What are some of the conditions affecting mental health in the UK? And how can you look after your mental well-being at work?

Today is Blue Monday, dubbed the most-bleak day in the calendar year.

This is down to a combination of factors, including January’s infamous cold and dark mornings, post-Christmas blues, and the long budget stretch after an early Christmas payday.

Not to mention the pre-existing concerns that loomed over many over the last year.

Now that the holidays have passed, and the joys of Christmas are already a distant memory, these factors compound and give us the ‘worst day in the calendar year’.


What is Blue Monday?

Blue Monday might seem like a new phenomenon.

Maybe this is the first you’ve heard of it.

But this is not the case.

A psychologist named Cliff Arnall coined the concept of Blue Monday almost 20 years ago.

In 2004, Arnall was asked by the holiday firm Sky Travel to make a scientific name for the January blues.

Due to the factors we already discussed, Blue Monday is said to always occur on the third Monday of January. Unfortunately, this means that this year, it is today.


What does Blue Monday mean for your mental health?

Whilst Blue Monday has become a popular term, mental health and suicide prevention charity Samaritans have questioned its significance in recent years.

It is more important, they say, to focus on the facts and the proven conditions that affect people at this time of year (and beyond), like Season Affective Disorder and Anxiety.


Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (or its appropriate acronym, SAD) is common and is estimated to affect around two million people in the UK.

Sometimes referred to as ‘winter depression’, SAD is a form of depression whose symptoms become more acute during winter months.

These symptoms include:

  • A persistent low mood
  • A loss of pleasure or interest in everyday activities
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Feeling lethargic during the day, sleeping for longer than usual, and finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • Craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
  • Difficulty concentrating

~ via The NHS

Though the exact causes of SAD are unknown, the main line of thinking is that it is a result of the lack of exposure to sunlight during winter months, causing lower production of melatonin and serotonin in the body and depression-like symptoms.

How to treat SAD:

As a result of these causes, there are some ways you can combat SAD this winter.

To improve your mood, exercising regularly and getting as much natural sunlight as possible will help treat SAD. Talking therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and light exposure therapy are also recommended by the NHS as treatments for SAD.

As with a lot of mental health issues, getting help is vital.

The NHS takes SAD seriously and recommends seeing a GP if you think you are experiencing symptoms and struggling to cope.

For more information on how the NHS diagnoses and treats SAD, visit their website.


Generalised Anxiety Disorder

You may be struggling this Blue Monday due to the anxieties of living in the modern age.

In 2023, there is a lot to be anxious about – and you won’t be alone if you are struggling.

There are three main types of anxiety: generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and health anxiety.

According to Mental Health UK, in the UK, over 8 million people are experiencing an anxiety disorder at any one time.

It is natural for us to feel anxious in our day-to-day lives, but when this goes beyond everyday worries and fears and becomes constant – it is classified as an anxiety disorder.

With Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), patients suffer from a long-term condition that causes them to feel anxious about multiple different situations rather than a single event.

The anxiety is often constant, and they regularly oscillate between feeling anxious about one thing to another.

Symptoms of GAD include:

  • Feeling restless or worried
  • Having trouble concentrating or sleeping
  • Dizziness or heart palpitations

~ via the NHS

Symptoms vary from person to person and can be physical and mental.

Although we do not know the direct cause of GAD, it is likely down to a combination of factors like personal history, traumatic experiences/substance abuse, genetic inheritance and long-term health conditions.

Treatments for GAD:

Similar to SAD, GAD can be treated through a combination of self-health methods and external support. Exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and going on a self-help course are all NHS-recommended.

The NHS also recommends talking therapies and certain medications, known as SSRIs.

If anxiety is going beyond everyday worries and affecting your daily life, see a GP for support and help.


How to manage your mental health in the workplace

Your mental health impacts all aspects of your life.

And if work is where you spend most of your weekdays, whether at home or in the office, knowing how to take care of your mental health at work is of the utmost importance.

Thankfully, there are handy resources to help staff at all levels work together to better overall mental health in your workplace.

From Headspace for work to online guides and training schemes, you can do a lot for your team and their mental health simply by seriously engaging with the topic and making it less of a taboo subject.

This year, Samaritans have also launched Brew Monday to combat the January blues around Blue Monday.

This initiative encourages breaking taboos around mental health and talking about mental health candidly with one another. Learn more about Brew Monday on the Samaritans website.


Is your dirty workplace making you blue?

If your workspace needs a professional and regular cleaning from the experts, think blue differently by thinking of ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services.

By contacting your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business, you benefit from over 60 years of professional and bespoke cleaning expertise from your local experts in high-quality cleaning.

No matter your organisation, we deliver, going above and beyond to ensure the highest standard of cleaning every single time.

To find out more or receive a free, no-obligation quotation on our services, call 0845 201 1184 today.

The value of using a professional cleaning service in a healthcare setting. 

Cleanliness is essential for every healthcare setting.

After all, they are tasked with protecting the health of millions of people every day.

Part of maintaining patient well-being is protecting them from bacteria that may be present in a medical treatment facility.

Therefore, regular cleaning is vital to most businesses.

However, it is essential for any healthcare setting, whether a small medical centre or a large hospital.

Working with professional janitorial providers, especially one focused on meeting environmental cleaning standards, can benefit employees and patients alike.

Our patient-centred healthcare cleaning programs are designed to help your business achieve three critical goals.


1. Meeting environmental cleaning standards

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and Care Quality Commission mandate that healthcare settings in the UK follow specific healthcare cleaning standards.

Healthcare businesses that fail to comply may be subject to fines and even closure.

Facilities not prioritising compliance may become liable should patients or employees suffer serious health issues because of an unclean setting.

Before hiring a commercial cleaner for your facility, ensure its procedures are based on regulatory requirements to provide adequate, patient-centred cleaning to help you pass your next CQC audit.


2. Maintaining a professional appearance

A messy and unsanitary healthcare business is unlikely to be profitable.

Patients will not want to return to medical settings that are not professionally maintained.

As such, healthcare businesses should keep the medical side of their offices disinfected and thoroughly clean the public areas.

Mess like:

  • Dirty seat cushions in the waiting room
  • Filled waste cans
  • Visible dirt or grime on floors and furnishings

Suggests that the facility does not take the responsibility of maintaining a safe, healthy environment seriously.

To maintain a professional medical setting, routine cleaning is essential.

Whether a busy outpatient facility or a small practice, professional environmental cleaning services ensure your patients’ expectations are always met or exceeded.


3. Keeping staff and employees safe

Healthcare facilities depend on skilled employees with extensive training and qualifications.

The high cost of malpractice claims means these professionals are unlikely to use a healthcare business that doesn’t meet environmental cleaning standards.

Strict cleaning standards can also help improve the work environment and increase worker productivity and satisfaction.

Healthcare workers come into contact with countless germs.

That’s where professional healthcare cleaning services help protect staff and patients from infections.

When choosing a cleaning service, select a provider committed to meeting the standards and expectations for healthcare environments.


Need a new cleaner?

With over 60+ years of experience as a world leader in healthcare cleaning, ServiceMaster Clean routinely update our practices to follow relevant laws and standards recommended by industry regulators.

To see how we could help you keep your staff and patients safe, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business today for a free quote and learn more about our services.

Would you pass your next CQC audit?

As a care provider, be it a GP Surgery, dentist, care home or private clinic, it is essential that you maintain stringent hygiene standards.

Maintaining a clean environment:

  • Ensures patient and staff safety
  • Prevents and controls infections
  • Reassures patients

But following the update to the UK government’s National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness, care providers must ensure they adhere to specific criteria regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC is an independent regulatory body operating throughout the UK that monitors, inspects, and regulates health and social care providers.

New frameworks – CQC Key Questions and Quality Statements

The new framework employed by the CQC ensures that care providers adhere to standards across five key areas:

  1. Safety
  2. Effectiveness
  3. Care
  4. Responsivity
  5. Leadership

These are known as quality statements. Which the CQC defines as “the commitments that providers, commissioners, and system leaders should live up to.”

To ensure your premises meets safety standards, they must be clean, well-maintained and hygienic.

How to pass your next CQC audit with flying colours

At ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, we have:

  • Years of experience in the CQC market
  • Industry-leading specialist technology to clean spaces and equipment
  • Solutions and support with the paperwork required for audits

So, you can trust ServiceMaster Clean to keep your premises safe, CQC compliant, and looking good.

With ServiceMaster Clean, you’re in safe hands.

And we’ll make it work for you.

We know it’s never a one-service-suits-all, so we work closely with your teams to understand how you use your space.

We’ll also consider feedback from previous audits, tailoring our services package to fit you.

For:

  • Defined cleaning specifications
  • Flexible hours (to suit your practice)
  • A trusted, nationwide brand
  • Industry-leading technologies to help tackle specialist cleaning requirements
  • Dedicated management and regular site visits/ audits
  • Safe and systemised cleaning
  • Quick response and callouts
  • A team you can trust

Trust ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services to pass your next CQC audit with flying colours.

Are you worried about your next audit?

Don’t let stress about an audit impact your people or services.

Trust the professionals.

For specialist CQC-compliant cleaning trusted to deliver every time, call 0845 201 1184 or find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business today.

With employees back in the office, how do you maintain your floors?

We might not think about our floors bearing the brunt of the UK’s changeable temperatures.

But, just like you, your commercial property also feels the chill of winter and highs of summer – particularly the flooring.

Luckily, the experts at ServiceMaster Clean are here with a guide to making your commercial floor maintenance easy.

Hard Surfaces

Many types of tile and hardwood commercial floors can require slightly different cleaning techniques.

However, you should always refer to your flooring manufacturer’s manual and test cleaning solutions in a small, inconspicuous area before starting to avoid costly damages.

When cleaning hardwood floors:

  • Sweep away visible debris to remove larger particles from the surface.
  • Use a semi-acidic floor cleaner or mix vinegar with water to neutralise and dissolve any remaining salt residue.
  • Refer to product instructions for dilution ratios.
  • Once the salt residue is suspended in the cleaner, use a mop to absorb the liquid.
  • If your floor’s finish has been damaged, use a stripper solution to remove it.
  • Apply the solution and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Add more as needed.
  • Refer to the specific stripping product’s label for exact instructions.

Safety Tip: Use floor fans and open windows to improve ventilation when working with harsh chemicals.

  • Use a scrubber to agitate the surface and strip the remaining finish.
  • Mop the floor with clean water to remove lingering chemicals from the cleaner and stripping solution.
  • Let the floor dry completely.
  • Apply two coats of sealing and a few fresh coats of finish for a floor that looks as good as new.

Soft Surfaces

Soft surfaces are equally affected by salt, mud, and melting snow or ice – if not more so.

The salt residue will leave a characteristic white and powdery residue on carpet surfaces, while chemicals can soak deep into the fibres and padding.

If water damage goes untreated, mould and mildew can grow and spread, leading to long-term issues.

How to Clean Commercial Carpets

Add absorbent doormats, umbrella stands and coat racks to your building’s entrance to reduce the amount of water that can reach your carpeted areas during the winter.

In warmer weather, follow these steps to clean your carpets.

  • Vacuum visible dirt particles and debris.
  • Use water and a residue-removing cleaning solution.
  • Let the solution soak into the carpet for approximately 15 minutes. Refer to the specific product for dilution ratios.
  • Use a wet vacuum to remove the solution, oils and dissolved residue.
  • Rinse with clean water and suction it out with a wet vacuum. You may find that you need to repeat steps 2-4 depending on the amount of damage.
  • Use carpet fans to dry the floor.

Need your premises cleaned to a high standard?

The time, energy, and heavy equipment required to clean commercial carpets can burden any business owner.

If you need carpet cleaning or hard floor maintenance, let the experts at ServiceMaster Clean do the work by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or calling 0845 201 1184.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re discussing how to manage anxiety in the workplace. 

This week, people and businesses worldwide are marking Mental Health Awareness Week.

But what is it? How do you get involved? Why is it focusing on anxiety? And how can you include your workplace?

What is Mental Health Awareness Week?

Mental Health Awareness Week is an initiative from the Mental Health Foundation, which was formed in 1949 and has since become the UK’s leading mental health charity.

Their mission statement envisions…

“A world with good mental health for all. With prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.”

“We will drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk.”

Mental Health Awareness Week has been a long-running initiative of the Mental Health Foundation, focusing on a varying theme annually to highlight different aspects of mental health each year.

The first Mental Health Awareness Week was observed in 2001 and centred on the theme of ‘Friendship and Mental Health’.

It has since focused on issues like loneliness, stress, mindfulness, ‘nature and the environment’, ‘women and mental health’, and kindness – to name a few.

This year the theme is anxiety.

Anxiety in the modern world

In 2023, there is a lot to be anxious about – and you wouldn’t be alone if you are struggling.

According to Mental Health UK, in the UK, over 8 million people are experiencing an anxiety disorder at any one time.

There are three main types of anxiety; generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, and health anxiety.

Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, be they personal or professional.

The problem arises when these become too much to manage.

The Mental Health Foundation hopes that:

“Focusing on anxiety for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people’s awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem.”

“We will keep up the pressure to demand change – making sure that improving mental health is a key priority for the government and society as a whole.”

Managing anxiety in the workplace

Whether you’re working at home or in the office, knowing how to take care of your mental health at work is of the utmost importance.

Thankfully, there are lots of handy resources to help staff at all levels work together to better overall mental health in your workplace.

From Headspace for work to online guides and training schemes, you can do a lot for your team and their mental health simply by seriously engaging with the topic and making it less of a taboo subject.

The Mental Health Foundation also advise steps for coping with anxiety – many of which can be applied during work hours.

These include:

  1.  Focus on your breathing: To help you ground yourself and control anxious thoughts. Using the 4-7-8 breathing technique has been proven to be effective here. This means breathing in through your nose for 4 counts, then holding it for seven and exhaling through your mouth for eight counts.
  2. Exercise: Gentle exercises like yoga, walking, jogging or swimming can greatly quell anxiety. Try and find ways throughout the work day to keep moving – even a little.
  3. Keep a diary: To get a better understanding of your anxieties and stop them from taking over your mind by putting them down on paper.
  4. Challenge your thoughts: To avoid rumination worsening your anxiety, try to combat your anxious thoughts by challenging them. Think, is what you’re worried about likely to happen? Has this or a similar situation worked out amicably before
  5. Spend time in nature: Being out in nature can provide a huge boost to your mental health. Does your workplace have an outdoor space where you can eat your lunch or take breaks? Try spending some time outdoors to alleviate anxiety at work.
  6. Connect with people around you: Talk to your coworkers, managers or someone else in your life about worries in your life. Sharing your anxieties can help you feel less isolated and overwhelmed.
  7. Stay healthy: Getting enough sleep and maintaining a balanced diet can help with anxiety regulate your blood sugar and gives you the energy you need to live well.
  8. Maintain a clean environment: A dirty workspace can greatly impact both your productivity and mental health. Try and keep your desk and workspaces cluttered and hygienic to aid anxiety and stress.

Dirty workplace making you anxious?

If your workspace needs a professional and regular cleaning from the experts, think ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services.

By getting in touch with your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business, you benefit from over 60 years of professional and bespoke cleaning expertise from your local experts in high-quality cleaning.

No matter your organisation, we deliver, going above and beyond to ensure the highest standard of cleaning every single time.

To find out more or receive a free, no-obligation quotation on our services, call 0845 201 1184 today.

And for resources and ways to get involved with this year’s Mental Health Awareness week, discover ways to take part today.

How dust negatively impacts your warehouse facility.

At a warehouse facility, one common issue you may face is dust.

You are not alone.

For warehouse facilities, this is an occupational hazard and an ongoing battle.

Made up of particles from differing sources, dust naturally builds up in areas where items are undisturbed for an extended period.

It is also tricky to manage, as it is easily spread through the air and settles wherever it has space.

But what are the main issues that dust brings? And how can you combat it?

Health risks

The primary dust-related concern for any workplace is worker health.

These can be minor, like exposing your staff to breathing irritations.

But it could also lead to severe issues and illnesses.

According to guidance from the World Health Organisation:

“Airborne dusts are associated with classical widespread occupational lung diseases such as the pneumoconioses, as well as systemic intoxications such as lead poisoning, especially at higher levels of exposure.

A lot of these pertain to chemical and mineral dust, but as discussed by the WHO, “There is also increasing interest in other dust-related diseases, such as cancer, asthma, allergic alveolitis and irritation, as well as a whole range of non-respiratory illnesses, which may occur at much lower exposure levels.”

It has even been observed that long-term exposure to the types of dust that can commonly be found in commercial premises and warehouses has been linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is a group of lung conditions that cause breathing problems like emphysema and bronchitis.

Negative impressions

One of the most common causes of dust in warehouse facilities in transit.

Dust is easily transferred from place to place on pallets, doors, and goods so can arrive at a facility covered.

When distributing goods, even if they don’t come from your warehouse, dust can leave a negative impression of your services and may impact your business.

Dust is unavoidable but should be combatted as much as possible to avoid leaving clients with a negative impression of you.

By implementing proper cleaning procedures at your warehouse, you avoid negative connotations and health risks from dust – benefitting you and your staff.

Need a warehouse cleaning service?

Combatting dust in your warehouse can be a difficult and time all-consuming struggle.

Regular cleaning from your local experts can eliminate the danger of dust in your warehouse by ensuring you stay on top of dust.

At ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, we work with you to provide regular, bespoke and expert cleaning services as often as you need us.

Through frequent auditing, we ensure to go above and beyond to match and, where possible, exceed your expectations.

With over 60 years of expertise as leaders in the cleaning industry, our local experts are equipped with the right tools and expertise to deliver the best possible standard of cleaning for your facility every time.

Whether using bespoke equipment to clean hard-to-reach areas or ensuring your workspaces are well-maintained and hygienic, at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, we fight the battles so that you can win the war on dust once and for all.

To learn more, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business or call 0845 201 1184 for a free, no-obligation quote on our services today.

Best practices to keep your operating room safe and sterile.

At any medical facility, patient safety is a top priority. So, operating rooms must be kept sterile to keep them safe throughout any procedure. While you’re undoubtedly aware of the importance of cleaning the operating room before and after every surgery, your cleaning checklist might overlook some areas that can harbour dirt, dust and pathogens.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we have over 60 years of experience as a leader in the cleaning industry, so we know the importance of proper and professional healthcare cleaning. We also know how difficult it can be to maintain this environment on top of everything else you have to do in any medical facility, especially amidst the ongoing stream of patients. That’s why we’ve put together this list of five common trouble spots that we’ve observed when cleaning operating rooms, that are important to keep in mind to help reduce the risk of infection.

  1. Behind Equipment and Furnishings

You probably wipe down used equipment and furnishings like tables, carts, and stools after surgery to rid them of germs. However, it’s also important to move these items so that you can clean underneath and behind them too. When cleaning your operating room, make sure you pull furniture and equipment away from the wall so that you can sweep and mop behind these items. Dust and debris also often collect in corners and underneath equipment, where they can harbour infectious agents. Take the time to thoroughly clean behind these items to eliminate build-up that would reduce the sterility of your operating environment.

  1. Floors

Surfaces like the operating table might seem like the most germ-prone spots in your operating room, but the floors aren’t far behind. Bodily fluids and other substances can land on the floor during surgery, requiring a prompt clean-up. There are approved methods and cleaning standards that any healthcare facility in the UK must follow, as set out by The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA). This includes cleaning bodily fluids or blood from the floor. At ServiceMaster Clean, we are constantly updating our policies, practices and standards in line with these standards. Through regular audits, we also make sure that the right channels stay open between our staff and clients so that the facilities under our care maintain the best standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

  1. Ceilings

It would be easy to assume the ceiling in your operating room is always going to stay untouched and spotless. However, ceilings can still harbour germs, dust and build-up. This accumulated debris can eventually fall, posing a serious health risk during a procedure. To mitigate this risk, you should ensure to regularly clean the ceiling (including lighting fixtures) in your operating room. The best way to do this is to use a microfibre cloth to easily wipe away any dust. You should also take the opportunity to inspect the ceiling area for any spots that require more intensive clean-up and disinfection.

  1. Cabinets

As a standard practice, you probably already wipe down the outside of the cabinets in your operating room. However, be sure not to overlook the interior, where germs can easily lurk until they are introduced into the room. (Think of how many hands reach into those cabinets during a given procedure!) Always wipe down the cabinet shelves, handles and contents to minimise the spread of harmful agents during and after an operation

  1. Biohazard Waste Bins

The biohazard waste bin in your operating room allows you to dispose of biohazard waste safely and properly. But even if your waste has been properly bagged and disposed of, the bin itself can be a hot spot for pathogens. Take the time to properly disinfect all biohazard containers and waste bins to ensure that any medical waste doesn’t spread infectious diseases around your healthcare facility.

As an industry-leading provider of patient-centred healthcare cleaning services, we know that a properly cleaned operating room is a safe operating room. By entrusting your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business with the cleaning of your medical facility, you’re given the peace of mind that every room in your facility, operating room included, is being kept at the highest possible standard of clean. And, you get the time back to focus on what matters, your patients!

Give us a call today on 0845 201 1184 for more information on our services and book a free, no-obligation quotation.

The best way to clean your warehouse

Our industry insider tips for keeping your warehouse clean and sanitary.

For those who manage a warehouse facility, it can be difficult to keep up with proper cleaning when there is so much to keep track of. However, there are myriad reasons why a clean warehouse should be your top priority. Not only will keeping a clean warehouse keep workers healthy and happy, but it also ensures the quality of your products is unaffected by potential contamination from harmful bacteria and germs – something to be particularly mindful of even now as new variants of COVID-19 are again seeing a rise in infections and deaths in the UK. If staying on top of warehouse sanitation is too much of a burden on you and your workers, regular visits from a commercial cleaning service like ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services can help. To ensure that your warehouse facility is being properly cleaned on a routine basis, we’ve put together a Sanitation Checklist that can be used for daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, and biannually warehouse upkeep.

Why is Warehouse Cleaning Essential?

While warehouses are often used to store items or products before they get shipped out, keeping them clean is critical. Proper cleaning will protect products from gathering dirt and dust, and the potential of bacteria, mould, and mildew growth in case of a leak. Routine cleaning keeps your products safe and protects your workers from bacteria, viruses, and other potential health hazards by ensuring that surfaces are properly disinfected using a hands-on application of disinfection products.

Irregular maintenance can also impact daily workflow, leaving you with less productive workers and a dirty facility. On the other hand, having a clean space to work helps boost productivity, keeps employees safe, and can lead to higher job satisfaction across the board. Make sure that your employees know how to efficiently clean their workspace. Alternatively, you could also call on the cleaning experts who can do the cleaning for you all while addressing your unique needs with the know-how needed for your specific industry.

Tips to Keep Your Warehouse Clean

  • Have a plan. Don’t let cleaning hinder the productivity of a warehouse and add it into the workflow instead. Cleaning without a plan will not address the unique cleaning needs of your warehouse and may give you a false sense of confidence that your property is clean. Knowing what areas to clean and how to do so is key.
  • Make sure cleaning supplies are always stocked. Even if you outsource the deep cleaning to the professionals, cleaning supplies like mops, brooms, etc, should always be available. This will be helpful to clean up manageable messes as they happen.
  • Have your employees be responsible for their “areas.” Assigning areas for employees to clean can help everyone stay accountable. Give them a list to check off their cleaning tasks, along with a spot to initial and date/time. For example, if your employee uses two types of heavy equipment throughout the day, have them be responsible for cleaning the machines.
  • Ensure employees know when they should report issues. All warehouse workers should know when and whom to go to when there are spills, hazards, and other conditions that need to be reported immediately. If hazardous messes aren’t taken care of right away, they can cause potential health issues for workers, affect products and even cause a loss in revenue.

Our Warehouse Cleaning Checklist

So how should you clean your warehouse? Separating lists for different tasks will help to maintain a clean and safe environment. While you most likely take the rubbish out every day, you probably don’t rotate products and clean behind the shelves daily. Having separate lists for different tasks will help you stay organised.

A daily warehouse sanitation checklist could include:

  • Sweep and mop the warehouse floor.
  • Take out the bins and recycle waste in toilets and washrooms, kitchens, and areas where products are unpackaged.
  • Clean employee toilets.
  • Wipe down all heavily trafficked areas like countertops, machinery, and doorknobs.
  • Wipe down all heavily used equipment, like forklifts.

Note: It’s also advisable to implement a “clean as you go” rule for warehouse workers to take care of new messes as they happen.

A monthly warehouse sanitation checklist could include:

  • Inspect floors throughout the warehouse.
  • Pull pallets and rotate products on shelves.
  • Clean breakroom fridges and throw away expired or uneaten food.
  • Check for leaks, mould, and mildew.
  • Wipe down windows and dust/clean blinds.
  • Clean under units and shelving.
  • Power wash walkways, steps, and landing docs.

A manager or worker in a warehouse should be able to quickly create these checklists, and more tasks can be added as the routine cleaning process is implemented.

Need a hand cleaning your commercial property?

With all types of facilities struggling to find workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, you may not find that there is enough time in the day (or in a month) to get through all the cleaning to uphold your safety and cleanliness standards. This is where a regular cleaning programme from the professionals at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services can help. With over 60 years of cleaning experience in the UK for both Private and Public Sector clients, we are best placed to utilise our expertise and work with you to put in place the most suitable cleaning services for your premises.

If you feel you aren’t properly equipped to keep up with the regular cleaning at your facilities, consider outsourcing to commercial cleaning services that can keep everything up to standard. Find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business to receive a free quote on our bespoke commercial cleaning services today.

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer

Cleaning student accommodation

How ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services can help you clean up student accommodation.

There’s a lot to think about when leaving university. Students can be unsure of their next steps, where they’re going to live next, and whether they’ll secure a job after graduation. And without parents around to clean up after them, they can also create quite a mess. It’s no wonder then, that sometimes they are happy to cut their losses and leave their rented accommodation in a state. Research conducted by EstateAgentToday suggests that “students are twice as likely as other tenants to have part of their deposit retained, with 22%, or one in five, not receiving the full amount when they leave their accommodation.”

Unfortunately, this leaves any mess they leave behind in the hands of you, the letting agent. And with other things to attend to, we know your time is better spent than cleaning up after students. Thankfully, with a deep clean from ServiceMaster Clean, you don’t have to.

With over 60 years as a leading brand in the commercial cleaning industry, we are trusted by a highly varied range of clients across the nation who trust our bespoke and professional contract cleaning service. This experience uniquely places us to work closely in partnership with housing associations and letting agents throughout the United Kingdom. By consulting with your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business, you can receive a tailored plan to suit you, whether with our deep clean and sanitation service after tenants have moved on or a regular clean of communal areas like washrooms and kitchens throughout the academic year.

By staying up to date on the newest technology like SaniMaster 6, which is regularly used in hospitals, food preparation areas, and schools as an excellent sanitisation and decontamination product. Our expert teams of technicians are continuously trained to meet any changing hygiene standards and have been working hard to keep all of our clients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic ensuring they, and all of our equipment meet the Emerging Pathogen Standard. So, whether it’s COVID-19 or ‘Fresher’s Flu’, the risk of infection is greatly reduced for your tenants.

 

If you are a student or non-student accommodation letting agent in need of a contract cleaning provider, find your local ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business to book a consultation with one of our teams today.

 

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer

Why use a contract cleaner for your medical services site?

We’ve all heard of spring cleaning. And whilst the weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, having the proper practices in place for cleaning and sterilisation of medical facilities is a must all year round.

At ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, we know how critical it is to maintain a safe, clean, and healthy environment for both patients and staff. That’s why we take a thorough approach to delivering the highest standards of cleaning every time we enter a healthcare facility. We have the proper tools and expertise to provide consistent results that address your specific needs from dental practices to medical and healthcare centres and GP practices.

Regular cleaning and sanitisation from a professional contract cleaning service can help:

  • Prevent infection
  • Increase patient satisfaction and wellbeing
  • Manage costs
  • Meet sanitation standards set out by the NPSA – These mandate the benchmark that all healthcare facilities in the UK must meet. Failure to do so may result in penalties like fines, or even closure, and means you can be legally liable for health issues in staff and patients as a result of an unclean setting.

So, before hiring a commercial cleaning provider for your facility, make sure its procedures are based on the above regulatory requirements to provide adequate, patient-centred cleaning.

How ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services can help

Following best practices and procedures provided by leading organisations in the industry like the NPSA, our cleaning and disinfecting standards have been developed to keep your environment healthy. By allowing us the opportunity to focus on your daily cleaning and disinfecting needs, you can focus on what matters most: caring for your patients. And with 60 years of cleaning experience in the UK, we have cultivated secure systems of work in cleaning and sanitation to help you ensure your patient’s experience is the right one.

Our regular cleaning services for healthcare facilities come with all the benefits of:

  • Defined Cleaning Specification
  • Monthly Cleaning Audit & Scoring
  • Proven Cleaning Methods
  • Healthcare (CQC where appropriate) Compliant Colour Coding
  • Signed Confidentiality Agreements
  • Uniformed Staff
  • Flexible Hours – so you can schedule cleans to best suit your practice
  • Regular Review Meetings – allowing you to customise your cleaning experience based on your current needs

The comprehensive and bespoke services offered by ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services are designed to cover every area of your facility to make sure that wherever they may be, your patients and staff receive are working or being cared for in a clean and healthy environment. Whether this means ensuring patients can enjoy a clean and healthy waiting room or down to the more minute cleaning processes like the sanitisation of high touch point equipment and surfaces, we provide the people, expertise and equipment to make sure you start each day with a clean slate… and everything else.

To give your medical facility the best care from regular cleaning and sterilisation services, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business today.

 

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer

Book a deep clean for Easter of your school’s floors and upholstery with ServiceMaster Clean today.

As you prepare for a well-earned break, now is the time to book a clean and sanitation of your school’s carpets and upholstery with your local ServiceMaster Clean business. You want to make sure that your staff and students return from their break over Easter in the right state of mind to learn. This will only be aided by having clean and presentable premises, which has been proven to improve mood and productivity. By scheduling a clean of your school or educational facilities’ carpet, floors and upholstery now, you can ensure that your students return to a fresh and clean school, free of stains, marks and grime when Easter is over.

With over 60 years as a leading cleaning brand, it’s no wonder that ServiceMaster Clean is trusted by schools and educational facilities across the UK to make sure they are looking their best. Our top-quality professional cleaning service includes cleaning your high traffic areas of carpet and hard flooring, curtains, rugs and upholstery to free them of marks, stains, and other wear and tear that is bound to occur over the school year.

Our cleaning technicians are also thoroughly trained to work safely and effectively during the COVID19 pandemic. Furthermore, by utilising our experience, top-notch training, and the best exclusive cleaning equipment, ServiceMaster Clean will work closely with you to ensure the standards you have for your premises are not only met but exceeded.

No matter the nature of your educational facilities, act now to schedule a professional carpet, floor, and upholstery clean from our trusted experts. To book, or simply learn more about our services, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business today.

Written By Tom Page, Digital Content Writer

With February Half-Term approaching, now is the perfect time to schedule a half term school clean of your premises with ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services.

As you prepare for a well-earned break, now is the time to book in a deep clean and sanitation of your school’s facilities with us. With infection control and proper sanitation now more important in schools than ever, utilising February half-term holiday to ensure that your school is a safe place for your students to return to is a no-brainer.

Our deep cleaning and sanitisation services will keep your premises looking shiny, new, and hygienic. Thus minimising the risk of your students returning to a space that puts them at risk of infection. At ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, we understand that keeping your students safe is your top priority, and in selecting us as your nursery, school or college cleaning service provider you are selecting a company with a tried and tested process.  

For years, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services has provided education cleaning services to educational environments that cater for pupils of all age groups and circumstances, including establishments that provide learning environments for pupils with special needsand facilities of worldwide recognition. Regardless of your establishment and situation, we will take care of it.

You can also rest assured of our safe and professional working practice. Our school cleaners are specialists in infection control. Through experience and training, we can improve hygiene levels in schools, reducing sickness and absence. We also employ a higher ratio of Managers and Supervisors compared to the industry norm, to ensure our services are maintained at a consistent level of excellence. Due to the nature of our contract services, we will also work closely with you to ensure the standards and expectations you have for your premises are met and exceeded, professionally and pain-free.

No matter the nature of your educational facilities, act now to book in a professional deep clean from experts trusted by businesses and professional premises nationwide. To learn more about our services, and how we are working to ensure safety and quality service during the COVID19 pandemic, click here. Or, you can find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business and schedule your half term school clean and sanitisation today.

 

Having a clean and tidy desk in your office can boost productivity amongst other things, here are our top 5 reasons why you should have a clean desk.

Health

The average desk can host more bacteria than a toilet seat… ew.

This is usually due to people eating at their desks and not cleaning up afterwards, so make sure you do!

Cleaning your desk by wiping it down and ensuring frequently used items such as your keyboard and mouse are cleaned and sanitised on a regular basis will help stop the spread of germs and illness to you and your employees in the office.

Boost productivity

Nobody wants a cluttered workspace, do they? It’s been proven that a cluttered workspace can have a negative impact on productivity.

By keeping your desk organised and in the same place all the time will ensure you’ve made this a habit, meaning you’ll do it without thinking, giving your brain more valuable thinking time! Therefore, being a lot more productive at work.

Don’t stress

Don’t put more stress on yourself than you need to.

Similar to affecting your productivity a cluttered and dirty desk can increase stress by making it increasingly difficult to concentrate on your current task. Just take a quick few minutes every evening before you finish to clean and tidy your desk so you arrive the next morning in a welcoming environment.

First impressions count

Keeping your desk and the rest of the office is important to give your clients or guests the best first impression of your company.

Enforce a clean desk policy in your offices to ensure a good first impression is always accomplished.

Improved security

Don’t leave your desk cluttered, you could leave client information on the desk without knowing.

Again, with a clean desk policy, this will ensure all staff keep their desk tidy and put all important documents away at the end of each day, hence improving your office security.

Hire the professionals

At ServiceMaster, we understand the importance of ensuring that your premises are clean, hygienic and safe for you, your employees, and your customers. If you think it’s time to entrust the cleaning of your workplace to a high quality and professional commercial supplier, why not get in touch with us?

Click here to find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean and learn more about our services today.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are all far more aware of the importance of good hygiene practices at work. Especially as winter starts in earnest, it’s vital to keep these up and be aware of what to do to maximise your office hygiene. This goes for the whole of your office – including washrooms, be they customer or staff toilets, or something else.

Here are some things to do in order to maintain your office washrooms:

Good hand hygiene

By now you’re probably sick of hearing about it, but with talk of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, it is important to remember to keep to high standards of hand hygiene by washing your hands or using a good hand sanitiser regularly. It’s also vital to keep stocked up on relevant cleaning supplies for this, such as soap in toilets and hand sanitiser stations throughout the office. These are high touchpoint areas, so make sure that these dispensers are cleaned regularly to avoid build-up of excess liquid and potential bacteria on the nozzles.

Use single-use disposable items

Be sure to use disposable items like paper towels instead of multi-use towels and air dryers with high touchpoints. You can also have antibacterial wipes on hand, should your customers and employees wish to wipe down any surfaces. Make sure that you have bins for these things to be disposed of safely, and that they are emptied and cleaned regularly…

Cleaning regularly

Cleaning your washrooms regularly and effectively is imperative to stopping the spread of infection. Toilets, taps, and sinks need to be cleaned frequently to avoid contamination from viruses like COVID-19 and influenza, which can survive on these surfaces for anywhere between a few hours to a number of days. Make sure this includes cleaning down everything in your washrooms, including sanitizing your cleaning supplies.

Hire a contract cleaning service

One of the many services that we offer at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services is office washroom cleaning for both staff and customer toilets, and any other washrooms that you might have on your premises. Our tried and tested six-or-seven-step programme will ensure that all of your washrooms are kept clean, hygienic and presentable – as not only are they a hotspot for germs, but they are also essential in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and other seasonal ills, and making a good impression on your clients.

To learn more about our washroom cleaning services, click here, and if you do want to trust your office cleaning to a highly qualified specialist, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean here.

Following the COVID19 pandemic, we are all aware of the necessity of keeping your premises clean and hygienic. But there are multiple other benefits to Why you should use a commercial cleaning company for your business:

Aid Employee Productivity

There are many ways that using a commercial cleaning supplier can benefit employee productivity. Primarily, a messy or unhygienic workplace is likely to have a negative impact on your employees’ motivation. Keeping your workspaces clean and tidy has been proven to improve concentration and productivity, and reduce stress and distractions.

Reduce Sickness

Even thinking beyond COVID19, ensuring that your workspaces are clean and hygienic will help reduce the number of sick days taken by your employees. Especially as we enter cold and flu season, it is vital to make sure that your workplace is cleaned regularly to protect against the spread of germs and infections. Click here to find out some ways you can protect your workplace against the spread of infection

Increased Customer Satisfaction

The importance of a first impression cannot be understated, and the cleanliness of your office can say a lot about your company. If you maintain good standards of hygiene and keep your space organised and de-cluttered, clients will be reassured that your company is prioritising the wellbeing of everybody on the premises.

Ensures Longevity of Premises

Some materials such as hair, dirt, dust, and grime can build up from a lack of cleaning and can damage expensive equipment like printers, photocopiers, or even computers – making them unusable. Investing in commercial cleaning like ServiceMaster ensures that inch of your workplace is kept in top working order and won’t fall into disrepair.

Reduces Air Pollution

It is not just diseases and germs, other airborne pollutants like dirt and dust can also build up in the air and decrease overall air quality inside the premises. This can then transfer to, and linger in furnishings like curtains, rugs, blinds, and upholstered furniture.

Higher Standard of Cleanliness

Trusting your cleaning to a professional service ensures a higher standard of cleaning, on a regular basis. High-quality cleaning is what we do, we have all of the right tools for the job and can guarantee a better class of clean.

Money-Saving

Using our professional cleaners and their equipment also means that you won’t have to pay extra money from your pockets to buy cleaning supplies or pay for an internal team of workers. This means you won’t need to worry about things like sick pay or holiday for your cleaners. Trusting us ensures that no matter what, your cleaning is handled to the same standard, year-round.

At ServiceMaster, we understand the importance of ensuring that your premises are clean, hygienic and safe for you, your employees, and your customers. If you think it’s time to entrust the cleaning of your workplace to a high quality and professional commercial supplier, why not get in touch with us?

Click here to find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean and learn more about our services today.

How to minimise illnesses this winter by maintaining a clean and hygienic workplace. 

As the nights draw in and the winter months approach; as does regular cold and flu season. This is always a big concern for businesses across the globe, and due to a more vulnerable population through an overall lack of immunity to the flu, public health officials are preparing for an especially harsh winter.

During this time, it’s important to remain vigilant in protecting your workplace from the spread of diseases by continuing the good hygiene practices that most have fallen into during the pandemic. Whilst these will help to minimise staff sickness and absences, they can only do so much. Therefore, it is also important to take the necessary steps to keep your staff and workplace safe. This includes:

  • Staying home if you are feeling ill

Pre-COVID, most office-workers in the UK would likely admit to being guilty of maintaining a ‘stiff upper-lip’ and going into work despite a sniffle and a cough. And whilst the recent easing of government restrictions may make it feel safe to slip back into old habits, public health officials are urging people to steer clear of the workplace if they fall ill this winter, whether with COVID19 or something else.

  • Routinely cleaning surfaces

COVID19 and other viruses like the flu can potentially survive on surfaces for some time, ranging from a few hours, to a number of days. Luckily, both COVID and the influenza virus are fairly fragile. This means that typical cleaning and disinfecting practices should be enough to kill them, provided that this is done regularly.

  • Regularly disinfecting high-touch point areas

COVID19 and the flu can both be spread through touch, so be sure to be vigilant in cleaning any surfaces or objects in your office that are frequently come into contact with – such as desks, keyboards, chair arms, phones, door handles, taps, or bannisters. These areas should be cleaned up to three or four times a day if possible, depending on the busyness of your workplace.

  • Regularly removing waste

It may seem obvious, but you should be emptying and sanitising your bins and wastebaskets daily to get rid of items like tissues that can harbour bacteria and germs.

  • Vacuuming and cleaning carpets

Deep cleaning or vacuuming your carpets regularly helps reduce the spread of germs and also improves the indoor air quality in your office. This is especially important when dealing with airborne pathogens like COVID and influenza. You could also help this by clearing out your air-conditioning/heating systems.

If these practices feel difficult to maintain by yourself, why not get in touch with us and use ServiceMaster Clean for a regular and high quality office cleaning service? Trust us to help you get ready for winter this year, and keep your premises germ and virus free by letting us handle all your commercial janitorial needs.

Click here to find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean and learn more about our services today.

 

Another blog post you may be interested in reading is on promoting good hygiene in the workplace

Employee productivity is a key element in any company’s success. Hard work, motivation and focus all play a part in creating efficient and productive workers. This productivity starts with a clean, tidy space to get work done.

A clean work environment can make a world of difference in worker productivity.

Here are 5 ways good commercial cleaning services can help keep your employees productive from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean.

1. Employees Will Have Fewer Sick Days

Regularly scheduled office cleanings are vital to keeping you and your staff healthy in the workplace. Regular cleaning helps to eliminate the viruses from frequently touched items in high-traffic areas, like a facility or workplace. This helps decrease the risk of spreading viruses among employees.

If the office stays clean, your staff can stay on track to building a successful business without having to take time off for avoidable illnesses.

Professional commercial cleaning services include proven processes to ensure that all areas at high risk for contamination get cleaned regularly, that way, your staff can stay focused, on task and present for every scheduled shift.

2. Employees Will Be Less Distracted

As a business owner, you know that time is money. At the end of the day, you hire your employees to do their specific tasks, not to spend valuable time tidying and cleaning around the office.

Remember, a cluttered workspace creates a cluttered mind.

With rubbish bins overflowing, dust everywhere and dirty or disorganised desks, it can be hard to concentrate on getting daily tasks. Your employee’s minds may wander, or they’ll take time to clean up the mess themselves instead of doing their job. Luckily, our janitorial services ensure a consistently clean work environment so your staff can focus and perform their jobs to the best of their ability.

3. Employees May Feel Happier

In addition to creating a healthier office, a clean work environment makes for a happier office. With dust-free desks and cleaner air, your employees will feel better about coming into work, rather than showing up to a dirty office. When you start using professional cleaning services to keep your work environment clean, check in with your employees to determine if their moods and perception about work has improved.

4. Employees Will Spend More Time Working

According to research, when a building is cleaned for health standards as opposed to just making it look presentable, occupants get more work done and generally do a better job. Outsourcing your cleaning services helps ensure that your building is cleaned the right way in order to minimise the spread of illness and infections. Commercial cleaning services also give your employees more time to work on their assignments, rather than spending their working hours cleaning or sanitising their areas and shares spaces.

5. You’ll Save Money

While our commercial cleaning services can help keep your facility healthy, clean and organised, they also help your company save money. Outsourcing cleaning services can help you streamline your expenses since you only pay for services when you need them. You also won’t have to worry about having extra employees on your payroll that require salaries, bonuses and other benefits.

Are you ready to increase productivity in your workplace? We’d love to help, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean and contact us today. We’ll work with you to create a customised cleaning program that meets your business’s specific needs and schedule.

Today’s businesses have options for reducing their energy bills and adopting more environmentally friendly practices at the same time. Even small changes can add up to cost savings when your business chooses to invest in energy-efficient initiatives. From switching to LED bulbs (and switching them off when not in use) to cleaning the vents to allow smoother airflow, the following measures will help your business save on operating costs:

Use The Off Switch

Businesses that want to save on energy costs must train employees to use the off switch whenever possible. Turn off lights, copying machines, computers, printers, and other electronics whenever they aren’t in use. In busy offices, it’s not always possible to shut down computers, but leaving them on overnight when no one is using them doesn’t make fiscal sense. Instead, look for energy efficient electronics and office equipment so you can use power management features and sleep modes when turning equipment off isn’t an option.

Switch To LED Light Bulbs

Many businesses can also save money on energy costs over time by switching from traditional incandescent bulbs to light-emitting diode (LED) or fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs may cost more upfront, but they last far longer than traditional bulbs and require less energy to operate. You can also install motion lighting to reduce energy costs while maintaining optimum lighting in less busy areas.

Use Ceiling Fans And Window Screens

If you can refrain from using your air conditioning system on cooler days, you’re naturally going to cut down on your energy bills. Businesses can often save on cooling costs by simply using ceiling fans. Ceiling fans that rotate in a counter-clockwise direction keep cool air circulating, so you may be able to adjust your thermostat a few degrees higher and still stay cool. When winter rolls around, adjust your ceiling fans to rotate in a clockwise direction so they push warm air downward to help combat the chilly temperatures. You may also be able to lower your thermostat and save on winter heating costs with this simple yet effective trick.

Install A Smart Thermostat

One of the most convenient ways to save on electricity bills and other energy costs is to equip your business with a smart thermostat. Like motion-detecting lights, a smart thermostat offers specific features to limit energy consumption during off-peak hours. When employees leave for the day, your smart thermostat can adjust accordingly. Smart thermostats take the hassle out of climate control so you can focus on more urgent day-to-day operations.

Invest In An Energy Audit

Some of today’s businesses invest in energy audits to figure out just how much energy they may be wasting. An energy audit can be a great way to start building your energy-conservation plan because these audits are designed to identify specific focus areas for more effective energy management.

Finally, don’t forget to implement routine training to encourage your employees to adopt energy-efficient practices.

It’s the start of British Summer Time, we are starting to ease out of lockdown, as more people return to the office, is it time for a proper refresh

Good hygiene is still one of the most important factors when it comes to fighting viruses and bacteria. Keeping your workplace hygienic is much easier if it is kept clean and keeping your office clean is easier if it is kept tidy.

So here are our top tips for keeping your workplace clean & hygienic this summer.

1. De-clutter

Keep items on your desk to a minimum

The more you have on your desk, the more items there are to touch and transfer germs, keeping items down to a minimum means, there are less items to clean or to move and clean under.

File your documents

Having an effective filing system within your workspace is important to keep the clutter to a minimum. Use an in and out stacked tray system, however, don’t let this pile up too much as this will cause more desk clutter.

File away the completed documents in your company’s filing area, or if the paper is not needed, throw it in the recycling bin!

Have a home for everything

Having a home for everything like a pen pot and paper trays and popping personal items into drawers will all contribute towards a decluttered workspace.

Useful things should be in reach

Make sure all of the items you need are in an arm’s reach to where you are sitting, so, one you are not stretching and straining yourself and two so you are not knocking drinks or other items on your desk.

2. Keep it clean

Keep your tidy desk clean

At the end of each day, tidy your desk, put items like coffee cups in the kitchen and papers where they should be filed and give it a good clean with a suitable cleaning cloth and spray.

3. Professional cleaning

Get the professionals in for a thorough clean on a regular basis

To make sure your cleaning is up to scratch, consider a professional cleaning company to ensure all surfaces are properly cleaned on a regular basis. The frequency will depend on how heavily the office is used, how many people are in and out and personal choice. A good cleaning company will be able to advise you on a suitable amount of time and frequency required to properly clean the area.

High Touch point cleaning

Extra care should be taken to high touch point areas such as door handles, stair rails, chair arms & desks among others. These items should be cleaned thoroughly and frequently to reduce spread of bacteria and viruses from contact.

4. Hand washing & good personal hygiene

Encourage good hand washing

Encourage all staff to maintain good hand washing and personal hygiene within the work place. At the end of the day viruses are spread from person to person, either directly or indirectly, ensuring everyone that come into your premises follows the recommended guidelines, will help reduce the spread of any virus or bacteria.

Allow staff suitable access to hand washing supplies, hot water and soap is best alternatively, ensure there is supply of a suitable hand sanitiser.

If you are not completely happy with your current commercial cleaning provider or perhaps are looking to outsource for the first time, find your local ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services here.

 

A regular schedule of cleaning and disinfection is crucial for protecting employees, customers, patients, and visitors. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the face of other dangerous pathogens, maintaining constant disinfection is more important than ever. Maintaining this disinfection in between major cleanings can help protect your business from potential outbreaks caused by these dangerous pathogens.

Benefits Of Regular Cleaning And Disinfection

A professional cleaning and disinfection treatment isn’t a one-time thing. It may be tempting to think of professional cleaning as a chance to “catch up” to a place where your own employees can take over. The truth is that you get the most mileage out of regular professional cleaning and disinfection long term.

  • You protect yourself from compliance issues. Professional cleaners stay up to date on the latest government guidelines, because it’s their job to do so. If you want to ensure compliance, hiring experts is the simplest way to do so.
  • You get a more thorough cleaning. Trained professionals know how to keep a work environment safe and know where viruses are likely to thrive. They know where to pay extra attention and know which cleaners are approved by the HSE to tackle which pathogens. They know how long to leave a disinfecting agent on a surface for complete disinfection.
  • You benefit from professional-grade equipment and training. To reduce the spread of dangerous pathogens and protect the health of others, cleaning professionals use HSE-approved disinfectants and the training that ensures appropriate, thorough disinfection for the business you own.
  • You can get long-term disinfectant protection between cleanings. SaniMaster disinfection services may include an antimicrobial barrier that lasts up to 90 days to help fight bacteria, mould, and fungi. This barrier provides extended surface disinfection protection as part of our preventive disinfection services to provide peace of mind for your business.

Routine professional cleaning and disinfection from trained, well-equipped experts can provide long-term cleanliness and peace of mind in any situation where you’re worried about infectious diseases taking root and spreading. It’s a great way to keep your facility functioning without breaking the bank on stockpiling cleaning equipment or educating staff in combating each of the unique pathogens that can spread in a healthcare environment.

The Importance Of Disinfecting Surfaces

Beyond just regular cleaning and disinfection, keeping certain high-touch and at-risk surfaces disinfected on an ongoing basis is key. Simple, quick wipe-downs with soap and/or with surface disinfectants can help you maintain a safe and healthy environment. In addition to protecting staff and patients, frequent disinfecting can:

  • Fight against antibiotic-resistant (AR) pathogens by taking regular action to completely wipe them out.
  • Help remove pathogens from surfaces that may come into contact with bodily fluids
  • Help combat long-lasting pathogens, including AR pathogens and HAIs that can linger on surfaces for days or even months.
  • Help kill and/or remove pathogens from surfaces that are often neglected in casual cleanings, such as floors and walls.
  • Allows onsite cleaning staff to focus on emergencies and simplifies the regular cleaning process, without having them shoulder the burden (timewise or materially) of disinfection for the entire facility.
  • Even “noncritical” surfaces that aren’t frequently touched can become a factor in the cross-transmission of diseases.

Disinfection Guidelines To Follow Between Cleanings

As important as it is to regularly clean and disinfect your place of work, there are also many steps between cleanings that you can take to make sure that you’re keeping your workplace as sanitary as possible.

  • Have employees wash their hands regularly, for the full recommended 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitiser before or after interacting with customers or clients, when handwashing is not immediately available. Hand sanitisers should be at least 60% alcohol.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch areas and items such as computers, phones, desktops, testing equipment, touchscreens, tables, and more.
  • Make sure that personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn properly. This includes wearing masks over both the nose and the mouth, as well as disposing of masks, gloves, and gowns properly as required.
  • Take advantage of a protective antimicrobial barrier that can help combat bacteria, fungi, and mould.
  • Be mindful of how often you replace your cleaning cloth, so that your disinfection attempts don’t become a vector for cross-contamination.

Rely On A Trusted Disinfection Company To Support Your Business’s Health

Having experts clean, disinfect, and protect your business from pathogens is the best way to ensure thorough, rigorous, regular protection. From training and education to target problem areas to the gear and cleaning agents necessary to tackle pathogens, ServiceMaster Clean couples short-term emergency disinfection with long-term preventive care.

Protecting your employees and clients from pathogens (and helping to protect your own reputation) can be as simple as calling the nearest ServiceMaster Clean location. Placing your trust in a cleaning and disinfection company lets you rest easy. You can be assured that your partner in cleaning has the knowledge and experience needed to help protect the health of your customers and employees. Learn more about our disinfection services and how our COVID-19 cleaning services can help your business be prepared to reopen.