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5 Signs You’re Hiring a Great Commercial Cleaning Company.

In the current climate, keeping the spaces that you spend the most time in sparkling clean, tidy, and hygienic is more important than ever before! Whether you’re looking for a commercial cleaning company to clean your home or office, there are lots of benefits that come hand in hand with hiring a professional cleaning company.

After all, a high level of cleanliness is important in any living or working space! However, with so many reliable, competitive and skilled commercial cleaning companies out there, it can sometimes be difficult to be sure that the company you are choosing is up to scratch when it comes to taking care of all of your cleaning needs.

Whether you’re already working with a commercial cleaning company or you are thinking about hiring one, you have certainly landed in the right place. We’ve created a helpful guide outlining 5 signs that you’re hiring a great commercial cleaning company.

Proper training in commercial cleaning

As the vast majority of cleaning companies are handling equipment and potentially harmful chemicals when cleaning, it’s important that all cleaners have completed a high level of training. When searching for the perfect commercial cleaning company, this is something that you should check and you’re also perfectly in your right to ask to see any appropriate qualifications.

A positive professional appearance

In any working environment, it’s important that all members of staff look professional, adhere to strict personal hygiene rules and adhere to all appropriate health and safety procedures.

Cleaners should be in uniform and should be clean and tidy. After all, in any home or work environment, all cleaning companies should aim to make a positive and respectful impression.

Offer a range of commercial cleaning services

A professional cleaning company should be able to accommodate all of your cleaning and deep cleaning needs. From regular deep cleaning, through to restoration and remediation, and – essential at the moment – sanitization and disinfecting. The best commercial cleaning companies are those that offer a wide range of services, meaning they can provide a one-stop shop for all of your cleaning needs.

Employee Engagement

Happy employees will give far more to a business and go that extra mile compared to those that are unhappy. And when it comes to hiring a commercial cleaning company, you should look out for those that engage with their staff, support their workforce and engage with their employees. Why? It is this type of workforce that will deliver the best job!

Customer Focus

Finally, you should always hire a commercial cleaning company that is renowned for its customer service. Ask to see testimonials and don’t be afraid to quiz a company on the level of service they offer.

Communication is key and you should hire a company that is responsive, dedicated to meeting your needs, and of course, a company that will always go that extra mile.

At Team Clean, providing the best customer service is very important. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you keep your facility clean and safe.

 

How Team Clean Can Help Your University Stay Safe During COVID

With 742 new cases in a single day, Philadelphia’s COVID-19 case count hit its’ highest point during the first week of November. Because case counts continue to trend upward, it’s of dire importance that the schools and universities that house countless students and educators are taking every applicable measure to ensure their safety.

It’s no secret that the Coronavirus is highly contagious and while basic safety measures such as wearing a mask, washing ones hands, and using hand sanitizer are effective to an extent, there is much more to be done when it comes to educational facilities.

For over 40 years, our staff have been committed to remaining up to date on all of the latest and most-effective solutions in the cleaning industry which is why they are certified with the American Bio Recovery Association. It’s important to us that we use this knowledge to help to make the city of Philadelphia a safe place to live – especially now.

With the assistance of an electrostatic sprayer and a disinfectant that is approved for use against COVID-19, our staff can easily and effectively work to keep campuses clean and virus-free. Our electrostatic spraying system is only one step, but it kills 99.9% of bacteria in just 5 seconds and many others in 2 minutes or less.

While Team Clean is already the preferred janitorial service contractor for several colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic region, we know that our services can be implemented in many more locations. Our hope is to be able to work with as many schools in the Philadelphia area as possible so that together we can beat the Coronavirus.

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Get Your Facility Sparkling for The Holidays

A clean facility always creates a great first impression, but the holiday season brings with it some specific challenges to keeping your facility clean. From the wetter weather to the decorations, there are many things to consider when it comes to getting – and keeping – your facility sparkling clean.

Of course, it’s not just about looking good.  A cleaner facility is also a safer facility.

Reducing Common Holiday Floor Hazards

The holidays can mean increased foot traffic into your buildings. Combined with wetter weather this can be a particular problem when it comes to keeping floors clean. Some common issues are:

  • Rain and snow outside usually means water being brought inside from people’s shoes and run-off from umbrellas and waterproof clothing.
  • On carpeted floors, this can mean caked-in dirt. On tiles, it can mean muddy tracks and a potential slip hazard!
  • Water damage at the entrances of your facility because of the frequently opening doors during heavy rains or snowfall.

Your cleaning staff should be constantly monitoring the floor – especially at entrance points to the building, to ensure that they are cleaned regularly. If necessary, wet floor signs should be displayed to ensure that staff and visitors take care.

Regular mopping of wet spots is essential to prevent slips, and also to keep the area looking clean. Along with wet spots, there may also be additional debris that will need sweeping.

Decorations can Be Dust Magnets

Holiday decorations bring festive cheer to your facility and put a smile on people’s faces. However, it is important to remember that decorations also mean some additional cleaning. Depending on your choice of holiday decorations, they will need cleaning and sanitizing like other furniture and objects in your facility to keep them sparkling and spreading cheer – rather than looking grubby and spreading germs.

Sanitization to Reduce Pathogens

It’s always been important to step up your cleaning and sanitization during the winter months to reduce employee sickness and keep visitors healthy and safe. However, this year it is more important than ever as we battle COVID-19 alongside regular winter flu and sickness bugs.

Covid-19 and other pathogens can survive on, and be transmitted from, surfaces. It’s amazing just how many surfaces we all touch every day. In any facility, there will be dozens of ‘hotspots’ that need regularly sanitizing to prevent the spread of germs.

At Team Clean, we use the Clorox Total 360® to disinfect and sanitize your facility to the very highest standards. Using this innovative electrostatic sprayer combined with a specific disinfectant or sanitizing solution, we can cover large surface areas faster and more cost-effectively than ever before. Electrostatic sprayers can also efficiently disinfect and sanitize places that are difficult to reach manually, such as the undersides of surfaces.

At Team Clean, we have highly trained staff and years of experience keeping facilities clean and safe all year round. Providing the absolute best service is of the utmost importance to us. Contact us today for more information on our commercial cleaning services.

 

Why Proper Training for Commercial Cleaning Staff is Essential

When you enter a facility, you expect it to be clean. When it’s been cleaned well you probably won’t even notice it, but it’s always very obvious if a facility has not been cleaned properly. From streaky floors to questionable odors, the lack of proper commercial cleaning gives a poor impression of a facility.

It’s common for people to think that commercial cleaning is ‘easy,’ and underestimate the skill and talent of a commercial cleaning team. However, proper training is essential, and here’s why:

It keeps everyone safe

With Covid-19 still ravaging communities, proper cleanliness and hygiene is uppermost in people’s minds. Proper training helps to ensure that cleaning staff know how to thoroughly disinfect and sanitize common touchpoints. The process is different, depending on the type of disinfectant or equipment used. A well-trained cleaner will know how to use the tools they are provided with effectively and safely. Used incorrectly, certain products that you depend on to protect people’s health can be hazardous to it instead.

Learning how to identify which products contain potentially hazardous chemicals and how to use them safely is vital information for cleaners. It means that they can keep themselves and other people safe. Beyond this, there’s also the risk of cross-contamination in some areas where equipment and products aren’t used correctly, or cloths are not cleaned properly between uses.

You get a better clean

With a professional commercial clean, your floors should sparkle and there should be no sign of dust. There are proper methods and techniques for getting things cleaned correctly – and yes, there is a correct and an incorrect way to dust.  If your cleaning staff aren’t properly trained then they will be making little mistakes that mean you won’t get the sparkling clean finish you want.

Even more importantly, every surface will be properly cleaned, which is so important because Covid-19 can live on surfaces for days. A well-trained cleaner knows where the high-traffic touchpoints are and prioritises these, but also ensures that every surface is cleaned thoroughly.

At Team Clean, we use the Clorox Total 360® which allows us to disinfect and sanitize to the highest standards. The innovative electrostatic sprayer means we can cover larger areas faster and reach even difficult paces like the undersides of surfaces. Our team are thoroughly trained in the use of the equipment, so you can be confident of high standards.

They will be more productive

Well trained cleaning staff aren’t just better cleaners. They’re faster and much better at identifying potential issues as well. When they learn the right approaches to take with their cleaning methods,  they will be able to complete key tasks quickly and efficiently. This means that you can make sure that the time that your cleaning staff has is always well spent.

At Team Clean, we invest in our people so that they have the correct training to be able to deliver an outstanding, high-quality commercial clean every time. We take staff training and development seriously and we employ people who love cleaning so that not only are they highly trained – they’re highly motivated to do a great job too.

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Proper Cleaning of Commercial Premises Helps To Stop The Spread of Covid-19

It goes without saying that we are currently in the midst of a battle with a world-wide virus. The entire world is having to learn to live with and fight against Covid-19 and here in the USA, things do appear to be somewhat bleak.

In Philadelphia, cases of Covid-19 are remaining quite high. So, what can we do about it? We all have a part to play in the fight against Covid-19, and for commercial properties and businesses, the answer could lie with proper cleaning techniques. Where do we start? Let’s take a look at how proper cleaning of commercial premises can help to stop the spread of Covid-19.

There is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting

One of the most important things that you need to learn when it comes to cleaning at the moment, is that there is a difference between the act of cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning will clean a surface, removing the dust and dirt. It will not, however, remove the germs that can build up. Disinfecting, on the other hand, will need to be done with a specialist disinfectant. Whilst this may not clean the surface, what it will do is kill the germs that can live there.

The equipment itself will be clean

When you use a professional cleaning company, you will be getting them to use their own equipment to clean your premises. The important thing here is that they will ensure that the tools that they use are clean and sanitary before they come to you.

If you cleaned yourself, or your employees were in charge, then they may use equipment that you have on your premises. There is a much lower chance that they will sanitize and clean these between the cleaning efforts, which will mean that they are actually just moving around the germs rather than removing them.

Every surface will be cleaned

Covid-19 can live on surfaces and it is hugely surprising just how many surfaces we will touch on a daily basis. When you use a professional cleaning company, they know where the most traffic will be, therefore, the places that need cleaning the most. That said, in these times, they will also be able to ensure that every single surface is cleaned, just in case they have been touched at some point.

At Team Clean, we use the Clorox Total 360® to disinfect and sanitize to the highest standards. Using an innovative electrostatic sprayer combined with a dedicated disinfectant or sanitizing solution, we can cover larger areas faster and more cost-effectively than ever before.

Now you know, the correct cleaning of premises can really make the difference when it comes to Covid-19 as well as other viruses and germs too. You might not be a cleaning expert, which means that you need to employ a company who knows what to do. That way, you can be sure that you are protecting your employees, your customers and of course, your business too.

Does Your Reception Area Give the Right Impression?

Keeping a clean office can help productivity, but what about your reception area? Your reception area is often the first thing a visitor to your building sees, so it’s the first impression they get of your company. If your reception area is cluttered or dirty, your visitors could be forming a negative impression before you’ve even greeted them. Particularly in the current pandemic, the importance of cleaning has never been more evident.

A clean and inviting reception area makes a positive first impression on visitors, meaning you can start your client meetings and employee interviews on the right foot.

If your reception area is looking a little tired, here are some tips and tricks to spruce it up and have it sparkling in no time:

Install the right flooring

Reception areas are typically high footfall, so you’ll need a hard-wearing carpet or flooring option. Light-colored flooring can open up a room and make it feel bigger and brighter, but light-colored carpet requires a lot of maintenance in high-traffic areas. Flooring tiles are often a hard-wearing and easy-clean solution.

Maximize the space

Your reception area should feel spacious – even if it’s only a small space. A cluttered or overcrowded reception area can make waiting visitors feel uncomfortable. Although not all companies have the budget for an elegantly spacious reception area, you can take steps to make the most of the space you do have.

Clear away any clutter, and make sure that your reception isn’t doubling as a storage area for business files or employee belongings. Have waste baskets and recycling points in a prominent location so that visitors and employees can keep the area tidy.

Keep magazines and promotional materials to a minimum. They provide something for waiting visitors to read, but too many look cluttered and disorganized. Keep your collection fresh by replacing dog-eared booklets, brochures, and magazines with fresh ones and keep the selection limited.

Keep furniture to a minimum

Check your furniture. Is it arranged to make the best use of the space? Or are visitors dodging poorly placed chairs as they try and get to your counter? Remove any furniture that isn’t used regularly, and replace bulky pieces with sleek, modern, streamlined items to reduce the space they take up.

Potted plants can create a more welcoming atmosphere, but keep it minimal to avoid an overcrowded look.

Keep the air fresh

Office smells can reach the reception area, especially if your office is very small or open-plan. Smells from food and beverages can linger in the air, creating a poor first impression for visitors. Making sure that you regularly air out the reception, opening windows, or leaving doors open where possible will help keep it feeling and smelling fresh. Also, consider using odor neutralizing deodorizers for the carpets and clean, fresh-smelling air fresheners. Don’t be tempted to overdo it with strong scents, as many people are sensitive to strong fragrances.

 

Team Clean provides janitorial and commercial cleaning services to office buildings located throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area. We use an eleven-point Office Check System to keep your office clean and clutter-free. Plus, our Spotless Restrooms program eradicates harmful microorganisms and pathogens, keeping your employees and visitors healthier.

BACK TO SCHOOL FIGHTING COVID

Back to school is an exciting, challenging time every year. But the 2020-2021 school year will welcome back students under conditions we’ve never seen before. Some school districts will welcome hundreds of students back to class, which is likely to make it challenging to keep things clean. However, with the right cleaning plan in place, there’s no reason that a safe and smooth return to schools can’t be the norm.

Of course, this will not be business as usual for our schools, so it’s going to require a brand new plan when it comes to cleaning processes and procedures. And not just for cleaning staff – this is going to have to be all hands on deck. A real team effort!!

This year’s school planning won’t be all about the learning. There needs to be a robust plan for cleaning too, and the most important difference for this school year comes down to the clock.

As a provider of janitorial services to schools in the Philadelphia area, we are used to cleaning schools at night, perhaps with some limited day cleaning. For most schools, it was considered disruptive to have cleaning happening during the day.

However, these are unprecedented times, and health and hygiene need to be right at the top of the priority list alongside learning. Everything has changed, so the timing and preciseness of cleaning is absolutely vital.

At an absolute minimum, frequently touched objects and surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected twice a day, and ideally more often:

  • Desks, tables, chairs
  • Computer equipment such as keyboards and computer mice
  • Door and window handles
  • Restroom facilities
  • Communal break areas
  • Any toys, books, and games
  • Light switches
  • Telephones

Keeping on top of all that means cleaning during the day too now – something that we hope schools will embrace. Of course, welcoming a new cleaning plan with additional daytime cleaning doesn’t have to be disruptive to students. The main goal is to keep your students safe, healthy, and able to learn as effectively as possible. That’s why our employees are trained to CLEAN AND NOT BE SEEN, never to be disruptive.

At Team Clean, we’re experts at daytime cleaning, and we also offer specialist services that can help you protect your staff and students from pathogens. Our staff are specially trained and certified with the American Bio Recovery Association. Which means we can offer specialist, safe, cleaning and disinfecting services that prevent the spread of diseases like coronavirus.

Your janitorial staff can do an amazing job of keeping your hygiene standards exemplary. However, COVID-19 requires a level of attention to cleanliness that has never been seen. If this is going to be a success, everyone has to be involved – it’s a team effort. Alongside janitors – students and teachers will need to have some responsibility for cleaning and disinfecting desks and high touch surfaces, wearing masks, cleaning and sanitizing hands regularly, and staying 6 feet apart.

With the right cleaning plan, attitudes, and teamwork, we will absolutely have all the armor we need to fight this second wave.

Donna

Donna Allie, Team Clean

Team Clean: The Fast, Effective Innovators

Team Clean is a small minority and women-owned business founded in 1983 by Donna L. Allie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Team Clean started with Donna cleaning houses to make a living for her and her daughter while dealing with the struggles of being a single mother. Having earned a BA in Sociology, the need to provide an income for herself and her daughter led her to take on cleaning work. But eventually, the tables turned for her.

Seeing the gap in the Philadelphia market for quality and reliable cleaning, she built the business up. She turned it around from a one-woman business, cleaning homes herself to employing other women to clean homes under her supervision. She recruited and trained other women to meet her high standards of cleaning and customer care, and they went in pairs to clean houses for her.

In 1985, Team Clean signed their first contract for commercial cleaning and from there, Donna was able to make a true name for herself in commercial cleaning and continuously grow the business.

From those first new recruits to the current workforce, Donna looks for more than just an ability to get the job done from her employees. An eye for detail, passion for great customer service and the ability to work as a true team are all essential qualities. Team Clean staff believe in consistency between the relationships of the clientele and the service provider, training that ensures excellence, and cost-saving services that will change the cleaning industry as time revolutionizes. The company always looks for ways to improve and ways to become more efficient.

Donna is a true example of black female empowerment and grit. She is a CEO of great leadership and kindness. Her inspirational leadership and kindness create a wonderful, supportive working environment – but at the end of the day, she is the boss and is all about business and building great connections.

She acquired many virtues through her personal journeys with life. She made sure her brand gave quality cleaning care and that her values aligned with her business. That is what makes Team Clean so authentic.

Team Clean takes pride in being a part of the small business world. Small businesses can make their mark in their industry despite not having an extensive network of employees. Being a small business can put a business owner at certain advantages compared to larger companies. It can allow you the ability to be unique within your business field, which is what Team Clean strives to do. They strive to be different and stand out, and the numerous awards and accolades they have received are a testament to the fact that they are truly effective and innovative.

Having a small business allows you to be more flexible and make the necessary changes to benefit your customers faster. Smaller businesses can give more personalized customer service to their customers.

Team Clean is who you call when you need your facility maintained to the very highest standards.

 

A Cleaner Office Promotes Employee Productivity

Productivity – the magic word for most managers. Business owners and managers spend a lot of time looking for ways to improve productivity while also looking after the wellbeing of their employees. Yet there’s one thing that rarely comes to mind when productivity is discussed – and that’s cleanliness.

We all know that offices need to be clean and tidy, but what often gets overlooked is the fact that a clean and tidy office boosts productivity. Proper office cleaning has way more benefits than simply providing a good impression for visitors and a pleasant environment for staff.

 

Reduces sickness

We’re all aware that good cleaning and hygiene is essential for keeping pathogens in the office to a minimum. Seemingly innocuous office furniture can harbor pathogens and bacteria that can cause sickness.

For example, did you know that the average office desk harbors almost 400 times as much bacteria as a toilet seat? A good cleaning program includes both cleaning and disinfecting to keep your staff healthy and safe.

Getting the highest standard of office cleanliness means hiring a professional cleaning company that uses high-quality sanitizing methods and equipment such as electrostatic sprayers.

Improves concentration

It’s a fact that clutter is distracting, and to get the most out of your employees, you need them to be able to give their full focus to their work. Keeping clutter and untidiness to a minimum helps keep your employees focused on the task at hand.

If you’re working in a creative industry, another surprising benefit of a clean workspace is that it boosts creativity alongside productivity.

Reduce time spent locating items

Effective time management is a skill that most employers value – but are you making it difficult for your employees to manage their time by having a cluttered office space littered with distractions?

Too much clutter makes it difficult to find items. If your office supplies are disorganized, your employees will lose valuable minutes searching for the things they need to do their job. Over a whole year, you could lose hours’ worth of time that could have been spent productively.

Reduce the risk of workplace injury

Less clutter means fewer accidents, as a messy workplace increases the chances of accidents. When the office environment is cluttered, trip hazards are both more likely to be present and also more likely to go unnoticed due to the general untidiness of the environment.

Keeping a clean and tidy office means that everything is kept in its designated place, and any items or objects that are out of place are easily spotted and tidied away.

Boosts staff morale

Employees working in a clean and organized workplace are happier, which makes them more productive. We spend a large percentage of our time at work, so the environment we work in can have a profound effect on our happiness and wellbeing.

A clean and uncluttered environment also helps reduce stress and anxiety in employees – keeping them well both mentally and physically.

The best way to improve the cleanliness of your office is by hiring professionals. Team Clean has been providing janitorial services to Philadelphia businesses for over 40 years. We take pride in our work, offering a wide range of services, including our Spotless Restrooms program and sanitizing services that keep your employees healthy and safe.

 

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