Category: Business Cleaning

10 Apr 2022
office cleaning

Office Cleaning – 4 Overlooked Areas That Professionals Never Miss

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Office Cleaning Is Not As Easy As It Seems

Office cleaning seems like an easy task and many office managers don’t see a need for professional office cleaning. After all, in-house staff can manage a simple thing like cleaning. Right?

It is true that in-house staff can manage your office cleaning, but are they getting your office really clean? Are they getting into all the little nooks and crannies to ensure a thorough clean? Probably not.

With years of office cleaning experience under their belts, Complete Care Maintenance has learned that most in-house cleaning staff tend to make the same mistakes when cleaning and there are four areas that are often overlooked.

Thorough Vacuuming 

While your in-house staff may be running the vacuum every day, they are likely missing a significant portion of your carpeting. There is a good chance that they are not moving office equipment and tangled cords to reach the edges of the carpet. Getting under and behind desks is difficult and time-consuming, but it is important.

Dust and dirt are attracted to electronics and cords have a tendency to capture dust bunnies and debris. Failure to remove this accumulated dust can lead to poor indoor air quality and lost productivity. Over time it can even cause office equipment to fail prematurely.

Professional cleaning staff recognizes that dust accumulates in these areas and they take the time to move machinery and cords. They use high-quality vacuums to remove dust and dirt from every inch of your carpet.

Window Blinds

It seems that everyone forgets about the window blinds. Window blinds are another area where dust can accumulate and they are often overlooked by in-house cleaning staff. Like the dust accumulating behind your desks and office machines, dust from the window blinds can lead to poor air quality and lost productivity. In addition, dust window blinds are much more noticeable to clients and other visitors to your office.

Professional office cleaners will take the time to dust and wipe down the window blinds helping your office staff breathe easier and helping you make a good impression on your visitors. 

Cleaning Office Furniture

Office furniture is another area that is commonly overlooked. Upholstered furniture should be vacuumed regularly and hard-surface furniture needs to be wiped down with appropriate cleaning solutions. Cushions should be removed when possible to remove any dust or debris that has accumulated behind and beneath them.

A competent and thorough office cleaning company will ensure that your office furniture is thoroughly cleaned on every visit.

Cleaning Office Equipment

Office equipment like printers, computer keyboards, and computer monitors are another area that is often overlooked. These items are high-tech surfaces that are often shared by multiple staff members throughout the day. It is important that these items get cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis to prevent the spread of germs.

Cleaning sensitive office equipment requires the right cleaning solutions and supplies so as not to damage the equipment. Professional office cleaning staff will come equipped with the appropriate cleaning supplies and the knowledge to clean your office equipment safely and thoroughly.

If you want to see and feel the difference that professional office cleaning can make for your office, Complete Care Maintenance can help. We have decades of experience cleaning offices of all shapes and sizes. Our professional staff are thoroughly trained in office cleaning protocols and will leave your office space spotless. The difference will amaze you!

30 Mar 2022
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SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES

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Spring is here! It is a time for renewal, fresh air, and cleaning! 

Most of us look forward to the longer days of Spring and the warmer weather, but very few of us look forward to Spring cleaning. The whole idea of it can seem overwhelming and for commercial businesses, it can be downright intimidating. Where do you even start? Do I have to clean everything? What should I focus on? And where will I find the time?

Spring cleaning your commercial space doesn’t have to be a monumental task. You just need to prioritize, organize, and find a place to start. Here are a few tips to help you get over the hump and get your commercial space ready for Spring.

1) Look Around

Sounds like a step towards procrastination as opposed to getting started, but looking closely at your commercial space can help you prioritize your Spring cleaning needs. Consider a walkthrough with a commercial cleaning company representative. They are skilled at noticing areas of concern and can help you identify problems.

2) Inspect The Outside

Start on the outside paying particular attention to the parking lot, sidewalks, and entryway. These are the areas that your customers see first and you want to ensure that your business is making a good first impression.

You may find that your parking lot could use a good sweeping or that the sidewalks need to be pressure washed. Look for smudges and grime on the windows and doors and cobwebs in the entryway. Making your entryway clean and inviting is a great first step in your Spring cleaning program.

3) Don’t Overlook The Floors

Winter is hard on floors. Road salt, water, dirt, and grime can build up over the winter months and cause your floors to look dull and dingy. In addition, the buildup of dirt and grime can increase wear and tear on floors and carpets which reduces their useful life. Having your carpets and floors professionally cleaned can have a huge impact on your business and Spring is a great time to address this important cleaning task.

4) Clear Out The Dust Bunnies

During the winter months, we naturally use our heating systems on a regular basis. Dust from your ductwork and vents ends up inside your commercial space. Also during the colder months, the air tends to be dry which contributes to dry skin. Believe it or not, dead skin cells are a major contributor to indoor dust. Of course, dust also forms when dirt and debris are brought in from outside and then dries in the artificially heated air.

A thorough dusting of your commercial space should definitely be included in your Spring cleaning program. It will not only make your property look and feel cleaner but can also improve indoor air quality which is good for everyone.

5) Declutter

Spring is the perfect time to declutter desks, closets, warehouse space, and storage areas. Go through these areas and get rid of anything that is not needed or is beyond its expiration date. If it was there the last time you decluttered, you probably do not need it. 

Decluttering often turns up useful items that you had forgotten were there. Decluttering also can provide additional storage space and better organization.

Finally, the easiest way to manage your Spring cleaning is to hire a commercial cleaning company. They can provide a deep cleaning that will check all of your Spring cleaning boxes and you don’t need to lift a finger. If you would like some help with your Spring cleaning this year, call on Complete Care Maintenance for a free consultation.

15 Nov 2021
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Ways Your Small Business Can Compete Against Big-Box Stores

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The retail world is a cutthroat industry, and business owners are constantly looking for new ways to get a leg up on their competitors. It’s hard enough competing against major brands like Amazon and Walmart. While it may seem impossible, your small business has a few significant advantages over these retail giants. Here are some tips to help you compete, presented by Complete Care Maintenance.

 

Make the Right Real Estate Decisions

 

If you operate out of a brick-and-mortar store, the location of your storefront will play a crucial role in your ability to attract customers. The perfect location for your business includes a good balance of visibility and affordability. Try not to give up one for the other! Evaluating an area for retail space is a complex process, so if you’re not sure where to start, it’s best to seek advice from a professional who’s done this before, whether you’re looking to lease, buy, or build your store.

 

Streamline Order Fulfillment

 

Big-box companies have so many customers that they can afford to lose a few to service issues and shipping delays. You can’t. Keeping your customers happy should be your top priority! You might even be able to attract some dissatisfied customers from those major retailers by offering a better shopping experience and faster order fulfillment.

 

Ensure your customers receive their orders quickly by developing an effective order fulfillment system. Your fulfillment strategy should include the use of collaborative tools to stay in touch with your suppliers and a good inventory management system to ensure you have the right products when and where you need them.

 

Streamline Payroll

 

Payroll is another major operational task that must be taken early on. It’s one of the most time-consuming items to check off on a frequent basis. A smart move is to automate with time tracking software, which allows for employees to check their schedules and clock in and out with a click. This software may also allow you to create, change and approve scheduling and track employee times from your smartphone, laptop or desktop. Last but not least, payroll software can help you file your payroll taxes, which is something all business owners need to pay close attention to (if you’re new to the world of payroll and payroll taxes, Zenbusiness offers a comprehensive guide for new business owners).

 

Delegate to Free Up Time

 

There’s only so much time in the day, and as a small business owner, you have to make the most of it. As Crowdspring points out, delegating mundane and specialty tasks to freelancers is a great way to free up time so you can work on bigger projects — including those that will help you compete against big brands. You can hire freelancers or agencies to handle all kinds of tasks, from data entry to bookkeeping to administrative tasks. For example, you can find virtual receptionist agencies through online job boards and vet candidates based on their experience and qualifications and how much they charge.

 

Boost Your Online Presence

 

The online visibility of your business is just as important as the location of your brick-and-mortar store. If customers can’t find your business online, there’s a good chance they’ll buy from one of your bigger competitors instead. Work on boosting your web presence so your company appears at the top of local search results. Most importantly, make sure your customers can find the information they’re looking for online, including your store hours, product availability, location, and contact information.

 

Include attractive images on your site that tell a story about what your business is about. Use an online remove background tool that allows you to place your images into a completely new design or environment.

 

Look Professional and Provide Great Service

 

Major retailers fall victim to common customer service issues that cost them many customers every day. For example, big companies often take too long to respond to customers, offer cookie-cutter answers to inquiries, or transfer customers from rep to rep without providing a clear solution to their issues. Due to your smaller size, you can spend more time catering to your customers’ needs, offering a stellar customer service approach that goes above and beyond that of your competitors. Research cited by Help Scout shows that the number one reason customers switch brands is feeling underappreciated.

 

Of course, customer service also extends to the way your business looks to the public. If your business is dirty or disorganized, customers won’t walk away feeling very good about your products or services. To ensure your business stays clean, work with a commercial cleaning company like Complete Care Maintenance that can keep you looking professional.

 

Small business owners often feel like their growth is limited by the presence of big box stores and e-commerce giants, but this is far from true. There are several ways to thrive as a small business owner, even if those major brands seem to be getting bigger every day. Take advantage of your small business strengths — as well as the digital tools and services available to you — and you’ll have more than a fighting chance!

30 Oct 2021
commercial cleaning

Commercial Cleaning Services to Make Your Business Stand Out

As states throughout the U.S. ease Covid-19 restrictions, business owners are navigating the reopening process. While getting back to the workplace is a welcome change for many people, it presents many unique challenges. Hiring a commercial cleaning service may help your business overcome some of these challenges.

About 80% of small businesses in the U.S. have partially or fully reopened. Still, many expect the impacts of the pandemic to linger. According to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll, 55% of business owners believe it will be six to 12 months before the economic climate returns to normal.

One of the most notable impacts of the pandemic is customer expectations with regard to cleanliness. Customers today expect businesses to adhere to strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols and many will walk out if their standards are not met. This is why nearly half of small businesses surveyed in the aforementioned U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll said they plan to increase their cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

One way businesses can meet customer expectations for cleanliness is to hire commercial cleaning services to manage their facilitys’ cleaning needs. For most businesses the advantages of hiring professionals are clear.

How Commercial Cleaning Services Can Help

  • Trained and Dedicated Staff – Rather than absorbing the cost of hiring, training, and managing in-house cleaning crews, many businesses will hire commercial cleaning professionals. Qualified commercial cleaning companies already have trained staff that knows how to clean and disinfect. Properly trained professional cleaning crews follow strict protocols to ensure that surfaces are both clean and sanitized. Plus, their knowledge and experience allow them to hit the ground running.
  • Tools and Equipment – In order to increase cleaning protocols businesses will need to invest in cleaning chemicals, tools, equipment, and protective gear. By hiring a commercial cleaning company they can avoid the initial and ongoing costs associated with those tools and equipment.
  • A Deeper Clean – Well-organized and professional cleaning crews are very good at their jobs. They clean areas that most people would overlook. In addition, commercial cleaning crews are trained to clean properly. They know how to identify and disinfect high-touch surfaces. They understand the dangers of cross-contamination and are trained to mitigate it and they understand the cleaning and disinfecting process.
  • Consumer Perceptions – Most consumers believe that commercial cleaning crews are better at cleaning than a company’s regular staff and that perception is generally true. Even with a well-defined training program and dedicated staff, it is unlikely that your day-to-day employee will match the cleaning standards of a commercial cleaning crew.

Advertising Your Commitment to Cleanliness

Regardless if you opt to perform cleaning and disinfecting duties in-house or hire a commercial cleaning company, there are costs involved. It is important for businesses to ensure that those costs realize some return on investment. Here are some ways that you can advertise your commitment to cleanliness and help your business stand out:

  • Ask For or Purchase Signage – Many commercial cleaning companies will provide window stickers or signage that can help you promote your cleaning protocols. Adding a simple sign at the entrance to your establishment that reads “Cleaned and Sanitized by Complete Care Maintenance” can help your customers and staff to feel safer.
  • Hire Porter and Matron Services – Ask your commercial cleaning company if they offer porter and matron services. These services provide onsite cleaning staff to maintain your facility’s cleanliness during regular business hours. There is no better way to advertise your commitment to cleanliness than having cleaning staff actively working during business hours.
  • Provide PPE and Hand Sanitizer – Providing disposable face masks and well-marked hand sanitizing stations throughout your establishment lets customers know that you care about their well-being. Encourage your staff to utilize these facilities as well.

Want to Learn More About Commercial Cleaning Services?

Complete Care Maintenance can show you how to make your business stand out with regard to health and cleanliness. Call or contact us today to learn how our commercial cleaning services can help!

31 Aug 2021
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Cutting Costs To Improve Customer Experience

Cutting costs to improve customer experience sounds like an oxymoron. The reality for some businesses is that many of the expenses they incur through day-to-day operations can be slashed or even eliminated. The real trick to cutting costs is determining which expenses can be cut without negatively impacting the customers’ experience. Just as important is knowing which costs are essential to an excellent customer experience.

Cutting Costs – Areas To Address

Believe it or not, there are expenses incurred in everyday operations that you need not incur. And while finding them can be tricky, Complete Care Maintenance is here to help. We have put together a list of five areas of your business where you should look to start cutting costs.

Energy Usage

Energy costs represent a major expense for any business. Luckily, energy costs are also one of the easiest to reduce. While we understand that you need to keep the lights on, there are some fairly simple changes that you can make that will help reduce your energy costs and your environmental footprint.

  • Turn off the lights. Encourage your staff and customers to flip off the light switch when leaving an empty office, restroom, or breakroom. You’ll be surprised how much this simple measure can reduce your energy costs.
  • Shut down computers and other office equipment at night. Making a habit of shutting down office machines before leaving the office for the night can have a significant effect on your energy expenditures and can reduce wear and tear on your office machinery.
  • Switch to energy-efficient L.E.D. lightbulbs. L.E.D. lightbulbs are far more efficient than traditional bulbs. While they may cost more upfront, they last longer than traditional lightbulbs and represent one of the easiest ways of cutting costs.

Going Paperless

For many businesses, the idea of going ‘paperless’ is a little beyond their grasp. After all, there are some situations where paper is a necessary commodity but there are still ways that you can reduce your use of paper. Modern software is available that can manage payroll, customer relations, and other traditionally documented tasks. In addition to cutting costs, switching to computer-based processes can save time and improve productivity – not to mention reducing your environmental impact.

Purchasing Supplies

If you find yourself running to the Office Depot every time your ink pen goes dry, you can probably do a better job of purchasing supplies. Consider buying office supplies, cleaning supplies, and restroom and breakroom supplies in bulk. Bulk purchasing reduces the cost per unit and eliminates the time expended making trips to the store. Of course, buying in bulk also requires storage space and available cash flow, but it can be a valuable cost-cutting tool.

Areas To Avoid When Cutting Costs

When putting in place your cost-cutting strategy it is important to recognize that some areas of operation are just too important to your bottom line. In fact, as opposed to cutting costs in these areas, you may want to consider investing more in their optimization. Some areas to avoid when cutting costs are listed below.

Staffing and Training

Customer service is an essential ingredient for any successful business and cutting costs in staffing and employee training is a bad idea. In fact, it may make more sense to invest some of your cost-cutting savings in improved training programs for your staff. A well-trained and motivated staff can improve efficiency, customer relations, and your bottom line.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

At a time when the world is in year two of an ongoing pandemic protecting the health of your staff and customers is paramount. Today’s customers are hyper-vigilant about the cleanliness of businesses that they patronize. In fact, a whopping 92% of consumers surveyed said that the cleanliness of a business is a major factor in their decision to return. No business can afford to lose customers due to a lack of cleaning and sanitizing. Rather than cutting costs in this area, we believe you should invest in commercial cleaning services that will help protect you, your staff, and your clientele.

 

 

 

01 Jul 2021
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Commercial Cleaning In a Post-Pandemic World

If your business did not utilize commercial cleaning services pre-pandemic, changing consumer behaviors may have you rethinking your cleaning strategy. Consumers are wary about venturing out into public spaces even as Covid-19’s grip on our society loosens. The pandemic has opened people’s eyes as to how easily germs can be spread, especially in shared public spaces. This has necessitated much stricter cleaning and disinfecting protocols for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Commercial Cleaning Is The New Normal

It is no longer enough to tell consumers that you are following strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols, you have to show them that you are. In a post-pandemic world, consumers expect to see visible evidence of cleaning and disinfecting protocols being put into practice. In order for businesses to regain consumer trust, they will need to employ dedicated cleaning personnel to work during normal business hours.

Consumers want to see someone wiping down door handles, shopping carts, checkout counters, and other high-touch surfaces.  They want to see restrooms that are sparkling clean, hand sanitizers in place and being used, and onsite cleaning personnel visibly cleaning. Daily cleaning is no longer enough. Constant, visible cleaning is the new expectation, and businesses that fail in this regard may fail altogether.

Many businesses see this as an opportunity to attract more customers by providing a cleaner environment than their competitors. Many are hiring commercial cleaning services, janitorial services, and day porters to market their cleaning protocols as part of the customer experience.

Building Employee Trust

It’s not just consumers that have raised the standards when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene, employees are also changing the way they look at the workplace. With many employees working from home during the pandemic, the desire to go back to the office is tempered by the uncertainty of a post-pandemic world. Employees need to feel confident that their employers are doing everything within their power to provide a clean and sanitary workplace.

This means that in addition to employing visible cleaners during business hours, employers are also employing commercial cleaning services to deep clean their premises after hours. This helps to ease the anxiety that some employees may feel with regard to returning to the workplace. Knowing that when you arrive to work in the morning you will be entering a workplace that has been professionally cleaned and sanitized makes returning to work less stressful for everyone.

The Shift To Commercial Cleaning Brings Long-term Benefits

It is important to realize that the shift in people’s behavior with regard to cleanliness is not a bad thing. If there is a silver lining to the recent pandemic, it is that we now live in a much cleaner world. People are far more concerned about catching and spreading germs than ever before and that fear has translated into better cleaning and hygiene protocols for all of us.

The fact that the cleanliness of a business has taken a primary role in how businesses attract consumers is also a very good thing. The more businesses recognize the importance of operating a clean and sanitary establishment, the safer shared public spaces will become and that is better for everyone.

Need Help With Your Commercial Cleaning Needs?

Complete Care Maintenance has been providing affordable commercial cleaning services to New Jersey businesses since 2001. We can help you to establish cleaning protocols that both your customers and employees will appreciate. Call or contact us today to learn more.

 

 

 

 

10 Jun 2021
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Office Cleaning: 5 Things Missing From Your Checklist

Whether you use an in-house office cleaning staff or outsource your cleaning to a professional office cleaning company, there are some areas in every office environment that often get overlooked. If you outsource your office cleaning and find that these areas are not being cleaned, it’s time to fire your commercial cleaning company. If you use in-house cleaning staff be sure to add these five areas to your office cleaning checklist.

Buttons, Switches, Knobs, and Handles

Take a moment to have a good look around your office building. Can you count the number of knobs, handles, buttons, and switches? Chances are that even the most meticulous office manager will miss a few of these ubiquitous items. There are the obvious ones like doorknobs and handles, light switches, and elevator buttons, but what about the buttons on the office phone, the fax machine, or the office printer. Then there are the microwave and refrigerator door handles, water cooler buttons, sink fixtures, drawer pulls, and countless others.

These items get touched multiple times throughout the day and by multiple individuals. They may not be obvious high-touch surfaces, but high-touch surfaces they are, and the average microwave door handle or fax machine button can harbor as many germs as the average toilet seat! Make sure you add these items to your office cleaning checklist.

Trash Cans

Surely your office cleaning staff regularly empties the trash receptacles throughout your office, but do they clean and disinfect them? Trash cans are another breeding ground for germs and bacteria that can cause foul odors and an unhealthy environment for you and your staff. Add trash cans to your office cleaning checklist to ensure that they get cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. You will enjoy an odor-free office environment and your clients will appreciate the attention to detail.

Behind Appliances and Office Machines

The old saying goes: Out of sight, out of mind. This is especially true for these areas in your office. When was the last time you moved the microwave in the breakroom or looked behind the office printer? You might be surprised at how much dust and debris has accumulated over time. Breakroom and kitchen appliances can build up enough dirt, dust, and liquid to create a sticky, stinky sludge, that if left unchecked can lead to nasty odors and damaged floors. Electronic office equipment is highly susceptible to overheating when dust accumulates and this can significantly reduce its useful lifespan. Adding these hidden areas to your office checklist not only ensures a cleaner environment but can save you thousands in repair and replacement costs.

Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures

If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned the ceiling fans and light fixtures in your office building, you are not alone. These are easily some of the most overlooked items when it comes to office cleaning. The fact is that like your kitchen appliances and office machines, the buildup of dust and dirt causes them to work harder and at higher operating temperatures. This shortens their useful lifespan and requires more frequent replacement. In addition, ceiling fans not only gather dust but also disperse it every time you turn on the fan, sending dust mites and allergens into the air. Putting these on your office cleaning checklist will result in cleaner air and longer-lasting fixtures.

Air Vents

Speaking of cleaner air, when was the last time you took a good look at the air vents in your office? For many of us, the answer to that question is ‘Umm, never’. The air vents in your office building should be dusted on a regular basis to avoid dispersing excess dust and allergens throughout the building. In addition, you should have your ductwork professionally cleaned at least semi-annually to avoid the buildup of harmful allergens and molds. It only takes a few seconds to dust an air vent and it can have a significant impact on the overall quality of air in your office.

Wondering What Else Is Missing From Your Office Cleaning Checklist?

If you are concerned about the health and safety of your staff and customers, it is important that you maintain a healthy office environment. In the post-pandemic world, your staff and customers expect nothing less. Complete Care Maintenance can help you build a comprehensive office cleaning checklist and can even provide professional office cleaning service at a reasonable cost.

01 Jun 2021
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Avoid Cross-Contamination When Cleaning

Oftentimes the spread of germs is facilitated by cross-contamination. Cross-contamination is defined as the transfer of bacteria or other microorganisms from one substance to another. Surprisingly, cross-contamination often occurs as a result of cleaning. While this may sound counter-intuitive, poor cleaning practices are a major source of cross-contamination. Professional cleaning companies recognize this fact and put in place procedures and protocols that are designed to mitigate the risk of cross-contamination.

How To Avoid Cross-Contamination When Cleaning

Use Smart Cleaning Processes – Putting cleaning processes in place helps ensure that cleaning duties are performed in a consistent manner. Smart cleaning processes take into consideration the risk of cross-contamination and focuses on taking steps to prevent it.

  1. Always start with a clean pair of gloves and fresh cleaning equipment.
  2. Clean one area at a time.
  3. Always clean from top to bottom, wiping down surfaces with an effective cleaning solution.
  4. Spray disinfectant on all high-touch surfaces like desks, phones, doorknobs and push plates, elevator buttons, counters, railings, and all bathroom surfaces, following manufacturer recommendations for saturation and dwell time.
  5. Finally, clean the floor starting from an inside corner and working your way toward the exit.
  6. Place cleaning cloths, mop heads, and other used cleaning tools in a plastic bag and dispose of your gloves when you finish.
  7. Repeat this process for every area that you clean, never using the same cleaning cloths, mop heads, etc.

Color Code Your Cleaning Supplies – Color coding cleaning supplies is an excellent way to reduce cross-contamination. For instance, always having ample supplies of cleaning cloths in pre-defined colors can help cleaning crews avoid using the same cloth in two distinctly different areas. A simple color-coding system might look like this:

  • Red – Red cloths and equipment marked in red are designated for high-risk areas like toilets and urinals.
  • Yellow – Yellow cloths and equipment are designated for medium-risk surfaces like restroom sinks and countertops.
  • Green –  Green is designated for lower-risk areas such as office areas and non-prep food surfaces.
  • Blue – Blue cleaning supplies are reserved for low-risk surfaces like glass and mirrors.

With a color-coded system like this, you can avoid you can mitigate cross-contamination and more easily monitor workers to ensure they are following protocols.

Choose The Right Tools –  Choosing microfiber over traditional cloths and mop heads is a big step forward in reducing cost-contamination. Traditional cleaning cloths and mop heads are made from absorbent cotton fiber. One study conducted by the University of California Davis Medical Center in collaboration with the EPA that traditional wet loop mops reduced bacteria by 30%, while microfiber mop heads showed a 99% reduction in bacteria.

Microfiber traps bacteria in the fibers of the mop while wet loop mops capture bacteria in the water molecules. Every time a wet loop mop gets dunked in a body of water the bacteria are released, only to be redistributed on the surface being cleaned. Microfiber employs positively charged particles to trap dust particles which is where the bacteria hide. It is a much more effective method for removing bacteria from surfaces.

Like microfiber Hepa filters do a better job of trapping dust particles that harbor germs and bacteria. Traditional vacuums typically employ a cotton or polyester fiber filter that fails to hold the dust as well as the fiberglass and charcoal found in a Hepa filter. Selecting a Hepa filter vacuum will help reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Segregate Cleaning Staff – Assigning designated staff members to areas throughout your facility is a great way to mitigate cross-contamination. Allowing the same individual to clean the restroom and the kitchen can easily create cross-contamination concerns.

People, whether they realize it or not can collect and carry germs and bacteria on their clothing, shoes, hands, and hair. Limiting cleaning crew staff to designated areas helps to reduce the risk of transmission.

Employ A Commercial Cleaning Company – A well-organized and well-managed commercial cleaning company will already have these protocols and procedures in place. They will be fully versed in the use of proper chemicals and equipment, and they understand how to clean and disinfect virtually any surface.