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The Importance of Cleaning

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.

Team Clean Celebrates Women’s History Month

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.  

Angela Davis

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

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

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

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.

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?

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. 

 

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