Mould - of all the signs that something is in need of a good clean, this is the one with the most negative attitudes directed at it. Whilst you can usually get away with a dusty surface or a mug that's seen one teabag too many, any visitor to your office is going to assume the worst if they see and mould growing on your window seals or ceiling. Which is a shame, as mould can grow essentially wherever there is moisture and it's a fairly common in just about every building. But the good news is, it's as clean-able as it is fast-growing - and we've got ten tips to help you break the mould when cleaning your office or workplace: 1. The Number 1 tip for tackling mould is knowing that it feeds on moisture in dark corners - In the words of Sun Tzu; know your enemy. 2. This means reducing humidity in the air. We know from working in London offices during the summer, the air get seem a little 'heavy' - invest in a dehumidifier, especially if you work in a basement. 3. Is mould growing in somewhere seemingly random? Check behind the wallpaper for signs of condensation - you might have a leak from an outside wall, or even worse - problems with a pipe inside your wall. 4. Crack open a window! The easiest way to prevent mould growing is be having fresh air circulating and a way out for moisture. Leave a window open during office hours - this is especially important in office bathrooms. 5. Don't leave any spillages! If someone spills a mop-bucket or there's a leak in the ceiling, you'll have about 24-48 hours before mould will start to take root - dry everything as best as you can, as often as you can to stop this happening! 6. Hard surfaces are just as susceptible to mould as anywhere else - but tend to be cleaned much more easily! A little detergent with warm water will get most spores off. 7. As for softer surfaces like ceiling tiles, your best bet is a thin-bleach solution. Handle with care and be prepared for discolouration on anything other than white, but mixing a thin (not thick bleach, like Domestos) with water will be absorbed more readily by the material - don't leave it on for more than a few minutes, though! 8. If you know a good janitorial supply company (hint, hint…) professional mould cleaner is your secret weapon. It's anti-fungal properties stop the mould growing back, making your cleaning a more worthwhile endeavour. 9. Never just paint over it! Covering a damp or mouldy spot on a wall might make you feel a bit better for a week or so, but masking it in this way only serves to hide a bigger problem. 10. Let the sun shine! Sunlight actually helps remove the staining formed by some strains of mould - so where possible, leave the curtains or blinds open and keep the room well-ventilated for an organic way to remove mould!
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 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 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!