Surviving 40 years in Business and a Pandemic, the Secret of Her Success and Plans for the Future: EMSDC Live with Donna Allie
All facility managers understand the importance of maintaining a good standard of cleanliness. Providing a clean, healthy workplace environment improves employee well-being, productivity, and performance. It’s also important to give the right impression to visitors with a clean and hygienic environment.
However, maintaining good standards of cleanliness means implementing good habits and policies in your facility to make sure that your cleaning routine is effective. Here are some of our top tips for creating good cleaning habits in facilities.
A cleaning routine ensures that staff work methodically and efficiently, and also means that all areas and surfaces receive regular cleaning. By mapping out all areas of your facility and creating a routine that covers each area thoroughly, you can be confident that your facility will be consistently clean and tidy throughout. Employee effectiveness is improved in almost every industry by having clear and efficient processes in place, and cleaning is no exception.
For janitorial companies, safety is a top priority. Your work environment should be a place of safety first. Before beginning a task, a janitor will first observe the work area and make sure it is free of any hazards. For example, if you see a spill, identify what substance has been spilled so that you can clean it safely and effectively. If the area is busy, it may not be safe to clean it at that specific time, so you may opt to put a sign up warning others to be cautious, for example, a “floor slippery when wet” sign.
Spills are not the only risk that needs to be assessed. Some cleaning products contain harsh chemical compounds or have strong odors. The smells or fumes from these products can cause headaches and other problems for people in the area being cleaned. Impacts other than health and safety also need consideration; for example, loud cleaning machinery can be disruptive to workers in the vicinity.
Sanitizers kill 99.9% of germs and reduce the spread of bacteria. Having sanitizer available at appropriate points in your facility helps prevent your employees from getting sick, and reduces employee absenteeism. Hand sanitizers are a quick and convenient way to keep people’s hands clean when they are at work and reduce the spread of germs.
Place hand sanitizers and wipes in high-traffic areas like kitchens and meeting rooms rather than in the restrooms. Proper handwashing is more effective than sanitizer, so keep the sanitizer for areas where people either can’t or won’t wash their hands.
Some floor surfaces can be damaged by harsh cleaning products. Using a neutral-ph floor cleaner reduces the risk of stripping any polished coatings or sealer from your flooring and damaging the floor.
To keep your floors sparkling, you also want to avoid floor cleaners that leave a residue. Not only does this reduce streaking and dullness, but it means there is nothing for dirt to stick to, and so your floors will remain cleaner for longer. Neutral cleaners rinse off surfaces thoroughly and leave little residue. Ph-neutral cleaners are all around safer when you stay within the recommended ph scale of 6-8.
It’s important not to forget to keep your cleaning tools clean; otherwise, you risk simply spreading dirt around instead of removing it properly. For example, using the same water and mop heads to clean a large facility with mean you are cleaning for most of the time with dirty water and dirty mop heads. This not only fails to clean the floor effectively but will also leave bad odors in the workplace.
Floors should always be streak, dirt, and residue-free. Sweeping and mopping alone are not enough to create the right finish. There’s an art and craft to good cleaning that takes a detailed eye. Take time when finishing the floor you are working and avoid rushing as this will create small, unnecessary mistakes.
The saying “the littlest things can make the biggest difference” is not just a life lesson; it also applies to keeping the workplace clean and tidy. Small things like keeping magazines together in neat stacks, keeping an extra set of trash can liners in the trashcan, and not allowing paper clips to be miscellaneously placed around the office make a big difference. Maintaining these basics will help consistency, routine, and organization flow in your workspace.
Make supplies accessible for employees and customers by giving them their own area. Make sure that the area you choose is neatly put together and regularly organized. Messy shelves, cupboards, or supply areas make it difficult to find what you need and can make an otherwise tidy workplace look messy and disorganized.
Deodorizers can eliminate unpleasant odors and make your workplace feel more welcoming. However, it’s important to choose deodorizers with a neutral scent. Strongly scented deodorizers can be disturbing to some people who are sensitive to smells, and may even cause headaches or nausea. Aiming for a pleasant, subtle, neutral smell will keep employees and visitors comfortable while still eliminating unpleasant odors.
Implementing these suggestions allows you to maintain a clean, healthy working environment. Of course, to ensure your facility is always presented in the best possible manner, employing a professional cleaning service is preferred. Team Clean provides office cleaning services across the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Our eleven-point Office Check System ensures a clean and clutter-free office environment, and our Spotless Restrooms program is used to eradicate harmful microorganisms that can contaminate a building
Even before the spread of COVID-19, the commercial cleaning industry was changing rapidly alongside every other industry. New ideas and technologies in all areas have been rapidly evolving. Who would have thought five years ago that within a few years, we would have cars that could park and drive themselves, smart houses, and automated business software that would make things more efficient?
Cleaning businesses aren’t traditionally viewed as important or innovative compared to bigger fields like manufacturing, hybrid, and merchandising businesses. Yet cleaning businesses are changing and evolving just as much as companies like Microsoft or Apple. And with the spread of COVID-19, we’re all becoming more aware of the importance of proper cleaning and sanitizing to keep us all healthy.
You walk in a facility, and you are coming to their place of business to receive what they have to offer and their services. Many times, you never think of the things that go on behind the scenes to give a customer the service that they deserve.
For example, keeping the building clean and maintained is one of the most important behind the scenes factors of a facility. Businesses know it is not just about what they are trying to sell, it is also about the image they project, and their facility is a large part of that image. If the building is falling apart and not properly sanitized, then that can result not only in customer loss but may even turn into legal problems.
Commercial cleaning is sometimes seen as a cost with no measurable return on investment, but there are cost savings associated with proper commercial cleaning. While not all pathogens spread potentially fatal diseases like COVID-19, even a common cold or tummy bug can slow down productivity. Investing in a reputable cleaning company can even prolong the life of your carpets, furniture, and more, meaning you can potentially lower your maintenance costs.
New ways of cleaning and sanitation are being researched in order to guide human and environmental health. Janitorial services have invested in smart cleaning tools and more concentrated cleaning solutions to kill more germs and get the job done faster.
COVID-19 has brought cleaning services out from the background and straight onto the front lines as an essential service in the fight against the spread of the virus. When the threat is over and we return to something approaching normality, it’s vital that we keep commercial cleaning at the forefront of priorities.
Commercial cleaning allows employees to feel comfortable because they are working in a clean working environment. Public places are one of the main places where germs and diseases spread, and without proper cleaning and sanitization, people can be unnecessarily exposed to pathogens. Cleanliness can dictate mood, productivity, and can also directly impact the health of employees and visitors – something that’s currently at the forefront of everybody’s minds.
Commercial cleaning companies offer a wide range of services that will always be needed. Cleaning is much more tedious and important than it sounds. In a post-COVID-19 world, the future of commercial cleaning is clear. Commercial cleaning is a business that will always be needed.
As COVID-19 has swept the nation, keeping schools and most businesses closed indefinitely, many Americans have rediscovered (or discovered for the first time) the importance of hygiene and cleanliness. What used to be commonplace – people keeping themselves and their environments tidy and clean – seemed to have fallen by the wayside in recent times as we rush to get things done faster and cut costs wherever possible. But with the rise of our first pandemic in over 100 years, we have once again had to shift our focus to taking care of ourselves, our environments, and giving cleanliness the time and attention it needs to be effective.
As someone who has been in the cleaning business for over three decades, it is heartening to see almost everyone taking cleanliness so seriously and taking many extra precautions to protect themselves and others. But, we have to remember that following these precautions year-round is crucial. Cleanliness is not only a matter of public health, but also one of economics. It will be one of the most important keys to our comfort and success as a nation from here on out.
As we begin to see the curve flatten and people return to work, school, and other normal activities, we have to consider how we are going to continue keeping everything sanitary and free of germs and bacteria. A lot of this work will be done by cleaning companies, and we have to make sure that those cleaners are trained properly and certified to the highest standards. Would you hire someone untrained to work on your home? Fix your car? Provide you with medical advice? Probably not. And we must consider cleaners in this same category, from the largest corporate office cleaner down to the small mom-and-pop shop that cleans houses in the neighborhood.
Proper cleaning is also an economic investment for the future. If businesses do not invest in proper cleaning services in the future, germs and diseases are likely to return more frequently and affect not only the health and safety of customers and employees, but also the bottom line when they have to close for cleaning over and over again. Not to mention the reputation that a business can get as a place that doesn’t take its cleaning and disinfecting seriously.
So, what does it mean to have the proper training and certifications? When companies are looking for cleaners to keep their buildings and offices sanitary, they should look for proper certifications and seek out companies that are trained to deal with bio-hazardous environments.
In addition to other diseases, such as the common cold, influenza, or pneumonia, we now have to take precautions to avoid new and unexpected health threats. We have to expect that even if COVID-19 it goes away, it will return. In order to mitigate the impact of future outbreaks, we absolutely must be vigilant and diligent in our efforts to maintain high standards of personal and professional hygiene and cleanliness. If social distancing is going to become a standard part of our society moving forward, proper cleaning procedures must follow along.
While in these times there is no way to 100% guarantee protection from contracting COVID-19 in shared spaces, there are actions we can take like washing your hands often, staying at home, and property cleaning and disinfecting your surroundings to help lessen the likelihood of transmission.
These are matters of life and death. Maintaining a safe environment through proper cleaning is more important than ever before. Proper procedures will save lives, and we must start today.
First recognized in 1987, Women’s History Month is an annual celebration of the often-overlooked contributions that women have made to society, history, and culture. It began as a week-long celebration in 1978 in the school district of Sonoma, California.
It was such a success that other school districts held their own celebrations, and in 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared a week-long national celebration. In 1987, the National Women’s History Project was successful with its petition to extend it to the entire month of March.
There are thousands of women who have played a pivotal role in shaping history, but here are four notable women who have shaped, or are still shaping, history.
Dr. Angela Davis is a distinguished professor emerita in History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is an internationally renowned activist, scholar, and writer. In the 1960s and 1970s, she took part in the Civil Rights Movement and Radical movements.
Unfairly imprisoned for 16 months in the early 1970s because of her political activism, Dr. Davis was eventually acquitted in 1972 after a huge national campaign. Since then, she has been an outspoken critic of racism in the criminal justice system.
Madam C J Walker was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire with her specialized hair care products created for African American hair.
As well as being a successful businesswoman creating products designed to help black women, she was also a philanthropist who created a network of clubs for her employees and encouraged them via bonuses to give back to their local communities. She was also a staunch supporter of female talent. Her company charter even specified that only a female could be president.
Michelle Obama was the first African-American First Lady of the United States. She is also a lawyer, a writer, a powerful role model for women and an advocate for education for international adolescent girls. In 2015 she launched Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government-wide initiative to help girls around the globe go to school and stay in school.
A staunch supporter of equality of all kinds, Michelle Obama has been vocal about encouraging tech companies to make room for women. She has also called out the lack of diversity in American politics on several occasions.
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, which she escaped in 1849 and became a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of family members and other enslaved people to freedom along the Underground Railroad. In the process, she heroically risked her own life.
During the American Civil War, Tubman helped the Union Army by working as a spy. After the Civil War ended, Tubman dedicated her life to helping improve the lives of former slaves and the elderly.
These are just four women out of thousands who have made or are still making history. For Team Clean, Women’s History Month is a celebration close to our hearts. As a woman-owned business that believes in uplifting and empowering women, we love celebrating inspirational and influential women past and present.
With Coronavirus still big news, the spotlight is on how we can all prevent the spread of viruses and other pathogens. Regular disinfecting and sanitizing of your facility is the best way to reduce pathogens and stop the spread of contagious diseases.
At Team Clean, we offer specialist services that can help you protect your staff and visitors to your facility from pathogens like coronavirus and MRSA.
Coronavirus isn’t the only threat to the health of your staff and visitors to your facilities. Sanitizing for cold and flu is just as important, and luckily the same processes can remove or reduce the viruses responsible for all of these illnesses.
Of course, sanitizing and disinfecting are both different from cleaning. Disinfecting kills germs but doesn’t necessarily clean dirty surfaces. Cleaning removes dirt from surfaces but doesn’t necessarily kill germs and pathogens. While you obviously need to clean surfaces first, it’s the killing of the germs that helps to remove the risk of spreading infection.
Sanitizing uses either heat, radiation or chemicals to kill germs, and is usually used in foodservice facilities. Again, the area has to be thoroughly cleaned beforehand for sanitizing to be effective. It requires specialist equipment to thoroughly and efficiently sanitize and disinfect large areas.
For proper prevention, you’ll need to thoroughly disinfect and sanitize across large surface areas. 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.
The electrostatic spray means that we can efficiently disinfect and sanitize the places that are difficult and time-consuming to reach manually. For example, the undersides of surfaces are often difficult to reach by hand but can be breeding grounds for pathogens.
When used with the Clorox® Total 360® Disinfectant Cleaner, it provides a one-step disinfecting solution that kills 99.9% of bacteria in only 5 seconds and kills cold and flu viruses, norovirus and MRSA in 2 minutes or under. Used with the Clorox® Anywhere® Hard Surface Sanitizing Spray used on hard, non-porous surfaces, it kills 99.9% of bacteria and sanitizes the surface in just 1 minute.
The Clorox Total 360® System is suitable for almost every facility and office building. Because it kills pathogens quickly and cost-effectively, it’s particularly well-suited to high-traffic and high-risk facilities like schools, colleges, pre-schools and healthcare facilities where germs can spread fast. It’s also perfect for use in offices, where it can help reduce the number of sickness absences among staff and keep your workforce healthier.
Want to learn more about how Team Clean uses the Clorox Total 360® System to disinfect and sanitize against viruses and bacteria? Do you have questions about how your facility could benefit from regular cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing?
Contact Team Clean for disinfecting your facility over and above your regular daily cleaning
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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.
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.
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 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…
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 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.
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 throat, fever, 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.
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.
• 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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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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
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