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Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks

A clean office is vital to the running of a business. It improves productivity, because all items are organized and in their rightful place. It improves creativity and focus, because workers aren’t distracted by the crumbs on their keyboard or the layer of dust on their desk. It improves health, because everything is sanitized and bugs aren’t crawling in to munch on the food scraps in the trash bin.

Finally, it improves (or maintains) your business’s reputation, because anyone who stops by (whether a client, new staff member, or even just a friend) can see that your company is efficient, organized, and cares about its employees. So if your office is stifled under a layer of dust and grime, you need to act now. Use our office cleaning tips to get your office clean and keep it that way.

Office Cleaning Tips

Although hiring a professional cleaning service is the best way to ensure a consistently clean office space, if you choose to take on the task yourself (or divvy it up amongst coworkers), use these office cleaning tips to maintain a neat and clean work environment.

  • Keep a closet or basket fully stocked with all of your office cleaning essentials (glass cleaner, dusting spray, microfiber wipes, rubbing alcohol, paper towels, etc). Also include a simple, laminated chart with common office cleaning tips to remind employees of your cleaning procedures.
  • Give every item in your office a place and keep it there. If you have trouble remembering where things are, label the storage locations.
  • Limit the number of items on your desk. The excess clutter makes it difficult to spread out your work. Anything that you don’t use frequently (paper clips, business cards, an extra calendar) should be relegated to another location.
  • Most office supply and electronics stores offer special wipes made for keyboards. Pick some up and wipe your keyboard and monitor daily, especially if you sometimes eat meals or snack at your desk. Let the the keyboard dry before you begin using it again.
  • Clean your office phone frequently by spraying cleaner onto a cloth and wiping that on your phone. Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol to wipe down the dial pad.
  • Take out the trash frequently and vacuum frequently in areas that people eat. This will help keep the bugs at bay.
  • Require employees to write their name on any food they put in the refrigerator. If they plan to keep something in the fridge a long time (like salad dressing, for example), they should write the date they opened it as well. Also, assign a day each month to be “kitchen clean-out day.” Any food left in the fridge that day should be thrown away (unless it’s an item that takes a very long time to expire, like ketchup or olives).
  • All dishes in the break room should be cleaned immediately after a meal. Also, require employees to put dried dishes away on a specific day of the week so that the dish rack doesn’t become overcrowded.
  • If you make a mess in the microwave, you have to clean it up immediately. Waiting will only make the problem worse because the food will have dried up.
  • Take good care of any office plants. Remove dry and shedding leaves, water consistently, and watch for signs of decay. If you can’t keep the plant looking beautiful and healthy, either purchase an artificial plant (and be sure to dust it often) or don’t have any plants in the office whatsoever.
  • Remember to clean behind your furniture as well. That strip of dust and dirt behind your desk betrays an otherwise clean and tidy office.
  • Imagine you are a client entering the office. Walk around the office following the same path a client might take, stopping often to study your surroundings. Make note of any untidiness and remove it using the office cleaning tips above.

Be sure that your employees are aware of their duties when it comes to cleaning the office. You might consider assigning people specific days to do more major tasks (vacuuming the office, cleaning windows) and also instruct everyone to take care of their own desk space using these office cleaning tips.

If a teamwork system doesn’t work, hire professionals. Not only will they complete the job on time and thoroughly, but then you won’t have to worry about getting on your coworkers’ backs when cleaning duties are delayed or neglected. If you’re looking for Commercial Cleaning Services in New Jersey, give G & C & C Commercial Cleaning a call at (732) 977-1949. We offer a variety of different services and will work with you to prepare a cleaning program that meets your needs and your budget.

Originally written by Grime Scrubbers in Springfield, Missouri.  If you are in the market for janitorial services in Springfield, Missouri give Grime Scrubbers a call at 417-864-8862…

How to Select the Right Commercial Cleaning Service

By Max Muller

Whether you are looking for a commercial cleaning service for your home or office, there are several things that you must consider before selecting a company. Choosing the wrong organization can be very detrimental, as you must remember that they will be cleaning the area during “off” hours. This means that trust is an integral part of the selection process. We will outline what commercial cleaning services can offer to their clients, and how it will impact the appearance of your home or office. Additionally, we will offer up some selection tips in order to give you the best chance at making a great choice and establishing a strong working relationship with your commercial cleaning service provider.

Business Cleaning Services

The appearance of your office means everything in the business world. Since clients may drop by unexpectedly and you always want to have a workspace that facilitates efficiency, it is always recommended to that companies of all sizes hire a commercial cleaning service that will keep things tidy and neat. Further, the health of your employees is always at stake when you factor in the presence of dust or mildew in the carpeting or on working surfaces. The right cleaning company can ensure that these elements do not affect those that work in the office, saving your company thousands of dollars in health and insurance claims.

However, choosing the right commercial cleaning service for your business involves a few intricate elements. For example, the cleaning company employees will be in your office during non-business hours, so you’ll need to have an element of trust regarding sensitive information and the proper treatment of any expensive equipment. You can outline which things should not be handled or tampered with when contracting the company, but research regarding their client experiences is imperative. Are there claims of theft? Do they get the job done right, without the watchful eyes of a supervisor? These questions should always be answered before opening your office doors to a commercial cleaning service.

Environmental Concerns

Many cleaning services offer environmentally friendly alternatives to some standard chemical cleaning products. This can significantly decrease any health issues associated with the use of specific chemicals, so always inquire about how they look to provide “green” alternatives. Often times, the prices involved will be comparable, so don’t expect to absorb a substantial increase in price simply because you are hoping to use products that are a bit better for the immediate, and global, environment.

Employee Presence

The employees that a commercial cleaning service uses will play a huge role in the effectiveness, and safety, of their service as a whole. Background checks are a great way to learn more about the level of accountability a company maintains regarding the security of your operation while their employees are in the building alone. Information can be stolen that can really hurt your organization, so be sure that anything that is incredibly sensitive is safely secured in locked file cabinets and that all computers are password protected.

Granted, most commercial cleaning services are quite reliable. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few things that an office can do to protect itself should issues arise. Remember that the commercial cleaning service that you select should always run background checks on its employees, and be sure to counsel your own employees about the safety of sensitive information or expensive equipment. In doing so, you’ll eliminate any negative possibilities while giving your office the necessary “freshening” that it needs to maintain a professional and healthy environment for both your employees and any clients that drop by unexpectedly.

11 Key Factors to Consider Before Signing a Commercial Cleaning or Janitorial Services Contract

Whether you’re looking to partner with an outside services provider for the first time or are deciding if you should renew your current contract, here are 11 critical success factors:

1: References. Ask cleaning companies to provide you with references who can vouch for the quality of their service.
2: Experience and training. Experience is critical, but it’s far better when backed by ongoing training. Ask for information about the training staff cleaners receive, who trains them, and how often their training is refreshed.
3: Certifications. Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliant: these protect you and your company and, in some cases, save you money. Ask for a list of all certifications related to your business.
4: Insurance. Make sure any commercial cleaning company you consider is fully insured and bonded for the safety and security of you, your company and your facility.
5: Availability. Ask your cleaning company about blackout times in their schedule. Do they have any? What is their policy on emergency requests or issues that arise outside of regular business hours? Get real-life examples of how they have come through for specific clients.
6: Accountability. Find out how the company will measure and track their success on your job site. How will you provide feedback, and what will they do with it? Is there a formal complaint procedure? Can they provide you with tracking tools?
7: Green cleaning. Find out what green cleaning products, processes, and certifications the cleaning company has, and whether they can help your business get the kinds of green certifications that will help meet your environmental goals.
8: Customizable plans and programs. Don’t get cornered into a cleaning program that provides too much or not enough for your facility. Ask the provider if they offer any add-on services that could streamline your processes and improve your bottom line.
9: Safety. Make sure any company you work with is compliant with OSHA laws, provides uniforms and/or badges to make their staff easily recognizable, has established processes and procedures for protecting confidential records and keeping and your staff and facility as safe as possible.
10: Supplies and Equipment. Ask about the products and equipment the cleaning company uses. Are they environmentally friendly? Do they buy locally? How much are they spending on supplies, and do they actively look for ways to save?
11: The people factor. Ask to meet the person who will be managing your account. Find out what procedures are in place for replacing cleaning personnel who aren’t getting the job done or otherwise aren’t a fit for your facility.

Eight Tips For Keeping Facilities Clean

November is the perfect month for cleaning professionals and building managers to review cleaning procedures and begin making cleaning and maintenance plans for the coming fall and winter.

To help building users stay well – and stay green – this fall, Charlotte Products/Enviro-Solutions offers the following eight tips for making this seasonal transition as complete and easy as possible.

1. Floors in focus: Floors take a beating during adverse weather conditions. Scrub entry floors to remove soils and then recoat to give the floor added protection. Cleaning along with burnishing cycles may need to be increased.

2. Off the carpet: Many facilities delay cleaning carpets before and during the winter months. This can be a mistake as the carpets can become saturated with contaminants and impact indoor environmental quality. Thoroughly cleaning carpets before winter  can help keep them clean throughout the cold winter months.

3. Break the restroom routine: Cleaning professionals often develop cleaning habits — especially in restrooms — cleaning counters and fixtures in the same way, etc. Seasonal transitions call for taking a fresh look at restroom cleaning procedures and adopting some new technologies, products and methods where appropriate.

4. Install mats: Install 15 feet of matting inside each entrance to capture ice melt, salt and sand before it is tracked throughout the facility.

5. Repair any floor defects: Soils and ice melt can become trapped in chips, cracks, crevices, etc.

6. Know product specifications: Some floor care chemicals, as an example, are best applied at certain temperature ranges.

7. HEPA savings time: An easy way to remember when to clean or change HEPA filters is by changing them when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends; this year it ends on November 3.

8. Green proof: A new season can also be the start of a new cleaning strategy. Many facilities transfer from conventional to green cleaning programs when seasons change and the winter months can be a perfect time to transition to proven green cleaning chemicals.

 

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