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Summer Cleaning at Schools and Universities

Summer cleaning is a great opportunity to do a thorough cleaning throughout the campus at schools, universities and colleges.  Students are away and the cleaning crew can get unhindered access to all areas.

At Evergreen Building Maintenance, we pride ourselves on providing cleaning services to a variety of sectors including health, commercial offices, airports, government offices, retail, financial, real estate and education.

At this time in the season, the school year has wrapped up for all levels of schooling – including universities. With primary and secondary students gone for the summer and fewer people on college campuses, this is the ideal time to call in a cleaning service for a deep clean of your educational facility.

Here are a few of the things we can do to ensure the summer months of cleaning go smoothly.

Prepare a written plan

School maintenance requires adequate planning and strategies. By executing a well-defined plan that consults with the floor-plan of the school, we will create a guide for our cleaning efforts to ensure that by the time the school bell rings in September, all areas that need attention have been covered.

We will make a detailed list of all areas such as:

  • Classrooms
  • Lounges and common areas (including furniture)
  • Cafeterias
  • Kitchens
  • Gyms and Showers
  • Lockers
  • Janitorial closets (to make sure everything is up to date)
  • Windows, walls, doors
  • Hardwood flooring and carpeted areas
  • Stairs and Hallways
  • HVAC
  • Washrooms
  • Lighting
  • Outdoor areas
  • Playgrounds

…and so on. We understand the needs of each school are different and take the time to make a customized plan.

We Keep Health Interests in Mind

Infection control is an issue in educational facilities considering that hundreds of people set foot into a school day in and day out from a school’s students to its administrators. It’s extremely important to make infection control a priority throughout the school year – and the summer months are no exception.

At Evergreen Building Maintenance, we will pay particular attention to cleaning:

  • Entrances
  • Doors (knobs, handles, push plates)
  • Railings
  • Light switches
  • Desk and counter surfaces
  • Elevator surfaces
  • Faucets and sinks
  • Telephones
  • Equipment

…and anything else you specifically request!

Finally, our goal is to protect the health of students and school workers. As part of our green initiative, we are dedicated to using products and materials that are non-toxic, VOC-free and environmentally safe. As we have said before, we are green in name – and it practice!

Contact us today and let’s get started.

 

 

 

The Importance of Tile and Grout Cleaning

Grout is the cement that fills the gaps between your ceramic tiles. It is quite often found in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways of commercial properties. Grout is an important part of flooring as not only does it keep tiles in place, it also seals the flooring to avoid leakage. It is also notoriously difficulty to clean, yet having clean grout and tiles is crucial in maintaining a welcoming and healthy environment in all commercial spaces.

With that being said, here are some reasons why it is important to hire a professional commercial cleaning service to take care of your grout and tiles.

Grout is Porous and Very Difficult to Clean

Grout readily accumulates dirt, is easily stained, and can hold moisture. This means when grout gets dirty, it stays dirty no matter how many times you mop and clean your tiles. In fact, often enough, if the grout is not cleaned specifically, the residue that builds up will just redistribute itself all over your flooring.

Professional cleaning tools and solutions are used to break through these sticky and stubborn residues. If you use regular cleaning products on grout, you’ll just be adding to the cycle of residue build up and attract even more grime.

It Takes Time

Remember, grout fills all the individual cracks between each tile. Manually cleaning them would be a tedious and time consuming endeavor that could also be pretty hard on your back.

It is definitely worth investing into a service that uses industrial grade steamers and cleaners. For many businesses that take the cleanliness of their facilities seriously, that is the only way to go when it comes to professionally clean tiles and grout.

You’ll Pick Up Tips

When it comes to your grout and tile, aftercare is just as important as having a professional service come in to take care of cleaning in the first place. The commercial cleaning experts at Evergreen Building Maintenance can give you advice and let you in on the best measures to keep your floors looking pristine for your clientele between cleanings.

Professional tile and grout cleaning on a regular basis not only makes your business look great, it could save the need to retile the premises in the future. In the long run, it can prove to be a cost-effective measure that will keep your property looking its best at all times.

Have any questions? Visit our website to learn more about our services.

 

 

 

Meet the Operations Manager of our Okanagan Division

Ranjit Takhar began working at Evergreen Building Maintenance while studying at the University of British Columbia. While attending post secondary, he learned the basics of the business and helped out with complicated paperwork and proposals for maintenance contracts.

Little did he know that at the young age of 24, after completing his Management Degree at UBC Okanagan, he would be successfully running the day-to-day operations for the Okanagan Division of the company.

Recently, he was featured in the second edition of Kelowna’s Top Forty Under 40 program presented by BDO Accountants and Consultants, Kelowna’s Jaycees, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and the Daily Courier newspaper.

The article in the Daily Courier highlights Ranjit’s passion for entrepreneurial work that overpowered his initial disinterest in taking over so much responsibility. His love for finding new and creative ways to promote the business has increased opportunities for Evergreen’s expansion.

As of 2016, Evergreen has contracts for 150 buildings utilizing 78 employees to complete building maintenance services throughout the B.C. and Alberta. Kelowna was where it all started, with Evergreen taking care of several commercial buildings, libraries, office towers, municipal buildings, retail stores, etc.

However, Takhar believes that the company can adapt to larger operations.

“…there’s opportunity to expand more into Vancouver and Alberta and even Saskatchewan to get more airport, university, retail chain stores, banks and arenas contracts” said Takhar.

Perhaps the success of Evergreen came from successfully executing the strong company philosophy to address performance related concerns within the same business day.

Evergreen is proud of being fully owned and operated. No services are franchised, and there is an emphasis on having regional managers and working supervisors who are always ready to attend to needs of the clients.

Takhar’s hard work in school has continually paid off and he enjoys having the opportunity to use his professionalism and efficiency towards putting forth good business practices towards the range of services offered at Evergreen Building Maintenance.

 

Retail Cleaning Services

Retail Cleaning Services You Can Count On

So you just opened a brand new retail store and you’ve stocked your shelves with brand new inventory. You’re excited and opening day is coming up fast, and you have so much to do before you open your store.

You decide to take a break in the back room and realize it is a complete mess. The previous occupants left garbage, the floors are stained, and you take a moment to look your store up and down and decide that it could really benefit from a deep clean. With everything you need to take care of to open a business – not to mention keep it running smoothly – the last thing you want to worry about is the cleaning and maintenance of the premises.

First impressions mean everything in the retail world, both to your new employees and for building and maintaining your flourishing customer base.

At Evergreen Building Maintenance, we know that having a pristinely clean store is one key component that will help encourage customers to come back to your business time and time again. But we also know that’s only the beginning.

If you find yourself in this situation or something similar, do not fret: we have on-call retail cleaning services 7 days a week for all your needs as a retail store owner. We have got you covered with professional commercial cleaning services backed by years of experience and know-how.

As business owners ourselves, we understand your needs and the importance to cater to clients with detail-oriented service. A positive customer experience is what we seek to provide – both with our company and with your own.

Our team features a wide range of skills, techniques and equipment that is uniquely tailored to retail cleaning projects. Some of our service features include:

  • Daily and weekly commercial cleaning services
  • Taking the time to work with the highest respect for health and safety
  • Floor stripping, waxing and burnishing programs
  • Seasonal sickness and pandemic prevention programs to keep you and your employees healthy
  • Hot and cold water power-washing services
  • Parking lot litter removal and sweeping – because the outside of your store counts just as much as the inside!
  • Snow removal, application of ice melter or salt
  • Ceiling, horizontal surface and vent dusting
  • High-rise window washing, including lift operation
  • 24/7-365-day service, including an emergency contact line

Furthermore, we always like to make sure our clients know that we are committed to green cleaning practices: we only use ECOLOGO and GREEN SEAL products. We are truly dedicated to making your store shine while being respectful of the environment – and your business.

For more information on what the Evergreen Building Maintenance team can do for you, check out our testimonials and request a quote today. If you’re looking for a reliable and dedicated team of commercial cleaning professionals, trust Evergreen Building Maintenance with your business.

Maintaining B.C. Liquor Stores

The British Columbia Liquor Board is an establishment that stretches all across our beautiful province.  The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is a part of everyday life for BC residents, whether you need supplies for a party, for cooking, or for relaxing at the end of a long week. As they are an integral part of life, we are proud to say that the B.C. Liquor Stores are one of our many satisfied clients.

About British Columbia Liquor Stores

In addition to being licensed by the government to distribute and retail alcohol all across British Columbia, the LBD brings in a healthy source of revenue to the province – namely 935 million dollars’ worth of net income on BC Liquor Store retail sales of $1.2 billion. The LDB operates a province-wide, retail/wholesale beverage alcohol business, within a mixed public – private model. This means that in addition to being their own private business, they have a connection with the provincial government and contribute to how much the province earns, which in turn is given back to the taxpayers in many different ways.

The LDB also employs approximately 3,600 full- time and part-time employees and operates 196 BC Liquor Stores across the province. Its Head Office facility is in Vancouver, and its network includes 2 wholesale customer centres, 2 distribution centres in Vancouver and Kamloops and various small offices. They are a huge part of the financial life of our province and we are proud to be their supplier.

What We Do for the LDB

Evergreen Building Maintenance has recently been awarded maintenance contracts for several of the BC Liquor Stores in the interior of the province, as well as Southern British Columbia. That means we have the honour and the responsibility of maintaining multiple retail locations for the BC Liquor Board, which is no small feat. Consistent and reliable work is crucial to such a widespread and reputable business like the British Columbia Liquor Board because they need to maintain the highest level of professionalism, cleanliness, and organization in their buildings in order to operate successfully.

Providing maintenance services for multiple LDB buildings adds to our already extensive experience in handling projects of this magnitude. We are very comfortable and confident with clients that feature multiple storefronts and locations that require regular maintenance. Contact us today to see what Evergreen Building Maintenance can do for you.

How Technology Helps Us Serve You Better

At Evergreen Building Maintenance, we believe in constantly evolving with the times. One of the ways that we have changed our cleaning practice over the years is through the use of technology. Technology has helped us refine our routine and ensure a consistency in cleaning standards, from office cleaning to retail cleaning to custodial services. With over 28 years in the business, we’ve had plenty of time to find the technological advances that are best suited to our company.

Technology for Growth

Technology has allowed us to become the premier cleaning service provider in Western Canada. From Calgary to Vancouver, we guarantee the same high standard of service. Our swift and critical adoption of technology is what has kept our cleaning standards high even as we grow bigger. By using technology, we are able to stay in constant contact with our clients, our local supervisors, and every employee at Evergreen Building Maintenance.

Work Order Management

We use technology to ensure that every client is served to the same high standard. You will notice the difference from the beginning to the end of your service request with Evergreen Building Maintenance.

How it works:

  • First, we’ll take your service request through an email or a phone call. You will love how efficient and instantaneous you’ll find this service ordering process. (We can collect detailed information about your request for our records, allowing us to ensure that we understand all the nuances of your maintenance needs.)
  • Next, we’ll make sure that we schedule staff, supplies and equipment. This will all be done through tracking technology, ensuring that we have an accurate idea of inventory and employee availability.
  • Now we’ll submit the key information about your service request to a local supervisor, complete with a mandatory quality control checklist. This will allow the local supervisor to take a hands-on approach to the service request and to truly understand what you requested.
  • After all the work has been completed and our local supervisor has submitted the quality control report, we’ll get in touch with you. By contacting you through phone or email, we will be able to ensure that we have satisfied your request and that you are completely happy with our level of service.

Time Tracking

Our employees use a Smartphone application that allows us (and our clients) to track how much time was spent at each job site and when. This allows for a more transparent billing process and a clear understanding of job site requirements and scheduling needs.

At Evergreen Cleaning, we seek out new technology to help us fine-tune our business model. Every year, we grow more efficient and interconnected. As we grow, our communication needs expand. We are committed to providing you with the highest standards in all our cleaning and janitorial services, and technology is just one of the ways that we work towards that goal.

Evergreen in Name and in Practice – ‘Smart’ Green Cleaning Policy

Here at Evergreen Maintenance, we have taken the initiative to be green in more than name. We know that our clients want to minimize their environmental footprint, and that’s what we want too. That’s why we have a Smart Green Cleaning Policy.

What is Our ‘Smart’ Green Cleaning Policy?

Our Green Clean Policy is a commitment to only using green products that reduce harmful effects on human health and the environment. Our Green Clean policy doesn’t only affect what cleaning produces we use; it also influences our choice of paper products and equipment. We will only stock recycled products unless a client specifically requests a non-recycled version. We also purchase energy-efficient equipment that allows us to reduce our energy consumption.

Our Green Staff

At Evergreen, we are committed to giving our staff the education they need to do the best job possible. This includes their work in helping to lead the way in sustainable cleaning. We hire certified experts to educate our staff on the most current sustainable methods in environmental cleaning. We keep abreast of the research available to ensure that we are not missing any opportunity to be more sustainable as a company.

What Kinds of Products Do We Use?

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We use products that are Green Seal or Ecologo certified. You can recognize these products by the following logos:

 

Where Will I Notice the Green Difference in My Cleaning Service?

  1. You’ll notice that we utilize products that emit zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
  2. When we finish cleaning, your space will be a fragrance and scent-free environment.
  3. Our floor-finishing procedure is zinc-free.
  4. We conduct interior building air quality reports.
  5. We will use paperless systems to give you your invoice.
  6. You will notice that we do not use fuel powered equipment.
  7. We adapt our disposal/recycling programs according to your needs.
  8. We have developed low-impact solutions for graffiti removal.

As a business owner or manager, you know that you want to be as sustainable as possible. Your cleaning service is one of the major factors in deciding the sustainability of your company.  Let us lower your ecological footprint – one green clean at a time.

The Evergreen Building Maintenance Advantage

Life can be fickle, so it’s important to take advantage of the good things life has to offer. As for commercial cleaning and superior janitorial services, the advantage is with Evergreen Building Maintenance. EBM has the experience, expertise and resources for contracts of any duration and specification. This includes buildings of all shapes and sizes. Our portfolio includes everything from airports and educational institutions to hospitals and office spaces. So what makes Evergreen’s services the best?

EXPERIENCE

Evergreen has been one of Western Canada’s most trusted janitorial service providers for the last 28 years. EBM currently provides commercial cleaning to more than 120 different facilities and we expect the same high standards from our premier team at each location we maintain. On average, we service 2.5 million square feet per day.

CAPABILITY

Whatever the size or use of your building, we have trained staff who are capable of handling it. We bring the same unwavering commitment and value to a wide variety of diverse industries including: retail, financial, healthcare, real estate, commercial office and government.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Our cleaning specialists have a meticulous eye for detail, which is important when cleaning spaces that require a special set of commercial cleaning equipment and products. With Evergreen, you get a spotless clean today and every other day. Trust us; we do this for a living.

QUALITY CONTROL

Maintaining the highest standards of health, hygiene and professionalism is our most important consideration. We spend our time and resources to effectively train our staff ensuring that optimal standards of cleanliness, safety and quality are met at all times.

EMPLOYEE TRAINING

At Evergreen, we are dedicated to comprehensive and continuous training for all of our staff. In addition, all of our employees are WHMIS certified. We make it our business (because it is our business) to stay up-to-date on all the latest procedures and products to provide our clients with an unparalleled experience.

ADAPTABILITY

EBM’s managerial team will always try their best to accommodate your needs. We modify our cleaning schedule to suit the scope of work and can clean exactly when you need us to (E.g. daily, weekly, bi-weekly, etc.). Our service is bespoke to suit your unique requirements. 

The Evergreen Advantage isn’t just a set of words; it is a statement. It’s also a commitment and a promise to all of our clients that their cleaning requirements are being met and wherever possible, exceeded. The Evergreen Advantage is a guarantee of our consummate professionalism and quality service. Call us today to receive a free quote or read more about our services.

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Evergreen’s Cleaning Services

Everyone prefers to live in a well kept city and there is a reason that Evergreen Building Maintenance Inc. has been one of British Columbia’s most trusted janitorial service providers for over 27 years. Thanks to our commitment to excellence, we’ve grown to become a recognized industry leader that provides dynamic and high standard services to more than 120 commercial facilities. We are proud of the fact that we have a first-class team of cleaners, including outstanding supervisors who help us transform new employees and into leaders. Above all that, we present three important reasons that set us apart from the competition:

1) OUR GREEN CLEANING POLICY

It is no surprise that most organizations are jumping on board the eco-friendly bandwagon, however, Evergreen took the initiative to start using green products years ago. Putting your personal health and the sustainability of our environment first, we choose cleaning methods that will reduce harmful effects on the environment. Only products that are GREEN SEAL or ECOLOGO certified are utilized by our company. Evergreen Building Maintenance guarantees that any chemicals used in your building will be volatile organic compound (VOC) free. We also make sure that our staff has substantial training and a wealthy knowledge of the latest green cleaning practices.

2) OUR CREDENTIALS

Wouldn’t you feel more confident hiring a company that has WHMIS certified employees and meets WorkSafeBC’s requirements over one that does not? Evergreen has developed and implemented a comprehensive training program that all of our staff and supervisors go through in order to obtain employment with our company. We are proud to say that our staff members are instructed well enough so that you won’t have to worry about micromanaging them on the job. Together, we will make sure your building stays presentable at all times.

3) OUR TEAM & SERVICE AREA

It only makes sense that if we claim to have an exemplary team, we provide you with the evidence to back it up. Being that our managers have over 50 years of combined experience in the janitorial industry, we have ensured that those years of professionalism have been passed down to all of our other employees. Our staff is provided with company identification such as uniforms and photo identification, rigorous safety training and a PROactive mindset (because avoiding workplace problems before they occur is key). You will find our service members are providing quality results that span throughout cities, districts and towns in and around the Okanagan Valley. As you can see, we like to cover our bases.

Whether you represent a retail spot, health care establishment, educational institute or more – at the end of the day, Evergreen Building Maintenance is here to meet and exceed your expectations. If you’re interested in hearing more about our services and would like a free quote, you can contact us on our website.

Remember, we are committed to getting the job done right – the first time.