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Fall is Coming

Fall means many things - the change of seasons, pumpkin spice everything, and - achoo!

And allergies. Fall brings more than leaves changing color - it brings pollen and other particles that make allergies flair up. Sneezing, sniffling, and coughing happen as a result of seasonal allergies. Sneezing, coughing, and people blowing their noses mean germs and bacteria flying all over your office.

While allergies aren’t contagious, no one wants to be exposed to other people’s germs. To minimize the spread of germs during allergy season, remind employees to cover their mouths when they cough and sneeze, wash hands frequently, and dispose of used tissues properly. You should also take steps to control germs by sanitizing high contact areas like door handles, countertops, and light switches.

While it is hard to control the pollen count, business owners can take steps to minimize allergy aggravation in the office. Changing HVAC filters and making sure ducts and vents are clean and free of dust helps allergy sufferers considerably. Employees can also make a difference by removing paper clutter. A thorough and routine cleaning and dusting schedule managed by professional cleaning crew makes an even bigger impact in battling office allergens.

There are several areas in the office that collect allergens may be overlooked when employees are tidying up. Electronic equipment like computer and cords attract dust and dirt particles. Baseboards and window blinds are also places that can collect dust and trigger allergies.

Carpets and upholstered furniture also harbor allergens. Pollen tracked in from the outside and ends up clinging to carpet fibers - not only does this pollen make carpets appear dirty and dingy - it also making noses run and eyes water. Professional janitorial services companies can remove this pollen and dirt to help minimize allergies and stop the spread of germs.


Spring Cleaning for your Office?

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.


Reasons to think twice about Outsourcing Commercial Cleaning

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!


What Dallas janitorial services do for you

Let the Dallas janitorial company tell you what they do

As we mentioned in our previous blog post, Selecting a reputable janitorial service, a great way to approach your search for a Dallas janitorial service or cleaning company is to interview candidates as if you would interview a potential new employee. This includes asking questions, asking for qualifications, and asking for (and checking) references. While this is a great way to start your search, there are additional ways to qualify candidates.

One additional way to do this is to ask potential vendors to give you an overview of their services. This overview should be a strategic detail of their cleaning process. Quality candidates should provide you an explanation of how and when they clean as many providers choose to clean along a planned path for efficiency and to ensure proper coverage. The cleaning services provided should also be scalable for future growth.

Potential vendors should also be able to provide you a schedule for deep cleaning. This deep cleaning encompasses tasks such as polishing and waxing floors and steam cleaning carpeting. Good companies understand that regular and routine maintenance of floors and carpeting both keeps flooring looking good and extends its life.

A professional cleaning company should also be using commercial cleaning equipment. They should provide their own cleaning solutions, linens, and equipment and ensure it is also well maintained. Good companies recognize that using quality cleaning tools is a critical part of providing great service.

Many janitorial services or cleaning companies can provide strategies for your business to save money, such as implementing inventory and stocking systems for paper products and cleaning chemicals.

Companies that you interview that can provide strategic, scalable services coupled with commercial cleaning equipment can provide quality and cost-effective cleaning. This level of cleaning will keep your office or business looking great!


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.


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.


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.

4 of 5 most valued Janitorial tips

Tip Number Four: Powerful “Green Agents”

For many years, janitors have used harsh, cleaning chemicals containing carcinogens that cause cancer, teratogens that are known to cause birth defects, and mutagens that have been found to alter DNA. Towards the end of the last century, the commercial cleaning industry began to search for alternative cleaning products and methods that were less harmful to humans, or the earth for that matter. These “Earth Friendly” products or “Green Agents” improve air quality, reduce waste and reduce phosphates and phosphonates that can be harmful to humans.

The EPA rates indoor air quality as a top five health risk and estimates that two-thirds of our buildings are rated “SICK” with over 100 million dollars of lost work days due to poor indoor air quality. With 80% of our time being spent indoors, there are many good reasons why you should keep your facility clean with powerful “Green Agents”.

You may be concerned with the higher costs associated with “Green Agents” but when you look at the cost-per-use as opposed to the cost-per-gallon, you may be pleasantly surprised. Proper dilution coupled with the use of a metered dispensing system will help your “Green Agents” go a long way in keeping your office clean and healthy.


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