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How Clean Are Your Office Bathrooms? The Dirtiest Parts Of The Bathroom

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

How Clean Are Your Office Bathrooms? The Dirtiest Parts Of The Bathroom

Your office bathrooms could be harboring loads of germs that are making employees sick while simultaneously grossing them out. A clean office bathroom not only looks clean but it should pass a rigorous germ test. Sanitary surfaces are defined as having no more than 1,000 bacteria per square inch, which is clean enough to eat off—although, we highly doubt anyone is going to want to eat off the toilet or sink, no matter how clean they are. Regardless if employees are snacking in the bathroom or not, no one wants to use a dirty restroom. Your employees will not remain your employees for long if they are forced to endure a less than sanitary environment in the restroom. OSHA Regulations require all permanent places of employment to offer sanitized bathrooms that are available to employees at all times. Hiring the right commercial cleaning service for the job will keep your bathrooms at peak sanitization. As a result, you reduce the risk of illness and contamination and improve employee moral, health and overall productivity. The Drawbacks To Dirty Office Bathrooms Dirty office bathrooms present a number of unexpected drawbacks, such as: -Increased illness and absence amongst employees. -Decreased employee moral, and higher employee turnover rates. -Customers get a negative impression of your business and the type of work you do. -Decreased opportunities and revenue. It might sound dramatic, perhaps you’re even thinking—BUT IT’S JUST A BATHROOM!—but trust us, bathrooms are so important because everyone uses them every single day. Bathrooms that are not cleaned on a very regular basis are teeming with all types of icky things like Strep, respiratory illnesses, Staph, and other germs and bacteria. Simply using an old mop and bucket to clean up the bathroom is not going to do the trick, especially in bathrooms that get high traffic. You need the right chemicals, tools and procedures to clean all areas, especially areas that are more prone to contamination. What Are The Dirtiest Parts Of Office Bathrooms? You might think the toilet is the dirtiest part of the bathroom, but think again. Your smartphone is likely more germ-ridden than the toilets in your office. That’s not to say the toilet isn’t full of icky germs and bacteria, because it is. Toilets need to be regularly cleaned in every last nook and cranny to prevent the build up of germs and bacteria. Yet, most bacteria cannot survive for very long on the toilet seat’s harsh environment. There are other parts of the bathroom that are much dirtier. For one, toilets toss fecal matter and other icky particles into the air every time they are flushed, spewing bacteria all around surrounding surfaces. That’s why regular cleaning of each stall, and not just the toilets, is so important. Otherwise, you leave behind invisible fecal matter particles populating the floor, bathroom door and so forth. The floor tends to be one of the dirtiest parts of the bathroom, containing more germs and bacteria than you’d ever want to see under a microscope. ABC News had a floor test conducted on their bathrooms and it revealed 2 million bacteria per square inch. The same test in the lady’s restroom at ABC News revealed the sanitary napkin disposal unit contained more germs than any other surface in the bathroom.  Hand blowers can...

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How To Extend The Life Of Commercial Flooring With Janitorial Services

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

How To Extend The Life Of Commercial Flooring With Janitorial Services

Regular janitorial services can actually add years onto the life of your commercial flooring. Installing commercial flooring is no small investment, which is why it’s important to get as much time as possible out of your floors. Without proper cleaning, floors take on a lot of dirt, debris and other damages that cause them to degrade at a faster pace. Read on to learn how janitorial services extend the life of all flooring surfaces.  Quickly Clean Spills To Prevent Stains Regular janitorial services ensure that spills are cleaned up quickly. Spills are sure to happen but you can’t guarantee that anyone is going to properly clean up the spill after it happens. Spills turn into stains when they sit for too long. These stains take away from the appearance of your flooring and can actually become deeply set in and very difficult to remove. As a result, floors start to look worn out and icky, meaning you’ll need to replace them sooner. Janitorial services ensure spills are regularly deep cleaned and removed, preventing deep-set stains from having a chance to develop.  Protect Floors From Moving Heavy Objects When cleaning flooring surfaces you need to move heavy objects, such as furniture, in order to clean the entire space. If you haphazardly drag chairs, couches and tables across the floor you can scratch the surface, create impression marks, and so forth. A professional janitorial service is equipped with the proper tools and techniques to move furniture around without causing any lasting damage. Avoid Damaging Cleaners That Harm Flooring Surfaces Using the wrong types of floor cleaners can cause more damage than good. It’s an easy mistake to make, and one that happens far more often than you might assume. That’s because each flooring surface is unique and therefore requires different cleaners. No two flooring surfaces are the same and they should be cleaned in a specialized manor. For instance, carpeting, wood floors and vinyl tile all require unique cleaning processes and cleaners to get the job done right.  For sensitive surfaces, there are non-abrasive cleaning options that can remove some of the toughest stains. We keep all of the right tools and substances on hand in order to tackle any flooring surface that comes our way. Steam Cleaning Ceramic Tile & Grout Tile is popular because of its long lasting and durable qualities, but that doesn’t mean its immune to everything. Not to mention, tile grout gets very dirty rather quickly. Grout tends to show its age long before the actual tiles start to look worn out. That’s because dirt and debris fall into grout, creating a dull, dingy and off-colored appearance. We use a 700-1000 psi steam cleaning truck mount to remove dirt from tile and grout, leaving floors with a like-new shine. Steam Cleaning For Carpets Carpeted surfaces attract dirt and debris like a magnet, causing issues with everything from the actual appearance of the carpet to office allergies. Carpets can literally start to smell when they get dirty enough, this creates an off-putting atmosphere with negative impacts on employees, customers and potential partners. The risk of employee illness increases if your carpets are leaching smells, or full of allergy-inducing debris. Plus, your entire office or storefront suffers in terms of making a good impression. Our steam cleaning services...

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What Building Owners Need To Know About Sick Building Syndrome

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

What Building Owners Need To Know About Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a term used to define acute health issues, illnesses or discomfort related to spending time in a building. In other words, if someone continually experiences illness, headaches, allergies or other health ailments when they spend time in a certain building, it’s easy to say the building is making the person ill. Who Is Most Likely To Experience SBS? Secretarial and clerical workers are more likely to be impacted by SBS, as managers tend to have better workplace conditions. Women are more likely than men to experience symptoms; this is believed to be because women are more likely to work in secretarial positions. Symptoms are more prevalent in air-conditioned buildings than in naturally ventilated buildings. They are also more common in public sector buildings as opposed to private sector buildings. A World Health Organization (WHO) report dating back to 1984 stated that as much as 30% of new and freshly remodeled buildings may be impacted by poor indoor air quality. In 1986, the WHO coined the term “Sick Building Syndrome.” What Causes Sick Building Syndrome? The causes include faulty heating, AC, ventilation, outgassing of certain building materials, volatile organic compounds, improper ventilation of ozone (produced by some office machinery), certain industrial chemicals and improper cleaning of things like mold. In other words, there are a lot of different things that can lead to sick building syndrome. Workplace stress has been identified as yet another contributor to increased prevalence of sick building syndrome. Yet, more commonly the presence of chemical contaminants, volatile organic compounds and biological contaminants, such as molds, bacteria, pollen and viruses, can all cause SBS. Symptoms Of Sick Building Syndrome -Nausea -Dizziness -Headache -Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat -Dry cough -Itchy, irritated or dry skin -Difficulty concentrating -Cold and flu-like symptoms -Personality changes The WHO has identified a number of common symptoms related to sick building syndrome. Contaminates in the building influence what symptoms people are experiencing. For instance, extrinsic allergic alveolitis has been found to impact people living or working in buildings with fungi and bacteria lurking in moist air. The most common symptoms associated with this type of exposure include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and fever. When workers are exposed to bioaerosols, symptoms range to include: irritation of the nose, eyes and throat, skin irritation, nonspecific hypersensitivity reactions, infectious diseases and odor and taste sensations as well other generalized health problems. The WHO has created broad categories of symptoms including: Mucous membrane irritation (issues impacting the nose, eyes and throat) Neurotoxic effects (headaches, irritability and fatigue) Asthma (this includes asthma-like symptoms such as wheezing and a tightness in the chest) Dry and/or irritated skin and gastrointestinal issues *Potential side effects and symptoms of SBS are not limited to this list.  Common Contributors To Sick Building Syndrome -Chemical contaminants: These can arise from both indoor and outdoor sources. -Biological contaminants: These include pollen, bacteria, fungus, molds and viruses. -Inadequate ventilation: A lack of fresh air and air flow will allow all kinds of chemical, biological and radiation to build up in the air. -Electromagnetic radiation: The electromagnetic radiation released by microwaves, televisions, computers, etc. ionize the air.  -Psychological factors: Too much stress in the workplace. -Poor or too much artificial lighting Unintended Consequences Of Sick Building Syndrome If you...

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The Most Important Office Cleaning Tasks You Never Want To Ignore

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

The Most Important Office Cleaning Tasks You Never Want To Ignore

The air ducts, break room, door handles and windows are some of the most important office cleaning tasks that are all too often overlooked. As a result, offices make people sick, give off a poor impression and create a number of other completely avoidable issues. Tidy Team is here to help you stay on top of all of the most important cleaning tasks so that you can focus on your area of expertise, building up your business.  The Most Important Office Cleaning Tasks In An Office 1. Computers & Other Electronics Did you know that the average keyboard is dirtier than a toilet? So many hands touch electronic devices and as a result they must be disinfected on a regular basis. 2. Air Ducts Air ducts need to be cleaned out on a regular basis to prevent a build up of dust, mold, bacteria and microscopic particles that have the potential to make you and the rest of your office very sick. 3. The Break Room The break room is loaded with bacteria and yet this is where employees come to unwind, relax and eat. The fridge, toaster, coffee machine and countertops all need to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. At the end of every week make sure to clean out the break room fridge to prevent food from going bad and stinking up the place. 4. Furniture & Upholstery Upholstery and furniture offers a nice place for germs, stains and other icky things to hide out. All furniture should be cleaned on a regular basis. It’s not only sanitary, but it’ll help prolong the life of your furniture—a win-win.  5. Door Handles Don’t forget the door handles that everyone touches as they enter and exit different parts of the office. Dirty door handles offer a quick way for illnesses to spread around the office, and next thing you know half of your staff is out of the office with the same flu.  6. Office Phones Kind of like door handles, office phones are nearly impossible to use without touching them. Make sure they are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis to prevent the spread of nasty infections and germs. 7. Windows Windows build up with all kinds of dirt and debris, on both the inside and outside. Dirty windows lead to allergies and other health issues for employees, but it can also cause your business to look less than its best. Regularly power-washing windows is a must for both health reasons and in order to keep up with appearances. Ask us about setting up a personalized schedule to ensure your windows are always clean! 8. Cleaning Your Cleaning Tools Using dirty cleaning tools is a big no-no, that is unless you want to scrub and scrub for no reason at all. After using a sponge to wipe down your countertops you want to clean it before moving on to your next mission. Otherwise you end up spreading the same germs all over the place. Cook the sponge in the microwave for a few seconds to bake off those icky germs. 9. Vacuuming You can never vacuum too much. Using the right vacuum can suck up over 99% of particles that will otherwise get kicked up into the air, decrease air quality and contribute...

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What Is The Difference Between Power Washing & Pressure Cleaning?

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

What Is The Difference Between Power Washing & Pressure Cleaning?

Power washing and pressure cleaning are similar tactics used to deep clean dirty surfaces. While they are often confused as one in the same, they are unique processes that should be used at different times depending on the task at hand. What Is Power Washing? Power washing is defined as a method of cleaning that involves high-powered hot water that comes out in evenly abrasive intensities. The actual water temperature determines if a job is technically considered “power washing” or not. There is a temperature gauge on power washing machines in order to achieve the exact temperature necessary. Pair heat with intensity and even the most stubborn stains and substances can be blown off into oblivion. Power washers are great at tackling weeds, mold, moss or anything else that is difficult to remove or in large quantities. What Is Pressure Washing? Albeit similar, pressure washing is more concerned with water pressure as opposed to water temperature. Most pressure washing machines do not include a heat gauge to maintain water temperature. Instead, the design of the machine is focused on intense water pressure. Pressure washing is used for a wide variety of surfaces including walkways, patios, roofs and more. Pressure Washing Vs. Power Washing: It All Boils Down To Temperature The main defining difference between pressure washing and power washing is the temperature of the water. Pressure washers rely on water of any temperature while power washers rely only on hot water, never cold water. To simplify things, many people simply refer to power washers as hot water pressure washers. Signs Your Building Needs Pressure Or Power Washing A clean building is going to appeal to customers, employees and future business partners. That’s why regular power and pressure washing services are necessary for businesses of all types and sizes. When was the last time your building, roof, windows or parking lot were deep cleaned? Some signs the chore is long past due include… -There are streaks on the roof that are unrelated to dirt or leaves. In most cases, an aggressive algae eating away at the roof’s limestone causes these streaks. This will eventually damage the entire roof. Other signs of mold or mildew growth and other hazardous substances should also be treated with power washing techniques. -A dark and dingy roof can actually increase electricity bills. A white roof is more energy efficient because it bounces heat off of it. Dark roofs do the exact opposite, absorbing heat and letting it right in. You can help lighten your roof, and energy bills, by power washing all of the dirt and debris away. -You notice dirty sidewalks, concrete, parking lot pavement, etc. Power washing will transform worn down and dirty surfaces to like new again. -Overflowing gutters need to be washed out so that they can function properly, as well as to remove any algae growth. -Do you see any dust coating the windows and exterior walls of your business? If this dust is visible from the street it sets a bad impression your business wants to avoid in order to attract customers and maintain high employee moral. -There are large oil stains in the parking lot, garage, shop, etc. -You see cobwebs and spider webs growing up in high corners of the building. -A build up of tough to...

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5 Signs Your Office Is Making You Sick

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

5 Signs Your Office Is Making You Sick

Employees in all occupations, from healthcare facilities to manufacturing jobs, can fall ill due to poor indoor air quality, mold and other cleanliness issues. In fact, hiring a reputable cleaning service can drastically reduce employee health issues. Workplace cleanliness issues create billions of lost dollars every year due to sick workers and decreased productivity. Here are some common signs your office is making you or your employees sick. 1. Cross-Contamination—The Domino Effect If one employee gets sick and slowly the entire office is impacted, cleanliness needs to get kicked up a notch. The cost of sick days can really add up, totaling around $1,700 per employee every year. If a sick employee touches something that is not cleaned shortly thereafter, the next person that comes along and touches the surface will get sick and so forth. If the office is regularly cleaned at the end of the workday the risk of cross contamination decreases considerably. It’s impossible to avoid all incidents of contamination, but it’s a lot less of a crutch to encounter 2 or 3 sick employees in one week as opposed to half of the office staff. Many cleaning crews ignore crucial germ hotspots like door handles or the break room fridge. As a result employees still get sick, even when an office is doing their part to keep things clean. Tidy Team never cuts corners and focuses on the areas most prone to germ accumulation and the spread of illnesses.  2. There’s A Decrease In Workplace Productivity If workplace productivity is on the decline there’s always the risk the reason relates to a messy and unkempt office. Vast amounts of research have shown that a clean workplace increases employee productivity. When things are messy or disorganized it’s very distracting, and actually causes employees to get less done and even slack off. Some employees may even take the time to clean up instead of focusing on more important work. Take a tour of the office, taking note of any cluttered, dusty or otherwise dirty locations. If it’s easy to pinpoint the mess, it’s time to hire an experienced cleaning team to get your productivity back on track. 3. Discreet Locations Are Swarming With Filth Your office may appear clean at first glance but if you take a closer look in corners of windows and walls, behind sinks and toilets or in the break room fridge–what do you find? It’s these tight discreet places where germs, bacteria and mold hide, making people sick. If there is a lot of dust, mold, or other build-ups it’s time to hire a professional cleaning time. Even if it’s hard to notice these dirty areas they still have the potential to make people in the workplace very sick. Small patches of mold or big dust bunnies also decrease air quality, which contributes to a great deal of illnesses every year. 4. You Feel Better After A Workplace Vacation If you notice a decrease in symptoms after taking a break from the workplace it’s a clear sign that something in the office is making you sick. 5. Odd Workplace Odors Musty or otherwise unpleasant workplace odors may cause nausea, fever, cough, headaches and a variety of other symptoms. Workplace odors should not be ignored as many potentially dangerous things can cause them. Common...

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How Often Do You Need Commercial Window Cleaning Services?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

How Often Do You Need Commercial Window Cleaning Services?

Location, landscaping, weather and type of business all help to determine how often commercial windows require cleaning. Dirty, dusty, stained, or debris-littered windows give off the impression that a business is not doing well or simply doesn’t care. You don’t want to give off either impression, which is why it’s so important to keep up with regular cleaning tasks as needed. Tidy Team doesn’t prescribe the same window-cleaning schedule to every business.  Instead, we create specially designed schedules meant to work with your exact needs in order to keep your business making the best impressions all year long. Weather & Location There is no set time frame for how often you should have your windows cleaned. Instead, it has a lot to do with where your business is located and how long it takes for windows to start showing signs of wear and tear. For instance, businesses located near highways or busy streets are going to get dirtier faster than suburban locations with less roadside traffic. If surrounding landscaping includes lots of tall trees that drop sap, leaves and other debris windows are going to get dirtier faster. Weather influences frequency, for instance if it rains more than usual you may need more frequent window washing to remove mineral deposits left by the water. Contrary to popular belief, rain does not clean your windows. Instead it makes them dirtier.  If it is raining the day you’re scheduled for window cleaning we can always reschedule. Or, since it doesn’t typically rain all day, we can start with interior windows and wait for the rain to clear up.  Business Type Matters Depending what type of business you operate, suggested guidelines for window-washing frequency varies. Office buildings are generally cleaned both inside and out about two times per year, or once every six months. Certain parts of the building need more frequent window cleaning, such as lobbies. Lobbies and any other popular gathering spaces speak volumes about your business and make a strong impression. Windows in these areas should be cleaned more frequently, about once a month or once every other month. Restaurants need frequent cleaning because of all of the moisture and grease that circulates through the air day in and day out. Windows must be cleaned inside and out, typically around once every 2 weeks. Grimy, dirty windows covered in fingerprints are going to turn people off to your establishment. You might be surprised how many negative reviews on Yelp and other sites mention things like dirty windows.  Retail stores should be cleaned about once a month. The same guidelines can be considered for other stores that get fairly heavy foot traffic. Healthcare facilities should be cleaned at least once a month. It’s incredibly important that all clinics, hospitals and physicians’ offices maintain a top-notch clean and sterile appearance. The Importance Of Professional Window Cleaning Services Windows tell a story about a business, clean looking windows show that you maintain a professional identity. This helps build trust with the community, business partners and patrons, whole also improving workplace moral. After all, employees prefer to work in clean environments. Dirty windows became full of mold, dust and allergy-inducing debris that make employees sick and less productive. Not just anyone can clean windows with the same attention to detail and long-lasting results...

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The Most Important Industrial Cleaning Services

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

The Most Important Industrial Cleaning Services

Industrial cleaning services ensure your business remains free of mold and mildew, and provides a safe environment for employees and customers. Manufacturing plants, warehouses and other industrial facilities require great attention to detail when it comes to professional cleaning services. An experienced cleaning team knows how to handle and best clean a wide variety of industrial settings, equipment and surfaces. Common Industrial Cleaning Services Power Washing Power washing is easily one of the most highly sought after industrial cleaning services. It’s a great tool for cleaning concrete, asphalt and other common materials used in industrial workplace settings. Power washing can remove mold and mildew as well as tough stains from tile, grout and other hard-to-clean surfaces.  There are two types of pressure washing, high-pressure and ultra high-pressure washing. High-pressure washing is anything between 25 and 250 bar, while ultra high-pressure washing is anything over 350 bar. A professional cleaning team knows exactly what each surface needs, preventing the possibility for damage or inadequate cleaning. Carpet Cleaning No matter how much you vacuum or spot-clean there’s no replacement for a thorough carpet cleaning. Industrial settings with carpeting tend to get dirty really fast and often build up layers of potentially toxic debris. As a result, carpet cleaning is a very popular cleaning service we are proud to provide. There are three types of soils that build up on carpeting: organic, inorganic and combination. Organic soils include things like motor oil, yeast, bacteria, grease and mold. Inorganic materials include rust, hard water deposits and minerals like silt, clay and sand. Combination is the hardest to remove because it contains both organic and inorganic compounds. In most cases it requires a concentrated cleanser that includes a solvent. Other Flooring Surfaces Carpets are far from the only flooring surfaces we routinely clean. Everything from concrete to wood to tile requires special equipment and attention to detail in order to properly clean and maintain. Remember, the more frequently you keep up with routine maintenance cleaning the longer surfaces last, postponing how frequently you have to rip up and replace flooring.  Window Cleaning If your plant, warehouse or other industrial workplace has windows they need regular cleaning in order to prevent an unsightly appearance and unhealthy workplace. Window cleaning entails special tools, equipment and skills that only a professional company can provide. Equipment Cleaning Services may also extend to the cleaning of certain industrial equipment. Industrial facilities often include equipment such as blenders, bins, holding tanks, vacuum systems and tanks with agitators, all of which require adequate knowledge and tools to properly clean. Keeping up with overall cleanliness of equipment reduces the risk for outbreaks and keeps machinery operating at peak efficiency. 4 Important Reasons Every Industrial Business Needs Professional Cleaning Services 1. Reduce Risk For Outbreaks An outbreak at your plant or facility could result in closing up shop while matters are resolved. A professional industrial cleaning service greatly reduces your risks by meeting all cleaning needs on a regular bases. As a result, you avoid large-scale issues related to multiplying mold, mildew, Staph, bacteria and viruses. When your workplace is healthy your employees are less likely to get sick and as a result more reliable. 2. Leave The Cleaning To The Experts You focus on improving and growing your business and let us...

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The 10 Dirtiest Surfaces In Every Restaurant May Surprise You

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

The 10 Dirtiest Surfaces In Every Restaurant May Surprise You

The public expects restaurants to be clean. Unfortunately, the truth is that most are loaded with bacteria that could make patrons sick and potentially even shut a restaurant down. The cleanest stuff tends to be the dishes, silverware and glasses because they run through a hot dishwasher after each use. Still, one study found that the rims of glasses are often loaded with germs because waiters tend to grab the rim of the glass, as a result getting germs everywhere. With proper coaching this can easily be avoided. Much worse are restaurant tables, booths, floors and bathrooms, which tend to be the dirtiest of all. This is where the need for regular professional cleaning services comes into play. Without proper cleaning these spaces become overwhelmingly polluted with germs and bacteria that can make customers and employees sick. Dirtiest Surfaces Commonly Found In Restaurants 1. Toilets Toilets need to be cleaned on a daily basis in public restaurants because they are germ magnets. One study uncovered 295 unique bacteria hanging out on every square inch of the toilet seat. Inside the actual toilet bowl lurk 3.2 million germs per square inch. 2. Bathroom Floors The floors in public bathrooms are among the dirtiest and most contaminated spaces on the planet. The average public restroom floor is infested with around 2 million bacteria per square inch. 3. Ice Ice goes in sodas, waters, and even certain cocktails. It’s pretty difficult to go to a restaurant and avoid ice. Yet, the frightening truth is that ice is FULL of bacteria. One investigation that looked into fast food restaurants around the US found that 70% of ice machines are swarming with more bacteria than toilet water—no one wants to cheers to that! 4. Seats The seats people sit on to enjoy a good meal are full of icky things. An investigative study by ABC News’ Elisabeth Leamy found that 70% of restaurant chairs are covered in as many as 17 strains of bacteria, including E. coli—which can make you really sick. Customers come and go, sitting in these chairs and leaving all kinds of bacteria behind. Restaurants that do not employ an experienced cleaning team are at risk for improperly and irregularly cleaned seating. 5. Tables Restaurant tables are crawling with germs. Many restaurants rely on dirty rags covered in invisible bacteria to wipe off tables after each guest. All this does is add more germs to the equation. 6. Salt & Pepper Shakers Condiments that sit on the table, such as salt, pepper and ketchup, are covered in bacteria. 7. Menus Restaurant menus should be laminated and cleaned on a daily basis. Paper menus are next to impossible to clean and as a result covered in countless germs. Good Morning America tested menus at 12 different restaurants to see how clean or dirty they were. Turns out, the average menu contains 185,000 bacteria. While ABC News’ Elisabeth Leamy uncovered menus with bacteria that causes staph infections as well as germs that cause strep throat. 8. Doorknobs Most restaurants clean bathroom doorknobs once daily, but by the end of the day these doorknobs are loaded with germs once again. The main door handle is even worse than the bathroom handle. 9. Salad Bar Tongs Salad bar tongs might not be as bad as...

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How Often Do You Need Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

How Often Do You Need Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services?

Commercial carpets play host to a world of nasty bacteria that build up at astonishingly fast rates. How frequently your commercial carpets need to be professionally cleaned depends on traffic levels, type of carpeting, exposures and more. The average residential carpet is crawling with as many as 200,000 germs per square inch—you can multiply that number by 100 when dealing with a commercial establishment thanks to the additional foot traffic and exposures it gets. The average carpet is 4,000 times more contaminated than a toilet… yet toilets are cleaned on a regular basis. How Often Does Your Business Need Commercial Carpet Cleaning? Commercial carpets should be cleaned on a very regular basis to avoid a build up of bacteria, mold and debris. Many problems can arise without regular care, including making employees or customers sick because of allergens and other pollutants in the carpet. The amount of wear and tear your carpets get play a huge role in how often they need to be cleaned. The more foot traffic your carpeting gets, the more cleaning it requires. Different types of dirt can be more potent than others; this depends on where your business is located and what sort of services you offer.  Are any oils brought in from car exhaust or attached factories? What about chemicals used in certain manufacturing plants or surrounding grass? Sand from parking lots and some production facilities can also contribute to the need for more frequent cleaning. Aside from the nature of your business, it’s important to consider the quality and coloring of carpets as well. Light colored carpets are going to need more frequent cleaning to prevent stubborn stains from developing. Another thing to consider is the climate your business is located in. For instance, if it’s been raining a lot people are going to bring in moisture and unwanted debris that will flourish a colony of bacteria in your carpets. Taking all of these things into consideration, commercial carpet cleaning should take place once every couple months to once every 18 months. Businesses that require more frequent carpet cleaning: Daycare facilities Nursing homes Medical facilities Retail stores Restaurants By cleaning carpets regularly you greatly help extend the life span of flooring, ultimately saving time, money and resources. It’s not cheap to rip up carpets and put in all new carpeting. It’s always more affordable to have carpets cleaned on a regular basis.  Tidy Team is happy to assess your business and carpets in order to provide a realistic cleaning schedule. Common Bacteria Found In Carpets Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: This type of bacteria is especially common in gyms or anywhere sweat has a chance to build up. Even if someone walks in with sweat on his or her shoes it can transmit onto the carpet. Campylobacter: This strain is particularly potent during the winter. It can actually cause campylobacteriosis, a potentially life threatening disease. Norovirus: This pesky virus can survive on carpets for 4-6 weeks and becomes airborne when people walk on the carpet and stir it up. Fungi & Mold: Many types of fungi and mold grow in dirty carpets and can lead to serious allergies and even death. These are not the only bacteria that thrive in carpeting; Micrococcus, Enterocci and many others can as well. It isn’t just bacteria that...

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