Category: Corporate 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.

 

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.

 

 

18 Apr 2020
office cleaning

Spring Cleaning Your Office

office cleaning

Spring cleaning is something that many of us do at home when the weather begins to warm up, but it is also a great time to get your office spruced up. The long cold winter month can take a toll on office floors and windows and every office can use a good thorough cleaning at least once a year. If you’re ready to give your office a much-needed refresh, here a few tips to help make your spring cleaning efforts pay off.

Plan and Stay Ahead

Believe it or not, many businesses get the spring cleaning bug and professional office cleaning companies are often quite busy this time of year. You will want to plan ahead and set a specific date and time to have your office professionally cleaned. Take the time to fully evaluate your office cleaning needs and find a provider that can manage it all. A good office cleaning company will be happy to schedule in advance and most will provide after-hours services to avoid business interruption.

Floors Require Special Attention

The winter months are particularly hard on your office floors. Whether your floors are hardwood, tile, polished cement, or carpet they need to be professionally cleaned. You will want to ensure that the cleaners you hire have experience with a variety of floor types and that they have the knowledge and equipment to do the job right. Nothing will brighten your offices like freshly polished floors and deep-cleaned carpets.

Don’t Forget Windows And Doors

Entry doors and windows are also hard hit during the winter months and they are high-touch surfaces that require disinfection. Not to mention, they are often the first thing that clients and customers see when they visit your office. Ensuring that these areas are squeaky clean will promote a good first impression. A quality commercial cleaning company will pay particular attention to these areas.

Never Ignore Conference And Break Rooms

Conference and break rooms are often forgotten when people think of places in the office that may need some attention. These are areas where employees gather, prepare food, eat, drink, and kick back.  These areas in your office can harbor all manner of germs and bacteria and they deserve a thorough cleaning and regular maintenance.

Desks, Electronics, And Office Equipment

Believe it or not, the average office desk harbors more germs and bacteria per square inch than the typical toilet seat. Yikes! The same is true of electronics and office equipment. Just consider how many germs might be present on the office phone or copy machine. These are high-touch items that need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Restrooms

One thing is true about restrooms: everybody wants a clean restroom, but nobody wants to clean the restroom. Still, if you are like most businesses, you likely clean your restrooms on a daily basis. The question is, just how clean are they. While you are having professionals clean the other areas of your office, it makes sense to let them put their expertise to work in your restrooms.

Get Started Today

Complete Care Maintenance understands that every office is as unique as the people that run them. This is why our services are based on the needs and requirements of your office or office building. We will work with you to put together a custom spring cleaning plan for your office and get your spring cleaning done right! Do not settle for anything less than high-quality office cleaning services. Contact the experts of Complete Care Maintenance at 1 (609) 275 8227  and let us help get your office building ready for spring!

 

08 Apr 2020
clean lobby

A Clean Lobby Makes a Great First Impression

clean lobby

First impressions are everything and for many of your customers, your office lobby is their first opportunity to take stock of your company. While it is important to maintain cleanliness in all areas of your organization, the lobby should be a priority. Below are just a few tips that will get you on your way to making a great first impression with your office building’s reception area.

Pay Attention To Your Entryway

Let’s face it, your main entryway is easily one of the most trafficked areas in your building. It is where nearly everyone enters and exits the building. Because there is so much foot traffic in your entryway the floors accumulate more dirt and grime and doors and windows tend to get smudged.

It is important to ensure that carpets and floors are properly maintained in this ever so visible space. Daily vacuuming and/or dust mopping should be a priority as should attention to any spills or stains.

Do not forget the doors, windows, and outside entryway as well. Debris outside your lobby, smudges on the glass doors, and noticeably dirty door handles are not going to give your clients a positive impression of your business.

Desks And Reception Area

A clean and tidy reception desk helps make for a good first impression. Like your entryway, the reception desk gets a lot of traffic. Be sure that carpets and floors receive the attention that they should and always maintain a clean desk.

Do not forget the chairs in waiting areas, these too are well-used and should be cleaned on a regular basis. Nobody wants to sit in a chair with noticeable stains or accumulated dust.

Shed Some Light On Your Windows

Natural sunlight is a great way to brighten the office and give it a more airy feel however that sunlight often reveals dust, smudges, and other noticeable dirt not always visible under artificial light. Be sure that your windows are cleaned both inside and out on a regular basis, so you and your clients can enjoy the natural light without the unsightly smudges.

Do not forget the window sills as they are natural dust collectors. Be sure to wipe them down when cleaning the glass.

Bad Smells Leave Bad Impressions

Sometimes when we spend too much time in a building we become immune to the odors that persist there. A dirty ventilation system can be a source of unpleasant odors and clients will certainly notice if your lobby smells bad. Dust, dander and other contaminants that accumulate on a daily basis can build-up in the ventilation system leave your lobby smelling stale.

Regular dusting of surfaces (including high-surface areas) and daily cleaning can help mitigate this problem. If the smell persists, it may be time to call a professional to clean out your ducts.

A Good First Impression Is Easier Than You Think

Establishing a great first impression with your office lobby is easier than you think. Take the first step and establish a cleaning regimen with your trusted commercial cleaning service company. Your clients or customers will notice a clean and professional ambiance to your workplace.  Start making those first impressions count and contact us today.

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.