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Why your business will benefit from a contract cleaning service

Does your business forgo hiring a cleaning service, thinking it’ll be only another expense to pay? Do you often complete all the housekeeping tasks, saving money but not time?

If this sounds like you, you should carefully consider the benefits of hiring a contact cleaning service.

CLEANLINESS IS CONSTANT

When you hire a third party service to clean your office regularly, you will never have to worry about whether your office or commercial space is clean. By contracting them to clean your business space, you can ensure that a high standard of cleanliness is maintained through regular, light cleaning. This is particularly important if you have clients or potential employees visiting regularly, as good impressions are paramount.

DEEP CLEANING IS ACCESSIBLE

Although you may not need deep cleaning right away, establishing a relationship with a contract cleaner that regularly cleans your office space will ensure that when the time comes, a helping hand is ready. Contract commercial and industrial cleaners can thoroughly clean items such as carpets, appliances, exterior walls, and windows – which all contribute to cleanliness and overall impression.

SAVE MONEY

Yes, really! By investing in contracted cleaning, you’ll no longer have to source major cleaning products, and they can purchase supplies wholesale to keep costs low.  Professional cleaners will establish a relationship with businesses, and work with their specific needs to ensure money is well spent.

SAVE TIME

Leaving the cleaning to professionals means that you’ll be free to prioritise your daily responsibilities. Professionals are also very efficient at cleaning, and they will get the job done quicker, more thoroughly and with less staff disturbance.

HEALTHIER SPACE

A cleaner office is also a healthier office, as regular cleaning controls allergens like dust mites that thrive in dirty and dusty environments. If your staff are wheezy, sneezing, or experiencing itchy eyes, then you need to utilise a professional cleaning service, and fast. The productivity of employees can be affected by the cleanliness of surroundings, and they must remain fit and healthy to deliver results.

If you think this service would benefit your commercial space, get in touch today for a free quote!

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Why your business should prioritise a clean working space

Is the office space you work in messy? Cluttered? Well other than it not making a great impression to visitors, as well as resulting in an unproductive working environment, there are other, much more important reasons to keep your office space clean and mess free.

What are those important reasons? Bacteria and germ build up.

We’ve said it before, and we’re here to say it again. It is so important that you make sure you take the right steps to keep your office space clean and hygienic.

One of the main priorities of any employer is to ensure their staff’s well-being is taken care of and the environment they are working in is clean, safe and healthy.

However, we often find that businesses assume a general tidy of the office will help keep germs and bacteria at bay, but they couldn’t be more wrong.

Commercial cleaning services allow a professional cleaner to enter the building and complete the correct cleaning stages to ensure a healthy and fresh environment, free from germs.

You may think using some antibacterial cleaner every now and then is better than not doing anything at all, but there are multiple steps each commercial property is missing out on… make sure yours doesn’t fall into this trap!

Clean Sweep’s commercial cleaning services ensure professional cleaners use the correct products in the correct way, killing all signs of germs and bacteria from accumulating without you knowing!

After a long and tiring day in work, the last thing your employees prioritise is making sure the office they’re leaving is clean and tidy, and so after only a couple of days of this system in place, mess can build up and so does the dirt you can’t even see!

An office environment, not professionally cleaned on a regular basis, is often referred to as a germ incubator, collecting and storing tens of thousands of microbes, which can lead to diseases and illnesses spreading. Did you know that the average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet?! Now that is disgusting!

If your business hasn’t yet got a professional cleaning service visiting on a regular basis to keep the environment clean and healthy, give us a call today on 07717 303 777 and we can give you a quote.

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Easy tricks to clean hard-to-reach places

Whether it’s in the office or at home, cleaning difficult to reach areas is often a tricky and time-consuming task. For many of us, the easiest answer is to skip these nooks and crannies and assume that they can be cleaned less frequently than other spots.

But leaving dust and grime to accumulate only leads to a tougher cleaning job down the line. And deep, narrow crevices that are magnets for dirt can also harbour nasty allergens.

With a few simple tools and our easy tips, you’ll be able to clean those spaces where traditional cleaning tools just can’t go. The best part? You don’t even need to invest in a fancy vacuum with lots of attachments!

Here’s how to get every corner and crevice gleaming…

CEILING FANS

The easiest way to keep ceiling fans clean and shining is to use an attachment designed to fit around the blades. If it’s been a while, slip a pillowcase over each blade and use it to remove the dust. This will prevent the dust from flying around the room.

CABINET TOPS

As the old saying goes: out of sight, out of mind! When was the last time you checked the tops of your cabinets? Stand on a sturdy stool, and wipe the tops with a dampened cloth and eco-friendly cleaning solution.

COMPUTER KEYBOARDS

The office keyboard is notorious for holding a shocking amount of bacteria. If you don’t stop to examine your keyboard every once in a while, you might not have noticed that it has become covered with crumbs, grease and dust.

An easy way to clean your keyboard is to use the office supplies at hand. Turn over your keyboard and tap out any crumbs. Then, run a sticky side of a Post-It Note between the keys to nab the debris.

Try to wipe down your desk at the end of every day, especially if you’re in the habit of eating lunch there!

WINDOW TRACKS

Window tracks can be particularly hard to reach, and easily collect dirt. Sometimes the hard material on your vacuum’s crevice tool doesn’t allow for much flexibility. But if you put a toilet paper tube over the end, you can squish it until it fits any space that needs cleaning.

NARROW BLINDS

If you don’t want to get your hands dusty, there’s a kitchen utensil you can use to clean your blinds: tongs! Secure a microfiber cloth to the tongs using rubber bands, then close the tool on a slat and pull it across.

AIR VENTS

Fuzzy dust and cobwebs cling to heating vents and air conditioners. If your vacuum is failing to suck up the gunk, use a sponge paintbrush from your craft drawer to dust vents.

SHOWER SPOTS

Residue can build quickly in shower door runners, and escalate to mould. The remedy is very simple. Just apply a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda on the dirty area. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then rub with a stiff brush.

CEILINGS

Ceilings, especially in the corners, are notorious for collecting cobwebs and dust. If your vacuum doesn’t reach these areas, use a mop, broom handle or fishing pole and cover it with an old T-shirt to do the job.

What do you think of these cleaning hacks? Let us know your tricks to clean hard-to-reach places!

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Sick Building Syndrome – has your building been diagnosed?

The idea of the Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) has become a frequently discussed topic in recent months, due to the increase of sickness in the workplace. SBS is the idea that the building you spend a heavy amount of time in, is the incubator of various illnesses, and can often lead employees to experience SBS symptoms whenever they enter the building.

SBS symptoms laid out by the NHS are as follows:

  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Shortness of breath or chest tightness
  • Eye and throat irritation
  • Irritated, blocked or runny nose
  • Skin irritation (skin rashes, dry itchy skin).

Employees suffering from SBS may not all experience the same symptoms – which is why it is difficult to pinpoint what exactly is causing the syndrome.

There are certain workplace environments that are more prone and are at higher risk of contracting SBS – open plan offices, modern buildings and buildings without open windows, mechanical ventilation or air conditioning systems, are just some buildings that are of an increased risk.

On our blog, we always try to reinforce how critical it is for the cleanliness and hygiene of your workplace to be prioritised – not just your home. You spend a large portion of your week in work and so it is crucial for you to make sure that the environment around you is healthy and clean.

To ensure your work’s building is clean and not harbouring nasty germs or bacteria which can lead to SBS, talk to a professional cleaning service that will be able to discuss how they can help you and your business’ building stay on top form.

Here at Clean Sweep, we provide a large percentage of our client base with weekly professional cleaning services to ensure health and safety standards are being met and the risk of sickness caused through SBS is kept to a minimum.

To talk to us about how we can help prevent SBS in your business, get in touch today: 07717 303 777

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Top 8 overlooked office spaces that need to be cleaned

Most businesses make a good attempt to ensure their office space is well kept, and will therefore already have a cleaning regime in place, however, there still may be many spaces that you’re forgetting about. Here are some of the most overlooked areas of your office that may be in dire need of a good cleaning!

  1. Shared office equipment

Any area that multiple people use is always a warning sign for needing attention when cleaning. Equipment such as printers and scanners which are heavily used in the office are not normally incorporated into cleaning schedules, meaning these types of machines can become extremely dirty, spreading germs throughout the office.

  1. Desks

If you work in an office, you’ll know that most daily activities take place at your desk. As desks are used heavily throughout the day, this means there are a numerous amount of items in which they come into contact with, each one with their very own share of germs.

  1. Shared office supplies

As with office equipment, shared office supplies like pens and staplers are regularly passed around the office, and easily gather all sorts of germs. Give your most shared office supplies a wipe with an anti-bacterial wet wipe!

  1. Phones

Phones in office spaces can be used by multiple people, and can be contaminated in two different ways: by hands, and by mouth bacteria. When phones are used by more than one person, contamination is almost a guarantee, meaning picking up an illness is as easy as picking up the phone.

  1. Bathrooms

As everyone knows, bathrooms have always been a place where germs strive. Whilst this is certainly true, some people may not be fully aware of all the surfaces that harbour bacteria. Whilst things like flush handles are a clear yes, objects like door handles and locks should also be given equal attention. Whilst there may not be any visible signs of dirt, germs are sure to be everywhere in the bathroom.

  1. Breakroom/kitchen

The breakroom is probably your favourite place in the office, let’s admit! However, it’s also a favourite for germs and bacteria. Like bathrooms, the amount of people using breakrooms makes it a perfect place for germs to breed and multiply. With the possible miss-handling of food and drink, hotspots include the microwave, fridge and kettle!

  1. Keyboards and mouse

How much time do you spend tapping away on your work keyboard and mouse? Both are crucial in most businesses, and are therefore continuously used. With it being nearly impossible to avoid them, they harbour germs passed from hand to hand.

  1. Vending machines

If your work environment has vending machines, you probably won’t be too happy to know that these machines can be one of the dirtiest places in the office! Again, the amount of people using them to get their snack of the day means a lot of hands and a lot of germs.

While there’s no way to completely get rid of germs, the amount of them can be reduced to make sure the risks to health are kept to a minimum!

So, if after reading this you just want to get as far away from the office as possible, don’t worry! Clean Sweep can provide you with a thorough cleaning regime to help keep your office as clean and healthy as possible.

If you want to find out more about our service and how we can work with you and your company, call us on 07717 303 777.

In the meantime, why not send us some pictures of your office’s messiest spaces? Tweet or Facebook us your photos!

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How a commercial cleaning service can help boost your sales

Motivating your staff is productive for your business, but so is the hygiene of the environment they’re working in.

As well as your staff reaping the benefits of a clean working environment, it also does wonders for your customers or potential customers. It all comes down to the first impressions – whether you are running a fast food restaurant or a Fortune 500 company. Having a work environment that is well kept can make the difference between your business reaching its maximum capability or it falling to the ground.

Yes, a clean environment is that important. Fortunately this is where a commercial cleaning service can work miracles and actually help improve your sales.

A clean working environment boost sales. How?

One would ask, can a commercial cleaning company improve your sales? The answer? YES, they can. A business has many factors that influences a rise or decline in its sales and one that some may not even consider sometimes is a clean, safe and healthy environment. Emphasis must be placed on this factor as it is one that affects the mind and morals of your employees and your customers alike.

Imagine going into an office space for a business meeting, and it is evident that the rubbish has not been taken out from the previous day, or you ask if you could use the restrooms and you see it’s less than appealing in there.

Would you actually stay and spend your hard earned money in such a place?

It may be true that it does not take professionals to keep your work surroundings tidy but it takes cleaning professionals to do it right the first time, in the safest and most cost-effective way. Cleaning professionals know what to do and how to do it. They offer you the flexibility of having all your business’ cleaning and sanitary needs met without distracting your staff from their daily duties – no need to ask them to ensure the cleaning is taking care of!

Encourage and improve employees’ efficiency

A clean and healthy environment facilitates the productivity of your employees. It ensures your business’ environment is not the reason your staff are not at their most efficient selves at any given time. The more efficient each employee is, the better it is for your sales and the overall productivity of your business.

Comfortable work environment

Using a professional cleaning company’s service will ensure your work environment is always clean and comfortable for your employees, as well as your customers.

Speaking of customers, especially in today’s economic environment where more and more individuals are now health conscious, individuals will not hesitate to switch to other companies if the environment you invite them into is not favourable to their health or over all well-being. A clean environment speaks volumes where your business and employees are concerned.

If you’re looking for a professional, friendly and flexible cleaning service to ensure your business makes a great first impression and increases productivity among your staff, get in touch today: info@cleansweepswansealtd.co.uk

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Decluttering your workspace

Since we’re still in the spirit of a “New Year, a new you”, we thought we’d concentrate on our workspace this week. As much as it’s important to focus your efforts on keeping your home clean and fresh, it’s just as important to keep your workspace the same, not only for cleanliness reasons, but also to increase productivity.

Think about it, once you’ve given your home a good once over, you always feel so much better – cleaning your work desk and its surrounding area will do just the same. If you work in an office environment, you’ll find yourself spending a heavy majority of your week surrounded by your computer, desk, phone and anything else that accumulates on your desk.

We’re not sure about you, but we always feel that extra bit stressed and unmotivated when we have a cluttered workspace. We’ve detailed a quick and easy plan for you to tidy up your desk which will instantly make you feel more calm and destressed.

Assess what you use on a daily basis and what you could store away/recycle.

  1. Purchase medium sized and attractive storage containers/trays/boxes that you can stack on your desk, and store the non-daily pieces of paper/notebooks.
  2. If you have drawers under your desk, make sure you’re using them effectively. Each drawer could have a different purpose – a “constant use” drawer, a “non-daily use” drawer and a “rare use but still important” drawer. This will allow you to access certain notes/files at a much quicker rate.
  3. Do you have notes all over the place? You probably think you need them all displayed on your desk just in case you need quick access to them – but be realistic for one minute and admit you probably haven’t used those notes (which were taken from a meeting you had two months ago), in a long time. Time to store!
  4. Dedicate a section of your desk to stationery, one notepad (with multiple dividers) and a ring binder with punched binder poly pockets. Keep all important documents which need to be easily accessibly in this ring binder.
  5. Finally, apply some anti-bacterial spray to your desk and give it a good clean to rid any built up germs. Similarly, use some computer-friendly anti-bacterial wet wipes on your keyboard, mouse and phone – these definitely need a good clean, think about how often they are used!

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Top 3 cleaning services for your office

At Clean Sweep, we offer top of the range cleaning services that can be tailored to your company’s specific needs. We work with many different clients; commercial, industrial and we even offer domestic cleaning services!

With the focus on commercial cleaning this week, we are showing you three top services we provide which we recommend every office to introduce. These are essential for maintaining a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene in the office.

Window cleaning services

First impressions are everything! Therefore, it is extremely important that the exterior of your business is looking its best. At Clean Sweep we use top of the range products suited specifically to windows.

We pride ourselves in making sure that your windows are cleaned in a safe professional manner which will not disturb the day to day running of your business. No hassle!

Commercial carpet cleaning

Carpets can be a nightmare to clean especially on a large scale surface and where there is a high volume of footfall and traffic. Whether you’d like our deep cleaning carpet service, or a regular carpet cleaning service, Clean Sweep can work with and around you, ensuring it works best for you and your employees.

After some time, your carpet can become worn and torn, so it is important that it is kept in a tip top condition. It is crucial to keep check on these wears and tears in terms of health and safety, ensuring you are meeting all of the standards necessary to prevent a trip hazard.

Daily contract cleaning

 In a busy office it can very difficult to maintain regular cleanliness. We can provide a regular day to day cleaning service to keep your office clean and tidy.

This service can be provided at any time which is convenient for your company as we understand you can be extremely busy at certain times of the day, ad so we can work around you. We can also offer one off deep clean services for offices that are constantly busy so that we don’t disturb the day to day running of the company.

If you’d like to find out more about Clean Sweep’s service and how we can work with you and your company, call us on 07717 303 777 and we can discuss a variety of options with you.

Keeping healthy in the office during flu season

Flu season is rapidly approaching, bringing the germs and bacteria that cause pesky colds and blue moods to spread through confined spaces, and the office is no exception. Sometimes it’s not enough to put your tissues in the bin and keep your mouth covered when you cough – it is important to keep your desk and communal areas clean as well, to ensure a speedy recovery and to reduce the risk of spreading your germs.

With your desk being the place where you spend most of your time at work, and where you’ll discard the majority of your dirty tissues, it is important to keep this area clean. Starting and ending your day with a once over with an anti-bacterial wipe will reduce the risk of germs latching on and spreading further. The use of the bacterial wipe should not be limited to just your surfaces though, ensure you wipe the phone after every use to kill lingering germs, therefore reducing your risk of re-infection.

The same concept goes for your keyboard and mouse, regularly cleaning these is advised anyway due to the constant contact you have with them on a daily basis, but when there’s germs around you should be extra vigilant and make a conscious effort to disinfect both daily. This may seem like tedious work and a lot of effort, but good hygiene is vital when everyone in your office is getting sick – for both your health and for the health of your colleagues.

The break room and kitchen areas are also an area of concern when it comes to being sick as this is where most things are shared. In order to ensure that germs are not breeding, everybody in the office should ensure that they are washing up shared kitchen utensils thoroughly and making sure bins aren’t overflowing and surfaces are disinfected regularly. It is also a good idea to keep hand sanitizers dotted around the office and kitchens for everybody to use, or even just keep one in your desk.

Did you read last week’s post on keeping the break room clean? Click here!

Is it time your business had a deep clean?

When was the last time your business premises had a deep clean? If the answer is “too long”, you might be in need of a little help.

If you find yourself trying to avoid moving furniture and machinery in order to duck and dodge seeing the dirty and dusty parts of your premises then it’s time to think about a deep clean. But don’t worry, we can help!

It’s not just important for businesses involved with preparing and serving food either. Although it’s obviously essential for these businesses to maintain very high standards of cleanliness and hygiene, all businesses should have a deep clean approximately once or twice per year.

Your employees deserve a clean and tidy premises and it will help keep them happy, healthy and productive. So as well as your daily and weekly cleaning routines, a periodical deep clean will tackle the dirt and grime that builds up over time and normally sits out of sight and out of mind.

Clean Sweep specialises in providing deep cleaning services suited to many organisations and their premises including industrial sites, factories like food manufacturing plants, warehouses, hospitals, schools and universities.

We can help food orientated businesses like manufacturers, caterers and restaurants with deep cleans of: all food preparation areas; kitchen walls, floors, ceilings and vents; deep fat fryers and surrounding areas; ovens; grills and griddles; fridges and freezers (including walk-in fridges); and all other kitchen equipment.

Our deep cleans for office spaces and other communal rooms like classrooms and lecture theatres include:

• Vacuuming vents, fabric chairs and fabric surfaces.
• Sanitising computer equipment like screens and keyboards as well as phones and headsets.
• Carpet cleaning with a steam cleaner, which involves moving furniture and equipment to ensure every part of the floor is clean and stain free.
• Dusting from top to bottom to remove old dust, mildew and mould from surfaces like skirting boards, windows, window sills and window frames.
• Cleaning and polishing hard floors.

Whatever the job we offer a personal touch combined with keen attention to detail and the desire to go the extra mile. To discuss how we can meet your deep clean requirements call us now on 01792 934 382 and ask for Helen or Ian.