Category: Business Cleaning

27 Apr 2020
polished concrete

Top Tips For Maintaining Polished Concrete Floors

polished concrete

The good news is that while polished concrete floors are not maintenance-free, they generally are easier to maintain than other types of decorative concrete floors since they require no waxing or sealers. Still, without proper maintenance, your beautiful concrete floors will eventually lose their luster. This is especially true of floors in high-traffic environments like retail stores and commercial facilities.

Here are a few pro tips for maintaining your polished concrete floors:

1) Frequent Dust Mopping

Dust and dirt particles are abrasive and can scratch and mar the surface of your polished concrete, dulling the shine. Frequent dust mopping helps reduce the amount of dirt and abrasives present on your floors and will promote a longer-lasting luster.

2) Wet Mopping

Even with frequent dust mopping, more stubborn dirt particles will persist and you will need to use a wet mop to remove these particles. Always use clean water, a clean mop, and a pH neutral cleaning agent formulated to suspend dirt particles. While a mop and bucket are likely sufficient for smaller areas, an automatic scrubber with non-abrasive pads makes larger areas much more manageable.

3) Clean Spills Immediately

Spills and stains are the nemeses of polished concrete and should be addressed immediately so they are not absorbed into the concrete.  Use clean water and a pH neutral cleaning agent to address stubborn spills and allow the cleaner enough time to break up any grease or grime before mopping. Do not allow the cleaner to dry on the surface as this too can damage the floor.

4) Use Floor Mats

In entryways and other high-traffic areas, consider using floor mats to protect your floors and to provide a means for people to wipe their feet upon entering your facility. Be sure to regularly vacuum your floor mats and remove them during wet and dry mopping. Just because they are there does not mean the floor underneath is maintenance-free.

5) Burnish Your Floors

Even with proper maintenance concrete floors may eventually lose their luster. If your polished concrete loses its shine you should have your floors burnished. This will bring back the original luster and leave your floors shining like new again.

Need help maintaining your polished concrete floors? Complete Care Maintenance can help! Call us at 1 (609) 275 8227  for a free no-obligation quote.

 

30 Mar 2020
office cleaning

5 Reasons To Hire a Professional Office Cleaning Company

Wondering if hiring a professional office cleaning service is worth it? Is it just another expense, or is it an investment with tangible returns? Keeping up appearances is important to any company that values productivity and employee health and many office managers opt for professional office cleaning  Are these individuals just suckers, or do they know something that you do not?

Here are five reasons why smart companies are hiring commercial cleaning companies to manage their office cleaning needs:

1) You Did Not Hire Your Staff To Clean

Even if your staff is just a handful of people, expecting your staff to maintain a clean office environment is a hit or miss solution at best. Every member of your office team is trained to manage specific tasks for your company, likely none of which involve proper cleaning. When you include cleaning as part of their job duties you are reducing their productivity with regard to the tasks they are trained to do.

Having a commercial cleaning company manage your office cleaning allows your employees to dedicate their time to the tasks they were hired to do. This increases their productivity and the productivity of your office overall.

2) Professionals Use The Best And Safest Cleaning Products And Equipment

If you’ve never done janitorial work before, you may be unaware of just how far cleaning products and services have come. Cleaning products have gotten safer and more effective. Professional office cleaning companies are often the first to take advantage of the advances in cleaning products and equipment.

These companies have their hand on the pulse of the cleaning industry and like any business, they strive to find ways to be more efficient and more effective. This means that they can accomplish a more thorough clean in a more efficient manner than the typical office staff.

3) Office Cleaning Companies Are Trained To Clean

Unlike your office staff, office cleaning crews are trained in the most effective and efficient cleaning practices. They know to pay particular attention to high-touch areas, how to limit cross-contamination, and how best to clean floors, office equipment, and other surfaces to avoid damage and enhance longevity.

It is almost a certainty that a quality commercial cleaning company will leave your office cleaner and more sanitary than your office staff will on their best day.

4) Reliable Source Of Cleaning Supplies

Many commercial cleaning companies will restock essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, hand soaps, and other cleaning supplies at substantial savings to you. Most of these companies buy supplies in bulk and at near wholesale prices. These savings are often passed on to you in the form of flat-rate supply refills and sub-retail pricing.

In addition, your commercial cleaning company will ensure that these necessities are always readily available, meaning you never run out of hand soap, toilet paper or paper towels.

5) Saving You Money

In the long-run, hiring a quality office cleaning company can actually save you money. When you add up the savings on supplies, the reduced sick days and healthcare costs, increased productivity, and proper care of your tangible assets (equipment, flooring, etc.), hiring a commercial office cleaning service is an investment that reduces long-term costs and p[rotects the health and well-being of your clients and staff.

 

05 Mar 2020
commercial cleaning

Commercial Cleaning and Coronavirus

The recent spread of the Coronavirus has proactive facility managers seeking commercial cleaning companies to help protect their staff and clients from infection. With confirmed cases of the virus in nearly every state, many businesses recognize the importance of keeping their facilities clean and sanitized.

According to the CDC, evidence suggests that the virus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. This means that without regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces in your facility, you may be putting your clients and staff at risk.

The CDC recommends routine cleaning and disinfecting of all frequently touched surfaces. Doorknobs and handles, light switches, elevator buttons, desks, tables, faucets, sinks, and toilets are all areas that require regular cleaning and disinfecting. In addition to these surfaces, there are many other areas that can harbor bacteria and viruses. A professional commercial cleaning company can ensure that your facility is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Complete Care Maintenance can help to ensure that your facility remains clean and virus free and we can do it after hours so as to limit interaction with your staff and customers. Of course, there are other things that you can do to keep your customers and staff safe.

The CDC has issued guidelines to help keep you safe and to help stem the spread of the virus. Regular hand washing is essential. If you have hand sanitizer, make it available to your customers and staff and encourage them to use it regularly.

Discourage close personal interactions and make efforts to keep your distance (6-foot minimum) from others. And insist that those who are not feeling well stay home and self-quarantine for at least 14 days.

Encourage your staff to avoid sharing coffee cups, using communal water coolers, borrowing pens and pencils, etc. Provide disinfecting wipes in break areas and other common areas and encourage your staff to wipe down surfaces before and after use. Microwaves, coffee pots, doorknobs and handles, and of course food prep areas.

It is also important that people keep their desks and workspaces clean. They should be wiped down before and after use, as should computer keyboards, external pointing devices and office printers, copiers, and shredders. Any equipment that is used by multiple staff members should be equipped with disinfecting wipes and staff should be encouraged to wipe the equipment down before and after use.

Finally, having a professional cleaning staff thoroughly clean and disinfect your place of business after hours will help ensure that your staff will start each workday in a safe environment.

While this pandemic represents a trying time for all of us, we can all do our part to reduce its impact by maintaining clean and sanitary commercial spaces.

 

 

15 Feb 2020
clean doors

Don’t Forget The Doors

There are a great many things to consider when evaluating your commercial cleaning company. Beyond the obvious areas like floors and restrooms, it is important to ensure that your cleaning services company also cleans your doors. Doors are some of the most touched items in your commercial space and as such, they often harbor bacteria and viruses that can easily be transmitted to your clients and staff. Whether you outsource your cleaning to a commercial janitorial service or perform these duties in-house, cleaning and disinfecting your doors should be a priority.

While the entranceway doors are the most visible and often the most used, every door in your facility needs to be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. Entrance doors, restroom doors, office, and breakroom doors all need to be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. For glass doors, a quality glass cleaner should do the trick on the glass surfaces. A microfiber cloth sprayed with a disinfectant cleaner should be used on door handles as these are high-touch items. For wood and panel doors, a quality disinfectant spray and a microfiber cloth will do the trick. Be sure to clean the entire door paying particular attention to the areas most often touched and do not forget the top edge as this is a gathering place for dirt and dust.

Doorknobs and handles are obviously of particular concern as these are the most touched part of any door and a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Pay particular attention to these areas and use a high-quality anti-bacterial or disinfectant spray and clean knobs and handles thoroughly.

Complete Care Maintenance has professional janitorial staff that pays attention to every detail of their commercial cleaning services – including doors. We understand the importance of these areas and want to ensure that your clients and staff have a clean and healthy environment. Call or contact us today to learn how we can help you maintain a clean and healthy workplace.

 

 

05 Feb 2020
office cleaning

5 Things You Don’t Want From Your Commercial Cleaning Company

As a business owner you expect a lot from your commercial cleaning company, and rightfully so. After all, they are a provider that you compensate for the services they provide. While the list of expectations that you have for your janitorial service provider is long, there are some things that you definitely do not want. Here are five things that you do not want from your commercial cleaning service:

1 A Lack of Training

A quality commercial cleaning company should have well-trained, professional employees. A lack of training means that your office or commercial space is likely not being properly cleaned and cared for and can have adverse consequences for you, your staff, and your clients – not to mention your business’ bottom-line. Knowledge of proper cleaning techniques, the use of appropriate chemicals, and the safe operation of equipment are essential to ensuring a thorough and efficient cleaning.

2 Poor Quality Control

Training and professionalism are not a set and forget type of thing – they require oversite. Employees in any business need to remain engaged with the service they provide and need to understand that their performance is constantly being evaluated. Team leaders and managers need to follow-up with random inspections, ongoing training, and performance reviews. This helps ensure that your commercial cleaning staff remains focused on the work they perform. As a business owner, you expect reliable and consistent service from your janitorial services company. Your janitorial services company should expect the same from their staff.

 

3 Poor Communications

If your commercial cleaning company fails to communicate with you on a regular basis, how can they be sure that they are meeting your needs? Regular communication helps ensure that you are satisfied with the work being performed, allows you to ask questions of them, and helps to create a strong working relationship. You should always be provided with a direct line to upper-level management and should expect a prompt response to all inquiries.

 

4 Poorly Maintained Equipment

A quality commercial cleaning service understands the value of properly maintained equipment. Equipment like floor strippers, buffers, and waxing machines must be properly maintained to ensure efficient operation and prevent accidental damage to floors. Even everyday items like vacuum cleaners, ladders, and booms need to be well-maintained. If your commercial janitorial service’s equipment appears to be poorly maintained, it should make you wonder how much attention they pay to other aspects of their business.

 

5 Security Lapses

In many cases, commercial cleaning crews are expected to work outside of normal business hours. This means that you must trust them with access to your facility when nobody is there. For some companies, security goes beyond ensuring that doors are locked and alarms are set.  There may be additional security measures that cleaning crews need to understand and can be trusted to enforce. The last thing that you want is to find that the cleaning crew failed to lock your doors or turn on the alarm prior to leaving. Your cleaning services company should ensure that their staff is well-trained on security protocols and that they are individuals that can be trusted. Proper background checks and onsite supervision is essential to ensure the integrity of the staff.

Do any of the above items remind you of your commercial cleaning company? If so, Complete Care Maintenance can help. We are dedicated to ensuring that our clients enjoy a worry-free relationship with a quality janitorial services company.

 

 

26 Jan 2020
commercial cleaning

How To Tell If You Hired An Efficient Cleaning Company

Efficiency is something that every business values. After all, greater efficiency equals greater productivity. If your commercial cleaning service provider is not efficient, they could be costing you more money than you thought. So, how can you tell if your commercial cleaning company is efficient? Here are a few tips:

Proper Equipment

Proper equipment is essential to efficient cleaning. Well-maintained equipment designed for the task at hand helps ensure that the job gets done quickly and correctly. Poorly maintainer or outdated equipment is not only less capable of doing the job but is potentially less energy-efficient and this directly impacts your bottom-line.

You should take the time to ask your commercial cleaning service about their cleaning equipment. Is it energy efficient, well-maintained, and are the staff trained in its proper operation?

Proper Cleaning Solutions

Using the appropriate cleaning solutions for various surfaces in your facility ensures proper cleaning and standardizing the chemicals used by the cleaning staff makes them more efficient. Standardizing the range of cleaning products allows your cleaning service to achieve savings through simplified training, elimination of waste, and a reduction in administrative costs. Commercial cleaning companies that realize these savings often pass those savings on to their clients.

Recognizable Processes And Procedures

If when observing the cleaning crews at work you see that they all perform their tasks with very similar patterns, you can chalk that up to efficiency. For instance, they always dust and clean higher surfaces first and work their way down, they change chemicals and/or cloths when moving on to different surface types. These are recognizable procedures and processes and indicate that the staff is well-trained and that the training is uniform. Companies that practice uniform training and enforce policies and procedures are creating more efficient employees.

Managerial Oversight

While rigorous training and enforceable policies and procedures go a long way toward building reliable staff, nothing ensures compliance as well as supervision. Does your commercial cleaning company assign crew leaders? Is there a go-to person that you can reach out to should you have questions or concerns? Does company management visit your facility to ensure satisfaction with the services provided?

Commercial cleaning companies that provide some type of oversight tend to have more efficient staff, greater policy compliance, and more uniform performance.

10 Dec 2019
retail cleaning

Outsourcing Holiday Cleaning For Your Retail Store

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Let’s face it when it comes to retail sales the holidays represent one of your busiest times of the year. Increased foot traffic in and around your store presents opportunities to gain new customers, and the cleanliness of your retail space is of paramount importance. Research has shown that cleanliness and presentation in a retail environment has a direct influence on a shopper’s decision to make a purchase. A clean retail space is more inviting and encourages shoppers to stay longer. (more…)

09 Jul 2019
Corporate Cleaning Services

7 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Business Cleaning Service

You know that hiring a business cleaning service is important for the health, safety, and reputation of your business. But, how do you know that you’re hiring the right company? Before you get involved with a commercial cleaning service, you need to do your homework. You need to make sure the service you are considering has the expertise and quality of service that you need. (more…)