Extreme Cleaning at The Shard, London

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Here at Total Clean, we've cleaned some pretty 'extreme' places in offices around London, but we've got nothing on some of the guys who work on The Shard! Officially opened earlier last week and holder of the title 'Western Europe's Tallest Building', the Shard in London is the brainchild of Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, and provides up over 31.4 acres of space across 78 floors. So, as you can imagine the cleaning operation required on such a structure is pretty expansive, with teams of contract cleaners and commercial cleaning staff on hand around the clock to keep the offices spic and span. However, hitting the news this week has been the massive job of keeping the Shard's windows clean. Given it's place in the heart of London, the Shard's windows are subjected to a fair amount of grime to keep them looking pristine. The window cleaning team on the Shard, however, are no ordinary window cleaners! Using state-of-the-art gondolas and a team of six abseiling cleaners, it's fair ro say the Shard's window cleaners are braver than most! One of the team made the news for all the wrong reasons this week, as one of the cleaning gondolas was trapped at the 72nd floor in gale force winds. On-site engineers were on hand to fix the problem, which was described by a spokesman for the Shard as an 'unnecessary' panic. London Fire Brigade, which sent a fire engine and fire rescue unit to the Shard, said in a message on Twitter: "On site engineers at the #Shard have made the window cleaner's cradle safe & we can all now breathe a sigh of relief."

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

Surge in Office Sales to Benefit London Office Cleaning Companies

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London office cleaning companies are preparing themselves for a highly likely surge in the procurement for their services. This follows a survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) revealing that office sales lead the way in commercial property sales in the first quarter of 2011.

According to 43% of surveyors demand for office spaces in London has increased considerably, in particular for "Grade A" offices which in some areas the lack of new stock is leading to lower levels of availability. The increase in interest for office spaces in London is a clear sign of the economic recovery of the financial services industry with more and more companies looking to expand their operations in the capital. This is great news for London office cleaning companies who should experience an increase in the demand for their office cleaning services. But the industry might face a long term problem as supply is falling quickly and offices being constructed not only in London but across the UK are at a low level. "The survey does encouragingly suggest that demand to take up space is growing outside of the capital but not at a sufficient pace to change the mood on the rental outlook," commented Rics chief economist Simon Rubinsohn. For competitively priced office cleaning services in central London and surrounding areas contact Total Clean Office Cleaning Specialists.