Desert Cleaning Janitorial Services in Tucson, ArizonaJanitorial & Office Cleaning
Tucson, Arizona

2019 Janitorial Articles

By Reid Sossong, RPA

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Dusting in Tucson

The number one 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.

The best 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 the versatility.

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.

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.

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.

Cotton vs. Microfiber towels

Some people don’t know microfiber can be bought in stores like Target and Home Depot, Also, it has many uses in our industry like multi use towels, flat and string mops. Microfiber is available in many colors which helps in the office cleaning cross contamination.

Microfiber, the name is derived from the size of the fiber that is many times smaller than a horses eye lash. The microfiber towel can absorb 10 times more liquid than the typical bar mop towels that are still around and have their use in office cleaning.

A plus of the microfiber is it is woven and will not lint like a cotton towel. Compared to the cotton towel the microfiber will last a long time. Also, the microfiber has a higher absorption level than the cotton towel. They trap bacteria, dust, water, and we use them wet for best results in our business.

Cotton bar mop towels still have their use and we use them with lemon oil and de-sol-it. Another area is in small tight areas the cotton towels are good for spreading wax on floors. However, microfiber does a better job cleaning and absorbing overall.

Besides uses in the janitorial business microfiber is used in shower curtains, sheets, and towels as well. Originally microfiber was used for anti slip flooring and the rest of the story is history.. Also, we noticed that the microfiber holds up better to more laundering overall.

Janitorial Services in Tucson

Desert Cleaning is Tucson's go to janitor service and are here ready to give you the service you deserve. Our basic service covers four areas restrooms, floors, trash, dusting. Also, included are basic details: front door fingerprints clean, Lift certain items and dust, vacuum entry mats and elevator....

First, let’s take a look at dusting and yes we leave competition in the dust. What do I mean? It’s simple we dust and we do it consistently. On bid tours we have seen the other janitors lack of dusting and it shows.

Second is trashing, which seems straightforward. However, if not done correctly it will create carpet spots and take longer to do the job. The trash cans at each desk may need the liners replaced as needed. In the kitchen we may double bag the large trash can depending on usage.

Restroom surfaces have been designed for cleaning. Most surfaces are smooth for easy cleaning and disinfection of the surface. Filling of all the dispensers is critical, for example: toilet paper, soap, hand towels, seat covers…. Everyone likes a clean restroom.

The floors are usually last on the list to clean. Carpet is one pass with the vacuum where tile floors need two passes, sweep and mop. There are several types of flooring surfaces with different maintenance requirements. Laminate and wood flooring are not wet mopped with water. My opinion is concrete is the best flooring.

Janitorial Supplies Two Types: Tucson, Arizona

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The janitorial supplies split in two categories. First are the supplies that are consumed by the owner, clients, and it’s employees. The second area is the cleaning supplies needed to do the actual cleaning. The supplies are important and should be spelled out in the bid, so everyone is clear and on the same page.

Supplies to do the actual cleaning almost always are supplied and paid by the cleaning contractor. There are occasions when the owner will supply some or all the cleaning supplies. Also, they may want a certain product used. It’s always good to talk about it upfront before starting.

Supplies that are consumed: toilet paper, hand towels, soap…. These supplies can work a number of ways on how they are purchased and delivered. The once a week account the owner will usually will handle the supplies and on a five day a week account the cleaning contractor will handle them. Again, it can work a number of ways and we will work within your system.

We can order the supplies and the supplier delivers with the bill coming to either one of us. Or at a few of our accounts the supplies are built in the monthly price so the owner has a consistent monthly amount to pay making it easier to budget.

The burning question is will I save money if I buy the supplies from Desert Cleaning? The answer is real close and it depends on the business situation. For example: the secretary goes to costco once a week and buys the supplies, along with other items. I have been told that they like getting out of the office for a few hours.

A few companies like to have more control over the supplies so the supplies don’t grow legs. Another account may have multiple locations so the supplies have to be signed for when delivered and billed direct.

I email our monthly bill for services and supplies. We use gmail, and for some reason our email and the new account email don’t always connect, so we have a few accounts that we mail our bill. On the statement we include an invoice number and month of service. Any supplies on the statement are for the previous month or in arrears.

Concerning consumable supplies and cleaning supplies that we use are of the highest quality. We use name brand products if we can: 409, windex…. And, we have never had a complaint about the toilet paper or hand towels we supply. We mostly use local supply stores and have for the last 39 years.

Tucson East Side Janitorial Service, part 8

Tucson is an established area with a nice mix of offices, retail and homes. Like most office in Tucson the east side has different businesses that require different cleaning schedules, restrooms that open to the outside, green cleaning, and gloves. Keep reading..

Desert clean seven days a week with some accounts requiring only once a week service. We get calls for once a month service and those are hard to schedule. However, there exceptions. Office managers often ask how many times a week they should have. There are many factors that come into play on the east side. Let’s take a look at a few.

There are some considerations to take a look at on the eastside: office traffic volume, trash volume, are employees willing to help. With a once a week service the office employees may have to empty a few trash cans or do a cursory clean in the restrooms mid-week.

I know that when the restrooms in an east side office building open to the outside it will get dirty quick, especially on windy days. On windy days every time the is opened dust and debris will blow in the restroom. Then urine and water splash on the floor and people walk on it making a real mess.

Words I never hear in east-side Tucson anymore are “green cleaning.” I think the larger institutions: schools, resorts, and government facilities may follow it closer. We use name brand cleaners mostly Windex and 409. Also, many building managers don’t want to pay extra for the green paper products. If you have a specific green product you want us to use let us know. It’s sad but true that not many offices want to pay for the green cleaning.

Number One

Problem in Tucson for the janitor is security. This is an area that is changing all the time. From security cards and alarms to lighting and locking doors. In this article I’ll take a look into some of the issues that are important to the Office cleaning contractor.

Making sure the doors are locked at all times is paramount and at the root of security for the janitor. Using just one door to go in and out is a good start. However, some building designs may have a backdoor to go to the dumpster outside, this is just one example.

Plenty of lighting outside is an issue that is out of our control. We have had accounts that were slow in fixing the outside lighting. In the winter months when it gets dark early is when it really is noticeable outside.

We live in an era of security cameras and security cards and it gives a person a secure feeling when working late at a building. The security cards are great because they record the card used and the time. The card record can help in an investigation.

Security cameras are used inside and outside of many office buildings here in Tucson. This is not only a great deterrent but records whatever is taking place. I have seen on tv where the police will view a video from an adjacent property to see if it may have recorded something of interest at an adjacent property.

It is nice to see the security going in this direction. Now the office manager can review the security records and solve most problems. If you have any thoughts you would like to share please give me a call or email.

Top 10 Office Cleaning Tucson

Office cleaning is a broad area and covers: general office cleaning, window cleaning, carpet cleaning, and hard surface floor cleaning. Let’s take a look at each area and cover some of the tools needed to accomplish the cleaning task.

Office cleaning is usually done in the evenings and weekends. It requires a backpack vacuum or an upright vacuum. A barrel on wheels used to empty trash in and helps to keep the floor clean. For dusting there are numerous tools used: feather duster, microfiber duster, Dusters on poles, glove dusters. Mopping we use a bucket, wringer, and mop.

For the restrooms the main tool is arguably the bowl mop. Also, the standard mop and bucket. To clean rings in bowls there are pumice stones that work the best. Hard water build-up around sinks require a razor blade. And a good microfiber towel to wipe everything clean. Surfaces in restrooms were designed for cleaning.

Most people think window cleaning appears easy but you have to know what you are doing. There is the squeegee and window mop that are basic. Different types of scrapers are used to remove items from the window. Towels are great for getting the areas that are still wet, like edges.

In Tucson several methods of carpet cleaning are common. Here are a few: truck mounted machines, portable, dry units, bonnett. Some of the other equipment are usually attached to the return hose. Carpet and upholstery are common attachments used by the carpet cleaner.

Now I want to write about are hard surface floors machines. I’m scratching the surface as this is a broad area. Here are a few of the machines used to clean hard surface floors: low and high speed machines, wet/dry vacuum, dust mops, hardwood and laminate mops, auto scrubbers and of course the mop and bucket.

Do you have questions? Call or email me and I’ll try to answer them. Desertcleaningtucson.com or 520 722 6776.

Tucson Bank Janitorial Services

Janitorial for a bank is different than cleaning offices in Tucson. There are certain cleaning items that are the same: restrooms, door glass, vacuuming…. What I’m talking about are things like: cleaning the outside drive through teller boxes, how to save the teller trash, what to do in the lobby, the teller area…. There are unique cleaning items for a bank.

All drive through teller boxes need nightly attention. Just like the inside teller windows that get dirty the outside boxes have the elements to get them dirty too. Also, there may be an atm that needs cleaning as well. Some banks may want trash picked up in the area too. It makes since.

Going back inside to the teller area let’s start with cleaning the teller window which usually has a lot of fingerprints. Paper dust is everywhere, so a thorough dusting is required. Saving the teller trash is important and usually is rotated in case they have to go back through it they can.

The lobby tasks like cleaning the front door glass, sweeping and mopping the floors are performed. Then in addition at a bank we change the date on the island counter calendar,clean the island counter and restock, the front area of the teller window needs to be cleaned, and let’s not forget the vault which has to be cleaned during the day usually weekly.

Are you a bank manager? If you have questions or would like us to visit you at the bank please let us know.

Even the Best get checked

Office cleaning inspections are an important part of the janitorial business, even on a seasoned janitor. Inspection aren’t about about trying to find something to rub in the face of the on site janitor. It’s about giving the customer a high level janitorial service. Our inspection team uses this checklist even though they have performed many inspections it is a nice reminder.The bottom line is giving you the best janitorial experience in Tucson, Arizona.

The list:

• Entrance door glass clean.
• Receptionist counter check dusting and fingerprints.
• Lobby: straighten chairs and magazines
• Trash can liners check and replace if needed.
• Mens and womens restrooms top to bottom...
• Check the vacuuming: under desks, behind doors, move chairs..
• Check janitor closet, clean and supply.
• Check: stairs, handrails and elevators: walls, tack, floors etc...
• Floors swept and mopped.…
• Spots on interior-interior glass in offices.
• Check conference room:
• Check kitchen sink, counter, tables,....

Here is a partial list and gives you a general idea what goes on behind the scenes. Consistent service at an affordable rate is the bottom line. Please fill out our online quote form and we’ll take care of your janitorial needs.

Microfiber Towels, don’t ruin them

In Tucson here are some caring and tips for microfiber towels. We use microfiber towels and have noticed with proper care they work better and last longer, amazing. Most of what we have experienced is the dryer plays a big part in keeping the microfiber together. A big part of cleaning microfiber is using a dryer.and how it can destroy the microfiber on high heat.

When your microfiber towel is not absorbing and not as soft as it was in the past it could be the drying process after the washer. Microfiber is designed to last hundreds of washiings. The dryer can ruin the small fibers if it is dried on high heat or for a long time in the dryer.

We think air drying is the best method to dry microfiber. Then no heat in the dry followed by low heat in the dryer. When we use the low heat in the dryer it is for a few minutes then we put the dryer on air dry. My opinion is experiment with the drying process and let me know.

We still use cotton towels and microfiber towels and they both need to be washed and dried. The secret is to do them separate or learn the hard way. If you have any thoughts or questions please email me, I’d love to hear from you. It’s all in the drying.

Top Janitorial Services

The top janitorial 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.

Desert Cleaning is a local service established in 1980. They 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 best.

A national janitorial service bids low and gets the account 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, not good.

In Tucson 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.

Our pride of ownership shows in our 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.

Tucson Central Janitorial

In central Tucson the four services for office cleaning are: trashing, restrooms, floors, dusting/details. Let’s explore each area and show you part of our system for cleaning offices. These are the basic services for commercial janitorial in central Tucson. See our website at desertcleaning.com

When starting an account in central Tucson the restrooms are first on the list. If the janitor forgets to do something in the restrooms then while they are cleaning the rest of the building they might remember and go back to the restrooms and fix the oversight. Security is number one followed by toilet paper in importance.

Removing trash is a big part of the janitorial service. This is when the janitor can look at the can liner and replace it. Dumping the desk trash into a large barrel on wheels that has a can liner helps to keep the carpet clean. Trash removal is time consuming, doing it right helps.

Vacuuming, sweeping and mopping take the most time for the janitor. It is critical on a bid tour to be aware of the flooring type and how long it would take to clean. We were cleaning a machine shop and the office area had metal shavings that took extra time to vacuum. When the floor is a hard surface it takes twice as much time compared to carpet.

Those of you that read my articles all the time know how important dusting an office is for the janitor. The dusting is easy to skip and that is why companies lose accounts. I’ll cover details for office cleaning in a future article. Central Tucson is in the center of our dust bowl.

Please see our website for references and our fast free online quote form.

Janitorial supplies?

We work within your system on buying, delivering, and billing the janitorial supplies. There are the supplies that are consumed by the employees and customers.. Then there are the cleaning supplies used to clean the offices…. Also, the supplies need to be ordered, delivered, and paid for by whom?

The bottom line is we will work within your system on the supplies. The supplies needed to do the actual cleaning is always provided by the cleaning company. Sometimes the owner may want certain products used and it has never been a problem. However, it needs to be discussed in the beginning.

All the supplies that are used and consumed in the restrooms: toilet paper, soap, hand towels…. can be handled several ways. Also, please let us know up front when we first meet because it may affect the bid. The supplies can be included in one monthly price.

The past 39 years when we supply the consumables, we provide high quality paper products and for cleaning we use name brands like 409 and Windex…. The name brand products get the job done and we haven’t had a problem.

Who pays for the supplies? It can work a number of ways and we can usually accommodate you without a problem. Concerning the saving buying through us is about the same, it depends on the product. Also, we can include the supplies in one monthly cost, it’s up to you.

Desert Cleaning usually bills for the supplies in arrears. We email our monthly invoice for services and supplies. For the supplies we will itemize the quantity and price. Also. on the invoice is an invoice number and month of service for easy identification.

How much does a Low Bid Cost?

We have been an office cleaning specialist here in Tucson for 39 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 wrong.

We have 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.

We know 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, so don’t hesitate and give us a call.

Desert Cleaning 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. Nothing they could do, just deal with the problems.

Will the low bid work 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 cost?

Local Family Janitorial

Summer is 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.

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. It works.

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. just the best.

Communicating 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 smart phone sure has eliminated many problems in the office cleaning world.

Do 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?

Tucson Common Area Cleaning Services

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Tucson common area service 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 day porter services for Tucson.

Scheduling for common area service 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 high traffic office.

The trash that collects in parking lots is horrifying. We have been doing the common area service for 39 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.

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

Some 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.

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.

Guess the person who empties the trash containers in front of shopping centers? The common area cleaner. After the trash is pulled from the container a new can liner is installed. If a liner leaks on the sidewalk the day porter will clean it. Some containers may require a double liner because of the amount of trash. Also, the common area cleaner will spray and wipe the lid.

Keeping the around the dumpster clean is critical. It is amazing the things found around dumpsters. It has to be kept clean so the trash truck can dump the dumpster. We put a pound limit on the things we can lift to throw away. We have seen engine blocks, refrigerators… and we’ll call the property manager to have them removed. This wraps up this article on common area cleaning and if you have any questions please let me know.

I hope you have a safe Independence day tomorrow!

Office Cleaning in Tucson, Arizona

Our company is looking for an office cleaning company in Tucson, Arizona.We want the following services: trashing, restrooms, floors, dusting…. We want the basic services with a few details. We don’t want our dishes washed as an example. However, there are some extras we want. These are normal requests.

We know dusting is the easiest janitor task and the easiest skip. Dusting is the number one complaint and that is why we hover over it and make sure the dusting gets done every service. Dust enters the building in several ways: vents, paper dust, open doors…. You will enjoy the change when the hire us. Tell a friend.

Dumping the trash can get messy and following the right steps helps. A barrel on wheels is a must in most situations. Double bagging is used when the janitor knows the trash will be heavy and may leak or rip. Also, if the can liner has a rip it will leak in the barrel and this is why it is best to pull the can liner from the barrel outside to eliminate carpet spots and more work.

Our company wants our restrooms to be clean, disinfected, and smell good. Many people judge a business by how clean their restrooms are in first appearance. The dispensers are all stocked and extras put out in restrooms that have heavy use. Nothing like going to the restroom and there is no toilet paper or hand towels. We will clean the common area restrooms.

We want our floors to pop when clients visit. We want name products used like: lemon quat and quick scrub. The kitchen tile and lobby need to be buffed to a high shine and the showroom wood floors maintained properly. This is why we specialize in office cleaning and are the go to janitorial service in Tucson.

It’s not that hard to find a cheap janitorial service

But it's difficult to find a good one. The new minimum wage increase everyone is trying to find a cheaper service to circumvent the increase. How do you find a good janitorial service? How do you know they are good? Let’s take a look at these questions and more. Hopefully this article will help.

Good references paint a picture which is part of finding a good janitorial service. The more references the clearer the picture becomes. With the internet it makes it easy to see the references of the cleaning service. When the references are on the company's stationery it stands out and not just words with a first name below it.

While the increase in the Arizona minimum wage was passed we have been getting an increase of calls to get a quote to check prices. Everyone is upset and trying to deal with it. It is a big jump all at once. The irony is all the janitorial services have to deal with the increase. In the janitorial business there isn’t any room to absorb the increase and must be passed on.

Will the janitorial service require a multi year contract that locks you in? That’s a big red flag. Some companies may want it for their budget. From what I have been told they won’t let you out of the contract, bad business. You want a company that will work with you.

Always the local service is the way to go, like desert cleaning. They care about their reputation and they have a proven track record to back it up. They aren’t the cheapest service in Tucson but deliver the service you want. Tell a friend.

Office Cleaning Inspections

Office cleaning inspections include every task of the janitorial services. In this article I want to focus on the inspection control list. This list is a reminder to the inspection team on areas to check. Even the seasoned janitor needs to inspected and this list helps. The list is not to belittle the janitor but to provide the best office cleaning experience. The inspector turns in the checklist to the office.

Basic cleaning areas are in the list as well as common details. The items that are unique to each account are covered in the file for that account. The inspection team looks at both to do the inspection. The list keeps them on track.

Here’s a few details: cleaning sliding window in the receptionist area and counter, cleaning front door glass, make sure all magazines and chairs are straight, conference tables are wiped clean, stock janitor's closet, any outside cleaning tasks, break room sct. This list is not all inclusive.

Your office cleaning experience starts with the on site janitor and ends with the inspection team. If the on site janitor knows what is expected from them it helps. Then as insurance the inspection team catches any missed items.

Trash and Dash

The term “trash and dash” is used when the janitor starts skipping services. The main reason is usually from taking a low bd. I have heard it from property managers and office managers over the years. I’ll explore the trash and dash and low bid in this article, so hang on.

First I’ll start with the low bid. Most office managers want to save money and that makes sense. However, when the janitor service bids low they eventually figure out that they are losing money and this is how the trash and dash came about.

In Tucson the lowest bid can indicate they are desperate for work or their business model is setup for high volume. We have seen them come and go leaving a trail of dirty offices and unhappy office managers.

Trash and dash may be on their plan to get in and out quick and supposedly make more money. Rather than do the job right and get paid a decent price. I’m not going to change things but it is amazing how some operate. I have seen it over the years.

One of the first things to do is to check references. Are the references on a company’s letterhead or a quote on their website. This could be a warning signal. Another reason to look at references is it will indicate how they’ll work with you.The more references the better. Also, if the references are over period of time.

Tucson Janitorial Service with References

Want a new janitor service in Tucson? Do you want quality service? Desert Cleaning has been cleaning Tucson offices since 1980 and there is a reason, references. Also, they have the best janitors and support team in Tucson. See their references and they will come and tour your offices and give you a quote.

Desert Cleaning, 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.

We want 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.

“We want to go with your service”

Getting a new janitorial account is always exciting. It’s a good high after all the things it took to get to that point. With the right systems everything falls in place: marketing, sales, hiring, supplies. “We want to go with your service” is always nice to hear.

The first step to start a new account is marketing. The website is a good marketing tool for many reasons. The newspaper is still used to market janitorial services and is the number one tool. Also, newspaper ads work great for branding.

Finding the right person is an art for each account so the client receives top of the line service and the start of a new account is smooth. The hiring process takes a while to master and some companies hire the first person that comes through the door. The result is the account never gets off the ground.The right person is critical.

Using a system is a must because the time to clean the account is budgeted. The first few nights at an account go over the normal budget, but that is already baked in the price. The goal is to get the account cleaned for the night and let the new janitor get a feel for the offices or business.

The supplies are always part of starting a new account. There two types of supplies, the supplies to do the actual cleaning and the consumables: toilet paper, hand towels, soap…. Getting the office stocked with the supplies is important.

A big thanks to office managers and property managers for using our services over the years.

Number One Office Cleaning

Number one office cleaning complaint is dusting. WHY? Dusting is so easy to skip and then it builds up into a greasy mess. Then it is a real project to clean plus it is not healthy. The secret is to do it consistently. Dust comes from many sources and contributes to the buildup. Please email us if you have questions.

Number one flooring is colored concrete, in my opinion. They are used in businesses and homes and are easy to maintain. Company logos and coloring in the concrete are possible and look great. A few years ago the Trader Joe’s up the street took up the existing tile and the concrete looks fantastic.

Number one cordless upright vacuum is great. Do they make sense for the investment? In some situations it does. The price of the vacuum and batteries are still high and the run time is low. Again, it depends on the situation. Having to plug and unplug takes time and time is money.

Number one in restrooms have several services and are considered the most important part of office cleaning. They are designed with easy to clean surfaces. This helps keep the germ level down. Making sure the floor drain doesn’t smell is an other service too. Filling the dispensers, including the number two on importance list toilet paper in the restrooms.

Tucson local Office Cleaning Service

We are looking for a office cleaning service in Tucson that will service in the daytime and is local here in Tucson. Is it possible to receive office cleaning service during the daytime? Any time usually works. Let’s take a look at the cost, benefits, and drawbacks to having a daytime office cleaner.

Will it cost more for daytime janitorial service here in Tucson? Usually it costs more, It depends on the situation and location. All this adds to the cost, but can be accommodated. For an example a bank needs someone to come and clean the vault during the day.

The waiting time for the office cleaner because someone is on the phone or a meeting is annoying to everyone there. Then people are using the restrooms when the janitor is there doing his job. Dusting is almost impossible to do while people are in their office and the sound of the vacuum is a problem too.

What are the positives to daytime office cleaning? Well I covered some of the negatives and here are a few of the positives to having a daytime office cleaning. When the office is high security and they have important items it is better for everyone to clean in the daytime and we agree.

Go local go with the pro’s at Desert Cleaning!!!

We Need an Office Cleaning Service

Are you tired of cleaning up after your janitor? Then you are on the right website. See our homepage for links to our references and our fast free online quote form. We have been cleaning Tucson offices for 39 years here and will do the same for you.

Notebooks are great for leaving notes for the office manager or from the manager. It saves a phone call and when read daily can help for a smooth running service. The notebook can used for supplies needed or requests and complaints or drawing pictures.

The time consuming part of the janitor's job are taking care of the floors. It takes about a third of the time the janitor is at an account and as you might guess most offices have several types of flooring. To make a floor last longer using mats at the entrance doors can really help. It is easier to replace a mat then to replace a whole floor. We see a lot of laminate and have a system to clean them.

I just wrote about the most time consuming task for the janitor, can you guess the easiest task for the janitor? The answer is dusting and for some janitorial services it’s the hardest. The secret is not to skip the dusting. Janitorial work is rote and when a janitor skips dusting it is out of the routine. Another important part of dusting is knowing what to move and not move to dust, it is a learning process.

The restroom cart has many benefits and carries a lot. These are a few of those items: mop bucket, wringer, mop, paper supplies, cleaning tray, trash receptacle…. At the end of the shift it is wise to clean and restock the cart for the next service.

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Tucson Office Cleaning needed

Office cleaning is our specialty. We’ll look at a few of the areas that some companies forget to clean. On that list are the: lunchroom, empty suites, dusting, paper products, and can liners. So let’s get started.

Let’s begin with dusting of the offices. It is wild that this is a problem, but over the years I have seen it many times on building tours. Knowing where to dust and not to dust is critical. That's why it is smart to ask in the beginning so you get off on the right foot. Also, we go by the rule “dust any clear horizontal surface.” It is worth talking about up front.

Can you upgrade your building or office inexpensively? Yes. The secret is in the restrooms. Buy the best toilet paper, hand towels, soap…. Everyone will love it and be happy. When the office or building is supplied with low grade products people notice and it is a reflection on the business. Who likes one ply toilet paper?

Most office break rooms or lunchrooms are a busy place and needs cleaning. Here’s a list of some of the services needed: trashing, sweep and mop, clean the counters and sink, clean tables…. Cleaning the dishes or running and emptying the dishwasher is offered. At some accounts we put the water bottle on the cooler for them and they appreciate it.

Janitorial service involves using the proper size can liner of the trashcan. The 30x37 can liners work perfect in the trash cans at most desks. Also, the 40 x 48 can liners used in the barrel on wheels and the bigger trash cans in the kitchen. The slightly larger can liners help prevent the liner from getting pulled in the can. The thickness is important, too, in preventing leaks.

The empty suites and offices both need cleaning. The empty suite still needs to be dusted and vacuumed. Sometimes there might be a trash can to empty. Employees might eat their lunch in the empty office or use the phone because it’s more private. The inexperienced janitor might skip the empty suite or office and then the complaint phone will be ringing in the morning. Not good.

Tucson Janitorial Supplies

Tucson janitorial supplies should be discussed 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.

Note: We will work within your system on the supply issue.

Let’s start by describing the 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 the consumable supplies and in a future article I’ll cover the other type.

We 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.

Who delivers the supplies? 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 for them.

Billing and paying for the janitorial supplies 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 at Costco and get out of the office. It’s up for discussion.

Janitorial Supplies

There are two categories of office cleaning supplies. The cleaning supplies to do the actual cleaning and the consumable supplies used in the restrooms. I wrote about the consumable supplies and now I’ll cover the supplies needed to do the actual cleaning in this article.

Restroom supplies: There are the toilet bowl cleaners like acid and nonacid. Windex for the mirrors to have a super clean look. Polish for the stainless steel to bring it to a high shine. A good hospital grade floor cleaner for the mop water. To remove and clean fingerprints off doors you might use a degreaser like 409.

The reception counter that needs a degreaser to clean fingerprints and windex for the interior/interior glass. If there is a glass entrance door windex works great. If there is a tile floor it may only need a neutral cleaner. Wood and laminate floors use special cleaners like Bona.

The trashing loop uses can liners for both the desk trash and the large barrel on wheels. Getting the right size and thickness is important. The barrel on wheels can carry a tray and apron for additional supplies. For small accounts the janitor doesn’t need the barrel on wheels, however, it is wise to double bag the can liner incase it leaks.

Here are the steps to clean a basic tile floor. Sweeping is the first step and will require a broom to collect the heavy debris. Then the janitor will use a dust mop to collect the fine dust. Mopping of the floor is next and there are several types of mops and a variety of cleaners depending on the flooring in the office or business.

Janitorial Insurance Tucson

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

Many janitorial services have liability and workers compensation insurance. There are many reasons to have insurance and the coverages vary: lost key, property damage, and some lawsuits….

Let's discuss 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 as needed.

Our Arizona 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.

Try risk management it 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 fix them.

Most 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.

Desert Cleaning Janitorial Services, Inc.

The national janitorial franchises in Tucson have earned a reputation for giving low bids, not doing the job, and requiring long term contracts. I’ve heard it over the years from office managers and property managers in Tucson. Their stories were all horrifying. That is why they called Desert Cleaning janitorial services, Inc.

They have a salesperson quoting low prices for janitorial services and many times it is below the minimum wage. If they get the bid they give it to a franchisee that bought into the business. What happens is the franchisee won’t make any money. The service drops and everyone loses except the national janitorial company.

Desert Cleaning is family owned, and office cleaning is our specialty.We love what we do and it shows for the last 39 years. Our references are on our home page. We let our cleaning do the talking for us.

Our janitorial service is all about giving you the best office cleaning experience in Tucson. Local family owned services make a difference from delivering supplies to cleaning a toilet to make sure at the end of the day your offices are clean and ready for the next day.

When the franchisee gets handed a low bid account where the profit is slim to none. Do you think they will cut some services? Well, that’s exactly what happens. Go family, go local, go with a pro.

Number One Office Cleaning

First on the list is security.. From leaving certain lights on to making sure the alarm is set. It’s all priority number one. Outside lighting, using one door to go in and out to name a few more.

Second goes to toilet paper in order of importance for the janitor. It earned this spot behind security for the simple reason that without it…. The big question with toilet paper is should it roll over the top or bottom. I have my own opinion, so please email me your thoughts.

In third place I’d have to say it goes to the making sure the office manager has a clean clean office. Thorough dusting , changing the can liner, straightening chairs and magazines, and a great vacuuming. It adds up over time.

We keep an important items list on each account. Each office is unique and has its own requirements.and it keeps track of requests. When our inspection team checks an account they have the important items list to use as a guide. It’s all about giving you top of the line janitorial experience.

The kitchen trash is next. If missed the kitchen trash can make an unforgettable smell. If not taken out daily it can get nasty. At some of our accounts we double bag the trash container in the kitchen in case it leaks and goes all over the place.

Back to Basics

The spring equinox and spring cleaning are soon. So let’s talk about office cleaning basics. Trashing, dusting, restrooms and floors are the basic services. I’ll try to cover a few detail items as well. Janitorial work is considered rote, however, it is the janitor that can think on their feet that makes the difference.

The day or night service is available and there are good and bad with each. The cost for the daytime service is usually higher. Finding janitors to clean during the day can be a challenge. Most office cleaning is done at night, however, we have a few day accounts and can usually accommodate.

Tucson is a dusty city, so the janitor is constantly dusting and it is the number one complaint nationally. It is the office cleaner that dusts consistently that doesn’t have a problem. When a janitorial service starts to skip the dusting it builds up a becomes a sticky mess and a real project to clean.

The trashing of an office is simple, but if the janitor misses a can or does change the can liner the complaint phone will ring in the morning. Also, using proper procedures so the carpeting doesn’t get stained is high on the list of importance. Also, making sure the trash goes on the dumpster.

The refrigerators and microwaves can be cleaned inside and out and included in the bid. Also, throwing items left in the refrigerator out can be done as well. These services can be billed separately or included in the monthly price, or as needed.

The first area of a building we clean are the restrooms. Then when the janitor is cleaning the rest of the building they may remember something they forgot to do in the restroom and go back and do it while they are still in the building and not driving home.

It’s that time of the year

Many of us have been told how important it is to wash our hands with soap and water when we were kids. It’s all about hygiene in the workplace and it is a year round every day event. Did you know that half the population doesn’t wash their hands after using the restroom, WOW!

People are using more and more hand sanitizer bottles in businesses in Tucson. In my opinion it is great, in fact I carry a pocket sized sanitizer bottle with me for use all throughout the day. I know several Doctors that use the hand sanitizer between patients. Ask your Doctor.

A good idea to start the day with cleaning your desktop phone, keyboard and mouse. You can buy the sanitizer wipes at many stores and they work. We provide this service and monitor screen cleaning. The lens cleaner used for eyeglasses works great or we use a spray cleaner on the computer screen.

The janitor's job is to clean all touch surfaces consistently to keep germs at bay. It is impossible to get every germ when the cleaning is once in a 24 hour cycle or once a week. Sanitizers can cut down on the spread of germs when everyone does their part.

The office lobbies the germs collect on chairs, magazines, door handles, and reception counters. Any effort during the day to clean these areas are a big help. Our day porter service can cover them as well as the restrooms. It costs extra but for some businesses it pays to be proactive.

No References, What?

To see our references letters, visit our Reference Letters. We let our reference do our talking. References are important for any business. It’s one reason to do a good job. Both current and past references should be checked to see a pattern. The more the better and the time in business counts.

Question, should the time in business be important? It can show consistency and stability. Who would you rather hand your keys too; someone just moved here and is starting a new business with no references or a business that is established locally with many Tucson references over the years?

Our inspection team is seasoned in office cleaning and inspecting offices for the janitorial work. These inspections are another tool that leads to a good reference. When you bid low and cut corners it maybe hard to get a good reference here in Tucson.

The current references can be a name and phone number or a testimonial in letter or email form. The current reference is usual the point of contact and is best on the company letter head.. Most common topics are how long they have done business with the janitorial service and do they work well with the cleaning service means a lot.

Tucson Day Porter

A day porter is all about is keeping your building looking great in between regular cleanings. Inside a building the day porter might be responsible for touching up the restrooms mid morning and mid afternoon or straightening up the lobby and reception area. Outside they could be responsible for sweeping areas, picking up debris, emptying trash….

The shopping center day porter services are an area most people are unaware exists. I know I didn’t until I was asked in 1993 by Sandy Rutherford, a property manager, if I would provide a day porter for six of the shopping centers she managed. I said yes and we have been doing them ever since and it has been an eye opener.

Basic day porter services for a shopping center are: emptying the outside trash containers and replacing the can liner as needed, picking up trash in the parking lot and in the bushes, cleaning the area around the dumpsters, dusting window sills, common areas….

High traffic areas in a busy office might need a day porter mid morning and mid afternoon. This will help keep the germs down and be sure the dispensers are stocked. Also, anything cleaning that the restroom may need, like; mopping the floor, and lobby.

The lobby details are important because your clients sit there while waiting and can form an opinion about you and your business by looking around.

Tucson’s #1 Office Cleaning

Office cleaning is a rote function and the janitor that can think outside of the regular routine is a sought after office cleaner. We have the best office cleaning staff in Tucson. We have rock solid references and take our job seriously and it shows.

The main office cleaning areas are: trash, restrooms, dusting, and floors. These services can be performed in the day or night. The price for day cleaning is usually higher, mainly because of all the people the janitor has to work around. People on phones and in meetings makes it more time consuming. Then there are details.

In Tucson night time office cleaning is the most common time. Many people like a part time cleaning job for a few hours in the evening Then others enjoy the full time at night more than working during the day. The cost goes down and it is easier to clean with nobody around to slow you down.

The restrooms are a critical service at the top list of office cleaning. Security is number one but toilet paper is number two in importance. Keeping the restrooms stocked with enough paper products and hand soap can’t be overlooked. Most surfaces in the restrooms are designed for easy cleaning for the most part.

If you read my articles dusting in offices is the number one complaint nationwide and locally. What’s interesting is dusting is the easiest function for the janitor. So why do most companies have a problem with it? Good question. I have heard this problem many times during a bid walk.

Service, Service, Service

Sponsored by Desert Cleaning janitorial services, Inc.

This article is about service after the sale. I know that isn’t how the national franchises work. I’ve heard it many times over the years that after the sale where's the service the big national company promised. The janitorial company is supposed to provide janitorial services. Phenomenal concept. They are tripping over each other trying to give the lowest price, but forgot the service after the sale is what it is all about.

Our bidding team is seasoned and knows that the bid we give we can service. No bait and switch or up selling. Our company has been in the janitorial business for a long time and has an excellent reputation in Tucson. Part of our secret is service after the sale and it shows in our excellent references.

When the janitorial service gives a low bid they have to make money regardless of the service. I’ve been told how they skip services and do a three hour job in one. What’s interesting is some people like the bad service if they are saving money. Forget about the health of everyone using the facilities or the appearance on their business and the daily complaints.

The service after the sale starts with four basic areas to be serviced. What are the four basic areas? Trash, restrooms, floors, and dusting/details. The four basic areas cover the bulk of the office cleaning required at most offices in Tucson. There are the details in each area and items unique to each account.

What companies really want is service after the sale. I have seen it many times no matter what the bid price is they still what the service after the sale. If a company is organized and has systems in place they can give a fair price and do the work to keep the customer happy. Call or email us and you’ll be glad you did.

Tucson Janitorial References

Tucson janitorial reference letters are a great way to tell if you want to do business with a janitorial service. It shows a pattern of how you operate and your character. Also, it shows a proven track record for a length of time. There are current and past references on letterhead or email. See Desert Cleaning’s home page at desertcleaning.com for our references.

Does a janitorial service really need reference letters? Yes, most businesses will tell it’s good for advertising and it gives people confidence in the business. How do you get a good reference? You do a great job, pretty simple. If you do a great job getting a reference shouldn’t be a problem.

If the company can’t get a reference letter just ask the account if it’s ok to give out their phone number and contact person. We have have great response if a reference letter is not possible, so it is all good.

Current and past reference letters are a sign of a great janitorial service. Results add up and are consistent with a quality janitorial firm. References are an excellent source of information to ascertain if you want to do business with that company.

Tucson Medical Office Cleaning, Part 4

Sponsored by Desert Cleaning Janitorial Services,Inc

Cleaning that makes you and your business shine in the Tucson medical office cleaning. This has been our specialty since day one. With systems in place and the best janitors in Tucson we are ready to serve you. From restrooms to dusting, let us show you the difference.

Do you want an excellent tip to upgrade your building or business that doesn’t cost a whole lot? Start in the restrooms with an upgrade to the consumables (tp, ht, soap…). When you do this your customers and employees will feel good and look at your business positively.

Vacant offices and cubicles within a suite need cleaning. I have seen many office where the current cleaning service doesn’t dust, vacuum, or empty trash. I know what you are thinking ”empty trash.” Office people may use these empty suites for private phone calls, eating their lunch, and taking a break.

Here are some of the differences between a maid service and commercial office cleaning service? Let’s take a look: A maid service charges more per hour and does a deeper clean. An commercial office cleaning service cleans more square footage and usually more frequent. Most commercial office cleaning companies get paid monthly and most maid services get paid each.

Security for the Janitorial Service

Office cleaning providers in Tucson know security is at the top of the list of priorities when their office is being cleaned. From the moment we start an account to the moment we leave security is very important. I want to cover some of the issues we have discovered over the years and tell a few stories.

Professional office cleaning involves security of the offices or building. We had a doctor's office we were cleaning and the doctor had security cameras everywhere and a gun in his office. Can you guess what type of doctor’s office this was?

As you can imagine security is highly important in a doctor’s office because some people believe there could be drugs inside. Security is a 24/7 thought in the Tucson doctor’s office cleaning. I don’t have any good stories that I can tell. If you are having problem with your current medical office cleaners then give us a call or fill out our fast online quote form and experience the difference of a professional janitorial service.

All the details are important when cleaning s doctors office here in the Tucson, Arizona. Doctor’s offices are mostly tile and take a two step process to clean the floor, sweep and mop. We have a proprietary system that will leave your floors looking great and it reflects on your business.

Doctors office usually include the basic services: lobby, entrance, exam rooms, and restrooms to name a few. We have all been to the doctor and everybody wants it to be clean. There are details such as items on counters pull away from walls and clean to disinfecting the lobby chairs, and straightening lobby chairs. In the exam rooms we’ll fill the dispensers and clean the sinks/counters.

Low Bid for Office Cleaning

Here in Tucson who wins when the office cleaning goes to the lowest bid? Nobody. The property manager pays for the savings in phone calls and wasting time with complaints. The tenants aren’t happy with the services and the office cleaning company is unhappy because aren’t making any money and receiving complaint phone calls.

Some stories I have heard are ugly stories about when the business went with the lowest bid. Our sales team was on a bid recently and the office manager showed them a video of the current janitor pushing a vacuum straight down the hallway and that was it. It is a shame when someone bids low, cuts corners, and then goes out of business.

If the office manager takes a low bid then has complaint after complaint it becomes time consuming and frustrating. I had a manager tell me her boss told her to just deal with the complaints. We give a fair price and do the job. Please see our online quote form for a fast redponse.

Most of the cost cutting and skipping of services I’ve been told are bizarre. Skipping one or two days a week to save money, now that’s a business model they don’t teach in school. If this sounds familiar don’t hesitate and give us a call, you’ll be glad you did.

Tucson Office Cleaning Supplies

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.

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.

The 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.

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 smooth.

I hope you liked this article and as always if you have any input please email me at desertcleaningtucson@gmail.com​ .


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