When we go to work we are exposed to a number of germs, especially when flu season rolls around. Unfortunately, people do come to work sick, and they touch a variety of surfaces while they’re there. In shared spaces like bathrooms, conference rooms, and break rooms germs will linger on tables, keyboards, door handles, and any hard surface for a long period of time. There are some things you can do to help prevent getting sick and from spreading germs to others.
Wash Your Hands
This is the simplest, yet best way to prevent getting sick year-round. In the winter viruses can remain active for longer due to the colder temperatures, so frequent handwashing should be a top priority.
Keep Your Space Clean
A clean workspace can help minimize germs, especially in high touch points if they are being disinfected regularly. Help reduce the spread of germs in your building throughout the day by implementing some easy cleaning steps.
Take Care of Yourself
Staying healthy is possible - even during cold and flu season, but you have to put some extra effort into caring for yourself.
Having daily or weekly upkeep of your commercial building keeps the work environment healthy and clean. However, deep cleaning a few times a year is also recommended. As we enter a new cooler season it’s a great time to start with a new slate.
Soon we’ll be shut inside for most of the day, so fall is a great time to prepare by disinfecting and cleaning your entire building. Cold and flu season is also among us, and taking the time to have your building thoroughly cleaned can have many benefits to the health of its occupants.
Health benefits are not the only reason that a deep cleaning would be beneficial to your commercial building. When carpets, floors, and windows are professionally cleaned on a regular schedule, it could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Maintenance of these assets is much cheaper than replacing them.
With a thorough deep cleaning this fall season, our team could help remove stains, debris, allergens, and germs. Mark’s Cleaning Service alleviates the task of cleaning and disinfecting your facility. On top of our janitorial services, we offer other cleaning services for commercial buildings that are catered to fit the needs of your building.
Window Cleaning: Clean windows will allow more sunlight to enter the building, which helps promote a positive and productive workplace. We use a water-fed pole system to clean the exteriors and interiors of windows. Our window cleaning equipment will provide you with streak free windows and save you a ton of time from attempting to clean them yourself.
Carpet Cleaning: A professional carpet cleaning is essential to your facility. Nothing will turn off customers or visitors more then dirty stained carpet. Carpet also harbor dust, mold, pollutants, and other allergens. Our trained technicians have the knowledge to treat stains with the appropriate products, and use hot water extraction to rid your carpets fibers of allergens.
Floor Care: Keeping floors beautiful, clean, and well maintained is crucial. We use professional floor scrubbers to clean and strip to your floors. We then apply a fresh coat of wax and seal it to prolong its life.
Upholstery Cleaning: Just like your carpet, couches and chairs can harbor allergens and dust as well. Stained furniture is not a good look for any business. We offer upholstery cleaning as well, using our hot water extraction method we can leave your chairs or couches smelling fresh and looking brand new.
With over 37 years of experience, we are a fully equipped team ready to get your fall cleaning done. We make the work environment cleaner and safer by using only the best and most advanced equipment out there. Let us help you prepare for a successful season, and give us a call to set up a free estimate.
Employee safety should be one of the top priorities for companies worldwide. Many essential workplaces are operating with limited crews, and it's more important than ever to keep it a clean and safe environment. This will promote productivity, and keep your facility operating efficiently. Large factories have numerous employees which can make cleanliness tougher to achieve, but it can be done.
We see dozens of advertisements and signs everywhere we go about washing hands, social distancing, and wearing masks. After two years of the pandemic you would think it would be embedded in our brains by now. Many of us though have gotten lazy with cleanliness and personal hygiene. Continue to send out reminders to employees about washing hands throughout their shifts and personal cleanliness. Signage in bathrooms and break rooms can still be useful as well. Basic cleanliness can go a long way in keeping a facility safe.
Have the Right Supplies:
You cant achieve proper cleanliness without the right supplies. In large factories with large surfaces and equipment, certain products are needed to clean certain areas. We do the same thing at home when cleaning. You aren't going to use the same product for your toilet, floors, and windows. So its important for your building to have a variety of products, along with an array of mops, brooms rags, etc. in order for it to be cleaned properly.
Have a Plan:
Problems will arise if no one is directly responsible for cleaning in a facility. Sometimes it's obvious who should deal with a mess. You spill your drink on the ground, you clean it up. Employees should be responsible for certain cleaning tasks, such as spot cleaning before or after a shift. But what about the more detailed cleaning that should be getting done on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis? Factories are home to lots of vital equipment, and having a professional janitorial team solves this issue. Cleaning tasks are getting done properly because it's a priority.
Not every company has the resources to properly clean their facility. That's where a professional cleaning service comes in. Keeping a workplace clean and safe is a team effort, and MCS has been leading in janitorial services across NE Ohio for decades. Our company has the knowledge and ability to handle facilities of all sizes. We develop custom cleaning plans and routines for our clients, and make sure that we leave behind a cleaner and safer environment with every service. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your commercial cleaning needs.
All of us in NE Ohio have seen winter in full swing this week. With freezing temperatures and intense snowfall we’re sharing some tips on how to take care of your building during these harsh winter days.
Protect Entry & Walkways
Employees and visitors are more likely to slip and fall during winter months because of the slush from snow and rain. Be prepared and avoid accidents by placing anti-slip and waterproof mats at every entrance. Have a plan for snow removal and keep sidewalks and pathways cleared and salted.
Disinfect to Avoid Illness
Your office should be regularly cleaned all year long, but during prime flu and cold season, and with Covid-19 still running rampant, it’s important to take extra precautions. If you don't already have a professional cleaning service, now is the time to get one. If you do, contact your service to schedule extra cleaning and disinfecting. Keeping your office clean during winter is most important since infectious germs and diseases are easily transferred this time of year.
Keep Floors Clean
During winter floors get a lot of wear and tear with all the snow and salt that gets tracked in. Mats will help so employees and visitors can wipe their shoes when they enter the building. Keep the mats clean with regular cleaning, and keep them dry and vacuumed. Cleaning the floors at the end of the day will prevent damage to your floors. A team of professional cleaners can help maintain your floors with a regular care plan to avoid any costly future repairs.
HVACs build up dust, dander, and bacteria, so have a yearly HVAC maintenance plan to keep the system working properly throughout the winter. Make sure your HVAC system is cleaned to reduce circulation of germs. Have your air filters changed each winter to avoid getting more dust and bacteria in the air and keep it healthy all winter long.
MCS has been providing cleaning services to local businesses in Northeast Ohio for over 37 years. Our team is dedicated to keeping your building looking great all winter. Our team will ensure that floors are cleaned and the rest of your building is properly sanitized. Contact us and schedule a free consultation to discuss regular janitorial services for your business.
It’s the start of a new year and that means new opportunities to revamp your business. It can be a headache coordinating building services. Instead you can rely on MCS for a dependable service that takes care of the hassle for you.
Service Customized To The Needs Of Your Business
Every building is unique with its own set of needs. Most businesses will have bathrooms, breakrooms, and workstations but depending on the size of the building and number of employees, the plan for cleaning needs to be catered to these factors. Taking everything into consideration, we can determine and recommend cleaning services and a schedule based on your specific needs.
Cost Effective Cleaning Solutions
We take a full service approach at a great cost, but the results you will receive from our team is really priceless. A clean environment is important for making a positive impression on clients and visitors. Studies also show that a clean workplace motivates employees to perform more productively. Having your building regularly sanitized and disinfected also eliminates unnecessary spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses, keeping everyone healthy.
Full Service Approach
When picking a professional cleaning company it’s important to find out if they can fit the schedule that is best for you. We offer nightly and day time cleaning, or day porter services if your building requires round the clock attention. Depending on what is best for your businesses schedule. We also offer other services outside of regular cleaning maintenance with our team of certified technicians. So when your carpet needs professional cleaning, or your flooring needs stripped and waxed our company can help, , saving you the hassle of searching for another place that can.
If something in your building needs attention it can be frustrating when you can't get in touch with your cleaning service. If you’re dealing with poor communication with your current cleaning company it’s probably time for a change. As a business owner or building manager you understand the #1 rule of good business is communication. You need to be able to reach a decision maker when you need them.
We are a local, friendly, professional company that isn't out of touch with clients. Make MCS the cleaning company for 2022.
Flu season is usually at its peak between the months of December and February. Health and safety precautions are always essential to prevent flu transmission in the workplace. Extra caution is advised this time of year, not just because it overlaps with COVID-19 again, but also with lockdowns lifted and business back as usual, there are more opportunities to spread illnesses.
The flu, also known as influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by an influenza A or B virus. Covid-19 is also a highly infectious respiratory illness, caused by a new strain of coronavirus. Both of the illnesses have some pretty severe symptoms in common, such as fever, cough, chills, fatigue, sore throat, muscle pain, and body aches. Covid-19 may also cause loss of taste and smell.
Both illnesses are transmitted through respiratory droplets produced while coughing or sneezing. Due to similarity of symptoms it’s difficult to tell the two illnesses apart without testing. Fortunately there are vaccines for both Covid-19 and the flu.
What steps should I take to prevent an outbreak in my workplace?
The safety measures to prevent Covid-19 and the flu are the same.
Following these health and safety protocols will help reduce the risk of outbreak.
Advise your employees to get vaccinated.
Encourage your staff to get flu vaccines. You could offer employees time off to go get vaccinated or even set up onsite vaccination at your own facility. A flu shot takes 2 weeks to be effective and should be done as soon as possible. Of course, it’s not 100% effective, however, It will help make symptoms less severe if one gets sick.
Have a daily screening procedure in place.
Employers should have a screening protocol in place to prevent employees with symptoms from being at work. If an employee is showing symptoms then it is best to go home and self isolate. Temperature checks are an easy way to know if an employee isn't feeling well.
Maintain a clean hygienic workplace.
Your workplace must be cleaned thoroughly and frequently to reduce bacteria build up. Desks, copiers, cubicles, bathrooms, and break rooms are a hot spot for germs. Extra attention must be allotted to cleaning shared surfaces like workstations, desks, door handles, and phones. CBS News reported that if a virus is present on a shared surface such as a desk or door handle it can spread between 40% - 60% of the workforce within 2 to 4 hours. Wipe down shared surfaces with disinfectant wipes and make sure other health and safety protocols are being followed, this will help minimize the risk significantly.
Hire a professional cleaning service.
Commercial cleaning companies offer vital services to businesses. Hiring a reputable cleaning company can help combat illnesses spreading at work. They will disinfect surfaces, common areas, floors, and sanitize the building. If you already have a professional cleaning service in your building, consider having them come more frequently during flu season.
Dealing with flu season in the workplace isn't easy. Add the threat of a Covid-19 outbreak on top of it, and it could cause a lot of harm in the workplace. By being proactive your company can prepare and prevent potential impacts to your business and your employees. If your facility needs extra attention during flu season, we are here to help. Call to schedule a free consultation today.
One topic that is discussed constantly in our industry is the role that cleanliness plays in the overall appearance of a business. If you enter an office building and its carpet is covered in stains and dirt, what kind of message does that send out? If a business doesn't care about its cleanliness, what else does it not care about? Appearances matter when attracting people to a business. It leaves a positive impression of efficiency and attention to detail.
Commercial carpet withstands a lot of wear and tear over time. That makes it even more important to have a consistent cleaning plan for how it will be taken care of. When you have a professional carpet cleaner come to your business on a regular basis, your carpet will not only look better, but it will last longer over time. Clean carpet also plays a role in the health of the workplace. Carpet attracts bacteria, dust mites and other allergens that become embedded in the fibers of the carpet , but the equipment and cleaners that professionals use can extract these out.
Never try to clean your businesses carpets yourself. It might sound like a smart way to save money, in the long run, investing in an experienced carpet cleaner will save you time and money. Every carpet requires specific chemicals and water temperature that only a professional technician will be able to assess. If done incorrectly, the carpeting could be permanently damaged or torn.
We’ve been in the carpet cleaning business for over 37 years, and all of our certified technicians are formally trained to treat your carpet with the care that it needs.
In today's business world productivity is everything. If you want your company to succeed and grow then you NEED to have happy and efficient employees. We’re sharing a few tips on how you can help to increase productivity in the workplace.
Keep the workplace clean
If a workplace is dirty and cluttered it most likely will hinder the staff's performance. Keep the workplace clean by having regular cleanings done by a professional team. It could be daily, or weekly, it all depends on what fits the needs of your building. This cleaning should include vacuuming, wiping and dusting hard surfaces, emptying trash, and whatever else your space may need.
It’s more common for employees to become distracted when desks are messy or when they have to sift through drawers of unorganized files. Encourage employees to stay on top of keeping their desks neat and tidy, as well organizing paperwork away in files and cabinets. Have them spend 10-15 minutes at the end of each work day to clean their areas and put away anything they need too, that way they can come in the next morning without any interruptions.
Reduce the risk of getting sick
Sometimes illnesses spreading throughout the workplace is unavoidable, however there are measures you can take that will reduce the risk of your employees getting ill and reducing productivity due to staff being out sick. First of all, if an employee is sick, send them home. Then make sure that employees are washing their hands often, and have them sanitize their work spaces regularly. Phones, door knobs, and all high touch areas should be properly cleaned and sanitized. By taking precautions you can reduce the risk of illness in your facility.
These are all important steps that managers can take to increase productivity in the workplace. In today's world, cleanliness is so important when it comes to work environments. If you need help with keeping up with the cleanliness and maintenance of your building contact us for a free janitorial consultation.
It's always a good idea to recruit a professional cleaning company to maintain the cleanliness of a commercial facility. The only issue with having a night crew come in and clean after hours, is what goes on the rest of the day. That is where a day porter comes in handy. A day porter is a janitorial crew member who will help your building stay clean night AND day. No more waiting until closing time to have a clean workspace again.
A day porter is most beneficial to high occupancy facilities. This could be a multi tenant office space, a school, or retail and groceries stores. Buildings that have constant foot traffic, or a large number of employees often need a little extra time put into their daily cleaning ritual. Day porters are trained professionals who perform cleaning tasks far beyond what a regular janitorial team could do. They have the time to go above and beyond your cleaning expectations.
Having a consistently clean building sets the standard for your company. Day porters can focus on the areas that your customers or visitors will see the most, such as the lobby or the bathrooms. Sometimes there are cleaning duties that simply cannot wait until the end of the day. If the bathroom is out of paper towels or there is a spill on the floor, an employee then is taking time to fulfill these duties, instead of getting their job done. Round the cock cleaning will also help maintain building safety and hazards. If there's a spill, or rain and snow are being tracked in, then these areas can be cleaned up immediately and possibly prevent an accident from happening. Facility managers and associates have enough responsibilities, having a day-porter will allow them to focus on their roles and the tasks that matter most to the business.
It’s been over a year since COVID-19 made its way into the U.S. As the pandemic started to pick up, there was a lot of uncertainty, confusion, and probably some anger as we watched long anticipated events get canceled and had to drive to 5 different stores just to find toilet paper. Mask mandates and other COVID-19 regulations had been put in place. Masks must be worn, social distancing must be followed, and many businesses left with no choice but to operate at half the capacity they normally would. But now, there might just be a light at the end of the tunnel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor settings. Also most businesses can return to operating at full capacity.
Individual businesses can still require mask wearing by their employees and patrons, as well as enforce social distancing if they choose to. While of course we’re all eager to implement these new guidelines, experts say that employers shouldn't be too swift to throw away COVID-19 policies completely. There are some cases where the CDC says masks must still be worn, such as in hospitals or long term care facilities where people are more at risk. If you're traveling by public transportation such as a bus or airplane, facial coverings are still required, as well as at transportation hubs.
Retailers and restaurants will be faced with new challenges as they lift their COVID-19 policies. One of the biggest concerns is how will employers and employees know who is vaccinated and who is not? The answer is simple, we won't know. It’s created a lot of confusion so far for businesses, who will be left to make and enforce their own rules. Some companies such as Starbucks and Home Depot have already announced they are keeping their COVID-19 policies in place for the foreseeable future.
We all hope to return to normal soon, but this doesn't mean we need to leave some of our pandemic habits behind. Hand washing, workplace cleanliness, encouraging employees not to come to work when they aren't feeling well (why was this not important before?!) have all been highlighted throughout this pandemic, and will aid in keeping people safe, not just from Covid but other viruses and illnesses as well.
Let’s not throw away the hand sanitizer or stop our cleaning routines just because COVID-19 cases have dropped. We all have learned important lessons throughout the past year, one of them being how important of a role hygiene and cleanliness plays in keeping us safe.
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