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5 Reasons Why you Should Choose a Green Cleaning Contractor

Cleaning contractors are increasingly engaged with the demands of their ‘green’ customers to provide ever more environmentally friendly services. Although many are slowly moving with the times and integrating green approaches to office cleaning in their day-to-day practices, some are already well-established as eco-conscious companies that are ready to do their bit for the environment. Thinking of appointing a new cleaning contracting firm? Here’s why you should opt for one with impeccable green credentials.

 

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1. Your Brand and Mission Statement

Many businesses are engaged with how their environmental policies reflect on their public image. In corporate headquarters, good work in the field can be undone by appointing cleaning firms that don’t understand the need for a green way of operating. Your corporate mission statement might easily be breached if your choice of cleaners is not an environmentally-engaged company. In other words, if your businesses is branded as one that is environmentally friendly, then you had better make sure that your cleaners are also on board or your brand will soon become tarnished.

2. Better Cleaning

There is something of a myth about certain green cleaning products in so far as they are sometimes considered to be not quite as good as the leading brands. However, this is not the case. When dirt builds up on the upholstered surfaces of an office space, such as the carpets and computer chairs, there is a surface tension which is created in the fabric. This resists standard cleaning agents and means that removing stains takes more manual effort. In some cases, normal cleaning products will only be able to partially remove stains and spillages.

However, micriolysis – a process which is encouraged by many green cleaning agents – breaks down the aforementioned surface tension. This, therefore, means that soiled upholstery can be brought back to a good-as-new state with minimal effort. As a result, general cleaning contractors can keep carpets and chairs in mint condition using green cleaning products, without the need for specialist sub-contractors and stain removers.

3. Green Disinfection

When it comes to removing germs from key areas of an office, such as the toilet and kitchen facilities, green disinfection products also offer benefits. Firstly, many of them are produced for working with agricultural machinery and food processing plants so that soil contamination is minimised from potentially harmful agents, like bleach. Preventing accidental consumption of these agents, for example when they’ve been used on food preparation work tops, green disinfection products do a superb job but without harming people. This is a particular issue when drinking water taps are wiped over with disinfectants and then used by office workers to get a drink soon afterwards.

4. VOC Free

Most green cleaning products are free from volatile organic compounds. VOCs are organic chemicals which create a high level of vapour pressure at office temperature and can therefore be breathed in easily. By avoiding them, green cleaning contractors make your office much better for everyone to work in, especially if they suffer from any sort of respiratory condition, such as asthma.

5. Longer Lasting

A good number of cleaning products are packed with chemicals that have an instant effect on office cleaning but don’t last that long. Indeed, some achieve effects that wear out in a matter of hours. On the other hand, many green cleaning products are designed with naturally long-lasting and friendly ingredients. As a result, their effect can sometimes last for days.


Sources

The guardian
Wikipedia
Cantol

 

Benefits of a Clean Office Environment in Boosting Productivity

Can a cleaner environment in London’s many offices really boost productivity? Yes, it can and here’s why…

Bacterial Infection

Workspaces are shared environments and this means that infections can spread around them like wildfire. If just one employee turns up to work with a bacterial infection during the right phase of its life cycle, then it can be passed on to dozens more. However, sick people continue to turn up to work even if they know they ought to stay at home, exacerbating the problem. Cleaning deals with much of the loss of productivity that might be expected of a contagion being brought into the office.

Most bacteria don’t do us much harm and the ones that do are not very long-lived outside of the body. However, infections inevitably pass on because people handle the same things in an office soon after one another. Equipment like telephones, photocopiers and computer terminals cannot be quarantined. Therefore, they need to be wiped down regularly with anti-bacterial cleaning products. If cleaning in the office space is done frequently, then workers catch bacterial infections from one another much less regularly, thereby reducing the number of sick days a business will suffer from

 

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Air Quality and Commercial Cleaning in London’s Offices

London may be one of the greatest cities on the face of the planet to live and work in, but there are a couple of things that irk all of us in the capital. Congestion is a big issue for people who need to get to their office on time in the morning, and related to this is air quality. Vehicles and other pollution sources in the city mean that many Londoners suffer from respiratory problems. According to work undertaken by King’s College London, some 2,411 hospital admissions a year in the capital are down to airborne pollutants.

Now, office managers who are responsible for cleanliness in the workplace can do little about the outside air quality, but they can certainly make their internal working environment free from airborne particulates, such as common dust, and thereby improve productivity. Not only will employees want to stay in the office environment without heading out for extended periods, certainly during hazy days, but they are also less likely to report in sick due to respiratory problems. Anyone with an underlying respiratory condition may really need a good level of air quality in the office to prevent a minor health issue becoming a major one. This means maintaining your air-conditioning system, but also dealing effectively with microbes and breathable particles that build up on desks, floors, workstations and office telephones.

Employee Respect

When staff members feel they are getting a raw deal, they just don’t work to their full potential. It is human nature to cut a few corners or take the easier path when you feel that your employer is not looking after you. Of course, gaining the respect of employees comes down to many factors including pay, holiday entitlement and terms and conditions. Crucially, it will also come down to the physical environment that work is conducted in. If windows are not cleaned and break out areas not swept for crumbs and other debris, staff members soon feel that they are not being looked after adequately.

Want to get the best out of your team and boost productivity? Keep their working environment spick and span. Hiring good staff in London, where the job market is more robust than anywhere else in the UK, is more costly than retaining the ones you already have. So, give them somewhere pleasant to work in. This approach to cleanliness and tidiness is nothing more than positive psychology that simply boosts morale.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/15/nearly-9500-people-die-each-year-in-london-because-of-air-pollution-study

The London Commercial Cleaning Sector in Brexit’s Wake

A recent survey by Reuters found that over 50% of UK businesses have been negatively influenced by Brexit. London is being especially hit hard, but many of the effects have been unexpectedly positive. More than 80% of the financial centre’s most thriving industries resisted an EU exit, but new freedom from tough regulations has given several industries more room to excel.

The Death of Legalism in the Commercial Cleaning Industry

Commercial cleaning businesses who were once beholden to REACH regulations can now operate without having to pour over a 526-page manual. If the situation were black and white, this would be a welcome change, but when it comes to commercial cleaning London is a complex marketplace bathed in shades of grey. Chemical policies and imports are patchy, and London’s cleaning companies are in a prime spot to gain competitive advantage purely because they have better access to stock. Businesses with their own stringent safety standards will be London’s most stable because they’ve never relied on foreign support to decide which chemicals they use.

The Economy

Brexit’s weak pound is ripe for investors. Many industries are using the slump to reinvest in their own growth. When it comes to sectors like commercial cleaning London is attracting surging profits. It’s risen to the number one spot on the PWC attractiveness indicators list, and its rentals are expected to sink, too. Savvy business owners are waiting patiently for better trade conditions.

The cleaning sector employs more foreigners than most, but generally pays far below minimum wage, so Brexit’s restriction of movement in and out of the UK might slow down businesses that are reliant on EU staff. Cleaning companies can go in one of two directions: they can rise or sink, and it’s only sound strategy and solid ethics that will decide which. Those based in London already have the upper hand because of their access to the city’s massive body of human capital. Businesses with the tactical know-how to support Brexit-based growth have rising success at their fingertips.

Environmental Law

London’s environmental law is going through a phase of uncertainty after Brexit. If the UK joins the EEA, little will change, but if not, there will be a long struggle before legislation will be set in stone. As yet, nobody knows how much deregulation will happen, so the only cleaning companies who are likely to remain on top throughout the shaky months to come are those who already hold themselves to respectable environmental standards. Those who ensure they’re always on an upward trajectory towards better green policies, techniques, and chemicals will be far more stable than their rivals.

For some, sourcing materials and equipment has become more difficult now that imports are less accessible. Businesses whose foundations have already been built will fend for themselves better.

Cleaning and You

Brexit has changed the way you choose your commercial cleaning company. A solid partner will:

  • Have safe, eco-friendly methods and chemicals.
  • Have access to London’s human assets and reduced rentals.
  • Have outstanding training and pay minimum wages.
  • Have existing ethics and stable policies.
  • Be sustainable with an existing recycling strategy.

Industries closely tied to local economies will have to make titanic changes to stay ahead of Brexit’s handicaps, but the cleaning sector relies on intelligent management above all else. It can untie itself entirely from the Brexit backlash and choose to rise on its wings instead.

Guide to a Cleaner & Greener Office (FREE GUIDE + Bonus Checklist)

We’re very excited to announce that we’re officially releasing a new FREE guide to help you with the green struggle at your office. The “Guide to a Cleaner & Greener Office” discusses the importance of having a green office and offers simple, actionable tips on how to take the first step in the right direction.


In this guide you will find:

  • 6 easy changes you can make right away.
  • Information on the latest eco-friendly cleaning technology.
  • A free bonus checklist of small changes you can implement to make your office greener.

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4 Tips for Starting a Recycling Program in your Office

Nowadays we are all much more aware on the importance of recycling. A study published in the London Evening Standard at the end of 2016 showed that in many London boroughs over 50% of households and businesses take the time to recycle their waste properly. This was particularly the case in Bexley and Bromley, which have been dubbed the most recycling friendly boroughs in the capital (Kingston on Thames came a close third). However, there are still plenty of areas, such as Lewisham, that are still far behind in their recycling efforts, with just 19% of households and businesses bothering to recycle.

Here are some tips to start recycling more inside your office and do more for the planet and your city.

 

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1. Arrange for your recycling collection

One reason why many Londoners do not always recycle properly is the fact that recycling and arranging for the collection of your recycling takes time and effort. What you might not know is that there are some cleaning contractors who can also take care of your recycling. This has the advantage of not having to manage two contractors for your cleaning and recycling, and you can do your bit for the environment without the hassle.

 

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2. Get your information straight

Recycling can be difficult to get your head around sometimes. Questions that confuse Londoners include the issue of whether plastic bottle caps can be recycled alongside the bottles themselves. And what about those cardboard coffee cups – are they recyclable alongside other cardboards? Ask your cleaning and recycling contractors for tips on this, and then print out some clear guidelines for everyone in the office to follow if they ever have a doubt.

 

3. Put the recycling bins in the right places

If your office is big, then having more than one recycling station would be a good idea, or, if possible, give a small recycling bin to every employee, so people have no excuse for not doing it. Also, be strategic about your placement of recycling bins. They should be in all places where the most trash is generated, like near printers and in the kitchen area/cafeteria. They also need to display clear signage indicating they are for recyclable materials only.

 

4. Encourage participation

The information should come from the top down, so the MD of the business should send around a notice explaining the new recycling program to everyone in the office. Make sure every worker in the office is aware of the program and its goals. You can also keep tracking the progress and share it with everyone, letting everyone know what they’ve helped to accomplish so far.

 

5 Top Tips to Help Keep the Office Clean

The benefits of a clean office extend far beyond the sense of well-being given by a well-organised, clutter-free working environment: increased productivity and higher levels of staff engagement will increase your profits as well. A hygienic and tidy office also gives visitors a good first impression of how the business is run.

Most office managers find that the best way to keep the office clean and tidy is to hire a professional cleaning contractor on a regular basis. However, in between their visits, there are several ways in which managers can encourage employees to keep the office a healthy and pleasant environment in which to work.

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1. Encourage hand washing

Around 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted around the office by touch so it is important that all members of staff understand the importance of regular hand washing. If there is room, try to install a touch-free soap dispenser and paper towels or warm air hand dryers in the kitchen and toilet to improve standards of hygiene.

 

2. Keep the kitchen tidy

Anyone who has ever worked in an office will know that the kitchen can sometimes become a problem area with dirty cups, overflowing bins and out of date food cluttering up the fridge. By drawing up a cleaning rota, you will make it clear who is responsible for cleaning certain areas on a given week, thus reducing conflict and stress and creating a pleasant environment for everyone.

 

3. Empty waste bins

Emptying bins every day is especially important when staff use them to discard food; they can quickly become smelly and sticky. When bins are emptied daily as part of the office routine, you will quickly notice an improvement in the office environment.

 

4. Declutter desk spaces

It’s easy to give a desk a quick wipe each evening to keep the work space tidy and dust-free but this is made much harder if the desk is cluttered. Try to build some time into the working day for staff to declutter desks so that they can take pride in keeping their office tidy.

 

5. Discourage eating at desks

It’s often convenient for staff to eat lunch at their desks but you should encourage them to eat elsewhere whenever possible. This will not only keep their desks and keyboards cleaner but will also give them the chance to take a proper break, increasing their productivity on their return. If eating at desks is really necessary, ensure that there is a supply of antibacterial wipes to hand so that employees can clean up any mess when they have finished lunch.

 

Five Questions to Ask Your Cleaning Contractor Before Hiring Them

Hiring a cleaning contractor your company can rely on is an important decision and can be a difficult task as there are so many things to consider. Cost is obviously an important factor but it isn’t the only one. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the most important questions to ask your cleaning contractor – the answers should reveal whether they are right for you.

1. Do they have any other cleaning contracts in the local area?

If they do have any other contracts nearby this is could be a positive sign for several reasons. Firstly, you could easily pay a quick visit to the other business and see if their cleaning seems to be of the required standard. It might also be possible to have a quick chat with the person in charge of managing the contract for some honest feedback. Finally, sites nearby to each other means it is relatively easy to arrange cover at short notice; for example, if one of your usual cleaners calls in sick.

2. Is all their paperwork in place?

The sign of a professional cleaning outfit is that they are fully up-to-date with current H & S and environmental legislation. Ask if they are accredited with either ISO 9001 or ISO 14001. Full liability and bonding insurance are, of course, vital for the safety and well-being of everyone concerned.
Ask what is their TUPE capability? This refers to the transfer of employee rights from one company to another. Finally, it’s always worth checking to see if the company is registered with a professional body, such as BICS – the British Institute of Cleaning Science or BIFM – the British Institute of Facilities Management.

3. What is their staff retention rate?

This is a clever question to ask. The cleaning industry as a whole has a very high turnover with the average length of time a member of staff is employed being 12 weeks. A company that has a higher than average retention rate is likely to be a reputable cleaning company that values its staff, treats them well and pays them fairly.

4. How much flexibility can they offer?

Ask what sort of service they can offer in the event of a cleaning emergency? A reputable company will be able to show you a copy of their service level agreement. You could also ask whether they offer any bespoke and flexible packages that could save you time and money.

5. What steps are they taking to be environmentally friendly?

Are the products they use eco-friendly? Do they have systems in place to reduce unnecessary waste? Do they try and buy local products? Cleaning can cause a lot of damage to the environment with harsh chemicals and disposable products. Small initiatives, such as using microfibre cloths rather than disposable ones, can help to make a difference.

 

These questions are just a starting point. There are many other points you could also raise, such as their approach in the event of a staffing problem. It is always worth taking the time to research into a new cleaning company and, hopefully, the results will see the beginnings of a long and happy working relationship.

 

How to Ensure the Standard of Your Cleaning Contractor Remains High

For many of the capital’s office managers and facilities directors, hiring a cleaning contractor is only the start of the process. You may want to consider a number of factors before appointing a cleaning firm – security, reliability and price to name but three – but once you have found a suitable contractor, monitoring cleaning can become a low priority, especially in a busy office.

Nevertheless, occasionally standards can drop from the less-reputable of London’s cleaning contractors. Although it’s not  the norm for all contractors, luckily, in the first few weeks and months, time and effort may have be taken to get a thorough job done with quality falling away over time. Are your cleaners doing a good a job as they first did? Are your staff members and senior managers noticing a fall in standards, however minimal? If so, then it could reflect badly on you, so here’s what you need to do to make sure you are continuing to get the best out of your contractor.

Operatives

All cleaning firms in London have a turnover of staff. This is the same in any business, but cleaning companies can often see higher levels of staff leaving, sometimes down to nothing more than the unsocial hours that are required. Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that a cleaning company will send different operatives to your office from time-to-time.

Nevertheless, you should always check that new operatives are doing their work to the same, high quality. Inspect the work of new cleaners to make sure it continues to offer expected quality norms and opt for an ISO9001 cleaning company if the one you are using fails to come up to scratch.

Cleaning Materials

Like the skill level of cleaning operatives, materials used for the job can be of an inferior quality after the initial part of a contract. It is commonplace for professional cleaners to use trade brands for their cleaning materials since they often buy in bulk, so you may not see household names among the materials used. However, it is a good idea to check the cleaning products being used with a quick internet search now and again.

Ask yourself whether your cleaning contractor is using bargain basement products that are short-changing your company and making it harder for operatives to do a really thorough job. Another important factor to weigh up is whether the cleaning materials being used have a health or environmental impact. If they do, then the contractor may not be living up to your level of social corporate responsibility. If in doubt about the products, simply ask your contractor for full details.

Reliability of Service

Having third-party contractors on your site of any type means that you need to trust them. If cleaners turn up late and rush the job, then you are not only receiving a lower quality of service, but the crucial element of trust may break down. Given the traffic in London, late arrivals will happen occasionally. However, you do need a basic level of trust that delays are reasonable.

Essentially, you need to feel that you can trust your cleaning company’s management to deal with any doubts you may have effectively. This means they should have the proper management, training and monitoring structures in place to respond to customers’ concerns when raised. If you are checking up on your cleaners, then ask your contractor how often they are doing so, if at all, and what systems they have in place to improve reliability and, therefore, trust.

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Where to find the right office cleaning services in London

The most successful professionals and business owners in London know that hiring an outside company that specialises in office and commercial cleaning is preferable to having their other staff handle these services. After all, the office staff should able to focus all of their energies on sales, accounting, IT, or whatever else it is that they were hired to do without having to also make sure that their workplace is also always clean.

What these professional business people need is a company that offers complete office cleaning services London wide. This means that the cleaners will take care of everything: they will not only clean all of the surfaces in the conference rooms and offices, but they will also completely clean and sanitize the bathroom, clean all of the mirrors and windows, clean the blinds and curtains (hard to clean areas that are often neglected), vacuum the carpets and rugs, and clean the hardwood and tiles.

With so many commercial and office cleaning services London based business owners have the option of hiring, it can be hard to know which is the best of the bunch. To that end, here is a short checklist of things you should keep in mind and questions you ought to be asking yourself when looking for a commercial space and office cleaning company.

 

How Long Have They Been In Business?

With so many cleaning businesses in London, there really is no reason to hire one of the New-Kids-On-the-Block. It doesn’t have to be the oldest company, but it should be a cleaning business that’s been around long enough to have garnered a reputation.

 

Does the Cleaning Company Have Good Reviews?

If the office cleaning company has been working in London for a significant stretch of time they should have a number of reviews on popular British business reviews sites such as freeindex.co.uk, glassdoor.co.uk, yotpo.com, and others. Reviewers on these sites really have no reason to lie, and if the company has 5 stars and detailed, positive comments then you can rest assured that the company is a safe bet.

Word-of-mouth recommendations from friends, family, and business associates can also be taken into account when seeking out a commercial space and office cleaning company in the greater London area.

 

Is the Company Licensed And Insured?

You would think that this aspect of hiring a cleaning business is so fundamental that it is almost not even worth mentioning, but you should ask a cleaning company you are potentially going to hire to see their documentation. There are many reasons why a cleaning company could lose their insurance and accreditation. For instance, the company could’ve had incidents where cleaners have stolen from their clients.

There is no problem in asking to see a company’s legal documentation if you are considering hiring them to handle your regular office cleaning services.

At the end of the day, hiring a credible and professional company to take care of your office and commercial space cleaning services pays for itself in the long run. When your employees have a clean, hygienic and orderly space to work in they are able to be much more productive and creative. This increase in quality output benefits your business’ bottom line.

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Benefits of Hiring Contract Cleaning Company

Any type of building, be it offices, industrial plants, medical facilities or condominiums, require thorough cleaning on a regular basis. A clean environment is essential not only for appearances, but also for the health and hygiene of the building occupants-whether employees, customers or clients.

Hiring contract cleaning companies in London is more efficient, effective and economical than keeping the job of cleaning in-house. They always make sure that your building is always hygienic and well-cleaned.

There are many benefits involved with hiring contract cleaning services in London for your office cleaning needs. Some of these benefits include the following:

  • A contract cleaning company can mean having a cleaner facility. The first and foremost concern of such companies is cleanliness. They spend time and money to ensure that their cleaning standards, equipments, methods and products are up-to-date. They stay updated with best practices and new advancements in the cleaning industry.
  • It is also more convenient to hire outside office cleaning services. You can schedule the cleaning services for you to be completed after your business has closed for the day. This will take less time to clean the premise when it is empty and will save you money. Also, the office staff will not get distracted by the cleaning time which will increase the overall productivity.
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Importance Of Office Cleaning Services

It is a well understood fact that how important it is to keep office premise clean and tidy at all times. There are several reasons for keeping the office area neat and clean. Working in a tidy and hygienic office environment increases productivity and attracts customers to your business. And thus office cleaning services plays a significant role in maintaining your business.

Cleaning offices is not that simple. It requires cleaning of walls, ceilings, washrooms, movable fixtures, furniture and much more. It is not feasible to opt for maid services since maid do not come with all such equipments and tools which are required to complete the task easily. There are numerous office cleaning services available in London.

The professional office cleaning services use environment-friendly methods for properly cleaning of carpets, rugs, curtains and to remove dirt, stains, oil, dust, bugs etc. They leave your office sparkling and enticing. A professional is well-trained on such kind of service and will have your office cleaned with every detail put into consideration. When cleaning the office, they also come with high-tech tools and products that they employ rightfully and offer you standard office cleaning services that will definitely satisfy all your cleaning needs.

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Things To Consider When Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services

Cleaning an office or any type of business premise on a regular basis can be quite a difficult and time-consuming task, especially if the area is larger. However, keeping these spaces is extremely important for the well-being and safety of both your employees and clients.

Hiring a commercial cleaning service for this purpose is the best option. You can find several commercial cleaning service providers in London. Naturally, we all want the best quality service at the most competitive prices when it comes to hiring a cleaning service. Here are some of the factors that must be considered when hiring commercial cleaning services. Some of these include the following:

  • Check online reviews of the various cleaning services offered in your area in order to get a sense of the professionalism of the company.
  • One of the things that make hiring a commercial cleaning service provider a worthy idea is the fact they have professional equipment. Check the condition and age of their equipments. A company that has relatively new and clean equipments is the best option for your business.
  • Never hire an uninsured cleaning company. Any legitimate and professional cleaning company will have insurance and those are the ones you should hire to clean your office premise.