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How a Clean Office Could Improve Your Company’s Bottom Line

Most people will tell you that walking into a dirty and unkempt office leaves them with a poor overall impression of that business. Even if the business offers a superior product or service, the fact is that first impressions are lasting impressions. Read more to know how a clean office could improve your company''s bottom line.

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Employees More Productive in a Clean Office Environment

Employers go to great lengths to make sure that their employees are happy and satisfied. After all, employee turnover can have a negative effect on a company’s bottom line. Further, no business owner wants to lose a valued and productive employee.

One factor that greatly influences employee satisfaction, but unfortunately is often overlooked, is the cleanliness of the office environment. No one wants to come to work every day and be surrounded by dust, germs, and mess. Further, when offices are not cleaned and disinfected regularly, germs that cause sickness can spread, leading to increased absenteeism and loss of productivity.

Statistics show that employee morale is higher in clean offices because employees are better able to focus and accomplish tasks. Think of it this way, when your office is clean, it conveys to employees that their company has high expectations. Dirty, unkempt offices, on the other hand, create an atmosphere of chaos and disorganization.

While some business owners balk at the idea of paying to have their office cleaned by professionals, failure to do so can cost them even more money in the long run. Many of these same business owners believe that they can simply dust and vacuum their office periodically and get the same results they would get from a professional office cleaning company. This is absolutely false.

To keep offices clean, break rooms, bathrooms, conference rooms, reception areas, and individual offices must be dusted, vacuumed, and disinfected at least once a week. Professional carpet cleaning also should be scheduled on a regular basis.

Still not convinced you need a professional office cleaner? Consider these facts:

1. Twenty-five percent of water cooler buttons are considered to be a serious risk for disease transmission.

2. Office desks have been shown to be 400 percent dirtier than toilet seats.

3. Three-fourths of all washroom sink handles spread contagious diseases.

4. Bacteria on uncleaned hard surfaces increases 31 percent each day.

5. Office telephones have approximately 25,000 germs per square inch.

If keeping your employees happy, healthy, and productive isn’t enough of a reason to keep your office clean, there is another significant one. Potential clients and customers judge businesses by what they see. A sparkling office space will inspire a great deal of confidence in all who visit your company.

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Office Carpet Cleaning is Best Left to the Experts

When it comes to office maintenance, one of the most common questions people ask is how often they should clean their carpets. It is hard to know how often to clean your carpets since it is almost impossible to tell how dirty carpet is just by looking at it. The frequency at which you should clean your carpet will depend a lot on the amount of foot traffic and general wear and tear it receives.

In order to keep your carpet in good condition, it is important that you hire professionals to do the job. Professional carpet cleaners will be able to tell you how often your carpet needs to be cleaned to ensure that mold, mildew, dirt, and dust do not accumulate. They also will clean the carpet with the right type and amount of cleaners so that your carpet will not only be clean, it will last as long as possible.

Just like anything else in your office, your carpet is an investment. If you want it to look good and stay in good shape, you will have to be willing to put money into steam cleaning, shampooing, and at the very least, vacuuming on a regular basis. Failure to do so will negatively impact the look and smell of your office and can even make your employees sick.

How often your carpet is vacuumed or deep cleaned, will depend on the amount of traffic it gets. Different areas of your office may need more or less attention than others. Heavily worn areas may need a professional cleaning every month while other areas may not need a deep cleaning more than once a year.

As important as how often you clean your carpet is who you choose to clean it. The following are some tips on finding the best carpet cleaning company:

1. Remember that you get what you pay for. No one wants to spend more money than necessary on carpet cleaning but if a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Keep in mind that if a cleaning company quotes you a price that is considerably less than all other companies in the area, chances are you won’t be satisfied with the job they do.

2. Always ask for references. Ask to talk to current and former clients to see how their experience was with the company. If a cleaning company can’t get you in touch with several satisfied clients, keep searching.

3. Find out what is included. Most cleaning companies will have a base price for cleaning your carpet. Make sure you ask what moving furniture, cleaning stairs, or other services you require might add to the price.

4. Make sure the company is licensed and bonded. If your carpets or belongings are damaged during any part of the cleaning process, you don’t want to be stuck paying for it.

To keep your office clean and healthy, well-maintained carpets are essential. Finding the right cleaning company will ensure that your carpets will look their best and stay in the best shape possible for as long as possible.

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How to Clean Tile Floors

Tile floors are popular in homes and businesses. And while mopping your floors on a regular basis can keep them dirt free, there comes a time when a thorough cleaning and sanitizing will be necessary.

While you may be able to clean and sanitize the tile floors in your home, depending on the size of your business, it is usually best to hire a professional cleaning company to periodically clean and sanitize the tile flooring in your place of business. That’s because the time and money you will spend cleaning them yourself simply doesn’t make good financial sense. What’s more, it is unlikely that you will be able to achieve the type of results that you will get from a janitorial services or cleaning company.

Whether you do the work yourself, or hire it out, here is what you can expect based on the type of tile flooring you have:

Ceramic Tile: Cleaning ceramic tile requires a general cleaner or rubbing alcohol diluted in water. Whatever type of cleaner you use, the key is to make sure that you spray the grout with a stronger concentration than the rest of the floor to get it as clean as possible.

Vinyl Tile: Vinyl tile can be cleaned the same way as ceramic tile. However, extra care needs to be taken with hard-to-remove scuff marks. To clean scuff marks, apply a few drops of baby, olive, or mineral oil to the scuff mark, let it sit, and then mop it up. Be sure to make sure there is no oily residue left after you clean with oil as this can cause dangerous slips.

Linoleum Tile: While linoleum tile is the easiest to clean, it doesn’t last very long so harsh cleaners are not recommended. In fact, in many cases, plain water will do. The more gently you clean linoleum, the longer it will last.

Stone Tile: When cleaning marble or any other type of stone tile, use extreme caution. In most cases, a special, pH balanced cleaner is required. If there are areas that need extra attention, you will need to purchase special stone cleaners. Never use vinegar or any other acidic solution on stone tiles.

Whenever you use chemicals on your tile floor, it is important that you always go back over your floor with plain water. This will extend the life of your floor and ensure that pets and children do not ingest any chemicals.

If your floors have lost their shine or are becoming more difficult to clean, you will probably want to wax them. Again, this is a job better left to the professionals.


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Misconceptions about Office Cleaners

As a business owner, keeping your office clean can be a big job. Depending on the size of your office space or building, you may be tempted to try to do the job yourself. While you can definitely help to keep your office clean and organized, it is best to hire professional office cleaners to do the job right.

Unfortunately, due to a few disreputable companies, some business owners are leery of hiring a professional office cleaning service. Such worries are unfounded because the majority of office cleaners are honest, hardworking, and can do wonders for the appearance of your office.

Here are some of the most common misconceptions about office cleaners and the real truth about these hardworking professionals:

1. Cleaning companies have a high turnover rate. The best cleaning companies have extremely low turnover. When a company values its employees, they treat them well. This leads to a high retention rate and dedicated workers. Ask your cleaning company what its turnover rate is – if it is low, this is a good sign that the company knows what it is doing and takes care of its employees, who will then take good care of your office!

2. I can’t afford an office cleaning service. Most cleaning companies are more affordable than you might think. You also are, in most cases, able to pay only for the services you require. Remember, if don’t keep your office clean, your clients will get a poor impression of your office and employee morale can be affected. And that’s something you definitely cannot afford to happen!

3. Office cleaners will disrupt my place of business. Almost all cleaning companies will clean your office after business hours, so except for a spotless work environment, you might never know they were there. Professional office cleaners also go to great lengths to make sure that they leave everything the way they found it (except for the dirt and grime)!

4. All office cleaning companies are the same. Many people think that cleaning office buildings is something that can be done without any knowledge or skills. This is not the case. It is vital that you thoroughly screen your cleaning company. Quality cleaning companies will have experience cleaning office buildings of all sizes and have a keen understanding of business, management, and customer service.

Hiring a quality, professional cleaning service for your office is a great investment. Just be sure that you don’t buy into some of the many misconceptions surrounding the cleaning industry. By learning the truth, you can be sure that you are hiring the best office cleaning company available.


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What’s in a Paint Color? More than You Think.

Deciding what color to paint the interior of your of office also is an important decision. Researchers tell us that different colors evoke different emotions and can even affect productivity.

The theory that colors can influence an office vibe has been around for a while. And while there are exceptions to every rule, in general, the following colors are said to impact an office – and its workers – in the following ways:

White: As you might expect, white bores most people. Employees and clients alike have a hard time being inspired by the color white.

Black: Luxury and fashion businesses like black because it is elegant and distinctive. When coupled with white accents it can be quite striking.

Green: Want to add a little creativity to your office space? Then green is the way to go. Not only is it believed to spark creativity, it also has been shown to increase productivity.

Red: Research has shown that the color red boosts attention to detail. So if you have employees that perform detail-oriented tasks such as proofreading or editing, it might be a good choice.

Blue: Make your office feel comforting by painting it blue. If you want your workers to feel at home at work – and maybe even stay longer – blue is a good choice. Studies also show that blue can increase productivity.

Orange: If you want your employees to feel enthusiastic and cheery, consider orange. Orange has been shown to bring warmth to a space.

Yellow: Yellow has been shown to cause anxiety in people so probably isn’t a great choice. Further, changes in lighting, including something as simple as a good window washing that allows more sun to shine through the glass – can change the way the color looks. The type of light bulbs you use also might cause the shade of yellow you picked out to look drastically different on your walls.

It’s more than just the color you choose that makes a difference when it comes to your work environment. The saturation level of colors also is a factor. High-saturation colors are bold and bright while colors with low-saturation are faded or muted. The common consensus is that the more saturated a paint color, the more productive and energized the workspace.

While experts can tell you what colors they believe will create the best working environment for your company, in the end, you must decide what works best for you. After all, you are the one that has to look at the color scheme each day, so it’s important it is one that you enjoy!



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State of Parking Lot Leaves a Lasting Impression

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but that doesn’t mean people don’t do it. In the same way, your parking lot – rightly or wrongly – says a lot about your business. Common sense will tell you that when a parking lot is poorly maintained it gives the impression that your business also is in disarray.

It is not necessary to have a parking lot that looks like something out of a landscaping magazine but it is important that it looks safe and well kept. If you own the building your business is housed in, it is in your best interest to hire a maintenance company that can keep your parking lot in tip-top shape. Here are some parking lot services that you might want to consider:

  1. Lot striping and painting. Well-marked lines for parking spaces and exits prevent congestion and decrease the chance of accidents.
  2. Parking block installation. The installation of parking blocks reduces the number of fender benders and discourages drivers from cutting across the lot.
  3. Sweeping services. Parking lot sweeping not only makes things look cleaner and well-maintained, they also remove dangerous debris that can pop tires and penetrate thin shoe soles.
  4. Crack sealing. Concrete cracks over time due to weather and general wear and tear. If these cracks aren’t sealed properly, water will seep into the cracks and cause severe – and costly – damage. People can also trip over these cracks.
  5. Crack filling. Asphalt cracks also need to be repaired regularly by removing debris from those cracks, applying a strong filler, and smoothing the surface.
  6. Porter service. Depending on your particular needs, you may want to consider a porter service which assigns staff to your parking lot. Think of it as a cleaning company for the outdoors. Hours vary according to your needs. With a porter service, you can be sure that your parking lot is scanned for cleanliness on a regular basis. Parking lots also are hand swept, trash cans are emptied, and spills are cleaned up quickly.
  7. Light bulb replacement. A well-lit parking lot is important to keep your parking lot safe and looking good. Parking lot lights and sidewalk and landscape lights should be replaced as quickly as possible.

By keeping your parking lot clean and safe, customers will have a better impression of your building and your business. You also are helping to keep your customers and their cars safe. Something visitors to your building will definitely appreciate!

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What to Expect from Your Office Cleaners

If you are an office manager, or own the building where your business resides, chances are you need to hire a professional office cleaning company. But do you know what you should expect from such a cleaning service?

Cleaning an office building is an important job. What your office space looks like speaks volumes about your business. If your clients see that you have an unkempt office space, their impression of you as a company will suffer. That’s why a sparkling office can be a big boost to your bottom line.

If you are looking for an office cleaning service that will do your business justice, here are some important questions to ask potential office cleaners:

  1. How many years have you been in business? Can you provide references from current and former clients? Is it possible to visit a building or office you currently clean?
  2. What services do you provide? Some companies do a light cleaning each time they clean and deep clean less often. You need to find out what exactly your cleaning service will do, and how often. Will they clean fans and lights? Windows? Blinds? Will they dust individual desks and offices or just the main areas such as the lobby and conference rooms?
  3. What sort of products do you use to clean?
  4. How much time will it take you each time you clean? Do you charge by the hour or a flat rate?
  5. Will the same person or people clean your office? It’s best when a cleaning crew is familiar with your office space. Further, if there is a high turnover of cleaning personnel this is a red flag.
  6. Are you licensed and bonded? If the answer to this question is no, you need to continue looking. When a cleaning company is licensed and bonded you know that it is following appropriate state regulations for cleaning services and that you will be protected if it breaks its contract.

Most commercial office cleaners will offer similar services but you should be able to customize your cleaning package. Most basic packages will include the following:

  • Trash cans emptied in all offices and common areas.
  • Hard services swept throughout the building.
  • All carpets vacuumed and all visible surfaces dusted.
  • Building disinfected.
  • Fingerprints and smudges removed.
  • Microwaves, refrigerators, and sinks cleaned.
  • Restrooms thoroughly cleaned including all tiled floors and walls, sinks, toilets, urinals, and showers.
  • If the entire building is cleaned, all visible trash removed from the outside entrance of the building and sidewalks.

If you want your employees to be happy, and your clients impressed, it is imperative that you hire a quality cleaning company for your office space. Knowing what to ask – and expect – from that company is the first step.

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The Key to Spotless Blinds is Frequent Maintenance

Few cleaning jobs arouse more dread than window blinds. Whether they are in your home or office, blind cleaning is a chore no one seems to want to take on.

Many office cleaning services and residential cleaners specifically state that they do not clean blinds. This is no doubt because of the time and effort it takes to clean these window coverings.

There are many types of blinds – wood, metal, and fabric – and each requires a different type of care. No matter what type of blinds you have hanging in your home or office, however, the key is to clean them on a regular basis and not wait until the task seems insurmountable. As anyone who has ever tried to clean blinds that have not been touched in years will tell you, the longer you wait, the more difficult and time-consuming the task.

If you have put off cleaning your blinds for too long, or have moved into a home or office with exceptionally grimy metal or vinyl blinds, you will need to remove the blinds to get them clean. Next, lay the blinds on a hard surface, such as cement, but be sure to have a rug or carpet underneath them to prevent scratches. Next, gently wash the blinds with a soft brush and warm soapy water. Do one side of the blinds and then turn them over to do the other side. Rinse the blinds gently with a hose while tilting them slightly so the excess water runs off. It is important that you whisk away any excess water so you aren’t left with water spots. Finally, drape the blinds over a piece of furniture or fence so that they are completely dry before rehanging.

It is important that wooden blinds are never removed or soaked in water. Fabric blinds need to be taken to a dry cleaner if they are dirty.

If your blinds are new or clean and you want to ensure that they remain that way, it is important to take the following preventative measures:

  • Vacuum blinds with the brush attachment on a regular basis. Always work across the slats, not up and down.
  • When dusting blinds, work from the top down and, again, always work across the slats. A lamb’s wool duster works best.
  • Always vacuum or dust vertical blinds downward. This prevents the slats from coming unhooked.
  • Rubber or dry sponges wiped firmly across fabric and vinyl blinds will remove dust and dirt. For spot cleaning, an all-purpose cleaner can be used. Never spray cleaner directly on the blind. Instead spray it on a clean cloth and then wipe the blind.

Blinds add function and beauty to homes and offices. Unfortunately, if they are not kept up well, they become an eyesore and a chore that no one wants to undertake.


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