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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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Winter Matting & Your Office

But are you using the right matting?

Keep reading to learn the five tips and tricks of wintertime matting:

1. Get Off to the Right Start

With matting, the first thing you need to do is introduce it to your door (or doors). Leaving a space between the two means moisture and soils won’t be caught early, making your floors dirtier faster and leading to slips and falls if residue isn’t cleaned promptly.

What are the five benefits of day porter and matron services? Read our blog to find out!

2. Find the Right Type of Mat for Your Building

Building managers will find themselves presented with a range of options including:

  • Scraper/Recessed Well Matting: This is ideal for high-traffic areas. The wells prevent mats from moving and minimize risks for falls, while raised edges effectively scrape dirt off footwear. This type of matting is also easy to clean.
  • Scraper/Wiper Matting: These types of mats are made with tough, durable fabrics that are raised to provide even better wiping action than their recessed counterparts.
  • Wiper Matting: This is your last line of defense against winter grime, getting rid of any residual moisture and trapping dust to enhance indoor air quality.

Comprehensive matting systems typically incorporate at least two (if not three) different styles of mat.

3. Take Into Account the Weight of Your Mats

The lighter a mat is, the more likely it is to fold and shift. This will prevent it from trapping moisture and make it easier for people to trip and fall.

Heavier mats are better at keeping their positions, staying flat and absorbent even with heavy seasonal use.

4. Choose Longer Mats for Your Building’s Entrance ways

The guideline to remember here is the “Rule of 15,” which says that buildings should have 15 feet of matting of various types to stop dirt at the door.

5. Keep Your Mats (and Floors) Clean!

To help your building stay clean through the winter and keep occupants and guests safe, you need to keep your floors and mats fresh throughout the winter:

  • Vacuum regularly (with either a wet or dry vacuum depending on the type of flooring) to remove built-up moisture, dirt, and dust.
  • Carry out routine maintenance like spot cleaning with neutral cleaning agents. Make sure mats are able to dry thoroughly before putting them back in their place. Some mats (especially nylon) will take longer to dry than others.
  • Perform deep cleaning as needed with solvent-free cleaners to get rid of troublesome marks (grease, gum, etc.).
  • Clean the floor around and under the mat to help improve its grip and discourage it from shifting as people walk on it.

The right cleaning frequency will depend on the amount and type of foot traffic your building receives. Some locations will benefit from spot treatments a few times a day, while others can be looked after a few times a week.

Work with a professional cleaning company to determine the schedule that’s best suited to your unique needs.

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School Cleaning: Reducing the Impact of This Year’s Flu Season

School, Daycare and College is back in session which means before long it will be that dreaded time of year again, flu season. If you’ve ever had children, you understand that educational facilities are an incredibly effective and efficient breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Just a few sick kids in school and disease causing germs are spread around your campus. Children are effective carriers bringing to both school and home everything from the common cold to stomach viruses and more. When we say kids love “hands on” learning, we aren’t kidding. They put their hands anywhere and everywhere. From their noses and mouths to your facility getting more and more kids sick at record pace. Without careful cleaning, your school, daycare or college could get hit hard this flu and cold season.

 

Research Shows That Your School Cleaning May Not be as Good as You Think

The ISSA, or International Sanitary and Supply Association, has conducted several studies about the bacterial and viral load in the average elementary school classroom to put together better cleaning guidelines. With this information, professional school cleaning services can focus on cleaning areas that will have the highest impact on reducing the spread of classroom pathogens. So, what areas are the dirtiest and where should you commercial cleaning company be cleaning the most?

  • The average elementary school classroom has a higher bacterial load than most restrooms, even those found on campus.
  • Contaminated versus non-contaminated surfaces appeared to be the same on visual inspection indicating that they had been cleaned by not sanitized.
  • Computer mice were found to possess a bacterial and viral load nearly four times higher than that of most toilets.
  • Key touch points (including but not limited to hand railings, door knobs and other high traffic surfaces) where commonly neglected by school cleaning programs.
  • Athletic equipment, especially athletic mats had the highest bacterial load of any single object in the school as a result of being cleaned with dirty mops, which just spread around filth.
  • In general, most schools suffer from having a superficial level of cleanliness but a low or non-existent level of sanitation in core problematic areas.

 

Targeted Cleaning of Touch Points Reduces Bacterial Transmission 

The ISSA’s extensive research revealed that touch points were the most common way that disease was being transferred from person to person in a school. Simply put, many school cleaning services do not spend enough time or clean with enough frequency to keep these high traffic touch points from being ground zero for a host of different infections and illnesses. For instance, it was found that many school cleaning services were not regularly cleaning and sanitizing shared electronics such as computers despite extensive scientific evidence that indicates they are one of the most commonly contaminated areas in a school campus.

To be an effective school cleaning service, you have to realize that having a surface or area look clean and be clean are two very different things. When we walk into a classroom, odds are it will appear to be clean. After all, what school, daycare or college wants to be known for having visually dirty classrooms? Proper cleaning goes beyond this superficial layer. It requires knowledge of key touch points and frequent, proper sanitation habits to help prevent the spread of disease among students.

Not only does proper cleaning help keep students healthy, it has a number of measurable benefits in different areas of the school. For example, a study based in Arizona State University demonstrated that when common touch points such as desktops were regularly and properly cleaned and sanitized, that classroom absenteeism decreased significantly. Why is this important, you may ask? Absenteeism and standardized testing scores are directly correlated. The more days a student is in class, the higher their scores tend to be showing how impactful proper cleaning can be on the performance of your school, daycare of educational facility.

 

The Right Company for the Job

We understand the specific challenges of managing education and institutional environments. That is why you can count on our experience and knowledge at Universal Cleaners Inc to ensure proper cleaning and maintenance services. We provide services to Day Cares, Primary Schools, Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutes, and any Learning Centre.

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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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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.

READ MORE:    S.A.D in the Workplace: How a Clean Office Can Help

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.

S.A.D in the Workplace: How a Clean Office Can Help

In any business, a happy workforce is a productive workforce. As such, Seasonal Affective Disorder in the workplace can be the source of low worker morale and low productivity. Also known as SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder in the workplace is prevalent in winter – people are affected by shorter days, colder weather, and above all, the lack of sunshine. In the fall and winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder in the workplace may affect workers in various ways.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Workplace may include:

  • Difficulty waking up in morning
  • Lethargy and lack of enthusiasm
  • Uncharacteristic body weight gain
  • Lower concentration and attention
  • On organized office reduces stress and improves mood

Tons of paperwork, over-full garbage cans, and a chaotic workspace are not signs of productivity. It’s stressful for employees and impacts morale. On the other hand, a clean, organized office is a productive atmosphere with less stress and more motivation.

  • Beyond disorder, an unclean office allows for germs to propagate on desks, keyboards, and chairs. Without regular cleaning the potential for sickness is increased.
  • A messy work area is a recipe for stress – it’s a difficult atmosphere to work in. Having the office space and workstations regularly cleaned is inspiring to every worker.
  • Statistics show that a well-maintained office environment is better for employees productivity. It’s a work atmosphere that promotes personal pride and satisfaction.

Proper lighting can improve employee productivity

It’s not uncommon for employees to complain about office lighting, especially during the winter months when there is far less natural sunlight outside. Proper office lighting can actually have a positive effect on Seasonal Affective Disorder in the workplace – it can improve worker mood and therefore improve workflow. With poor office lighting, it’s not uncommon for employees to be stressed, complain of eyestrain, and even experience other health related symptoms.

 

Poor office environment affects worker productivity

Whether an office space is in disorder, unclean, or simply out of control, worker productivity is going to be affected. Beyond the day-to-day stress and unease, the symptoms of SAD have a direct negative affect on employee workflow and productivity. Seasonal Affective Disorder in the workplace has a way of affecting everything from personal relationships to employee/employer relations. As it is, every individual will differ with specific symptoms and reactions.

A clean, well-maintained office space makes for fewer sick days

A clean, well-maintained office space makes for a positive working environment. Employees are more productive, there are fewer sick days, and worker morale is at a higher level. The fact is, most people spend a majority of time at work, so it’s important that the work environment be clean, sanitary, and well maintained. This is where a professional services company is valuable.

READ MORE: 3 Dirtiest Surfaces in your Office

Statistics show that having a clean workplace is critical to maintaining worker productivity. Whether it’s winter or summer, an office space that is clean and fresh will make for a comfortable work environment, and a professional image for customers and visitors alike. Having professional office cleaners in Hamilton on contract will take the responsibility away from office workers, who can then get down to work, without the stress of extra duties. The truth is, staff and employees appreciate the effort.  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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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.

READ MORE — Prevent Germs from Spreading

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.