At work, you may be exposed to a number of germs, especially when flu season rolls around and keeping your offices clean during flu season is important for you and your staff. Sick coworkers likely touch a variety of surfaces on their way in and out of the office, including shared spaces like the kitchen, bathrooms and conference rooms. Their germs can linger on tables, office equipment, door handles and other surfaces for significant periods of time, putting you and other staff members at risk of getting sick.

Plus with COVID-19 still about, if any symptoms occur, ensure you test yourself with a lateral flow test or a PCR test.

Luckily, there are some things you can do to help prevent getting sick with the flu or spreading germs, find out three cold and flu prevention tips from the professionals at ServiceMaster Clean.

Washing your hands

Washing your hands regularly is one of the best ways to prevent getting sick year-round. In the winter months when viruses can remain active longer due to colder temperatures, proper handwashing becomes more important. Use these tips to wash your hands correctly:

  • Wash your hands regularly throughout the day with warm water and soap for minimum 20 seconds each time
  • Dry your hands thoroughly with disposable towels
  • Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, as these spaces are havens for germs
  • Wash your hands after coming into contact with any bodily fluid, this includes your own.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser when soap and water are not available. Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with you at your desk or in your personal bag or purse.

Cough Etiquette

Coughing is something we all do, and you don’t have to be noticeably sick to cough here and there throughout the day, but using proper techniques when you cough can help alleviate the spread of germs. Teach your staff members these tips to help remind them to cover their cough at work:

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you’re coughing, if possible.
  • Dispose of tissues immediately in a nearby wastebasket.
  • Cover your mouth with your hands or cough into the crook of your arm when you don’t have access to tissue.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing.

Keeping Your Offices Clean During Flu Season

A clean workspace can help keep germs to a minimum and potentially even increase worker productivity, especially if frequently touched items and surfaces like keyboards, doorknobs and phones are disinfected regularly. Help reduce the number of germs in your office throughout the day by enforcing these cleaning steps:

  • Clean and disinfect daily by wiping down high-touch surfaces with disinfectant wipes or low-level disinfectant products to help kill germs in shared spaces as well as your own work area
  • Stock up on supplies, by making sure your office has an adequate amount of tissues, paper towels, soap, hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes to keep the office clean every day.
  • Allow sick employees to go home. If an employee starts feeling sick at work, let them go home before they have an opportunity to infect the staff around them.

Keep in mind that if your employees show cold or flu symptoms throughout the year, including fever, muscle aches, fatigue and bouts of coughing, ask them if they begin feeling better when they spend time away from the office.

Along with having your staff take an active role in cleaning throughout the day, a janitorial crew can help reduce the number of germs and infections lurking in your office. If you need help keeping cold and flu symptoms to a minimum while you’re at work, call on the experts at ServiceMaster Clean. Our commercial janitorial services can help keep your office clean and healthy. We’ll even work with you to create a detailed, comprehensive cleaning regimen that meets your facility’s unique needs and schedule. Contact us today to find out how we can help your business.

 

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As lockdown measures have been eased and the country tries to get back to some kind of normality, it is just as important as ever to ensure a clean, hygienic and safe environment for yourself, your employees, your customers, your pupils, your patients or whoever comes into your building.

We have been living with COVID-19 for almost a year and a half now, longer than a lot thought and it does not look like it’s going away any time soon. In fact, it is highly likely that it will never go away and that we will have to find a way to live with it.

This means that businesses have had to change the way that they operate to accommodate the ‘new normal’. Including the cleaning, here are some pointers to help you maintain good cleaning standards…

Revisiting Cleaning Regimes

Are the current cleaning regimes, thorough and regular enough to ensure that premises are as clean and hygienic as possible?

The last thing that any business would want, is for an employee or a customer to potentially contract something after visiting their premises.

Many businesses are now choosing to outsource cleaning to professionals for both deep cleans ahead of reopening and ongoing, daily cleaning to ensure of a clean and hygienic environment.Products & Processes Effectiveness

Check that cleaning products and processes are effective against viruses, bacteria and infections.

The manufacturer of the product or piece of equipment will also recommend the most effective way of using it. I.e. application, dwell time and other specific instructions for best use.

Employee & Customer Reassurance 

By having proper cleaning measures in place, it is reassuring for employees and customers to know that a business is doing everything that it can to ensure that the environment is clean, hygienic and safe.

Some businesses choose to have visible cleaning throughout the day for that extra peace of mind. High touch point cleaning is an excellent cleaning regime for this, ensuring the most touched places are sanitised often.

Keep on top of high touchpoint areas

Ensure your high touch point areas such as door handles, hand rails and touch plates are cleaned more frequently

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services specialise in daily and regular cleaning and can help with periodic deep cleaning and sanitisation. We can recommend solutions to suit your requirements whether for a deep clean ahead of reopening, or an ongoing regular cleaning regime.

We understand the importance of ensuring that your premises are clean, hygienic and safe for you, your employees and your customers. Our cleaning products and processes are effective against bacteria, infections and enveloped viruses.

Finding a part-time cleaner might not be something you thought would be too difficult, but with the widely publicised labour shortage across the UK, it seems that filling that part-time vacancy has become much harder of late.

According to many news outlets, the labour shortage has been fuelled by an exodus of foreign workers due to Brexit and Covid. Cleaning services have historically been heavily staffed by foreign workers and cleaning vacancies have become much harder to fill in light of this.

Across the network, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services have seen a noticeable increase in enquiries from smaller companies, to help with their cleaning provision. It was once common for smaller businesses to hire cleaning staff in-house or request for existing employees to clean during or after normal duties. This seems to be at a much lower level than in previous years.

One of the main reasons for smaller businesses now outsourcing their cleaning, is difficulty in filling a vacancy for just a couple of hours a week or night. Secondly, there is the increased recognition that professional cleaning is more important than previously acknowledged.

With Covid-19 still of high concern for business owners, customers, patients, students and patrons, a good and professional cleaning protocol is of much higher priority than before.

Outsourcing to a professional cleaning company is a simple and obvious solution. For anyone looking to ensure high cleaning standards are maintained, finding a reliable and reputable commercial cleaning company ensures that the right cleaning procedures are in place.

Outsourcing to a professional commercial cleaning company also means takes the hassle out of recruiting a cleaner for just one or two hours a week. Finding that person / people will be managed by the company you have outsourced to. They are experienced in filling these vacancies and can have staff covering multiple sites, therefore offer cleaning operatives more hours over all. Put simply offering more hours, makes the role easier to fill.

Outsourcing also enables, business owners, bursars and practice managers etc. to spend more of their time focussing on what’s important to them, while the cleaning company focus can focus on what they do best, making sure the premises are clean but importantly, hygienic too.

If you are struggling to find a cleaner for your commercial premises or need the reassurance that a professional commercial cleaning company provides, get in touch with your local ServiceMaster Clean today and let us solve your cleaning problems.

With blossom on the trees and the first flowers in bloom, spring is truly a season for renewal. As the weather warms, there’s no better time for facility managers to freshen up their buildings with a few fixes and improvements. Prepare your facility with these simple spring cleaning tips for facility managers.

Take A Good Look Around

Before the cleaning begins, pinpoint your facility’s biggest problem areas. Remember, small problems can quickly become big, expensive issues if they’re not addressed immediately. Be thorough in your examination and ask the janitorial team to take a tour of the facilities with you. Trusted experts are excellent at pointing out problems you might not have noticed otherwise.

There are several areas of a facility that are prime candidates for wear and tear. Cold temperatures, excess moisture, and salt tracked inside from the street can damage many different surfaces and materials. Pay special attention to the following trouble spots:

  • Ceilings
  • Corner guards
  • Doors and cabinets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flooring tiles
  • Light switches
  • Storage shelves
  • Tiles and grout

Commercial Spring Cleaning Tips And Tricks

Did you know that having a clean workplace can actually help increase productivity and boost morale? Take the time to spruce up your space, and welcome everyone into a sparkling office this spring. Use these three simple spring cleaning tips to cover the most important areas:

Deep clean the problem spots

With lockdown starting to ease and people getting back to work, the increased footfall is going to have a toll on flooring, it’s vital to shampoo carpets and properly clean hardwood, tile, and concrete floors before their return and on at least an annual basis.

Working with a professional janitorial team can often be the most convenient and efficient method of deep cleaning a commercial property’s floors and carpets. Winter boots bring the season’s road salt, dirt, and snow into all these spaces and can cause damage to surfaces and fixtures, and professionals can often help you identify areas in need of additional care or repair, as well.

Improve your facilities exterior

Put your best foot forward by freshening up your building’s exterior this spring. During winter, wood and cement work are particularly vulnerable to damage, especially around main entrances and other areas with heavy foot traffic. Beyond structural repairs, sweeping or spraying down exterior walkways, washing windows, and other basic commercial building maintenance can go a long way toward improving the impression your business makes on the outside world. Don’t forget to clean off and inspect your roof for damage, as well.

Test the air conditioning system

While spring may seem too early to turn on the air, we recommend testing these systems well in advance of when you need them. Once the summer’s heatwaves arrive, a faulty A/C unit is the last thing your business needs. Since these cooling systems often go unused all winter, they are susceptible to dust and dirt buildup, which could lead to lower efficiency, unpleasant smells, increased allergens, and even unit failure.

Need help implementing these tips? Contact the experts at ServiceMaster Clean to help you deep clean your facilities on a schedule and budget that works for you. Ready to handle even the toughest grime, we can polish and repair every inch of your building. Dirty carpets, cracked grout, and streaked windows are no match for our team members, because we’re never satisfied until you are. Contact us now to learn more.

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.

Natural wood worktops can absorb bad odours.

A natural method of eliminating bad smells is to rub lemon juice over wooden surfaces then leave to stand for 30 minutes.

Afterwards just rinse away with a clean damp cloth.

  1. Get an old pair of socks to clean blind slats. Use one hand with a sock to wipe dust off the slats. Swap socks, then wet the second one with hot soapy water, to intensively clean the blind. Switch socks again, turn the dry sock inside-out to dry and polish the slats.
  1. Washing blinds (plastic or aluminium) can be achieved either by washing them with soapy water in situ, then rinse afterwards or by taking them down and washing them gently in a shower or bath tub.
  1. After you have a shower, clean the grime afterwards with hot water.
  2. Use a multi-surface cleaner (with bactericidal agent) to clean and sanitise walls and grout or shower panels.
  3. To clean tile grout, make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and bleach (wear protective rubber gloves and eye protectors) – smear on with an old toothbrush then leave for 30 minutes, then rinse away.
  4. To clean shower doors – use white wine vinegar on a regular basis.
  5. Scrub shower door runners with  white toothpaste and a damp cloth.
  6. Shower heads must be cleaned and sanitised on a regular basis to prevent Legionella bacteria. Detach shower head, then place head in sanitised solution for 1 hour.