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Not looking too good?

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Don't wait until spring to spring clean your office. Get it done now - we provide an intensive office cleaning service.

This is what one client said about the professional office cleaning service that we provided.

Hygiene Factor did a marvellous job on our annual office spring clean. Attention to detail was excellent  such as removing small marks off the painted walls. The team were thrilled to come back to a spotless office.

Thank you Lynn and team
Glenn Foster, Principal - Foster & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

A Good Clean Blog

In the spirit of keeping it clean..................................................


Introducing the newest member of the Hygiene Factor family

If you would like to save costs on washroom service fees, now you can. Our Self Service Sanitary Bins sells sanitary disposal units and liners. Check out our on-line shop at https://www.selfservicesanitarybins.co.nz/ Of course, we still supply our superior washroom services if that is your preference. 


 This is a different spin on "spending a penny".

An app that provides New York citizens and visitors with immediate access to a clean washroom - in exchange for a small fee - has been launched on to the market.

Using GPS technology the Rockaloo app grants anyone access to those toilets in restaurants, cafes, high-end stores and hair salons that are normally reserved for customers only.

People signed up for the app can use their smartphone to find the nearest registered washroom whenever they need one. They can then reserve a slot in their chosen toilet for a fee of between $0.99 and $8.99.

After the e-ticket is delivered to their smartphone they have up to an hour to redeem it. And on showing a member of staff their ticket they will be allowed to jump the queue.

Launched in August, the Rockaloo app has already signed up 130 businesses partners in the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens areas of New York. The founders believe it will be a huge benefit in a city that receives 60 million tourists every year but that offers only 15 public toilets for 8.5million citizens.

Profits from the venture are being split between Rockaloo and its partnering businesses with a proportion going to charity.

 Yet another thing that would surprise you that is dirtier than a toilet seat - yes the box of tea bags!

Next time you're making yourself a nice cuppa, consider this - the average tea bag box/time has 17 times more bacteria that a toilet seat. You see it seems that people don't routinely wash their hands before they prepare their brew - so when you pick up the container you're being contaminated. Kettle handles, fridge doors, cutlery drawer handles are also serial offenders. Read More

 How do your office washrooms stack up?

Is the cleaning specification up-to-date, adapted to take account of user feedback and benchmarking exercises? User expectations, as stated in the report, are far from unreasonable: smear-free mirrors and taps; surfaces that are wiped and free of soap; puddles of water and paper towel debris; an odour-free or gently-scented space; replenished dispensers that dispense quality products; dryers that work; dry, clean flooring free of scraps of tissue; waste and sanitary bins that are not overflowing. FMs should recognise how these expectations drive perceptions. Read more.


Slightly bizarre - an open air toilet in China

Would you be comfortable doing your business?


Images of people visiting open-air washrooms in China are being shared widely on the internet.

The bizarre toilets - which have no roofs or ceilings - are situated at a run-down amusement park in Chongqing, a major city in southwest China. Web images show members of the public using the washroom while holding umbrellas to protect their modesty from would-be voyeurs in the surrounding hillside.

The washroom block is part of the city's Meixin Foreigners' Street theme park and originally built as a World's Biggest Public Bathroom tourist attraction.

The 1,000 toilets are spread out over a wide area and are divided into banks of eight, each featuring a different theme or colour. The outlandish entrance to the block has been built to resemble the Egyptian Sphinx.

Whether the toilets were originally meant to be operational or not is unclear, but recent online posts have shown them being used.

These are not the only bizarre washrooms to be found in Chongqing. A total of 23 toilets designed by the Environmental Art Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute are being erected in the city as part of a cultural project.

These washrooms resemble everything from animals and computers to transformers. One washroom has been made to look like a giant camera while another resembles the world-renowned Park Guell in Barcelona. And a recent installation of eight public urinals with no roofs or walls has sprung up in the city - right next to a children's playground.


Big Jobs are easier when you have a great team to work with...

Thank Your Cleaner Day - Wednesday 18 October

(Just Sayin')

The Thank Your Cleaner Day is a special day once a year dedicated to all cleaners. 

Thank Your Cleaner Day is a chance to say “Thank You!” for everyone working in a facility that is cleaned by professional cleaners. This could be office buildings, factories or public buildings like schools. People can thank their cleaner by leaving them a note, giving them a little gift or just saying “Thank you!”

Dirty Facts......

Keyboards harbour 20,000 times more bacteria than a toilet bowl, experts claim.

While your mouse is 45,000 times more contaminated than the flush handle.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3838418/Why-office-making-sick-Keyboards-contain-20-000-bacteria-toilet-bowl.html#ixzz4tp85nPmz 

Should Hand Shaking be Banned?

It seems it's okay for the general public but not so much for people working in high risk areas of the health sector like neonatal intensive care.


Rant About Restaurant Restrooms

There is more restaurants moving to single stall bathrooms for quicker turnaround times. All that's great but as this blogger points out - that is all well and good if the actual stall is clean!


For all the women out there, would you use a standup urinal if it cut down on queues in the women's loos?

These are being proposed in Berlin - hhmm maybe if they added cubicles???


How would you feel being operated on by naked surgeons?

Apparently surgeons shed significantly less bacteria when they are naked than when they are in scrubs. 

Not sure how comfortable I would feel being operated on with a team in their birthday suits!


Washroom focussed on good hygiene wins award

Sure, this beautiful bathroom in a Japanese restaurant in Edmonton is beautifully designed, but the main factor in winning an award is how they have focussed on hygiene to make their guests' visit to the bathroom pleasurable. Read more here.


Thank Goodness None of Our Wonderful Clients Have Toilets Like These.........

Some of these toilets are unbelievable in their design faults......


Hot Desk | Hot Bed of Germs

While "Hot Desking" has it's economic rationale for maximum occupancy rate per square metre, it also has a higher ratio of microbiological activity. A study has revealed that sharing of desks means 18 times more microbes than single occupancy desks. This means potentially more staff absences through illness by cross-contamination which could negate any costs saved in Hot Desking. 

Read More

Of course, keeping any workstation sanitised and hygienic will reduce the likelyhood of sickness in the work place. For more information on how Hygiene Factor can help clean and sanitise computer keyboards and workstations have a look at our services.

Pod™ Petite Auto won the INCLEAN Innovation Award in the Janitorial Items section at the inaugural ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday 9 May 2017.


The Pure Concepts team are thrilled that after 3 years of research and development, Pod™ Petite has been recognised for its innovation in redefining sanitary waste disposal for users, service personnel and distributors.

If you'd like a quote for either an automatic or Pod Petite Sanitary Disposal Unit let us know lynn@hygienefactor.co.nz 


Japanese trial smartphone cleaners in airport toilets

It's well documented just how dirty your smartphone is. In Japan they've introduced wipes in the toilets to not only encourage cleaning the screen but also with helpful information about wifi hotspots etc. 

Don't forget that our sister company Techno Clean does complete workstation cleaning services. It's a good time of the year to ensure that workstations and electronic devices, computer keyboards and screens are sanitised. 

 Beijing Park Uses Facial Recognition to Dispense Toilet Paper

Lucky it's only facial recognition....

Maybe toilet paper over there is really expensive. Our toilet paper products aren't expensive.

We have a full range including jumbo toilet tissue, mini jumbo toilet rolls, individual toilet rolls, one ply, two ply...


New Product

Our new Sanitisation Stations are world-class. If you want a all-in-one wet wipe, disposal and branding station then follow the call centre at General Motors lead  with these stylish units.......

 Toilet Cleaner with the Right Type of Exposure

A toilet cleaner in the UK has built up a substantial following on Twitter (700+ followers) by just asking what they want....

That is what music they want to listen to when they are in the loo.....



Forget the Gym

Get Paid to Workout

Washroom Service Technician Contractor 

Our Washroom Services Division is growing, so we are looking for a contractor to work every Tuesday (5 hours) and Wednesday (8 hours). These hours and days will grow very soon.

You'll need to be physically fit because you'll be walking so many steps in a day that you'll over load your pedometer. Besides your cardio training, you'll get a weight training session by carrying a tool box that is the size of a large dog and delivering stock (loo paper and the like).

During the course of the day you'll service our esteemed hospo and office clients' washrooms. This includes sanitisation (cleaning loos), tending sani bins, refreshing soaps and air fresheners. You'll be using chemical sprays, so if you are a wheezing asthmatic then it probably wouldn't be so great. 

Your days will start at 6.30am in Howick.  In the hours you work you'll literally be all over the place. Don't worry, a benefit is that there is plenty of time (and places) for pit stops and food breaks.

You'll need to have your own reliable fuel efficient car. We'll provide you with a uniform, safety equipment and cleaning kit. There is also the option to pick up opportunities for additional cleaning work in our other divisions - End of Tenancy Cleaning, Office Cleaning and Techno Clean. The hourly rate and travel allowance are above market rates.

No experience is necessary as a full induction will be provided. What is necessary is a shed load of commonsense and the ability to follow procedures, schedules, timetables and instructions.

If you want more information contact me by email - lynn@hygienefactor.co.nz - no phone calls please.

Here is your first test, in the email please include a bit about yourself and why you think you'd be a great contractor for Hygiene Factor. Remember it is a contract role so if you aren't comfortable with being a contractor rather than an employee then it isn't your gig.


Baby Change Facilities Mandatory in Male Toilets

President Obama has passed a law to ensure there is safe facilities for Dad's to change babies nappies in male washroom. If you want to be proactive and gear up we have a great baby change station available to purchase.



Hygiene Factor launches complete house moving company with Super City Removals

There are so many things to consider, plan and action when it comes to moving from one home into another. With that in mind, Hygiene Factor and Super City Removals have joined forces and launched Movit.

One call, we do it all. We'll come and discuss all aspects of your move and put together a planning schedule. You can use as many or as few services that suit you. This includes cleaning, decluttering, storage, moving, packing/unpacking, house photography, real estate agent selection, moving of utilities and so forth. 


 80 percent report they frequently or occasionally see others leave a public restroom without washing their hands

When asked to cite the reasons for not washing their hands in restrooms, most respondents pointed to the absence of soap, nonworking and unclean sinks, and a lack of paper towels. Unfortunately, almost 70 percent say they've had an unpleasant experience due to the conditions in a public restroom . Don't let your washroom be a disappointment - let Hygiene Factor manage your washroom services and give your visitors a pleasant bathroom experience on your premises.


Jess, Miss Auckland

In September we sponsored Jessica Ralph-Smith for the Miss Auckland pagent.

Jess did really well and got awarded the Most Improved sash. And, if you were there you would have received some mints in your goody bag.

Hygiene Factor are proud to be making regular donations to St John's.

Please join us in supporting this wonderful organisation and its fantastic team.



Four Gross Things That Happen If You Don't Wash Your Hands

If you ever needed reminding on how important it is to wash your hands, then read up and think about the importance of keeping your hands clean read more 


Are you a Night Owl with Perfect Vision?

Commercial Cleaner - Contractor
3 Hours - 4 Evenings Per Week


Our Commercial Cleaning Division with specialises in Office Cleaning is growing rapidly and we need a night owl to join us to help with cleaning the offices of one of our elite clients. That's why you need to be a night owl with vision.

What we mean by vision is attention to detail that is second to none with regards to professional cleaning standards. The office space is large and densely populated with workstations which need to be cleaned to the highest of standards. There is also kitchen and bathroom areas which need to be cleaned on a daily basis.

If you are interested in extra hours there is options to pick up cleaning work in our other divisions - End of Tenancy Cleaning, Washroom Services and Techno Clean. We're willing to pay above market rates for the right person to join our team of perfectionists with 20/20 vision.

We need someone who has experience under their belt in professional commercial cleaning with a shed load of commonsense and the ability to follow procedures, schedules, timetables and instructions. That said, you'll also be able to add value through your input on any process improvements.

If you want further information contact me by email - Lynn, lynn@hygienefactor.co.nz.

Here is your first test. In the email please include a bit about yourself and why you think you'd be a great contractor for Hygiene Factor. Remember, this is a contract role so if you aren't comfortable with being a contractor rather than an employee, then this isn't a role for you.

Due to the nature of the business you'll also need to undergo a police check.




Katie Price finds out her handbag is FOUR TIMES dirtier than a toilet seat

Toilet queue

Nothing worse than a queue for the loo

Apparantly the industry that need to queue to go to the loo is the finance sector. 

How adequate are your bathroom facilities to staff ratio?


 A self cleaning toilet

It had to come, first the self cleaning oven and now there is a self cleaning toilet.

I don't think that we will be getting too many clients switching over to these new loos - the price tag is $US9,800.

So, it's far more affordable to use our cost effective washroom services for the time being.


Worst Loos

These just have to be the worst loos in the world...

Check out these dreadful toilets from around the world.

Does anyone have any other bad loos pictures?




Luxury Toilet Paper

For the sake of luxury, how much would you pay for your toilet paper?
Swiss company Joseph's Toileteries describe their luxury loo paper as  "a multi-layered microcosm of form and function".  At  €862 ($NZ1,400) it's an expensive wipe. See the toilet paper details.

 Calling in sick - bad hygiene at work

How clean is your work place - is it making you sick? It's not just the toilets that need sanitised your desk is a breeding ground for bacteria - read more.


Advertising in the urinal a step too far?

Or are these examples of advertising in washrooms good use of creative and people's "dwell time". 




Any idea how dirty your desk is?

Well to to give you an idea, here is more than 10 million bacteria lurking on the average office desk!



 Hand WashingCatch fewer germs in public




Toilet with a View

Loos with views

Amazing locations and views including our own Tasman Glacier



What does your washroom say about you?


Most Expensive Loo Paper

Would you pay for 22 carat toilet paper some people do see more

Or, you can contact us for a more cost effective solution info@hygienefactor.co.nz


The Power of Pee to Power 

Read how a prototype toilet at a UK university has been developed to generate electricity - see more


The Great Debate Between Handtowels and Air Dryers Resolved

If you have ever wondered what is better for your health and hygiene - check out a recent study here 




Public Restroom


How to Use a Public Toilet Without Catching a Disease

Handy hints on how to use a public toilet without picking up a disease – you won’t need this if you’re using a toilet cleaned by Hygiene Factor.

See how to here 


The Funkiest Restrooms  

From all around the world, the most amazing and funky bathrooms.

Read what they say here



Best places to "Spend-A-Penny"

World's greatest public bathrooms according to
Travel and Leisure magazine – Kawakawa even gets a notable mention.

Read what they say here




Contact us


Hygiene Factor -  let us know more about your commercial cleaning requirements so we can start Keeping it Clean for you. 

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We offer a complete range of professional commercial cleaning services.



We provide a full range of paper hygiene products - toilet paper, paper hand towels and tissues. In addition, we have all cleaning products covered from washroom to kitchen. 



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