Cleaning up for back to school

Janitors are starting to prep for the arrival of students.

Janitors are starting to prep for the arrival of students.

The summer is coming to a close and the janitorial crews are loading up the cleaning carts and beginning to roam through the hallways to get ready for arriving students. Not only are buildings not as maintained during the summer months, but janitorial staff will want to do a deep clean to try and get a head start on keeping germs from spreading. With so many kids in a room, it can be easy to pass things around.

According to Buildings, deep cleaning should take place in five major areas before the start of school: the bathrooms, flooring, windows and lights, HVAC systems, and the gym and adjoining locker rooms. The news provider reports that these areas can not only show the most dirt and grime, but bacteria tends to linger as well, which could lead to more illnesses in the new year.

It’s not just focusing on cleaning surface areas, the staff will want to take a look at the actual chemicals they are using as well. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that harsher chemicals can lead to health problems, and while they may eradicate the bacteria, it is better to look for green products that also get the job done. Additionally, using energy efficient cleaning tools can help save on the electric bill.

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Keep clean to stay productive

Cleaning should be a priority for everyone.

Cleaning should be a priority for everyone.

Getting cleaning crews into the office is imperative for improving productivity. In addition to bringing in cleaning carts filled with tools, organization is important as well. Employees can frequently waste a lot of time looking for things around their desk that they might be able to find with just a little organizational help.

According to Business.com, employees could find that they lose hours of productivity a week as they struggle to get in the zone and also have difficulty finding things around their workspace at a reasonable pace. The news provider suggests disorganization can actually have a negative impact on one’s brain because they have a harder time focusing on one particular thing. For people who are already easily distracted, this can hamper their workflow even more.

In addition to having the cleaning crews pick up around the office, workers should have a hand in staying organized. Entrepreneur suggests that sifting through extra papers isn’t good for anyone’s productivity, and employees should try to reduce their clutter as much as possible. Filing systems work great, not only in email folders, but also on the desk. By reducing the amount of papers in one’s workspace and properly labeling everything, it can be much easier to find something in a pinch.

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Keep the office tidy even when cleaning crews aren’t around

Add some homemade cleaners to the cart.

Add some homemade cleaners to the cart.

While many professionals load their cleaning carts with chemicals strong enough to get the job done, many establishments are looking for safe remedies. Sometimes, it could even be as simple as making one’s own cleaning solution. There are plenty of concoctions that can work for specific areas around the building.

According to the Huffington Post, there are plenty of different cleaning solutions for various surface areas. One of the biggest points of cleaning contention in an office is the kitchen, since it can get messy quickly and cleaning crews may not come as often as staff would like. Having a cup of white vinegar and a cup of water on hand can help anyone clean the surfaces of the kitchen fast, without having to wait for the professionals.

Additionally, you can take the vinegar and use it again in the bathroom. The news provider reports that mixing one cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of baking soda can help keep the bowls clean. This can be a helpful daily practice in the event buildings don’t hire cleaning crews for an every-night basis.

If the office windows need sprucing, HGTV recommends using rubbing alcohol, which can serve as a cleaner that rivals the professional chemicals. This can save on hiring professional window cleaners to do the job.

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Practice proper carpet care

Do you know how to properly clean a carpet?

Do you know how to properly clean a carpet?

Does your cleaning crew know how to take good care of your carpets? Flooring is important in any office, and some building managers may choose to add carpet for a little added texture and décor purposes. However, it’s important to make sure the cleaning crew on hand has an understanding of what kind of care the carpet needs.

According to Money Control, having a cleaning schedule for a carpet is important, because it can keep it looking fresh and new for much longer. In a busy office, it’s easy for carpets to get worn and dirty quickly. The news provider recommends knowing the material of the carpet, as this can help determine whether simple soap and water will get the job done, or if you need a heavy duty shampoo. Additionally, the news provider recommends drying the carpet completely, or it could have an odor.

However, spills do happen even when the cleaners aren’t scheduled, so it’s important everyone in the office knows general care tips. Popular Mechanics suggests blotting a stain on a carpet, not rubbing it in, because it will help absorb the stain. If everyone follows proper carpet care, then there is a greater chance it will keep looking new for years to come.

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Have patience when taking the time to clean

Are you cleaning with care?

Are you cleaning with care?

Setting out to clean an office is no easy feat, and crews spend a lot of time carefully selecting the solutions that go on their cleaning carts. The chemicals can’t be too harsh or they’ll affect the surfaces they’re cleaning, and you don’t want the smell to be too overpowering.

Cleaning is a process, and that’s something that true professionals remember. According to People, crews will want to take their time when cleaning a space, as solutions can frequently take some time to fully absorb. If you’re looking for a quick fix, consider wiping up the issue, but for deep cleans, you’ll want to solutions to sit for a bit and work their magic.

Additionally, Carewell Urgent Care reports if you’re rushing through a cleaning job, you’re more likely to miss picking up extra dirt and grime. This could make matters worse, and ultimately cause you to spend more time in the long run. Additionally, not taking the time to dry surfaces can leave them wet and slippery. Not only could this mean streaks are left where you just cleaned, but people could be at risk of injuring themselves if the surface is too slick. Take time to make sure everything you clean is dry.

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Hotel cleaning staff share their tips

Hotel cleaning crews have it down to a science.

Hotel cleaning crews have it down to a science.

When hotel maids take out the cleaning carts, they have turning over a room down to a science. Hotels are notorious for germs, with many undercover reports on the biggest spots for germs around the room. However, people still continue to travel, and it turns out that secrets from the cleaning crew could come in handy for office cleaning crews.

According to The Huffington Post, hotel cleaning staff suggest taking out any clutter before doing the deep clean. In a hotel, this applies to trash, pillows and towels, while an office would get rid of excess papers, unused supplies and other trash.

The news provider also reports that cleaning crews will also rely on microfiber cleaning cloths, since they are best for cleaning dust without leaving any excess residue. Think about stocking up and changing the cloths out for each room, just to avoid any chance of cross-contamination.

Care.com suggests taking the dusting one step further, as hotel staff are known to also clean lightbulbs, since it can really make a difference in overall room brightness. Additionally, the news source reports that cleaning crews will typically start cleaning from the top of the room, and working their way down. The source suggests this is a way to avoid repeating unnecessary processes.

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Remember to clean surfaces to prevent germs

Have staff clean surfaces frequently.

Have staff clean surfaces frequently.

Cleaning carts are prevalent in any healthcare facility, but are crews really doing the due diligence they should be when it comes to eradicating germs? It can be so easy to catch something while on a visit to the doctor, and while frequently wiping surfaces with cleaning solution can help, there are some areas that can quickly build up bacteria.

According to WebMD, germs can live on toys in the doctor’s office for up to 24 hours. So if there is a sick child playing with a toy, even after the cleaning crew comes through, there is a chance that another child could get hit with the same bug the next day. The news provider reports people need to be aware of the possible places to get germs. Experts report that people can frequently forget that simply touching a surface can lead to the spread of germs.

It can also depend on the kind of bacteria. According to CBS News, the flu can actually live on a surface for 48 hours. Medical offices will want to keep this in mind when trying to come up with a cleaning schedule with their team. The quicker things are disinfected, the lower the risk that germs will spread from patient to patient.

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Have hardwood floors? You’ll need to stay on top of cleaning.

Have the right products on hand to clean the floors.

Have the right products on hand to clean the floors.

If you work in an environment that has hardwood floors, you understand the importance of having a cleaning crew that has a distinct understanding of what it takes to keep them looking like new. What goes on the cleaning carts matters, because you can’t have hardwood floors with streaks. This kind of flooring is usually costly, and managers will want to make sure they maintain their finish.

According to Architectural Digest, you want to pay attention to the ingredients of your hardwood cleaner, to make sure that it doesn’t cause streaks or other unfortunate blemishes. The news provider also stipulates that while a mop should have some moisture, having excess would cause an even bigger eyesore.

Additionally, doing clean sweeps every once and awhile will keep the floors looking gleaming. Dust can build up quickly, and hardwood floors can clearly show when they need to be cleaned.

While cleaning is critical for general upkeep, managers may also want to consider adjusting the office thermostat. According to Real Simple, the perfect temperature for hardwood floors is between 60 and 80 degrees, with no more than 50 percent humidity. This kind of temperature will keep them in good condition for years to come.

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Cleaning may have a positive effect on workers’ brains.

Keep workers productive by cleaning.

Keep workers productive by cleaning.

Have you ever thought that your messy workplace could be hampering your employees’ creativity? It might be time to get some professionals in with cleaning carts to reduce clutter, grime and any other buildup around the workspace.

According to News 18, having a messy working environment can actually have negative cognitive effects and ultimately hinder productivity. Think about your staff, if they’re not able to fully execute their ideas, it could spell problems for business in the long run.

The news provider reports that a messy office could even have long-lasting implications, such as a decline in attention span, memory and reasoning. Managers may want to take a look around the office. If they see that there is clutter, buildup and general disarray, bringing in a professional crew to take care of the job could help.

Additionally, employers may want to consider instituting a designated cleaning time for all employees. Lifehacker reports that some people can use help with time management, and without it will never make the effort to clean their areas. By carving out a short portion each day to tidy up, employees may begin to see a world of difference. Every little bit helps, and it could continue to benefit in the long run.

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Make cleaning off dust a priority in the workplace

Keep dust cleaners on-hand.

Keep dust cleaners on-hand.

Cleaning carts should be filled with items that help the office sparkle and shine. It’s important for employers to give off a clean image to their staff, guests and any potential business partners. A clean working environment can do wonders for productivity, and people can do their part to pitch in when tidying up is necessary.

According to the Business Journal, while tidying up is important, people shouldn’t be afraid to make surfaces really shine. The news provider reports that computers can have a lot of dust buildup, and taking the time to really scrub the computer – not in a way that breaks it – can help employees feel like they work in a clean environment.

The news provider suggests also taking this same advice for the kitchen. Any appliances that may have buildup should be scrubbed down on a regular basis to keep any grime from building up.

Not only can this help the office look clean, it can benefit worker health. According to Entrepreneur, staying on top of cleanliness can help keep allergens at bay. You don’t want your employees consistently coughing and sneezing due to built up dust, so continually cleaning can help you keep a productive working environment, no matter when allergy season hits.

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