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Nowadays more and more offices are becoming dog-friendly, mainly to reduce stress within the work environment. However, keeping your office clean with a furry little friend about can be a challenging task.

It happens in a dog-friendly office

Accidents happen, they’re inevitable and that’s still with a well-trained dog around the office.

Make sure you have a cleaning kit in your office for such accidents, this kit should include the following;

  • Rubber gloves
  • Doggy bags
  • Cleaning spray
  • Sponges

Alternatively, you can hire a professional cleaning service like ServiceMaster Clean to clean it up for you by using enzyme-based cleaning products that will be used to destroy any nasty bacteria that may be lingering.

Keep the dog’s accessories clean

Items like the dog’s bed, blankets and toys will need to be regularly cleaned to eradicate any bad odours or harmful bacteria.

Make sure to wash the dog’s bed and blankets are washed on a high temperature and the toys are cleaned with a sufficient anti-bacterial product.

Regularly vacuum around the office

Instead of sucking up to your boss you will need to suck up the dog hairs on any carpets, upholstery or hard flooring with a good vacuum.

If you have a cleaning company that regularly clean your offices then they will be able to efficiently vacuum your dog-friendly office.

Keep it fresh

If you do have a dog-friendly office keeping the office smelling fresh is important and opening a window regularly throughout the day can help do just that.

You may want to also invest in some air fresheners for the cooler months as no one wants a cold office!

Ensuring your office smells and stays fresh will give a professional feel and be more inviting for any visitors.

If you need any office cleaning services for your dog-friendly or no dogs allowed office then ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services are the company for you, find your local company here.

 

Really busy week last week. Despite the bank holiday, we started 4 new contracts and won 2 more!  The attached picture shows all the new equipment and products ready to be delivered to the sites.
The word is spreading, if you want a truly professional cleaning service, that has old-fashioned values at it’s core, get in touch with ServiceMaster Clean Durham & Teesside.

One of our franchisees, Siva Kugathas, who runs ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford slept on the streets to support YMCA!

Siva YMCA

YMCA DownsLink Group hosted their annual Sleep Easy Event at Guildford Castle, which had around 31 people sleeping outdoors on the night of Friday 22nd March.

Siva was one of the dedicated men and women that decided to support this fantastic cause and decided to donate a whopping £1000 to the event and YMCA.

“It was very tough having to sleep just the one night outside, but homeless people sleep every night on the street. I knew I would go home the next day, but those who sleep on the streets don’t have that facility. It made me think deeper.” commented Siva

Sleep Easy has taken place in five locations so far across YMCA DownsLink Groups area, and to date, they have raised more than £42,000! The money raised goes towards helping young people that are currently living homeless, for multiple different reasons.

Donations can still be made online to this great cause at bit.ly/SleepEasy19.

Siva also added, “I am proud to have been involved with this event, and at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford we are always looking to closely work with local charities and support them in any way we can”.

Considering we spend most of our lives at work, having a clean, germ-free office is important for many different reasons.

Let’s fight back against those pesky germs, have a cleaner and healthier office!

1.  Dirty Doors

Starting from the entrance to your office building, a door handle or door/lift button has a large number of bacteria, due to the number of people walking in and out of the building every day.

The door handle in your office that has the most germs is guaranteed to be the toilet door handle. A few surveys over the last few years have revealed that one in four of the UK population does not wash their hands after going to the toilet! YUCK!

TipUse anti-bacterial gel as much as you can.

2.  Filthy Fridge

With healthier eating becoming more popular, staff are starting to bring their own lunch into the office more and popping it into the office fridge.

A lot of staff then not surprisingly forget about what they put in the fridge, because instead, they feel like going out with their work colleagues.

The food is then left to go mouldy and the office fridge is one of those places that you just don’t think to clean.

Tip Introduce a fridge cleaning schedule to your employees to clean out unwanted food every week.

3.  Dusty Desk & Phone

The most amount of time in any office workers day is spent at their desk, so no wonder this area has the most germs throughout the whole of the office! Yes, even dirtier than the office toilets!

Your office phone can be the dirtiest item in the office, so keeping it clean is very important for a healthier workplace.

Another germ thriving culprit is your pen, the reason being a lot of us chew it! I am one of those pen chewing culprits, so shame on me!

Tip #1 Wipe your desk phone every morning with an anti-bacterial wipe.
Tip #2 Stop chewing your pen! I solemnly swear I will stop, only if you do as well though!

4.  Messy Mouse & Keyboard

Your mouse and keyboard alone can have more bacteria per square inch than a toilet seat!

If you work on a hot-desk, then the number of bacteria only increases and it isn’t just your bacteria! YUCK!

Tip Use anti-bacterial wipes or a cleaning spray, then wipe your keyboard and mouse with a clean tissue.

5.  Germ Riddling Rucksack

Yes, your rucksack has a surprising number of germs on it! The reasons for this being, your bag is put down all over the office, including sometimes the toilet floor.

Tip Keep hold of your bag until you get to your desk and clean your bag every so often at home.

6.  Mucky Mug

There is always that lonely mug that is sat on someone’s desk at the end of the day, while all his other mug friends are in the dishwasher, or all cleaned, sitting comfortably on the side.

That mug left on the desk is then used again the next day without being washed! That is a big no no and this particular person in the office needs to get out of this habit!

TipRinse your mug after every cuppa, and at the end of the day make sure it is put in the dishwasher or washed up!

7.  Germ Polluted Printer

Your printer and/or photocopier is used a lot during a day’s work by a numerous amount of people. So, the buttons on these items are riddling with germs by the end of the day!

TipJust give it a wipe again with an anti-bacterial wipe, after every time you use it. If you start this habit, others should follow you!

8. Water Cooler

The dirtiest thing in your office may surprise you, it is the water cooler! With this being used the most in the office and staff standing around chatting, germs are spread around the water cooler more than any other place in the office!

Tip – Just give the water cooler a wipe every day, especially the nozzle, just with a wet cloth.

Bonus Germ Hotspot – Gruesome Guests

A bonus germ hotspot for you is the guests that come to your office! You know your workers, their habits and how often they clean, but with guests, you have no idea!

The guest that has just walked through your door could have just been wrestling pigs in a pig-pen and only rinsed his hands and not washed them properly, therefore riddling with germs!

Tip Offer your guest a drink and hope they say yes so you can secretly go and wash your hands or use some anti-bacterial hand gel.

Here are ServiceMaster Clean UK we can take over your office cleaning and make sure all of these hotspots are cleaned thoroughly apart from the guests obviously!

To find your local ServiceMaster Clean UK click here.

A clean office gives a good first impression

Don’t judge a book by its cover, judge an office by how clean it is! This is what most of your customers and clients would be thinking as soon as they step through your door. Here is why good a first impression is so important in your business.

Clean office, first impression

Why is making a first impression so important?

Well, this is a question that doesn’t really need to be answered, as most people and businesses will understand why a good first impression is more likely leads to something!

“You only get one chance to make a first impression”, this saying can’t be any clearer or easier to understand. Especially when it comes to your office looking clean and tidy when a potential client or customer is present.

What are the main things people pick up on?

Smell – The main thing that people will pick up on and relate to when walking into any room is the smell, and our noses can remember up to 50,000 scents! So, you don’t want your office remembered for having a bad smell, as this will give a negative feeling to the client or customer.

General Cleanliness– The cleanliness of your office is obviously another important factor. If there is a bin that is overflowing in the corner or coffee stains all over your carpets, your clients and customers may think that you don’t care.

You can be the best business in the world, but if you have a dirty office and a client or customer comes to visit, they would be more than likely inclined to “refuse to sign on the dotted line”.

How can you make a great first impression?

There are lots of factors that can come into play when it comes to making a good first impression. Here are a few that you may want to consider:

  • Hire an office cleaning company like ServiceMaster Clean, to make sure your office is spick and span every time a potential client or customer walks into your office.
  • Have regular health and safety meetings with all of your staff, to inform them of the importance of keeping their office space clean, from reducing staff sickness to that all important first impression.
  • Decorate your office space in a welcoming manner, even if that means putting a photo on the wall of the team or a painting that relates to your business.

To assist with all of your office cleaning, ServiceMaster can provide a friendly and professional service and will always go above and beyond your expectations.

To find your local ServiceMaster Clean click here.

Top 5 ways to declutter your workspace

We spend more time at work during our lifetime than we do at home. So, having a tidy workspace is important for morale, work productivity and efficiency.

There are some ways that you can keep your workspace tidy in an office and here are the top 5 for you to take away and implement in your office.

Workspace

1. Make your desk your own

If your company allows it, decorate your desk with photos of your family or a nice little desk plant. If you make your workspace as personal as you can, you are statistically more likely to increase your work productivity and enjoy your work life that little bit more.

2. File your documents

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

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

3. Have a home for everything

Having a home for everything like a pen pot here, personal items popped in your drawer and the use of the in/out tray will contribute towards a decluttered workspace. If you place certain things in different places though make sure you have remembered where you have put them, you don’t want to clutter up your desk to search for something!

4. Useful things should be in reach

If you have your pen pot over the other side of the desk and you have to lean over to get it and knock your morning coffee all over your paperwork, you have a bit of a problem here, don’t you!

Make sure all of the items you need are in an arm’s reach to where you are sitting, so, one you are not stretching and straining yourself and two to not knock over a drink or another item on your desk.

5. Keep it clean, to keep you keen

At the end of each day, all you need to do is give your desk a quick spray and wipe with a cleaning cloth. Then tidy your desk by stacking your paper neatly and taking your cups to the office kitchen. It takes no more than 5 minutes so you have no excuse!

For all of your office cleaning needs, contact your local ServiceMaster Clean today. Find your local office here.

As you may remember form last month, ServiceMaster Clean Durham & Teesside got into the World Cup spirit and hosted a sweepstake event and activities to involve staff, suppliers and customers.

As well as wanting to have some fun we were also raising money for a local adult disability football team ‘Beamish Dynamos’. Whilst England didn’t achieve all of their goals,  ServiceMaster Clean did,  as we raised  £220 to put towards this very worthy cause.

Pictured is Tom Coltman of Beamish Dynamos FC (left) receiving the cheque from Chris Blewitt the owner of ServiceMaster Clean Durham & Teesside.

Thanks to all who supported this event.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Swansea have been providing Contract Commercial Cleaning Services for over 10 years to commercial clients that cover many different types of industries including; retail outlets, offices, charities, doctor surgeries and manufacturing plants. This month we celebrate not just with one client reaching this impressive milestone but two!

Warm Wales, who are based in Kenfig Industrial Estate, Port Talbot and Toast who are based in Swansea Enterprise Park, are the fourteenth and fifteenth clients respectively, who have been using our commercial cleaning services for over ten years. Both clients started using our commercial cleaning services in January 2008 and even though both companies have re-located within that time we have moved with them to their new locations and adapted our commercial cleaning services to their businesses needs and requirements.

Jayne Managing Director for ServiceMaster Clean, Swansea & South West Wales said:
“As always it is great celebrating these milestones with our clients who have been loyal to ourselves over the last ten years. I appreciate that we operate within a very competitive market but days like today demonstrate that we must be doing something right within the services we provide. It is great to see each others companies grow and as a result relocate over the years. I am very much looking forward to working alongside both companies in the future and celebrate more important milestones together. Thank you to all at Warm Wales and Toast for your continued loyalty and support.”

Warm Wales and Toast now make it 15 clients who have been using our services for over ten years, throughout 2018 we will be celebrating more of these anniversaries with another 6 clients having 10 year anniversaries due, this will bring the total to 21 clients which is extremely impressive in such a competitive industry. Thank you to all of our clients for your continued support and loyalty.

Growth Award

ServiceMaster Swansea & South West Wales scooped the North Star Growth Award, as well as the North Star Customer Service Award at the 2017 national conference for ServiceMaster limited held in June.

ServiceMaster Swansea provides commercial cleaning services for doctor surgeries, veterinary practices, car showrooms, sport stadiums, offices, factories and schools throughout Swansea, Carmarthen, Neath, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Llanelli, Merthyr Tydfil and Pembrokeshire.

The company, owned by Jayne & Paul Gethin, is a franchise of ServiceMaster Limited and has had a steady growth rate for a number of years now. This is the second year they have taken both the growth and customer service award and believe winning these awards together demonstrates the right mix within the business.

“To pick up these two awards for the second year running demonstrates that customer retention is as important as business growth and they can be achieved together – hand in hand.” Commented Business Development Manager, Jonathan Gethin.

“As well as picking up these awards, the last 12 months have seen us move into bigger business units as well as celebrate being awarded our first tender from the Sell2Wales website which was open to applicants throughout the UK.” Finished Jonathan.

Having traded for over 13 years now, the business has high aspirations for the next 12-months and hope to increase their turnover to £1.5 million.

Picking up these awards for one year is a success in itself, but to go and claim them for the second-year running is no easy task.

“It feels great to have won again. Sometimes the cleaning world can be a thankless industry as we are only contacted when there is something wrong, so winning these awards really boosts team morale.

“We can’t wait to see what the next 12 months has in store for us as a business – watch this space!” Finished Jonathan

This morning we attended the Derwentside Business Network’s monthly event at Beamish Hall. The theme this month was how best to exhibit your business in a shoebox and the judges picked our shoebox as one of the 3 winners. They said, ‘’As is the case with all good marketing, you have to get noticed and we were in no doubt as to what this business did. ‘’

We received a nice bottle of bubbly from the judges for our efforts. Like everything we do, we went ‘above and beyond’ – well certainly above the rest of the shoeboxes, with our elevated effort !

Following our 10th anniversary of trading in 2015 we have proudly celebrated with ten clients who have been using our commercial cleaning services for over a decade. June 1st 2017 marked yet another ten year client anniversary bringing our grand total up to an impressive 11 clients.

Strawberry Place Surgery in Morriston, Swansea commenced using our cleaning services in 2007 where we serviced their old surgery for a short period before undertaking their commercial cleaning needs within their brand new purpose built doctor surgery.

Jayne our Managing Director for ServiceMaster Clean, Swansea stated “Once again we have witnessed another great milestone of providing ten consecutive years of commercial cleaning services, this is our eleventh client we have celebrated this milestone with, within the last two years and each and every time it feels as special. I understand the industry we work in is very competitive and I would like to thank Nicola and her team at Strawberry Place Surgery for the loyalty they have shown towards my company and I look forward to working closely with Nicola and her team over the forthcoming years.”

Strawberry Place is the eleventh commercial client to celebrate the ten year milestone which now includes five doctor surgeries, three office cleaning contracts, one charity with multiple sites, one factory and a retail outlet, with two more approaching throughout the year. We look forward to bringing you the news.

Employees who are able to work in a clean, healthy office often have less sick days and are more productive. A professional cleaning service enables you to focus on running your business and not the daily removal of dirt, grime and more from your premises. There are multiple benefits of using a professional office cleaning service such as ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services.  Here are just five:

5 Benefits of Professional Commercial Office Cleaning

  1. Healthier work environment
  2. Better first impression for customers, visitors and guests
  3. Less hassle
  4. Accommodates your business schedule
  5. Clean done right the first time

Professional Cleaning Service for Healthier Work Environment

Bacteria, allergens and germs are everywhere. Employees as well as customers and visitors can easily spread illness by simply touching surfaces such as desks, computer keyboards and door handles. Regular professional office cleaning that includes dusting, vacuuming, mopping and other cleaning can improve the health of your work environment as it reduces the presence of bacteria, germs, and allergens in the workplace. Allergens such as dust mites and mold spores can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms,  possibly resulting in sick days and reduced productivity.

Clean Office = Good First Impression

Customers and visitors will feel more welcome and happier entering an office that has stain-free carpets and reception area seating as well as dust-free lighting fixtures and a clean bathroom stocked with paper goods and full soap dispensers. You’ll feel confident meeting with customers and guests in a conference room that smells fresh and looks clean to even the most discerning eye.

Commercial Office Cleaning: Less Hassle for You

Running a business takes a lot of time and you shouldn’t have to worry about routine chores like vacuuming the lobby or restocking the paper towels in the restrooms. A professional janitorial service eliminates the hassle of removing the daily grime from your facility. Our ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services janitorial services can accommodate any schedule – we have teams that can clean daily, weekly or monthly as well as day-time only cleaning services.

Office Cleaning Done Right

It’s important your employees have a clean work space and that your customers are impressed with the look of your office each time they visit. A regular office cleaning team can ensure all your needs are met. When our cleaning professionals combine their expertise, we have more than 55 years’ experience in the industry, with technologically advanced equipment and high-quality cleaning products. We promise to get the job done right the first time.

Contact your local ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services to discuss which office cleaning services may best suit your business or facility.

2014 B2B British Franchise of the Year Finalist.
We are currently in the top three for the Business to Business British franchise of the year award and are awaiting the result which will be accredited in October 2014.

2013 Skills and Development Award – South Wales Chamber of Commerce
Further more form the investors in people award the South Wales Chamber of Commerce accredited ServiceMaster with this award for once again the development of staff.

2013 Investors in People – Bronze
This was achieved on the first attempt and shows the continual development of staff and highlights staff retention.

2010 ServiceMaster Marion E Award
The highest award in the ServiceMaster franchise and also the final award possible to achieve. This is picked from over 300+ franchises and is held in the highest recognition.

2007 ServiceMaster Award of Excellence
This is for the pursuit of excellence in customer retention and brand recognition whilst positively growing the franchise.

2005 ServiceMaster Frank Small Award
Highest growth for a new ServiceMaster Franchise in the UK.

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