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Store Cleaning Tips for Black Friday

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

Store Cleaning Tips for Black Friday

Black Friday 2017 is fast approaching! As the biggest retail sales day of the year, you put your products on display with special signage, while prepping your sales staff for the much-anticipated barrage of customers which will result in a highly profitable Black Friday. Is it possible you forgot one little, yet very important detail regarding your Black Friday presentation? Impressions are Lasting While you have attended to all the details, there is one important aspect of Black Friday, you may have missed. Black Friday in your store sets the tone for your customers all the way through the holidays and into the new year. Is your store as clean as possible for the Black Friday crowd? Remember, Black Friday shoppers are on a mission, and having your store clean and tidy for the sale can make a lasting impression on your customers. This year, why not consider a special visit from a professional cleaning service to add a bit of extra sparkling clean to your store for your important Black Friday visitors? A clean store along with clean bathrooms can make all the difference in your customers’ perception of you and your store. Along with your aisles, your store’s restrooms get hit extra hard on Black Friday and with today’s social media, the word of a mess in your store will spread faster than a wildfire, damaging your chances for a profitable holiday season. Remember presentation is everything from your displays to sales counter to floors. Cleaning your store for the Black Friday Rush is crucial to making a positive impression that will last for a long time. Cleaning to the Next Level for Black Friday and Beyond Welcoming Entrances – Make sure inclement weather and excessive foot traffic does not make your entrance a hazard. Keep your visitors safe by trading out worn, dirty entryway mats for dry, clean, slip-resistant floor coverings at your entrances. This will also help keep your interior floors clean all season long. Disinfecting Frequent Touch Points – Door handles and knobs, railings, shopping carts, checkout counters, and bathroom fixtures should be disinfected frequently to keep them shining and clean. An added bonus, this will help prevent the spread of germs among your employees and customers. Sparkling Windows – Keeping windows and glass displays clean is key to making a good impression. Clean your outdoor windows frequently to increase visibility and allow light to shine inside your store. Keep towels and glass cleaner on hand for interior touchups and keeping glass displays sparkling throughout the day and night. Adding Trash Receptacles – By placing trashcans at intervals throughout the store, you can keep customers from dropping paper, coffee cups, food wrappers and other items on the floor of your store. Double bag your receptacles and empty them often to keep your store looking and smelling clean all day. Increasing Bathroom Inspections – Too important not to mention again, have your employees join in the effort to keep the bathrooms clean. If every checks conditions when they visit, the bathroom will stay sparkling throughout the day. Preparing for Unexpected – Accidents happen, spills occur, toilets overflow. By preparing for the unexpected, with paper towels, a mop, cleaners, and stain removers on hand you will be ready, just in case. Also have the number of...

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Preparing Your Business for Sale with Commercial Cleaning Services

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

Preparing Your Business for Sale with Commercial Cleaning Services

When it is time to sell your business, there are a number of items you must get in order to prepare.  In all likelihood, you’ll want a business broker or agent to assist you. On top of that you want to assure potential buyers that your business is well run with each employee fulfilling a specific role, a solid chain of command, and successful procedures which positively impact the bottom line. Everything in the business should be documented from procedures to supplier agreements to customer warranties to ongoing relationships with state and federal regulators and others who to some degree effect your business. Additionally, profitability will need to be proved to potential buyers with profit reports, stock reports, capital expenditure documentation, and tax requirements. In reality, all of this information you’ve probably had in place from the moment you first thought about selling your business. These are the items your advisor, your broker, and others you’ve trusted with the information have enumerated countless times to you regarding a potential sale of your business. Of course, in the midst of all this crucial paperwork, you may have forgotten one important aspect of preparing your business for sale. What you may be asking. The clean-up only a commercial cleaning service can provide to help your business make a great first impression to potential buyers. In other words, you need to do your housekeeping – literally. Take these steps before the cleaning service arrives: Take a look around your space and note any changes that need to be made to make a positive impression on potential buyers. Whether your business utilizes office, retail, or warehouse space, it needs to look good to prospective purchasers. When everything is in its proper place, you actually can increase the value to prospective buyer. If your company keeps stock on hand, you will want to tidy up your stock, selling slow-moving items and seemingly unsellable products will only make your space look more attractive. If your business utilizes plant equipment, you will want to clean it up and do any maintenance needed. Cleanliness makes even older equipment look maintained and therefore more valuable to potential purchasers. Clean any leaks – oil, water, or otherwise. Sell obsolete equipment, parts, and scrap – thereby removing the appearance of clutter and disorganization. Once you’ve done your part, now is the time to hire a reputable and trustworthy commercial cleaning service like Tidy Team Cleaning Services. A commercial cleaning service will assess your property with an expert and critical eye and get it ready for sale by completing the following tasks: Exterior Cleaning – A commercial cleaning services will pressure wash exterior surfaces from walls to sidewalks to awnings and more as well as provide streak free window cleaning. When complete, the exterior of your property will look revitalized and more valuable. Carpet Cleaning – Stains make carpets look uncared for, so a commercial cleaning service will rid your carpet and upholstery of stains by steam cleaning, making the entire space look better. Floors – A commercial cleaning service will also steam clean tile and grout surfaces, as well as strip and wax vinyl services to rejuvenate floors for potential buyers. Overall Cleaning – Finally, your cleaning service will go over the entire space, vacuuming, dusting, mopping, cleaning vents, washing...

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What Your Dirty Bathroom Says to Your Customers and Clients

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

What Your Dirty Bathroom Says to Your Customers and Clients

It has happened to nearly everyone, you walk into a public restroom in a restaurant, a store, an office, and your senses are suddenly appalled by sights and smells. Or let’s be honest here, by the trash and stink! Well, as a business owner, let this be a lesson to you. The cleanliness of your bathroom or the lack thereof, can make or break your business. Social media has recently experienced a run of bathroom rants from customers of restaurants, stores, and businesses for their horrific restrooms. In most cases, it happens in small businesses, but chains, franchises, and big box stores are not immune. If your company is offers services, goods, or hospitality to your clients and customers, your restroom impacts their perception of your company across the board. It can become a rant on social media or the topic of conversation when your customer tells his or her friends and family about your business. Your Image is At Stake In today’s business language, this means your brand is at stake. Customers and clients, who use your restroom facilities, will undoubtedly equate your bathroom’s cleanliness with your business overall, meaning a clean restroom effects your repeat business and your bottom line. Bathrooms, especially in small businesses, often get overlooked. Tiles crack. Mirrors are broken. Paint and finishes get dirty. Floors aren’t mopped to shiny perfection. Soap dispensers fail to get refilled. Paper towels miss the trashcan and hit the floor. Cleaning isn’t up to par and the bathroom often ends up worse than those awful porta-potties at outdoor events! You may even see the bathroom as a nuisance while still being a necessity that your customers expect. But, in reality, your bathroom either puts a seal of approval on your business or a ‘do not enter’ sign. If your bathroom is the latter, smelly and in disarray, you need to do all you can to save your image. Steps to a Clean Restroom and a Spotless Image Keeping your business’s restroom clean and your image spotless is simple with these easy tips: Keep the bathroom well-stocked – toilet paper, soap, towels. Clean the walls. Clean the toilets. Clean the sinks. Clean the doors. Clean the mirrors. Clean the changing table. Every day, multiple times if needed. Repair the tiles. Repair the mirrors. Repair the hardware. Repair leaks. Repair and repaint the walls and ceilings as needed. Keep everything in good working order. Change the lightbulbs. Make sure the bathroom door locks. Privacy is a must! Ensure the bathroom smells fresh, whatever it takes. Establish a cleaning schedule for your employees, that includes routine clean-up and restocking. Depending on how often your customers use your facilities, this should probably be every hour or every two hours at the very least. Rotate the cleaning schedule among employees, daily or by shift. No one likes the job, but it has to be done, and as the saying goes, “many hands make light work.” Offering an incentive to the bathroom cleaner each day won’t hurt either! Your restrooms should be a source of pride for you, a place even the most sensitive customer can go and be satisfied with your cleanliness. Following these steps will keep your bathroom clean and your image spotless. Your efforts will be rewarded by positive social media...

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A Clean Restaurant Means Repeat Business and Free Word of Mouth Marketing

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

A Clean Restaurant Means Repeat Business and Free Word of Mouth Marketing

In the restaurant business, you do lots of things to ensure your customers keep coming back for more. In addition, you want to attract new customers to keep your restaurant growing and successful. Great food, delicious specials, coupons, and even loyalty cards are used extensively to encourage regulars and newcomers alike to come into your restaurant. But there may be one very important thing you are missing – if your restaurant is dirty, dusty, smelly, and just a mess – even the best culinary school chef and coupons won’t help! The Truth In 2016, a study commissioned by Cintas Corporation and carried out by Harris Poll showed that 97 percent of patrons would not return to a restaurant in which they had experienced difficulties with the facility. The survey participants top five factors were all about the lack of cleanliness in the restaurant and included dirty surfaces (tables, chairs, booths, floors), a bad odor, dirty restrooms (odor included), dirty floors, and poor entryway cleanliness. Keeping Clean Now, as a restauranteur, especially if you are both chef and owner, you are often focused on the back of the house where you prepare delectable dishes for your patrons. The problem is your patrons are focused on the front of the house when they determine whether or not they will grace your establishment a second time. The question is how are you going to keep the front of the house clean and sparking so your facility cleanliness matches the quality of the food you are preparing. Keeping a restaurant clean is not an easy task – from tables to floors to entryways and restrooms, keeping things clean is a full-time job. The Solution Enter your quality commercial cleaning service and problem solved. A commercial cleaning service means your restaurant is clean and you become the recipient of repeat business, and new business as a result of the excellent word of mouth advertising your current diners are providing. A quality professional commercial cleaning team will deliver in a number of areas – from the bathroom to the dining room to the entryway – ensuring a deep clean that your patrons will appreciate. When selecting a commercial cleaning team for your restaurant, find a company that does the basics like vacuuming, dusting, wipe downs, and mopping, of course. But in addition, you want a company who goes beyond to get rid of the deep-seated dirt, grime, and odors. Your commercial cleaning team should have the ability to perform specialized services unique to a restaurant’s needs, including: Window Cleaning (seen from the outside, clean windows make a good first impression for your customers) Pressure Cleaning (outside and in, from patios to sidewalks to awnings) Steam Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning (ideal if your entryway has carpet or your booths and chairs feature upholstered details) Vinyl Tile, Stripping and Waxing (your patrons want clean and shiny and a quality service will deliver keeping floors and other vinyl surfaces looking great) Steam Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning (perfect for keeping those bathroom surfaces and restaurant floors in like new condition) While this may sound like something that will cost you a lot of money, consider the money lost if your patrons see your restaurant as dirty and malodorous. A quality commercial cleaning service should provide all this and...

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The Qualities of a Great Commercial Cleaning Team

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

The Qualities of a Great Commercial Cleaning Team

Think about it for a moment. Everywhere you go, you have a preconceived set of expectations you carry with you. Every time you require service at your home, your business, on your vehicle, or with your electronics, there are certain qualities you expect to see in the service technicians as well as specific talents and abilities. For example, when you go into a gas station’s restroom, your expectations may be lower than when you go into the restroom at a five-star restaurant. When you go to the garage for maintenance on your car, you are anticipating a different setting than you would expect at the computer repair store. Everywhere you go, there is a set of expectations, which change depending on the service or product you are seeking. Of course, some expectations do not change. Regardless of whether you are in a five-star restaurant, your local quick market/gas station, at the computer repair shop, or in the garage with your mechanic, there are certain qualities you expect every time. In all likelihood, your expectations include: services to meet your needs, quality and consistency, a trustworthy provider with a solid reputation, a fair price with value, communication, professionalism, and assurance. When it comes to a great commercial cleaning team for your business or organization, you should get all this and more. So, when you are seeking a trusted professional commercial cleaning service, make sure they meet the following criteria and exceed your expectations. Services That Meet Your Needs This not only means they have hours to meet your work environment’s schedule, but also cater to specialized cleaning needs. Most companies offer basic cleaning tasks like vacuuming, dusting, removing trash, replacing liners, and bathroom cleaning, but what if you need more? You want to be sure the commercial cleaning service you engage also offers specialty services including carpet and upholstery cleaning, power washing, window cleaning, stripping and waxing floors, tile cleaning, and more. Quality and Consistency When choosing a commercial cleaning service, you want to know not only that they deliver quality services, but provide those services on a consistent basis – meaning they have a set service plan to meet your specific needs every time. A Solid Reputation Choosing a trustworthy provider with a solid reputation is paramount, after all they are cleaning your offices and other work spaces where you maintain proprietary information. Never hesitate in asking for references and always follow through with speaking to each one. In addition, check internet sources for reputation and ratings by actual clients, noting years in business and experience. A Value-filled Fair Price You want to choose a company that provides value with a fair price – not the cheapest nor the most expensive. The saying, “You get what you pay for” is often very true! A commercial cleaning company should offer your business a free estimate and a pricing proposal based on your needs. Communication As you know, in any business transaction or contractual agreement, communication is key. Choose a company who will be easily available to answer questions and provide needed solutions. Professionalism Professionalism is manifest in appearances – the company itself, the company’s website, the professional cleaning personnel employed, along with the quality service provided. In addition, professionalism means the company is well-equipped for the job you are hiring...

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5 Important Things To Focus On For Office Cleaning in Pompano Beach

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

5 Important Things To Focus On For Office Cleaning in Pompano Beach

Office cleaning in Pompano Beach doesn’t have to be complicated, we make it super simple to have a clean office that employees enjoy working at. Coastal office buildings have unique needs when it comes to full-service cleaning, especially regarding windows. For instance, coastal offices in Pompano Beach tend to have dirtier exterior windows than buildings located more inland simply because high salinity winds produce a buildup of salt on windows. Plus, all those beautiful coastal birds dump a lot of poo on windows and building exteriors. Instead of worrying about how you’re going to keep your office clean, you do your job and let us do ours. Here are some important areas we focus on when cleaning commercial offices in Pompano Beach. #1. Remove Salt from Windows Coastal buildings tend to require more frequent exterior window washing than buildings located further inland. That’s because ocean breezes are laden with salt and these salty winds can travel greater distances than often assumed. Cleaning windows as often as possible is key to preventing a sticky buildup of salt, bird poop, etc. Power washing windows on a regular basis keeps your office looking better and your windows lasting longer. Are you wondering how often your commercial windows need to be power washed? We provide custom window cleaning schedules based upon your needs, granting clean windows year-round without breaking the bank. #2. Regularly Clean High Trafficked Floors No matter what, commercial flooring requires regular cleaning. But, the types of surfaces employees or customers walk across before entering your business impact how dirty floors get and how often they require cleaning. Regular cleaning provides a nice appearance but it also ensures flooring surfaces pass the test of time. High traffic areas are crucial because they get used a lot, plus a lot of people see (and judge) them. Office hallways and entryways should be cleaned on a regular basis and deep cleaned as frequently as once a month. Reception areas, sales floors and anywhere you entertain potential clients should be in tip-top shape to present a good reputation. The hardest thing about cleaning commercial floors is stopping the regular flow of traffic long enough to clean surfaces. That’s why we offer after-hours cleaning; we can get the job done after everyone goes home.  #3. Bathrooms Nasty or unclean bathrooms can lead to poor employee morale. After all, no one wants to go to the restaurant across the street to use the bathroom because the one at work is so far gone. Unmaintained bathrooms can also lead to more employee sick days, which is bad for overall productivity. Long story short, commercial bathrooms are one of the most important areas to clean on a regular basis. Even if a bathroom looks clean, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is clean. Some of the most overlooked germy surfaces in the bathroom include faucets, door handles, and soap dispensers. #4. Break Rooms Sure, potential clients don’t typically enter the break room but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Your employees deserve a clean and comfy place to kick back, relax and enjoy some food before returning to work. If the break room is dirty, the fridge smells, or there are stains on every table, no one is going to want to use the breakroom. #5. Driveways, Parking...

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Post Construction Cleaning Checklist for South Florida Businesses

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

Post Construction Cleaning Checklist for South Florida Businesses

Post-construction cleaning involves removing trash, debris and anything else left behind, as well as cleaning spills, stains, dust, and so forth. It’s not just about making the space look clean, but transforming it into a space that is ready to occupy. Post-construction cleaning requires several different tasks than everyday clean up. Hiring a professional cleaning team is the best way to ensure everything is cleaned up and ready to go. Tidy Team has ample experience with post construction clean up, you can trust us to make any space clean, sanitary and safe for move-in. Here’s a basic post construction cleaning checklist that details some of the most important areas to focus on. Remove Trash & Debris Stray nails, trash from yesterday’s lunch, empty paint cans… the list of random trash and debris found at construction sites goes on and on. It’s crucial that all this junk gets removed and properly disposed of for post-construction cleanup to be considered complete. Not all trash can be tossed in the same bin, certain items need to be carefully disposed of to prevent landfill transmission and pollution. Only after all dirt and debris is removed can the rest of the cleaning continue. Clean Outside the Building Even if construction took place inside that doesn’t mean trash and other issues haven’t spilled outside. Different projects require different levels of exterior cleaning than others. Look at the outside of the building to determine if any cleaning is required. Garages, entry ways and driveways should be cleaned of footprints, stains or other marks left behind by construction crews. Exterior doors and handles should be cleaned of any scuffs or marks as well. Exterior windows may require power washing to remove stubborn stains or debris. Walls, Windows and Ceilings Post construction, interior walls are often laden with scuff marks and other eyesores. All it takes is a ladder sitting up against a wall to create a mark in the paint that requires touch up. Additionally, walls, baseboards, windows and ceilings tend to get coated in dust and dirt throughout construction. Even if windows or walls are new, they might not look so new after being pummeled with dust for weeks on end throughout the construction process. All dusty or grimy surfaces require a deep cleaning so that they shine like new—regardless if they are or not. Counters & Cabinets Countertops as well as cabinets and drawers are likely coated in dust from stray drywall or woodwork. Everything needs to be wiped clean, sanitized and polished to shine. There should be no dust or dirt left behind; post-construction cleaning removes all traces of dust and dirt so that surfaces are clean and ready to use. Air Ducts & HVAC Systems This one is often forgotten because it’s out of site but it’s so important. There’s a good chance that the HVAC system and subsequent air ducts are coated in dust from drywall, woodwork, etc., especially if the AC system was running during construction. If you leave this dust behind, every time the AC turns on it’ll pour more dirt out into the space and create unhealthy and low quality air. Air filters should be replaced after ducts and vents are cleaned. Bathrooms & Other Rooms From bathrooms to bedrooms to offices, every room in a building needs to...

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How To Clean Office Windows Without Streaks

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

How To Clean Office Windows Without Streaks

The number one way to ensure clean office windows with no streaks is to hire the leading commercial window cleaners in Pompano Beach, Tidy Team. We make your office windows shine like new thanks to our unsurpassed window washing skills. When it comes to spot cleaning lower-level or interior windows in between professional cleanings, here are some great tips to get the job done without leaving streaks behind. *For safety reasons, untrained individuals should avoid cleaning exterior windows past the first floor. It can be just as unsafe and ineffective to clean exterior windows by reaching outside of interior windows. #1. The type of water you use can make a big difference.  The content of your water will impact the results of your window cleaning efforts. Hard water or water that contains higher levels of magnesium and calcium is more likely to leave behind streaks or white spots. If you are using water to dilute glass cleaner, you might want to splurge on distilled water and avoid your tap. This will help prevent leaving behind streaky deposits. For larger window cleaning jobs, additional techniques are applied to prevent streaks without going through several cases of bottled water. #2. Combine 1 Part Vinegar + 1 Part Water Get an empty spray bottle and add 50% water with 50% vinegar. That’s all you need for the perfect window cleaning spritzer. Spray or wipe the solution on windows or glass, just as you would any other cleaner, and get to scrubbing. If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, this tip isn’t for you. #3. Work in small sections and avoid spraying large areas at once. The number one most common reason people get streaky windows is because they try to clean too much surface area at once. If you spray too much, your cleaner will start to dry before you get to it, adding more streaks and spots to windows.  Spray small areas at a time so you can wipe it before it dries. This might sound like a slower way to work but it’s actually faster and more productive. #4. Wait until the sun goes down before you clean.  You’ll have even less time to wipe up moisture if the sun is in direct contact with the window you are cleaning. The sun will heat up the cleaner and cause it to dry faster, increasing your chances for streaky windows. #5. Go easy on the soap. If you’re using soap to scrub at stubborn window stains or bird poop, just be careful that you don’t use too much of the foamy stuff. Soap can create a buildup on windows if you use too much or do not thoroughly remove all traces of soap before finishing cleaning windows. #6. Ditch the paper towels for a microfiber cloth.  Paper towels leave behind linty streaks and lines that you can avoid by simply using a squeegee or microfiber cloth. #7. Buff the windows before you consider it a job well done.  Use a clean and dry chamois or microfiber cloth to go back over the window when you are done cleaning. This removes any remaining streaks. #8. Regular commercial window cleaning for the win. The more frequently you clean windows, the less dirt and grime they’ll have time to accumulate, making each cleaning...

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Are You Practicing Proper Office Kitchen Etiquette?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

Are You Practicing Proper Office Kitchen Etiquette?

There’s good reason office kitchen etiquette is so important. The office kitchen can provide a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of work, or it can offer a germ-ridden nightmare that employees strive to avoid. You can guess which type of office kitchen encourages higher morale and happier employees. Every company wants the most brilliant employees who are personally invested in building their brand to the top. To secure top-notch workers, it’s important to provide a top-notch work environment—and that entails a clean office kitchen. No one wants to keep their lunch in a fridge that smells like last week’s tuna and is dotted in mold and crusty stains. Surprisingly, according to numerous research studies, one of the dirtiest places in any office is the kitchen… where employees go to fill their bellies and coffee mugs.  One study by The Healthy Workplace Project found 75% of break room sink faucet handles contained unsanitary levels of contaminants. Their findings were the same for 48% of microwave door handles, 26% of refrigerator door handles, 23% of water fountain buttons, and 21% of vending machine buttons. So, while you might think bathrooms are gross, the office kitchen could potentially be a lot grosser. Thankfully, you can avoid that problem by hiring a professional commercial cleaning service, like Tidy Team. Hiring a professional maid service to clean your office is the best way to ensure even the dirtiest and most neglected areas of the office kitchen are clean. Improve employee morale and reduce employee illnesses in one sweep, contact Tidy Team for a free quote! Proper Office Kitchen Etiquette Anyone that uses the office kitchen should follow the same set of rules. You can improve fluidity by posting the rules on a wall. Some of the most common rules regarding office kitchen etiquette are outlined below. #1. Don’t hog the refrigerator. Refrigerator real estate is a real thing that deserves respect. There’s only so much room in the company fridge and nobody likes a refrigerator hog. It’s common courtesy to only use the fridge to store items that must be kept cold. Keep everything else in a bag or cooler near your desk to free up space for everyone else. #2. Never eat or drink something that doesn’t belong to you. Much worse than the fridge hog is the fridge thief. Eating a yogurt parfait that doesn’t belong to you is stealing, it doesn’t matter how delicious it looks. #3. Label food and drinks you put in the fridge. You can at least try to protect yourself against food thieves by labeling your food with your name. Unlabeled food could be mistaken as free-for-all, but labeled foods, not so much. Jerry, we know you’ve been stealing everyone’s snacks. #4. Don’t leave your food in the work fridge long enough for it to spoil.  No one needs to leave food in the office fridge for more than a day or two, and leaving something in there until it spoils is just plain rude. Rotting fruits and vegetables release ethylene, which causes everything else in the fridge to rot faster.  So not only is it gross, it’s also damaging to your coworkers’ lunches. #5. Clean up after yourself, 100%. Clean every surface, appliance or tool you use in the kitchen before putting it back....

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Cleaning Restaurants to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations & Standards

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

Cleaning Restaurants to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations & Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works to establish and enforce health and safety workplace regulations across a wide variety of industries, including restaurants and other food services. Restaurants are often visited by OSHA inspectors to ensure an establishment is following all rules and regulations. If a restaurant fails to follow all rules and regulations, they may be fined or receive a deadline by which they must address and fix the issue(s). If issues remain unresolved by the deadline, the OSHA has the right to shut down the establishment. At this point, the restaurant owner still has a chance to redeem themselves by fixing the issue and undergoing re-inspection. The OSHA looks for sanitation violations, food handling practices, fire safety, age restrictions and working conditions. As a commercial cleaning service, we are well versed in things the OSHA looks for during inspections regarding cleanliness and sanitation.  Here are Some of the Most Important Areas Restaurants Should Never Overlook. Restaurant Floors According to OSHA regulations, flooring surfaces should be clean and dry to prevent injuries related to slipping and falling. This is especially important in areas near a sink, bar, or other water source. These areas should be equipped with floor drains to prevent pools of water from forming. Rubber mats and raised platforms can help further safeguard employees and patrons from slipping and falling on surfaces prone to moisture accumulation. An inspector will not only look for standing water. They also keep their eyes peeled for loose tiles, holes, gaps in the floor, slants or protruding nails that could potentially harm someone. Grease Stoves Stovetops need to be regularly cleaned and properly set up to reduce the risk of employees getting burned or a fire starting. Grease spills should be cleaned up at the end of each day. The OSHA regards grease spills as a form of “poor housekeeping” that results in a higher risk of injury to employees. Free & Clear Walkways OSHA inspectors are always on the lookout for messy, dirty, or inadequate walkways. Regular cleaning services are adamant to maintaining clean and clear walkways. Even rips in carpets or uneven flooring surfaces may be cited for repairs, as these increase the risk that someone trips and falls. Regular professional cleaning services extend the life of carpets and other flooring surfaces, reducing how often they need to be replaced. Tables, Chairs, & Corners Too There are so many surfaces throughout your restaurant, all of which require proper cleaning techniques and consistent attention to detail. Chairs, booths, tables, menus, and door handles are common areas where dust, germs, and bacteria hide. Cleaning these areas helps promote a professional and tidy appearance, but it also reduces the risk of contamination.  When Cleaning Products Turn Dangerous Cleaning products contain chemicals that can have detrimental effects on human health. If the wrong chemical ends up getting inside of food or beverages, someone could become incredibly ill, or even die. If employees use cleaning products it’s so important that they are properly trained and given the right tools to do so. The OSHA highlights some important factors about cleaning products and the risk of chemical exposures: -The actual chemical properties of a cleaning product -Usage of the product and how/where it is stored -If chemicals splash or spill -If mists, vapors,...

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