The Importance of Cleaning the Office Kitchen Sink

Dirty Office Kitchen SinkMost offices have a kitchen area for the use of the employees. It’s obvious that this is just as important to keep clean as every other part of the office, yet this does not always happen.

In reality though you might be surprised at how important it is to stay ahead of this part of the office cleaning routine. According to research, the kitchen sink in particular can have more germs present in it than the average toilet. This will shock many people as you would think a toilet would be more prone to being covered in bacteria than the humble sink.

Part of the regular cleaning routine

Those offices that have a regular cleaning team coming in to make sure their premises are perfectly clean and tidy should make sure their kitchen space is included in the regular cleaning routine.

“This research shows how unsafe an office kitchen can be if it is left to fester over time,” said a spokesperson for Procare Cleaning. “There is no reason why an office sink should be a haven for germs if it is cleaned regularly. However it is perhaps more prone to accumulating germs than a sink at home would be. This is because of the greater number of people who might use it during the average day and also pay less attention to spills than they would at home.”

This is one area where the saying ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ definitely does not apply!

 

Commercial Cleaning, The Difference Between Clean and Sanitised

Dirty Office KeyboardMany people assume cleaning is the same thing as sanitising. However, when you are choosing a cleaning company it is vital to make sure you choose one that does understand the difference.

There can be thousands of germs spread over commonly-used areas of an office desk, for example. Once you add up the germs that are likely to be present on the desk, keyboard, mouse and telephone, you can be well into hundreds of millions of germs. Simply dusting over these items to make them look smart and clean does not ensure you kill the germs that are invisible to the naked eye..

Make sure you choose your cleaning company carefully

“The best commercial cleaning companies are those that understand the importance of eradicating as many germs as possible,” said a spokesperson for Procare Cleaning. “When a surface is properly sanitised it will be free of 99.9% of bacteria and microbes that were originally present on that surface. This is not the case if the surface simply receives a wipe with a general cleaning product.

In order to make sure business owners can reduce sickness and ill health in the office, it is imperative that a proper cleaning service is provided. This will ensure all the surfaces are sanitised instead of simply cleaned. This means the cleaning contractor must use the right products to both kill germs and leave surfaces sparkling.”

If you are concerned that your office cleaners might not be doing the best job please contact your nearest Procare office for a free site visit and quotation.

Could An Improving UK Economy Lead to Better Quality Office Cleaning?

Professional Office CleaningThere is no doubt the green shoots of recovery are beginning to sprout for the UK economy. While businesses are still cautious about the future, there is still enough confidence there to look positively towards the future rather than simply worrying about it.

This means businesses could now be in a position to take on additional overheads. For example they could think about professional office cleaning for the first time, or consider increasing the level of service they currently receive.

Another scenario faced by some businesses who, when the economy slowed, took on the cleaning duties themselves. They offered the job to a member of staff or their family as a part time evening job. As the economy has started to improve that person no longer needs to work in the evening and so the company is losing their cleaning support. Time to consider bring in the professionals?

The appearance of a business matters a great deal when it comes to impressing potential clients and customers. Regular cleaners can help achieve this goal by ensuring the premises are always looking their best.

Clean premises also help encourage a more positive feeling among staff members as well, because everyone appreciates working in a clean and tidy environment.

Going one step better

ProCare Cleaning can offer an enhanced cleaning service that can be tailored to fit your requirements, no matter what sort of business you run. So why not contact us today for a quotation.

How Quickly Can Bacteria Multiply in an Office Environment?

Cleaning Office DeskWe all know the importance of regular office cleaning. However you might be surprised at how quickly bacteria can multiply when they are given the chance to do so.

Disinfecting surfaces gets rid of the vast majority of bacteria that might be living there. However, for every day a surface isn’t cleaned, the bacteria can multiply by up to 31%. Just imagine the number of bacteria that could be present after a week if it is left untouched.

This gives a lot of credence to the idea of having office spaces cleaned on a daily basis, as a spokesperson from Procare Cleaning confirmed. “Many of our clients have discovered just how vital it is to opt for daily office cleaning processes,” they said. “If surfaces are cleaned every day, the number of bacteria present can be vastly reduced. Skimping on services and having a small office cleaned weekly has a knock-on effect on the degree of illness experienced by those in the office.”

Indeed, one survey found as many as 98% of those questioned had experienced contagious diseases as a result of working in places that were not as clean as they should be. It is quite a sobering thought to realise the office you are working in could be making you ill.

With up to 31% more bacteria present tomorrow than there is today if an office is left uncleaned, you can see that protecting staff and keeping a clean environment is very important indeed.

How Dangerous Are Office Telephones?

Dirty Office TelephoneOf all the things you will find in a modern office, the telephone is surely one of the most innocent and unassuming items there is. However, when it comes to cleanliness, your office phone may not be as innocent as you think.

Research shows that the average office telephone packs in as many as 25,000 germs on every square inch. When you consider the size of a phone you can see it would be very easy for every phone in a single office to have hundreds of thousands of germs on it.

The importance of regular office cleaning

We will never be able to get rid of every germ on every phone, every minute of the day, but we can do a lot to get the numbers down. Germs cause illness and disease, and this in turn means lots of people will be off sick if cleanliness is not top of the list of things to keep on top of.

“Telephones can be regularly used by lots of people in an office environment,” said a spokesperson for Procare Cleaning. “It doesn’t take long for the germs to start building up, especially around the mouthpiece and the front of the phone where the numbers are punched in. Daily office cleaning is the best way to keep germs to an acceptable level.”

Shared phones can also be kept cleaner if workers have some disinfecting wipes to use whenever needed. It is surely much better than opening yourself up to thousands of germs every time you need to make a call.

How Long Can Germs Live on Office Surfaces?

Dirty Office DeskTake a look around the average office space and you would assume the desks are clean. This would be particularly true if they were kept tidy on a daily basis.

However what you see is not always what you get. It is a fact that some germs are able to live on surfaces that are dry (such as office desks for example) for several hours before they die. In this time there is the potential for many people to pick them up on their hands and transfer them to other places. This includes the presence of salmonella bacteria – a common cause of stomach bugs and upsets. Walk into the average office bathroom and the length of time germs can survive there is even longer at several days.

In short, even if your office space looks clean, it may not be. This is why daily cleaning by a professional cleaning team is recommended.

Investing in good health

“Companies that invest in daily office cleaning by a team of professionals might notice improved health among their employees,” said a spokesperson for ProCare Cleaning. “Obviously, if the incidence of germs on desks can be reduced by using professional products, this can lead to better health among all those working there. Good hygiene comes into it as well, but by using professional cleaning products the presence of germs in their millions on office desks can be wiped out – quite literally.”

How clean are your office desks, even when they look good to the naked eye?

How Clean Is Your Office Watercooler?

Office WatercoolerWater coolers have become quite prevalent in modern offices. They provide a fast and convenient way to grab a drink of water whenever you need it, without straying too far from your desk. However, while water is a vital healthy drink to help ensure you don’t get dehydrated, the water cooler itself may not be as clean as you think.

In order to operate a water cooler you often have to operate the controls to get the water flowing. This is something everyone else has to do as well. It should come as no surprise then to learn 25% of the controls on these coolers are riddled with germs transferred there by other users. This means you could pick up an illness simply by going to get a drink of water.

The need for proper and regular office cleaning

As you can see, it is imperative that the office cleaning team you use is able to cover all the bases when it comes to cleaning duties. The bulk of the cleaning required will be obvious, but it is this type of area that can be easily missed.

“Our cleaning teams pay attention to all the smaller areas that other teams may not see,” said a spokesperson for ProCare Cleaning. “Keeping the workforce healthy is something that can be done through proper cleaning services, provided on a regular basis. If this isn’t the case, germs can easily be spread through the most unlikely of ways, as we can see from the water cooler example.”

ProCare now Registered with Practice Index

Cleaned Doctor SurgeryProCare have recently registered as a recommended supplier for Practice Index, the one stop shop for practice managers to source all their requirements from printer paper to cleaning contractors.

This further establishes our long relationship and speciality with doctors’ and dental surgeries. We feel that by securing this recommendation we will be able to further demonstrate our committment to providing first rate cleaning services and cost savings to this market place.

Why is Office Ventilation Cleaning So Important?

Office Ventilation CleaningWorking in an office can be demanding, even though most of the work is done sitting down. There is a lot of concentration required and people are working in close proximity with each other and so clean, fresh air is vital.

As we have discussed before office surroundings that employees are in touch with are important to health and wellbeing. However ventilation, whilst it is crucial to a healthy productive office, is often ignored as part of routine office cleaning. The consequences of a poorly maintained ventilation system are that the office becomes stuffy and worse still the system could be harbouring and spreading germs.

Hence cleaning the office ventilation system regularly is important if the system is to work at its best. The longer it goes without being cleaned, the less efficient and effective it will become.

And those harboured germs could have an effect on the sickness levels in the office. Clean fresh air is a major contributor to reducing illness in the office which of course is good for productivity and morale.

A spokesperson from Procare Cleaning agreed with this. “Office cleaning is something many business owners accept as a fundamental aspect of running a business. However the unseen areas are often overlooked, literally out of sight out of mind. Ventilation systems are one of those hidden areas. That’s why Procare offer a comprehensive office cleaning service including these systems, to make sure our clients’ offices always enable staff to achieve their best.”

If your office cleaning needs a breath of fresh air please contact your nearest office or call our central number 0800 0326660

Small Office Cleaning Details Make a Big Difference

Dirty Office TelephoneMost business people would agree the details are just as important as the main areas of interest when it comes to impressing potential clients. That’s why it makes sense to hire an office cleaner (or team of cleaners) to make sure the office looks its absolute best at all times and so subliminally reflects your approach to business.

Of course you must ensure you hire the best team for the job. On occasion the little things can be missed by a team that is focused on making sure the overall impression is a good one. However the small things will also undoubtedly be spotted by anyone visiting a business premises for the first time. Things like fingerprints on door frames and the build-up of dirt and stickiness on other surfaces that may look clean at first glance can tell a different story.

“We sometimes get calls from clients who have previously used another cleaning firm,” said a spokesperson from Procare Cleaning. “They tell us the general cleaning tasks were handled fine, but it was the details that weren’t taken care of. Since every business has to impress potential new clients we understand how important it is to take care of those details.”

Having a keen eye for detail is a good skill for any cleaner to have. This applies in any environment, not just where cleaning offices is concerned. By focusing on the details, a thorough deep-clean can be achieved that includes all those areas often missed by inexperienced cleaners. It also makes the regular cleaning tasks so much easier to do, since dirt doesn’t have a chance to build up.

If you think that you office cleaning needs to be improved please contact your nearest office or call our central number 0800 0326660