Introduction Cash is notoriously covered in germs; studies suggest that paper bills contain bacteria and viruses for days, leading to the spread of infectious diseases. COVID-19 brought this issue to the forefront. According to the Federal Reserve, the lifespan of various bills ranges four to 15 years, meaning cash currency is filthy because it has a lot of time to accumulate germs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Green Chemistry (also known as sustainable chemistry) is defined as the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous and toxic substances. The goal of green chemistry is to create better, safer chemicals while choosing the safest, most efficient ways to manufacture them while reducing waste. According to the EPA, Green Chemistry: Prevents pollution at the molecular level Is a philosophy that applies to all areas of chemistry, not a single discipline of chemistry Applies innovative scientific solutions to real-world environmental problems Results in source reduction because it prevents the generation of pollution Reduces the negative impacts of chemical products and processes on human health and the environment Lessens and sometimes eliminates hazard from existing products and processes Designs chemical products and processes to reduce their intrinsic hazards Green Chemistry has 12 fundamental principles, which address a range of ways to reduce the environmental and health impacts of chemical production and indicate research priorities for the development of green chemistry technologies. Green chemistry is beneficial to human health and the environment while still supporting economy and business growth. Human Health: Lessening the amount of toxic chemicals in our air and water systems leads to less ingestion of these chemicals, resulting in cleaner drinking water and less damage to our bodies. The use of green chemistry allows for safer consumer products and safer foods on the markets, decreasing our exposure to toxins such as endocrine disruptors, irritants, or cancer-causing chemicals. Environment: Green chemicals are biodegradable or are recovered and reused, resulting in less use of landfills, especially hazardous waste landfills. Plants and animals suffer less harm from toxic chemicals in the environment, and there is a decreased potential for global warming, ozone depletion, and smog formation. Economy and Business: Green chemistry reduces waste, eliminates costly remediation, hazardous waste disposal, and end-of-the-pipe treatments. Since the chemicals are better and safer for use, less product is needed to achieve the same function. It also allows for the reduced use of petroleum products, slowing their depletion and avoiding their hazards and price fluctuations. All of this sounds great – but what does it mean for you? Utilizing green cleaning products is an easy way to control the amount of toxins you release onto yourself, your family, your community and your surrounding environment. The chemicals in standard cleaning products can damage your lungs as much as smoking cigarettes. Just because it smells fresh and clean doesn't mean it is. The Embed Hygiene Defence product line-up is a guaranteed way to eliminate harsh chemicals from your FEC's air and surfaces. Non-toxic. Safe for families and society's most vulnerable: children and the elderly. Plus, it’s longer-lasting and more effective than harsh industrial cleaners—non-corrosive, non-abrasive, and non-irritant. The products speak for themselves.
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. But this accelerated cleaning pace equals higher chemical exposure with higher health stakes. Cleaning your facility with industrial cleaners (that contain toxic chemicals) can increase Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the air and leave yourself, your staff, guests, and your community vulnerable to other health risks. Here's what we know about the risk of inhaling VOCs: