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Managing Warehouse Dust

Managing Warehouse Dust

Dust and dirt are inevitable in a warehouse and everyone who works in that environment is familiar with the sound of small debris underfoot or dirt and grime on your collar at the end of a long day. Keeping a clean warehouse is a never ending task. Luckily, commecial services like Desert Oasis Cleaners can help but just as importantly, there are things you and your employees can do to help as well. Read on to learn more.

You can reduce dust and dirt in your warehouse. Many warehouses remain dusty because of lackadaisical cleaning. It is important to schedule workplace cleaning on a mandatory basis at the end of each shift. You can do this, by implimenting the following ideas:

Employee Training

Warehouses often have hard to reach or small areas where dust can accumulate through everyday activities and working machinery blowing dust around. Ensure your employees know where these areas are so it can be vacummed or swept on a daily basis.

Employee Responsibility

Once your employees have been trained on how to keep their workplaces clean, they should understand exactly what areas they are responsible for and should know that keeping their work areas properly cleaned is one of their main responsibilities.

Supervisors Responsibility

New cleaning procedures do not mean much if they are not followed! Ensure your employees follow through on cleaning their work areas by implementing periodic inspections by direct supervisors. Regular inspections increase the likelihood of your employees properly disposing of dust and debris.

Dust in your warehouse often isn’t a sign that cleaning the warehouse is ineffective, but that cleaning is done infrequently or to a lower than desirable standard, implementing clear standards and taking measures to ensure that your employees carry out cleaning consistently can greatly help to reduce dust. If warehouse cleanings have been uncommon for some time, you may actually want to stop operations for a complete and thorough cleaning.

Warehouse Dust Systems

If a great deal of dust is generated in your warehouse, you may want to think about obtaining anti-dust equipment:

Partitioning: A system of impermeable partitions can prevent dust from moving from one part of a warehouse to another.

Ventilation Systems: Dust suppression ventilation systems use extractor fans to move air through filters which trap the dust.

Fogging Systems: Fogging systems spray a constant light mist of water into the warehouse atmosphere. These small water droplets collide with dust in the air and pull it to the ground. This is the preferred method for preventing grain dust explosions.

Dust enters warehouses in different ways but one reliable source of dust in nearly every warehouse are wood pallets. Wood pallets decay over time, and the friction caused by heavy loads or by powerful machinery can cause wood fibers to fray or break loose, leaving dust and other debris behind in your warehouse. If you’re serious about reducing the amount of dust, dirt, and debris in your storage facility, you need to make an effort to keep wood pallets out of controlled areas.

 

Schedule Warehouse Cleaning in Phoenix

Shipments coming in from parcel carriers, semi trucks, and other delivers are rarely clean and mean marks, dirt, and debris gets tracked into your warehouse.  The floors, walls, and other areas of warehouses need regular cleaning to be presentable to customers and safe for warehouse workers.  Splintered wood from pallets and other debris on the warehouse floor makes it unsafe for forklifts, hand trucks, and other warehouse equipment. Invest in the safety and appearance of your warehouse with our tailored and detailed warehouse cleaning service.

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Retail Store Cleaning Checklist
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Furniture Store Cleaning

Furniture stores sell lifestyles and images as much as they do furniture. Customers want to imagine the inside of a showroom is like their homes, making cleanliness a must for any furniture store. This requires a tactical strategy to make sure the store is always in tip top condition. Read on to learn more!

Unique Furniture Store Challenges

The large showrooms and heavy foot fall in furniture stores set these operations apart. Details matter more with customers when you’re selling goods that define the decor of a home. If customers dirt on the ground near an elegant display, or dust covering beautiful cabinets, the chances of them buying these pieces drop. Dealing with carpeting and upholstery can be tricky when you’re showing off pieces with light-colored fabrics. Whenever possible, stick to darker tones for display sets. When you notice dirt or spots collecting on fabrics, you don’t necessarily need a carpet and upholstery cleaner to make them right. Tools are available that multitask on floors, carpets, and couches, allowing your team to spot-clean as necessary.

Furniture Store Cleaning Best Practices

Full store cleanings involve covering a lot of ground. To make every inch shine, most stores rely on autoscrubbers. These devices are excellent at removing soils, but not so good at doing it within a tight budget or time frame. They also require extensive training, which makes them less viable in operations where there is regular employee turnover. To deliver the same standard of cleaning at a more affordable price, a small autovac that is powered by batteries can be used.

For displays of tables, chairs, and other individual pieces, instruct custodians on the need for specialized towels made from microfibers and disposable wipes for frequent germ and dust removal. Since your customers handle these items, every display becomes a place where germs are a factor. Custodians should always wipe down high-traffic displays before and after shifts using microfiber towels. In stores with slow times throughout the day, consider a spot cleaning to keep showrooms sparkling.

Desert Oasis Cleaners Offers Retail Cleaning in Phoenix and Surrounding Areas

To schedule your retail cleaning services, in Phoenix and Scottsdale, learn more about Desert Oasis’s commercial cleaning services, or to get a free office commercial cleaning service quote, use our contact form to submit a request or call Desert Oasis Cleaners today at 1-480-720-0907.

First impressions are important your business – that’s why you need the professionals at Desert Oasis Cleaners who never hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure your workplace looks it’s best!

Chewing Gum Removal From Carpets
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Chewing Gum Removal From Carpets

When you already have a professional cleaning service working for you like Desert Oasis Cleaners, you can leave it to them to take care of chewing gum removal for you! But what happens if there is some chewing gum on the floor and it needs removing right away? What can you do? Fear not! Read on to learn about some of the top methods of removing chewing gum from carpets.

Put It On Ice!

Whenever possible it is best to remove chewing gum as soon as you can when it is on the carpet as the longer the chewing gum is there, the harder it is to remove. This method using ice may help.

  1. Put some ice in a zip-lock bag.
  2. Apply the bag of ice straight onto the chewing gum. The gum will ahrden making it easier to remove.
  3. Tae a scraping tool to remove the chewing gum from the carpet.
  4. Use a sponge on the chewing gum stain with cleaning fluid such as 409.
  5. Cover the chewing gum stain with a clean white towel or rag and pat dry.

WD40 Method

  1.  Spray a good amount of WD40 directly onto the chewing gum stain.
  2. Apply the WD40 and let the stain sit for a few minutes.
  3. Use the fingernail brush to remove the stain, scrubbing the schewing gum stain in the same direction.
  4. Keep applying WD40, followed by a vigorous scrub with the brush.
  5. Repeat as necessary.
  6. To clean the area, spray the degreaser/detergent directly onto the affected area.
  7. Rinse a clean sponge with warm water and apply the sponge to the carpet.
  8. Gently clean the area until the chewing stain is no longer visible.

Use A Hairdryer

  1. As soon as the chewing gum stain is disocered, grab your hairdryer and aim it straightonto the gum.
  2. Watch the gum carefully, as you don’t want the carpet fibers to melt.
  3. Once  the gum is starting to melt, take a plastic bag to scrape up the melted gum. Upon contact, the gum should stick to the plastic to helping in the removal process.
  4. Keep going until the chewing gum stain disappears.

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To schedule your office cleaning services, including medical office cleaning in Phoenix and Scottsdale, learn more about Desert Oasis’s commercial cleaning services, or to get a free office commercial cleaning service quote, use our contact form to submit a request or call Desert Oasis Cleaners today at 1-480-720-0907.

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TV Screen Cleaning
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TV Screen Cleaning

Flat screen televisions are now a staple in many offices. Not just for watching tv but for communicating company information, perhaps as part of a larger informative display for potential or existing customers. To look their best they need regular cleaning. Unlike traditional CRT televisions that can be cleaned with almost any glass cleaner, flat screens, particularly those with touch display capabilities are far more sensitive and prone to damage as well as being easy to scratch during the cleaning process. Read on to learn more about the best ways to keep your flat screen TV’s looking their best.

Cleaning A Flat Screen TV

  1. Switch the TV off an dremember it will be easier to spot oily or dirty areas when the screen is dark and it has the advantage of you not accidentally pushing buttons or triggering the touch screen functions.
  2. Take a soft, dry cloth and very carefully clean the screen utilizing a microfiber cloth. You can also use a dry eraser. Both are awesome choices.
  3. Do not make the error of pressing harder to remove oil and dirt. When you push directly on to the screen pixels can be damaged. Note this is not so much of an issue with touch screen monitors but it will pay to be prudent.
  4. You can take the cloth and make it damp with an equal ratio of distilled water and white vinegar.
  5. Surrounding the screen is a plastic edge and that can be cleaned with brand of multipurpose cleaner but ensure the cleaner does not come into contact with the TV screen.

Further Guidance

  • Do not use toilet paper, tisue paper, paper towels, your shirt or rags to clean the TV screen as the display can be damaged.
  • Do not use products containing alcohol, acetone, ammonia or ethyl acetate. These chemicals can react badly with the flat screen and cause permanent damage to the unit.
  • Do not spray liquid directly onto the screen as it may damage the TV if the liquid leaks into the TV. Be sure to always apply the cleaning solution to the cloth.
  • If you’re cleaning your TV because it appears dirty, but then find discover the  TV is physically damaged, you might be ready for a new HDTV.

Desert Oasis Cleaners Offers Commercial Office Cleaning in Phoenix and Surrounding Areas

To schedule your office cleaning services, including medical office cleaning in Phoenix and Scottsdale, learn more about Desert Oasis’s commercial cleaning services, or to get a free office commercial cleaning service quote, use our contact form to submit a request or call Desert Oasis Cleaners today at 1-480-720-0907.

First impressions are important your business – that’s why you need the professionals at Desert Oasis Cleaners who never hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure your workplace looks it’s best!

Commercial Kitchen Cleaning Procedures
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Commercial Kitchen Cleaning Procedures

Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaners proudly offers commercial restaurant cleaning and commercial kitchen cleaning services and they customize their service to meet the exacting needs of your restaurant or business. Read on to learn more about how to clean a commercial kitchen so it compliments the job the professionals at Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaners perform. In the following link, we also included a restaurant cleaning checklist you will find helpful!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state more than half of all foodborne health outbreaks originate in restaurants and this is something everyone who runs a restaurant, corporate kitchen or hotel should be very aware of. The best way of curtailing the spread of airborne illnesses is to ensure your kitchen is always in a fully sanitary condition.

Cleansing Hard Surfaces And Countertops

If you are looking for prime real estate for bacteria growth, look no further than your countertops and other hard surfaces. They should be cleaned at a minimum of twice per day especially as they are very often used for food preparation. Take everything down or off from the surfaces and then use a soft cloth to wipe everything down and apply a disinfectant spray by spraying about ten inches or so from the surface of the countertop and/or hard surface. Then let the area naturally dry out before replacing the items you originally removed from the surface. There are circumstances when you will have to take some further steps. This includes removing spilled beverages and dried up food. You can achieve both with the use of a soft brush and warm soapy water to scrub the hard surface or countertop. Another consideration is when you are cleaning tile surfaces, use specially formulated tile-based disinfectants as they best remove grime and bacteria from grouting work.

Cleansing Commercial Equipment And Appliances

Regular cleaning is of course absolutely essential as part of regular maintenance of commercial appliances and commercial equipment. It is not just the major equipment and appliances in need of attention. Do not forget to attend to the smaller pieces of gear such as toasters, microwaves and coffee makers. Deep cleanings should be performed on a weekly and monthly basis ensuring the equipment stays in the best condition possible. Here are some items to consider:

  • Refrigeration units – It is vital every two to three months to stake a brush with stiffened bristles and clean the condenser units and the vacuum ensuring grime and dust has been correctly removed. Another important aspect is to regularly clean and empty the drain tubs and pans as this will remove the buildup of sludge.
  • Ovens and ranges – As part of regular weekly maintenance, be sure to wipe down the walls, racks, and doors of your ranges and ovens.
  • Grills – After each use, be certain to brush away grime and ash from your grates when they have been used. In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to soak these items in a mixture of warm and soapy water in order the grease breaks up
  • Fryers – Once or twice per week, boil out your fryer.
  • Burners, flattops, and cooktops – Use warm and soapy water or a disinfectant spray to scrub down these services and parts.

Cleansing Sinks

Dishes, ingredients, and utensils are cleaned regularly (maybe several times per day) at your washing stations. This emphasizes how crucial it is to make sure that area or areas remain spotlessly clean. At the conclusion of every business day, wipe the backsplash and sink with a disinfectant spray. Furthermore, you are going to want to prevent the build-up of lime and scale by using a de-lime process on your sprayers, faucets and commercial sinks each and every week. Undoubtedly, commercial kitchens use a great deal of grease and oil and this means they can, over time, cause clogging of the pipes and drains.

Cleansing Vents And Exhaust Hoods

When airflow is being restricted in the kitchen, a likely culprit is an excess of grime and grease in the exhaust hoods and vents. Every few months you will need to wash out the vent hoods and you will need to do it more often than that if you are utilizing a deep fryer on a daily basis. Do not forget the filters need to be cleaned and do so by following the instructions provided in the service manual of the unit you are cleaning. When you perform an inspection on the filters look for tears and rips if you discover some, the filters need to be replaced without delay.

Cleansing Walls, Ceilings, And Kitchen Fans

Walls and ceilings can be cleaned on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending on the number of food particles and grease that attach themselves.

  • You should always wipe down the occasional splatters from ceilings and walls. remember blemishes and bad odors can often be caused by airborne steam and grease. By using a professional-grade degreaser or appropriate cleaning solution you can use a soft bristle brush or a washcloth to scrub away any outstanding build-up.
  • Foot traffic adds to the mess already caused by spills and food on your floor. At the end of each day, clean the floor very thoroughly by sweeping or vacuuming the remove hard dirt and dust. Then grab a mop and clean the floor with a combination of vinegar, or alternatively a heavy-duty cleaning solution, always mixed with warm water. A mop is still the best option to use as it has the great advantage of being able to reach confined spaces with ease.

Cleansing Storage Areas

Twice per year, all of your storage solutions should have a wholesale cleaning performed. This should be all-inclusive taking into account shelving units, racks, cabinets, and pantries. When everything has been removed from each location, remove crumbs, dust, and other miscellaneous debris with a microfiber cloth or by using an attachment from a vacuum. Next, scrub down any stains or grease from all the surfaces using a cleaner and soft bristle brush. It is often a good idea to use a formula of warmer water and vinegar or soap to achieve this.

Customized Restaurant Cleaning Services In Phoenix

If you have a restaurant you need to keep it clean not only for the health inspector but for the impression it gives your patrons.  Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaners offers the highest quality restaurant cleaning services and restaurant kitchen cleaning services with customized and detailed restaurant cleaning checklists.  Give us a call for a free restaurant cleaning consultation to see how we can help you keep your restaurant clean and ready for business!

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Gym Cleaning Ideas
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Gym Cleanliness Standards

Obviously a gym is a wet and damp environment where perspiration helps to create an indeal environment for mold, mildew, bacteria, germs and viruses. As a gym owner, you can make sure your premises reach the highest levels of cleanliness. Read on to learn more!

Germs Frequently Found In Gyms

  • Dermatophytosis – a fungal infection of the skin also known as atheletes foot when it is located there and commonly referred to as tinea, jock itch and ringworm
  • Influenza – an airborne virus that multiples when it reaches the human respiratory tract having first been inhaled
  • Staphylococcus saprophyticus – bacteria that is a frequent cause of infections of the urinary tract
  • Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph) – a common bacterium that causing a wide range of maladies that lives on human skin
  • Salmonella – an illness that is gastrointestinal in nature whose symptoms include diarrhea, fever and vomiting
  • Rhinoviruses – viruses that cause many types of respitory infections as well as common colds

Gym Hygiene By The Numbers

Studies reported by the Australian Broadcast Company in 2016 showed:

  • Free weights contained 362 tiems more germs than an average toilet seat
  • Compared to public bathrooms, treadmilles had 74 times more bacteria on its surface
  • Compared to a tray from a food court, an exercise bike had 39 times more bacteria on its surface

In 2013 guide to health club cleanliness, the following statistics came to light:

  • 56% of gym members expect their gyms to be germ free environments
  • Gyms spending 4% of their total budget on housekeeping made greater profit and had less customer attrition than those who only allocated 3% of their total budget to housekeeping
  • Satisfaction ratings dropped 40 percent (83% to 43%) when the gym had a customer perception of being unclean nd retention rates fell over 40 percent as well from 90% to 52%.

Hygiene Regulations

Unlike resturants there are no legal and enforceable government standards but many gyms abide by the notion their service standards must protect the health of the customer and a regular cleaning schedule is part of that.

Hygiene For Gym Owners

  • If you’re building a new gym from the ground up or remodelling an existing building, try and incorporate elements in the design that will contribute to cleanliness and overall health. For example, you could include a high-filtration vacuum system to remove dirt and germs on floors and hard surfaces and a shower room with good drainage to deter bacteria and fungi. Good ventilation is also important for reducing moisture and damp.
  • Create a cleaning schedule and adhere to it strictly. Hourly cleaning tasks could include checking for rubbish, spot cleaning equipment and making sure towels and coverings are being utilised. Daily tasks might include vacuuming, wiping down and disinfecting equipment and cleaning showers, toilets and changing rooms. Weekly tasks could include checking for wear and tear in seats and coverings, checking fixtures and fittings and mopping and scrubbing floors and deep cleaning carpets.
  • Educate your staff (and particularly your cleaning staff) about the importance of ultra-cleanliness. Show them the correct way to clean and maintain gym equipment and make sure they know about and pay particular attention to hot spots where bacteria, viruses, and fungi can accumulate, such as door handles, mats and hand weights.
  • Educate your customers as well. Make it known that your gym is a clean and healthy facility and post signs requesting that patrons make use of the hand sanitiser and use the wipes provided to wipe down equipment after use.
  • Pay particular attention to showers and locker rooms in your daily cleaning schedule. This is where steam creates the damp environment that germs, mould and bacteria love. If possible, install a ventilation or dehumidifying system that will dissipate steam and keep the air relatively dry.
  • Have the right cleaning equipment. Use hospital-grade cleaners containing at least 10% bleach, but ensure they are not corrosive on metal or sprayed or wiped too close to sensitive electronic components in your gym equipment. If you have large hardwood courts and open floor spaces, consider purchasing heavy duty polishers and scrubbers to make you’re cleaning as cost-effective as possible.

 

Desert Oasis Cleaners Offers Gym Cleaning Services in Phoenix & Throughout The Valley.

To schedule gym cleaning or commercial cleaning services in Phoenix, learn more about Desert Oasis’s commercial cleaning services, or to get a free industrial commercial cleaning services quote, use our contact form to submit a request or call Desert Oasis Cleaners today at 1-480-720-0907.

Our quality cleaning materials and experience mean we clean to a higher standard, which leads to better indoor air quality, fewer allergens and lower levels of bacteria creeping around the workplace, just waiting to infect your workforce or cause an accident. At Desert Oasis, we clan and sanitize everything, including the places that most other companies overlook.

OSHA Housekeeping Fact Sheet
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OSHA Housekeeping Fact Sheet

You already know Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaners offer the best janitorial services in the Phoenix Valley. To compliment that it is important your business is OSHA complaint. OSHA is a department of the United States Department Of Labor and is an acronym for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Read on to learn more about OSHA recommended housekeeping in the workplace to make sure your business not only looks great but is also OSHA compliant.

It is never easy to keep everything in order when a project is ongoing but despite everyones best efforts, if you work in an environment where there are facility inspections, you may receive reports regarding what can be interpreted as poor housekeeping. OSHA does not actually require mandatory housekeeping training but good employees obviously know the value of a tidy workplace. So although OSHA does not have a single standard for housekeeping, some of the following examples include provisions that address housekeeping.

OSHA Rules For Walking And Working Surfaces

OSHA rule 1910.22 says the following:

  • “Aisles and passageways are to have sufficient clearance. They are to be kept clear, without obstructions that could create a hazard.”
  • “Floors are to be clean and dry.”
  • “Permanent aisles are to be marked.”

Some common violations may include:

  • Isles that are blocked.
  • Materials that lie across the floor on an isle.
  • Overhanging materials on high shelves.
  • Oily or wet floors and work surfaces.

Good Housekeeping And Building Evacuation

OSHA’s rules for exit routes are covered in OSHA rules 1910, .34, .35, .36, and .37

The exit route has to be an unobstructed and continuous path from any point in the workplace to a place of safety and consists of three components:

  • Exit access.
  • The exit.
  • The exit discharge.

No equipment or materials can be placed or positioned within an exit route that must be a minimum of 28 inches wide at all points.

Chemical Storage And Fire Safety

OSHA has strict guidelines under rule 1910.106 for storing combustible and flammable liquids:

  • “Flammable and combustible liquids are to be kept in covered containers”
  • “OSHA sets limits on the quantities of flammable and combustible liquids that may be kept outside of protected storage”
  • “Inside storage rooms must have approved self-closing fire doors”
  • “The inside storage room must have one clear aisle at least three feet wide, and containers over 30 gallons cannot be stacked.”

Some common violations may include:

  • Leaving materials in the aisle of a storage room.
  • Using a storage room to stack drums.
  • Blocking open a fire door with open containers of liquids that are flammable.

Poor Housekeeping and Fire Protection

OSHA discusses sprinkler systems in rules 1910.157 and .159 and include some housekeeping suggestions:

  • “Fire extinguishers must be mounted, located, and identified so that they are readily accessible.”
  • “Fire extinguishers are to be kept in their designated places at all times except during use.”
  • “There must be at least 18 inches of clearance below sprinklers.”

Some frequent violations include:

  • Leaving cartons and carts in front of fire extinguishers.
  • Stacking materials too close to sprinklers.

Electrical Safety And Good Housekeeping

OSHA discusses generalized requirements for electrical systems in rules 1910.141:

  • “Working space around live parts must generally be at least three feet for voltages of 600 or less”
  • “Workspace in front of electric equipment operating at 600 volts or less must be at least 30 inches wide.”
  • “Working space may not be used for storage”

A frequent violation is the following:

  • When access to an electrical panel is blocked by storing items.

OSHA Sanitation Requirements

These requirements are found in OSHA rules 1910.141.

  • “Floors are to be kept dry”
  • “Disposal containers used for liquids or solids that may turn putrid must not leak, and they must have tight fitting covers”
  • “Sweepings, wastes, and refuse must be removed”
  • “No food or beverages can be stored in toilet rooms or in an area that is exposed to a toxic material”

Some violations include:

  • Oily or wet floors
  • The build up of trash
  • Waste containers that are open

 

Desert Oasis Cleaning Services Offers Office Cleaning in Phoenix & Throughout The Valley.

To schedule commercial cleaning services in Phoenix, learn more about Desert Oasis’s commercial cleaning services, or to get a free industrial commercial cleaning services quote, use our contact form to submit a request or call Desert Oasis Cleaners today at 1-480-720-0907.

Our quality cleaning materials and experience mean we clean to a higher standard, which leads to better indoor air quality, fewer allergens and lower levels of bacteria creeping around the workplace, just waiting to infect your workforce or cause an accident. At Desert Oasis, we clean and sanitize everything, including the places that most other companies overlook.

Bed Bugs In The Office
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Bed Bugs In The Office

Everyone wants to make their office environment as comfy as possible and snacking at your desk becomes second nature to many. However, for cockroaches, rodents and bed bugs, this can create their dream vacation resort! Read on to understand how bed bugs thrive and how you can work with employees to eliminate the problem before it becomes a significant issue.

Cleanliness Equals Compliance

The US Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to provide their empoyees with a work environment that is clean, hygenic and pest free. Bed bugs and other insects and rodents frequently spread disease and if their presence is not detected and dealt with in an efficent manner, it may be interpreted as a violation of the above federal law. If there is an infestation and your employees are talking about it, do not try to shush them but instead listen as they will have information regarding the extent of the problem. Also, if you try to limit these discussions remember the National Labor Relations Act says employers cannot prevent employees from discussing these issues. But working together gives you the best chance of getting to the root of the problem as soon as possible.

Where To Look

When food has been left out for a period of time or overnight, it is an invitation to insects including flies, cockroaches, rodents and other pests (including bed bugs) that may be hungry. Make sure employees know they are expected to clean up directly afterwards and that any leftovers are in the fridge for no longer than seven days.

Another area to look for is water, bed bugs and other insects are attracted to roof leaks, pipes that are dripping or whenever there is a hard to identify musty smell. Remember, bed bugs and other creatures often prefer environments with a high-moisture content. It may also be indicative of another invisible threat, mold.

Another place to look for bugs and rodents (though not necessarily bed bugs) is any area where there is a draft. Any voids or cracks that are greater than one quarter inch in size offer up an ideal home base for these critters. Be sure to check under exterior doors and if you see any large holes designed for utilities and network cabling, speak to your IT team to have them seal the holes up.

Pest Control Tactics

Pest control issues can have an impact on even the cleanest office. If an employee notices a rodent or insect, the matter should be investigated by the building management team as soon as possible. In most cases, they can recommend a course of treatment once they have locted and identified the source. However, in some instances, the source of infestation that needs to be treated is not clear. When that is the situatuin it may be likely when the employees travel to the office, they are not always arriving alone. Insects like lice, fleas and bed bugs, travel by latching onto their human hosts. Similar to flu, these bugs are very contagious and just a single example can rapidly turn into a pandemic impacting the entire organization.

You may be fortunate in that a responsible employee who has been afflicted comes to you. Clearly, this situation deserves the utmost confidentiality and sensitivity. Make arrangements they can work from home or take paid leave for this situation to be addressed and resolved. However, sometimes an employee may come forward claiming a co-worker has an issue. Remember false accusations may be part of workplace bullying and perhaps, even, discrimination. Speak to the manager of the employee and see if they have witnessed similar evidence, only if the answer is affirmative should you approch the individual who has been afflicted. In private ask if they are the victim of a communicable condition and kindly explain it is your duty to make sure working conditions are safe for everyone. You can then inform the employee of their telecommuting or leave options.

Bed Bugs…A Serious Issue

Just one sighting of one of these bugs, just a fraction of an inch in length, can be the cause of an entire workplace having to shut down their operations until the matter has been dealt with. Amazingly, bed bugs can exist for more than 18 months without eating, having an employee work from home will not be enough. A specialist will have to be hired to visit the property with a bug sniffing dog. If the search shows anything, the next step is to fumigate the entire office building. In circumstances where an employee comes forward on a voluntary basis as a potential source of infestation, you may want to consider paying for the employees home to be fumigated as the cost of doing so may be beyond the budget of the employee. Depending on the extent of the infestation, an expert may recommend treatments that are less invasive such as steaming or freezing the hideouts used by bed bugs.

Desert Oasis Cleaning Services Offers Office Cleaning in Phoenix & Throughout The Valley.

To schedule commercial cleaning services in Phoenix, learn more about Desert Oasis’s commercial cleaning services, or to get a free industrial commercial cleaning services quote, use our contact form to submit a request or call Desert Oasis Cleaners today at 1-480-720-0907.

Our quality cleaning materials and experience mean we clean to a higher standard, which leads to better indoor air quality, fewer allergens and lower levels of bacteria creeping around the workplace, just waiting to infect your workforce or cause an accident. At Desert Oasis, we clean and sanitize everything, including the places that most other companies overlook.

How To Clean Fabric Wall Panels
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How To Clean Fabric Wall Panels

In nearly every office there are cubicles and more often than not they have fabric covered walls. However, as they are fabric, they just cannot be wiped down to make them clean. Read on to learn more about the special care cubicle walls require to keep them clean and free of germs.

Good Reasons For Cleaning Cubicle Walls

  • Dust is trapepd by fabric cubicle walls as a by-product of dust mites. Airborne debris, other irritants and dirt are also attracted to them. So, mregular cleaning helps to prevent the spread of dust mites.
  • Allergens are reduced as dust likes to lay in wait in the fabric of youe cubicle. Regualr vacuuming with a HEPA filter will improve the air quality of your workplace and control the allergens in your fabric panels.
  • Unsightly stains can be removed with a thorough deep cleaning that will keep the walls of your cubicle looking fantastic for other coworkers or visitors.

Cleaning Cubicle Walls

  • Remove all the items attached to the wall prior to cleaning.
  • You can access the wall more easily by moving any furniture blocking the way.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and reduce allergens like pollen and dust as well as removing particulates, dust and dirt.
  • Pre-treat the stains utilizing a spot cleaner making sure the cleaner does not fade the fabriccolor or cause other damage.
  • Clean the cubicle walls with a mixture of a ¼ cup of liquid detergent and 1 quart of warm water. Mix so it becomes sudsy. Dip a soft-bristle scrub brush into the suds (not the soapy water) and then apply the brush to the fabric panel. Gently scrub the panel in a circular motion, working from the top to the bottom of the wall.
  • Remove the suds with a wet, clean towel.

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Terminal Cleaning Procedures
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Terminal Cleaning Procedures

The spread of disease and ingections are always a great concern within healthcare environments like hospitals and clinics. So, it is very important the cleaning company you hire knows the differences in how they should clean different areas of your medical facility. The methods and materials used in the cleaning of examination rooms may not be suitable for other rooms like isolation rooms or operating rooms. However, if the cleaning crew work within the parameters of already established safety standards it can help to ensure the facility is not only clean but also safe and comfortable for everyone.

Disinfecting, Cleaning and Sanitizing

It is vital the cleaning crew knows the difference between disinfecting, cleaning and sanitizing. Let’s define these terms:

  • Disinfecting: To differing degrees, disinfectants that are hospital grade are intended to eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and agents that are infectious. The level of disinfection needed should be dictated by the type of services that are performed and the practice of the individual facility.
  • Cleaning: Cleaning removes organic substances, debris and other visible soil from objects and surfaces. Detergent or soap with water is utilized to wipe and scrub down surfaces that remove germs. Not all pathogens may be killed but the germ population will be reduced and this mens the risk of infection is lowered.
  • Sanitizing: Correct sanitation processes will lower and reduce bacteria to a safe level. However sanitizing does not elimnate all viruses.

Exam Room Cleaning

Often the most traveled part of the facility, the exam room has a large amount of patients walking through the doors each and every day. The cleaning crew needs to make sure the doorknobs and railings are comprehensively wiped down using a disinfectant cleaner. The same goes for other high-touch areas such as chairs and tables. Special disinfectant designed for hospitals will not leave a residue and more often than not will not require further rinsing or wiping.

Terminal Cleaning Of Isolation and Operating Rooms

When a patient is in the operating room, they are the most vulnerable to infection as they undergo their procedure. Convsesely, isolation rooms are for currently infectious patients who need to be isolated from others. Terminal cleaning is a special process whereby pathogens are completely eliminated from the environment for the sake of everyones safety. Terminal cleaning, therefore, is an intense procedure of disinfecting. it involves the removal of every detachable item for disinfection as well as air ducts, light fittings and surfaces from the ceiling to the floor.

Getting The Best Value For Money

With medical office cleaning, it is never worth sacrificing top-notch service to save a few dollars. Nonetheless, you want to ensure you are getting a square deal. So consider this when you shop around:

  • Get quotes from multiple services to ascertain what you will be paying for. The lowest price does not always equal the best service or the best deal. With experience comes additional cost, but most people find the investment worth it.
  • Decide what jobs can be tackled to a professional level by your current staff. Can your staff handle the most simple of chores like emptying non-hazardous materials and basic sweeping-up?
  • Consider asking for a special introductory rate or a discount if you are going to sign a long-term contract with a single cleaning company. It is definitely worth asking as it is a competitive field and companies want your business.

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Desert Oasis Cleaning Services Offers Medical Office Cleaning in Phoenix & Through The Valley.

To schedule medical office cleaning services in Phoenix, learn more about Desert Oasis’s commercial cleaning services, or to get a free industrial commercial cleaning services quote, use our contact form to submit a request or call Desert Oasis Cleaners today at 1-480-720-0907.

Our quality cleaning materials and experience mean we clean to a higher standard, which leads to better indoor air quality, fewer allergens and lower levels of bacteria creeping around the medical office, just waiting to infect your workforce or cause an accident. At Desert Oasis, we clan and sanitize everything, including the places that most other companies overlook.

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