Evergreen Foundation Supports Local Heroes Of The Okanagan

It can be pretty easy to take things for granted.

We get up in the morning, have a quick breakfast, head out to work.  People at work are pretty good to be around…we spend all day there, then head back home for a nice supper, watch some TV, hang out with the kids and have a restful sleep.

That’s the way most people live around here.

Or is it?

Oh, except for the elderly lady down the road that slipped on the ice and broke her hip.  I guess, the government would be looking after her.  The healthcare system covers all that.

Doesn’t it?

Well, ok.  The kids in the school hockey team need uniforms and equipment.  Not everyone can afford everything, so probably the school board would chip in and pick up the slack.

Yeah, right.

The government can’t do everything.

If a community is successful, it’s with the support of local heroes who step up and make things right when no one else will.

Anyone can be in a position to need other people’s help.  You might be doing well today, but tomorrow your spouse gets cancer, your child gets a puck in the head or a neighbor becomes homeless because of a drug addiction.

Happens every day.

And every day, someone in the community steps up to help raise money for cancer research, someone goes door to door in the dead of winter to raise money for the heart and stroke foundation, and someone volunteers at the YMCA child care centre where kids can have fun, find support, make friends and reach their full potential.

But that’s not the whole story.  In reality, when local volunteers step up to support an elderly person, someone who has no home, or a young person looking for guidance so they can have a successful career, they can only do it when others provide the financing and organizational support in the background.

The Evergreen Foundation was established to support local heroes who spend their valuable time, money and energy to help those who can’t help themselves.

We are fortunate to live in a community where so many people are willing to lend a helping hand in the community.  The Evergreen Foundation is committed to supporting as many people as possible in any way they can.

At the time of this writing the Evergreen Foundation supports the following organizations:

  • Accelerate Okanagan
  • BC Cancer Foundation
  • Brain Trust Canada
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • College of the Rockies
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Kelowna Art Gallery
  • Kelowna Christian School
  • Kelowna Food Bank
  • Kelowna General Hospital Foundation
  • Kelowna Rockets
  • Okanagan College Foundation
  • Rotary Club of Kelowna
  • Salvation Army
  • Terry Fox Foundation
  • United Way
  • YMCA of Okanagan

If you have a community support project in mind, the Evergreen Foundation may be able to help you with their matching donation program.  Simply go to our website (https://evergreenmaintenance.ca/) and fill out the contact form and let us know what you want to do.

We will certainly consider it and do our best to support all efforts to create and maintain a healthy, prosperous community in the Okanagan.

Medical Office Cleaning

The Right Medical Office Cleaning Company Can Help Prevent Cross-Contamination

The most important part of medical office cleaning is cross-contamination and infection control.

When a patient walks in the door the last thing they want to have happen is cross-contamination from other people’s illnesses.

Make sure your medical office or dental office is cleaned and sterilized without the worry of harmful micro-organisms that can aggravate already weak immune systems.

Cleaning Medical Offices Is A Specialization

The requirements for medical office cleaning services are not the same as for other types of office cleaning.

In order to properly clean a medical office cleaning staff must learn specialized cleaning procedures and medical awareness training that keep everyone safe.  In addition to other training all cleaning staff must be trained in:

  • “Sharps” handling
  • Different types of sharps disposal containers and how to operate them safely
  • Awareness of bloodborne pathogens and related disposal systems and containers
  • How to handle infectious waste disposal equipment

Medical Office Cleaning Checklist

  • Cleaning medical offices take a little more time than other types of offices. Make sure your medical office cleaning company has budgeted enough time to do a thorough cleaning.
  • There is a difference between disinfecting and sanitizing. It is important to do both on a daily basis for medical office cleaning.
  • Some areas of the clinic will need extra thorough disinfecting. Go over these areas when discussing your cleaning needs with the manager of the cleaning team as well as the cleaners themselves when they first get started.  The last thing you need is for your patients to get infected.
  • There are different types of trash cans and each needs to be handled in the appropriate way. Some can just be emptied the normal way while others will need to be disinfected each time they are emptied.
  • Waiting rooms are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. This high traffic area needs to be cleaned regularly…more than once every day, in some medical office cleaning cases.
  • Furniture must be thoroughly cleaned daily.
  • Don’t forget that people drop things and put their bags on the floor and under the furniture. The floor around the furniture is especially prone to dirt and infection-causing micro-organisms.
  • The toilet is the most infectious place in the medical clinic. Make sure to budget lots of time for cleaning staff to sanitize, disinfect, and thoroughly SCRUB the inside and outside of the whole toilet, the floor around it, the sink, and all countertops.
  • Air duct cleaning is highly essential in a medical clinic. While germs on the floor, walls, and furniture can be cleaned fairly easily, people often forget about the air ducts.  Dirt, germs, and bacteria get trapped in the air duct and circulate back out into the room.  Make sure to have a proper filtration and cleaning schedule for HVAC systems.
  • If you have toys for the kids consider soaking them in a cleaning solution and allowing them to soak for at least 10 minutes, every day.
  • All touchpoints need to be sanitized. The main touchpoints like doorknobs, table tops, switches should be sanitized daily.
  • Use “green cleaning” products, equipment, and techniques so patients don’t have allergic reactions to cleaning chemicals.

Cleaning medical offices is something that must not be done in a hurry. Frequently touched surfaces must be well cleaned and disinfected to avoid microorganisms growing and transferring from one person to another through such places.

Special attention must also be paid to the kind of products used in cleaning the medical facility. Especially rooms like the doctor’s office, waiting room, restroom, and other common rooms.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has several professional cleaning teams that have experience in medical office cleaning.  Give us a call for a quote.  We’ll work with the specific needs of your medical clinic to keep your staff and patients safe.

Our Experience In Medical Care Facility Cleaning Includes:

  • Medical offices
  • Dental office cleaning
  • Cleaning for elderly care facility
  • Senior’s health center
  • Medical clinic
  • Retirement home cleaning
  • Massage clinic cleaning
  • Medical spa cleaning
  • Other professional office cleaning

Call now for a quote on daily or weekly medical office cleaning and janitorial services for your facility: 1-888-959-7304 or 250-800-3732.

Coronavirus cleaning checklist for commercial cleaning and sanitizing

COVID-19 Cleaning Checklist: What To Do So You Can Get Back To Work

This COVID-19 cleaning checklist is meant to help businesses get up and running again safely.

It would be an understatement to say that the COVID-19 virus has seriously disrupted businesses around the world.  Regardless of the actions we had to take to protect ourselves, we have to get back to business.

Our lives, the lives of our employees and in reality the country depends on us, the small businesses, to pick up the ball and get back in the game.

If you are reading this when “social distancing” is still recommended by the medical system, please follow their recommendations so we can somehow get a grip on this situation.

The intent of this article is to help you get back to business after the COVID-19 threat has subsided.

It is important to understand that the COVID-19 is just another virus.  We get these kinds of viruses throughout the year.  Although the COVID-19 has become a bigger problem than other viruses, the principles for being safe apply to all viruses and germs in the workplace.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has been cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting offices, shopping malls, government buildings, and more, for over 30 years.  We have proven systems to make any kind of business safe from the spread of diseases.

Give us a call for commercial cleaning advice or to get a quote for daily and weekly services.

The Nature Of Viruses And Other Diseases That Get Passed Around At Work

Generally speaking, viruses and germs can spread from person to person through the air or by touching things that have been infected.

Germs that are spread through the air are the most potent because they have just been launched from the person carrying the infection.

This is why personal contact with an infected person — such as a handshake or breathing in droplets from a cough or sneeze — is the most common way these viruses spread.

In many cases, germs are most infectious before the carrier even has any symptoms.  If symptoms are not present, respiratory droplets carrying the disease can fly through the air to about six feet and land on another person.

Coughing spreads infected respiratory droplets as far as six meters, and sneezing as much as eight meters. While these droplets stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes it is unknown how long the air inside a room occupied by someone with a virus remains potentially infectious.

If there is no one around to “catch” the germs, they land on the floor or on a nearby object.

Cold and flu virus-laden droplets may remain infectious for a  long time, depending on where they fall.

Germs and viruses generally remain active longer on stainless steel, plastic and similar hard surfaces than on fabric and other soft surfaces.

Other factors, such as the amount of virus deposited on a surface and the temperature and humidity of the environment, also determine how long cold and flu viruses stay active outside the body.

Viruses and germs may remain alive for hours to days.  This is why it is imperative that the office or other building be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and disinfected on a daily or weekly basis.

What’s The Difference Between Cleaning, Disinfecting And Sanitizing?

Cleaning removes dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces.  The normal process of cleaning alone does not kill germs. However, when there are fewer germs the risk of spreading infection decreases.

Disinfecting is done by using chemicals to kill illness causing germs on surfaces.  The best way to reduce the spread of infection using disinfection techniques is to do it after a thorough cleaning.

Sanitizing is a term used by regulators.  When the number of germs on surfaces or objects is down to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements, your facility will be considered compliant.  A commercial cleaning company can achieve this result by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection

Choose The Right Method Of Cleaning And Disinfecting

It is important to match your cleaning and disinfecting activities to the types of germs you want to remove or kill.

Most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for up to 48 hours after being deposited on a surface.

It is not necessary to close your office building schools to clean or disinfect every surface in the building to slow the spread of a flu.

How To Clean And Disinfect Your Office

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following:

Cleaning And Sanitizing Hard (Non-porous) Surfaces

If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

For disinfection, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.

A list of COVID-19 cleaning products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 is available. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products for concentration, application method and contact time, etc.

Additionally, diluted household bleach solutions (at least 1000ppm sodium hypochlorite) can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application, ensuring a contact time of at least 1 minute, and allowing proper ventilation during and after application. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Virus Cleaning For Soft (Porous) Surfaces

For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:

If the items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and then dry items completely.

Otherwise, use products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 and that are suitable for porous surfaces

COVID-19 Cleaning For Electronics

For electronics such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines, remove visible contamination if present.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.

Consider the use of wipeable covers for electronics.

If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.

Eliminating Germs From Linens, Clothing, and Other Items That Go in the Laundry

In order to minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air, do not shake dirty laundry.

Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

Clean and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry according to guidance above for hard or soft surfaces.

BCCSA Recommendations For Virus Cleaning

The BC Construction Safety Alliance recommends that you clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Table tops
  • Control panels
  • Computer/keyboard/mouse
  • Door knobs
  • Light switches
  • Handles
  • Bathrooms
  • Steering wheels
  • Eating areas
  • Pens
  • Hoist gates
  • Stair railings
  • First aid equipment

Cleaning and disinfection should be done as often as possible and at a minimum:

  • At the beginning of shift
  • Before eating
  • Between crew changes
  • End of shift.

Avoid sharing tools and pens. Disinfect any shared items before sharing.

Cleaning Needs Of Every Facility Are Different

These guidelines are focused on community, non-healthcare facilities such as schools, institutions of higher education, offices, daycare centers, businesses, and community centers that do, and do not, house persons overnight.

Facilities will need to consider factors such as the size of the room and the ventilation system design (including flowrate [air changes per hour] and location of supply and exhaust vents) when deciding how long to close off rooms or areas used by ill persons before beginning disinfection. Taking measures to improve ventilation in an area or room where someone was ill or suspected to be ill with COVID-19 will help shorten the time it takes respiratory droplets to be removed from the air.

Additional Guidelines To Prevent Illness

Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them in most cases.  However, if you feel the need or if someone has been seriously ill in your facility, special cleaning and disinfecting processes can include:

  • Closing off areas visited by the ill persons.
  • Open outside doors and windows
  • Use ventilating fans to increase air circulation in the area.
  • Wait 24 hours or as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
  • Clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas
  • Clean and disinfect shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wipe down walls
  • Clean and disinfect ceilings, especially those with a variable texture (like stipple or “popcorn”).
  • Use room air deodorizers
  • fumigation
  • Electrostatic cleaning to get into crevices and areas that cannot be reached easily by cleaning staff
  • Immediately clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled.
  • If surfaces or objects are soiled with body fluids or blood, use gloves and other standard precautions to avoid coming into contact with the fluid. Remove the spill, and then clean and disinfect the surface.

Insist On “Green Cleaning”

Using harsh chemical cleaners can create more problems.  Frequently using chemical based air deodorizers, and fumigating can irritate eyes, noses, throats, and skin; aggravate asthma, and cause other serious side effects.

According to Wikipedia, “Green Cleaning” refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.

Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of products that contain toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatological and other conditions.

Green cleaning can also describe the way residential and commercial cleaning products are manufactured, packaged and distributed. If the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly and the products are biodegradable, then the term “green” or “eco-friendly” may apply.

Professional Commercial Cleaning And Janitorial Services

We all want to be safe, keep our families safe, protect our staff and do our part in protecting our clients and the general public.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has been providing professional commercial cleaning services for a long time.  We have several well trained and experienced cleaning crews that provide consistent cleaning and disinfecting services.  Let us help you keep your facility clean and healthy.

We can provide dependable year round cleaning and disinfecting for your facility.

Call now for a quote on daily or weekly airport janitorial services for COVID-19 cleaning: 1-888-959-7304 or 250-800-3732.

 

 

How A Professional Office Cleaning Company Prevents The Spread Of Viruses

A professional office cleaning company can play a vital role in controlling the spread of viruses.

Every year people get sick from the flu and other viruses. When people are unable to report to work it causes millions of dollars of lost profits for companies in BC.

How Do Viruses Spread?

WebMd says “Viruses spread from person to person mainly in droplets that fly out when you cough or sneeze. These tiny drops from a sick person go through the air and land on the mouths or noses of others nearby.

Germs are also passed along when you touch mucus droplets from someone else on a surface like a desk and then touch your own eyes, mouth, or nose before you get a chance to wash your hands. Viruses like the flu can live 24 hours or longer on plastic and metal surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and cups.”

Unfortunately, the flu virus isn’t the only virus that can spread easily.

The Spread Of Diseases In An Office Environment Is Worse Than You May Think

The BMC Infectious Diseases Journal published a study in 2006 saying “The most common nosocomial pathogens may survive or persist on surfaces for months and can thereby be a continuous source of transmission if no regular preventive surface disinfection is performed.”

This study was done in a hospital environment and shows the long-lasting power of severe, even deadly viruses. Shari Solomon, president of CleanHealth Environmental LLC, Silver Spring, Maryland says “Over the past few years, a number of infections that we always considered hospital-acquired infections, such as MRSA and C.diff (a bacterium that causes diarrhea and colitis), have become community-acquired infections, as well,”

Not only are superbugs becoming more resistant to antibiotic drugs. Antibiotic-resistant infections are typically spread when people touch a contaminated surface and then touch their mouth, eyes or nose.  This is why handwashing and cleaning of high-touch surfaces is imperative.

Offices Are Prime Locations For The Spread Of Diseases

The possibility of spreading disease is especially high in facilities where people live or work in close proximity to each other.

A growing number of people are choosing not to get vaccinated and showing up at work or school when they are sick.  This increases the risk of spreading the illness exponentially.

Professional Office Cleaning Solutions

Manual disinfecting methods have their limitations.  Commercial office cleaning company workers who are trying to conform to a schedule may miss contaminated surfaces or skimp on the time spent on cleaning due to scheduling pressures.

Technology Based Solutions For Disinfecting An Office

Innovative technologies combined with training programs on how to use the technology properly can provide safer, better coverage in a shorter period of time than traditional disinfecting methods.  For example:

  • Electrostatics can cover large areas and hard to reach surfaces quickly and efficiently.
  • In hospitals, copper-treated surfaces have been found to reduce a number of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
  • Chemicals remain on the surface for a much longer time when spraying disinfectants using electrostatics.

Non-Technology Based Solutions To Get Better Office Cleaning

Commercial janitorial services technology offers some great options for getting the best cleaning possible, but quite often what you need is an experienced cleaning professional with the right tools and training. Here are some examples of what to look for in a well-managed commercial cleaning company:

  • Custodial workers should be trained to identify cleaning areas that may not get enough attention in regular daily cleanings.
  • Cleaning hot-spots should get special attention based on a schedule instead of waiting for the dirt to become obvious before someone pays attention to it.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting should be done every day.
  • A more thorough, rigorous deep-cleaning should be scheduled on regular basis.
  • Schedule workloads for janitorial staff so they have enough time to give personal attention to areas based on their judgment.
  • Use “Green Cleaning” products instead of caustic disinfectants for sanitizing and disinfecting in the least toxic way.
  • Avoid bleach based cleaners which can cause irritation and respiratory problems.
  • If there is an outbreak of sickness spreading through the office, get a special “office deep cleaning” done asap! You’ll be surprised how quickly you can stop the spread of an illness.
  • Institute a color-coded system of microfiber to help prevent cross-contamination.

Professional Office Cleaning Company Offers Safer Alternatives

Although it is true that “people get sick all the time” a professional office cleaning company can do a lot to keep your staff and clients safe.

Evergreen Building Maintenance specializes in office cleaning.  We use green cleaning solutions to sanitize and disinfect your office environment.  With over 30 years experience in the commercial cleaning business, we have cleaning crews that have several years of experience.

Using in-class and on-site training protocols, we are constantly training and equipping our cleaning professionals with the latest technologies to give you a safe environment.

Call now for a free, confidential office cleaning and building maintenance quote from a professional office cleaning company:   1-888-559-6870 or 250-999-2796

Top 3 Ways People Judge Office Cleaning

Office cleaning – does it really matter to clients and staff?

The more a client values your company the more likely they are to want to do business with you.

Same goes for staff.  If you want to attract and keep the best employees, they have to value your company over others.

Value Is In The Mind Of The Beholder

We’re all taught to not judge a book by its cover, but that’s exactly what we all do as humans.  We do have a rational side of the brain, but in reality, emotional triggers easily overpower our logic.

According to Emma Snider in her article “How to Use Psychological Biases to Sell Better and Faster,” the first bits of information we pick up about a company becomes the “anchor” that all other information is attached to and compared with.

Once a person picks up a positive or negative cue, consciously or subconsciously, the company gets “branded” with that quality.

It becomes very difficult to overcome the influence of a first impression.

People are always in the process of formulating perceptions based on visible and invisible clues like smell.  These affect how we feel.

In another study, respondents who felt their city was “clean,” were more likely to report being happy.

If we apply that principle to an office or retail facility, we can say that a clean office makes your staff and visitors happier.

If having a visibly cleaner facility makes for happier tenants, students, patients, customers, and workers… think about the impact it would make on clients and customers.

Consider the amount of “business value” office cleaning could generate.

How To “Package” Your Office Or Facility So It Projects Value

One-third of any purchase decision is based on the perception of packaging.  Cleanliness should be considered a major attribute in the visible “packaging” of a facility.

It makes sense that we need to keep our customers and staff happy. Just as you take the time to manage the branding of your business through advertising, social media and other means, it makes sense to manage office cleaning the same way.

Three main things to manage how people judge your office cleaning

Make A Good First Impression

It is very difficult to recover from a poor first impression.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when managing first impressions in the entrance area / Lobby / Common area:

– Finger prints on the front door glass

– Reception area – desk smudges and not dusted properly

– scuff marks on walls

– debris on floor, carpets

– mud stain on entrance mats

– floors not swept and washed

– entrance counter not wiped down

– entrance glass fingerprints

– dust on baseboards

– dust on counters and cabinets

– dust on plants

– dirty chairs

– clean corners, behind doors, behind desks, garbage bins

Smell Matters

Odours are one of the key ways that people judge the cleanliness of office and retail spaces.

If your facility has any kind of stale or bad smell, it can be a powerful turnoff.  One of the main places that are vulnerable to bad smells is the washroom.  Here are some things to manage to make sure your washroom is adding “value” to your company:

– spots all over the mirrors

– porcelain not cleaned properly

– dirt buildup around the edges of faucets

– grimy, countertops, not cleaned properly

– outside and inside urinals not cleaned properly

– corners of floors not cleaned – dirt and debris in corners

– toilet seats not cleaned

– key spots under the toilet

– porcelain on top of bowl not clean

– inside of bowl not clean

– toilet paper not filled consistently – same with paper towels and ladies napkins,

– floors are not cleaned properly – have a dull finish

– smells bad, doesn’t smell fresh and clean

Good Odours

Studies have shown people associate particular scents, like pine for example, with sanitation.

Keep the rooms of your building well ventilated where possible, and choose office cleaning products with an appealing odour.

Clutter Can Be Costly

Cluttered desks, boardrooms, office cubicles and messy areas like storage cupboards and kitchens give off an impression of a dirty environment.

Make sure your building is kept tidy.

Use stylish storage units to keep areas that are prone to clutter-free of unnecessary mess.

Empty garbage bins on a regular basis.

Keeping in mind that office cleaning affects your bottom line in subtle but significant ways, take time to select a reliable commercial office cleaning company.

Evergreen Building Maintenance specializes in providing quality daily or weekly office cleaning services.

Call now for a quote on daily or weekly office cleaning and commercial janitorial services for your facility: 1-888-959-7304 or 250-800-3732.

Lawyer Office Cleaning

Lawyer office cleaning plays a big role in positioning your practice as an authority.

Your clients look to you for professional advice.  They want to consider you as someone they can trust…that you are better than the rest…

That’s why they hired you.

In reality, the trust they have in you comes from a “gut feel”, or from a subconscious evaluation of you and your presentation.

As you know, the location of your office can play a role in how much trust your client has in you.  The clothing you wear must look professional.

What will they think if they see dust on the window sill while they are in the waiting room?

What will they think if there is an unpleasant odour in the air in the boardroom?

Will they see signs of the victory party after you have won an important case?

Especially for women, but even men, will look down on a lawyer who keeps an unclean office.

If you want people to feel confident in paying you your worth as a lawyer, in addition to your competence, your office must also project a high standard.

You will find that people are willing to overlook a messy desk, since it can mean you are very busy…hopefully on their case!

But if they see that the hardwood floor is dull and scratched up or there is lint all over the carpet, that is just carelessness.

Appearing to be careless and sloppy does not inspire confidence.

In order to win and keep the confidence of your clients your office must always be perfectly clean and fresh smelling.

Professional Cleaning Service for Law Offices

Evergreen Building Maintenance is very aware of the role they play in building your practice.  Every employee is specifically trained to look out for things that may not be obvious…to prevent problems before they arise.

If your floor is going to need polishing or if your carpet looks like it could use steam cleaning, our cleaning professionals will plan to have it done before it becomes a negative point in your office’s appearance.

Our lawyer office cleaning crews understand that details can be the most important for lawyer office cleaning.  We will do all the things you expect, then go above and beyond, to make sure your office inspires confidence in your capabilities.

Trustworthy and Inexpensive Law Office Cleaning

Your professional image is a reflection of our business!

If your office doesn’t look good, it certainly does not reflect well on us.

Evergreen Building Maintenance is proud to provide a consistently high standard of office cleaning for lawyer offices.

Some attorneys may try to go the cheap route to save a few pennies, but they soon discover that the cleaning service received is substandard.  Evergreen Building Maintenance will provide personalized cleaning that suits your required cleaning needs.

Personalized Attorney Office Cleaning Service

When you hire Evergreen Building Maintenance we will make a cleaning plan that considers thing like:

  • Your daily foot traffic
  • How detailed you want the daily cleaning to be each time
  • When you want deep cleaning
  • A regular schedule for sanitizing and disinfecting areas that can gather germs and viruses
  • Frequent cleaning of divider walls, door knobs, door frames and other places that are often overlooked by cleaning services
  • Cleaning before and after regular meetings and special events in the office
  • Any other special requirements

Law Office Cleaning Services That We Provide

While we do customize your cleaning plan, there are some basic things that most offices require on a daily or weekly basis:

  • Vacuum
  • Sweep
  • Mop
  • Clean the washrooms
  • Take out the trash
  • Dust
  • Clean the lobby
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Clean break rooms
  • Anything else you might need

Lawyer Office Cleaning Specialists

All offices have to be cleaned on a daily or regular basis in order to keep it clean and bacteria-free, and this applies to law offices too.

If you are looking for a professional cleaning company to clean your law office, then hire Evergreen Building Maintenance.

We will make sure that your office is clean and germ-free every day.  You shouldn’t dread going to work every day just because your office is a mess.  Not only will your office be clean, but we can do lawyer office cleaning for a fair and affordable price.

Call us today at 585-454-8090 and get more information about our lawyer office cleaning services.

Is Your Commercial Cleaning Company Poisoning The Air In Your Office Building?

So you hire a commercial cleaning company to keep your office building clean. The floors are shiny, the door handles have been sanitized, toilets are cleaned, dust on desks and equipment has been removed, cubicle walls are cleaned and the garbage is thrown out regularly.

That’s a pretty solid cleaning routine in an office environment. It would be fair for you to believe you have provided a clean and healthy environment for staff and clients… right?

Not quite…

In a first-of-its-kind study, Environmental Defence tested the impact of cleaning products on indoor air quality. In all 14 studied households, levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) went up during cleaning.

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are gases that are emitted into the air from products or processes. Some are harmful by themselves, including some that cause cancer. In addition, they can react with other gases and form other air pollutants after they are in the air.

Watch Out For Products Containing Prohibited Ingredients

Prohibited ingredients in cleaning products include:

  • Toxic Air Contaminants
  • Great Waters Pollutants of Concern
  • Hazardous Air Pollutants
  • Global Warming Compounds
  • Ozone Depleting Compounds
  • Alkylphenol ethoxylates
  • Dibutyl phthalates
  • Heavy Metals (including arsenic, lead, cadmium, cobalt, copper, chromium, mercury, nickel and zinc)
  • Carcinogens as listed by: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), National Toxicology Program, USA EPA, Occupational Health and Safety Administration
  • Carcinogens and Reproductive Toxins as listed in Proposition 65

Health Effects Of VOC’s In Products Commonly Used By Commercial Cleaning Companies

As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effect will depend on many factors including level of exposure and length of time exposed. Scientifically proven health effects of exposure to VOC’s include:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches, loss of coordination and nausea
  • Damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system
  • Some organics can cause cancer in animals, some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.

Key Signs Or Symptoms Associated With Exposure To VOCs:

  • conjunctival irritation
  • nose and throat discomfort
  • headache
  • allergic skin reaction
  • dyspnea
  • declines in serum cholinesterase levels
  • nausea
  • emesis
  • epistaxis
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

Common Sources of VOCs In An Office / Home Environment:

  • paints, paint strippers and other solvents
  • wood preservatives
  • aerosol sprays
  • cleansers and disinfectants
  • moth repellents and air fresheners
  • stored fuels and automotive products
  • hobby supplies
  • dry-cleaned clothing
  • pesticides
  • building materials and furnishings
  • office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper
  • graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers and photographic solutions.

Indoor air quality has always been a key component of effective green cleaning. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a major control point from cleaning and sanitation products.

Studies are now showing that VOCs from cleaning products are also a large contributor to outdoor air pollution.

Make sure your commercial cleaning uses Green Cleaning products and processes.

Evergreen Building Maintenance is committed to Green Cleaning.

Call Evergreen Building Maintenance for a free quote for daily or weekly office cleaning services: 1-888-559-6870 or 250-999-2796

How Worker Productivity Improves When Office Cleaning Is A Priority For Your Company

The right office cleaning company can increase productivity.  When you realize the advantages of keeping a clean, well maintained office environment, it’s likely to become a passion.

According to Entrepreneur.com “when the office environment is actually clean, your efficiency will increase because then everything works just the way it should, contributing to better results.”

The standard of cleaning in your office impacts the general satisfaction of employees.  And work satisfaction is, after all, a necessary part of optimizing and improving productivity.

Hygiene and cleanliness are not the same thing.  Your office could appear to be clean yet still be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.

When the office environment is actually clean, efficiency will increase because only then is everything working the way it should.  Your efficiency and productivity will improve because fewer employees will be calling in sick or working at a lower capacity.

When an office cleaning company uses “smart office cleaning strategies” there will be minimal disturbance or downtime to your work flow and you will have a cleaner office at a lower cost.  Minimal disturbance means less downtime and better efficiency for every department in the company.

How Office Cleaning Gives Bottom Line Results!

According to information from the Cleaning Services Group, a clean workplace can encourage:

  • Increased focus
  • Less wasted time
  • Less stress
  • Greater profitability
  • Less absenteeism
  • Improved morale

If you want to keep your company at maximum productivity to stay ahead of your competition, having a high standard for office cleaning should definitely be a priority.

Top Germ Hot Spots In Office Settings

Coffee pots

Yes, believe it or not, that morning cup of coffee so many of us depend on is one of the dirtiest things in the office.

A recent article on Hloom.com gathered bacteria samples from common surfaces within different offices – from small workplaces to large corporate headquarters and had them tested.

The coffee pot handles came back with 34 times more germs on it than on a school toilet seat.

An article in Womens Health magazine said “we put viruses on doorknobs to see how they travel — and the first place you find them is on coffeepot handles.”

Telephones

Our phones contain a plethora of germs and bacteria.  It makes since, as we talk, spit from our mouths is being transferred onto the mouthpiece. Not only that, but our hands may not be that clean either. And who cleans a phone?

Bathrooms

Flushing a toilet with the lid up can spray water a metre in the air. That means that everything you touch in the stall has likely been sprayed.

The other thing is, you may wash your hands thoroughly but does everyone? What happens when the people with unwashed hands turn the door handle to get out of the bathroom?  Yuk.

Keyboard And Computer Mouse

One study found more than 3,000 micro-organisms per square inch on keyboards and over 1,600 bacteria per square inch on a computer mouse.

Too afraid to go to work now?

Don’t worry – if you hire the right office cleaning company, they will use the latest “green cleaning” products and technology to keep germs and bacteria to a minimum.  You can safely work and enjoy your time at the office.

Call Evergreen Building Maintenance for a free quote for daily or weekly office cleaning services: 1-888-559-6870 or 250-999-2796

Choosing The Best - Commercial Cleaning Services In BC

10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Commercial Cleaning Services In BC

It can be quite a challenge finding the right commercial cleaning services in BC, for your needs.

There are so many small, less than credible cleaning companies that are here one day and gone the next.  Unless you ask the right questions you never know if you made a mistake until it’s too late.

You want a commercial cleaning service that will perform to a standard that you will be happy with…consistently.  You don’t want to worry about security and problems from employees that were injured on the job.  That shouldn’t be your problem, but it can be if the commercial janitorial service you hire isn’t set up professionally.

Most importantly, you want the commercial cleaning company in BC that is properly set up to be proactive in handling cleaning problems rather than reacting to problems that have grown because they weren’t handled in time.  The last thing you need is to get complaints from customers or unhappy staff members.

Of course, you want the commercial cleaning cost to be within your budget.

If you ask the right questions you are more likely to have a satisfactory experience with your commercial cleaning services company.

Top 10 Questions To Ask Your Commercial Cleaning Services In BC Before You Hire Them

  1. Do they offer all the services you need, or will they subcontract out some of their duties?

An underlying question here is:  Does the commercial cleaning company have their own employees? Or, do they hire day-workers that can be hired cheaply, but they will probably not be hired again.

This is important because with day workers you never know who will be working in your building.  Is that secure?  Will these temporary workers be able to provide the quality you want?… There could be lots of potential issues.

  1. Does the cleaning company provide a detailed list of what work they will actually do? Is that list in the cleaning service agreement?  If it’s not, make sure it is.
  2. Can they clean in the nights and weekends? Maybe it’s not convenient to have cleaning staff on the premises during work hours where they may get in the way of your staff or customers.
  3. Related to that, is: What is their security clearance procedure?  Will your building and your staff be safe when the cleaning company employees are around?  You want to work with a company that does thorough criminal checks, regular drug testing and gets several references before they hire.
  4. Is the commercial cleaning company in BC insured and bonded? If they are not insured and bonded, potentially, if one of their employees gets hurt on the job your company could be held responsible for compensation.

Professional commercial cleaning companies in BC are always well insured to cover any liabilities.

  1. How long has the commercial janitorial services company been in the business?

Experience counts.  Experienced employees will do a better job, with less wastage and fewer accidents than inexperienced ones.

Experienced cleaning staff can be trusted to identify potential problems before they become an issue with staff or customers.

With the right training and experience, cleaning staff will take care of problems automatically without having to be told to do things.

There will be fewer accidents and experienced cleaning personnel will be great to be around because they are relaxed and happy in their job.

  1. Can the company provide references? Can they provide references in your industry?

A commercial cleaning company with a good reputation will be able to provide several references.  They will inevitably have clients that will be happy to talk to potential new clients for the cleaning company.

Make sure you get several references and you phone them or visit them to get a first-hand review of what their experience has been.

  1. Will you have one particular person to contact if there are any issues or special cleaning requests?

Find out what their management structure is like.  If the company is so big that you are going to become “just a number” after you sign the contract, you may not be very happy in the long run.  Things come up.  Issues are identified from time to time.  If it’s going to be a hassle to get the service you want you will end up being frustrated.  Not worth it.

If you know you will have one particular person to contact it will make your life much easier.  Ideally, your contact person would be the cleaning team’s supervisor who has first-hand knowledge of your office or building.  He or she would know the cleaning staff and be able to address any issues quickly and thoroughly.

Over time, you will get to know the person in charge of cleaning your office or building so you can get a high level of cleaning seamlessly.

  1. Is the potential commercial cleaning company willing to show you how they came up with their price?

You’ll find, in many cases, especially if it is a competitive situation, the quote you get may not include all the costs you will end up paying.

It’s important to understand what exactly is included in the cleaning company quotation.  Be sure to ask:  what’s included?  What’s not included?  What is optional?  Do they have packages where you can save money?

Make sure you get all the details in the form of lists from each company that provides a quotation so you are comparing apples to apples.

  1. Does the janitorial company use commercial grade “green cleaning” practices and supplies?

Green cleaning is certainly better for the environment, but it is also very good for your staff and customers.  Many people are sensitive to cleaning agents and chemicals and could have allergic reactions.  In some cases the reaction could be so strong it could have legal implications.

It’s better to be safe and provide a higher standard of cleaning and safety for your customers and staff by using “green cleaning” practices.

In addition to cleaning chemicals, several technologies are now available to provide cleaning and disposal so everyone is safe.

Ask the question and have them specify what exactly they do to provide “green cleaning”.

All of these questions are designed to help you as a facilities manager to distinguish fact from fiction as you search for the best commercial cleaning services company.  You want to keep your facilities shining and smelling fresh. Don’t be afraid to dig deep and ask for details.

Professional, reputable cleaning services companies are proud of the things that set them apart from slipshod operations.

Call now for a free quote for daily or weekly commercial cleaning services in BC:  1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165.

We’ve been around for over 30 years as a top commercial cleaning company in BC with a reputation for consistent performance over the long term.  We are passionate about keeping our clients happy over many years.

What Makes Evergreen Different From Other Commercial Janitorial Companies

Clients are looking for commercial janitorial companies that can deliver consistently reliable cleaning.  But they also want to keep their costs down.

Commercial janitorial companies also have to manage their expenses.  If you want top of the line services but pay bottom of the barrel pricing, something is likely to go wrong.

How Much Do You Need To Compromise?

Having a clean facility does not seem to be directly related to a company’s profitability.  Indirectly, however, the cleanliness of your office or building determines how comfortable your staff is working there. It also determines how willing your clients are to do business with you.  Both of these factors are directly related to profitability.

Even though you may not want to spend money on commercial office cleaning, you know you have to do it.  You have to bite the bullet and hire the best company you can find for as little cost as possible…but not so low that you end up getting a low quality cleaning company.

Low-Ball Pricing

Unfortunately, there are commercial janitorial companies that are more than happy to give you low-ball pricing.  You get excited when they promise to deliver almost everything you want, but when you try them out, quite often you realize that maybe you cut corners in the wrong place.

How Evergreen Building Maintenance Does Things Differently

Some Things To Look Out For When Hiring A Commercial Janitorial Service:

  1. When you were getting quotes, you may have indicated that you want to see the lowest price possible. Based on this, the commercial cleaning company may decide to cut their costs by not using the best cleaning materials or they may use low quality cleaning equipment.

You won’t realize this until you see that your facility is just not as nice looking or smelling as you would like it to be.  The cleaning staff may be doing all the right things but the results are not there.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has been in the business for over 30 years.  They know short-term thinking is not good for business.  We will never compromise the cleaning quality in order to provide bottom of the barrel pricing…but you’ll find our pricing to be very attractive!

We know that regardless of what you “appear” to be saying, if the cleaning company is not able to clean your office satisfactorily, you are not going to keep them around.  From experience, we know that, so we are not even going to try to give you unrealistic expectations.

Evergreen Building Maintenance spends a lot of time training cleaning staff so we can get your building cleaner at a lower cost.

We will never use inferior products or low quality cleaning equipment. 

  1. Another way to cut costs is to skip on using “green”, “eco-friendly” cleaning practices. “Green” or “eco-friendly” cleaning practices will prevent your staff and clients from having allergic reactions or getting sick from cleaning chemicals.  They will often also do a better job of eliminating viruses and bacteria from spreading.

However, for some companies, this is an “optional” service.   Eco-friendly cleaning “chemicals” and equipment can be more expensive.  If they know your main criteria for hiring a commercial janitorial company is to keep costs down, they just won’t offer you the “option”.

Evergreen Building Maintenance includes “green cleaning” as a standard part of their service.  We realize it is better for the health of your employees and clients, so unless you specify otherwise, “eco-friendly” cleaning is the service we will provide while still keeping your costs low.

  1. Sometimes a cleaning company can cut costs by hiring low-cost, temporary workers. This is a bad strategy if you want consistently high cleaning standards.

Commercial cleaning is not as easy as it looks.  We have found that properly trained personnel get better and better at cleaning the longer they are with us.

In order to keep employees so they stick around long enough to provide superior cleaning results we provide a respectable wage, benefits, good quality equipment suitable for the job and opportunities to move up in the company.

When you see the same people coming to clean your building day after day or week after week you get to know them, and they get to know you and the “special” needs of your office.  They learn the “secret” spots where germs hang out and when you need extra cleaning from time to time.

Long-term, consistent employees are a big reason why we are able to provide a high standard of cleaning without fail.

  1. What happens if you get new equipment, new circumstances or have a big promotion coming up? Will your commercial cleaning company be able to respond to the changed situation?  On time?  Effectively?

Evergreen Building Maintenance has lots of people with a variety of skills and experience so we can respond quickly to any situation.

  1. Is The Management Of The Company Easily Accessible?

If you have a special situation coming up, just give the cleaning team manager a call or even just call up the president of the company.  The management of the company is always happy to hear from clients.  In fact, we look forward to it.  Our management does an “official” review of the cleaning team’s performance every three months.

While every company wants to keep their costs down, the lowest priced commercial cleaning companies are often not the way to go.

Take time to review the reputation of the company you are going to hire…get several references and call those references to see what their experience has been.

Make sure the cleaning company you hire uses “green”, “eco-friendly” cleaning materials and cleaning equipment.  There is no sense in having your employees or clients getting sick from harsh chemicals.

Evergreen Building Maintenance provides a high standard of cleaning without you having to compromise on price.

Give us a call today!  Call 1-888-559-6870 or 250-999-2796.