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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.

How we use the Clorox Total 360® System

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.

Sanitizing for cold and flu, and Coronavirus

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.

Using an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect and sanitize

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.

What kind of facilities would benefit the most from the Clorox Total 360® System?

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

267-514-8326 ext 10

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.


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

267-514-8326 ext 10


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