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10 Oct 2021
Commercial Cleaning

Hidden Costs of In-House Commercial Cleaning

Maintaining a clean and organized facility can be a monumental task and utilizing in-house commercial cleaning staff can be costly. In fact, there are many costs associated with in-house commercial cleaning that may not even be on your radar. In this post, we will take a look at some of the costs associated with keeping your commercial cleaning in-house.

Human Resources

When you manage an in-house commercial cleaning crew there are significant costs in human resources. There are recruitment, hiring, training, and management costs as well as the costs associated with employee benefits. These costs can be substantial and ongoing.

Outsourcing your facility cleaning to a reputable commercial cleaning company eliminates these costs and shifts human resource responsibilities to the commercial cleaning provider.

Commercial Cleaning Products

Utilizing in-house commercial cleaning requires you to purchase and store your own commercial cleaning products. Not to mention training your staff on the safe handling of commercial cleaning chemicals, what chemicals to use on which surfaces, and how to properly store them. Of course, you will also require storage space that could be better utilized for more productive activities.

Hiring a commercial cleaning company to manage your facility’s cleaning eliminates these costs as well. A professional cleaning crew will bring all the necessary cleaning supplies and equipment to your facility and have the training and experience to use them safely and efficiently.

Asset Protection

An in-house commercial cleaning crew may not have the training and experience to know how certain chemicals can damage particular surfaces. Using too harsh a chemical on wood floors or granite can be a costly mistake that damage or reduce the lifespan of these surfaces.

Professional commercial cleaning companies are well versed in the proper care of a variety of common surface materials and will help to extend the useful lifespan of your facility’s assets.

Commercial Cleaning Equipment

Does your facility own a floor polishing machine or scrubber? Probably not. While you may have a vacuum and a mop on hand, chances are you do not have commercial-grade cleaning equipment. Commercial-grade vacuums, floor scrubbers, polishers, carpet cleaning machines, and other heavy-duty equipment is expensive to purchase and maintain.

A qualified commercial cleaning company will have this equipment on-hand and will have trained staff that knows how to operate and maintain it.

Higher Quality Cleaning

Regardless of how well you train your in-house staff, it is unlikely they will be as good at cleaning as a professionally trained and experienced commercial cleaning company. Poorly trained cleaning staff may not provide the level of cleaning and sanitation that you and your customers expect. And a ‘less than clean’ facility can hurt your bottom line.

Not only does an unclean facility make a bad impression on your customers, but it can also impact employee morale, productivity, and absenteeism.

Hiring an established commercial cleaning company will ensure that your facility is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized regularly, improving your reputation and protecting employee health.

Complete Care Maintenance Can Help

If you would like help evaluating the costs associated with in-house cleaning vs. outsourced commercial cleaning, Complete Care Maintenance can help! Call or contact us today for a free, onsite evaluation.

 

01 Oct 2021
warehouse dust

Distribution Center Cleaning For A Safer Workplace

A distribution center can be a dangerous place to work. A dirty and disorganized distribution center can be a deadly place to work. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an average of 16 fatalities every year in the U.S. warehousing and storage sector and a reported injury and illness rate of 5 out of every 100 warehouse and storage workers. One of the easiest ways to improve worker safety in your distribution center is through professional distribution center cleaning.

How Commercial Distribution Center Cleaning Improves Worker Safety

A Clean Distribution Center Helps Reduce Slips and Falls

Professional distribution center cleaning removes clutter and obstacles that can result in tripping and falling accidents. Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common distribution center accidents. In fact, the HSE reported that in 2018/19, slips, trips, or falls accounted for the greatest amount of non-fatal injuries.

Slips, trips, and falls can often occur in a warehouse or distribution center environment because of the fast-moving nature of this type of work. Hazards such as discarded boxes, box ties, cables, or spilled substances can all cause injury. Failure to remove, identify or make safe a hazard is not only dangerous but also breaches health and safety protocols.

Distribution Center Cleaning Improves Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality can be two to five times worse than outdoor air quality and can pose a serious health threat to exposed workers, especially those suffering from asthma and other respiratory illness. Even for workers not affected by respiratory illness, poor indoor air quality can still result in health problems. Poor indoor air quality has been associated with headaches, fatigue, reduced concentration, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.

Regular professional cleaning can help reduce the amount of dust and allergens within your distribution center, providing cleaner, safer air for workers. This, in turn, can reduce absenteeism and workplace injuries due to a lack of focus. This results in greater worker satisfaction and increased productivity.

A Clean and Sanitary Distribution Center Reduces the Spread Of Illness

Even in a world free of a lingering pandemic, regular distribution center cleaning and sanitizing have proven to be the key to reducing the spread of germs. Professional distribution center cleaning crews understand the importance of cleaning and sanitizing your workplace. They are well versed in cleaning and sanitation protocols, how to mitigate cross-contamination, and the importance of disinfecting high-touch surfaces.

Professional cleaning and sanitation of your distribution center can help to mitigate the spread of disease in your facility. This helps reduce absenteeism and promotes a much healthier work environment for your staff.

Need Help Maintaining A Clean And Safe Distribution Center?

Complete Care Maintenance’s distribution center cleaning services are the perfect fit for distribution centers, manufacturing plants, industrial facilities, and large retail operations. Our warehouse cleaning teams use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques designed for cleaning large spaces. We work within all OSHA guidelines and always provide highly qualified and supervised crews. Call or contact us today for a free onsite evaluation and no-obligation quote.

 

 

 

 

20 Sep 2021
property management cleaning

Property Management Cleaning Is The Key To Successful Rentals

Whether you are managing residential or commercial rentals, as a property manager, one of your most important responsibilities is to ensure that your rentals are clean and inviting. A clean property is not only important for attracting prospective tenants but also to ensure the satisfaction of existing tenants. Presenting your rental property in its best light involves more than just clean and inviting rental units. Clubhouses, gyms, rental offices, and even your parking lot all contribute to the appeal of your property. Hiring a professional property management cleaning company will help ensure that every aspect of your rental property is ready to impress.

FOUR WAYS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CLEANING CAN IMPROVE YOUR RENTAL BUSINESS

Consistently High Standards Of Cleaning

A quality commercial property management cleaning service will provide consistent, high-quality cleaning services.  When it comes to rental properties, consistency is key. Tenants get accustomed to a minimum standard of cleanliness and they come to expect it. Any deviation from that standard can cause problems. A professional property management cleaning service will help your rental achieve and maintain a consistent level of cleanliness. They will have clear standards for defining cleanliness and established protocols for achieving that standard every time.

Faster Turn Around and Higher Rental Rates

Not only do professional property management cleaners maintain high standards of cleanliness, but they also provide faster turnaround. Professional cleaners have processes and systems in place that allow them to achieve an exceptional level of cleanliness in record time. This means that your rental units are show-ready faster which equates to faster turnover rates and higher occupancy. In fact, studies show that cleaning and staging of rental properties

In addition to a faster turnaround, well-maintained properties tend to garner higher rental rates. Tenants appreciate a clean, well-maintained property and they are willing to pay for it.

Professional Property Management Cleaning Saves Money

While it may sound counter-intuitive, professional property management cleaning saves money in the long run. Regular professional cleaning protects carpets, floors, and other surfaces in your rentals and reduces wear and tear. This reduces repair and replacement costs and extends the life of your rentals.

Additionally, well-maintained properties tend to retain tenants for longer periods of time, which means less money spent on marketing and tenant acquisition.

Finally, professional property management cleaning service providers utilize their own cleaning equipment and chemicals; one less expense for property managers.

Outsourcing Your Cleaning Saves Time

Utilizing a commercial property management cleaning service relieves property managers of the onerous and time-consuming task of cleaning. This allows property managers and owners additional time to focus on other aspects of their business. Managers who focus on improving their business systems become better at it and their business grows as a result. They establish a good reputation among their peers and outside their industry. That status draws opportunities to them in the form of higher quality tenants and more affluent clients.

Choosing The Right Property Management Cleaning Service

Not all property management cleaning services are created equal and choosing the right service is key to a successful relationship. When selecting a vendor follow these guidelines to ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck:

  • Look for a company that has experience with property management cleaning.
  • Ensure that the company you choose is both bonded and insured.
  • Ask what type of cleaning products and equipment they use.
  • Check their online reviews and ask for references.
  • Ensure that they provide the range of services that your property requires.
  • Ask for an onsite evaluation to ensure they can meet your needs.

If you are looking for property management cleaning services in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, call on Complete Care Maintenance. We have extensive experience with property management cleaning and can accommodate properties of any size.

 

 

 

10 Sep 2021
commercial warehouse cleaning

Commercial Warehouse Cleaning Equals Increased Productivity

The cleanliness of your warehouse plays a vital role in how in the productivity of your warehouse. A dirty warehouse can cause operational downtime, create hazards for workers and visitors, and negatively impact employee morale. Hiring a commercial warehouse cleaning company can eliminate these problems and help you and your staff achieve greater productivity. Let’s look at five ways that commercial warehouse cleaning can improve productivity.

A CLEAN WAREHOUSE PREVENTS ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES

If there is one thing that can seriously impact productivity in your warehouse, it is an accident or injury. Not only do these types of events result in injury to staff, they typically lead to operational downtime, higher insurance premiums, and lower employee morale. Cluttered and messy warehouses can lead to slipping on wet floors, tripping over objects in walkways, injuries from objects falling from above, and more. According to OSHA, slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents causing 25% of reported claims each year. A commercial warehouse cleaning service helps ensure that your floors are uncluttered and free from obstructions. This improves ergonomics and visibility mitigating the risks of workplace injuries.

COMMERCIAL WAREHOUSE CLEANING REDUCES MAINTENANCE COSTS

In order for warehouses and distribution centers to run efficiently, companies rely on a variety of equipment and machinery. Forklifts, pallet lifts, scissor lifts, and conveyors are just some types of machinery commonly found in warehouse environments. Keeping these tools operating efficiently and maintaining them to avoid costly repairs is a smart business practice. One of the main contributors to lost efficiency and increased repairs is dust. Dust and dirt can build can wreak havoc on moving parts causing premature wear and overheating. Commercial warehouse cleaning services can significantly reduce the amount of dust in your facility and promote greater efficiency and longevity of your machinery.

CLEAN WAREHOUSES PROMOTE BETTER INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

A clean and organized warehouse leads to more efficient inventory management. Having an organized warehouse enables a company to have better control of its warehouses processes, such as checking the shelf-life of products, managing stocks for write-off, and monitoring inventory levels to prevent overstocking or stock-outs. Organization helps improve the efficiency of picking and monitoring inventory levels, reducing staffing requirements, or allowing for reallocation of staff to other duties.

COMMERCIAL WAREHOUSE CLEANING IMPROVES EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY

When management dedicates time and resources to maintaining a clean and safe warehouse, employees take notice. Studies show that employees are more likely to help maintain a facility’s cleanliness when management makes safety and cleanliness a priority. A clean workplace instills a sense of pride and ownership. Cleanliness and organization allow staff to do their jobs more efficiently. Things are easier to find, easier to get to, and equipment is less prone to failure.

A CLEAN AND ORGANIZED WAREHOUSE SHOWS PROFESSIONALISM

Modern warehouses have evolved to include more direct interaction with clients and stakeholders. Presenting your organization in a professional manner is essential to earning trust and respect from these individuals. A cluttered and disorganized warehouse gives the impression that the company does not care about the safety of its employees or products. Warehouse cleanliness is a reflection of your company and its values.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR COMMERCIAL WAREHOUSE CLEANING?

Complete Care Maintenance offers superior commercial warehouse cleaning services throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Call on us today to learn how we can help make your warehouse or distribution center cleaner and more productive.

 

10 Aug 2021
cleaning products

Common Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

Let’s start with a simple rule of thumb: Never mix cleaning products!

Whether you are cleaning in a commercial environment or tidying up around the house, cleaning thoroughly typically involves a variety of cleaning products. No one cleaning product works well for every surface and the typical cleaning product inventory contains enough chemicals to make your head spin – literally.

Even seemingly similar products designed for the same purpose often utilize different chemicals to achieve their objectives. These chemicals when mixed with other chemicals can cause some pretty serious chemical reactions. In most cases, these chemical reactions result in the formation of gases, many of which are detrimental to your health. In other cases, these chemical reactions can result in small explosions, which again, are not good for anybody.

Bleach is a cleaning product found in virtually every household and it is far and away one of the most dangerous products in common use today. If you are considering mixing bleach with anything other than water, think again. Bleach is especially toxic and it makes our list several times when combined with other cleaning products.

Still, bleach is not the only culprit. There are many combinations of cleaning products that can cause you great bodily harm. Read on to learn more.

Common Cleaning Products That Don’t Mix

 

Bleach and Ammonia – You may have heard about this nasty combination. A mixture of bleach and ammonia creates a chemical reaction that results in the formation of chloramine gas which generates acid in the lungs and can be deadly. Even moderate exposure to chloramine gas can cause chest pain and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing these symptoms, we encourage you to seek medical attention immediately.

It is important to note that many cleaning products contain bleach and many other cleaning products contain ammonia. This is why we began this article with the ‘Never mix cleaning products!’ rule of thumb. Glass cleaners, oven cleaners, and even ordinary dish liquids may contain ammonia or other chemicals that react badly with bleach.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar – This one may surprise you. After all, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar both seem pretty harmless. Right? When used by themselves these two common cleaning products are relatively harmless. However, when the two are mixed, they form peracetic acid. Peracetic acid is corrosive and while it may not kill you, it may damage the surfaces you are applying it to.

Drain Cleaners and Other Drain Cleaners – Mixing two different drain cleaners is an easy mistake to make. First drain cleaner doesn’t clear the drain, go to the store and buy a stronger one. Right? Wrong! Different drain cleaners often use different chemical combinations to achieve their goal of clearing the hairball from your drain. These different chemical combinations can result in the formation of toxic gases and in some cases may cause an explosion. So, if your hairball needs an extra dose, be sure to buy the exact same cleaner you used for the first attack.

Bleach and Drain Cleaners – If you are still struggling with that hairball after two doses of drain cleaner, do not reach for a jug of bleach for your third attack. A mixture of bleach and drain cleaner can produce chlorine gas which can have long-lasting effects and may require medical attention. It might be time to call a plumber instead.

Bleach and Vinegar – Bleach and vinegar is another chemical combination that produces chlorine gas. Symptoms you might experience from inhaling this toxin are burning eyes, a burning sensation in your throat, coughing, and difficulty breathing.

Rubbing Alcohol and Bleach – As you can see, bleach is a partner in many bad chemical reactions when mixing cleaning products. When mixed with rubbing alcohol it produces chloroform and chloroacetone, both of which are toxic. According to chemist Alexander Lu of Dong Research Group, “Chloroform can be used to knock people unconscious, and it is suspected to cause cancer. Chloroacetone is no better, having been used as tear gas in World War I.”

Need Help With Your Residential or Commercial Cleaning?

Complete Care Maintenance offers a variety of commercial and residential cleaning services. Our professional cleaning crews are well versed in the chemicals used in commercial cleaning products and we always follow strict safety protocols. Give us a call to learn how we can help!

 

 

20 Jul 2021
commercial cleaning company

Commercial Cleaning And Curb Appeal

Your business’s curb appeal is vital for attracting and retaining customers and utilizing a commercial cleaning service can help take your curb appeal to the next level. Commercial cleaning services are designed to enhance your business’s overall cleanliness and appearance and many commercial cleaners offer services that extend well beyond your facility’s interior. Below are just some of the ways that a commercial cleaning service can improve your curb appeal:

Commercial Cleaning Services That Improve Curb Appeal

Window Cleaning

Windows and entrance doors are two of the most visible aspects of your storefront and they can either positively or negatively impact your curb appeal. Water marks, smudges, dirt, and grime on your windows not only make them harder to see through but also send a very bad message about the cleanliness of your business. A qualified commercial cleaning service can make sure that your windows and entrance doors are always sparkling clean, making a positive first impression and improving your bottom line.

Parking Lot Maintenance

Believe it or not, a poorly maintained parking lot can cause potential customers to drive right past your place of business without ever leaving their car. Ensuring that your parking lot is free of refuse and debris shows potential clients that you care about your business’s appearance and are willing to go to great lengths to ensure they have a positive experience. Many commercial cleaning services provide parking lot cleaning services that will help keep your lot sparkling clean for your customers.

Trash Receptacles

If like many businesses you provide your customers with the convenience of a trash receptacle outside your storefront it is vital that it be well maintained. Overflowing trash containers can make customers feel that your company and its employees are inattentive, apathetic, or just plain lazy. Commercial cleaning services regularly empty and clean these containers so that your business always looks well kept.

Sidewalks and Entryways

The sidewalk that leads to your entryway, and the entryway itself need to be clean and inviting in order to draw people into your establishment. Regular sweeping and pressure washing of these areas is vital to maintaining a squeaky clean appearance. Ask your commercial cleaning service if they provide these services. Most do and it is just one less thing that you have to worry about.

Day Porters

Having your establishment regularly cleaned by a commercial cleaning company definitely helps to keep your business looking its best. Hiring a day porter takes this cleaning regimen to the next level. While your commercial cleaners will ensure that your establishment looks its best at the beginning of every day, a day porter can help ensure that it continues to look its best throughout the day. A day porter will keep your sidewalk and entryway clean and tidy, empty trash receptacles, remove window smudges, and even tend to accidental spills and wet weather messes.

Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services For Your Business

Hiring a commercial cleaning company can have a huge impact on your business’s curb appeal but it can also boost your company image and improve employee health and productivity. If you are looking for more ways that commercial cleaning can help your business, talk to the experts at Complete Care Maintenance and get a free consultation.

 

 

21 May 2021
commercial cleaning company

Evaluating Cleaning Company Performance

As a business owner or facility manager, it is easy to get caught up in the fast-talking promises of a cleaning company sales representative. After all, they are trying to sell you a service. They are not going to say anything negative about their cleaning services. And while it is important for you to listen to what they have to offer, ask questions, and ensure that their services align with your needs, it is just as important to monitor their performance over time.

Oftentimes, commercial cleaning companies will perform exceptionally well during the ‘honeymoon’ period of your relationship. As time wears on, many cleaning companies become complacent, turnover staff, or change management. This can result in a reduction in standards, untrustworthy cleaning crews, and less bang for your buck.

So, How Can You Tell If Your Cleaning Company Is Delivering On Their Promises?’

Time – If your cleaning crew is chronically late, something is not right. If your cleaning crews are leaving early, something is not right. If your cleaning crew is not putting in the time necessary to fully clean your facility, you are getting robbed. A well-managed cleaning crew will be on time every time, will take the time to do their job well, and will fulfill the hours they are contracted to work.

Preparedness –  A well-managed cleaning company will ensure that its cleaning crews are always well-prepared. They will bring with them all the necessary materials, safety equipment, and cleaning tools and products. You should never see a professional cleaning crew reusing cleaning cloths or mop heads.

Processes and Procedures – Does your cleaning crew follow a familiar process every time they clean? Can you predict which areas will get cleaned first, how long it will take, and what chemicals and cleaning tools will be used? That is a process or procedure being followed and all professional cleaning companies should have standardized processes and procedures in place.

Safety Is a Priority – A well-trained cleaning staff will follow prescribed safety protocols. You should never see wet floors without caution signs, cleaning crews horsing around, or any type of behavior that endangers, you, your staff, your customers, or the cleaning crew..

 Familiar Faces – Do you recognize the staff that cleans your facility? A smart commercial cleaning company is very good at retaining staff. They understand that it is far more costly to vet and train new staff than it is to retain tenured staff. If you recognize the people that come to clean your facility on a regular basis, your cleaning company is likely doing a great job.

Accountability – Does your cleaning crew have a leader, an individual that you have been introduced to and is available if there are issues or concerns. A quality commercial cleaning company will always assign a crew leader or manager who is willing to take responsibility for the actions of their crew.

Proactive Management – A customer-centric commercial cleaning company has a management staff that is proactive. They follow up with their customers on a regular basis to ensure that they are happy with the service, ask if there is anything more they can do, and make themselves available in the event that issues arise.

What To Do If Your Provider Falls Short

If your commercial cleaning company is not living up to its promises, Complete Care Maintenance can help. We have built our reputation on providing exceptional commercial cleaning at an affordable price. Call or contact us today!

 

 

 

 

30 Apr 2021
cleaning and disinfecting

Cleaning And Disinfecting: The New Normal

There is no denying it. The new normal demands that everyone steps up their cleaning and disinfecting protocols and procedures.

Let’s put all of our cards on the table and stop him-hawing around. There is no denying that the Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in a new normal for all of us and change is in the air. There is no longer time for a wait-and-see mentality. We have waited. We have seen. The elephant in the room can no longer be ignored.

We can not walk into a grocery store without noticing how Covid-19 has changed the world in which we live. Every interaction we have, every building we enter, every time we venture out in public, it is another environment we have been exposed to, another risk we have taken.  We have risked not just our own safety, but the safety of our family, friends, and neighbors. Everywhere we go, we are wary of the unseen danger.

People need to feel safe in these unprecedented times and as facility managers and business owners, we play a key role in adjusting to the new normal. We must help people to feel safe. It is both social responsibility and business imperative.

Cleaning And Disinfecting Makes People Feel Safe

The first step in making people feel safe in your facility is to create and implement a cleaning and disinfecting program that addresses peoples’ concerns. Your program should the latest safety, infection control, and cleaning protocols recommended in official guidance from the CDC, WHO, and OSHA. Your program should utilize EPA-recommended cleaning agents and disinfectants that are designated for use against Covid-19. You should also provide clear policies and procedures for cleaning and disinfecting your facility and include training for all employees on the proper handling, dwell times, and use of all cleaning chemicals and disinfectants.

That is a lot of work and it will take time and money to implement properly. There is the cost of chemicals and cleaning equipment, time spent researching and training staff on proper use, and safety protocols. And, of course, the time your staff will spend doing the actual cleaning and disinfecting – time they will not be spending doing the work you pay them to do.

If you do not have robust cleaning and disinfecting protocols already in place, starting from scratch may not be a viable option. You may find it more efficient and less costly to hire a reputable commercial cleaning company that has the equipment and know-how to hit the ground running.

Qualified commercial cleaning companies already have the trained staff, the proper procedures and protocols, and the right tools and chemicals, and the knowledge and experience to clean and disinfect your facility effectively. All this adds up to reduced costs for you, faster time to implementation, improved employee productivity, and favorable public perception for your business.

The new normal demands that business owners and facility managers make cleaning and disinfecting an integral part of the customer service offerings. Customers, business partners, and staff now consider health and safety a top priority and it is your job to make them feel safe. This shift in public perception is not likely to go away anytime soon and the sooner you put a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting program in place, the better.