Cleaning is cleaning, right? Most of us have some experience when it comes to cleaning. As children, we probably learned to clean by helping our parents with the household chores. As adults, we probably spend more than a few hours a week vacuuming, dusting and maintaining our homes! Since most everyone knows how to clean, why not choose a cleaning service based on price? And why not save even more by doing it yourself?
The true value of a professional janitorial service is often poorly understood. A cleaning service should not be viewed as a cost or expense. A good cleaning service is actually an investment that can pay off in many ways, many times over. In fact, there are multiple and often overlooked advantages to using a professional cleaning service!
- A clean workplace makes a great impression, and can even set a business apart from its competitors. A potential client’s first impression of any business should be a clean, fresh smelling office. Dirty, smelly restrooms can really leave a negative impression with prospective customers and guests.
- A clean office is a healthier workplace. There is a direct correlation between a good cleaning program and improved employee health. A clean office can help increase productivity and decrease sick days.
Needless to say, lowered productivity and increased sick days can cost an employer money.
- While no cleaning service can make everything look new, a good cleaning service can really help protect building assets. Regular cleaning will extend the life of carpeting, bathroom fixtures, tile, exhaust fans, wood, and furniture. Keeping hard water in kitchens and restrooms under control can really go a long way towards increasing the longevity of toilet bowls, sinks, and faucets.
- A clean building smells, looks, and feels like a nice place to work. Clean surroundings create a pleasant environment for building occupants!
- A good cleaning company will use up to date and well maintained equipment, such as vacuums with HEPA filtration systems. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air filter. HEPA filters are designed to trap the majority of fine particulates in the machine, so they aren’t simply spewing dust back into the air.
- A quality janitorial service knows how to clean for the health and safety of building occupants. A good cleaning service is knowledgeable about the chemicals they use and their application. A credible cleaning service will not water down their cleaning chemicals and will spend the appropriate amount of time to allow the products to work effectively.
A professional janitorial service can play a vital role in the health, morale, and productivity of building occupants. A reputable cleaning service can help a company make a positive impression on clients and customers. An expert cleaning service will be your business partner. Investing in a professional cleaning service has many advantages, and who couldn’t use an advantage now and then?
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At Metro Cleaning Service, we love cutting down on waste as much as anyone else. Reusable mugs are wonderful, but not if they are going to make you sick!
What if your mug isn’t as clean as you think it is? It might not be! Approximately twenty percent of office mugs carry fecal bacteria, and 90 percent are covered in other germs. It is common practice to give our office mugs a not so thorough scrub that includes a squirt of liquid dish detergent, a kitchen sponge and a quick rinse off under the kitchen faucet. Most office sponges and kitchen scrub brushes are breeding grounds for bacteria. Office sponges and brushes are used many times daily, by many different individuals and are rarely sanitized. When these handy (but potentially dirty) kitchen tools are used to clean a coffee mug, they can simply end up transferring germs from one mug to another.
Before you trade in your coffee mug for a styrofoam replacement, you might want to make it a point to give your mug a nightly run through in the dishwasher, complete with the dry cycle. At the very least, you may want to consider passing up the kitchen sponge, and opting for a paper towel instead. Rinse mug in the hottest possible water, and dry with a clean paper towel. Lastly, don’t leave your dirty mug on your desk overnight. Bacteria need just a small amount of residue to begin multiplying!
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Always remember – No matter how dirty your past may be, you have a SPOTLESS future!
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Everyone comes down with it sooner or later. The horrible stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting seem to come out of nowhere. People are forced to miss work. Parents are forced to stay home with sick children. Hours and hours of workplace productivity are lost each year to norovirus. It is common knowledge that 2013 has brought about one of the worst flu seasons yet. What you may not know is that flu season is still here! Although spring is on the way and the flu is not foremost on our minds, it is still all too easy to contract this dreaded illness!
The stomach flu that has recently made it’s way around the globe is a new strain of norovirus. This strain was first detected in Australia in 2012. From September 2012 to December 2012, it was the leading cause of outbreaks of the disease in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
How is norovirus spread?
Norovirus is commonly transmitted via inadequate hand washing by infected individuals. The virus is found in vomit and stool, and without proper hygiene will easily transfer to surfaces such as door handles, sinks and faucets, light switches, etc. The virus will survive on surfaces for a long time, infecting individuals that are unfortunate enough to come in contact with contaminated surfaces.
What can be done to prevent the spread of norovirus?
Proper hand washing is key in preventing the spread of norovirus. EFFECTIVE hand washing is not just a quick splash under the faucet and a shake off on the run. It involves soap, lather and proper technique. Mom was right! Done correctly, hand washing should take a minimum of 20 seconds! That may not seem like a long time, but try to time yourself the next time you wash up!
Cleaning professionals can play an important role in protecting the health of building occupants. The CDC advises cleaning nonporous and high-touch surfaces (e.g., door knobs, light switches, etc.) with a chlorine bleach solution of 5 to 25 tablespoons to each gallon of water. There are also many other commercial disinfectants registered as being effective against norovirus by the EPA. Make sure you read the labels and follow manufacturers instructions when using commercially available disinfectants!
Have a happy, norovirus free spring!
While nothing can completely prevent the spread of the stomach flu, effective hygienic hand washing and proper disinfecting can slow the transfer of the virus from one person to another! If you suspect an outbreak of norovirus (or any other illness) in your facility, contact your cleaning service provider and let them know! Metro Cleaning Service is always happy to partner with our clients to help protect the health and safety of building occupants!
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Even though Kendall Williams had only 8 points this game, Kirk and Bairstow had a combined 41 points to give the Lobos a 70 to 60 win over San Diego State. WAY TO GO LOBOS!!!!!!
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These essential pieces of plastic get handled often by many different people. In addition, cards are swiped through various credit card terminals. Give cards an occasional wipe down with rubbing alcohol, paying attention to the crevices around raised numbers!
2. Women’s Handbags
To clean finished leather purses, use a product specifically designed for leather. And, if you place your purse on the floor in a restaurant or even worse, in the ladies’ room, never put it on your kitchen table or countertop.
3. Toothbrush Holder
Soak the holder in a solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and rinse. Then air dry upside down. Or simply wash on the top rack of your dishwasher on the “air dry” cycle!
4. Doorknobs, Locks, and Handles
Yes, these can be very dirty places. They are often overlooked during routine cleaning. An occasional wipe down with a disinfecting wipe will help keep germs under control.
5. Trash Cans
Trash cans of all types tend to be breeding grounds for ick and germs. In warm weather, most cans can be taken outside and hosed down. In colder weather, consider cleaning your can in your bathtub or shower. (Be sure to disinfect the sink and shower afterwards). Thoroughly spray the trash can with a cleaner that contains bleach and let it stand for 10 minutes. Rinse clean and dry. Before adding a new garbage bag, be sure the can is completely dry.
Here are some ways you can make your home or business smell great without buying expensive air fresheners.
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