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New Survey Reveals Office Staff’s Germ Fears

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A new survey has revealed that nearly three-quarters of office staff harbour concerns about the level of germs in their workplace.

Conducted by Cogent Research on behalf of cleaning supply company Kimberly-Clark Professional, 3-3 office workers from all across the UK were asked about how much the cleanliness of their office was a concern for them, with a particular focus on germs.

Of those three hundred, 21% said they were 'greatly concerned' by germs at work, with 51% stating they were 'somewhat concerned'. A more universal concern was the worry about the transfer of germs from work to home, with 57% of those surveyed saying it was something they believed was an issue.

Suzanne Halley, end-user marketing manager – UK at Kimberly-Clark Professional, said: "Office workers are right to be concerned about hygiene at work all year round. Invisible bacteria in the workplace can cause colds, flu and upset stomachs. Though they are minor, these are unpleasant illnesses that force people to take time off, and staff absence costs UK businesses nearly £30 billion annually. However, simple steps such as installing sanitisers around an office, and making sanitising wipes widely available, can make a big difference to wellbeing."

She continued: "A healthy workforce is a happy and productive workforce. Particularly at this time of year, in the middle of the cold and flu season companies that take pro-active measures to keep their staff free of illness will be rewarded in the longer term. Indeed, 61% of those questioned in our survey said they’d like hand sanitisers to be more readily available around the workplace."

The use of hand sanitiser is becoming increasingly more prevalent in the city that Total Clean operates within. More and more often, office workers are taking matters in to their own hands - literally - bringing pocket-sized hand sanitiser dispensers to work with them.

As a retailer in janitorial supplies, we’ve also seen an increase in businesses buying small batches of basic supplies such as detergent, sanitiser, disinfectant and disposable cloths to store in key areas of the office - particularly conference rooms, where guests are entertained and food is often consumed.

Should Chewing Gum Brands Help Pay for Cleaning?

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The UK's Local Government Association (LGA) has called on chewing gum manufacturers to help take a bite out of the costs of cleaning up discarded pieces of gum, or create a biodegradable alternative. londonstreetcleaningmachine.jpg The LGA, which represents over 400 councils from across the UK, says that companies who produce chewing gum - such as Wrigley and Orbit - should help cover the cleaning costs. Kris Hopkins, the local government minister tabled the idea this week and was backed by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. Conservative estimates suggest cleaning up gum trodden in to pavements costs some £56 million per year - the LGA suggested that whilst gum costs as little as 3p per piece to buy, councils and authorities have to pay as much as £1.50 per piece to have it cleaned up. LGA spokesman and environmental councillor Peter Box said: "Chewing gum is a plague on our pavements. It is a blight which costs councils a fortune to clean up and takes hours of hard work to remove. It's ugly, it's unsightly and it's unacceptable. "The UK gum industry is a multi-million pound business and we believe in the principle of the ‘polluter' paying. We are calling for [firms] to show corporate responsibility and to contribute." Chewing gum isn't often thought of as a cleaning 'hot topic' - however, as a commercial cleaning company, we see more than our fair share of discarded gum end up in all sorts of places. With that in mind, we'd certainly see the appeal of a biodegradable gum. Mr Hopkins of the LGA agreed, saying, "We would be keen for manufacturers to take forward making their gum biodegradable." A spokesperson for Wrigley, said the company took the issue "very seriously" and were attempting to develop a product "that is easier to remove if disposed of improperly". She added: "The only long-term solution to this problem is persuading people to dispose of their chewing gum responsibly, as the large majority already do."

Rise of the Roomba: Will Robots Replace the Humble Office Cleaner?

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Growing up on a healthy diet of The Jetsons and an obsession with Back to the Future II that must have driven my parents to despair, I'm sure our generation currently feels a little cheated that our access to flying cars, jetpacks, hoverboards and food in pill form is currently still limited, if not entirely non-existent. However, one thing 'the future' has made good on is the concept of cleaning robots - and whilst they might not be six-foot tall and answer to the name of 'Rosie', there's probably more 'bots for jobs around your house than you currently know about… iRobot Looj - Gutter Cleaner Cleaning Robots - iRobot Looj Cleaning the gutters - is there a household task that gets put off more often than this one? But, unless you fancy mystery liquid seeping into your walls, you're going to have to break out the ladders and get elbow-deep in gunk at least once a year. Unless, of course, you have a rooftop robot. Revealed at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the iRobot Looj could be set to gut guttering the world over. Capable of being submerged in up to 8 inches of water, changing its angle of attack and other cleaning factors by sensing the severity/density of the debris, the Looj scurries through drains displacing debris as it goes. Ready to roll through 200ft of guttering off a single charge, we're already asking Santa for one. Evovacs Winbot 7 - Window Cleaner Cleaning Robots - evovacs winbot 7 Whilst the name is more reminiscent of a Microsoft operating system, the Winbot 7 from Ecovacs is most definitely geared to towards the more traditional type of Windows. Now, we’ve seen window-cleaning robots before, however most use a two-part system to ‘sandwich’ the glass and stay on the surface – meaning the glass can only bees so thick before it simply falls off. Where the Winbot 7 differs is by using two concentric suction rings to cling to glass of any thickness to provide limitless robo-window cleaning action. No doubt a prospect that excites those in high rise buildings, we do worry what will happen when one eventually runs out of charge midway through cleaning the 23rd floor. Sharp Name TBC - Floor Cleaner Sharp of Japan intend to launch a robot capable of cleaning office floors in 2014 Now this is more like it - set to launch next year, Japanese brand Sharp are set to roll out a Dalek-sized commercial floor cleaner that would have even The Doctor a bit worried. Roughly the dimensions of a standard cleaner's trolley, Sharp's unnamed 'bot - slated for a 2014 release - is capable of hoovering up anything on a tile floor; even liquids! Put down your favourite mug, or be exterminated! With the floors taken care of, the windows being cleaned and even a robot on the roof, is there anywhere in the office that isn't safe from a cyber cleaning?
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Five Unlikely Cleaning Organic Cleaning Products

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Organic. Natural. Eco-Friendly. There's more pressure on both commercial bodies and households than ever before to make their products and services kinder to the environment and nasty chemical-free. Even in the world of commercial cleaning, where people expect industrial-strength detergents and high-powered equipment, regulations to protect the environment are consistently being tweaked. lemons-cleaning Whilst we wouldn't necessarily use any of these in our duties of office cleaning in London, here are 5 unlikely organic cleaning alternatives you could use in your own home or office. 1. Lemons One of the old favourites and the inspiration for a million cleaning products (or at least, their fragrance) the natural acidity of lemons has made them a firm favourite in the world of cleaning. Cut a lemon in half and it becomes the ideal cleaning tool for wood. Spruce up chopping boards and wooden surfaces with this citrus solution. 2. Coffee Grinds Have a coffee machine in the office? Use the grinds to clean greasy surface and as an unlikely deodorant. As something that is readily available in any London office, we'd suggest using it to give the communal microwave a new lease of life and doing everyone's food a favour by placing an open zip-lock bag full in the fridge. 3. Walnuts Is your office home to a lot of wooden floors or furniture? Then it's inevitable there's going to be some chips, scraps or scratches making things look unsightly. Take the edge off any damage to wood anywhere by chopping a walnut in half and rubbing on the offending area. The natural oils help fill in the surface without damaging any of the surrounding area. 4. Olive Oil If there's anything stainless steel in your office that needs a bit of a buff, olive oil is a great alternative to specialist polish. But if it's more of a scrub you're after, mix the oil with some coarse salt for a solution that's perfect where a job requires a little more elbow grease. 5. Cream of Tartar Something that should be in any good baker's cupboards, cream of tartar is a slightly acidic ingredient that seems to have limited uses. But with a couple of drops of water per tablespoon, you'll have a paste works miracles on cleaning pots and pans. If your selection of cookware now boasts brown spots where it was once silver - this is the solution to your problems!
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Cleaning the Hollywood Sign

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Whilst office cleaning in London is our area of expertise - we've got to extend some serious props to the men and women of Duggan & Associates - a company currently tasked with a mammoth task on the other side of the pond; cleaning the famous 'Hollywood' sign. Cleaning the famous Hollywood sign, Los Angeles, California The iconic 50-foot high letters celebrate their 90th anniversary next year, and - as with any big occasion - you want the guest of honour to be at their most presentable. Which is when the State of California has employed specialist cleaning and painting agencies - like D&A - to spruce up one of the most beloved landmarks in cinema history. Cleaning the Hollywood sign Situated at the top of Mount Lee, workers will be working on platform lifts throughout the winter to get the sign ready for it's close-up. According to the Hollywood Sign Trust, the operation will take 8 to 10 weeks and use 275 gallons of paint to bring the sign back to it's best. A statement from the Hollywood Sign Trust described the commercial cleaning undertaking as the biggest maintenance operation the sign has received in over 35 years. Erected in 1923, the sign read "Hollywoodland" until 1949. It remained as 'Hollywood' until 1978, when the sign was demolished completely and a new sign revealed 3 months later.
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Clean Fleets: The 10 Minute Car Cleaning Routine You’ve Been Waiting For

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Whilst we're all about office-cleaning, many people forget that a commercial cleaning company's duties don't always end at the door. car-cleaning-tips Many of our clients have fleet vehicles or company cars that need the same TLC as any other working environment, and one of our biggest requests is how to keep your car in order. For some it's just a means of getting from A to B (and on the weekends, C and D) but for others, it's a mobile office, a first impression or a tool of their trade - so why is it our cars are clutter magnets? Never fear, though as your motor will be back to it's neat and tidy best once you've put this list of car cleaning tips into effect. SPACE For anyone that's heard of Julie Morgenstern’s SPACE method, this guide will sound awfully familiar. For those who haven't, the SPACE method of cleaning makes your task easier by splitting it into five smaller, more easily-accomplished tasks. The result will be a perfect baseline, that you can then go on to manage more easily from then on. So, grab yourself a heavy-duty bin-bag and roll up your sleeves - it's time to get stuck in! S - Sort Start off by removing everything from the car that was not in there when you bought it. No excuses, it doesn't matter how small and insignificant it may seem - once you start letting one nicknack keep it's place, you'll start making excuses for others! Once everything is out on your driveway or depot floor, it's time to put sort into action. Divide up all the items you now have into logical groups. We can't lay these out for you, as they'll depend on what line of work you're in, but for us, it's something like documents (insurance, manual, service history) Work-related, (rubber gloves, cleaning solutions, janitorial supplies) Electronics (Sat-Nav, iPod cable, Bluetooth Kit, SatNav) and so on. Once you've got over the shock of all the stuff you keep in your car, it's time to go to step 2… P - Purge It's time to set aside your feelings and start being ruthless - it's time to start binning the things you don't need. And remember - everything you bin here, will save you time later. Start with the obvious; any old food packaging, receipts, parking dockets, water bottles and so on should be the first thing to go. Then, move on to the things that are broken, now-useless or pointless. Do you really need all ten of those pens? Of course not, put some back in the office. How about that outdated road atlas? No, no-one on eBay will want it. Bin it. Now your car is freshly purged, grab the vacuum if you have one and give the surfaces a clean with a damp cloth. A - Assign Now you've established what you really need in your car, it's time to find a place for it all. If you're cleaning a company car you might be using to pick up clients, you'll want to keep everything out of sight, so maximise the glove-box and storage compartments in the door. If you're in a company van or vehicle with a large boot, consider buying a box to keep in the rear of the vehicle for all your work-related items - freeing up the glovebox and centre console for things you need to have on hand quickly. E - Equalise The final hurdle is the hardest - and the longest - this step means looking after your car from now on. Set a time when it's convenient to sort out the inside of your vehicle, first thing on a Monday or last thing on a Friday are personal favourites to carry out a quick whip-around; put all your rubbish in a plastic bag, scoop up that loose change and - please - don't eat that chewing gum you just found under one of the mats.

Janitorial Supplies: The Essentials

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Whilst it's been said that a bad workman blames his tools, here at Total Clean, we understand the value of high-quality janitorial supplies to help us in our office-cleaning duties around London (as well as good ol' fashioned elbow grease, of course!) So, here's a guide to a few essential janitorial supplies you'll never find us without... The Kitchen - Bactericidal Cleaner and Disinfectant
After recent studies have revealed just how much of a breeding ground for bacteria the office kitchen can be, everyone wants to be safe in the knowledge their theirs is safe. Whilst this is news to some, we've always known the value of a clean kitchen (it's where you make the tea, after all - and what's more important than tea?) which is why we not only use, but supply super-strength Bactericidal Cleaner and Disinfectant to offices throughout London. Why is the right cleaner and disinfectant so important? As well as making sure it kills 99.999% of bacteria - you also have to make sure your choice of cleaner won't leave a harmful residue when your staff come to prepare their food after use. The Windows - Specialist Window Cleaning Liquid Janitorial Supplies - specialist Window Cleaning Fluids Cleaning windows should be easy; they're big, flat and it's easy to see what you've missed a spot. But if you want streak-free, film-less and dermatologically-friendly clean windows, it sometimes feels like you're asking for the world. We make life as easy as it should be; if you know janitorial supplies like we do, we know exactly which brands and formulas to use for windows of every kind. Floor Treatments and Carpet Cleaning - Carpet Detergents & Rinse-Free Polish Office Carpet Cleaning Janitorial Supplies For something that gets walked on all day, there's a lot to be said for a clean floor. Which is why we use carpet detergents specially-diluted for high traffic environments like London offices. Team that with a combination of janitorial supplieslike chewing gum remover, spot cleaners and dry foam, and there's no floor we can't bring back to it's best!

High Standard Office Cleaning Starts with Adequate Education

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The UK commercial cleaning market has evolved into an ever so competing with numerous, maybe thousands of cleaning companies operating across the land. Evidence of this is by creating a simple forage on Google maps for office cleaning services in central London and you get thousands of answers. So how to determine which one is the most accomplished out of all of them? As you will find in any trade competent schooling is what splits professionals from amateurs. But I'm not only speaking about schooling to become a proficient professional I'm also referring to continuous training to keep employees up to date with the current trends and methods of the market. In office cleaning services its exactly the same, organisation's that administer constant guidance with their staff tend to offer greater quality services for the basic fact that better skills associated with the cleaners experience results in quicker and more efficient services. Misinformed are those who believe you don't need training to administer a simple feather duster or to clean a carpet. Well I would agree that there are no secrets to sweeping a floor but office cleaning goes way beyond that. Were you aware that there are Health and Safety procedures for Office Cleaning and a risk assessment must be accomplished before any cleaning task can start? Every last form of floor must be cleaned in a specific way. Ceramic tilling ought not be cleaned with rough abrasive cleaners; vinyl floors need special attention and appropriate products. To clean carpets is a whole new science; each stain must be cleaned in a specific way with a different chemical. Speaking of chemicals that is another zone that needs appropriate attention. All cleaners must be skillful to handle the products they work with for two simple reasons. First to avoid accidents like the one that happened in a McDonald's business establishment serving food and drink in late 2010, when an employee was left in part blind due to the use of an acid-based cleaner. Second, so they don't use the incorrect product on the wrong area. Another type of seasoning that must be conducted with office cleaners is individual relationship. Nobody likes a cantankerous cleaner that goes around in a bad state of mind without talking to anybody at all. Most of the time, office cleaning services are carried out in non-working hours but if the service is done during office working hours the office cleaner must be amenable and always try to have a smile on his or her face. Commercial cleaning companies that supply periodical schooling to its staff tend to provide faster and more effective cleaning services than those who simply avoid it. As you can see commercial cleaning goes way further the feather duster and rag and the finest businesses are those who are up to date with the most recent trends of the market. Do you offer periodical training for your cleaners?

Office Cleaning Made Effortless

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A clean and organised work environment is fundamental to further output. How would your clients react if they strolled into your business to be faced with clusters of paper work everywhere, dirty carpets and disorganised desks? If I entered into such an office, I would turn back and exit straight away and I gamble you would too. With that mind set I'll share with you some effortless to execute office cleaning secrets to assist keep your office glistening clean at all time, be it a city office or a home study. Generally city business units are cleaned by professional recognized cleaning companies but there are certain things that can be done to help improve the cleanliness of these work places. This first tip may sound obsolete but you would be surprised how many office blocks still haven't used it to their work environment. Reduce paper clutter by bringing in a digital filing system. It’s likely your concern already has a network, and that’s a positive starting point. Next comes a complete overhaul of the network’s file structure. This will take some time and cautious consideration. A common rule-of-thumb is that an effective digital file system - when compartmentalized - reflects exactly how the organisation is organised and leaves room for future modification and likely change. Construct a cleaning and organisation inspection team, the idea here is to select two or three employees, determined on the amount of your workforce, to go around the office inspecting tables and drawers. This inspection team should report directly to the office manager or to you. They should give out warnings for those who don't keep their workstation organised and then issue penalties. That way you will incite your team to keep their tables and drawers organised at all times. For home office workers you will have to be your own inspectors, even though you might not get any person visiting your office. Remember what was said in the beginning of this article - A clean and organised workplace boosts productivity. Encourage recycling by adding recycling bins in your office's kitchen and around the office. Select a day of the week to do a "paper recycling day". You can use the cleaning and organization inspection team to go around the office asking for people to dispose of aged paper work that won't be filed. Premium help As my last piece of advice, I would recommend you seek specialist help to enhance even more the cleanliness and hygiene of your office. Recruit an office cleaning business and get them to do the dirty work for you. Total Clean Office Cleaning experts with over 15 years of experience cleaning offices in central London and surrounding areas.

Reduce Costs with Eco-Friendly Commercial Cleaning Product

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A new cleaning product made by a Buckinghamshire based company is revolutionising the UK cleaning industry, reducing costs and helping commercial cleaning companies meet their environmental responsibilities. This new multipurpose cleaner and degreaser cleans just about any surface including concrete, terrazzo, quarry tiles, paintwork, glass, stainless steel, Altro and other non-slip flooring for an incredible 60 times less than the cost of any other commercial cleaning product on the market today. According to its manufacturers a 5 kilogram tub will make up to 2,000 trigger spray refills. Reducing storage space, disposal of plastic containers and overall commercial cleaning costs. FreshClean is made by RJN and it can be used for degreasing bin rooms and chutes or as a very effective and inexpensive deodoriser, ideal for lifts, stairwells and bin rooms. As afore mentioned, when compared with leading products, which can cost as much as £3.00 for a trigger spray refill, FreshClean stands out from the crowd offering an incredible 60 times less the cost of each trigger spray refill, doing the maths each refill will cost only 5p, that is right 5 pence to refill an ordinary trigger spray cleaner that can be used to clean just about everything. Available in 7 long lasting fragrances, Lemon, Rose, Jasmine, Imperial, Lavender, Honeysuckle and Citrus - if it smells clean, it is clean. There is also an unscented version available for use in food preparation areas. RJN claims that FreshClean ticks all the Environmental boxes and it can be considered a "green cleaning product". Reducing the disposal of plastic containers to landfills and COSHH requirement is simplified and the potential for mixing chemicals is virtually eliminated.