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How To Clean Dusty Carpets & Help Prevent Allergies

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

How To Clean Dusty Carpets & Help Prevent Allergies

Dusty carpets create a whirlwind of issues including poor appearances, quicker degradation of carpets and even the production of allergies. Luckily, there are a few ways you can clean dusty carpets so that they look like new.  Dust sounds harmless but when it builds up in your carpets it is anything but. Dusty carpets look dull and dingy, plus they contribute to allergies. None of these things are good for your business or the people that work there. Professional carpet cleaning services provide the most efficient way to clean dusty carpets. Vacuuming alone does not disinfect carpets, nor does it remove all of the dust trapped in the thick layers of fibers. There’s good reason most carpet companies require you to have your carpets professionally cleaned once every 12 to 14 months in order to keep your warranty valid. Even steam cleaning your carpets on your own does not provide the same level of cleaning as professional tools and techniques. What’s In Your Carpets? Your carpets are home to so many disgusting things the human can’t see. For starters, humans shed a total of 1 million or more skin cells every single HOUR. Over time, these skin cells settle in with airborne dust (soil particles), amounting to pounds upon pounds of waste soiling your carpets. This equates to an entire world of microscopic creatures that live, breathe and thrive beneath your feet. A multitude of studies have found carpets commonly contain E-coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and several other illnesses. How Often Do Carpets Need Professional Cleaning? Allergy-free housekeeping expert Robin Wilson explains that indoor air quality can be 8-10 times worse if you do not take the proper steps to clean carpets and drapes. Wilson recommends having your carpets professionally cleaned more often than you think they need it. If you are trying to maintain a dust-free space, you may want to have your carpets cleaned as often as once every 6 months. For very dusty spaces, or if animals frequent a location, carpets can be cleaned as often as once every six weeks. Even if you do not have allergies, you can develop them if you are repeatedly exposed to certain allergens over a period of time. If you work in an environment that has a lot of allergens floating in the air (caused by unclean carpets) you can develop serious health consequences that impact your ability to continue working at that location. I Have My Own Steam Cleaner For Carpets, Will That Work? Steam is the only thing capable of pulling dust out of your carpets. Although, steam cleaning on your own is highly advised against. Inexperienced use of a steam cleaner can easily result in the development of mold. Carpet installers often remove old carpeting and find mold growth related to the use of improper steam cleaning techniques. Mold can make you and your employees very sick, even sicker than dust can.  How Often Should I Vacuum Commercial Carpets? In between professional steam cleanings, carpets need to be regularly vacuumed. While vacuuming does nothing to disinfect floors, it does remove a lot of debris that would otherwise build up very quickly. The more often your carpets are vacuumed, the less opportunity dust and debris have to burrow deep into the layers of your carpet, becoming much more...

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Move Out Cleaning: The Most Important Tasks You Don’t Want To Forget

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

Move Out Cleaning: The Most Important Tasks You Don’t Want To Forget

When you move into a new residential or commercial space you put down a deposit, but you won’t get that deposit back in full if you don’t complete the most fundamental move out cleaning tasks. Depending on the state of the building when you move out, you will get a certain percentage of your deposit back. If the place looks any different than when you moved in, you could be charged a hefty sum in cleaning fees or other fees, which comes directly out of your deposit. A simple cleaning job that should cost $300 could end up costing you $500+. Unless you take care of the cleaning yourself, you are at the mercy of your landlord and whatever they want to charge you. Don’t give them the opportunity to withhold more of your deposit than they deserve. You can take care of the most important move-out cleaning tasks before the final walk-through. Tidy Team has ample experience deep cleaning residential and commercial move outs, helping our customers secure as much of their deposit as possible. Move-Out Cleaning Checklists Start the process by making a checklist that details all areas that need to get cleaned. If you ask, many landlords will provide you with a cleaning checklist to work off of so that you don’t miss any of the spots they are personally looking for. Some of the most common things you’ll find on move-out cleaning checklists include: -Remove nails and screws from the walls and cover the holes left behind with some type of putty. -Dust ceiling fans, lighting fixtures and so forth. -Dust all ledges, baseboards and other wall accents. -Thoroughly clean the windows, both inside and out. Bonus perk: We offer exterior window cleaning services so that you don’t risk your life getting those fifth story windows clean. -Wipe clean all door handles and the actual doors—they accumulate a lot of dust in a very short amount of time. -Clean the walls and remove any scuffs, cobwebs, etc. -Clean all flooring surfaces with a vacuum and mop. You might need to use more extensive methods too, such as steam cleaning carpets or tile floors. The Bathrooms -Remove any soap scum stains from tiles. -Bleach grout so that it shines like new. -Clean the toilets, sinks, countertops and floors in the bathroom. -Clean the mirrors and remove any streaks or blemishes. -If the exhaust fan is very dirty you may want to vacuum it out. The Kitchen/Break Room -Remove everything from cabinets and drawers. Drawer liners are a great way to keep your drawers looking like new, simply lift them up and out at the time you move out and avoid leaving behind any stains. -Clean and disinfect countertops and other surfaces. -Remove all food items from the fridge and freezer and thoroughly scrub and disinfect. This may include removing shelves and drawers to clean every inch of surface space. You don’t want to leave behind any lingering smells. -If there’s an oven, make sure to thoroughly clean it as well. Use steel wool to clean stubborn stains. If the little metal pans on the stovetop are impossible to get clean, you can replace them for very cheap at stores like Home Depot. -Pull out all appliances and sweep out debris gathering behind and beneath them. Exterior...

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Workplace Hygiene Policy: How To Promote A Clean and Healthy Office

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

Workplace Hygiene Policy: How To Promote A Clean and Healthy Office

Regardless if your workplace handles food, personal products or anything else, it’s adamant that it remains a safe and hygienic environment for staff and visitors. As a business manager or owner there are a number of things you can do to help promote the overall hygiene of your employees and workplace. People take note of dirty office environments, and that includes non-hygienic employees. If your workplace and/or staff appear dirty and unkempt you are practically asking for a domino of issues. Prevent a variety of common issues with these 6 tips to promote employee hygiene in the workplace.  How To Promote A Clean and Healthy Office Environment 1. Hire A Commercial Cleaning Service In order to promote good staff hygiene, it’s important that the space they work in reflects these same practices. The best way to maintain a clean office environment is to hire a professional commercial cleaning service. Employees have a lot of work to get done on a daily basis, and there’s no need to add deep cleaning to their ‘to do’ list. It’s more efficient to hire a cleaning service to get the job done right. This gives employees time to focus on their real job, while still promoting the cleanliness of your office environment.  2. Create A Firm Employee Hygiene Policy Personal hygiene is the overall habits, appearances and cleanliness of employees. This can be a touchy topic for managers and employees, especially if it is not addressed from day one. By maintaining an official policy, you avoid awkward encounters and give employees the benefit of knowing exactly what is expected of them before they ever start working at your company. 3. Promote Your Hygiene Policy Even During The Hiring Process Make sure that you pick employees that are prepared to keep up with these policies. You could even include a couple questions throughout the interview process that focus on cleanliness habits, or how one would react to a messy or unsanitary coworker. 4. Set Basic Rules For Maintaining Private Workspaces Office hygiene policies stretch to include the appearance of employee workspaces. It is standard policy to ask all employees to keep their workspace clean and orderly. A survey of US employees found that 60% of workers judged their co-workers on how clean they kept their workspace. You better bet that customers, partners and other visitors are also judging employee workspaces and using these judgments to form opinions about your business. By setting rules and standards about cubicle or office space cleanliness you present a brighter picture to visitors and employees. This may include rules regarding regularly cleaning out trashcans, as well as washing them out so that old food particles do not begin to decompose and stink. You could also enforce clearing off desks on a weekly basis, and/or implement systems to deal with paperwork so that it does not build up in messy piles. 5. Work With The HR Department To Promote Hygiene Every company must adhere federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) standards to promote a safe and healthy workplace for all. Your HR department is your go-to in order to enforce health and safety in the workplace. Enlisting help from HR takes pressures off of direct management. Managers often find it rather uncomfortable to address employee hygiene matters and then go...

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Tips For Deep Cleaning Dirty Tile Grout

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

Tips For Deep Cleaning Dirty Tile Grout

Most dirty tile grout, even moldy grout, can be cleaned with the right materials and tools, as well as some elbow grease. Tidy Team utilizes proven methods to deep clean even the dirtiest commercial tile grout. You can attempt to clean tiles and grout yourself, but it often requires professional methods and tools to clean and remove deep stains.  Overtime the build up of dirt and other debris will discolor grout so that no amount of scrubbing can fully restore initial shine. We utilize a 700-1000 psi steam cleaning truck mount to remove deep-set dirt and stains from both grout and tile. After we are done, your tiles sparkle like new. In between professional cleanings, there are some things you can do to keep your tile and grout looking great. The Baking Soda & Vinegar Method This method works on all colors of grout, but beware using vinegar on marble or limestone, as it can be harmful to surfaces. Step 1: Create a thick paste by combining 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water. Step 2: Use your fingers to apply a hearty amount of the mixture on top of grout. You may want to wear gloves to prevent finger irritation, although this solution is completely non-toxic. Step 3: Combine 1 part white wine vinegar and equal parts water inside of a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on top of the baking soda paste. You will instantly start to see the mixture bubbling; this is a natural chemical reaction that should last a few minutes. Step 4: The bubbling will cease after a few minutes, letting you know that the chemical cleaning action is complete. At this time, use a nylon bristled scrub brush to scrub in the grout lines. Pay close attention to edges and corners. Step 6: Use a mop or clean rag soaked in water to completely remove the baking soda and vinegar. Regularly rinse your mop or rag and change out the water in order to prevent spreading the mixture all over the place. What If There’s Mold In Tile Grout? If tiles are covered in a black substance that appears fuzzy-like upon closer inspection, you’re likely looking at some type of mold. This is especially common in bathrooms or other areas that attract a lot of moisture. Every bathroom has bacteria growing in it, mix bacteria with a hot and humid environment (often found near sinks and in showers) and you have the perfect setting for mold to grow. We remove mold from grout and other surfaces, leaving you with a guaranteed clean and toxic-free space. There are DIY methods for removing mold, outlined below, but when dealing with mold in a commercial location you don’t want to take any chances that it lingers behind. Step 1: Combine 3 parts baking soda and 1 parts water to create a thick paste. Step 2: Apply the paste to the grout and let it sit for as long as needed, this could be as long as an hour or two. Step 3: Use your scrub brush to remove mold using brisk back and forth motions. Step 4: Rinse the area and thoroughly dry. You may need to repeat this process several times to see results. Prevent Tile & Grout Mold From Returning Once you successfully...

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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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