Handy Tips for Staying Healthy

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This may seem like common sense, but it’s one of those tips that can often be overlooked in the seemingly never ending battle against the common cold, the flu, and other illnesses. Which mind numbingly easy, so often forgotten, practice is this you may be asking? It is hand washing! You know what your mum taught you how to do ages ago and what you just kind of go through the motions of now, as an adult? Yeah, that one. This is especially important in the workplace and around your office, as it is such a high traffic area. As an owner, or manager of an office building, it is not only your own hand washing that should concern you, but also that of your staff and patrons. Ankars Office Cleaning in Melbourne wants to be sure you’re ready to combat these illnesses and do so efficiently and easily. Knowledge is power; knowing, understanding and being able to communicate the importance of properly washing hands can improve office morale and health without much effort at all.


Experts cite many different practices to follow to combat disease and illness, however the easiest and certainly most immediately effective is washing your hands. When you fail to wash your hands, it not only puts yourself at risk of becoming a host to a harmful bacteria, disease, or germ, but others as well. This is especially true in the workplace, where many spaces are communal and there is lots of hand to hand interaction with your coworkers. Simply not properly washing your hands can be detrimental to your entire office’s health; when you aren’t 100% the work isn’t done at 100% and the combination of poor quality work, along with not feeling your best can lead to a low morale in the office and inefficiency within the office.


Handwashing, in general terms, should be utilised as often as possible. There is no such thing as too much hand washing. In fact, when in doubt, wash; it is always best to err on the side of caution. However, of course, there are a few essential times that handwashing should be utilised.

-Anytime your hands are visibly dirty

-After Toilet Use

-Post Sneeze/Nose Cleaning

-Anytime you’re around food

-After consuming alcohol or smoking

-After handling rubbish

-When handling animals or pets

-When in contact with the ill



At Ankars, we know that life is fast paced and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day at times. So taking time out of your busy day to show your hands some attention may seem trivial at times, however a proper thorough hand-washing can save you time and money in the future, while you continue to live a healthy efficient life, instead of wasting time getting over illnesses that a lack of handwashing can cause. So, to really get those germs off of you, follow these easy steps.

1. Wet your hands with preferably warm water.
2. Squeeze a generous amount of soap in your hand
3. Rub hands together until they are lathered
4. Scrub lathered hands together, making sure to scrub the backs of palms and between fingers
5. Rinse hands thoroughly
6. Turn off faucet with paper towel, rather than freshly washed hands
7. Dry hands with air dryer, or paper towel

And there you have it! Keeping your office healthy and happy really is as simple as though 7 steps. So be sure to constantly remind your staff to continue to practice good and frequent hand washing habits, as well as post signs as extra reminders. Ankars Office Cleaning of Melbourne can clean your office time and time again, however it is important for the inhabitants of any office to practice as much cleanliness as possible as well.

22. December 2015| by Angela Kirwan

Saying “Hello” to Welcome Mats

Ankars Office Cleaning of Melbourne would love to come in and help you to keep your office a clean, healthy, and safe place and we are more than willing to help you achieve that goal. However, office cleanliness cannot be achieved solely through semi-regular deep cleanings, in order to be maintained, office cleanliness requires some help from you and your staff.

There are several ways to help make your office a safe environment, many of them are quite common knowledge, such as washing hands regularly, sanitising surfaces, and keeping work areas clutter free. However, one very important practice that often goes under the radar when planning a safe workplace. This would be keeping entrance mats at each and every entrance into your building.

While it may seem a little “much”, or even unnecessary to utilise this practice, there are many advantages to this practice, and using it can save you a lot of time and energy in the future. We’ve compiled a list of just a few reasons investing in entrance mats is worth your while.

Door Mat

Cleaning your shoes

According to a leading industry study, more than 80% of bacteria and contaminants are brought in through the soles of people’s’ shoes. Staff, patrons, everyone who enters your building brings everywhere they’ve been with them. Unfortunately, it is not a common practice to request for your patrons or staff to remove their shoes, so making that request may be off putting and possibly drive away customers and potential employees. Utilising an entrance mat can significantly decrease the number of contaminants that make it past the threshold.

Keep out mud and dirt

While it’s virtually impossible to stop all dust and dirt from entering your building, it doesn’t hurt to try and curb how much does actually make it in. Having an entrance mat can help to encourage people to clean off their shoes before entering, and lessen the amount of dirt in your building. For all the rest that does make it in, there are services like Ankars to help you out!

Rain, rain, go away!

This is a big one. When it’s raining outside, patrons and staff alike will likely be looking for an entrance mat, as their soles, umbrellas, and clothing even, will be wet. So keeping all that mud and water off of your clean floors, and on the entrance mat is ideal.

Give your entrance a personality

Yes, your entrance mat is there primarily to keep your floors clean, your staff safe, and your environment healthy -there’s no reason it shouldn’t be fun as well! Using an entrance mat can be fun, you can theme your mats according to the season, or write a friendly message on your mats welcoming your customers and staff. Small touches such as these, can go a long way with morale and customer loyalty.

No slips!

Whether it be ice, water from the rain, dust, or any other slippery agent on your entrants’ shoes, an entrance mat can help avoid your patrons slipping and falling upon entering your building. Using an entrance mat is not only a courtesy, but also a safety concern. Having someone slip and hurt themselves on your property can not only be costly, but be detrimental as far as PR goes as well.

Minimize wear and tear on your floors

Patrons tracking in rocks, dirt, or grime unchecked can really have an adverse affect on your flooring. Using an entrance mat can decrease the amount of rocks and dirt coming in, which in turn, preserving your floors as long as possible!

Regulate incoming bacteria

Technology has come a long way; it’s even made its way into entrance mats. Yes, nowadays you can find entrance mats that actually have microbe-killing agents infused right into them. This will keep your floors visually pleasing, as well as clean on a microscopic level. Having this type of protection will also help to keep your staff and clients healthy.

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22. December 2015| by Angela Kirwan
Ankars cleaning service have been our office cleaners for many years now. Their office cleaning service is very professional and we would not hesitate to recommend them to another business.
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