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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Cleaning product ingredients will soon be required

Know that's in your cleaning products.

Know that’s in your cleaning products.

When you have a professional cleaning crew using chemicals to disinfect your office space, you may not realize exactly what’s in the product. Cleaning carts are filled with solutions, but there has been a lot of concern about overexposure and what that can mean for those in charge of disinfecting the space.

However, governing bodies are stepping in to provide more transparency when it comes to what’s in cleaning products. WebMD reports California recently became the first state to require to list specific chemicals used in cleaning solutions. This was done in an effort to provide more transparency to consumers and help them understand the potential environmental and health implications of using the specific solutions. The source reports that these ingredients must be listed on the products’ websites by the year 2020 and then on labels the following year.

There are things building managers can do to help reduce the health and environmental impact cleaning products can have. For starters, they can request that their cleaning crews use ecofriendly products, which are less harsh and often do the job just as well. According to Natural News, because people on average spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, it’s critical to reduce the amount of chemical concentration in cleaning products to avoid overexposure.

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Prevent the spreading of germs in doctor’s offices

Work to prevent the spreading of germs between patients.

Work to prevent the spreading of germs between patients.

When heading to the doctor’s office, many patients are battling illnesses of their own, which means germs can run rampant. Bringing in a professional crew with cleaning carts filled with disinfectants can help stop germs in their tracks, but offices may want to consider educating their patients on how they can prevent themselves from becoming susceptible to germs.

The New York Times reports that even though many doctor’s offices have toys for children to play with, in an effort to prevent the spreading of germs, parents may want to consider bringing their own toys from home. This way, kids with germs can avoid using communal toys and spreading their bacteria, while healthy kids who come in for a routine checkup don’t have to come into contact with toys that may have bacteria growing on them.

The National Institutes of Health reports you should try and wash your hands as much as possible, particularly if you’re escorting a child to the doctor’s office. The news provider also reports if you or the child is particularly sick, let the receptionist know the situation, as they may be able to provide you with a separate waiting area to prevent the further spread of infection to other patients.

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Your coffee break could be a way to spread germs

Clean the break room on a regular basis for healthy employees.

Clean the break room on a regular basis for healthy employees.

Do you have a cleaning crew come through and do a deep clean of your office kitchen on a regular basis? The highly trafficked area of the office is also a popular hot spot for germs, so it’s important to send in the professionals with cleaning carts filled with disinfecting supplies.

NDTV reports that a worker’s coffee break could be a new way to get germs, whether they realize it or not. The news provider reports that coffee cups were more likely to contain bacteria before use and 100 percent more likely after cleaning them with a kitchen sponge or dish rag. Because this is typically used on so many dishes and by so many different people, cleaning could actually be a quick way to spread germs.

The news provider suggests using a dishwasher whenever possible to make sure the coffee cups are cleaned without further contamination.

Time Magazine reports there are a lot of spots in the office kitchen that could use the attention of professional cleaning crews, including sink faucets, appliance handles and vending machine buttons. Having a cleaning crew come in to disinfect on a regular basis could help the spread of germs, keeping your employees happy and healthy.

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Make workplace cleanliness an employee concern

Keep cleaning a priority for both the professionals and your employees.

Keep cleaning a priority for both the professionals and your employees.

Do you instill a culture of cleanliness in the workplace? It goes beyond bringing in a professional crew with cleaning carts, although that should be done on a regular basis to reduce the amount of bacteria in the air. You want to make sure that your employees take cleaning seriously, as it can show respect for their fellow coworkers.

According to Forbes, 57 percent of employees admit they’ve judged a coworker based on their messiness. The news provider suggests coming up with limits for storage. For example, once a bookshelf is completely filled, give a book away. This can also be done with the containers in the kitchen. By creating a replacement system, clutter can be kept under control.

Monster suggests management also schedule cleanup days which gives employees a couple of days a year to go through the entire office and do a deep clean. This means getting rid of any items that may no longer have use or even taking the time to deep clean the surfaces. The source also suggests encouraging employees to think about safety, and if they have a particularly cluttered workspace, that it is not creating a hazard for themselves, their coworkers or the building.

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