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The Who and How of Professional Cleaning

Ensuring  Safety is as Important as Making Sure It Is Cleaned Well

With many large office buildings there are so many people going in and out over the course of the day. These days, increased security is paramount and that means we need to have an idea about who is entering our facilities as well as some degree of trust that they are safe. We would all like to think that each and every person that we meet is generally a good person, but recently the news has been raising real concerns for companies in terms of workplace safety.

 

Safety & Your Commercial Cleaning Company’s Staff

Thankfully although these events understandably grab headlines, they are not as common as it can sometimes feel. However, they raise important safety questions about why these events happen, what we can do to prevent them or at least reduce their likelihood and common sense ways we can make our workplaces safer. So when it comes to your janitorial services company, you want to know who is coming and going and you want to know that they are safe. No one likes a constant stream of new faces in and out of your building at all hours of the day.

 

Assuring Fit & Suitability In Office Cleaners Requires Some Effort

It all comes down to comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the background checks implemented by the cleaning company in question. Your janitorial services company needs to perform comprehensive background checks on ANY employee that enters YOUR facility. Many companies neglect to be diligent about background checks and drug screening and perhaps fail to appreciate the real risk that presents you your employee and your facility. As time goes on, it is becoming more and more evident that halfhearted, occasional screening isn’t enough to make sure the workplace is safe for you and your employees.  What is needed? There are a couple of key areas that need to be thoroughly examined when performing background checks, not limited to just criminal and drug history. For instance, education, verifying employment history, and reference verification are all important aspects of someone’s employ-ability. Some companies will go beyond and do more to assure office cleaners are a good fit for the work.

 

What to be on the Lookout When it Comes to Hiring Verification

Before you decide to outsource you office cleaning to just any building services contractor, make sure you know enough about them. In the cleaning industry, many businesses having a revolving door of staff as a result of an inadequate pool of talent. To err is human, so at some point your office cleaning company will hire the wrong person, and that is okay. But, if your commercial office cleaning company is consistently ignoring or overlooking references, and criminal histories, because of the cost and time required to check a double check their people, then it is time to find a new partner or move on in your search for effective and safe office cleaning services. Don’t put you or your employees at risk, make sure your office cleaning company is following through with their background checks.

  • Police Clearance Record
  • Education Verification
  • References Follow Up
  • Employment History Verification

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TEAM

Universal Cleaners provides the highest quality of overall service, everything from cleaning to helping do our part to assure your workplace is safe. We believe in building relationships with our clients and good relationships are built on trust. We utilize extensive and stringent verification methods when we hire new employees to make sure that they are not only skilled cleaners, but a good addition to your work environment. After all, our business is only as good as our people.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Toxic Cleaning Chemicals

We are dedicated to being part of the environmental solution, not the problem. For that reason, we have chosen to use Green Seal products to ensure our business doesn’t add any unnecessary toxins into your space or our atmosphere. If this sounds like something you’re considering for your business, we have five reasons that might convince you.

We are advocates of green, non-toxic cleaning products. Learn more here.

Your Lungs

If the bottle reads “use in a well-ventilated area” you just know it’s full of harmful chemicals. Studies have shown that using a household cleaning spray can increase the risk of asthma and exacerbate allergies. If you clean to remove the triggers found in your home such as mold, pet dander, and dust mites you may be doing more damage with the caustic cleaners they spray indoors.

The added scent to cover up the chemical smell is typically made of additional chemicals. Those particles do not instantly dissipate when you have finished cleaning the bathroom. They will hang in the air, penetrating the lungs of anyone who uses the bathroom over the next hours, or even days. A better choice: use natural products like tea tree oil, lavender, or essential oils to add fragrance to your cleaners.

Your Skin

As you clean, your skin absorbs the chemical in the cleaners you use. If you’re using cleaners that contain a large amount of chlorine or bleach, that could be an issue for you. Many cleaning products include hypochlorites, a caustic soda that causes the skin to burn after only a few minutes of exposure.

You may notice how dry your hands are after a day of cleaning. It seems that no amount of lotion can quench the dryness. This is because your cleaning products have leeched all your natural oils out of your hands. Alternatively, you may notice a rash, itching, or red bumps on your wrists, arms or hands. This is a reaction from your body indicating that the chemicals in your cleaners are irritants.

Your Eyes

Your eyes are delicate organs, vital to your life. When you use harmful chemicals in your cleaning you run the risk of splashing, spraying, and sprinkling them into your eyes, causing permanent damage. Your eyes are only protected by a thin mucous membrane and these toxic chemicals can be very dangerous.

Even when you are finished cleaning your home, you leave a small amount of residue on the surfaces you cleaned. Particularly in the bathroom, bleach and abrasive chemicals can be left behind to be splashed in the eyes when water is turned on.

Immediately following chemical contact with the eyes: Flush your eyes with cool water for 15 minutes. Your eyes may feel better right away, but it’s important to continue rinsing for the full 15 minutes to make sure the majority of the chemical is washed away. Once you have flushed your eyes out, immediately head to your nearest emergency clinic.

Our Environment

Cleaning products packed with nitrogen, phosphorus, and ammonia are dangerous to our earth. You may think that the damage is isolated to your home, but the effects of chemical cleaners go far deeper than that. They exit your home through your drains and pipes, into the sewers. Water treatment plants do what they can to strip harmful pollutants out of the water but those three remain as this tainted water heads to our natural waterways.

These residual chemicals now invade our lakes and rivers, affecting fish, ducks, and bugs native to those landscapes. These animals are eaten by the larger animals like mountain lions and wolves who live around the water source. It grows into the plants, which are eaten by the herbivorous deer and birds. Soon our entire ecosystem is living with the effects of your household chemicals.

Switch to Green Cleaning

The only benefit to cleaning with abrasive and toxic chemicals found in household cleaners is that they strip your surfaces more aggressively, meaning less intense scrubbing for you. However, they end result of non-toxic cleaners is the same, even if it took a little more work to get there.

We know the importance of your health, and our environment. That’s why we’ve chosen to use Green Seal certified products. It takes a little more elbow grease but the overall impact of choosing non-toxic cleaners is something we can be proud of.

If you’re running a business, you have too much on your plate to stop for office cleaning. Universal Cleaners Inc. is there to WOW your employees and your clients EVERY clean, EVERY time! Call us today to book a consultation – 905-745-7990

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Professional Cleaning and Safety in the Workplace

Every year, over one million Canadians visit emergency rooms for injuries caused by fall hazards. This costs the economy over six billion dollars annually in medical expenses and even more when you factor in lost time and reduced productivity.

Slips and trips can happen almost anywhere from your lobby to your kitchen to your walkways. With colder weather (plus ice and snow) on the way, it’s especially important to make sure you’re prepared to keep your building’s occupants safe all season long.

We’ve put together this guide to help you identify and prevent slip, trip, and fall hazards:

What Causes a Slip or a Trip?

Slips

Trips

A slip happens when there’s too little traction or friction between your foot and the ground.Slips are often caused by:

·         Oily, wet surfaces.

·         Spills.

·         Weather-related hazards.

·         Loose rugs or mats.

·         Slippery flooring.

Trips take place when your foot unexpectedly hits an object, throwing off your balance.Trips can occur because of:

·         An obstructed view.

·         Insufficient lighting.

·         Clutter.

·         Wrinkled carpeting.

·         Uneven steps and surfaces.

How Can You Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls?

Good housekeeping (including regular, thorough floor cleaning) is the key:

  • Stick to a Cleaning Schedule

Proper floor care should include sweeping, mopping, burnishing, and buffing. Remember, a well-maintained and clean floor will offer the most secure footing for guests (especially when it’s wet and snowy outside).

How often you should clean your floors will depend on the needs of your building. If you don’t receive too much foot traffic, cleaning your floors once every few days is typically enough. If your building sees a lot of visitors pass through, it will be important to make sure you clean it more often.

  • Use the Right Cleaning Products and Equipment

Universal Cleaners has the the most effective tools designed to clean your floor. These might include mop heads made with quick-absorbing materials to help your floors dry faster (making them safer).

LEARN MORE: UCI uses the best available cleaning equipment in order to maximize results.

  • Look After Spills Right Away

If something spills on your floor, you need to pick it up as soon as you can to prevent someone slipping or falling.

Even if you aren’t able to clean up a spill immediately, always use the right signage to make sure passersby know to avoid potential hazards!

  • Remove Hazardous Obstacles

To keep highly trafficked areas clear, do not:

  • String hoses, cords, or cables across hallways.
  • Leave files, boxes, or briefcases in aisle ways.
  • Keep drawers open or loose items on the floor.

Proactive measures like these will minimize trip risks and hazards.

  • Replace Lights that have Burnt Out

One of the most common causes of a fall is reduced visibility from insufficient lighting. You should make sure light bulbs are replaced promptly to provide adequate lighting around the clock.

  • Keep Floor Mats Clean and Clear

The right matting makes a big difference, particularly during the winter as people drag slushy snow inside. Not having good, clean mats can quickly turn entrance ways into skating rinks – creating serious slip hazards. Mats should always be kept clean and secured, lying flat against the floor.

Taking steps like these will help you keep your building safe and secure throughout the snowy, slippery season!

If you’re running a business, you have too much on your plate to stop for office cleaning. Universal Cleaners Inc. is there to WOW your employees and your clients EVERY clean, EVERY time! Call us today to book a consultation – 905-745-7990

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How Quickly do Germs Grow on your Office Technology?

The use of computers, smartphones, tablets and all sorts of technology and electronic devices have become ingrained in our daily lives.  The portability, convenience and necessity of many devices means we are using them almost everywhere and in any situation.

Therefore, it should be no surprise that it does not take long for any of these gadgets to become contaminated with tiny bugs and germs.  In fact, every screen, keyboard, mouse or remote control you touch today is probably already littered with bacteria; some of which can include viruses such as influenza and even E. coli.

However, there is no need to panic.

READ MORE : Cleaning for Health: Germs & Bacteria in the Office

 

By the Numbers

Cell Phones

study by the University of Oregon found an 82% overlap between bacteria on the tip of the index finger and the microbes found on the surface of a smartphone. In other words: if it’s on your hands, there’s an 82% chance it’s also on your phone.

An article from The Nerdist shows compelling visual evidence that bacteria growth on a cell phone centres around where the phone is touched. Moreover, the more a phone is used – and shared among people – the more bacteria is present.

Some sources claim phones harbor 18x more bacteria than a public bathroom. While that sounds far dirtier than it really is (not all bacteria on your phone is bad bacteria), it still highlights the reality that cross-contamination between your phone and other devices is very much a reality.

Computer Peripherals (Keyboard & Mouse)

study performed in 2011 found a staggering 95.5% of keyboards/mice tested contaminated with bacteria. In reality, this is not at all surprising given that humans regularly come into contact with, and are breeding grounds for, microbes.

Another study, first published in 2010, found a high rate of contamination across keyboards and mice. Like our first reference, it found multiple types of bacteria present on both keyboards and mice after testing 100 different devices.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Technology Helps

The use of disinfecting wipes or cleaners on your gadgets can provide basic protection from germs.  While self-cleaning is mostly practiced at home, devices at home and personal devices are typically found to be the most contaminated.

Many public places such as libraries or grocery stores offer sanitizing dispensers which can be used on your hands after using computers or touchscreens at checkout lanes.  These same places also employ janitorial staff to regularly clean surfaces that people come in contact with.

Before you clean your device, remember:

  • Different screens/screen protectors will react to cleaning agents in their own way. Read your owner’s manual before you scrub down your device to ensure that the product you’re using is safe.
  • Bacteria multiply, on average, every 30 minutes. Make cleaning a regular habit (a quick wipe once per day is usually sufficient).

Good Personal Hygiene is the Key

While cleaning your surroundings may temporarily reduce exposure to germs and bacteria, it is virtually impossible not to come into contact with contaminated devices on a regular basis.

Bacteria is omnipresent, and there should be no inherent fear for you to come into contact with it – as long as you wash your hands diligently and practice good hygiene.  This cuts off the part of the infection chain where viruses or bacteria are able to enter your body.

Generally speaking, viruses or bacteria found on your hands or fingers will not cause you any harm.  Direct transmission of germs or viruses from other people is a much more likely way to become ill.

We are the number one choice for all your office cleaning.

Professional Office Cleaning Services from Universal Cleaners ensures that your office is both welcoming and impeccably clean. We understand that customers and new clients rely on a pristine appearance. It is our job to guarantee that entry ways, lobbies, frequent locations, waiting areas and washrooms remain immaculate in order to maintain the general public perception of one’s organization.

Contact us today for your FREE Assessment for a professional clean of your office.

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Hand-washing & a Healthy, Clean Office

Washing Your Hands at Certain Times and After Certain Events Can Help Prevent Sickness in the Office

We all remember being told to wash our hands before eating when we were younger, but sometimes as adults we forget to do this. Washing your hands, however, is an important to prevent infection and avoid spreading germs both in and out of the office. Keep your office healthy and happy by learning the importance of hand washing.

 

WHEN TO WASH YOUR HANDS

At work, you touch many different surfaces like your mouse, your computer, and the break room’s fridge door. All these surfaces have germs living on them. When you touch these items, germs are instantly transferred onto your hand.

To prevent illness from germ transfer, most of us know it’s important to wash your hands before and after you eat and after using the bathroom. In addition, it’s especially important to wash your hands after blowing your nose, sneezing, and coughing during the cold and flu season.

Sadly, most people don’t realize that YOU SHOULD ALSO WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER SHAKING SOMEONE’S HAND. Think about the last time you went to a business luncheon or networking event. You probably met several colleagues and new people and shook their hands. Do you remember washing your hands after? Did you eat something right after shaking their hands or touch your face?

You can easily spread germs that can make you and others sick by not washing your hands after making contact with others.

READ MORE: How Quickly do Germs Grow on your Office Technology?

THE PROPER WAY TO WASH YOUR HANDS

According to Mayo Clinic, you should wash your hands with both soap and water. Both warm and cold water will work. You should scrub all the surfaces of your hand including the wrists, between the fingers, under the nails, and on the back of your hands to ensure every part of your hand is being cleaned. After drying your hands, try to use a towel or your elbow to turn off the faucet. This way you don’t touch the same germs that you just washed off.

EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE

There are several ways you can help promote hand washing and other healthy habits at the office. You can have printed signs, fliers, and cards near the sinks and bathrooms. If you prefer to promote a healthy office digitally, look at doing digital signage or a weekly email newsletter. You can place the signs in the lobby and other commonly trafficked areas for your employees to see. You can use the newsletter to remind your employees about flu season and hand washing.

While hand washing can help prevent the spreading of germs, regularly cleaning is also important to stop germs from spreading. When you regularly have the areas with the most germs cleaned, you reduce the risk of your employees becoming sick. Disinfecting keyboards, phones, and other frequently used equipment will keep everyone in the office healthy.

READ MORE : Cleaning for Health: Germs & Bacteria in the Office

We are the number one choice for all your office cleaning.

Professional Office Cleaning Services from Universal Cleaners ensures that your office is both welcoming and impeccably clean. We understand that customers and new clients rely on a pristine appearance. It is our job to guarantee that entry ways, lobbies, frequent locations, waiting areas and washrooms remain immaculate in order to maintain the general public perception of one’s organization.

Contact us today for your FREE Assessment for a professional clean of your office.

Commercial Cleaning Fall

Commercial Cleaning Tips for Fall

Now that summer has finally drawn to a close, it’s time to start thinking about cleaning up your business for the fall. While many people often ignore or forget about fall cleaning, it can be as important for your business as spring cleaning. Giving your business a deep cleaning during the fall can help get rid of the dirt and bacteria that may have accumulated over the summer, preparing your space for a clean and successful winter. Here are some fall cleaning tips to help get your business into the best shape possible this season.

Carpet Cleaning

Snow and slush can get tracked into your workplace during the winter, dirtying the space and wreaking havoc on your floors. Seasonal dirt and debris can be especially harmful to carpeted floors. Having your carpets deep cleaned in the fall is a great way to get them ready for the wear and tear of winter. Dust and allergens may have collected in your carpet over the summer, so having your carpet cleaned during the fall is a great way to start the season off on a fresh foot.

Clean The Gutters

As the leaves start to fall, you may notice a buildup of leaves in your eavestrough or gutter. It’s important to clear these bits of natural debris out of the way so they don’t clog your outdoor drainage system. A clogged eavestrough or gutter can lead to indoor leaks and floods, which can be disruptive to your business and be expensive to repair. Make sure your gutters are clear before the snow starts to fall to prevent any winter mishaps.

Commit to a Deep Clean

Fall cleanings require more than just a simple dusting. To fully prepare your business for the fall and winter, it’s important to do a detailed cleaning, including all on-site storage facilities, closets and lockers. A deep seasonal cleaning helps to prevent against serious health and safety hazards like harmful bacteria and mold infestations. If you need help planning or executing your next big seasonal cleaning, contact us today at Universal Cleaners Inc. Our team of commercial cleaning experts can give your business the deep cleaning needed to be comfortable and successful all season long.

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The Best Materials for a Clean Workspace

If you’re starting to plan out an upcoming renovation or new build,  we suggest a few things that will help your newly-refreshed space stay clean and fresh.

Universal Cleaners is constantly researching cleaning techniques, materials, solutions, and other products that will help us achieve our goals.

Flooring

The dirtiest places in office spaces are always the floors. Carpets are among the dirtiest, as they will capture airborne pathogens and grime in their fibres, but other materials aren’t too far behind.

However, more important than whether or not a given material is antimicrobial, is how easy said material is to clean. It goes without saying that regular cleaning is far more effective at controlling bacteria than simply leaving the floors to their own devices… regardless of the antimicrobial properties of the materials they’re made with.

Great Flooring Materials for Keeping the Workplace Clean

  • Epoxy – Unlike many materials, epoxy is extremely versatile in both its applications and composition. Not all epoxy will be antimicrobial, but epoxy flooring using certain additives – such as FloroSeptic – are the best option for applications where cleanliness is important. Easy to clean and care for, epoxy floors make it difficult for microbes to survive and thrive.
  • Vinyl – While not all vinyl flooring will fit the bill, you can get many types of vinyl floors (in the form of tiles or planks) that are a boon for the neat freaks in all of us. Many manufacturers will blend antimicrobial compounds into into their formulation, helping the mitigate bacterial growth on their surfaces.

The Worst Material for Keeping Floors Clean

Carpets. While attractive to look at and comfortable to walk on, carpets are quite literally magnets that suck in dirt, bacterial, mold, and more. The fibres and spaces between them become littered with debris, dust mites, and a bunch of other things that you wouldn’t want to be spending any amount of time with.

Keeping carpets clean takes more work than hard surfaces. A daily vacuum for well-travelled areas is a must!

Countertops

Speaking to kitchens and bathrooms specifically, a hard non-porous surface is ideal. We recommend vinyl laminate countertops as, like vinyl flooring, this material offers many advantages.

First, compared to stone countertops, vinyl is affordable. This is always a win.

Second, vinyl countertops are easy to maintain and clean. They can be cleaned with nearly any compound without risk of damage or discoloration (though you should check the label for the specific cleaner that you’re considering prior to application).

Third, laminate countertops can often be repaired easily and inexpensively. A small dent in the countertop? No problem! It’s fairly straightforward to fill in the dent and recover the area. The same cannot be said of stone, which can be quite expensive to fix.

 

If you’re running a business, you have too much on your plate to stop for office cleaning. Universal Cleaners Inc. is there to WOW your employees and your clients EVERY clean, EVERY time! Call us today to book a consultation – 905-745-7990

 

 

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How Can a Janitorial Company Help your Business?

You might think of janitorial services as a necessity for your business, but have you ever really thought of how a janitorial company can help your business?  Obviously, business owners know that it’s important to keep their workplaces clean and tidy, but the benefits of janitorial services are often taken for granted.  There are a host of services that professional janitors provide including cleaning and maintenance for offices, industrial facilities, and institutions such as day cares and schools – but the question often remains whether it’s better to hire a professional janitorial company or to provide those services in house.

First and foremost, choosing professional janitorial services makes your job as a business owner easier.  Most companies will provide detailed consultations so that you can ensure that all the janitorial services you need are provided without having to oversee the work yourself.  This means no hiring and training cleaning staff, no sourcing and purchasing cleaning products and equipment, and no need to oversee the administrative work associated with managing staff.  The extra time you save in working with a professional janitorial company frees you to focus on more profitable goals that focus on your organization’s mission and success.

In addition, professional janitors’ expertise is in the cleaning and maintenance of facilities.  They bring specialized knowledge and skills that the typical business owner simply does not have.  So, when you choose to work with in-house staff, you’re running the risk of overlooking important tasks or even inefficiency in the job.  Reliable, expert janitors know which products are best for which jobs, they have all the necessary equipment, and they bring years of experience that ensures the cleaning and maintenance work they provide is done effectively and efficiently.  In the end, all the business owner needs to do is periodically review the work provided to ensure their own satisfaction.

Finally, when working with a professional cleaning company, business owners have the freedom to arrange customized services on a specified schedule so that cleaning and maintenance never interferes with business operations.  Some of the side benefits of a well-maintained workplace is improved employee efficiency and health standards in the workplace.  When the office or facility is kept clean, employees can focus their energy on the work at hand rather than constantly tidying up after themselves.  Similarly, maintaining a healthy and sanitary work environment helps to ensure that workers miss fewer days due to illness.  Professional janitorial companies are well-suited to keeping your office or workplace up to health standards so that your employees are healthy and energized.


If you’re running a business, you have too much on your plate to stop for office cleaning. Universal Cleaners Inc. is there to WOW your employees and your clients EVERY clean, EVERY time! Call us today to book a consultation – 905-745-7990

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What to Do when your Office Restroom Cleaning Stinks

Do You Have A Stinky Situation On Your Hands?

Have your office restrooms become a decidedly stinky situation? Certainly there is an expected odor associated with restrooms, it is after all, the place where some smelly stuff can happen. However, the lingering odors in restrooms can point to issues with your commercial restroom cleaning. Smells that stay, odors that seem to hang in the air can point to dirty restrooms and insufficient restroom cleaning. Even though restrooms can have odors, in clean, well ventilated restrooms, these smells shouldn’t stick around. If you are smelling noticeably funky odors, urine is typically the primary offender. Urine helps flush water and salt from our bodies and some of the compounds present in urine, including nitrogen, chlorides, proteins and urea can leave behind unpleasant odors when permitted to evaporate, collect and concentrate around urinals, toilets, grout, drains and other areas around your office restrooms. And while these compounds themselves can be noxious, they also provide the perfect meal for numerous bacteria that themselves produce stinky smells.

READ MORE: 3 Dirtiest Surfaces in Your Office

Why Is Restroom Odor Such a Common Problem?

The problem of restroom cleaning and lingering odor is an issue for many Facility Managers. In reality, keeping restrooms looking and smelling their best continues to top the list of maintenance pain points. Stinky smells can plague facilities and offices for a variety of reasons. Maybe your janitorial services company is failing to do the deep, detailed restroom cleaning they need to in order to leave your restrooms looking clean and smelling fresh. Maybe your office restroom venting is inadequate or requires servicing. Or it could be that you have a level of density within your building that requires more than a nightly cleaning. Offensive odors are a problem even if your restrooms look clean because bad smells register as a strong negative reaction and cast your overall maintenance and your facility in a poor light.

 

 

Smelly, Dirty Restrooms Reflect Badly On Your Whole Facility

Any restroom that is used regularly is going to become dirty, but if your restroom cleaning service isn’t keeping up with the job and your restrooms are smelly and dirty, it reflects poorly on your overall maintenance. Office restrooms have a disproportionate affect on the perception of your facility. Dirty restrooms give the impression of mediocrity, lowered standards and apathy. When office restrooms look dirty and smell unpleasant, visitors and employees in your facility notice and it makes them aware of other areas your cleaning is less than optimal. Bad smells, mystery puddles, overflowing trash and more give people in your facility a strong negative reaction. Don’t let less than clean and fresh office restrooms create doubt about the overall health and cleanliness of your facility.

 

A Quick Mop & Wipe Down Won’t Eliminate Odor

Commercial restroom cleaning cannot just be about a once over with a mop and a little Windex. That might be okay in your home to quick spruce things up before company comes over but office restrooms simply see too much traffic. Many offices can get by with a nightly restroom cleaning, especially if their janitorial services company does a daily, thorough clean. But more heavily used restrooms might require a daytime cleaning as well, emptying trashes, restocking supplies and giving everything a once over. If you think nightly cleaning might not be enough for your busy facility restrooms, you might consider the services of a Day Porter. But if your daily cleaning includes little more than a quick spray down and a little mopping, you aren’t likely to see the clean restroom and fresh clean smell you are looking for. The compounds related to smelly restrooms aren’t easily removed with a quick mop. Worse yet, many commercial restroom cleaning companies reuse mop heads that have not been properly changed or cleaned meaning these smelly compounds just get moved around throughout your facility. It takes real cleaning and measures to prevent against cross contamination to really make your facility shine.

 

A Restroom Cleaning Checklist Can Help Solve Your Putrid Problem

When it comes to quality control in restroom cleaning, a restroom cleaning checklist can be a valuable tool. A restroom cleaning checklist can be a useful way to understand the level of work required to keep your restrooms clean and smelling fresh. While thorough daily cleaning is essential, the big solution to dirty, smelly restrooms is periodic deep cleaning. What kind of tasks or checklist items assure your restroom cleaning service is hitting all of the important marks?

 

  • Cleaning must be done first and then disinfecting surfaces using the proper dwell times to assure disease causing germs and bacteria are eradicated.
  • Careful cleaning of “hot spots,” “high contact” and “touch points” to diminish the spread of disease causing germs.
  • Mirrors should be clean and shiny.
  • Using industry best practices– chemicals, agitation and extraction to insure walls, floors, toilets, urinals, sinks, mirrors and fixtures are scrubbed and deep cleaned.
  • There should be no overwhelming ‘toilet’ odor and the overall smell should be clean and fresh.
  • Toilet and toilet seats must be cleaned, disinfected and wiped dry.
  • Urinal handles need to be cleaned, disinfected, wiped dry with urinal screens cleaned and blocks replaced.
  • Feminine hygiene dispensers should be cleaned, disinfected and restocked with new liners put in place as needed.
  • Frequent restocking of must have supplies like toilet paper, hand soap and paper towels.
  • Regularly emptying trash & sanitary disposal containers BEFORE they are full.
  • Routine inspecting fixtures like dryers, paper dispensers and more to insure sure they are in working order.
  • Cleaning floors and counters to eliminate splashes, water and keep surfaces looking good.
  • Systematically cleaning around and behind toilets and other hard-to-reach yet essential areas to help eradicate odors.
  • Maintaining restroom partitions so they are free of the three G’s—grime, gum and graffiti.
  • When cleaning restrooms, floor drains and grout must be clean.
  • Regular dusting or vacuuming of air vents.
  • Check that all light bulbs are functioning.
  • Attention to detail including clean corners, ceilings and base boards.
  • Making sure regular deep cleaning is done to eliminate long term issues piling up and protect your building’s assets
  • Great janitorial services use state of the art cleaning equipment to do the best job for the best price.
  • Restroom cleaning cloths, towel and mops should not be used outside of the restroom.
  • A visual inspection should be done upon completion and any areas requiring future maintenance should be noted.
  • The supplies and equipment closet should be clean, organized and well stocked.
  • Equipment should be properly maintained, repaired and replaced as needed.

 

The Importance of Cleaning For Health In Office Restrooms

Smell can be a sign that your restroom cleaning company is not adequately cleaning but also a sign that they might not be cleaning for health. Cleaning enzymes and chemical disinfectants not only combat urine compounds and odors, they are proven to work well for combating viruses, bacteria and other disease causing germs. But in order to be effective, they must be used properly and according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. That means dwell times for certain cleaning products, dwell times are the amount of minutes a wet product must cling to a surface before being wiped away in order to effectively destroy germs. If recommended dwell times are not followed, the removal of the bacteria, and hence the smell, is less effective. Preferably, your restroom cleaning service can spray areas and let the disinfectant remain for the recommended dwell time while they tend to other tasks like restocking supplies, cleaning mirrors and removing trash. Similarly, your restroom cleaning services should be certain they target porous, hard to reach areas like grout lines and corners to keep the space clean and fresh longer. Cleaning for health not only keeps your office restrooms smelling better, it keeps employees and visitors to your facility healthier.

READ MORE: The Value of Clean

Finding A Professional Cleaning Company Prepared to Tackle Your Office Restrooms

Finding the right office cleaning company can make a world of difference with your restroom cleaning. Don’t risk your reputation or your bottom line with smelly office restrooms and restroom cleaning that just plain stinks. Don’t continue to work with commercial cleaning services that are either unable or unwilling to deliver professional, quality, effective service without leaving your restrooms in a stinky state.


If you’re running a business, you have too much on your plate to stop for office cleaning. Universal Cleaners Inc. is there to WOW your employees and your clients EVERY clean, EVERY time! Call us today to book a consultation – 905-745-7990

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Choose the Right Cleaning Company

As a business / property owner or facility manager, it’s important to thoroughly research the professional cleaning companies you’re considering for your business to ensure you choose a reputable company to deliver a quality clean. With the options available to you, how can you be confident you’re making the right choice?

1.     Look for an Established, Experienced Commercial Cleaning Company

Focus on companies that are:

  • Well established, having been in the cleaning business for a number of years and possessing the skills and experience to ensure a thorough clean.
  • Qualified to clean the type of buildings you’re responsible for – whether commercial, office, industrial, institutional, or more.

Whatever your needs, choose to work with a cleaning company that can help you develop a customized cleaning routine that fits both your business and your budget.

2.     Find Out What Services the Company Will Provide

In addition to basic dusting and vacuuming, what other cleaning services do the companies you’re considering provide?

Other services to look for include:

  • Touch point cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Hard floor cleaning
  • Window Cleaning
  • Special event cleaning

Looking for a company offering a full suite of services means your day-to-day and seasonal cleaning needs will be covered. 

3.     Inquire about Training Requirements for the Company’s Staff

Your cleaning company should provide comprehensive training for new staff, continually educate its teams on the latest cleaning techniques and health and safety protocols, and prepare its employees to use the newest materials and equipment. 

4.     Examine the Company’s Quality Assurance and Standards

It’s important to make sure your cleaning company maintains rigid standards of excellence (like Universal’s Quality Assurance) . Commercial cleaning companies should also be fully bonded and insured.

It’s important you are able to communicate easily with your commercial cleaning company. Universal is proud of our 100% Customer Retention record – a big part of that is leading the way with exceptional customer service, one point contact and prompt, friendly cleaners.

 

5.    Determine if the Company Is Committed to Green Cleaning

Green cleaning means taking a holistic approach, caring for buildings, their inhabitants, and the larger environment by using health- and eco-conscious materials and practices:

  • Products and packaging that meet established health and safety criteria
  • Microfiber technology (where applicable) to extend the life of scrubbing pads
  • Equipment that reduces noise pollution

Green cleaning both minimizes negative impacts on the environment and reduces human exposure to harmful cleaning residues.

Working with an established, experienced cleaning company is the best way to ensure brilliant results and keep your buildings looking their best.


WHY CHOOSE US?
Our approach is simple– we strive to WOW our clients on every clean, every time.  Contact us today to discuss your cleaning needs!  
905.745.7990

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