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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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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.

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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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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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