Category: Corporate Cleaning

20 May 2022
Dust Mites

ARE THERE DUST MITES IN YOUR OFFICE?

Dust Mites

You can not see dust mites. They are microscopic, insect-like pests that are responsible for some of the most common indoor allergens. Dust mites are not parasites; they do not sting, bite, or feed on our bodies. Instead, dust mites lurk unnoticed in bedding, upholstery, carpets, and ductwork silently triggering allergic reactions and reducing the quality of the air we breathe.

Up to 2000 dust mites can live in one ounce of carpet and the average office can harbor hundreds of thousands or even millions of these microscopic pests. Because dust mites are invisible to the naked eye and generally non-intrusive, it is very difficult to determine if you have a dust mite problem. The only real sign of dust mites is the allergic reactions that they cause.

This is why it is important to try and prevent dust mites and to assume that they are there. 

HOW TO PREVENT DUST MITES

Preventing dust mites is no easy task but there are steps that you can take to make your home or office less appealing to them. Dust mites thrive in carpets, upholstery, bedding, and other fabrics so reducing the number of soft fabrics in your home or office is a good place to start. Removing or limiting the amount of carpet and rugs in your office, selecting leather or fake leather furniture as opposed to cloth, and replacing curtains with hard-surface blinds will make your office less appealing to dust mites.

In addition, ensuring that your air ducts are cleaned regularly and using high-quality air filters in your ventilation system can go a long way toward eliminating dust mites. Be sure to change your air filters regularly. Dust mites thrive in humid environments so keeping the humidity levels in your office below fifty percent will help as well.

HOW TO ELIMINATE DUST MITES

If your office does have carpeting and/or fabric upholstery, there are still steps that you can take to eliminate dust mites. The most effective weapon against dust mites is regular cleaning and dusting. Carpets are one of the most likely places where dust mites will thrive. Daily vacuuming of carpets will help reduce the number of dust mites. Be sure to pay particular attention to the edges and corners of your carpet as these are the areas most likely to accumulate dust. It is also a great idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned once or twice per year.

Upholstered furniture is also a place where dust mites will hide. Vacuuming your upholstered furniture every day will help to control the dust mite population. As with carpets, having your upholstered furniture professionally cleaned once or twice per year can have a huge impact.

Curtains and draperies harbor dust mites as well. The best course of action is to replace these fabrics with hard-surface blinds. However, if that is not an option, be sure to launder your curtains on a regular basis.

Cubicle walls in some offices are covered with a carpet-like fabric. If that is the case in your office building be sure that these are vacuumed every day.

Finally, you can utilize a dust mite spray on carpets, upholsteries, and other fabrics throughout your office space. To reduce or eliminate the potential for dust mite infestation.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR OFFICE CLEANING?

If you need help in the prevention or removal of dust mites in your office, Complete Care Maintenance can help. Call or contact us today to learn how we can manage your dust mite problems and help your staff to breathe easier.

02 May 2022
day porter services

5 GREAT REASONS TO HIRE A DAY PORTER

day porter services

Unlike janitorial services that are typically performed after hours, day porters work to maintain your building throughout the workday. They provide essential cleaning and maintenance services during operating hours and can become an integral part of your staff.

In addition, day porters can often provide other services that may potentially interrupt your workflow. Signing for and receiving packages, facilitating third-party contract workers, or replacing a burned-out lightbulb are just a few of the tasks a day porter can help with. 

While you may not think that you need the services of a day porter, if you have ever had the pleasure of working with one, you know the advantages their services provide. If you have never worked with a day porter but are considering hiring one, here are some advantages to keep in mind:

Day Porters Provide A Visible Cleaning Presence

Maintaining a clean work environment has never been more important. With the onset of the Covid pandemic attitudes toward cleanliness have changed dramatically. Customers and staff are much more concerned about the cleanliness of your business than ever before.

Having a day porter on duty helps to reassure both customers and staff that you take their health and safety seriously. While thorough after-hours cleaning by qualified janitorial staff is essential, these cleaning protocols may go unnoticed. Day porters are present during business hours when your customers and staff can see the cleaning being performed.

In addition, the fact that the day porter is on duty during work hours means that they can address unexpected cleaning requirements like spills and bathroom accidents.

Ongoing Maintenance

With a day porter on duty, you can rest assured that essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, soaps, and hand sanitizers are always full. They can also manage other maintenance tasks like changing light bulbs, sweeping entryways or clearing snow, and even event set-up and post-event cleaning.

Day porters can also act as liaisons for third-party contractors by directing them to the appropriate work areas, ensuring they understand the project scope, and supervising their work.

Customized Services

Because day porters work with you and your staff on a daily basis, they become acquainted with your building’s workflow. Professional day porters use this knowledge to customize their services to better meet your unique needs. 

You may suddenly find that the office break room is always stocked with your favorite blend, or that a fresh pot is brewing when you arrive in the morning. You may notice that the copier machine never runs out of paper, or that the reception desk is always well-organized.

These are the types of personal services that a day porter can bring. Over time you will begin to wonder how you ever lived without one.

A Safer Work Environment

The occasional spill or breaking of glass in a common area in your facility can be a hazard for your staff and customers. With a day porter on duty, these hazards can be addressed quickly and efficiently.

The same is true for slippery sidewalks or tracked in rain and snow. Day porters will ensure that these areas are kept clean and safe for everyone who enters your facility.

Professional day porters are also very aware of their environment. They know when something is out of place and will work to ensure that there are no trip hazards or obstructions.

Of course, day porters also provide ongoing cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to mitigate the spread of germs.

Day Porters Are Team Players

Day porters work with you and your staff on a regular basis. They will quickly become part of your team. They are trained to integrate themselves with an organization’s culture and are always willing to assist when asked.

Need some copies made for an upcoming meeting? No problem. Need help rearranging the furniture in the conference room? Got you covered. Need someone e to vet contractors to repair a leaky roof? You get the point.

A day porter can quickly become an indispensable asset to your and your staff, making your life easier and providing a clean and safe work environment.

Want to enjoy the advantages of day porter services? Complete Care Maintenance can help. Call or contact us today for a free consultation.

10 Apr 2022
office cleaning

Office Cleaning – 4 Overlooked Areas That Professionals Never Miss

office cleaning

 

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!

09 Jan 2022
Office germs

HOW FAST DO OFFICE GERMS SPREAD? YOU’D BE SURPRISED.

Office germs

All it takes is one employee to show up to work sick and by lunchtime more than half of all commonly touched surfaces in your office will be infected. What is more alarming is that those office germs are then transferred to other staff and customers who can carry them to the restaurant, convenience store, bank, or any other establishment they visit.

Those were the conclusions reached in a study at the University of Arizona. Researchers applied droplets to the hands of 10 participants in an office environment at the beginning of the workday. Most of the droplets were plain water, but one participant received droplets containing artificial viruses designed to mimic the common cold, the flu, and a stomach bug. Within four hours more than 50% of surfaces and 50% of employees were infected with at least one of the viruses. By day’s end, up to 70% of surfaces were infected.

That is how fast germs can spread in a typical office environment. What is interesting is that the spread of those germs is not necessarily through airborne contaminates or direct contact with an infected individual. The germs are more readily spread when they are transferred to a surface by an individual. The germs can remain active on that surface for hours or even days. When another individual touches the infected surface they pick up the germs and transfer them to the next surface they touch. It is a vicious cycle.

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF OFFICE GERMS?

The fact that office germs are spread via common surfaces means that regular cleaning and disinfecting of these surfaces can help to break the cycle. High-touch surfaces like doorknobs, elevator buttons, keyboards, and phones, as well as common areas like break rooms, water coolers, restrooms, and kitchens, are all areas to target with regular cleaning and disinfecting.

Of course, regular hand washing can also help mitigate the spread of office germs. Office employees should be encouraged to regularly wash their hands throughout the day and providing hand sanitizers is a relatively inexpensive way to encourage more frequent hand hygiene.

In fact, at the University of Arizona, a follow-up study was conducted by researchers to see how effective these interventions are in a similar setting. In the follow-up, study participants were provided with tissues to discourage coughing and sneezing into one’s hands. Hand sanitizers were placed at every desk and participants were encouraged to use them. And every individual was provided disinfecting wipes to use on high-touch surfaces like keyboards, desktops, phones, and computer mice.

With these interventions in place, the exact same experiment was conducted. The follow-up study concluded that with these interventions in place the risk of infection from contaminated surfaces was reduced by up to 90%.

In addition to the aforementioned interventions, daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols can ensure that office germs do not linger into the next business day. Many germs and viruses can survive on surfaces for three or more days. A nightly cleaning and disinfecting program can ensure a safe return to the office for you and your staff.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PROTOCOLS?

Complete Care Maintenance provides office cleaning and disinfecting services throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We can help ensure that your workday starts in a thoroughly clean and germ-free environment. We also can help with the provisioning of hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, and other janitorial supplies. Call or contact us today to learn more.

20 Dec 2021
office cleaning

OFFICE CLEANING RESOLUTIONS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR

office cleaning

The start of the new year is the perfect time to consider hiring a professional office cleaning service. With the health concerns of 2021 lingering into the coming year, maintaining a clean and healthy office should be a top priority. Celebrate the new year with a trusted office cleaning company

Commercial office cleaning will help to keep your workplace clean and sanitary. It will also alleviate the workload and headaches of coordinating your facility’s cleaning regimen. Complete Care Maintenance can help with all of your office cleaning needs with custom cleaning solutions at affordable prices.

Office Cleaning Services Customized Your Unique Needs

Every office environment is different. While most offices have a break-room, bathrooms, designated work areas, and communal areas, others may include reception areas, elevators, and even onsite fitness facilities. 

Complete Care Maintenance performs an onsite evaluation of your facility that considers the size of your office space, the number of employees, high-traffic areas, and more. Using this information, we develop a custom cleaning plan for your business. We take into account your privacy and security protocols, business hours, and workflow to recommend the right office cleaning services and schedule to meet your unique needs.

We will not recommend a service that does not make sense for your business and we will not overlook services that are essential.

Established Office Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

After visiting your facility we develop a cleaning plan that takes into account the physical make-up of your office building. We consider what areas need to be cleaned first, the number of cleaning cloths and mop heads required, the number of cleaning staff, etc. This helps to ensure a consistent and efficient office cleaning.

Planning ahead helps us to delegate appropriate resources and define a cleaning process that eliminates cross-contamination, allows for disinfectant dwell time, improves worker efficiency, and ensures a thorough clean.

Environmentally Friendly Products and Practices

Complete Care Maintenance proudly offers environmentally friendly office cleaning services. We use Green Seal Certified cleaning products, micro-fiber technology, HEPA filtered vacuums, and eco-friendly janitorial supplies. We comply with local waste and recycling regulations in an effort to reduce waste and utilize recycled paper and plastics.

Not only is this approach better for the environment, but it also is safer for the people who work in and visit your office. Green cleaning helps eliminate the use of chemicals that produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs can negatively affect people’s health, irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. They are especially dangerous for those with asthma or other respiratory diseases. 

Resolve To Keep Your Office Clean And Healthy In 2022

A New Years’ resolution that focuses on a cleaner, safer office is a great way to start the new year. With Complete Care Maintenance managing your office cleaning program, it is a resolution we guarantee will be kept. 

Not only will you feel good about following through on your New Years’ resolution, but you will enjoy all the benefits that professional office cleaning provides.

  • Happier, more productive staff
  • A safer, healthier workplace
  • Improved client perception
  • More time to focus on your business
  • Environmental consciousness

Let Complete Care Maintenance help you to keep your New Years’ resolution this coming year. Call or contact us today for a free consultation and no-hassle office cleaning quote.

01 Dec 2021
carpet cleaning

Carpet Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid

 

carpet cleaning

The carpet in your home, office or workplace represents a significant investment, and failure to properly care for your carpet can lead to reduced lifespan and costly replacement. On the other hand, if you take good care of your carpet it can last for years. Unfortunately, many people make mistakes when it comes to carpet cleaning and maintenance.

Dirty carpets are not only unsightly, but they harbor a lot of dirt, dust, and pollutants which can break down carpet fibers. A recent study by Dr. Philip Tierno of NYU Langone Medical Center found that a single square inch of carpet can contain as many as 200,000 bacteria. The pollutants and bacteria in your carpets can wreak havoc on allergy sufferers and those with respiratory illnesses.

Obviously, it is important to clean and maintain your carpets both at home and in the workplace. The key is to do it properly and avoid these common carpet cleaning mistakes:

FIVE COMMON CARPET CLEANING MISTAKES

Neglecting Regular Vacuuming

Aside from periodic professional cleanings, the best way to maintain your carpets is with regular vacuuming. A high-quality vacuum can remove more than 80% of dry soil and pollutants from your carpet. Vacuuming should be done at least twice a week and more often in high-traffic areas. Vacuuming lifts out dirt and dust that breaks down carpet fibers and also lifts the carpet fibers to provide a much fuller look and feel.

Many people fail to vacuum regularly or vacuum their carpets too quickly. Vacuuming should be done slowly with a smooth back and forth motion to allow for deeper, fuller cleaning.

Using Rented Carpet Cleaning Machines

While it may seem like a cost-effective option when your carpets are due for a deep cleaning, rental carpet cleaning machines are nowhere near as effective as the high-pressure cleaning provided by professional carpet cleaners.

In some cases, a rented carpet cleaning machine will actually do more harm than good. These machines are often ineffective at extracting the water and shampoo used to clean your carpets. This leaves the carpet wet for an extended period of time which can encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

Using The Wrong Stain Removal Product

Carpet fibers are made from a variety of different materials and stain removers will react differently to different carpets. Just read the label on any carpet stain removal product. You are bound to see a disclaimer instructing you to test the product on a small inconspicuous area before using it.

It is important that you follow this recommendation as some chemicals will react poorly with some carpets and can lighten or darken your carpet. It may even cause the stain to bleed making it even more unsightly.

Using Cheap Carpet Deodorizers

Powder carpet deodorizers can result in the buildup of gunk in your carpets. These powders are difficult to remove even with a quality vacuum and can even make a mess of your vacuum. Over time the leftover powder gets ground into your Capet fiber and causes the fibers to break down.

We should note that powder deodorizers do not remove odors from your carpets, they simply mask them. This can lead to a false sense of cleanliness that may delay a needed professional cleaning.

Not Using A Professional Carpet Cleaning Service

The best way to maintain your carpets and extend their useful life is by having them regularly cleaned by a professional. Most carpet manufacturers recommend regular steam cleaning and some carpet warranties are contingent upon regular professional cleanings.

At Complete Care Maintenance, we utilize a high PSI steam injection process that deep cleans your carpets. This is followed up with a high PSI extraction that removes almost every ounce of dirt, grime, bacteria, and moisture leaving your carpets looking and feeling like new.

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!

20 Oct 2021
office cleaning

Office Cleaning Protocols For Flu Season

Flu season is a productivity killer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. employees miss 17 million days of work each year because of the flu, costing employers an estimated $7 billion in lost productivity. This flu season is complicated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, another productivity killer. In fact, an analysis by the non-profit Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) found that spending for absent workers due to the coronavirus is estimated to total $50.5 billion. Now is the time to review and update your office cleaning protocols to prepare for this double threat.

Review Current Office Cleaning Protocols

A good place to start is by reviewing your current office cleaning protocols. Is your current cleaning regimen effective enough to mitigate the risks posed by both influenza and COVID-19?

Hopefully, you are being proactive in response to the ongoing pandemic. If so, your cleaning protocols have likely been upgraded in the last twelve months. If you are one of the millions of businesses that have enlisted the services of a commercial office cleaning service, you are already ahead of the game.

Even if you are utilizing a commercial office cleaning company, now is a good time to speak with them about what steps they will be taking to help mitigate the risks of the dual viral threat. Your office cleaning company should be able to tell you what steps they are currently taking to prevent the spread of germs and offer suggestions as to how to enhance your cleaning protocols.

What Your Cleaning Regimen Should Include

Your office cleaning regimen, be it in-house or outsourced, should include regular deep cleanings, high-touch surface disinfection protocols, and policies and procedures for avoiding cross-contamination. In addition, you should be considering ventilation system cleaning and pre-season carpet and upholstery cleaning.

Hot Spots and High-Touch Surfaces- Hot spots and high-touch surfaces are those areas that are shared and used frequently throughout the day. They typically include door handles and knobs, telephones, elevator buttons, shared office equipment, keyboards, computer mice, water coolers, coffee pots, and any common areas like restrooms, breakrooms, and kitchens.

These areas should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected every day and routinely wiped down with proper disinfectants throughout the day.

Regular Deep Cleaning – Deep cleanings should be left to a qualified office cleaning company that has the tools and experience to do the job right. This type of cleaning is time consuming and requires experienced cleaning crews. A deep cleaning will include cleaning of areas that are not typically covered during routine upkeep.

A deep cleaning will include things like inside and behind refrigerators and microwaves, under cabinets, carpet, blinds/curtains, and upholsteries. It will involve detailed floor scsrubbing and polishing, comprehensive restroom cleaning and sanitization, thorough cleabning of workstations and common areas, and dusting of vents and baseboards .

Avoiding Cross-Contamination – This is another area where it pays to utilize a commercial office cleaning company. Commercial office cleaning staff understand the danger of cross-contamination and how to mitigate it. They follow a cleaning process which often utilizes color coded equipment for use in certain areas of your office to avoid moving germs and bacteria from one area to the next. They also have sufficient cleaning supplies so that they can replace cleaning cloths, mop heads, etc when cleaning seperate areas.

Need Help With Your Office Cleaning Protocols

Complete Care Maintenance can help you to evaluate your current office cleaning protocols and offer suggestions on how they can be improved. Call or contact us today and let us help your office stay safe and sanitary this flu season.