Category: Commercial Cleaning

31 Jul 2020

Tips For Hiring Medical Facility Cleaning Services

Not every commercial cleaning company is suited for medical facility cleaning. There are certain standards that need to be met to protect you, your staff, and your patients. Regardless of the size of your facility, you need to hire a company that understands the uniques needs of the medical industry and has the training and expertise to meet those needs. Here are four tips for hiring a competent medical facility cleaning company:

1) Training

Because healthcare facilities represent unique environments with very specific cleaning requirements it is imperative that you hire a cleaning company that trains their employees specifically for healthcare facility cleaning. A quality healthcare facility cleaning company will be able to describe to you the type of training they provide to their employees to ensure proper policies and procedures are followed when working within a healthcare facility.

  • HIPPA Compliance – Any medical facility training program should include training on HIPPA compliance. All staff should be well educated and compliant with HIPPA standards as well as any internal policies with regard to patient privacy.
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training – In addition to HIPPA training, cleaning staff should be in OSHA’s Bloodbourne Pathogens Standards. They should recognize that they are not to handle sharps or waste liners marked ‘Danger – Infectious Waste”.
  • Cross-contamination Avoidance – The last thing you want is a cleaning company that is spreading more germs than they are eliminating. Your medical facility cleaning company should have very specific policies and procedures in place to reduce or eliminate cross-contamination and all employees should be fully trained in this regard.
  • OSHA Compliance – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets standards for safe and healthy workplaces and work practices. These standards are designed to protect both the worker and the business. They include guidelines for safe chemical handling

2) Experience

Obviously you want an experienced commercial cleaning company to manage your medical facility cleaning program, but a company with experience specific to the healthcare industry is paramount. An experienced healthcare facility cleaning company has processes and procedures in place that are designed specifically for the healthcare industry.

They understand the unique needs of the healthcare industry, they understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting and the need for both, and they understand the concepts of cross-contamination and Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs). While training and knowledge are invaluable assets, nothing can replace experience.

3) Employee Screening

As a healthcare facility administrator, you understand the importance of trustworthy staff. The healthcare industry is often home to vulnerable populations, sensitive medical records, and prescription drugs. Yours is an industry ripe for criminal activity and it is vital that whomever you hire to provide cleaning and disinfecting services vigorously screen heir employees.

Any medical facility cleaning service worth their salt should be able to provide detailed information with regard to their employee screening processes upon request.

4) Oversight

Even with proper training and employee screening, smart medical facility cleaning services always have a supervisor on site. This practice ensures oversight of the cleaning staff and gives you direct access to management personnel. Having a manager on-site allows you to immediately address perceived problems, request specific services, and address any other issues that may arise.

In Conclusion

Hiring a medical facility cleaning service is not a hit and miss process. You should do your research, interview prospective providers, and ask a lot of questions. Don’t trust your healthcare cleaning to amateurs, hire the best.

 

 

 

21 Jul 2020
property management cleaning

A Clean Property Is a Profitable Property

As of July 21, 2020, there were 114,405,611 renters in the U.S. and all of these rental properties are maintained by 23,492,343 landlords. That is a lot of property to maintain.

Many landlords hire a property manager to handle everything on their behalf. And one of the most important jobs of property management is keeping the building clean. In turn, many property management firms hire commercial cleaning companies to manage the cleaning of their properties.

Smart property management firms hire commercial cleaners because it makes good business sense. Cleanliness is one of the most important aspects of good property management, and a clean property is safer, more appealing to potential tenants, and more profitable overall.

Here are four good reasons to hire a professional commercial cleaning company to keep your rental property clean and inviting:

1) Curb Appeal

Long before your property management team sits down with a prospective tenant, that tenant is evaluating your property. Dirty parking lots, building exteriors, and outdoor common areas are a red flag to discerning tenants and can be a deciding factor when choosing to enter your rental office or go somewhere else. From swimming pools and tennis courts to parking garages and mailrooms, it is vital that these areas look there very best for potential renters.

A well established commercial cleaning provider will have the tools and resources necessary to properly maintain your property’s exterior. They can ensure that your parking lots, building exterior, and public-facing common areas are clean and inviting.

2) Rental Offices

The second step in the customer journey when evaluating a rental property is often the rental office. This is an area that a commercial cleaner can really help you shine. A clean and inviting reception area and rental office are essential to a good first impression, not to mention the health and welfare of you and your staff.

While you may feel that maintaining a clean office space is the responsibility of your staff, you would likely be surprised at the difference a commercial cleaner can make.

Professional office cleaners are well-versed in proper cleaning techniques, they have the right tools and equipment, the proper cleaning agents, and the training and knowledge to use them safely and effectively. Professional cleaners will pay more attention to high-touch areas, entryways, and restrooms. They will properly maintain flooring, upholsteries, and windows.

You may have a wonderfully responsible staff, but they will not clean your office like a professional cleaning company can. Besides, how many hours per week do you want your staff dedicating to cleaning as opposed to running your property.

3) Other Internal Common Areas

From office lobbies and clubhouses to conference rooms and fitness centers, today’s multi-unit rental properties offer a variety of value-added amenities. These areas are many times the centerpieces of a rental property and typically represent a significant investment.

Because these areas are important assets that add value to your property, they are an important selling point for potential tenants; these areas need to shine. A reliable commercial cleaning company will ensure that these areas always look their best and provide a safe and healthy environment for your tenants.

These are also high-traffic areas that require sanitation to protect the health of your guests. Fitness equipment, restrooms, conference tables, and shared office equipment are breeding grounds for germs. A respected property management cleaning service will ensure that these areas are clean and sanitary to protect the wellbeing of all who use them.

4) Move Out Cleaning

When a tenant leaves a rental unit it is imperative that the space is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized for incoming tenants. As a property manager, you know how important this phase of the rental process can be. A poorly cleaned apartment or office space will not only start your relationship with a new tenant off on the wrong foot, it will cost you additional man-hours to rectify the situation.

When preparing a rental unit for occupancy it pays to hire a commercial cleaner. Professional property management cleaning companies understand the importance of making a space ‘move-in’ ready. They will deep clean your rental unit from floor to ceiling, helping to ensure a happy tenant and minimal downtime.

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These are just a few good reasons to outsource your property management cleaning needs to a professional commercial cleaning company. At Complete Care Maintenance, we offer a variety of services that can help make your job easier and your property more profitable. Contact us today to learn how we can help!

10 Jul 2020
restroom cleaning

Restroom Cleaning: Is Your Cleaning Company Doing Enough?

Let’s face it, nobody likes a dirty restroom. It is not just that a dirty restroom is unsightly, it is also unsanitary and could be causing health problems for you, your staff, and your customers. What is worse is that if your restroom is not clean, the rest of your business or facility isn’t clean either.

Think about this scenario: An employee enters your unclean restroom, does their business, and exits without washing their hands. On their way out they touch the stall door, the restroom door, and then proceed to use the microwave, the water fountain, and the copier machine.

Even if your workplace was clean before this single episode, it is not clean now. The fact of the matter is that an unsanitary restroom makes for an unsanitary workplace and an unsanitary workplace can lead to lower productivity, higher absenteeism, and increased costs.

So is your cleaning company doing enough to keep your workplace restrooms clean and sanitary?

Not All Commercial Cleaning Companies Are Created Equal

Commercial cleaning companies come in all shapes and sizes and like in any industry there are those who do an exceptional job, those that do a mediocre job, and those that do not do a good job al all. When it comes to keeping your restroom clean, mediocre doesn’t cut it and if they are doing a poor job, you may as well clean it yourself.

The best commercial cleaning companies do many things better than the other guys, but the two things that make them stand out is their understanding of the cleaning process and their adherence to it. Exceptional commercial cleaning companies have processes in place that help ensure consistent and thorough cleaning, and the one place where these procedures are most evident is the restroom.

Restrooms Cleaned Right

A truly professional commercial cleaner understands that an unsanitary restroom is a catalyst for an unsanitary workplace. They understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting and the need for both. They understand dwell times, cross-contamination, and the value of a truly effective and efficient cleaning process.

First off, a well-organized commercial cleaner has the right tools and cleaning agents required to properly clean a restroom. They will use a variety of cleaning products for different tasks, disposable or color-coded cleaning cloths to avoid cross-contamination, and will thoroughly clean and maintain their equipment after each service.

In addition, a professional cleaning company will adhere to safety procedures, blocking off restrooms, posting wet floor signs, and donning protective equipment to protect themselves and others. They will be familiar with the chemicals being used and be well-versed in how to use them safely.

Dust Above The Floor Surfaces

Dusting above the floor surfaces first helps to ensure that you do not dirty lower surfaces later in the process. Be sure to clean any soiled areas on walls, stalls, and doors, remove graffiti, gum, and clean grout lines.

Check and Refill Dispensers | Empty Trash Receptacles

Check to make sure that dispensers, hand dryers, etc. are working properly and refill those that are running low. These should include toilet paper, sanitary napkins, paper towels, and soaps. Empty trash receptacles and replace liners.

Pre-cleaning Toilets and Urinals

Toilets and urinals should be pre-cleaned by removing any debris from in and around these fixtures, placing urinal strainers in a disinfecting solution, and dispensing of depleted urinal cakes.

Cleaning High-touch Surfaces

The first step in any sanitizing process is to clean. Cleaning removes soils and dust from a surface and prepares it for effective disinfection. Failing to clean first, is failing to disinfect.

Toilets, urinals, sinks, dispensers, countertops, door handles, and other high-touch surfaces should all be cleaned thoroughly.

Accounting For Dwell Times

Once all high-touch surfaces have thoroughly cleaned a disinfectant should be applied. This includes the disinfecting of toilets, urinals, sinks, countertops, door handles, and other high touch surfaces. Once applied, move on to other tasks to allow for appropriate dwell times.

Fixtures and Glass

Assuming appropriate dwell time has elapsed, remove any disinfecting solution from sink fixtures, dispensers, and door handles. Polish these surfaces with a metal polish or glass cleaner. Glass cleaner will generally shine fixtures without polish buildup. Wipe mirrors and glass surfaces with glass cleaner and designated cleaning cloth.

Wipe Down High-touch Areas To Dry

Assuming appropriate dwell times have elapsed return to the high-touch areas to complete the disinfecting process. Be sure to use the appropriate cleaning cloth for each respective surface. You don’t want to wipe the countertop with the cloth used on the urinal. Be sure to replace any urinal strainers and disinfectant cakes after wiping down urinals.

Mop The Floors

At this point, the only surface remaining should be the floor. Restroom floors should be cleaned with the appropriate mix of cleaning agents and water. Too much of a chemical agent will leave the floor sticky and dull, not to mention more prone to dirt buildup between cleanings.

A microfiber mop is the best mop option as it does not require repeated dipping in dirty mop water and will not leave your floors as wet. In addition, microfiber mops tend to more effectively remove dirt, as opposed to pushing it around.

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Need a commercial cleaning company that does restrooms right? Complete Care can help! Contact us today to learn how we can help keep your business or facility clean and sanitary.

 

 

27 Jun 2020
cold fog disinfection

Fighting COVID-19 With Cold Fogging

With the Covid-19 pandemic still wreaking havoc, businesses across the globe are looking for ways to effectively clean and disinfect their facilities. While traditional cleaning and disinfecting processes are still essential, the current viral outbreak demands even more stringent measures. Proven effective against influenza, flu, norovirus, coronavirus, and SARS.

Cold Fog Disinfecting

Cold fogging with proper disinfectants is the method of choice for companies seeking a more thorough disinfecting and sanitizing solution. Cold fogging is a process where a disinfectant is put into a machine and atomized into the air. Unlike a spray, a fog saturates the air in a mist and covers every surface in the room. Even hard to reach areas that are typically overlooked with traditional cleaning methods become saturated with a disinfecting fog, effectively killing bacteria, viruses, and germs.

99.99% Effective

The disinfectants used in the cold fogging process are EPA registered to be effective against hard to kill viruses like Covid-19. In addition, these high-level disinfectants kill a huge variety of other viruses, bacteria, and germs as well as mold, dust mites, and fungi. Because the disinfectant remains on surfaces for an extended period of time before breaking down into inert byproducts, it continues disinfecting long after the initial fogging. With proper disinfectants and thorough application, cold fog disinfecting can kill 99.99% of germs, bacteria, and viruses.

Safe Sanitation

Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) cold fogging is a non-toxic, non-corrosive, and non-caustic process that can sanitize an entire room quickly and efficiently. It is safe for use on virtually any surface including fabrics, draperies, glass, wood, stone, and porous and semi-porous surfaces. It is even approved by the FDA for use in food preparation areas and will not stain clothing or fabrics.

Available For Commercial And Residential Use

Complete Care Maintenance offers disinfecting fogging services for both commercial and residential customers. From multi-family apartment complexes and single-family homes to hotels, schools, fitness centers, salons, restaurants, and retail stores. We can sanitize and disinfect virtually any business or residence quickly and efficiently. Call on Complete Care Maintenance for all of your disinfecting and sanitizing needs.

27 Jun 2020
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With the Covid-19 pandemic still wreaking havoc, businesses across the globe are looking for ways to effectively clean and disinfect their facilities. While traditional cleaning and disinfecting processes are still essential, the current viral outbreak demands even more stringent measures. Cold fogging with proper disinfectants is the method of choice for companies seeking a more thorough disinfecting and sanitizing solution. Cold fogging is a process where a disinfectant is put into a machine and atomized into the air. Unlike a spray, a fog saturates the air in a mist and covers every surface in the room. Even hard to reach areas that are typically overlooked with traditional cleaning methods become saturated with a disinfecting fog, effectively killing bacteria, viruses, and germs. Proven effective against influenza, flu, norovirus and SARS.

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The disinfectants used in the cold fogging process are EPA registered to be effective against hard to kill viruses like Covid-19. In addition, these high-level disinfectants kill a huge variety of other viruses, bacteria, and germs as well as mold, dust mites, and fungi. Because the disinfectant remains on surfaces for an extended period of time before breaking down into inert byproducts, it continues disinfecting long after the initial fogging.

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Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) cold fogging is a non-toxic, non-corrosive, and non-caustic process that can sanitize an entire room quickly and efficiently. It is safe for use on virtually any surface including fabrics, draperies, glass, wood, stone, and porous and semi-porous surfaces. It is even approved by the FDA for use in food preparation areas and will not stain clothing or fabrics. ULV cold fogging is a safe and effective sanitation you can trust.

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Complete Care Maintenance offers disinfecting fogging services for both commercial and residential customers. From multi-family apartment complexes and single family homes to hotels, schools, fitness centers, salons, restaurants, and retail stores. We can sanitize and disinfect virtually any business or residence quickly and efficiently. Call on Complete Care Maintenance for all of your disinfecting and sanitizing needs.

COLD FOG DISINFECTING F.A.Q.

Cold fogging is a process by which liquid disinfectant is atomized, turning it into a fine mist. This creates droplets that are so small that they actually float for a period of time before settling on surfaces. Because of this airborne quality, cold fogging is able to reach areas that typically are overlooked, literally saturating an entire room with disinfectant.

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Cold fogging is one of the most effective methods of disinfection because it reaches areas that are normally overlooked. The chemicals used in our cold fogging process will kill 99.99% of bacteria, germs, and viruses.

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Yes, cold fogging is safe. The chemicals used are non-toxic, non-corrosive, and non-caustic. It is safe for use on virtually any surface and is even approved by the FDA for use in food preparation areas.

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Typically a room can be occupied almost immediately after cold fogging (about 10-15 minutes).

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Yes. We encourage after-hours cold fogging as it allows the disinfectant fog to fully dry.

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No. The thin mist that is applied dries fairly quickly and spaces can be occupied and surfaces used almost immediately. Usually 10 to 15 minutes after application.

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No. The cold fogging process is safe for use on virtually and surface. It will not damage furniture or stain fabrics.

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Yes. Unlike deodorizers and air fresheners that simply mask odors, cold fogging kills the bacteria that causes the odor.

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No. It is always recommended that you maintain a regular cleaning and disinfection routine. Cold fogging does disinfect hard to reach areas that are often neglected during regular cleaning regimens.

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Yes. The chemical used in our cold fogging process are known to kill cold and flu viruses. It is also effective against most known viruses and pathogens.

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The novel coronavirus known as Covid-19 is a new strain of a known virus. While there is currently no studies to prove the effectiveness of cold fogging on Covid-19, it has been proven to eradicate other coronavirus strains and is presumed to be just as effective on Covid-19.

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Yes. We recommend residential cold fogging particularly in homes that have been impacted by Covid-19 or other viruses. Post-infection fogging will help to eliminate any residual virus and make your home safe again.

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16 Jun 2020
post-construction cleaning

4 Reasons To Hire A Post Construction Cleaning Company

Post-construction cleaning is a lot different than your typical cleaning project and it requires advanced planning, proven safety practices, and proper equipment. A professional post-construction cleaning crew will meet all of these requirements and will bring experience and know-how to the job site.

Planning Ahead

A professional post-construction cleaning company knows to plan ahead. They will visit the site prior to sending a cleaning crew to familiarize themselves with the project details. They will evaluate the site for safety hazards, debris removal requirements, and overall project depth. This onsite visit will allow them to determine equipment and resource needs and to prepare a detailed plan to get the job done thoroughly and efficiently.

Safety First

Construction sites often pose safety hazards that are not typically a concern with other cleaning projects. There may be building equipment and materials still on-site, or even active construction nearby. There is often heavy debris, stray screws and nails, and other hazards that cleaning crews need to be aware of and prepared for.

Reputable commercial cleaning companies provide regular safety training for their staff. Well managed crews are familiar with OSHA standards and are fully bonded and insured. A knowledgable post-construction cleaning company will ensure that their cleaning crews are wearing appropriate safety gear and are familiar with how to safely manage onsite hazards.

Appropriate Supplies and Equipment

Post-construction cleaning often requires some pretty heavy-duty cleaning supplies and equipment. For instance, the standard household vacuum cleaner will struggle in a post-construction environment. Loose nails and screws, chunks of drywall and cement, and copious amounts of dust are likely to ruin a typical vacuum cleaner. A professional post-construction cleaning service will have the necessary safety gear, heavy-duty cleaning supplies, and appropriate equipment to manage the job from start to finish.

A Phased Approach

Smart post-construction cleaning companies will typically use a phased approach, starting with the interior of the premises. Rough cleaning of the interior will include removal of large debris, dusting from top to bottom, the removal of window stickers, and overspray, followed by a thorough sweeping of the floors. The goal of rough cleaning is to eliminate as much dust and debris as possible to prepare the interior for a more thorough cleaning.

Phase two involves the detailed cleaning of the interior. This will include cleaning and disinfecting all interior surfaces including windows, cabinetry, appliances, countertops, sinks, showers, tubs, walls, and baseboards. Finally, the floors will be scrubbed and polished to make the premises move-in ready.

The third phase of the post-construction cleaning process will involve the exterior of the premises. Removal of debris, washing of exterior windows and doors, sweeping and dusting of entryways and exterior lighting, and thorough cleaning of parking lots, sidewalks, and other paved surfaces. This ensures the curb appeal that will make your property shine!

In Conclusion

Post-construction cleaning is a heavy-duty task that is better left to professionals. A reputable commercial cleaning company brings knowledge, experience, and proper supplies and equipment to the job site. Hiring professional post-construction cleaning crew will ensure a more thorough, safe, and efficient cleaning, and they will leave your new premises ready for occupancy.

 

10 Jun 2020
office hygiene

How To Improve Hygiene In The Workplace

With Covid-19 still wreaking havoc in the world, office hygiene is more important than ever. Business owners need to protect themselves, their staff, and their customers as best they can and proper workplace hygiene is essential. Here are a few tips on how to promote better hygiene and a healthier workplace.

Educate Your Staff

It is important that everyone on your staff understand the importance of proper hygiene in the workplace. They need to be aware of the severity of the situation and they need to understand that everyone plays a role in keeping each other safe.

Practice Social Distancing

Even in the workplace social distancing rules should be adhered to. Employees should not be allowed to congregate, work stations should be separated, and sharing of resources should be discouraged. The simple act of loaning a coworker a pen could be the catalyst for an outbreak.

Make Face Masks Available

Many positive cases of Covid-19 are asymptomatic. This means that many individuals are not even aware that they are carrying (and spreading) the virus. Making single-use face masks available to your staff and clients, and encouraging their use is an excellent way to limit the spread of viral agents.

Consider Daily Temperature Checks

Investing in a contactless, infrared thermometer and requiring staff to undergo a quick check for fever prior to beginning their workday can help ensure that no one is entering the workplace when sick.

Make Hand Sanitizer And Sanitizing Wipes Available

There should be hand sanitizer at every work station and employees should be encouraged to use it. In addition, you should make sanitizing wipes available to your staff and encourage them to wipe down desks, counters, door handles, etc. after every use. This is especially true for shared resources like printers, telephones, copy machines, and the like.

Schedule Daily Cleanings

Whether you prefer to set aside time at the beginning of the workday or the end, scheduling time for daily cleaning is an important step in preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Cleaning should include all workspaces, electronics (keyboards, mice, monitors), restrooms, breakrooms, door handles, vending machines, and other high-touch items.

Ensure That Soap Dispensers Are Restocked Daily

One of the most effective ways to stop the spread of viruses is simply washing your hands. Soap dispensers in restrooms, breakrooms, and kitchen areas should be restocked daily to ensure that your employees and customers have access to soap for handwashing.

Leave Interior Doors Open

Door handles are one of the most touched items in the workplace. You can help limit the number of times that these items are touched by simply leaving interior doors open. If possible, consider leaving exterior entrance and exit doors open as well.

Encourage Those Who Feel Ill To Stay Home

If a staff member feels ill they need to stay home. You should have policies in place that encourage employees to take a sick day if they are not feeling well. A single worker can quickly infect an entire team if they choose to come to work when ill. Make sure that your staff understands that they are responsible for protecting the health of others.

Consider Hiring A Commercial Cleaning Company

Hiring a commercial cleaning company is a great way to ensure that your workplace is properly cleaned and sanitized. These are professionals that understand how to thoroughly clean and sanitize commercial spaces. In addition, many commercial cleaning companies will restock hygiene products like soaps, sanitizers, toilet paper, and paper towels.

 

04 Jun 2020

Going green and clean: Top eco-friendly commercial kitchen and office cleaning tips

Office and Commercial kitchen and cafeteria cleaning don’t need to be back-breaking, noxious-smelling activities to be feared. In this article, we’ll give you some advice on office cleaners, commercial green cleaning products, and go through some ways to save the environment at work.

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We’ll look at:

  • Traditional office and kitchen cleaning supplies
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products
  • The power of steam cleaning
  • The pros and cons of the DIY eco cleaner
  • Deep kitchen cleaning checklist
  • Office cleaning tips
  • Other ways to go eco-friendly in the office

 

Read on to discover how to go green and join other eco-friendly businesses that are helping save the environment.

 

Keeping your kitchen and office clean and tidy is a basic business health and safety requirement. It’s necessary to help keep your employees and customers happy and healthy. There are expert teams out there who specialise in professional kitchen cleaning and office cleaning so you can be confident you’re meeting all the guidelines. But if you’re looking for ways to be green about your cleaning, it may be a good idea to talk to them about the chemicals and equipment they’re using in your workplace.

 

Traditional office and kitchen cleaning supplies

While effective and excellent at killing germs and viruses, a lot of the harsh chemicals used to clean professional workspaces are bad for the environment. Some even contain phosphates, which can be harmful to aquatic life. Others use hydrocarbons and compressed gas, which is terrible for air pollution and global warming. And that’s not even taking into account the single-use plastic and packaging that a lot of these come in.

 

Having a conversation with your kitchen and office cleaners about sourcing more environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies and methods is a simple way you can go green and clean.

 

Eco-friendly cleaning products

People can be sceptical about sanitising offices and cleaning kitchens with green products, but they’re just as effective at removing dirt, grime and bacteria. Swapping to eco cleaners is the first (and easiest) step you can take in your ‘how to be greener’ journey. And what’s great is that there are loads of products out there that fit the bill, such as degreasers, surface cleansers, and even washroom supplies.

 

Using more products like these is responsible, effective and good for the environment.

 

The power of steam cleaning

When it comes to kitchen cleaning and sanitizing, there are so many extra spaces you have to consider. Ceilings can become caked in grease, kitchen ducting can harbour dust, and grates, drains, and sinks can start to smell so much sooner thanks to the fat and food waste siphoned away.

 

There’s a lot of potential for bacteria in a kitchen, so regular deep cleans are necessary to help avoid customer illness and keep your business compliant with all regulations. But these deep cleans don’t need to be full of harsh chemicals and commercial green cleaning products – Steam cleaning is one of the best ways to be green and clean.

 

Steam Cleaners can reach temperatures between 66-149° C, so they’re certainly hot enough to kill germs, melt grease and remove a multitude of stains with zero scrubbing. And there’s not a chemical or cleaning agent in sight. You can steam clean your floors, surfaces, and appliances. They’re ideal for those out-of-reach places too. Just be careful not to use them on anything porous or prone to heat damage.

 

The pros and cons of the DIY eco cleaner

In your eco-friendly cleaner research, you’re sure to come across some do-it-yourself cleaning solution recipes. Vinegar sprays, lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda solutions – they’re all well-known for their home-cleaning prowess, but are they suitable for use in commercial kitchens and offices?

 

They’re certainly effective, but having overwhelming vinegar and lemony smells in a kitchen could be confusing for cooks. You need to take into account the time some of these take to work. Some bicarbonate of soda oven-cleaning hacks need overnight soaking to break down stains.

 

Using pantry staples may seem like a low-cost, eco-friendly option for cleaning your kitchen and office, but you’ve got to consider the time spent, any leftover scents, and overall effectiveness. Professionally-produced cleaning products are thoroughly checked for their efficiency – can you say the same for your homemade vinegar/bicarb solution?

 

Deep kitchen cleaning checklist

To help you stay on top of it and to keep those germs at bay – here’s a kitchen cleaning to-do list of things to consider and areas you shouldn’t forget:

  • Think about introducing rubber mats to trap dirt and runaway food – Brush and clean these daily
  • Sweep and mop the floors with eco cleaners, degreasers and disinfectants
  • Clean high-traffic touchpoints like door handles, switches, etc. daily
  • Don’t forget hard-to-reach and inaccessible areas such as ceilings, lighting, shelving, etc.
  • Keeping all your appliances clean will improve efficiency – don’t forget to scrub those seals and shelves
  • Clean the kitchen vents and kitchen ducting regularly.
  • Give the rubbish and recycling bins a clean to reduce smells

 

Office cleaning tips

Offices aren’t as high-maintenance as a commercial kitchen, but there are areas which need special attention as well:

  • Introducing rubber kitchen mats or rugs will trap dirt and spills – you can buy machine-washable ones for ease of use
  • Clean high traffic touchpoints like door handles, switches and desks daily
  • Vacuum regularly and thoroughly clean carpets at least once per year – consider a steam carpet cleaner as a green alternative
  • Keep the fridge and other communal appliances clean to improve efficiency and longevity
  • Clean the inside and outside of the bins to reduce unwelcome smells
  • Encourage staff to keep with workspaces clean. This includes keyboards, monitors, and other equipment.

 

Other ways to go eco-friendly in the office

As well as making your cleaning greener, there are other ways to help the environment at work. For example, adding some plants and greenery to office spaces – they’re great for increasing oxygen levels and they create a welcoming atmosphere. To reduce the use of energy and encourage natural light, keep your windows clean both inside and out. And you could get some recycling bins and only choose reusable cups and plates.

 

Banishing paper towels is another great option – microfibre towels are super absorbent and you can get loads of different kinds of low-energy hand-dryers these days. You should also consider smarter dispensers and sensor taps – they’re much more hygienic and reduce water consumption too.

 

There are so many different ways you can help the environment and keep your commercial kitchens and offices clean, all you need to do is take that first step.