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Time To Replace Your Office Carpet Padding Monday, November 23, 2009

With so much emphasis placed on cleaning and vacuuming carpets, it is easy to forget that the key to a carpet’s appearance is actually what is underneath. The carpet padding supports and helps to shape the carpet, and over time, spills and stains that are not properly cleaned can seep into the padding, causing permanent stains that will still be visible, even after a thorough, professional steam cleaning.

Of course, replacing the padding does involve a lot of time and furniture moving, which is the main reason that most people put off this task until it is absolutely necessary. But even so, when it comes to having a professional looking office space, the appearance of the carpet is a major contributing factor.

You should replace your carpet padding if:

There are large stains and odors that you can’t seem to get rid of, even through deep cleaning. This is because, once again, the stains and odors are not located within the carpet itself, but within the carpet padding. Even if the carpet itself is cleaned, once it makes contact with the padding underneath, it will begin to absorb all of the odors and stains once again.

The carpet is visibly run down. When carpet padding is severely compressed, it can cause low spots in the carpet and can also cause the carpet itself to fray and wear out. Remember, replacing carpet padding is usually much less expensive than paying for brand new carpet.

The carpet padding wasn’t laid properly in the first place. This will be obvious on close inspection. If the carpet looks lumpy in some spots and extremely thin in others, it is time to lift the carpet and have the padding relayed.

Remember, simply laying new carpet over old, worn out padding won’t solve the problem. If your carpet padding needs to be replaced, do it as soon as possible. If time is an issue, keep in mind that many companies can perform this task over the weekend while you and your employees are gone so as not to interfere with a business day.

Cleaning Tips For Office Kitchen Appliances Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In the hustle and bustle of the workday, it can be difficult to remember to keep the office clean. This is where a professional San Diego janitorial services company can really come in handy. Even if you have one already, you will probably still want to spot clean when you have time, and one of the most overlooked areas in the office or home kitchen are the small kitchen appliances.  Reading the manual is the best bet, and can save you a lot of time, since it will spell out exactly how and how not to clean your coffee maker, toaster, microwave, etc.  Here are some basic tips to get you started.

Unplug Your Appliance before you clean it. This reduces the risk of receiving burns or other injuries from hot appliances, and also help to protect you in the even that you accidentally push one of the buttons on your appliance while cleaning it.

Keep Appliances Above Water at all times. Never, ever, immerse anything electrical into water. Not only can you receive an electric shock, even if the appliance isn’t plugged in, but water also weakens the internal electronic components, and can become trapped inside, leading to rust, corrosion, and eventually, the need to buy a new appliance.

Use A Mild Cleanser except in particularly messy cases. Most appliances can be cleaned with a simple mixture of water and soap and a soft sponge.  Harsh cleansers can actually degrade the finish of your appliances, and make them look old, dull, and dingy before their time.


Choosing A Construction Cleanup Service Monday, November 16, 2009

Construction work typically creates a lot of debris which can be tedious and time consuming to clean up. Add this to the fact that some construction sites contain potentially dangerous chemicals and materials that need to be disposed of properly, and it is easy to see why choosing a construction cleanup service makes sense.  Here are some tips to help ensure that you choose the best one:

  • Ask the company which type(s) of construction site cleanups they specialize in.  The right company will have experience with many different types of construction project and cleanup, even if they specialize in one or more types.
  • Ask about the types of equipment that they use. For example, since construction cleanup jobs can involve anything from clearing away small pieces of debris and trash to hauling away large debris and waste material, you should make sure that the company that you choose has the equipment to enable them to tackle a job of any size.
  • Find out if they recycle. Don’t hire a company that just carts all of the trash off to the nearest landfill. Make sure that the company working on your construction site.
  • Make sure that they are bonded and licensed. Otherwise, any accidents or injuries sustained by the workers will become your responsibility.  It is also a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau before hiring any type of service.

If you have a commercial cleaning service for your office, they may also offer construction clean-up services, so be sure to ask them.

The Importance Of Regular Mold Inspections Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Like many potential problems, just because you can’t see mold, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t present in your office, restaurant, or home.  Some of the most deadly types of mold are airborne, and since all molds thrive in dark, damp places, they are often overlooked by the untrained eye.

Studies have shown that many office workers become sick due to poor air quality and indoor pollutants like mold, mites, and allergens. These types of absences impede productivity, and can cost you money as well.

If this isn’t enough to scare you into calling a mold inspector, consider that mold, if left untreated, can also cause damage to your furniture, flooring, and can even cause structural damage to your building itself.

The San Diego janitorial service that you hire may or may not include mold treatment and prevention as part of its services.  Even if they don’t, however, they will still be able to recommend the best cleaning products and methods to help prevent the spread of mold.  They may also be able to provide a referral to a qualified mold inspection company. Even if you don’t think that mold is a problem for you, it makes sense to schedule regular inspections, just to be safe and to help avoid the potential mold problems highlighted above.


Cleaning Your Marble Tile Floor Thursday, November 5, 2009

Marble is a beautiful stone that can add character and aesthetic value to any surface. It is also a very soft, very porous stone and must be cleaned and maintained carefully and often. Follow these tips to help keep your marble floor looking its best, and don’t forget to ask your cleaning service for further, more specialized tips.

Since marble is so porous you should make sure to protect it with a sealant and apply it as recommended by the manufacturer to keep your floor protected.

Use only a neutral, specialized cleaning solution to clean your marble. Use a soft cloth and wipe up any spills as soon as they occur. For stain removal,  specialized, Ph-neutral products are also available.

If you have cultured marble, it is still important to use a special Ph neutral cleaner in order to keep your stone protected and keep it from loosing its luster and shine.

Use only a soft mop to clean your floors-never a mop with a hard scrubbing head. This can create scuff marks and other damage to the marble.

These are just some of the ways that you can keep your marble floors looking their best for years to come.

Quick Office Recycling Tips Wednesday, November 4, 2009

In an earlier post, we discussed the importance of  office recycling.  While it is true that office recycling programs help to make the office a cleaner place, it is also true that they can help to make the office a more cost effective one.  For everyone, and small business owners in particular, cutting costs is extremely important.

So how do you improve your recycling efforts in your workplace? First, purchase the appropriate bins for paper, aluminum, and other types of recycling, and make sure that all of your employees are aware of them.  You should also purchase desk side recycling bins for paper.

You can also curb excess paper and ink consumption by sending inter-office memos via email and using voicemail rather than notes to keep track of messages.  Photocopying both sides of the paper, using reusable coffee cups and plates instead of styrofoam, and purchasing recycled paper products, are all good ways to conserve resources and do your part for the environment.

You can also offer incentives to your suppliers for offering you recycled materials.  Many janitorial supplies, such as paper towels and toilet paper, are made from recycled materials as well. Ask your janitorial services company to provide and use recycled products for your office.

These are just some of the many ways that your office can recycle, help save the environment, and save money.