Useful Cleaning Articles and Information for Business Owners

Switching to Day Cleaning PDF Print E-mail

Day cleaning proponents call it a means to reduce energy costs by more than 30 percent. They say it also lessens turnover as custodians are recognized and appreciated for the job they do. Likewise, they maintain it beefs up security in the facility for custodians, who no longer have to work in an empty building after hours then leave for home after dark.

Today’s troubled economy has more BSCs and facility managers looking at day cleaning as a means for companies to save money as well as be more environmentally friendly.

Reducing Paper Towel Usage PDF Print E-mail

When it comes to paper towels, the roll towel is generally preferred over multifold towels. Even though rolls may cost more, there’s usually less waste associated with their use. As multifold towels have a tendency to fall out of dispensers, or users pull more out than they need, creating waste. On average, two multi-fold towels or 1.5 feet of roll toweling is sufficient to dry hands. However, most patrons use roughly twice that amount out of habit.

To reduce paper waste and control usage, you can regulate the amount of product available to building occupants through proper dispensing methods. For roll towels, touchless dispensers with electronic sensors force a delay between each towel. People often aren’t patient enough to wait for extra towels, so they only use what is absolutely necessary to dry their hands.

It is more difficcult to control multifold towel usage, but waste can be discouraged by simply posting signage asking patrons to minimize use in an effort to save the environment. A simple statement such as “reduce your use, save a tree” posted on the dispenser can reduce usage considerably.

Comparing Soaps and Hand Sanitizers PDF Print E-mail

In a recent segment, "Good Morning America" put various types of soaps and sanitizers to the test in an effort to determine what works at fighting bacteria and what doesn't. The reporter went to the University of Maryland, a world leader in food safety and microbiology, and did a small, informal test in which researchers washed their hands until they were raw. What they found was that not all soaps and sanitizers are created equal.

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How to Hire a Cleaning Company PDF Print E-mail
Dirty and untidy businesses are noticeable to customers, as well as important clients How your business presents itself can speak volumes about who the company is, and a lot about the people in charge. Although it might be time consuming, taking the time to find the right commercial cleaning company for your business will not only save you time and money, but will lead to far fewer headaches down the line.

If you are looking into hiring a commercial cleaning service for your company there might be some factors you want to consider. Whether you are looking on a bulletin board, the phonebook, the Internet, or the newspaper, finding a qualified, professional cleaning service may prove difficult. But if you know what to look for, and put the time into the search, as you would any important decision, you will end up with the right qualified cleaning company that will help take your business to new levels of professionalism.

There are two types of companies offering janitorial services: large chains or franchises, and privately-owned companies. Each type of company has its pros and cons. Large cleaning companies or franchises may offer better equipment and more services, but sometimes they can be quite expensive and difficult to communicate with. Very often you will have a sales contact in another state, or far removed from the actual person cleaning your office. Cleaning franchises offer standardized services, but often bid out your cleaning to the cheapest franchisee in your area. There will often be different people cleaning your office when dealing with large companies and franchises. Private commercial cleaning companies, on the other hand, can often be less expensive, do the same quality work, and sometimes offer more custom services. You will also have a personal relationship with your cleaning company and have better lines of communication. Often times you will be able to deal directly with the owner who can ensure your needs are being met. To make the best decision for your company, you first need to understand your cleaning needs before contacting any company to find out the best fit.

Another important step in finding a commercial cleaning service is checking references. This can be a sure-fire way to hear first hand what kind of company this is, and what kind of services they offer. Make sure when in the evaluation process that you ask for references, and check them out thoroughly. Another step you can take to protect yourself would be to ask the cleaning company if they offer insurance. Many commercial cleaning companies offer certified bond insurance, which is insurance money set aside to be used in case of broken, damaged, or lost property of their clients. Make sure when you’re in the evaluation process that they verify proof of their certified bond insurance. Also make sure your cleaning company carries adequate liability and workers comp policies.

The final step of the evaluation is finalizing a contract together. Make sure that everything that you had discussed and agreed upon is in the contract, including how often, and to what extent, they will be rendering their services. Most importantly, make sure that you make provisions in the contract, to be able to drop the service, if you do not find they have lived up to their end of the bargain. All in all, this may seem like a complicated process, but after you have found the right company, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you did everything necessary to hire the right professional cleaning service for your business.