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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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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.

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Why Should Retail Stores Hire Professional Cleaning Companies?

It’s easy to tell when retail stores hire professional cleaning companies.

Their restrooms are cleaner, their windows are shinier, their floors are free from debris and dirt, and their shoppers are happier. But wait… can’t this be accomplished by the store’s employees after hours? If everyone pitched in and helped, it would be done in no time, right? Surely your staff can create a clean and hygienic shopping environment for your customers?

In a word, no.

 

Cleaning Companies are Trained to Clean Properly

If you’re imagining your staff happily whistling as they clean toilets, polish sinks, and mop the floors in your store’s restrooms, think again. Unfortunately, this is probably closer to reality: a lone worker half-heartedly jabs a brush around the rim of the toilet and swipes a rag across the porcelain sink— missing the glob of soap that inevitably rests under the dispenser.  They might sweep, pick up the paper towels that didn’t make it to the trash can, and call it done.

When a customer walks into this restroom, will they be satisfied with the cleanliness? A whopping 95% of customers say that the state of a retail establishment’s restrooms is a make-or-break factor whether they will visit the store again. When they’re greeted with a barely-clean bathroom, it could be the last time they visit your store.

Enter the professional cleaning company. In no time at all, the team will have your restrooms sparkling clean and up to anyone’s standards of hygiene, not to mention the clean entryway and shiny floors and windows throughout the rest of the space. A cleaning service has the tools and the know-how to maintain your retail space properly, ensuring that your customers won’t be driven away by dirty floors or horror-movie restrooms. When you leave the job to the pros, you can rest easy knowing that it’s done right the first time.

Retail Stores Hire Professional Cleaning Companies to Mitigate Risk

Cleaning can be dangerous. Between wet, slippery floors and potentially dangerous chemicals, there are many opportunities for untrained workers to do damage to themselves and others, all because they don’t have the know-how necessary to do the job safely.

A professional cleaning company offers intensive training to their workers, ensuring that they are fully apprised of the safest way to complete any job they’re requested to do. In addition to performing the work safely, when retail stores hire professional cleaning companies, they’re protecting themselves from financial harm should an unfortunate accident occur. Pros have proper insurance coverage so that if someone is injured while cleaning your retail establishment, you won’t be liable for expensive medical bills.

Universal Cleaners Inc guarantees that your facility will be cleaned consistently without compromise— you’ll get the quality you want at the price you need. Our dedication to providing the best possible service extends to a wide variety of industries, including retail.

Ready to get started? Contact us today and see what a difference it makes when retail stores hire professional cleaning companies.

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The Value of Clean

Universal Cleaners Inc is committed to creating and maintaining a clean and welcoming environment and improve accident and injury prevention while improving employee morale and productivity, and a profitable and sustainable business.  Appearance is one of the major elements that separates one facility from another and brings added value. The truth is that we’re in the health, safety, productivity- enhancement, and waste-reduction business. Those are the core components of the value Universal Cleaners provides. We’re not in the shiny floor and sweet-smelling restroom business.

A clean environment gives off a sense of pride and professionalism about a business that is inviting to customers making them feel confident in the business.  A clean facility can be an excellent marketing tool, whether you’re trying to impress prospective clients, lease space or sell the facility.

Building owners worldwide are increasingly aware of the impact that facilities have on the satisfaction and productivity of the people who work in them. Our experience shows that when building occupants suffer from symptoms such as respiratory illness, allergies and headaches, their performance also suffers. A clean environment is a safe environment.  Keeping work areas tidy and clean will help to prevent accident and injuries and promote a sense of safety and security. A clean environment improves an individual’s sense of well-being while reducing their stress and anxiety resulting in happy, productive and loyal workforce.   There’s a direct correlation between a clean work environment and overall improved employee health well-being.  Safe, healthy workers reduces absenteeism, accidents and injuries and workers compensation claims. A clean and well-kept workplace makes a strong impression on how the employees view their jobs and improves brand reputation.  A clean working environment can make a positive change in employee morale.

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And according to the latest research from ISSA, cleaning has a very real and measurable value: with the appropriate cleaning methods, it provides between two and eight per cent productivity gains in employee work, saving billions of dollars.

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3 Dirtiest Surfaces in Your Office

How often do you touch door handles, keyboards, and phones around your office? When were these surfaces last cleaned?

Germs and viruses can survive for anywhere between a few hours to a few weeks. The average person touches about 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, making it easy for bacteria to circulate quickly around an office.

For a study by Kimberly-Clark Professional, researchers swabbed almost 5,000 surfaces in a range of offices – including law firms, call centres, insurance companies, manufacturing facilities, and more. They analyzed those swabs using a device that measures adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule found in yeast, vegetable, animal, bacteria, and mold cells. The higher the ATP levels, the more likely it is that germs and bacteria will be present.

So what are the dirtiest touch points in the average office?

1.Faucets and Handles in Your Office’s Break Room

The communal kitchen was home to five of the top six dirtiest touch points around the office, with ATP counts above 300:

  • 75% of sink faucets
  • 48% of handles on microwave doors
  • 26% of handles on refrigerators
  • 23% of buttons for water fountains
  • 21% of buttons on vending machines

Surfaces with ATP levels beyond 300 are at high risk for spreading illnesses, while those with counts above 100 could use a thorough wipe down. Although some surfaces in communal kitchens – including counter tops and sinks – are regularly wiped down and disinfected, other touch points are more easily and often overlooked.

2.Keyboards and Computers

Most employees spend most of their time at their computers, making keyboards a magnet for grime. Of all the keyboards researchers swabbed 27% had ATP counts above 300, while 51% of computer mice had ATP counts above 100.

You can keep your keyboard clean day-to-day by using a special brush or compressed air duster to remove hidden dirt. To keep computer mice and other hardware clean, wipe them with disinfecting cloths regularly.

3.     Desk Phones

One of the dirtiest tools office workers use every day is the seemingly harmless desk phone. 51% of all desk phones swabbed had ATP counts above 100, making them prime candidates for regular disinfecting.

Other everyday touch points that might be harbouring harmful bacteria include:

  • Remote controls
  • Calculators
  • Cell phones

It’s important to regularly clean common touch points before germs have the chance to spread.

Tips for Keeping Your Office Clean

Day to day, you can keep germs at bay around high-traffic touch points by:

  • Washing your hands properly.
  • Cleaning your desk with disinfectant wipes, especially if you eat at your desk.
  • Wiping down high-touch areas in your break roomdaily using disinfectant materials.
  • Keeping hand sanitizer available to encourage good hygiene among your office’s employees.

Your professional cleaning company should identify and disinfect common touch points as part of their office cleaning routine, getting rid of illness-causing bacteria and keeping employees healthy.

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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 to GREEN are Green Products

When it comes to cleaning your home, you can’t go wrong when using green cleaning products. But many homeowners often find it difficult to determine regular cleaning products from green ones. After all, what determines whether or not a cleaning product is green? Here at Universal Cleaners, we only use green cleaning products, and we’d like to share a few tips with you about choosing eco-friendly products to clean your home with.

Understand that there are Many Green Products

From toilet bowl cleaners to moping products, there are many green cleaning supplies for you to take advantage of. In fact, did you know that North Americans spend around $600M each year on cleaners? And this is just the monies they spend on products that are supposedly eco-friendly.

Purchase from Retailers You Trust

Although many cleaning products claim to be eco-friendly, this doesn’t mean they are. This is why you should always purchase your cleaning supplies from retailers you trust. More importantly, purchase the products from companies that go to great lengths to prove how green their products really are.

ALWAYS LOOK FOR THIRD-PARTY CERTIFICATION

Next, you’ll want to make sure the products you are investing in have certification of some sort through a third-party. There are two primary third parties that you should look for approval from, including EcoLogo and Green Seal. When purchasing cleaning supplies that have been approved by these parties, you can rest assured that they are eco friendly. In order to receive certification through these two entities, a product must go through extensive industry-standard cleaning tests. All ingredients must be disclosed as well as the possible effects if the product was to be ingested.

Furthermore, products that are friendly to the environment will have went through testing that ensures they don’t have negative effects on the planet, including both human and nonhuman life. The products must be biodegradable, and they can’t be acutely toxic to fish or algae. Additionally, there is a limit on the amount of phosphorous that the products can contain. And lastly, the products must be packaged in containers that are recyclable.

 

If you’re looking for green cleaning products, your best bet is to invest in ones that have the Green Seal. And don’t forget that when taking advantage of Universal Cleaners cleaning services, your business will always be cleaned using today’s latest environmentally-friendly cleaners.

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Why Your Business NEEDS a Professional Cleaner

Hygiene has always been important for both homes and businesses. Whilst you concentrate on what you do best at the office, it’s important to keep your second home tidy and clean at all times. A dirty office would leave a bad impression on clients. And the associated health risks could be life threatening for your employees.

It may seem like a great idea to take on the cleaning as a business especially when you are on a tight budget, but certain aspects of running a business are best left to the professionals. Here is why getting the professionals to handle office cleaning is a better idea.

You will increase productivity 

Most companies concentrate on doing what they do best and outsource a lot of other operations of business that does not directly relate to services they provide. This allows them to have time to concentrate on acquiring new customers and delivering the best service possible to existing clients. Your employees can also find what they want with ease at the office and are generally happier in their working environment.

 

 You can save time and money

Time and money are two of the most important resources every business strives to save. The time employees spend tidying up and cleaning the office can be put to productive use. Your staff should be focusing more on the important tasks at hand.

Staff absenteeism costs the  economy between$10 and $32 billion per annum. Absenteeism due to ill-health can cost your business money. You don’t want to be spending money hiring and training temporary staff to fill in for employees who may be absent due to illness. Take care of your work space now to prevent unforeseen break in workflow that could be damaging to your  business.

 

It’s safer 

An office cleaning company has the most trained employees with the right skills and hacks to clean office windows, carpets, furniture, desks and even computers. Most cleaning companies keep office environments sterile and free from all harmful bacteria or pathogens that could cause health problems for your customers and employees.

Professional cleaning products are carefully selected to provide the best services for businesses. And they often they require more powerful ingredients or chemicals which need to be applied with protective clothing and handled carefully. Professional cleaners remove the health and safety risks that can come by doing it yourself. By investing in a professional cleaning service, you can keep dirt-related illness at bay in the office.

 

You can maintain a better image of your business

A well organised office space sends a positive image to your clients. If you have an office that welcomes visitors on a regular basis, the impression they gain of your business will be based on their first perceptions of your premises.

A clean workplace is typically a tidy one, removing unwanted rubbish, litter and general bits and pieces which tend to be left on desks across the office.

 

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. Call us for your FREE assessment today – 905-745-7990