If you’ve ever worked in an office, you probably have a few ideas about where the dirtiest places usually are. Kitchens are typically the worst offenders, with all kinds of horror stories about mouldy leftovers, filthy smelly sinks, and microwaves covered in weeks worth of gunk.
It’s not just offices though, as virtually every workplace and business have areas that are less hygienic than others. Yes, areas like kitchens and toilets are obvious targets, but many will be surprised where some of the dirtiest places in your average workplace are found!
The Workplace Desk
The idea of a workplace desk being one of the dirtiest places may sound odd, yet recent research indicates that your average work desk could have 400 times more germs than a toilet seat! (Ew gross!!)
It does make sense when you consider most desks consist of a large, flat surface area that is not regularly cleaned, allowing all kinds of germs to develop.
Adding in all the various objects on your desk, from your phone to your keyboard, your pen pot to your letter trays, and even more germs and contaminants are present. After just a few days of work, your desk quickly becomes a breeding ground for dirt, dust, and germs.
Therefore, cleaning an office desk daily is highly recommended. Try to keep it clutter-free to further improve cleanliness, as the fewer objects present the less dirty it gets. Not only that, a clutter free desk is a lot easier to keep clean.
High Touch Surfaces
Certain surfaces in a workplace are touched far more than others. Think things like door handles, light switches, handrails, and the various buttons and dials found in your average workplace such as vending machines and printers.
Considering the number of times these surfaces are touched by different people, it becomes clear just how quickly they become dirty and unhygienic (and some people won’t be washing their hands as often as they should!)
Unfortunately, because these high touch surfaces areas are often-overlooked when it comes to cleaning, they are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and viruses which are then transferred from person to person with ease due to their location.
Keeping on top of disinfecting high touch surfaces is essential for maintaining a well workforce. Daily wiping over these areas with a non-damaging disinfectant will promote a healthy working environment and is essential for keeping up high standards of hygiene.
Now it’s time to cover the more obvious places that get dirty, and the kitchen is certainly one of these! Given the shared appliances like fridges and microwaves, and the general amount of food and drink consumed in these areas, it’s clear why they become so unclean.
Sadly, a lot of employees don’t clean up after themselves, so kitchens can quickly become an unclean mess that many employees would rather avoid.
Kitchen sinks often harbour all kinds of mess and germs due to food and drink being poured down, while the taps are often covered in food and drink residue from all the people using them at lunch. The drain is probably filled with all sorts of nasty gunk and grime, which is not just unpleasant but also presents a health and safety problem.
So regular scheduled cleaning of a workplace kitchen or canteen is essential. Make it easy for staff to clean up after themselves. Provide them with enough supplies to ensure a quick efficient clean up after their breaks, making sure they have adequate waste disposal facilities such as lidded general waste and recycling bins to avoid food waste being disposed of in sinks.
Have you got space to fit in a dishwasher? If so, investing in a dishwasher for the workplace immediately improves the cleanliness of kitchen areas as staff can easily place pots inside, out of sight, and quickly set off on a cleaning cycle when full. This saves your staff both time and effort cleaning up after themselves so they can get back to their work sooner.
Workplace toilets get filthy, and we all know why!
This is nothing new, as toilets are some of the most visited areas of a workplace. High traffic means lots of people coming and going from the toilet, making it a perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
There is an obvious reason why toilet cleaning is such an important component of most business cleaning schedules. Strangely enough though, the fact that toilets pose obvious cleaning requirements means they are often cleaner than many other areas!
However, there are still general housekeeping principles to bear in mind with your toilet facilities. Ensure toilet paper, hand soap and hand towels are kept in good supply in all toilets, ensure sanitary bins and other waste bins are being emptied on a regular basis, ensure toilets are well lit for ease of use (a dingy toilet is never appealing to use) and conduct regular checks to ensure the space is always welcoming to its users.
Maintaining clean, fresh and odour free toilet facilities make all the difference to your employees and visitors alike. It shows that you take the cleanliness of your building seriously and can leave a lasting positive impression of your business.
Whether you require a complete workplace clean or want to address problem areas like your kitchen or toilet, Ideal Cleaning is here to help.
We are a commercial cleaning company that provides flexible workplace cleaning solutions for businesses of every shape and size. From one-off deep cleans to on-going maintenance, our cleaning solutions are tailor-made to our clients needs!
For more information about our commercial cleaning service, contact us today on 01642 685321
As the vaccination process continues to roll out throughout the nation, we are seeing a slow but steady return to life before the pandemic. While far from over, life is getting better for most of us, especially business owners that are looking to make up over lost time during lockdowns.
However, the presence of covid-19 remains, with the latest variants highlighting that business owners need to remain vigilant. A single case in your work premises could see a temporary closure of the premises as cleaning and decontamination is now an essential component of health and safety compliance.
Thankfully, there are various options available should your business be facing issues with covid transmissions in the workplace. This includes our very own covid deep cleaning and fogging service, which can help your business in many ways!
Let’s take a closer look at why Ideal Cleaning’s covid fogging and deep cleaning service can help your business:
If there is an outbreak of Covid-19 in your workplace, then fast action is essential to slow the spread and minimize the impact it has on your business.
While a single case may not call for complete closure, it certainly won’t reflect on a business that does little to address an outbreak in their premises.
Therefore, a fast and effective response to any covid-related sanitation issues is vital. This is where Idea Cleaning’s rapid response team steps in to help.
We quickly arrive on-site to complete a thorough deep clean and fogging process that completely decontaminates the premises. Our aim is to provide the quickest response possible, so if there is any suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19, we can quickly decontaminate to minimise the disruption caused.
We understand that Covid-19 is not helpful to a strict schedule. An outbreak could occur at any time, with many businesses operating during non-traditional working hours. If there is an outbreak in the middle of the night, you could be waiting until the next day to hear back from a cleaning company.
Ideal Cleaning offers 24/7 covid deep cleaning and fogging services.
We are available around the clock, so if your business is dealing with an unexpected covid problem, we can be there to start cleaning at a time that suits your needs, whether it’s midday or midnight. This includes weekends and all major holidays!
Quick Cleaning and Decontamination
Ideal Cleaning helps your business avoid costly closures by minimising the cleaning response time Our covid deep cleaning and fogging service is fast yet efficient, ensuring your business sees minimum disruption.
We start cleaning as soon as we arrive, starting with a manual deep clean to remove dirt and germs from high traffic surfaces, like switches, door handles, furniture, and other high touch points.
Once this is completed, we begin the fogging process, which involves dispersing our Ideal EnviroSafe anti pathogen solution into the room. This decontaminates the air and all surfaces within the room, killing 99.9999% of all bacteria and eliminating viruses, including Covid-19.
The entire process takes about two hours, and you can return to the premises approximately one hour after fogging. So, expect to have your entire workplace cleaned, decontaminated, and ready for use the same day. We also provide appropriate certification to ensure health and safety compliance.
Fogging Offers the Best Cleaning Coverage
The reason we are using fogging as part of our decontamination process for covid-19 is because of its efficient coverage. The fogging process consists of spraying disinfectant into microscopic droplets that disperses into the air, killing bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces, soft surfaces, and in the air.
The micro-droplets are much lighter in weight than usual sprays so they stay suspended in the air for longer, then settle onto surfaces treating both the air itself, and then when they land, hard surfaces where pathogens may be lurking. This ensures a thorough and efficient decontamination. No other method gets the same amount of coverage in such an effective way. Rooms are safe to re-enter within a couple of hours, which is why we can have your business thoroughly decontaminated causing minimal disruption to you.
This is especially useful for larger premises. We can use fogging machines to effectively clean huge spaces in a matter of hours, something that is not possible with other decontamination methods.
So, whether you have a huge warehouse, multi-storey office, or a large retail store, our fogging service will quickly clean and sanitise the space to ensure minimal disruptions.
If you require our decontamination fogging services, please call our office today on 01642 685 321 and we will mobilise our team within 4 hours of your call.
Ideal Cleanings application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. SafeContractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts, and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.
Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”
“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Ideal Cleaning has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”
James Turnbull, Partner of Ideal Cleaning said:
“As a well established commercial cleaning company serving the Tees Valley & County Durham area for over 60 years, we fully understand the importance of maintaining the highest standards of health and safety compliance.
Being awarded the SafeContractor accreditation not only attests to our already high health and safety standards, it also assures clients of our commitment to continually deliver safe cleaning services in the area, now and into the future.”
Despite what business sector you work in, with employees eating in the office and making numerous cups of tea and coffee, office carpet spills are inevitable. The question is, how do you deal with those annoying office carpet spills?
How do I clean my office carpet spills?
These accidents can happen at any time to everyone, perhaps someone overfilled their coffee cup or slopped their soup on the floor. As professional cleaners, we deal with commercial carpet cleaning in offices, week in, week out, however the chances of us being there when these spillages actually happen are rather unlikely. Whatever the spillage we have put together some tips on what you can do to deal with it yourself whilst minimising any long-term damage being made to your carpets!
What do I need to clean my office carpet?
First things first, don’t panic! If the spillage is a drink, grab an absorbent kitchen towel or other material to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. If it’s food, carefully remove the substance from the carpet and again use an absorbent kitchen towel to soak up as much as possible of the sauces or oils etc left behind.
Once you have got out as much of the liquid as possible it’s time to start working on the remaining residue. Please note if using any supermarket brands for this, quite often they contain bleach and other strong cleaning substances that can damage your carpet further. Always be sure to read the ingredients before using on your carpets targeted areas.
An alternative option to the supermarket brands is to use our Ideal Cleaning Professional Spotter. With a white cotton cloth, soak some of the spotter into part of it then apply to the spillage working from the outside of the spill inwards. It is important that you do not rub the carpet as this can cause damage to the surface, instead you need to simply blot the spill until you reach the centre. Although this is a longer process, you will receive much better results.
Can I get my office carpet professionally cleaned?
If the spill remains evident even after following our recommendations above, feel free to get in touch. As professional cleaners with over 60 years industry experience in commercial carpet cleaning and office carpet cleaning covering Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Darlington we would love to help solve the problem. Also, if you would like to purchase our Ideal Cleaning Professional Spotter, please contact us on 01642 685 321
Think about how many people are in your workplace, then think about how many times everyone uses the most common facility - the toilet. Although the toilet is something that is used frequently throughout each day, more often than not nobody will really give a thought about its cleanliness other than the cleaner or caretaker.
As office cleaning specialists, we thought we would put together some easy tips to help you make sure that your office toilet doesn’t become a bio-hazard and breed lots of bacteria which can be the culprit of employee sickness bugs! Here they are:
Last but not least, keep it smelling fresh! This can work as way of letting your employees know that it is a clean, hygienic environment and work as encouragement for them to maintain its cleanliness.
At Ideal Cleaning, we provide office cleaning services, including toilet cleaning in commercial properties throughout the Teesside area; Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Darlington. Whether your need a one-time visit from us to create a office toilet cleaning checklist or are looking for a regular cleaning service, we can help.
Contact us for a free quote on 01642 685321.
Large commercial buildings, particularly schools and community halls use vinyl flooring as it is affordable, easy to maintain and durable. All types of vinyl flooring require maintenance occasionally whether it be re-application of the seal to enhance and protect it or polish that protects the flooring from wear and damage. As professional cleaners in the North East, we have put together our recommendations on stripping, cleaning and polishing your vinyl floor.
1. How to strip vinyl flooring?
When applying a new coating of vinyl flooring it is very important to remove any old surface coating beforehand, failure to do so can cause problems in the future. The first step to removing the old polish is mixing a floor polish removing chemical with water and dispersing it over the required area. Allow a minimum of 15 minutes for the mixture to have an effect. You may need to add approximately three coats per application depending on the number of coats of seal that need to be removed. If stripping off the old coatings is something that has been ignored previously, professional floor cleaning companies can help. Ideal Cleaning use the correct products and industrial cleaning equipment to provide a fast, efficient and quality vinyl floor cleaning service.
2. How to clean vinyl flooring?
Once the surface coating has been stripped and removed, next up it’s time for some deep cleaning to remove the soiling that often becomes trapped in the worn surface of the vinyl. Add a cleaning chemical to hot water and mop the floor surface, we recommend using a course nylon scouring pad underneath your mop to provide the agitation needed to loosen the embedded soiling. Mopping the floor several times with fresh water after this process will help to ensure the surface is clean and any chemical is neutralised.
3. How to apply polish to vinyl flooring - How to seal a vinyl floor?
Before applying any floor polish it is important to ensure the floor is dry and free of any surface contaminants. Grab yourself a pair of rubber gloves, some floor polish, a dry flat mop head and a window cleaning bucket! With the polish in the bucket, work left to right across the room ensuring the floor is evenly covered, wait around 30 minutes before giving a second coat and most importantly, make sure you don’t tread on the polish whilst wet!
Need help maintaining your vinyl flooring? With our experience in providing professional cleaning services to multiple commercial clients in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington and Hartlepool we are confident that we can help. For a free quote, get in touch today on 01642 685 321.
Summer is great for many reasons, one that probably isn’t the first to spring to mind is that it is the best time to step back and take a look at your office’s appearance and cleanliness.
With employees likely to be taking annual leave days to jet off on holiday it provides an ideal opportunity to nail down on the cleaning and get tasks done that might evade you throughout the rest of the year. Not to mention, the sunlight beaming in makes the dirt instantly more visible! We’ve put together some office cleaning tips on things you could consider this sunny season:
Whether your business requires a one-time summer clean or is looking for a regular cleaning service, at Ideal Cleaning we have over 60 years experience in providing professional office cleaning services in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington and Hartlepool. We understand the importance of maintaining a clean working environment not only to for health and safety reasons but to ensure employees have a clean and comfortable work location which will ultimately promote productivity. For a free quote, get in touch today on 01642 685 321.
Are you fed up of the dirt gathering on the carpet in your office? Do you have messy colleagues that always spill their tea? Or worst of them all, do you have the cookie monsters leaving crumbs under their desks?! Consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner.
What exactly do professional carpet cleaners do?
Professional carpet cleaners have the confidence and ability to restore the appearance of your carpet in just a few hours. Their highly skilled technicians carry out appropriate risk assessments that determine what cleaning methods and equipment are best suited to your office carpet.
You’re probably familiar with using a steam cleaner when cleaning carpets, however did you know that these cause more damage than good as they use gallons of water causing damage resulting in a distorted, mouldy, smelly carpet?! Professional commercial carpet cleaners follow an efficient process that prevents this from happening.
With cleaning solutions for all types of carpet, from high quality stain removing formulas to dirt loosening solutions, the stains that you can’t always remove yourself will be vanished, all bacterial will be eliminated and your carpet will be left fully sanitised.
Are there any other benefits?
Where can I find a professional carpet cleaner?
As carpet cleaning is likely to be the last thing on your business’s priority list, leave it to the experts! Ideal Cleaning Centre offer a friendly, reliable service specialising in commercial carpet cleaning services in and around Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington and Hartlepool areas. Contact us today on 01642 685321.
What is safety flooring?
Safety flooring is a vinyl, textured floor that provides slip resistance and prevents accidents in many buildings. It is typically found in areas where there is a risk of spillage or wetness such as laboratories, wet rooms and even doctors surgeries. When it comes to cleaning this type of flooring, it is far from easy. Unlike the vinyl floors you find in houses where a simple mop and bucket can be used to clean away the dirt, safety floor cleaning requires much more to achieve the desired results.
As affordable, cleaning specialists in the Teesside area, we have put together a guide to help you achieve fast, efficient results with the cleaning of your safety flooring. Follow our 3 easy steps:
1. Make sure you have the right equipment
Say goodbye to your cotton mop heads! Due to its rough, sandpaper like surface, using a cotton mop results in the small fibres from the mop head snagging on the surface and being left behind which ultimately reduces the slip resistance and increases the likelihood of dirt. Introduce a good quality flat mop with a removable micro-fibre pad to your cleaning kit!
Top tip- Look for a micro-fibre pad that includes agitation strips which will help to scrub your cleaning detergent into the flooring.
2. Understand your dirt
Before starting on anything, we highly advise carrying out a pre-clean of the targeted floor area. To establish the most appropriate cleaning regime try to understand what causes the dirt in the first place. Depending on the type of industry you operate in, dirt can be caused from anything such as food waste to rust and brick dust. Knowing what kind of dirt you’re dealing with can make all the difference in choosing the correct cleaning method.
Tip- For your pre-clean it is important that you have access to as much of the floor surface as possible to either vacuum all loose debris or disinfect ready to apply the cleaning detergent.
3. Use a detergent
A standard micro-fibre mop is not substantial enough to eliminate the dirt alone, meaning a floor cleaning chemical is a must. By using a PH neutral floor cleaner to enable ‘spray and buff’ you won’t need to use an extraction machine. When it comes to technique, spray the detergent directly onto the floor and wipe over using the micro fibre mop, working in areas no larger than 3 square meters at a time. Once the chemical has had time to soak, it is important that the dirt and residues are thoroughly rinsed and allowed to dry before walking over it.
Tip- The most crucial factor of using a detergent is the dilution ratio. If using an unmeasured amount you will get a disappointing finish and undermine the floorings slip resistance.
By following our three simple steps you can stop dirt build up once and for all! One final tip- regular cleaning is key. Don’t want the hassle of having to do it yourself? Our dedicated team of skilled cleaning specialists offer unbeatable, safety flooring cleaning results across Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Darlington. Contact us today on 01642 685 321.
As a business owner juggling multiple projects, cleaning is likely to be the last thing on your agenda. Perhaps you go by the saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ where if the dirt can’t be seen then it’s not going to affect anyone. However, ignoring the dust and dirt that gathers in areas unreachable can cause more damage than you think.
So what is the solution?
Ideal Cleaning, our family-run business which operates in Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton offers a high-level cleaning service to commercial clients. Take a look at the key benefits of using our service:
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