Reopening Alberta – Why You Need to Hire a Cleaning Company

With Alberta reopening soon, as a business owner, you’re probably really excited to finally have people back into your space and actually get back to “business as usual.” 

But with reopening comes more chances of people sneezing, coughing, and spreading germs and bacteria all over your building. This now means that hiring a professional cleaning company to eliminate the harmful microbes present is absolutely imperative; no excuses. 

“But I can get my own people to do it and get the same job done for less money!”

You’re not wrong; you could do this, but ultimately using your own employees to do the manual wipe down and mop and bucket isn’t going to cut it when meeting the expectations demanded by your customers/employees in the fight against COVID-19.

What if the day comes when a customer starts feeling symptoms and tests positive for COVID-19, and they blame your business? You’ll always be thinking at the back of your mind, “Could I have done more?” All because you didn’t take one simple precaution to mitigate the HUGE risk of spreading pathogens!

The difference between your employees and us is that we’re experienced professionals and leaders when it comes to cleaning knowledge and technology. We treat every situation differently to ensure the best results.

Here are the services we provide your business to get the job done right every time.

Exterior Cleaning

Presenting a clean and well-cared-for exterior of your building can be the difference between drawing in more clients or driving them away. Especially when you consider all the stuff it’s exposed to, like mud, dirt, bacteria, algae, and litter, to name a few, the exterior gets dirty unbelievably fast! This is why we put 60% of our cleaning focus on the face of your building. 

When we work to clean and disinfect surfaces like your doors, handles, and windows, we’re not just spraying and wiping down from one place to the next (which actually spreads more germs!) but instead always thoroughly spray all surfaces down and let the germicide sit for a proper period of time (known as dwell time) so that when it’s time to wipe down, all the bacteria have actually been killed!

Interior Cleaning

Are you aware of the high-traffic areas or high-touch surfaces in the interior of your building? Surfaces like light switches, doorknobs, and handles are places we immediately think of. But unlike other cleaning companies, we also focus on the surfaces that are often overlooked, like walls, floors, carpets, tiles, and furniture!

Surfaces like floors, where people are trekking around in their mud, dirt, and germ-infested shoes all day long, are a main priority when you hire us. We use our auto scrubber to completely sanitize floors of lingering debris and bacteria and then go in with our wax to leave it looking sparkling clean!

As professional cleaners, we only use high-grade germicide tough enough to eliminate the virus but also safe enough for families, as well as ensuring proper dwell time on ALL SURFACES, to double down on germs, and give you the peace of mind that when you open your business, everything is completely clean!

Employee Morale and Safety

Your staff are your businesses’ “frontline workers,” they represent and work for your company each and every day, so it’s important to protect them by ensuring a squeaky clean and sanitary workplace!

Did you know that employees feel more motivated and productive when they work for a company that takes health and safety measures seriously? That’s because it’s a direct reflection of how much you care about not only customers but also the workers who ensure your business is running smoothly!

It also goes without saying that hiring professional cleaners will protect your employee’s safety from dangerous pathogens! Give them the relief to actually enjoy their lunchroom breaks without having to worry that the table, chair, or microwave has gross bacteria on it.

Don’t wait until someone’s knocking on your door, looking at you as the reason why they’re sick – and before you know it, you have nasty legal troubles! If you are searching for high-quality professional cleaners to help flatten the curve, Barmel is your answer. 

We are Edmonton’s trusted solution for companies like Air Liquide and ProLine Power; because our staff are trained to follow health and safety guidelines, properly clean and disinfect your business, and protect your employees and customers; so that you can feel confident through the reopening. 

Available 24/7 for your convenience, you can hire our professional cleaning services in just minutes.

Call us at (780) 220-4675 or email us at info@barmel.ca for your FREE quote and guaranteed satisfaction!

Commercial Spring Clean

Spring is here, which means warm weather, and it’s that time of year to give your business a “spring clean.”

 

A big spring clean for your business can significantly increase your workforce’s mood, air quality, and overall health!

 

With most spaces being closed off and insulated during the winter months, dust tends to settle in crevasses, air can become stagnant and can affect respiratory health, which is why so many hire us for their spring cleaning when the snow melts.

 

Here are 4 of the main services we offer for your commercial spring clean!

 

Office Deep Cleaning

Did you know that 10 million bacteria live on the average desk? That’s not going to help your workers be more productive.

 

In fact, more bacteria presents a higher risk of illness for your employees, meaning more sick days need to be taken. A dirty office can also harm productivity by being distracting.

 

When you hire us to deep clean your office, we don’t just “wipe it down,” we use state of the art technology to rigorously disinfect tables, chairs, common areas, high traffic walkways, and office supplies, ensuring a proper dwell time to eliminate pathogens. 

 

We also take care of safety hazards and unsightly clutter and improve the office’s air quality to ensure you and your employees can breathe well.

 

Window Cleaning

Fingerprints, handprints, and streaks on your windows tell customers that you don’t put time and effort into your business, let alone cleaning it. It’s not just windows either; a dirty glass showcase devalues your products.

 

Leave it to us to make your interior and exterior windows shine! We use a high-grade solution that eliminates finger/handprints and prevents them from sticking around.

 

Allowing us to regularly clean your windows will also make them last longer, as it prevents etching and makes them more durable.

 

Floor Cleaning

No matter the material of your floor, we clean it! We use different methods for different floors:

 

Deep Carpet Cleaning

A simple vacuuming job only takes care of the surface dirt on your carpet and leaves the bacteria underneath to grow, causing your employees and even customers to get sick. Besides, nobody wants to see a massive black mark on the carpet from all of the foot traffic.

 

What sets our carpet cleaning apart from a simple surface clean is how we go beyond the surface dirt. We remove allergens, bacteria, and tough stains. We ensure your business looks professional from bottom to top!

 

Letting us give your carpet a deep clean is much more affordable than simply replacing your carpet – and it’s just as effective!

 

Floor Waxing

Your floors have taken a beating over the winter months, with all the snow, mud, and salt tracked in. We’ll wax your floors and give them a nice protective shine, making them look as new as the day they were installed. They’ll reflect the bright spring sunlight to make your space bright and welcoming!

 

Our liquid wax finish maintains grip and makes floors last longer. It’s easy to apply and works on flooring materials such as vinyl, linoleum, cork, composite tile, hardwood, and marmoleum.

 

Ceramic and Marble Flooring

Ceramic and marble floors are not only expensive, but they are more prone to stains and require special care beyond just a mop and bucket. In fact, mopping can make your floors dirtier by pushing dirty water into the grout lines.

 

We use a special detergent to remove built-up grime to ensure your floors leave a fantastic first impression on customers.

 

Lighting Fixtures

Ceiling and wall lights are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning since they require ladders or other equipment to get up there. Yet, we’ve heard horror stories about somebody walking into a business and seeing dust and dead flies in the shade, scaring them away from your business and losing you money.

 

It’s not just about appearance either. Fluorescent lights are close to ventilation, and a dusty light can mean dusty air.

 

You might not be able to clean your lights with what you have, which is why we have specialized equipment for the task. We’ll deep clean your fluorescent lighting and smaller fixtures, so your business has a brighter future.

 

Our commercial cleaning services are trusted by businesses across Edmonton because we understand the importance of keeping workers and customers safe through a clean environment, which is why we get it done right the first time and never leave until the job is done!

 

Start the sunny season off the right way with a spring clean!

 

Spring into action and call us today for a FREE quote and see why we’ve been the go-to cleaning solution for businesses in Edmonton and surrounding areas for years!

 

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5 Reasons To Hire Us For Your Janitorial Services

When it comes to hiring a company to take care of your janitorial needs, it’s important not to hire just anybody because it could cost you thousands of dollars down the road if the job is done poorly.

There are many benefits to hiring a company like us, and with times the way they are right now, cleanliness is a MUST HAVE for a business as it’s now come to the point where if you don’t have any sort of signage stating that an area gets cleaned frequently, it may deter potential clients/customers. 

We’ve been the reliable janitorial solution here in Edmonton for years, which is why we thought it would be good to show you 5 reasons why companies hire us for their janitorial needs!

Save you time And money In The Long Run

As you know, time is money, and when it comes to restroom, kitchen, desk/cubicle cleaning, or even the small cleaning jobs, they are very time-consuming. Hiring a company like us will save your employees time and allow you to focus on your products, services, and overall operation so you can maximize profitability.

We provide the high quality clean with the latest cleaning equipment

We only use the latest in cleaning equipment technology because we understand that in order to kill ALL bacteria/pathogens, it takes much more than a “mop and bucket.”

When it comes to disinfecting specifically, we use the new ionization backpack (victory backpack) as it allows us to administer our high-grade germicide on surfaces at a faster rate for a more consistent coverage using electrostatic technology.

Increased productivity of your business and employees

It’s proven that a clean work environment can increase work productivity because, in all reality, no one wants to work in a messy environment; there’s no pride in that.

When it comes to maintaining that standard, there’s nobody that cleans as we do; our staff stop at nothing to ensure a thorough, proper clean, which will ensure a healthier staff, stronger culture, and improve workplace satisfaction!

Available when you need us. We work around your time and schedule!

We’re here for you around the clock because we know your business schedule can get hectic and be unpredictable at times. Our mission is to ensure that when business resumes, your employees can go back to work and use phones, door handles, and desks without any worry of contracting any sort of pathogen.

Keeping your employees happy and healthy 

Simply put, when your office is clean, it means fewer sick employees. Cleaning as frequently as possible will help to reduce the spread of germs or illnesses throughout the office. We see it time and time again where workspaces only clean once a week or every couple of weeks which almost defeats the purpose entirely.

We’ll be there to provide regular janitorial maintenance to ensure that you have fewer sick days on your docket, which in turn maximizes profit and saves you money!

As Edmonton’s leading cleaning/janitorial solution, we take great pride in what we do to ensure the job gets done properly the first time!

Get in touch with us to get a FREE quote!

We’ll talk to you soon!

 

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

What You Get When You Hire A Cleaning Company For Your Commercial Space

Commercial Cleaning

Hiring a professional cleaning company for your commercial space is an investment to the success of your business. 

Now you may be thinking, “but we can do it ourselves,” and you’re right, you could, but that doesn’t guarantee a job done properly; in fact, in most cases, it increases the risk of spreading unwanted bacteria.

Here are 8 things you can expect when you hire a cleaning company for your commercial space.

Deep clean vs. surface clean – everything from ceiling to floor

This is one of the biggest benefits of hiring a professional company, ensuring that everything is properly cleaned.

A surface clean only cleans surface dirt and can result in bacteria still being alive, which means it can spread. When you hire professional service such as ours, we go beyond the surface from floor to ceiling and provide a deep clean. 

A deep clean, especially when it comes to flooring such as carpet, completely eliminates all unwanted bacteria so that there’s no chance of it spreading.

Desks/Telephone – High traffic and touch areas

One of the most important aspects of a professional clean; desks and landline phones actually are the places that have the most bacteria. There are thousands that can collect and spread within a matter of minutes, so imagine if you didn’t clean that surface for weeks; pretty crazy, right?

Just wiping down a desk at the end of the day isn’t enough; we use a high-grade germicide and allow a proper dwell time so that all bacteria are killed.

Lunch Room Clean

Deemed a “safe zone” for employees, a place where they expect cleanliness at all times. The last thing you want is for an employee or visitor to set food on a surface and cross-contaminate; not only will that cost you more money in the long run, but it could even lead to bigger issues with the current pandemic.

Washroom Cleaning

Proper disinfection and using the right cleaning solutions is imperative. We clean everything from head to toe; urinals, toilets, sinks, floors, stall doors/handles because it goes without saying, bathrooms are full of bacteria, so to clean regularly is extremely important and time consuming, which is why trusting a company to take care of that for you makes sense.

Foyers and interior glasses

Your foyer is your first impression and the place where people come and go, and realistically speaking, you never know where someone has been and what bacteria they could be tracking in. Ensuring your chairs, tables, and any other major touch points are clean gives a good first impression, showing people you care about cleanliness.

Inside glass, when properly cleaned, will tell the story about the quality of your brand; we’ve seen it time and time again where streaks are left on the windows and gives a very unprofessional look. Hiring professionals ensures there are no streaks and will use solutions that will mitigate any finger\hand prints from sticking.

Smaller Light Fixtures (small hanging lights)

Imagine walking into a business, and all their lights are that dirty yellow colour, and you can see dead flies in the shade; wouldn’t be the best look, would it?

Lighting fixtures should never be neglected for too long as they can collect dust quickly and attract flies and bugs due to their shine. Dull lighting equals a dull business, so let us handle this one.

Deep Clean for Fluorescent lights on the ceiling

Another area that can attract bugs and a tremendous amount of dust if not cleaned regularly, which is why we deep clean fluorescent lighting. Think of it this way, your lights are close to your fan/ventilation, and if your lights are collecting lots of dust/bacteria, you’re just blowing that into the workspace. 

Types of commercial buildings we clean

We’ve been the go-to solution for countless commercial businesses across Edmonton and surrounding area(s) from medical buildings, offices, conglomerate grocers, warehouses, and more because we understand a dirty workspace not only decreases productivity but increases the risk of illness for guests, clients and employees.

Get in touch with us for a FREE quote!

We look forward to working alongside you and your brand.

(780) 220-4675info@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