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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.

 

Dwayne Mac Innes, Sales Consultant for Leicester at ServiceMaster LNP Contract Services.

DwayneI emigrated from South Africa a year and half ago and have been with ServiceMaster for just over a year. It has been an amazing experience so far and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my life in the UK. I am employed by a fantastic company and work with the most wonderful team of people.

Now all that’s left to do is get used to experiencing all 4 seasons in one day.

We understand that selecting or changing cleaning service providers can be a difficult and stressful task, but here at ServiceMaster, we do the hard work, so you can be rest assured knowing your site is being maintained to the highest standard.

We begin by conducting a professional on-site survey and understanding your needs. We then provide a no obligation free quotation, with a fully customisable task schedule.

Thereafter, when you are happy to proceed, our highly trained Operations Team will conduct on-site training with our cleaning staff to ensure they are fully aware of their duties and the tasks that need to be completed.

We service a variety of sites across our area of operation, such as Offices, Schools, Nurseries, Factories and Warehouses, as well as specialising in CQC standard cleaning at Dentists, Surgeries and Health centres.

We also specialise in deep cleans, mechanical floor cleaning, window cleaning, power washing and graffiti removal.

To complement our service, we offer an extensive range of sanitary, hygiene and consumable products.

If you would like to give us a call on 0116 2403757, and let us show you how we can streamline and enhance your daily cleaning requirements. Or get in touch today 

Christmas and New Year have come and gone, with some employees returning to offices, and the temperatures getting lower, here is your comprehensive Guide to Floor Maintenance. 

We might not think about our floors also bearing the brunt of colder temperatures, but just like you (and your home) your commercial property also feels the chill of winter – particularly the flooring.

Luckily, the experts at ServiceMaster Clean have created this simple spring cleaning guide to make your commercial floor maintenance easy. Use these tips and step-by-step instructions to mitigate potential weather damage that winter may bring and restore your facility’s floors to their former glory.

Hard Surfaces

There are many types of tile and hardwood commercial floors that can require slightly different cleaning techniques. This is a general guide to clean and maintain most hard floors in commercial buildings. However, you should always refer to your flooring manufacturer’s manual and test cleaning solutions in a small, inconspicuous area before starting to avoid large or costly damages.

First, sweep away visible debris to remove larger particles from the floor’s surface. Then, 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 cleanly remove it. Apply the solution and let it sit for about 15 minutes and add more as needed. Refer to the specific stripping product’s label for exact instructions.

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

Use a little elbow grease and a scrubber to agitate the surface and strip the remaining finish. Then, mop up the liquid. Mop the floor again with clean water to remove any lingering chemicals from the cleaner and stripping solution. Let the floor dry completely and then 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. Salt residue will leave a characteristic white and powdery residue on carpet surfaces, while melting snow and chemicals can soak deep into the fibres, and even the padding. If winter water damage goes untreated, mould and mildew can easily grow and spread, leading to much bigger problems long term.

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. When the weather is warmer, follow these steps to give your carpets a complete clean.

  • Vacuum visible dirt particles and debris.
  • Use water and a residue-removing cleaning solution to deeply clean your carpet.

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 the wet vacuum. You may find that you need to repeat steps 2-4 depending on the amount of damage.
  • Use carpet fans to completely dry the floor.

The time, energy and heavy equipment required to effectively clean commercial carpets can be a burden for any business owner. If you need carpet cleaning or hard floor maintenance, let the experts at ServiceMaster Clean do the dirty work for you by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business here, or give us a call on 0845 201 1184.

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.

Client Problem:

This company had their own in-house cleaners for many years. The in-house cleaners could no longer work for them so the company needed to find an alternative solution before they were left without a cleaner.

They discovered we were locally based in Bradford and had checked our positive Google Reviews, then got in touch.

How we helped

Initially we spent time with the customer to identify their specific needs and their requirements. We then carried out a full survey of their premises.

After the detailed survey, we spent time designing detailed Cleaning Schedules for the Offices, Toilets and Kitchen Areas. The Cleaning Schedules were then emailed to the prospective customer, followed up with a detailed quotation.

During the initial survey we advised that if we were successful with our quote, we would provide a full risk assessment before commencement of contract including provision of cleaning materials and equipment and detailed site documents.

The key benefit of using our business is our commitment to high quality of service, we have a network of excellent cleaners in the Bradford region and our business had been established for 25 years.

The benefit

We were able to start promptly, in fact within just two weeks of being awarded the contract. We are also able to supply washroom consumables such as paper towels, soap and toilet rolls, making it easier for the client.

The client will receive regular communication, quality control audits and supervisory checking

To find out more about how ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Bradford can help you with your Daily Office Cleaning, get in touch today 

Client Problem:

The client was not satisfied with their existing cleaning service provider and had notified them that they would not be discontinuing using their service

The service provider subsequently ended their services abruptly without providing notice

The client required a new cleaning service provider and cover cleaning in the interim to tide them over until a new contract was finalised

How we helped

We received the initial enquiry and made contact immediately and scheduled a meeting that was most accommodating for the client.

The initial meeting involved discussing the clients’ needs and conducting a survey.

Our first priority was to arrange cover cleaning on short notice to solve the immediate problem of no cleaning being undertaken. The ad hoc service was to run from a Monday to Friday, initially, with the view of moving to 7 days a week.

Next a task schedule was compiled and proposed to the client. The client was extremely happy with the task schedule, which he compared to a menu, being able to add or subtract cleaning requirements as necessary. The client did obtain 2 other quotations, but was most impressed with our approach to the scheduled cleaning, and therefore, awarded us the contract.

Our aim is to help all of our existing clients and new clients to stay open or reopen as smoothly, as efficiently and as safely as possible.

The benefit

The client has follow-ups on a regular basis

The client is impressed and extremely happy with the level of service

The client added additional areas to be serviced, and intends to add more areas in the near future.

Find out more about how we can help you with your Daily Office Cleaning, get in touch today 

The Marion E Wade Award (Franchisee of the Year) is the most prestigious award ServiceMaster presents and is the pinnacle of achievement for a franchise within the company.

The award was given to Kevin this year as him and his team displayed the highest achievement in pursuit of excellence and professional management in the ServiceMaster tradition.

Kevin has been trading as ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mercia since November 2008 and has grown to become a multi-million-pound business in that time, purchasing new local territories along the way.

The business cleans over 140 offices, medical centres, schools and warehouses across the East and West Midlands and employs over 300 cleaning staff to complete these regular jobs.

Kevin said –  “We are particularly proud to receive this award in 2021 when we have all faced very difficult challenges due the Covid -19 pandemic. Our management team and all their support workers have really stepped up to the mark this year. It is due to their efforts and dedication that we have been able to not only service our loyal customer base but also grow our business in this difficult business climate”.

Guy Strang, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Brand Manager added,

“Kevin is a model franchisee that is always looking to improve and expand his business in any way he can. I’d like to personally congratulate Kevin on winning the Marion E Wade Award and look forward to seeing what the future holds for him and his business.”

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Jemsl (Owned by Rachael & Lee Downer) are a contract cleaning company based in the South of England and are dedicated to the ServiceMaster ethos of going ‘Above and Beyond’ in all that they do. Rachael & Lee purchased ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services North Surrey in 2004 and due to their commercial success, expanded the business to include West London and Hertfordshire, now known cumulatively as ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Jemsl. Rachael & Lee have developed a culture of providing exceptional customer service which has resulted in strong growth and expansion for the company in all areas.

This dedication, development and success has resulted in Rachael, Lee and their team scooping not one but three awards at this year’s ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services annual awards.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Jemsl won a growth award for growing the business more than £200k in one year, which given part of the year ran over the COVID-19 pandemic is quite an achievement. They also won the North Start customer Service Award for their outstanding NPS score of 100% which is exceptionally good for any business in the cleaning sector. Lastly but probably the most noteworthy was the North Star Invest award, this award was given for the contribution to the community throughout the Pandemic. Rachael & the team at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Jemsl, have taken part in the London Moon walk and volunteered to clean a local church so they could reopen after lockdown.

“We are absolutely delighted to have received recognition for our recent achievements.  We are blessed to have the opportunity to work with an amazing Operational and Support team who have gone above and beyond during a difficult year.  Their resilience, commitment and enthusiasm has been unwavering and these awards are a true reflection of this”. Said Rachael & Lee Downer.

Guy Strang, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Brand Manager added “Rachael and her team are committed to providing exceptional customer service and giving back to the local community, all three awards are very well deserved and I am sure there will be more to come, well done.”

If you are not totally happy with your current cleaning provider and want to work with a company who put their staff and clients at the forefront of their business, why not get in touch with Rachael & her team and see how they can help you, Call 0800 0430 438 or request a call back.

Servicemaster Clean Contract Services believe creating a great team, leads to great customer service and great customer service makes for happy clients. As a customer service focussed business ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Jemsl believe it is important for the employees to be the best they can be.

As part of  HR Manager Monika Nawrotkiewicz’s development ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Jemsl funded a college course to help Monika improve her English skills – and yesterday Monika received her certificate for passing the course.

This is a great achievement after having to do much of the learning remotely and Monika is hoping to now progress to the next level in September.

If you are not totally happy with your current cleaning provider and want to work with a company who put their staff and clients at the forefront of their business, why not get in touch with Rachael & her team and see how they can help you, Call 0800 0430 438 or request a call back.

A huge well done to Joanne Taplin-Knight, Office Manager for ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services London City.

On Saturday 19th June, despite a long wait for the weather to clear, Joanne finally got to jump out of a plane

“I have to say that it was the most terrifying thing I have ever done but an amazing experience and I’m so glad I had the courage to do it!”

All in all, I have raised a staggering £3,500 for Ronald McDonald House Charities, they think I am the highest single jumper fundraiser which is totally overwhelming and I have you all to thank for helping me to achieve this.

I am grateful beyond words for your kind donations and know that it will help the charity tremendously, thank you so much for having faith in me.” Said Joanne.

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Read more about Joanne’s story, here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joanne-taplin-knight

Want to know more about Ronald McDonald House Charities? Here you can find out how they help keep families together through difficult times. You can also learn about making your own contribution to fundraising –  https://rmhc.org.uk/

If you are looking for a company that goes “Above & Beyond” to help your with your commercial cleaning requirements, get in touch with ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services London City for a free no-obligation quotation today.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Jemsl are delighted to receive an award to celebrate their commitment to Eco-Savings.

Over the past 5 years ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Jemsl have been promoting, and using, the most environmentally friendly products available; from the cleaning products used on sites to reducing packaging sizes and removal of all plastics on site wherever possible.  They also encourage their clients to act responsibly by providing them with eco-savings reports and advising on how they can tackle their own planet saving agenda.

To date they have saved the planet from (the equivalent of) 99,586 plastic bottles and have CO2 emissions reductions of 4, 579, 004 G.

If you are in North Surrey, West London or Hertfordshire and are not completely satisfied with your current commercial cleaning and want to work with a cleaning provider who take environmental responsibility seriously, why not get in touch with Rachael & her team and see how they can help you Call 0800 0430 438 or request a call back.

Joanne Taplin-Knight, Office Manager for ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services London City is daring to go “Above & Beyond” for charity.

On 19th June, Joanne will be going ‘above’ the skyline and ‘beyond’ her comfort zone, by taking part in a skydive to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at specialist children’s hospitals across the UK, enabling families to stay close to their sick child and maintain a degree of normal family life.

This charity is particular close to Joanne’s heart. A close friend of hers suddenly found herself in a position where the support of the charity was much needed. Her son had fallen 30ft from an abandoned building, suffering a serious brain injury and ending up in a coma for weeks.

Joanne has already smashed her first target of £800, just surpassed her second target of £1200 and is now aiming even higher to support this worthwhile cause.

Read more about Joanne’s story, and if you would like to support Joanne and this worthwhile cause, you can donate here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joanne-taplin-knight

Want to know more about Ronald McDonald House Charities? Here you can find out how they help keep families together through difficult times. You can also learn about making your own contribution to fundraising –  https://rmhc.org.uk/

If you are looking for a company that goes “Above & Beyond” to help your with your commercial cleaning requirements, get in touch with ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services London City for a free no-obligation quotation today.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mid-Anglia franchise was an obvious investment choice for Simon Taplin. The decision was inspired by a desire to work for himself but with the support of a franchisor, following many years of employment in multi-national corporations.

From the outset, Simon believed that the ServiceMaster Clean business format was well thought out, well tested, and offered a clear path to success.

Joining a growing and successful franchise meant that thorough training was provided from the outset with ongoing training and support from ServiceMaster. This made a valuable contribution to the growth and success of the business.

By following the ServiceMaster system, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mid-Anglia have been able offer a complete package of commercial cleaning services. Their comprehensive range of cleaning services enables them to gain contracts with many large and well know organisations at both local and national level.

In 2018, Simon decided to retire from his role as Managing Director. Simon remains the owner of the business but took the decision to step down from operations, allowing himself more personal time and for younger members of the family business to advance. For Simon, there was a clear choice as to who should replace his role.

Having joined the business in 1995 as a mobile cleaner, Malcolm Bennett, Simon’s Step Son had worked his way up through the ranks. This progressive career route provided Malcolm with valuable first-hand knowledge of all areas of the business and the ideal skill-set to step into the role. As Managing Director, Malcolm truly understands what makes a thriving commercial cleaning business.

The business has provided much more than just a career for Malcolm. Through working in the company, Malcolm in fact met his wife, Andrea. The couple now have two children, who, following in the family footsteps, work part-time in the business.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mid-Anglia now employ 140 staff, including Management, Warehouse, Administration and a Telesales team. Testament to their strong focus on employee engagement, the company still employs one of the original staff members, 30 years on!

With the company not only expanding in terms of client numbers but also geographical coverage,
their vehicle fleet and premises too have grown. They currently operate a fleet of 8 ServiceMaster vehicles, making sure the business can continue to provide a first-class cleaning service to their clients wherever they are located.

In terms of premises, the business was originally based in Simon’s house, as the way many small businesses start out. Following continued growth, in 2002, the operation moved to a purpose industrial unit. Fast forward 8 years and with expanding employee numbers, the business had again out-grown it’s site, prompting the business to relocate to their current location, just outside the beautiful cathedral city of Ely.

Following the success of the ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mid-Anglia business, Malcolm’s plans to expand the business further. In early 2021 the decision was made, to invest in another ServiceMaster Clean territory, with the purchase of the Norfolk territory. The investment in the new territory seemed a fitting way to celebrate 30 successful years to date. The team at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mid-Anglia and Norfolk very much look forward to continuing their provision of first-rate cleaning services, working with more clients and achieving further success.

If you are not totally happy with your current commercial cleaning provider, get in touch with ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mid Anglia and Norfolk today, call 0800 085 3541 or request a quote.

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.

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.

Simon Taplin has owned ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mid Anglia for over 30 years and has grown it into a successful business with many loyal clients and a good reputation among the local businesses throughout Mid Anglia. Simon’s Son in Law Malcolm Bennett is now managing director and together they have made the decision to expand the business for the next generation, and have invested in ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Norfolk.

Cleaning has become so much more important now, than ever in the commercial world. To ServiceMaster Clean, it has always been our priority but to many, cleaning never was. Since COVID-19 has changed and business owners, schools, nurseries and even healthcare providers are taking good cleaning more seriously and understand that using a professional company is the best way to get the cleaning done well.

Having gained over 30 years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry, Simon, Malcolm and their team are delighted to be able to provide their professional commercial cleaning services to businesses, educational establishments and healthcare providers throughout Norfolk and are looking forward to working with new clients, especially as we ease further out of lockdown and start getting back to some kind of normality.

“We invested in CS Norfolk as it looked a good business opportunity to expand into an area close to us with good transport links from our office, with large established and growing Business/Commercial Parks but an area that allowed us to support those businesses with our established cleaning operation team, making sure we could deliver a professional service throughout Norfolk, gained through our current CS Mid Anglia Franchise where we have been providing cleaning services to clients for 30 years’ now. Some of our oldest client we have had from the start.

As Norfolk boarders CS Mid Anglia and is close to our office, most of our staff live within its borders so we have a good background knowledge of the business within the area, the competition and our vehicles are already seen driving around.” Said Malcolm Bennett, Managing Director of ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mid Anglia and Norfolk.

“Both Simon and Malcolm are very knowledgeable about the commercial cleaning industry and we know they will be able to make the most of their knowledge and build many great relationships with their new clients in the Norfolk area”, added Guy Strang, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Brand Manager.

We wish Simon and Malcolm all the best with their new business venture and we’ll be here to help in any way we can along their journey.

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.

As a commercial cleaning provider, the latest lockdown has been quite challenging to manage. ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Leicester explain how they are stepping up with their commercial cleaning as Lockdown easing begins.

Approximately 20% of our clients needed to close with other clients having had to reduce their service considerably due to reduced workforce at their workplace.

This hasn’t been the case across the board and in contrast, many of our clients, in particular our Healthcare sites, have remained open throughout. In a lot of these cases we have either increased the frequency of our cleaning services to supply sanitising during the day, or seen an uplift in the days we are requested to clean.

Whether our clients have remained open and required additional cleaning or for those sites that have remained open but with a Skeleton staff, we have been able to be flexible and manage the changes in requirements efficiently and effectively.

Managing the changes to ensure we consistently meet our client’s requirements has been challenging at times. On occasion, we have utilised the government Furlough scheme for staff unable to operate at their contracted place of work, this has ensured that we have been able to retain our valuable employees and ensure our workforce are safe and ready to resume services as soon as our clients can open again. For sites that have reduced their service, we have managed our workforce, to help our clients, and adapted accordingly. It is important that we can be adaptable and ensure our clients have confidence in us to be able to adapt to whatever their needs may be, and continue to build on our strong relationship.

As lockdown is eased, we believe that cleaning will be a top priority for all clients. It will be more important than ever to provide a clean and safe environment for staff, visitors, customers, patients, students or whoever may use their facility.

We know that there will be changes, we anticipate a lot of our existing clients increasing their current cleaning service, or at least returning to the full contracted service they had in place prior to lockdown, to ensure that their premises are regularly and thoroughly cleaned.

For businesses that chose to capitalise on the success of staff working from home and where office space and working numbers may reduce, we will be working with our clients to put together a suitable amended cleaning service. For our clients that are due to re-open, we already have plans in place to bring employees back to site and can start as soon as required.

Our bespoke cleaning service means that our Cleaning Task Schedules have always been bespoke to each client, this will continue and each Task Schedule will be adjusted to meet each of our client’s requirements. Since COVID-19 there has been a particular focus on the sanitising of all touchpoints, light switches, door handles and handrails etc and we anticipate this continuing to be a priority for the foreseeable.

We have already seen evidence that cleaning has definitely become more of a priority for everyone. Cleaning has likely been undervalued as a service prior to COVID-19 but, with such importance for good hygiene and cleaning standards, we see that it is now a much more valued service. We see this predominantly in the CQC Healthcare sector, a strong and growing client base of ours, and one we fully expect to continue.

We anticipate there will be an increase in demand for professional commercial cleaning as lockdown eases. Although this is a little difficult to predict, the measures we have put in place in providing our regular service, and the relationships our well organised and hardworking Operations teams have with their clients, will allow us to respond and adapt quickly to any changes and to any given circumstance or additional requirements from both new and existing clients.

Our aim is to help all of our existing clients and new clients to stay open or reopen as smoothly, as efficiently and as safely as possible.

Find out more about how we can help you with your commercial cleaning as Lockdown easing begins, get in touch today 

Rachael & Lee Downer have owned and managed ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services North Surrey & West London since 2004 and have grown the business considerably over that time. Rachael & Lee pride themselves in providing a highly professional commercial cleaning service to their clients; which has been particularly valued over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rachael & Lee’s current business is well established and has a solid reputation in the area and in light of COVID-19 it is evident that good commercial cleaning services are needed more so than ever before. Rachael & Lee knew there was opportunity to put their skills and experience to good use and expand the already successful business.

Rachael & Lee chose to invest in another ServiceMaster Clean Franchise and has purchased a vacant territory covering Hertfordshire – ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Hertfordshire.

Rachael & Lee plan on growing the business significantly and is looking forward to growing and developing their work force, creating more jobs in the area. Cleaning has become more important than ever and as the business grows, not only will there be a need for more cleaning operatives but also supervisors and office staff to ensure exceptional customer service is maintained.

“Our service is tailored to each customer’s specific needs with the focus on developing lasting relationships. Our commitment is to deliver the highest possible quality service at all times and make a difference. The success of our business is due to the ongoing investment in our people and the service they provide to our

Customers. We look forward to growing more lasting relationships with our new clients across Hertfordshire.” Says Rachael Downer, Managing Director of ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services North Surrey, West London & Hertfordshire

“Rachael & Lee have been valued ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Business Owners and have exceptional commitment to providing excellent service to their clients, we’re excited to see how Rachael & Lee grow and develop the new business they have invested in and we are sure the new clients’ will benefit greatly from Rachael & Lee’s commitment to providing exceptional service”, added Guy Strang, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Brand Manager.

 

Find out more about ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services North Surrey, West London & Hertfordshire here.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, staying safe and clean is more important than ever before, however, public spaces can house thousands of germs. Light switches, door handles, community kitchens, sink faucets – you name it, there are probably germs nesting on it. Consider how many surfaces you touch every day. If you touch it, several other people most likely touched it before you. Find out where the most germs in public places exist and how you can avoid them with tips from ServiceMaster Clean.

Germs In Doctors’ Offices

Visiting a doctor’s office is unavoidable. However, it’s not exactly the place you’d want to be if you needed to avoid germs. Offices including your general practitioner, a paediatrician and urgent care are riddled with germs from sick patients. Writing utensils, chairs, doorknobs and exam tables likely cling to germs, putting you at risk for exposure.

How To Avoid Them

To avoid germs at a doctor’s office, follow these tips:

  • Pack your own tissues and hand sanitisers.
  • Sit far away from other sick patients to put space between yourself and their germs.
  • Bring your own reading material.
  • When taking your child to the doctor, bring his or her favourite toys to keep them from touching germ-infested toys at the office.

Germs In Restaurants

While health officers may inspect restaurant kitchens to ensure practices are hygienic, the same inspection doesn’t occur in the restaurant’s seating area. Here, hidden germs can multiply in areas that aren’t sanitised as often as they should be. For example, restaurant menus are quickly handed from one guest to the next. Condiment bottles and salt and pepper shakers typically aren’t wiped down in between guests, either. Even the booth you’re sitting in may not be completely germ-free before you sit down.

How To Avoid Them When They Reopen

To avoid germs in a restaurant, follow these tips:

  • Sanitise condiment bottles or use a disinfectant wipe before you touch them.
  • Ask the server to wipe down the booth with a sanitiser cloth before you sit.
  • Never let your menu touch your plate or silverware.
  • Keep silverware on a napkin or your plate, never on the table.

Germs In Bathrooms

Even when regularly cleaned, public bathrooms contain plenty of germs. Germs can be found on the toilet seat handle, stall handle, bathroom faucet, and bathroom door, among other areas. To help cut down on the amount of germ transfer, many public restrooms today have installed hands-free devices like toilets, sinks and dryers. However, germs can still spread.

How To Avoid Them

If the public restroom you’re visiting doesn’t have handle-free equipment, you can avoid germs by following these tips:

  • Use a paper towel to touch handles.
  • Never set things like jackets or purses on the bathroom floor.
  • Don’t stick around after the toilet flushes, since the force could cause bacteria to fly into the air and land on your clothes.
  • If you can manage, try flushing the toilet with your foot to avoid touching the handle.
  • Learn how to wash your hands properly so they stay clean in every public space.

Germs In Offices

Offices are filled with shared workspaces that build up germs. Surfaces like the printer, fax machine, coffee maker, refrigerator, telephones and desks can go weeks or even months without being sanitized, putting you at risk for illness.

How To Avoid Them

To avoid germs at work, follow these tips:

  • Use a printable office cleaning checklist to keep your space neat and tidy.
  • Sanitize your work station daily.
  • Designate an employee in your office to be in charge of sanitizing common areas, like the kitchen or conference room.
  • Use a professional cleaning service to deeply clean your office and create a healthier work environment.

If you need a professional cleaning service to sanitize your public space, call the experts at ServiceMaster Clean our genuine commitment to offering you the best service with the proper tools, equipment, training and expertise, we can be there for you 24/7, any day of the year. Find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean to find out more today.