Category: Janitorial Services

27 Apr 2020
polished concrete

Top Tips For Maintaining Polished Concrete Floors

polished concrete

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

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

1) Frequent Dust Mopping

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

2) Wet Mopping

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

3) Clean Spills Immediately

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

4) Use Floor Mats

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

5) Burnish Your Floors

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

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

 

05 Feb 2020
office cleaning

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

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

1 A Lack of Training

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

2 Poor Quality Control

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

 

3 Poor Communications

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

 

4 Poorly Maintained Equipment

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

 

5 Security Lapses

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

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

 

 

16 Dec 2019
disinfecting

Cleaning | Sanitizing | Disinfecting Defined

disinfecting

The terms ‘cleaning’, ‘sanitizing’, and ‘disinfecting’ are often used interchangeably, but the reality is that all of these terms are distinct, and knowing the difference is imperative for maintaining a healthy workplace environment. So, what exactly do these words mean?

Cleaning

Cleaning removes allergens and microorganisms from the environment. When a surface is clean, soap or detergent has been used to remove dirt, germs, and impurities. Cleaning helps reduce the number of germs that can lead to infection, however it does not necessarily kill any germs. In general, it is safe to clean surfaces where the risk of spreading pathogens from the surface is low.

Disinfecting

Disinfecting a surface means that chemicals are being used to kill germs. Disinfecting does not necessarily mean that dirt, germs, and impurities are being removed from the surface, but by killing the germs, the risk of spreading infection is lowered.

For a disinfectant to kill germs, its labeled dwell time should always be allowed. A dwell time, or contact time, is the amount of time the manufacturer has determined, through laboratory testing, that the disinfectant should remain wet on a surface. If proper dwell times are not followed, germs and pathogens may survive the application.

Making sure the disinfectant stays wet is crucial. There is an array of factors that play into how long the disinfectant will stay wet including the application method and composition of ingredients in the disinfectant. Type of surface, humidity, air flow, and temperature are all factors that can affect the amount of time it takes the disinfectant to dry on a surface.

Sanitizing

Sanitary surfaces can be created either by removing germs (cleaning) or killing germs (disinfecting).There are a few different methods used to achieve a sanitary surface: heat, radiation, and chemicals.

To sanitize through use of heat, steam, hot water, or hot air can be used at the appropriate temperature for the recommended amount of time.

For radiation, sanitation can be achieved through use of ultraviolet radiation.

Chemicals that are effective sanitizers at the proper concentration include chlorine, iodine, and quaternary ammonium. Just as the proper dwell time must be followed for a disinfectant to be effective, a chemical sanitizer must also be allowed to sit for its recommended dwell time.

Other factors that influence the efficacy of a sanitizing chemical include temperature and concentration. Most chemical sanitizers should be kept between 55 degrees F and 120 degrees F. If the concentration of the sanitizing agent is too low, the microorganisms may survive the application. If the concentration is too high, the chemical could be toxic.

In Summary

Being able to understand the differences between these key phrases can help you determine the level of cleanliness necessary for a particular surface. In general, it is safe to clean surfaces where the risk of spreading pathogens from the surface is low. A disinfectant should be used on surfaces where there is a greater likelihood of pathogen transfer such as gym mats. Sanitation is commonly used on food contact surfaces as part of the food code.

09 Dec 2019
Floor Care

Floor Care During High Traffic Holidays

Floor Care

The holidays are peak season for many businesses and peak season means increased foot traffic. While all those potential customers coming through the doors is great for your bottom-line, it can wreak havoc on your floors. Failure to care for and protect your workplace floors can lead to expensive restoration or replacement costs later on – not so good for your bottom-line. This is where commercial floor cleaning services can help!

This guide is designed to show you how holiday traffic impacts your floors and what steps you can take to minimize damage and extend the life of your company’s flooring. (more…)

06 Aug 2018

Why Facility Cleaning Services Are Integral to Your Business

No one likes a dirty business.  Dust, clutter, grime, and unkempt workspaces are harbingers of low employee morale and inefficiency, and inversely affect the output of your business potential.  We all revel in working and shopping in spaces that are tidy, free of germs, and sanitary—these factors not only make every work day more enjoyable, but they foster a dynamic working environment that chaperones both employee and customer satisfaction. (more…)

08 Mar 2018

The Psychology Behind Facility Cleaning Services: Why Cleanliness Matters

It’s easy to consider the obvious benefits that come with commercial and residential cleaning services today, like less clutter and more organization. But, have you ever stopped to consider the psychological element that comes with cleanliness? Both for your team, the people working in the space, as well as the patrons, the people visiting the space, a superficial element is considered when staring at the neatness levels of your business. (more…)

09 May 2017

The Five Conveniences of Hiring Professional Floor Cleaning Services

There are many commercial cleaning services that you can hire for your business and home needs. Professional floor cleaning services are important and are offered by many cleaning companies. Professional floor cleaning services have many benefits for both businesses and homeowners. Here are just five quick conveniences of hiring floor cleaning services for your property. (more…)