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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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Did You Know That Your Office Desk is Dirtier Than a Public Toilet Seat?

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

Did You Know That Your Office Desk is Dirtier Than a Public Toilet Seat?

The average office desk is covered in over 10,000,000 bacteria, that’s 400 times the bacteria living on the average toilet seat. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to beat the bacteria and maintain a clean work desk. You look down and see your desk, plain and simple. Yet, if you had superpower vision, or a microscope, you’d see an entire universe of itty-bitty bugs crawling across your desk, keyboard, mouse pad and so forth. A Closer Look at the Study That Determined Just How Dirty Your Desk Is Germ expert Dr. Charles Gerba conducted a study out of the University of Arizona, in which he and his team identified the dirtiest office surfaces. It’s not just your desk that’s disgusting, other germ-laden office hot spots include microwave handles, water fountain handles, phones, and keyboards. The spot right where you rest your hand on your desk is one of the worst in terms of bacteria per square inch. The study involved separating office workers into two different groups. One group was instructed to use sanitizing wipes to clean their phones, computers and desk surfaces. The other group was instructed to not clean their desks. Just 2 days after starting the experiment, the cleaning group had 99.9% lower bacteria levels than the non-cleaning group. The study focused on a variety of industries, office locations, surfaces, and environments. Researchers collected 7,000 samples from private offices, cubicles, and common work areas in San Francisco, Tampa, Tucson, and New York. Regardless of state or office type, the results were the same, office desks are disgusting! So how can you reduce bacteria living on your desk? Here are 7 Tips to Score a Cleaner Desk in No Time   #1. Hire Tidy Team for Superior Office Cleaning Services We are the number one trusted name for commercial office cleaning services in South Florida. We clean for a wide variety of industries and provide the deepest level clean every time. Work with us to create a custom cleaning schedule that fits your needs and budget. Contact us today to learn more! #2. Invest in a Keyboard Vacuum or Dust Off 16 million microbes reside in your keyboard. Not to mention, the common cold can survive on you keyboard for 2 full days. To complicate matters, keyboards are not easy to clean. There are so many tiny crevices for bacteria, dust, and food particles to fall and take refuge. Take your keyboard outside on a regular basis to clean it out using dust off or a keyboard vacuum. Use sanitizing wipes afterwards to kill additional bacteria and germs.  #3.  Don’t Forget to Clean Your Mouse Pad You rest your hand on your computer mouse for much of the day, so don’t forget to take it out for a cleaning along with your keyboard.  Use sanitizing wipes to kill leftover bacteria clinging to your mousepad. #4. Clean Your Cell Phone Your cell phone is the mother of all bacteria hoarders. Even if you regularly clean your desk, your phone can continue to contaminate your hands, face, and workspace. Clean your phone with sanitizing electronic wipes daily to further reduce the spread of bacteria. #5. Regularly Clean Out & Sanitize Your Desk Drawers You might be surprised to learn that your dark and closed off desk drawers...

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The 5 Dirtiest Places In Your Office Could Be Harming Your Health

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

The 5 Dirtiest Places In Your Office Could Be Harming Your Health

A 2012 study found that some of the most unexpected surfaces in the workplace are loaded with harmful germs and bacteria. Vending machine buttons and microwave handles are two of the worst culprits of all, creeping and crawling with loads of microscopic monsters. The study involved hygienists from Kimberly-Clark’s Healthy Workplace Project swabbing over 5,000 surfaces at a variety of office locations. They swabbed law offices, insurance companies, manufacturing plants, call centers and health care facilities. Researchers then took all of these swabs to the lab and analyzed them for adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is a molecule found in all forms of animal, vegetable, mold, and yeast cells. The higher ATP found on a surface, the greater the likelihood it is covered in viruses and germs that could make someone sick. Any surface that reads over 100 is in serious need of disinfecting, and any surface over 300 is so dirty it has the potential to make workers very ill. The study identified 6 places that superseded all other surfaces in terms of ATP content and overall dirtiness. While people are leery of bacteria lurking in bathrooms or on toilet seats, they often view things like the breakroom microwave as a safe space. You might not think to wash your hands after touching the microwave, but you’d wash your hands after touching the toilet. In other words, the microwave presents a greater danger because people aren’t aware of it. And the “winners” of the dirtiest office spaces are… #1. 75% of sink faucet handles were the dirtiest spot in the office. #2. 48% of microwave door handles were the dirtiest spot in the office. #3. 27% of keyboards were laden with more bacteria than you’d ever want to see under a microscope. #4. 23% of water fountain buttons were covered in invisible filth. #5. 21% of vending machine buttons took the cake in terms of dirtiness. The Value In Hiring A Commercial Cleaning Company There’s no way to avoid germs 100% of the time and you wouldn’t even want to, some exposure to germs is good for you. That doesn’t mean you should live and work in filth. A clean and sanitized workplace can reduce employee exposure to the stomach flu by as much as 80%. It’s important to regularly clean and sanitize the office in order to reduce the number of sick days employees take. Hiring a professional cleaning service is the best way to ensure your office remains clean throughout the work week. We can put you on a plan that fits your needs in terms of time of cleaning and frequency. Commercial cleaning services virtually pay for themselves by generating greater productivity and higher employee morale. For one, when employees are exposed to fewer germs and bacteria they get sick less often and miss fewer days of work. Plus, when employees work in a clean environment they tend to feel better, experience a reduction in allergies, and are therefore more productive. On the other hand, productivity is sure to suffer if your office is dirty and employees are not feeling their best as a result. Other Ways To Improve Office Cleanliness -Install hand sanitizers around the office, especially near doors so that employees can sanitize their hands before going to a different part of the office....

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Top Tips For Successful End Of Tenancy Cleaning

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

Top Tips For Successful End Of Tenancy Cleaning

There are a number of components involved in successful end of tenancy cleaning. Landlords look for many different things when they go through the inspection process. Dirty carpets, a couple stained burners, or the smell of smoke can all lead to steep cleaning fees, which means you get back less (or none) of your deposit. Not only could you lose your entire deposit, but you could be billed for additional costs. In order to get back your full deposit, the place needs to look just like it did when you moved in. Tidy Team specializes in end of tenancy cleaning. We know all of the most important spots to focus on, from removing bad odors to deep cleaning carpet stains. The Most Important Areas To Focus On Some of the most important areas to focus on include: Kitchens: From the floors to the ceilings to the burners on the stove, everything needs to be cleaned to perfection. Make sure to wipe down cabinets on the outsides and insides, the same goes for your refrigerator, microwave, oven and any other appliances. Don’t forget about the burners on your stovetop, which can get really caked up with filth over time. You can buy replacements at your local Home Depot for a few bucks each, or try soaking burners overnight and then scrubbing them clean the following morning. Bathrooms: Bathrooms accumulate all kinds of germs, bacteria and scum stains. Removing hard water build up as well as calcium and limestone deposits is key to making your bathroom(s) look like new. Windows & Walls: From the windows to the walls, make sure everything is scrubbed and wiped down in order to remove stains, grease buildup and so forth. Clean windows on the inside and outside if possible. Higher story windows may require professional cleaning services. We are more than happy to add exterior window cleaning to your end of tenancy cleaning services. Upholstery & Carpeting: Sofas, carpeting and anything made of fabrics or materials that absorb smells and stains more readily require careful cleaning and disinfecting. We offer all of the following tenant move out cleaning services, plus more: -Mop floors, we also specialize in resurfacing and waxing floors -Vacuum and/or steam clean carpets -Remove any spots or scuffs from walls or other surfaces -Dust every last inch, including hard to reach places, insides of window sills, ceiling fans, baseboards, etc. -Complete kitchen cleaning -Complete bathroom cleaning -Dust and spot clean light fixtures and power points -Clean mirrors, remove all spots and smudges -Remove cobwebs -Polish taps -Deodorize the entire business or residence All of our services can be personalized to fit your exact needs. How To Get Rid Of Tenant Odors Foul odors can be caused by anything from cats to smoke, and removing them can present a number of challenges. Thankfully, with the right tricks up your sleeve there are ways to successfully remove odors and reveal a fresh smelling place that people actually want to move into. There are a number of things you can do to help remove bad household odors. For one, remove all furniture and accents from the space to seek out the source of the smell. Open up all of the windows and let in plenty of fresh air to get rid of stale and funky...

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How Often Should Your Commercial Kitchen Be Professionally Cleaned?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

How Often Should Your Commercial Kitchen Be Professionally Cleaned?

The average commercial kitchen requires daily cleaning and regular deep cleaning, as often as once a week. There are no excuses when it comes to keeping a clean commercial kitchen, in fact unsanitary kitchens are at risk for being shut down and heavily fined. A dirty kitchen presents a big risk to your customers, who could fall ill from foodborne illnesses due to kitchen sanitation issues. A dirty kitchen is also at a greater risk of fire. By hiring a professional cleaning service for your commercial kitchen, you greatly reduce the risk for all of the above. Plus, we can work around your busy schedule so that cleaning doesn’t interfere with your hours of operation. How often you hire a professional cleaning service is up to you, as each restaurant has a different method for tackling kitchen cleanliness. Some kitchens tear everything done and clean top to bottom more than once a day. Other kitchens let things get out of hand and as a result, often end up with steep fines and even the looming possibility of having to shut down shop. Some restaurants opt for professional cleaning just a few times per year to prepare for insurance and health inspections or to limit the risk of kitchen fires. These cleanings are extremely important leading up to inspections performed by the National Fire Protection Association and the Federal Food and Drug Administration. We can provide quarterly, monthly or even weekly cleaning services, providing the deep clean your commercial kitchen needs to stay safe and within legal parameters. What Do Professional Kitchen Cleaning Services Include? There are certain cleaning methods only a professional service should provide to deep clean commercial kitchens. For instance, pressure washers are often used to clean and sanitize kitchens, effectively removing built-up dirt and grime from every surface and corner. Professional commercial kitchen cleaning offers a wide variety of services you can take advantage of, including: -Emptying and cleaning out grease traps (a huge fire hazard when left ignored). -Deep cleaning and removing grease from kitchen hoods and exhaust fans (yet another potential fire hazard). -Deep cleaning floor mats and flooring surfaces -Deep cleaning walls, ceilings and floors -Deep cleaning appliances and all kitchen equipment -Replacing filters as needed -Refilling and replacing soap and chemical dispensers -Cleaning and disinfecting sinks, countertops and other work surfaces What About Kitchen Exhaust Systems? How often do kitchen exhaust systems need to be cleaned? This is a common question with more than one answer. In order to be considered technically “clean,” exhaust systems must be cleaned down to bare metal. If cleaning is neglected for a period of time, it might take several cleanings in order to get it back down to bare metal. The NFPA-96 section 11.6.2 reads: “Hoods, grease removal devices, fans, ducts, and other appurtenances shall be cleaned to remove combustible contaminants prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge.” The owner of the establishment is responsible for the cleanliness of the kitchen exhaust system unless otherwise specified in a contract, in which case the management company or other party might be in charge of this task. Kitchen exhaust systems should be cleaned as frequently as once a month for high-volume fuel cooking operations, and once a year for low-volume cooking operations—think camps, churches...

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9 Common Mistakes Made When Stripping & Waxing Commercial Floors

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

9 Common Mistakes Made When Stripping & Waxing Commercial Floors

Stripping and waxing commercial floors should maintain longer lasting surfaces, but a few common mistakes can cause the opposite to occur. First and foremost, stripping and waxing floors is a learned skill. When people attempt to tackle the task for the first time without any proper training or experience, it’s super easy to make mistakes. Many of the most common mistakes, albeit seemingly small, are large enough to create serious issues for your floors. That’s why hiring a professional commercial cleaning company can make all of the difference in the final outcome and longevity of your floors. #1. Not Waxing Enough It’s common for businesses to have floors waxed and then assume they don’t need to do it again for a long time. Any surfaces that get a lot of traffic are going to need waxing on a regular basis. The wax intended to protect your flooring surfaces breaks down rather quickly under the pressure of heavy traffic. Even if the floor appears fine, that doesn’t mean wax hasn’t already broken down or dirt hasn’t wedged its way through the pores of the floor. Floors should be stripped and waxed on a regular basis in order to prevent damages from developing. Floors should be stripped biweekly, monthly or bimonthly depending on the amount of traffic your building receives. If you are dealing with a large space, it might make more sense to take care of stripping and waxing in rotating cycles. Not sure how often your commercial floors should be stripped and waxed? We are happy to help you create the right schedule for floor cleaning with just a few simple questions. #2.  Using The Wrong Equipment Equipment should be in top-notch shape in order to do the job just right. If the machine isn’t running correctly, is running at high RPMs, or is old and outdated, it could create issues that actually damage the floors you are aiming to protect. We vow to use high quality, updated equipment that is proven effective on your surfaces. #3. Not Taking Flooring Type Into Consideration Different types of flooring surfaces require unique treatments when stripping and waxing is involved. The same equipment and chemicals used to clean a VCT floor are not the same as the chemicals and equipment preferred for stone floor surfaces. A familiarity with different flooring surfaces and what they require is fundamental to success. #4. Using Harsh Chemicals Harsh chemicals will strip remaining wax right off, and then start damaging the fragile tile surfaces beneath. Harsh chemicals can damage granite, marble and even heavy-duty linoleum tile. It’s so important to use chemicals that are safe on surfaces but still effective enough to get the job done. Another common mistake that relates to this is failing to dilute the stripper, therefore applying a more potent chemical than intended. #5. Not Having The Right Equipment On Hand You start the job only to realize you don’t have all of the equipment necessary to complete the job. There is more equipment required for the job than often assumed, such as a defoamer with a wet/dry vacuum. As a result, you could end up with half-finished surfaces that are more prone to damage while you await the arrival of equipment needed to finish the job. #6.  Forgetting To Put Up Safety...

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