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 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.

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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

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!