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San Diego Janitorial Cleaning Tips: Tips For Gum Removal Wednesday, April 27, 2011

As your San Diego cleaning service will tell you, one of the most common and difficult types of substances to remove from any surface is gum. Gum, by nature, is extremely sticky and adheres to almost any surface, here it then becomes a breeding ground for germs, bacteria, and insects. It also goes without saying that gum stuck to the bottoms and sides of chairs and tables in your restaurant can make the entire dining room look unsightly.

So what are the best ways to remove gum? The answer depends on the type of surface you are trying to remove it from. For removing gum from carpeted and hard surfaces, a steam-cleaning machine is usually the best solution. Harder surfaces, or older gum may necessitate an adhesive removal spray, available at most janitorial supply stores. In this case, use a hard  bristled cleaning brush to gently remove the gum and then follow up with an anti-bacterial steam cleaning or spray the surface with an anti-bacterial cleaner.

When in doubt, always ask your San Diego janitorial service for additional advice and more expert tips.

Hiring The Right Commercial Cleaning Service And Maintenance Company Monday, April 25, 2011

When it comes to choosing a San Diego janitorial and maintenance company, knowing what to look for can save you time, money, and stress. Not all San Diego janitorial services are created equal, so when in doubt, read the fine print in the contracts and keep the following tips in mind:

Identify your needs and search for a company that can meet them. For example, if you require heating, air conditioning, and plumbing maintenance in addition to standard janitorial services, make sure to choose a company with licensed, experienced professionals in these areas.

Pay attention to the client testimonials on the company’s site, as well as testimonials and reviews on local review sites. These reviews and testimonials can be very telling when it comes to the customer service experience that you can expect from a company.

Check to see if the company is a member of the Better Business Bureau, as well as other organizations and associations, such as the CMI (cleaning management institute) and the IFMA. (International facility management institute)

Also look for a proposal that clearly outlines the specific services, standards, and pricing involved.

Never choose a company that does not have bonded and licensed employees. This protects the employees, the company, and you in the event of an on-the-job injury.

San Diego Office Cleaning Checklist Thursday, April 21, 2011

Keeping an office clean can be a full-time task, which is why it makes sense to hire a professional janitorial and maintenance service to accomplish this task for you. Depending on the size and type of office you have, there are many tasks that should be accomplished on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Before you decide that you do not need a San Diego office cleaning service or that you cannott allocate the resources to hire one, take this list of common office cleaning tasks into consideration.

  • Employee Restrooms
  • Stairs and Elevators
  • Foyer and Reception Areas
  • Hallways
  • Public and Customer Restrooms
  • Trash Removal
  • Dusting, Vacuuming, and Mopping Floors
  • Dusting Furniture and Surfaces
  • Cleaning Office Kitchens and Break Rooms
  • Cleaning Desks, Offices, and Workstations
  • Outside Building Maintenance
  • Marble, Tile, and Hardwood Floor Cleaning

These are just some of the many tasks that professional office cleaning services perform on a regular basis. Many also perform specialty services and tasks including:

  • Construction Cleanup
  • Air Conditioning and Heater Maintenance
  • Power Washing
  • Day Porter Services

If this sounds like a lot to handle, it is easy to see why hiring a San Diego Office Cleaning and Janitorial service is so important.

San Diego Office Cleaning Tips: Marble Floor Cleaning Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Marble floors are very beautiful, but also very delicate and require periodic maintenance. Since marble is such a soft stone, it is highly porous and is easily stained and etched by acidic substances such as orange juice, tomato juice, and vinegar. Professional marble cleaning products should always be used.

Cultured marble is stronger than natural stone marble, but still requires special cleansers. A spray bottle of a natural pH solution and a soft cleaning cloth are usually all that is needed.

When stains occur, use a terry cloth and warm water to remove them immediately. Dirt and debris left behind can cause scratches and abrasions if left untreated.

Etched marble should be cleaned with tin oxide products. Etched marble should also be buffed with an electric polisher on a regular basis. In most cases, hiring a professional is the best solution.

When it doubt, or if the stain cannot be removed easily, consult your San Diego office cleaning service for more help.