Blog: Commercial Cleaning Melbourne

Choosing a cleaning company – What to consider

When it comes to choosing a cleaning service for your business, there are many factors to consider other than price to ensure your value for money. Maintaining a clean and tidy environment for your office area is essential for both the sanitation of your working space and the success of your business. Most companies hire professional cleaning services to keep offices looking presentable rather than a full time cleaner as the work load for a large space is easier to handle with a team than a sole individual. Cleaning services work after hours to avoid any disruptions and attend to all areas of your office. There are many cleaning companies in large cities today, so it is important to choose one that will work for you and your business. Though it is always nice to find cheap options to save money, when it comes to office cleaning, the company with the lowest cost might not be the best option.

 

Cost and Services.

It is always helpful to get companies in your area to visit your office and obtain an initial quote for the job. Whilst they are checking out the space, it is always important to ask for a list of services that they provide when cleaning large offices. Some companies don’t always provide carpet cleaning or mopping, so it is recommended that you check with the company to ensure they cover all the services you require.

 

Experience.

It is helpful when choosing between companies to know the experience and training that each staff member has completed. Ask questions about their time in the industry and how they were trained in the business. It is always better to feel comfortable and protected knowing that the company you choose is well experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of their service.

 

Equipment.

One factor that may sway your decision on a company is the type of products they use for the job. Green cleaning and environmentally friendly products are sure to make your office space healthier for all workers, and they are often used today by many cleaning services. Don’t be afraid to ask about the cleaning products each company use as it could provide a safer work space, whilst also meeting any environmental sustainability goals.

 

Insurance.

It is crucial to be sure that all commercial cleaning companies are fully insured for the safety and security of your business and those within it. Always ask to see proof of insurance so that you are not liable for any accidents during their cleaning service.

 

Availability.

Ask each company about set times in their schedule that will work with that of your business. You should set a regular date and time for the company to clean your space that works best for you, and thus avoiding any unnecessary disruptions. Also check their policies on emergency requests and incidents that may prevent them from providing their service.

 

References.

Always request a list of references who can vouch for the quality and effectiveness of their services. Be sure to take the time to contact each referee to gain their thoughts on the company, this will provide some peace of mind that you are making the right decision on the cleaning service.

29. September 2016| by Angela Kirwan

Improve the Air Quality in Your Commercial Space

Fresh air from commercial cleaning Melbourne

 

For many of us, we think that closing our office or commercial space completely is the best way to keep dust out; aside from making everything clean and tidy. Not at all. We forget that effective commercial cleaning not only involves tidying things up  but it also includes maintaining the air quality inside our commercial space.

Keeping Your Indoor Air Fresh

Following the easy and helpful tips below will surely make the air quality in your office as fresh as the spring breeze!

Avoid Artificial Scents

First, it is highly advisable to lessen the use of spray products because these may leave pollutants in the air for a long time. If possible, do not use air fresheners or room deodorizers that provide artificial scents in the room with the purpose of masking undesirable odors.

The best way to prevent bad odors from filling the air is to dispose garbage properly and regularly. Using pesticides or insecticides is not advisable either. Moreover, you can always explore the use of non-toxic solutions like traps, barriers, and essential oil-based repellents if ever pests appear at any given time. And because perfumes, colognes, and other scented products often contain unhealthy volatile organic compounds and toxic additives like phthalates, it is best to avoid using them altogether.

Effective Elimination

Second, using a HEPA vacuum or a damp cloth to collect and trap dust and the pollution it contains is one of the best practices when you dust your table, shelves and other surfaces inside the room. In addition, avoid using dusters and techniques that simply stir dust back into your home’s atmosphere because these are often counter-productive measures.

Ban Chlorine

Third, when it comes to your office pantry, use chlorine-free dishwasher detergent. Studies show that hot dishwasher water can turn a detergent’s chlorine into a gas that’s released during operation. You can check out some organic detergents on the Internet, and even make one using fruit and vegetables peelings that we often throw away mindlessly.

Bring the Outdoors In

Fourth, put plants or succulents on your tables and desks since it has been proven that they have impressive air-purification powers.

Among the well-known succulents is the Aloe Vera. This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more.

Another one is the Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), which is quite a resilient plant even if you neglect it. With lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries.

The Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, and is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.

Regular Maintenance

Fifth and last, check and clean your exhaust fans and vents regularly. Better yet, open a door for a minute or two once every few days. Nothing beats the exchange of fresh air as it rinses the room with a fresh supply of a much-needed breeze that would bring coolness and comfort inside your office space.

30. March 2016| by Angela Kirwan
Norman and staff at Ankars Cleaning Services have been responsible for the cleaning of our West Melbourne office buildings since 1996. We have found them to be extremely reliable as well as willing...
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