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Who and What is Cleaning Your Office? Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Every office in San Diego has different cleaning requirements. The one thing that they all have in common though, is the need for the proper cleaning tools for the job. The size of the facility in need of janitorial services is going to dictate the type of cleaning materials that are required.  Large facilities will require more specialized equipment to cut down on the amount of labor required by the janitorial service technician. In large offices with hard surface floors you will often have the need for orbital scrubbers and buffers. In some of the warehouses here in San Diego that we supply janitorial services to, some of our janitors even get to ride the auto-scrubbers (a specialized  Zamboni style piece of equipment for scrubbing and waxing large areas of hard surface floors).  However, even in the most advanced medical and biochemical facilities that we provide cleaning services to, the one piece of equipment that you will always find is the trusty old mop and bucket.

There are plenty of other inexpensive but necessary cleaning items that are necessary to an office cleaning “job well done.” But no matter how much money you spend or don’t spend on the items you buy to clean your office,  it is all useless without properly trained and dedicated personnel. It is the man behind the mop that will make the biggest difference in how clean your office really is.

San Diego Office Cleaning Tips: Cleaning Office Kitchens Thursday, May 19, 2011

How can you keep your office kitchen clean quickly and effectively? For busy employers and employees, the time that it takes to clean the office kitchen and other areas of the office on a daily basis can seem like an overwhelming and even impossible task. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy ways to keep your office kitchen clean, even if you only have a limited amount of time each day to focus on it.

Sinks: Soak several paper towels in a bleach or bleach alternative solution and lay them across the base of the sink and on the counter tops. Allow the towels to sit for several minutes, and then remove them and rinse with clean water.

Stove Top: Clean the top of the stove with detergent and water or a commercial cleaning solution and mix up a paste of baking soda and water to the stainless steel parts of the oven, including the burners and handles and let it sit for five minutes before gently removing it with a cleaning cloth.

Microwave: Fill a small microwave-safe bowl or container with white vinegar and water and heat for approximately 30 seconds. Let it sit for another 30 seconds and then remove the container, unplug the microwave and wipe down the walls and sides.

San Diego Restaurant Cleaning: How Hygienic Are Your Cleaning Practices? Monday, May 16, 2011

As a restaurant owner, you know how important it is to maintain both health and safety standards for your restaurant.  Food that is improperly handled can harbor food borne illnesses that can lead to severe health complications or even death. Unfortunately, studies show that most cleaning cloths, rags, and sponges used in commercial cleaning environments harbor dangerous levels of bacteria.

Your San Diego restaurant and office cleaning company makes it a priority to ensure that safe and hygienic cleaning methods are practiced by all of their employees when cleaning your restaurant kitchen. These can include proper sterilization of all cleaning tools before and after use, wearing protective gloves, hand washing, and using separate cleaning tools, such as rags and sponges for raw food preparation areas.

When it comes to your staff, however, just how hygienic are your cleaning practices? Has your staff received training in proper sanitation and cleaning methods, and are they practicing them? Or have you simply  just assumed that they are doing so? Even if they have successfully completed a training program, without regular refresher courses, the skills that they have learned during their training may have already been forgotten.

Holding regular mini-training sessions and staff meetings focused on proper cleaning procedures can go a long way towards making sure that your restaurant stays clean in between visits from your San Diego restaurant and office cleaning service.

San Diego Restaurant Hood Range Cleaning Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Your San Diego restaurant cleaning service is responsible for many different cleaning tasks. Commercial and restaurant kitchens require regular cleaning and periodic maintenance, both for aesthetic reasons as well as for health and safety concerns. Range hoods, which serve as ventilation systems for large ovens, can easily become clogged with grease and debris over time and create a potential fire hazard. Grease fires not only have the potential to cause injury, they are also very expensive and can result in thousands of dollars in damage and the possibility of health code violations.

So what is the best way to clean your range hood safely and effectively?  Your San Diego restaurant cleaning service will likely take care of this task for you, but if you have to clean your range hood yourself, there are a few facts and tips to keep in mind.

First of all, not all range hoods function in the same way. Certain types have extra components, for example, that must be removed and cleaned.  The most common types of hoods are compensating hoods and canopy ventilation systems. Canopy ventilation systems, commonly seen in older kitchens, are designed to work with stoves that produce lower amounts of heat. Compensating hoods are designed to circulate higher amounts of heat while using less energy then older models.

Improperly cleaned ranged hoods are the number one cause of grease fires, so make sure that filters are kept clean and replace them as needed, and that the range hood surface is kept clean and free of debris. When in doubt, consult with the manufacturer’s manual and ask your cleaning service for more tips.

San Diego Health Department Inspection Tips Thursday, May 5, 2011

Health department inspections help to ensure that the restaurants that San Diego residents  frequent are safe and sanitary.  For restaurant owners, however, inspection time can be very stressful.  Luckily, there are some things that you can do, before, during, and after an inspection, to help things go smoothly.

Before your inspection, make sure that everything in your restaurant is spotless, from the dining area, to the bathrooms, to the kitchen. This goes without saying, of course, and your San Diego cleaning service can be an important part of making this possible.   You should also take the time to review health and safety regulations with your employees, making sure that they all understand them.

During your inspection, make sure to ask to ask for identification from the inspector, even if you have been informed in advance that they were coming.  Never refuse to submit to an inspection if they have valid credentials, but do follow the inspector and take notes about any questions that they have or violations that they find.  This will make you look proactive and involved regardless of the outcome of the inspection.

After the inspection, remember, that  the cleanest restaurants of all sometimes inadvertently make health code violations, and in most cases, these infractions are easily fixed. You should also ask the health inspector to explain any findings to your staff and employees, to make sure that they are aware of them.  Even if you do not agree with the findings in the report, make sure that you sign it to acknowledge that you submitted to the inspection.  If your inspection goes well, consider this as a sign that you are on the right track, and keep up the good work.