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

 

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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.

Conference Room Cleaning
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Conference Room Cleaning

Imagine entering a conference room to prep for an important meeting. You walk in to set up and are faced with a dirty, cluttered room. You can’t present to current or prospective staff members or clients in here! While you rush to make the room presentable, you run out of time to properly prepare for the meeting itself. Download a Printable PDF Version of this CONFERENCE ROOM CHECKLIST.

If this sounds like a common occurrence in your office, let us help. Use this conference room etiquette list from Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaners to create your own conference room usage guidelines. That way, everyone will know what they need to do after every meeting is complete.

CONFERENCE ROOM CHECKLIST

In general, have the leader of the meeting perform the following tasks after each meeting has concluded:

  1. ❒ Turn Off Computers and Other Equipment.

It doesn’t matter if you turn off equipment or put them in standby mode, it will depend on your workflow, but there should be some model for how electronic devices like conference room computers, projectors, speakers, and computer cameras are left when the room is not being used.

  1. ❒ Clean Up Any Messes.

Meeting notes, handouts, food &, drinks, trash – whatever is lying around at the end of the meeting should be tidied up. Usually, each member of the meeting should be responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Nevertheless, if anything is left behind, it’s up to the meeting’s leader to make sure the room is cleaned and ready for the next meeting.

  1. ❒ Put All Equipment Back Where It Belongs.

Every item in the conference room should have a place, including extra notepads and pens, chairs, phones and computers. Be sure all equipment is put back where they belong. Any brought in items that don’t belong in the conference room, should be taken out after the meeting.

  1. ❒ Wipe Down Surfaces with Disposable Cleaning Wipes.

Having packages of disposable cleaning wipes in the room makes it easy for people in the meeting to clean and sanitize the conference room after the meeting is over. Meeting leaders should wipe down the table, phones, keyboards, computer mouse’s and other high-touched surfaces to help fight the spread of germs and viruses in the office.

  1. ❒ Turn Off The Lights.

Once everything on the checklist has been completed, shut off the lights. The room should be clean and ready for the next scheduled meeting to take place.

  1. ❒ Include The Conference Room In The Regular Cleaning Schedule.

The conference room in your office may or may not get much use. But, it’s important to include the room on the regular cleaning schedule to keep it fully maintained and functional. Along with the steps mentioned above, the janitorial crew can vacuum, remove and replace trash bags, and clean and sanitize surfaces to keep the room always ready to use.

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

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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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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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Benefits of a Clean Workplace
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Benefits of a Clean Workplace

If you are searching for the benefits of a clean workplace or office, this post should help! Keep reading to learn more.

As a business owner, how clean your office is probably not the first thing you think of on a day to day basis. Having a clean and healthy workspace is essential when it comes to running a successful business. A lot of business owners take only notice of such things when they get totally out of hand.

Despite that, leaving a good impression is associated with your role as an employer, too. In order to keep both clients and employees, you need to put in your best efforts forward to please both sides. This is particularly true when you’re welcoming a possible new employee. What they see in the beginning will form their opinion on their own in the company that they possibly may work for.

First Impressions Count

A tidy and clean workspace looks alluring and more importantly inviting to any potential customers. It shows confidence and creates trust from the very start and leaves potential customers with the impression that you’re capable of doing business and shows you have strong attention to detail. Unclean floors or conference room tables that have smudges, on the other hand, tell you’re possible customers that you lack the professionalism to take care of your employees, let alone new customers. This can be also said for an untidy reception area.

Elevate Your Brand

When the average customer thinks about your company, a tidy work environment suggests superior, high-quality products and services. It doesn’t matter what type of work you do, whether it’s designing a kitchen, doing someone’s taxes or selling bathroom sinks. A potential customer will certainly judge your entire brand grounded on how your office space looks and feels, and that will include any products and services you may offer. Don’t let an untidy workspace result in a possible customer walking away before you can even do business with them.

Happier Employees

Your employees may think of their workplace like a second home and as such, you need to put more attention on keeping it tidy and clean. By keeping your employees work environment maintained, you’re allowing them to be more productive, efficient, and most important, happy.

Your employees directly represent your business and more importantly your brand. In today’s world, a lot of companies are using their employees as a marketing tool. They talk about their work with their friends and families and promote products and services they’re working on using social media as a tool. If your employees are unhappy or not liking their workspace, they may not want to participate in any type of business-related promotions. Not to mention that their productivity will drop significantly when they’re trying to work in a messy workplace.

Keeping Your Workplace Clean and Tidy

Never ask your employees to clean. Think about hiring a cleaning company, which can clean each part of your workspace, if it’s cleaning the tile and carpets, scrubbing walls, windows, cleaning bathrooms, hallways and even the exterior of your building. This can be done once, of if you’re entirely satisfied with their services, you can hire them to clean a couple of times a month.

It is recommended by experts that you work on educating your employees on how important it is to maintain a clean and hygienic office space. A dirty work environment is a breeding ground for various bacteria and allergens, which only stresses the need to keep your office space clean.

Air Quality

Air quality also greatly influences the workspace performance, just as important as the health of your employees.

The number of pollutants indoors is a lot greater than it is outside, which makes investing in an appropriate filtration system all the more important and necessary. Another way to improve the air quality in your business is to purchase plants that can filter out excess CO2 and allergens from the air and give your employees additional levels of clean air and oxygen.

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!

Office Kitchen Cleaning Rules
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Office Kitchen Cleaning Rules

In any office setting, there are many places germs can harbor. Conference rooms, desks, bathrooms, and other areas all attract bacteria and germs. Even mold can become n issue if areas are not cleaned properly. It is a really good idea to have an organization plan for your employees to follow. From using disinfectant wipes to doing their own dishes, everyone can play a part in reducing germs in busy areas of the office. Of course, the professional commercial cleaning services at Desert Oasis Cleaners are here to help you do the professional job your office deserves.

Kitchen Rules

Your employees should not think another staff member will take care of their kitchen mess. Instill in them the idea it is their responsibility to clean any mess they create. These tips will help you achieve that.

  • Esah and dry your own plates and dishes.
  • Never put food down the drain, instead scrape uneaten food into the trash can.
  • Having resealed any food that is uneaten, store it in the refrigerator or cabinet in a tidy fashion.
  • To avoid attracting bugs, never leave open food containers on the counter.
  • Clean up all spills without delay.
  • Microwave splatters require immediate cleanup.
  • Avoid falls and slips by immediately cleaning up any spillage on to floor services.

Office Refrigerators

Employees often use refrigerators to store lunch and snacks. The following can help the refrigerator clean and tidy.

  • Lunches should be labeled so food can be correctly identified by each employee.
  • People should not cram their food into the refrigerator, instead, it should be organized neatly.
  • Spills in the refrigerator should be cleaned up immediately.
  • Spoiled or rotted food needs to be removed without further delay.

Office Kitchen Manners

It is always difficult to try to enforce good manners, maybe leave the following notes in the kitchen areas to serve as a reminder to your employees.

  • If you have taken the last paper towel, napkin, plastic utensils or stirrers please replace them.
  • Please do not bring in fish or other food with strong odors into the workplace.
  • Do not overstuff the trash can.
  • Always leave the sink empty.

The risk of germs spreading in the workplace is minimized when employees work to minimize mess and keep daily clutter at a minimum. To keep your office clean, Desert Oasis Cleaners offers you complete office cleaning services.

Desert Oasis Offers Commercial Office Cleaning in Phoenix.

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 vital to your business – that’s why you need the experts at Desert Oasis Cleaners who never hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure your workplace looks it’s best!

Office Chair Cleaning
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Office Chair Cleaning

Your office chair is a place you spend a great deal of the day. Inevitably, an accident will happen as well as dirt accumulating from daily use to the entire chair unit. This post will explain how to maintain office chairs in tip-top condition.

Dealing With Stains & Spills

  1. Use a paper towel and grab as much of the solid debris as you can and put it in the trash. This will have to be repeated several times to remove the solid debris completely. If the chair has fabric upholstery, do not rub when you clean, it may force the debris into the fabric, making it tougher to remove. It is vital to act as soon as you notice the mess.
  2. Take a wet cloth and blot liquids with a dampened (with water) rag. Take a sponge and soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Wring out the liquid and keep blotting the spill until it has been removed.
  3. Read the care tag on the chair. If you notice a large letter “S” only use cleaning solutions that are solvent based. Conversely, a “W” means cleaning should take place with a water-based solvent. When you see “SW” noted, it means either kind of solvent may be used.
  4. “S” coded chairs should be cleaned with a dry-cleaning solvent. Apply just a small amount of solvent using a dry cloth and blot the stain. Then take a damp cloth and use it to wick away the solvent. if you do not do this, a ringing stain may appear on the upholstery material.
  5. “W” coded chairs can be cleaned using a mixture of water and mild dish soap and then dampen a clean cloth. Then grab a clot hand blot the stain. It is important not to run the stain as it may damage the microfibers or fabric.
  6. Use some rubbing alcohol by using a cotton ball and a few drops of rubbing alcohol. test on a small part of the chair, just to be sure and then use the cotton ball to rub away the stain. Remember, if the upholstery is made from mesh, be delicate as it may get frayed if rubbed with briskness. If the upholstery is made from acrylic, do not use rubbing alcohol.

Freshening Up The Desk Chair

  1. Take a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment wit ha wide plastic end and a brush underneath. The brush will be soft enough not to cause scratches, then pass the vacuum cleaner over the chairs back, seat and arms. Having done this you can use the crevice tool for those harder to reach areas. Also, be sure the suction is not too strong.
  2. Use a combination of water and liquid soap.
  3. Take a clean rag and wipe down the upholstery. ensure the cloth is clean and lint free. Make sure the rag is dampened and not soaked. Just do not rub or scrape but wipe lightly.

Clean The Arms, Legs, & Wheels

  1. First, slip the chair over and remove the wheels. Being seated while doing this will save too much bending over.
  2. Take an old butter knife and scrape debris from the castors. if there is hair stuck in the wheels, use scissors and/or tweezers to remove the hairs.
  3. Wipe the wheel with a dry cloth. by dampening your cloth and ad a few drops of dish soap. You can take a cotton swab to clean between the cover and the wheel.
  4. Take paper towels to dry the wheels. Use the paper towels to dry the wheels.
  5. Flip the chair back over and replace the wheels.
  6. Finally, wipe down the legs and arms with a damp cloth. As they are usually made from metal with a dry and clean cloth.

Desert Oasis Offers Commercial Office Cleaning in Phoenix.

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 vital to your business – that’s why you need the experts at Desert Oasis Cleaners who never hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure your workplace looks it’s best!

Importance Of A Clean Workplace
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The Importance Of A Clean Workplace or Office

If you are searching for information about the importance of a clean workspace or office, this post should help!

Clean Workplace Environment

The workplace environment affects employees’ productivity, performance, and their well-being. It doesn’t matter what industry, keeping a clean workplace helps keep staff members safe, healthy, and working efficiently. Regardless, busy production schedules and increased workloads can cause standards to dip.

It might be enticing to put off light dusting or other types of cleaning around the office or workplace, but doing so may put employees at risk of suffering an injury or illness and may even impact their performance level. Maintaining a clean workplace is essential for employers to reduce their worker’s compensation claims and keep their business running efficiently.

Necessary To Safety

When employees work in an untidy environment, they sometimes may not notice all hazards, which increases their risk of having an accident. As reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an occupational hazard is anything in or around the workplace that can cause harm. An occupational hazard is usually caused by neglect on the part of the employer or a lack of awareness by their workers. When the worksite or office isn’t clean, it may increase the chance that a hazard will go overlooked by a supervisor and employees.

For example, if equipment is left along an emergency path, workers may become injured if they trip or fall over it because it is not where it is supposed to be. If boxes aren’t stacked correctly, they may fall on an employee and cause injury. Employers may want to bear in mind to keep the workplace free of debris and remind their workers to put all equipment, like personal protective equipment (PPE), in their designated places to avoid an accident.

Crucial To Health

As flu season rapidly approaches and workplaces see an increase in the number of employees using sick days as they become ill. Germs can spread fast through the workplace if supervisors and employees don’t properly sanitize their workspaces and their hands. Commonly used spaces, like break rooms, can be hot spots for germs to collect.

Break rooms have been found to have around 20,950 germs per square inch. Parts of the break room that are usually touched the most, like doorknobs, microwave handles, and sinks, can be riddled with germs. Employers should clean these places on a frequent basis, and every day during flu season.

An additional common health hazard of dirty workplaces is the growth of mold. According to OSHA, mold can cause severe health effects for employees who are exposed to their spores. Mold is a fungi that can discharge millions of spores into the air that can cause severe respiratory illnesses. It is for this reason, that OSHA has strict standards employers are urged to follow to stop the growth of mold in the workplace. Mold germination happens in warm and humid conditions, making it vital that employers regularly clean the worksite facilities, like bathrooms, to lower the chance of mold growth. Employers may also want to replace or clean their indoor air filtration system more frequently to make sure any mold spores that are released into the air don’t reach their workers.

Consequently, a messy or unhygienic workplace can have an influence worker performance. If employees get injured or fall ill at work, they may not be able to perform their job as well as when they were healthy. This reduction in efficiency can cause deadlines to be missed and additional errors to happen.

Desert Oasis Offers Commercial Office Cleaning in Phoenix.

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 vital to your business – that’s why you need the experts at Desert Oasis Cleaners who never hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure your workplace looks it’s best!

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Office Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Office Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Use our office cleaning tips and tricks to keep your building clean and ready for everyone to use.  Having a clean building is important to the running of your business.  It helps keep your staff focused and healthier by disinfecting surfaces throughout your office.  Another advantage is that everything will be in its rightful place, easy to find, and ready for use.

Tips & Tricks of Office Cleaning

The best way to maintain a clean office is to hire a commercial cleaning company.  These tips can help keep your office clean between professional cleanings, or you may decide to try to take care of all of the work yourself.

Designated locations – Everything in your office should be assigned a place, and should be kept in that place when not in use.  Shelving and labels is an easy way for everyone to cooperate and keep the business organized.  This includes items such as handheld inventory control units, radios, and anything that needs to be kept charged and ready.

Well stocked supplies – The job will never get done, or get done right without the cleaning supplies needed.  It’s important to keep the cleaning closet or basket full of the dusting spray, glass cleaner, paper towels, rags, microfiber clothes, and rubbing alcohol you need.

Office supplies – Light cleaning should be done through the day to keep offices and cubicals clean.  Keyboard wipes are a good way to keep the office clean even if you use your office to have meals or eat snacks during your day.  Ensure they’re provided and employees know to let their keyboard dry before jumping back into working.  Use cleaning cloths or sprays to wipe down the phone and an rubbing alcohol cotton ball to clean dialpads.

Minimize clutter – The less clutter and things you have on your desk, the easier it is to keep it clean.  It also makes it harder to really spread your work out and get deep into a complicated project.  Anything you don’t use throughout your day should be kept in drawers and on shelves.  That includes extra calendars, post it notes, paperclips, and the like.

Labeled lunches – The company refrigerator and cupboards can become a serious source of mess if not kept orderly.  Companies should require employees to label their bags or boxes with their name.  There should also be a monthly clean out day, so old forgotten food can be disposed of.  Condiments such as mustard or ketchup should have the date written on them and be kept as long as they are good.

Trash & Vacuuming – Keeping crumbs and dirt off your carpet helps it last longer, stay looking better, and keeps bugs away.  It’s also important to empty trash daily to keep the ants or other insects away from workspaces.  It can take hours or professional extermination to reverse the infestation a small bit of garbage can create.

Your mom doesn’t work here policy – If you have a kitchenette at your office it is important that any containers and dishes are cleaned immediately and the sink is rinsed out.  If you have company dishes make sure they get put away on a certain day of the week to empty the drying rack.  This also goes for wiping out the microwave.  If it splatters it needs to be wiped out completely, otherwise the mess hardens and needs a chisel to get out.   Plants should also be kept healthy, watered, and manicured.

Behind & under – People with dust allergies can become uncomfortable or downright sick if you forget to clean under and behind office furniture.  These are the most common forgotten areas and mean the difference between looking clean, and being clean.

Monitoring the office – A good test of how cleaning is going is to enter the building and pretend to be a customer.  Walk the routes most customers take and keep an eye out for areas that need improvement for cleaning.  Write notes so you can adjust cleaning routines.  If you have a cleaning company their checklists should be built out enough that nothing is ever missed.

Keep your office clean to ensure you’re always ready to make that all important first impression.  Even maintaining impressions is important with established clients or they may think your company isn’t doing so well.  While it might seem like a small detail the cleanliness of your building is of critical importance.  It keeps visitors, staff, employees, and managers healthier and safer.

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If you’re buried under layers of grime, dust, and dirt and don’t know how to keep up, give us a call. Our cleaning services are guaranteed to get your office clean reliably.  We clean on your schedule daily, weekly, or monthly based on what your needs are.  Invest in our office cleaning service and reap the dividends of healthier employees, customers, and a consistently clean office.