Thursday, December 24, 2015

Cheapest Janitorial Services Not Always the Best

Cleaning and janitorial services are necessary, whether you have several employees, or customers and clients visiting your business each day. It’s not fair to expect employees to do more than a quick wipe down and tidy, so that’s why you want to hire a professional cleaning company to properly clean and disinfect all surfaces. But many companies will choose the lowest quote, which may sound good on paper, but may not always be the best solution.

If you’re choosing between three different janitorial companies, you’ll need to have the quote broken down into what exactly is and isn’t included. Sure, you can hire a cleaner to come by twice a week for an hour, but how much are they going to get done in that time? If you compare it to how much time you spend cleaning your house, that may bring your expectations more into alignment with reality.

A good cleaner should be doing more than wiping down surfaces with a damp rag, vacuuming, and emptying the garbage bins. They should also be properly disinfecting all surfaces, to prevent the spread of disease. A1 understands that germs are commonly spread on door handles/knobs, faucets, and desks, and will properly wipe them down. They’ll pay attention to the details, and clean the edges and corners of a room that are often neglected by a cleaner who has only a few minutes to spend in each room.

Many cleaning companies force their cleaners to rush, and they’re given quotas that they have to fill. This doesn’t bode well for the care of your office. You don’t want someone madly dashing around vacuuming and damaging walls and furniture.

A1 also offers two different options for the client’s choice in cleaning supplies: regular cleansers, or green option cleansers. The green cleansers are safer for the environment, and are also better to use around employees who may have asthma or other breathing difficulties. This service is available from A1 for an additional cost.

Many of the cheaper cleaning services don’t even use cleansers, and they reuse the same rags to clean bathroom and kitchen. This is bad for the health of your employees, and with norovirus on the rise, a bad stomach infection could affect the output of your business should everyone become sick. Without the proper cleaning services, your business could actually lose money.

The cheapest janitorial services may also take other shortcuts. Not showing up on time, or at all is often one of the most common complaints about cleaning companies. It can become time-consuming to file a dispute with a bad cleaning company.

Hiring a professional cleaning company such as A1 will ensure that your cleaners arrive when they say they will, and that you won’t need to be monitoring their every move. You can place your trust in A1 to show up on time, and to clean your company’s buildings properly.

If you’re interested in hiring the best janitorial services for your company, to ensure your office or building is properly cleaned, please contact A1 Cleaning SanJose today. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Finding the Best Janitorial Services for Your Company

Finding the Best Janitorial Services for Your Company

A great cleaning company should do more than simply tidy up surfaces and take out the trash—they should be properly disinfecting all surfaces to prevent the spread of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. Anyone can take a cloth and wipe down a surface but it takes an expert to understand proper cleaning procedures, from cleaning cloths to cleansers. If you’ve been unhappy with your current cleaning service, it may be time for a change.

There are signs that your current cleaning company isn’t doing a good job. Most people aren’t fooled by an empty trash can, or what appears to be a clean kitchen countertop. It will require further inspection to find the truth.

If there have been a lot of stomach bugs going around the office, this is an indication that desks, counter tops, and the bathroom may not be properly sterilized and disinfected. Simply taking a rag and making a surface look clean isn’t enough to kill harmful bacteria. The next time an employee touches a faucet or a light switch could be the time when they pick up the latest virus going around.

It’s disgusting to think about, but many cleaning companies reuse the same cleaning cloths and sponges that they used to clean the previous business, but they never soak them in disinfectant or wash them between these cleaning jobs.

Sick employees cost your company time and money. It’s beneficial to spend more money to hire proper janitorial services who will spend the time needed to get your business clean.

Another sign that your cleaning company isn’t doing its job is how long they spend in your office. If you’re uncertain, ask them. Are they only spending an hour? Can you clean your home in an hour? Probably not. They may be rushing to try and complete their tasks within the allotted time, and may have several businesses that they need to clean in one day.

Get down on hands and knees and check out the floor. The places to check are right against the baseboards. Have the baseboards been wiped down too, or are they dirty? Is there dirt accumulated along the edges? These are common regions that are often neglected by a poor cleaner.

Most cleaning companies are allotted extra time to tackle small tasks that need to be done once a month, such as wiping down cupboards, or cleaning under the fridge. If you find that your cleaning company is not going beyond what they should be doing, then it may be time to find a company that is more detail-oriented. These tasks may require an additional fee, but they should be scheduled in. To have a cleaning company completely ignore these details, or even discuss with the company manager can be signs of neglect.

If you’re dissatisfied with your current cleaning service, please reach out to us to find out how A1 Cleaning in San Jose can help to create the clean, sanitary environment that you expect for your business. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Benefits of Carpet Cleaning

Carpets may give a home a warm and inviting feel, but they require extra care to keep them clean and fresh. Even if a carpet looks clean, it may still be be harboring bacteria, dust, and pet dander. Over time these substances accumulate, making your carpet not only dingy looking but a health hazard as well.

There are many benefits to carpet cleaning. Better yet, hire a carpet cleaning business, to save you the time and hassle of doing it yourself.

The number one reason to have your carpets regularly cleaned is for the health of your family. Dirty carpets can accumulate allergens over time, which can wreck havoc with the allergy sufferer in your family. Pet dander, hair, and fur can become embedded, as well as house dust. These allergens combine and cannot only cause sniffling and sneezing, but asthma attacks too.

Most of the household vacuums don’t completely remove these substances. Water and cleaning solutions, along with a powerful commercial vacuum, are required to pull out these microscopic particles and suck them away. Regularly cleaning your carpet will keep allergens under control so the allergy sufferer can breathe easier. You’ll also prevent people from developing allergies by keeping your carpets clean and fresh.

If you have pets or small children that crawl around on the ground, you can be exposing them to harmful bacteria. In fact, almost no one would want to eat off of the carpet. These microorganisms can come from pet poop, food crumbs, and soil and leaves carried in from outside. Cleaning solutions will neutralize and destroy harmful microorganisms, making your carpet more sanitary.

Professional carpet cleaning can also remove embarrassing stains. Unless you have pure black carpet, no matter what you spill, it’s going to leave a stain. You may do your best to mop up a spill, or try to use one of those store-bought spray carpet cleansers, but often red wine, blood, pet accidents, and tomato sauce don’t come out too easily. A good carpet cleaning will remove these stains, leaving your carpet looking brand new.

Carpet cleaning can also revitalize an old carpet. Over time, the threads will wilt and become stuck together. Your carpet may look worn, even when it’s not. A good carpet cleaning will fluff up your carpet. The action of the hot steam will raise the fibers and return them to a natural upright position. It’s an affordable way of making the floors look new, without buying new floor coverings.

There’s nothing like a freshly cleaned carpet. Once it’s dried, it’ll look inviting enough to sit down on. You’ll wonder why you don’t have your carpet cleaned more often, since there are so many benefits to having a clean carpet.

There’s also great satisfaction from having your carpets cleaned. Many people leave this chore at the bottom of the list, but it should really be at the top. Because once the carpet is cleaned, your home will automatically smell and look clean and fresh.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How Companies Can Benefit By Hiring Janitorial Services

Many businesses rely on the the manager or employees to clean bathroom, kitchen, office and room spaces of a building, but hiring professional janitorial services is actually a better way to keep those spaces clean. Companies can benefit by hiring janitorial services so that the task isn’t left to someone who doesn’t know how to properly clean and disinfect surfaces.

Here are four other reasons why your company can benefit from hiring A1 Cleaning, in San Jose.

1. A company can conform to health and safety regulations when hiring a janitorial business. If your business relies on cleanliness and hygiene, such as a restaurant, cafe, or daycare, you are better off letting employees handle light duties, while janitorial services will scrub down floors, and walls, to keep your food, beverage, or care  business spotless. There may also be a higher amount of traffic in washroom regions, which also need to be spotless and hygienically clean. Other locations that may need to focus on cleanliness include clinics, salons, and barber shops.

2. A janitorial service is guaranteed to show up. Many businesses rotate the cleaning duties among staff, but if they are away, these duties won’t get done. Many employees are expected to add these duties to an already busy schedule. Most staff simply don’t have the time it takes to thoroughly clean a building, and at most have only time to wipe a rag over a surface.

3. It’s safer to hire janitorial services. The last thing you need is employees rushing around a room working, while someone else is trying to mop the floor. You can’t avoid accidents from occasionally happening, but having someone trying to rush and clean right before business close could end up causing a disaster. Many people are also susceptible to soaps and cleansers, and handling these types of chemicals is best left to the professionals who understand how to properly use them.

4. A janitorial service cleans a company’s building after hours. There’s nothing worse than visiting a business, only to hear the vacuum cleaner going, or seeing employees clean. Loud noises can irritate your clients and customers, and cleaning while they are visiting your company is unprofessional. It also sends the wrong message. If your staff are busy cleaning, does this mean your business isn’t successful enough to keep them busy, or to hire a cleaning company?

5. A meticulously kept business environment will impress your clients and customers. You’d be surprised at how grossed out some people will get. Even if your business doesn’t sell food, dirty walls in a bathroom or a grungy floor can be enough to keep customers from entering your business again. There’s no reason to keep untidy or dirty business space when hiring a professional janitorial service who will provide you the solution to this cleaning problem.

Please contact A1 Cleaning Services in San Jose to find out how easy it is to have someone else clean your company’s building. There are numerous benefits to hiring us to keep your company spotlessly clean.