You Can’t Cut Corners On Floor Cleaning and Maintenance 

It may come as a surprise to you but floors are one of the first things that help a  visitor form an impression of your business.   It may not even be on a concious level but you can expect that every visitor notices how the floors look and feel and that impression will either help put them at ease or make then feel uneasy.  For this reason the cleaning and maintenance of a business’ floor area requires some careful consideration and action.

Commercial cleaners need to be able to clean and treat a wide variety of floors, taking into account the materials, style and age of the flooring.  Different floors require different treatments.  Some of the more common floor cleaning tasks would include-:

  • Carpeted areas can help a business to present a  modern professional image, however, without regular cleaning, they can quickly deteriorate.  They are liable to absorb large amounts of dirt and dust.  Without regular treatment carpets will lose their lush feel and texture and become drab signs of a business that doesn’t take pride in its appearance.  Daily vacuuming will certainly help prolong a carpet’s life and maintain its appearance. Depending on foot traffic steam cleaning at least on an annual basis will give the carpets a longer life.
  • Hard Floors will not trap dust and a good daily sweep will keep them looking tidy. However, over time hard floors will lose their shine and a professional cleaning company capable of floor polishing and buffing should be engaged.
  • Tiled floor surfaces are very popular with many businesses.  They look smart and retain their shine for long periods.  However, they don;t hide dirt well and require mopping on a daily basis.  Tiles need a little extra care as they are more prone to damage than other surfaces.
  • Wooden floors can look spectacular in the right environment.  However, they require specialised treatment by cleaners skilled in the treatment of wood floors.  They require regular sweeping and mopping as well as polishing to maintain their sheen.

As flooring is such an integral part of every business’ operations it pays to engage the right people to care for it.

Envy Cleaning Solutions are professional floor cleaners with  a team of highly trained cleaners capable of treating your flooring with the care and attention that your expect.  Give us a call today to discuss your floor cleaning needs.

The Simple Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Office Cleanliness

Office cleaning is a necessary component of your business operations.  It’s true that some cleaning tasks can be undertaken by office workers but if you want a truly professional job done then your best course of action is to engage a professional cleaning contractor.

Regardless of whether you choose to do cleaning yourself there are some common mistakes that can really adversely effect your business.

Food scraps in waste bins

Many workplaces have employees that throw food scraps in office waste paper bins.  It seems harmless enough, but these bins provide a great home for cockroaches and other nasty creepy crawlies.  These dirty little pests can spread disease and cause some damage to furniture and fittings.

Superficial Cleaning

The trap of cleaning only visible areas or worse still, areas only visible to the public is a very easy trap to fall into.  Concealed spaces beneath desks and around the corners of furniture can easily build up dust and dirt which can become quite toxic. Superficial cleaning can lead to an unhealthy workplace.

Wrong chemicals

Chemicals are used extensively for cleaning.  However, unless you or your employees know precisely what the effects of the chemicals will be, chemical cleaners can cause more trouble than they are worth.  All cleaning chemicals should be thoroughly researched before authorising use within your office.

No Office Cleaning  Standards

While most organisations and small businesses draft some form of employee standards an often overlooked area is basic office cleanliness.  It doesn’t hurt to set expectations around office tidiness and cleanliness.  If you think it necessary, you can incorporate basic office cleaning practices within  your employee handbook.

Failing to Vacuum Daily

Constant foot traffic make carpets a dirt and grime trap that unless cleaned regularly will make a perfect host for all sorts of nasty germs.  Daily cleaning of carpets will help you to maintain a healthy and clean  office environment.

Putting Cleaning Tasks Off

Its easy to let things slide unless you have a regular structured cleaning program.  Managing cleaning tasks need not be difficult.  It will be a lot less difficult if you have a structured program that will encourage regular cleaning of all areas.

These problems can be managed with a little planning.

Relying upon staff employed primarily for other purposes can be counter productive.   If your office cleaning program is allowed to drift, you run the risk of your office feeling dirty and harbouring potentially dangerous gems.  The best way to counter this risk is to engage a professional cleaning company that will implement a thorough and regular cleaning program.

Envy Cleaning Solutions provide quality Melbourne office cleaning services that will take the hassle  out of cleaning.

Ten Mistakes You Can Make When Stripping Vinyl Floors

Ten Mistakes You Can Make When Stripping Vinyl Floors

Vinyl floors look great and can improve the ‘wow!’ factor of your office when clients come to visit. The only problem is they can sometimes be a real pain to clean. You can actually be making things harder for yourself by making any one of these ten common mistakes:

Sprinting to the finish before you learn to walk:

Floor stripping is an art that takes time to master. You’ll want to make sure the entire floor is pristine by the end so practicing on a small corner of the floor until your confident you can take on the whole job is a good idea.

Not having the correct tools and equipment for the job:

Have you ever tried to hammer a nail in with the blunt end of a screwdriver? That’s exactly what you’re doing when trying to get through the floor stripping process without the right tools.

Not knowing which chemicals are safe to use:

Make sure you know what chemicals can be used on each type of floor. There is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” when stripping floors.

Cross contamination:

Be sure to use clean water, mops, buckets and other equipment to avoid making an unnecessary mess.

Not wearing correct protective wear:

Wear clothing that will protect you and at all times you should be wearing goggles, gloves and enclosed non-slip shoes.

Failing to display safety signs:

When doing anything involving floors ensure that safety cones and ‘slippery-when-wet’ signs are easily visible.

Overextending the work area:

Keep the floor sectioned off and strip the floors in manageable segments.

Improperly diluting the floor stripping chemicals:

Read the instructions carefully. If in doubt, always use cold water to dilute any chemicals for the safest (and best) results.

Walking on the floor before it has dried:

This is a big no-no. Don’t walk on the wet floor under any circumstance, wait until the floor is completely dryUsing a wet/dry vacuum and not using a defoamer:

A defoamer is important because it helps stop the formation of foam leaving a proper sheen.

These are some simple mistakes that are easy to make but are also very easy to avoid. There should be no reason for your floors to suffer unnecessarily.

If you’re looking for a professional cleaning service in Melbourne that won’t be breaking any of these rules, it may be time to contact Envy Cleaning Solutions – Commercial Cleaners in Melbourne. There’s nothing quite like the stunning shine of a freshly stripped and polished floor. We have the expertise and equipment to turn your dull floor into an impressive feature.