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Who can you trust to care for your facility? This is a common concern among business owners and facility managers. After all, no one understands your operation the way you do, but there’s only so much you can do to keep your building and assets operational and sanitary. The facility partner you hire to help you maintain your facility must be experienced, reliable, and highly focused on your unique needs. Any janitorial or cleaning service provider can claim to meet these requirements, but only...

Hand holding up an alarm clock in a commercial building.

A commercial building’s indoor air quality (IAQ) has broad implications for the businesses and individuals within it. Poor air quality can diminish worker well-being, dampen productivity, and even increase the risk of illness for all occupants. Conversely, clean indoor air produces a more comfortable, healthy, and productive environment.Ideally, every area of a commercial building will offer pure air and reasonable temperatures. However, when it comes to improving your property’s IAQ, some s...

classroom

Ever since COVID-19 emerged on the scene, public health has been top of mind for so many people. While the pandemic has since slowed down, educational institutions must remain vigilant to protect the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff, especially now as the vast majority of schools have returned to full-time, in-person instruction. The school year has already begun in most regions of the U.S., which means those in charge of facility management must stay on top of comprehen...

mold

Our ecosystem wouldn’t be complete without fungi. That said, you definitely don’t want mold to invade your facility. Unfortunately, mold spores can be quite resilient, thriving in warm, damp environments and reproducing with abandon. And once mold has made its way into your building, it can be difficult to stamp out completely. The good news is that mold removal and remediation experts are equipped with the knowledge, experience, and tools to find, assess, and take care of any and all instan...

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Summer always seems to go by too fast. The sunny season isn’t over yet, but it’s time to start preparing your business for autumn and beyond. With so many tasks to take care of, however, you might not know where to begin in this pursuit. Start by examining your facility from the outside – after all, this is the first thing anyone will see before entering your building. After several months of pollen, spring and summer rains, and scorching sun, chances are your commercial facility’s sidin...

Girl raising her hand in a school classroom.

Student health and safety should be top priorities for any education facility. In an increasingly turbulent world, a school should act as a haven for students to learn, socialize, and become their best selves. When students have these bases covered, it’s much easier for them to succeed. Indeed, schools that are safe, clean, and well-organized see improved rates in student participation, success, and retention. Many factors contribute to these positive outcomes, including the very air that ever...

School children running

For most educational institutions in the U.S., classes resume between the end of August and the middle of September. Though the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, most schools will completely return to in-person learning this fall. Providing students, faculty, and staff with a clean and safe indoor environment is imperative for increasing morale, productivity, and learning outcomes. However, after the past two years of uncertainty and labor shortages, many school administrators might find thems...

Tile floor in a school hallway with orange lockers.

The global workforce is in constant flux, in no small part, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here in the U.S., there has been plenty of talk and concern regarding wage stagnation, mass resignation, and labor shortage. Indeed, many industries are currently experiencing a decline in labor participation. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, industries like food service and hospitality continue to struggle retaining workers. At the same time, however, higher-paying industries have remained rel...

Floor polisher on a gray carpet.

Many of us have started paying more attention to indoor air quality (IAQ) during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic since the disease primarily transmits through the air in enclosed spaces. That said, the air that surrounds us has a larger impact on our overall well-being than we might realize. Dust particles, mold spores, and other unseen particles can linger in the air and on surfaces inside your building, triggering allergies and reducing health outcomes for all occupants.Here at The Budd Group, w...

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The national economy is always in flux, but the past two years have been particularly turbulent, in no small part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While many industries are gradually recovering, public education institutions still face a significant labor shortage across the board. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the state and local public education sectors have seen nearly a 5% drop-off on average since the start of the pandemic – 6.8% for K-12 teachers, 14.7% fo...

School cafeteria floor cleaning

School won’t be in session for another month or so, but facility managers must use this time to get their facilities back in tip-top shape for the return of students this fall. Most schools returned to in-person learning this past school year, and the 2022-23 session will likely follow suit. As such, every classroom, gymnasium, athletic field, quad, cafeteria, library, hallway, office, and common space requires your full attention. Neglecting any of these spaces can result in poor health and s...

Floor cleaner in a facility

Labor – both in-house and outsourced – accounts for a significant chunk of any business expenses. While these costs are necessary for doing business, you don’t want them to get out of control. Reducing labor costs without sacrificing operability can seem like an uphill battle. That said, there are a surprising number of ways to keep these costs under control while maintaining your business’ efficiency. As it turns out, simply staying on top of facility maintenance can result in significa...

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