A busy school year doesn’t have to mean dirty floors

Stay up on cleaning the floors.

Stay up on cleaning the floors.

The school year brings a lot of hustle and bustle to the hallway, and while you may have cleaning crews that come through every night to take care of routine cleanup, general foot traffic can create a problem on the floors.

Whether your school has tile or carpet, the floors should be in as pristine condition as possible to keep the entire building looking fresh. However, with every break in between classes, this can become harder to achieve. According to American School & University Magazine, the fall is particularly difficult to maintain floors because students are frequently tracking in leaves and dirt on the bottoms of their shoes. The news provider reports even the strongest janitorial staffs can find challenges with keeping the floors up for appearances.

The news provider reports you should have multiple cleaners on the cleaning carts, because schools frequently don’t have the same flooring throughout. Some rooms could have wood, while others have carpet or tile. You need to be able to address these issues.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, schools are healthier when they’re kept clean. This helps reduce the spread of debris and germs, so it’s important that cleaning crews are addressing the issue as best they can in an efficient manner.

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Go natural to save money, have a healthy crew

Cleaning with natural products could be beneficial in a lot of ways.

Cleaning with natural products could be beneficial in a lot of ways.

If you’re finding yourself spending a lot of money on the cleaning products that go on the janitorial carts in your building, you’re not alone. In fact, the cost of cleaning can add up quick, but that does not mean you should skimp on how often you’re disinfecting the workspace. You just might want to swap out certain products with more cost-effective options.

USA Today reports natural cleaning products are a great way to go when trying to reduce costs. Using products such as white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide not only helps keep surfaces clean, but they also are much more cost-effective than some of the name brand cleaners.

Not only could switching to natural products help save money, they could also be better for your working environment. According to Care.com, sometimes harsh chemicals may get the job done, but put the cleaners at risk by breathing in fumes or having the chemicals come into contact with the skin. While this kind of deep cleaning is good to do on an annual basis, or if something is becoming a hazard, exposure to these kinds of chemicals all the time isn’t always the best without proper protective gear. Taking out harsh chemicals every once and a while could be good for your cleaning crew.

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Start the school year on the right foot by preventing germs

Stop germs in their tracks.

Stop germs in their tracks.

The school year brings a lot spreading of germs as students are packed into classrooms, sharing supplies and using the same surfaces. As a result, it’s important to have a cleaning crew on hand to help stop germs in their tracks on a regular basis. Bringing in a janitorial staff every night after school can help disinfect the school’s surface levels, making it harder for students to pass germs to one another.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s important to stop germs in their tracks in an effort to keep up with assignments. Asking students who feel under the weather to stay home so they don’t infect other kids is the first step. The news provider reports that school age children typically have a high rate of flu.

In addition to having a cleaning crew on hand, CBS News reports that teachers should encourage students to wipe down surface areas whenever possible. Depending on the age, having cleanup time throughout the day rather than waiting until after the cleaning crews arrive at night can stop bacteria from spreading. Also encouraging both students and staff to wash their hands throughout the day can prevent bacteria from spreading.

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Keep germs at bay in the workplace

Do you have a cleaning plan in place?

Do you have a cleaning plan in place?

The workplace can be an easy way to spread germs. With so many people working together in a small space, it can be easy for people to spread bacteria. It’s important to keep crews on hand to go around with cleaning carts and sanitize all surfaces in an effort to stop bacteria in its tracks.

According to the London Economic, keeping a regular cleaning schedule in the workplace can help keep germs at bay. Hiring an external firm can help ensure that top-line cleaning products are being used by professionals, but if you want to supplement some of the cost by having employees responsible for some aspects of tidying up, that can help you have a more frequent cleaning schedule as a lesser cost.

Safety and Health Magazine reports that keeping up with a system in place for how to clean certain things can also benefit worker safety. For example, something like a grease spill could lead to injuries if not properly cleaned. If you’re unable to keep a professional cleaning crew on retainer to address a problem immediately, having a guide on how to properly clean up certain issues can help all workers stay accountable in keeping the workplace safe and clean.

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Keep a clean restaurant to keep customers coming back

Be careful when cleaning your restaurant.

Be careful when cleaning your restaurant.

A clean restaurant can not only be what sets you apart from competitors, it can also bring in customer confidence. Taking the time each night to take the cleaning cart around and go over every surface area is critical to making a good presentation in your eatery. However, you’ll want to be cleaning throughout the day to ensure that you’re not overwhelmed during your closeout.

According to All Food Business, you should ask all employees to take ownership of their workspace, making sure they’re cleaning throughout their shifts so they’re not overwhelming the closing crew. This means that any servers should be responsible for their own sections, hosts should be in charge of the seating area and the kitchen staff designating cleaning responsibilities for specific areas.

Additionally, the National Restaurant Association suggests taking stock of what’s on the cleaning cart every so often. You need to make sure that you’re using products that won’t put customers or employees in danger if they’re using them near food or in the kitchen. Be sure to read all of the manufacturer’s instructions and take note of any warning labels about potentially hazardous chemicals. This will help ensure that everyone is safe, even while you’re trying to clean your restaurant.

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Put a building maintenance plan in place

Stay on top of maintenance needs.

Stay on top of maintenance needs.

Building maintenance can help you keep costs down in the long run. Hiring cleaning crews and a maintenance staff to have on-hand can help protect you from issues from getting too out of control and ultimately being more costly than you may have ever intended. For example, if you don’t send someone with a cleaning cart to address a small mold problem immediately, it could morph into a major issue that requires professionals to do some extraction that winds up affecting your bottom line.

Putting a maintenance plan in place can help you stay on top of issues before they balloon. Buildings.com suggests you should inspect your roof at least twice a year, or after any major storm, to prevent leaks from happening. Structural damage to a building can be costly, and it’s important to make sure you are saving yourself from reoccurring issues that become too costly to fix. The news provider also suggested doing routine maintenance on the heating and cooling systems, as this can help save on energy costs, reducing spend in the long run.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that routine cleaning and maintenance can help make a building safer for all its occupants, since the air quality is better, reducing pollutants and allergens.

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Stay on top of mold control

Take control of mold before it takes control of your building.

Take control of mold before it takes control of your building.

Mold can be a problem in any building, but it’s critical to address the issue head on before it becomes a costly nuisance to eradicate. However, if you’re sending professionals with stocked cleaning carts around the building on a regular basis, you can help prevent mold from becoming a bigger problem.

Buildings.com suggests there are a lot of ways to prevent mold from spreading that go beyond cleaning. Because it’s typically caused by excess moisture, fixing leaks anywhere around the building is a must. The news provider reports this means everything from pipes to roofs and any other structures where moisture may be getting through.

The source also suggests taking control of the building’s humidity. By getting a meter to measure the level, you’ll be able to see if the air is straying from the optimal 30 to 50 percent range.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as long as the mold problem takes up less area than 10 by 10 feet, your staff should be able to handle the situation on its own. However, if it is a problem that’s affecting a large part of your building, you may need to bring in a contractor or another professional to help contain the problem. Failure to address it could lead to bad air quality, affecting any of your building’s occupants.

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Corral all your supplies onto one cleaning cart

Keep all your cleaning products in one place.

Keep all your cleaning products in one place.

In addition to a professional crew with cleaning carts, employees should do their best to keep the office tidy. You never know when a potential client meeting is going to happen, and you also want to be sure to keep the working space clean for your fellow employees. However, there are some hacks you can do to keep your office looking clean.

Consumer Affairs suggests using cleaning carts to keep all your products in one place. Consider reserving a special place so all employees know exactly where they can pick up supplies, should there be a spill or something that needs attention. Additionally, the source reports that this makes the cleaning supplies easily transportable, so you don’t have to worry about trying to juggle multiple products at once.

Not only does a clean office help impress outside customers, but it’s also beneficial to the employees who work there day to day. According to Business.com, the average employee spends up to 1.5 hours per day looking for things. If you keep the office clean and organized, it helps boost productivity because workers are spending less time sorting through the clutter. Any easy way to boost efficiency ultimately adds to your company’s bottom line.

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The cleaning industry turns to sustainability

The cleaning industry is going green.

The cleaning industry is going green.

Cleaning products are crucial to preventing germs in the workplace, but unfortunately with some can be hazardous to the environment, depending on the severity of chemicals used. It’s important that crews know what’s on their cleaning carts in an effort to reduce the amount of severe chemicals in a place of business. Not only is this practice beneficial to coworkers’ health, but also the environment.

According to Facility Executive, the cleaning industry is taking steps to ensure their products are sustainable. The news provider reports that the assessment they take into account includes energy used to create, water wasted and gas emissions when creating cleaning products. Companies were then told what they could improve upon in an effort to be more sustainable in their operations.

There’s been a bigger push for sustainability in the cleaning industry, not just about how it’s run, but also the products themselves. According to Facilities Net, since there have been studies that severe chemicals can have long-last effects on occupants, building managers have been making a conscious effort to go green. The news provider reports that managers also take the cleaning crews’ well-being into account when making the switch to safer products, since they get closer exposure while on the job.

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Build a reputation for your cleaning crew

Build a reputation that brings more customers.

Build a reputation that brings more customers.

If you’re thinking about starting your own cleaning business, you need to make sure you have the right cleaning carts, products and staff in order to build a strong reputation in the field. Building managers frequently assess who they partner with based on reputation, and if you’re known for reasonable rates, a high-quality staff and great results, then it should be relatively easy to build up a base.

The Small Business Chronicle suggests going to different offices when just starting out and speaking to the building manager about your cleaning services. Come prepared with rates, full details of what you offer and different plans they can purchase. This is a great way to get a foot in the door and start attracting customers. You can then rely on them to bring word of mouth to their peers.

Entrepreneur also recommends asking colleagues, friends and family to pass around your business’s cards in an effort to build a base. While reputation can help you amass a following, you need to make sure you’re doing the groundwork through word of mouth wherever you can. Also consider leaving fliers and business cards in office plazas and lobbies in an effort to attract more business.

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