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Office Spring Cleaning with Summer Fruits

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Despite the wide and wonderful array of cleaning products out there at the moment, there are always one or two stains or cleaning challenges that prove too stubborn for even the most advanced of modern chemicals. But the real solution to a lot of the most common cleaning issues might come from an unlikely source - the humble Lemon. Packed with citric acid and capable of a mild, completely organic cleaning  agent, a little lemon juice can go a long way to tackling a cleaning problem. For example, every budget or diet conscious office worker knows that Tupperware is indispensable. However, a particularly rich bolognese sauce or chilli con carne can leave your container looking a little less than appetising. Cut a slice off a lemon and rub the inside of your container and you'll watch that unwanted staining disappear - though for containers that have been through the microwave one too many times, leaving the lemon juice to work overnight might be required. Speaking of the microwave, we all know how bad some office microwaves can get - an endless barrage of soups, leftovers and other snacks is enough to get anyone a little grubby. Squeeze a lemon into a microwaveable bowl half-full of water and leave in the microwave for a couple of minutes at full power. After that, any dirt or stains will have loosened right up, meaning it's just a case of wiping clean with some kitchen roll from there. Of course, you can save the hassle of cleaning anything at all by dropping us a call here at Total Clean, where we'll provide a free quote to any office in need of a spring clean.
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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.

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New Wave of Cleaning Robots at CES ’13!

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Whilst not something you'll find us using when it comes to cleaning offices in London, little robots like the Roomba hav started to invade living rooms and kitchens across the globe. And according to several manufacturers at CES '13, there could soon be robots helping out in more ways than just vacuuming by the end of the year. For those who don't follow it, CES is the Consumer Electronics Show, and is held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Typically held at the very start of a new year, CES gives gadget-lovers a chance to see the electronics that will be changing their lives in the coming year. This year, we're taking a look at the two cleaning robots that stole the show. iRobot Looj [caption id="attachment_523" align="alignright" width="470" caption="Cleaning Robots - iRobot Looj"]Cleaning Robots - iRobot Looj[/caption] If there's one cleaning job many can't stand - it's cleaning the gutters. If you don't want horrible damp, overspill down your walls or moisture seeping into your roof, you're going to have to get the ladders out and get arm-deep in gunk at least once a year. But the iRobot Looj could be set to alleviate the most unpleasant part of that chore. Whilst it does need to be placed into the gutter by human hands (don't get rid of the ladders just yet) the Looj is capable of being submerged in up to 8 inches of water, and will scoot through the gutter displacing debris. Capable of changing its angle of attack and other cleaning factors by sensing the severity/density of the debris, the Looj can scurry up to 200ft off a single charge. We want one already. Ecovacs Winbot 7 [caption id="attachment_524" align="alignright" width="470" caption="Cleaning Robots - evovacs winbot 7"]Cleaning Robots - evovacs winbot 7[/caption] 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. Whilst we've seen window-cleaning robots before, most have been two-part systems that rely on magnets to 'sandwich' the glass to stay vertical - limiting how thick the glass can be before it simply falls off. The Winbot 7 uses two concentric suction rings to cling to glass of any thickness to provide awesome robo-window cleaning on any type of glass. With the windows, carpets and gutters now being taken care of by robots, we're counting down our days as London office cleaners until the robot-revolution! Just kidding! What robo-cleaning device do you want to see?
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American ‘Cleaning Fairy’ Busted by Police

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As an office cleaning company in London, we like to think of ourselves as pretty magical. People leave work at 5pm, and when they arrive at 9am the next day, desks have been cleaned, floors have been treated bins emptied and so on.
Office's Top 5 Germ Hot Spots
However, one curious case in the US has seen a woman dubbed the 'Cleaning Fairy' sentenced with trespassing and other criminal charges. Homeowner Sherry Bush was left with her 'jaw on the floor' as she returned home to find the washing up taken care of, vacuuming done and rubbish taken out to the curb. And not because her teenage daughter had finally done her chores - because there was a hastily-scrawled 'bill' on a napkin on the table. Thinking a commercial cleaning company had dispatched someone to the wrong address, Mrs Bush called the number - belonging to one Susan Warren - on the invoice/napkin and was calmly informed that there was no error, and that Mrs Warren would be expecting $75 (£48) for her unrequested cleaning services. Rather than settling the bill, Sherry Bush took the matter up with the police, who have sentenced 53-year-old Susan Warren, to 20 hours of community service after pleading guilty to one of the most unusual cases of attempted burglary you'll ever hear. Apparently, after driving around a neighbourhood of large houses and lacking 'something to do', Warren broke in, took care of some household tasks and left her invoice. Saying she owns a cleaning business, Warren claimed she sometimes enters homes, cleans them and leaves a bill - telling the court 'I do this all the time'. And she wasn't lying. Last year, Warren as charged with trespassing for a similar 'cleaning fairy' visit. We'd hope that attempted burglary charge will make this her last unrequested cleaning job.
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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.
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Ten Tips for Cleaning Mould

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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. tips-cleaning-mould 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!

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!

Exposed: Your Office’s 5 Germ Hot-Spots

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We all know the virtues of a clean office, but with summer here and things heating up - we could all soon be made painfully aware of the pitfalls of not keeping up appearances in workplace. [caption id="attachment_469" align="aligncenter" width="351" caption="Office's Top 5 Germ Hot Spots"]Office's Top 5 Germ Hot Spots[/caption] In a study by Dr. Charles Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, and sponsored by consumer product company Kimberly-Clark - the top 5 most germ-infested places in an everyday office have been revealed - and they're not where you'd think. Prepare to stock up on hand-sanitiser, and start writing up a request to HR for a sterile oxygen tent, here's your office's five biggest germ hot-spots. 5. Water Fountain Buttons Whether attached to a bottle or plumbed into the mains, the dispenser buttons on water fountains are apparently something you might want to reconsider touching with bare hands. When tested for levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP, a molecule present in all animal, vegetable, bacterial, yeast and mold cells.) 23% boasted ratings of 300 or more (indicating they need a right good clean!) and 53% scored 100 or more, suggesting they could be cleaner. 4. Refrigerator Door Handles The kitchen; where we all generally like things to be clean. Alas, the fridge which we trust to keep our food at it's best turns out to be another hotbed for bacteria. Or it's handles, at least. 26% of fridge doors were in dire need of cleaning, while 69% scored over 100 ATP, and need swift wipe-down. 3. Keyboards bacteria infected keyboard Here at TotalClean we couldn't be more aware of the perils lie beneath the keys, so it's no surprise to see keyboards so high up on the list. With more people taking lunch at their desk, it's no surprise to discover that 29% of keyboards scored over 300 ATP, whilst 69% scored over 180 overall. 2. Microwave Door Handles We imagine a few eyebrows are being raised here by those of you who realise the natural progression of touching a microwave door handle is either handling or eating food. And we'd also imagine those eyebrows would be raised further by the statistic that 48% scored at the 'severe' over 300 ATP mark, whilst 80% had readings over 100. 1. Break Room Sink Handles Everything is shared in the break room. Everything except the responsibility to keep it clean, apparently. A staggering 75% of break room sink handles racked up scored over 300 ATP, whilst 91% could be cleaner. We'd go an wash our hands right now, but... Here at TotalClean we know clean - so make sure that your office environment is free from germ hot-spots, completely by giving one of our friendly team a call on 0207 9355 088

Europe’s Coolest Offices: Red Bull UK HQ in London

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We are back with our Europe's Coolest Offices series and today we bring you a very unique office from one of the world's most popular beverages, Red Bull. The energy drink giant' UK HQ in Soho, London, is another master creation from Jump Studios. Red Bull's UK HQ interior design was created with what Red Bull is all about, hyperactivity and adrenaline-overload. Instead of stairs there are slides, yes slides, to move from one floor to another and ping pong table meeting rooms to let the energy flow. Built in the top 3 storeys of an existing 19th century office, the place is decorated with bright colours and dynamic shapes in a layout to encourage cheerful interaction between employees without loosing the brand’s strong values. Visitor's ascend from the street by elevator and enter via a rooftop reception lobby overlooking London's West End. The main reception has a bar and cafe on the same floor there are also formal and informal meeting rooms. As the saying goes let's see some pictures of this unique office space that I bet any office cleaner in London would love to work there. rooftoop entrance

Rooftop Entrance with West End view

red bull london hq

Furniture with bright colours and dynamic shapes

pin pong table rooms

If I win my project is approved!

front desk

Front Desk

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Europe’s Coolest Offices: Nykredit’s Office in Copenhagen

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Here at Total Clean we are passionate about offices not only because our job is to clean them but because we like to appreciate the innovations and designs of today's office spaces. With that in mind we decided to start a new series of articles to show you Europe's coolest offices. Recently we compiled a list with what we think are the World's Coolest Offices and now decided to keep on our quest for more cool offices but this time we will focus only in Europe. We start our series with Nykredit's Office in Copenhagen. Nykredit is one of Europe's leading financial services providers with commercial and mortgage banking as cornerstones. In addition, Nykredit has activities within insurance, pension and estate agency business.

nykredit office building

The ten-storey glass structure is one of Copenhagen's largest and coolest office buildings. The building features glass elevators, balconies, and exposed stairways, creating an open and clean-looking work environment. It also has state-of-the-art insulation systems that captures and hold heat while it is cooled with water from a nearby harbour not to mention the options to open specific areas of the roof and double layered facade to allow natural ventilation.

high-fly meeting rooms

But it's the meeting rooms that make this office stand-out. Nykredit's office has meeting rooms that hang 50ft above ground which give a new meaning to "high-fly business meetings".

nykredit office meeting room

There are two of these "high-fly" meeting rooms made out of dark polished wood hanging inside Nykredit's office building. Their office cleaning company must have really though cleaners that are not afraid of heights to clean those hanging boxes. About Nykredit Images from this article where sourced from a Daily Mail Article