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Deep Cleaning Vs. Regular Cleaning

Does your business have a cleaning strategy? This is a way to ensure that working spaces are kept hygienic and supporting best practice. The last two years of pandemic might have influenced some organisations to be more mindful of their office cleaning. But does this mean more focus on regular cleaning or more frequent deep cleaning? We compare deep cleaning vs regular cleaning to decide which is the most effective cleaning strategy.

What is Deep Cleaning?

The deep clean process intensively cleans a whole office space at one time. The areas that are normally surface cleaned are given more attention to reach every corner and gap. This process treats any build up of grime or staining. Cleaning products may be more intensive, so that an office is entirely disinfected from top to bottom. As the process is so thorough it can dominate an office space. So a deep clean is almost always done out of normal working hours to minimise disruption.

Benefits of Deep Cleaning

As this service is an occasional one, it can often be left neglected. However, recent years have led to an increase in demand for deep cleaning services, and improved working environments as a result. 

Health and Hygiene

A deep cleaned and sanitised workplace helps to maintain the health of your staff and reduce absence. Especially when we look at keyboards and desktops where bacteria builds up even with regular surface cleaning. In this way, office deep cleaning supports more consistent productivity.

Cost Savings

Deep cleaning can be considered an operational investment. It helps to prevent equipment breakdown and reduces the frequency that you may need to replace heavy use areas like flooring. In addition, the improved productivity of your healthy workforce means better business performance. Your commercial cleaning contractor can supply both regular and deep cleaning services like window, exterior, and solar panel cleaning. You can save time and money by streamlining your suppliers in this way.

Maintenance

The more thorough the cleaning, the more likely it is that potential maintenance issues will be spotted, and even prevented! This is why deep cleaning is sometimes part of a building maintenance schedule. Structural issues can be prevented by a regular removal of pollution build up. Similarly, an IT deep clean can extend the life of your equipment.

What is Regular Cleaning?

The daily or weekly tasks met by your commercial cleaning contractor are classed as regular cleaning. These are activities that maintain surface levels of hygiene. So for example, clearing and wiping down desks and desktop equipment, wiping down the office kitchen, waste management for offices and bathrooms, and vacuuming the floors. Regular cleaning is vital for maintaining a healthy and positive working environment. It’s this side of cleaning that keeps things flowing day to day. 

Benefits of Regular Cleaning

You may not notice regular day to day cleaning, but you’d certainly notice if it were to stop! The aim of daily or weekly office cleaning is to create a working environment that feels like a fresh slate each morning. 

Positive Environment

Our surroundings have such a huge impact on the way that we approach a problem or task. Staff will generally feel more positive and creative in a clean, fresh environment. So they’ll work more constructively and feel more loyal to the organisation. Unhygienic working conditions is one of the most cited reasons for leaving a role. In this way, you can prevent staff turnover by maintaining regular office cleaning.

First Impressions

When a visitor sees your office building, they will consciously or subconsciously make a judgement based on its appearance. This is especially important when the visit is from a director or potential client. Regular cleaning of meeting and reception areas is, therefore, a must. 

Focus

Is regular office cleaning shared out between office staff? This is a common budget saving attempt, but it often backfires. By outsourcing cleaning tasks to a professional cleaner, staff feel more valued in their role. Plus, they have more time to actually do the things they’ve been employed to do in the first place.

Cleaning Schedules

One of the most important parts of commercial cleaning is the planning. This includes lists of daily and weekly tasks, as well as seasonal and more periodic maintenance tasks. By maintaining a schedule, the work environment can be kept hygienic and functional without being disrupted. The best performing schedules will combine elements of both regular and deep cleaning across the year.

Cleaning Technology

Technological advances in the cleaning industry don’t necessarily mean robotic and automated services. In many instances, human performed cleaning offers a superior result. However, technology has affected the cleaning process. Electrostatic deep cleaning, for example, is an innovative method of deep cleaning which sprays electrostatically charged particles over surfaces and equipment. The positively charged particles aggressively adhere to surfaces, so the process coats and sanitises more accurately. Electrostatic spray surface cleaning is 50% quicker than traditional methods of deep cleaning. This makes it quicker and cheaper than traditional methods - a perfect partner for a regular cleaning contract. 

When we look at the different benefits that deep cleaning vs regular cleaning provides, it is clear that the two support each other. Deep cleaning is integral to the fundamental health of the office and equipment. Then regular cleaning prevents catastrophic build up of grime, and ensures a clear working space every day. This is why a balanced cleaning schedule is vital for organisations as office headcount increases. To discuss how your deep and regular cleaning schedule might look, just get in touch.

Top 5 reasons to hire commercial cleaning services

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When business budgets are under strain, you may start to question the external services that you contract. Perhaps your organisation already uses commercial cleaning services. Alternatively, you may be considering whether commercial cleaning is worth contracting at this time. In fact, something as straightforward as commercial cleaning services can have far reaching benefits across an organisation. These are the top five ways that a commercial cleaner supports your business. 

1. Quality

A good commercial cleaning service prides itself on a high quality result. In this way, when you outsource to a dedicated cleaning company, you know that the hygiene of your workplace is their top priority. The same cannot be said of disgruntled employees who are delegated additional cleaning tasks.

Hygiene

The benefits of hygiene in an office or other workplace are broad. Your workforce are less likely to transmit illness to each other and therefore your business benefits from reduced staff absence. This is a real financial reason to hire commercial cleaning services and is especially relevant since businesses seek to optimise their operations beyond the pandemic. 

Impressions

The appearance of a working space impacts the impression that individuals make of an organisation. This may be a visiting or potential client, which means that they are more likely to work with your organisation. Similarly, the staff themselves are affected. When poor workplace hygiene is a top reason for staff discontent, you’ll experience less frequent staff turnover. 

2. Reliability

As part of your contract, reliability and regularity should be paramount. It is the responsibility of your cleaning service provider to ensure consistency. So you do not have the responsibility of covering any absence of cleaning staff as you would with in house staff. Most importantly, you can rely on your service organisation to arrange cover as a benefit to outsourcing.

Daily Cleaning

A daily or weekly clean of the workspace is the standard service that many businesses require. These tasks ensure that your staff arrive to a clean desk and that communal areas do not accumulate dirt and grime over time. 

Occasional Cleaning

Contract your commercial cleaning service to schedule occasional cleaning. This is relevant for areas such as flooring, external walls, windows and signage. These more occasional cleaning tasks can often be forgotten, but a cleaning service will ensure that this is not neglected. Additionally, a regularly cleaned building is more equipped to withstand the pressures of weather and pollution

3. Focus

By removing the responsibility of cleaning from your workforce, individuals and teams benefit from increased focus to their professional role. This impacts on individual satisfaction in the workplace and also enables more productive working. Commercial cleaning services achieve this in two ways. 

Timing

Your commercial cleaner will clean your workplace around your business hours. In this way, there is no interruption to your flow of business. So whether it’s daily cleaning or deep cleaning, disruption to routine is never desirable. In this way, your teams are able to continue seamlessly in their working schedule whilst benefiting from their clean surroundings. 

Clarity

By providing your workforce with a clean and clear environment, you allow the clarity of thinking that empowers creative thought and productive working. Teams have more time when they don’t need to factor in delegated cleaning tasks, which means they can focus on their business priorities. Ultimately, this benefits the performance of individuals and as a result, your business. 

4. Specialist

The services available from a commercial cleaning contractor are not limited to regular surface cleans. With the skills and equipment required, commercial cleaners are able to undertake detailed and specialist tasks as part of their contract. Therefore, you can access extended services without expanding your pool of suppliers. 

Equipment

Office IT equipment attracts a lot of dirt, grime and bacteria. As a result, we understand the importance of maintaining surface hygiene for keyboards and telephone headsets. However, it’s important to give IT equipment a deeper clean periodically. Specialist IT cleaning can extend the lifespan of your IT equipment as well as laying the foundation for a healthier workspace

Deep Cleaning

Increasingly popular as part of a COVID protection policy, workplaces require deep cleaning services, which can be disruptive. However, at CJH Cleaning, we offer specialist electrostatic cleaning. This process is quick, thorough and reduces the need for abrasive chemicals because of the electrostatic mist that sanitises surfaces and angles. 

5. Additional Services

It makes financial sense to limit the number of liaison points in your operations schedule. In this way, when a commercial cleaning services provider offers additional services, it makes sense to take advantage of this. From washroom management to building maintenance for example, you’ll benefit from using a single supplier. 

Waste Management

Recycling is an important part of office green policy. In this way, ensure that your waste management includes recycling provision, responsible waste management and bathroom provision. There’s an increased business priority to ensure adequate provision of hygiene products, and recycling of glass and cans as well as paper. 

Maintenance 

Cleaning is an important part of building maintenance. While cleaning services cannot deal with structural issues, tasks such as jet washing and window cleaning prevent the degradation that neglected parts of a building experience. Minor problems may suggest wider issues, and these can be acted on earlier if they’re identified. 

From the health of your workforce to the health of your building, commercial cleaning services have a great deal to offer. Some benefits are direct and some impact ways of working for the better. If you would like top explore what commercial cleaning services can offer your business, just get in touch. 

How to keep clean and environmentally friendly

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Hygiene and the environment can feel like a delicate balance. It’s a commonly held assumption that to be ultimately clean, abrasive chemicals must be used. However, this really is not the case. In fact it is wholly possible to keep clean and environmentally friendly at the same time. You don't even need to make compromises! Simply pay attention to a few key decisions in your commercial cleaning approach.

Environmental Responsibility

Businesses are increasingly concerned with sustainability. Environmental policy is now a priority for organisations large and small. They are subsequently more explicit in their environmental policies. Commercial cleaning contracts are actually a very significant way that a business can manifest green policies. This can therefore play a key part in Corporate Environmental Responsibility.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We’re familiar with seeing the RRR policy in daily life, but how does it translate into office hygiene practice?

Reduce… washroom supplies

To maintain eco friendly bathrooms, you must be able to rely on your suppliers. Soap and toilet paper supply needs to be managed and now hand sanitiser has become a washroom staple to add to the list. Washroom management is a service within commercial cleaning that takes care of product supply and refills. This makes it a great eco friendly step to move away from single use soap pumps and other packaged items. Avoid single use paper hand towels by investing in energy efficient hand dryers.

Reuse… facilities

How often are office fittings and equipment unnecessarily replaced? A regular commercial cleaning schedule maintains the workplace. In turn, this prevents excessive wear and tear which ultimately ends in landfill. Regenerate office carpets and floors with specialist carpet and intensive steam cleaning. In addition, it’s worth investing in stain prevention coatings for office carpets to optimise their durability!

Recycle… office waste

How easy is it for staff to recycle? Waste sorting should be obvious and straightforward. So offices should have clearly labelled recycling bins that separate paper, plastics and metals. Make sure that appropriate recycling bins are positioned correctly. For example, paper recycling by printers and photocopiers. You could even store incorrectly printed sheets to be reused as scrap paper before finally reaching the recycling. Roll waste disposal and recycling in with your commercial cleaning contract for an efficient and streamlined service.

Environmentally Friendly Services

By looking at the services that you use from your commercial cleaning contractor, it’s easy to see how your workplace can keep clean and environmentally friendly.  

Products

Do you think about the products that a commercial cleaning contractor uses? To support your green policies, work with cleaners who use eco-friendly products. This may seem small but it’s a huge step towards supporting overall green policies in your organisation. This one act reduces the amount of chemical residue hitting the sewage system for any size of office. At CJH Cleaning, we only ever use eco-friendly cleaning products. This is great for our cleaners, great for your building and great for the environment!

Deep Cleaning

More and more workplaces have responded to the pandemic with regular deep cleaning. This helps to keep the building safe for its users, but is it environmentally friendly? At CJH cleaning we offer electrostatic spray surface cleaning. This is a process of spraying a mist of electrostatically charged particles across surfaces and objects. The positive charge enables particles to adhere to surfaces and access awkward angles, nooks, and crannies. Electrostatic spray cleaning is considered a more eco-friendly way to sanitise spaces. This is because it sprays up to 65% less chemicals per square foot than other methods.

Steam Power

As steam is a natural disinfectant, steam can actually remove more bacteria than carpet shampoos or chemical cleaners. In fact, using steam at a temperature between 175 °F and 212 °F to clean office flooring will kill 99.9% of germs. In this way, steam is both an environmentally friendly and thorough method of cleaning. It also reduces the use of abrasive chemicals within a work environment.

Maintenance

Keeping office buildings clean long term is good for the environment. It prevents products and buildings becoming degraded and then wasted.

Building Health

Don’t forget about your local environment when protecting the global environment. The health and productivity of the workforce relies on the health of a building and its surroundings. Dust and bacteria ingrained on office desks and office IT equipment can spread infections and inflame allergies. So don’t let these parts of your space become neglected. 

Equipment Maintenance

A regular deep cleanse of communication and IT equipment can mean that these items last longer. Months and even years of grime can be the root cause of breakdowns and faults. To reduce large items hitting landfill, you should extend the life of office electronics.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are a great investment for your environmental policy. However, the panels themselves must be maintained to offer optimal returns on investment. Solar panel efficiency is directly related to how clean the panels are. Dirty solar panels can lose around 20% of their energy output. So make sure that they are regularly cleaned part of your cleaning contract.

If your business is committed to being both clean and environmentally friendly, we know all the ways to do it. Just get in touch to learn more.

How Covid-19 has impacted the demand for cleaning services 

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After nearly 2 years of disruption caused by Covid-19, it’s clear that hygiene is still a very real priority for most people. The pandemic has highlighted the ease by which virus infections can be passed from person to person. This is especially so in the office environment. While there is an increase in personal hygiene responsibilities, a lot comes down to scheduled professional cleaning. We see this in how Covid-19 has impacted the demand for cleaning services. So how do cleaning services benefit organisations and individuals and how has cleaning changed?

Office Cleaning Benefits

Covid-19 has impacted our approach to office hygiene for good. This means that offices that are regularly cleaned are more desirable places to work. However, businesses and their workforce benefit in many ways from regular commercial cleaning.  

Health and Absence

Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for their staff. In the post pandemic world, hygiene has become a more prominent part of this responsibility. Regular professional cleaning helps to maintain the health of your staff and reduce absence. Staff absence causes a drop in productivity, so it is beneficial to the business too. 

Working Environment

Teams perform better when they work in a positive environment. Workplace cleanliness plays a huge part in how staff feel about their environment. Staff feel more positive and optimistic in a clean and clear space. This mental clarity can foster more creativity and innovative thinking. Not to mention corporate loyalty that manifests in a low staff turnover.

Appearances

The return of in person meetings, new business pitches, and business development discussions means that the appearance of your office is under increased scrutiny. In these situations, first impressions really do count. This goes for both the external and internal areas of your building. Indeed, a potential customer often forms a first impression even before entering the premises. So, especially for urban areas that experience traffic pollution, exterior jet washing is an important cleaning task. 

Specialist Focus

It may be tempting to think that if staff spend less time in the office, then cleaning can be reduced or even allocated to staff members. This actually goes against a very tangible benefit to professional office cleaning. With an outsourced cleaning contract, staff are able to focus on the roles that they were employed to do. They’ll get better results, be more productive, and likely be more satisfied in their role.

Cost Savings

The great thing about commercial office cleaning contractors is that they cover a range of services. For many organisations, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted areas of the office that they may not have previously considered. Similarly, there are stock maintenance demands for soap and hand sanitiser in washrooms. These additional services can be taken on within a cleaning contract and therefore offer overall cost savings.

Maintenance

From building integrity to IT equipment breakdown, regular cleaning can help to prevent costly maintenance issues. This is especially so as office use increases as a result of Covid-19 restrictions being removed. Sporadic use over the last 2 years could be hiding all sorts of potential maintenance issues, so this highlights the need to get back into a regular cleaning schedule.

Commercial Cleaning Procedure

The lasting impact of Covid-19 is likely to change how workspaces are cleaned as well as seeing a general increase in demand for cleaning services. Even with no government imposed restrictions on office working, employers have a lasting responsibility to protect their staff from the spread of airborne virus infection. So this has an impacted the demand for cleaning services with heightened focus.

Office Deep Cleaning 

What was once an occasional task, office deep cleaning looks to become a cleaning service in higher demand. While business activity continues to require outside visitors and increased occupation, the space must remain a safe environment for the regular workforce. In this way, more regular deep cleaning helps to manage any risk of infection transfer. New methods such as electrostatic deep cleaning have made the logistics and cost of an office deep clean much more accessible. This is because electrostatic mist can be quickly applied to an office space, sanitising all surfaces without disrupting the daily flow of the office. 

Cleaning Focus

The demand for cleaning services in working environments now focusses far more on touch points and shared spaces. There is a difference between looking clean and being clean. The pandemic has helped to shift focus to a deeper level of hygiene.

Desks

Since the office desk and its IT equipment harbours the most bacteria in the office, these areas are a prime focus for cleaning services. The daily sanitisation of a workstation keeps office desk areas hygienic and healthy. 

Touch Points

From door handles to light switches to photocopiers, items and areas used by multiple people across an organisation are considered touch points. In this way, the pandemic has resulted in a demand for a focus and increased regularity in cleaning these areas.

Meeting Rooms

It’s always been the case that a meeting room should look clean. Now, there’s a demand for cleaning services to ensure that they are fully sanitised. This is because these spaces cater for larger occupancy and carry many touch points. 

Office Culture

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in scheduling within office culture. This may mean a schedule of who comes into the office when, or a schedule of activity within each office area. Similarly, one way routes around the office may be around for a while. This has led to more scheduling within cleaning services too. A cleaning contractor can work around the different activities and occupancy schedules that your business has adopted. This ensures that nothing gets overlooked as you work out new systems and routines.

How to tackle Omicron in the workplace

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Although reports currently suggest that Omicron is a milder version of the Covid-19 virus, it is also seen to be more infectious. Because of this, hygiene should still be central in tackling omicron in the workplace. Restrictions regarding office work from home are likely to be a changing requirement over the months ahead. In this way, it is important to have stringent hygiene measures in place to maintain a safe environment in the workplace.

Daily Cleaning

The key to tackle omicron in the workplace is regular surface cleaning. Maintain frequency in minor cleaning tasks to minimise viral transmission. So, which areas should be cleaned daily in order to protect your workforce?

Personal Spaces

Individual working spaces, like desks and IT equipment such as phones and keyboards should be cleaned daily. Especially if hot desking forms part of flexible working practices. Amongst daily clutter and paperwork, kit like a keyboard, mouse and phone headsets harbour on average 30,000 germs. In this way, a clean desk and IT equipment will minimise risk of transmission by touch. 

Communal Spaces

Kitchens and other shared social areas are most at risk of contact and transmission. From microwaves to kettles you can’t sanitise everything every time it’s touched. So this is why you should supply and maintain adequate hand washing and sanitising equipment. Stock replenishment can easily be rolled into your commercial cleaning contract. Maximum occupancy guidelines is also helpful to support social distancing initiatives.

Bathrooms

Washroom cleaning and maintenance is a core task for many commercial cleaning contracts. Set the regularity of your cleaning requirements and make sure you signpost the correct use of the space for employees. 

Focussed Cleaning

We have had nearly two years of tackling Covid-19 in all its different manifestations. So it is clear that cleaning strategy its just as important as cleaning regularity. In this way, you should be extra vigilant in specific areas of an office that may pose higher risk of transmission.  

Touch Points

The most commonly touched surfaces across an office building require additional hygiene attention. For example, reception areas, tables, light switches, appliance handles, toilets and door handles. These points should be sanitised at regular intervals through the day. 

Bacteria Hot Spots

Regular IT specific cleaning helps to minimise the 20,000 or so germs that typically inhabit an office desk. Surface cleans are great, but to get into the crevices of a keyboard or telephone requires rather more precision and focus. 

Communal Spaces

As a prominent viral transmission zone, you should give communal areas extra attention to tackle omicron in the workplace. Reception areas, lobbies, kitchen spaces and meeting rooms are all vital parts of office life. So in addition to hand sanitising stations, the touch points within these areas should be disinfected during the working day.

Deep Cleaning

Scheduled deep cleaning is crucial to tackle omicron in the workplace alongside regular surface cleaning. As this version of the virus is more transmissible, you should consider a periodic deep clean. This is especially important if a member of the workforce has tested positive.

Electrostatic Deep Cleaning

The thought of deep cleaning may feel disruptive to the workplace. However, the process of electrostatic surface cleaning is 50% quicker to undertake than traditional methods. The innovative process of deep cleaning sprays electrostatically charged particles over surfaces and equipment. Positively charged particles adhere to surfaces to coat and sanitise more accurately. Faster application makes this method of deep cleaning far more accessible and require fewer personnel. So it is ideal for a deep clean that does not disrupt workflow in an office.

Environmental Practices

In addition to cleaning schedules and techniques, workplace environment can help to tackle omicron in the workplace. 

Ventilation

It’s important to keep your office ventilated as this is an airborne virus. In winter, you may not want to keep windows open all day. One option is to ventilate the building for a set period. For example, even 10 minutes of air circulation is helpful. If your office uses air conditioning systems, make sure that they are drawing in fresh air rather than recirculating existing air. Alternatively you can consider air filtration units. 

Personal Hygiene

Maintain your existing guidance on regular hand washing. Regularly check and replenish your supplies of hand wash, soap and sanitiser. Ensure nothing is missed by including washroom management in your commercial cleaning contract.  

Cultural Practices

When we tackle omicron in the workplace, we’re doing so from a point of experience. Most people can now move seamlessly through different process requirements as they change depending on the transmission threat. 

Social Distancing

Your office may have moved away from social distancing in the workplace, but it is worth some measures remaining during a period of higher infection. One way routes around busy areas of the office, and occupancy limitations are key cultural practices. Maintain flexible working policies to decrease overall numbers in the office environment.

Attendance Scheduling

Strategically schedule for teams to be present in the office. This makes office visits worthwhile and productive. Regular cleaning is especially relevant for office buildings where there is a change of personnel day by day. 

Meetings

Balance face to face meetings with ongoing video conferencing. Keep sanitising equipment in meeting rooms for when in person meetings happen. Therefore, meetings need not be a high risk environment. 

You want to keep your office working productively, so it’s important to maintain hygiene practices. To discuss how we can support this in your workplace, just contact us.

How to keep your Home and Kitchen clean this Christmas

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Ah, Christmas! A time to relax and kick back. To enjoy time with your family snug in your home looking out on a frosty Winter Wonderland…. Ho ho ho - in your dreams! If you’re hosting a big family Christmas (or even a modest one), you’re probably dreading the onslaught of mess and chaos that the joy of Christmas inevitably entails.  So we’re here to give you the benefit of our professional expertise. Essentially, it all comes down to planning and scheduling. 

Before the decorations go up

Once Christmas decorations are in situ, it becomes a lot trickier to get things clean. This is why it’s important to give your home a good clean before the decorations go up. By doing this, you can get away with surface cleaning of sides and floors for the rest of the month. It’s not quite a full spring clean, but in the weeks leading up to advent, it’s worth staggering those larger cleaning tasks so that your home feels properly clean.

  • Vacuum behind and under furniture
  • Dust and polish shelves, sills and other surfaces
  • Clean down doors and skirting boards
  • Spot clean carpets

Pre Christmas

The lead up to Christmas is so important in the smooth running of the holiday itself. A home is easier to maintain during a busy period if it starts off thoroughly clean.  

Clean Appliances

Your appliances are going to be worked hard over the Christmas period. So for them to perform at their best, give them all a deep clean before the season kicks off. If appliances accumulate dirt and grime, it will affect its performance and even lead to breakdowns and faults. Which you definitely don’t want to happen over Christmas!

Washing Machine

Add a cup white vinegar to an empty hot washing machine cycle and wipe around the rubber seal with vinegar. This will clear out any accumulation of grime that might otherwise transfer to your festive finery!

Dishwasher

You’re going to use this a lot if you’re catering for visitors! So you want your dishwasher to be on top form. Prepare by running an empty cycle with a cup of household vinegar placed in an upright cup in the top rack. Make sure that salt and rinse aid are topped up.

Fridge

A good fridge declutter is the only way to avoid treacherous teetering piles of food in your fridge over the Christmas period. Throw away all those lingering jars and pots. Be ruthless and only keep what is going to be eaten. Wash shelves and drawers down with hot soapy water. 

Oven

Yes, its only going to get dirty, but starting from a clean slate means you’ll avoid looking at your oven in despair come New Year! Many people like to leave this to the professionals, so book this in now if that’s you. However if you’re going to tackle your oven yourself, mix water and bicarbonate of soda into a paste to spread on the oven interior. Leave it for a couple of hours and then spray with white vinegar. After half an hour you can wipe it down ready for use.

Kettle

Descale your kettle. There will be many cups of tea and coffee to be made over the Christmas period and you don’t want to serve scaly drinks! Boil a half filled kettle with 50/50 water and white vinegar for a chemical free process. 

Declutter

This goes for stuff, clothes and kitchen. If you can, have a good clear out. Give good quality things to charity and discard anything unusable. This allows you to free up space for any gifts you may receive and to store the various incidentals of Christmas. By this we mean crackers (pulling and eating), seasonal kitchenware and extra ingredients. Ideally, you’ll be able to free up a kitchen cupboard to keep everything off the work surfaces! 

During Christmas

From Christmas eve to Boxing Day you may have different family members visiting, or be rushing in and out of the home on visits to loved ones elsewhere. Whatever your plans, this period can feel like a whirlwind of activity, so it’s worth laying out some core logistics and cleaning tasks to maintain a semblance of control.

Clean as you go

Wiping oven and worktop spills as you go will prevent an overly daunting kitchen clean up at the end of the day. 

Refuse

Don’t let rubbish take over! Store recycling out of the house, collect up wrapping paper as presents are opened and start Christmas Day with an empty kitchen bin. 

Fresh Starts

Wipe down kitchen surfaces, run the dishwasher and throw dishcloths and tea towels in the wash at the end of each day. These simple things give the mornings a sheen of clean.

The Vacuum 

The single most impactful act of cleaning is to vacuum the floors. So a daily whip round of your living room, hallway and kitchen will keep your home feeling fresh and welcoming. 

Teamwork

Your guests need not be an army of festive elves, but allow them the opportunity to self serve and most people will willingly chip in. Leave a colander out for dirty cutlery, and this will avoid it cluttering up the sink.

Post Christmas

Now, hopefully all the hard work you’ve put in before the festive onslaught will begin to pay off!  Of course, your home will still feel like it’s a mess - this is the most surefire sign of having had a good time after all! However, it should feel like a manageable mess. At CJH Cleaning we know the importance of planning, so hope that these preparation tips will give you a merry Christmas! 

Should we be extra Covid-19 cautious this Winter?

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As Autumn has progressed, many businesses have welcomed increasing numbers of workers back into the office. Many organisations have embraced the flexibility that home working has enabled. This has led to structuring a ‘blended working’ strategy. The average worker is now in the office for at least 2 days per week, with a plan to increase to 3 days per week. Despite these steps to return to office based working, it’s clear that Covid-19 is going to be a continually present virus. This means that both businesses and individuals must act in ways that are extra Covid-19 cautious this winter.

Winter Illness

A winter increase in numbers of staff illness by virus is no new phenomenon. The season involves more time spent indoors, greater proximity to people and generally weakened immune systems. This has always meant that people are more likely to pass on illnesses either in the office, at schools or socially. Covid-19 is now a part of this winter virus risk. Despite the fact that most workers are now fully vaccinated, it’s clear that there is still an element of risk. So in order to reduce the risk of illness making its way around the office floor, businesses can employ best practice to mitigate this. 

Office Policy

All organisations are different, have different working practices and different requirements of their staff. However, taking official advice is a good starting point for organisations to draw up a policy. The Government’s Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 was updated on 14th September and gives guidance for businesses safe practice:

In line with government guidance at step 4, an increasing number of workers have gradually returned, or are preparing to return, to offices and workplaces. As workers return to the workplace, employers should follow the Working Safely guidance.

By law, businesses must not ask or allow employees to come to work if they are required to self-isolate.

In addition, businesses are encouraged to:

        • a. Ask employees to stay at home if they are feeling unwell.
        • b. Ensure there is an adequate supply of fresh air to indoor spaces. Businesses should identify any poorly ventilated spaces, for example by using a CO2 monitor, and take steps to improve fresh air flow in these areas.
        • c. Provide hand sanitiser to enable staff and customers to clean their hands more frequently, and clean surfaces which people touch regularly.
        • d. Display an NHS QR code poster for customers to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app, so they are alerted if there’s an outbreak and can take action to protect others.
        • e. Consider using the NHS COVID Pass.

Hygiene Practice

It’s clear, then, that keeping a clean working environment is a crucial aspect of reducing the risk of all virus transmission. So businesses frequently find that the best way to keep their workforce protected is to contract a commercial cleaner for regular workplace cleaning and occasional deep cleaning procedures.

Regularity

Maintaining a regular cleaning schedule is central in ongoing hygiene standards. This means both daily surface cleaning and seasonal deep cleaning and maintenance. This is the time to begin a ‘new normal’ schedule of office cleaning. One which regularly sanitises shared spaces and heavy duty areas.

Workspaces

Of course, the key area for germ cultivation in an office is desks and IT equipment. Kit like a keyboard, mouse and phone headsets harbour on average 30,000 germs. Especially if your new working practices include hot desking, focus on daily cleaning of these spaces.

Personal Hygiene

This is something not to let slip. Maintain guidance on regular hand washing within your standard policies and signage. Offices should maintain supplies of hand wash, soap and sanitiser in their bathrooms. Washroom management is something to roll into your commercial cleaning contract to ensure nothing is missed.  

Touch Points

These are the most commonly touched surfaces across the office building. So meeting tables, light switches, appliance handles, toilets and door handles. When staff return to the office, these areas should be wiped at regular intervals across the day. This extra vigilance can prove crucial in avoiding workplace transmission not just of Covid-19 but also other winter viruses that can impact your business. 

Ventilation

Keeping your office ventilated is an important way to minimise the risk of any virus transmission. In winter, this may feel like a hard ask since a building is being centrally heated. Current advice is to ventilate the building for a set period rather than keeping windows open throughout the working day. This action is something that your commercial cleaning contractor can easily add to regular tasks without impacting the flow of the business. 

Social Distancing

While most businesses are developing ways to be less stringent on social distancing rules, there may be some aspects worth maintaining. These could include one way routes around busy areas of the office, perhaps. Part of the reason that office working is so important to businesses is for the productivity that face to face interaction inspires. So it’s important to find ways to enable this through winter without increasing risk. Maintaining flexible working practices is a great way to decrease overall numbers in the office environment. Well scheduled attendance maintains the contact that is so central to business innovation. 

Office environments can be vibrant and energetic places, and at CJH Cleaning we love to play our part in maintaining this energy. To minimise risk of illness in your office this winter through regular cleaning, just get in touch. 

The Importance of Having a Clean Office

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As workers begin to return to office based days on a more regular basis, the condition of the office environment will come under increasing scrutiny. For some buildings, regular cleaning may have taken a back seat when very few people were using the space. This will very quickly become apparent with the presence of more people. Remember, then, that a clean office offers wider benefits than simply looking nice. From health to productivity, we look at the importance of having a clean office. 

Health

Sitting at the forefront of employer responsibility is the health of staff. If this hadn’t been a priority before, the last 18 months will likely have moved this up the list of concerns. So, why is having a clean office important for health?

Personal IT

An office keyboard mouse and phone handset can harbour thousands of germs and bacteria. The daily cleaning down of a workstation can limit the impact of this. 

Communal IT

Similarly, photocopiers and printers are used by multiple people across an organisation, and become shared touchpoints. This can cause the spread of illness across an organisation - not just COVID19, but a whole swathe of other viruses that can impact whole departments. So regular cleaning of these facilities is crucial in health management. 

Business Impact 

So what is the potential impact of unhygienic workstations and shared equipment? This can range from days absent to more integral problems in staff turnover. Staff health can be protected by regular cleaning. Similarly, employees are more likely to remain satisfied in their workplace if it is a clean and constructive place to be.

Productivity

When part of maintaining staff satisfaction is in working conditions, it’s clear that an office should provide a hygienic environment.  A clean space allows for clear thinking, so commercial cleaning services can actually be instrumental in building the kind of innovative space that progresses and grows a business.

Desks

With most activity happening at office desks, it seems obvious that this direct environment should be clean. While part of this is clearly the responsibility of the desk user, it is an organisation’s responsibility to ensure a basic level of cleanliness. While there may be daily clutter, a clean desk and IT equipment can make the difference to the way your staff work.

Meeting Rooms

Whether a meeting room is used to receive potential clients or brainstorm a latest concept, it needs to be a constructive space. Performance and inspiration are key to a successful meeting. In this way, creativity is more likely to be fostered within vibrant and clean surroundings.

First Impressions

From potential clients to new starters, first impressions count. And an office has the benefit of creating multiple first impressions, from the exterior of the building to a reception desk to internal meeting rooms. That’s a lot of building to keep clean and presentable! 

Exterior

This is something that really counts for businesses. The exterior of a building makes an impression upon potential clients visiting your premises. Keep the facade of your office building clean and well maintained with jet washing of walls, cleaning of windows and upkeep of signage.

Reception

The welcome that a visitor receives at an office reception is part of building a first impression. That welcome is in part made by a human being, but is also supported by the building surroundings. So take care to keep foyer and reception areas fresh and clean. In these areas, floors and glass need daily attention. Partitions and internal windows can very quickly become smeared, which is a real detriment to a good first impression.

Maintenance

Office cleaning is actually a very important part of ongoing building maintenance. Indeed, regular office building and equipment maintenance can help to avoid large repair bills.

Prevention

The external maintenance of your building will be improved by jet washing, which prevents a damaging build up of grime and pollution. When left unchecked, these conditions can encourage mould and degeneration of the building that can be costly to repair. 

Identification

The build up of dirt and grime can contribute to the decline of aspects of your building by masking it from view. This means that minor faults can remain undetected until they become much larger, and costly, maintenance issues.

Facilities

Having a clean office isn’t just about cleaning! It’s also about streamlined and organised facilities provision. Within a commercial cleaning contract, a business can benefit from specialist equipment and range of services. This includes the ability to work at height, specialist IT cleaning kit and electrostatic deep cleaning. All of these things offer benefits to an office beyond basic hygiene. 

Utilities

There’s a huge amount of logistical workload which goes into office functionality. These include maintaining stock of cleaning and washroom items, waste management, health and safety considerations and insurance administration. By appointing commercial cleaning services, all of these utilities based tasks can be streamlined.

Solar Panels

If your office building benefits from the installation of solar panels, it’s worth regularly cleaning their surfaces. The panels generate up to 20% more energy output when kept clean from pollution and dust. Great for business utility bills!

Specialist Equipment

Specialist cleaning kit is a key part of an annual cleaning schedule. Jet washers, carpet cleaners and electrostatic deep cleaning are just some examples. Although used on an occasional basis, they ensure an impeccable level of office hygiene that benefits the business.

When your office is clean, everyone benefits. From the workforce to the business itself, a well maintained working environment is the foundation of positive results. To discover an office cleaning plan that works for your business just get in touch. 

Home cleaning tips and practices that we recommend

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When it comes to cleaning a home thoroughly, it’s really not that different to an office. Granted, there tends to be less lego in an office and it’s rare to need to remove pen marks from the wall..! However, there are principles that remain consistent whether you’re cleaning an office or a home. Whether it’s to do with scheduling or products, there are tips and practices that are worth your attention. We look at how to approach your home cleaning in a way that makes it both more manageable and give great results! 

Deep Clean

A seasonal deep clean is a regular in the office cleaning schedule. As commercial cleaning contractors, we make sure to schedule deep cleans around business activity, which minimises disruption. At home, there’s a similar principle - it’s easier when the rest of the house is out! It may be called spring cleaning, but don’t feel that you have to deep clean your home in one spring day! Stagger your deep cleaning tasks over the year so they don’t become overwhelming. Let’s look at what may be covered:

        • Vacuum behind and under furniture
        • Launder curtains and drapes
        • Clean down doors and skirting boards
        • Shampoo carpets
        • Sanitise the inside of bins
        • Clean the oven interior
        • Clean inside fridge / freezer
        • Scrubbing bathroom grout 

Surface Clean

Little and often is a rule by which most cleaning theories abide. Light, surface cleaning is normally scheduled daily for commercial office environments. This is simply a wipe down of a workstation or reception desk and vacuuming the floor. The same principle goes for your home. Light dusting and vacuuming are sufficient surface cleaning tasks. To break it down still further, allocate different rooms to different days and spend 10 minutes each time. Or decide only to clean down the mirrors that day. 

Teamwork

One of the wonderful things about us here at CJH Cleaning is that we’re a great team. By working as a team, we can achieve efficient and fast cleaning results. So get your family working as a team. Even infant school kids can help to put away their laundry or stack the dishwasher. When everyone plays their part, the whole household benefits.

Appliances

So often we treat appliances as workhorses and don’t give them the TLC that they deserve! Especially those appliances that you use to keep other things clean. If appliances accumulate dirt and grime, it will affect the performance of the appliance and even lead to breakdowns and faults. So how often should you clean the inside of your kitchen appliances?

Washing Machine

White vinegar is a great thing to have in abundance in your cupboards! It’ll deal with the build up of grime in all your appliances. Add it to an empty hot washing machine cycle and wipe down the rubber seal with it every month.

Dishwasher

A cup of household vinegar placed in an upright cup in the top rack will clean your dishwasher nicely. Aim to clean your dishwasher monthly. 

Fridge

This is more of a deep cleaning task, and doesn’t have to be done monthly. Hot soapy water should be sufficient to clean shelves and drawers.

Oven

A lot of us like to leave this to the professionals, but if you’re going to tackle your oven alone, do it quarterly to avoid the task becoming too daunting! To avoid chemicals, mix water and bicarbonate of soda into a paste to spread on the oven interior. Leave for a couple of hours and spray with white vinegar, wipe down after half an hour. 

Technology

Here’s a clear area that a home and commercial office hold in common. Wherever it is, IT equipment can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Especially now that so many of us are still working from home for a portion of our working week. So it’s important to give your home office and IT kit a regular clean. 

Keyboard and Mouse

An average keyboard plays host to around 3,500 bacteria and 1,500 bacteria on an average mouse. Wipe the keyboard down weekly, and use compressed air to clean your PC or laptop keyboard.

Phone

Use a microfibre cloth to wipe down your smartphone daily. Warm water and a mild soap are sufficient to clean a phone case.

Exterior

Your home exterior is probably an area that you don’t really think about as part of a cleaning task. Indeed, working at height is something best left to the professionals. So make sure that you schedule regular window and sill cleaning and seasonal gutter cleaning. If you have solar panels, don’t neglect them. They’ll perform around 25% better when cleaned than if they’ve been left to accrue dirt and grime. 

Maintenance

A really important element of cleaning is how it contributes to the maintenance of your home environment. Clean appliances, plumbing and walls are less inclined to break down - and you’re likely to spot warning signs if you’re regularly keeping these areas in good upkeep.

Descaling 

regularly descale your kettle by boiling it half full with equal parts white vinegar and water. Leave to stand for 15 minutes and then rinse. No chemicals and a lovely clean kettle!

Unblocking

Treat your kitchen and bathroom plug holes to an unclogging. Don’t wait for a problem to occur!

Painting

Regular painting of eaves and other external woodwork helps to keep your home in good repair.

Destaining

From carpets to table tops, get those stains out before you learn to live with them! Use toothpaste on wooden tables to help remove felt tip marks, and invest in good carpet stain remover for spot treatments. 

With the workplace and home becoming ever more intertwined, it’s important to keep both places clean - and that’s something that we feel passionate about. With just a bit of daily attention, your home can be as clean as we make sure our clients’ offices are!

With vaccinations rolling out, is it still necessary to clean thoroughly to tackle Covid-19?

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Restrictions are being lifted, and more of the population are gaining their ‘double jabbed’ status. Most of us are eagerly looking forward to some kind of normality resuming. This sense of normality will certainly include increased use of the office. Workforces may still retain some level of flexible working, but this will be balanced with office based activity. Indeed, we’ve come to realise just how communication and creativity benefit from the collaborative office environment. So, should this have a direct result on office cleaning? If COVID presents less of a risk with vaccinations rolling out, is it still necessary to clean thoroughly? 

The New Normal

It’s fair to say that the new normal, certainly in the medium term, will be a mix of office and home based working. So is it logical to make the leap that with less office use comes less office upkeep? Not so in reality. Businesses should maintain regularity of cleaning regardless of the number of people using an office space. Indeed, dirt and grime will be even more noticeable with fewer people in a space. This in turn impacts the working environment. The value that is placed on a workforce should always be reflected in the quality of working environment that a business provides. This is why clean workspaces always bring out the best in professional teams. 

Benefits of Regular Cleaning

Regular, thorough cleaning brought a huge range of benefits before COVID hit, and will continue to do so long after. So which benefits of regular thorough cleaning are relevant no matter what our pandemic status?

Health and Hygiene

Yes, there are other transmissible illnesses out there, and always will be. So never forget that regular professional cleaning in a working environment will help to maintain the health of your staff and reduce absence. Especially on keyboards and desktops where bacteria breeds regardless of how often the space is used. As we all know, absence causes a drop in productivity. This means that the most fundamental way to safeguard your productivity is by maintaining the hygiene of a working environment.

Positive Environment

Let’s not forget how our surroundings impact upon the way that we feel. Staff feel more positive and optimistic in a clean, fresh environment. This mental clarity can breed more innovative thinking and corporate loyalty within teams. The conditions of a workspace is one of the most cited reasons for leaving a role. In this way, you can prevent staff turnover by maintaining thorough office cleaning.

First Impressions

As restrictions ease, more visitors will be welcomed into buildings. These occasions may be meetings with wider parts of the organisation, or visits by potential clients. In these situations, first impressions count. This goes for both the external and internal areas of your building. Often a potential customer forms a first impression even before entering the premises. 

Focus

Could it be that with the decrease of office use, staff should be called upon to cover cleaning themselves? Don’t forget that this has an impact both on the value that staff feel is placed on their contributions, and in the time and focus that they can commit to their role. Professional cleaning contracts alleviate this and allow the workforce to apply themselves fully to what they were employed to do in the first place!

Cost Savings

Regular, thorough cleaning contributes to cost savings in so many subtle ways. As we’ve covered above, thorough office cleaning improves focus, productivity and turnover. These may be non-quantifiable but they are very real! Don’t forget that your professional cleaning contractor can undertake more seasonal cleaning tasks like floor and window cleaning or solar panel and pressure washing. By maintaining this single supplier of services, you’ll see cost savings over time.

Maintenance

The more thorough the cleaning, the more likely it is that potential maintenance issues will be spotted and even prevented! So much office disrepair is caused by long term wear and tear. The lifespan of IT equipment is extended by implementing targeted IT cleaning. When organisations are so IT reliant, breakdowns of this nature can be catastrophic for productivity. So it really is worth taking care of the kit! 

Best Practice

In so many ways, organisations have begun to realise that they must employ best practice. This is true in staff training, sustainability commitments and social responsibility. It’s also true in the workplace environment. As we have come to understand, virus spread is not something that has an end date. So hygiene must be prioritised in order to maintain best practice within a workplace environment. This ensures your workforce has as safe and supportive a workplace as can be expected. Our standards have all risen - let’s keep it that way!

The Unknown Future

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we simply don’t know what is around the corner. An employer or building manager’s duty of care is to take the utmost hygiene precautions as standard. This way, we can all be sure that should a virus rear its ugly head, we’ve all been taking preventative measures in the beforehand. Further waves of COVID are a very real possibility, regardless of the vaccine programme. So we should have all learnt to expect the unexpected. Regular, thorough cleaning should form the foundation of our basic standard of working. We may not know what’s around the corner but we can look after our today. 

For more information on how to maintain good workplace hygiene with a professional cleaning service, just get in touch.  

How to keep safe whilst being back in the workplace

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Returning to the office seems to be constantly in the news. Organisations differ in the extent to which they request the presence of staff in the workplace. Indeed, in some instances it’s staff who find that they need more contact with their organisation again. The simple fact is that it’s becoming more commonplace for workers to return to the office, at least for part of a week. Workplace presence has very real benefits for both business productivity and individual mental health. So as this reality becomes the standard, what steps can we all take to keep safe whilst being back in the workplace?  

Why Return?

Engaging in a partial return to the office isn’t necessarily the culture of presence rearing its ugly head. If one thing can be taken from the COVID pandemic it’s that people can work remotely - and work efficiently to boot. However, there are simply some aspects of being in the workplace that have value.

Colleagues

Working alongside colleagues physically, and having a regular dialogue is important for social wellbeing. It’s also great for inspiring creative ideas and productive working. These moments of unscheduled creative thinking simply don’t happen remotely.

Environment

Establishing a distinction between domestic space and professional space was a challenge experienced by many while working from home. Not everyone has a garden office!  Having a distinct work space is great for building focus. So many staff will feel the benefit of creating this distinction - even if it’s for just a couple of days a week. 

Communication

Technological communication is more slick than it has ever been, it’s true. However, there really is no substitute for in person communication within a team, and even between teams. Moments of real world joined up thinking thrive from this, and will benefit the business and the individual.

Employers

To embrace all of these benefits of the workplace, then, an employer should carefully consider their approach and the hygiene conditions that they offer to their staff. 

Requirements

Employers must do all they reasonably can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of people at work. They must complete a risk assessment, and take reasonable steps to prevent harm. In addition, they should consult staff on any decisions that involve health and safety. 

Planning

Part of the planning process is to complete risk assessments for the use of the workplace. This should include entry and exit procedures, communal areas, building occupancy, meetings, and mixing between teams. By working through all of these things, you’ll be able to identify the touch points that require more regular cleaning. You can strategically locate sanitising points and lay out workstations to enable social distancing. Don’t forget to maintain the measures that you put in place. Outsourcing things like restocking sanitiser to your commercial cleaning contractor is a good way to avoid neglecting this. 

Flexibility

This will become a key part of providing a safe office environment. By allowing a balance of office based and remote working, you can limit numbers in the office at any one time. Offering flexibility of start and finish times means that not everyone is entering and leaving the building at the same time. 

Cleaning

Acceptable levels of hygiene of the workplace have changed for good. It’s crucial that regular cleaning of workstations and communal areas is kept up. This will not only keep your workforce safe during this side of the pandemic, but will also prevent the spread of other illnesses. Pair regular surface cleaning with more periodic deep cleaning. This combination provides the safest environment for your staff and visitors to your building. Ensure that you work with a trusted commercial cleaning contractor who employs COVID safeguarding themselves. 

Policy

Clearly communicate your policies for workplace safety. If you have put in place room occupancy limits, then display these clearly. The same goes for any one way movement along corridors. Regularly update and consult your workforce on the steps that are in place. This will keep them engaged in the processes. Similarly, have a clear policy in place for any infections that do occur, including isolation and testing. 

Employees

Employers carry a duty of care to their staff to put in place hygiene procedures that make their working environment the safest that it can be. However, employees play a key role in the success of these procedures. 

Compliance

Employers must put processes in place for the safety of all their workers. These guidelines should be adhered to in order to be effective. Whether this is hand sanitisation on entry to the building, or one way systems to move around the building. Rules only work when everyone sticks to them!

Consideration

While some workers can’t wait to get back to the office, others may be feeling anxious about doing so. It’s important for everyone across the organisation to show consideration to others during this time. This is a cultural factor that is best promoted by managers and team leaders promoting this behaviour through their own actions. 

Travel

The way that you travel to your workplace may bring you into contact with more moments of risk than being in the office. So plan when you travel - could you avoid the busiest times, for example? Or maybe cycling to work is something that you’ve been thinking about for years. Not only will you not be face to face with other people, you’ll be improving your health at the same time! 

Regular and thorough cleaning is at the heart of keeping your staff safe whilst being back in the workplace. It’s the foundation on which safeguarding procedures must stand. To talk about how our services can help your workplace to be a COVID safe environment, just get in touch. 

Top 10 reasons your business needs commercial cleaning

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When should cleaning a business premises be left to the professionals? We’d suggest that most organisations would benefit from the use of a commercial cleaning contract. It’s an aspect of working life which can be overlooked, or scaled back as part of cost savings. However, distributing the tasks of a regular commercial cleaner between your workforce can actually work to the detriment of your business. Here, we give you a run down of the top 10 reasons that your business needs commercial cleaning. 

First Impressions

Over time, neglected cleaning builds up to leave your business premises looking ramshackle and unprofessional. This leaves a bad first impression with visitors and potential clients. As a contributory factor, it can even result in the loss of a contract or partnership. As the saying goes, there is no second chance to make a first impression. So your regular commercial cleaner will ensure that your reception areas, building frontage and meeting rooms are always presented at their best. 

Staff Wellbeing

A clean workplace is one which offers clarity of mind. Your teams are likely to experience higher levels of workplace satisfaction when their surrounding environment is clean. In fact, dissatisfaction with office conditions is a common contributing factor for organisations losing good staff. So, by looking after the wellbeing of your staff with good office hygiene, your business could improve its staff turnover rate. In turn, this brings a cost saving in recruitment and training of new staff.

Illness Prevention

This reason is of huge importance in this age of pandemic. Business owners and managers have a responsibility to provide a work environment that protects against the spread of illness. As well as steps to aid social distancing and promote personal hygiene, office conditions must be clean. Surfaces and communal areas are of key importance in potential transmission of any viral infection. So businesses frequently find that the best way to keep their workforce protected is to contract a commercial cleaner for regular workplace cleaning and occasional deep cleaning procedures.

Time Saving

When you think about it, it doesn’t actually make sense to employ a team based on their experience in one area and then ask them to undertake tasks elsewhere. By relying on your workforce to clean office spaces and communal areas themselves, you are reducing the time that they can dedicate to their actual job. So, their results as well as their stress load, will be affected. By employing a commercial cleaner for this specialised role, your team can focus on what they do best.

Thorough Results

Remember that if staff feel a resentment at being asked to add cleaning tasks onto their existing remit, they are likely to do so half heartedly. In this way, the result is compromised. A commercial cleaning contract carries with it certain standards to be met. Your commercial cleaner will ensure that no corners are cut, and that even those often overlooked nooks and crannies are given due attention. 

Range of Tasks

Through your commercial cleaning company, you can achieve more than just your daily office clean. With just this one supplier, you can schedule waste disposal, sanitary supply, and seasonal floor, carpet, window and solar panel cleaning. As such, this relationship with a commercial cleaning contractor will yield cost savings, as you do not need to source new suppliers for those more seasonal tasks. You also have the knowledge that you’re working with a trusted supplier in multiple areas of your cleaning and maintenance remit.

Workplace Safety

When it comes to dealing with possibly abrasive products, accessing hard to reach areas or working at height, business owners should ask themselves if it is safe for non-cleaning staff to undertake cleaning tasks. Commercial cleaners are fully trained and equipped to deal with these aspects of cleaning. So by leaving premises cleaning to them, you are offering greater workplace safety to the rest of your workforce. 

Productive Working

There are a few different aspects of commercial cleaning that result in an overall more productive workforce. First is the positive working environment that it provides - staff are more content in their surroundings and are therefore able to think more creatively. Secondly, they are not distracted with additional cleaning tasks which eat into their focus time. And lastly, your workforce simply feel more loyal to the organisation by the care that appointing commercial cleaning demonstrates. 

Supporting your Business

A commercial cleaner will schedule their hours around your business needs. The whole point of a commercial cleaning contract is that it supports your business. So cleaning can take place out of normal working hours. In addition, if you include things like sanitary supply and waste disposal, your contract will ensure that these things are never overlooked. Recycling and sustainability commitments come hand in hand with a good cleaning company, so your green business responsibilities are covered.

Equipment Upkeep

Through regular IT and equipment cleaning, the life of machinery can be extended. As part of a general office maintenance schedule, detailed cleaning should play a key role. We tend to ask a lot of our workplace technology, with multiple users and high levels of use. So through specialised IT cleaning as part of your commercial cleaning contract, you can decrease equipment turnaround. 

In a modern business environment that demands higher standards of workforce care and sustainable practices, commercial cleaning is central. It may all happen out of hours and behind closed doors, but we can have a very real benefit to the success of your organisation! Just contact us at CJH Cleaning to find out more. 

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