“I've solved the mystery: You have to submit silently. Open up, let go. Let anything penetrate you, even the most painful things. Endure. Bear up. That's the magic key! The text comes by itself, and its meaning shakes the soul ... You mustn't let scar tissue form on your wounds; you have to keep ripping them open in order to turn your insides into a marvelous instrument that is capable of anything. All this has its price.”
― Klaus Kinski
For most of us cleaning is the necessary evil – we know postponing it is bad and it has to be done regularly or it gets even harder. Cleaning is a big industry, which includes various types of businesses. In fact, having a cleaning business can be quite rewarding, because this is something most people either hate, or don’t know how to do properly. Hiring professional cleaning services might be costly, but sometimes it’s the only solution if you want perfect results. Here are the types of cleaning services and their basic features.
Residential Cleaning : Without doubt the most popular type of cleaning is residential one. It’s also referred to as maid service or janitorial service. This type of cleaning includes the general housework that every home requires, as well as tidying up, clearance and spot treating. Residential cleaning includes sanitizing of bathroom, kitchen and toilet, cleaning up the bedrooms and the living room, taking out the rubbish and dusting, vacuuming and mopping. It’s not hard to start a residential cleaning business and it can even be started from home. It requires a minimum startup investment and hiring cleaners is easy, because the cleaning techniques are quite basic. Residential cleaning also includes end of tenancy cleaning, as well as post-renovation cleaning services. The wide range of services makes this quite a profitable business which can be expanded with various additional services.
Commercial Cleaning : Another rewarding business, which includes cleaning of offices and business buildings and premises. This business is quite beneficial for business owners in the big city. The service is usually done after the working hours, at night or at weekends and it involves general housekeeping duties of the office premises. Since many offices nowadays have kitchens and some even have showers, the cleaning companies combine residential and commercial services, thus offering a full package of services. The services are scheduled according to the preferences of the manager or the business owner so there is no interruption of the working process. When it comes to office buildings, the landlord can choose the cleaning services and work out a contract which is equal for each business in the building. Another option is for each business to hire its own cleaning service. Usually a separate company is hired for the window cleaning of high-rise office buildings – this is a more perilous task which is not done on a weekly basis and requires special equipment and trained cleaners.
Carpet Cleaning : Professional carpet cleaning services ensure the proper treatment, deodorizing and sanitation of the carpets in commercial and residential buildings. These companies have the right expertise, machines and products that are required for the job.
Steam cleaning : Steam cleaning is a method which gives great results and can turn a dirty carpet or upholstery furniture into a great looking one. Steam cleaning machines are used by professional cleaners who know how to treat the specific surface. One of the best machines for carpet cleaning, for example, is the heated carpet extractor. Click here to sign up for our newsletter!
Where does a clean facility fit in the overall plan of running an effective business? According to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health & Safety, there are many benefits to keeping a clean workplace. (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety One of the many benefits is better hygienic conditions leading to improved health, this means less absenteeism in the workplace due to sickness.
With all the benefits that come with keeping a working place clean, it does not seem to even make it into the priority list. Often it is based on how cheap it can be done rather than the quality of service. The process of acquiring cleaning services is almost the same as taking an order at a restaurant. It usually starts with someone calling asking for a quote because they are unhappy with who they are using. (Normally this is a yearly deal because the last several cleaning companies have not performed well, according to them.) Once the walkthrough is done they ask you to drop the quote off or email it. Normally they have at least 3 giving quotes. Once all the quotes are in, they are then discussed & handed over to a decision maker who then decides who to hire. Usually, the decision maker has not personally set down with the candidate to get a clear understanding of what process is used in the cleaning. They just pick and move on until the next time history repeats itself.
Cleaning the right way takes time if you are going to do it right. Some may say the quote is too high and it is not in the budget. Really the time you spend in going through the whole process of hiring a new cleaning company. As well as the time on the phone with the list of things not done and that is if you are able to speak in person to the account manager that oversees your account. Some may even have employees doing some of the things not done. Last but not least paying for a service that is not being done satisfactorily or efficiently or maybe not at all can cost you more. History repeating itself can be very frustrating!
Ways to avoid being a victim of history repeating itself:
Have all the parties involved (including the decision makers) at the onset and have a list of concerns already written out.
Have a list of priorities and what is essential.
Have the candidate provide a list of references. Do your homework and check all references.
Price should be a concern but it should not be the deciding factor if you want to have a clean business and not changing vendors on a consistent basis.
Did you know that windows create a large part of the way a building looks? They add to the visual value and are accountable for air circulation which is crucial in any building. Windows look good and aid the purpose for which they are meant for when they are clean. Therefore, it is worthwhile to wash them regularly because they build up dust and dirt very easily. You can decide to do window cleaning by yourself but when you have a lot of windows or windows that are not easy to get to, using a professional is recommended.
It is great of great consequence when contracting these companies to know the various services they offer you and the techniques they will use to clean your windows. You should inquire of the company which you employ if their services include cleaning other things like screens, window tracks, window shutters, and screen doors. You can also hire them to offer you these services. This is for the reason of getting to those hard to reach places cleaned while at the same time of getting your windows cleaned. This provides a convenient solution to other requirements you may have.
When window cleaning is done by a professional they have the experience & right chemicals to perform the job thoroughly, thus saving you time & money. If it is a place of business, spotless and sparkling windows will produce a first-class representation to your customers.
You may have trepidations of the price that companies can require. The amount of labor will establish the charge of the services. You need to receive quotations from at least 3 different companies and compare prices. This will assist you in selecting the most qualified services at the best reasonable price.
Disinfectants are used to fight against germs that can cause sickness. A disinfectant works on killing or removing the microorganisms that cause infection. General cleaners cannot remove these germs. There are three major types of disinfectants: alcohols, chlorine, and aldehydes. Isopropyl alcohol and ethanol are examples of alcohols used to disinfect surfaces. Formaldehyde is the most commonly known example of an aldehyde disinfectant. Bleach would be a chlorine disinfectant.
Disinfectants come in many varieties. There is a 2-step process in which the surface must be cleaned first and then disinfected. There is the one-step process in which the disinfectant cleans as it disinfects. At any rate for the defecting to work, it must be on the surface wet for 3 to 10 minutes. This is known as dwell time.
6 areas in the office that are among the dirtiest spots are as follows:
1. Microwave door.
2. Refrigerator door handles in the break room.
3.Break room sink faucet handles.
5.Water fountain buttons.
6.Vending machine buttons.
These places do not get the attention that bathrooms get but germs can be spread throughout the workplace when employees heat up their lunch, make coffee, or simply type on their keyboards.
It is not possible to avoid germs altogether, but according to Brad Reynolds of Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Healthy Workplace Project, diligent washing, wiping, and sanitizing can help office workers reduce their rates of cold, flu and stomach illness by up to 80%. The percentage is even higher when a good disinfectant is used in the process of cleaning.
You can protect your self when it comes to the spreading of germs by observing the following.
1.Use a hand sanitizer before & after every meeting.
2.Wash your hands several times throughout the day
3.Use disinfectant wipes on your keyboard and telephone a few times throughout the day.
From time to time we will receive a call for a quote to clean a facility. We set up the walkthrough and go over the scope of the job. In the course of the conversation, we discover that they are really unhappy with their current vendor. The problem is that all the job is not being done to a satisfactory level. Trash cans are left full, floors are not being mopped, or carpets are left not vacuumed. At any rate, they are looking for another vendor and want to make a change soon. They are looking for a solution.
After further discussion, we ask them what are their 3 most important area of concerns they have on the contract. One major concern is price and they want you to beat or match it. As the saying goes, “If we can’t learn from the past we are bound to repeat it” Is price going to be the solution or problem? The other two major concerns are almost a footnote which is quality & cleanliness.
The best thing is to consider what is the needs & priorities of those needs. There is an argument to be made to truly know what solution is best for the situation. Or you may just end up with another problem instead of a solution. Of course, the price is important and should be considered. There is a difference between competitive price and cheaper price. What you need is competitive pricing for the solution. Things you need to consider in finding the solution for your cleaning needs.
One good thing to do is create a list of what is needed and speak with the potential vendor on the procedures they use to ensure a clean office. It would be good to prioritize this list. Make sure that the company you use is insured and ask for references. Who will be your point of contact and how accessible will they be? BEWARE of low ballers that will end up being a huge problem!
·Quality Of Work
This may be hard to find out but when you speak with the references you could ask about the quality of work. Some companies showcase their work on their website with pictures and you could verify that way. Do they have any grantee’s if so what are they?
When receiving a quote, you need to get more than one quote. What you will be looking for is a pattern of average pricing. There will be some very low and some very high but there will be a pattern of a few that seem competitive and these will be the ones to consider. Whichever you decide on it is always good to bring them in one more time & go through the terms and task that will be executed.
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