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Are You Living With Dangerous Office Germs? Friday, July 30, 2010

Did you know that your office desk may be dirtier and more full of dangerous germs and bacteria than your office toilet? It’s true, and when you consider that most workers eat, nap, and work at their desk, you can see why 1. it is so important to keep it clean and 2. how it can easily become a breeding ground for germs.

In a study conducted in 2009, Microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba found that the average workplace contains approximately 21,000 bacteria per square inch of space. The average workplace toilet, according to Gerba, contains about 49,000 bacteria per square inch.

This is where your San Diego office cleaning company comes in. By using the best cleaning products, methods, and techniques available, the right cleaning service can keep your workplace from becoming a toxic breeding ground for illness and disease. Many workplace sick days are the direct result of illnesses contracted at work and then spread from employee to employee by busy workers who simply don’t have time to clean.

Don’t let this happen to you. Take the time to hire a quality San Diego commercial cleaning service today.

Office Keyboard Cleaning Thursday, July 29, 2010

If you and/or your San Diego commercial cleaning service don’t clean your keyboard on a regular basis, you may be coming into contact with E. Coli, Salmonella, and other bacteria with each keystroke. Luckily there are a few easy things that you can do to help prevent this problem.

Wash Your Hands: Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and will help to keep your keyboard clean as well.

Sanitize: Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer at your desk and use it frequently throughout the day.

Don’t Eat Where You Work: If you must eat lunch at your desk, eat it away from the computer and keyboard to avoid spilling food and causing crumbs to lodge between the keys.

Keep It Clean: Regularly clean your desk and use a can of canned air to clean your keyboard. Use a specially formulated solution to clean your computer monitor and screen.

Dust: Use a soft, absorbent cloth to dust your computer keyboard, monitor, and desk surface a few times a week. Dust your chair and keyboard tray too while you’re at it.

San Diego Restaurant Cleaning Tips-Are You Ready For Your Health Department Inspection? Part Two Wednesday, July 28, 2010

In part one, we discussed the importance of hiring a San Diego restaurant cleaning company to help you prepare your restaurant for health department inspections.  Of all of the areas in a restaurant, the two places where the most activity goes on, the most dirt collects, and the health inspectors pay the closest attention to are the kitchen and the bathroom. Let’s take a look at some of the many cleaning tasks involved in keeping these two areas clean, sanitary, and inspection-ready.

Kitchen: Vacuum, sweep, mop all floors, thoroughly clean and sanitize appliances, vents, hoods, cabinets, drawers, and shelves. Tile grout cleaning and sealant treatment when applicable, rubber mat flooring cleaning and disinfection, polish all stainless steel fixtures, wash and sanitize counter tops and food preparation services, clean and sanitize sinks and garbage disposals, remove trash and sanitize waste receptacle bins, clean and sanitize commercial fridge and freezer units, range and grill cleaning, microwave oven cleaning.

Restroom: Clean and disinfect toilets, urinals, and sinks, clean and sanitize doors, walls, and room dividers, clean mirrors and glass surfaces, clean, disinfect, and unclog drains and sinks, thoroughly clean and disinfect storage surfaces, clean, mop, vacuum, and sweep floors, empty trash bins and disinfect them, restock toilet paper, paper towel, and soap dispensers.

Green San Diego Office Cleaning Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Helping to conserve natural resources and reduce pollution and waste are everyone’s responsibilities. If your San Diego office cleaning service practices green cleaning methods and uses green cleaning products, then your office is already doing some of its part. There are many other things that you can do, however.

Recycle: Place recycling bins for the appropriate materials at high traffic locations, i.e. paper bins near the copier and fax machine, aluminum can recycling bins in the office kitchen and break room, and cardboard recycling bins in the storage and stock rooms.

Reuse: Purchase products made out of recycled materials. This can include everything from office chairs to paper plates, cups, napkins, printer paper, and throw rugs.

Go Natural: Use green cleaning products that contain plant-based, rather than chemical based ingredients. White vineagar, castille soap, and similar substances are common green cleaning ingredients.

Be sure to ask your San Diego office cleaning service for more great green cleaning tips.

Quick Commercial Cleaning Tips Friday, July 23, 2010

When you’re pressed for time, it can be tempting to let your office cleaning routine slide, particularly if you have a San Diego commercial cleaning service engaged to do the bulk of the cleaning work for you.  Regular daily cleaning is what it takes to keep an office sanitary and safe, however, so it is important that even on the busiest days, cleaning tasks are accomplished. Here are some quick commercial cleaning tips:

Stain Removal:

  • Dark marks on floors and walls can usually be removed with a pencil eraser.
  • Dark rust stains can be removed with a mixture of lemon juice and borax
  • Water spots can be easily and quickly cleaned with a damp, clean cloth

Restroom And Kitchen:

  • Clean your microwave by heating a small bowl of lemon juice for 30 seconds. This loosens the food debris and makes it easier to remove and will also make your microwave smell fresh and clean.
  • Pour half a gallon of white vinegar into your toilet bowl once a month to help prevent bowl ring.

Desk And Workspace

  • Use pre-moistened sanitary wipes to clean your desk throughout the day
  • Reduce desk clutter by purchasing small baskets and file holders to store paperwork and supplies.
  • Eat your lunch away from your desk whenever possible.

Commercial Cleaning Standards Thursday, July 22, 2010

Professional office and commercial cleaners are expected to exceed their customer’s standards and provide a spotless and thorough cleaning.  Office cleaning companies educate their employees about the importance of using the right product and tool for each job, reducing waste, accomplishing tasks efficiently in short periods of time, and other important areas related to commercial cleaning.

For example, commercial cleaners are taught the proper ways to operate heavy-duty equipment such as floor waxing machines, backpack vacuums, and power washers. They are also taught how to properly mix chemicals and cleaning solutions and about which chemicals should never be mixed together.  Proper storage and cleaning of equipment is also taught, as are correct techniques for vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, moping and sanitizing.

Commercial restaurant cleaners are also required to familiarize themselves with local health department standards and to adhere to them when cleaning. They must also learn how to safely clean range hoods, ducts, and to remove grease from deep fryers, stoves, and griddles.

Cleaning professionals who perform other services and tasks, such as tile and grout cleaning, day porter services, and construction cleanup must also undergo training in order to perform these tasks safely and efficiently.

In summary, commercial cleaning companies set high standards for their employees because they know that their valued customers expect nothing less from them.