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3 Common Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

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Who keeps your business clean?

If you’re like millions of business owners, you either: handle it yourself, rely on your employees, or forgo the need altogether. None of these options are ideal. And even if you enjoy the personal challenge of rolling your sleeves, putting on rubber gloves, and breaking out the elbow grease, you may not actually be giving your business the thorough, deep clean it truly deserves. In fact, you and your employees may actually be doing more harm than good.

The truth of the matter, though, is that all too often we fall back on the familiar techniques we use at home in order to clean our workplace. And while – sure – some of us may be able to live with the results of a minor cleaning mishap within the privacy of our own home, it’s different when the mistake is open to public scrutiny. Do you really want to jeopardize the appearance of your business to your customers? Certainly not!

Here are a few of the mistakes made by amateur cleaners, and what you can do to start cleaning more like a professional.

“If It Looks Good and Smells Good, It’s Clean”

From music venues and movie theaters to country clubs and sports arenas, no one can deny that presentation matters. And while a sparkling appearance and fresh smell may be the most important thing to your customers, there should be one more priority higher up on your list. More than just clean – you need your business to be sanitized. This, of course, is true for restaurants, schools, healthcare facilities, or any other type of building that has strict cleaning standards; however, total cleanliness should also be the goal of businesses of every size and market.

Which bring us to the point: it’s imperative that you train yourself to both clean and sanitize your space. Fortunately, this isn’t a hard skill to develop because it mostly just entails taking one extra step as you go about your work. Did you just clean the dirt off of a surface? Then follow up with a disinfectant. You may also want to consider just using scentless cleaners from now on. The scent of lemon and pine are often added to chemicals to tone them down, but the fact that they smell good can be misleading to the amateur cleaner. Just because it smells clean doesn’t mean that it’s actually clean. When in doubt, it’s always better to clean an area again.

“Any Cleaner Will Do”

Products are typically formulated to handle one particular job. That’s not to say, though, that you won’t encounter a large number of cleaners proudly displaying “multi-purpose” on their label. And for the most part, these products do exactly what they say: serve multiple purposes.

So, then why bother with anything else?

The problem arises when “multiple purposes” is erroneously interpreted as “every purpose.” Consider bleach, for instance. Bleach is fantastic for multiple purposes – from sanitizing office furniture to break room appliances – but it’s not meant for every purpose. You defibaking-soda nitely DO NOT want bleach mixed in with your carpet cleaner. Moreover, bleach doesn’t actually clean anything – it sanitizes. It doesn’t remove dirt. Still, that hasn’t stopped countless individuals from falling for the “Any Cleaner Will Do” myth.

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White vinegar and baking soda, in particular, are also regularly touted as the only cleaning solution you will ever need. This is especially true today due to the increasing emphasis on green cleaning and eco-friendly products. To be clear: The combination of white vinegar and baking soda is neither an effective cleaner nor disinfectant. And while vinegar, on its own, is capable of killing some bacteria, it should never be used as a cleaner. In fact, mixing it with baking soda actually diminishes its effectiveness even further.

As any professional cleaner will tell you, there is no product that will satisfy every need. From cleaning business furniture and upholstery to cleaning carpet or ceramic tile, it’s crucial that you have the right products for the job.

“Two is Better Than One”

Sometimes, though, solving one problem can create another. Unfortunately, this is far too often the case when someone finds a combination of cleaning products that do work. After all, if Product X is a great cleaner and Product Y is a great disinfect – why not save a step and mix them together? Well, because it’s downright dangerous.

Let’s be frank: no business owner would want chemicals around their employees or customers if they could avoid it. Even if you provided your employees with the best training, you can’t fully eliminate your risk of being liable if someone makes a mistake. To illustrate this point, consider the following combinations of chemicals. Which of these are safe to mix?

  • Bleach + Vinegar
  • Bleach + Ammonia
  • Bleach + Rubbing Alcohol

The answer: “None of them.” We think it’s safe to say that the amateur cleaner would miss one or two of these. When it comes to your business, however, can you afford anything less than perfect? Even just one tiny mistake can easily turn into a crisis.

It should come as no surprise, then, why professional cleaning companies put their employees through rigorous training and testing before they ever visit a site. If you or your employees handle your cleaning, it’s best to just steer clear of mixing cleaning products. Always leave those techniques to fully-certified professional cleaners.

Cleaning Done Right, Every Time

There are a wide range of cleaning tips and tricks that seem helpful and useful to the business owners of the world; but, while they provide a seemingly simple solution for keeping your business clean, these tips and tricks are actually mistakes in disguise. What appears to save you time and money will in fact prevent your business from getting cleaned properly and safely.

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So where does that leave you? In a world of tips and tricks (sometimes provided to you without proper evidence of efficacy), how do you properly ensure that your business is cleaned at the level you need?

When it comes to your business, there is a high and necessary standard of cleanliness – to ensure safety for your employees and comfort for your customers. Needless to say, it takes the right amount of detail, knowledge, and experience to do it right – that’s where Anago Cleaning Systems come in. Janitorial services aren’t always glamorous, but we take pride in digging deep to ensure that your cleaning is done right each and every time. Your business deserves a superior clean, contact us today for a one-time cleaning and make your business really shine this year!

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How Commercial Cleaning Services Improve Employee Productivity

A clean and organized office leads to better employee morale, fewer sick days, and longer-lasting equipment.

And while many of us can personally attest to the positive feeling of walking into work right after a professional office cleaning, these aren’t just anecdotal claims. In fact, several studies over recent years have proven the benefits of routine office building cleaning.

HLW International LLP’s study of 400 managers and employees is just one of many studies that have found that the productivity levels of employees are heavily influenced by the cleanliness of their office. In this particular study, the influence was so significant, in fact, that those offices that were studied reported an average 5% productivity gain or $125,000 revenue increase for a 100-employee office with an average salary of $25,000.

What leads businesses to receive such a significant increase in their productivity? Here are three reasons.

A Clean Office Results in Improved Employee Morale

The feeling of walking into an office that is clean and lemony fresh isn’t only nice – it’s important to the morale of your employees. After all, who wants to work close a foul carpet? Keep their lunch in a dirty fridge? Or use a restroom that has not been maintained?

And when work becomes stressful, having an office that is at least clean and organized is one less thing your employees need to worry about. If not directly beneficial to your employees’ morale, it can at least reduce the number of distractions and lesser stressors they may encounter throughout the day.

Your employees deserve – and expect – a comfortable and sanitary working environment. A clean office shouldn’t be a luxury and it doesn’t have to be an extravagance, either. Even a one-time carpet cleaning, hard surface cleaning, deep refrigerator cleaning, or deep restroom cleaning on top of your routine cleaning schedule will go a long way in communicating that your business matters as well as your employees.

A Clean Office Results in Fewer Sick Days

According to the International Sanitary Supply Association, sick days cost businesses more than $225 billion dollars each year and result in a 54% loss in productivity.

When you stop to think about all of the ways your employees come in contact with germs throughout the day, however, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

Desktops, according to a study from the University of Arizona, have approximately 25,000 germs per square inch. They are followed by office phones which were found to have almost 21,000 germs per square inch. In a separate study by WebMD, researchers identified break room sinks, microwave door handles, keyboards, refrigerator door handles, and coffee makers as hotspots for office germs.

And while even just the thought of wiping down every surface of your office at the end of an already exhausting work day can cause you stress, the most practical solution is to simply have your office professionally cleaned. Considering the high demand for commercial cleaning services, it’s clear that professional cleaning services are what your business needs to be competitive, on top of being productive.

A Clean Office Results in Longer-Lasting Equipment

Your equipment puts in long hours, too.

Neglecting to care for your office equipment can lead to malfunctions and avoidable expense. Even something as seemingly innocent as dust blocking your computer’s fan can lead to significant damage.

In lieu of frequently replacing your equipment before its time, employing commercial cleaning services to help you clean your equipment in addition to other areas of your office may be a better investment. And, instead of wasting hours to hunt down parts or ordering replacements, letting commercial cleaning services care for your equipment is an option that requires no additional time or effort on your part.

A Clean Office Results in Better Productivity Overall

Improved employee morale, fewer sick days, and longer-lasting equipment – with all of this in mind, as well as the cost of a critical mistake that may result from a disorganized environment, it becomes clear that the cleanliness of your office impacts your bottom line.

What are positivity, efficiency and profitability worth to your business?

Anago Cleaning Systems can help you maximize each of these for less time and less expense. Whether you need routine office building cleaning or a one-time cleaning job, our cleaning professionals will swiftly and efficiently keep your office in its best condition. Contact us today and experience first-hand we’re the commercial cleaning service that will keep you running smoothly!

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