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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."
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2012 Loo of the Year – Cleaning’s Most Unlikely Award Ceremony

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Whilst the glitz and glamour of the Oscars, BAFTA's Tony's and Emmy's might still be a month away, award season kicked off early this year as the 2012 Loo of the Year nominees were given their just rewards. Whilst they might sound like a slightly hokey ceremony, the Loo of the Year awards are actually serious business in the cleaning world. Having just celebrated their 25th year, the Loo of the Year awards reward excellence in maintaining safe, accessible and sanitary washrooms across several different categories. Previous winners include McDonald's, ASDA and The Trafford Centre in Manchester - as well as 2010's winners JD Wetherspoon's. This year, however, the spoils went to the hard-working contract cleaners at Staffordshire County Council, for their continued excellence across a wide range of council-operated facilities. Other nominated companies and commercial bodies included McDonald's in England, whilst JD Wetherspoon public houses scooped a prize for their accessibility and Eurostar Passenger Terminals bagged a prive for changing facilities. Here's hoping for a few more London councils and companies to get nominated in 2013!
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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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Change in Cleaning Regulations On the Horizon

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Following the late 90's move away from chlorofluorocarbon solvents (CFCs to the uninitiated), another major shake up could be coming to every corner of the cleaning industry, as new regulations are being trialled in the US. cleaners-london The OTC - or O-Zone Transport Commission - has been tasked with achieving better air quality by the Federal Clean Air Act - and one of the ways it's aiming to do so is cutting down on VOC's - Volatile Organic Compounds. Whilst you might not have heard of the term VOC before, you will have heard of the compounds that fall under it's umbrella; Formaldehyde, Benzene and byproducts of seemingly innocuous appliances like office cleaning equipment and cleaners. In fact, anything that involves heating-up something to use it (laser printers, floor cleaners, carpet treaters) does have a chance to produce a VOC as a by-product/ Whilst only coming into effect in the US this month, it won't be too long before London office cleaning companies like ourselves will have to make the adjustments to our cleaning methods - but rest assured - we'll be fully compliant when it does arrive on our shores!
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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
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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!

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."

How Clean is Your Hotel Room?

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When we stay in a hotel room, the last thing we want to think about is it's cleanliness. But according to a report from the University of Houston, we might well do well to add a bottle of disinfectant into your travel essentials whilst we're taking a break. [caption id="attachment_476" align="aligncenter" width="470"]Hotel Room Cleaning Study[/caption] After diligently swabbing hotel rooms in Indiana, Texas and South Carolina, researchers have labelled the Television Remote and Bedside lamp topped the list of items in a hotel room most likely to be contaminated by bacteria. It seems that these two hotel room staples are most-commonly glossed over by cleaning staff, who might only give them a light dusting or polish. However, it would seem that many guests are handling the remote or lamp directly after using the bathroom - spreading bacteria. Speaking of bathrooms, as expected, the toilet and bathroom sink were also high on the list, posting exceptionally high levels of coliform bacteria on their surfaces. By contrast, the headboard of hotel beds and the bathroom door handle were found to be the cleanest place in most rooms. Katie Kirsch, an undergraduate who this week presented the results to the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, also said that hotel cleaning staffs' mops and sponges were one of the main culprits behind the transference between surfaces, with Ms Kirsch also having the potential to cross-contaminate surfaces between rooms, too. The conclusion of the study praised most hoteliers for their high levels of surface sanitation; but warned of the inconsistency between hotels. You might be surprised to learn that there is no universal cleaning 'code' for hotels - instead leaving it up to the best judgement of the cleaning staff, as well as spot-checks by managers and mystery customers. Most researchers involved with the study suggested implementing the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) to the hotel-room cleaning process. HACCP is a NASA-developed system of cleaning and disinfection; designed to ensure the safety of food for astronauts - though it has been adopted by a number of industries. Here at Total Clean, we don't think contract cleaning needs to be rocket science - in the age of internet reviews and social sharing, a hotel with a bad reputation for poor cleanliness is soon outed. The study is unlikely to become a landmark, however, as Ms Kirsch and her team of researchers feel a larger sample size would benefit the outcome of the study, as only three hotel rooms were tested in each state. That said, if you feel compelled to give the TV Remote a once-over with a wet wipe next time you're on holiday, we wouldn't blame you...