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ServiceMaster Clean Wake County can help you give your employees and customers the confidence to adjust to the new normal. As the country begins to relax stay at home orders and businesses reopen, companies must have plans in place to further reduce the spread and threat of the current virus.

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s the Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfection?

Cleaning Sanitizing Disinfection Flyer ServiceMaster Clean Wake County has years of experience cleaning and disinfecting hospitals, commercial spaces, and other facilities that are at risk for exposure to various infectious diseases. Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects.

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A Safe Workplace Directly Impacts the Bottomline

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ServiceMaster Clean Wake County has years of experience cleaning and disinfecting hospitals, commercial spaces, and other facilities that are at risk for exposure to various infectious diseases. Our expert, high-quality cleaning starts with training and a thorough, scientific common-sense approach. Using the most effective products and protocols to break the chain of infection helps protect you, your customers, and your spaces.

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How to Keep Allergens from Taking Over your Office

How to Keep Allergens from Taking Over your Office - woman blowing her noseSpring is here and with Spring time comes allergies. With another harsh allergy season ahead, taking measures to reduce allergens in your workplace is more important than ever. Here in North Carolina, that means the yellow dust, aka, pollen is about to take over the state and our lives.

While it may seem like a losing battle to keep allergens from taking over your office and home, there are ways to minimize the allergens even when it feels like they’ve taken over.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has six recommendations for improving indoor air quality and reducing allergy symptoms:

  • Control dust mites.
    Keep surfaces in clean and uncluttered. Bare floors and walls are best, but if your facility has carpet, professional cleaning removes dirt, pollen, allergens, dust, and other particles deep within your carpet’s fibers.
  • Vacuum once or twice weekly.
    Vacuuming helps keep allergens to a minimum, so speak with your cleaning contractor if you need to change your vacuuming schedule.
  • Prevent animal dander.
    If yours is a progressive workplace that allows employees to bring their dogs to work, whether occasionally or regularly, keep in mind that most doctors advise people allergic to animal dander to avoid pets with feathers or fur.
  • Prevent entry of pollen by keeping windows and doors closed.
    Air conditioning in warm weather is best and also helps control dust mites by reducing humidity. Change filters often in window units.
  • Avoid mold spores.
    Reduce moisture around the bathrooms, kitchen and other areas with water. Fix all leaks and other causes of dampness.
  • Control cockroaches carefully.
    Use poison baits, boric acid and traps rather than chemical agents that can irritate rhinitis and asthma.


These steps, while they may seem tedious, will help you with the battle against pollen spores and other allergens that invade our homes and office during Springtime. Regular cleanings with “green friendly” products can help your workplace remain free of allergens and dangerous chemical agents. Consult with your local commercial cleaning company, such as Servicemaster of Wake County, on ways regular cleanings and janitorial services can minimize allergens and thus the time employees are out sick due to allergies. Stay safe this Spring season, and ward off allergens with regular dusting, cleaning and sanitizing practices.

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Carpet Cleaning for Office Spaces

Cleaning the carpets of a commercial buildingEven though we do sometimes called a hairpiece a rug, a carpet is not like hair, if you make a mistake or have an accident it won’t grow back. However, if you don’t treat carpet like hair you might end up with a bald hallway.

While carpeting in the workspace can brighten and open up space, cleaning it can be more difficult than hardwood or linoleum flooring. Daily vacuuming is a must, but what happens if you spill something or stain your carpeting? Do you get on your hands and start scrubbing or do you rent a carpet cleaner from the grocery store to get the stain out? To start, you’re going to need to know what kind of carpet you have. This will be the first determining condition when selecting a cleaning method. We’ve broken it down to the two most common styles of carpet; Berber and frieze. Berber is a carpet with looped fibers, usually wool or nylon, and of the two carpet types, it cleans the best, especially when the loops are large. The only problem is that it doesn’t wear well. The larger the loops the easier it is to clean, but the larger the loops only mean it is easier to wear down as well. Frieze carpeting, however, is a twisted fiber carpet. It vacuums well, but this carpet style tends to be made of polyethylene terephthalate and polyester materials. In short, they have a tendency to keep a stain and don’t last as long as wool or nylon. The material is very important in the wear-ability of the carpet. Nylon and wool are more expensive, but they last. The polyethylene terephthalate and polyester materials also last, but they stain easier. Another type of fiber, acrylic, is actually made with recycled plastic, making it stain resistant. However, it doesn’t last as long as wool or nylon.

Now that you are getting a bit confused, let’s add in carpet padding to make things more fun (as well as more confusing). Five-Pound padding is what you usually have in a home, but in a commercial building, ten pound is the very least you can have. That is why your home carpets tend to be softer than commercial buildings…it’s in the padding! Padding made from foam chips or recycled rubber will limit the stain but naturally costs more. If the stain permeates or seeps through the padding, the staining can be more difficult to get and there can be a permanent odor…depending on what the stains were caused by.

If you think we confused you on purpose then you’d be right! While it may be easier to rent a carpet cleaner at the grocery store, those can push the stains deeper and leave your carpets marked. They often leave residue and soak not only the carpet but the padding too. Rental carpet cleaners also don’t adjust for carpet fabric, depth and padding levels. Not all carpets are the same and thus not all carpets can be cleaned with the same products and methods.

When you hire a certified, professional commercial cleaning service they are able to determine the best solutions, machinery, and techniques to best revive the original condition of your carpets. ServiceMaster of Wake County knows all about carpet types, and the best as well as the greenest way to clean them. A professional commercial carpeting cleaning and janitorial service company will also be able to tell you how often your particular carpets need to be cleaned. Just because you don’t have a cavity doesn’t mean you don’t go to the dentist regularly for cleaning. The same goes for carpeting; most carpets should be professionally cleaned at least once a year, while others need it every 6 months. Ask your technician what they recommend for your particular commercial workspace carpets. There is no need to worry and lose your hair over your workspace carpet…simply contact ServiceMaster of Wake County.

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Sanitation and Allergies in the Food Industry

Sanitation and Allergies in the Food Industry

Food allergies are illnesses that cause an adverse reaction in consumers as a result of a specific ingredient or food. An estimated 6 to 7 million Americans suffer from some kind of food allergy. While the word allergy brings to mind a harmless sneeze or an itch, the truth is that allergic reactions to food can be severe and in some cases, even life-threatening.

Allergens differ from people to people, but there are eight major allergenic foods that make up 90% of all food allergies in the US. These are categorized as the Big-8 and include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans.

How do Sanitation and Allergies Go Hand in Hand?

Consumers who have food allergies are reliant on the accuracy of food labels and ingredient lists to make sure that they don’t come into contact with an allergen. If your business is not taking adequate steps to ensure that proper sanitation is a big part of your production, you may be putting people’s health and lives at risk. 

Cross-contact is the term used to refer to the presence of an allergenic ingredient in a product that is labeled as safe and free of allergens. This is most likely due to improper and inefficient cleaning of machinery and surfaces – especially ones that are shared among different foods.

Imagine a company that produces both peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. For someone that has a peanut allergy, chocolate chip cookies are completely safe to eat. However, if the cookies are prepared on the same surface that was used by the peanut butter, there’s a high chance that traces of peanuts will make it into the chocolate chip cookie dough and cause the consumer to have an allergic reaction.

While minor traces of ingredients may not seem like a problem to most people, they can be deadly for someone with allergies. The same rules apply to restaurant owners who share the responsibility of practicing proper hygiene and sanitation to ensure they are providing their customers with safe to eat meals.

How to Ensure Your Facility Has Proper Sanitation

Having standard operating procedures to ensure your facilities and kitchens are clean is helpful, however not always efficient when it comes to allergy prevention. This is because there is no blanket solution to cleaning allergic foods. What works for one allergenic ingredient may not work for another.

In order to ensure that you are maximizing the effectiveness of your cleaning methods, it is best to employ the help of professionals who can customize and tailor cleaning procedures according to your needs.

Professional cleaning services do not only help to keep surfaces and machinery/equipment clean, they can also be important when it comes to keeping the general cleanliness of your property up to the mark. Dust, pollen, and mold can greatly reduce the quality of air and your surroundings.

This is why at ServiceMasterClean we understand that every business comes with its unique needs. We offer a wide variety of cleaning services that all follow the highest standards to ensure you get the quality you deserve.

 Call us today at (919) 981-6553 to schedule an appointment.

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How to Create a Clean Environment Free from Dust and Pollen at Your Office

 cleaner surfaces can boost employee productivity Your office space is where you and your fellow employees probably spend a significant part of the day. No one wants to be coughing up a sea of dust and pollen as they work.

But alas, dust, grime, and pollen are part of everyday life. While it may not be possible to eliminate them completely, you can definitely make sure they’re less of a nuisance by following the tips below to ensure a clean environment free from dust and pollen in the office.

1.Wet Dust Surfaces Frequently with Microfiber Cloth

Dusting surfaces can result in blowing dust into the air and onto another surface instead of cleaning it for good. An alternative to dry dusting is using a wet microfiber cloth to wipe down surfaces in a practice known as wet dusting.

Microfiber cloths are designed to lift and hold the dust instead of just wipe it around. This can help get rid of dust and pollen that has collected on the surfaces such as tables, keyboards, and screens. It also ensures that the dust is gone for good instead of merely transferred to another nook or corner.

2.Mop Regularly

Floors are hot spots for the dust and grime to snuggle into and if you don’t keep up with cleaning them regularly, you’re looking at little pockets of dirt, dust, stray hair strands, and pollen collecting right beneath your feet – the feet you will trudge through the entire office, spreading germs! Your office should be mopped and wiped down every day to ensure that the day’s dirt is cleared away.

3.Minimize Trinkets and Clutter

Employees may like to decorate their space with little trinkets and knick-knacks and while this may add personality to your office space, the sad truth is that the more objects you have lying around the more space there will be for the dust to settle into, the harder it will be to get rid of it. Try encouraging employees to keep their desk space clean and free of unnecessary clutter.

Do your part and make sure you get rid of files and paperwork that you don’t need instead of letting them stack up. They can be cause for tons of unnecessary dust that can be difficult to get rid of.

4.Use the Right Tools

Handheld vacuums and compressed air canisters can be important tools to help get the dust out of difficult nooks and corners such as between the keys or the fabric of chairs. It can even help clean difficult to reach areas such as ceiling fans.

A clean office can lead to a higher level of worker productivity. If you want to make sure that the job is being handled by professionals who know how to take care of business, get in touch with ServiceMaster Clean and let us take care of your home’s health for you!

We offer a whole host of services in the Triangle Area that will suit your needs and will give you the office that you and your employees deserve!

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Guide to Color Coding

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Red, Yellow, Green and Blue Color Coding

 

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Spring Cleaning at Work: Simple Tips for Tidying Up Your Office

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It’s almost Springtime and for many that means spring cleaning at home, but you can’t forget about the place where you spend more time at than you do your home; your office. We’ve composed some simple tips for tidying up your office this spring-cleaning season.

The biggest culprit of mess is often your own desk. It can get clutter with office supplies, covered in papers you forgot to file, trash or recyclable that didn’t fit in the bins, and even old lunch takeout boxes. Whatever is cluttering you desk and preventing you from being productive has to go. If it’s broke, has no use or is outdated and not frequently needed it needs to somewhere like a file cabinet or the trash.

While it can be more convenient to eat your desk, it’s messy and leaves germs behind. Have you ever successfully eaten spaghetti near your keyboard and managed to not get sauce or noodle on between the keys? Probably not. Sauce splatters on the monitor and anything in reach. Avoid food clogging into your keyboard between keys, trash around your desk and germs invading your space by taking your lunch away from your desk and eating somewhere that is a dedicated rest area such as the break room, kitchen or even a common area outside. With the weather getting nicer you should take every advantage to get out of the office, enjoy the weather, get some fresh air and go outdoors to enjoy your lunch.

Try to organize everything in reach. This tip is especially helpful when trying to de-clutter your desk. There should be a place for everything and everything in its place. If it doesn’t’ have a place, it probably needs to go.

Ensure you have trash receptacles and recycling bins property labeled, regularly cleaned out and conveniently placed throughout the office. A full trashcan defeats the purpose of its use because trash overflows and eventually you stop using it because no one has emptied it. In addition, if you can’t find a trashcan or recycling bin you are more likely to simply leave the item on your desk or in your office. This leads to clutter and mess and defeats the purpose of de-cluttering and spring-cleaning.

Spring-cleaning is a great excuse to ask for new office supplies from HR as well. You will quickly find that when your desk is clean and clear of clutter you will be more productive and probably less anxious or stressed because your work isn’t caving in on you…literally.

If you need help cleaning the rest of your office space, call ServiceMaster of Wake County today for a free estimate and learn how to get your workspace cleaned on the regular, not just during Spring-cleaning season.

 

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Top 3 Ways to Disinfect One of the Most Germ Infested Areas in your Office

Two coworkers in the breakroomThree easy ways to disinfect the most germ infested area in your office starts by uncovering what that space is. It goes by many names; kitchen, break room, coffee room, common room or breakout space, but the one thing it has it common is that it is a shared space for employees to relax, eat and escape from the stresses of their workload and desks. They are the most commonly used spaced in the office by the staff, which means they are most often exposed to germs.

The best way to start disinfecting the break room (or whatever you call it) is to start with those who use it. Always put up signage encouraging your staff to was their hands. While it may seem like common knowledge, according to BusinessWise, 39% of people don’t wash their hands after coughing or sneezing and over half don’t wah their hands after touching shared equipment, common surfaces or even public transportation. That means they are bringing germs from the outside into your office space. That is A LOT of germs ending up in keyboards, on phones, and other office supplies which in turn transfers to the break room. Disinfecting your germiest office location starts with the simple task of everyone washing their hands once they get to work, eating, using the restroom, touching a commonly used surface or coughing/sneezing.

Keep the refrigerator clean both inside and outside. Disinfect the refrigerator door handle frequently and clean out old food, spills, & crumbs inside at least weekly. Don’t let foot rot or mold before you remove them from the fridge. Asking employees to take home old food before the end of the week and then cleaning the unit at the end of every week allows for employees to be responsible and aware that sanitation and cleanliness is important to you and your business. Make sure employees are not reaching into the freezer ice bucket with their bare hands but rather use a scooper or the dispenser if your unit has one.

Clean every corner, nook, cranny and surface regularly. On average, you touch 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing you to over 840,000 germs (according to BusinessWire). That’s 1,680,000 every hour, at a minimum! It takes only a few seconds to wipe down a counter, spray a door handle or use an ice scoop but that simple action could save you from getting ill from the germs around your office that are waiting to infect you.

Even if your office or business employs a janitorial service like ServiceMaster of Wake County, it’s still possible that germs can get overlooked between services. Ask your employees to clean up after themselves, throwaway old food, and to wash their hands regularly. While these are easy tasks to accomplish, they can make all the difference in the world.

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Post-Construction Clean Up

Man pushing broom to clean up construction sitePicture this; you’ve been enduring plastic tarp, dust, loud noises and interruptions around the office for months as a construction team has been doing construction on another wing of your office. The construction team finishes building, collects their equipment and leaves…a mess behind that is! What are you to do? Most construction agreements don’t include a deep “post-construction” clean; they usually just sweep and take their trash when they leave. Sometimes they don’t even do that, but they always leave you with dust, dirt and other debris to handle yourself.

If you’ve just had construction done around your business, consider hiring a team that specializes in post-construction cleaning. The construction company can sweep, but their job is to build, not clean. That’s were you call Servicemaster of Wake County.

Servicemaster of Wake County, and all Servicemaster Clean franchises across the country, have a strict checklist of what areas to focus on during a post-construction clean.

1.  Carpets & Upholstery
It’s all too easy for dust and dirt particles to embed themselves in curtains, upholstered furniture and carpeted floors. If allowed to settle after construction, the result can not only look filthy, but also cause itchy, irritating reactions for friends, family or guests.

2.  Hard Surfaces
All your hard services will be wiped down, including molding and even the walls. Dry dusting is the safest way to remove the particles without damaging the wall’s surface. Cabinets and molding with hard to reach corners are common areas for dust to accumulate so extra attention will be paid to those areas.

3.  Air Vents & Filters
Breathing dusty air can lead to allergies and respiratory issues, so we recommend replacing all air filters after a construction job is fully complete.

4.  The Little Things
Any furniture or items in the renovation will be need to be wiped, cleaned or washed including ceiling fan blades, light fixtures, lampshades, electronics, small appliances and decorative items.

We don’t blame you if you think this cleaning is tedious and don’t want to do it yourself. That is why Servicemaster of Wake County is here to do it for you! Our expert cleaning crews are available to come over and do the post-construction cleaning for you – quickly, safely and effectively.

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Office Coffee Maker Cleaning Tips

Guy pouring a Coffee Pot CWe at Servicemaster of Wake County love our coffee; in fact we call it “productivity juice” because it keeps up productive and pushing through the hardest tasks. Many offices and workplaces, like Servicemaster, offer coffee to their employees with either traditional coffee makers like Mr. Coffee or other brand OR their use single use (pod coffee systems) coffee makers like Nespresso or Keurig. The problem with either coffee maker is that they usually aren’t cleaned as often as they should be and this can lead to build up, mildew and foul tasting coffee.

Traditional Coffee Makers

There is a pretty good chance you already throw out the filter and wash/rinse the carafe after the day’s use, but an overlooked everyday cleaning task for traditional coffee makers is cleaning the filter in additional to throwing out the used grounds and filter. Use a damp rag to clean out the filter area where the grounds go and water is poured in. As far as cleaning the machine itself goes, this is rarely done in most businesses, but truly needs to be done at least once a month. If your office has hard water, do it more often. There are commercial products that are available, which you can purchase at most stores or online or you can use good old kitchen vinegar. Typically, the coffee machine cleaning products are a liquid that is poured into the tank just as you would pour water into it to make coffee. You then have to turn the machine on and allow it to pump through. Make sure that you also run at least one or two full cycles of fresh water through the machine after you have used these products to ensure that there is no chemical or vinegar residue left over. If you do opt to use vinegar, it cleans the machine just as effectively as the commercial cleaning products, but it doesn’t require the use of harsh chemicals to do so. Simply pour the vinegar into the tank, turn the machine on and allow it to brew just as it would at any other time. After the coffee machine has cooled, run water through it a couple of times (just like you would when making coffee). After cleaning it and running a few cycles of clean water through, you are good to go to brew a fresh cup of joe!

Pod Coffee Systems

Pod Coffee System machines often get more daily use than traditional carafe style coffee makers and they can develop clogs that can cause the system to quit completely. Proper and regular cleaning is vital to the taste of your coffee and cleanliness of your machine. Similar to the traditional carafe system, vinegar makes for a great (non chemical) cleaning agent. You will want to refer to the manual for your machine for the best process to descale and remove buildup, calcium deposits, from your machine.

If you regularly clean your coffee maker, your coffee will continue to taste great and your staff will keep smiling because they have their “productivity juice” to keep them pushing through the morning and entire day.

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Why Clean with Microfiber?

Cleaning with MicrofiberAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, what is used to clean with is extremely important to how well your office and work area gets cleaned. In addition to the actual products being important, what you use is just as important.

Microfiber is a must-have in every cleaning crew’s arsenal for a variety of reasons. Microfiber is able to remove 99% of bacteria on a surface as compared to 33% when you use standard industry terrycloth. The question remains though, what is microfiber and why is it so important when cleaning?

Microfiber is a synthetic fiber usually made of nylon or polyester polymide that are slit into millions of fine fibers thinner than 1/16th of a human hair. Production of microfiber dates back to the late 1950’s but was limited. The millions of strands allow the cloth to trap moisture, dust, dirt and debris. Microfiber actually has a positive charge; this attracts dust, which carries a negative charge. Once dust and dirt is caught by the microfiber, its there to stay rather than getting tossed around and redistributed around the room and area. Microfiber clothes are also very soft, so it’s safe to use on floors, walls, ceilings, windows, mirrors and harder-to-reach areas.

Microfiber is ideal for commercial cleaning because we can dust, clean, dry, sanitize and polish without damage, streaking or keeping track of different cloths for different surfaces. Microfiber mops are great for various surfaces floors, the cloths don’t streak on windows and chrome faucets, taps and even water fountains are left sanitized and shiny. Microfiber is safe to use on glass, including technology like computer monitors and TVs.

The reason you should really like microfiber cloths is that we don’t need to use as much water and cleaning solutions with them, thus keeping our costs down. When our costs are lower, your costs are lower. Everyone wins with microfiber!

When hiring your commercial cleaning service to maintain your business, make sure to ask what products they use to clean. Better yet, hire Servicemaster of Wake County, they use microfiber because it’s the best for your business and your costs.

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Commercial Green Cleaning Products

Dayporter cleaning mirror janitorial To clean with green or not to clean with green…that is the question. How would you like to walk into your workplace each day and know it was professionally cleaned and sanitized; yet it didn’t reek of chemicals? It is possible with green products, like Green For™. Green For™ products are exclusively made for Servicemaster Cleaning and Restore businesses. They are free of harmful perfumes and dyes and meet the highest level of certification requirements. These green cleaning products also reduce toxins that are absorbed into our ecosystem. In addition, Green For™ products biodegrade much faster than non-green products…making it Mother Earth friendly from beginning to end.

If you are concerned about our world and feel a certain responsibility for its upkeep AND you like a fresh clean smell over chemicals and noxious fumes…then you’ll want to request the use of green products in your commercial cleaning services. However, we don’t just stop at green cleaning. ServiceMaster of Wake County can help you save money and increase the energy efficiency of your building! Check out our post on the USGBC LEED programs and points for more information.

Green cleaning isn’t just about helping the environment; it’s about helping your employees too. The use of green products has been linked to better health and reduced sick day absences in the workplace. Fewer chemicals equal fewer toxins, which equals fewer germs meaning fewer sick days and thus…higher employee moral.

Going green isn’t limited to only commercial cleaning services using clean products; you can use green products and lifehacks at home too. Try using a detergent that works in cold water, rather than hot. It’s a simple way of conserving an energy source and you don’t have to wait for the water to get hot. Citrus make a great degreaser and you can substitute vinegar for more acidic cleaners, and baking soda or borax for alkaline-based products. For example, next time your stovetop of microwave gets coated in grease, try scrubbing it with half of a lemon first, before you pull out those toxic chemicals. This is a great trick when Bob from Accounting doesn’t cover his pasta leftovers before heating them up, thus leaving a tomato sauce grease cave in the microwave for the next person.

If all those reasons didn’t convince you to use green products in your workspace cleaning practices, then we’ve got one more reason. Did you know that customers, clients, and consumers in an extensive number of surveys express a clear preference for companies that are green conscious? This means people more often than none, prefer companies that recycle, help the community, use green products, and are recognized as partaking in environmentally friendly practices. When you hire a commercial cleaning service, like Servicemaster of Wake County, who uses green products and assist in achieving LEED points, you are showing your employees and customers, consumers and clients that you care about their well being too.

Do you care about your environment, customers, clients, consumers, employees AND the success of your business? Call Servicemaster of Wake County today for a free cleaning estimate…because we care about all those things too!

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What is Dust and Why is it Important to Dust Regularly

Dusting a wall  What is Dust and Why is it Important to Dust Regularly Dust is that not all fluffy bunnies and fairy wing sparkles. Dust is simply a pretty word for something actually quite disgusting and unclean. In the real world, dust is composed of dead skin cells, bugs, animal dander, fur, hair fibers, dust mites, pollen, and many other particles you probably never want to know are floating in the air or settled in between the keys of your keyboard.

Whether you are indoors, outdoors, near water or even near a construction site, the components of your dust particles will vary. Dust will even vary depending on where you are in the world. This means that no two dust bunnies are alike, kind of like a snowflake. The only difference is a snowflake normally doesn’t lead to an allergy induced sneezing attack. Unless you’re an elephant*, you probably don’t want dust in your home or office.

* Elephants use dust to bathe and remove parasites.

It is very important to dust your office space regularly and free it of airborne particles. Not only is it unhygienic to allow dust to settle, but also it can be harmful and unsafe. Did you know that dust could cause electronic issues when it accumulates in your electronic devices too long? Issues include overheating, jamming and even fires.

Not dusting can lead to various health issues, especially allergies. Letting dust full of pollen and pet dander settle is like welcoming a runny nose with open arms. Joe in accounting might have some funny stories to tell from his military days, but you won’t want to be near him when he’s sneezing up a boogery storm by the water coolers. GROSS!

Probably one of the most disturbing parts of dust doesn’t even come from the pollen and dander, it comes from the dust mites themselves. In addition to their excrement being one of the major reasons for year-round allergies, they eat the skin cells and oils we shed throughout the day. No dust means, no dust mites.

While it is impossible to shed a workplace 100% of dust, routine cleanings that involve extensive dusting can minimize it. Dusting should be done in every space, even the areas that you don’t see or occupy frequently. Just because no one hangs out in the spare office or supply closet, it doesn’t mean you can ignore dusting those spaces. Dust floats in the air and when you don’t clean it from one space, you are welcoming it to float around and land anywhere.

Make sure your commercial cleaning service or janitorial staff cleans and dusts all spaces and crevasses where dust may land. Let’s be dramatic for a moment and consider this scenario. If you don’t keep your workplace clean and well dusted, then your computer keyboard could jam up and you couldn’t get your work done. Another scenario is your allergies could become so bad that you have to leave the workplace and then you couldn’t get your work done either. So in short, a dusty office could lead to your work not being completed. If your work isn’t completed then you may get fired and no one wants to say they got fired because dust bunnies overran their office and they lost the battle against millions of dust bunny armies. Don’t lose your job, hire someone to dust your office or do it yourself!

 

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How to Remove Chewing Gum

Remove Gum from Carpet 300x200Chewing gum is fun to chew and sometimes even blow bubbles, but when it falls out of your mouth and sticks to something then the fun ends pretty quickly. Getting gum on the couch and our hair was awful enough when we were children and didn’t know better, but now that we are adults its even worse. Unfortunately, gum does fall out and get stuck to things, some of us just weren’t meant to walk and chew gum at the same time.

If you find yourself in a predicament where you’re at work or home and your gum “somehow” falls out of your mouth and sticks to something, here are the techniques for removing chewing gum depending on the different surface materials and fabrics.

There are a few methods of getting gum off including peanut butter, heat, ice, even coconut oil. The method you use will depend on the fabric.

  1. Use a can of compressed air to freeze the gum or freeze it directly in the freezer. When the gum hardens you can easily scrap the gum off.
  2. Use and oil to remove the gum. It can be olive, coconut, or vegetable The trick is to pour a little on the gum and then actually “massage” the oil into the gum”. This will remove the “sticky” factor and make removal easier. Once the gum ahs been removed you must put some cornstarch onto the oil spot to soak up the oil. One your cornstarch has sucked up the oil, you’ll want to wash your fabric with regular clothing detergent and let it dry.
  3. Peanut butter actually does work, as silly as it sounds. Put a small amount of peanut butter on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it’s sat, peel off the gum with ease and the wash the fabric and usual.
  4. Heat the surface (good for leathers) with a hair dryer on the hottest setting to get the gum melty and gooey. This makes it easier to scrap off.
  5. Dish soap is amazing at getting gum of fabrics. If it can get oil off ducks in the ocean, it can do almost anything. We suggest using the dish brand that best gets grease off your pans and oil off ducks. You’ll want mix it with warm water and get it nice and bubbly. Spray it on the fabric and then use a rag that you have also saturated in the soapy mixture as well as a toothbrush to scrap the gum off.
  6. Hot vinegar is an effective method. You will heat up vinegar and then apply it to the area with a toothbrush until you can scrape it all off.
  7. What can’t WD-40 fix! Spray the WS-40 to gum directly and peel it off. 

Ice cube being used to get gum off carpetIf you get gum on leather you will want to try melting, oil or dish soap. Finish up your gum removal with a coat of leather polish once the leather is dry.

If you get gum on fibers, whether they be synthetic or natural, you’ll want to freeze it off or use oil or peanut butter.

If you get gum on carpet, try heating with a hair dryer, hot vinegar or WD-40.

If you get gum on vinyl, freeze it.

If you get gum on your desk, chair or carpet around you at work, try these tricks to get the gum off. If that doesn’t work, tell the person who arranges your commercial cleaning services and they should be able to ask the janitorial staff to pay special attention to that spot.

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Top 10 Office Cleaning Hacks

Removal of trash by cleaning ladyKeeping a clean office isn’t hard to do; the trick is finding the time. We’ve composed 10 handy office-cleaning hacks to help you keep your workspace clean between the regular scheduled cleanings your company arranges.

  1. A can of compressed air is a must, but if you don’t have a can laying around then the hair dryer in your gym bag. If you do have to use the hair dryer, make sure it’s on the coolest setting.
  2. Use paper towels rather than expensive Swiffer cloths to do dry cleaning. You can even adhere them to the Swiffer mop base!
  3. Baby wipes aren’t just for babies anymore. Baby wipes clean up some messy situations and are meant for tough dirty work, so they are perfectly equipped for wiping your desk, phone, mouse and so much more. Keep a packet handy for spills and quick clean ups.
  4. The office microwave is one of the dirtiest and grimiest places in the office. It never fails, someone heats up spaghetti and it explodes. Embarrassed, they walk away leaving the sauce to dry and become crusty. Rather than letting it sit, next time, fill a bowl with water and microwave it for 3 minutes. The steam will loosen the dried food thus making it easier to wipe clean.
  5. If you have crumbs inside your keyboard, use the sticky side of post-it notes to get them out. It’s great for crumbs, dust and picking up that stray staple that went flying.
  6. Binder clips are great for everything. As cellphone stands, cord organizer and even as paper clips. Never underestimate what you can do with a binder clip.
  7. Don’t use antibacterial wipes on your monitors, screens or electronic devices. You may think you’re sanitizing them, but in truth, you’re damaging the protective coating with the alcohol in antibacterial wipes. Try using a cleaner meant for electronics of just a soft paper towel. If there is grease, spray a little warm water on the paper towel and wipe it clean. Never spray directly on your devices!
  8. Everyone has accidentally used a permanent marker on a white board at least once. Use a dry erase marker to remove permanent marker mistakes from the office white board. Take a dry erase marker and write on top of the permanent marker then using a soft cloth, wipe it away.
  9. Keep a dryer sheet in the trashcan to limit odors and if necessary, wash the inside with dishwasher detergent. No one likes a smelly staff kitchen! An added bonus of dryer sheets is during warmer weathers they can tame static hair and clothing. Simply run a sheet over your hair and outfit to prevent static. This hack is great when your skirt stick to your panty hose or you have frizzy hair from a scarf.
  10. Keep your scissors fresh and clear of sticky residue with vinegar. This will also keep them from rusting and works great on hole punchers and other metal office tools too.

If you use these handy office-cleaning hacks you workplace will be cleaner, fresher and more welcoming to productivity. Don’t forget to have your workplace schedule regular deep cleans from a commercial cleaning service or janitorial staff.

 

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Supervision of your Account and Cleaning Services

Service StaffAs we have already reviewed, hiring a commercial cleaning service is not something you want to go into willy-nilly without doing your research. Just as you are selective on who you hire as an employee, as you should be for the company you hire to keep your workplace clean. The cleanliness of your business is vital to the satisfaction of your customers and ultimately your company’s success.

In addition to all the other questions you should asking when hiring a commercial cleaning service, a very important question to ask about is regarding the supervision of your account. Will there be someone on site during the cleaning that ensures everything is up to par? Will there be someone who’s job responsibility is to ensure your business’s account is up to date and that you are satisfied with your services at all times? These are very important things to note because a second set of eyes is vital to spot any missed nooks, crannies or corners and an account manager oversees your billing, the particular services your request and makes sure you, the business owner, are satisfied with all the cleaning services your receive. The owner may not always be present at the building or the specified property to supervise the cleaning, nor is it the responsibility of the business owner to be there while cleaning is being performed, hence why there are supervisors and account managers. Supervisors are your main point of contact, thus they know how you want your business cleaned and know how to direct their teams to do it correctly so that your business is left just how you like it, only cleaner.

There are various cleaning companies in the area, and for the most part, they do the same thing; clean your workplace. The difference comes down to quality and price of services. Many companies will try to cut corners by using lesser quality products and minimizing the size of the cleaning crew. The problem with this is that poor quality products lead to poor cleaning results and small cleaning crews mean more hours spent cleaning. You will not only be billed additional hours because it took their small team longer to clean your office than larger teams, but their poor quality cleaning products mean that they weren’t able to get your office or business as clean and sometimes sanitized as it should have been. This causes you to require them to come back and clean again. This might save the company you hired money, but it didn’t save you any. Those same companies that cut corners also often slack on proper supervision. They send a team to clean your workplace, but don’t send supervision to double check and oversee the process. This leads to spots being missed or looked over, which will in turn requires you to hire them again to clean up what they missed the first time. Hiring a company that uses the appropriate sized teams, high quality products and provides proper supervision will save your company money and time.

When a manager or supervisor handles your account, you know it’s going to be handled correctly. Hire a company like Servicemaster of Wake County, we understand the importance of account management and a second set of eyes to ensure your job is completed the right way the first time and that we won’t have to return due to your dissatisfaction. Proper supervision ensures it’s gets done right, the first time, everything.

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Artificial Plants, Elevator Buttons, Water Fountains and other Overlooked Areas of the Workplace

Cleaning the office desk that is overlookedJust because certain things are out of sight doesn’t mean they should be out of mind. There are certain areas of the workplace that often get overlooked or passed over by most commercial cleaning service but with the Servicemaster of Wake County way…these areas never get overlooked.

Artificial plants are great. You never have to water them, they always look alive and they never die. While they are great décor items they are one of the most neglected objects when cleaning. Since cleaning synthetic plants is not a normally scheduled cleaning task by your janitorial company, dust and grime can build up quickly. Not only is this an eye sore, but this filth becomes airborne when a plant is brushed up against or moved. If you’ve hired any company other than Servicemaster, take a double check at your artificial plants to ensure they’ve been dusted.

Here’s a shocker, the most germ filled place in a building is not always the bathroom but the drinking fountain. Think about it, more attention and detail is put into cleaning the bathroom than any other place. Your drinking water fountain doesn’t get this kind of attention, when it should be. When you water fountains are routinely cleaned then you are not only eliminating buildup, germs and mold growth but it checks it’s working order. For sanitary reasons, the stream should always be at least 3 inches from the spout and when your fountain is routinely cleaned, then this checked.

On the topic of places dirtier than a bathroom, the elevator buttons take the win. A study done in the Journal of Open Medicine proved that elevator buttons (in hospitals) were contaminated with more bacteria than public bathrooms (again, in those same hospitals). One of the theories is that while people use a lot of cleaning gels and hand cleansers, they focus more on the palms of their hands than their fingertips. When was the last time someone hit the elevator button with the palm of their hand? Point proven. Elevator buttons should be cleaned daily at the least.

There is one of these at every desk. They get handled dozens of times a day. They come in contact with your face and your hands. What are they? Telephones! It’s one of those items we don’t think of too much but they are germ ridden with the bacteria from our fingers and grease from our faces. Telephone hand pieces, buttons and handles could be cleaned daily to prevent bacteria transfer and reduce the dust and gunk between the buttons.

Lights get coated in a layer of dirt and dust and most people never clean them because they don’t normally look into the light (which is a good think). Just because they are out of our eye line, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be cleaned regularly. Same goes with ceiling fans, especially since that dust will get tossed into the air if they fan blades aren’t cleaned regularly.

Furniture and upholstery often get overlooked when your office gets cleaned because most people go by the policy “if it doesn’t look dirty then it doesn’t need to be cleaned” which is wrong. Furniture and upholstery (including fabric cubicle partitions) are collecting dust, germs, dirt and other residue on a daily basis and need to be cleaned regularly…even though you can’t see it. Germs can’t be seen, but they’re still there. Just because it doesn’t look dirty doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be cleaned.

There are a variety of areas in the workplace that get overlooked when cleaned. Make sure you cover all bases when you are hiring your commercial cleaning service and that nothing is overlooked or ignored. Germs hide in the places you don’t think about so make sure you hire a company that never cuts corners, like Servicemaster of Wake County.

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