& Office Cleaning
By Reid Sossong, RPA
520 722 6776
Trashing is one of our basic services. This consists of emptying all trash cans in your office and restrooms. Also, we replace the liner as needed, which means some get replaced every service and others can go a while. Then, we use larger can liners in the cans so they don’t get pulled in the can. Email me if you have a question.
Do your restrooms smell and nobody has used them? It might be the floor drains. There are a couple of solutions that usually work. The first is to pour water down the drain to prevent the smells from coming up. The second is a rubber cover for the floor drain that keeps smells at bay, or both.
Next let's talk about cleaner/disinfectants. These are products that are two in one. They work well in removing soil and matter, then disinfecting, saving time and money. They are used in wipes as well which have many uses in the commercial office cleaning. NCL has an excellent product out.
What are red can liners used for? Red can liners are used mainly in medical facilities for the hazardous waste. There are services that pick them up and incinerate them out of Tucson. Years ago the janitor was involved.
Office cleaners will have a few duties outside to clean at some offices. Here’s a partial list: clean front door glass, vacuum mats, empty outside trash containers, clean drinking fountain, clean any outside tables…. We had an account that required the cleaning of the outside windows.
Desert Cleaning was started in 1980 and has been serving the Tucson area ever since. Put their experience to work for you immediately and you’ll see the difference. Desert Cleaning has the best of the best janitors in Tucson!
We have seen the janitor's closet overlooked by most cleaning services. What I mean is they never think of cleaning the closet. Keeping the closet cleaned and organized reflexes on the way they clean your offices. I have seen janitor closets where the floor was black and that wasn’t the color of the tile. Same with the mop bucket.
Will there be an initial cleaning cost for our offices? Every office is different and some need an initial cleaning and some don’t. Items that would trigger an initial cleaning would be: the office hadn’t been cleaned for a long period, can liners are stuck to the side of the can, dust is everywhere, and the rings in the toilet bowls are awful.
The janitorial business is split in two parts. First, there are all the things needed to set the business up to be able to have the janitor at your offices ready to clean. Things like insurances, cleaning supplies, payroll, phones, computers, scheduling…. Then, there is the actual cleaning of your offices.
Touch free restrooms are more and more common, and for a good reason, they work. If the goal is to curb the spread of germs then this could be the way to go. Faucets, toilets urinals, soap, lights, fans… are some of the touch free fixtures for the restroom.Then there is the door to the restroom that can have several options, but no door is the best.
Trash and dash is common with low bidders in the janitorial service business. They bid low and can’t pay the bills and are losing money just to say they have an account. Then, they resort to trash and dash to try and stay above water. They aren’t happy and the office manager is not happy.
If you use a public restroom and the paper products are weak, what do you think? That’s exactly right, it is probably how they run the rest of their business. Along with clean restrooms the paper products can’t be cheap. Clients and employees will get the wrong impression of the business and all it takes is an upgrade in the restrooms.
Office cleaning in Tucson is locally owned. Desert Cleaning takes pride in their work and is always looking for the cutting edge systems for janitorial office cleaning. In the commercial office cleaning world the best services are local services that aren’t a national franchise. The money stays here and the customer gets a high level of office cleaning. Less headaches.
Most companies overlook the empty office suite which collects dust and may even need to have the trash emptied. At many offices the employees use the empty office for eating their lunch and talking on the phone.We treat the empty office like the occupied offices, otherwise it turns into a mess.
The number one priority for the janitor is the security of the office. We try and use only a few doors to go in and out of the building and keep them secure when at the account cleaning. Many times we use the back door for taking the trash to the dumpster. Setting the alarm when leaving is important and reporting any lights that are out.
Want to make a D an A with little money and effort in office buildings. We have a building that is a D building and the restrooms are a mess. There are three empty hand towel boxes and they leave a roll of cheap home kitchen roll towels out because they don’t fit the boxes. The toilet paper is never on the holder because it is too close to the wall.... To lock the restroom they use a latch the same as used on an outside fence.
The reference letters are important in any business, especially the janitorial business. Our references are on our homepage under satisfied clients. In addition to the letters we have received we can provide phone numbers to other account references. Our company is here to serve your janitorial needs, let us show you.
Desert cleanings quality assurance system works and the good news is it is built in the price. What it does is assures you get a high level of janitorial services. Our inspection team is seasoned in both cleaning and inspecting. They have a checklist to follow that helps with consistency in the quality assurance system. Call us for a bid tour.
The cleaning side of the business is the side that really counts for references. There are some additional services I want to talk about. They are the cleaning of the phone, keyboard, mouse, and computer screen are additional services we provide. When clean they help with the employee morale and add uniformity to the office. If you have cleaning products you want us to use just let us know. Safety first.
Please note how important gloves are in the office cleaning world. There are many types available, however, there are two basic types; disposable and reusable. I prefer the reuseable mainly because they are less likely to rip. Also, when done for the day you wash them off until next time. The disposable gloves are great when finished for the day just throw them out. Gloves come in different thicknesses.
Recently, I was at a building that had restrooms that exit to the outside world. It can have a benefit when it needs airing out, but costly if it doesn’t lock properly. Bums like to steal supplies and it gets costly and annoying. Also if the door doesn’t seal properly the dust and dirt can blow in quickly and make a mess. These additional costs have to be figured in the bid. It could be a nightmare.
Desert Cleaning janitorial services, Inc. in Tucson. We work for you and it shows in our finished product. Most of the janitorial work is rote, however, it’s the janitor that can think on their feet that separates us from the mediocre.
DC can provide daytime service or day porter services. There are good and bad reasons for daytime office cleaning. The list shows it is harder to find someone for the daytime position and clean while folks are on the phone…. For these reasons the cost may be higher for cleaning during the day. Top five.
Are the cleaning of the refrigerators included in the bid price? Yes, it can be included or cleaned and billed as needed. We will work with you and your budget. We will wipe clean the outside of the refrigerator and the inside too. In the past we had an account that had us every Tuesday throw out anything in the refrigerator and then clean the inside. Not too bad.
Janitorial services include trash removal and can flow nicely if it has a system. We use oversize can liners so they don’t get sucked-in the can and are less likely to rip. Also, we use the twist and tuck method to attach the can liner to the can. The barrel on wheels is where we dump the desk into. Then, we have extra can liners attached to the barrel to pull from, no backtracking. A system is the key.
Dusting is always a never ending battle and has to be consistent. Many companies blow it off and then they lose the account. Dusting is easy to do and easy to blow off and then it builds up into a real mess. In retail stores if a product is all dusty you know it has been sitting a long time and are less likely to buy. It sounds simple and it is.
Restrooms have many details and we service these first when cleaning. This way if the janitor forgets to do something in the restroom they can go back while still at the building and correct the error. Filling the dispensers is part of cleaning the restrooms and you can’t forget the toilet paper, it’s number two of importance.
The floors take the longest to clean as a rule. The exception is if the floors are all covered with papers… and the traffic lanes are the only part of the floor to clean. The restroom floors can be cleaned last or while cleaning the restrooms, each building is different.
All the behind the scene things before the janitor arrives at the offices to clean and everything is ready to start cleaning. Restrooms are the first thing on the list to clean. Filling the mop water and checking supply levels are required. The janitor tries to avoid backtracking. Having a system makes the cleaning flow smoothly, I think I said this before.
National janitorial franchises have earned a reputation in Tucson for giving low bids, requiring long term contracts, and shoddy work. How do I know this to be true? I’ve heard it over the years numerous times from office managers and property managers telling me their story and the stories were all bad, but the salesperson got paid.
They have told me that the national janitorial companies have a salesperson running around quoting low prices for janitorial services. Then, when they get the account they hand it off to a franchisee. The franchisee isn’t making any money and starts skipping services. The only real winner is the out of town national franchiser. We like a WIN WIN situation, it makes life a lot better for everyone.
Tucson office cleaning is our specialty and has been for 40 years. We are a local office cleaning company that is family owned and operated. See our list of satisfied customers and If you are tired of cleaning up after your janitor please give us a call or fill out our fast free online quote form and put our experience to work.
Knowing in 2020 most offices have a conference room. It’s very important to your business image to have a clean uniformed conference room. What do I mean when I say uniformed? All the chairs should be positioned the same. All the blinds should be going in the same direction. Anything on top of any surface will be organized and straight. Spray and wipe conference table.
We will clean your computer screen, keyboard, mouse, and phone. Most companies have their employees clean their own space. However, we can provide this service. We use lens cleaner for the cleaning of the computer screen or terminal cleaner. On the mouse, keyboard, and phone we use disinfection wipes. Most stories are sold out because of covid-19.
We aren’t the lowest bidder usually. The low bidder may cut corners or try to increase the price after they start. I have seen other companies bid less than minimum wage to clean the account. That is a definite red flag. No one wins.
To get the office cleaner to the jobsite to do the actual cleaning is often overlooked. Let’s review some of the things it takes. It starts with marketing and sales, office overhead (computers, phones, website, supplies, insurances, payroll costs…) supervision, floaters…. All this has to be managed and timed just right so you get the service you deserve. A win win.
Let’s talk about dusting, and more dusting. It’s a never ending battle here in Tucson. In our system it’s all about consistency. Every time we clean an office the duster comes out and gets to do it’s thing. I have seen other companies lose an account mainly because the dusting wasn’t getting done. Dusting is a cleaning task that takes thought and effort. Amazing.
2020 is extremely unusual with covid-19.
Looking for a janitorial service? Please see our online quote form at desertcleaning.com.
2020 has begun and will be a great year. We love being in the janitorial business in Tucson and we look forward to making our janitorial service better this year. We have been working on a new key system and improving our Quality Assurance system. Keeping our janitorial accounts happy is number one, especially in these times.
Part of the art of the janitorial bid or pricing in 2020 is from experience. There is some science to the process as well, but used more as a benchmark or guide. After adding and subtracting all the services, you arrive at the bid price. The more seasoned you are the more comparables you have to draw from, like real estate.
Many offices have an office that is vacant. These offices still need cleaning attention. Dusting, vacuuming, and trashing are the big three. People in the office will use the vacate suite to make phone calls, eat lunch, sleep, plus other things.
We use several different brands of upright vacuums. They are Royal, Shark, Sanitaire, and Power-Flight. They each have benefits. The Power-Flight only weighs 8 lbs, half the weight of the others. The Sanitaire is easier to change the belt, especially on the job. The Royal cost more than the others, but is a real work horse. And the cordless Shark.
We are going to visit some vacuum history so we can see how far we have advanced. The article will be general in content and not just the commercial vacuum. I’ll have to do a little more research on the commercial vacuum for a future article. So, let’s get started.
The non-electric vacuum that was invented circa 1870. It was a sweeping success and the power came from a hand crank while the operator maneuvered the vacuum with the other hand. Wow!
The electric vacuum surfaced about 31years later. It was a huge unit that was horse drawn and hoses were put through windows to vacuum each room. A few years later vacuums came with different attachments and was the modern vacuum.
In the 1970’s James Dyson started to develop a vacuum without a bag. Now there are many types on the market. The commercial vacuums we use have longer cords, thicker cords, wide wheels…. The commercial vacuums are made to run a few hours at a time, compared to the one most people use.
If you have questions or would like a quote please contact me at 520 722-6776 or see our website and fill out our fast free online quote form.
We are proud of our inspection system. Why? Because it works and has kept us in business for 40 years in Tucson. Every office is different and along with our inspection checklist we use an important items sheet for each account. Things can still happen but with our A team of janitors and our quality assurance program it’s rare.
The partial list is used when we do an inspection of your offices. It keeps the inspection team alert and less chance of them missing something. Also, it helps when reviewing with the onsite janitor.
It’s all about giving you a great cleaning experience. Our seasoned team takes pride in what they do and it shows month after month, year after year. When we do an inspection it is done with the thought that the end result is delivering a quality product and not to belittle the onsite janitor.
Someone asked me the other day if we check the account that has no complaints? Yes, absolutely and that is part of the reason there aren’t any complaints...
This article is about janitorial liability insurance and covers many topics. Let’s look at a few of the topics it may cover: customers, office staff, lost key, property damage….This article is basic and you should not rely on the information; please check with your insurance expert or attorney about your situation.
The two types of claims common with janitorial insurance, claims made and per occurrence. I’ll talk about policy limits and certificates of insurance that most office managers require along with additional insured on the certificate of insurance issued.
When something happens that is when you are glad you have the insurance. But, what if the janitorial service doesn’t have insurance? I wonder who they’ll look at for coverage? Each policy is different, so be sure it has janitorial coverage's in the policy.
Many liability policies bodily injury is covered. And, it may cover medical expenses and lost hours as well. With our insurance it is covered if an accident happens at our office or at a business location we clean.
Let’s talk about risk management and its importance. Eliminating a few potential problems and saving a big problem in the future is what it is all about. Let me give you an example: in a retail strip center they didn’t have poles to stop a car from smashing into the suites. Then after this happened the owner put the poles in front of the stores.
In the policy it is important to have lost key coverage included. Re-keying and having new keys made for the entire business could get expensive. A risk management idea is not to have the keys easily identified that were issued to you.
Works with microfiber when cleaning offices. It’s used in towels, wet/dry mops, and is sold in Home Depot, Target, and the janitor supply store. The microfiber comes in many colors so you don’t cross contaminate. Most janitors like microfiber.
Microfiber got its name because it is many many times smaller than a human hair. Another amazing microfiber item is that it holds nine times the water than a regular cotton towel. The microfiber works better when wet, in my opinion. The wet mops for floors are considered better mainly because of the absorption compared to cotton.
For wood floors we like to use the Bona products that come with the microfiber flat mops. We give them a thumbs up and our customers are happy. We have noticed that the microfiber towels don’t work well when using lemon oil. Let me know if you have a method.
The microfiber is man made using a high density weave. It is bacteria resistant and was developed for anti-slip flooring. Also, it is lint free. I have been told that the microfiber wet mop does a great job from absorption to cleaning. We have been switching over to mostly microfiber.
The dust mops come in microfiber as well and last a long time. They are the best dust mop on the market and feature conventional slot end sewing. These can be laundered over and over. the microfiber dust mops are produced with continuous filament microfiber yarn and are a 100% synthetic, a good combination. No treatment is necessary.
If you can, then, please keep our phone number and call us when things change.. . We provide all the basic services and any additional details you request. Our program is customized just for you and we use state of the art cleaning methods. We have been in the office cleaning business for 40 years in Tucson and love what we do for you and your office.
With our system we don’t disturb files or papers… in your offices or business when cleaning. It only makes sense and we tell our janitors when in doubt don’t move it. It mainly applies to dusting, however, some offices keep files and papers on the floor so the janitor has to be careful when trashing and vacuuming. Every office is different.
In the lobby, there is trash to be emptied, floors to cleaned, magazines to straighten and front door glass to clean to name a few. Also, part of the lobby is the receptionist's area which may have glass and counter to clean. I have been in offices as a customer and it just felt dirty and germ infested in the lobby. I think this happens when the staff uses a back entrance and nobody pays attention to the lobby. Just a thought.
Janitorial details are many and not all apply to each office or business. After the basic services are covered the details can make or break an account. I just covered a few in the lobby and now I’ll mention a few others. The conference room chairs need to be cleaned and straightened, trash can liners replaced if needed, clean inside the microwave, putting trash cans back in the right spot. All this adds up to a great janitorial experience for you and your clients
Some of the great hygiene programs are soap in the restrooms. I know that is a phenomenal concept.I was at a building this week that didn’t have any soap in the restrooms. Then I found out that they haven’t had soap for a few weeks. This is what I mean about a cheap service is it affordable. Remember to contact us if things don’t work out.
Desert Cleaning has four basic service areas and they are: trash, dust, restrooms and floors. Then all the details with each. So, let’s dive right into it and review each service area In Tucson.
First is trashing an office that requires a barrel on wheels, can liners for the barrel and desk trash cans, a spray bottle and paper towels. There are usually desk trash, kitchen trash, and restroom trash that need to be emptied and taken to the dumpster. The janitor will use the barrel on wheels to dump all the trash in before taking outside.
Second is the nationwide number one complaint is dusting. When it comes to dusting we leave competition in the dust. Why? Because we include dusting in our routine on a consistent basis. I know, I know it’s hard to believe it is that simple. Some janitorial services must think that no one will notice, but eventually they will and they lose an account.
The restrooms are third on the list of the big four. We try and service the restrooms first at an account in case you forget to do a task you are still in the building. The commercial office restrooms are built to keep clean. What do I mean? If you notice all the surfaces are easy to clean, for example: ceramic tile, stainless steel, mirrors. metal partitions…. Day porter.
Fourth on the list are floors. There are wood, tile, and carpet floors in general to take care of in the commercial office setting. Wood and laminate flooring has a different system and products we use, because you can’t use a wet mop on them for starters. An important item for carpet and tile mats at all entrances, ideally both in and out saves the floors.
Do you really want an inferior janitorial service in Tucson when Desert Cleaning is here? We specialize in office cleaning at affordable pricing. How do we consistently beat the competition? It’s simple we pay our people more, so out of the pool of people that are looking for janitorial work we get the best Janitors.
Signing with us and in our system is easy. We set-up a file so we can keep track of emails, notes taken on the initial walk through, important items…. Also, we create a file in our computer that has your billing information and email information.
Supplies can work a few ways. First there are two types of supplies: the supplies to do the cleaning and the supplies you consume: toilet paper, hand towels, soap…. We’ll handle the supplies the way you want. The most common is you supply the consumables and we supply the actual cleaning supplies to do the job.
The Desert Cleaning invoice is sent on the first of the month for that month and the supplies are shown on the invoice are for the previous month. The invoice total amount is due on the first of the following month. We can mail or email the invoice to you. Why would you want to settle for less? There is a difference.
Here are a few key items to look for when hiring a Tucson office cleaning service. If you are looking for the lowest bidder then stop reading, it’s a “no brainer.” In this article I’ll cover references, how long have they been in business in Tucson, are they just a national franchise or a quality local service….
The reference letters are very important in the bid process. A new company may not have any and could be a risk. An established company with no references is a red flag. References show a pattern of getting the job done with people that are trustworthy and easy to be around.
A very important issue is how long have they been in business here in Tucson. This shows how stable they are and if their heart is really here. Are they going to close shop and leave Tucson?
Is the janitorial service hiding behind a national franchise name? You will wind up paying for the money you save. Over the years I have talked to many unsatisfied office managers that went with a franchise thinking they must know they are doing. That’s why they called Desert Cleaning and we come in and straighten the cleaning out.
Our company has been in the office cleaning business in Tucson for 40 years and there is a reason, we do the job. See our link to references on our home page. Also, we have a few employees that have been with Desert Cleaning for over twenty five years. Call us and see the difference.
“We have had it up to here with the national franchise janitor services.” We hear it all the time from office and property managers. Well Desert Cleaning janitorial services, Inc. is locally owned and operated, so you are at the right place. Let me explain some of the things we hear about the big national janitorial franchises here in Tucson.
The big companies have long term contracts that are hard to terminate. We don’t require a long term contract, unless you want one. What if you are receiving bad service? From what I’ve been told it is hard to get out of the janitorial contract that the national franchise janitorial services require. WOW!!! We don’t operate that way and sad to see.
How big they are and low bids are their hook to get you to sign with them. Then the main office hands your account to a franchisee that tries to give a good service, but eventually will cut corners to have it make any sense. I’ve heard story after story about the national janitorial services and all bad, even from the franchisees. Emmmm!!!
Over the years we have noticed that most managers just want the job done. It’s that simple. We are a local janitorial service and do just that, provide janitorial service. Please see our references on our homepage and let us take care of your janitorial.Tell a building manager!
Office cleaning service are the vacuums used to clean your offices. We use cordless uprights, backpack, and mini vacuums mainly. The upright vacuum gets used the most to clean offices, medical, and banks.... The mini vacuum is great for detailing under desks, and hard to reach places.
The cleaning system we have calls for the janitor to not vacuum an area when there is a meeting taking place. A meeting is two or more people and unless we get the green light to vacuum that area we leave it alone. It is part of the informal structure and usually is not a problem we noticed.
We have an affordable office cleaning program that includes the restrooms. As you may know that restrooms are the most important part of the office cleaning experience. Restrooms are a breeding ground for germs, so it is high on the list for disinfection. Less worker down time and the impression it makes on clients is important.
Do you need a janitorial service in the daytime? We can handle that and at an affordable rate. Most office janitorial work is done at night, however, there are offices needing the daytime service and that is where we come in and fill the void. It may cost more because of the staffing requirements and time delays while cleaning.
When office cleaning in the day or night first impressions make a difference. It starts in the lobby. Not only is this the first impression of your office or medical suite it’s where customers wait to see you and have time to look around and form an opinion. Tell a friend.
Trash and dash was here before I got in the janitorial business. Someone usually gets the bright idea to bid low and get the account. Then after a short while they realize they aren’t making any money and they start the old trash and dash. It’s sad because the customer is cheated and the cleaning company gets fired. A lose lose for everyone.
Here’s some ideas. First, check their reference letters and call a few. It should paint a positive picture and give you a good feeling. Second, if they are the lowest bid it could be a red flag. Ask them how they arrived at the price they gave. If they don’t know its a red flag.
Ask the time it takes to do each task: restrooms, trashing, and vacuuming…. This will give you a sense if they know what they are talking about. If they are pulling a number out of the air look out, they will be trash and dashing soon. I have never heard of a legitimate janitorial service doing the trash and dash. That’s why they are legitimate they know what they are doing. They can answer all your questions and have good references too.
If this is happening to you please give us a call or email. Also, you can fill out our fast free online quote form on our website at desertcleaning.com. You’ll be glad you did. No more trash and dash!
Desert Cleaning janitorial services, Inc in Tucson makes you number one.
Half the janitorial service is the actual cleaning and the other half is putting it all together so the on site janitor has everything they need to give you a high level of office cleaning. That’s right, we want to be your office cleaner or janitor, there is a difference in Tucson.
Desert Cleaning has been cleaning offices here in Tucson for 40 years and it’s because we put you the customer first. Our management staff is seasoned and has put together a team of top janitors to serve you.
Part of our system is responding to requests and complaints. When you have a request we respond swiftly so you don’t have to keep thinking about it and we do the same when we get a complaint. It’s all about giving you a high end office cleaning experience in Tucson.
Desert clean has concepts for offices. Water temperature is important during the holidays. Most people know that hot water used during cleaning helps do a better job.However, if the water is too hot it can have a negative affect. The argument continues.
We are office cleaning specialists. Some companies try to be a jack of all trades and a master of none.. We clean offices in most areas of Tucson: central, east, north, northeast, northwest, west, south, southeast…. Contact us to see if we are in your area.
Microfiber is being used in lots of ways in our Industry. It is used to make towels, wet and dry mops both flat and string. Also, you can purchase it in different colors for different uses. The durability and absorption are other reasons to use the microfiber towels.
Microfiber is named from the small fibers that are 99.9 smaller than a house. The absorption rate is many many times more than a cotton cloth towel. We still use both in our business. The microfiber mops work great on wood floors. However, the microfiber towels don’t work well with lemon oil or other products that are petroleum based.
Microfiber doesn’t lint like a cotton towel,alright. The microfiber products can be found in Home Depot, Lowes, and Target. Also , the janitorial supply stores have them as well.
Microfiber towels are bacteria resistant. I’ve read that microfiber is being used in bed sheets and shower curtains with all the benefits. The microfiber last a long time compared to other materials and it is used in anti-slip flooring as well. WOW!!
Tucson weather is a little warmer and the mornings are cool. If you ever need a janitorial service give us a call at 520-722-6776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Tucson, there are two kinds of supplies for office cleaning;the supplies for the actually cleaning and then the supplies that get consumed: toilet paper, hand towels, soap…. We usually pay for the cleaning supplies and the owner would pay for the items consumed.. We have a few accounts that want it all bundled in one check, which is ok.
Central janitorial in Tucson covers floor maintenance basics. Let’s start with sweeping the floor to pick up any loose items. Then, we dust mop the floor to accumulate smaller dust particles. Some janitorial services skip these steps to save time and this is all part of a low bid.
Ask yourself in east Tucson “what do my clients see when they enter my office or business.” The lobby comes to mind right away because people are waiting and have time to look around. They form an opinion of how your business is run by the cleanliness of your lobby.
Some of the cleaning tasks in the lobby in central Tucson. The most common are: organize magazines, clean door glass, trash, dust, vacuum, and reception counter. The old saying that you can judge a business by how clean it is still applies today.
I hope you liked this article and as always if you have any input please email me at email@example.com .