Category: Business Cleaning

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.

28 May 2020
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Disinfecting Surfaces The Right Way

With many businesses set to reopen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, business owners are working hard to ensure safe and clean work environments. For many business owners, this means hiring a commercial cleaning company. For others, it involves setting strict standards for inhouse cleaning crews. Either way, it is vital that whoever is responsible for cleaning and disinfecting your workplace knows how to do so properly.

Clean First

Too often people rely on disinfectants alone to sanitize hard surfaces in the home and workplace. The fact of the matter is that you need to clean and disinfect and while most of us focus on the disinfecting part of the equation, cleaning is even more important.

Dirty surfaces are covered in clusters of germs called biofilm that is resistant to disinfecting chemicals. These germs need to be removed before a disinfectant can effectively kill lingering viruses and bacteria. To do this you should clean all surfaces with a soap and water solution which helps break up the biofilm and will remove most of the germs and bacteria on the surface.

Always use separate cleaning cloths for each surface. Using the same cleaning cloth on multiple surfaces only spreads the germs around the entire workplace, a phenomenon known as cross-contamination. Disposable cloths are best as you will need at least two cloths to clean and disinfect each surface.

Then Disinfect

Only once you have cleaned with soap and water is a disinfecting chemical able to sanitize the surface, but you can’t just spray and wipe. All disinfectants have what is called a ‘dwell time’ which is the minimum amount of time the disinfectant needs to stay on the surface before it will kill any remaining germs.

Most disinfectants will list their dwell time on the back of the bottle and they can range from thirty seconds to several minutes. Be sure you know what the dwell time is for your particular disinfectant and leave it on the surface long enough to do its job. Again, use a separate cloth to wipe the disinfectant off of the surface and then toss it in the trash.

Dispose of All Cleaning Cloths

It is important to note that the novel coronavirus has been known to survive on paper and tissue for three hours or more and on cloth for two days. Properly disposing of the cloths used to clean and disinfect your workplace helps to ensure that the virus is not lingering in your trash receptacles.

Need Help Disinfecting Your Workplace

If you are looking fora commercial cleaning company to help with the cleaning and disinfecting of your workplace, Complete Care Maintenance can help. Call or contact us today to learn how we can help keep your New Jersey business clean and safe for both staff and customers.

08 May 2020
restroom cleaning

Your Public Restroom and Your Reputation

Your business’ reputation is one of your most important assets, and as a business owner, you likely invest a great deal of time and effort into nurturing it. Reputation is not something that you can buy, it is a reflection of other people’s opinions and impressions of your business, its employees, and its services. Making a good first impression is the first step toward building a positive reputation.

While most business owners recognize that cleanliness is important to making a good first impression, many do not extend that philosophy beyond the lobby and reception area. Despite the common sense appearance of this thought process, you might be surprised to learn that customers are likely more concerned with the cleanliness of your restrooms.

According to a survey conducted by Bradley Corporation, the cleanliness of your restrooms is a major deciding factor with regard to customer perceptions of your overall business. According to the survey results:

  • 69% of customers believe an unclean restroom indicates insufficient management
  • 67% of customers experience a lowered opinion of the company when restrooms are dirty
  • 63% of customers equate an unkempt restroom with a low degree of care for visitors’ comfort by the company

Each statistic makes it painfully obvious that the cleanliness of your public restroom has a direct impact on your customers’ satisfaction levels.

What Can You Do?

While everyone appreciates a clean restroom, no one wants to clean them. For most businesses maintaining a clean and sanitary restroom can be challenging and many use a commercial cleaning company to do the job for them. The key here is hiring the right company.

When considering commercial cleaning companies to manage your restroom cleaning needs there are several important things to consider. Obviously you want a company that is experienced, but you also want a company that can manage all of your restroom needs.

Your commercial cleaning company should:

  • Clean and disinfect all areas of the restroom with particular emphasis on high-touch areas like door handles, stall doors, faucets, hand dryers, and dispensers.
  • Clean and disinfect toilets and urinals, including hard to reach areas behind toilets and urinals
  • Clean and sanitize floors, walls, and countertops
  • Clean and sanitize sinks
  • Empty trash
  • Restock soaps, toilet paper, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, urinal cakes, and other restroom supplies.

Having a commercial cleaning company manage your restroom cleaning needs ensures that your restrooms are an asset to your company and that they reflect a positive image for your business. Your customers will appreciate it, your staff will appreciate it, and you will be assured that your clients and customers are not forming poor opinions of your business due to poor restroom maintenance.

 

 

27 Apr 2020
polished concrete

Top Tips For Maintaining Polished Concrete Floors

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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
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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
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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.