As Without, So Within – The Impact of the Office Environment on Your Employees

February 17th, 2014

When a business doesn’t have clients regularly coming into the office, it can seem like the care and maintenance of that office just isn’t a worthwhile priority. Sure, making sure that the roof won’t fall on your head and that it is generally not a pig sty is a good idea, but why bother keeping the office terribly clean or organized if it doesn’t need to be presented as such for image purposes? The truth, however, is that as long as your employees are working in the office environment, then there is a real benefit to your bottom line in keeping your office clean, tidy, and organized.

The first thing for you to understand is that your environment contributes quite a bit to your state of mind, and the same is true for your employees. When the office is dirty or cluttered, their mind is concomitantly cluttered as well, unable to focus. Chaos and disorganization will lead to similar results in their productivity, with their work seeming chaotic and disorganized as well. Furthermore, a cluttered office sends certain messages.

Attitude Adjustment

When you come into work and you see that it is dirty, cluttered, and poorly maintained, you are going to have a hard time having respect for that company. After all, why do businesses strive to ensure a clean and organized appearance when clients visit the office, if not to foster respect and a good relationship with that client? The same goes for your employees, however; their state of mind and their perception of where they work will be negatively affected by a poorly maintained office.

If an employee does not respect the company they work for, you can be sure that they will not turn in their best work or utilize their time efficiently. Ultimately, an employee wants to believe that they’re part of something – a team and an organization that is going somewhere. It is hard to believe that a dirty, cluttered office is going anywhere but to bankruptcy court, though.

In fact, employees in a cluttered office often find ways to procrastinate. With piles of documents, other projects that are half-finished, and of course, minor cleaning jobs that employees could take care of all throughout the office, it isn’t hard to find something to distract yourself with in a cluttered office, especially when you’re facing a difficult task or a distant deadline.

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Working Against Uncleanliness

Even if your employees are attempting to work efficiently in the office, clutter can slow them down and impact productivity in a profoundly negative way. First, it forces employees to search for things for an extended period of time. Documents become lost, files are buried, and whatever organizing system originally used to keep everything easily accessible has long since been abandoned. Your employees must waste valuable time trying to find what they need to get their jobs done, and that’s bad news for you.

Another, even more dangerous effect of a poorly maintained office is the potential for a health threat. First, a cluttered office could easily have emergency exits and hallways blocked, along with fire extinguishers covered and other fire hazards. Additionally, clutter on the floor could cause someone to trip and hurt themselves, spraining an ankle or fracturing a limb. As you can imagine, this isn’t great for employee productivity!

Additionally, dirt, dust, and pollen collecting on window sills, desks, and other less-frequently trafficked areas can cause your employees to become ill due to allergies or even just because they’re breathing in quite a bit of stale, unhealthy particulates! Obviously, a sick work force is an unproductive work force, and one that likely has morale issues as well.

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Protecting Your Bottom Line

The maintenance and care of your office is important if you want to keep your employees healthy, happy, productive, and efficient. The clutter in their environment will inevitably be reflected in their minds, their hearts, and their work, but the same is true of a clean, organized, well-maintained office. The work of your employees will be similarly organized and high quality, and your clients will notice!

Ultimately, as with any business, this all comes down to your bottom line – can you really afford to have your office serviced, cleaned, and maintained regularly? The truth is, however, that you may not be able to afford not to have your office looked after!

Get In Front of Employee Illness This Winter

December 13th, 2013

Productivity takes a massive hit when winter hits. There’s the decreased amount of daylight – that definitely doesn’t help, nor does the colder weather, both of which together lowers morale and generally makes your employees more sluggish. It’s natural, and there are plenty of documented ways to combat this kind of seasonal behavior. One thing you can’t fight through positive thinking, however, are the germs and flus that become more quite common during winter. For that, you need a professional cleaning service.

Winter illness is a huge problem for companies seeking to maintain productivity throughout the season. The CDC estimates that approximately 17 million workdays are lost every year to influenza-related illnesses, many of which could have been prevented. Vaccination is the usual countermeasure, and definitely one you should encourage among your employees. However, you can take additional steps to prevent illness by keeping your work environment clean during the colder months.

What Winter Cleaning Looks Like

Professional cleaning companies offer a number of services based on the type of office and your particular cleaning needs. At a bare minimum, basic janitorial services are something you should have for your office on a monthly basis, if not weekly or even daily. Your janitorial services should include restroom sanitation, carpet care, floor care, waste removal, and recycling services – the basics of cleaning, in other words, all of which can contribute to prevent the spread of illness among your staff.

More comprehensive commercial cleaning services can include upholstery cleaning, hard floor surface care, window cleaning, computer room cleaning, and carpet cleaning. This is the kind of cleaning that can do a lot to prevent the spread of influenza, as germs have a tendency to build up in chairs, on windows, and in carpets, making them dangerous repositories of disease that are best cared for often.

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Professional office cleaning services can be engaged for additional cleaning services, such as cubicle and workstation cleaning, dusting and wood furniture polishing, and the cleaning of your lobby or reception area. This thorough attention to the details of an office, and where germs are most likely to build up in that office (i.e., wherever employees spend most of their time), is vital to ensuring that your employees’ health is safeguarded, along with your company’s productivity and therefore its bottom line.

Healthy Habits Make Healthy Employees

Your employees can do a lot to make sure that they are preventing the spread of disease themselves. First and foremost, it’s important that they wash their hands in the restroom. Sometimes people forget, or are in a rush, or who knows what; but this where many illnesses end up getting passed on to others, and so your employees can do a lot of good just by washing their hands. Putting up a sign as a reminder can, in itself, do a lot of good; the occasional intra-office PSA may help as well.

Your employees should also not be afraid to call off if they are sick. Yes, you don’t want to lose productivity, but your employees will hardly be productive while they are in the grip of the flu. You stand to lose very little if an ill employee stays home, but if they come to work, they are very likely going to spread their illness to your other employees. This either means they will have to call off as well, or they will come in ill, get next to no work done, and then call off themselves.

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Look Out For Your Employees and They’ll Look Out For You

It pays to be reasonable about illness among your employees and take precautionary measures whenever possible. Cleaning services are a great way to do take such measures, and they are surprisingly affordable as well. When you consider how much productivity, and therefore profit, you are likely to lose if you are not cautious regarding employee illness this winter, it is obvious that the economic choice is to invest in cleaning services, and therefore in your employees’ continued health and wellbeing.

Consider also that your employees will work more efficiently and generally be more satisfied when they are working in a cleaner, more organized environment. It’s a proven fact that people are just more productive when their workspace is clean! Between their improved attitudes and their reduced number of sick days, this winter could be the best quarter yet for your business.

Commercial Cleaning Catching Connecticut Customer’s Eye

October 10th, 2013

Commercial Cleaning Catching Connecticut Customer’s Eye

 

First impressions really are as important as they say. You tell a lot about someone from that initial first glance and the same can be said about a business. Walking into a office that’s cluttered, dirty or just all around untidy doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, much less make you want to fork over your hard earned cash. Having clean floors and a neat desk not only increases a businesses professional image, but also makes them much more appealing to potential customers.

 

Wait… this office comes with a desk?! Photo Taken by American Red Cross

 

Commercial carpet cleaning services have been around for quite some time. From restaurants to the commercial office, cleaning service such as floor care are very important. Not only does it give your business a clean and professional look, these commercial floor cleaning services tend to run after business hours, ensuring minimal disruption and distraction during the day. Having a routine commercial carpet cleaning service visits can also extend the life of your carpeting keeping your office looking as clean and new as the day you opened.

 

 

Aim for this….                                                        Not this.        Photos taken by: Erik Mallinson

 

Most janitorial service companies don’t just specialize in floor care. In fact, many commercial janitorial companies who offer commercial office cleaning services will also clean windows, dusting and can even take care of employee bathrooms. Depending on the services you need, hiring or contracting a janitorial service company is a very cost effective way to keep your business clean and running smoothly. An added benefit to regular cleaning is the reduced risk of employees becoming sick. With less sick days, your business runs smoothly.

 

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When trying to chose which janitorial cleaning company is right for your business, consider your needs. You might already have a basic housekeeping policy in effect for your employees which might limit the needs of the janitorial services company.

 

Ahh, fresh cubicle.          Photo taken by: Pengrin

 

Maybe it’s monthly carpet cleaning, or a bi-monthly deep cleaning just to get the hard to reach areas. Perhaps you manage several offices, cleaning services might even be discounted if you’re working with the same janitorial company.

 

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Some businesses might opt to train their own inhouse janitors or custodians. Here’s a helpful video for office cleaning techniques.

 

When it comes to commercial cleaning services, Connecticut has a lot to choose from. Walk into any office building and you can witness, first hand, the difference made by office cleaning services. New Haven, Hartford, and even Danbury all benefit from having regularly scheduled commercial cleaning services. CT isn’t the only state to employ office cleaning services. CT might even house some well known janitorial companies known the country over.

 

 

 

A Clear Vision for Your Commercial Property

August 26th, 2013

A Clear Vision for Your Commercial Property

Whether your property houses your own business in terms of products and services generated or your property is your business by way of commercial rental space, there are many reasons to keep it looking its best. A property owner knows the value of proper maintenance better than anyone, as costly repairs can be avoided through proper upkeep and care. Not only are there physical costs associated with failure to maintain a property correctly, but for a commercial rental property, replacing tenants can become a serious drain on the profitability of your holdings.

Let the Sunshine In

The link between happiness and receiving proper sunlight has been well established, and yet most of corporate America is still toiling in shadow and the artificial glow of fluorescent lighting. The average New Yorker picks up less than two hours of sunlight during parts of the year, and the influence that daylight can have on productivity and office mental health is undeniable. There’s a reason the Corner Office is so coveted, with its added window view. Of course, the benefits of letting the daylight in can become a grimy, smeary stain on morale if your windows aren’t properly cleaned. It’s amazing the subtle difference that a good window cleaning offers. Without it, you run the risk of a great view becoming instead a sort of rude reminder that one is locked in their office while the world is outside.

While some may dismiss the psychological factors of the sunlight and the potential smear, the overall cleanliness of your office space is a serious consideration for anyone. While a surface may not show just how dusty it is until you run your finger over it, a window gives you a clear view into just how good a job you are – or are not – doing keeping your office spaces clean.

Professional Skyline

(Photo Credit Florian)

There are buildings that are known for the iconic image they cut against the skyline.

Depending on your city, you may have several. Commuters driving home at night look up and see activity behind windows, thriving business centers that demand to be noticed. Since the dark ages, using glass in a building has been something that humans use identity the importance of a building. Early on, glass was only for the wealthy, with stained glass celebrating buildings of religious significance. Architects know the impact that glass can have on a building’s prestige, both seen from afar and seen from within, and utilize it to full advantage. In order to showcase your property, make sure you’ve got the right professional window washing services to keep it looking its best.

A Clear Choice in Window Cleaning Professionals

One of the first indicators of a clean office is sparkling, clear windows. Unfortunately, failing to keep your windows at a top-notch level of cleanliness can make your office appear much dirtier than it is. Cleaning office building windows can be a long and labor-intensive task, and unlike vacuuming and clearing waste baskets can be difficulty to make time for on a daily or even weekly basis. The right cleaning service professionals, however, can deliver a true clean that lasts while also provided competitive pricing and scheduling availability that makes it possible to maintain that great cleaning in the long term.

Shining Through

Whether your property is a corporate campus of single story buildings or a high rise, whether it exists to house your business enterprises or is in fact the center of your rental revenue, the right window cleaning solution can help keep your property vibrant, productive, and profitable. Service and sales teams, production, even research and development centers, all crave natural sunlight in their work day, and maintaining their access to it properly helps secure the productivity of the businesses that call your commercial property home.

August 20th, 2013

Maintaining Your Business by Keeping A Clean House

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As a small business owner, many have learned that wearing two-dozen different hats in the span of a week is not uncommon. As your company grows, however, the ability to delegate and contract other professionals to handle components of your business allows you to focus on truly delivering the top-quality products and services that help your company thrive. Properly directing your business means keeping the right environment for your business. A properly maintained office space has a massive impact on the success of your business, whether that business is products, services, sales, or rental properties. For large commercial property owners, properly maintaining their space can be the single greatest determining factor in the success and profitability of their business. Whether your property is allocated with tenants or your own company’s needs, you’ll find that keeping a clean house physically means you’ll have a stable house financially.

The Right First Impression, Every Time
If you’ve built your business over time, you’ll understand the importance of delivering a consistently great first impression, time after time. Even with clients and customers whose business you’ve relied on for years, it can sometimes feel like every interaction is a new introduction. If you fail to deliver the kind of experience your customers hope for just this one time, they can have very short memories when it comes to your years of reliability. This is an even bigger consideration when your client is in fact your tenant. While a lease is a binding relationship, failure to provide proper maintenance and office cleaning can test that bond. This is especially true when it comes time to renew a lease.

Zone Coverage

For most office spaces, the lobby and reception area cleanliness provide the first impression. But that doesn’t mean other areas of the office can be neglected. Always have the right tool for the job, and maintaining a VIP Conference Room or Boardroom is a very different task than taking care of restroom sanitation. Of course, it’s a tough call to try to determine which can make the more lasting impression.

There are many aspects to properly maintaining an office facility. Some you don’t have to worry about as frequently as others, an example being pipes and paint. Other areas can require daily attention, like waste removal or vacuuming. Especially if you have a large facility to worry about, you want to find a professional service that can cover every angle of your business’s cleaning and maintenance needs.

Attention To Detail

Depending who you ask, God or the Devil can be found in the details. More often than not, you’ll find both. The right attention to detail can really take your office space to the next level, and yield dividends in positive impressions and the relationships that they help build. Of course, more often than not it’s the spot you’ve missed that gets noticed. For that reason, select a company that you know takes care of every detail.

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In terms of office cleaning services, running a vacuum and emptying waste baskets is an entry level skill set but a high quality service will deliver on the finer details, like polishing and dusting surfaces that others will miss.

Additionally, properly taking care of an office building’s maintenance means specialized services regarding private information. Legal, financial, medical, and personal records require more than just a trash bag to dispose of properly. Failure to properly destroy sensitive information can leave the company responsible with a heavy legal and financial liability. Similarly, many townships have mandated recycling as a routine process, the violation of which can carry heavy fines and penalties. Commercial properties can be held to even stricter codes in this way. By selecting a top cleaning services provider, you also can count on reliable specialized services like recycling and shredding, so you’ll never need to worry about whether materials were appropriately disposed of.

Ultimately, a big consideration in selecting an office maintenance service will be the value you’ll receive in terms of both price and quality. By selecting a full service company to handle all of your cleaning and maintenance needs, you’ll be able to find both. A large company, covering a variety of services, is able to offer competitive pricing across the board, while also delivering expert professional experience and reliability.

What is Green Cleaning? Do You Really Want It?

June 28th, 2010

The newest trend of this century is to be “green.” That means that people tend to waste less, be more conscious of their choices, and try to help the environment.

One area that has especially benefitted from the new green emphasis is cleaning. We spend most of our lives in homes, apartments, schools, vehicles, and business buildings. Because we live indoors, internal air quality is crucial to our health. As such, we want to make sure our buildings are cleaned in ways that do not eventually hurt us.

What is green cleaning? It is cleaning that does not harm our health or our environment.

In years past, spring-cleaning could actually make indoor environments toxic. Grandma’s cleaners were not the best for us. Many of the old-fashioned cleaning products were petroleum based. They cleaned well, but they also did damage.

Chemical products of just a few years ago gave off harsh fumes and left annoying residues. Did you ever get a headache from just one whiff? Did your mother have to use rubber gloves when she was cleaning?

Recently, many brands of safe cleaners have become available on store shelves. They are starting to gain popularity. Just last year, green product sales increased by 16%.

Nowadays, most safe cleaners are made without petroleum. Many are manufactured from renewable resources and are non-toxic and biodegradable. Your commercial cleaning vendor can now provide new formulations for:
•Glass cleaners, window cleaners, mirror cleaners
•General purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, disinfectants
•Tile cleaners, hard floor cleaners,
•Carpet cleaners, stain removers
•Hand soap, paper products
•Aerosols, air fresheners

As you are shopping for safe products, a good place to start is with the green seal. Green Seal Certification has been established to recommend products that are both effective and safe. Green Seal Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization based in Washington. They are committed to using and developing science-based standards to insure safe and effective products and services.

Even politicians are waking up to the problem. Because indoor air quality has come to the forefront, many State Legislatures have enacted Green School Acts to promote health for children and teachers at schools. Janitorial services are providing a valuable benefit by using safe cleaning products.

Many people are also seeing the need to provide safe work environments for employees. In addition to air quality, residues have become a problem. Unless a building has good air exchange, residue chemicals build up on all horizontal surfaces and the workplace becomes unhealthy. It is probably a good idea to have a commercial carpet cleaning firm wash out the residues that have settled on the carpet for years.

Businesses and homeowners are often hard-worked and time-pressed. There is no time for cleaning. Fortunately, there are commercial cleaning services that specialize in “green cleaning.” They specialize in improving indoor safety for you, your kids, pets, and employees.

Times change and we have to decide if we want green cleaning. It seems like a lot of change, but the alternative is to go back to the dangerous and unhealthy chemicals of the past. What we truly want now is cleaning that helps us without hurting the environment.

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What Do Smart Business People Know About Germs?

June 25th, 2010


As outdoor temperatures rise and the grass becomes greener, everyone starts to relax. After all, another flu season has passed. When spring and summer come, it is easy to forget about germs. But germs don’t just disappear.
•Did you know that a typical telephone hosts 25,123 germs on a spot the size of a postage stamp?
•Would you pick up the phone if you knew that over 1400 bacteria thrive on just the mouthpiece?

But these aren’t the only places germs abound. Computer keyboards, doorknobs, and light sockets are contaminated with hundreds of microbes that make us sick. However, it does not have to be that way.

There is proof that when businesses get rid of germs, people stay well. After Air New Zealand began sanitizing their telephones and computers, their absenteeism and sick days improved by 52%. Smart business people know that cleanliness saves money.

There are several economical measures you can take as a manager or owner to keep your company staff productive and healthy. The steps are not difficult, but they do require reminders and simple systems. Keeping the office healthy hinges on the efforts of both the office staff and the janitorial services of professionals.

Personal Measures That Bring Safety
An uncovered cough can bring your office to a standstill within days. Everyone in a business needs to be taught how germs spread and how to avoid contamination.
1.Encourage employees to wash their hands often
2.Put bottles of hand sanitizer on desks, by doors, and in the restroom.
3.Teach people to keep their hands away from their eyes, mouth, and nose.
4.Encourage people to use tissue to cover their cough or sneeze.
5.Used tissues should be discarded immediately in a wastebasket and not a drawer.
6.The wastebaskets need to be emptied daily.
7.Minimize face-to-face contact with people, especially those who are sick.
8.Encourage telecommuting where possible.

Janitorial Services That Insure a Healthy Office
Viruses, fungus, and bacteria grow almost everywhere. Door handles, telephones, and chairs become especially grungy. But how many businesses really sanitize?

Mundane cleaning tasks are easy to overlook and often go undone. Investing in an office cleaning service helps businesses remain productive and healthy. When you hire a commercial cleaning company, ask about the proven methods and checklists they use. Insist on a safe electronic cleaner. In addition, confirm that they will sanitize:
•telephones, copy machines, fax machines, calculators,
•desk tops, desk handles, filing cabinet drawers, cabinet doors,
•doorknobs, light switches, push plates, door posts,
•sink knobs, soap dispensers, water taps, hand dryers,
•toilet handles, toilet paper dispensers, bathroom stall handles,
•refrigerator handles, microwave ovens, table tops, cabinet tops,
•and any other area people’s fingers touch.

Ask your commercial cleaning vendor to thoroughly disinfect your work area several times a year and then to follow a regular schedule of maintenance. You may want them to sanitize daily, monthly, or three times a week. It may seem like wasted effort, but remember how much money the airline saved once it began sanitizing work areas.
You also need to have an ample supply of preventive supplies on hand. Make sure to stock:
•tissues for each desk and sitting area,
•soap,
•hand drying supplies,
•bottles of sanitizer, and
•anti-bacterial towels.

Here is an easy tip. Disinfecting wipes can reduce bacteria and germs by 99% on commonly touched office equipment and phones. Keep them handy and encourage their use.

A clean workspace is everyone’s responsibility. Keep your company healthy, happy, and productive by keeping microbes at bay. So what do smart people know? They know that daily maintenance keeps unseen germs from wreaking havoc on profitability. Pass the wipes, please.

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Do You Know the Five Secret Ingredients that Will Save You Money?

June 22nd, 2010

Even though stores would like to sell you dozens of cleaners, you don’t need them. With just five simple ingredients, you can clean nearly everything in your car, office, or home.

Commercial cleaning providers know that many cleaning jobs have five separate actions:
1.Remove the dust and dirt
2.Dissolve and rub away the buildup
3.Rinse off the dissolving solution
4.Dry, shine, or polish
5.Prevent further soiling
The Green Ingredients
Home and office cleaning with household items has become a very popular green trend. With the following five ingredients, you can cleanse an amazing array of surfaces.
•White distilled vinegar
•Table salt
•Baking soda
•Dish detergent
•Water

Vinegar: Make sure you use distilled white vinegar. Cleaning with vinegar is economical and non-toxic. Because vinegar is naturally acidic, it dissolves many substances. It also kills bacteria and germs. Don’t be afraid to use vinegar because it has an odor. After a few minutes, the smell wears off.

Salt: Table salt is an effective abrasion agent. Because it is soft, it will not scratch surfaces but will help remove tough caked-on substances.

Baking Soda: Baking soda is also a good scouring agent. It is essentially the opposite of vinegar. Baking soda tackles stains that vinegar cannot remove.

Dish detergent: Soap is used to break the surface tension of water and allow water to get closer to the stain.

Water: Soft water is considered the best dissolvent in the world. Over time, it will dissolve or change almost anything. Water is the perfect cleaning agent. It is best to use soft water or distilled water for rinsing.

You can combine these five ingredients in various ways to make a useful assortment of safe, non-toxic, office cleaning formulas.

The Tools You Will Need
You will also need a few common items to complete your cleaning kit.
•bowl for mixing
•several spray bottles to hold spray solutions
•rubber gloves for heavy cleaning
•old toothbrushes for scrubbing
•soft towels for drying
•soft cloths for polishing
•dryer static sheets for making baseboards anti-static
Full Strength Vinegar
Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and use to:
•wipe desk and countertops to remove stains, kill bacteria, and leave a fresh smell
•soak plastic items to remove stubborn stains
•clean the coffee maker
•spray on cutting boards for five minutes, then rinse
•spray on all surfaces of the toilet to kill bacteria and germs
•soak showerheads and faucets to remove calcium buildup
•clean the wheel of a can opener with vinegar and a toothbrush
•discourage mildew by spraying on outside window sills
•soak your sponges in vinegar and then rinse
•clean sticky scissors
•clean shower door tracks with vinegar and a toothbrush
•clean road grime off of windshield wipers then rinse with clear water

Naturally, your commercial cleaning services will take care of the regular heavy duty jobs, but it’s always recommended that you have these green and natural cleaning products on hand to tackle any spills or in-between cleanings.

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Cleaner Workplaces, Healthier Workers

June 18th, 2010

How many hours a day do you spend in your office? Is the place clean and well-maintained all the time? Do your colleagues smoke in the office and, as a consequence, you must breathe this polluted air? Most people complain about the fact that their offices are not clean enough or that they can be cleaner, but, at the same time, they understand that building managers or owners cannot clean the entire building every day. Why is it so important to keep the workplace as clean as possible?

For one thing, a clean environment makes a better impression on potential clients and workers. Imagine that you, as the president of a very important company, invite a well-known executive to your office in order to close the deal that will change the way your company does business. When you arrive at the office with this VIP person, you realize that the office is not tidy enough; there are piles of documents on every desk, the floors are not polished, the windows are dirty, the few plants that exist are almost dead…to put it simply, the whole office is a mess. You look at the face of the executive of the other company and you can understand clearly what he is thinking: “Katrina must have been here”. Remember that people tend to judge others and mainly companies by their appearance. You have probably figured out what this executive’s first impression is.

Moreover, it has been proved that employers are more likely to become ill, and therefore, be absent from work, which definitely decreases production, when they work in a poorly maintained environment. This situation is even worse if the worker suffers from Asthma. Asthma patients are much more affected by contaminants such as dust or smoke. Besides, it is said that people do not feel encouraged to work at the top of their capacity if they are in an untidy or unclean workstation.

So the one million dollar question is: how can a company improve the condition of the work environment so as to provide both its clients and workers with a proper place to do business and to work? Fortunately, there are companies that have carried out studies on optimal sanitary conditions of workplaces in order to develop the best and most efficient cleaning services, which focus not only on the workstations, where the worker spends most of his time, but also on the entire building. Therefore, they provide services such as: window cleaning, floor cleaning, restroom sanitation, waste removal and recycling, among many others. Their main purpose is to provide services that create healthier and more attractive workplaces.

To conclude, if you want to avoid absenteeism and making a bad impression on your potential and current clients, contact a commercial cleaning company and hire its services. In a few days, your office will be shining like a diamond and your workers will be pleased to work in such a well-maintained environment; now they’ll probably feel safer and more comfortable.

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Which Paper Shredder is Right for Your Office

June 15th, 2010

While your office is generally maintained and organized by your janitorial services, there are some daily tasks that employees must handle for both security reasons and to keep paper clutter from getting out of hand. One of these important tasks is getting rid of superfluous papers and documents that need to be destroyed. Offices often use a paper shredder or paper shredding service to accomplish this task. If your office is in the market for an office shredder, there are several things to take into consideration before making a purchase to ensure you find the right machine for your specific needs.

Mid Size Shredders
-A paper shredder for the office will ultimately handle more work than one you might purchase for home use. In all likelihood it will be used by more than one person, and maybe as often as several times a day, which will require it to have a thermally protected motor that will prevent it from overheating during prolonged use. When searching for the right office paper shredder, be sure to consider its speed, capacity and price to ensure that it does what you need it to do. Most mid size shredders for office use can handle things like paper clips and staples so the need to take documents apart before shredding is eliminated, which can be a great time saver for busy employees. They will also usually include an auto off and reverse functions in the case of paper jams.
-You also want to be sure that your paper shredder looks nice in the office and blends well with the other furniture and equipment. Today’s paper shredders are very sleek and efficient looking, unlike their cousins of the past.
-There are also different types of cuts to consider depending on the level of security required for disposed documents. Some machines perform a simple strip cut which is a standard level of shredding, and others, where more security is required can shred papers in a cross cut fashion. More expensive models can reduce paper to pure confetti.

High Volume
-If you have a larger office and therefore a larger amount of paper to shred, you may want to consider a high volume or heavy duty shredder. These machines will accept almost thirty sheets at a time and shred quickly and efficiently in a variety of cuts to suit your security needs.
-They are built to be more durable to stand up to longer periods of use. Obviously, they will come with a higher price tag but there is really no way to put a monetary value on the security of your company’s information.

While these two types of machines can handle the main paper shredding requirements for a variety of office needs, other machines offer even more features that your company may or may not require such as cardboard shredding or CDs. It’s always wise to consider your exact needs before investing in any of the available models.

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How to Create a Natural Office Cleaning Kit

June 11th, 2010

Even when you have janitorial services to take care of things, there are day to day chores around the office that must be completed by staff members to keep things tidy on an ongoing basis.  If you’ve gone to the effort of finding a company that uses environmentally friendly products for the office, you certainly don’t want to undermine those efforts by using harmful chemical cleaners for the in between jobs.  It’s easy to create a small kit of natural cleaning products to keep on hand at the office for handling those little clean ups in a safe and green fashion.  Here are some easy tips on preparing a natural office cleaning kit.

-For bathroom and kitchen cleaning, a box of baking soda is the first ingredient for your kit.  Simply mix baking soda with water until a fairly thick paste forms.  Put a bit on a sponge and use to quickly wipe down sinks, countertops and tiles.

-For windows, glass tabletops or mirrors that need a touch up now and then make a natural glass cleaner by mixing a small squirt of dish detergent and about 3 Tbsp. of vinegar to a couple cups of water.  Put it all in a spritzer bottle and apply as you would a commercial cleaner, using either lint free cloths or squeegee to clean.

-To keep wooden desks, cabinets and credenzas looking spit spot between major cleanings, a natural furniture polish is the answer.  In a small jar, combine a small spoonful of olive oil with about a quarter cup lemon juice. Dab a small soft rag into the mixture and rub into wood surfaces.  This mixture not only works well it smells great too!

-Unfortunately, unpleasant odors sometimes linger around the office.  Cooking, smoking and even sometimes outdoor odors can creep into the office and make the surroundings unpleasant.  Commercial air fresheners can only mask these odors and are can sometimes even be quite toxic. A natural, harmless odor remover can be made and included in your natural office cleaning kit easily and inexpensively.   To a cup of hydrogen peroxide, add ¼ teaspoon of fruity scented dish soap and a tablespoon of baking soda.  This can be sprayed directly into the air but it should not come in contact with furniture or electronics.

-For a handy kitchen cleaner, mix equal parts water and white vinegar and add a tablespoon of lemon juice.  Keep a spray bottle of this mixture handy for quick counter, sink, stovetop and microwave clean ups.

-And last but not least, if there should be a spill on the carpet, a quick and efficient spot cleaner can often save the expense of professional cleaning.  Simply mix equal parts baking soda and salt with a few drops of white vinegar to make a paste. Apply a bit of the paste to the carpet with a soft brush and let it sit until it’s dry, then vacuum.  Be sure to test this method in an inconspicuous spot before using to test that it doesn’t damage the color of the carpet.

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Benefits of Keeping Your Office Clean

June 10th, 2010

So, you don’t know why you are not as productive as some of your colleagues and deliver less while working twice as hard?

We recommend you take a look at your desk.  Employees who keep their office desk tidy and who work in a clean environment are much more efficient than those who work surrounded by a mess.

It has been proven that cluttering our lives is a mechanism we subconsciously use to distract our brain from what we want by encouraging procrastination.

If the idea of getting rid of all the clutter on your desk scares you to death, focus on how great it will feel when you are able to be 100% productive and are worthy of a raise or promotion.

The brain requires a clean environment to be able to deal with the abundant tasks that fill your day.  Distractions like accessories or photos are not acceptable.

It is not for nothing that people say you must look at someone’s desk to discover how organized his or her life, in general, really is.  One of the most meaningful ways to show how professional you are is to have a clean desk.

Researchers have discovered that using light colors and a minimalistic office décor lowers stress levels considerably; thus, a clean environment will help you go through the day in a calmer and more controlled way.

Your whole office environment must be tidy, and everyone’s desk should be spotless clean; no food, no empty coffee mugs, and no handbags or briefcases should be left on the desk.  Files have to be filed neatly, and pens, paper clips, pencils, and erasers should have a specific place so that these are not lying all over the desk.

Your goal should be to achieve focus in order to be more productive individually and as a team.  This is so important that it should be one of your top priorities in life, to get organized and to clean up your mess.  Make your environment welcoming and productive by putting a plant on a corner, hanging up a nice picture on the wall, and placing a lively rug at your feet.  Set your computer and phone in ways that make them easily accessible.

It doesn’t take long to organize your office space and to clean your working environment.  Join forces to establish a cleaning day or hire a professional office cleaning service to help you regularly.

Motivate your employees and colleagues by giving an incentive to the cleanest desk of the month; everyone will get into the habit and your office productivity will skyrocket.

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Quick Guide to Saving Energy and Recycling in Your Office

June 7th, 2010

A lot of people are devoted to saving and recycling at home; however, the biggest impact is achieved when you do the same in your office.

Consider the level of activity at your workplace:  every light turned on all day long, several computers and other power consuming electrical equipment always on, tons of paper used and discarded throughout the day, paper cups and disposable lunch boxes come and go, and a huge amount of other recyclable waste that is just thrown into the garbage.

Here’s a quick guide that will help you save energy and recycle in your office.  You will not only reduce costs and profit more by applying these tips, but also show your employees, suppliers, clients, and customers, that you care about them and the world.

Lighting
-Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs.

-Turn off the lights when no one is in the room.

-Get rid of decorative or unnecessary lighting.

-Install mirrors to reflect natural light and to diminish the need for artificial light.

-Install automatic motion detecting lights in rooms that are seldom used.

-Set external lights to turn on and off with a timer to prevent them from being on all day long.

Equipment
-Substitute old equipment for the energy-efficiency rated kind.

-Unplug everything that can be unplugged when not being used.

-Do not leave any equipment on standby.  For example, turn off your monitor while you are away, the screensaver is not an energy saver.

-Print as much as you can in ‘economy mode’, to reduce ink or toner consumption by 50%.

-Put your font at a very dark grey instead of black to use 20 to 30% less toner.

-Prefer ink jet to laser printers to reduce electricity consumption by 80 to 90%.

-Print in black and white instead of color to use 50% less electricity.

-Fit multiple pages on one sheet of paper by using ‘size reduction’ on the photocopier.

Heating
-Turn down the heating or turn up the air conditioning a couple of degrees.

-Turn the heating down in unused corridors and storerooms.

-Program the heating system timer to match working hours.

-Maintain doors and windows closed when the heating is on.

-Check the radiators and storage heaters to ensure these are not obstructed.

Business travelling
-When possible, use video conferencing and other communication technologies to avoid travelling.

-Work from home several days a week to reduce commuting.

-Car pool with your colleagues to save gas.

Water
-Ensure that taps don’t leak and that toilets and urinals are working fine.

Recycling and avoiding waste
-Only print what really needs to be printed, and use both sides of the sheet.  If only one side is printed, use the other side to take down notes.

-When possible, use email or telephone to communicate with others.

-Remove yourself from mailing lists and ask companies to contact you by email instead.

-Use 100% recycled paper.

-Have one single waste bin instead of one per desk, so that people have to think twice before throwing something away.  A full single bin will also be a reminder of how much waste is being produced.

-Buy large volumes of cleaning materials to reduce packaging and costs.

-Look for alternative ways to use packaging materials to avoid throwing them away.

-Use old paper to make notepads.

Office cleaning companies that are truly committed to excellence normally provide help with many of the tasks mentioned above.  Talk to yours or look for one that can help you enforce these valuable habits in your office.

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Starting Your Own Office Cleaning Company

May 28th, 2010

If you’re looking for an excellent way to start making money, or maybe looking to be your own boss and quit the 9-5 grind, starting your own office cleaning company may be right for you.  Starting your own cleaning business is a great opportunity to make good money, with little investment needed.  One reason why opening up an office cleaning company in today’s tough economy is a good idea is because businesses, big or small, always need regular cleaning services, especially a company that they can trust.  There will always be a demand for office cleaning companies, and you will always have business as long as you’re reliable, trustworthy, and charge a competitive rate.

The first thing you’re going to need to do when starting your own office cleaning company is to come up with a solid business plan.  If you are unfamiliar with constructing a business plan, there are many excellent resources at the library and online that can assist you.  In your business plan you will want to include the following things.  You will want to include the mission statement for your business, or the reason why you have decided to start your own cleaning company.  You will want to write down the logistics of your operation, as well as your projections for your cost and payment structures, the direction you want your business to head in, etc.  You will want to figure out what is the best rate to charge, what services you’re planning to include, as well as the necessary capital it will take to get your business up and running.

During this planning phase, there will also be other things you will want to consider.  Are you planning on having a business partner for your new business, or are you planning on doing it alone?  If you have a partner you will want to meticulously go through every detail to understand how the profit sharing will work, as well as investments you will need to start your business.  Taking the time to go over this at the beginning will save you lots of time and headaches later down the line.

Your next step will be to construct a solid and concise marketing plan on how you will be bringing in clients.  Because much of the business you will be getting will be coming from referrals, sometimes the hardest step to starting your own cleaning business will be attracting those first clients.  When constructing a solid marketing plan, the best thing that you can do is to do as much research as you can about the existing cleaning companies in your area.  How much do they charge?  What kind of services do they provide?  Are they reliable around the community?  By clearly understanding all these factors you will have a better idea of what kind of price you should be charging, and what kind of services you can offer to stay ahead of the competition.

Now all that’s left is to buy the necessary supplies you will need and to create your own website.  Creating business cards and brochures is also a good idea, so you can pass them around different offices in your area to solicit business.  But the best thing you can do is to create a solid business and marketing plan, with a catchy name to your business, that will show that your business is not only reliable, but also a professional company that does the best work possible.

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5 Steps to Start Your Own Commercial Cleaning Business

May 27th, 2010

If you’re looking to make some extra money, or you want to go for it and have a successful and thriving business of your own, you may want to consider looking into the commercial cleaning industry.  Starting your own commercial cleaning business is not difficult, and even better than that, it is not cost-extensive, meaning you can do it on a pretty reasonable budget.  Because many businesses require a professional cleaning service, and because they don’t like to waste time dividing the cleaning tasks internally, you’re almost guaranteed to get business as long as you go about it the right way.  Here are 5 simple steps that will get you on the way to opening a successful and profitable commercial cleaning company of your own.  Let’s get started.

1.Construct a solid business plan
In any kind of business venture, your first step will always be sitting down and writing a clear and concise business plan that will lay out your objectives, the mission for your business and where it is heading in the future.  Before you get too excited and started buying costly equipment and printing out thousands of business cards, you will first want to lay out your objectives and your plan for where you want your business to go.

2.Determine the type of services your company is planning to offer
Different business offices may have a lot of diverse needs, so it is important for your company to decide at the outset, what services you want to offer, and the price structure for these services.  The best thing you can do when planning this step is to call around other commercial cleaning companies in your area to find out exactly what services they provide, and how much they’re charging for them.  By understanding exactly what your competition is offering, you will be able to better understand what services to offer that other companies do not, as well as the best competitive price to drive more business to your company.

3.Attract clients
After you have constructed your business plan and you know exactly what kind of services you’re going to be offering, your next step will be to create a website and start marketing your business.  Creating a website is always crucial to getting your name out there and making your company available, but it is always a good idea to print flyers and business cards and register your company in your local phone book as well.

4.Purchase the supplies
Now that you’re ready to get started you will want to immediately purchase enough supplies at the outset so that you will be ready to starting taking on business right away.  Depending on the size and scope of your business, you may want to start off small and get only the necessary supplies first before you expand in the future.  Or you may be able to afford to buy as many supplies as you can at the outset, so that you will be able to take on more work right away.

5.Have patience
While the last step might sound a bit obvious, it can not be overstated.  When starting any new business, there are certain to be trying times, and these usually come at the very beginning.  Remember to be patient, and be confident that your business plan is a strong one, while being flexible enough to be able to change aspects of your business on the fly.  With enough patience and determination you will be able to get your business off the ground in no time, and be making the kind of living for yourself that you always dreamed of.

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How to Get Leads For Your Janitorial Company

May 25th, 2010

If you have your own cleaning company but may be experiencing difficulty generating leads for your janitorial services, then there are various things your company can do to jumpstart your business.  While some of these tips may be obvious, others may not be, and they might be exactly what you need to get your business running full steam in no time.  Even if your company doesn’t decide to use all of the following tips listed below, knowing all the different ways to generate business will only give you a clearer and stronger vision moving forward.

1.Referrals- Getting good referrals is one of the best ways your company can bring on new and reliable clients.  Because businesses are always looking for reliable cleaning services, they often look into getting reliable referrals from other companies in their area.  As long as you do a good job and leave strong impressions wherever you work, you’re bound to get a lot of referrals in the process.

2.Internet Marketing- Internet marketing can be a great way to bring new outside business to your company.  Once you have created your own website or blog, you can start working on boosting your web presence through Internet marketing.  Internet marketing is a system of creating web articles that you can post on your site or your blog, to increase web traffic to your business.  You can either do this by typing articles yourself, or paying a professional Internet marketing company that will provide you with the best articles possible, as well as other tactics to boost your web presence.

3.Telemarketing- While telemarketing may not be the most attractive option, many janitorial companies find great success generating leads from telemarketing.  If you want to you can outsource this marketing aspect to a professional company, or just do it in-house.  While it may seem difficult at first, telemarketing is one of the most effective ways to generate leads for your business.

4.Flyers and Business Cards – Creating flyers and business cards is still one of the very best ways to generate new leads for your business.  Putting flyers in janitorial supply stores and other places business owners may visit is a great way to get your name out there as a reputable company.  The same goes with circulating hundreds of business cards with your company logo and contact information.  While this may seem old fashioned, many business owners still use business cards as a primary way of contacting other businesses, and the more business cards you pass out, the more likely you are to get some possible profitable leads.

5.Put an Ad in the Yellow pages – Even though the internet has almost completely made traditional phone books obsolete, they are still excellent ways to get your business information out there.  While the yellow pages aren’t as popular as they once were, there are still many people that go through them looking for business services, especially business owners.  Having your ad in the yellow pages shows that your business is reputable, and it helps to give your company more credibility.

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Are Sanitizers and Disinfectants the Same Thing?

May 21st, 2010

The answer is no, although sanitizing and disinfecting may seem like similar activities, there are differences between the two, and the products used to achieve each one are different.

Companies normally hire a commercial cleaning service to ensure their office space is clean and comfortable; they know there’s no one better to clean a crowded space like a professional, and they normally don’t know a lot about cleaning practices and products. They just sense and see when a space is clean and when it is not.

Nevertheless, the people in charge of hiring commercial cleaning services for their office should know a bit about the topic, otherwise, they can’t make sure they are hiring the best person for the job.

Here we will show you the difference between sanitizers and disinfectants, and we recommend that you quiz you commercial cleaning provider on this, to make sure they know this important difference, and that they are true professionals.

For example, if you are dealing with a food service area, you need a sanitizer; if we are talking about a medical space, you need a disinfectant.

A sanitizer is a chemical that diminishes the number of microorganisms to a safe level.  To be effective, it does not need to get rid of 100% of the organisms.

A sanitizer does not kill viruses or fungi.  In a food service area, the sanitizer has to diminish the bacteria count by 99.999%, and must kill infectious organisms in 30 seconds.

A disinfectant, on the other hand, is a chemical that destroys all organisms.  These organisms are bacteria and pathogens that cause disease.

According to the law, a disinfectant has to diminish the level of pathogenic bacteria by 99.999% in a period of time of over 5 minutes but less than 10.

In case you are interested in just removing dirt, this is, general cleaning, you will be ok using an all-purpose cleaner, in fact, a disinfectant or sanitizer won’t get the job done as well as a cleaner will.

Are You Sure Your Restaurant or Café is Clean?

May 21st, 2010

It is easy to wash your cutlery and china in a dishwasher, but in order to truly clean your whole dining area and cooking gear, you will have to exert yourself.

Considering this, just imagine the level of effort that cleaning a restaurant demands.  A place where dozens or even hundreds of people come and go daily, where food is continuously falling to the floor and on the tables, where the bathrooms are visited by all sorts of individuals with different habits, where the kitchen is full of people talking and manipulating food, and amid all this activity, the place has to be spotless clean all the time, to ensure the health and satisfaction of your personnel and clients.

A commercial cleaning service can help you clean your restaurant efficiently to offer a hygienic environment for your staff and clients and to extend the life of the furniture and equipment.

A restaurant cleaning professional will provide a wide array of services like:

-Pressure washing of floors and building exterior

-Washing of kitchen hoods

-Exhaust fan, duct, and filter cleaning

-Table cleaning

-Grease trap emptying

-Floor mopping and waxing

-Waiting area vacuuming

-Bathroom sanitizing

-Sink, mirror, toilet, and urinal disinfecting and polishing

-Internal and external window washing

-Window, mini-blind, air conditioner vent, and wall hanging dusting

-Floor and kitchen mat washing

-Refilling consumables, including paper products and soap

-Removing wayward food and filth from dumpster areas

Pressure washing is one of the most crucial services offered by restaurant cleaning services.  Pressure washing helps remove loose dirt and filth to clean the space from top to bottom.

Restaurant cleaning services will also take care of the exhaust fans, which in case of restaurants can become a fire hazard if these are not properly tended to.  When the system is clean, it can remove odors and excess heat from the kitchen efficiently, it helps maintain the kitchen staff comfortable, and lets them focus on the food and its preparation.  Professional cleaners can take your exhaust system to the level of strict NFPA and FDA guidelines.

Restaurant cleaning services will also help you be ready for mandatory state fire and insurance inspections.  After the space is thoroughly cleaned, the commercial cleaning service will give you a certificate or hood sticker specifying when the cleaning was done and what services were delivered.

To ensure your clients are confident about the cleanliness of the bathrooms, the cleaning service will give you a chart that details the restaurant’s daily cleaning schedule.

A Clean Office? Facts about Bacteria Everyone Should Know

May 18th, 2010

Bacteria growth is a big concern in every office and working environment.  Because of the amount of people that share the space, special cleaning is necessary to ensure the employees, clients, and visitors are protected against harmful bacteria.

The first step towards protecting yourself and the people you work with is to understand bacteria and how it spreads. In this way, you can make informed choices and identify the office areas that may be at higher risk of growing bacteria.

Following are some facts about bacteria that will interest you, but most importantly, will freak you out. You will also read about some of the most common ways in which bacteria jump from one surface to another:

-Bacteria can’t spread by themselves.

-We leave bacteria on the things we touch; thus, they can be virtually everywhere.  Pay special attention to doorknobs, telephones, desktops, bathrooms, kitchens, or any other surface that is regularly touched by human hands.

-Bacteria can also travel through air, in the moment someone sneezes, for example.

-Animals and insects are carriers of bacteria too.

-Bacteria reproduce by dividing.  When the cell gets to its maximum size, it begins to join in the middle until it breaks in two.

-The breaking of one cell takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

-In five hours, one bacterium can develop into more than a million bacteria!

-It is very rare to see a case where only one bacterium would start contaminating a surface; it normally starts with a bunch of bacteria. So, you can imagine why it is so easy for them to grow into millions and billions of bacteria so quickly.

Yes, we agree, the thought is scary, but there are very effective ways of killing bacteria:

-With cold
Cold will not truly kill the bacteria, but it will hold back their growth.

-Direct sunlight
You can also use ultraviolet light.

-Heat
You can use sterilization, this is, steam under pressure; or moist heat, this is, autoclaves; or boiling; or dry heat, this is, hot air sterilization.

-Chemical agents
Here we find disinfectants or germicides.

Any office cleaning service you hire to take care of your workplace should understand bacteria and how they grow and move; this is an important way of showing they are professionals, and that they cares for your space and the people in it.

If you liked this article, tell all your friends about it. They’ll thank you for it. If you have a blog or website, you can link to it or even post it to your own site (don’t forget to mention www.maintenance-one.com as the original source).

A Clean Office? Facts about Bacteria Everyone Should Know A Clean Office? Facts about Bacteria Everyone Should Know Bacteria growth is a big concern in every office and working environment.  Because of the amount of people that share the space, special cleaning is necessary to ensure the employees, clients, and visitors are protected against harmful bacteria.

The first step towards protecting yourself and the people you work with is to understand bacteria and how it spreads. In this way, you can make informed choices and identify the office areas that may be at higher risk of growing bacteria.

Following are some facts about bacteria that will interest you, but most importantly, will freak you out. You will also read about some of the most common ways in which bacteria jump from one surface to another:

-Bacteria can’t spread by themselves.

-We leave bacteria on the things we touch; thus, they can be virtually everywhere.  Pay special attention to doorknobs, telephones, desktops, bathrooms, kitchens, or any other surface that is regularly touched by human hands.

-Bacteria can also travel through air, in the moment someone sneezes, for example.

-Animals and insects are carriers of bacteria too.

-Bacteria reproduce by dividing.  When the cell gets to its maximum size, it begins to join in the middle until it breaks in two.

-The breaking of one cell takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

-In five hours, one bacterium can develop into more than a million bacteria!

-It is very rare to see a case where only one bacterium would start contaminating a surface; it normally starts with a bunch of bacteria. So, you can imagine why it is so easy for them to grow into millions and billions of bacteria so quickly.

Yes, we agree, the thought is scary, but there are very effective ways of killing bacteria:

-With cold
Cold will not truly kill the bacteria, but it will hold back their growth.

-Direct sunlight
You can also use ultraviolet light.

-Heat
You can use sterilization, this is, steam under pressure; or moist heat, this is, autoclaves; or boiling; or dry heat, this is, hot air sterilization.

-Chemical agents
Here we find disinfectants or germicides.

Any office cleaning service you hire to take care of your workplace should understand bacteria and how they grow and move; this is an important way of showing they are professionals, and that they cares for your space and the people in it.

If you liked this article, tell all your friends about it. They’ll thank you for it. If you have a blog or website, you can link to it or even post it to your own site (don’t forget to mention www.maintenance-one.com as the original source).Bacteria growth is a big concern in every office and working environment.  Because of the amount of people that share the space, special cleaning is necessary to ensure the employees, clients, and visitors are protected against harmful bacteria.

The first step towards protecting yourself and the people you work with is to understand bacteria and how it spreads. In this way, you can make informed choices and identify the office areas that may be at higher risk of growing bacteria.

Following are some facts about bacteria that will interest you, but most importantly, will freak you out. You will also read about some of the most common ways in which bacteria jump from one surface to another:

-Bacteria can’t spread by themselves.

-We leave bacteria on the things we touch; thus, they can be virtually everywhere.  Pay special attention to doorknobs, telephones, desktops, bathrooms, kitchens, or any other surface that is regularly touched by human hands.

-Bacteria can also travel through air, in the moment someone sneezes, for example.

-Animals and insects are carriers of bacteria too.

-Bacteria reproduce by dividing.  When the cell gets to its maximum size, it begins to join in the middle until it breaks in two.

-The breaking of one cell takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

-In five hours, one bacterium can develop into more than a million bacteria!

-It is very rare to see a case where only one bacterium would start contaminating a surface; it normally starts with a bunch of bacteria. So, you can imagine why it is so easy for them to grow into millions and billions of bacteria so quickly.

Yes, we agree, the thought is scary, but there are very effective ways of killing bacteria:

-With cold
Cold will not truly kill the bacteria, but it will hold back their growth.

-Direct sunlight
You can also use ultraviolet light.

-Heat
You can use sterilization, this is, steam under pressure; or moist heat, this is, autoclaves; or boiling; or dry heat, this is, hot air sterilization.

-Chemical agents
Here we find disinfectants or germicides.

Any office cleaning service you hire to take care of your workplace should understand bacteria and how they grow and move; this is an important way of showing they are professionals, and that they cares for your space and the people in it.

If you liked this article, tell all your friends about it. They’ll thank you for it. If you have a blog or website, you can link to it or even post it to your own site (don’t forget to mention www.maintenance-one.com as the original source).Bacteria growth is a big concern in every office and working environment.  Because of the amount of people that share the space, special cleaning is necessary to ensure the employees, clients, and visitors are protected against harmful bacteria.

The first step towards protecting yourself and the people you work with is to understand bacteria and how it spreads. In this way, you can make informed choices and identify the office areas that may be at higher risk of growing bacteria.

Following are some facts about bacteria that will interest you, but most importantly, will freak you out. You will also read about some of the most common ways in which bacteria jump from one surface to another:

-Bacteria can’t spread by themselves.

-We leave bacteria on the things we touch; thus, they can be virtually everywhere.  Pay special attention to doorknobs, telephones, desktops, bathrooms, kitchens, or any other surface that is regularly touched by human hands.

-Bacteria can also travel through air, in the moment someone sneezes, for example.

-Animals and insects are carriers of bacteria too.

-Bacteria reproduce by dividing.  When the cell gets to its maximum size, it begins to join in the middle until it breaks in two.

-The breaking of one cell takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

-In five hours, one bacterium can develop into more than a million bacteria!

-It is very rare to see a case where only one bacterium would start contaminating a surface; it normally starts with a bunch of bacteria. So, you can imagine why it is so easy for them to grow into millions and billions of bacteria so quickly.

Yes, we agree, the thought is scary, but there are very effective ways of killing bacteria:

-With cold
Cold will not truly kill the bacteria, but it will hold back their growth.

-Direct sunlight
You can also use ultraviolet light.

-Heat
You can use sterilization, this is, steam under pressure; or moist heat, this is, autoclaves; or boiling; or dry heat, this is, hot air sterilization.

-Chemical agents
Here we find disinfectants or germicides.

Any office cleaning service you hire to take care of your workplace should understand bacteria and how they grow and move; this is an important way of showing they are professionals, and that they cares for your space and the people in it.

If you liked this article, tell all your friends about it. They’ll thank you for it. If you have a blog or website, you can link to it or even post it to your own site (don’t forget to mention www.maintenance-one.com as the original source).

Is Your Office Building in Need of Industrial Cleaning?

May 13th, 2010

Industrial cleaning services are available to thoroughly clean any size and type of business facility.

Obviously, your office is cleaned on a daily basis, and you have probably hired a professional office cleaning service to ensure your working space is spotless clean, healthy, agreeable, and accurately portrays your business’s status; however, this may not be enough.

No matter how good and thorough a daily cleaning is, there are always hidden places and areas that are not touched, either because these do not necessarily require daily maintenance or because there’s not enough time in the day to clean everything up.

This is why it is recommended that you conduct an industrial cleaning in your office building every once in a while.

While industrial cleaning companies can carry out every day janitorial services like vacuuming, sweeping, and disposing of trash, they can also schedule a sporadic heavy cleaning appointment with experienced cleaners to give your office a boost.

Industrial cleaning offers services that range from rigorous work like stripping and waxing tile floors to extending the life of delicate and valuable office furniture.  Some of these services take long hours or even days of work, depending on the size and difficulty of the task.

Some of the services that industrial cleaning offers you are:

-Washing exterior windows

-Pressure washing the outside of the building

-Grouting tiles

- Maintenance of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment

-Stripping and refinishing conference room tables

-Dusting ceilings and light fixtures

-Extraction of carpets (dry foam)

-Cleaning parking lots

-”Q-Tip cleaning”

These services have to be scheduled in advance, because the cleaners need enough time to do a professional job without disrupting work areas or employees.

Some companies expect you to have an every day cleaning contract with them before they can be hired to perform an industrial cleaning.  However, if you only want a one-time thorough cleaning, you can research cleaning companies that offer the service freely.

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The 4 Main Benefits of Hiring an External Office Cleaning Service

May 11th, 2010

In reality, there are many great benefits in hiring an office cleaning company, but there are 4 main advantages that may tip the scales if you are still deciding what works best for your company:

1.You eliminate the need to hire another employee
If you hire an employee to take care of your office’s cleaning tasks this means you have to pay wages or a salary; you also have to pay health insurance, vacation time, sick days, insurance for unemployment and injuries, plus other benefits every employee is entitled to.

2.You don’t have to buy cleaning products and equipment
This means you are free from equipment maintenance costs and the regular cost of buying chemicals, because all this is taken care of by the office cleaning service; it is all covered in the contract you sign, which is the only amount you have to pay.

3.You don’t have to sacrifice a valuable employee’s time to take care of the cleaning
Some offices add the cleaning task as one of their employees’ responsibilities, in this way; they don’t hire another person or service to clean the place.

Under this scenario, the company has to either assign one employee to the cleaning, or divide the task among several staff members.

In both cases, the business is putting more work and stress on its employees’ shoulders, and this can, sooner or later, hurt the business because of higher levels of absenteeism, work inefficiently done, and higher turnover levels.

Even worse, if the employees miss a day of work, the cleaning won’t get done!

4.You are free to focus on growing your business
Every successful business knows that outsourcing is a key aspect of success.

A business grows and thrives when the people in it are dedicated to doing what they know to do best, and they don’t waste their time and resources on jobs they don’t master, like cleaning the office.  There are experts to do that.

If you use part of your time for cleaning, you will not have enough time to run your business.

It just makes business sense to hire a professional office cleaning service if you want to succeed and ensure your office shows it.

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How to Clean the Office’s Fridge

April 29th, 2010

Although you may hate cleaning the fridge, it is crucial to do it, whether it is at home or at the office.  If you can’t bare the idea, talk to your commercial cleaning service and arrange that they clean your office’s fridge at least once a month, because a clean fridge maintains food fresh and safe for a longer period of time, and it becomes more energy efficient, saving you money.

Even if you are going to delegate the work, you should know how a fridge should be cleaned, because later you will have to check that the job was well done, thus, here we show you how to clean the office’s fridge properly:

-First, get what you need: 1) a basin with mild soap water, 2) a basin with mild bleach water, 3) sponges or pieces of cloth, and 4) Ziploc bags or other see-through storage containers.

-Unplug the fridge before you begin to clean it.

-Empty the freezer section, and take out the trays that can be removed.  Wash the trays in the soapy water and later wet a piece of cloth or sponge in the bleach water and wipe every tray thoroughly.  Put the trays to dry in the dish drainer or over paper towels.

-Change the soap water and with a piece of cloth or sponge, wipe the freezer’s interior.  Then do the same but with the bleach water.  If you have an odor problem, which is very common in offices’ fridges, mix two tablespoons of baking soda in one quart of warm water and wipe the inside of the freezer with it.

-Sort every product that was on the freezer and get rid of those that are not good anymore, if the products belong to your employees, they must be notified before throwing their food away.  Ask you personnel to use see-through containers and to label them properly.

-Now, move to the rest of the fridge.  Get fresh soapy and bleach waters and wash the pieces of cloth or sponges that you used to clean the freezer.  Empty the fridge; take out the food as well as the racks and trays.

-Wash the trays, racks, and the inside of the fridge just as you did with the freezer.  Do not forget to clean the grooves where the trays fit into, because these are areas where spills from juices and different foods collect, and remember also to clean the seals around the door.

-Sort the products that you are returning to the fridge and ask your employees to get rid of their leftovers or other items that are out of date.  Clean bottles and plastic containers before replacing them in the fridge, and put an open box of baking soda inside to help control odors.

-After the interior of the fridge is impeccable, move to the exterior.  Take some soapy water and clean the outside, especially the door handles; get the excess dirt off with the soapy water and then wipe with a disinfectant.

-Plug in the fridge.

It is imperative that you ask your personnel for help in maintaining the fridge clean and free of outdated food.  It is there for their convenience, thus, keeping it as clean as possible benefits everyone.

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How to Clean and Care for Laminate Floors

April 27th, 2010

Laminate floors are popular because they are hard to damage and easy to clean and care for.  Here we show you how to care for them in the right way:

1.First, carefully and thoroughly read the warranty and care instructions provided by the floor’s manufacturer.  Follow these instructions, or ask your office cleaning service to follow them, as accurately as possible, and consult them if there is a problem.

2.Ask the manufacturer for post-installation cleaning instructions, because you may not be able to mop the floor for the first 48 hours after it has been installed, or there may be special care instructions depending on the brand of the floor.

3.Laminate floors should not be wiped with a wet mop because water may leak behind the baseboards and under the floor creating puddles and damaging them.  To clean them, use a vacuum and a damp mop.

4.You should never apply wax or acrylic floor finishes to laminate floors.

5.If there is a stain, use only the stain removal products recommended by the manufacturer.  You will discover that many articles or publications suggest the use of acetone for cigarette burns and nail polish spills, and mineral spirits for grease and tar.

6.Get doormats for the garage and outdoors doorways.  These will catch grit that may slowly scratch the floor’s surface.

7.Put easy-glide protective buttons on the feet of furniture to avoid scratching the floor.

8.When moving a big piece of furniture or a heavy appliance across a laminate floor, use dollies, otherwise, you may scratch it with minute stones that are trapped under the furniture’s feet or under the wheels.

A lot of the precautions you must take to protect your laminate floor when working with sharp or heavy objects are based on common sense.  For example, if you are going to install a ceiling fan or are going to use a drill, place a thick cloth or piece of carpet under the area to protect the floor, because you can damage it if you drop something by accident.

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Carpet Cleaning – Easier Said Than Done

April 22nd, 2010

Cleaning always depends on the nature of the materials being treated. Professional cleaners, for instance, know that carpet manufacturers use several types of fibers and that each type poses different cleaning challenges. Most people, however, cannot differentiate nylon from acrylic or polypropylene fibers.

Either made of natural or synthetic fibers, carpets come in a variety of textures and materials. Texture and materials determine the feeling of a carpet; but also the extent to which dirt and germs adhere to it.  Likewise, the technology used in the manufacture of the carpet has an impact in the cleaning process.

Most carpets, for example, consist of at least two layers: a bottom sheet holds in place an upper stratum of knotted, woven or tufted fibers. Applying a heat treatment, manufacturers ensure that the fibers will retain their shape.

Synthetic, natural or blended?
Manufacturers choose fibers for economic and aesthetic reasons and take into account ease of dyeing, durability, resistance and costs. Natural fibers (long strands of material that can be found in plants and animals), for example, can be easily dyed, although generally more expensive than synthetic materials.

The most commonly used natural fibers are: wool, for the upper layer; cotton, for the edges (of rugs); and jute or hemp for the bottom layer.

Expensive, but long-lasting and abundant, wool is usually blended with synthetic fibers.  Commercial cleaning services should avoid heat and bleaching products when cleaning wool-made carpets and rugs; otherwise, the structure will be irreversibly damaged.

Synthetic fibers are: polypropylene, nylon, polyester and acrylic.

Polypropylene (also known as olefin) combines resistance to stain and abrasion with a warmth feeling. As this colorfast material absorbs no water, office cleaning services can handle coffee, tea and similar waterborne stains without difficulty.

Unlike wool, olefin can be treated with bleach and lukewarm water thanks to its colorfast property. Dry cleaning, however, may swell polypropylene fibers and must be avoided.

Chemically related to wool (believe it or not), nylon fibers have positive-charged sites that attract negative-charged stains; i.e., nylon carpets show a tendency to stain.  Manufacturers reduce the number of available dye sites with acid dye blockers, resins with negative charge that fill the spots. The acid dyes in beverage stains cannot attach themselves to the nylon strings.

Carpet cleaners also must take into account the neutralizing effect of some bactericides and anti-static products.  These chemicals have positive charge; if applied to a nylon carpet, they will only make it more prone to staining.

Should you clean it yourself or hire professional janitorial services? As you can see, carpet cleaning is more complicated than it seems. If you need to clean a large area carpet, first find out what materials it is made. Then, pick the right detergent solution and use adequate rinse procedure.

However, if you have no idea of the type of fibers or if you feel unsure about the adequate products, call a professional cleaning company. Efficient commercial and office cleaning services cost much less than having to replace an irreversibly damaged carpet.

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5 Simple Tips to Keep Your Office Clean

April 20th, 2010

Whether you work from home or in an office, you surely spend a lot of time in front of your desk, which means you touch and grab things with your hands (like phones, keyboards, etc). By touching them, two things happen: if your hands are not clean, they’ll get those things dirty; and if those things are dirty, but your hands are clean, your hands will get dirty. We could say that when two things make contact, the dirtiest one gets the other one dirty. A good reason to keep your workplace clean. But how?

The most important tip any office cleaning guru can give you is to be aware of the consequences of not having a clean office. To put it simply, if we don’t take care of cleaning our work environment, we’ll become ill.

So, it goes beyond de-cluttering, removing stacks of papers, and organizing bills. Let’s take it step by step:

1.It’s all about habits. It’s so easy to get lazy and let things grow untidy. If needed, put a note on your desk or in your digital calendar to remind yourself that you must take 15 minutes to clean up your desk and put everything away. As time goes by, you’ll get used to cleaning your work environment without even thinking about it while you do it.
2.Try not to eat at your desk. I know this is a hard-to-follow rule. But in order to understand why eating at your desk is so unhealthy, think of it the other way around: would you take your desk and your PC and work in the kitchen? If this example doesn’t hit home, I suggest you turn over your keyboard and shake it, to see all the dirt and food remains that fall onto your desk like beautiful snowflakes.
3.Clean your desk at least once a week. After you tidy up your papers and stuff, this is the place that needs to be cleaned first. Use a soft cloth and any spray cleaner to wipe down your computer, monitor, keyboard, speakers, telephone, lamp, pencil holders, paper stackers, and anything else. Do not spray your cleaner directly onto the objects; simply spray your cloth and wipe them clean. Make sure your computer and monitor are turned off before cleaning.
4.Waste basket. We tend to think that throwing garbage in the trash can is enough to get rid of it. But our minds are playing a trick on us, because the trash can is inside our environment. It will become a place where bacteria grow unless we clean it regularly. For this purpose, you can use a cleaning spray too, but make sure you use a different wipe than the one you used for your desk.
5.The floor. If you have carpet, vacuum regularly. Tiled and other types of hard floor should be swept and mopped at least once a week. If you have a plastic chair roller over your carpet, be sure to clean it as well, using the spray cleaner.

Office cleaning is so important to add that plus to our quality of life. It will ultimately increase your productivity, because you’ll sense a healthier environment, and hence you’ll work more enthusiastically.

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Cleaning the Office – An Individual Commitment

April 19th, 2010

Definitely, every office needs a commercial cleaning service, but we’d like to talk about a most important fact: individual commitment. Every employee, every worker, must be aware of their responsibilities when it comes to keeping a healthy work environment, free of dirt and potential diseases. After all, most people spend a lot of daily hours in the office, and it’s been proven that a clean workplace is favorable for production.

As in mostly every aspect of our lives, when we talk about cleaning, we should keep the old adage in mind: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why we encourage you to include a cleaning habit in your daily routine. To show you that it’s not hard to achieve, let’s go through some specific tips that’ll help you know where to start.

Electronics

To clean and disinfect computer keyboards, we recommend a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. Make sure you don’t soak the cotton swab, since this could damage the artifact.
Computer keyboards are among the dirtiest items in the office. Turn them over, and softly shake them to free them from food remains and dust. Then, use compressed air to blow the keyboard out. Finally, clean the entire keyboard wiping its surface with cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol. This process will clean and disinfect the keyboard, and help to halt the spread of germs. Before you clean your computer screen, turn it off. Then, wipe it gently with a soft microfiber cloth. Dust the printers and computer cases, fax machines and telephones with microfiber cloths.

Furniture

Meticulously clean desk and shelves monthly or weekly, depending on how much dust settles on your furniture. To avoid insects nesting among your papers, remove everything once a month and clean the surfaces, wiping with an all-purpose cleaner. Before you put books or files back in their proper places, dust them. This monthly routine will save you cleaning time weekly. If your office chair is made of leather or vinyl, use leather wipes to wipe it down.

Disinfectant wipes

Disinfectant wipes are handy and they come packaged in a way that you can grab them whenever you need them. You can place them in your desk, so, for exmaple, if you drop some food on your keyboard you can immediately clean it in less than 20 seconds, or quickly clean up coffee spills, or even frequently clean the mouthpiece of the phone, which is a haven for germs. Remember that dirt tends to attach to surfaces as time goes by, so it’s always better to clean it at the moment.

Some extra helpful hints

Keep a few trash can liners near your office trash can so you can quickly empty the bags and replace them. Having one of those dusting tools or mini vacuum cleaner can be very useful. Also, consider plugging in an air freshener to have a clean and fresh scent that lasts for several weeks.

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Towards Eco-Friendly Janitorial Services

April 14th, 2010

Traditional cleaning products contain volatile components with toxic properties. Office workers with long-term exposure to these substances show decreased performance at best. Many of them develop lung disease.

Although we are often unaware of the many toxins and pollutants left by cleaning products, these can be found on office furniture, floors, windows, kitchenettes and bathrooms.

Some cleaning procedures, paradoxically, may make things worse (e.g., inexpert carpet cleaning):

We learned of a case where a client hired a company to clean a large rug.  After several days of cleaning, the company brought it back on a Friday. More interested in the coming weekend, no employee wanted to take care of the rug, so they left it, wrapped in nylon in a corner. The following week, the client found the rug all whitish coated. The cleaning company had used a chemical and failed to adequately air the carpet after using a chemical. The nylon wrapping retained moisture and promoted the proliferation of fungi.

A typical janitor uses 6 gallons of hazardous chemicals per year and about 18 gallons of other substances.

Some of these products, allegedly beneficial to human health, have never been tested and their environmental impact remains unknown.

Responsible office cleaning companies control their employees and make sure they mix cleaning compounds in the proper proportion. When detergents, antimicrobial preparations and cleaning solution are not adequately prepared, they may cause more problems than they help fight.  Microbes that survive weak bactericidal solutions generate resistant strains.

Moreover, good janitorial services train their employees in post-cleaning procedures. For example, they teach janitors how to dispose of hazardous chemicals—such as petroleum derivatives which contaminate water sources— without using the drainage system or trash cans.

Bad janitorial services contribute to indoor pollution.

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that air pollution in a typical office may climb as high as one hundred times as much as the pollution level outdoors. Besides shaking dust, poorly trained cleaning staff spreads dust mites, mold, dander and bacteria.

Meanwhile, a UK government organization found that air pollution in the office caused a 9% decrease in productivity and about 16 hours of lost work per month per employee.

Most employees, however, are unaware of what causes their wheezing, bronchitis, skin disorders, dry eyes, headaches and bad mood.

For example, one of the 6 most common air pollutants is ozone. Did you know that high-voltage equipment in the office produces ozone? Or did you know that tiny particles of self-copying paper were found guilty of eye and respiratory problems?

Fortunately, as researchers perform more studies and identify unsuspected pollutants and as more healthy cleaning agents reach the market, we improve our understanding of the impact of cleaning procedures.

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Towards Eco-Friendly Janitorial Services

April 14th, 2010

Traditional cleaning products contain volatile components with toxic properties. Office workers with long-term exposure to these substances show decreased performance at best. Many of them develop lung disease.

Although we are often unaware of the many toxins and pollutants left by cleaning products, these can be found on office furniture, floors, windows, kitchenettes and bathrooms.

Some cleaning procedures, paradoxically, may make things worse (e.g., inexpert carpet cleaning):

We learned of a case where a client hired a company to clean a large rug.  After several days of cleaning, the company brought it back on a Friday. More interested in the coming weekend, no employee wanted to take care of the rug, so they left it, wrapped in nylon in a corner. The following week, the client found the rug all whitish coated. The cleaning company had used a chemical and failed to adequately air the carpet after using a chemical. The nylon wrapping retained moisture and promoted the proliferation of fungi.

A typical janitor uses 6 gallons of hazardous chemicals per year and about 18 gallons of other substances.

Some of these products, allegedly beneficial to human health, have never been tested and their environmental impact remains unknown.

Responsible office cleaning companies control their employees and make sure they mix cleaning compounds in the proper proportion. When detergents, antimicrobial preparations and cleaning solution are not adequately prepared, they may cause more problems than they help fight.  Microbes that survive weak bactericidal solutions generate resistant strains.

Moreover, good janitorial services train their employees in post-cleaning procedures. For example, they teach janitors how to dispose of hazardous chemicals—such as petroleum derivatives which contaminate water sources— without using the drainage system or trash cans.

Bad janitorial services contribute to indoor pollution.

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that air pollution in a typical office may climb as high as one hundred times as much as the pollution level outdoors. Besides shaking dust, poorly trained cleaning staff spreads dust mites, mold, dander and bacteria.

Meanwhile, a UK government organization found that air pollution in the office caused a 9% decrease in productivity and about 16 hours of lost work per month per employee.

Most employees, however, are unaware of what causes their wheezing, bronchitis, skin disorders, dry eyes, headaches and bad mood.

For example, one of the 6 most common air pollutants is ozone. Did you know that high-voltage equipment in the office produces ozone? Or did you know that tiny particles of self-copying paper were found guilty of eye and respiratory problems?

Fortunately, as researchers perform more studies and identify unsuspected pollutants and as more healthy cleaning agents reach the market, we improve our understanding of the impact of cleaning procedures.

If you liked this article, tell all your friends about it. They’ll thank you for it. If you have a blog or website, you can link to it or even post it to your own site (don’t forget to mention www.maintenance-one.com as the original source).

Commercial Cleaning Companies Going Green?

April 9th, 2010

Many commercial cleaning companies over the last 5 years have become increasingly aware of how important it is to clean with environmentally friendly products.  Many commercial cleaning companies, as well as the businesses they work for, have learned the hard way that the excessive use of chemically laden cleaning materials can be unhealthy for the building’s inhabitants, as well as the employees of the cleaning service itself.  Some cleaning companies have even gotten sued by sick employees that developed serious health problems due to the harmful chemicals they were using in their cleaning products.

One of these dangerous substances that has been used in many cleaning products over the years is formaldehyde.  Formaldehyde is mainly used in preserving dead bodies, but surprisingly is found in high amounts in many strong commercial cleaning products.  Formaldehyde has been linked to breathing problems, allergies, and even cancer in some cases.  Another age old cleaning substance that has been found to be detrimental to a person’s health is chlorine.  Although chlorine is found in large amounts in swimming pools to fight off bacteria, it is also found in many cleaning products, and has been found to cause respiratory and breathing problems in some people.

One of the worst offenders of potentially dangerous substances found in cleaning products is ammonia.  Ammonia isn’t used in as many cleaning products as it once was, but is prevalent in many disinfectants that commercial cleaners still use.  Ammonia is dangerous because it is both corrosive to the skin, and wreaks havoc on a persons breathing and respiratory systems.  Some forms of ammonia are very strong and can leave a chemical residue on buildings and even human bodies that it comes in contact with.  Too much chemical exposure to ammonia can cause severe skin rashes, skin irritations, headaches, liver damage, heart problems and even birth defects.

Because commercial cleaning companies want their employees, and their customers to be healthy, they are now taking steps to use more eco-friendly products that are much safer and better for the environment.  Eco-friendly commercial cleaning services have developed multiple methods over recent years to clean office premises with safer products that they are finding to not only do a better job, but also in many circumstances are cheaper than traditional cleaning products.  These environmentally conscious products are free of dangerous fumes and are much gentler on the surfaces they clean.

Some of these natural, biodegradable products are not only non-toxic, but are still able to kill as many germs on contact as traditional cleaning products.  Because children and the elderly are especially susceptible to the hazards of chemical exposure due to cleaning products, it is important if you have your business open to children and elderly customers to start thinking about having your company switch over to greener, more natural products.  When contracting a commercial cleaning service for your company, make sure to ask them what natural cleaning products they’re incorporating into their service.

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How to Find a Legitimate Janitorial Service Provider

April 6th, 2010

As a business and building owner, one of the most important things you have to do is to find the right professional janitorial service provider that will best fit your janitorial and operational needs.  However, while there may be a slew of commercial cleaning services out there to choose from, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all of these services are qualified, and even more than that, even licensed.  When choosing the best janitorial service provider that fits the needs and wants of your particular business, or building, there are a number of things you’re going to need to look into first.

As a business or building owner, you probably already have a pretty good idea of what kind of janitorial service you may be looking for, and the exact functions you need them to carry out for you.  However, you may be surprised to know that many janitorial services provide many different things, and you may not always get what you’re asking for.  You may assume that the janitorial service you hire will thoroughly clean and steam the carpets on a regular basis, and take care of polishing and trash removal as well.  While most cleaning services encompass these basic services, many might not.  Before hiring a cleaning service, make sure to make a list of the services you need so you can show your potential cleaning service exactly what you want them to do.

While it is important to find a professional cleaning service that is the most reasonably priced, you should definitely keep an eye out for cleaning services that charge much lower than everyone else.  While these cleaning services may be appealing to many because of their cheap prices, and the possibility of saving your company money, they can also cost your company money as well.  This is because, many low end cleaning services are not usually licensed to do business in your country, state, or city, and are probably not insured or bonded.  This could be a large potential problem if someone gets hurt mopping, or slips and falls down a flight of stairs, or has any kind of accident. You will have to pay for it.

When interviewing applicants to provide you with professional cleaning services, remember that experience is key.  The reason why experience is important in the professional cleaning field is that if a company has been around for a long time, then it has obviously done something right.  Many smaller low end commercial cleaning services don’t last longer then 5 years, simply because of the competition and their overall lack of expertise.  If you find a cleaning service that has been around for 20 years, and one that has been around for 2 years, and offer comparable prices, you can be sure that the company with more experience will be the best option.

The last thing you will need to do when looking for the right janitorial services for your company or building, is to thoroughly check their references.  Checking references is the only true way of getting a glimpse into the integrity and abilities of a professional cleaning service provider.  If the company you have in mind can’t come up with 2 or 3 good references of past work they did, then they are obviously not a professional company, and should not be trusted.  By thoroughly checking references, you will not only get idea an of what kind of work this cleaning provider will do, but first hand information about the companies practices, abilities, and overall attitude.

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