Janitorial & Office Cleaning
Some folks don’t realize the effort to get the janitor to the job site. The effort starts with running an ad for a janitor. Then training, payroll setup, insurances, medical sick time, supplies, floaters to cover him or her.... And, don’t forget supervision and the inspection team. The choreography has to be right for the system to work.
Running an ad for a janitor can be a challenge if the management team doesn’t know what they are looking for in a janitor. Most ads receive a lot of response and a seasoned HR person can eliminate some quickly. After that select a few to come and fill out application.
The training of a new person either experienced or not is important. Many times the experienced person may have experience with a trash and dash company and that may be hard to reprogram into our system. Then there is the person with no experience, but motivated that works great. It is definitely an art in finding the right person and training them.
Setting up the payroll requires accuracy. We have used Paychex payroll services for years and before that we used ADP for years. Even though we use a payroll service we still have to call in the payroll every two weeks and check everything for errors. The employee's’ ss# and other tax information is needed.
Insurances are a healthy expense every month and like any insurance when you have a problem you’re glad you have insurance. Most businesses have a bond, liability insurance, and workers compensation insurance. I’ve heard that some businesses don’t have any insurance because they think they are saving money.
There is a lot to cover on janitorial behind the scenes. I’ll cover more in an upcoming article.
Yes, absolutely, it is a big part of our sought after system. Critical inspections are unique to each account and frequencies count too. A checklist is used as a guide and areas that need attention are brought to the onsite janitor. Does the inspection team correct any deficiencies? Let’s take a look at a first class inspection team in action.
We have the best janitorial inspection team in Tucson, Arizona. Their job is to give the best janitorial experience and not to try and find fault with the onsite janitor necessarily. Our team is seasoned and with the go to inspection sheet we provide the service you expect.
The inspection checklist we use is a guide and combined with our teams experience it keeps everything on track. The whole idea of the office inspection is to give you the best office cleaning possible and not to try and find fault with the onsite janitor. Even the seasoned janitor can miss something and it’s the inspection team’s job to find the weak areas.
In our system we know that each account has important items and we keep track of them. We have created a system that allows you to come in a take a file and go clean an account without many glitches. This is possible because of our important item’s alert system.
The inspection job may seem easy but in reality they are the last chance to catch an error before the office manager does, that’s a lot of weight to carry. It is a never ending cycle and we feel we are constantly learning everyday. It may cost a little more to have an inspection team but we look at it as an insurance policy.
Chemicals and the janitor seem simple and they are when the janitor is informed. I t is a good company policy to not mix chemicals or bring chemicals from home, especially in unmarked containers. Using name brand products is a great policy to have.
This next training note is not to have anyone that is not a Desert Cleaning employee helping or at the job site. Sounds simple and it is if the janitor follows the system. One reason is what if they get hurt and the company insurance doesn’t cover them? What happens when something is missing or broken? The list goes on.
When someone is hurt on the job they should seek medical help first. Then report the injury to the office so the insurance process can start. Desert Cleaning uses Copperpoint for their workers insurance. It was formerly State Fund and we have been with them for years.
Dusting is a never ending job for the janitor here in Tucson. We live in a dusty desert environment. A lot of the dust in an office comes in through the air vents. Also, paper dust is a contributor. There are different dusters and methods used when dusting depending on the situation.
Vacuum care starts with the cord to the vacuum. The classic example is wrapping the cord from the plug to the vacuum. What happens to the cord is it can’t unwind itself and becomes all bunched up. Then it is hard to control when using the vacuum. Most of the time it can be corrected, maybe.
There are many training notes and I look forward to covering them in future articles. If you have anything you want me to cover please let me know. Think safety!!
There are many details for the janitor in commercial restrooms. From cleaning to filling the dispensers and everything in between. The janitor's closet is usually between the restrooms so the janitor has quick access to the supplies needed in the restrooms. If there are multiple restrooms then the restroom cart is used.
Top to bottom cleaning is used in the commercial restroom so everything falls on the restroom floor and the mopping of the floor is the last task performed. First, we start with dusting the ceiling vents and tops of partitions and work our way down.
Filling the dispensers in the restrooms is very important as well as the cleaning of the restrooms. In some cases the janitor doesn’t want to overfill the towel dispensers because it makes them hard to get out and can make a mess trying to get them out. Toilet paper is the most important item in the restroom for obvious reasons.
Cleaning the mirrors in the restrooms seem easy but I have seen on building tours where it looks like the janitor only cleaned the area she see’s and when you bend down the lower part of the mirror is still dirty. Also, some mirrors maybe too high to reach and will require a pole.
Cleaning and disinfecting the restrooms is often confused. Cleaning the surface before disinfecting is the proper steps or using a cleaner disinfectant together. Bre sure to read and follow the label. I’m not an expert on disinfecting so please check with an expert first.
Before mopping the floor the trash needs to be emptied and the women's sanitary container. Then replace the liner as needed. The mopping is the last task and the janitor should start at the furthest point from the door and mop their way to the door. That's a quick look at commercial restrooms, I hope you enjoyed!
Janitorial quotes can be handled in several ways: over the phone, email, mail, and in person. Most bids begin with a tour of the offices. Then the bid is prepared for your review. We use a bid agreement form that covers most items. There are several sections to the form: the clause section, service specifications, services and details.
Starting with a phone quote for office managers that are putting a budget together as an example. With a little information our phone quotes are fairly accurate. To be binding we would needed to see the offices. However, there are situations like new construction that we mainly go by the square footage and floor plans.
Email quotes are used with or without a office tour. Similar to phone quotes, we are fairly accurate in our email quotes without seeing the building. Many times office managers are checking to see the current market for janitorial services. We welcome the bid without a building tour.
The bid agreement form is used as a reference point for the parties involved. The clause section covers topics like: insurances, holiday schedule, minimum wage.... Then all the services that are going to be performed sections;basic services, checklist, and services that are unique to each office. Also, in our system we use an account detail sheet, so it is ready to turn over to the operation manager. And, they can start from that sheet.
Want to know how the supplies are handled? 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, and paid for and can work several ways. Let’s take a look.
First, the 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.
Next, are 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.
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 depend on the product and in general it costs about the same. We make a small amount for inventory and delivering the supplies.
In our organization, we will handle the supplies any way you want and it seems the combinations are endless. I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have questions or input plus email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you tired of the slick janitorial salesperson who works for the National company? Promising you everything and not delivering. Well we don’t work that way. We are a Tucson home grown janitor service and we deliver a first class janitorial experience. We may not be the lowest bidder but there is a reason.
Office cleaning has been our specialty since day one 37 years ago. From the actual cleaning to working with the management team you will see the difference immediately. We love our business and are proud to be in the janitorial service industry, so put us to work and call or email us.
I wrote about references recently and how important they are. The more the better, because it shows a pattern and you want to know who you are giving a key and alarm code to. Our family has lived in Tucson for 55 years and have deep roots. We proud of our references and have them on our website for your review.
We use several types of vacuums in our operation: backpack vacuums, uprights, and mini vacuums. Each has it’s purpose and benefit. The backpack vacuums are great, but not everybody likes them. The cordless vacuums are time savers but still have other drawbacks. The upright vacuum is still the workhorse of our operation.
The restroom cart carries everything needed to clean and stock the restrooms. From cleaning tray to mop bucket to roll towels and toilet paper it carries it all. A bigger office or business will have a separate restroom cart and janitor. It flows when the janitor is focused on just the restrooms. This is true with cleaning the rest of the building as well.
I read using genetic sequencing to compile a list of bacteria on used sponges the researchers discovered billions of bacteria. Many of the bacteria are harmless. After cleaning the sponges by microwaving or boiling them, very little difference in bacteria count was found between sponges that had been cleaned and those that hadn’t. It’s a good idea to replace the sponges regularly.
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 they are losing money.
I’ve heard some 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 and doesn’t do the work.
When 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. This is how the Tucson office cleaning market is headed and that is why we are changing our playbook.
Testing the waters on the lowest bid is the stage we are at right now. We will meet or beat any current price being paid to a legitimate janitorial service. Our basic services are trashing, dusting, restrooms, and floors. These services are what most offices want. Additional services could be added at an additional cost.
Some 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. I just had a call from a small off and they wanted a bid and told me the are currently paying $69.00.
I said is that for one service and they said it was for the month. I said we are a legitimate business with insurances and overhead. If someone gets hurt I wonder who will pay for all the bills. However, they are saving money now. Just think, they are giving these people the keys to their office.
Doctors 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. Without wasting anytime let’s get started.
Tucson medical office cleaning involves security of their offices. 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 we were cleaning?
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 online quote form and you’ll be glad you did.
There are many details when cleaning s doctors office here in Tucson. 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 clean clean. We’ll keep you happy.
The doctor's office has to be clean clean. This includes the whole office: 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 .
We are a local family owned janitorial service that has been serving Tucson since 1980. Put our experience to work for you and get the service you want. We will meet or beat your current price for janitorial services. Please see the rest of our website and let us know if you have questions, or fill out our online quote form for a fast response.
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Details that make you and your business shine in the Tucson medical office cleaning world. 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 and all points inbetween.
Here’s an excellent tip to upgrade the building or business that doesn’t a whole lot. Start in the restrooms with an upgrade to the consumables. When you do this your customers and employees will feel good and look at your business in a positive light. And, it doesn’t cost much for the return.
Empty offices within a suite need cleaning attention, just like the occupied suite. 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 or eating their lunch.
The inspection team is a critical part of the office cleaning service. Any loose ends they tighten up give you the best office cleaning experience in Tucson. I say all the time that the inspection team is trying to find fault in a negative way, it’s keeping our service number one.
What 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 service.
This is a topic I will continue to write about in the future because of all the details to cover. If you have any input please let me know. If you have a cleaning subject you want me to cover send me an email.
References letters are a great way to tell if you want to do business with a company. 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. Desert Cleaning’s website has a lot of great references.
Are references important? 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.
You may not be able to get a reference letter so ask the account if it’s ok to give out their phone number. We have have great response if a reference letter is not possible. Our reference letter team is second to none and is always ready for action. This is what they train for and it shows.
Current and past reference letters are a sign of a great office cleaning company. 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. We get most of our cleaning supplies from Industrial Chemicals of Arizona.
Past references are great and the longer the cleaning company serviced the account the better. If they have been in business for a while they probably have a solid collection of references from lost accounts. The business may have sold or gone under.
A current reference is an account you are currently cleaning and can call with questions. A combination of both past and current references is the best. The bottom line is any reference is great and the more the better.
A few weeks ago I wrote office cleaning 101 and will continue the fun in this article. I said in the first article that there are four basic areas to cleaning a office building: trashing, dusting, restrooms, and floors. Then all the details in each area for Tucson.
The restrooms are the first area to clean, that way if you forget to fill a dispenser or clean a fixture you can easily go back and make the correction. Security is the number one priority and the restrooms are in a close second. From filling dispensers to cleaning the mirrors the restrooms need hospital grade cleaners with a disinfection that kills germs.
Moving right along, the next area I want to cover is dusting. There are several dusting tools to choose for dusting an office. The feather duster is the number one all round tool to use for dusting. It’s versatility is great from spinning the duster to reach hard to get places to dusting plant leaves. We live in a dust bowl, so it is critical that the dusting is done on schedule.
Floors take a daily beating and usually take the most time to clean. Tile floors have a two step process, sweep and wet mop, therefore take longer to clean than a carpeted floor. There are many types of carpet to vacuum, but with commercial it usually doesn’t have padding so the upright vacuum rolls easier. Don’t forget the restroom floors.
Trashing is the fourth area to be cleaned. Our system has the trash bagged. We use two sizes of plastic bags; 40 x 48 and 30 x 37. It keeps it simple. We have accounts that may use a larger size bags in a few trash cans. The 30 x 37 are excellent for the desk size cans and the 40 x 48 are great fro the barrel on wheels and kitchen trashcans.
The customer is number one in the janitorial service business. There are many details to the janitorial business and they are all important. The janitor's job is a rote job, unless there are special requests from the office manager. In an upcoming article I want to cover what it takes to get the janitor to the jobsite and other behind the scenes duties.
That is exactly right, 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. A 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.
Our bidding team is seasoned and knows that the bid we give we can service. No bait and switch or up selling. We have been in the janitorial business for a long time and have an excellent reputation in Tucson. Part of our secret is service after the sale.
When a janitorial service gives a low bid they have to make money somewhere. 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. Also, the daily complaints.
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 building.
What folks 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!! Service after the sale.
In the past cords have been everywhere. Cordless battery operated machines are becoming the new wave of tech. From phones to vacuum cleaners to floor machines to toothbrushes. They even have stores like batteries plus that are devoted to batteries.
Take care of the battery and it will take care of you. It will save you money in the long haul. Keep the battery clean and the area dust free. Batteries don’t last forever but their life can be extended. Batteries aren’t cheap.
This is not a new technology. Also, batteries should be kept in a room that isn’t too cold or hot. Then there are the restrooms in an office that should be cleaned and stocked first when cleaning a building or business.
Dusting in the Tucson area is a never ending task because we live in a dust bowl. And speaking of bowls the bowls in the restrooms in Tucson get hard water build up because of the area hard water.
These are things the janitor and maid come in contact with on a daily basis. Germs are everywhere and need to be dealt with swiftly. Hygiene goes a long way in helping to prevent germs. Protective gear is worn to help protect the janitor while cleaning. Helping keep the onsite janitor and people in the environment protected is what it is all about.
Personal protective gear includes gloves and are used daily in the cleaning industry. Our video has two common types of gloves that are used in office cleaning, they are reusable and disposable gloves. It is a good idea to wear gloves when cleaning in the restrooms and emptying trash cans in an office environment.
Today is the same as back in the day concerning hygiene, it’s important. We use hand sanitizers today and the traditional soap and water. Some germs start in the restrooms when people don’t wash their hands after taking care of business. Just think about it, it really adds up to the spread of germs. With pocket size sanitizers and businesses making sanitizers more available the war continues.
This leads us into the spread of germs and a few cleaning procedures for the office environment to help stop germs before they spread. Germs remain on your hands for hours and everything you touch gets contaminated. Sanitizer wipes work great on phones, keyboards, the mouse, and desktop. If everyone is aware and participates it really helps.
Germs are everywhere and it’s the janitor job to help in the fight against them. Using the right products and careful not to cross contaminate are part of the fight. The more people that are aware the better off we will all be.
The janitor's job is a rote function and the janitor that can think outside of the regular routine is a sought after janitor. This is why our company is at the top. We have rock solid references and take our job seriously. The following is a list of janitor services.
The four basic 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.
Nighttime janitorial services are the most common. 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.
Restrooms are a critical service at the top list of janitor services. 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.
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 tour.
Outside details are a never ending job. Here a list of a few outside details: drinking fountain, elevator, stairs, entrance mats, windows.... Some buildings are low care outside and don’t require much from the janitor.
Looking for a new janitor service can be daunting. I want to break it down so it becomes clear and easy. You may have received marketing material from several services or seen a few on the internet. After contacting a few services you will probably want one or two to come out and look at your offices to give you a bid.
The tour of your offices is when you can tell the janitor service exactly what you are looking for in a service. The janitor service will be taking notes and get a picture in their head of your offices. It gives both sides a good idea of the service required.
A phone or internet quote is possible. We are seasoned and after a few questions can put a bid together, usually contingent on seeing the offices. For example, we have bid on offices not built and can get real close on the bid price.
Giving the same information to the janitorial services is important so you are comparing apples to apples. After receiving all the bids it is time to review them. I’ve heard some office managers have a checklist of important issues for them.
References are the top indicator of the janitor service, much like a person looking for a job. Quantity is important as well as quality. One good reference is fine, but 10 good references leaves no doubt. References tell a story and are like a resume.
Insurances are important as well, here are a few to check: liability, workers comp, bond. Why is it important? Well, they more than likely will look to see who does have insurance and that could be the owner of the building or business.
The search for a new janitorial service doesn’t have to be daunting. Our research shows to go with Desert Cleaning janitorial services, inc.. They are proven and trusted.
What 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....
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 then.
The 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, emptying sand urns and replacing sand....
Restrooms 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, cleaning the mirrors....
Lobby details are important because your clients sit there while waiting and can form an opinion about you and your business by looking around. Straightening magazines and chairs, organizing the lobby after the cleaning basics will make you and your business shine.
A day porter’s job is never ending and can be many things. I covered a few of the common day porter duties and would love to hear from you if you have any input or questions.
There are several neat new products on the market that I would like to share with you. So I won’t waste your time let’s get started.
From Consolidated Chemical Works are new pre portioned packs of floor conditioner. It’s a neutralizer that removes alkaline after floor stripping. We have not tried this product yet, but if we do I’ll report back on it. Last year we start using a floor neutralizer and wonder?
Non Slip shoes footwear to help reduce slipping while stripping a floor. The shoes feature velcro pads on the bottom of the shoe for excellent holding of the pad. The shoes I believe slip over your regular shoes.
I saw some wet wipes that indicated they are a cleaner. Also, they said it is a disinfectant and in my opinion the combination is great. The wipes are great for gyms and fitness facilities. Now let’s move on to the next topic.
Sanitaire has a new vacuum on the market called the EON Quiet Clean. It is an upright machine that has earned the Gold Seal. I have not tested it gut it sure sounds great. One more thing, it has a washable HEPA filter.
Go Free Flex Pro by Proteam is a cordless backpack vacuum that I have written about in a past article. It features a 75 minute runtime and comes with attachments. The battery takes 3 hours to charge. This vacuum sounds great, but the price is still a factor.
The last product I want to mention is a high traffic pre spray. This product is from go clean supply and has a citrus solvent and detergent formula to handle the nastiest soil buildup. I have not tried this product. If you have any comments on this or any articles I have written please email me. .
Product Update: The SC Johnson has a new mobile dispensing system called TruShot. The product at the top is a regular trigger sprayer and the bottom section you attach a cartridge. We have not tested the product as or this article, so when we do I will give you an update.
In my opinion, the best locally owned office cleaning service is without a doubt Desert Cleaning. Their hands on approach has worked for 37 years. Taking select accounts that like them and they like makes a win win situation. They aren’t trying to be the biggest office cleaning service in Tucson.
Trust and a proven track record mean that they take their business seriously. The behind the scenes effort is second to none. Trust is easy when it is part of your core beliefs. See our references on the homepage link.
Clorox has a few new products out and has sent us some samples. I’ll update you after we test them. So far the products are awesome and I can’t wait to try them.
The best number one janitorial service in Tucson can be reached at 520-722-6776 or email us. Also, we have a fast online quote form you could fill out and send. Additionally, we just added a chat box feature to our site that you can use.
We let our reference do our talking. They 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 as well. Please see our references letters.
Why should the time in busines 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?
The Desert Cleaning 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.
News Flash: Pro Team has introduced their Go Free cordless backpack vacuum. Some of the highlights include a new 74 minute run time on the lithium battery, a new harness, hepa filters, and the battery recharges in 3 hours.
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.
Past references are like the current references only the property manager or office manager know longer work there. Other reasons might be the property sold or the business is no longer in business. Over time a company can collect past references, if they are great.
Most of us have been told how important it is to wash our hands with soap and water. 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.
We are seeing more and more hand sanitizer bottles in businesses in Tucson. In my opinion it is all positive, 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 instead of soap and water.
It is smart to start the day with cleaning your desktop phone, keyboard and mouse. You can buy the sanitizer wipe at many stores and work great. We provide this service and monitor screen cleaning. The lens cleaner used for eyeglasses works great.
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. When everyone is aware os touch surfaces and sanitizers it can cut down on the spread of germs.
In Doctor 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 cost extra but for some businesses it is worth it.
This gives a little look into the office cleaning hygiene that can help your office run smoother. If you have any thoughts or questions please let me know.
We just passed the spring equinox and spring cleaning is here. So let’s talk about office cleaning 101 and cover some of the 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 a rote function, however, it is our janitor that can think on their feet that makes us better than the rest.
Day or night service is available and there are pros and cons 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.
Dusting is a hot topic because 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.
Trashing seems straightforward, 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. Some companies “trash and dash” and they wonder why they lose the account.
Refrigerators and microwaves can be cleaned inside and out. Also, throwing items left in the refrigerator out can be done as well. These services can be billed separately or included t in the monthly price.
Restrooms are the first area of a building we clean. 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.
Office cleaning 101 will be continued next week since there are many topics.Let me know any of your thoughts, just send me an e mail.
You probably guessed it, 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 are a few more items to put on the list.
The number two spot goes to toilet paper in order of importance. 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 and if you want to email me with yours I’d love to hear from you.
For a third place spot 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 good good vacuuming....
This leads me into our important items list we keep on each account. Each office is unique and has it’s 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 is all about giving you top of the line service. Here in Tucson.
Another priority is the kitchen trash. 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 the weight.
What do you think is a priority in the office cleaning space? Do you think security is number one? It’s interesting to think about. Email me your thoughts at email@example.com.
In Tucson the national janitorial franchises 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. Their experiences were all horrifying. That is why they called us.
The national janitorial companies have a salesperson quoting low prices for janitorial services and many times it is below the minimum wage. The national company gives it to a franchisee that bought into the business. What happens is the franchisee won’t make any money. Then the cutting corners begins.
We are family owned, and office cleaning is our specialty. We love what we do and it shows for the last 37 years. Our references are on our home page. We let our cleaning do the talking.
What are the real benefits of using a family owned local janitorial service. There are many, but here are a few:: the money stays here in tucson, you get an owner that didn’t buy into the business, less layers of management, better cleaning from hands on management....
The family owned janitorial service is all about giving you the best office cleaning experience. Hands on owners make a difference from delivering supplies to cleaning a toilet to make sure at the end of the day your offices are clean.
After the franchisee gets handed a low bid account where the profit is slim to none, then they have to pay a franchise fee. Do you thinks they will cut some services? Well that’s exactly what happens. Go family, go local when shopping for a janitorial service.
*Please see an insurance expert and don’t rely on the information in this article.
Most janitorial services have liability and workers compensation insurance. There are many reasons to have insurance and the coverages vary: lost keys, property damage, and some lawsuits to name a few.
I want to 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 if requested.
The Arizona law that says it is mandatory for employers to have workers’ compensation insurance for their employees in Arizona. 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.in Tucson.
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 fix it so it isn’t.
The liability policy usually covers bodily injury medical expenses, and the lost work hours involved.Our office and accounts are covered with most policies. Another area covered is property damage. When an employee damages property while on the job it is usually covered. with most policies.
I wasn’t able to cover everything I wanted to this week. The Tucson janitorial insurance coverage I feel is a must have. Like any insurance it seems like a waste until you need it. Keep it clean.
Last week, I mentioned 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 this week I’ll cover the supplies needed to do the actual cleaning.
In the restroom there are a few supplies needed besides the consumables. 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.
The lobby has a 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.
Trashing needs 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.
Floor cleaning supplies are many so I'll cover the main ones. 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 surface.
These are just a few items needed for the actual cleaning of an office building. I’ll cover more in the future. If you have any input please let me know.
The supplies should be addressed before giving a bid. There are multiple ways the supplies can work. 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.
Disclosure: Concerning the supplies we will work within your system.
I’ll start by describing the two categories 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.... In this article I’ll mainly cover the consumable supplies.
The janitor 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.
After ordering the supplies who delivers them? 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.
Paying for the janitorial supplies can work a number of ways. 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.
This concludes this article on janitorial supplies pre-bid. I hope you enjoyed it and were able to glean something from it.
Tucson commercial office cleaning is our specialty. Let’s 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. Ready!!!!
First, and most forgotten is dusting of the offices. It is amazing 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.”
Want to upgrade your building or office inexpensively? 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.
The breakroom or lunchroom, is always a busy area and needs attention. 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.
Commercial office cleaning involves using the right size can liner of the trashcan. The 30 x 37 can liners work perfect in the trashcans at most desks. Next, are the 40 x 48 can liners used in the barrel on wheels and the bigger trashcans in the kitchen. The slightly larger can liners help prevent the liner from getting pulled in the can. The thickness is important too.
Empty suites and offices both need attention. 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’’ss more private. The inexperienced janitor might skip the empty suite or office and then the complaint phone will be ringing.
Well, these are some of the most forgotten areas in the commercial office cleaning here in Tucson. Until next time, “keep it clean.”
The Tucson office cleaner is all about giving you the number one best office cleaning experience. In Part 8 I want to continue from part 7 with a variety of topics that affect you and the office cleaner. So let’s get started !
Our important items list that we created helps with all the fine details. There are the basic services and the tasks that are unique to each office. These unique tasks are put on our important items list. Not much can slip through our system.
The number one most important item is security for the janitor. Our company tries to use only one door to enter and exit. Required lights to be left on is important for the police to see if someone is in the building. Many buildings have cameras and alarms that are great to have.
Toilet paper is the second most important item for the janitor. For obvious reason toilet is a close second to security. We have even seen toilet paper rolls used as hand towels when they run out. The best toilet paper is a smart purchase,it makes the employees and customers happy.
Shifting gears I wanted to mention insurance for the janitorial service. I have seen many companies operating without liability insurance and workers comp insurance. If something happens I wonder who they will go after for the claim. We have been with Mona at DM Lovitt for the last 35 years and would highly recommend her.
Tucson office cleaner part eight covers more janitorial services. I’ll dig into more areas in part 9.
Your clients should feel great when they walk into your office and it’s our job to help in their experience. Your clean office is a reflection on your operation. All the details from the front door glass to the toilet paper in the restroom are important.
Have you ever used a restroom with single ply toilet paper? Your first thought is probable how cheap. Same with all the dispensers in the restroom. It is the same for offices here in Tucson. I guess it is better than no toilet paper at all.
Logbooks are great for leaving notes for the office manager or from the janitor. It saves a phone call and when read daily can help for a smooth running machine. The logbook can used for supplies needed or requests and complaints.
The most time consuming part of the janitor's job are maintaining the floors. It takes about a third of the time 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 just covered the most time consuming task, can you guess the easiest task for the janitor? It’s dusting and some janitorial services the hardest. The secret is not to skip the dusting. Janitorial work is a rote function 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.
The cart used for restrooms has many benefits and carries a lot. Here 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 the time. Organization is the key to a restroom cart.
Office cleaning in Tucson is all about desert cleaning, after all we live in a dust bowl. This article touches on some of the areas in office cleaning and I’ll cover more in a future article.
I’m looking for a janitor service in Tucson that will service in the daytime and is local! Is it possible to receive janitorial service during the daytime? Any time usually works. Let’s take a look at the cost, benefits, and drawbacks to having a daytime service.
It costs more for daytime janitorial service here in Tucson! Finding someone is slimmer. 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.
The waiting time taken for someone on the phone or a meeting is annoying to everyone. Then people are using the restrooms when the janitor is there doring his job. Dusting is almost impossible to do while people are in their office.
What are the benefits to daytime cleaning? Well I covered some of the negatives and here are a few of the positives to having a daytime janitor service.. When the office is high security and they have important items and in this situation it is better for everyone to clean in the daytime.
A local janitor service is the number one way to get the janitor service you want. The local service gets more involved and provides a much better janitorial experience. Also, the money stays in the Tucson economy.
If you need a Tucson local janitor service call or email us and we’ll put a comprehensive office cleaning proposal for you. Some companies look for the cheapest office cleaning service and others get the service they want.
The number one complaint is dusting in the janitorial business. 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.
The number one flooring is fast becoming concrete. They are used in businesses and homes and are easy to take care of. Company logo’s 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 awesome.
There are a few companies in the cordless vacuum market.. 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. Acain, it depends on the situation. Having to plug and unplug takes time and it adds up.
Restrooms have several services and are considered the most important part of the janitorial service. 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.
The best 10 janitorial services are here to stay and who knows. From this list I think I’ll get a haircut from the rest of the money left over from the pizza. Don’t forget dusting and all the office cleaning services needed.
Starting 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 and the choreography....
Marketing is the first step to start a new account.. The website is a good marketing tool for many reasons. The phone is still used to market janitorial services and is the number one tool.. Also, newspaper ads work great for getting the word out.
Hiring is an art that done right means 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.
Having 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 place.
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.... I have written about the two in previous articles. Again, a good system helps.
There maybe a few items that need to be attended too if it is a new janitor starting a new account. Getting the on site janitor everything they need is critical. Also, reviewing the employee handbook and filling out the direct deposit form may need to be completed.
There is a lot of work to start a new new account and keeping it is just as important. I’ll cover keeping an account in another article.
Looking for a janitor service in Tucson? Do you want the best service? Then you are at the right place. Desert Cleaning has been cleaning Tucson offices since 1980 and there is a reason.
They have the best janitors and support team in Tucson. Take a look at their references on their home page link. They have an excellent reputation that has been built on top of the line janitorial services. The office manager is giving the cleaning service keys and alarm code for their office, so trust is important. You can’t buy trust.
What it is all about is keeping your offices clean. 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's, keyboards, mouse and screen....
They provide cleaning services in most parts of Tucson and have many years of experience has kept them on top. It’s not a competition but providing you the best janitorial service in Tucson.
Part of being a good janitor is the proper use of chemicals. Our key personnel are the only ones we let use bleach or acid bowl cleaner. Life is a lot simpler and we only use a few chemicals on a nightly routine, they are windex, nonacid bowl cleaner, and 409.
This week a tenant at a building we clean said the building manager came by and gave them a door mat. The manager said to put this on the inside of the door and be sure to wipe off their shoes before coming out of their suite.
We clean offices in most areas of Tucson: central, east, southeast, south, west, northeast, north, and northwest. Our speciality is office cleaning. Other services we offer are the cleaning of shopping centers A.K.A. day porter service. Also, strip and waxing floors is offered as well. We cleaned carpets for years and if there is room to leave a carpet machine at a medium to large building we’ll clean the carpets.
I was at an office building today and in the restrooms they were using kitchen roll towels. My first thought was they must go through a lot of towels. It made me realize that the commercial roll towels were invented to solve the problem of running out so quickly. Have a Happy New Year!!!
Trash and dash is a term used when the janitor starts cutting corners. 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.
Let’s start with the low bid. Most 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 it starts.
The lowest bid can mean 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. If you are receiving bad service give us a call or email.
Trash and dash may be on purpose to get in and out 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.
The solution 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.
We are looking for a janitorial service in Tucson that will service us when we’re open? Yes, it is possible to receive janitorial service during office hours. Servicing during office hours has it’s plus and minuses, so let’s take a peek at a few.
Does it cost more for daytime janitorial service? Yes, for several reasons: staffing, the job takes longer.... How much more depends on the business.. We have a day account that has two people in 3,500 square feet compared to a high traffic office the cost would be different.
Another reason it takes longer is the waiting time taken for someone on the phone or a meeting. Also, people are coming in and out of the restrooms while the janitor is trying to clean them. People really hate the janitor dusting while they are there.This all adds to the time and cost.
Staffing is an issue and must be taken into consideration when bidding. Most janitorial services are at night. Unless it is an eight hour position it is more difficult to find someone for a few hours a week, but it can happen. These are the hot spots when looking at daytime janitorial
service. Is there a benefit? Yes, if the company is high security and they are worried about missing items. We have an account now that does the background check before we can let an employee start, and we don’t mind.