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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.

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!


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.


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.


Tip 3 of 5 most valued cleaning tips

Tip Number Three: The Tale of Two Mops

Another tip that can save you time and money is to change from using old conventional loop mops, that have long been the standard for wet mopping, and replacing them with the new color-coated, economic, ergonomic and environmentally friendly, microfiber flat mops.

These micro-fiber flat mops are proving to be much more effective in cleaning floors than the antiquated loop mops. The positively charged microfibers are like mini-magnets that attract dust and pollutants.

Using the micro-fiber flat mops also alleviates the bending and wringing action that has claimed many a janitors back and shoulders. Studies indicate that using microfiber flat mops cuts water usage associated with mopping by 95%. They have also reported a 20% savings in labor costs when using the microfiber flat mops due to their light weight nature, effective usage and general dry time.

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