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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 Your Commercial Cleaning Company Can Help You Stop Losing Clients To Competitors

Many businesses have the idea that office cleaning services are just an expense.

In reality, this is far from the truth.

If an office cleaning company is doing its job properly, they can add real value to your company’s offering.

When a potential client looks around the marketplace, they want to find the best fit for their needs.  This includes the details of your product or service, as well as the perceived value of your business.

Perceived value is more of a gut reaction… “how do I feel about this business?”

Feelings take into account more than just your product or service.  Things like “did the receptionist smile at me”, “was that a firm handshake”, or “this place is really clean… it looks like these people are really professional” can make or break a client’s confidence in your business.

Avoid The Pain Of Losing A Client Because Of A Dirty, Smelly Work Space

If your office, building or even the parking lot is not perfectly clean, clients are likely to see you as a lesser quality company.  That subconscious feeling can make or break a deal.

Quickly Distinguish Your Brand Reputation And Increase Your Perceived Value

People will make a judgment about your professionalism in one quick glance.  Shiny floors, a fresh smell, all the lights working and clean doors and windows is all part of the first overall “assessment” of you and your company.

Your commercial cleaning company can strengthen your reputation and perceived value in tangible terms…deals can be lost or gained by how clean your office looks.

Gain Credibility In The Eyes Of Your Client

When your office is spotless and fresh smelling, visitors are left feeling good about their experience.  They trust you more because they see that everything is in its place and organized.

When your commercial janitorial service makes sure they dust around the window frames and the top of cubical walls…they are actually increasing the perceived value of your offer.

Make A Good Impression On Clients

Every businessperson knows they should look presentable when meeting a client…at least the first time.  The same thing applies to your office or building.  If your office cleaning is at a high standard, you have created the context for a great first impression.

Your office cleaning company can make sure the areas where you meet clients are spic and span when you have a meeting scheduled.

Close Deals With A More Clean And Comfortable Work Environment

A clean and comfortable work environment sure makes it easy to concentrate on building rapport and closing deals.

An unclean office building can create stress in the mind of your prospect, while a clean environment can make the client feel at ease.

A good office building cleaning service will make sure the plants are watered, the windows are perfectly clean and there are no stains or spots on the waiting room furniture.

Escape From The Stress Of Wondering If Your Facility Will Be Up To Par When Your Client Comes To Your Office

Good office cleaning companies are your partner in presenting your value as a company.  When you see a client, you want a distraction free place where you can communicate your value.

A carelessly placed garbage can in the wrong place can throw off the “balance” of your office space.

When you have an office cleaning company that understands they are your partner in business, you will be able to trust that everything will be spotlessly clean and organized when you meet clients.

That’s one less stress causing factor you have to deal with and you can stop worrying about how your facility looks and focus on presenting your value.

Discover an easy way to communicate your credibility and distinguish yourself in your market.

Give Evergreen Maintenance a call today!  We know the REAL secret for maintaining a positive, healthy environment for your business.

Call now for a quote! 1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165.

Weekly office cleaning makes attracts good employees and customers

Why A Commercial Cleaning Company For Weekly Office Cleaning?

Professional Weekly Or Daily Office Cleaning Attracts Good Employees And Clients

Why is it a good idea to hire a commercial cleaning company for weekly office cleaning or daily office cleaning?  Monthly?  I don’t know about that…

A great solution to keeping your company’s overhead costs low while still achieving a presentable, work-conducive, and impressive office environment is to hire a regular office cleaning service.

Physical And Mental Health Benefits Of Weekly Office Cleaning

  • Bacteria, allergens and germs are everywhere in the office. Both employees and customers can bring in illnesses and help to spread them among your staff and their families.Basic professional office cleaning services like dusting, vacuuming and mopping can make a huge difference in making the office look and smell clean.
  • Fewer sick days – Most businesses struggle when a virus spreads from employee to employee. When many of your most valued team members are not able to report to work, their work piles up.  This creates problems with customers and staff.A deep, professional office cleaning is an important factor in keeping your workforce healthier and can help reduce the spread of the latest virus.
  • Boosts Morale – Employees respond to a cleaner environment. Morale is higher.  Happy employees attract more business.  They do their jobs with more pride in accomplishment.  A happy and productive office environment attracts more happy and productive employees.  Promoting good morale is a powerful business building strategy.The largest difference between self-cleaning and a professional cleaning service is the products and tools that are used to clean. A professional cleaning service brings better tools and products to fight bacteria. A weekly office cleaning company will clean every corner and blind whereas internal employees may not be motivated to complete a deep clean.
  • A clean and organized office environment gives employees the freedom to concentrate on their work. Mess, clutter and dirt can be very distracting.A London Office Worker’s Survey discovered an overwhelming 90% of office workers feel more productive in a clean environment.

An office where no cares or attention is taken to ensure things are kept in order can be difficult to work in. It is also more likely that important documents get misplaced or thrown away.

Hiring professional office cleaning staff can ensure that your office runs like a well-oiled machine, and the cleaner your office is the more likely that employees will take care to keep their own personal space organized, desk clear, and documents neatly filed away.

It’s Important For Your Customers To Have A Clean Environment

A weekly office cleaning and maintenance not only benefits you and your employees, but it also creates a great first impression when clients visit.

Making sure you have a presentable, spotless, and clutter-free office goes a long way to inspire confidence in your company.

People equate cleanliness with efficiency and a higher quality product or service.

A professional cleaning service helps achieve a clean office that will best represent you and your business.

Hiring a professional, weekly office cleaning company gives you and your staff peace of mind.

Commercial cleaning companies with good management systems will provide a high level of office cleaning.  They can be a real asset in attracting quality clients and desirable employees by supporting your brand as one that stands for quality and care.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has been in the commercial cleaning business for over 30 years.  We understand how important weekly office cleaning is for your business success.

Call now for a quote on daily or weekly office cleaning services for your company:  1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165.

Why Choose Evergreen Office Cleaning Services

Why Choose Evergreen Office Cleaning Services

Many companies resent the money they have to spend on office cleaning services.  Their idea is, if it doesn’t contribute to the bottom line, they would rather not have to spend money on it.

On the other hand, no one wants to work in a dirty environment.

It’s not the job of an office employee to dust and mop the office.  Who is going to clean the door knobs and keyboards?  Cubicle walls are some of the most bacteria laden parts of an office.

You can’t take office cleaning for granted.  Either you hire staff to do the cleaning in your office or you hire an outside office cleaning company.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has been cleaning offices and office buildings for over thirty years.

Hiring Your Own Cleaning Staff Is Too Expensive And Impractical

Hiring internal staff to keep the office clean, buying the equipment and training them on an ongoing basis is far too expensive for most companies.  For most small businesses a thorough cleaning once a week or once every two weeks is about right.

To go to the trouble of hiring part time staff and all the expenses that go with it is just too much trouble.  This is where it makes sense to outsource your office cleaning.

Evergreen hires, trains and keeps employees for the long term.  Our cleaning staff are experts at what they do.

Not Having Your Office Cleaned Regularly Would Be A Disaster

Just imagine what a typical office building would look like without professional cleaning services.  There would be trash piling up, dirty, stinky bathrooms and rugs that keep collecting bacteria and debris so you wouldn’t even want to walk on them.

It would be hard to get quality employees because no one would want to work there.  Clients would avoid coming to your office and would probably avoid dealing with your company.  Who wants to deal with unclean people?

With Evergreen Building Maintenance on your side, you’ll never have to deal with cleanliness as a problem.

A Clean Office Building Attracts Success

Clean bathrooms really make an impression on female clients… men too, but women are especially upset by unclean bathrooms.

If you have sparkling floors, immaculate lunch rooms and conference rooms meetings will go better since people are not distracted by dust, debris and odours.  A clean, fresh smelling conference room makes everyone feel positive… a great thing to have when making presentations.

Evergreen’s cleaning staff is specifically trained to be proactive in noticing things that need cleaning before your clients do.

Health And Cleanliness Go Hand In Hand

Even if something appears to be clean, like door handles, they can be coated with bacteria and viruses.  In fact, door handles are the primary way viruses travel through the office.

Other bacteria hot-spots are computer keyboards and the mouse that everyone touches after coughing, sneezing and just before and after they grab a quick snack at their desk.

Don’t forget the door frame people touch as they lean into the office and the padded cubicle walls that are designed to absorb the sound and keep the office quiet.  These are some of the best places for bacteria to grow and prosper and make your employees sick.

For the health of your employees and the success of your business, a healthy and clean work environment really pays off.

Evergreen Building Maintenance uses the latest “Green Cleaning” products and equipment to prevent the collection and spread of germs in the office.

Evergreen Building Maintenance Office Cleaning Service Impacts

Employee health. A clean environment helps prevent the spread of disease, helps improve health while reducing absenteeism.

First impressions. Clients and visitors will have a positive impression and opinion of your office.

Infection control through environmental janitorial services like surface cleaning, sanitation, and disinfecting strategies.

Improves your bottom line due to better employee morale and increased output due to positive mindset created by a clean environment.

“Smart Cleaning” program maximizes value in your Office Budget.

Call now for a quote for professional daily or weekly office cleaning services: 1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165

New Commercial Cleaning Company In Edmonton Comes With 30 Years Of Experience

Edmonton businesses can now look forward to a commercial cleaning company with a higher standard of commercial janitorial services than they may have experienced in the past.

Consistent Cleaning And Monitoring System

To be sure, there are many commercial cleaning companies in Edmonton, but they rarely have the experience and organization to be able to provide high quality janitorial services consistently.

When you hire a commercial janitorial services company what you really want is to have your office or building cleaned properly, the first time.  You don’t want to get complaints or to have to monitor the cleaning company all the time.

That’s the benefit of experience.  Evergreen Building Maintenance has developed managers and cleaning staff that know what to do.  They are trained to spot problem areas or spots that need a little extra attention.  If the cleaning person misses something by chance, the manager will certainly pick up on it.

Well Trained And Using The Latest Cleaning Equipment

Having a team of well-trained cleaning professionals is a big deal when you hire a commercial cleaning company, but it is also important to have the right equipment.  Evergreen Building Maintenance is constantly in tune with the latest developments in cleaning equipment and techniques.  Their trained personnel will have the best cleaning equipment and they will know how to use it properly.

Green Cleaning Chemicals And Equipment

Harsh cleaning chemicals can cause some people to have an allergic or toxic reaction.  Evergreen Building Maintenance uses environmentally friendly, “green” cleaning products that are far safer than chemical cleaners.

Safe, Antibacterial Cleaning Systems

Some companies believe the only way to kill bacteria is to “nuke” the area with toxic substances.  We believe there is a much better way.

The “green” cleaning products we use are very effective in neutralizing bacteria and making sure they stay away.  In addition, we have equipment that is designed to clean deep into crevices and cracks to prevent the conditions that cause the buildup of bacteria.

But that’s still not enough to make sure diseases don’t spread throughout the office.  In addition to the right products and tools, you need to know where to clean and how to totally get rid of bacteria and viruses.

That’s where experience comes into the picture again.

“Smart” Cleaning Systems

You might think it would be more expensive to hire a commercial cleaning company that can really deliver a higher standard of service.  Normally, it would be true, but Evergreen Building Maintenance practices “Smart Cleaning” techniques.

“Smart Cleaning” involves developing a close relationship with the client and deeply understanding the cleaning needs of the business.  The reality is not all parts of a building need a thorough cleaning all the time.  Some parts of the office are used more often so they need extra cleaning.  Other parts of the building are used in a way that they get dirtier so maybe, they need a special kind of cleaning.  That leaves many areas of the building that can be put on a schedule of light cleaning and periodic thoroughness.

These kinds of situations are discussed with the client so the cleaning budget is used more efficiently.  We are able to provide a better level of commercial cleaning for the same or lower budget than you would expect.

Call now for a quote for daily or weekly professional office cleaning company services: 1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165

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.

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How The Right Commercial Janitorial Services Company Can Increase Profits And Decrease Expenses

Facility managers are under constant pressure to reduce costs even though real costs of managing a facility keep increasing. So, how do you perform to excellence when your budget may not be what you want?

Among the expenses you manage, the cost of a commercial janitorial contractor can add up pretty quickly. If you scale back their services, you could end up with a dirty facility. That’s not going to be acceptable for anyone.

So what do you do? How do you maintain the clean, fresh environment that motivates clients to buy and staff to think clearly?

Here are some ideas you can take to the bank:

Use “Smart” Cleaning Strategies

The first thing to do is to involve your commercial janitorial services company and simply ask them “how can we maintain our high cleaning standards and reduce expenses”?

You’ll be surprised at the practical answers you will get. Your commercial cleaning company understands the pressures you face every day.  Although they won’t be willing to provide the same amount of work for less money, they will be eager to help because they want to keep the contract.

The people who deal with the nitty-gritty details of keeping your facility clean know where there is waste of time and resources. Study your facility with them and analyze where you can reduce expenses.

Look at each cleaning zone and your specifications list.  See if you can find areas that get less wear and tear but are thoroughly cleaned every day.  You might only need the thorough cleaning once a month.  Maybe some rooms are heavily used once a week but not in between.  Look at areas that would be fine if they were cleaned on alternate days. You’ll be surprised how much money you can save simply by reducing the labour cost of commercial janitorial services.

Just be careful to not slash services without discussing them with your cleaning contractor.  Some services definitely should not be reduced like entryway cleaning and washrooms.

Save Money With The Right Chemicals, Tools And Equipment

Your janitorial budget depends on the amount of time the cleaning company spends on your facility.  By using the most up-to-date tools and equipment they will be able to provide a high standard of cleaning in less time.

When you sign up a new commercial janitorial services company or at contract renewal time, specify that you want them to use the latest technology that is appropriate for your facility.  Also specify that you expect their equipment to always be functioning at top levels and that they will replace equipment that is over a certain age.

While the commercial janitorial services company will want to keep using their “perfectly good” equipment even if it is decreasing in efficiency, you know it takes them longer to achieve the same clean if their equipment is wearing out.  This is costing you money in labour costs, so you have a right to specify that they use the best technology available to do the job.

The latest equipment will also save you money on water, chemicals and energy.  Make sure they are using the most cost-efficient chemicals and tools to do the job.

Consider A High Staff Turnover As A Source Of Excess Expenses

If a commercial janitorial services company has a high staff turnover rate it means there is something going on with the management.  Are they treating their workers properly?  Will poor treatment of their workers spill over into poor quality work?

Cleaning staff becomes more efficient the longer they are in the job and the longer they have been cleaning your facility.  If you keep seeing new cleaning staff you know their efficiency is likely to be down.  They will need to spend more time and are likely to use up more chemicals and produce are lower quality of cleaning.  Some staff turnover is natural, but if it becomes excessive, have a chat with your commercial cleaning services contractor.

Ensure The Cleaning Company Staff Provides Quality Health And Safety Training

Worker’s Compensation costs add up quickly.  If your janitorial cleaning company staff keep getting into accidents or breaking things this cost will be factored into the quote you get for the service.

Also, if the commercial cleaning company doesn’t enforce the use of safety procedures like warning signs when the floor is wet, you could have claims from people having accidents.  This not only costs you money, but it also affects the reputation of your company.

Communicate clearly with your commercial janitorial cleaning company that you expect their staff to be thoroughly trained in safety procedures affecting the cleaning staff as well as the people using the facility.

Evergreen Building Maintenance will work with you to maximize your cleaning on a limited budget.

If you are looking for a commercial janitorial services company, give us a call for a free, confidential quote:   1-888-559-6870 or 250-999-2796