison to ARCSI and its membership as well as to be a voice for the industry of residential cleaning on a regional basis.
ARCSI Regional Ambassadors include:
- Marlo Kanipe, Deserved Comfort House Cleaning, Columbia, South Carolina
- Robin Murphy, Maid Brigade, White Plains, New York
- Amber Starling, Good Witch Cleaning Services LLC, Manhattan, Kansas
- Stacey Conkle, A Beautiful Day Cleaning, Prairie Grove, Arkansas
- TJ Fruichantie, Meticulous Man Services LLC, Nampa, Idaho.
“One of the biggest benefits of being a member of ARCSI is connecting with other success-minded residential cleaning business owners,” said Jeannie Henderson, ISSA Residential Cleaning Council Chair. “Our Regional Ambassadors will be another connection point, working in their regions to bring members together.”
Regional Ambassadors can be described as successful home cleaning business owners who have put in time and effort in the ARCSI participation and enjoyed the benefits. They plan to discuss their experiences and knowledge with other owners of cleaning companies.
“I joined ARCSI in 2014 when I was seeking assistance in expanding my business in the field of cleaning. I learned that ARCSI was committed to helping cleaning businesses such as myself become more effective business owners and leaders in the industry of cleaning.” stated Fruichantie. “I continue to be a member of ARCSI first and foremost because of the relationships I’ve built by being a member and also because of the great educational and ongoing learning offered to its members.”
Learn information about the Regional Ambassador Program and look out for ways to get in touch with the ARCSI’s Regional Ambassadors.
The Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI) was founded in 2003 to aid homeowners of residential cleaning services with beginning, promoting, and expanding their businesses. ARCSI was merged with ISSA on January 1, 2017, to form ARCSI, a division of ISSA. The residential cleaning arm of the global cleaning industry trade association, ARCSI, brings together members across the United States, Canada, and around the globe by offering valuable information and opportunities to support the development and growth of their companies through networking, education, and collaboration. If you would like to know more about ARCSI, go to arcsi.org or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.
The pandemic has brought increased awareness of the need for cleaning and disinfection for cleaning firms as well as people in general. The use, overuse, and mostly the misuse of chemical disinfectants has led to more concern about exposure to harmful chemicals (Reminder that disinfectants are classified as pesticides according to the EPA) as well as the possibility of resistance to antimicrobials. There was a resurgence of interest in other methods of disinfection, particularly ultraviolet light and steam. Let’s take a closer review of steam.
Steam has been utilized for a long time for disinfection. Like the autoclave, in which surgical tools are cleaned with high-temperature steam (under pressure) for about 20 minutes. Steam is also an extremely popular cleaning tool, including steam mops as well as dry generators of steam. Steam mops are not disinfection tools and are not being sold as such, but Dry steam machines are becoming popular as an alternative to chemicals for disinfecting. There is ample evidence that steam has the ability to destroy or kill bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens; however, it requires more than simply passing steam across a surface in order to achieve actual disinfection.
What is a dry steam vaporizer? It is a machine that uses an internal boiler where water is superheated in order to produce steam that is full of heat but has a low moisture content, usually about 5 percent. They vary in terms of size as well as steam heat, as well as steam pressure. Some units are equipped with an electric boiler, so they can run with less time when refilling and then repressurizing. Others are equipped with reservoir tanks that are not pressurized, which allows them to be constantly replenished. Although the majority of them perform a basic or even better job at cleaning, some models are claiming to have the ability of disinfection devices. But do they really work?