DIY vs. Professional Commercial Cleaning Company
Are you in need of commercial cleaning services, but think you could do it yourself? While you may have some experience cleaning at home, cleaning at the office or workplace requires a much different approach. We understand that businesses keep a close eye on their monthly costs and bottom line. As a result, janitorial services often get overlooked. In the short term, the DIY approach may get the job done, but it won’t be efficient in the long run. Here is why you should hire professional cleaners instead of doing the job yourself.
When you are hiring for a new position, you want to ensure you hire someone that has the qualified skills and relevant experience needed for the role. Why? It’s important they have the skills and knowledge to do the job. The same applies to hire a Janitorial service for your office, business or workspace. You want to ensure it’s getting cleaned by someone that has qualified experience. We hate to break it to you, but cleaning your home does not count as a qualified experience. Professional janitors have the experience needed to ensure your workplace is cleaned properly. They will have the skills and knowledge to take the correct approach.
Your company uses specific tools and/or software in order to deliver on the services you offer. Using professional cleaning products will ensure you are cleaning efficiently and effectively. Compared to generic cleaning products from stores, professional cleaning products will use less harsh chemicals and have other benefits. When you hire a Janitorial service company, they will have access to the right products to get the job done. Did you know that Clorox Disinfectant wipes require you to make the surface wet enough and allow 4 minutes to dry? We have access to Commercial Cleaning Products. Our Clorox wipes are medical grade and have a 1-minute contact time.
Using Your Time Wisely
As a business owner it’s important you use yours and your employee’s time wisely. Everyone is there for a specific reason, and the last thing you would want is for them to be spending time on things that take away from your core business activities. To ensure you and your team are being efficient, professional cleaners can come in at any time that is convenient for your team. Professional cleaners will put your mind at ease, knowing your workplace is being professionally cleaned allowing you to spend more time investing in your business.
Lastly, who has time to clean the office? Who pulls the short stick and gets stuck throwing Charlie’s sandwich out from last week? Or who gets to clean the toilets? There’s a joy! That’s where the rubber meets the road. Who gets that chore? I’m an employee and I really don’t want to clean the office, just saying. You know you’ve said it: “Your mother doesn’t live here, pick up after yourself.” Haha
Don’t make Charlie clean the toilet, let us do it for you!
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SUPPORT LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES
Summer is often considered to be a patriotic season. From Memorial Day to the Fourth of July to Labor Day, Americans happily take breaks from work to picnic, play and celebrate their country and all of those who make this a wonderful place to live.
Again, we know that this year is going to feel different. Largely because of the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, vacations are being rescheduled or canceled, and businesses – especially small businesses – are struggling to make up for lost time.
What could be more patriotic than supporting those small businesses? Whether it’s a family restaurant, your neighborhood pool supply store or an independently owned and operated professional cleaning business.
During tough times, people are fond of saying, “We are all in this together.” That has never been so true. We are in it together, but we all have different challenges as well.
Here are a few reasons that we all should make this a season for small businesses:
Small business fuels the American Dream
The Small Business Administration reports there are 30.2 million small businesses in the U.S. Many of those are entrepreneurs who decide to buy a franchise, convert their hobby into a career or start something completely different in an effort to do something that makes them happy and supports themselves or their families. Do you know the small business owners in your town? Local business owners constitute a very diverse group! Approximately 15 million small businesses are owned by minorities; 12.3 million are owned by women; 8 million are owned by immigrants; and 2.52 million are owned by veterans.
The owners are your neighbors
You probably know the folks who own and operate that quaint restaurant, dry cleaner or craft supplies shop. They may live around the corner or serve on a committee with you at your kids’ school. Maybe you go to the same church. So, it feels good to support them in their business endeavors. Like you, small business owners are invested in your community and in making it a better place to live. Even if you don’t know each other well, they may recognize you, and you can count on them doing a great job and providing personalized customer service with a smile when you patronize their businesses as well as when you pass them in the grocery store.
Call At Your Service Cleaning Group – we have your back 941-360-6796!
September 02nd, 2021
3 Reasons you should switch commercial cleaning companies
If you’re a property manager or building owner in Florida you’ll need to make sure your buildings are clean if you want to continue bringing in new business.
However, keeping your building clean doesn’t just mean making sure the garbage company comes by to pick up the trash. Businesses need to go beyond surface-level cleaning if they want to continue impressing new clients and keeping their current residents happy.
Every commercial building needs to have a trusted, reliable cleaning company that can come in after business hours and keep the building looking brand new. However, it’s not always easy to figure out if you’ve got a reliable cleaning company. Here are 3 reasons you should switch cleaning companies.
1. They Aren’t a Full-Service Cleaning Company If you hire a cleaning company, you should make sure you’re getting everything you think you’re getting. You might expect a few different services, but when the time comes to get them done, you might find out they only provide 1 or 2 different services.
You should always double-check exactly what services a cleaning company provides before you hire them. If you’ve already hired them but they don’t offer full-service cleaning, then you should consider switching.
There are a few different services you should look for in a full-service cleaning company.
Do they offer nightly cleaning? If you hired a cleaning company and they showed up partway through office hours to start cleaning, is that going to be an issue for you? If you need nighttime cleaning, make sure your cleaning company provides after-hours office cleaning.
Do they offer building maintenance? A full-service company will go beyond simply making sure your floors and bathrooms are cleaned. If you need higher-level facility support like landscaping, concrete polishing, high dusting, or cleaning after an office move, you’ll need to make sure your cleaning company offers these services as well.
Do they offer janitorial and restroom supplies? When there’s an accident in your office or building that needs a quick clean up, do you have the supplies available to fix it up? Your cleaning company should provide you with janitorial and restroom supplies for cleaning on the fly.
2. You Can’t Reach a Decision-Maker When You Need Them What happens when you need to get ahold of your cleaning company and they don’t answer? A few hours pass. A day passes. A week passes but no response? If you’ve ever dealt with poor communication with your cleaning company, it’s probably time to switch.
As a business owner or building manager, you understand that the number one rule in business is communication. You need to be able to reach a decision-maker when you need them. Make sure your cleaning company is a local, friendly, professional company that isn’t out of touch with their clients.
They should have exceptional customer service and be able to get back to you quickly when you need it. They should be proactive as opposed to reactive.
3. They Don’t Do Customized Jobs
Is your cleaning company willing to meet your needs if you need something a little different at your building? Or do they have a one-size-fits-all approach to their cleaning
If you have a specific building plan that requires some custom-tailored cleaning, you should make sure your cleaning company can get the job done. There would be nothing worse than hiring a company only to find out they won’t be able to reach your extra high ceilings or clean the exterior side of your windows.
Make sure you clearly communicate any personalized cleaning needs you may have and ensure your cleaning company is able to meet those needs. If they aren’t able to, it’s probably time to switch to a better company.
The bonus with us, we also have the Clorox 360 Electrostatic Disinfectant Fogger. It kills everything! Bye bye Covid!
Thinking About Switching Cleaning Companies? Look no further, call At Your Service Cleaning Group, Inc. 941-630-6796. We have your back!
There’s a difference between cleaning hard and cleaning smart: Both can be effective, but only one can give you a consistent level of clean while saving you time, money, and unnecessary stress.
As a cleaning professional, you are continually looking for ways to increase the efficiency of your department and reduce costs. With the increase in labor costs and a continued pressure to do more with less, we realize reducing cleaning costs can be a challenge. These six steps can help you build a more comprehensive cleaning program that will help you save time and money this year.
(Courtesy of Dave Mesko, ISSA.com)
New Chemicals Offered
At Your Service Cleaning Group, Inc. is proud to now offer SPARTAN CHEMICALS as an option for the cleaning and floor care products we offer.
A brief background on Spartan: Spartan Chemical Company, Inc. is an international manufacturer of quality branded maintenance cleaning products such as industrial cleaners, disinfectants, skin care, food processing, laundry care, warewash and floor care products. They proudly support sustainability as a pioneer and leader in environmentally preferable green cleaning products, biobased and bioagumentation products.
One of the many products offered is called CLEAN by PEROXY. This is a Green Seal Certified all-purpose cleaner that is environmentally friendly. It quickly removes everyday soils, including greasy residue. The active ingredient is a degradation profile that breaks down into oxygen and water, similar to hydrogen peroxide. It has a clean fresh spring rain scent and can tackle most soils, which makes is a fantastic product choice!
Not only do we have access to some pretty fantastic products, we also have the availability for customized training for our staff. With this ongoing training we can ensure that your facility is being cleaned right and ensure the safety of our staff! When each employee completes a training segment they are presented with a certification of completion and will hold the necessary skills to tackle the tasks at hand.
Maintaining a clean and sanitary office is essential to the success of your business. With so many products to choose from you can be sure we can create a customized chemical plan that fits your facility.
The importance of a carpet vacuuming strategy is often overlooked by cleaning professionals. This can be especially true in a larger facility of 10,000 square feet or more, where a vacuum cleaning strategy becomes crucial. The two main reasons for this are time and the health of the carpet.
In terms of time, consider this example: According to ISSA’s 612 Cleaning Times, it takes 17 minutes to clean about 1,000 square feet using an 18-inch, two-motor upright vacuum cleaner. If a facility has 10,000 square feet of carpeting and all areas are vacuumed every night, that’s almost three hours of vacuuming every evening. Reducing this time can allow cleaning workers to perform other cleaning tasks.
As to the health of the carpet, we must always remember that carpet often hides soil, especially dry soil. A strategy that calls for vacuuming based only on appearance may impact not only the health of the facility, but the health of the carpet, as well. Soils can cut carpet fibers, reducing the life expectancy of the entire carpet.
A carpet vacuuming strategy can define how frequently vacuuming is needed in specific areas and, based on an analysis of the facility, what type of vacuum is best suited for the job. Incorporating such a strategy can help save time and also protect the health of the carpet and the facility.
The sections below divide facility areas between those that do not need as much attention and those that do, depending on how much foot traffic and use each area receives. Of course, these guidelines may not apply to all facilities, which is all the more reason to perform your own analysis. Vacuum options are also important to consider.
Areas That Need Less Frequent Vacuuming
Executive areas: Very often cleaning professionals give added vacuuming attention to C-level areas just because that’s where the executives work. But these are invariably the areas that need the least vacuuming. Vacuuming twice per week should be adequate.
Meeting rooms: The carpet in conference and meeting rooms, even if they are used frequently, tends to remain fairly clean. These areas should be spot-checked and thoroughly vacuumed once per week.
Individual office spaces: Although we are moving into an era of open-space floor plans, many facilities still have private offices. Private offices should be vacuumed once or twice per week.
Outlining areas: How does the carpet along the walls and edges of the facilities look? Invariably, it looks brand new. Because of this, outlining areas in work areas, hallways, etc., need infrequent vacuuming.
Areas That Need More Frequent Vacuuming
Transition areas: Transition areas are where hard-surface floors meet carpet. If a hard-surface floor is soiled, dirt from it will likely deposit on the carpet. Transition areas need frequent vacuuming.
Open workspaces/central activity areas: Open workspaces may need a considerable amount of vacuuming, likely at every visit. The more people working in these areas, the more vacuuming attention they will need.
Funnel areas: Funnel areas are those where foot traffic may converge, taking people from one area to another, such as right outside an elevator. These areas will likely need vacuuming every night. This could include the interior of the elevator, as well, if it is carpeted.
Pathways: A carpeted pathway is usually considered a corridor or hallway, but it can also be a walkway within an open workspace area. Pathways need frequent vacuuming.
Water fountains: Carpeted areas around water fountains tend to become soiled very quickly. These areas may need vacuuming two or three times per week.
Vacuum Cleaner Selection
A critical part of an effective carpet vacuuming strategy is vacuum cleaner selection. In this case, selection does not refer to brands, but to types of vacuum cleaners. The following should offer some insight into which types of vacuum cleaners may work best and where.
Wide-area vacuum cleaners: These are often overlooked in vacuum cleaner selection. A 30-inch, wide-area vacuum cleaner can clean up to 10,000 square feet in an hour, which is far faster than vacuuming with other types of machines. They work well on wide or long walkways as well as large open spaces.
Upright vacuums: An upright vacuum is recommended in office areas that are moderately congested and where there is some open space around desks, furniture, and other obstacles. Be sure to select the right-sized upright. Most uprights have a cleaning path of 13 to 19 inches.
Backpack vacuums: Now that the harnesses on some backpack vacuums have become more comfortable, cleaning professionals are using them in all types of carpeted areas, but they are particularly helpful in more congested and transition areas. This is because the backpack vacuum can be used to clean both carpets and hard surface floors.
Canister vacuums: Finally, don’t forget about canisters. Canister vacuums are becoming more and more popular because they are so versatile. Canisters are especially useful for day cleaning because some are so quiet, they can be used where people are working with little disturbance.
(Courtesy of Sean Martschinke, cmmonline.com)
Concrete Floor polishing is on the rise. Since the late 1990s, there has been a substantial growth in the demand for polished concrete services. More and more homeowners and business are utilizing their existing concrete floors and turning them into something beautiful.
What Are the Benefits of Polished Concrete?
Polished concrete is considered a good sustainable design flooring option because it makes use of the materials already present. It is something to consider when building or modernizing towards a more green solution
Polished concrete floors are low-maintenance, as they are more durable and easier to clean than many flooring options.
Resistant to Moisture
Polished concrete reduces dust mite and allergen problems, and does not support mold growth.
Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe unlike tile or laminate flooring.
Can be color stained to your liking. You choose how shiny you want it. You can choose a satin finish or a high gloss finish.
A concrete floor that has been hardened and polished will have an extremely long life expectancy compared to other flooring.
Polished concrete flooring is hard wearing and will not chip or dent like softer surfaces such as wood.
Mopping with warm soapy water once a week is the only maintenance required.
Take a look at some before and after pictures of a job we recently completed. Let At Your Service Cleaning Group, Inc. bring out the beauty in your garage or warehouse. Call today for a free estimate!
Choosing a Janitorial Company
Maintaining a clean and sanitary office is essential to the success of your business. Most companies will hire a professional cleaning service to take care of this rather than hiring a full-time janitor. A cleaning service will usually come in after hours, cleaning all areas of your office. You'll probably find several office cleaning companies in your city, so you'll have to choose the one that's right for you. At Your Service Cleaning Group, Inc. is the company you are looking for!
Though you may be looking to save money, the company with the lowest cost isn't always the best deal. Here are the steps you should take when looking for a company and why to should choose us…
Step - 1 Get price quotes from the companies in your area. The companies will have to visit your office to estimate the work. When you get this quote, ask for a list of services that they provide. Most will provide mopping, vacuuming, cleaning, and sanitizing of the bathroom and dusting. Some may provide carpet cleaning a few times a year, but it may or may not be included in the quoted price.
Protecting Your Stone Countertops
At Your Service Cleaning Group, Inc. is currently running a special where you can receive a FREE can of this fabulous cleaner when you purchase a counter top polishing/restoration. Call today to claim your FREE can!
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Perfect for everyday use, 113M is formulated to keep natural and engineered stone surfaces, such as granite, marble, quartz, limestone, travertine, Corian®, Silestone®, ceramic and porcelain sparkling clean and looking brand new.
113M conditions natural stone surfaces to restore, maintain and enhance their reflective luster and beautiful rich colors.
Regular use of 113M makes surfaces easier to clean and leaves a water-resistant protective coating to safeguard against spills, hard water dark spots and etching.
Safe & Easy to Use
Simply spray directly onto the surface and buff with a clean cloth to a lustrous shine.