Not Taking Cleaning Seriously? What is it Costing your Business?

Not Taking Cleaning Seriously? What is it Costing your Business?

Every business needs to take office cleaning services seriously. An unclean office/workplace can have an unfavorable effect on your business vision and performance, compromising your ability to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Luckily, comprehensive cleaning on a regular basis can help to attract prospective customers and maximize the productivity of employees.

This blog post from Office Keepers contains further information about why businesses need to take office cleaning services seriously.

It Increases Company Vision

The image your company presents to the world typically reflects your values and approach. Successful businesses have an immaculate and meticulously crafted image, attracting rather than dissuading prospective customers and clients. The last thing you want people to do is to walk away because they view your business as unclean, disorganized and unprofessional. Office cleaning in Arizona will help ensure you don’t lose valuable customers to competitors.

It Increases The Productivity and Health of Employees

An unclean office environment can increase the risk of employees coming down with illnesses. Sick leave will be requested more often, hampering your performance and costing money. Their work may also need to be offloaded onto others, compounding already busy schedules and causing more stress. Regular office cleaning ensures a more hygienic environment and healthier, more productive employees.

It Decreases Maintenance Costs

Do you have to repair or replace expensive equipment and materials more often than you should? It could be because dirt and dust have accumulated over time, reducing the lifespan of electronic equipment and affecting the condition of carpets and furniture. Regular office cleaning will ensure your assets are clean, helping to extend their lifespan and reduce unnecessary upkeep expenses.

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Office Keepers is proud to be one of the best office cleaning companies in Arizona, offering professional office cleaning services that can help your business succeed. To learn more or to request a free proposal, call us at 480-306-7100 or fill out our convenient online inquiry form.

How To Keep Your Office Germ Free

Have you ever had a sneaking suspicion that working is bad for health? It turns out you could be right. Many of the surfaces in our workplace harbor more bacteria than a toilet seat.

Top of the list of germ hotspots in offices are desktop phones, which microbiologists at the University of Arizona discovered were home to a hair-raising 25,000 germs per square inch. As a point of reference, a toilet seat is likely to have around 50 germs per square inch.

Coming in a close second are desktops, followed by computer mice and keyboards. But the bacteria bonanza doesn’t end there. Frequently touched surfaces including microwave and fridge doors and taps in shared workplace kitchens too, not to mention water cooler controls, are also magnets for viruses and bacteria.

Are we really making it worse?

It seems that changing our working habits may be increased exposure to potentially harmful germs in the workplace.
Hot-desking, where your workers share desk space or work at a different workstation each of day, is increasingly common. But shared desks have more germs on them than desks used by just one person. And a shared computer mouse harbors 50% more germs than a mouse with just one careful owner.

Eating lunch at your desk never sounded less appealing. But this is something that more than two-thirds of USA office workers say they do. If you count yourself among those who eat at their desks, you could be ingesting more than you bargained for, if bacteria and viruses hitch a ride on your sandwich.

So how can you protect yourself

Many of us don’t have a say if we have our own desks in our office, and maybe we don’t have the time or facilities to grab a bite to eat somewhere other than at our desks. But there is still plenty of you can do to protect yourself from workplace bugs.

Keep Your Office Germ Free

Here are our top tips.

• Wipe down your workstation with an antibacterial wipe at the start and end of each day. Don’t forget to wipe down the receiver, cradle, and buttons on your desktop phone, too. Research shows that regularly disinfecting surfaces and often-touched objects significantly reduce the number of germs that could potentially make you ill.

• Keep an antibacterial hand gel on your desk or in your bag. Use it after you make a cup of coffee in the office kitchen, or get a drink from the water cooler. If you can’t avoid eating at your desk use it before you eat, if you haven’t washed your hands first.

• Clean your keyboard and mouse regularly if you have your own desk, especially if you do tend to snack as you work. A compressed air spray costs just a couple of dollars and will help dislodge crumbs, fluff, and dust from between the keys of your keyboard. Follow up by wiping the keys with an alcohol wipe. Wipe down the mouse, too, while you’re at it.

• Don’t share mugs! Unless your office kitchen has a dishwasher to clean cups hygienically, you’re better off having your own mug and taking it home with you to wash at the end of each day. Many studies show that dishcloths and sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria – not what you want with your morning brew.

Adhering to these tips will help you to a clean, and much less germ filled work space!

10 Commercial Cleaning Tips

10 Commercial Cleaning Tips

Hiring a professional commercial cleaning company, such as Office Keepers, is by far the most efficient way to ensure that your commercial properties are maintained to the highest standard, however if you are hiring in house for your cleaning, then below are some commercial cleaning tips you may find useful!

Carpets: One of the main reasons of keeping your office space clean is for your potential clients and visitors. So, walk where they would walk! Walk the same route as your potential client, look around and take note at what could be cleaner.

Desks: Stop cluttering your desk. One of the main items in your office will be the office desk space. If you limit the amount of objects cluttering your desk, it will look a lot cleaner, even if you have just placed everything into drawers.

Keyboards: We can test the cleanliness of your office, while you’re reading this paragraph. Lift your keyboard upside down and shake it around for five seconds. See all those crumbs that have just fallen out? They need to be cleaned up. Clean and sanitize your keyboard at least once/twice a week, or limit the amount of food eaten at your desk, to keep on top of it.

Fridges: The last working day of every month, this should not only be known as pay day, but also the fridge clear out day! Yep, that’s right, whatever food is left in the fridge come that evening, throw it in the bin. Trust me, you don’t want spilt milk lining the bottom of your fridge, if you haven’t got a professional cleaning company to mop it up.

Plants: The office plants. There’s no point owning a pretty office plant if no one is willing to keep on top of the falling leaves. Be sure to pick up any leaves off your floor, water and dust the leaves to keep it looking pretty. Or just buy an artificial plant, and just dust it!

Microwave: This tip will make caked on food much easier to remove. Place a mug of cold water in the microwave and bring to boil. If you have a tablespoon of vinegar to add even better. This will loosen all stubborn marks and food can be removed quickly.

Corners: Out of sight out of mind? This is the philosophy of many office workers, especially if their task that evening is to clean their personal home. Make sure that all furniture is moved away from the walls every so often, and make sure that behind the furniture is properly vacuumed. All sorts of object tend to hide here!

Phones: Make sure you sanitize your office phone regularly; the last thing you want is your entire work force off sick with the same illness. Saliva and germs will accumulate on the phone. As part of our task schedule introduced by Office Keepers all telephones are expected to be sanitized at least once a week.

Dishes: All dishes and cups left in the break room should be washed right away. Make it a rule to have each person wash their own dishes, or fines may result!

Bins: Take out your bins and recycle your waste regularly. The last thing you want is for a visitor to come into your offices and have to try and balance their apple core on the top of your rubbish in your full bins.

If all this fails, the best solution to any cleaning problem is to give us a call at Office Keepers. Check out our Google reviews for what our customers are saying about us.

What Are Your Office Cleaning Challenges?

Cleaning a commercial property is very different than cleaning a home. There are lots of unique challenges that go along with office cleaning. Addressing these challenges head-on is the best way to ensure that your property is not only clean, but that it is also safe for your clients and employees. Here are some of the issues that you need to consider:

Challenge 1: Finding a Proper Time to Clean

Typically, cleaning will need to be done outside of normal business hours. If your office maintains regular 9 am to 5 pm, that probably won’t be a problem. However, some industries have employees on site around the clock. For instance, if you run a medical facility that is open early and later than normal business hours, there will most likely be employees in the office most of the day.

This can make it challenging to find a time when the cleaning can be done. Typically, the best option is to schedule cleaning services for the time when there are the fewest employees in the building. This will make it as easy as possible for the cleaning staff to get their work done without causing any major disruptions.

Office Keepers has cleaning crews that are able to accommodate any schedule.  Just let us know what time you would like your building to be cleaned and we will identify a crew to fit your needs.

Challenge 2: Cross Contamination

Cross-contamination is another challenge associated with office cleaning. A good example of this is when a mop that is used to clean a bathroom is then also used to clean the hallway or the main office space. This can result in the spread of germs, which can increase the likelihood of employees getting sick and missing work.

Cross Contamination

The best way to avoid this is by having separate cleaning products for each space of your building. Try color-coding microfiber cloths and mops and storing them near the areas where they should be used to minimize the spread of germs throughout your space. This is especially important if you work in a medical facility or in a facility where there is a high likelihood of contamination.  Our color coding method at Office Keepers includes specific colors of microfiber cloths and mops for certain areas.

Challenge 3: Missed Areas

Most office buildings are quite large and have a lot of different areas that need to be addressed. Oftentimes, certain areas can get overlooked during regular cleaning. For instance, the cleaning crew may empty the trash each day, but they probably won’t wipe down the desk chairs to remove dust on a daily basis.

The best way to avoid this problem is by coming up with a complete cleaning schedule for the entire office. When a proposal is sent to your office we take measurements and inventory of each area.  Then we decide how often it should be cleaned. As an example, the garbage cans most likely will need to be emptied every day. The office chairs, bookcases, or printer stands, on the other hand, may only need to be cleaned once a month.

At Office Keepers we print out a cleaning schedule specific to your building that clearly outlines how often each task should be done. That way, the cleaning crew will know exactly what tasks they need to do and when they need to do them, helping to avoid any areas being overlooked.

There are a lot of challenges associated with office cleaning. By thinking through these challenges ahead of time, you can help avoid them, ensuring that your building stays as clean as possible.  Office Keepers has taken steps to avoid these common office cleaning challenges for you, so let us take care of your building!

Call today for a free proposal at 480-306-7100.

5 things that make a Great Commercial Service

5 things that make a Great Commercial Service

When looking to hire a janitorial service that you can trust, there are certain expectations you should have. You want to be certain that when you leave your business and the cleaning crew comes in, you know that you can trust them and that your office is in the best hands.

Here are the 5 things that make a Great Commercial cleaning service:

Reliability and Confidentiality
Reliability and Confidentiality are one of the two main concerns for many companies when choosing a commercial cleaning service.  A  reliable  cleaning service will pride itself on being dependable,secure and trustworthy. A good cleaning crew will come in, do their job and make sure to leave everything just as it was when they arrived.

Prompt Service   
Punctual, on-time service is extremely important, especially if you have 
alarm codes at your business.  Cleaning crews that arrive on time and stay
until the job is finished. A good commercial company will work according
to your schedule. 

Environmental Friendly Supplies   
A professional cleaning service will make sure to use safer products for
their cleaning crews and the clients. By using Eco-friendly supplies
we also help the Eco-system by reducing pollution to our water ways. A
good cleaning service will always look for ways to use non-harmful,corrosive materials.

Commitment to Excellence
A commercial cleaning service committed to a high standard or excellence will take the necessary steps to 100% satisfy each and every client. They will go above and beyond, in order to ensure that each client is getting top of the line cleaning services.

Our Reputation Is Everything
Office Keepers is committed to providing the highest quality janitorial services to our customers by customizing a complete cleaning solution plan that matches your organizations needs. Our team members are carefully vetted, certified and receive ongoing training along with the right tools to ensure the highest level of service. Office Keepers has strict quality control standards and procedures in place to ensure a worry free cleaning experience for our clients. This includes scheduled supervisory visits, customer feedback questionnaires and detailed documentation of the services provided. We are committed to customer service and ensure that our clients receive the value and quality they expect from a professional cleaning service provider.

Your Favorite Restaurant

Your Favorite Restaurant

What’s your favorite restaurant? How often do you get to go there? I’m assuming that like me, you decided that your favorite restaurant is the one where they serve really good food, maybe even your favorite dish.

Let’s now talk about the other things that may make this restaurant your favorite. Are you able to make reservations when you need it? When you get there, are you greeted with a smile? What about cleanliness? What are the things you noticed? How’s the entry way? Are the windows clean? Once you are seated, how clean is the table? Have the napkins been pressed? Are the menus clean? Are the items on the table clean and ready to use? How are the bathrooms? Are the mirrors shiny? Is there enough toilet paper?

These are things that we might not think about until we are there, but things that restaurant owners constantly think of and prepare for. They know that cleanliness is part of the ambiance and it makes a big statement about the restaurant. Probably a very important reason why you feel comfortable when you go there for dinner.

At Office Keepers AZ, we are happy to serve many restaurants in the valley. We meet with each client, and decide together on the specific service we will provide. We do inspections regularly to make sure standards are met, and we go above and beyond to make sure that our clients are able to welcome their guests in a clean and appealing environment every day.