As summer’s getting closer to its end and fall’s about to set in, this means winter’s also close behind. Your floor’s going to get its fair share of dirt, muck, water, and shoe prints ahead. During this time of year, there are several things you can do to ready your floor for winter and keep it looking its best regardless of what time of year it is. Here’s a quick list of dos and don’ts in floor cleaning to keep with you for the remainder of summer and fall.
Outside your place of business
Outdoor flooring doesn’t get the attention it warrants. Many businesses fortunately don’t have floors outside to worry about but some do. If you fall into the latter, be sure to occasionally do some sweeping to clear away any dirt, leaves, or rocks. When needed, a pressure washer’s appropriate to clear away any dirt embedded into the pavement.
How frequently to tidy an office environment is a common question received in commercial cleaning. Some business owners choose to shorten how many cleans they get done per week in an effort to save money. There are many office managers who may also be concerned with chemical cleaners being in the workplace or unnecessary repeated cleanings causing the appearance of the space to fade.
How often your workplace needs to be cleaned varies office to office but there are some standards applied to every setting. First off, yes, unnecessary cleaning is a thing that happens. Even so, you don’t want to neglect your office or see it slip into an unsanitary, bacteria-prone environment. This could make you and your employees sick, and plain and simple, doesn’t represent a business in a very professional manner.
What we recommend is putting together a commercial cleaning office schedule. This would normally include what needs to be cleaned, the products or supplies expected to be used, and the frequency of the clean. Some things should be on a daily cleaning routine while others may be a few times a week. You’ll also have things like carpeting or flooring which should be on a monthly or bi-annual schedule of deeper, more thorough cleans.
Toxic products were the norm in the commercial cleaning industry for years because of two reasons – they were effective and they were cheap. At the expense of our environment, companies and households used toxic cleaners which in turn has led to serious health consequences for us as well as our natural surroundings.
These days, we know a lot more about what we didn’t know in years’ past. Environmentally sustainable cleaners made today are equally powerful and safer for our health. At times, we understand that chemicals need to be used. Hard-to-clean industrial environments are a case where a little extra is needed. For all the advancement that’s happened around eco-friendly cleaners, they haven’t progressed to the point where chemicals are null and void.
Start small and make incremental changes. This is the advice we give commercial cleaners, companies looking to upgrade their cleaning practices to more eco-friendly ways, and stakeholders in warehouse, kitchen, restaurant, and office cleaning. Whenever possible, avoid environmental damage by choosing eco-friendly non-toxic cleaners. One such example is a basic vinegar-water all-purpose cleaner. No chemical residue is left behind and you can clean surfaces with ease using it.
For a lot of cleaners, going non-toxic and eco-friendly is enough in taking care of their office space. For others, they may want to add in vegan cleaners to really give it some sparkle and to maintain commitment to their lifestyle. For those that are not aware, ‘cruelty-free cleaners’ are out there and are sold predominantly to homes though some can work in an office setting.
Being vegan isn’t just about choosing the right kind of food. There are animal products in almost everything we surround ourselves with, from fashion and cosmetics to furniture, car interiors, and more. Animal products are used a lot to such a degree that being vegan through-and-through can be tough. Thankfully, we’ve found some vegan cleaners friendly to animals and the environment both. Here’s a quick rundown of some products we believe would suit an office well!
Cleaning hacks can be a rush to use. It almost feels like you’re cheating the system, using your creativity to derive a cleaning solution from home instead of spending big bucks buying oftentimes chemical solutions at the store. It’s cheaper, smarter, and usually more eco-friendly.
We’ve likely all heard of the basic cleaning hacks – i.e. vinegar and water for an all-purpose surface cleaner. There are plenty of equally clever hacks that haven’t been as well publicized. Here’s just a few nuggets of wisdom from the cleaning routines of talented homeowners across Canada.
Cleaning’s a regular, every-day occurrence in households and a necessary one at that. Though it may be a nuisance at times, you’re likely saving yourself and anyone else living with you from illness. Unfortunately, the majority of Canadian homeowners can lay claim to at least one of the home cleaning mistakes on this list. Do you know how many you have to your name? Check it out.
Hand hygiene in office businesses is big, especially in large corporate offices. So many people around, touching surfaces around a space inevitably leads to the spread of germs and bacteria. Sanitizing is the only answer.
In the bathroom, washing hands is even more important. In any office, you may have either a paper towel dispenser, an air blower, or a jet dryer. A lot of people prefer air blowers because they save on paper and don’t really require any maintenance. Alternatively, paper towels only leads to mess with waste. What would you say if we told you an air blower wasn’t the most effective way to wash your hands – here us out.
What do you do with a pair of dirty sneakers? We’ve all been there. For whatever reason, our shoes get messy. Summer’s a bad time for untidy footwear. Your shoes quite easily can get wrecked with muck, have dirt caked on, stained with ugliness, and get all covered in street stuff. Thankfully, cleaning off your shoes is a relatively straightforward process.
Please note that the following guidelines are for shoes and sneakers made from either leather and/or canvas. Anything in suede or in more delicate materials won’t be able to have this type of treatment, unfortunately. Now to get leather shoes or canvas shoes clean, all you need are some whitening toothpaste, a few washcloths, a brush, laundry detergent, dish soap, hot water, baking soda, and borax.
You can’t walk through a commercial cleaning supplies store today without seeing the term ‘microfiber’ mentioned somewhere along the line. Perfect for a wide variety of cleaning tasks, microfiber performs well and is effective at minimizing cross-contamination. Coming on mops, pads, and cloths, what is microfiber exactly? What makes microfiber so great? Does it actually work like they say? These are all questions worth answers.
What is microfiber?
Microfiber is made from microscopically small fibres. These are synthetic fibres of polyester and polyamide. As they are so small, these fibres are able to find their way into tiny crevices. Subsequently, when these fibres are bundled together they also split and create openings in a star-esque shape. These openings pick up and hold debris better than closed fibres can. Contemporary commercial cleaners have come to rely on microfibers for this reason.
Infection outbreaks in hospitals happen when improper cleaning processes and ineffective sterilization are the norm. Of course, with these infections come a rise in related illnesses. For community-based hospitals, these sort of outbreaks can be hard to handle. To address the risk of infection, hospitals must adopt an environmental cleaning approach tackling top to bottom everything in need of a thorough clean.
If you are searching for the right way to clean a hospital or if you’re seeing a possible outbreak, assessments are required to first determine where existing cleaning and disinfecting processes have gone wrong. If all a hospital has is a single step clean-and-disinfect, this isn’t an adequate approach to taking care of a medical facility. Hospitals are not corporate offices. They require something more hence the need for more than just a clean an