Desert Cleaning Janitorial Services in Tucson,
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2021 Janitorial Articles

By Reid Sossong, RPA

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Top Office Cleaning Services Tucson

Top office cleaning  services are phenomenal. Great service at an affordable price and the top janitors in the city. Please see our references on our home page and let us know if you have any questions. We want to be your janitor service and for a quick response fill out our online quote form. It's fast and free, you’ll be glad you did.

Our company is a local service established in 1980. We don’t go around town giving low bids and then skip services. This separates them from the rest of the herd. We are not out to be the biggest service in Tucson, just the most sought after.

Some office cleaning services bid low and get the account, and two things take place: they pay their employees less and cut corners. What a way to operate. Just think the cleaning service and employee’s aren’t making much money and the customer is not getting the service they want, WOW!

Our reputation means a lot to us and has kept us in business all these years. We are a local office cleaning specialist. We are proud to be a business owner and Tucson is our home town. We have a few employees that have been with us for over 20 years and have had many employees come back to work with us.

Desert Cleaning's pride of ownership shows in their references. From supplies to cleaning and everywhere in between it shows. What this means is that if a company has pride of ownership then they will usually do the same type of job for you. I know we do!!!! See our website desertcleaning.com for more information.

Tucson Commercial Office Cleaning Services

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Tucson commercial office cleaning may be many things and can include just about anything. Here is a small list of services: outside trash removal, dusting window sills, cleaning around dumpsters, empty trash containers in front of the shopping center…. Let’s take a look at these and more office cleaning services.

Services for the common area is a 24/7 operation. Shopping centers, office and medical buildings may need a day porter service for either the inside or outside. A common area day porter can augment the janitorial service or the parking lot sweeper, or mid-day cleaning for a high traffic office and dirt.

Trash that collects in parking lots is horrifying. We have been doing the common area service for 41 years and the office and parking lots are still collecting trash the same as back in the day. The other duties are many and don’t apply to every shopping center here in Tucson. Desert Cleaning janitorial services, inc. will help set-up a program for you. 

All windows and the window sills need to be kept clean for several reasons. When a prospective tenant is looking at the building, it doesn’t look abandoned. Also it will match the rest of the occupied suites in the center. Cleaning of the windows would be on a different schedule.

Many buildings may have the common area cleaner go in the vacant suites and sweep the floors, turn the water on, flush toilets, and get rid of any smells…. Also, keeping the windows clean in the vacant suite is important, I know I just mentioned the window cleaning in the last paragraph. LOL.The restrooms midday at some offices need to be cleaned and restocked. It all depends on the traffic flow . Many offices over time know how much restroom supplies they consume and if they need a day porter for the common area, because it does cost extra.

Tucson Office Restroom Graffiti and Details

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As soon as graffiti in restrooms appears it should be removed immediately, otherwise it will keep happening. The office buildings I’ve seen in Tucson don’t have a huge problem with graffiti. However, I thought I’d write a little about the problem. The stall walls are the target that get graffiti and the spot most janitors miss is the inside of the stall door in men's and women's restrooms.

Here's a thought to stay ahead of the graffiti is to have a graffiti remover in the cleaning cart at all times. Then it becomes part of the daily routine. You want to “nip it in the bud.” Before using a graffiti remover read and the directions to eliminate problems, WOW.

Many companies don’t dust in the restrooms. How do I know? Ive been on hundreds of building bid tours and have seen it first hand. Remember top to bottom cleaning and it applies to the restroom dusting. Start with the vents and work your way down to the baseboards. I’m serious.

A hot spot that is often missed is cleaning under the towel boxes on the wall. I guess after a while the janitor thinks that the wall is supposed to look dirty and have streaks. In a way I’m glad that other janitorial services clean this way, but feel bad for the business that is getting the poor cleaning service, and paying for it.

Toilet rings and hard water build-up is a cleaning task the novice cleaning company may not know how to clean. There are several ways to get rid of the bowl ring. 

I hope you enjoyed it. This gives a little of the trials and tribulations the janitor goes through in the commercial restroom. Everyone in the business has war stories concerning restrooms. I hope you got some information from this post and as usual if you have a question or want  a bid for janitorial services let me know at desertcleaningtucson@gmail.com. You’ll be glad you did.

How much does a Low Bid Save?

Desert Cleaning has been an office cleaning specialist here in Tucson for 41 years. I say this because we provide a quality service at a reasonable price. If you go with the low bidder please keep our number and feel free to give us a call when things go bad.

DC has seen janitorial companies come and go. They give low bids to try and get business. Then, they cut corners and skip services to make up for the low bid. In this situation everyone is frustrated and it usually ends badly. So, please keep our number and give us a call or email.


The national janitorial franchises have a salesperson run around and bid low. When they get accounts they hand it off to a franchisee that can’t make sense of the low bid. They start cutting corners…. Again, everyone is frustrated. A lose lose situation.


We had a government contract for cleaning for years that they had to put out for bid. The company that won the bid was less than minimum wage. The account has had problems since then and everyone is frustrated. WOW!


Do you think the low bid works occasionally? Not that I have seen, office managers go with a company that has no insurance but they were the low bidder and they know what they are doing. The key is to do your due diligence and if things don’t work-out give us a call, that’s all. So, what does a low bid really save?

Local Janitorial Service Tucson

We want a local office cleaning service in Tucson. Reid started our janitor service 41 years ago and we are definitely a local company, so you have stopped at the right spot. We aren’t out to be the biggest cleaning company in Tucson and are selective on the cleaning accounts we work with. It has to be a win-win situation. For fast service please fill out our Online Quote Form, or give us a call at 520-722-6776. Ask for Scott, you’ll be glad you did.

Stool bowl mops are used to agitate and remove any matter inside the toilet bowl. This is done on a regular basis and when a ring in the bowl appears it’s time to get the pumice out. Keep the area wet and use the pumice lightly. Older offices and sometimes the fixtures are older and can be cleaned, however, they may have stains that are permanent because they bled into the porcelain surfaces.

Other  companies overlook the details and we focus on them. Why? Because the customer is paying us and we take pride in our work. Here are a few examples: front door glass clean, wipe reception counter, move items away from walls and dust, straighten magazines in lobby…. This is just a taste, there are many details in the office cleaning business and our goal is to clean them, not skip them.

Restrooms  are a never ending story and easy, yet many janitor services skip it. That’s when we get a phone call asking how soon we can start. The dusting is usually skipped to save time because of a low bid. It may take a few days before anyone notices, but they will see the build-up and then the complaint phone rings and it turns into a nightmare.

Lastly, is the trashing and is considered one of the basic services. Can liners are common for both the desk size can and the barrel on wheels. We use the barrel on wheels to dump the desk size cans into. Can liners need to be replaced regularly. If the can liner is stuck to the side of the can it needs to be replaced. Phenomenal concept.


Tucson Office Cleaning Specialist


Looking for a new office cleaning service in Tucson? Do you want quality service? Desert Cleaning has been cleaning Tucson offices since 1980 and there is a reason, excellent references. Also, they have the best janitors and support team in Tucson. See their references on their homepage link at desertcleaning.com and they will come and tour your offices and give you a free quote. Tell a friend.


 Reid, Mark, and Scott have an excellent reputation that has been built on top of the line janitorial services. Your office manager is giving the cleaning service keys and alarm code for their office, so trust is important. If your current service isn’t doing the job call us at 520 722 6776, you’ll be glad you did.


Our crew wants to keep your offices clean and you happy. The best service in Tucson knows this and keeps focused on the cleaning. This helps keep germs down and hopefully less people getting sick. The majority of our accounts clean their work station: phone, keyboard, mouse and monitor. If you want us to clean these items we can, especially with covid.


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Janitorial Supplies  

Janitorial supplies should be covered before giving a quote. There are several ways the supplies can be handled. Some of the questions are: who orders them, who pays for them and who delivers them? Also, there are two categories of supplies, supplies for the cleaning and the supplies consumed in the restroom and kitchen.

Desert Cleaning will work within your system on the supply issue.

There are two types of supplies. First, there are the supplies that the janitor uses to do the actual cleaning. Then there are the consumable supplies needed for the restrooms: toilet paper, hand towels, soap…. I’ll mainly cover consumable supplies and in a future article I’ll cover the other type used.

Our company can leave the office manager a note of the supplies needed and the office will order them. Or the janitor can call their office and let them know the supplies needed and they can order them. Sometimes the office manager will keep track of the supplies and order them as needed it can work several ways, which is nice.

The janitor supply store can deliver the supplies but may require a minimum order amount. The cleaning company many times will deliver the supplies. The office manager may go to costco and pick up the supplies themselves and it is a good way to get out of the office.

When it comes to billing and paying for the janitorial supplies it can work a number of ways too. First, we can give you one price for everything, including the supplies. We can pay for the supplies then put it on our monthly invoice to you. You can set-up an account at the supply store and charge them. You can buy them and save money.


Does your janitor have insurance?


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Note: Please contact an insurance expert with questions and don’t rely on the information in this article. 


Some janitorial services have liability and workers compensation insurance. There are many reasons to have insurance and the coverage vary: lost key, property damage, and some lawsuits. Who pays when something goes wrong and the janitor has no insurance


The two types of  claims; claims made and per occurrence for the janitorial industry. Other important items are; policy limits and certificates of insurance that most office managers need to know and want. Usually, insurance agents will send a certificate of insurance to the office manager or CEO.


In Arizona the state law says it is mandatory for employers to have workers’ compensation insurance covering their employees. Check this with your insurance agent. Also in Arizona, workers’ compensation is a "no fault" system which means an injured employee is entitled to receive benefits for an industrial injury, no matter who caused the job-related accident. Nice.


Risk management is a never ending process and can make a difference. When we were cleaning a mine they got us in tune with safety and risk management. What is risk management?  Preventing an accident before it happens. Walk around your office and look for things that could be a problem and solve them.


Many liability policies usually cover bodily injury medical expenses, and the lost work hours involved. Our office and accounts are covered. Another area covered is property damage. When an employee damages property while on the job it is usually covered. Also, factor in the deductible. For all your office cleaning needs call Scott at 520 722 6776. 


Clean up the Desert


Back in the day in buildings all across Tucson you would find a bar of soap next to the sink.When folks realized how messy and unsanitary it  was along came the refillable dispenser and it seemed to solve the problems. What is the best soap dispenser now? Let’s find out.


Pro’s say the refillable soap dispenser gets contaminated and the soap cartridge is the best. The refillable dispenser is not sealed and open for contamination. Then when the janitor refills the existing contaminated soap the new soap will be contaminated as well. Ugh.


Today, the sealed soap dispenser is the best and less messy. They aren’t really exposed to the elements which helps. The sealed container is easy to change and low maintenance. The sealed soap container is more likely to be used then the bar of soap, maybe because the bar of soap looks bad.


In the restrooms the floor drain needs water poured down it every few weeks. If a foul odor is in the restrooms the water should take care of this. The wall under the towel box needs a regular cleaning because of the accumulation of hand splashes. Graffiti should be removed immediately in the restrooms.


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Tucson and nationally in the office cleaning world the number one complaint is dusting. Tucson is a dusty place, a dust bowl. When you add in paper dust and human follicles to make a real dusty office. Office cleaners that start skipping the dusting in an office are creating a real project down the road. It has to be done consistently to stay ahead of the dust.


The duster used to combat the dusting is the feather duster. The feather duster was invented in the 1800’s in a broom factory. It is still used today for its efficiency and speed. We still have them in our toolbox for versatility when using.


Also, the damp microfiber towel is a great way to remove dust in the office. It takes longer to use, so we use it in special situations. Microfiber has many uses. There are microfiber duster gloves and other assorted dusters on the market. The prices are a lot less than the standard duster as well. The dusting is a never ending task, so stay ahead of the dust.


As a starting point we don’t move papers on desk or on top of file cabinets when dusting unless we are given the green light. We dust around, behind, and under certain items on a typical desk and if you have specific procedures to follow let us know. When in doubt don’t move it is a good rule.


In Tucson dusting is important year round because we live in a dust bowl. I hope you enjoyed this brief look at dusting and if you are having problems with your janitorial service please contact us and put our experience to work for you.


Janitorial Inspections

I’m proud of our inspection system. Why? Because it works and has kept us in business for 41 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 not much can. Let’s start with a partial list.


The Inspection list:


• Clean entrance door glass.

• Clean receptionist counter and desk space.

• Straighten lobby magazines.

• Check dusting.

• Thoroughly check trash can liners ( smelly, items stuck to the can liner, torn...)

• Don't check men and women restrooms for build-up: under urinals, full mirror, dispensers full, vents dusted and tops of partitions, hard water build-up in bowls and sink, behind bowls, wipe tops of baseboards, wipe walls under dispensers, floors swept and mopped ( edges and corners ), under seat tops of tiles….

• Vacuuming everywhere: under desks, behind doors, move chairs and trash cans….

• The Janitor closet is clean, organized, and has a fresh smell.

• Check for spots on interior-interior glass..

• Have lunch in the conference room….

• Smoke in the  room: sink, counter, tables, cabinets, trash can and lid, refrigerator and microwave exterior wipe, interior as well.


This 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 so they know.


We want to give 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 cleaner.


A manager 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 there.


Trash and Dash

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The trash and dash was here in Tucson 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. Phenomenal concept.


Helpful thoughts to prevent trash and dash.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 it's a red flag no doubt.


The janitor service should know 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 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 as well


Is this 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! Just quality cleaning.


The Number One Janitor in Tucson

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Using microfiber when cleaning offices works. 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 compared to cloth towels.


Microfiber acquired 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 here in Tucson.


On 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, or is it a secret?


Our 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. However, they both have their moments.


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. Call us.

Tucson Office Cleaning Examined 


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 that you can trust.


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.


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? We have seen it before.


Do you know if the janitorial service is 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 when they called Desert Cleaning. We’ll come in and straighten the cleaning mess.


Desert Cleaning has been in the office cleaning business in Tucson for 41 years and there is a reason, we do the job. See our link to references on our home page at desertcleaning.com. Also, we have a few employees that have been with Desert Cleaning for over twenty five years. Call us and experience the difference.


Consumable and Cleaning Supplies

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Tucson office cleaning supplies can work several  ways.. The supplies are divided in two categories: those are consumed by everyone and the cleaning supplies used to clean the building. Then the supplies need to be ordered, delivered, Let’s take a look at some options.


The cleaning  supplies needed to do the actual cleaning are provided by the janitorial service usually. This includes chemicals and equipment. Sometimes the owner may provide some of the cleaners and can liners. Many times the office manager will make a weekly run to costco and buy some of the supplies there. They like getting out of the office and I don’t blame them.


Also, supplies that are consumed by the tenants and clients: toilet paper, hand towels, and soap to name a few. The quality of the products should be discussed, especially if all the consumable products are included in one bundled price. Sometimes office managers are shocked at how much these products cost, and they keep going higher all the time.


The ordering, delivering, and paying for the supplies can work in many combinations. Do you save money or does it cost more for buying the supplies through Desert Cleaning? It depends on the product and in general it costs about the same. We make a small amount for inventorying and delivering the supplies. It can usually be worked out to run smoothly.


Local Janitorial Desertcleaning.com     Tucson, Arizona

The winter solstice just took place here in Tucson and if you are looking for a local janitorial service you are at the right place. Take a look at our website and references. Please fill out our online form for a fast response. We have been in the office cleaning business for a long time for a reason, we do the work and treat you right.


Since we are a family owned business and we can make decisions quickly and give you the service you want. We have regular inspections at all of our accounts, even when there are  no complaints. Maybe that’s why.


Or the other choice is a national franchise service. Folks  get lured in by the low bid and the national name. Then they find out how they operate.  We only take a few new accounts at a time, because we’re not trying to be the biggest company in Tucson, we are happy being the best.


Interacting  with the customer, employees, and other parties is a part of any business and the family owned and operated janitorial service is no different. To give the best service to our

customers we have a website, emails, texts and mobile phones. Also, good old regular mail.

Taking photos with a smartphone sure has eliminated many problems in the office cleaning and janitorial services here in Tucson.


Would you want a local janitorial service that you can talk with and gets the job done or a national janitorial service that makes excuses and tries to lock you in a long term contract? We have seen businesses take the low bid and others get the service they want.


Tucson office cleaning

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A key part of our office cleaning system is inspections of our accounts and the real secret is to do them consistently. Our inspection list is a proven checklist that we are constantly improving to give you a high level of janitorial service  here in Tucson. Call us at 520-722-6776 and let us show you the difference.

The inspections really add up during the course of a year. There are plenty of details and it's easy to overlook something. Having an inspection done helps everybody stay on course. Let's take a peek at some of the items we look for when inspecting: is the front door glass cleaned, are the lobby magazines in order, are the receptions counter clean, are there bowl rings?. Are chairs in the right place?


The secret is having regular inspections. Someone asked me if I still have inspections on accounts that have no complaints? Yes, and that could be why they have no complaints. The bulk of the office cleaning is the on site office cleaner. When we do an inspection it is to help the on site janitor as well as providing a high level of janitorial service to the account.


The inspection is part of our service with no additional cost. Some companies don’t do inspections  and it’s part of their low bid, and trash and dash. We know if we do regular inspections it adds up during the course of the year and is appreciated by the office manager. Contact us if you have a question.


A lot of companies skip the inspection to save money. Do they really save? If you are looking for a  great janitorial service here in Tucson then give us a call. We’ll come to your office to tour and  discuss your needs. Then, we’ll give you a comprehensive bid. See desertcleaning.com.


Janitor Service Tucson


The biggest problem here in Tucson in the office cleaning world is dusting. Tucson is a dusty place, a dust bowl. When you add in paper dust and human follicles to make a real dusty office . Office cleaners that start skipping the dusting in an office are creating a real project down the road. It has to be done consistently to stay ahead of the dust.


The number one duster used to combat the dusting is the feather duster. The feather duster was invented in the 1800’s in a broom factory. It is still used today for its efficiency and speed. We still have them in our toolbox for our crew to use


Using the damp microfiber towel is a great way to remove dust in the office. It takes longer to use, so we use it in special situations. Microfiber has many uses. There are microfiber duster gloves and other assorted dusters on the market. The prices are a lot less than the standard duster as well. The dusting is a never ending task but it has to be done.


Our company doesn't move papers on desk or on top of file cabinets when dusting unless we are given the green light. We dust around, behind, and under certain items on a typical desk and if you have specific procedures to follow let us know. When in doubt don’t move it is our saying.


Tucson, Arizona dusting is important year round because we live in a dust bowl. I hope you enjoyed this brief look at dusting and if you are having problems with your janitorial service please contact us and put our experience to work for you and your company. You can reach us at desertcleaning.com or 520-722- 6776.



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