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Team Clean Celebrates Black History Month

First officially recognized in 1976, Black History Month is an annual celebration each February that recognizes the achievements and the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

At Team Clean, we are proud to be one of the 121,466 black-owned employer businesses in the United States.

Black History Month is an excellent time for us to celebrate the success of our business as well as celebrating the success of all African American owned businesses.

We’d especially like to thank Madam C.J. Walker for paving the way for black businesswomen and becoming the first female black millionaire in America. As well as being a successful businesswoman creating products designed to help black women, Madam C.J. Walker was also a philanthropist.

She created a network of clubs for her employees and encouraged them to give back to their communities – rewarding those who did so with bonuses. She was a staunch supporter of female talent and her company charter specified that only a female could become president. She also funded female scholarships and contributed to the black YMCA alongside numerous other black charities.   

At Team Clean, we aspire to not only be a successful business but also to be socially responsible and to give back to the community we live in, in the spirit of Madam C.J. Walker.

Madam C.J Walker

When discussing the achievements of black business leaders, it is also worth mentioning the very first all-black insurance company. In 1892 seven black business leaders joined forces to form North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company The first President of the company was John Merrick, a former slave born in 1859.

John Merrick

John Merrick was more than just a high-profile black businessman. He was also a notable philanthropist who redistributed a large portion of his wealth back into the black community. He created several companies, each with the specific intention of providing services to black people in his community that they would have otherwise been denied.

For example, he founded the black Mechanics and Farmer’s Bank, which provided essential banking services to black citizens that were denied to them by most white-owned banks in the south. The provision of banking services was critical for encouraging personal and business spending among black people.

His business acumen, combined with his social conscience made him one of the most influential members of the African-American community in his lifetime.

The North Carolina Insurance Company developed into the “world’s largest Negro business” of the time, making Merrick one of the most successful black men of the time. Beyond being the most successful of John Merrick’s business ventures, the North Carolina Insurance Company is also notable as the very first all-black insurance company.

This leads us to an important insurance-related question…

Is your cleaning company adequately insured? 

When you hire a cleaning company, checking they have comprehensive insurance coverage probably isn’t the first thing on your list. However, when you are dealing with other people’s property, there can be severe legal ramifications for even the smallest of mistakes. It’s essential to make sure your cleaning company is bonded and insured.

For example, you or one of your cleaning company’s employees could damage some expensive property belonging to a tenant in your facility. A computer damaged during cleaning might only be worth a hundred dollars, but the cost of restoring the data in that computer could reach into the thousands.

Then there is the risk of employee theft. Cleaning staff on the job will have access to customer equipment and property. If your cleaning company’s employee is responsible for a crime, and the cleaning company has no insurance, then you are responsible for the loss.

AT TEAM CLEAN, WE ARE FULLY INSURED AND BONDED. INSURANCE IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF BUSINESS

Coronavirus: Are Your Cleaning Processes Sufficient to Stop the Spread?

Coronavirus is a hot topic at the moment. Most Coronaviruses are not dangerous and are a type of common virus that causes an infection in your sinuses, nose, or throat – such as a common cold.

Although Coronaviruses themselves are not new, the recent outbreak of the 2019 -nCoV strain has seen almost every country across the globe putting measures into place to manage and control the spread of this potentially deadly virus strain.

But what can we all do on a smaller level? How can businesses and government facilities help to prevent the spread of the virus?

Read on to find out more about Coronavirus and how you can help prevent the spread of this and other viruses.

Information on Coronavirus.

According to the CDC’s website:

“2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a Coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China”.

The symptoms of Coronavirus are very similar to the flu. You may experience a runny nose, cough, headache, sore throatfever, or feel generally unwell. Although it’s too early to have a lot of detail about this new Coronavirus, experts suggest that the flu is still a potentially more real and present threat in the US than Coronavirus.

However, taking steps to stop the spread of Coronavirus has the added benefit of also preventing the transmission of many other viruses including influenza,  so it makes sense to take preventative steps as soon as possible.

How are Coronaviruses spread?

The most common way that all Coronaviruses are transmitted is airborne, via sneezing and coughing. The second most common way they are spread is from being in close contact with an infected person. For example, shaking hands. It’s also possible for Coronavirus to be transmitted through touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.

Coronavirus can potentially be transmitted from an infected person even before symptoms start to show. Which is why it makes sense to implement good cleaning and hygiene practices now, before the virus spreads further.

What guidance does the CDC give on preventing the spread of Coronavirus?

•  Hand Washing and Hygiene – Since Coronavirus infections are primarily spread through person-to-person contact, hand hygiene is key to preventing transmission. Displaying information about proper hand hygiene in restrooms and kitchen areas can encourage people to maintain good hand hygiene.  

•  Environmental Cleaning – Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly helps to prevent the build-up and potential transmission of pathogens like Coronavirus. In combination with proper hand hygiene, this can reduce the ability of the virus to spread.  Cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic areas, desks, and other surfaces regularly is crucial if you want to halt the transmission of viruses and bacteria. It’s essential to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning alone won’t reduce the risk of Coronavirus and other infections being transmitted.

Contact  Team Clean for disinfecting your facility over and above your normal daily cleaning

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The Rise of Service Robots

Robots and automation are not new to many industries. Robots have been used in manufacturing and agriculture for decades, but until recently, they were a rarer sight in the service industry.

All that has changed in the last few years, and the Service Robotics industry is booming. Global sales of service robots have reached 12.9 billion dollars, and according to MarketsandMarkets is set to hit 23.9 billion by 2022. 

What role do robots have in the cleaning industry?

Robots present an alternative to human labor in cleaning, where they can easily take on the monotonous and repetitive tasks like cleaning floors and windows. Robots can also replace human workers in more dangerous tasks such as working at heights to clean windows or working with hazardous waste.  They’re also particularly efficient and don’t require breaks or time off other than for charging and maintenance.

They’re particularly useful in areas such as: 

  • Floor Cleaning
  • Window Cleaning
  • Duct Cleaning

With 80% of the cost of commercial floor cleaning attributed to the labor costs, it’s no surprise that floor cleaning robots are one of the most popular options. Advanced floor cleaning robots can learn the exact layout of the area they need to clean and will remember exactly where they’ve cleaned, effectively eliminating any accidental re-work. They can identify and maneuver around obstacles, navigate uneven surfaces, and return themselves to a charging station when they need recharging.

It’s not just businesses that have been embracing the advantages of automated cleaning. Robots have been steadily making their way into our homes with many people owning a robot hoover or floor cleaner. Domestic robots alone are expected to reach shipments of 12 million units by 2020.

Will robots replace human workers in service industries?

At Team Clean, we take pride in the knowledge and experience of our staff. Our employees aren’t just workers; they’re family, and they’re not easily replaced. We believe the future of robots in the service industry is to supplement human workers, not replace them.

In many cases, robots can take on tasks that humans can’t do easily – like duct cleaning. In these cases, the robots are remote-controlled by a human worker, and the robot can clean quicker and more thoroughly than a human could in such a tight space.

By taking on the more difficult, dangerous, or tedious tasks, robots can allow human workers to tackle the more rewarding and skilled tasks, including maintaining and programming the robots.

Robots are a fascinating addition to the cleaning industry, and one that we think will only enhance it.

Workplace Hygiene: Keeping Shared Spaces Clean and Healthy

With flu season in full swing, it’s a great time to look at your workplace hygiene. As reported by CleanLink, with open plan and shared office spaces like coworking becoming more and more popular, there are also more and more opportunities for infection to spread.

With people working in closely-packed spaces, sharing office equipment, and even hot-desking, there are ample opportunities for bacteria and viruses to pass from person to person. Even in more traditional office spaces, studies have shown that germs are present on an alarming number of surfaces.

Surprisingly, the restrooms are potentially one of the cleanest places in the office because they are cleaned and properly disinfected regularly. Implementing excellent workplace hygiene can help keep workers healthier and reduce the number of sick days lost to infections like cold, flu, and stomach bugs.

Here are our tips on keeping your workplace clean and healthy this cold and flu season:

Provide Hand Sanitizer

The spread of workplace germs is mostly down to the number of surfaces people touch with their hands. One study by the University of Arizona demonstrated that infections can spread at an alarming rate, with just one employee entering the office carrying the germs on their hands.

Placing hand sanitizers and wipes around the office in high-traffic areas like kitchens and meeting rooms can help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. One common mistake is placing hand sanitizers in the restrooms. Proper handwashing is more effective than sanitizer. Keep sanitizing kits for areas where people can’t or won’t wash their hands.

Clean and Disinfect Surfaces More Frequently

Restrooms are typically cleaned and disinfected several times in a day. Desks and other office surfaces like door handles are often only lightly dusted once per day, with a more thorough clean much less frequently.

Cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic areas, desks, and other surfaces regularly can reduce the spread of germs. It’s especially important during cold and flu season. The increased cost involved with cleaning surfaces more frequently will be offset with the reduction in sickness absence.

Refrigerators, microwaves, coffee machines, and even photocopier buttons are also office hotspots where germs can linger. A comprehensive cleaning program includes regular cleaning of all kitchen appliances.

Pay Attention to Items on Desks

Desk surfaces themselves often harbor a lot of germs, but other items like mouse mats, computer mice and even stationary can harbor nasty viruses and bacteria.

One of the worst culprits are telephones – desk telephones and mobile telephones both tend to be breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses. Cleaning these items regularly, along with the use of hand sanitizer, can stop the spread of .

At Team Clean, we offer cleaning solutions for offices throughout the Philadelphia area. Our eleven-point office check system ensures a thorough clean each time. Why not get a quote and see how we can help you stop the spread of germs in your office? One of the worst culprits are telephones – desk telephones and mobile telephones both tend to be breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses. Cleaning these items regularly, along with the use of hand sanitizer, can stop the spread of . At Team Clean, we offer cleaning solutions for offices throughout the Philadelphia area. Our eleven-point office check system ensures a thorough clean each time. Why not get a quote and see how we can help you stop the spread of germs in your office?

Taking Charge of Germs

Taking Charge of Germs 

 Consider how many common objects you touch in a given day – door handles, key pads at check-out, faucets, shopping carts, railings – the list goes on. 

 Now imagine the amount of unclean hands touching those same surfaces.  Even if you routinely wash your hands, you can’t avoid the harmful bacteria and viruses accumulating on common objects. These germs continue to grow and start the dominoes falling as one by one they spread to each new hand that touches them. 

 Fighting the Spread of Germs… 

Thoroughly cleaning common surfaces with safe disinfectants helps stop germs from spreading. But can a spray cleaner and rag handle such a big job?  For a complete assault on germs, consider an electrostatic sprayer. This easy-to-use tool covers more surfaces faster than traditional spray bottles. Plus, it uses less chemicals while providing full coverage of objects. 

 …at the office 

The influenza virus can live up to 24 hours, so diligent hand washing is imperative.  If you touch an infected surface and then touch your mouth, eyes or nose, the likelihood of getting sick increases exponentially.  

 Studies have found that the work place can be a breeding ground for germs. Your desk could be ground zero, starting with your keyboard and phone. Contaminated common areas include, but are certainly not limited to, elevator buttons, staircase railings and door handles.  An electrostatic sprayer can quickly and safely disinfect your personal space and high traffic areas to destroy harmful organisms. 

 …at the gym 

Signs posted at the gym remind guests to wipe down equipment after each use.  It’s common courtesy to wipe sweat off of a machine, but is that enough to reduce the spread of infections? 

 Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that often causes skin infections. MRSA can be passed to another person through body contact with an infected wound, by sharing personal items like a towel or using exercise equipment that has touched the infected skin. To reduce the risk of spreading MRSA and other infections, gym equipment, locker rooms and saunas should all be sanitized with an electrostatic sprayer.  

 …in the schools 

A petri dish is defined as a container usedforculturingbacteriaandother microorganisms. That sounds a lot like day care centers and schools. The continuous parade of unwashed hands and shared surfaces provide the ideal environment for spreading germs and infections.  

 Using a handheld electrostatic sprayer can efficiently clean these surfaces thoroughly by targeting entire objects.  And there’s no need to touch surfaces by hand. Plus, sanitizing the contents of a room with an electrostatic sprayer improves air quality and eliminates odors, without the strong smell of bleach that results from many spray bottle cleaning solutions. 

 …in many locations 

The technology behind the electrostatic sprayers allows the system to work with different chemicals like biocides and disinfectants for veterinary clinics, hospitals, food processing plants and much more.  The sprayers can also be used to apply insecticides or fumigants from warehouses to barns. 

 It’s important to adopt a cleaning protocol that helps stop infections from spreading. Traditional spray cleaning bottles do not provide complete surface coverage. Paper towels generate a lot of waste, while repeatedly using the same cloth could become ineffective. To cover more surfaces faster, with less chemicals, clean with confidence and clean with an electrostatic sprayer. 

 

After 25 years, this ‘small-business champion’ isn’t done helping Philly women

Article by Diane Mastrull

Photo by Jonathan Wilson

The seven simple words were the ultimate in praise for a woman hardwired to change lives: “You made a difference in the world.”

They were directed at Lynne Cutler, founder and president of Women’s Opportunities Resource Center, better known as WORC. Speaking was John Fleming, acting district director of the Small Business Administration, who was in Philadelphia earlier this month to declare Cutler the SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Champion.

There were several standing among the 200-plus audience members whose lives were touched by Cutler, including Rosliana and Mitchell Zigmund, Roz Brait, Gerry Fioriglio, and Cassandra Hayes, to name a few.

They are bakers, an operator of a home-care company, and the founder of a business specializing in customized promotional products, just some of the recipients of microloans, entrepreneurial training, and other support that WORC has provided to thousands in Philadelphia, its suburbs and northern Delaware – primarily, but not exclusively, women – since Cutler launched the nonprofit 25 years ago.

Over the years, the organization has issued 783 microloans – averaging about $7,500 and totaling $3.8 million – to help businesses start or expand. About 3,700 people have enrolled in its business-training classes. Under the Family Savings Program, WORC estimates nearly 1,600 families put away $3.4 million, which was matched by an equal amount. Combined with outside resources such as mortgages and education grants, the total economic impact was $52 million, Cutler said.

WORC was one of the first microenterprise programs in the nation that focused on entrepreneurship and asset-building to help lower-income people and families achieve economic self-sufficiency. Cutler suggests creating it was her destiny.

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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?

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