The FDA ruled that beginning September 2017, soaps and sanitizers will no longer be able to contain the cleansing agent, Triclosan. Triclosan was removed because it has a negative impact on health and the environment, and contributes to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance has been a concern for decades, but concern increased when an antibiotic-resistant superbug popped up in Pennsylvania early this year.
Many businesses often provide hand sanitizers in high traffic areas for both employees and customers. Hand sanitizers have become popular because they are a quick way to clean up when users do not have access to soap and water, or do not have the time to step away and wash their hands in between customers. Research has found that although these products are intended to kill bad bacteria, they often attract bacteria because their ingredients leave a sticky film on hands that traps germs on the skin. It is recommended that individuals using hand sanitizers wash their hands with soap and water after every four or five times of sanitizer use. Sanitizers kill bad bacteria but also wipe out good bacteria on the skin that are part of the body’s natural defense against germs.
Instead of using hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps, the CDC recommends using plain soap and water, scrubbing hands for twenty seconds (time yourself by singing two rounds of Happy Birthday to You), and using a clean towel to dry hands. Washing hands significantly reduces the spread of germs in the workplace by bacteria that cause illnesses like colds, flu, and norovirus.
Other ways to reduce the spread of germs through your business and protect your health is to hire a professional janitorial cleaning service to clean your business. Professional cleaning companies will disinfect and sanitize high traffic areas and target places where germs live and thrive.
You probably Spring Clean at home every year, but as a business owner do you spruce up your Fort Worth office for Spring? If not, you may want to also consider Spring cleaning your business because, just like your home, your office can get dusty, cluttered, and may need extra attention to ensure you are ready for your customers this season.
There are many tasks you can put on your list for Spring Cleaning but here are ones we consider most important:
De-Clutter/Dust: Help eliminate office clutter sorting discarding paperwork no longer needed (be sure to shred or recycle!). Paper creates dust which can be an allergen to many people. Dust is also attracted to your office electronics – so be sure to dust computers, keyboards, and monitors.
Carpet Cleaning: Deep cleaning your office carpet is very important. As we have mentioned previously, dirt, chemicals, and debris can get tracked into your business and impact the appearance, smell, and even the lifespan of carpeting. While you can vacuum your carpeting to keep it free of debris, you should hire a professional janitorial service to tackle the task of carpet deep cleaning at least once per quarter to remove chemicals, dirt, and harmful bacteria.
Floor Maintenance: Also ask your janitorial service about deep cleaning other flooring (tile, stone, or wood) in your office. It may need to be stripped, waxed, or buffed. It is important to have regular floor maintenance done by professionals in order to make sure your flooring is safe, well-maintained, and looking its very best.
Window Cleaning: Spring cleaning is also a great time for window cleaning. Cleaning windows will allow sunlight in and give your office a brighter and more inviting atmosphere. Window cleaning is a serious – and sometimes dangerous – undertaking best left to a professional janitorial service company.
If you haven’t ever utilized a professional cleaning service for your Fort Worth business, it can be easy to underestimate its benefits. These reasons may make you think twice about outsourcing your commercial cleaning needs:
1. First Impressions
If your business environment is dirty, dusty, or appears disorganized, customers will notice. Employees and business partners will also notice, and potentially could end up feeling apathetic about their job performance. You can prevent a negative impression and gain peace of mind knowing that your office is always customer ready by having a professional service take over your cleaning tasks.
2. Prevent Illness
Professional cleaning keeps your employees healthy and prevents absenteeism. Professional cleaning provides a level of sanitation that can help prevent the spread of illness through staff and allows employees to maintain productivity to keep your business operating smoothly.
3. Save Time
Cleaning your business can be a daunting task – and it can take up a lot of your valuable time. This is time that should be focused on maintaining and growing your business. Outsourcing cleaning needs allows you to take one thing off of your to-do list and keep your focus operations and customers.
4. Get the Job Done Right
As we just mentioned, cleaning takes an extraordinary amount of time and effort – especially when you don’t have the proper tools. A professional service will have the proper tools and be able to effectively and more expediently use them to clean your space. They can also tackle time consuming and difficult tasks like carpet cleaning and floor polishing that would likely take you an entire workday to complete.
5. Avoid Hassles
You know how much you do for your business every day and you know your limits. Allow a cleaning professional to take this one item off your list!
As the owner or manager of a Fort Worth area business, you probably experience high traffic. Because of this, you know it can be daunting to keep your business looking its very best. You may be overwhelmed managing operations and trying to clean on top everything you do each day. You may have considered hiring a janitorial service to lighten your workload but aren’t sure where to start or how to find a trustworthy company in the Fort Worth area?
We have put together a few quick tips to help you prepare when searching for your cleaning crew:
First, outline your needs and the types of cleaning you would like the service to do. Do you require special carpet or flooring maintenance? Do you have special sanitizing or deep cleaning needs? Do you have any seasonal or special projects? Translate your outline into a detail of your requirements to review with the janitorial service companies you contact. This is to ensure you effectively communicate your needs and set the expectations for your service.
Next, consider the frequency you need service and make sure to communicate that with potential vendors. Because your business is located in a busy metro area, you may need service more frequently and want to ensure the company you select can meet your demand. Also, advise of any off limits areas in your office or business to establish boundaries for your vendor and its employees.
After you have detailed your needs to potential vendors, make sure to ask questions. These questions should cover their hiring and background check, billing cycle, and terms of your contract.
Once you have gathered information from all potential service providers, compare details to find which vendor will be the best match for your business. Also, check their online reviews and ask for references.