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In-House Vs. Contract Building Cleaning – Which One Wins for Savings and Results?

In Alberta, businesses are now faced with paying higher wages as well as higher building operating costs due to the carbon tax, higher business taxes and so on. So, companies are searching for ways to improve or maintain quality while decreasing costs. If you are in facility management and responsible for the cleaning of your building, one of the best ways to find the quality/cost balance is to explore contract versus in-house cleaning.

There are pros and cons to both methods, but if cost and efficiency is the main concern, the best option tends to be contracting a cleaning company. Here’s why:

Contracted Cleaning

Management: A contractor manages your cleaning program and the cleaning staff, leaving you more time to do other work. Cleaning staff training and performance evaluations are primarily handled by the contractor. You may have to continue to provide training on building safety and procedures, but the majority of training will be off your plate.

Expertise: Professional cleaning companies can often do a better job of cleaning, having more technical knowledge and being in better touch with innovations and best practices

Savings: Savings on supplies can be realized when the cleaning contractor has more buying power to provide preferred pricing on supplies. As well, the contractor can manage the supplies inventory and replenishment for you.

Quality Assurance: Q.A. programs are typically provided by a contractor. These programs give you regular reporting on the buildings cleaning standards and performance, ensuring the quality of your cleaning program.

Cost Savings: Substantial savings are found when your organization no longer has to pay employee expenses such as benefits and insurance. The cost of training and staff turn-over is also covered by the contractor.

Primary reasons for having in-house cleaning staff  include:

In-House Cleaning

Building Knowledge: Facility managers will be more involved in the cleaning and therefore have more on-going knowledge about the cleaning and any issues.

Flexibility: With their own staff, a building manager can assign new or revised tasks to an existing cleaner on the fly.

Relationships with Staff: A facility manager will be hiring and work closely with the cleaning team, forging a stronger relationship.

For best performance and cost-effectiveness, the contracting option really does “shine” compared to in-house cleaning. Do your own analysis on which building cleaning method will work best. Even better, getting a proposal from a contractor will show you the best fit for your company.

Sanitizing Versus Disinfecting – What You Don’t Know Could Kill You

Understanding the level of cleaning required in your building could mean life or death. OK, that might be somewhat dramatic, but it could certainly be the difference between healthy or sick.

Now, more than ever, the cleaning industry is focused on cleaning for health as well as appearance. And that’s a good thing. Cleaning for health means professional practices and products are used to ensure the utmost health of a building’s people and assets.  As reported by Cleanlink Magazine, “Cleaning with an eye on health helps reduce sick building syndrome, infections and respiratory problems — and it benefits not only the building’s occupants, but also the cleaning employees, since cleaner and healthier workplaces tend to experience less absenteeism among workers.”

Whether you are in the food service industry, in an educational or office facility, it’s essential to understand when and how to treat surfaces to eliminate illness causing germs.

Let’s look at the various levels of cleaning (as outlined by Clorox Professional):

Basic Cleaning – Manual or mechanical removal of soil and debris from surfaces and equipment. Products used: Cleaner, detergent.

Sanitization – Reduction of bacterial contaminants to safe levels as per health requirements. Products used: Food-contact and non-food contact sanitizers, products labeled “kills 99.9% of germs”.

Disinfection – Destruction of pathogenic and other types of microorganisms, typically using chemical agents. Products used: Cleaner disinfectants, products labeled “kills 99.999& of germs”.

Technology has served up a variety of new systems for disinfecting and sanitizing. The system we use in our clients’ buildings is Electrostatic Disinfecting.  

Remember rubbing a balloon on your hair as a kid? The balloon and hair would have opposite charges that attract one another. Electrostatic disinfecting and sanitizing is a similar concept. It uses (+) charged particles, sprayed onto (-) charged surfaces, attracting the solution to every nook and cranny thus providing 100% coverage. A very cost-effective and time-efficient way to kill germs in any facility including health care, althetic, education, office buildings, etc.

Protecting your staff and patrons from illness is easier said than done. Knowing what level you should be cleaning at, and what products and methods to use, can be daunting and confusing. Take the time to ensure your cleaning staff or contract cleaner is properly trained to deliver the cleaning you need to make your facility a healthy one.

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A Clean Business is Smart Business. 

EFS Clean provides smart cleaning to Calgary’s commercial sector. Services include Contract Cleaning, Post-Construction Cleaning as well as specialty services; Ceiling Cleaning, Floor and Carpet Cleaning, Low-Rise Window Cleaning, Electrostatic Disinfecting and Quality Assurance Inspections. If you have a cleaning challenge, we have a solution. Contact us today at 403-949-3344 or request a cleaning quote/demo.

Office Cleaning Tips to Avoid Spring Allergy Symptoms

This spring we’re seeing an increase in allergy symptoms due to the dry winter and warm temperatures. You may have noticed this, either with yourself or your co-workers, suffering from sneezing fits and watery eyes.

Here are some tips to ensure your office is being cleaned for health, meaning it’s being professionally cleaned to a level that will help with allergies and sensitivities . . .

Educating Customers for Success

We recently started a new contract in an office building with a wide variety of tenants. Already having experience in these type of buildings, we know what’s coming . . . a whole bunch of people with different opinions and thoughts on how their offices should be cleaned.

Investment in Cleaning = Increased Business Revenues

Let’s face it. Cleaning is often viewed as a cost of doing business which takes away from profit. What many business owners/managers forget, or simply don’t know, is that cleaning is actually a smart investment towards a stronger bottom line.

How to Avoid the Flu Bug in your Office

It’s in the news. It might even be in your office or house right now. The dreaded flu bug is back with a vengeance in Alberta. With some care, diligence and good cleaning, there are things you can do to guard against illness as the flu season reaches it’s peak.

Public Washroom Tips: Of course, wash your hands thoroughly when using public washrooms. If possible, use paper towels instead of hand dryers as the air movement from dryers causes further spreading of bacteria. Take further advantage of your paper towel using it to turn off the faucet and pull the door open, avoiding post-washing germs along the way.

How to Properly Apply Ice Melt in Winter

Winter brings it’s usual challenges of extra layers of clothing and unpredictable driving conditions. And for those of us who are building service contractors (otherwise known as professional cleaners), it also means five months of cleaning buildings that are extra messy.

Cleaning up wet, muddy floors is a given. But to add “salt” to the wound (excuse the pun), we are often faced with extra clean-up due to misuse of ice melt. With of the huge liabilities that businesses face with slip-and-fall injuries, there is no doubt ice melt is a must have when the snow falls. What many people don’t’ realize is there is some knowledge required to using this product properly.

We got a call from one of our clients who noticed a white chalky residue left on their floors. Of course, the floors had been properly cleaned the night before but when daylight came the residue was noticeable. It didn’t take long to discover that around their building was an excess of ice melt on the sidewalks and around the doors.

The easy solution to the floor surfaces inside the building was to use a neutralizer.  It’s acidity has a chemical reaction to the salt residue and then this reaction turns the alkaline nature of the ice melt to a neutral pH. The result is that the residue will then have the same basic neutral pH state as faucet water and therefore becomes as easy to wipe up as water.

We then recommended to our client that less ice melt be used. Not only will this help with less of the product tracking into the building and causing havoc with the floors, it will also help prevent excess de-icer eating away at the metal trim on their building’s exterior. In addition, we mentioned that good quality tracking mats inside and outside the doors will help keep the ice melt outside, where it belongs.

The best way to ensure your de-icing efforts are doing more good than harm?  Do your research to find the right kind of ice melt and then make sure you are using the right amount. A simple solution to a common problem.

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EFS Clean is Calgary’s locally-owned-and-grown commercial cleaning company. Our services include janitorial services, construction cleaning, ceiling tile cleaning, electrostatic disinfecting, low-rise window cleaning, tile/hard surface deep cleaning and quality assurance inspections. Let us help you get a better clean by calling 403-949-3344 or send us a message on our Contact Us page.

 

 

Ceiling Cleaning Service Growing Internationally

Ceiling Cleaning and Restoration is a valuable service that is taking over the world! OK, maybe not “taking over”, but certainly “making over”.  We spend most of our lives under ceilings and this area of a building often gets neglected. Ceilings trap odors, dust, grease, and other pollutants, looking worse over time and becoming a health issue.

The cleaning process disinfects and deodorizes ceilings, extending the life of the ceiling system and brightening the space. And at 80% less cost than replacement, ceiling cleaning should always be a part of a comprehensive green cleaning program.

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