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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.

 

Good Cleaning Habits in Facilities

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.

1. Develop an effective cleaning routine 

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.

2. Inspect the risk before starting to clean

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.

3. Keep sanitizers throughout your facilities 

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.

4. Use a ph neutral floor cleaner (PH of 6 – 8)

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.

5.     Change the mop heads and water consistently

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.

6.     Finishing floors requires a detailed eye 

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.

7.     Manage the basic things around the office

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.

8.     Give things a designated area

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.

9.     Deodorize

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

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The Future of Commercial Cleaning

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.

Cleaning is a necessary investment

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.

 

Commercial cleaning is essential for health

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.

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.

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