Keep floors looking good even with the salt season

Ice removal can wreck havoc on the floors.

Ice removal can wreck havoc on the floors.

Trying to keep visitors from slipping and falling is a preventative safety measure all businesses take. Clearing the outside walkways is paramount for reducing falls that happen on site. However, using salt to de-ice the walkways could cause another headache – stains to the floor.

It’s important to send in a professional crew with cleaning carts every once and a while to do treatments to the floors and keep them looking fresh no matter what the weather is like outside. According to SF Gate, white vinegar can be a helpful tool for removing salt residue stains from tile. The news provider suggests cleaning crews do a thorough sweep beforehand in order to get rid of excess residue, before cleaning the floors with a mixture of white vinegar and water.

How to Clean Stuff reports if the salt stains have gotten thick due to all of the foot traffic, it’s best to have the vinegar sit for a minute. This will make it easier to remove the stains without having to worry about marks being left over. If that still doesn’t work, the news provider suggests using a mixture of dish cleaner and warm water, which will help remove the rest of the salt.

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Take on spring cleaning a little bit at a time

Get a handle on spring cleaning early.

Get a handle on spring cleaning early.

Spring cleaning can be a big undertaking for a lot of companies. Bringing in professional crews with cleaning carts to do a deep clean can give peace of mind to any building manager, but it’s important to take on some of the spring cleaning responsibilities as management as well.

According to the Huffington Post, spring cleaning can weigh on everyone’s minds, so it’s important to keep people from getting overwhelmed and instead making a plan and taking on a little bit at a time. The news provider reports that doing a little at a time can feel a lot more manageable, and people will feel as though they’re getting more accomplished because they’re having small wins.

Consider looking around your office and determining where the clutter is. Work to reduce the amount of papers stacked up, and also encourage employees to print less.

According to US News & World Report, it would behoove employees to clean up around their desk space as well. Too much clutter can often be a distraction, and if workers are spending too much time trying to find things, they may struggle with getting tasks done on time. Encourage your workers to take care of their desks.

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Get into spring cleaning now to avoid allergies at work

Use spring cleaning as a way to get rid of dust.

Use spring cleaning as a way to get rid of dust.

Trying to keep your employees productive and healthy? You may want to send in extra people with some cleaning carts to wipe down all surfaces. It’s important to get professionals in on a regular basis to help reduce clutter and bacteria in the workplace, but upping the ante as the spring season arrives means that you could have a healthy workforce.

According to the Brunswick News, dust can build up quickly, and as the days get longer it becomes more apparent where dust is building up. When cleaning crews come in at night, there is a better chance that they may see the dust buildup and get to work.

When there’s too much dust, allergies can get worse, which could leave employees coughing and sneezing at work, in some cases causing them to miss days in order to recuperate.

There are other things in addition to cleaning you can do to help keep allergies from creeping up on your employees. WebMD suggests keeping a well-ventilated office in order to keep the air as clean as possible. The source also recommends using humidifiers where possible, because that can help keep humidity at an optimal level and reduce the chance of mold growing in the workplace.

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Germ buildup is worse at the desk than the office bathroom

Stop germs from building up on your desk.

Stop germs from building up on your desk.

When you’re sitting at your desk each day for work, you may not realize how many germs you’re actually coming into contact with. Sure, you may be feeling fine, but you could be the source of bacteria buildup. It’s important to get professionals with cleaning carts in the office on a regular basis to wipe down all surfaces in an effort to keep germs from spreading.

According to the Sun, the average person’s desk has more than 400 times the amount of germs than the office bathroom. Coming in at more than 20,000 germs per square inch of the desk, not to mention more than 3,000 germs on the keyboard and more than 1,600 on the mouse, it’s easy to see how bacteria can be more prevalent than we’ve ever realized while sitting in the same spot every day.

CNN reports that because germs are so prevalent on desks, even when employees are feeling their best, managers should be insistent that workers who feel under the weather stay home so as not to get their colleagues sick. The news provider recommends keeping a distance at work until 24 hours after the last time they’ve experience symptoms, because this means it’s no longer contagious.

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Stay on top of proper waste control to keep your building clean and eco-friendly

Encourage employees to recycle.

Encourage employees to recycle.

Trying to keep a clean building can be overwhelming for management, particularly if they’re in charge of a large facility. Bringing in professionals with cleaning carts is a start, but it’s important that you encourage the employees there to do their part in making sure the building stays in good condition.

One way businesses are trying to put their best foot forward on cleaning is encouraging proper waste management. According to Waste Management, this has been a big priority for companies as they’re trying to reduce their carbon footprint while also keeping up appearances. The news provider reports putting an emphasis on recycling, rather than just throwing everything away in waste, can not only be environmentally beneficial, but it can also keep waste from becoming overwhelmed.

You may also want to consider adopting a building recycling program. According to Inc, the first place you should start is paper. The news provider reports that companies create up to two pounds of paper waste each day. Because 90 percent of paper products can actually be recycled, it’s a good idea to start tackling that. Have photos of recyclable items near the trash and recycling bins, so people know where to go.

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New study shows the dangers of prolonged use of cleaning chemicals

Do your cleaners have protective masks?

Do your cleaners have protective masks?

When sending in professional crews to take care of your building’s maintenance, you want to make sure that they’re using the best products in order to reduce the spread of germs. However, you want to make sure that the chemicals they’re putting on the cleaning carts are safe for not only building occupants, but also the cleaners themselves.

According to Fortune, using cleaning products for a long period of time could be the equivalent damage to the body as smoking 20 cigarettes per day. Researchers looked at people who were responsible for cleaning their homes and looked at their health versus people who didn’t clean on a regular basis. The study went on for more than 20 years. This could lead to respiratory problems such as asthma and other problems, so it’s important to wear protective masks if you can to keep your health in good form.

The BBC reports that the chemicals in cleaning products can irritate the mucus membranes, which line the airways to the lungs, causing damage. As a result, the researchers report using microfiber cloths and water can help you clean without damaging your health like you would with chemicals. You can still clean without putting your health at risk.

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Try to keep germs from spreading by focusing on these surfaces

Keep up with cleaning door handles and light switches.

Keep up with cleaning door handles and light switches.

Things you come into contact with every day at work could be some of the biggest germ carriers. It’s important to have professionals with cleaning carts go through the office and wipe down all surfaces in an effort to stop bacteria from spreading and keeping as many employees as healthy as possible.

The Sun reports that light switches and door handles are two of the most common sources of germs. Because they are used so frequently throughout the day by a large number of people, it’s easy for them to be major sources of bacteria. Make sure you instruct your cleaning crew to disinfect these surfaces on a regular basis, even in the surrounding areas should the bacteria be spreading without your knowledge.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are things employees can do on their own to stop the spreading of germs. In addition to having cleaning crews on hand, it’s a good idea to have employees continually wipe down surfaces, particularly if they’ve been suffering from an illness while at work. By encouraging more people to clean throughout the day, it reduces the chances of germs spreading and infecting more people.

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What’s the angle for starting your cleaning business?

What to know before you start your cleaning business.

What to know before you start your cleaning business.

Thinking about getting into the cleaning business? In addition to starting with the basics like purchasing equipment such as cleaning carts, products and business collateral, you have to think about the bigger picture.

According to Small Business Trends, it’s important to think about the angle at which you’ll approach cleaning. Because there are so many professional cleaning services available, you have to think about what will set your business apart when trying to reach potential customers. The news provider suggests looking at what the need might be local to you. For example, if there are a lot of office parks in your city, consider specializing in cleaning that best addresses their needs.

Additionally, the news provider reports you want to be strategic about advertising, as those costs can escalate quickly without much return in the beginning of a business. By picking local businesses to advertise to, you can reduce costs.

Entrepreneur reports that when starting a services business, snail mail can still work. The news provider also suggests taking a look at your local Yellow Pages, so you can determine the size of competition in the area for the kind of service you’d like to provide. This way, you can figure out where to target your resources.

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There are things you can do to avoid germs this season

Keep cleaning to keep germs at bay.

Keep cleaning to keep germs at bay.

During the winter months, it can be easy to spread germs, particularly at work. However, there are things employees can do to stay healthy. Building managers may want to consider bringing in a professional cleaning crew with carts on a more routine basis in order to help disinfect surface areas throughout the workplace.

However, Elite Daily reports there are things employees can do themselves to steer clear of germs. For starters, it may be beneficial to be a little antisocial over these next few weeks. The source reports that avoiding coworking spaces and the office kitchen can help prevent you from coming into contact with germs. The news provider points out that because your personal space is infected with your own bacteria, you could avoid coming into contact with some of the illnesses your coworkers are currently suffering from.

Everyday Health reports that people with the flu can spread germs to people from up to six feet away, which means that even if you’re sitting at your desk, you still might catch something. Managers should encourage employees to take sick time when they’re not feeling well, as they could be highly contagious, even for hours after they feel better.

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Clean out the break room fridge a regular basis

Clean the office kitchen on a regular basis.

Clean the office kitchen on a regular basis.

In the office break room, there’s a lot of mess that can quickly pile up. Even though bringing in professionals with cleaning carts can help reduce the stains and buildup that occur on the surfaces of the break room, you should also look at some of the appliances to keep everything clean and everyone healthy.

According to CNET, one of the focuses of an office cleaning spree should always be on the break room fridge. It’s easy for things to pile up there when multiple employees are leaving their meals and condiments, but the news provider reports that whenever a spill occurs, it should be wiped up immediately and to deep clean the fridge on a seasonal basis. This means purging condiments that have expired and also soaking the meat and vegetable drawers with warm soapy water.

HGTV reports it’s easy to create an all-purpose cleaner that is fridge-friendly. By combining hot water with ammonia, vinegar and baking soda, you’re able to degrease the fridge without exposing any of the food inside to any strong chemicals that could be hazardous to one’s health. It’s important to keep bacteria from building up in the office fridge, but strong chemicals could be an issue when exposed to food, so it’s important to look into natural solutions.

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