Disinfect These Dirtiest Items Frequently

While not all germs are bad for you, some can compromise your health, especially during cold season. Even if your office or place of business is dusted and cleaned on a regular basis, it’s the small attention to detail that will be missed. This article presents of the most germ-infested items around your place of business that you touch every single day. Delegating or taking responsibility to disinfect these items quickly with disposable disinfecting wipes or a microfiber cloth and disinfecting liquid cleaner will cut these germs at least in half and keep your schedule fully staffed even in the worst immune system seasons

Doorknobs

They’ve actually invented doorknobs made of bacteria resistant materials if you want to upgrade to the best. Older doorknobs will be full of bacteria that needs to be cleaned weekly.

Refrigerator, Microwave, and Sink Handles

Your break room will get a lot of hand traffic and any handles should be disinfected regularly. This includes the community refrigerator, the microwave handles and around the sink where hands are constantly dumping and washing out their containers and dishes sloppily. Having adequate hand soap, dish soap, disinfecting wipes, and tools for cleaning around the sink will cut your job in half. If given the supplies, your employees will take the initiative to clean up after themselves.

Drinking Fountains

Drinking fountains have high traffic and should be cleaned regularly, especially those right outside the restroom. Installing an anti-bacterial dispenser might appease germaphobes around the office and give your clients the notion you care about cleanliness, and furthermore, their business with you.

Vending Machine Buttons

You can imagine vending machines have not only fingerprints on the buttons but possible food or saliva remnants and although the vending company probably comes to maintenance the machines, it’s not likely they disinfect the face of the machine. Keeping a list of high traffic items that need disinfecting weekly would benefit your company greatly. This can be one of many tasks you rotate to different employees or asked of your cleaning service.

Toilet Seat and Latch Inside Stall

Toilets account for 295 bacteria per square inch. Bathrooms inside businesses should be checked several times per day and disinfected as much as possible. This is not an area that can be cleaned only weekly and shouldn’t be neglected. Both public and employee restrooms require the same maintenance.

Cell Phone

Believe it or not, your cell phone is even dirtier than your toilet! Disinfect your screen often and keep it off and away from your face if possible. Sweat, makeup, saliva and other residues can build up quickly. You may even keep extra screen protectors and swap them out quarterly.

Money

Exchanging money, even if only on your breaks, is like exchanging germ collections. Unfortunately, there is no common practice for keeping money clean. As long as the economy is going as well as it is and money is exchanging hands, there will be dirt. What you can do to minimize the effects these germs can have on you is washing your hands not long after transactions.

Computer Keyboards

Computer keyboards are one of the dirtiest items in the office. If a phone is kept at your desk, that too will need disinfecting. Keeping disposable wipes at your desk is probably the safest way to clean your keyboard and phone. It may also benefit from a spray of the aerosol can to remove any crumbs or particles that have made their way between the keys.

Pressure Washing 101

A pressure washer is usually a hose that is connected to running water inside a home or a building and also a running motor that creates the force or pressure behind the water, hence the name pressure wash. You’ve likely seen commercial buildings and parking lots being pressure washed to bring it to its best state for an optimal public image, the first point of contact, but there are countless other applications for it. The largest benefit of pressure washing what you can do manually is cutting your time in half. Your minimizing your safety risk and saving your back by employing a technique that can reach heights and places that you can’t.

Pressure washing can be applied to driveways, siding, roofs, grills, decks, cars and more. There are pressure washing products on the market for home use, but there are several things to consider when comparing home pressure washers to easily hiring a company to do this work for you. The first precaution is that the force behind the water makes it a deadly weapon that could severely injure a person if not used properly. Also, if you damage your property you are the only person liable. A professional will likely have different washers with different levels of force and know which projects to use them on. They will definitely have a higher powered pressure washer than you, if your project requires it. If you are consider an option in between, renting, be aware that you are aware of any damage you cause and that the item might not be in its best proper working order from being rented over and over again.

Pressure washing can cost between .08 and .80 per square foot and wash a number of things. If you do decide to move forward with this maintenance service, you can call your local commercial cleaner with your ideas and get their quote, references, insurance, bonding and licensure if you wish. Additional questions to ask maybe whether they use environmentally friendly products, hot or cold water (hot is optimal on hard to get stains), what range of pressure will be used and if they have any guarantees or promises to offer you.

All things considered, some things are best left to the professionals. For the cost, risk and reward factors, it’s best to hire a professional the first time you wish to pressure wash any element of your home or business. After you’ve learned the process you might consider purchasing a product for smaller things such as washing your driveway or car. One thing is certain. There is no debate as to how the appearance of a clean sided and roofed home can sell or make a store seem more inviting and safe!

4 Dead Give-Aways You Don’t Have a Commercial Cleaner

As a customer or guest in a commercial space, you expect a level of cleanliness to represent the quality standards of a product or service provider. If you’ve been on the business side more than you have the consumer side as of late, you may have gotten too far away from the customer’s insight. Here is a simple list providing you the basis of a standard you should regard highly. If not a conscious observation, the customer’s intuition will tell them whether or not they are spending their time or money wisely on a place based on their cleaning practices!

1. Dust

Dust bunny accumulation shows customers that no consideration is being taken on the deep cleaning front and any cleanliness and organization you do see is only on the surface. Dust is a dead give-away that you do not use a regular cleaning checklist or are too “tight” to hire and manage a good commercial cleaning service. If you are cutting corners on dusting, where else are you cutting corners the customer may ask themselves.

2. Particles On Your Carpet

Emptying trash beneath your desks is great, but it’s the loose paper, food, dirt and spills on your carpet that your customers will see. Thin commercial carpets are not the finest at hiding such eye sores. Regular manual picking up or using the non-electric push sweeper nightly will keep the carpet looking presentable between commercial vacuuming.

3. Dirty Doors and Glass

For health reasons, heavily touched items and fixtures should be dissinfected regularly. For aesthetics, glass doors, windows and cubicles need to be spot cleaned regularly because it’s often the first point of contact with a customer. Glass can work for your image, looking like an expensive and up-scale option or it can work against you and look like the local McDonald’s play area windows and doors.

4. Unmaintained Bathrooms

These are the worst! If you have bathrooms accessible by customers this point of contact should be mandated. A checklist hung in a sheet protector or a sign that reads ‘Please Let Us Know If The Restroom Needs Attention’ provide a nice touch that shows customers you care even if they weren’t maintained in the last few hours.

A walk-through of your building noting what you see with an objective eye can help you formulate a list of what you’d like done by staff or a cleaning company. These 4 things are only some of what a customer might notice during their wait in line and should be maintained by your staff or a hired cleaning professional.