commercial cleaning services security

Can You Trust Your Commercial Cleaning Service To Be In Your Building At Night?

Your commercial cleaning service company will often need to get into your building after business hours.  You don’t necessarily want someone vacuuming or mopping in the presence of your clients and busy staff.

Sometimes the nature of your work demands a great deal of security.  You can’t let just anyone wander around completely unsupervised.

Banks have that problem.  So do police stations and jails.  In fact, because of our privacy laws and customer confidentiality, a lot of businesses would lose the confidence of their clients if there was a security leak.

Here are a few things your commercial cleaning service should be doing to make sure your interests are secured:

  1. All Commercial Cleaning Staff Members Must Have Background Checks

    You don’t want people with criminal records in your building at night. Your commercial janitorial service must provide assurance that they do a thorough background check of their employees including getting police reports.

  2. Mandatory Drug Testing

    A reputable commercial cleaning service must be able to provide some sort of evidence that they do drug testing on ALL employees. Even though privacy laws may prohibit providing information on specific employees, ask for evidence of drug testing procedures including names of the drug testing companies they use.

  3. Communication With Non-English Speaking Staff

    Commercial cleaning companies often employ non-English speaking staff. When you want to communicate information about hazards and sensitive areas you need to make sure everyone clearly understands.  It is important for your janitorial company to provide someone on the cleaning team that is fluent in English and is smart enough to understand what you are saying.  They must also be able to communicate that information to the rest of the staff.

  4. Fully Bonded And Insured

    Things can go wrong. Employees can make mistakes.  Sometimes the wrong person can get the job on the cleaning company’s team.  Make sure your cleaning company is fully bonded and insured.  If something goes wrong, including theft, you don’t want to end up with the bill.

  5. Check References

    In addition to all of the above make sure you get several references. Check to see if your cleaning company has consistently held long-term contracts with several of their clients.  Find out how long the employees have been with the company on the team that will be handling your contract.  Ask around among other facilities managers about what they have heard about the company you are considering hiring.  Do a check on the Internet to see if there are reviews or media reports about the company.

Screening a commercial cleaning company for trustworthiness can never be perfect, but you can get a good “feel” for the attitude of the management from the consultant you are working with.  Keep good communication lines open with that person to address any concerns and to adjust practices to suit your business.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has long-term experience working with banks and government offices.  They have provided commercial cleaning staff for police services and criminal detention centres.  Sometimes it can take six to eight months to go through the enhanced security clearance.

Whatever your needs, Evergreen Building Maintenance can provide the security cleared staff to look after your building responsibly.

Call now for a free, confidential quote:   1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165.

Commercial Cleaning Service and Janitorial Services

How To Get Top Tier Commercial Janitorial Service On A Tight Budget

Under pressure to get more done with a lower budget?  The cost of commercial janitorial service can quickly add up…and it’s not something you can just cut out!

As a Building and Facility Manager, we know you are often fighting an uphill battle.  Your company is skirting the fine line between profit and loss and doing whatever it can to stay out of the red.  They come to you to cut expenses, but at the same time, they want top tier commercial cleaning standards.

So, what do you do?  It’s simpler than you may think.

Enlist Your Commercial Janitorial Service Company To Help Cut Costs And Improve Efficiencies

A clean, fresh environment helps businesses run smoothly.  When commercial janitorial cleaning is performed regularly, including dusting and vacuuming, the indoor air quality promotes health and well being for your staff.  A well-managed commercial cleaning program reduces lost work time due to sickness and improves profits for the company.

When you have to get more accomplished in a tighter budget, some careful thought, customization and innovation is the answer.  You need to design a “smart cleaning” program.

Smart cleaning isn’t about buying the latest high-tech robots with artificial intelligence.  It’s about taking a deep look at how your facility is used.  Find the areas and types of cleaning that don’t need to be done every day.  Identify areas where a light cleaning will do the job most of the time with a more thorough cleaning once a week.

This is where you need to work closely with your commercial janitorial service provider.

A top tier commercial janitorial company has specialized teams with the training and equipment to get the job done efficiently, without wasting resources.  From experience in your building they know where the high use areas are and the areas that no one uses.

However, you can’t just tell your cleaning company to “go do it”.  For smart cleaning to be at all successful, it must be a collaboration between you and your commercial cleaning company.  Only you know what you can and cannot live without but only they understand how to shift their services to meet your goals without compromising your facility’s maintenance.

Smart Cleaning isn’t simply about LESS work it’s about BETTER work, and better practices.

The best commercial janitorial companies can customize a plan that finds that sweet spot where your needs match what you can afford.

You need to set a good baseline, but keep adjusting it to meet your changing needs and seasonal requirements.  The most effective commercial janitorial companies will know how to do more with less.

Effective ‘smart cleaning’ means your commercial janitorial service will focus their time where it is most needed and utilize state-of-the-art equipment, cutting edge cleaning methods and innovative techniques to create significant cost-cutting efficiencies.

Evergreen Building Maintenance works with our commercial clients behind the scenes to ensure that your place of business is always ready to welcome guests.

The floors will be spotless. The washrooms will be beautifully maintained, sanitized and smelling fresh. Common areas will always be free from dirt and dust.

The first impression of a clean facility is a long lasting one. Here at Evergreen Building Maintenance, we know the cleanliness of your facility is a direct reflection of your business.

Call now for a quote.

We’ll do a walk through of your building and build a custom strategy to get the best clean every day you come to work!

Commercial Cleaning And Janitorial Services

Top 3 Things To Look For When Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services

The right commercial cleaning company provides more than just a professional appearance.   Research shows that if the working environment is dirty there are long term cognitive effects on employees.  If your work environment is not clean it can have a negative effect on your bottom line!

A study published in the Journal Of Occupational And Environmental Medicine shows that the right commercial cleaning service will strengthen the well-being and morale of your employees.  This has direct implications for increased productivity.

Nobody wants to do business with a company that has dirty facilities.  It’s a direct reflection of your office and your company.  No matter what kind of company you are, hiring the right commercial janitorial service is very important for your success.  This makes choosing the right commercial cleaning service one of the most important decisions you, as an owner, or your human resources department can make.

It can be very tempting to choose the least expensive cleaning company when comparing quotes, but remember:  you get what you pay for.

Hiring a commercial cleaning company is not an easy task, but if you do it right, you can find a commercial janitorial company that will be an asset for your business for years to come.

Here are the top three things to look for when you want a reliable commercial cleaning service for your building:

  1. Every company has different needs. Make sure your cleaning company offers the services you need based on the type of work you do.

    Work with the cleaning company’s consultant and map out the exact services you need.  Here are some examples of what to think about:

    1. Maybe you just need a simple vacuuming and dusting service
    2. Carpet and upholstery cleaning
    3. Cleaning of the toilets and washroom facilities several times a week
    4. Hardwood floor cleaning
    5. Power washing
    6. Parking lot cleaning
    7. Window cleaning
    8. Special event cleaning
    9. Special cleaning of certain rooms that are used in the evenings or early mornings
  2. Find out how many years they have been in business and what accounts they have with a business similar to yours.

    Do you really want your facility to be a training ground for your new commercial cleaning company?  Experience matters.  When you work with a  company that has been around for a while they will have long term employees and quality.

    Experienced companies are just better at what they do.  You want a company with years and years (preferably, decades and decades) of experience.   Mistakes that the new companies are stumbling through haven’t been an issue for the bigger, older companies forever. Techniques perfected by the older companies have been molded by wisdom and elevated by experience.  The new guys are still struggling to master the basics of their craft.  Sure, their work may be cheaper, but that’s because it’s of far less quality.

    Same thing applies for your industry.  If your cleaning company has experience with your industry, you will have a far better experience than if they don’t.

  3. Do they have the right kind of insurance? Not only do they need to have insurance, but your commercial cleaning company needs to have the right kind of insurance.

    Fly-by-night commercial cleaning services won’t be able to provide proof of insurance.  Look for clauses that ensure that protect you from legal liability if something happens to their workers while on your premises.  Make sure your cleaning company has general liability, worker’s compensation, automobile liability and an umbrella policy.  Verify coverage so you have peace of mind that you won’t be liable for mistakes made by your cleaning company.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has over 30 years of commercial cleaning services experience.  They have many experienced teams that have been with them “forever”.  All employees are specially trained  with the latest “green” commercial cleaning techniques and have the right tools for the job.

Call now for a free quote.

Our professional consultants will walk through all the steps needed for your business and design a custom solution so your building looks good, feels good and reflects the high standards you value.