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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In 1984 Mark Skoda created a commercial carpet cleaning and janitorial business. Over the next decade the company would grow into what it is today. Mark’s Cleaning Service became a full-service cleaning company, providing a number of services for residential and commercial clients. In 1998 our 5,000 square foot facility, located in Medina, Ohio, was purchased, and our in-house rug cleaning service was added. Now Mark’s proudly employs over a hundred staff members who provide an array of services all across Northeast Ohio.
Our Cleaning Method
At Mark’s Cleaning Service we offer only the most professional services to meet your expectations of clean, spotless, dirt-free carpet. Our carpet cleaning method goes above and beyond what most cleaners do. We use state of the art truck mounted vacuums and up to date cleaning systems that give the best results. The machine injects waters and emulsifies cleaning detergents deep into the carpets fibers. Then it proceeds to extract the detergents and hot water from the carpet to remove the deepest layer of dirt.
We Hire Only The Best Technicians
Our carpet cleaning technicians are friendly, professional, and trained to provide you a thorough cleaning each and every time. Having well trained technicians is our top priority. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, all our staff are trained in-house by our knowledgeable Carpet Cleaning Division Manager. Our technicians are educated to ensure that everything is used in a safe and efficient way.
If you decide that you would like to schedule MCS to clean your business’s carpet there are two ways to contact us. You can call us at our office at (330) 725-5702 and speak to one of our staff members. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. You can also visit our website www.markscleaning.com and submit a request to receive a free consultation for your carpet cleaning service. One of our friendly staff member will give you a call to answer any questions and schedule your estimate. Estimates are always free, no commitment, no hidden fees. You'll know exactly what your paying for before our technicians even arrive. We'll decide the best cleaning method for you and can create a customized cleaning maintenance plan to keep your floors clean all year!
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When we think of spring cleaning we’re often referring to the work that needs done at home, but it’s just as important to take the time every year to declutter and spring clean at work too. Cleaning your entire workspace can be a daunting task, so we’re challenging you to focus on just one area - your desk.
Just like your home deserves a good cleaning after a long winter, so does your workspace! Whether that's in the office, or at home, give your space the TLC it needs! Here's some tips on cleaning and organizing your desk this spring.
1. Get Rid of Old Papers
It’s amazing how many old documents we hold onto. Keeping boxes upon boxes of old papers is not unnecessary in this digital age, its also inefficient. Are you actually able to easily find what you're looking for? Go through your files and determine what you really need physical copies of. Scan the ones you need, neatly file them away, and shred the rest.
2. Clear & Clean Off Your Desk
Studies show that a clear and clean desk can actually improve your productivity. Keep on your desk only the things you need and use most often. The extra boxes of pens, stacks of paper, and old coffee mugs can go. Leave only the essentials, most likely this is your keyboard, computer monitor, phone, a couple pens, etc. Once you're done clearing it off, use a multi-purpose cleaner to wipe down everything you can.
3. Organize Your Drawers
This is a task many of us want to ignore. When your cleaning off your desk don't just throw the extra stuff in one of your drawers. Purchase some drawer organizers (you can find some good ones on Amazon for under $20) this will help you have separate compartments for your stuff. Get rid of whatever you don't need and organize the rest!
4. Clean Your Computer
Even if your desk is clean and tidy, you may still feel overwhelmed by the clutter on your computer. Is your desktop filled with documents and images? Delete the ones you no longer need. Organize what you do still need into folders, and create a filing system on your desktop that will be easy for you to use and find what you need.
Virtually every business in the U.S. has been financially impacted by COVID-19. Many businesses were forced to shut their doors, some for months at a time. Businesses had to invest in new PPE to protect the safety of their staff and patrons. Now a year later, even the most successful businesses are looking for ways to reduce their operating costs. As vaccination is underway and cases continue to drop, lock downs in most states are easing up. Businesses have reopened their doors and people are leaving their homes more often. Company's are faced with finding ways to return to business as usual and staying open.
The importance of hygiene has been a topic on everyone's mind for the last year. Wash your hands. Don't touch your face. It has started to sound like a broken record, but the importance cannot be overstated. Enhanced hygiene measures will help improve the health and safety of a buildings occupants. A focus on hygiene and cleanliness will help businesses stay open long term, however many businesses have been faced with big losses this year in profitability. We've compiled a few tips that could help improve hygiene in your facility while also saving money.
Foam dispensers for example will reduce usage and waste. They wont drip and drizzle like other liquid dispensers do. Also paper towels are cost effective and more hygienic then hand dryers. Paper towels are best to remove residue, and the brown paper towels usually cost less than white, but perform just as well.
Install Automated Dispensers
Paper towels are the most hygienic option, but what is not hygienic is an unwrapped roll or stack of paper towels sitting on the sink. Automatic fixtures will also control flow of water reduces water usage and waste. They also control the size and amount of product being used, reducing waste and usage. Making these changes to automatic dispensers will reduce the risk of cross contamination. Having smart restroom technology is a good solution for any facility looking to enhance hygiene and reduce operational costs.
Having the right tools is critical, but if your staff is not trained properly it wont be as beneficial to occupants. Training helps facilities make most of their investment and reap the benefits of these hygienic solutions. Having a well trained custodial staff that is up to date with cleaning tools and methods will make the cleanliness in your facility more effective.
Find the Right Distributor
Having the right distributors can go a long way in helping facilities have the right information and tools to deliver a safe and clean environment without breaking the bank. It is also sometimes smart to buy items in bulk which usually is less expensive for the consumer. Buying in bulk is also better for the environment and can save you space in your storage closet
With over 35 years of experience in the cleaning industry, at Mark's Cleaning Service we know the importance of cleanliness in your facility. We understand the needs and goals of our clients, and we keep your company's best interests in mind to help you achieve them.
Running a business means managing lots of little details, and an element that often has been overlooked in facility management is cleaning. Maybe the floors get vacuumed and the tables get dusted, but there are certain areas of interior space that are often neglected. As a result, the workspace will appear unclean and could lead to various health concerns.
This past year has changed the way businesses manage cleaning responsibilities. Tasks that use to be an afterthought are now a priority.
To help insure that your building is in great condition , we’ve produced a list of the top 6 things most businesses forget to clean.
#1. Air Vents
During the winter and summer months your heating and cooling system is in constant usage. This causes dust, dirt, and other allergens to collect inside the the vents. In most commercial spaces, this is one of the most disregarded cleaning tasks.
Stairs and elevators are usually where most foot traffic occurs. This causes dirt to quickly accumulate, especially in the winter months as snow and salt residue become a problem. Also stair railings and elevator buttons are tainted with germs if they are not disinfected regularly throughout the day.
#3. Light Fixtures/Ceiling Fans
Light fixtures and ceiling fans gather dust over time. It not only dulls their shine but can also cause health concerns to employees and visitors, especially to those with asthma or allergies. Additionally, bugs are attracted to the lights, and over time dead bugs can be found in and around them.
#4. Trash Cans
It seems silly to clean something that only holds trash, but the trash can is one of the dirtiest object in the building. Dust, dirt, and grime builds up quickly inside them, especially if there is a leaky trash bag.
#5. Door Knobs/Light Switches
Doorknobs and light switches are touched hundreds, if not thousands of times throughout the work day. They become dirty with dust and dirt, but also contaminated with the germs of employees or visitors. If these are not cleaned regularly the spread of illnesses and disease is more likely.
Baseboards and crown molding often go untouched in both commercial buildings and our homes. Over time dirt will build up on the baseboards and will become difficult to clean. It's important that baseboards are cleaned on a regular schedule. It will keep the facility looking cleaner and will be easy to upkeep.
Don't let these cleaning tasks go neglected any longer. There is an easy way to ensure all areas of your business are thoroughly cleaned - hiring a professional cleaning service. At Mark’s Cleaning Service our janitorial team is ready to assist you with whatever you need.
Developing a cleaning plan for your workplace is the best way to ensure you are keeping a safe and healthy work environment. Having a regular routine, and a schedule with cleaning and disinfecting is more important now than ever, so you can keep your employees healthy and your facility operational. Returning to work in a COVID-19 world we find ourselves looking differently at the surfaces and equipment around us. On top of having a regular cleaning by either staff or an outside cleaning company, what exactly should your 2021 cleaning plan entail?
Providing a worry free and clean environment in your facility is manageable with the right plan of attack. Implementing a solid cleaning plan will keep employees safe and businesses open. Please contact us if your would like to learn more about having your facility thoroughly cleaned.
It’s finally here… spring!
Most homeowners use the spring season to clean up the house, going through closets and drawers and even cleaning out the garage.
Most schedule in-home necessary services, such as professional carpet cleaning, so don’t forget that important part of your spring cleaning routine.
What most don’t think about is spring cleaning on the outside of the home. That’s right. Although most spring cleaning chores are performed inside the home, the outside needs some attention as well.
Some outside areas are neglected all winter, obviously, especially for colder climates when everything is covered in ice and snow. Think about the street in front of your home. If you go take a look, you will probably find all kinds of unsightly clutter and debris.
Take a tour of your yard. Although you raked up all those leaves from last fall, it’s amazing how they seem to reappear during the winter. (Yes, you can blame your neighbors for that.) On top of that are twigs and branches that the cold winter tossed into your yard. Most likely, you will find a bit of trash taking up residence in the back of your home, where the wind deposited it all.
No one wants to wash windows but it’s a necessary task. Don’t do just the inside. Get a stepladder (but keep it safe!) and give those windows a good scrubbing. Your local hardware store no doubt has the professional-type scrubbing tools plus handy squeegees. Don’t want to tackle this task? Hire a window washing pro, call Mark's Cleaning today.
It’s spring! Get out there and shine things up..and if you need help, give us a call!