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Terminally Clean

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A clean work environment is appealing for many reasons. First, it can make your staff more productive and happier. The joy of clean has a positive effect on your clients, too; they’ll appreciate a well-organized space and view it as a reflection of your work ethic. There’s safety in cleanliness, too; you’re less likely to slip on a well-maintained floor, and clean environments help people with allergies feel good. Safety is a concern everywhere, but in hospitals, it’s particularly important; healthcare facilities are full of illness, and these illnesses can often spread from patient to patient. For these facilities, a regular cleaning won’t do; you need a terminal clean.

According to a report by Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer in 2013, over 200 000 Canadians contract a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) each year. HAIs are exactly what they sound like: infections you contract while receiving medical treatment in a healthcare facility. Out of the 200 000 of HAIs each year, 8000 are lethal; these infections are a serious problem in any healthcare system. There are a lot of preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the prevalence of these infections; the most important thing is to make sure the hands of all staff and visitors are thoroughly sanitized before interacting with patients. This is a powerful preventive tool, but alone it’s insufficient; the patients themselves are often sick, and bacteria in the environment can infect new patients. Given that hospitalization implies a weakened immune system, any patients within a facility are already susceptible to infection.

A healthcare system that makes its patients sicker is unacceptable; fortunately, there’s terminal cleaning. While terminal cleaning does not drop the rate of HAIs to zero, it can substantially reduce the likeliness of patient infection. Terminal cleaning is, in essence, a group of cleaning techniques that kill bacteria and other infectants; that’s why it’s called terminal. The products used in such a cleaning can also differ substantially from traditional janitorial chemicals, because of the focus on killing infection without using materials that could negatively impact patient health.

The WHO has released a checklist to help janitorial services ensure they’ve cleaned the high priority items in a medical facility. Checklists are only so useful, however, as there can be a variety of medical devices, mobility-assistance tools and other items that the patient or staff may come into frequent contact with. The best way to ensure a medical space is well cleaned is experience; the more often you’ve cleaned similar facilities, the more effective the terminal clean will be.

Anago offers professional cleaning services for your medical facilities; their years of experience will ensure a deep clean that can literally save lives. The staff at Anago are all trained in exterminating bloodborne pathogens and other germs, so you can feel secure. They are available for emergency cleanings as well, so on a hectic night, if something drastic comes up, you can give them a call and feel at ease.

4 Reasons Professional Cleaning Is Better Than Doing It Yourself

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You might have an office, a retail space, a factory; it doesn’t matter, your space needs to be clean. A clean space means less workplace hazards, better first impressions, happier employees, and more productivity; a messy space means your revenue is going to drop. Knowing you need a clean space, you have two choices: clean it yourself, or hire someone else to do it. Here are a few reasons why it’s best to hire a commercial facilities cleaning service to do it for you.

It’s Safer

A good, deep clean requires specialized equipment, a variety of chemicals, and various cleaning techniques. Objects have to be lifted and moved, heights have to be reached, and heavy machinery has to be used; these all constitute workplace hazards, especially for untrained staff whose primary role involves something other than cleaning. Do you or your staff have WHMIS training? Chemicals, including those used for cleaning, can be extremely hazardous, especially when combined together by someone ignorant of their reactive qualities. Professional cleaning staff have all the necessary certifications to keep themselves, you, and your staff safe.

It’s Faster

Practice makes perfect, and if you and your staff aren’t practiced in commercial cleaning, you’ll be much slower than the professionals. Good janitorial services will develop a plan for the most efficient way of cleaning your facility, and will bring all the necessary tools to ensure the job is done right. Every time you use your own staff to clean, they’re not doing what you hired them to do; you’re losing time twice over, once because they’re slower at cleaning than the pros, and again because they could be working at what they’re good at.

It’s Better

Not only will your staff be slower at cleaning, they’re also not as thorough as a professional cleaning team. That’s no slight against your staff; everyone hires a team to do what they’re best at, and it’s obvious that someone highly trained in sales won’t be as good at cleaning as someone highly trained in janitorial services. You wouldn’t want your janitors working as accountants; that’s not what they want to do, what they’re trained to do, or what they’re good at doing. The reverse is obviously true as well.

It’s Money

At the end of the day, you run your business to make money. When you have your business cleaned by professionals, there’s less safety problems, which means less chances of employees ending up on Workers Compensation and less money spent on getting appropriate safety training. The speed at which the cleaning is done, usually during hours when your facilities are closed, means less resources are jettisoned away from the more profitable activities of your business. The better clean means better first impressions for clients and customers, as well as happier employees. All of this adds up to higher productivity, higher sales and a better workplace environment. Hiring a janitorial service might seem like more red on your budget, but with so many financial benefits, it’s worth the price!

4 Things to Ask When Selecting a Cleaning Service

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You’ve decided to get a cleaning service to take care of your facilities. You’ve read about all the benefits of outsourcing your cleaning; the more thorough work, the efficiency, the better first impressions and the higher employee satisfaction that a professionally cleaned space brings. You’re on the hunt for a team to take care of your space, but you want to know how to distinguish high quality janitorial services from an average service that won’t get you as much bang for your buck. Every business has different needs, so what you’ll ask about will vary, but here a few key things to ask about when trying to find a cleaning service.

When Do You Clean?

A lower quality service provider may give you the hours in which they’re available to do office cleanings; a high quality provider will answer “Whenever you want us to”. Good janitors know that every business has a different schedule, so they’ll work with you to provide service when you want and as frequently as you want. A great service will also be available in case of emergencies; you want a service with 24/7 availability who will be able to respond quickly if an urgent situation comes up, even at 3 AM on a Sunday.

How Do You Clean?

High quality service providers will explain that their methodology changes depending on the space you need cleaned; they’ll advise you that the “how” is a plan formulated based on your needs and their experience. Great service providers have techniques not just for cleaning, but for monitoring how the cleaning is progressing through the day. Managers will have checklists of everything that needs to be cleaned, and will do checks for thoroughness; they’ll immediately address concerns you might have about the cleanliness of a space. A great service will also strive to use the latest green technologies to keep your employees healthy while helping to create a sustainable ecosystem.

Who is Cleaning?

Cleaning staff are often in your building after hours, without you around to monitor; you don’t want to worry about pilfering from your cleaning service. A great facilities cleaner will have staff who have passed criminal record checks and drug tests; they’ll also make sure staff are bonded and insured. You want your service provider to be experienced, too; a good service will have been in business for a long time, because inferior services get bad word of mouth and cease to exist before they’re around too long.

Why Are You Cleaning?

The answer to this question must be that they’re passionate about the benefits of cleaning, and they want to help your business thrive. A clear, solid mission is key to success in life and in business, so make sure your janitorial service is committed to helping your business. Don’t be afraid to ask for references; a cleaning service with a commitment to success will be proud to provide you with a list of satisfied clientele, and will encourage you to phone them so you can hear first hand how their passion for cleaning helped a business like yours.

The Psychology of Clean

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Walking into a nice, tidy, clean space, or walking into a messy, cluttered, dirty space; the difference is palpable. A place that has not been well maintained might spike your blood pressure, you might feel an urge to clean it, you might wonder at how it’s occupants let the space get so messy; it’s easy to feel uncomfortable in a mess. Conversely, a clean, well-kept space is like a revelation; you might marvel at great organizational techniques, efficient uses of space, or just how nice everything looks. You’ll be more inclined to notice the nice paint colour and new hardwood of a neat space. There’s powerful psychology at work here; why do we prefer clean spaces?

Clutter is problematic because it reminds us there’s work to be done, namely, the work of cleaning the space. It’s more difficult to find things in messy spaces, so it makes us anxious we won’t be able to locate something important when we need it. We may also feel guilty or embarrassed by a messy space, especially when guests or clients are visiting our space, who may see the mess as a reflection of our work ethic.

There are implications for productivity and creativity, as well. When there’s mess or clutter, our minds tend to get distracted from the work at hand; unpleasant sights and smells demand to be cleaned, and the cognitive dissonance created by deciding between cleaning and working can be extremely stressful. A cluttered area can also draw your attention to visual stimuli that have nothing to do with what you’re working on, and once distracted, it may be difficult to get back to work.

A messy area can also have drastic impacts on your mental health. A messy space that goes uncleaned may be out of sight, but it’s rarely out of mind; a study of 60 women found that those with a cluttered home environment became more stressed as the day went on, but those with clean homes saw their stress levels go down as the day went on and their work reached completion. This is likely because those with messy homes saw their work as perpetually unfinished, which adds unnecessary stress.

Our minds react negatively to mess; there are many possible reasons why, though none are considered definitive. One speculation says that we simply love order; from the circadian cycle, to the advantages of having a steady routine. Others speculate that mess and unpleasantness can signal danger to our brain; what’s hiding under that pile or causing that smell may be hazardous to our health.

The implications of cleanliness apply as much in your office as in your home. You certainly don’t want clients and visitors to question your professionalism, and you don’t want your staff to lose productivity to mess. That’s why it’s important to keep your place of work clean; professional office cleaning is a great way to get all the benefits of cleanliness without having to spend all your time tidying up.

Your Janitor Could Be A Hero

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Choosing the Best Commercial Cleaning Services WinnipegThe heroes who appear in our lives can be all shapes and sizes. One hopes to never face a house fire or a terrible disease, but when these things happen, our doctors and firemen can easily be seen as heroes. Other times, our heroes are other citizens; passersby who wish us well, or pick up an item we dropped, or help us lift something heavy when we’re at our wits end. These small acts of kindness are a form of heroism too, and a janitorial service offering commercial facilities cleaning can save us from feeling overwhelmed by the cleaning our office needs. Today’s story involves a different kind of heroism, but one that presented itself in an unassuming package.

William Crawford worked as a janitor for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. A shy and unassuming man, students began to regard him as something of a fixture in their lives; he’d always leave the space clean and tidy, with nary a word to anyone. He worked there for about a decade before a student, Cadet James Moschgat, found a William J. Crawford in a history book; this man, with the same name as their janitor, was a Medal of Honor recipient. When Moschgat showed the janitor his history book and asked if he was the same man, Crawford is said to have responded “That was a long time ago, and one day in my life”.

Crawford was a private in the US Army during the Allied campaign in Italy. The army was pushing back German forces in the south of Italy, and Crawford was a part of a battle for an important hill in the area. German gunners were firing from bunkers along the side of the hill; Crawford decided to engage the bunkers. Crawling under bullet fire, he successfully assaulted the first bunker with a grenade; he went on to do the same with two other bunkers, successfully taking the hill. In an ensuing skirmish, however, he was taken captive and presumed dead.

His father was presented the Medal of Honor “posthumously”; later in 1944, however, Crawford was rescued with several other POWs from a German camp. He continued to serve in the Army until 1967, at which point he began his janitorial work for the Air Force Academy. No longer “just a janitor” to the Academy students, he became a figure of greatness, a person who students looked to for advice and leadership, despite his shyness.

At one point, Crawford revealed that he had never been granted a Medal of Honor from a president; the ceremony in which his father was given the medal was the only one. The students at the Academy felt this wasn’t fair, and arranged for President Ronald Reagan to hold a ceremony for their janitor at the academy in 1984.

We are surrounded by heroes; it’s impossible to say what someone has been through without speaking with them. Your janitorial staff have had tremendous experience, whether they be Medal of Honor recipients or not; it’s worth taking the time to talk with cleaning staff, because you never know who might be a hero.

Why Janitorial Services are So Important

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They say a clean life is a good life, and it’s easy to see why; when things are clean, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for, your thinking is clearer, and your health and safety improve dramatically. Businesses may take it upon themselves to clean their space, but those that do should know that janitorial services are incredibly important to a well-maintained business. The advantages of a good janitorial service are threefold: they reduce the workload of unqualified staff, they create a sense of well-being in clients, and they help form a happier, healthier workforce.

The bottom line is incredibly important to business owners, and if there are cost saving mechanisms, it’s tempting to use them. Employers might take cleaning their space upon themselves, or ask their employees to take up the charge. This might seem like a cost-saving decision, but in the end it can be much more costly than a hired service. Firstly, professional office cleaning involves specialized equipment, chemicals and highly trained staff, to make workspace surfaces look immaculate. Secondly, cleaning services will tackle less desirable jobs like restroom maintenance, which many employers and employees find uncomfortable to manage. Finally, business owners should look for a service that supplies 24/7 emergency support, so when disaster strikes and the restroom floods when a high-profile client is coming in the next day, they can rest easy instead of getting their own hands dirty.

Clients are another excellent reason to hire a professional janitorial service. Everyone appreciates walking into a well-cleaned, tidy space, and it’s easy to see the difference between a place that’s cleaned regularly by professionals and a place that’s cleaned occasionally by unqualified staff. First impressions are essential in any client-facing business, and the workspace may be the first interaction a client has with the company. Losing clients to bad office upkeep should never happen, so janitorial services are a must.

Janitors are important for client-facing businesses, but they are equally important even if a client never steps foot in your office. Employees benefit dramatically from a clean space, for a number of different reasons. Tidy spaces create tidy minds, and workers find that cleanliness increases their productivity, as it becomes easier to focus. Janitorial services are highly proficient at cleaning dust and other airborne pollutants, so workforces are healthier, which causes less money to be lost to sick days. Finally, with everything well organized and maintained, employees will find it easy to locate the tools they need to work, and are less likely to stumble over hazards.

The cost of hiring a professional cleaning service may seem high to some business owners, but the cost of going without one is much greater. These services keep employers, employees and clients happy, healthy and stress-free, and handle emergencies that would be unmanageable without professional help. The importance of a good janitorial service can’t be understated; savvy business owners shouldn’t go it alone, and should look for qualified, on call 24/7 services in their area.

Is Your Shop Really Clean Enough?

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There’s no doubt that cleanliness has a huge impact on the customer experience. We might look around our shop, say “We’ve done a good enough job cleaning, let’s pack it up”. The question we have to ask ourselves is this: did we really clean well enough? A study done by Zach Blatt at hospitalitynet showed that in the hotel industry, cleanliness had a greater impact than price on how well a customer rated their overall experience. This might indicate that no expense should be spared when it comes to keeping a clean shop. Let’s look at how we can evaluate our shop, outside and in, to make sure it’s clean enough.

Outside our shop, we should look at what the customer will see coming in. The sidewalks we use are heavily traffic, and should be cleaned regularly to keep clear of dirt and other messes. Dumpsters will quickly become messy, and can give off unpleasant odors that make customers walk away; they are often within eyeshot or nose shot of our clients. The windows and doors of our business can become smudged and fingerprinted, cracked and bug-infested. Our parking lots should be well maintained, as not only are they unsightly when messy, but they can also be dangerous if the mess can move and cause problems with traffic. Safety is the most important thing we can consider for our clients, for repeat experience and to avoid liability for injury.

Inside our shop, everything has to look as good or better as outside. The floors should be immaculate, because no one likes to step in sticky mess, or worse yet, slip and hurt themselves. The area where our customers buy the products should be clean and clear, as the point of purchase experience tends to be memorable. Our walls and ceilings, of course, should be kept spick and span, so the customers aren’t distracted by mess. Any display areas, or areas for sitting, should be kept free of sticky messes which are incredibly unsettling to feel with our hands. Finally, our restrooms must be kept in top shape; restocked with all the essentials, smelling nice, and clean to a fault. A bad restroom is just as liable to have a customer leave as anything else, so don’t keep a dingy one and hope that no one asks where it is; improve the customer experience!

This may seem daunting, as after going through the checklist we might still feel unsure that things are clean enough. Remember, cleanliness has a huge impact on customer satisfaction! This is why it’s important to consider high quality janitorial services whose expertise is making things as clean as they can be. This way, we can focus on giving our clients the best products, the best customer service; all the positive things that make us stand out. Remember, a bad client experience means a lot of lost business, so let’s ease our clients and our own minds by keeping a clean, well-ordered and happy shop.

Poor Cleanliness in Retail Affects the Customer Experience

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Customers are the lifeblood of any business; without them, our business cannot succeed. This is true of any business, from law firms to commercial chemical companies, but it seems truest of all in retail. Retailers don’t have long-term contracts to rely on; when we’re in retail, each customer who walks through our door is a new opportunity, and each negative experience is a potential lost client. This is why cleanliness is key in a retail market; poor cleanliness hurts the customer experience, which can lead to lost sales, lost clients, and potential loss in market share.

We might sell clothes, furniture, or any number of things as retailers; but no matter what we sell, our clients are looking for a good shopping experience. A well laid out store, with thought given to where the customer comes in, where they check out, and the order in which they’d like to buy items is key to a great experience. Cleanliness is essential to good maintenance, because when clients see clutter, dirt, scuff marks, or any other kind of unsightliness, their eyes are drawn towards the mess instead of the product. This means they may well miss out on something they’d have loved to purchase, which means we lose out on a sale.

Clients are also quick to decide not to walk into a place that’s unclean. Imagine walking past a shop that has nice looking items, but a terrible smell! No matter how much we’d normally want to shop there, we avoid places that are clearly unclean. This is because bad smells and sights can mean that we’re unsafe; that’s why our senses tell us to avoid those areas. Bad smells can happen to any retailer, even Apple has had negative feedback from smelly stores. They tried to handle it with in-store staff, using air fresheners to see where it smelled the worst, but it got worse. They should have hired a professional cleaning service!

Clients who sense something messy in a retail space are likely to have a bad shopping experience. The smells, the sights; when things are messy, they are unpleasant. In the retail world, we know that customers love to talk, and we don’t want our customers telling their friends about what an unclean shop we have. Their friends will tell their friends, and suddenly we see a drop in how many people even set foot in the shop, whether we’ve cleaned it since or not! This is why we can’t risk ever presenting an unclean shop; it leaves a lasting disfavourable impression that can reach far beyond the clients who set foot in the door that day.

Having a clean shop is necessary to have a successful retail business. Clean shops increase sales for clients in the store, they increase the likeliness that clients will set foot in the store, and they make the customer experience better, meaning more and repeat clients. The importance of cleanliness can’t be understated, and we must make sure our shops stay beautiful to make sure our business stays beautiful.

Cleanliness at Work Means Higher Productivity

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A happy worker is a good worker; when we’re happy, we work better and harder. There are many great steps employers can take to make their employees happy, but one of the easiest and most efficient is to ensure a clean and tidy workspace. A clean work space has positive, powerful psychological effects that help us think more clearly, more efficiently, more safely and more happily.

What we perceive around us has a great impact on how we think. When we see something scary, we might jump or scream, and the adrenaline pumping through our bodies might make us think more quickly. On the flipside, if we’re relaxing at the cottage, enjoying the good life, our thoughts will be more calm, and we’ll feel at ease. The same is true for clutter; when the area around us is full of distractions, our thinking picks up these distractions and focuses on them. For clearer thinking, a clean space is best.

Efficient thinking also comes from a clean space. A 2011 study by researchers at Princeton showed that our visual cortex gets confused when there’s too much information that’s not relevant to the task at hand, so we get distracted, thinking there is something else to do. Clutter makes us focus on the wrong problem, so don’t dismiss the urge to tidy; do it right away!

Messes too big to clean yourself can come up, though. It’s important to remember the impact cleanliness can have on safety; when valuable health and safety equipment, like defibrillators, can’t be found because of clutter, someone’s life could well be in danger. Other messes that come with safety risks include slippery flooring and leaks. Commercial facilities cleaning services can help with the overwhelming number of messes that can occur in a workspace, and leave you feeling safe.

The most important thing that comes from all of this tidying is your happiness. By having a clear mind, efficient task completion, and a safe work environment, many stresses are taken off your back. When we can work without distraction, we accomplish more in a day, and the more we accomplish, the better we often feel. It’s equally important to bring these techniques into your home; quickly tidying your space every day, like making your bed every morning, will make you feel invigorated. Ease of mind will come when you live and work in an area with no clutter.

We’ve now seen that a clean space really does make for clear-headed, efficient, safe and happy people. There’s no doubt that when we feel like this we’re more productive, because we have so much less stress than in a cluttered area. That’s why it’s essential to spend the energy to have a clean space; in the end, it’s worth much more than what you have to put in.

Top Benefits of Daycare Cleaning

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Daycare cleaning requirements are different than the majority of other kinds of businesses. The health of parents, your staff, and kids are optimized by consistent and scheduled sanitizing and cleaning. Green cleaning materials will protect your business and those inside it from exposure to dangerous chemicals. Specialized flooring care is critical, particularly for kids and employees who spend time with tasks at floor level. Infection control via unique sanitizing and disease fighting green chemicals, as well as emergency clean-up kits provide parents the confidence that they’re leaving their youngster in a safe environment. Lastly, daycare cleaning providers are well versed in rules that government agencies expect such facilities to run within. Having a cleaning service assisting you in managing the cleanliness of your daycare will take one less concern off of your shoulders.

Protecting the Health of your Clients

The daycare environment may be a playground for germs due to the nature of exposing a group of adults and children to one another. Infectious diseases might easily spread, particularly if cleanliness standards aren’t up to the requirements that are placed on daycare facilities. Hiring a company that’s informed about fulfilling the requirements of keeping a childcare facility clean, will promote the health of everyone who comes into contact with your company and those who utilize it.

Green Cleaning Materials

The cleaning service company should have the ability to clean your center with green practices and chemicals. Even specific kinds of hospital grade materials effectively clean and are healthier for the environment and people. Anago, one of Canada’s top cleaning providers, uses those chemicals and additional cleaning practices to keep their cleaning services green; our providers use HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners, microfiber cloths, as well as paper products categorized as eco-friendly.

Special Surface and Floor Care

Childcare cleaning providers ought to be uniquely trained to sanitize and recognize all hot spots for germs inside a daycare environment. The flooring is the main offender, particularly for small kids and childcare workers who play and conduct activities at floor level. Play areas, desktops, door handles, and toys are areas which must be cleaned to prevent the spreading of illnesses.

Following Regulations and Green Cleaning

Utilizing green cleaning methods are possible inside a daycare situation. Microfiber cloths include an example of preventing the usage of dangerous chemicals to clean and throwing out a lot of paper waste. Such cloths are more efficient at picking dust up, and they may be re-washed to keep out waste in a landfill. Strong smell chemicals aren’t used in green cleaning, but the ones which are utilized are just as effective, yet better for the environment, your clients, and you. As you select childcare cleaning services, be certain that the provider you’ve chosen to clean does so in compliance with the stringent standards that are required of a childcare facility.

Having a partner managing the cleaning of your center will assist you in ensuring that you’re meeting cleanliness requirements for your company.

For more information on the benefits of daycare cleaning contact the high quality janitorial services of Anago today!