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Banning the Anti-Bac

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.


Back to School Means Time to Clean

It’s that time of year! Kids are heading back to school, and that means homework, bustling hallways, and germs! We’ve all heard of back to school illnesses, like norovirus, strep throat, or the flu, running rampant through a school, and the resulting high numbers of students (and teachers) absent from class.

Back to school is also the perfect time to hire a professional janitorial services company to manage cleaning at your school, preschool, or daycare. Many schools districts and education centers are hiring professional janitorial services companies to clean their facilities because cleaning companies recognize cleaning schools is a serious responsibility, they clean efficiently and effectively, and they can cut overhead. Professional cleaning also protects kids’ health, minimizes sick days for both students and staff, and ensures that your school is presenting its very best to parents and visitors.

Janitorial service companies clean and disinfect classrooms and restrooms, and pay special attention to areas that may collect germs and bacteria, such as light switches, door knobs, and desks. Special rooms like computer labs, cafeterias and gymnasiums (and gym mats!) are areas of high use and need cleaning and disinfection thoroughly and regularly. Regular cleaning ensures helps to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria that cause illness such as the common cold, flu, or stomach illness. Professional cleaning companies also will make sure your floors are maintained throughout the year and can handle seasonal cleaning projects like window cleaning.

You can also protect students’ health by encouraging them to wash their hands. According to the Centers for Disease control, regular hand washing is one of the best ways to reduce germs and prevent illnesses. Also, teach students to cover their mouths and noses when they sneeze or cough, avoid touching their eyes or mouth, and dispose of used tissue properly.


Tips to Prepare a Search for a Janitorial Service

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.


Get the Right Dallas janitorial service for Your business

Your Dallas janitorial company should match with your needs

In our How to Select A Quality Cleaning Service series, we covered the first two steps to select a quality service provide. The first part of the process, the interview, entails asking potential candidates questions regarding their service and business practices, employees, and billing, as well as asking for their qualifications and references. The second part of the process, the overview, suggests asking potential candidates for an overview of their cleaning strategy, deep cleaning schedule, and ensuring they provide their own professional cleaning equipment.

These steps help you narrow the field of candidates and eliminate companies that may not be able to provide you with the level of service you need, and leave you a qualified pool of candidates to choose from. In order to choose the best suited vendor for you, you should review the information you collected during our first two suggested steps.

The company you select should be compatible with your needs, provide a detailed and strategic plan for cleaning your space, has scalable services to meet future growth, employs well -trained individuals, and uses professional equipment. Ideal candidates also provide deep cleaning services, and can handle seasonal needs or special projects. Companies should be insured and able to provide proof of liability and workers comp coverage as well.

The ideal janitorial service company will also be able to visit your site and provide you with a free, written estimates. A company willing to provide a free estimate indicates a company that is working for more than profit and is looking to establish a partnership with you. Also, ask any potential provider for a copy of their standard contract to review. It is critical to read through the contract to understand its terms, limits, and any recourse you may have should you be unsatisfied with your service.


Selecting a reputable janitorial service in Dallas

Hire a Dallas janitorial company the way you would hire an employee

Need a janitorial service for your Dallas office or business? A long list of companies can be had with a quick Google search, but how do you know who is reputable and will do the quality job you need?

Frequently, when businesses search for a janitorial service, they don’t take the time to research and qualify candidates. This is because they are looking for a specific price point, or need someone that can start quickly. Unfortunately, hiring a company just based on these factors can often mean inferior service and frustration.

You can avoid upset if you approach your search for a janitorial service like you would a search for a new employee. Interview cleaning service candidates like you would a potential new hire; ask questions, ask for qualifications, and ask for references.

Questions. Questions to ask potential vendors should cover topics like customer service (response time, communication, and how complaints are handled), employees (how employees are hired and vetted, training, and certifications), and billing (frequency, terms, and types of payments accepted). Another area to cover with a potential vendor is insurance coverage – be sure to ask if the vendor you are interviewing carries liability and workers comp insurance.

Also, you should expect questions. Any vendor you interview should have questions for you regarding your expectations and cleaning needs.

Qualifications. Be sure to ask for any qualifications from potential providers. Such qualifications include how long they have been in business, number of clients, and any special abilities like handling hazardous waste or specific sanitation requirements.

References. Ask for a list of references. Call these references and inquire about their satisfaction and level of service. Another way to follow up is to visit their references to visually inspect them to see if the level of service is on par with your needs.


Take Care to Protect Your Commercial Carpet

Commercial carpeting is made for high traffic, and it’s a good thing it is, because it typically undergoes a great deal of wear and tear. Fortunately for business owners, there are steps you can take to keep your carpet looking great, and prolong your carpet’s lifespan.

While commercial carpets are made to withstand more traffic, they also require more maintenance. Commercial carpets should be vacuumed daily – but not just for aesthetics. Vacuuming daily removes both seen (and unseen) dirt and debris from carpet’s pile and prevents it from wearing down fibers.

It is also important to use the right kind of vacuum to clean your carpets. Commercial cleaning services use commercial vacuums to clean your business’ carpet, as they are built to handle heavier dirt loads than residential vacuums. Commercial vacuums are also more durable than residential vacuums.

Just like vacuuming regularly, it is also important to have your carpets regularly deep cleaned. Many businesses do not have their carpets cleaned on a regular schedule simply because they don’t appear dirty. However, commercial carpets are made to hide stains and dirt – and thus do not look dirty to the eye. As a result, carpet pile may be degraded by unseen (and untreated) dirt and stains.

Another way to prolong the life of your carpet is to ensure office chairs have protective mats underneath them. Chair rollers can damage carpet but trapping dirt and pushing it further into the pile – even more than normal foot traffic!

Maintaining your commercial carpet is not difficult, but the basic maintenance steps described above should be done consistently and frequently to protect your investment and extend the life of your carpet. Replacing your business carpeting can be expensive, but a consistent cleaning schedule or regular service by a professional carpet cleaning company will protect your investment.


Hot Tub or Petri Dish? Minimize Health Risks While Maintaining Your Hot Tub.

Hot tubs are a popular way to unwind or soothe sore muscles at a gym. As a result of frequent use, hot tubs can become one of the germiest places in the workout facility.

As people use the hot tub, water can become contaminated. Most facilities have posted signs cautioning against use if an individual is ill, has a rash, or has open cuts or sores, but these warnings are often ignored. If contaminated water is accidentally swallowed, it can cause infections in eyes, ears, and nasal passages. Fecal, fungal, and staphylococcus microbes are often found in hot tub water samples, and can cause serious skin infections. Skin infections are the number one reported side effect of using hot tubs according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Because hot tubs may simply smell of chlorine or appear to be heavily chlorinated, many people believe that hot tubs are germ free. While chlorine does kill most germs, it does not kill all germs. Chlorine treatment also does not sterilize the water in the tub. High water temperatures can speed up the evaporation of chlorine and other sanitizing chemicals, making it important that chemical levels be consistently monitored and maintained in order to ensure a high level of safety.

Gyms and other facilities with hot tubs should have a maintenance and sanitation program in place, or utilize a reputable, professional company to maintain and sanitize the hot tub and its equipment. This maintenance and sanitation program should include draining the tub completely in order to thoroughly sanitize the tub (including interior pipes). The maintenance program should also include the removal of any debris from drains and filters. Finally, a well-managed chemical treatment system should be established and followed at all times in order to minimize the growth of germs and minimize risk.


Would Your Gym Pass a Fitness Test for Cleanliness?

Fitness centers and gyms can be contaminated with germs, especially during cold and flu season. Cold and flu viruses can live on surfaces like free weights, mats, and treadmill handles for minutes to several hours. Other microbes, such as staphylococcus and MRSA can linger much longer.

In many fitness centers, sanitation is frequently left up to the customer. Patrons are expected to wipe down machines post workout. Gyms typically provide sanitizing spray and paper towels for this purpose, and although many people do take a moment to spray down the machine or mat they’ve been sweating on, they may not do correctly or thoroughly.

Because customers don’t always do the best job, it is critical that facility management establish a regular cleaning schedule. Machines, free weights, and other common areas should be wiped down several times a day with paper towels and cleaning solution, or, ideally with pre-soaked antibacterial wipes designed to kill a wide range of germs. Locker rooms and showers also need a thorough sanitizing regimen, and towels need to be washed with hot water and bleach and dried thoroughly.

Some gyms and fitness centers employ a professional janitorial service company to ensure the facility is being cleaned thoroughly, as well as to ensure safety and prevent illness. However, cleaning and sanitation usually falls on facility employees, who may not be properly trained in sanitation and germ prevention. This means that machines, mats, and common areas are likely not being cleaned properly.

Whether you are utilizing employees to clean your facility, or employing a professional janitorial services company, it is important to make sure they are properly trained/licensed, and are maintaining a routine cleaning schedule. Also, be sure they’re covering all areas of the facility – including reception, saunas, and locker rooms.


Outsourcing Your Cleaning

Outsourcing your company’s cleaning service to a professional commercial cleaning company will not only give your business a sparkling appearance; it will save you time, keep you healthy, save you money, and it will allow you to return your focus on your business and your customers.

Save You Time. Why stretch yourself thin (or ask your employees to do double duty) trying to managing your business and clean and maintain your office, building, or warehouse? Typically commercial cleaning services can cover a wide range of tasks such as polishing floors, dusting, and restroom sanitation, and even air vent cleaning. Cleaning service companies are experts at what they do and because of this, they can efficiently handle all aspects of keeping your business clean. You can rest assured that your business is in good hands, and will always have a positive presentation to your customers.

Keep You Healthy. Aside from taking the burden of cleaning off of yourself or your employees, commercial cleaning companies can help give your employees peace of mind. Employees are usually more productive and feel more secure when their workplace is clean and healthy. High quality, professional cleaning services help to eliminate the spread of germs and prevent illnesses, and keep your employees safe, healthy, and in the workplace.

Save You Money. Outsourcing your commercial cleaning needs can save you money, too. Even though there is a cost associated with hiring a cleaning service, you can actually save money in the long run by not having to invest in commercial grade cleaning products, vacuum cleaners, floor polishers, or other professional, commercial grade equipment needed to clean your workplace, because these things are supplied by the cleaning company. By utilizing professionals who are properly trained to operate cleaning equipment, you also minimize the chance that an untrained employee may be injured or your property may be damaged, and thus eliminate potential costly repairs or insurance claims.


Strip and Wax Complete in Administration Building

Strategic Janitorial Solutions in Dallas completes floor work at Harmony Schools District Administration office. If all schools had clean floors that shine like these, attendance ratios would consistently be at a higher level. Thanks Harmony Schools .

  1. Floors serviced in this manner and maintained properly with a consistent floor program will not need a full strip and finish for 3 years.
  2. The Floors need to be Buffed Weekly and a Scrub and Re-Coat applied once a year. The wax will harden with the buffing and actually look better as the future scrub and re-coats are applied. But the floors need to be maintained with the Proper Cleaners (Neutral Cleaners), Clean Microfiber Flat Mops (not dirty string mops). This strategy must be executed without exception in order to maintain the integrity of the VCT.
  3. If using a Auto Scrubber Machine, the Scrubber Pads must be Changed out and Always clean. This is to include the equipment being kept clean, or this process will just contaminant the floors surface and ware out the wax sealer.
  4. From our experience if the floors look this good, the cleaning performance will follow the standard.
   
   


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