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Fight Cold Season With A Clean Office

The Height of  Cold & Flu Season Is Now

According to the CDC, most flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May. Now that we are in the middle of Cold season,  it is more important to keep a clean office than ever. According to Web MD, each year, between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu and miss 70 million work days as a result. Often times, that cold or flu is passed on at work.

 

Colds Reduce Productivity

Cold season is hard on employees but even harder on business owners. When a cold or flu starts going around the office, employee productivity will start to go down. For many businesses, this is a busy time, with year ends approaching and seasonal holiday services at their full steam, a decrease in productivity at this time would have a negative impact.  Having some good practices that can help reduce the spread of colds and flu this year is something that all business owners should look into.

Here are a few simple tips to avoid the spread of colds in your office this year:

  1.  Get Ahead with a Team Meeting:  Reminding employees about how they can reduce the spread of germs is the first place to start. Frequent and regular handwashing will be the first line of defense at the workplace. Put up signs in the washrooms and break areas and remind employees where they can find hand sanitizer.  Handing out flyers and reminding employees frequently to wash their hands and sanitize their workstations will help. For some interesting facts about the common cold, to include in a flyer, check out this link.
  2. Increase Your Office Cleanings: Cold and flu viruses are not only passed along from one person to another but from surface to surface. Shared workspaces and equipment will be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. By increasing your commercial cleaning services, you will reduce the spread of germs in the office. Need a cleaning crew that can get the job done on time? Try BearCom’s Industrial Cleaning Services.
  3. Get a Deep Clean: Having a few extra deep cleans will allow your commercial cleaning service to tackle germs in more places than they can normally get to and cut down the lifetime of bacteria from multiplying. The common cold can live on surfaces for up to 48 hrs. This allows for employees to be exposed for up to two days, having a cleaning service that eliminates that possibility will reduce the number of colds caught in the workplace. Over the winter months putting the emphasis on sanitizing and not just tidying for your cleaning service.

Get A Commercial Cleaning Company With Experience To Clean Your Office

Thankfully, increasing your commercial cleanings is a simple process, a quick call to your cleaning company is all that is needed.  For more information on how you can sanitize your workspace this winter contact BearCom services.

What Is The Right Amount Of Commercial Cleaning For Your Office?

How often should your company office be cleaned?

Keeping a clean office is good for your employees’ productivity, looks great to your clients and is a good practice for your company overall.  How often it should be cleaned is a good question, especially if you are thinking about bringing on a commercial cleaning service.

Our experts have put together 3 main factors that will determine how often your company office should be cleaned.

 

  1. The Size Of Your Building

The bigger the building the more frequent the cleanings should be and vice-versa. The square footage of your company building will be the biggest impact on cleaning frequency and is the first thing to mention when contacting a cleaning service for a quote. With a large building, since there will be more surface area to cover, it would likely need a cleaning schedule that occurs more than one time a week in order to ensure the entire building is serviced.  The team of cleaners will also more than likely be bigger.

  1. The Nature of Your Business or Service

Some businesses or services create more mess than others. A law firm versus a children’s school, for example, would need less cleaning. The children’s school would need a daily custodial service to ensure it is in a sanitary condition by the next morning where as the law firm might need a bi-weekly or weekly service depending on the size.  Also, businesses that require highly sanitized conditions, like a food production company, where cross-contamination can result in serious consequences for consumers, would need to have the highest frequency of cleaning services.

 

  1. Employee Traffic and Use

Do your employees use the break room or their desks for lunch or do they leave the building? Are the hours longer where employees may also eat their dinner in their office and are clients entertained with food at your office space? The use of food services in an office area will result in the need for more frequent cleaning as spills, crumbs and sticky fingers will all result in a grimy workspace much faster not to mention, the growth bacteria from food sources will also be higher.

In addition to food, if you have a lot of employees that results in high foot traffic, like some manufacturing companies, then the need for cleaning may be greater. High foot traffic will bring in outside contamination, dust, dirt, mud, and allergens will be much common if there is a higher volume of people coming and going.

 

These three factors should be taken into account before contacting a cleaning service. Once the size and use of your building are established,  the team of professionals will have a better understanding of your office space and will be able to suggest a schedule that fits your needs. How often your building should be cleaned will be based on the experience of the cleaning service and the needs of your business.

For more information contact BearCom services today and let us help you with your cleaning schedule.

Choose A Commercial Cleaner That Can Be Flexible

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to cleaning services

Did you know that you don’t need to have a contract to enjoy the benefits of a professional cleaning service? It’s true. Not everyone offers it, but BearCom Commercial Cleaning Services does. We know that one size does not fit all, and sometimes you just want a little help but want to be flexible and not locked into a contract. A one-time cleaning service from a first-rate Utah janitorial company is perfect for this.

 

Wondering if you need a one-time cleaning? Consider these cleaning situations;

 

Spring Cleaning

A big spring clean in the perfect time to take advantage of a one time cleaning from a professional cleaning service. Your office staff may be really good at cleaning up after themselves, throwing away their own trash, washing out the microwave and coffee pot themselves, but after a long winter a deep clean is often that is above your employees daily cleaning duties.

 

Deep Cleans

Similarly, even with a good staff that cleans up after themselves, all your nooks and crannies are still going to need cleaning from time to time. Employees may be responsible for cleaning their own keyboards and computer screens and keeping dust and crumbs to a minimum at their desks or cubicles, but a thorough wipe-down and a vacuuming in all the corners is necessary every so often to keep contaminants and the health hazards they can impose to a minimum.

 

Big Jobs

If you already have a cleaning crew, you’re a step ahead of the game. Normally when a business has its own cleaning crew, it uses them for any special big cleaning jobs that need doing. But many offices don’t use a crew or established business, they instead opt for one or two people they know and trust to do the job. This can work out well for all parties, but when you need a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning, your floors stripped and waxed, your carpets cleaned, your windows washed, or a host of other potentially big jobs, you need a crew with professional experience — and insurance. Cleaning personnel can’t do much harm dusting, emptying trash cans and loading the dishwasher, but some jobs have more potential for liability. If carpets or floors are damaged, you could be looking at a big expense if you have hired an uninsured individual to do the work. Hire a commercial floor cleaning company to do the work.

 

Cleaning for Company

Every so often, the big boss comes into town to see how the little folks are doing. This is the time you want everything to look nice. But you and your employees don’t have time to do the work yourselves — after all, you’re working! And corporate headquarters expects profits, so using your employees’ valuable time to get those stains out of the sink with a green scrubby might not be the best managerial choice to make. When you need to impress a visitor, get a one-time cleaning.

BearCom of Salt Lake City provides thorough commercial cleaning services on a one-time or ongoing basis. If you need a one-time helping hand getting your office sparkling clean and in tip-top shape, call BearCom Services. your trusted Utah janitorial company.

Tips For Renegotiating Your Cleaning Service Contract

Even if your commercial cleaning service is doing a good job, periodic evaluation and renegotiation of your cleaning services contract is the best way to ensure that you are getting great value for your business. When you set up your commercial cleaning services contract, you may have committed for a set period of time, such as one or two years. In the cleaning industry, technology and best practices can change with time, so you want to make sure that you are receiving the best techniques for cleaning to meet the health and safety demands of modern business.

Commercial Cleaning Business Checklist

Your evaluation should center around the answers to some important questions in several areas:

  • Performance. Does the commercial cleaning company come when scheduled, with the proper number of people to do the job?
  • Satisfaction. Are the areas contracted for clean and tidy? Are there areas where performance falls below your expectations?
  • Green cleaning techniques. Does the company incorporate green cleaning techniques that use the least hazardous and safest cleaning products? Do they have systems in place to not cross contaminate areas they clean?
  • Accountability. Does the company have quality systems in place to verify that scheduled work is performed to spec and that employees are doing their jobs?
  • Service. If you have a complaint or concern, how does the company respond? If you need emergency service, are they available?
  • Customer service. Are you able to reach customer service personnel any time through a variety of media (phone, email, online chat) and receive a prompt, helpful response?
  • Meet your needs. If your business has expanded or has acquired new equipment since you signed your contract, your needs for service frequency or specialized cleaning may have escalated.
  • Need for other services. Many versatile commercial cleaning companies can provide services for both the inside and outside of your building. Do you need other services, such as window cleaning, parking lot cleaning, and steam cleaning of carpets included in your contract?
  • Price. Do you get the value you expected for the price you pay?

Renegotiating Price With Commercial Cleaning Companies

When you think about renegotiating a commercial cleaning services contract, you may be hopeful of getting a reduced price. However, it’s important to remember that companies set rates based on their cost of doing business plus some reasonable profit. Labor costs continue to rise, not only for wages, but for training, benefits, and supplies. Therefore, receiving a lower price for services you have been receiving usually means the company will cut back in some service areas, or you may decide to accept fewer cleaning days or reduce the tasks on the list to keep your budget intact.

Are you Receiving the Value You Expect?

In reevaluating your commercial cleaning service, the question to ask yourself is whether you got the value you expected for the price you paid. If your answer is “yes,” and you are happy with other aspects of performance, re-signing will maintain your relationship with a great company.

For good value and competent state-of-the-art commercial cleaning services, contact Bearcom Building Services for an evaluation and one of our commercial floor cleaning quotes.

Back to School: The Importance of Washing Hands to Avoid Spreading Germs

Back To School Season Means Back To Flu Season

With children up and down the country returning to school for fall semester, it is a timely reminder of the dangers of unhygienic practices and unsanitary bathrooms in schools. Due to the constant close contact of youngsters with developing immune systems, disease often spreads much quicker than in an adult office setting.

 

Children often touch the same items such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, food trays, and computer keyboards throughout the day. With bacteria and viruses such as the Flu able to survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours, excellent hygiene is of critical priority in schools.  Where the impact of poor hygiene is felt most is in school restrooms. Children do not always display the best hygiene habits when still in the early development stages of their lives. They often do not wash their hands properly with soap, and in some cases do not wash their hands at all.

 

Compounding this issue is the fact that children often put something in their mouths far more often than adults. Children aged from two to five put something in their mouth an average of 42 times per hour. Doing so with poorly or unwashed hands is a recipe for spreading contagious disease.

 

Why Schools Often Suffer from Infectious Virus Outbreaks

 

First and foremost, education is required to teach the basics of washing hands properly to children, including the effective use of anti-bacterial soap. Sadly, sometimes no basic cleanliness education is provided at all, which leads to children developing poor hygiene habits and the inevitable outbreaks of viruses and bugs.   

 

Secondly, the methods which are being utilized to clean the school bathrooms are not of a high enough standard. Often school janitors will have one set of cleaning rags, one mop and bucket and will use the same water across the school’s different rooms. This will lead to cross-contamination since germs from the restrooms will migrate to the classrooms and dining rooms. Cleaning products bought in bulk by schools are often general in nature. This means the same generic disinfectants that are used to mop classroom floors are used in bathrooms. Bathrooms require a much high grade of disinfectant as it is the room that contains the most germs.

 

Finally, schools don’t have the resources to be able to invest in state-of-the-art cleaning technologies such as the highest standard of vacuum hoovers or steam cleaning machines which eradicates the need to touch surfaces altogether.

 

Why You Need an Outside Janitorial Contractor

 

Given the dangers set out above, particularly in a school setting, it is wise to hire a professional company to undertake the cleaning of school bathrooms. They are able to combine modern cleaning technology with the correct procedures, greatly reducing the infection risk to school staff and pupils.

 

Here at Bearcom Building Services we know what it takes to correctly clean school bathrooms. We use hospital-grade disinfectants to wipe out any surface germs, we employ color-coded microfiber towels to ensure we do not cross-contaminate germs across your school, and utilize flat mops with self-dispensing buckets, meaning we never reuse dirty water. We also provide use modern equipment, from the latest backpack vacuums (which can remove 99.7% of all particles) to the latest in steam cleaning technology for your bathroom services.

 

What is more, schools may end up saving money by not having to invest continually in cleaning products, technology, and staff overheads. With just one flat fee per clean, schools can rest assured they have the safety of the children and staff covered and reinvest their savings on other crucial aspects of the budget.

 

So when you are ready, give us a call today for a free no-obligation quotation!

 

  

Make Your Office Washroom A Top Priority

Nothing leaves a worse impression than an unsanitary washroom. When it comes to your business, it is one of the most important rooms to keep clean. Maintaining a clean restroom helps put your customers and staff at ease and sets the tone for the rest of your operations.

 

Have a look at your restrooms and make an assessment. If you’re less than satisfied with their condition, start with these quick tips to help you improve their cleanliness.

 

  1. Keep a consistent cleaning schedule. Make sure that your cleaning service company is regularly cleaning the most touched surfaces including washing the toilets, wiping down counters and mopping floors every day.
  2. Keep supplies well stocked. Don’t wait until someone complains that there is no hand soap. Make sure part of your cleaning regimen includes stocking supplies daily.
  3. Perform regular deep cleans. Deep cleaning programs focus on areas prone to germs and dirt that build up over time. Ensure your cleaning team is focusing on grout lines and floor drains, walls and doors, ceilings, fans and vents, light fixtures, and descaling to remove calcium deposits from fixtures.
  4. Choose the right cleaning products. Using one multi-purpose cleaning solution may not be giving you the clean you need in a bathroom. Make sure you use high-quality products that are best suited for bathrooms.
  5. Make frequent repairs. A broken stall latch or toilet that won’t flush does not leave the best impression on employees, patrons or clients.

 

When it comes to keeping your business clean and sanitary, a commercial cleaning service like BearCom Building Services is your best investment.  For a free quote, call us today.

 

 

 

Keeping Your Office Clean in the Summer: Tips For Utah Business Owners

When many employees are out on summer vacation, and still others are heading off for a three-day weekend at local destinations like Lake Powell or Zion National Park, it can sometimes be hard to find the right people to keep your Utah office looking sparkling clean. With that in mind, here are a few tips for Utah business owners on how to keep your office clean during the hot summer days of July and August.

     

#1: Get rid of desk clutter

If employees are heading off on extended vacations, paperwork and other work may sit piled up on desks for days or weeks, awaiting their return. Thus, one easy way to keep an office clean is to ask all employees to clear off their desks before taking any vacation time during the summer. That way, when clients are passing through your office, they won’t see mounds of paperwork or other distractions.

#2: Clean break rooms and lunchrooms

If there’s one place of the office that is must in need of a thorough clean, it’s the break room and the lunchroom – food debris and takeout cartons can easily pile up, and food ordered from GrubHub or another online delivery service may languish in the office fridge for weeks. The same thing goes for the microwave or coffeemaker – it’s important that somebody is assigned the role of keeping these clean. Even better – split up the role and let staff member take turns for “kitchen duty.”

#3: Reorganize storage spaces

As a rule of thumb, if storage spaces are not cleaned out and reorganized regularly, they will start to become places where employees put just about anything. In a best-case scenario, it’s advisable to keep brooms, mops or other cleaning items in these spaces where they are easily accessible.

#4: Hire a commercial cleaning service

There are several big advantages to hiring a Utah commercial cleaning agency. One is that they will be able to clean all the hard-to-reach places your employees probably are not cleaning – such as tile and grout in the washroom, the walls, the floors, the drapes and blinds, and even the air ducts. Moreover, commercial cleaning services have access to green cleaning products that avoid the use of harsh chemicals and irritants. This is particularly important if some employees have allergies, or if they bring their small pets to the office occasionally.

     

#5: Don’t forget about the office furniture

A commercial cleaning agency can also get to the long-time dirt, dust and grime that may have accumulated for weeks, if not months. Often, this dirt can live in places – like office furniture in meeting rooms or conference rooms – that employees do not even think about cleaning. Upholstered furniture, for example, is one place where pathogens and allergens can thrive during the hot summer months.

Your employees at your Utah business can provide a first level of defense against dirt and grime, but if you are looking for a thorough office cleaning that keep your office looking great (and free of any odors or smells that might turn away potential clients), it’s best to hire a commercial cleaning service. When your employees return back from summer vacation – whether it’s boating on Lake Powell or just hanging out in Park City – they’ll be both surprised and delighted about working in an office that is suddenly sparkling clean.

For a free quote on any commercial cleaning services, contact us today!

How To Evaluate Your Commercial Cleaning Company

 

When hiring a commercial cleaning company, you want to know that you are making the right decision. After a few tries, you can start to evaluate whether they are the right company for you. We have put together a quick guide that will help you see whether you have hired the right commercial cleaning service company for your business.

Commercial Cleaning Business Checklist

  • Performance. Does the commercial cleaning company come when scheduled, with the proper number of people to do the job?
  • Satisfaction. Are the areas contracted for clean and tidy? Are there areas where performance falls below your expectations?
  • Green cleaning techniques. Does the company incorporate green cleaning techniques that use the least hazardous and safest cleaning products? Do they have systems in place to not cross contaminate areas they clean?
  • Accountability. Does the company have quality systems in place to verify that scheduled work is performed to spec and that employees are doing their jobs?
  • Service. If you have a complaint or concern, how does the company respond? If you need emergency service, are they available?
  • Customer service. Are you able to reach customer service personnel any time through a variety of media (phone, email, online chat) and receive a prompt, helpful response?
  • Meet your needs. If your business has expanded or has acquired new equipment since you signed your contract, your needs for service frequency or specialized cleaning may have escalated.
  • Need for other services. Many versatile commercial cleaning companies can provide services for both the inside and outside of your building. Do you need other services, such as window cleaning, parking lot cleaning, and steam cleaning of carpets included in your contract?
  • Price. Do you get the value you expected for the price you pay?

Are you Receiving the Value You Expect?

In evaluating your commercial cleaning service, the question to ask yourself is whether you got the value you expected for the price you paid. If your answer is “yes,” and you are happy with other aspects of performance, re-signing will maintain your relationship with a great company.

For good value and competent state-of-the-art commercial cleaning services, contact Bearcom Building Services for an evaluation and one of our commercial floor cleaning quotes.

One Time Cleaning Services Offer Flexibility

 

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to cleaning services

Did you know that you don’t need to have a contract to enjoy the benefits of a professional cleaning service? It’s true. Not everyone offers it, but BearCom Commercial Cleaning Services does. We know that one size does not fit all, and sometimes you just want a little help but want to be flexible and not locked into a contract. A one-time cleaning service from a first-rate Utah janitorial company is perfect for this.

 

Wondering if you need a one-time cleaning? Consider these situations;

 

Spring Cleaning

A big spring clean in the perfect time to take advantage of a one time cleaning from a professional cleaning service. Your office staff may be really good at cleaning up after themselves, throwing away their own trash, washing out the microwave and coffee pot themselves, but after a long winter a deep clean is often that is above your employees daily cleaning duties.

 

Deep Cleans

Similarly, even with a good staff that cleans up after themselves, all your nooks and crannies are still going to need cleaning from time to time. Employees may be responsible for cleaning their own keyboards and computer screens and keeping dust and crumbs to a minimum at their desks or cubicles, but a thorough wipe-down and a vacuuming in all the corners is necessary every so often to keep contaminants and the health hazards they can impose to a minimum.

 

Big Jobs

If you already have a cleaning crew, you’re a step ahead of the game. Normally when a business has its own cleaning crew, it uses them for any special big cleaning jobs that need doing. But many offices don’t use a crew or established business, they instead opt for one or two people they know and trust to do the job. This can work out well for all parties, but when you need a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning, your floors stripped and waxed, your carpets cleaned, your windows washed, or a host of other potentially big jobs, you need a crew with professional experience — and insurance. Cleaning personnel can’t do much harm dusting, emptying trash cans and loading the dishwasher, but some jobs have more potential for liability. If carpets or floors are damaged, you could be looking at a big expense if you have hired an uninsured individual to do the work. Hire a commercial floor cleaning company to do the work.

 

Cleaning for a Company

Every so often, the big boss comes into town to see how the little folks are doing. This is the time you want everything to look nice. But you and your employees don’t have time to do the work yourselves — after all, you’re working! And corporate headquarters expects profits, so using your employees’ valuable time to get those stains out of the sink with a green scrubby might not be the best managerial choice to make. When you need to impress a visitor, get a one-time cleaning.

BearCom of Salt Lake City provides thorough commercial cleaning services on a one-time or ongoing basis. If you need a one-time helping hand getting your office sparkling clean and in tip-top shape, call BearCom. your trusted Utah janitorial company.

How often should your company office be cleaned?

How Often Should Your Office Be Cleaned?

Keeping a clean office is good for your employees’ productivity, looks great to your clients and is a good practice for your company overall.  How often it should be cleaned is a good question, especially if you are thinking about bringing on a commercial cleaning service.

Our experts have put together 3 main factors that will determine how often your company office should be cleaned. 

 

  1. The Size Of Your Building

The bigger the building the more frequent the cleanings should be and vice-versa. The square footage of your company building will be the biggest impact on cleaning frequency and is the first thing to mention when contacting a cleaning service for a quote. With a large building, since there will be more surface area to cover, it would likely need a cleaning schedule that occurs more than one time a week in order to ensure the entire building is serviced.  The team of cleaners will also more than likely be bigger.

 

  1. The Nature of Your Business or Service

Some businesses or services create more mess than others. A law firm versus a children’s school, for example, would need less cleaning. The children’s school would need a daily custodial service to ensure it is in a sanitary condition by the next morning where as the law firm might need a bi-weekly or weekly service depending on the size.  Also, businesses that require highly sanitized conditions, like a food production company, where cross-contamination can result in serious consequences for consumers, would need to have the highest frequency of cleaning services.

 

  1. Employee Traffic and Use

Do your employees use the break room or their desks for lunch or do they leave the building? Are the hours longer where employees may also eat their dinner in their office and are clients entertained with food at your office space? The use of food services in an office area will result in the need for more frequent cleaning as spills, crumbs and sticky fingers will all result in a grimy workspace much faster not to mention, the growth bacteria from food sources will also be higher.  

In addition to food, if you have a lot of employees that results in high foot traffic, like some manufacturing companies, then the need for cleaning may be greater. High foot traffic will bring in outside contamination, dust, dirt, mud, and allergens will be much common if there is a higher volume of people coming and going.

 

These three factors should be taken into account before contacting a cleaning service. Once the size and use of your building are established,  the team of professionals will have a better understanding of your office space and will be able to suggest a schedule that fits your needs. How often your building should be cleaned will be based on the experience of the cleaning service and the needs of your business.

For more information contact BearCom services today and let us help you with your cleaning schedule.