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27 Jun 2020
cold fog disinfection

Fighting COVID-19 With Cold Fogging

With the Covid-19 pandemic still wreaking havoc, businesses across the globe are looking for ways to effectively clean and disinfect their facilities. While traditional cleaning and disinfecting processes are still essential, the current viral outbreak demands even more stringent measures. Proven effective against influenza, flu, norovirus, coronavirus, and SARS.

Cold Fog Disinfecting

Cold fogging with proper disinfectants is the method of choice for companies seeking a more thorough disinfecting and sanitizing solution. Cold fogging is a process where a disinfectant is put into a machine and atomized into the air. Unlike a spray, a fog saturates the air in a mist and covers every surface in the room. Even hard to reach areas that are typically overlooked with traditional cleaning methods become saturated with a disinfecting fog, effectively killing bacteria, viruses, and germs.

99.99% Effective

The disinfectants used in the cold fogging process are EPA registered to be effective against hard to kill viruses like Covid-19. In addition, these high-level disinfectants kill a huge variety of other viruses, bacteria, and germs as well as mold, dust mites, and fungi. Because the disinfectant remains on surfaces for an extended period of time before breaking down into inert byproducts, it continues disinfecting long after the initial fogging. With proper disinfectants and thorough application, cold fog disinfecting can kill 99.99% of germs, bacteria, and viruses.

Safe Sanitation

Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) cold fogging is a non-toxic, non-corrosive, and non-caustic process that can sanitize an entire room quickly and efficiently. It is safe for use on virtually any surface including fabrics, draperies, glass, wood, stone, and porous and semi-porous surfaces. It is even approved by the FDA for use in food preparation areas and will not stain clothing or fabrics.

Available For Commercial And Residential Use

Complete Care Maintenance offers disinfecting fogging services for both commercial and residential customers. From multi-family apartment complexes and single-family homes to hotels, schools, fitness centers, salons, restaurants, and retail stores. We can sanitize and disinfect virtually any business or residence quickly and efficiently. Call on Complete Care Maintenance for all of your disinfecting and sanitizing needs.

16 Jun 2020
post-construction cleaning

4 Reasons To Hire A Post Construction Cleaning Company

Post-construction cleaning is a lot different than your typical cleaning project and it requires advanced planning, proven safety practices, and proper equipment. A professional post-construction cleaning crew will meet all of these requirements and will bring experience and know-how to the job site.

Planning Ahead

A professional post-construction cleaning company knows to plan ahead. They will visit the site prior to sending a cleaning crew to familiarize themselves with the project details. They will evaluate the site for safety hazards, debris removal requirements, and overall project depth. This onsite visit will allow them to determine equipment and resource needs and to prepare a detailed plan to get the job done thoroughly and efficiently.

Safety First

Construction sites often pose safety hazards that are not typically a concern with other cleaning projects. There may be building equipment and materials still on-site, or even active construction nearby. There is often heavy debris, stray screws and nails, and other hazards that cleaning crews need to be aware of and prepared for.

Reputable commercial cleaning companies provide regular safety training for their staff. Well managed crews are familiar with OSHA standards and are fully bonded and insured. A knowledgable post-construction cleaning company will ensure that their cleaning crews are wearing appropriate safety gear and are familiar with how to safely manage onsite hazards.

Appropriate Supplies and Equipment

Post-construction cleaning often requires some pretty heavy-duty cleaning supplies and equipment. For instance, the standard household vacuum cleaner will struggle in a post-construction environment. Loose nails and screws, chunks of drywall and cement, and copious amounts of dust are likely to ruin a typical vacuum cleaner. A professional post-construction cleaning service will have the necessary safety gear, heavy-duty cleaning supplies, and appropriate equipment to manage the job from start to finish.

A Phased Approach

Smart post-construction cleaning companies will typically use a phased approach, starting with the interior of the premises. Rough cleaning of the interior will include removal of large debris, dusting from top to bottom, the removal of window stickers, and overspray, followed by a thorough sweeping of the floors. The goal of rough cleaning is to eliminate as much dust and debris as possible to prepare the interior for a more thorough cleaning.

Phase two involves the detailed cleaning of the interior. This will include cleaning and disinfecting all interior surfaces including windows, cabinetry, appliances, countertops, sinks, showers, tubs, walls, and baseboards. Finally, the floors will be scrubbed and polished to make the premises move-in ready.

The third phase of the post-construction cleaning process will involve the exterior of the premises. Removal of debris, washing of exterior windows and doors, sweeping and dusting of entryways and exterior lighting, and thorough cleaning of parking lots, sidewalks, and other paved surfaces. This ensures the curb appeal that will make your property shine!

In Conclusion

Post-construction cleaning is a heavy-duty task that is better left to professionals. A reputable commercial cleaning company brings knowledge, experience, and proper supplies and equipment to the job site. Hiring professional post-construction cleaning crew will ensure a more thorough, safe, and efficient cleaning, and they will leave your new premises ready for occupancy.

 

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
disinfecting

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.

16 May 2020
office cleaning

Getting An Accurate Quote For Office Cleaning Services

So, you have finally decided to outsource your office cleaning chores to a professional office cleaning service. The big question now is, how much will it cost? And the answer to that question may seem a little elusive. Not all commercial cleaning companies are the same and office cleaning is not a one-size-fits-all kind of service. You will want to talk with at least a few providers and request an onsite estimate for office cleaning services.

Most reputable providers will want to perform a walk-through of your office space to take measurements and evaluate your needs. They should ask about any specific wants and needs, problem areas, frequency of cleaning desired, security requirements, and scheduling. The goal of the walkthrough is to tailor a cleaning program specific to your office and provide an accurate quote.

You should be prepared to define what services you require, how often you want the services performed, and describe any special requirements or pain points. The walk-through is the perfect time for you to ask some key questions as well. Here are five tips for getting the most out of the walkthrough:

Ask for References

An established office cleaning company should be able to provide you with a variety of references from companies they have worked for and they should be happy to do so. When confirming these references be sure to ask how long they have had a relationship with the cleaning company and if there are any issues that they would like resolved.

Do They Have Liability Insurance

All office cleaning companies should be able to provide you with proof of insurance and a verifiable business license. You should also ask to see their general and workers’ compensation certificates. Any office cleaning company that can not provide these documents should not be hired.

Do They Maintain Experienced Staff

Be sure that your office cleaning company hires, trains, and maintains experienced staff.  You want to ensure that the crews they are sending to clean your offices are professional and understand how to perform their job. You do not want a company that uses cash-paid day workers to fill gaps in their employee roster. These workers are typically not on the company payroll and are not covered by the company’s insurance.

Do They Have Established Cleaning Procedures

Experienced commercial office cleaning companies put processes and procedures in place to ensure consistency and to promote a more efficient workforce. A company that fails to do this is likely inexperienced and less efficient. Many professional companies will produce customized checklists for their cleaning crews that are specific to each clients’ needs. You should ask if this is the case.

Do They Have MSDS Lists

Material Data Safety Sheets are an important part of a commercial cleaning company’s safety protocols. Any business that handles chemicals, even if they’re not considered dangerous, should keep an MSDS for each substance. The MSDS informs workers about chemical reactivity with other chemicals, whether it is flammable, exposure risks, and other characteristics that are essential to handling chemicals safely and responsibly.

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.

 

 

08 Apr 2020
clean lobby

A Clean Lobby Makes a Great First Impression

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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.