Trying to keep the office healthy? Add plants!

In addition to cleaning carts, plants can help.

In addition to cleaning carts, plants can help.

It’s easy for people to get sick in the workplace. When you’re sharing communal space with people, germs are easily passed, particularly if it’s cold and flu season. Bacteria runs rampant, which is why it’s important to have a professional crew to come in on a regular basis and disinfect all surfaces.

However, there are other ways to keep people healthy throughout the year. According to the Independent, having a plant in the workplace could help rid the air of chemicals and keep people healthier. The news provider reports this can help balance the bacteria in the air, keeping people in the office healthier for longer. Not only can this help purify the air, but it makes the office smell better as well. There are a lot of benefits to adding plants to the workplace.

You can also go one step further in keeping sick days at bay. The Huffington Post suggests encouraging employees to clean their desks often. The desk isn’t always covered by the cleaning crew, so it’s a good idea to empower your employees to take control of the mess and help do their part in preventing the spread of bacteria in the workplace, helping their coworkers stay healthy.

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Time to assess the cleanliness of your office

Is your cleaning routine working for you?

Is your cleaning routine working for you?

Having the right cleaning team is critical for a building manager and all of the tenants. The workplace needs to be clean for all guests and employees, so having the right team to keep things looking pristine is important.

According to Facility Executive, now is the time to make sure you have the right people on staff to handle the cleaning carts. The news provider reports that because the cleaning industry is incredibly competitive, it’s important to make sure your team is providing the best service.

Be sure to assess whether or not your cleaning team is being efficient and keeping all offices clean. It may also be the time to take a look at costs and make sure the best products are being used in order to keep bacteria at bay.

Especially during this time of year, one of the hardest things to keep clean is the floors, as people tend to track in salt and snow. CleanLink reports that one of the most common mistakes a building manager can make is not having the carpets cleaned on a more frequent basis during the winter months, as this is the time where they need the most attention to continue to look polished.

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Stay on top of salt and keep floors looking new all winter long

Work to remove salt quickly.

Work to remove salt quickly.

With winter weather comes snow and ice, making for hazardous walkways to anyone walking around outside. Building managers will frequently try their best to remove all of the residue before someone has an accident, and will use salt to help keep the ice melted. However, the salt can be a cause for the cleaning carts to be on standby as people come into the building from the cold.

Cleveland.com reports that salt can wreak havoc on wooden floors, not only leaving a residue but could ultimately affecting the structure. The news provider reports that salt can cut into even protective coating if it’s not quickly removed, so it’s important that a cleaning crew remove salt as soon as possible. Additionally, it can cause scratches into the floor, so even after you clean it, the scratches remain.

There are quick cleaners that can help remove salt quickly. According to SF Gate, vinegar has enough acid to dissolve salt without causing any damage to the floor. Be sure to mix the vinegar with water in order to dilute it a bit. Keep the concoction on cleaning carts at all times so you’re able to act quickly when people track in salt upon entering the building.

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Keep the office looking spotless even with all the holiday parties

Cleaning post-holiday party doesn't have to just be professional.

Cleaning post-holiday party doesn’t have to just be professional.

The winter season means a lot of holiday celebrations at work. The kitchen is frequently filled with party leftovers and other treats sent from business partners and customers. This can sometimes make things trickier for professionals with cleaning carts, as they try to keep the office space looking pristine.

However, office managers can keep some tips in mind as they host holiday festivities in the workplace that will make cleanup a bit easier for their janitorial crew. The New York Times recommends carrying around hand sanitizer when at a party, because the alcohol concentration can serve as a good makeshift stain remover. The news provider reports that it will work on everything from pen marks to food and drink spills.

Cleaning up doesn’t just have to mean getting rid of things, leftovers can also serve a purpose. For example, if your greenery is looking a little worse for wear in the office, there are ways to stay on top of it using holiday party leftovers. According to Real Simple, flat club soda is a great way to keep indoor plants hydrated, because it has phosphate, which can aid root development for the plant. This will keep your office space looking nicer longer.

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How to choose the right carpet cleaner

Not all carpet cleaners should be treated equally.

Not all carpet cleaners should be treated equally.

When trying to clean up the office, you want to make sure your cleaning crews have the best products on their carts. While some items can be left up to personal preference, overall it’s important to do research and find out what will be the most cost efficient with the highest impact. Items where you don’t want to have inferior products include carpet cleaners, as you want to make sure you’re getting rid of stains.

Consumer Reports suggests you shop around to determine what’s the best carpet cleaner for you. The source is quick to point out that typically manufacturers will suggest that you use the same cleaning products that goes with the equipment. However, that may not be what’s best for your specific needs. Instead, have your cleaning crew try out several cleaners until they find one that best works for your building’s specific carpet and the kind of equipment they use. Making cost a component is important as well, so be sure to set budget expectations early.

Additionally, Consumer Reports’ Carpet Cleaner Buying Guide suggests when looking for carpet cleaning equipment, be sure to pay attention to extra details such as warranties and other features, because you may want to figure out what will have the longest shelf life.

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Stop germs in their tracks in the workplace

Try and keep germs at bay as much as you can.

Try and keep germs at bay as much as you can.

Trying to stay healthy in the winter months at work can be particularly difficult for those who work with a lot of people throughout the day. Having a professional cleaning crew come in on a regular basis can be helpful because they can deep clean heavily-trafficked surfaces and try to prevent the spread of bacteria. However, it’s important to also know how to protect yourself against germs.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that while hand sanitizers may claim to be 99.9 percent effective, that may not be the case. The news provider reports that while tests in laboratories have shown that rate, real life scenarios can provide different context that does not have as much protection as it would in a sterile laboratory. Of course, people should still try to use alcohol-based sanitizers when they can to try and prevent the spread of germs in the workplace.

Also be aware of items in the workplace that could actually be crawling with germs. The Atlantic Journal Constitution reports that office coffee mugs are actually coated with germs. If you’re able to use your own reuseable one and take it to your home and clean it, it can help prevent you coming into contact with bacteria.

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Try to stay germ-free during the holiday rush

Airports should be a focus for preventing the spread of germs.

Airports should be a focus for preventing the spread of germs.

Germs tend to run rampant the second the cold weather hits, and while people are on high alert about spreading bacteria during the holiday season, when traveling it can become difficult to avoid. Cleaning crews in airports may want to wheel their cleaning carts to specific areas and make sure they’re disinfecting places that are considered a hotbed for germs.

According to Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet, anywhere you’re checking in, whether it be on a technical device such as a tablet, or at a physical desk, there are plenty of opportunities to come into contact with germs. The tablet itself, any pens or even the counter of a check-in desk can carry a lot of germs, so travelers should make sure to use disinfecting hand wipes after coming into contact. Additionally, cleaning crews should be sure to focus on these areas as frequently as possible.

In addition to the airport itself, it’s important for cleaning crews to pay attention to the planes. CNN reports that because people are packed into planes so close together, it’s easy to spread germs. Not only that, but with multiple people flying on the same plane per day, it’s easy for a sick person to transfer germs to passengers taking a later flight if they’ve been using the tray tables or any other communal part of the seat.

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Be efficient and environmentally-friendly when cleaning your workplace

Are you being efficient with cleaning?

Are you being efficient with cleaning?

Keeping your workplace clean is a full-time job, and at times can be a costly one. Not only hiring a professional crew with cleaning carts, but in some cases you may need to provide the actual cleaning supplies. However, there are ways to keep the workplace looking clean and germ-free that won’t break the bank or stretch your resources thin.

Buildings.com reports the emergence of green cleaning products have led to a cost-effective means of cleaning that also are much healthier for employees. Typically, when using harsh chemicals, it can be easy for people to become overwhelmed by fumes, the same goes for the professionals who are actually doing the cleaning. The news provider reports switching to greener products not only reduce environmental impact, but they also aren’t as dangerous for employees.

You can also encourage your cleaning crew to take an efficient approach to actually planning the cleaning. For example, Popular Mechanics suggests tackling one room at a time, and starting from one end before working their way to the other side. This can help avoid the crew from going back and forth and wasting time cleaning the same spots over and over. This can help you be efficient with both time and labor costs.

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Make cleaning a priority this flu season

Stop germs in their tracks during the flu season.

Stop germs in their tracks during the flu season.

It’s cold and flu season, which means you should be bringing in extra cleaning carts through your office to make sure you’re disinfecting all of the heavily-trafficked areas to prevent the spreading of germs. Whether it’s in a school, the doctor’s office or at work, chances are peers are sick, and it’s important to keep others from catching the illness.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that now is the time for public buildings to ramp up their efforts in disinfecting heavily trafficked areas. The news provider suggests paying extra close attention to door handles, railings, drinking fountains and any communal spaces. Even if a person doesn’t appear to be showing symptoms at the time, they could be unknowingly spreading germs to their peers. Trying to stay ahead of the game and constantly cleaning can help these issues from spreading.

U.S. News and World Report suggests knowing your germ hotspots so you can direct the cleaning crew where to focus when they’re going through their cleaning routine. Try and also leave tissues and hand sanitizer around the workplace to encourage people to use them and keep their germs from spreading. This is a great way to stop bacteria in between when the cleaning crews come in.

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Choose ceramic tiles for durability and ease of cleaning

Keep your tiles looking new.

Keep your tiles looking new.

Ceramic tiles are a popular choice for building managers when trying to choose their flooring, because they don’t require a lot of care. Just having a crew come in with cleaning carts a few times a week will have your floors looking as good as new.

News Day reports that ceramic tiles are popular because they’re durable and can withstand a lot of tread. The news provider suggests sweeping a few times a week before taking a mop off your cleaning cart to get them sparkling like new. The news provider says it’s good to get rid of the loose dirt first, because otherwise the mop will just push it around into the crevices of the tiles.

You don’t need to use heavy duty cleaning solutions either, as Better Homes and Gardens reports that baking soda and water will work just as well. The news provider reports that this will help remove any grout. Have you cleaning crews leave it on particularly troubled areas of the floor over night before returning in the morning and removing with a stiff nylon brush. This will help reduce the amount of grout on your tile floors and have them looking brand new again.

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