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gary-chan-351213-unsplash.jpgEvery workplace has a different approach to cleanliness, but everyone needs some kind of janitorial plan. Trashcans have to be emptied and the floors mopped or vacuumed just to keep an office livable. This is normally done by hiring janitorial staff or a cleaning service to take care of things during off-hours.
However, some employers decide that they can simply rely on their regular staff to keep the office clean. In some ways, this is true, but there are also a few notable hallmarks of an office maintained just by the staff. A lingering sticky spot on the break room floor, bathrooms that are never properly stocked with essentials, and secret caches of grit hidden in the corners. In other words, shared staff janitorial duties always fall short. Wondering why your staff can be experts in their field and terrible janitors? Here's why:
 

1. Only a Few Specific Tasks are Done

When people are asked to 'keep their workspace clean', they decide personally what that means. Some will simply sweep their cookie crumbs onto the floor while others will start polishing and vacuuming around their personal desk areas. Usually, employees think of personal janitorial duties as emptying their trash cans and cleaning up their own spills.
But whatever an employee decides is their duties, that is what they will do every day with little to no variance or worry about cleanliness outside their personal workspace.
 

2. Shared Spaces are Always Dirty

This means that shared spaces will always be dirty. Most of us have worked somewhere with a break room that is eternally sticky, or a copy room with dust bunnies the size of movie monsters. Some people will flat-out refuse to ever take responsibility for shared areas. Those that do clean won't want to do so all the time. No one wants to clean and restock the bathroom. This will ultimately result in less-than-clean shared spaces that become a point of contention between the staff.
 

3. No One is Responsible for Maintenance

While your staff may be alright emptying their own trashcans, no one will feel responsible for maintenance. Even bathroom cleaning is beyond the pale for additional janitorial duties. Not a single employee is going to accept being asked to keep the vents and ducts clean, handle minor plumbing issues, or tighten door hinges. These are things janitorial services take care of smoothly but regular staff will not consider reasonable to ask of them.
 

4. Deep Cleaning Never Happens

Then, of course, there's deep cleaning. Most buildings benefit from a deep and thorough cleaning about twice a year. Scrubbing the walls and baseboards, replacing weather stripping, and steam-cleaning the carpets are among the basic steps of a semi-annual deep cleaning. Staff assigned to keeping their workspaces clean will not take on this sort of task and eventually the building will get grimy in ways that no one is prepared to handle.
 

5. Everyone Wants to Get Home

And the final reason why staff janitorial duties always fall short is that everyone just wants to get home. One or two small tasks to keep the workspace clean are acceptable, but regular staff simply aren't going to dedicate themselves to extra cleaning duties. Even those who believe in good cleaning practices are going to rush and put off anything challenging because they just want to pack up and go home at the end of the day.
 
Asking your staff to keep their workspaces clean is a great way to promote a pristine facility. But giving your staff extra duties is no replacement for a professional janitorial team. Your building is much more than a collection of individual workspaces. Take care of your building and improve staff efficiency by relying on experts for your janitorial needs.
Posted: 8/11/2018 11:57:27 AM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments


education-662458_1280-(1).jpgIf your building has a cafeteria, you know how important it is to keep food-handling areas clean. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 48 million people get sick from food-borne pathogens every year, which makes eating areas critical for controlling diseases. This spread of infection can happen even if most of the food preparation is actually done off-site as people will still be handling food a lot in that room. Since sick people don't perform their best at their jobs, the owners of your building rely on your ability to keep the cafeteria clean in order to keep their workforce at its peak. If you feel a little overwhelmed with that revelation, it is ok. You can break down the process and tackle it with ease if you remember the following things.
 

How Often Does It Need Cleaning 


Cafeterias and other food handling areas have different components that need cleaning according to different schedules. Some things require daily attendance, while other things can be dealt with less frequently. Let's break it down:
 
Daily:
  • Clean food prep surfaces and equipment such as cutting boards and beverage dispensers.
  • Clean and sanitize table and countertops along with condiment containers.
  • Clean cloths such as towels, rags, aprons, uniforms, and cloth napkins.
  • Clean sinks.
  • Empty and clean trash receptacles.
  • Wash utensils (the cafeteria staff may be in charge of this part.)
  • Mop and sweep the floor. Vacuum carpets.
  • Clean the buffet line, including the sneeze guard.
  • Clean and change the lining of the grill if you have one.
Weekly:
  • Clean anti-fatigue mats.
  • Clean heating elements such as ovens.
  • Clean food storage areas such as walk-in refrigerators.
Monthly:
  • Dust decorations and check for cobwebs in the eating area.
  • Run vinegar through the coffee maker.
  • Empty grease traps and clean vent hoods if you have either.
  • Clean the freezer and ice machine.
  • Check for pests.
As Needed:
  • Wipe down walls and splash guards.

Keeping The Cleaning Products Safe
 

It is important to use the correct cleaning products as they were intended to be used, especially when it comes to food preparation areas. The last thing you want is for the sanitizer to cease working or for the cleaning product to get in the food. Definitely read the directions before using anything. Restaurant.org recommends reviewing your cleaners to make sure the ones you use are stable, non-corrosive, and safe. Remember that sanitizers can lose their power if they are used incorrectly and that if you are using heat to sanitize things, the water must be at least 171 degrees Fahrenheit. 
 

Special Considerations
 

It may be best to outsource the care of your cafeteria to cleaning professionals. For one thing, the company that you choose will keep the cleaning supplies with them so that there is no danger of cafeteria workers accidentally dumping cleaner in the food. They will also be well-versed in how to use the products to their maximum advantage. Arranging for them to come in daily may be ideal, but a good company will work with whatever schedule that you feel comfortable with.
 
As a building superintendent, you may find it best to delegate some of the cleaning operations to the cafeteria staff. You will have to communicate with them to find out what you need to do and when it is most convenient for everyone to do it. That way, everything is ready for employees and guests all the time.
 
All this may feel labor-intensive and intimidating. Fortunately, you have help in keeping your cafeteria clean with Eagle Janitorial. We would love to share our expertise with all building superintendents, so please feel free to contact us to find out more about keeping your building spic and span.
Posted: 7/11/2018 8:18:34 PM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments


Photo by Ján Jakub Naništa on UnsplashBeing a building superintendent is never an easy job considering you're solely responsible for all the maintenance that goes in the premises. While a well-paying job, you know how important quality cleaning services are as part of the maintenance involved. Providing this for a commercial building is all the more essential so customers always find clean and suitable surroundings. If you're still new to the role of a building superintendent, what things do you need to know about to stay successful? Here's some to consider, plus how to find the right cleaning service company.
 
Delegating Repair Tasks
 
One of the most challenging duties of this job is to delegate daily tasks to all maintenance crew. You'll have to make sure the building you're responsible for always has proper repairs done, including being presentable. When you have a large building, this obviously isn't easy. Staying compliant to company standards and fulfilling business ordinances requires keeping up on the latest changes if any occur. Just one slip-up could fall on your shoulders and lead to fines for the company. It's all the more reason to find a reliable cleaning service. Since they'll be responsible for cleaning every floor in the building, you'll want assurance they have proper experience and equipment.
 
Working with Contractors for Larger Projects
 
Sometimes larger maintenance or cleaning projects need doing in your building. You should expect to work with contractors once in a while to manage these tasks. In some cases, these are renovations for expansion purposes. Maybe a special cleaning project is needed after an on-site accident or natural disaster. Again, you'll want someone dependable with the best cleaning equipment to get the job done right the first time.
 
Scheduling Building Worker Shifts
 
Working out the schedules of when maintenance and cleaning crews work can become equally complicated. It's especially difficult if some parts of the building are in use 24 hours on normal work days. Maintenance can become problematic around employees if it takes place during normal work hours. We all know it's never fun to hear drills or hammering going on while trying to work, which makes your job all the more important. Finding times for these things to get done without interference will show your skills as a superintendent. For cleaning, it's perhaps a little easier if done in the overnight hours. It's all the more reason to hire a cleaning company with scheduling flexibility.
 
Keeping Maintenance Costs Within Budget
 
Even more essential in the building superintendent role is maintaining a reasonable budget while still getting things done. Maintenance is often expensive, and so is cleaning if hiring the wrong company. Take some time to vet the cleaning company you bring in to see what they charge. It's still possible to find quality cleaning services without having to pay a fortune. For maintenance, you may need to place only mandatory projects at the top of the list if working on a limited budget.
 
Identifying Problems in the Building
 
Another major part of your job is to become familiar with the blueprint of the building. Identifying problems inside and knowing where those problems are helps your maintenance crew fix things faster. The best way to do this, is to live on-site, since building superintendents are often on call to address maintenance issues. Sometimes it means having to call in a cleaning crew for an emergency cleanup. For building emergencies, these are the realities of your job, but the workers you hire matter in the response.
 
Here at Eagle Janitorial Services, we offer quality cleaning services with the best equipment in the industry. Visit us to learn more about how we can work in your building to create a longstanding business relationship.
 

Posted: 6/11/2018 8:25:40 PM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments


paul-green-3806-unsplash.jpgThere is a lot on your plate if you manage an office building, but keeping restrooms clean and functional are among the most important of all maintenance tasks. Workers and visitors in your building may overlook other minor cosmetic problems, such as an occasional smudged window; however, a dirty or out-of-order restroom will quickly lead to irritation.
That's why you should make restroom maintenance a priority as a building manager. Doing so requires a strategic approach and understanding of what it takes to keep restrooms in tip-top shape. Below are a few ideas that will help you provide top-notch restroom facilities for employees and guests alike.
Understand Important Restroom Comfort and Convenience Factors
An office building restroom can be a challenging space to manage. The typical restroom, especially one in a facility that serves a diverse group of employees and members of the public, experiences heavy traffic volumes. That factor alone makes them vulnerable to becoming dirty or damaged.
However, when you add in the presence of water, bodily wastes, as well as paper trash and other soiled materials, restrooms can quickly become filthy, uninviting spaces. Restroom users demand that facilities be kept in a certain condition, or they will refuse to use them. This could be more than an inconvenience to users, as dirty or unavailable restrooms can hurt the bottom line of your business and the business of tenants and other building stakeholders.
To make restrooms inviting to users, there are a few, key conditions that should be provided by building managers:
  • Clean - A restroom should be kept clean from top-to-bottom, with special emphasis placed on plumbing fixtures, the floor, and counter spaces. Porcelain should sparkle, and trash containers should never overflow. In addition, floors must not only be kept clean but dry, since wet surfaces pose slipping hazards and are also a major turn-off to people who are forced to walk across them.
  • Well-Supplied - A restroom should be kept well-supplied with necessary amenities, such as toilet tissue, paper towels, and hand soap. A failure to provide any of these things sends an unintended message of neglect and could even threaten the health of users forced to do without.
  • Operational - A restroom must be operational to be inviting. For example, both cold water and hot water should be available at sinks. Broken towel dispensers, missing toilet tissue roll holders, and defective faucet aerators that splash or spray are just a few operational problems that can make a restroom uncomfortable and frustrating to use.
Implement A Strategic Maintenance Plan
To make restroom maintenance everything it needs to be, there are multiple levels of attention that need to be provided on an ongoing basis. It isn't practical to fully clean each restroom on an hourly basis, but you can provide a superb restroom "experience" by layering necessary maintenance and care. Here are some specific ways to accomplish this from a strategic perspective.
Ongoing Cleaning
Restrooms should be monitored on at least an hourly basis by a designated person or group of persons. While assigned individuals aren't to be tasked with deep cleaning activities, they should have a checklist of critical maintenance concerns to be addressed.
For example, restrooms should be checked for adequate supplies of toilet tissue, paper towel, and soap at regular intervals, and assigned personnel should be able to quickly refill any missing items. In addition, assigned staff should have access to supplies needed for cleaning unsightly messes or spills and wiping down surfaces as needed. 
Daily Cleaning
At the end of the day, or whenever the restroom experiences a natural "downturn" in usage, it will need to be cleaned on a deeper level than what can be accommodated during hourly maintenance checks. Such cleanings are often assigned to a cleaning contractor or other janitorial specialists.
The specifics of these deep cleaning sessions may vary somewhat depending on your specific facility requirements, but, in general, they comprise mopping floors, scrubbing toilets and urinals, cleaning and wiping counters, sinks, and fixtures, and removing trash. In addition, all functional restroom items should be tested for proper operation and the appropriate maintenance personnel contacted if something is broken.
Weekly Cleaning
Once per week, restrooms should be given extra cleaning attention beyond what can be performed on a daily basis. These cleaning sessions are meant to prevent the long-term decline of a restroom's functionality and overall cleanliness.
For example, a weekly cleaning session could include wiping down of stall walls, dusting, cobweb removal and light fixture cleaning. In addition, you may need to incorporate a floor scrubbing regimen that uses mechanical cleaning to remove stubborn, ground-in dirt or stains, particularly if your restroom contains grouted tile.
 
 

Posted: 5/10/2018 10:55:14 PM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments


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Bathrooms are among the most important areas to clean thoroughly both for hygienic reasons and because bathroom cleanliness is a major source of the overall impression of the cleanliness of a building. Whether the bathroom is going to be used by customers, employees, or visitors, this is a site where cleanliness will be expected, and a lack of cleanliness will definitely show. 
In order to systematically clean a bathroom, you'll need to break the task down into separate sections. Doing these steps in the proper order will ensure that you do not cross-contaminate areas that are likely to be particularly germ-infested with areas you have already cleaned. Wearing latex gloves during cleaning is the best practice to ensure that you keep your hands germ-free. If the gloves become wet or dirty, change them.

Step 1: Pour Cleaner in Toilets/Bathtubs/Showers

The spaces that need the most attention in a bathroom are the ones that are used the most, so start by pouring cleaning solution in the toilets, bathtubs, and showers. For best results, use a thick, gel-like cleaner that is specifically designed for this purpose and that has anti-bacterial properties. Once you have poured the solution into the spaces (paying careful attention to edges), let it sit while you move on to other portions of the bathroom. 

Step 2: Dry Wipe Surfaces

Bathrooms can collect dust in corners, on light fixtures, and on top of surfaces such as the back of a toilet seat or across the top of mirrors. Using a microfiber cloth or duster with an extendable handle (if the bathroom has high ceilings), wipe down all of these surfaces to remove dust. 

Step 3: Spray Wipe Surfaces

Start with the basic surfaces that are not directly used by bathroom guests. It's important to thoroughly wipe down every surface of a bathroom because the water spray from flushing toilets and the splashes from sinks can spread germs even when the surfaces were not directly touched. Spray an all-purpose cleaning solution from a spray bottle with anti-bacterial properties directly onto tiled walls or spray a microfiber cloth until it is damp to wipe down other surfaces. 
Once you have used the cloth on all of the indirect surfaces, move on to surfaces that guests were likely to have touched. Wipe down the top of the sink, the sink handles, the top of the toilet tank, the toilet flush lever, the light switch, and the door handle. 
With a new cloth, wipe down the inside of the sink, paying careful attention to remove any build-up from around the drain. 

Step 4: Clean Mirrors

Using a glass surface cleaner and a fresh microfiber cloth to clean the mirror. Wipe in small circular motions and be sure to avoid any streaks. 

Step 5: Clean the Tub/Shower

Using a sponge or scrub brush, clean the tub or shower area where the cleaning solution has been sitting. Pay careful attention to corners where build-up can occur. Wipe off any excess cleaning solution with a microfiber cloth. 

Step 6: Clean the Toilet

Using a toilet brush, scrub the toilet where the cleaning solution has been sitting. Be sure to get under the lip of the inside of the toilet. Once you have thoroughly wiped the interior, flush the toilet and inspect it to make sure that it is completely clean. Move on to the lid and seat of the toilet. Using an anti-bacterial spray and a clean microfiber cloth, wipe down these surfaces starting with the exterior of the lid, moving to the interior of the lid. Then do the top side of the seat followed by the underside of the seat. Pay careful attention to the area where the seat joins to the toilet, which is prone to build-up. 

Step 7: Sweep the Floors

Now that you have thoroughly cleaned all surfaces, you can sweep the floor to remove any debris including the dust from when you dusted earlier. 

Step 8: Discard Trash and Replace Liners

Once you discard the dirt from sweeping, remove all trash liners. If there are sanitary waste containers, be sure to remove these as well. Be sure to check under the liners for any spilled trash. If you remove trash from cans by hand, discard and change your gloves. Replace all liners. 

Step 9: Mop

Using a sanitizing mopping solution, mop the floor. Make sure that you have moved all of your materials outside of the room before you begin mopping. Place all used cleaning cloths and the toilet brush in a bucket where they will not drip on the floor. Start at the wall farthest away from the door and work backward as you move closer to the door. Once you are nearing the end of your cleaning, you can step outside the door and clean the surface where you were standing. 

Step 10: Finish Up

Turn off the light and shut the door to finish your task. 
Posted: 4/12/2018 10:59:31 AM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments


Photo by Foundry on Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/industry-red-work-janitor-clean-839254/Ensuring that your business is clean will help to ensure the safety and morale of your staff. However, many business owners and office managers make the mistake of placing the burden of keeping the office clean onto their staff in an effort to save money. However, not only has outsourcing janitorial services been proven to be the more cost-effective option due to the fact that professional cleaners or more efficient, but there are also a variety of other benefits outsourcing your janitorial needs could bring to your company. Here are just a few of the benefits of hiring a professional cleaning service for your company.  
Improve Productivity
By relying on your in-house staff to keep your office clean, you are taking away valuable time that your staff could be spending on other projects, which reduces the overall productivity of your staff. Further reducing productivity is the fact that requiring your team to perform cleaning duties can decrease office morale. No one who gets into sales, marketing, or another field other than janitorial work hopes that they will also have to clean as part of their job. Being forced to perform these extra tasks can negatively impact staff morale, and by association, reduce productivity. This makes outsourcing your janitorial needs an easy way to increase your business's productivity. 
The Right Expertise
In all likelihood, most of your staff will not have experience cleaning on the scale required to keep your business clean and sanitary. This means that if you leave the cleanliness of your business up to your staff, your business may not be getting as clean as it should, which could create an unsafe environment for you, your clients/customers, and your employees. A professional janitorial service will have the skills and experience to properly clean your building, helping to reduce the spread of illnesses during cold and flu season. A professional service will have the expertise necessary to ensure your business is spotless and receives the regular disinfection it needs.  
Create a Welcoming Environment
Outsourcing your company's janitorial needs is also one of the best ways to ensure that your business is as clean as possible at all times, which can help you to create a welcoming environment for customers, clients, and other people who frequent your business. The fact is that the cleanliness of a business can have a great impact on the impression you leave in the minds of those you do business with, as a dirty office can make people think that your company is disorganized and inefficient. Outsourcing your company's cleaning needs can help to ensure that your office shines and leaves the right impression in the minds of those you do business with by creating a warm and welcoming environment.
Be More Eco-Friendly
For companies who are concerned about the impact they are having on the environment, outsourcing your janitorial needs could also provide you the benefit of allowing you to choose an eco-friendly cleaning service. Many contemporary cleaning companies have the tools and expertise to properly clean your office while also minimizing their impact on the environment by using green products rather than traditional harmful chemicals. With the right help, you will not have to sacrifice the cleanliness of your office in order to minimize your effect on the environment. 
Ultimately, outsourcing your company's cleaning needs to a professional janitorial company can help to ensure the cleanliness of your office while improving productivity and reducing the costs involved in maintaining your office. However, these are just a few of the benefits a professional cleaning service could bring to your business; contact us to learn more about the reasons to consider outsourcing your cleaning needs.  

Posted: 3/15/2018 10:46:27 PM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments


Janitorial Work https://pixabay.com/en/window-washer-abseiling-cleaning-1566247/Business and facility owners across the globe are recognizing the benefits of outsourcing their janitorial work on a daily basis. A report published by Allied Market Research indicates that the global cleaning services market is projected to grow by 6.2% per year to nearly $75 million by the year 2022. The benefits of outsourcing are numerous and impressive, enabling business owners to enjoy a healthier bottom line while receiving a higher level of service. Below are the top six reasons to outsource your janitorial work instead of keeping it in-house.
1) Outsourcing companies offer a multi-specialty approach.
Most businesses typically require a multitude of janitorial services. For instance, your facility may require special project cleaning tasks such as construction renovation cleaning or periodic commercial cleaning services such as annual pressure washing. Hiring an in-house janitor with the expertise to shine in all of these areas is challenging. Outsourcing solves this challenge by offering you immediate access to experts in a multitude of areas. 
2) You save time and money on employee training.
Most companies offer between 53.8 to 82.3 hours of annual training, which is both costly and time-consuming. By outsourcing your janitorial work, you immediately reduce your training costs because the outsourcing firm bears the responsibility for all employee training. Outsourcing firms are also responsible for safety education, protective gear, and all other tools required for janitorial staff to perform their jobs.
3) You do not have to purchase or maintain costly cleaning equipment.
Professional cleaning equipment is costly to purchase and maintain. Many small to medium-sized businesses long for the professional look of squeaky clean floors but cannot afford to pay for these tools. For instance, a study of ownership costs of floor care machines in the United States and Europe found the following:
  • A 32-inch automatic scrubber costs roughly $12,000 to $14,000, plus $1,300 in maintenance costs
  • A 20-inch automatic scrubber costs between $4,000 and $7,000, plus $800 in maintenance costs
When you decide to outsource your janitorial services, the outsourcing company is responsible for providing and maintaining the equipment needed to clean your facility. They also update their equipment on a regular basis, enabling you to enjoy the benefits of new cleaning technology.
5) You only pay for janitorial services as you use them.
The need for janitorial services can sometimes be unpredictable. Rarely are in-house janitors continuously busy throughout a standard business day. While some days may require overtime services, there are some days during which an in-house janitor is on the clock earning money when no work is being performed. Outsourcing solves this frustrating problem by providing services only as you request them. The end result is cost savings and optimization of resources.
6) The outsourcing company bears responsibility for safety and liability.
Cleaning and maintaining a commercial facility can be hazardous work. In addition to using powerful cleaning devices, janitors are often required to use ladders to access and clean areas that are difficult to access. Outsourcing firms are responsible for ensuring that their employees are well-versed in the latest safety standards and follow the proper procedures while cleaning.  
7) You can focus on more critical facility management tasks.
One of the greatest benefits of outsourcing is the newfound ability to devote more attention and resources to critical facility management tasks. With the outsourcing firm providing regular services and maintenance, you can pursue value-added tasks such as switching over to LED lighting, pursuing ISO certification, or implementing green technology.
The Bottom Line
Clearly, there are many reasons for business owners and maintenance firms to outsource their janitorial services instead of hiring in-house employees. From access to cleaning specialists to significant cost savings, your business can focus on growth and prosperity when you experience the benefits of outsourcing your janitorial services.
Posted: 2/15/2018 8:09:16 AM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments


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Trying to maintain a large building that houses your business is already overwhelming, and trying to keep it functional can add even more stress. The key is to find quality janitorial services to maintain things.
 
Everything from maintenance, cleaning, and emergency repair should have fast availability when it's needed. While you might have a janitorial crew work during the night, you may need attention during the day as well.
 
Since you have a larger facility, it might require having your janitorial crew work in sections.
 
Setting Up Maintenance
 
For a large building, you'll have to find a janitorial service that can handle your facility's size. Before you put out bids for a maintenance service, you should measure your building. While this might sound simple, you also need to measure each type of floor surface you have on each level.
 
Doing so gives your maintenance crew a better idea in how they can handle their jobs. However, they should also inspect what kind of things are going to need the most maintenance.
 
You'll want to show them where your HVAC systems are to keep your heat and cooling systems consistently operational. Also show them any equipment you need to maintain to keep your business running optimally. Some of this might involve machinery or even equipment of a technical nature. It also involves lighting, something you may leave on 24/7.
The best plan is to allow your maintenance crew to tackle individual floors in groups. If you have dozens of floors, a crew for each floor helps save time if they work during the night.

Using Maintenance for Safety
 
No doubt one of your biggest worries in managing your large building is how safe it's going to stay.
 
A quality building maintenance crew always does routine inspections, and the details can sometimes become overwhelming to maintain safety.
Some things they'll do to prevent potential hazards include:
  • Greasing bearings or changing hydraulic fluid in industrial equipment to avoid sudden machinery breakdowns or malfunctions.
  • Checking electrical systems to assure there aren't any fire dangers.
  • Changing filters in cooling systems for more energy efficiency and to avoid overheating.
  • Inspecting doors and replacing door knobs to assure someone doesn't get accidentally locked in a room.
  • Taking a look at your floors and replacing floorboards if they show any signs of deterioration.
Cleaning Your Building
 
To keep your large building clean, your janitorial service absolutely has to clean daily. Again, this might take place during the night for the most part, though you should have cleaning crews on hand during the day if needing emergency cleanups.
Many cleaning experts note that cleaning by quadrant in a large office or space helps bring better cleaning organization.
 
Whenever you hire a janitorial company, make sure they have proper cleaning equipment to assure they get the job done efficiently and quickly. If it appears they have cheap and outdated cleaning tools, they'll possibly fall behind on duties due to equipment failures.
 
Taking On Repairs
 
Along with the maintenance inspections mentioned above, you'll want to assure your maintenance crew can take on repairs solidly.
Can they properly fix all your lighting fixtures so you won't have continual lighting issues throughout your building?
Some other things needing repair often in large buildings:
  • Bathroom fixtures, including replacing or unclogging toilets.
  • Fixing faucets that drip in your office kitchens and restrooms.
  • Repairing dry rot if you have any interior damage from leaks.
  • Roof repair as a given, but your crew should inspect it often for leakage in particular spots.
Visit us at Eagle Janitorial where we can provide these services to you for buildings of all sizes.
Posted: 1/17/2018 9:13:55 PM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments


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Your success as a building owner hinges on your ability to properly maintain a safe, clean environment for occupants and visitors. Enlisting the services of a trusted maintenance company is important. It gives you a peace of mind, knowing that an accomplished provider with janitorial and maintenance expertise maintains your building. Below are ten keys to selecting a first-rate maintenance company for a large building.
1. Industry Experience
Companies with decades of experience maintaining a wide variety of buildings are typically excellent choices. Ideally, the maintenance provider you select should possess expertise maintaining buildings that are similar to type, age, and size to the building you occupy. This industry experience allows them to quickly and efficiently maintain your property.
2. A Wide Breadth of Services
The maintenance company you choose should have the scalability to handle all of your maintenance requirements. Your building is more than just floors and walls, and a top-notch maintenance company will know this. As you evaluate potential providers, look for maintenance companies who can serve as your single source for the following services:
  • Regular cleaning
  • Routine building inspections
  • Repair work
  • Safety inspections
  • Emergency service
 
3. Top-notch Accessibility 
Predicting when maintenance issues will strike is impossible, especially in a large building. The maintenance company you select should be accessible, responsive, and prompt in delivery of emergency services. Make sure that you choose a provider who you can easily reach by phone, email, or in person when services are required.
4. The Latest Tools and Technology 
Leading maintenance companies are committed to using the latest cutting-edge technology to impeccably maintained even the largest of buildings. In addition to using the most effective cleaning tools and agents, the provider you choose should utilize the latest building maintenance software. This software assists with the following:
  • Generate a complete work order history with the touch of a button
  • Easily track maintenance schedules
  • Send alerts for upcoming service and repair visits
 
5. Keen Attention to Detail 
Maintaining a large building requires attention to detail. As you compare maintenance providers, ask to see samples of building inspection reports, work orders, and cleaning logs. You can also visit similarly sized facilities maintained by providers you are considering to view their condition and level of cleanliness personally.
6. Outstanding Customer Reviews
As you evaluate potential maintenance companies, be sure to compare the online reviews provided by current and past customers. In particular, look for reviews provided by occupants of large buildings in industries similar to yours. It is also a good idea to request references from prospective companies. 
7. A Proactive Approach
Successful building maintenance begins with a proactive approach. The best maintenance providers do more than react to problems after they occur. Top-notch maintenance providers are constantly on the lookout for building imperfections and potential safety issues. 
8. Properly Licensed and Insured 
Owners of janitorial businesses are required to meet legal and regulatory obligations before they can provide cleaning or maintenance services. Not only should the company meet these requirements, but so should their technicians. Before you hire a maintenance company, ask to see proof of the company's license and insurance. 
9. Scalability
Companies that clean and maintain large buildings should have the staffing and resources to grow alongside your facilities. Planning for the future is vital to all industries, and your maintenance company is no different. Should you decide to expand or acquire additional space, your provider should have the resources to handle additional responsibilities.
10. Excellent customer service
The maintenance company you choose should exude professionalism and dedication to superb customer service. Employees should dress properly and arrive on time to perform cleaning and repair work. Additionally, all communications between staff and building occupants should be professional.
Selecting an experienced maintenance company to care for a large building is vital to providing a secure environment for occupants. By seeking a maintenance company that exemplifies the ten qualities above, you can help ensure that your building stands the test of time. To schedule a cleaning for your large building, contact Eagle Janitorial today, at 888-730-1123.
Posted: 11/10/2017 7:03:54 PM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments


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Professional vacuuming is the key to cutting allergies in your home or business. Allergies symptoms occur when the body overreacts to something in its environment. While some allergies are severe, they can be avoided with some work. Most people don’t worry about food allergies, just going to work. However, the odds of facing allergy symptoms increase when a person is allergic to pollen, dust, mold, dandruff, or even pet hair. These nearly microscopic particles permeate most workplaces. If you want to beat allergies, you need professional vacuuming on your side. The right equipment and the right people can make all the difference.
 
The Right Equipment Does the Job Better
 
Allergens (things that cause an allergic reaction) are typically small to microscopic. When the air is full of pollen, you never see any--but if you have seasonal allergies, you’ll sure feel it! Mold spores are invisible, but one soggy and moldy patch of carpet can ruin someone’s day. The solution is to scoop these allergens out of the environment. Your regular vacuum can help, but it doesn’t have the suction power of a professional machine. Professional vacuums can pull out the small particles that have gathered on the carpets and in the fabrics of your home and business. Their powerful filters trap smaller, finer particles, so they’re not merely recycled into the air of the room. It’s the best way to pull allergens out of your floors and furnishings.
 
Professionals Can Keep at It
 
Another significant aspect of professional vacuuming is the person doing it. They have the equipment to keep themselves safe from allergens. When someone with an allergy is doing the cleaning, it can make their symptoms worse. It’s tempting to stop before the area is truly clean because they’re having such a strong reaction. Professionals get the job done right, without the distress caused by allergens. Best of all, you get a cleaner space. Not having to do a job that triggers allergies is its own reward for allergy sufferers.
 
Professional Vacuuming Isn’t the End
 
If you’re in a high traffic area or your allergies are severe, professional vacuuming is the first step you can take to cut down on your allergen exposure. If you’re still experiencing symptoms, the next stage is a joint plan of attack. First, you continue with your professional vacuuming schedule. Periodically, however, your professional cleaners can deep-clean the carpet. Most methods of deep cleaning (like steam cleaning) will destroy allergens inside your carpet. With mold, pollen, and pet hair blasted and vacuumed away, your carpets will be cleaner, and your nose might finally be happy.
 
Professional vacuuming could be all you need to keep your allergies in check. Professional equipment (and a professional’s touch) can get to the nitty-gritty. If you’re still experiencing trouble, pairing professional vacuuming with deep cleaning could be the upgrade you need to beat allergies. 
Posted: 10/20/2017 11:28:02 AM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments