Monthly Archives: July 2015

Cleaning & Maintaining Your Commercial Building: How to Capitalize on Business Summer Down Time

Does your business look like a ghost town during the summer months? Are most of your office and shop personnel taking vacation time to enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin weather? If everyone at your business is taking significant time off during the summer, including your janitor, it’s time to seize the day to get all your cleaning and maintenance done on your commercial building before your employees get back and business picks up.

That’s right, summer is the time to tackle deep cleaning and maintenance at your business or rented office space: to tackle those spring cleaning tasks that never got done because business was too good, to get a jump on fall maintenance before you get too busy, and a chance to add offices and reorganize workspace while your employees are not using the space.

So how do you get most of that cleaning and maintenance done without paying overtime during a downtime or hiring additional personnel? Outsource. A commercial cleaning and maintenance service can get your cleaning and maintenance work done quickly and efficiently, and can get any tasks you specify underway:

  • Exterior building maintenance,
  • cleaning your office kitchen,
  • dusting office cubicles and counters,
  • floor cleaning and waxing,
  • parking lot maintenance,
  • landscaping,
  • removing and replacing ceiling tiles,
  • fixing drywall patches,
  • painting walls,
  • fixing and repairing HVAC units,
  • building inner offices,
  • restroom repairs,
  • installing new interior and exterior doors.

When scheduling, be very conscious of determining of what week works for your business. Choose a week when minimal personnel are on the premises, or a weekend or night when the cleaning and maintenance crew won’t affect your business. Once you’ve come up with a date, or several possible dates, call your local southeastern Wisconsin cleaning company to schedule down time cleaning for your commercial building.

Cleaning & Organization Tips To Keep Up With the Summer Rush

Our beautiful summer is in full swing, and so are all the activities that come with it. The positive side of this is the fun, and the memories made as we enjoy our beautiful Wisconsin weather. The negative side (yes, there is a downside!) is that with the fast pace of summer comes a disorganized and messy household. Yes, we’re all trying to ignore it but its there: dirty dishes, piles of laundry, and neglected bathrooms. So how can you keep your home in order and enjoy your summer?

Use door mats and rugs to your advantage. Keep dirt at bay by keeping mats and rugs at every doorway to keep the sand and mud out of your home. If you have pets, check them over at the door for muddy paws and dirt.

Organize your laundry room and prepare for the worst. Summer is a time for fun, and dirty shirts and shorts. Ready yourself for those unexpected surprises, and organize your laundry room so you can spot shot as soon as possible.

Don’t be afraid to live out of bags. Whether you travel or play all summer long, don’t be afraid to stay organized with packed bags for each activity or to keep your items pre-packed in luggage for a quick getaway.

Train other members of your household to maintain a clean shower. A bit of daily maintenance can go a long way toward saving you from hours of shower and tile scrubbing. Make sure everyone remembers to crack open a window or turn on the fan to prevent mildew and mold from growing. If your shower door requires regular spraying or a daily squeegee, let everyone know.

Keep the grill and patio clean. Use outside dining to your advantage, which means easy clean up after meals. Use a bucket of water and soap to wash down your patio and furniture. Use a brush to keep your grill ready for another day of grilling.

Seize the day to put winter away. If you haven’t done your spring cleaning tasks like washing the windows and laundering your winter quilts, set a few hours aside to get those chores done. Don’t have a few hours? Hire a cleaner to tackle your spring cleaning, so you can mark it off the list.

Put a reminder on the calendar to maintain your air quality. Don’t forget to change your air filter during the summer because filters trap dust and other disgusting particles from your air.

Don’t be afraid to hire cleaning help. Hiring a home cleaning service does not have to mean that you give up cleaning your house. We have a friend who hired a cleaner to only clean her bathrooms. Likewise, if you need a cleaning service on days before you entertain, set it up. Or if you only want a certain room clean, give your cleaning service specific instruction. If you need someone to clean your whole house from top to bottom, there’s nothing wrong with that. So make the call to get some cleaning help. Summer is meant to be enjoyed—not spent trying to keep up with a messy house.

Benefits of Outsourcing Your Office Cleaning and Maintenance

As a manager, improving the bottom line of your business is a process that continually evolves. Which vendor is most cost-effective? Should we outsource or produce this service in house? We found this interesting article in Forbes about making the decision to outsource, and are applying this to one of the most common business questions: should you outsource your office cleaning and maintenance? To make your decision, consider the factors associated with outsourcing your office cleaning and maintenance:

Cost. Do your research when assigning cleaning to a staff member in addition to their other jobs. Can you hire a cleaning service for cheaper? Is your staff member spending more time cleaning than working on tasks you need done for customers or smooth operations? A full evaluation of your staffing needs, and analysis of your financial resources, can prove that you are paying more for that staff member to clean than the cost of a cleaning service. The second part of this myth is that hiring a cleaning employee specifically for that purpose is not always cheaper. As a business owner, do your research. Often, the cost of salary and benefits exceeds the expense of a cleaning service.

Cleaning services can do more than only clean. Many commercial cleaning services offer business maintenance services as well. For example, commercial cleaning services offer services such as parking lot maintenance, building exterior clean up, fixing and repairing HVAC units, installing new interior and exterior doors and repair jobs throughout your warehouse or office.

You can still use green products. ZBM professional office cleaning technicians are trained in traditional and earth-friendly practices and the use of advanced eco-friendly products and equipment to provide a variety of janitorial and building maintenance services. If your business is trying to reduce your impact on the environment, you can still hire a commercial cleaning service.

Should you outsource your office cleaning and maintenance? The decision is up to you as a business manager. What are the costs of hiring employees for your cleaning and maintenance vs. outsourcing? Do you have more needs for services outside of the skill sets of your employees (maintenance, construction, etc.)? Is it cost prohibitive to buy supplies for cleaning and maintenance vs. an outside company with the supplies? Do you only need cleaning and maintenance services on a part-time basis? Research and gather information from your local cleaning company when deciding whether to outsource. The numbers, and information, can help you decide whether outsourcing is a better option for your company.