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Choosing Indoor Office Plants Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Indoor office plants can enhance the décor of your office, improve air quality, and add a calming effect to the room.  Some types of plants are better for indoor offices than others, however.  The first thing to do is to make sure that plants are allowed in your office. While most office buildings have no policies against plants, some may actually have restrictions  on the types of plants allowed due to fire codes.

Once you determine that plants are permitted, and know which types are not allowed, your next consideration has to do with space. In small offices, large plants are probably not the best idea, but several small, desktop plants will go a long way towards brightening up any boring office space.  Make sure not to choose plants that will grow as tall as your ceilings—unless of course, you have very tall ceilings and vertical space isn’t a problem.

Maintenance is an important factor to consider. Most busy office workers and owners simply don’t have the time to devote to the daily care and maintenance of exotic plants. More often than not, just finding the time to prune and water your plants will be a challenge. So in other words, look for plants that are low maintenance, won’t require frequent watering and pruning, and are designed to be hardy and durable.

Choosing The Best Carpet For Your San Diego Office Monday, October 26, 2009

As a professional San Diego cleaning and janitorial services company, we’ve stressed multiple times (but can’t stress enough) the first impression that prospective clients, investors, employees, and visitors make of your office will form their first and most lasting impression of your company as a whole. A clean, well-lit, well decorated office goes a long way towards giving the impression of competence and expertise.

Many people opt for carpeting as a flooring choice for many reasons: it is soft, durable, can be chosen to match the overall color scheme, and creates a homey, but still professional look and feel to any office.

When choosing carpet for your office, you should take the time to figure out what your budget is for this expense before you head to the carpet store. There are so many different types and styles of carpet available, that it only makes sense to know how much you can spend before you waste time looking at carpet samples that are either out of your price range or cost much less than you can actually afford.

Carpet comes in many thicknesses, and high pile, thick carpet is probably not the best choice for an office, especially when it comes to rolling office chairs across it. You should also consider purchasing carpet that is stain resistant for high traffic areas.  At the carpet store, describe your office, its size, and the type of furniture that you have to the carpet sales person, who will be able to help you figure out which type to purchase.

It is also a good idea to bring along some paint chips from your walls to make sure that you match the color of your new carpet to your color scheme and furniture.  Some stores will allow to take samples back to the office to make this easier, but if the store you visit doesn’t allow this, make sure to take a picture of the samples to compare to your furniture, lighting, and color scheme.

Choosing the best carpet for your office will take some time, but in the end, the effort will be well worth it.

The Basics Of Janitorial Cleaning Wednesday, October 21, 2009

If you’ve ever watched your San Diego janitorial cleaning service professionals at work, you’ve probably noticed that they move quickly. Most cleaning companies teach their employees to never spend more than ten minutes on any given task, unless it is absolutely necessary.  This works for two reasons: 1. because the employees have been taught time management and task management skills and 2. because they are cleaning surfaces that are well cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.

So what about these skills that the employees are taught? How are they able to clean so much so quickly? Here are  just some of the secrets that the janitorial professionals learn:

1.Tackle the biggest jobs first. Whether this is a toilet, a messy trash can, a dirty floor, a spill, or anything else. The jobs requiring the most time should be taken care of first.
2.Do one thing at a time. Multi-tasking under time constraints usually leads to confusion and wasted time.
3.Have a method.  Pick one side of the room to begin in and don’t switch to another side until all of the cleaning tasks in the first side are completed.
4.Have all of your supplies close at hand.  Those cleaning carts are well-stocked with products, cleaning cloths, gloves, and anything else that the professionals need to get the job done. This saves a lot of wasted time running back and forth to a cabinet or supply closet.
5.Time yourself. Professionals are taught to do this because they often have a set amount of time in which to complete everything, but everyone can benefit from this. Decide how much time you have to clean, and then focus all of your attention on getting as much done as possible before your time is up.  It will likely take a few tries to perfect the art of completing everything that you need to do under a set time frame, but the results will be well worth it.

San Diego Office Cleaning Tips: Removing Carpet Coffee Stains Monday, October 19, 2009

Ah, coffee, that essential office morning pick-me-up. Office cleaning services know all too well how prevalent coffee stains are on corporate carpeting.  Unfortunately, coffee stains are also some of the most difficult stains to remove, and if not removed promptly, can become permanent due to the dyes and oils contained in most coffees.

  1. Immediately blot at the spill with a clean cotton cloth and cool water. Try to remove as much of it as possible.
  2. Use a carpet cleaner or a portable extractor if you have one. Otherwise, go to step three.
  3. Spray a small amount of carpet cleaning detergent on the spill, and rub it with another clean cloth. Apply cool water to the spot and continue blotting.
  4. Tell your cleaning service about any new stain or spill, even if you have been able to clean up most of it. They will be able to clean it more thoroughly, using special detergents and spotters designed to remove protein.
  5. Coffee stains can be hard to remove, but acting quickly is the key.

San Diego Office Cleaning Tips: Aquariums Thursday, October 15, 2009

When it comes to office cleaning, there are many different tasks that should be completed on a regular basis, and this can be difficult for busy office professionals, which is why it makes sense to hire a professional San Diego office cleaning company to do your dirty work, so to speak, for you.

If you’ve decided to brighten up your office by adding an aquarium, you have likely discovered that those pretty fish and their home require a lot of care and maintenance.  If your cleaning company does not include aquarium cleaning in their services, you will be responsible for tackling the job yourself. Here are some tips that can help you:

Before cleaning anything, pour some of the old aquarium water into a spare bowl and gently scoop your fish out of the aquarium and into the spare bowl.

Don’t worry about removing everything from the aquarium-unless your tank  is really filthy, you should leave some of the decorations in place because they are likely breeders of beneficial bacteria that actually improve the air filtration quality.

Use a small gravel siphon to clean debris from the gravel in your tank, and use an algae scraper to remove the green algae deposits from the sides of the tanks.

On a weekly basis, remove approximately fifteen percent of the old water and carefully pour in dechlorinated tap water. Make sure that this water is the same temperature as the water still in the tank, and that you add the necessary water conditioners. If you aren’t sure whether or not you need water conditioners, ask your pet store.

With a little weekly care and maintenance, an office aquarium can make any space seem brighter and more inviting.

Safe San Diego Office Cleaning Tips Wednesday, October 14, 2009

As important as it is to maintain a clean, sanitary office, it is just as important to make sure that the cleaning products and practices that you and your San Diego office cleaning service implement are safe as well.  Here are some tips that everyone should follow:

Whenever possible, use cleaning products that are environmentally friendly. Not only does this help the environment, but these types of products have also been shown to be better for your health as well, since they contain more natural ingredients.

Be careful when mixing chemicals. You should never mix ammonia and bleach for example, and many other chemicals can cause the release of toxic gasses when mixed together as well.  Leave the chemical preparation to the professionals whenever possible.

Speaking of chemicals, most surfaces, provided that they are cleaned regularly, don’t require the use of harsh chemicals every time.  Mild cleansers, even soap and water, are usually sufficient for daily cleaning of countertops.

Make sure that any cleaning products that you use on food preparation surfaces are designed for that purpose.

If you aren’t sure about which products to use in your office, ask your cleaning service which products they use and where you can purchase them.