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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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ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mid Kent are delighted to say, we have now joined the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

We look forward to working with the Chamber and other members to grow and develop our business and work on new initiatives to exceed our clients expectations.

Find out more about Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

With the ups and downs COVID-19 is bringing to both individuals and businesses ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford have had to adjust frequently in order to meet the changing needs of their clients.

The Christmas period, in particular, has had significant challenges which ServiceMaster Clean Guildford have faced head-on. The big challenge faced as with many other businesses was sickness and self-isolating over the festive period. With cleaning operatives off, it is still as important as ever that the client’s needs are met.

This challenge was resolved with intelligent use of staff and shift changes, as several clients closed their doors temporarily, cleaning operatives and supervisors were issued alternative work allocation. This meant that not only staff that wanted work had it but clients also received continuity of service.

It was noticeable that many offices were closed over the festive period but there was a significant increase in requests for one-off deep cleaning and sanitisation. These requests were brought about by businesses wanting to utilise down time to ensure a thorough deep clean and sanitisation for when they could return to work but also following positive COVID cases. In these instances, it was possible to utilise cleaning operatives that would otherwise be furloughed.

All in all, December was reasonably successful for ServiceMaster Clean Guildford considering Covid and the Christmas break. Clients are happy and no issues have been reported. Considering the impact of Christmas & COVID ServiceMaster Clean Guildford still have 50% growth from December 2019 and over 10% from November 2020 which highlights how they have managed continuity of service in such difficult times.

Despite the success of this challenging period so far, ServiceMaster Clean Guildford are not resting on their laurels, planning is still as important as ever and both client service levels and staff levels will be closely monitored. It is important that the business remain strong, effective furloughing of cleaning operatives and management will be used where necessary but the aim is to keep enough provision to ensure continuity of service for valued clients.

Is your current cleaning provider meeting the mark when it comes to your cleaning requirements? Or are gaps starting to emerge?

If you want reassurance with your cleaning so you can focus on your business get in touch with ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford for a free no-obligation quotation today.

As the temperatures drop, it’s time for businesses, offices and other facilities to prep for winter and the hazards it can bring, especially in areas that are more likely to receive ice and snow.

ServiceMaster Clean knows you want to keep your employees, clients and visitors safe year-round and that winter presents unique challenges. Before you switch the thermostat from cool to heat, learn how to get ready for winter in commercial settings to ensure that all of your people stay safe this season.

Keeping your air-conditioning clean

Replacing your air-conditioning/heating unit filters and making sure the ductwork, vents, registers, coils, drain pans and all other components are clean supports healthy indoor air quality for everyone in your premises.

That’s why we’d recommend getting your commercial building’s air-conditioning/heating system inspected before winter each year and cleaning the ducts if it’s necessary. Keeping the filters, vents and ductwork clean help allow for proper air circulation and ventilation.

Prepare your slip and fall solutions

Melting snow and ice can quickly become hazardous when tracked into your building or pooled around it outside. The best way to prevent slip and fall incidents in the workplace is to prepare to handle them before the winter weather hits – inside and out.

Outside, arrange for regular snow removal services to keep paths, walkways and parking lots as free of snow as possible. Maintain a protocol for salting or sanding icy areas to reduce the risk of slips and falls on-site.

Inside, place non-slip mats at all entrances to reduce the spread of melting snow and ice on floors. Schedule regular office janitorial services during the holiday season to help maintain hazard-free areas and further reduce the risk of avoidable accidents when you’re too busy to take care of the cleaning yourself.

Remove salt from your floors

Ice melt and salt are great at preventing slippery patches outdoors during the winter.

However, these chemicals are easily tracked inside on shoes and rolling bags, leaving ugly white stains and even damaging your floors. Regularly cleaning ice salt off your floors will help maintain the beauty of your carpet, hardwood, tile and other flooring materials. Luckily, the professional janitorial teams at ServiceMaster Clean can help keep your floors shining all season long, too – whether you waited too long to get ready for winter or just need a little help to keep up.

We know it’s important for your business to look pristine and stay safe year-round, even during the worst of the winter weather.

Ensure your offices are COVID safe

Unfortunately, COVID-19 will still be impacting the UK and businesses during the coming months and well into 2021, therefore you’ll need to ensure your office is being regularly cleaned as per COVID-19 cleaning guidelines.

Trust the teams at ServiceMaster Clean to help you get ready for winter this year, and keeping your premises COVID safe, by letting us handle all your commercial janitorial needs. We know what it takes to keep a business looking its best all year long. Find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean and find out more about our services today.