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Empowering Women

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As a director of Mitras Amenities and the Regional Vice Chair for the Business Women’s Association I attend a variety of various functions and have the pleasure of meeting phenomenal women throughout South Africa.  Today I attended an event where the outgoing Chair made an inappropriate comment which affected the businesswoman sitting next to me, she was mortified by her comment.  I find it incredibly distasteful when instead of building each other, women would rather destroy each other.  As women we need to stand together and honour our business associates.  Often we make comments without thinking.

What are your thoughts?

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Corona Virus – COVID-19

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Article taken from https://www.coronatracker.com/

Interim Recommendations for US Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 On This Page


There is much to learn about the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets. Transmission of novel coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. Transmission of coronavirus in general occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites. Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings. Purpose

This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas of those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19 have visited. It is aimed at limiting the survival of novel coronavirus in key environments. These recommendations will be updated if additional information becomes available.

These guidelines are focused on community, non-healthcare facilities (e.g., schools, institutions of higher education, offices, daycare centers, businesses, community centers) that do and do not house persons overnight. These guidelines are not meant  for cleaning staff in healthcare facilities or repatriation sites, households, or for others for whom specific guidance already exists. Definitions

  • Community facilities (e.g., schools, daycares centers, businesses) comprise most non-healthcare settings that are visited by the general public outside of a household.
  • Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs. But by removing the germs, it decreases their number and therefore any risk of spreading infection.
  • Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection.

Cleaning and Disinfection After Persons Suspected/Confirmed to Have COVID-19 Have Been in the Facility

Timing and location of cleaning and disinfection of surfaces

  • At a school, daycare center, office, or other facility that does not house people overnight:
    • It is recommended to close off areas used by the ill persons and wait as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area. If possible, wait up to 24 hours before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
    • Cleaning staff should clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, bathrooms, and common areas) used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
  • At a facility that does house people overnight:
    • Follow Interim Guidance for US Institutions of Higher Education on working with state and local health officials to isolate ill persons and provide temporary housing as needed.
    • It is recommended to close off areas used by the ill persons and wait as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area. If possible, wait up to 24 hours before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
    • In areas where ill persons are being housed in isolation, follow Interim Guidance for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection for U.S. Households with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019. This includes focusing on cleaning and disinfecting common areas where staff/others providing services may come into contact with ill persons, but reducing cleaning and disinfection of bedrooms/bathrooms used by ill persons to as needed.
    • In areas where ill persons have visited or used, continue routine cleaning and disinfection as in this guidance.

How to Clean and Disinfect


  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
    • Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
    • Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claimspdf iconexternal icon are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
    • For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:
    • If the items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and then dry items completely.
    • Otherwise, use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims (examples at this linkpdf iconexternal icon) that are suitable for porous surfaces

Linens, Clothing, and Other Items That Go in the Laundry

  • Do not shake dirty laundry; this minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.
  • Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Clean and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry according to guidance above for hard or soft surfaces.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hand Hygiene:

  • Cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.
    • Gloves and gowns should be compatible with the disinfectant products being used.
    • Additional PPE might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of splash.
    • Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area. Be sure to clean hands after removing gloves.
  • Gloves should be removed after cleaning a room or area occupied by ill persons. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • Cleaning staff should immediately report breaches in PPE (e.g., tear in gloves) or any potential exposures to their supervisor.
  • Cleaning staff and others should clean hands often, including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  • Follow normal preventive actions while at work and home, including cleaning hands and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Additional key times to clean hands include:
      • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • After using the restroom
      • Before eating or preparing food
      • After contact with animals or pets
      • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g., a child)

Additional Considerations for Employers:

  • Employers should work with their local and state health departments to ensure appropriate local protocols and guidelines, such as updated/additional guidance for cleaning and disinfection, are followed, including for identification of new potential cases of COVID-19.
  • Employers should educate staff and workers performing cleaning, laundry, and trash pick-up activities to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 and provide instructions on what to do if they develop symptoms within 14 days after their last possible exposure to the virus. At a minimum, any staff should immediately notify their supervisor and the local health department if they develop symptoms of COVID-19. The health department will provide guidance on what actions need to be taken.
  • Employers should develop policies for worker protection and provide training to all cleaning staff on site prior to providing cleaning tasks. Training should include when to use PPE, what PPE is necessary, how to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off) PPE, and how to properly dispose of PPE.
  • Employers must ensure workers are trained on the hazards of the cleaning chemicals used in the workplace in accordance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200external icon).
  • Employers must comply with OSHA’s standards on Bloodborne Pathogens (29 CFR 1910.1030external icon), including proper disposal of regulated waste, and PPE (29 CFR 1910.132external icon).

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Category : Uncategorised

We launched our first retail store on 1 October catering for guesthouses through this exclusive boutique in a Hillcrest.

The shop only offers locally manufactured products and had a wide variety of gifting items as well as our luxury branded amenities.

We offer you the opportunity to come and shop and see our full range.

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Debbijanes Boutique

Category : news

We have opening up a retail store in Hillcrest and Durban North to enable smaller establishments to purchase online and from our store, we have a comprehensive range of products and we carry the full amenities range in the shop. You don’t have to wait for your order, just pop into the shop and purchase what you need. Give us a call on 072 1227221

In the shop we will be offering a variety of additional products from gifts to antiques.

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Hotel Cleaning 101: Tips from Executive Housekeepers with National Trust Historic Hotels of America

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Cleaning 101

Ready, set, clean! Mary Ann Rodino has served as executive housekeeper at The Spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich, Conn., for 16 years. She advises, “Always have an organized system, and follow it. You don’t tiptoe around it. You have to be very efficient. You have to hustle and stay in the flow of the job. It’s important not to break your momentum.” She also believes it helps to be prepared by “reading the room.” She explains by saying, “I let my eye go around the room and make a mental note of the supplies that I will need, and I get them into position.” Rodino offers a suggestion for a dreaded task. “Use fabric softener dryer sheets to clean vinyl shades,” says Rodino. “They do a good job of removing dust and dirt.”

Elke Risser, director of housekeeping at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, Calif., recommends having “a handy helper available.” Her indispensable item is a lint roller with a long handle which comes in handy for removing hair, dust and lint from furniture, under the bed and tile floors.

Sandy Gough, executive housekeeper at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, N.Y., removes heel marks from waxed floors by using an ordinary pencil eraser or a tennis ball on a stick.

To remove hairspray on mirrors, Paulette Sable, executive housekeeper at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans uses very hot water instead of window cleaner.

To keep your vintage linens in tip-top shape, Julia Beach, marketing director at the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville, Tenn., suggests storing them in long, flat boxes and wrapping them in acid-free tissue paper. To avoid creases, use empty paper towel or toilet tissue rolls (also wrapped in acid-free paper) and tuck them in the folds.

Stain, Stain Go Away

Household stains are a common problem. Ever try removing chocolate from fabrics or carpet? Sean Nies, executive housekeeper at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa., has encountered more than his share of chocolate mishaps. He cautions that chocolate is a “combination” stain—one that contains substances of both a greasy and non-greasy origin. Treat the stain first for the non-greasy portion, using cool water and detergent. Rinse thoroughly and let dry. Then sponge the remaining greasy portion with cleaning fluid. Let dry and repeat if necessary. Bleach is sometimes necessary to completely remove tough stains but be sure to test for colorfastness first.

Sandy Gough, executive housekeeper at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, N.Y., recommends using a slice of bread to remove makeup smudges from dark clothes and fabrics. Also, to remove light scorch stains on linen, rub the cut side of an onion over the stain then soak in cold water.

When hot food, such as a pizza box, is served on bare wood, the heat can leave a cloudy film on the surface of the wood. According to Mary Ann Rodino of The Spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich, Conn., when this happened to their conference room, she used spirit of camphor, rubbed with the grain of the wood and, “the table turned out beautifully.”

A Bloody Mess

Whether from a nick, cut or bloody nose, blood can be one of the hardest stains to remove. Paulette Sable, executive housekeeper at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans suggests that hydrogen peroxide works well to remove fresh blood stains.

Ewa Borkowska, executive housekeeper from the Historic Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pa., notes that shaving cream removes blood on throw pillows, rugs and upholstery.

Carpet Care

Melted candle wax on carpets or fabric can be a big mess. To remove it, Addie Johnson, executive housekeeper at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston places a thin, wet cloth on top of the stain. Set an iron to low heat and iron over the cloth. The wax will slowly melt and be absorbed into the cloth.

To give your carpets a fresh scent without the use of artificial sprays or chemicals, Laurel McKown, executive housekeeper at the Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colo., suggests placing a cotton ball with clove oil in the blower compartment of the vacuum. Any essential oil will work just as well and leave a subtle, pleasant fragrance in the room.

Do you have red wine stains after that great dinner party? According to Ewa Borkowska, executive housekeeper at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pa., white wine will remove red wine stains on carpets.

Paulette Sable from the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans cautions that before putting chemicals on fabric or upholstery stains, use cold water and blot with a clean, white terry cloth. Remember, when removing carpet spots to clean in four directions.

Sparkling Silver

Are you one of the many homeowners who leave that heirloom silver in the drawer because you hate to polish it? Sandy Gough, executive housekeeper at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, N.Y., suggests placing a piece of chalk in the silver chest. This will absorb the moisture and keep the pieces from tarnishing so quickly. Gough cautions not to use rubber gloves when polishing silver as these will cause the silver to darken.

Ewa Borkowska, executive housekeeper at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pa., notes that regular toothpaste is great for polishing silver.

Sparkling Chandeliers

For cleaning chandelier crystals, Mary Ann Rodino, executive housekeeper at The Spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich, Conn., recommends mixing one part rubbing alcohol with three parts of water in a spray bottle. Spray on crystal and wipe clean with a white cotton cloth.

Looking for another way to make chandeliers glitter? “Wash crystal prisms from chandeliers safely and quickly in a French fry basket,” suggests Sandy Gough, executive housekeeper from The Sagamore in Bolton Lake, N.Y. “Just dunk them several times in a solution of hot water and detergent until they are clear. Rinse in clear water and drain in the basket.”


Article from :  http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4026910.html