15 Nov 2019

Janitorial Services for a Safer Workplace

One dead and 10 fell ill due to a Buffalo Wild Wings cleaning safety incident according to USA Today. Janitorial services prevent incidents such as injuries and the mishandling of cleaning solutions that can cause severe illness.

 

Many employers in South Florida know the importance of safety in the workplace. Including the potential consequences that can arise when businesses fail to address possible hazards. This is why practically every successful organization provides safety training to employees to avoid incidents. However, precautions like that don’t often address the obscure possible issues even though they can prevent the obvious ones. And something that often goes unaddressed is cleaning safety.

 

Consider the horrible Buffalo Wild Wings incident that occurred recently in Massachusetts. According to USA Today, one employee died and 10 others got sick after being exposed to harmful chemicals in a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. The substance was “Super 8”, a cleaning solution containing sodium hypochlorite. The cleaning agent was used to clean the restaurant’s floors.

So, What Happened?

Authorities are still investigating the situation. However, current evidence suggests the incident was caused by the mishandling of an unsafe cleaning product. According to the co-medical director of the National Capital Poison Center, Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor, “Super 8 becomes dangerous when mixed with other chemicals.” Sodium hypochlorite becomes harmful when mixed with ammonia because it begins to emit chloramine, a harmful gas according to Johnson-Arbor.

 

This unfortunate event brings further attention to the use of potentially hazardous cleaning solutions in the workplace. Employees are not professional cleaners and should not be handling unsafe products, let alone most of your cleaning needs. The mixture of cleaning agents is an unfortunate situation that’s quite common with untrained cleaners. 

Cleaning Safety is Your Duty

Cleaning can become dangerous as evident in the terrible Buffalo Wild Wings incident. You have to keep your customers and employees safe. Doing so prevents unpleasant debacles, keeps everyone happy (customers and staff), and naturally improves employee productivity. The best approach to cleaning safety is to remove employees from potentially hazardous situations.

Janitorial Services Prevent Problems

Working with a reliable janitorial services provider is key to workplace safety. You can prevent workplace illnesses, injuries, and many other unforeseen incidents. Not to mention avoid litigation that typically arises from workplace incidents. Also, a janitorial service company will ensure your organization is compliant with health and safety requirements.

A Bit About Us

Sawgrass Cleaning Solutions provides janitorial cleaning services in South Florida, covering cities like Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and others. We understand the importance of safety and use Eco-friendly cleaning solutions that won’t harm humans, including pets. But that’s not all.

 

  • We use equipment and products correctly. No harm will come to employees or customers.
  • Expect your floors to dry up quickly and a thorough cleaning of the establishment. We also mark all slippery areas with safety signs that alert employees and customers to avoid falls.
  • We’re green clean certified. That means all our products are safe for adults, children, pets, and the environment.
  • We’re bonded and insured, meaning you’re protected against mishaps.

 

The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is very clear on its regulations and we follow them to a T. Going above and beyond to ensure standards are met and exceeded because we care. Take the first step towards your peace of mind by contacting us now for a free consultation. You’re in good hands.

 

20 May 2019

6 Things to Look For When Hiring a Janitorial Service

 

Whether it’s a commercial office space or a retail property, cleaning is an essential part of creating a healthy work environment and establishing a positive reputation. Clean spaces are also linked with increased productivity among employees, and less sick days taken. Smaller businesses might attempt it on their own, but it’s widely acknowledged that commercial cleaning services are the best bet for a hassle-free experience. Yet, it’s not always easy to finding a reliable janitorial service that will get the job right for your South Florida business premises. Firstly, there are many office cleaning services that tout their expertise with no clear evidence of their success rate or service quality. While some may in fact offer a great cleaning, most are unable to deliver on their tall promises.

Here are 6 key aspects to review when looking for a janitorial service for your business requirements in Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, or any of the surrounding areas:

Credibility

What are people saying about the janitorial service you plan to hire? A great way to know more is by checking reviews on verified websites, asking others in your network who have used the service and connecting with employees working there. While anyone can make bold claims about their business, only the credible companies will live up to the expectations they build. It is also a general practice to request the service for unbiased references. If possible, contact those individuals or organizations personally and learn more about their performance, request response time and consistency. See some red flags? Don’t take unnecessary risks, and go ahead with researching other alternatives on the list.

Customer Service Orientated

Outstanding companies go the extra mile when it comes to respecting their customers’ time and providing them the best janitorial service possible. While cleaning should be a priority, cultivating strong relationships is also vital. A sign of a successful company in this industry would be one that continually maintains regular communication, clearly identifies issues and provides speedy solutions. They should also be willing to follow up with you consistently and ensure that you are satisfied with the level of cleaning executed.

Price and Scope of Service

It is best to stay realistic about the budget you intend to allot for professional cleaning services in advance. There are a range of packages provided to suit the needs of every business. However, don’t let pricing be the only criteria for choosing a commercial cleaning service provider. If you see that your shortlisted company is transparent about the rates charged, and has a stellar reputation, shelling out a little extra may be beneficial in the long run. In case you need further clarity, don’t hesitate to ask for more information about their proposal and how they determine pricing. There are certain services that are not required by every company. Usually, a standard janitorial service is willing to be flexible based on the scope of cleaning needed.

License and Insurance

Many companies fail to prioritize this point, but the selected janitorial service must have a business license and provide sufficient insurance documents for the cleaning activities they provide. It is important to verify a cleaning company has workers compensation, general liability, and a surety bond. These are the standard insurance policies reputable  janitorial services maintain.

Who takes care of any accidents on the job? What about theft by a cleaning services staff? While it happens rarely, common complaints include things like a service worker causing damage to office equipment or using cleaning products incorrectly. In such situations, having insurance can be a life-saver for you.

Equipment and Supplies

Established janitorial service providers in South Florida, Boca Raton, or Pompano Beach, will hold a client’s safety paramount. A few things to assess would be whether the office cleaning service is using safe and green cleaning products along with cleaning techniques that are environmentally-friendly, so there’s no negative reaction among their clients. Trustworthy and appropriate cleaning equipment in the industry includes HEPA backpack vacuums, bucket-less microfiber flat mops, color coded microfiber towels and green cleaning chemicals.

There is a lower chance of janitors causing damage to surfaces due to inaccurate application of cleaning products, if they consistently use the products they train with. For instance, understanding that hospital grade disinfectants are used for most surfaces and stainless steel polish, and glass cleaner are used for others. In cases where the client is expected to provide appropriate equipment or supplies, it is extremely inefficient in the long run, and can cost them hundreds of dollars each year.

Infographic comparing outdated cleaning equipment and supplies to their modern alternatives.

Professionalism

While maintaining the utmost safety on the client site is one aspect of professionalism that is naturally expected, the other is the overall presentation of the company concerned. One subtle way to observe this is by checking the work of its service staff. If they are sloppy and do not take pride in their tasks, they may be unhappy with their company or do not need to adhere to certain standards in their work.

A lax work ethic indicates the overall lack of quality and professionalism on the company’s part. In addition, employees who wear uniforms distinguish themselves as making a serious investment in their success. Check their website to assess whether the commercial cleaning services company has a clear concept of their brand and focuses on visibility. Truly professional companies give importance to how they are perceived by prospective clients, and often that includes spending resources on developing quality brochures, business cards and flyers.

Keep the above mentioned tips in mind when embarking on a search for the ideal commercial cleaning service in your area, to save time and effort. At the end of the day, you should be happy and completely satisfied with the service provided by the company you choose. Finding an industry leader to execute the task allows for a greater chance of success and results in the assigned space looking as good as new! If you are interested in learning more, get in touch with us today.

05 Mar 2019

Pet Stains & Odors – How We Remove Them From Your Carpet

It’s inevitable, whether we know it or not our pets occasionally have accidents in the home. For one reason or another they love to do it on the carpet! As an owner of three dogs myself, I know how much of an annoyance it can be when your beloved pet has an accident on your carpet or rug. Our pet stain and odor decontamination process explained below completely removes pet stains and odors from your home.

Pet Stain and Odor Removal Process

Pet Stains & Odor Decontamination Process Explained

When your pet has an accident on the carpet it seeps below the fibers to the pad, and all the way down to the sub-floor. Due to the depth of the stain, a standard carpet cleaning will only do so much to completely remove it. For this reason we use a multi-step process to

  1. Locate
  2. Treat
  3. Remove

the stain and odor from your home. To provide you with a complete understanding of our process, I created an infographic showing steps involved.  The steps we use to remove pet stains and odors from your home are explained below.

Step 1: Locating The Pet Stains

The first step in our pet stain and odor removal process is locating the stains. Sometimes you can see the stain directly. Often times a high powered UV light is required to pinpoint stains that are not visible to the human eye.

Check out the video below of a heavily soiled carpet under UV light.

Step 2: Treat Pet Stain Contaminated Area

The second step in the process is treating the area. Using a product that works as both an enzyme and an oxidizer, we saturate the contaminated area.  Now it’s time for the product to work into the fibers, all the way down to the padding and sub-floor. In South Florida we see a lot of synthetic as well as natural fiber carpets such as wool, so we use a product that is safe to use on both wool and synthetic carpet fibers.

Step 3: Extract and Rinse Carpet

It’s time for the final step of the pet stain and odor removal process.  We use a sub-surface cleaning tool which lifts up the moisture from the area that was saturated in step 2. After extracting the detergent from the carpet we then rinse with water.  Finally we extract the area leaving free of pet stains and odors. Check out the video below to see step 3 in action.

Pet Stain & Odor Free: Clean and Decontaminated Carpets

After all steps have been performed, your carpets are fresh and free of all pet stains and lingering odors associated. The next time your furry family member has an accident on your carpet, leave the cleaning to the pros!

Contact us to learn more, and see what makes us Boca Raton’s best IICRC certified pet stain and odor removal specialists.

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