Your Desk & Phone Harbour the most germs in your office
Wondering why you might need an office cleaner? A US study has found that on average phones are the most contaminated item in the office. Dr Charles P Gerba from the University of Arizona, found over 25,000 organisms per surface.
Comparisons with other surveys reveal that some typical desk items could be around seven times more contaminated than traditionally ‘dirty’ items such as toilet seats. Because we know of the importance of cleaning toilets, your office cleaners will pay particular attention to the toilets to ensure they get properly sanitised every time they are cleaned, but we often forget about items that sit on our desk and are handled several times a day.
You won’t drop dead by using the phone or mouse, but you should think about how dirty your hands may be after picking up the receiver. If you chew pens – and many of us do – think about where they have been before! This is even more important if you hot desk, or share equipment - it's not only your germs, but someone else's as well.
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HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR OFFICE
While your cleaners will carry out there daily office cleaning duties there are always areas that are not included in the daily cleaning - like high level dusting, or behind furniture, or under that pile of files that have been sitting under or around your desk.
Now is a great time to think about asking your cleaning company about a spring clean. This can be done any night or weekend, but we also find that we have a lot of requests over the Christmas break when many of our clients are closed for a week or two. This means you start the new year with a fresh, sparkling office.
Moving furniture away from walls, lifting everything off the carpet or vinyl and getting those hard to reach places is great to get done annually. At the same time you might like to consider:
Call now to organise a quote for all your spring cleaning requirements.
There are hundreds of commercial cleaners in Auckland and every town and city that are cleaning after everyone has gone home, so you very rarely get to see them, and are often forgotten about when changes are made. Here are 5 things to remember to tell your cleaners:
1. Change of locks
Your cleaners have keys or swipe cards to access your building after hours. Don't forget to let your cleaners know if you change your locks or swipe card system, and provide them with the new keys or cards before they are due to clean.
2. Change of Security Company
Your cleaners will have the security monitoring company details that they may have to phone every night, or if the alarm is accidentally activated. Don't forget to let them know if you change companies, otherwise there may be security problems when they arrive to clean, or if they activate the alarm.
3. Change of Alarm Codes
If you change your alarm codes let the cleaners know, otherwise they will set off the alarm when they arrive, and won't be able to clean your office or premises.
4. Change of After Hours Contact Person
Your cleaner will usually have an after hours contact person in case they arrive at your premises and there is an issue, like a break in or flood. Ensure that if this person leaves you let your cleaner know who they should now contact in case of an emergency.
5. Change of rubbish or recycling systems
Your cleaners will usually empty your bins and recycling every time they clean. Don't forget to let them know if you have a change of systems, so there aren't any issues with rubbish or recycling being put in the wrong places.
While it is your office cleaners job to clean your office or premises, there are things you can do to ensure they can provide the best service possible.
1. Keep Floor Spaces Clear
Makes sure your floor spaces are kept clear so your cleaners can vacuum your floor efficiently and get into corners and edges - especially under and around desks. This is also important for health and safety, ensuring you minimise trip hazards in your office.
2. Clear Desks at End of Week
The cleaning of desks is usually done at the end of week. Reminding staff to clear their desks on a Friday ensures that cleaners can give their desks a thorough clean, rather than trying to work around papers and files.
3. Encourage Staff to Take Cups and Plates to Kitchen and Rinse Dishes
While it may be your cleaners responsibility to do the dishes, encouraging your staff to take their dishes back to the kitchen and rinse them, can really help. Food can get caked on if left for a few hours, and if these are just put in the dishwasher, it can mean that dishes don't come out clean.
4. Be Tidy Kiwi's
Remember that your cleaners are there to clean, not to tidy. Encourage staff to keep all areas tidy, and supply adequate shelving and storage. This not only assists your cleaners when cleaning, but promotes a positive working environment for your staff. Researchers from Princeton University’s Neuroscience Institute concluded that a messy environment can negatively affect how our brains focus and process information.
5. Providing a Clear Rubbish System and Ensure Staff Use Correct Bins
We are all conscious of our need to reduce rubbish and provide recycling systems in our offices. Your cleaning company will be happy to help you set up recycling systems and bins. Once done it is important to ensure your staff know exactly what rubbish should go in which bins, so that your cleaners aren't having to sort through bins to re-appropriate rubbish.
We are a sporting nation, and there are many sports clubs through out Auckland. While clubs are often run by some amazing and committed volunteers, it is really important to provide and clean and healthy environment.
As well as Office Cleaning and Childcare cleaning we also clean a number of sports clubs, including
While you may think that cleaning is easy, there are a few important reasons why you should hire a professional cleaning company.
1. Health & Safety
As part of today's Health & Safety, you are required to provide a clean and healthy environment for your staff. It is proven a clean and tidy environment can also improve staff moral, particularly if they are not lumped with additional cleaning duties.
2. The right equipment for the right job
A professional cleaning company will have the right equipment and chemicals to provide a quality clean in your office. The staff will also be well trained and efficient, so will often be able to achieve a much better clean in less time than you or your staff, and as they provide all the chemical and equipment, it often means that it may not actually cost you more, and you and your staff can concentrate on what they are good at.
3. One stop shop
Most cleaning companies not only provide general daily or weekly cleaning, but also carpet cleaning, vinyl floor maintenance and window and building cleaning. They can also provide t-towel & hygiene services, as well as provide your toilet consumables. Having all these services provided by one company you can trust, will greatly reduce your staffs time in trying to find a supplier, and reduce the number of companies you have to deal with, and invoices you have to process. Let your cleaning company do all the organising for you!
If the cleaning is not done to your satisfaction, you don't have to deal with staff meetings and procedures, you can simply call the cleaning company and they do all the follow up and make sure that your cleaning is up to your required standard.
Your cleaning company should have full Indemnity insurance, so if something does go wrong, or the cleaner breaks something, this is covered on their insurance not on yours.
With the Auckland weather warming up, and less wet and dirty shoes pounding your carpets now is a great time to get your carpets cleaned for summer. Our carpet team have years of experience and are great at getting out those stubborn stains.
The machines we use are extremely efficient reaching right down to the base of the pile, not just cleaning the surface. Using a steam clean machine, rather than just hot water, also ensures a fast drying time so everything will be nice and dry when you arrive at work the next day. We can also include a flea spray to ensure that you don’t get fleas in your carpet.
Call us now for a free no obligation quote to have your Auckland Offices looking spic and span again.
While your main priority with your Auckland Cleaners is that they provide a quality cleaning job, there is much more involved in offering a fantastic service. The cleaning company that provides the cleaning for your office or commercial site should also:
Most people think it is easy to clean, so many commercial cleaning companies don't put a lot of emphasis on training.
However cleaning is no different from any other industry, if you provide structured, detailed training, with support and follow up, the result will be much better for your business.
Our office cleaners and childcare cleaners go through our full training manual, whether they are new to cleaning, or have cleaned for 20 years - there is always something to learn. Not only do we detail our procedures, systems and chemicals, but also our health and safety policies and procedures. They then receive onsite training, so they are aware of all the security & health and safety for the specific sites they are cleaning.
By the end of the training our cleaners are fully aware of our quality expectations and can provide you with the quality office clean you expect and deserve.
Commercial Cleaning Jobs
We are always looking for commercial cleaners in the wider Auckland area to join our team. We are looking for generalcommercial cleaners, office cleaners andchildcare cleaners. The majority of our work is after 5pm, but we also have some day work available.
If you are honest, reliable, have your own transport and phone and have an eye for detail, pop us an email and let us know where you live, your experience (if any) and what days and hours you are available. We will be in touch to let you know what positions we have available in your area, and arrange an interview.