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For the best results during your office spring clean, be sure to follow our office spring cleaning checklist

For most, spring has become synonymous with cleaning. Spring cleaning is now a yearly ritual in our homes that gives us the time and space to declutter and tidy everything that has fallen into disarray over the past few months. But what about your office?

Your workspace is just as important to keep clean and tidy as your home. In fact, studies have found that keeping a clean work environment can have an impact on employees’morale, productivity, and mood reducing both tiredness and procrastination. However, in most offices, carrying out a thorough spring clean amidst looming deadlines, meetings, presentations, and more meetings, is not a top priority.

But not to worry, there are ways to simplify the process and make spring cleaning your office free of hassle. Here are some simple steps you can take to make spring cleaning your office easy.

1. Clean your desk

The best approach to cleaning rooms in your office is to start at the top and work your way down. Therefore, begin with your desk. This primary workstation is where you spend most of your time and can become crowded easily, piling up with papers, stationery, and electronics.

This means it also can be a hotspot for germs, dust, and general unpleasantness. Therefore, decluttering and cleaning your desk is highly likely to benefit your mental and physical wellbeing.

Make sure to also re-organise your desk drawers. Be ruthless, get rid of anything you do not need, and make sure that you have a proper filing system for everything that you do. Once your desk space is clear and organised, you can clean it by wiping the surface down with a clean, damp microfiber rag, and replacing items one by one.

As you put the desk back together, think carefully about what needs to be kept close at hand and what can be stored or filed. Items you use frequently should maintain their space on the desktop, while other, lesser-used items can be stored or filed away. When disposing of paper materials, the best course of action is to be sure to shred sensitive documents and recycle the scraps.

2. Clean monitor and computer equipment

Especially if you spend all day at your desk – including your lunch break – your keyboard and other computer equipment are probably not the cleanest. To clean your computer equipment thoroughly:

Disconnect your keyboard from your computer or monitor. If you are using a laptop, then make sure it is turned off before you start.
Flip your keyboard or laptop upside down to get any initial crumbs, hair, and other debris out of the hard to reach areas.
Use the duster appliance on your vacuum cleaner or a can of compressed air to get rid of any remaining debris that is still lingering in between the keys.
Take an antibacterial wipe, cotton bud, or a piece of kitchen roll and dip it into some antiseptic disinfectant (which you can purchase at most supermarkets) and rub it between and along the keys of your keyboard. Make sure to use a light touch, as getting your electronics too damp is dangerous.
Use a microfiber cloth to clean up the remaining disinfectant and polish the keys.

Taking the computer clean-up one step further, you may also want to tidy your files on yourdevice, by decluttering your desktop and getting rid of old and unnecessary files. For extra security, it is also a good idea to back up your files to either cloud or external hard drive and change your passwords on important applications and devices.  

3. Clean kitchens, break rooms and bathrooms

Perhaps even more so than any other office space, kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms must be kept in a clean and sanitary state. Particularly in communal buildings like offices, these spaces can be especially prone to the spread of harmful bacteria. So, be sure to clean equipment within them such as microwaves, coffee machines, kettles and fridges thoroughly, and wipe down any surfaces and appliances like sinks with a strong antibacterial cleaner. For a proper spring clean, you can also sort through cupboards and drawers in kitchens and break rooms and dispose of old or expired food and drinks, replacing the essentials.

4. Clean your floors

Cleaning both your carpet and hardwood floors can be difficult without the proper equipment but can go a long way toward making your office look and feel fresh. Luckily, we have written a whole blog post on the best way to clean different types of flooring in your office.

And if all of this feels like too much work to juggle alongside your regular workload, do not hesitate to get in touch with us by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business. With the proper tools for thorough office cleaning and over 60 years of experience as an industry leader in the commercial cleaning sector, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services can provide your office with the care it deserves, at a time that suits you.

Call 0845 201 1184 to learn more or request a quote today.

 

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Manchester is celebrating 30 years of top-quality commercial contract cleaning services.

30 years ago, Martin and Sarah Steinman purchased the ServiceMaster Contract Services franchise to provide cleaning services in the city centre and south areas of Manchester.

The ServiceMaster brand was already recognised and highly respected as a leading provider of cleaning related services throughout the USA. The brand has also now become well-established in the UK, which the Manchester team say has supported them and given them the confidence to succeed.

The company has, as a result, seen a lot of change in its three decades of business. When the Manchester business began in 1992 there was no minimum wage, no 28 days holiday entitlement nor was there a requirement for ISO accreditations. But right from the start, the company successfully grew, and rapidly won on four occasions the coveted “Award of Excellence” as the top ServiceMaster franchisee within the ServiceMaster brand in the UK. Additionally, the owners were quickly awarded the Franchisee of the Year Award by the Daily Express and HSBC bank.

In 2006 the company purchased the business license to operate in North Manchester which then enabled the company to concentrate and successfully provide services throughout the Greater Manchester area. ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services strives to provide a high quality of service. The professional and high-quality working standards, customer service and commitment to Manchester’s staff have been in place since the company began, have never wavered. Even in difficult periods like the financial recession in 2008, and more recently, throughout the COVID19 pandemic – ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Manchester’s staff and customers can always be assured of their support, no matter what.

The company has successfully grown over the years, has ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 accreditations. ServiceMaster Manchester has BICS certification, Safe Contractor and are proud supporters of the Real Living Wage.

Above all the success of ServiceMaster Manchester, what is outstanding has been the development of its people. The business remains a family concern run daily by CJ Commercial Director and Jason Hanrahan Operations Director. The whole team have a wealth of experience in sales, operations, admin, finance and HR. Not forgetting the many cleaning operatives who have supported ServiceMaster, many of which have over 10 years of service with the company.  Despite the importance of the cleaning industry becoming more widely acknowledged following the COVID19 pandemic, for such a feat to be achieved within the cleaning industry for as long as 3 decades is exceptional.

 

And the Contract Services Manchester client base speaks for itself. ServiceMaster Manchester provides and delivers cleaning services to over 200 sites throughout Manchester – including multiple well-known commercial businesses and schools..

CJ and the team at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Manchester say they “look to the future with excitement, we have the experience, we have the knowledge, we have the success, and in 2022 we have the opportunity. We look forward to the future and we enjoy the present – what a great position to be in!”

If you are looking for professional and regular commercial cleaning experience from an established and experienced industry professional, get in touch with ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Manchester 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.

Though it is behind us now, 2021 was difficult for people and businesses worldwide. During these uncertain times, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services have stayed committed to supporting our staff through the challenges of the last year. Behind every successful franchise network is a team of staff who work tirelessly to make sure that our services are the best that they can possibly be. Working to maintain a successful network means working hard to make sure to cultivate a positive environment and improve staff satisfaction levels and retention. We pride ourselves in our ability to do this, even in an industry like contract cleaning services where this is usually difficult.

It doesn’t take much, and can just be in the little things. For example, before Christmas last year, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Swansea continued its annual tradition of hand delivering a box of chocolates to each of its 250 staff members at their place of work. This was a small token of appreciation for its staff for their work throughout the year, and to wish them a Merry Christmas. However, due to the pandemic and Swansea’s ever-growing staff, the team decided to go the extra mile and do things a little differently and sent every member of staff a ServiceMaster branded chocolate bar in the post. But that wasn’t all, just like Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a select number of these chocolates had a winning raffle ticket inside that had a combined value of over £450.00! The lucky member of staff just had to call into the office and quote the code on the ticket.

One of the winners decided to spend her winnings on extra physio for her grandson, another decided to finish off her Christmas shopping, and another waited for her son to arrive home before opening the chocolate (as he is a Charlie in the Chocolate Factory Fan) and was delighted to find a winning ticket.

The top winner was Carly Morris who works in a Sports Centre and a Doctor Surgery in Neath, and she was kind enough to send the below photo.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Swansea’s staff were overjoyed by this gesture, and the branch are looking forward to doing the same in December of this year.

Our staff are at the heart of our franchises, and they have worked tirelessly to ensure that the work we do is carried out safely and to a high standard in spite of changing and often challenging working conditions posed by the pandemic.

If you’d like to learn more about ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Swansea and the services we offer, you can find out more here or call on 01792 323238. If you want to find your local ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, you can find your nearest franchise here.

Written by Tom Page

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.

The owner of ServiceMaster AAA has won Business Person of the Year Award at the fourth annual SME National Business Awards.

Last Friday 3rd December marked the fourth annual SME National Business Awards. Taking place at Wembley stadium, the ceremony celebrates the innovation and successes of small and medium enterprises – or SMEs. These are businesses (like ServiceMaster) whose personnel numbers equal 250 employees or less.

The awards are open to any successful business in the UK, which are then judged on 18 categories by up to 4 of a national panel of 30 judges, who are all top business people within their chosen area. The team behind the ceremony cite their awards as a “credible opportunity to support and share in our vision to raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising SME’s nationally,” and “a sought after accolade of achievement, a veritable endorsement of success in business which offers exceptional marketing and PR opportunities as well increasing your credibility and standing in the eyes of your peers and your customers.”

Therefore, we are thrilled to congratulate our very own Siva Kugathas of ServiceMaster AAA, on winning the highest Gold Award for Business Person of the Year. This award recognises a business person or entrepreneur who shows outstanding initiative, boldness, imagination, and management practices in their chosen enterprise.

Siva purchased ServiceMaster Guildford in January 2017 with an annual turnover of around £111,000 and grown his business to around £1,526,000 in 2020 while investing in a further 4 territories. He is also well on track to achieving his £1 million projected growth this year and has invested in a further 5 territories recently, with a plan to achieve £10 million in the next 5 years. It was these successes that Siva and his team were celebrating at their annual conference in Greece at the time of the awards, Siva’s son collected the award in his place, so he says, they had the joint experience of winning the award at Wembley, and reflecting on a great business year on a well-earned trip overseas. Siva says that he attributes the successes of his franchises to the strength of his team, and would like to dedicate this award to them. As well as this, he says that the award has galvanized both himself and his team, and that they are motivated to make 2022 and even better year than 2021.

Once again, we would like to offer Siva our congratulations, and wish he and his team continued success for the year to come.

If you’d like to learn more about our award winning business and the services we offer, you can find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean franchise here, or visit our blog for more updates on our services and successes.

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.

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 

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

Two members of the team recently won the Durham County Bowls Pairs Championship. Jane Hewitson who works at sites in Coxhoe and Peterlee and Julie Robinson who works at two sites in Newton Aycliffe have been friends and bowling partners for a number of years.
Not only are they part of a great team at work but also with their hobby and recently won the highest County accolade at the annual championships.
It was Jane that introduced Julie to ServiceMaster Clean  and they have both worked for the company since it’s first year of trading.
Chris Blewitt ServiceMaster Clean North East MD commented, ”we are very proud of the ladies successes, reaching the highest standards both in and out of work. Very well done”.

 

If you are not totally happy with your current commercial cleaning provider, get in touch with Chris and his team today to see how they can help you keep your building clean.

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 

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.

 

Find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business here.

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.

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.

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.

“With the acquisition in February of ServiceMaster North and South of Tyne, we needed to upgrade our office and storage facilities. Fortunately another unit in our building became available and we got in there first. ‘Office A’ is currently housing our extensive range of buffing machines and scrubber dryers as well as the full range of consumables we offer. But, with an eye on further expansion it might not be long before our growing Admin team will need it.”

 

If you are not totally happy with your current commercial cleaning provider, get in touch with Chris and his team today to see how they can help you keep your building clean.

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.