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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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Why Those Carpet Stains Won’t Come Out

A common request we receive from our clients with carpeted offices is to have stains removed from their carpets. Whether new or old, stains are to carpet what snow is to winter: a seemingly unavoidable calamity, hell-bent on dirtying your floors and making your entrance ways look unclean.

We get it.  We know, better than most, the difficulty that comes with keeping a space clean – and the frustration that builds every time a careless employee or well-intended client spills a cup of coffee.

Why do carpets stain so easily? And furthermore, how come some stains simply refuse to come out? The answer is quite simple: carpet chemistry.

An Introduction to Carpet Chemistry

Most commercial carpets are made of a material called polypropylene (also known as olefin). Other materials, such as nylon, acrylic, polyester, wool, and cotton, are also used. However, chances are that you’ve got an olefin carpet in your space.

As a material, olefin is quite durable and actually stain resistant. It will endure day to day abuse while displaying minimal signs of duress. However, stain resistant and stain proof are two different things. As durable and easy to maintain olefin is, it is not immune to the effects of a flying pumpkin spice latte or poorly-poured glass of red wine.

Dye Sites: What Gives Carpets Their Colour

Every carpet fibre has a dye site. A dye site is an area in the fibre where colour – literally, dyes – reside. These sites give the carpet its colour. You can learn more about dye sites here.

The reason carpets stain is because new colour, such as colour coming from a spilled glass of Kool-Aid, is attracted to the dye sites. Dye sites are positively charged, and most commercial dyes are negatively charged. When they meet, they bond and neutralize each other’s respective charge. Thus, a stain is born.

Cleaning carpets is as simple as displacing the colour inside the dye site so that the original colour can continue to shine through… right?

Dye Sites Expand & Contract as Needed… For a While

The way most carpet cleaning solutions work is to expand the dye site (with hot water, cleaning solutions, and agitation), flush new colours out, neutralize the carpet’s charge, and then the wash away the dirt/stains that have accumulated. As the carpet dries, the dye sites will contract and the colour is once again “locked in”.

Unfortunately, a dye site only has a finite number of times it can expand/contract before eventually it loses the ability to do so. In the real world, this means that you’ve only got 1 or 2 real shots to get the stain out of the carpet before it “set”.

Handling Stains in Your Carpets

If all that stuff about “dye sites” and “expanding/contracting” made you uncomfortable, don’t sweat it. The good news is that you can usually get most stains out yourself if you: (A) react fast enough, and (B) haven’t stained that area of carpet repeatedly before.

General Carpet Cleaning (Stain Removal) 101

The process below is best accomplished with three or four clean, white dish towels.

  • Mix a solution of warm water and dish soap (scentless, colourless if possible). Regarding dilution, you generally want of 1:4 mix of soap to water- if the label has instructions, follow those instead.
  • Take a clean towel and soak it in the soapy solution. When it is saturated, press it firmly straight-down into the stain. Continue to blot the stain from the outside, working your way toward the center of the stain (this ensures the stain does not spread). Do not “scrub” the stain, as this may cause it to spread!
  • After you have spent a few minutes blotting the stain, switch to a new towel and rinse it with warm water. Blot this towel down until you have rinsed all the soap solution from the carpet.
  • Finally, use a dry towel to soak up any excess water in the carpets.

The above process should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and is effective at removing more than ¾ of stains you’re likely to encounter in your office.

If the above doesn’t do the job, it’s time to call a pro. Due to the nature of the carpet dye sites, challenging stains should be worked on by a professional after you have tried and failed to remove them once on your own.

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Cleaning for Health: Germs & Bacteria in the Office

According to Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist from the University of Arizona who researched office germs, “For bacteria, a desk is really the lap of luxury”. The eating habits of the present era and the workplace snacking habits have been very helpful for the present rise in the bacterial population on unexpected platforms of the workplace.

READ MORE : Simple Tricks to Keep your Lunch Space Clean

According to the studies done at the University of Arizona, a simple desk used by an employee has a capability to support the lives of around 10 million bacteria. That is almost around 400 times larger than the amount of germs an average lavatory seat of a toilet has! When a typical germ control-freak employee makes all the efforts to keep himself safe from the germs found on the office toilets, he forgets that he is carrying them with himself all of the time. This, in turn, provides a very favorable environment to support the ecosystem for a colony of bacteria.

The places that a janitorial company can take care of, that work as a highway to transfer most of the germs in an office apart from a person’s hands, are the following:

  • Telephones
  • Desktops
  • Mouse
  • Keyboards
  • Photocopy machine
  • Fax machine
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Machine
  • Doorknobs
  • Elevator buttons, etc.

The above list shows the places that contain most of the germs in an office. The toilet seats, however, come in last in the hierarchy of the filthiest places in an office. Telephones in an office have been helping in the transfer of more than just a few messages. They have been considered the worst affected, with almost 25,127 micro-organisms in a square inch of the receiver. Reason being, is that so many people constantly breathe on the receiver. The second position in the list of most germ contaminated areas, goes to the desktops.

The main reasons for these contaminations could be any one or all of the following:-

  • Lack of personal hygiene, like not washing your hands after coming from the restroom.
  • People sharing things like a mouse, keyboard, pen, etc.
  • Sick employees spreading their germs by coming to office when they should be taking a rest.
  • Eating habits, like people taking a snack on their own desks.
  • Greasy fingers used to touch the surfaces of desktops, keyboards, switches, phone receivers, etc.
  • Lack of clean restrooms.

The efforts that could help the companies save frequent sick leaves are as follows:-

  • Proper janitorial and office cleaning services should be taken from some reputable and experienced cleaning companies.
  • Clean restrooms create healthy work environments.
  • Apart from restroom cleanliness, housekeeping services for proper office cleaning and use of sanitizers should also be utilized.

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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Summer Preventative Maintenance & Cleaning

Ah, summer, sand between our toes, the sun’s warm rays on our shoulders, the smell of the grill and the long days that promise to go on forever. It often seems, or at least many of us would like to believe, that summer’s days are truly never ending. Yet, before you know it, those long summer days come to a close, the weather turns cooler, kids return to school, summer turns to fall and the long, cold, wet winters that Ontario is famous for bellows in to add a million things to your already full plate. It can be difficult to address these problems in fall and even spring with wet weather and the bustling, busy season in full swing. So, summer’s natural slow down and vacation time offers an opportunity to give your facility a truly deep cleaning and to tackle those maintenance tasks that you simply couldn’t before. Getting a head start on preventative maintenance and cleaning can be the best way to prepare for the full swing to ‘back to business’ that so often happens in fall.

Summer is an Ideal Time to Address Your Carpets and Floors

Summer’s warmer temperatures, dryer weather and reduced traffic can make it a good time to attend to some deep floor and carpet cleaning. Low moisture carpet cleaning methods can be done nearly any time with minimal down time. And truck mounted hot water extraction carpet cleaning can remove soils, bio-pollutants and other grime and allergens that wear carpet, diminish your facility’s appearance and downgrade indoor air quality. And perhaps, your hard flooring is also in need of some TLC. Are scuffs, dings dirt, grime and dullness making your flooring look less than appealing? Summer is still the best time to address repairs and cleaning for it. Does your commercial cleaning service offer cleaning, polishing, stripping, waxing, and other repair services that are needed to keep your floors looking new and polished? If not, it may be time to contact Universal Cleaners Inc, we offer preventive maintenance packages, special cleanings and even complete refurbishing.

There’s Considerable Evidence That Reinforces the Value That Investing in Cleaning Delivers

It’s easy to make a claim, such as “employees get sick less often in clean workplaces”, but what does that actually look like? We went looking for some additional data points to determine how your business can measure the impacts provided by regular cleaning services.

We did some digging and found some great resources:

The mountain of evidence that reinforces the value of cleaning in terms of how it impacts your bottom line is growing. This shouldn’t be surprising: healthy people are more productive, more efficient, and cost less.

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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Benefits Of A Professional, Commercial Cleaning Service & Why Every Business Needs One

Last year, Greater Toronto added 69,700 jobs and central Ontario (which includes the tech powerhouse of Waterloo) added 57,200 with many sectors bringing in a fresh round of hiring and investment – we’re seeing more companies reach out to us to take care of their offices, warehouses, and other facilities.

With dedicated and motivated cleaning crews in both throughout the Golden Horseshoe, we love that more Greater Hamilton area companies are choosing us to take care of their cleaning needs. We also love seeing more companies making smart investments in their professional environment.

Investments in your workplace – whether it’s a small clinic or a large corporate office – pay off, but often in ways that can be difficult to track via tangible metrics. It’s unlikely that cleaning your reception area will result in a 20% increase in sales, for example. This can make it difficult to determine the type of impact a cleaning service can make to your bottom line.

Still, the numerous benefits realized by regular cleaning are important and often overlooked.

What Benefits Does Regular Cleaning Offer Your Company?

A clean workspace benefits considerably just from being clean. Here’s how:

 

  • Employees that work in clean facilities take less sick leave – If there’s one area that every business would love to see improve, it’s reducing the amount of sick-leave taken by employees. To be clear, you shouldn’t go into work when you’re sick, and yes, people certainly get sick. However, if you could reduce the rate by which staff get sick, wouldn’t that be a benefit? Well, that’s a direct benefit of regular (and thorough) cleaning!
  • A clean space positively influences customer perception –  Long story short: dirt damages customer experiences and can negatively impact how their view your brand. Humans prefer clean, sanitary spaces!
  • Professional reputation management – U.S. staffing firm, Adecco, found that a dirty office not only harmed customer perception of you/your business, but peer respect as well.

 

There’s Considerable Evidence That Reinforces the Value That Investing in Cleaning Delivers

It’s easy to make a claim, such as “employees get sick less often in clean workplaces”, but what does that actually look like? We went looking for some additional data points to determine how your business can measure the impacts provided by regular cleaning services.

We did some digging and found some great resources:

The mountain of evidence that reinforces the value of cleaning in terms of how it impacts your bottom line is growing. This shouldn’t be surprising: healthy people are more productive, more efficient, and cost less.

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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Simple Tricks to Keep your Lunch Space Clean

Most offices have a lunch space or break room where employees can go to eat a meal or a snack. These spaces are essential to any productive office—they boost morale by allowing employees to take a break away from their desks to re-energize themselves. The office lunch room requires regular and thorough cleanings in order to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs. Here are just a few simple tricks to keeping your office lunch space clean so that everyone can continue to enjoy it.

Keep Food within a Specified Area

Food spills and crumbs can cause a serious mess around the office. Food and drinks that have been spilt accidentally can become a breeding ground for bacteria and germs if not properly cleaned. The best way to contain food-related accidents around the office is to keep all food within the designated lunch room or break room. If you allow employees to bring food with them from the break room to their desks or offices, make sure that they are responsible for any necessary clean up.

Clear Out the Fridge

Many office lunch rooms have refrigerators where employees can keep their lunches. These fridges may also contain items that everyone is free to use, such as milk and cream for coffee. It’s important that someone goes through all of the contents of the fridge and throws away any leftover items every few weeks. If left in the fridge too long, old foods can spoil and cause bacteria and mold to grow, which can quickly spread to other parts of the office. Prevent rotten food from causing health and safety concerns in your office by regularly clearing out the content of your lunch room fridge.

Hire a Professional Cleaning Service

Between all of your daily responsibilities at the office, keeping the lunch room clean may not be very high on your list of priorities. The most efficient way to keep your lunch space clean without distracting from your work obligations is to hire a professional cleaning service. A professional cleaning service will be able to keep your lunch room spotless so you and your employees can focus on the success of your company without worrying about the cleanliness of your work space.

The experienced team at Universal Cleaners Inc uses the latest equipment and techniques to ensure that your office is as clean and tidy as possible. You can depend on our commitment to quality service to keep your office lunch room organized and spotless. For more information about our office cleaning services and to request a quote, contact us today.

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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

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