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Hospitality and Hotel Cleaning

Running a hotel means you operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Operating around-the-clock means your hotel or motel must be ready to receive guests at any time, and that every place in your establishment from your lobby to your guest rooms and everywhere in between must appear clean and comfortable.

As a result, more hotels, motels, and restaurants are outsourcing their housekeeping services to professional janitorial cleaning companies to clean guest rooms, common areas, and other facilities. Outsourcing allows these venues the opportunity to provide consistent cleaning service by having a full service cleaning crew at the ready to keep up standards and protect their image.

Aside from helping to keep up a positive image and ensuring guest satisfaction, contracting out your cleaning to a professional cleaning company allows you an opportunity impact your bottom line by reducing overhead. Reductions in expenses can be realized because professional cleaning companies offer more manpower and are able to tackle cleaning jobs quickly and more efficiently than in-house cleaning teams. This means a potential elimination of overtime hours (and overtime dollars) spent completing maintenance and cleaning duties. Outsourcing may also allow you another opportunity to improve your bottom line and to further cut expenses and save labor dollars by potentially eliminating the need to keep in-house cleaning and custodial staff on payroll completely.

Another benefit to outsourcing cleaning services for your hospitality business to a professional cleaning company is the ability to handle all functions of cleaning in their offerings, and eliminate the need for additional vendors. Cleaning service crews are thoroughly trained and able tackle large jobs like maintaining your lobby and common area furniture, window cleaning, and floor and carpeting maintenance. Other cleaning specialties of some janitorial service cleaning companies include maintain fitness area equipment, saunas, and hot tubs.


Good Clean Fun

If you’re in the business of fun and games and own or manage an entertainment venue such as a bowling alley, movie theater, arcade, or concert arena, you know that keeping your facility clean is a monumental task. Maintaining restrooms, keeping concessions clean, and ensuring common areas and seating are up to snuff is a lot for in-house cleaning crews or hourly employees to manage. If you want to make sure your floors aren’t sticky and you have happy customers that will come back, you should consider hiring a professional janitorial service.

Janitorial service companies tackle your toughest cleaning jobs more efficiently than hourly employees who should be focusing on sales and ensuring customer satisfaction. Janitorial services prepare your place for crowds. They will clean, stock, and sanitize restrooms in order to keep them fresh, ready, and protect your patrons’ health. Door handles and handrails also collect germs as customers visit and move through your business. Professional cleaning crews tackle your floors and carpets, and even make sure they’re protected against oil, dirt, and chemicals tracked in by your customers. Janitorial service companies handle your seasonal maintenance to polish and wax floors in foyers and hallways, and deep clean your carpeting to prevent stains.

Professional janitorial service companies also protect your investment by cleaning your venue’s seating including fabric coverings found in movie theaters and concert halls. Cleaning fabric upholstery removes dirt and grime that can build up in threads and make fabric appear dingy and unattractive to guests. Dirt and grime also makes upholstery fabric wear faster.

If you’re considering outsourcing your entertainment venue’s cleaning needs, contact a professional janitorial service for quotes. If your business keeps late hours, make sure you communicate your scheduling needs when searching for a provider. This allows the vendor you choose to understand your schedule, clean behind the scenes, and make sure your customers are having good, clean fun!


Four Things to Do For Fall

In Texas, we enjoy summer a little longer than the rest of the country, but it’s not too early to start thinking about fall. Although, if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably been thinking about fall since the first day temperatures hit one hundred degrees! You can prepare your business for the shift in seasons by calling in a professional janitorial service to tackle these four fall tasks you should have on your to-do list.

  1. Windows – Take advantage of the warm weather and clean those windows! If your windows or doors are dirty, they leave your customers with a negative impression. It is also important to clean your windows to let light in – especially during the fall and winter when exposure to sunlight is limited because there are less hours of daylight (and you’re in the office for most of them!).
  2. Floor Care – Your cleaning professionals can prepare and protect your hard surface flooring by ensuring that they’re cleaned, polished, and waxed. Waxing protects your floors from wet and muddy weather. Use entry mats to protect your floors and carpeting. We also suggest placing an umbrella stand in your entry or lobby so clients may easily stow umbrellas (and prevent water from dripping on to your floors)
  3. Duct cleaning – Consider having your janitorial service company clean your ducts this fall (and again in the spring!) to clear out any dust or pollen that could affect allergies or aggravate respiratory conditions.
  4. Gutters – Fall is a great time to have gutters cleaned to make sure they’re free from debris or leaves that could cause a clog when it rains. Ask your janitorial service company if they service gutters, or if they could recommend a gutter cleaning company to you.

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.


Business Owners need commercial cleaning

5 Reasons a Business Owner Benefits Needs Commercial Cleaning Services

How many hours do you spend at work each week? 40? 50? 60+? If you’re working full-time, let’s face it: your office is practically your second home. And not only is it YOUR second home, it’s also the second home to all of your co-workers and employees! With so many people spending so many hours there, there’s no question that you need to take good care of it. Unfortunately, for many businesses, this isn’t always the case.

Though your business might do a decent job at keeping your workspace habitable, it doesn’t mean they’re doing a good job of keeping your workspace clean. Simply put, cleanliness is rarely a priority for businesses, so most just do the bare minimum to keep up with appearances (i.e. vacuum every now and then, keep kitchen and bathroom areas tidy, etc.). And while this might save time for more “important” tasks, a dirty workspace can actually inhibit your workers from completing these tasks.

In order to help you maximize your business’ efficiency, safety, and appearance, we’ll explain the top 5 benefits of hiring a commercial cleaning service

1) Safer Work Environment

Keeping your workplace clean means keeping your workplace safe. Not only are offices a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, but an untidy workspace in a manufacturing facility can also lead to accidents and possibly injury. Though you might be sanitizing surfaces areas every now and then or “keeping an eye on things” in the warehouse, no one does a better job than the trained commercial cleaning professionals. For example, when was the last time you cleared your HVAC air system of all its dust and germs? Commercial cleaning services do more than just sanitize the desks and scrub the toilets, they make sure your entire workspace is clean – even down to the air particles you breathe. And at time when the average worker in the U.S costs businesses $230/year due to workplace absenteeism caused by personal illness, paying for cleaning services doesn’t seem all that bad.

2) Less Stress

Your employees are your top priority, but we all know the worst part about cleaning is the fact that it’s, well, cleaning. As a kid, you dreaded doing these chores, and it’s likely that not much has changed today. As a result, you’ve probably neglected a few things here and there along the way. For commercial cleaners, however, doing these tasks is just another day on the job. In fact, we’ll even work around YOUR work schedule to make sure you aren’t bothered by our presence. Rather than spending time doing something that stresses you out, leave the cleaning up to the pros and spend more time working on what matters most to you.

3) More Productive Workers

There have been numerous studies on workplace productivity and workplace cleanliness, and they all point towards one thing: a cleaner workplace leads to happier, more productive workers. In a survey by OfficeMax of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, 90% admit that unorganized clutter has a negative impact on their life, with 77% claiming that their productivity is affected the most. Additionally, in a study conducted at Brigham Young University, 88% of respondents report that visible buildups of dirt and dust can actually hinder their ability to concentrate, be productive, and learn. Want more productive workers? Hire a commercial cleaner to keep your workspace tidy and clean.

4) More Professional Workplace

Did you know that 35% of workers feel ashamed or embarrassed when other people see their workspace? That’s because Americans often associate cleanliness with professionalism. If you don’t look like an organized professional, you won’t be perceived as one, and there’s nothing more embarrassing than having your customers and clients view your business as unprofessional. By hiring a commercial cleaning service, however, they’ll make sure you business looks top notch, both inside and out. Whether it means power washing your parking lot and building, washing your windows, or making sure your work or retail spaces are 100% clean, commercial cleaners can certainly help your brand build a reputation around professionalism.

5) Higher Quality Clean

Though you might think you’re doing an adequate job as the full-time manager and part-time cleaner, there’s no one better at cleaning than the cleaning professionals. For example, even though you can take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing, no one cleans your teeth as well as the dentist. Why? Because they not only have more knowledge, but they also have more tools. In the commercial cleaning industry, cleaning professionals are equipped with all the necessary tools to get the job done, as well as a better understanding of how things need to be done. We don’t just bring along Clorox wipes, vacuums, and rubber gloves, we come with specially formulated cleaning solutions, mico fiber mop pads and dusting tools, and industrial-strength commercial vacuums – and we know how to put them to use.

At Strategic Janitorial Solutions, we’ve been offering our commercial cleaning services to more than 500 businesses in the Dallas, Houston and Oklahoma City Areas! With a team of more than 200 trained professionals, there isn’t a job too big or too small for us to handle. Whether you’re looking for a high-rise, warehouse cleaning or just a simple, weekly office cleaning, Strategic Janitorial is here to tackle the task with unparalleled skill and professionalism. For more information about how Strategic Janitorial can help with your specific cleaning needs, please contact one of our offices for a free estimate.

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