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5 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Companies

5 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Companies

Top 5 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Companies Humans have a responsibility to this planet – to keep it clean and safe for future generations. There are more and more people and businesses coming to realize this and are opting for products that are healthier for them and the environment. If you didn’t already know, many of the cleaning solutions on the market today are unsafe for the users and those who dwell or work in the buildings they are used in. The chemicals implemented into these solutions have been tied to all sorts of health concerns, including asthma flare-ups, allergies and even cancer. Long-term use of such products can be detrimental to your well-being, which is why you should be more conscience about the types of cleaning solutions used inside of your property. If you’re going to hire a cleaning company for your home or business, make sure they utilize products that are eco-friendly or “green.” Here’s a quick list of the top five reasons why you should use green products: Maintain a Healthy Indoor Environment Your home or business should consist of clean air for occupants and visitors to breathe. Since most people spend majority of their time indoors (at home and at work), it’s vital for these places to maintain high indoor air quality. The cleaning supplies used linger in the atmosphere for a long time, setting into our lungs and traveling throughout our bodies. Cleaner Outdoor Environment The air inside of your property mixes with the air outdoors. The chemicals sprayed inside of your property will undoubtedly release into the outside world, causing harm to the wildlife outdoors. People, animals and plants can become affected by these fumes. We are already dealing with a polluted world, so why contribute to it more? Do your part in creating a world that is healthier for everyone. Cheaper Cleaner Options Companies that offer green cleaning solutions are utilizing products that are made with natural ingredients, like lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and so on. This is much more affordable than the chemically-made solutions that derive out of scientific labs. The prices for eco-friendly cleaning supplies have become very competitive, making prices more reasonable. Reduce Chances of Illness Those living with allergies and asthma know all too well the importance of clean indoor air. Even those without these problems aren’t in the clear. It’s possible for completely healthy people...

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Common Break Room Cleanliness Issues

Common Break Room Cleanliness Issues

Break Room Cleanliness Issues The break room is a place for everyone to relax and unwind a bit before tackling the rest of the workday. As such, it is often the scene of light conversation, the breeding ground of office gossip, and the central stage of workplace drama. Much of the drama that occurs in the break room may be due to cleanliness issues, often punctuated by statements such as: “Who reheated cod in here? It reeks!” “Who spilled their hot sauce on the table?” “Whose lunch is this? It’s been in here for weeks!” “What IS that thing?” Break room cleanliness is often an issue, with some of the following being the most common problems faced by employees and managers alike. • Spills: Where there’s food, there will likely be spills, and unless you work in a professional kitchen at a five star restaurant, those spills will likely stick around a while until someone takes decisive action. Encourage coworkers and employees to clean up their spills as promptly as possible. After all, it is much easier to wipe up a recent spill than one that has be left to dry for six hours.   • Flat surfaces: Tables, counters, chairs—all of these come in regular contact with human hands. As such, germs may find their way around a workplace simply because everyone passes through the common break room area. Regular disinfecting is a must for keeping everyone healthy.   • Microwave: Food tends to explode in the microwave. There’s no getting around it. Therefore, the microwave needs to be wiped down regularly. When the time comes to clean it out, a simple way is to heat a cup of water for a minute, then let it sit for five. After that, any spatter will come away easily with a rag or paper towel.   • Fridge: Ideally, the break room refrigerator should be used as temporary storage only. However, some items tend to be forgotten in there for a week, which becomes two weeks, which becomes a month, and before you know it, you have a moldy, mutated monstrosity spreading its vile tendrils everywhere. It is best to clean out the fridge once a week to prevent this from happening.   • Empty dispensers: Soap, napkins, and paper towels run out, and they often do so at the most inopportune moments. The easiest way to deal with this...

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Outsource Your Janitorial Team

Outsource Your Janitorial Team

Five Reasons to Outsource Your Janitorial Team Outsourcing your company’s janitorial work to a third party yields numerous benefits to your business and your staff. The word “outsourcing” has become such a dirty word. Today, it often brings to mind underpaid foreign factory workers, lost stateside jobs, and general economic instability. However, on its own, the actual word “outsourcing” is not necessarily dirty, nor does it need to be—especially when it comes to janitorial services. Shown below are 5 benefits and reasons to outsource your janitorial team and services; 1. Lower Operating Costs Hiring, training, and paying janitorial personnel can be pricey for any company. In fact, the cost of filling positions of any kind is among the highest expenses many businesses face, especially when that personnel doesn’t directly generate revenue. In addition, you need to supply them with equipment, cleaning products, and other supplies. Outsourcing janitorial work to an external party eliminates the time, expense, and hassle involved in keeping an in-house team, thus freeing up funds for more revenue-related pursuits.   2. Streamlined Facilities Management Keeping your office and facilities clean and presentable is vital to maintaining a healthy work environment and a well-kept image, but it can also involve numerous elements that can be hectic to manage. With an outsourced team, those managerial complexities are all handled by the service, making in-house management tasks much simpler. In addition, there will be no need to consult with various different contractors since all your cleaning and maintenance needs will be handled externally.   3. Increased Company Focus With the extra funds and time freed up by outsourcing cleaning and maintenance operations, you and your staff are able to better focus on tasks that are more central to your business goals. This ultimately leads to a greater return on your investment than you would see with an in-house managed janitorial service.   4. Expanded Resources and Expertise Again, effective janitorial teams require both training and supplies. With an external service, both of these are handled by a party that is exclusively dedicated to janitorial work. Therefore, you get higher levels of expertise and greater access to resources than you might have had otherwise—and all for less than you would pay for in-house cleaning and maintenance.   5. Reliable Quality As training and supplies are handled by the third party, so too are licensing and insurance. Reliable professional cleaning services...

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Workplace Cleanliness Is Vital to Productivity

Workplace Cleanliness Is Vital to Productivity

Why Workplace Cleanliness Is Vital to Productivity There are many influences on the productivity of a workplace: employee relationships, workplace culture, managerial attitude, and even the general feel of the working environment. Part of maintaining a strong, productive atmosphere in your workplace is keeping it consistently clean. Cleanliness has a strong impact on how well employees perform in a work setting by improving health, workflow, and overall mood.   Health One of the obvious benefits of keeping your workplace clean is the reduction of germs and filth in the vicinity. This means healthier employees, which in turn means fewer sick days and higher energy levels. When people think of sanitation, the bathroom is likely the first place to come to mind. However, there are other areas that can breed germs just as easily. Doors and other surfaces in high traffic areas will see plenty of hands daily, meaning lots of germ buildup with plenty of exposure to employees. Desks, phone receivers, and computer keyboards also tend to be breeding grounds for microorganisms—in fact, they often make toilets look clean. Keeping on top of all these areas is vital to a healthy workforce. Workflow Along with sanitation, cleaning involves the reduction of clutter. Keeping an orderly environment makes it easier for your workplace to function as it needs to and improves workflow. It also reduces the likelihood of mistakes and lost items, which is especially important when it comes to getting vital or time-sensitive paperwork where it needs to be. In a well-ordered environment, employees also have easier access to needed materials and equipment, thus improving productivity by cutting down on the time taken trying to figure out where so-and-so left the hole punch. Mood A clean environment improves the overall mood of the workplace. This is especially important during the cold, dark winter months when depression tends to reach its peak. A dirty, cluttered place only puts more stress on those working within it, whereas a clean one makes it much easier to relax. This improves morale, focus, and overall vigor. Cleanliness also improves the culture within the workplace. It sends a message—“We are a clean, crisp, professional team that is committed to quality in everything we do.” Conversely, a filthy area will send the opposite message – something along the lines of, “our environment is not professional, and we don’t care about the work done here.” It is...

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Green Cleaning Misconceptions Debunked

Green Cleaning Misconceptions Debunked

Green Cleaning Myths Cleaned Up! Green cleaning in continuing to emerge as a common practice because it is safer and cost-effective for most commercial businesses. In addition, the chemical makeup in today’s cleaning products has consumers searching for alternative solutions. If you search on Pinterest for “green cleaning” hundreds of cleaning tips populate the feed. This new popularity has many people asking, “Does green equal disinfected and sanitized?” We’ve gone ahead and broke it down for you with these top three “claims,” with some research and additional information courtesy of Green Cleaning Magazine.   1. Claim: Green products are safe and healthy alternative that preserve both your well-being and the environment. This is partially true. Completely natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda don’t impose health risks. However, not all of the cleaning products that you will find on the store’s shelves are really “green.” The problem is that there is little regulation when it comes to what the term implies. This gives a certain freedom in terms of labeling. As a result, some manufactures add chemicals without disclosing them. Of course, they also use healthy ingredients but this doesn’t offset the effects. Read labels and look for ingredient lists and buy products only from companies you trust.   2. Claim: Green cleaners are as good as the traditional ones. According to cleaning experts and Green Seal, green products can work just as well as conventional cleaners.   3. Claim: Eco-friendly solutions are good disinfectants. This applies for only some products. Green products that contain citric acid, peroxide, and lactic acid are efficient sanitizers. To overcome some of the myths and common misconceptions, always look for a third-party opinion, like certificates and labels. To comply with the requirements of the well-established institutions, all products should comply with green and healthy requirements (Green Cleaning Magazine). Zia Building Maintenance utilizes a unique janitorial green cleaning program that selects products and implements procedures that are less harmful to the environment. Zia can implement this program for you so your employees and coworkers can enjoy a healthier workplace. To learn more about our services, or a facility consultation, give us a call (505) 974-1186.   Source Cited: Green Cleaning Magazine | Green Cleaning Magazine RSS Web. 3 Aug....

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Hand Sanitizers in the Workplace

Hand Sanitizers in the Workplace

The Importance of Hand Sanitizers Hand washing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of the influenza virus and germs. In most work environments, a hand-washing station is not always readily available. By providing your employees with easy access to hand sanitizers, you can keep the flu from significantly affecting your company. Using hand sanitizers is a good daily habit and a preventative measure your workers can take to keep from contracting influenza. These products work by destroying most of the germs that exist on the hands. Every time you — or one of your employees — touch a surface that’s infected with germs and then touch your face, or other work spaces, you’re taking the chance of introducing those germs into your body. The alcohol content found in some hand sanitizers quickly kills most germs, making it an efficient method to quickly disinfect until a more thorough hand washing can be done.     The effectiveness of hand sanitizers in the workplace The active ingredient in hand sanitizer disrupts the coating of virus and bacteria particles. By damaging the outside of the particle, the virus becomes deactivated, says Andrew Pekosz, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. To read more about the importance of hand sanitizer click here.     About Zia Building Maintenance Zia Building Maintenance in Albuquerque currently services many high profile businesses and organizations. When you interface with a Zia Maintenance professional, we listen to your wants, needs and budget from which we base our Cleaning program. Our cleaning program can help improve the image of your facility, as well as show your employees, customers or tenants that you care about their health in the workplace. To learn more about our services, or a facility consultation, give us a call (505)...

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