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Differences between types of Cleaning

Does your cleaning contractor know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing? Do you?

These terms are often thrown around and misused, but in reality, they each have specific definitions and reasons they are used. Cleaning is not the same as sanitizing and sanitizing is not the same as disinfecting. When you clean, you simply remove foreign material from high-touch objects and surfaces by using water and enzymes and some elbow grease. You need to clean, however, before you disinfect or sanitize, so it is a very important step.

When you disinfect, you kill germs. You don’t necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing the germs, you help to remove the risk of spreading infection. This is especially important in healthcare facilities. Sanitizing uses either heat, radiation or chemicals, and is mostly used in foodservice facilities. Again, the area needs to be completely cleaned in order for sanitizing to be effective, as sanitizing and disinfecting are a step above regular cleaning. Cleaning simply removes dirt, while the other methods remove potentially harmful bacteria that may not be visible. All are important in the areas and the buildings that they are used in, in the right order. Does your cleaning contractor keep your facility cleaned, sanitized and/or disinfected according to your specific needs?

How to Stay Healthy at Work

How you feel affects how you work, and how others around you work, too. If you are feeling sick, you have two choices – call in sick, or come in to work and feel miserable.
It’s no secret that most would recommend that when you’re sick, you stay home until you get better, yet many of us show up to our jobs anyway to, as the saying goes, “tough it out.”
But that’s put your co-workers in harm’s way, too – what one writer called “the crosshairs of germs.” According to a study from MIT, the fluid released by a single sneeze can travel over 26 feet – the length of several desks.
When a company’s employees do, in fact, call in sick, the company suffers there, as well. In fact, absent employees and those who show up to work while sick combine to cost the U.S. economy nearly $230 billion each year due to lost productivity. It’s important that workers and cleaners heed advice on how to stay healthy while in the office.

Here are a couple tips:

1. Talk to the cleaning staff: While great communication between office managers and cleaning staff should occur throughout the year, special chats prior to and during cold and flu season can do a lot to put workers in the best position to keep offices safe. Topics of discussion should include how often high-touch surfaces should be disinfected.

2. Know what carries germs: Speaking of high-touch surfaces — cleaners and building occupants alike need to get to know what they are. The most germ-covered items in the office are those that come in contact with hands. This of course includes door handles, keyboards and phone receivers, but sink taps, faucets, refrigerator handles and the buttons on vending machines and microwaves, get in plenty of contact with fingers, too.

3. Improve hand washing: Too often do people skip out on washing their hands, but even those that wash their hands often don’t do it for long enough. The average person washes his or her hands for 10 seconds, which is only long enough to dispose of 90 percent of germs. This is a mistake, as that remaining 10 percent of bacteria can double in less than 20 minutes. In 80 minutes, the bacteria grow to the number is was at prior to the hand washing.
4. Keep your workstation clean: It is extremely important to keep your workstation clean and orderly. Tidy it up five minutes before leaving for the day so that you return to a neat workspace the next morning. Keep sanitizing wipes handy and use them to wipe the surface of your desk often.
5. Be hygienic: Being hygienic goes a long way in keeping you healthy. You can take the necessary steps at work too. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer at your desk. When at work, it may not always be possible to step away from your desk every time you want to wash your hands. But with your hand sanitizer close, you can deal with situations that involve you coughing or sneezing and stay healthy and germ-free.
6. Avoid mingling with sick employees: This one is common sense but no less important. Avoid close contact with employees, who may be sick or show symptoms of communicable disease. Wash your hands if you’ve been around their workstation. Also, let office management know about the sick employee, if they aren’t already aware. If you’re sick, it’s best to stay home and recuperate so that you do not end up spreading the infection to others.

Curb Appeal

Maximizing Your Curb Appeal 

 

How many chances do you get to make a first impression?   

 Yes, it’s a trick question.  Are you, or your company, ready to welcome new residents, employees and clients? 

 A first impression promotes your investment, reveals your decisions and shows your pride.  If guests arrive at your office, apartment complex or other facility, and see unkempt grounds or dying plants, they immediately lower their expectations.  These negative assumptions, like judging a book by its cover, can affect occupancy rates, and ultimately sales. 

 A property manager can assess the curb appeal of a building or campus and essentially work from the ground up to refresh the property. 

 First step: Contact a lawn maintenance company. 

 Local and national “landscape management” companies provide the ideal services to help create a positive image on your grounds.  Determine the schedule, services and fees that accommodate the size of the property.  When you find a company that provides great results, consider contracting them for additional properties. 

 Second step: Look for a maintenance plan that includes: 

 Consultations – determine frequency of landscaping service and treatment options. 

Pre-emergent herbicides – apply to keep weeds and crab grass away with this preventative treatment. 

Fertilizing – schedule to add nutrients to the soil and flower beds and encourage a greener lawn. 

Irrigation – keep your investment from drying out with a timed sprinkler system and keep mulch fresh in flower beds to retain moisture. 

Inspections – protect the lawn, shrubs, flowers and trees from insects and other diseases 

Seasonal clean-up – prune and trim trees and shrubs, weed and re-mulch flower beds, rake and remove debris. 

 Third Step: Maximize your real estate. 

 Rich green grass and lush trees welcome visitors to your property.  Encourage them to stay with essential add-ons that enhance your landscaping plan. 

 Apartment complexes and townhome communities may be designed with park-like common areas or tree-lined walkways.  Consider enhancing the property and resident satisfaction by staging social areas, a community garden or quiet retreats. Property managers will see the immediate results of adding extra elements that appeal to realtors and potential new tenants too. 

 Outdoor socializing – add benches, tables and umbrellas for residents to eat outside or visit with friends and family. 

Zen garden – create a peaceful sanctuary with a waterfall, koi pond or rock garden. 

Small details – hang windchimes or flowering plants or add large decorative pots with herbs or flowers to keep insects away or attract butterflies. 

Lighting – install solar-powered lights on walkways for guests to enjoy the landscaping into the evening. 

Gardening – Assign a small plot of land for residents to maintain a garden to promote sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint. 

 Business complexes can also utilize enhanced grounds: 

 Outdoor offices – this trend continues to rise as teams venture outside (for some fresh air) for a change of scenery and team building opportunities. 

Welcoming guests – invite guests to relax on a bench before an appointment or meet with them at an outdoor table in the shade.  

Vendors – utilize the outdoor space for hosting special events like “Food Truck Friday,” ping pong, washers or horse shoes tournaments. 

 Designing specialized outdoor spaces encourages residents or workers to interact.  The campus environment builds a sense of community and promotes longevity. 

 Lay the groundwork to promote your business, by improving your curb appeal today. 

 

Are You Doing All You Can To Combat Superbugs?

It’s an unfortunate fact that in recent years, superbugs have become a concern and a threat to all of us. They are things we need to be aware of and pay attention to so that we can do the best we can to prevent them from spreading and doing more damage.

The latest superbug that is relevant to our area is C. auris, which the CDC just added to their list of “urgent threats”. This fungus has been quietly spreading across the world, but was most recently found in New York, New Jersey and Illinois, as well as solitary cases in other states. Nearly 600 cases have been confirmed across the US. This fungus preys on those with weakened immune systems, and in the last five years has taken a hold in a neonatal unit in Venezuela, a hospital in Spain, a British medical center, and has also shown up in India, Pakistan and South Africa. It is estimated that almost half of those infected die within 90 days.

Unfortunately, as things like fungus and bacterias become immune to medications, the focus needs to shift to facility cleanliness, personal hygiene, infection control and a cross-contamination efforts. It becomes imperative for organizations to alter the way that they clean so that nothing is able to remain there and multiply. Some fungus and bacteria can live on surfaces for weeks if the area is not properly cleaned and sanitized.

How does one go about sanitizing and ridding their facility of a potential superbug? The answer is that it requires specific products and processes. Even cleaning professional know that eradicating superbugs is no easy task. Cleaning and sanitizing methods that can spray and disinfect on both hard or soft surfaces, and reach into even the tightest spots will go a long way in assuring that bacteria and fungus cannot survive and wreak more havoc. Prevention and awareness are the best tools to use to help keep things like superbugs from spreading. If you have specific concerns, be sure to speak to your corporate cleaning partner about the ways that are available to keep your facility as clean and protected as possible.

Get the Most Out of Disinfecting & Sanitizing

Let’s go over to disinfect, disinfect most hospitals or all hospitals as you know have to have a strong disinfect policy. Let’s go back and say you have to clean all surfaces before you disinfect that’s very important because if you don’t you must clean your surfaces before disinfecting you just can’t spray disinfectant and think that it’s going to kill all bacteria or germs you have to first disinfect with an approved disinfector that kills 9.9999% of bacteria now there’s a difference sanitizing, sanitizing kill
9.99% disinfecting.

How to deal with cold and flu.

At colleges and universities oh my my-my I remember when there was a flu epidemic at my college and you know I believe fighting the flu is as simple as paying attention to disinfectant you have to disinfect but sometimes people have a tendency to over disinfect so you know if you know during the cold and flu seasons you train your cleaners to train your cleaners to disinfect touch points.

How to Make a Facility Manager Smile part 2

 

For him or her meaning the facility manager to know exactly what happened the night before. Communication is key that’s how you make a facility manager smile do your job, clean the building, pristine communicate any issues that may have happened the day before communicate, communicate and over communicate sometimes I think
another thing that makes a facility manager smile is the comfort level that
they have in the cleaning staff. Knowing that when they come in everything is going to be done and consistently done.

Second Most Challenging Job! Part 2

I hit the streets with my crew, I went to homeless shelters, I went to people who weren’t in homeless shelters, I begged I borrowed, I did everything that I could to get the people there. I believe we had to have 200 people for that day and 45 minutes to clean it up and they thought that we couldn’t do it. The powers to be thought that we could not do this and we did it in 45 minutes it was like it was challenging but it was like a thing of art I love cleaning I just absolutely love cleaning.

Second Most Challenging Job! Part 1

The second most challenging job was when we were a contractor at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and we were responsible for cleaning after a doubleheader. Now a doubleheader is not really you know we’ve done it in it before at the old vet Stadium and we’ve done things like that before however at the time that we service Oriole Park at Camden Yards it was a brand-new facility so that meant that it was two sold-out doubleheaders and the time that we had to do it was 45 minutes well I never have been given 45 minutes to clean a whole ballpark so in that deck when I say that I mean the seating area of the ballpark. What happened was they told us a couple days before that there was going to be a doubleheader and Team Clean was responsible for cleaning that Stadium the new stadium because you know they weren’t accepting just a little trash on the curb because there’s a brand new stadium they wanted a clean clean clean you know as if you have a brand new house.

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