5 REASONS TO HIRE US TO CLEAN YOUR GROCERY OR RETAIL STORE

Happy New Year! Twenty-twenty-one is full of opportunity to get to the next level in business, and this year our goal is to become a household name when it comes to cleaning/maintenance for big box grocery and retail stores.

Here are five reasons why Barmel is your go-to solution when it comes to grocery and retail store cleaning!

 

 

We Ensure a Pristine Aura

When it comes to grocery/retail shopping, it’s all about the customer experience. Imagine this for a second, you go to a store for the first time, and the floors are dirty, the lighting is dull, and there’s a terrible smell. Would you shop there? Probably not.

Your store is always giving off an impression, which is why we go to great lengths to ensure cleanliness and exceptional sanitization.

 

We Increase Your Floor’s Lifespan
It might seem a bit weird, but believe it or not, the first thing a person notices when they walk into a grocery or retail store is the floor. Especially during winter, there’s snow, slush, and salt that gets tracked in from heavy foot traffic, which can damage your flooring if not maintained regularly.

We offer the best floor waxing and cleaning service in the region to not only keep your floor free from harm, which can cost thousands to fix/replace, but also give your floor a shine that will make an impression as soon as customers walk in.

 

Sparking Windows 24/7
Clean windows are everything when it comes to the overall impression of your business. We provide extensive window cleaning that gives interior and exterior windows a streak-free shine on all display cases and any glass surfaces you may have in the store.

Grocery stores, especially in your deli, meat, and services area, rely on clean glass; otherwise, it gives the impression that your food or products are low quality.

 

We Eliminate the Spread of Germs!

Imagine if you had a customer come into your store that was sick, touched everything, and then got other people sick because you didn’t hire a cleaning company! It may seem like something that is a “cost,” but it’s actually one of the best investments that you can make as a business because if you’re known for getting people sick, it will cost you a lot more in the long run.

As a big box grocer or retailer, you welcome some of the most traffic out of anyone, which means more high traffic touch points and more risk of spreading unwanted germs/bacteria.

We properly sanitize those touch points so that you don’t have to worry about any issues down the line.

 

We Get the Job Done Right the First Time!

The reason why so many brands rely on us is for the simple fact that we get it done right the first time. Far too often, we see companies talk the talk and not walk the walk. As a leader in the cleaning industry, we’ve bolstered our reputation with our attention to detail, expertise, and solution-focused mentality to make no job too complex or big for us.

 

From all of us at Barmel, we hope you have a prosperous 2021 and can’t wait to share with you all of the big things coming.

To get your FREE quote, contact us with any of the information below, and remember that we are here for you with 24/7 support!

(780) 220-4675 | info@barmel.ca | www.barmel.ca

Keeping Safe This Holiday Season

Keeping Safe this Holiday Season

With December here, it reminds us that holiday shopping is about to be in full swing, and this year as a business owner, it’s important to keep your employees safe during these unprecedented times. 

With COVID-19 hitting a new daily record in Alberta on November 30, 2020 with 1,733 cases, it’s imperative that you, as a business owner, property manager, or landlord, hire a cleaning company to properly disinfect your space. 

Residential, recreational, and business buildings have been the epicenters of contracting the novel virus, and it’s no longer a luxury to hire a cleaning service. Right now, it’s a must-have to ensure the health and well-being of your staff and customers. 

“But why do I need to hire a cleaning company? I can do it myself.” Great question. 

Of course, you can always clean yourself, but that has seemed to be what is causing the deadly spread, according to many local experts. Cross-contamination has become the primary way that COVID-19 has been spreading. 

Spraying a surface with a common cleaning solution, wiping it with a cloth, then using that same cloth to wipe another surface is the most common cross-contamination we see. When you hire us, we use a high-grade germicide that will eradicate any type of bacteria, and rather than a quick spray/wipe, we allow a proper dwell time for ten or more minutes to guarantee a 100% kill claim. 

Residential Buildings 

As a property manager, keeping your residents safe should be your number one priority because in some cases, there are thousands of people that walk through your doors a day, people who have come in from other places and have touched other surfaces. To flatten the curve, deep cleans needs to happen regularly; otherwise, your building could be the next story on the front of the newspaper. 

Unlike most cleaning companies, we go to great lengths to eliminate germs in high traffic areas and on surfaces where you’d least expect contamination. Common areas

like windows, walls, carpets, tiles, and furniture require just as much regular maintenance. 

Recreational Places Open During the Holidays 

If you are the owner of a recreational business and are fortunate enough to be open during this time, it’s imperative that you take extra precautions when cleaning; otherwise, your space could become a hot spot very fast. 

Cross-contamination is the most prominent in recreational facilities, so when you’re cleaning any sort of equipment, because there are so many touch points, focus and attention to detail is extremely important. 

It’s not easy to be the premier cleaning solution in the region, it takes unrelenting focus and careful execution to ensure safety with this extremely contagious virus. 

Think about it this way; would you rather invest in a cleaning solution that will allow your business/residence/building to stay operational, or would you rather “do it yourself” and then be forced to shut down because of an outbreak? 

We’ve been trusted by countless companies across the region for our ability to get it right the first time. Unlike other companies who gauge mediocre service, we give big results for affordable prices so you and yours can stay safe this holiday season. 

From all of us at Barmel, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and hope you all stay safe. 

To get your FREE quote, contact us with any of the information below, and remember that we are here for you with 24/7 support! 

 (780) 220-4675 | info@barmel.ca | www.barmel.ca

What You Get When Hiring a Cleaning Company for Residential Buildings

When it comes to residential building cleaning, there’s been so many horror stories from using the wrong equipment or using chemicals, which is why we’ve earned the trust of so many property and building managers for our ability to do it right…. always!

But you’re probably thinking, “yes, of course, but what’s the challenge? I can do it myself.”

When you do it yourself, it’s more than just “sweeping the floor” or “vacuuming the carpet” because when you do that, you end up just cleaning the surface dirt and not the other layers of bacteria.

If bacteria accumulates over time, it’ll cause a very unhealthy environment for people to be a part of and can potentially cause respiratory problems, which is pretty scary to imagine if you ask us.

This is where we come in.

We’ve helped countless businesses across Central Alberta maintain a safe and clean environment.

Here are the services that we offer.

Cleaning Carpets With A Backpack Vacuum

Carpets usually get the least amount of maintenance, despite the heavy foot traffic it receives on a daily basis. The number of people walking through the lobby or hallways are constantly tracking in unknown bacteria from the bottom of their shoes.

This leads to allergens, dirt, bacteria, and grime being trapped deep inside the carpet fibers, which builds up over time and can create an unhealthy environment if it’s not cleaned regularly.

Running a vacuum up and down the carpet simply doesn’t get the job done. With the proper technique and chemicals, we’re able to provide a deeper clean that eliminates the bacteria trapped in the fibers and restores your carpet in pristine condition.

So instead of replacing your carpets with new ones, we can help you get the most out of your carpets.

Wiping Down All Touch Surfaces

As of October 27, 2020, there were 1,440 new COVID-19 cases reported in Alberta, which means that disinfecting frequently touched surfaces is imperative for occupational safety.

Common surfaces like handrails, doorknobs, and elevator buttons are constantly being touched, and the last thing you want to do is let bacteria linger. The longer it lingers, the more chances it spreads.

With social distancing measures in place, it’s important that elevators aren’t crowded when travelling to and from the lobby. As an alternative, tenants could take the stairs, but that means there will be more contact with the walls, doorknobs, and handrails.

From what we have seen, COVID-19 bacteria can survive on surfaces for up to two days, so now imagine the number of people that may come in contact with that bacteria just by pressing an elevator button, touching a doorknob, or a handrail, pretty crazy right?

To make sure everything is sanitized, you must ensure a proper “dwell time,” which is the amount of time a germicide must remain on surfaces in order to be effective in eliminating the spread of germs and bacteria.

Our clients have seen success with this method, as we all do our part in keeping everyone healthy and safe.

Cleaning High Traffic Areas

For residential buildings, it can be difficult to manage the flow of tenants that are coming and going. This is more challenging because shared spaces like the mailroom, stairwells, lobbies, and garage are always in use.

With the circumstances the way they are nowadays, we have to be cautious when it comes to something as simple as getting the mail or throwing garbage in the chute because of the high traffic flow.

With our high-grade germicide and our new ionization backpack, the Victory Backpack, we’re able to apply the germicide at a faster rate and more consistent coverage that cleans and disinfects the high traffic areas.

Tiles/ Hardwood

When it’s time to clean your tiles or hardwood flooring, it’s important that you’re not using harsh chemicals like bleach or muriatic acid because it’ll deteriorate the grout. This means your tiles will continue to break down until the time comes to have them replaced.

Unlike some companies, tiles and hardwood are some of our favourite materials to clean!

Cleaning Amenities Including Recreational Rooms

Residential amenities like a gym, swimming pool, public washroom, and/or entertainment room are great additions that tenants can enjoy; however, it’s important that these amenities are properly cleaned and sanitized.

Gyms get busy and experience a lot of traffic, so it’s important to ensure that the room and equipment are properly sanitized because leaving bacteria to linger on equipment could result in residents contracting an illness.

Entertainment rooms can get messy, so whether it’s sweeping food off the floor or cleaning soda off the table, it is important that you are making the room presentable for the next person that uses it.

Swimming pools and public washrooms are the areas that need extra attention because, as everyone knows, they accumulate a lot of different germs and bacteria due to the influx of people.

Regardless of what amenities your building has, we ensure that “wow” factor.

Cleaning Guest Suites

If your building has guest suites, then it’s imperative that it receives the proper maintenance because chances are you have no idea where that person has been.

In times like this, it’s best to be cautious and consider hiring a commercial cleaning company.

Think about it, you’re renting guest suites to multiple visitors, and if their rooms aren’t properly cleaned, then you’re potentially putting the health of the next guest at risk, which could, unfortunately, get you into trouble and having to pay a price.

Garbage Removals

For condos, tenants utilize garbage rooms everyday, so having a company empty bins daily will be beneficial because piles of garbage can start to smell and attract unwanted rodents.

With our services, we’re able to dispose of your trash more frequently so that your building stays clean and trash free.

Landscape Maintenance

Appearance is everything, so be sure to give the same effort when it comes to maintaining your facade. Something as simple as removing the leaves, cleaning the exterior, or salting the ice can go a long way to show people that the building is properly cared for.

Imagine if you had to slip and slide your way through the icy walkway to get inside the lobby; not only is it a safety hazard, but it shows a lack of effort and care, which can result in a lot of unhappy tenants.

When you hire a cleaning company, you get a team dedicated to providing the best cleaning and sanitization services.

Get in touch with us for a FREE quote!

We look forward to working with you and hope you’re in good health.

(780) 220-4675 | info@barmel.ca | www.barmel.ca

 

Why You Need To Hire a Cleaning Company During COVID-19

Over the last couple of months there’s been an influx of visitors in Edmonton and surrounding areas due to the Stanley Cup playoffs that took place in the city, and now that cases are starting to increase again, it’s imperative that you consider hiring a cleaning company for your business.

Did you know?

COVID-19 can stay active in fresh droplets anywhere from eight to fourteen minutes. Crazy right? Even crazier is that a sneeze can spread droplets from up to twenty-three to twenty-seven feet from the nose, and with people walking in and out of businesses every day, you never know what they could be tracking in. As of September 29, there were 406 new COVID cases reported in Alberta, which brings us to the article’s importance and why you need to hire a cleaning company during COVID-19. Here are some reasons why hundreds of business owners choose us.

We Use Specialized Equipment and Chemicals

Our team is equipped with the best cleaning equipment and environment-friendly solutions to keep your workplace properly sanitized. With our new ionization backpack, we’re able to effectively eliminate the spread of bacteria. The “Victory Backpack,” as we call it, is a cordless electrostatic sprayer that we use with our high-grade germicide to clean and disinfect high traffic surfaces while minimizing the risk of spreading. The backpack can coat up to 23,000 square feet, which allows us to disseminate the germicide quicker and provide better coverage as well. The best part is that the application process is hands-free, so you don’t need to wipe down any surfaces. The best part about the backpack is that it uses less fluid than your typical sprayer and covers more surface area while doing so, making every drop go to use.

Deeper Clean vs. Surface Clean

The common misconception in this industry is that using a damp cloth to clean a dirty surface will get the job done and disinfect. To make sure that something is properly sanitized, you have to ensure a proper “dwell time,” which is the amount of time a germicide must stay wet on surfaces in order to be effective against germs or bacteria to actually “disinfect.” Although it depends on the surface type and temperature, there is evidence of COVID-19 being able to survive on surfaces or objects from anywhere between a few hours or a few days. So, it’s important that your business is receiving the proper sanitization procedures. If you’re going with the “wipe it down with a cloth” technique, you could actually be spreading the bacteria/germs if not done correctly.

Highly Trained Staff

Right now, more than ever, it’s so important that you have a team that’s passionate and motivated to get the job done right the first time. Far too often we have seen companies hire a commercial cleaner only to find out that the job was only half done. This is really sad to hear/see given the situation with COVID-19, but just shows the importance that if the team isn’t on point, you could be endangering lives. We treat the space as if it was our own, because, in a lot of cases with the pandemic, it is our own, as to get over this “hump,” we all need to work together. Our motivation is to keep you and those around you safe from contracting any sort of sickness/illness. We follow a strict code of ethics and ensure excellence in whatever job we have in front of us. The investment into a cleaning company you may think isn’t worth it. But when you compare it to the consequence of potentially losing credibility as a business due to someone tracking in unwelcomed bacteria and it wasn’t addressed, it’s worth every penny. The best part is we offer solutions that cater to any-sized business. Get in touch with us to get a FREE quote! We hope you’re all doing well during these unprecedented times. Have a great October! (780) 220-4675 | info@barmel.ca | www.barmel.ca  

Benefits of an Entire Interior Clean

Well, it’s already September, and we’ve been keeping very busy helping businesses maintain a sanitization standard to help flatten the curve of the novel Coronavirus.

We’ve been getting a lot of questions as of late about areas of a building that should be focused on more than others to limit the spread of bacteria and pathogens. Every commercial cleaning company that we have seen will tackle the high traffic areas, and that’s it, but they forget that germs don’t just live in those areas specifically, which is why when you hire us, we will clean the entire interior of your building from top to bottom.

Think about this for a second, if you run a hair salon and let’s say you have five people in the building at once and someone sneezes, that sneeze can expel droplets twenty-three to twenty-seven feet from the nose. The typical size of a small business is 100 to 200 square feet, which means that sneeze can end up on walls, windows, tiles, carpet/flooring, and even furniture.

Now here’s another thing to keep in mind, it’s summer, and everyone is hot so that means a lot of businesses have fans on which can blow bacteria around a space, or have a window open which means that an outside sneeze could get picked up by the wind and stick itself to an area inside your business.

Those droplets are what can spread COVID-19, which as of August 28, 2020, the Alberta Government reported 158 new cases of the virus in the province, and there’s now fear of a second wave.

No company goes through the process of cleaning and disinfecting like we do. We use an extremely high-grade of germicide that not only cleans surfaces but also disinfects the area to ensure there’s no chance of spreading.

The Windows

Regular window cleaning is important as not only does it remove contaminants, but it also increases their lifespan! If you don’t clean them regularly, you increase the risk of etching, which makes the glass more fragile and can then break easily over time, especially if you have tall or wide windows.

The Walls

This is a part of a business that’s not focused on enough or thought of more. Going back to the sneeze, this is where a lot of droplets land or where most aim if they’re unable to cover up. A good clean and disinfect will eradicate the spread of viruses and also brighten up the room!

Carpet Cleaning

As most know, carpets are where everything that’s harmful to your health likes to hang out. Carpets can attract allergens, spread bacteria, and even expose you to pollutants. As a business owner right now, ensuring your carpets are cleaned regularly is of utmost importance as it will keep you, your staff and customers safe.

Tile Cleaning

When you first opened shop, you spent good money on your tiling, so you need to make sure you are preserving it with regular maintenance and routine cleaning! Doing so will remove dirt and other harmful contaminants that can cause lots of wear and tear over time.

Furniture

Furniture is a high traffic and touch area, and in a business, it’s much more important to clean regularly than it would be for your home furniture. Chairs, couches, upholstery, and desks are utilized by different people on a regular basis, and you don’t know where they’ve been or what kind of germs/bacteria they could be tracking in. Over time, dirt, grime, and spills can take their toll on upholstered surfaces, making them look outdated, tired, or even worn out.

Your business depends on an elite cleaning and disinfecting service, which is why we are here for you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week! Contact us for a FREE quote!

From all of us at Barmel, we look forward to working with you and wish you the best of health.

(780) 220-4675 | info@barmel.ca | www.barmel.ca

Reference:
www.mehiganco.com,
National Geographic,
Your Alberta,
PrimeTech Ltd,
We Clean Ltd

 

Commercial Cleaning Checklist for COVID-19

The H1N1 outbreak in 2009 taught businesses many valuable lessons when it comes to sanitization and disinfecting, and currently, with COVID-19, it’s imperative that your business considers a professional disinfection service.

“But I’m already cleaning my business constantly to ensure a safe work environment.”

Awesome! Of course cleaning is important, but disinfecting is another thing entirely. COVID is spread through touch and contact, which means if you don’t disinfect, cleaning could actually spread the bacteria rather than eliminate it. Scary to imagine, really.

As we play host to an NHL hub city for the next couple of months, there will be a significant amount of new foot traffic from other areas and provinces shopping, dining, and engaging in recreational activities. And as we learned from the recent outbreak in Kelowna, disinfecting should be top of mind until there is a vaccine that’s made available.

Many business owners have hired us to take care of their disinfecting to help flatten the curve, where we conduct the service at the end of the day after regular cleaning duties are finished.

Our highly-skilled cleaning experts go through the entire facility and disinfect high traffic areas and common touch points with a high-grade germicide solution that has a high percentage of ethanol.

Here’s a List of Areas We Target

Desks, Tables, Credenzas, File Cabinets, Handles/Pull Areas, Keyboards and Mice, Telephones, conference Tables, Chair Arms, Doorknobs, Light Switches and Plates, Hand Rails, Door Push Plates, Elevator Buttons, Kitchen Countertops, Cabinet Doors/Handles/Knobs, Refrigerator Handles, Coffee Pot Handles, Microwave Doors/Buttons, Photocopier/Printer/Fax, Thermostat, Staplers, Security Alarm Pads, White Board Markers/Erasers, Door Frames, Washroom Sink and Taps, Toilets and Flush Levers, Urinals and Flush Lever, Soap Dispensers, Towel Dispensers, Washroom Counters.

While this is a general list of items that most spaces have, they will vary based upon the type of business you have.

The thing to understand about the process is the “dwell time” a disinfecting agent needs in order to be effective against germs, impurities and bacteria. Using a very damp cloth with disinfectant spray and spraying at the same time, ensures a thorough job and allows the proper dwell time.

While this process leaves a streaky residue feel on surfaces, it’s what needs to happen to ensure the proper sanitization against Coronavirus.

Early evidence has found that COVID-19 can live on a surface or an object anywhere from a few hours to a few days, which is why it’s imperative that proper disinfecting agents are applied every day.

While these may be strenuous steps, they are necessary for the health and safety of customers, staff, and visitors to your business.

We’ll only charge for the additional hours needed to disinfect, and simply will be a temporary price until the threat has subsided entirely.

Your Barmel quality assurance representative can provide you with the Work Authorization form to begin these services at your earliest convenience.

These problems don’t sleep, and neither do we – we’re here for you 24/7, so give us a call and let’s work together to make your space safe for everyone.

From all of us here at Barmel, stay safe, and we wish you the best of health!

(780) 220-4675 | info@barmel.ca | www.barmel.ca

Move-In Move-Out Cleaning Checklist

You have packed your belongings, hired the movers, completed the necessary paperwork and ready to move out. Is there anything missing? Performing a thorough cleaning before you move out is beneficial for everyone involved. However, many people don’t consider move-out cleaning because they’re overwhelmed with other things such as packing, loading, and preparing the new place.

While you’re thinking about strategies to renovate your new home or office, move-out cleaning will be an opportunity for you to make a great last impression. You shouldn’t ignore cleaning your place on the day of moving, especially when you have a security deposit on the line. To make life easier, call a professional move-in move-out cleaning service company. If you want to do it yourself, here is a quick move-out cleaning checklist:

Clean the kitchen

It’s always a good idea to start with the kitchen. Cleaning is now easier since you have packed everything and there is nothing left except a few appliances, surfaces, drawers, and cabinets. To clean the drawers and cabinets, use your cleaning product of choice and wipe down surfaces with a sponge. The process will remove deep food stains.

You can use any cleaning solution to sprinkle the surface of the stovetop and brush off any debris. Let the cleaning solution sit for a few minutes before cleaning with the sponge. The same process can be repeated to clean other objects such as the oven and sink.

Appliances

Switch off all the appliances before you clean them. If you’re moving out of an office or commercial building, make sure to clean all the appliances such as refrigerators and freezers. Spray the inside and outside of refrigerators with a solution. After that, use a dry towel to dry them. A pot of boiling water can be placed on the freezer’s floor to defrost it.

Sink and other plumbing appliances

You can use the same cleaning solution to clean almost everything from kitchen cabinets to sinks. You might need a stronger cleaning solution to clear the drainage line. However, cleaning a sink or a bathtub doesn’t require anything special.

Floors

Cleaning a floor is easy when you don’t have to move heavy objects to access several hard-to-reach areas. Since you have packed your belongings, give the floor a quick sweep followed by a mop dipped in water or a floor cleaner. It might be hard to remove hard stains on the floor. Use recommended floor cleaning products to protect the environment.

Living space

The living space might include doors, windows, walls, and carpets. While cleaning doors and windows isn’t a tough job, cleaning dirty carpets requires proper equipment and skill. You can use a carpet cleaning product to remove stains from the carpet. When you clean windows and doors, make sure not to leave streaks. Spray the surfaces and gently wipe them with a smooth cloth.

If you don’t have the time or equipment to perform a satisfactory move-out cleaning, call a team of professional cleaners and let them take care of the job.

About Barmel Building Maintenance

Barmel Building Maintenance is a reputable company that provides move-in move-out cleaning services in Edmonton. If you’re looking to hire a reliable cleaning company in Edmonton to clean your commercial place to make it ready for yourself or someone else, call us to get a free quote!

How To Clean Your Company Office

A clean business office is a necessity to bring about improved workplace productivity and employee efficiency. There is a clear difference between a cluttered mess and a visually appealing and organized office. If you want to keep your office clean, all you need to do is develop and follow a cleaning schedule. If you don’t have in-house cleaning staff to take care of all the cleaning-related matters, hire a building maintenance company to keep things simple and efficient. Let’s take a look at some of the tips for how to clean a company office:

Disinfect the restrooms

Cleaning is not only necessary to maintain a clean office, but also important to ensure employee safety. Restrooms are a high traffic area in your office that need to be thoroughly cleaned every day. To disinfect the restrooms, use eco-friendly disinfecting cleaners to scrub toilet bowls, the tank and the base of toilets. Also, wipe down sinks and counter areas.

Before you disinfect the toilet bowl and other plumbing fixtures, sweep and mop the floors. Bowel deodorizing cakes will help you make the cleaning process more convenient. Don’t forget to keep a stock of bathroom supplies like soap and paper towels all the time.

Clean the lunchroom

Most offices have a dedicated space where food is prepared or served. If you have a lunchroom in your office, make sure to keep it clean and healthy. The refrigerator should be cleaned and organized. Throw out old food after a few days to keep the refrigerator clean and odor-free. If there is any old food rotting in the refrigerator, wipe down the interior with a disinfectant after disposing of the food. The microwave also requires regular cleaning. Neglecting microwave messes turn into difficult-to-clean stains.

Keep public areas presentable

If your office is always surrounded by customers and clients, public areas in your office must be maintained in a presentable condition. Cleanliness is the best thing you can ensure to leave a good first impression on your clients. A simple example of cleanliness is seating free of dust, stains, and crumbs. If you use newspapers, magazines, or other reading material to keep your customers engaged, keep the material tidy and up to date.

Dusting plants, wall hangings, blinds, and furniture is also a key day-to-day cleaning activity that will help you ensure a hygienic workplace. The best part about hiring a professional commercial cleaning company is that they will deep clean your office from cleaning the hard-to-reach areas to cleaning carpets and mopping floors.

Organize loose papers

Paperwork keeps piling up throughout the year making it difficult to keep a workplace clutter-free and organized. It not only looks dirty but also makes it difficult for employees to find important documents quickly. To avoid the mess, start organizing all the loose papers. Cabinets are good storage units to organize things like estimates, work orders, vendor information, invoices, etc. You can use desktop trays or wall-mounted pockets to keep documents on hand for quick reference.

About Barmel Building Maintenance

Barmel Building Maintenance has been providing a comprehensive range of commercial cleaning and building maintenance services which include carpet cleaning, floor waxing, office cleaning, and move-out/move-in cleaning. If your office is located in Edmonton and you need a professional company to take care of your cleaning needs, feel free to contact us!

Having A Clean And Hygienic Workplace Drives Employee Productivity

Most business owners or managers focus on their day-to-day challenges and activities that include acquiring new customers, improving bottom line, managing employees, etc. All of these activities are essential to business growth. However, it’s not wise to overlook small things such as workplace cleanliness. Unhealthy work environments can seriously affect your workplace productivity.

The safety and health of your workers are directly linked with cleanliness and organization. While the cost of healthcare impacts a company’s bottom line, most business managers don’t seem to be overly concerned with promoting overall wellness or driving productivity through a hygienic work environment.

As a business owner or manager, you need to understand that the most vital part of any work environment is its people. If you haven’t yet thought about developing a comprehensive cleaning strategy for your office or facility, it’s never too late. To receive the numerous benefits of a clean workplace, you should start realizing the relationship between employee wellness and cleanliness.

How cleaning impacts worker productivity

Numerous studies have been conducted to identify the relationship between workplace cleanliness and productivity. Almost every research concluded that productivity levels are heavily influenced by office cleanliness. On top of that, good office keeping protocols that thoroughly clean surfaces can have comfort and health benefits.

When your staff experience mild symptoms of discomfort or distress (headaches, itchy eyes, lethargy, dry throat, etc), their overall performance or efficiency levels drop, which ultimately affects your business. So, don’t let dirty carpets, floors, desks, surfaces, or other equipment cause performance loss.

Your company may be unknowingly going through low employee productivity due to a dirty, ill-organized work environment. This is where you need to step in and add workplace cleaning to your top priorities. Maintaining a clean environment is one of the ways to reduce your company’s health-related costs.

Prevent health issues with commercial cleaning services

Your workplace can become a significant source of germs and bacteria if it’s not being cleaned regularly. Viruses and germs on your tabletops can spread to 60% of your workers or visitors within just 4 hours. Therefore, it’s important to thoroughly clean high-touch surfaces like phones, desks, and door handles to prevent germs from spreading. If you don’t have in-house cleaning staff, you can reach out to commercial cleaning services to take care of your cleaning-related needs.

Improved productivity is an outcome of a clean workplace that is free of foul smells and clutter. Apart from health and productivity benefits, cleanliness can result in strong culture and heightened overall workplace satisfaction. The condition of your workplace restroom is one of the indicators of how your company values its workforce.

Cleaning isn’t a one-time job, you have to hire a commercial cleaning service to clean all the key areas in your workplace regularly.

About Barmel Building Maintenance

Barmel Building Maintenance is one of the most trusted cleaning companies in Edmonton where we provide a complete range of building maintenance services from cleaning to floor waxing. If your office or facility is located in Edmonton, feel free to contact us for all of your cleaning and building maintenance needs!

Valuable Carpet Cleaning Tips And Tricks

A clean carpet is critical both for your office and home appearance and the people who live or work in it. While dirt and allergens hidden in your carpet can contribute to various health-related problems, a dirty carpet doesn’t represent a healthy residential or work environment. Despite your efforts at maintaining cleanliness, your carpet will eventually become the victim of spills, dust, and stains.

Therefore, it’s recommended to have professionals regularly clean your carpets and floors to keep your indoor environment healthy. We will provide some valuable carpet-cleaning secrets to help you keep your carpets looking new:

Use shaving cream to remove stains

You probably didn’t know that shaving cream is a good carpet cleaner to remove almost every type of stain. All you have to do is apply the shaving cream directly on the stain and leave it for half an hour. After that, just blot it away with a dry piece of cloth. Now, spray the area with a mixture of water and vinegar, and then wipe away the solution with a cloth.

If you don’t have shaving cream, mix one-part water and one part vinegar and pour it into the sprayer. Now spray the solution on the entire stained area and wait for 15 to 20 minutes. To soak up the solution, use a clean sponge or towel. If the stain is still there, you can repeat the process. After removing the stain, use a towel to absorb the dampness and dry the carpet.

Don’t rub, just blot stains

Press against stains several times with a cleaning solution and a clean paper towel, sponge, or piece of cloth. The secret here is to blot stains and put a small amount of pressure on the stain to soak up. Many people just rub the carpet which eventually causes the particles to get ground into the carpet fibers. Your purpose is to clear stains, not to cause premature breakdown of the fibers. So, make sure to blot from the outside of the stain inward, and don’t spread the stain.

Dishwasher detergent to remove grease

Some greasy stains are hard to clean. The use of a drop or two of dishwasher detergent is the best way to get rid of grease stains. Dishwashing solutions are known for their grease removal properties. It can be super effective in removing the grease on your carpet just the way it removes grease on dishes. Put the detergent in a sprayer and spray it on the stain. And then blot the stained area up. You might need to repeat the process several times to completely remove the stain and restore the carpet to its original condition.

Deep clean regularly

If you want to keep your carpet looking new and fresh, clean it regularly. Steam cleaning is one way to get the job done. This method uses a cleaning solution under pressure injected deep into the carpet with water-jet nozzles. The machine extracts the debris and dirt along with the solution. This method is effective when you want to remove heavy deposits of dirt and grease. It’s recommended to deep clean your carpets every 6 months or so depending on the foot traffic.

Hire professional carpet cleaners

Cleaning a carpet can be a tough job that requires experience and tools. If you don’t have the time or equipment to clean your carpets, contact a professional carpet cleaning company, especially when you want to clean the carpets in your office.

In Edmonton, you can contact Barmel Building Maintenance for all of your building cleaning needs from carpet cleaning to floor waxing. Give us a quick call to get a free quote!