Air Purifiers 101 - Benefits and Limitations

Family entertainment centers offer a multitude of attractions for people of all ages, often entirely indoors. Many people congregating in one setting, in high-traffic and high-touch areas, create an unhygienic environment. While cleaning and disinfecting your FEC surfaces remain top-of-mind, it's important to remember the quality of the "air" (as in ambient, airborne bacteria and chemicals) that your staff and guests breathe in. 

The 6 Best Natural Cleaning Brands of 2020

As restrictions ease and phased reopening commences, you're cleaning more than ever, exposing yourself, your staff, guests, and your community to more chemicals than ever. It's vital to the health of everyone who enters your facility to ensure you're using the safest solution available on the market.

Free Yourself from Toxic Chemicals

We know the coronavirus pandemic has forced many business owners, like yourself, to step up cleaning efforts with stricter cleaning schedules, a costly exercise in both time and money. There is no arguing that there is a correlation between natural products and price increase, but ensuring the safety of your staff, guests, and community is priceless.The market for cleaning products is inundated with options, which have gained even more popularity since the start of COVID-19, such as:

F&B - Safe Cleaners for Your Food Prep Areas

Research shows that customers emerging from the pandemic are only going to places they perceive as clean and safe, forcing business owners to implement stricter cleaning protocols, especially FECs with food and beverage offerings.   People have more choices and higher expectations than ever before. To leave a lasting impression on your guests - and keep them coming back – it's key to prepare your F&B in a clean, coronavirus-free kitchen. 

Cleaning vs Disinfecting -- Are They The Same?

More than ever, your cleaning procedures have taken center stage, and our industry is investing more resources into elevated cleaning protocols than ever before (and cleaning more than ever before). Cleaning and disinfecting are arguably the most critical part of your maintenance routine and the best way to reduce germs throughout your facility. But cleaning and disinfecting are not created equally. You can clean without disinfecting, but you can’t disinfect without cleaning. So, what is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?   Cleaning is the removal of germs and dirt from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs; it removes or reduces the number of germs to lower the risk of spreading infection.   Disinfecting (also known as "Sanitising," and also the reason Embed's Surface Cleaner is named Surface Sanitiser) kills germs on surfaces. If a surface is not cleaned first, germs can hide under soils and reduce the disinfectant's efficacy. By killing the germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.    COVID-19 is thought to be transmitted via respiratory droplets, and current evidence suggests it may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces. This is why it is essential to clean and disinfect your FEC properly. In order to eliminate and reduce the risk of spreading the virus, the CDC recommends that hard surfaces be cleaned AND disinfected frequently.   It’s vital to understand the differences between these methods to help you determine the level of cleanliness necessary for a particular surface. It’s important to note that cleaning a surface, such as removing dirt and particles, is not the same thing as disinfecting a surface that kills viruses and bacteria.  Create a Routine Cleaning and Disinfecting Schedule: it’s important to maintain a specific schedule for maintaining your facility to help prevent the spread of diseases. Clean and Disinfect High-Touch Surfaces: key high-touch areas should be regularly disinfected, including doorknobs, light switches, backs of chairs, and game buttons and joysticks.  Use Cleaners and Disinfecting Solutions Correctly: follow label directions on cleaning products and disinfectants. Some products are only for specific surfaces and others have surface duration requirements. Embed Hygiene Defence is a new approach to hygiene protection. With a product range that is stronger than harsh industrial cleaners without the toxicity, Embed Hygiene Defence delivers longer-lasting power (4 - 24 hours) vs highly flammable ethanol-based cleaners (that only last 3 - 5 minutes.) Keep your business safe from fire hazards and provide the best uncompromised protection to the industry’s employees and guests. 

Why You Should Use Natural Cleaners

Cleaning products are among the most common things found in any household or business — and can often be one of the most dangerous. Traditional cleaners are formulated with poisonous chemicals, and the presence of these potent chemicals in your business can pose a danger to your employees and guests if exposed to air (via inhalation), accidentally ingested or via contact with skin. Plus, they’re bad for the environment.

How to Protect Your Game Gear From Mould & Bacteria

If your facility offers games such as laser tag, paintball, go-kart, ice-hockey, rock-climbing, or VR to your guests and requires headgear, you can’t miss this. Your head gear may be the perfect environment for mould and bacteria to grow. After all, all that mould and bacteria need is a dark, moist space to germinate dormant spores invisible to the human eye.

Who's to Blame for the Toxicity in Everyday Products?

Toxic chemicals in consumer products pose unnecessary and avoidable health hazards to consumers, communities, and our environment. Some of the most dangerous chemicals can be found frequently in your everyday life. The chemicals in everything from your shampoo and cleaning products to your food and drinking water have been found to cause many illnesses and health issues, including cancer. According to the EPA, less than 1% of chemicals used in consumer products have received thorough testing for human safety. 

Are Green Products Really More Expensive?

Nowadays, organic products appear in all facets of life, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear, and even the cars we drive. Since COVID-19, the topic of health and sanitation has gained popularity - as has green cleaning. On the surface, green cleaning makes a lot of sense; you’re using products that do not contain harmful chemicals that could damage our eyes, skin, and lungs. But, when we hear the words “organic” or “green,” many of us have an immediate gut reaction: healthier but unaffordable compared to standard products. (who could forget when the mainstream referred to Whole Foods as "Whole Paycheck"). While society promotes a healthy lifestyle, a significant roadblock is the sharp price increase that comes with it. There is no arguing that there is a correlation between organic products and price increase; the issue comes down to whether money saved outweighs the real cost in the long-term. What if the benefits of green cleaning could save you money in the end? Would these potential savings in other aspects of life justify the price increase of buying organic products? Below are a few reasons that prove why making the switch to green cleaning products is worth it in the long run. It's a matter of life and death.  Organic Cleaners Last Longer – Organic cleaners have higher concentration levels requiring less solution for each use. Using less, a bottle that is the same size as a standard cleaner can last 2-3x as long, making the cost per use less expensive than the mainstream toxic competitors. Organic Products Help Belongings Last Longer – Conventional cleaning products are laced with toxic and harmful chemicals that cause your equipment and products to deteriorate faster than using natural, green products. Organic Cleaners Can Prevent Costs Associated with Standard Cleaning – Conventional cleaners can pose severe health and safety risks to workers. There are an estimated 40 to 60 chemical injuries per year for every 1,000 workers; most are chemical burns to the eyes and skin and damage to the respiratory system. Nationally, these injuries cost about $25 million per year in workers’ compensation and lost time. (Barron and Sutherland, Ibid, pp 6-7). Switching to organic cleaners are a way to ensure that your staff and customers are not at risk. Overall Long Term Health Risks of Ongoing Exposure – Conventional cleaning products are are well known for their ability to get the dirty jobs done, but their version of clean comes with a high health cost. 97% of the USA population has Shout, Lysol, Windex, Clorox, Tide, and Pledge in their homes (according to the Environmental Working Group). If you study the ingredients list in these products, the ingredients are not transparent, they hide the true toxic ingredients under "secret patented cleaning formulas," that penetrate the body via breath and skin and impact the endocrine system (the endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among many other things.) and the impact of these toxic ingredients form "endocrine disruptors" that can lead to a long list of health issues, including autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune diseases and disorders cannot be cured, but they can be treated with a lifetime of medication. Living your life managing a chronic disorder seems like a very high price.   While the price tag may appear to be a higher upfront cost than the competition, there are many serious reasons that compels making the switch to green cleaners as more cost-effective in the long run (including quality of life, can anyone put a price tag on that?). These products are safer to use and made with sustainable materials, but they can also prevent costs accrued from medical bills, higher medical premiums, replacing equipment and paying injured workers. At Embed, we offer a green cleaning solution - 100% natural and non-toxic. The Embed Hygiene Defence range consists of Floor and Surface Cleaners, and the Airborne Defence System (which purifies the air), are more effective and longer-lasting than industrial cleaners without the toxic health risks. It kills 99.9% wide spectrum of pathogens including bacteria, fungi, and mold. Experience the Embed Hygiene Defence difference in your home and business today!

7 Reopening Strategies That Offer Guests Safe, Clean, Fun

2020 has been a year of change for everyone around the globe, forcing us all to adjust our way of life and reinvent ourselves. Some people have taken up new hobbies, like baking, knitting, or spending more time with family. Others have created personal goals to complete during their downtime. The focus on every business owner's mind is how to save their business and restore their pre-COVID glory. While the family entertainment industry's overall foundation has remained, many components of the business operations and service offerings will need to be reevaluated upon return. A new type of guest is emerging from the pandemic lockdown, and the success of any FEC relies on their ability to show how their business has adapted and reinvented themselves based on the new guidelines. Although each business model is unique, there are some key strategies centered around hygiene, safety, and communication that any FEC should use to move toward a successful and safe reopening.

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