Safety and Health Week – May 7 – 13, 2017

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is an annual, continent-wide promotion.  This week is when employers, workers, and all partners in occupational health and safety collaborate to promote injury and illness prevention in the workplace.   Are you committed to the health and safety of your employees?  To help promote this important message, please visit the NAOSH website.   Master Care Janitorial and Facility Services looks out for our cleaning teams through proper training in occupational safety.  Cleaning crews are aware of how to prevent injuries and illnesses in the janitorial industry.  We use tools such as WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems), on site training on possible facility hazards, as well as regular inspections and clean up of janitorial supplies and equipment.  We are committed to providing our staff with a healthy and safe work environment.  Learn more about Master Care training and quality assurance. Watch this story about how one employer shares the lesson he learned as a business owner after one of his workers was seriously injured on the job.   Participation certificates and awards Every year, organizations throughout B.C. that participate in NAOSH Week receive a certificate and have the opportunity to apply for an award. For more information on how to register your company for these awards visit WorkSafeBC. Are you looking for NAOSH events in your area? Here is a list of events in British Columbia honoring occupational health and safety week. The NAOSH Logo Three hands forming an equilateral triangle portrays the three participating nations – Canada, the United States and Mexico – and symbolizes joint venture, cooperation...

5 Steps To A Productive Office Space

It is time to create a more productive office environment.  Studies have shown that we need to have a clean and organized space to get us be our best and do our best work.   Take some time today to clean your office desk, your computer desktop and your emails so you will be more productive tomorrow!    1- De-Clutter Your Desk Get a recycling bin or shredder ready, and start making piles.  You will find in 5 minutes of organizing, you will be able to see your desk again! Have a few file folders ready to organize the clutter so you have somewhere to put the paper piles once you know what to do with them.  Just get the clutter off your desk so you can concentrate on one thing at a time. 2 – Clean Your Computer Desktop Create folders for all of the icons, documents and programs on your desktop.  Remember, if you can’t see your background screensaver, you have too many items on your screen! 3 –  Daily To-Do List If you are finding you have too many things to do, but nothing is getting done, create a daily TO-DO list!  It will keep you focused at the task at hand knowing that you know what the next task will be. 4 – Office Supplies Ensure your drawer and desk has an organized stock of office supplies. Searching for pens, staples, paper clips just frustrate a situation and decreases productivity. 5 – Organize Emails With the constant flood of emails we get everyday, it is easy to get lost in the flood.  Take some time a couple of minutes throughout the day...

Did You Know? Cleaning Facts

Did you know about these 5 Cleaning Facts? Simple cleaning facts that are good to know…         Too Clean May Actually Be A Problem Exposure to dirt and bugs is necessary for development of a good immune system.  Let your kids play outside and don’t over-sanitize their environment!   2.  Take Your Time Spraying And Wiping Counters  The “dwell time” of cleaning products is important in the cleaning process.  Cleaners should be left on a surface for 30 – 60 minutes to allow it to work properly.  It also makes cleaning quicker by reducing your scrubbing time. 3. Don’t Be Afraid of Hand Sanitizers  Hand sanitizers do not create antibiotic resistance.  Alcohol based sanitizers simply destroy the cell walls of germs quickly and evaporates away.  No time for creating resistance. 4. Closing The Lid IS A Good Thing Keep your toilet and your toothbrushes separate and close the lid of the toilet before you flush.  The “spray” or “toilet plume” actually allows for bacteria to fly around the room… though research has shown it doesn’t actually support or deny the transfer of disease. 5.  Sick Building Syndrome There is such a thing as “your work is making you sick”.  Sick building syndrome is attributed to pollutants in the air and unhealthy cleaning practices within a building, especially buildings with many employees.  Ensure your building isn’t making you sick by calling Master Care Janitorial and Facility Services.  Did you know that our priority is keeping our customers happy – and...

Workplace Spring Cleaning Guide

                Workplace Spring Cleaning It is important to focus some of your spring cleaning attention on your workplace.  Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing all play a roll in a deep cleaning that your office may require after the closed in winter months.  This type of cleaning is not only the janitorial staff’s responsibility.  Get your office staff involved as they are generally particular about who gets to move things around to do the deep cleaning their desk needs. The infographic below does a great job in breaking down what can be done by office staff.  Make it a fun afternoon for the staff.  Take a time out of the paperwork and supply them with the appropriate cleaning materials needed to do a full workplace spring cleaning.     Workplace spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore Cleaning your office with your co-workers can actually be a great team building experience.  Organize a potluck lunch and make a game of it, with prizes and all.  Make it a bonding experience.  Call in the shredders to shred those documents that need to be cleared out.  Take before and after pictures.  Have some fun! If you need some other workplace spring break ideas – check out our Office Spring Cleaning blog post.  This lays out some of the steps and tools to prepare for a successful cleaning experience....

Office Clean Up 2017

                  It was time to take our own advice on Friday and spend some time on office clean up.  We are not talking about the wiping, vacuuming and the dusting.  We are talking about calling in the junk truck to haul away stuff we are hording in the back room. I am talking about cassette tapes to teach us “How to Sell”, old office electronics, old office filing systems and message boards.  It is amazing how good it feels to have an organized back room with a place for everything.  We of course kept a box of old Master Care nostalgia – marketing material, photos, banners and brochures.  So much fun to find these treasure, but even more fun to throw out the excess of paper and plastic – and by throw out I mean separate and recycle all that we could. We are in fact known for our environmentally friendly approach to office cleaning.                 If we are being honest here, the reason this office clean up was required was because the junk was making it difficult for me to make it to my desk in the morning.  The boxes we pushing it’s way into the hallway and into my personal office space.  So, though this clean up was very much overdue, my annoyance was what actually made it happen.  Selfishness at it’s best – but at least I was a part of the solution! Our fearless leader took initiative to call the junk man to come at 2pm to give us a...

5 Money Saving Tips on Janitorial Supplies

    One of the necessary evils of running a large business with many employees and customers is purchasing all of the janitorial supplies.  Toilet paper, hand soap, hand towels, cleaning solutions and garbage bags.  These consumable products can eat away at your janitorial budget if you do not take the time to control it.  Here are some money saving tips for keeping your consumables in order.     1. Inventory Checks Monitor your janitorial supplies inventory regularly to avoid making last minute purchases. When supplies are selected quickly and/or rush deliveries are necessary, there are invariably added costs associated with these actions. 2. Avoid Convenience Though ready to use products off the shelf are convenient and easy to use, they are also expensive when compared to traditional concentrated cleaning solutions that must be diluted.  By using the concentrated version, you control the amount of water you add to your product – thus making the cleaning solution go further than the ready to use products. 3. Specialty = Expensive Purchasing products specialty formulated for a particular surface will cost you money you don’t need to spend. It is much more cost effective to use products that clean multiple surfaces. 4. Cleaning Methods and Tools Using proper cleaning techniques will actually allow for less products required for the job.  Using microfiber cloths and mops can reduce the need for extra product.  Allowing for the proper “dwell time” of the products will ensure you are not spending more time cleaning than you need to.  Review with your office cleaning company to ensure they are using cost-effective techniques. 5. Controlling Consumption Think about installing...

Happy 35th Anniversary

35 Years and Counting 2016 was an anniversary year for Master Care Janitorial.  What started in 1981 as a small office cleaning business has turned into a successful comprehensive commercial cleaning company.  Services now include office cleaning, post-construction cleaning, school cleaning, strata building cleaning and warehouse cleaning. Our specialty services such as carpet and floor care and steam cleaning are also highly sought after.  This once small business now has almost 700 customers we clean on a nightly or weekly basis! Master Care customers includes many schools, and  multi-location facilities such as financial institutions and medical facilities. We also work closely with large and small construction companies to complete the final cleaning on construction projects.  We have many property managers who call on us daily to maintain their strata facilities.  We started cleaning just  a few small Lower Mainland customers with some small ads in Yellow Pages.  Now, we clean customers from Nanaimo and Victoria, throughout Metro Vancouver, the Tri-Cities and the Fraser Valley and all the way to the Okanagan.  Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Summerland – watch out.  Master Care has successfully infiltrated your market with high cleaning standards for quality minded customers. Since 1981, our President Chris Stone has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to build up a trusted, reputable janitorial business.  He genuinely cares for his staff, from the head office staff, to the sales associates to the cleaning staff.  He knows that his cleaning staff are the front line workers and there would be no business if they didn’t work so hard to promote the Master Care name.  We have had cleaning staff and sales staff working with Master Care...

Why You Need to Clean Your Office Carpets Today!

Keeping Your Office Clean Means Keeping Your Carpets Clean! When was the last time you had your office carpets cleaned?  I am pretty sure that unless there’s a big stain or mess you don’t think much about your office carpet.  It get’s vacuumed regularly, if you have regular janitorial, you all is good right?  Wrong! Over time, dirt, crumbs, dust, and, even the winter salt accumulates in your carpet.  These particles get stepped on and break down carpet fibers, causing additional wear and tear that will reduce the lifespan of your carpets.  Dirty carpets can also lead to allergic reactions, unpleasant odors and unsanitary conditions for your employees and your customers. What is hiding in your carpet? 1. Dirt & Dust The average U.S. home accumulates up to 40 lbs. of dust per year, with the potential for even more in an office setting. Vacuuming only eliminates about 85% of the dirt and soil found in your carpet. 2. Bacteria & Germs You have a variety of pathogens and bacteria (like mold, mildew, salmonella, E. coli, staphylococcus, norovirus, and more) living in your carpet. Did you know pathogens like the norovirus can survive in uncleaned carpet for more than a month. 3. Food Particles If your employees eat at their desks, there’s a good chance you have some food particles and maybe even some drink stains in your carpet. Not only do these stains make your carpet look bad, but they also lead to unpleasant odors and bacteria growth.  4. Skin Flakes Did you know that the average person sheds about 1 million skin flakes a day? Does getting you office carpets cleaned make sense now? 5. Bugs Microscopic bugs, fleas, and...

Winter Floor Care – Keeping Winter Outside

Office Cleaning – Floor Care Winter floor care means something very serious to property owners.  With winter comes wear and tear on your building and office floors.  Mud, slush, snow and salt can ruin your floors and cost you a lot in repairs and replacement.  Property owners and property managers need to be aware of the damage that the winter elements can do on your floors.  Here are 3 ways to reduce the negative impact that winter can have on your floors , as well as keep your customers and staff safe, during the cold winter months. 1. Invest in a  Shovel and Ice Melter If you are the building owner, you do not want any of your customers or staff to injure themselves on your property.  Make sure to be proactive about upcoming storms and ensure that you will have enough ice melter to combat ice.  If you have a lot of snow, ensure that you have someone clearing the walkways and parking lot regularly.    Winter floor care starts by keeping the winter from getting into your building at all.  By giving people a safe, dry place to walk, you reduce the amount of winter weather entering the building.   2. Invest in Proper Entrance Matting An entrance mat is more than just an aesthetically pleasing decor upon walking into your establishment.  It has a very important function in property maintenance, especially during winter weather. Up to 80% of dirt is tracked in on the soles of shoes of people entering the building? It costs up to $500 to clean and remove one pound of dirt that penetrated a...

Don’t Make These Cleaning Mistakes

 5 Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid – Commercial Cleaning Services   Our job here at Master Care is to help you keep your facility (house or business) clean.  By giving you some helpful cleaning tips, we are accomplishing this task.  Not only should you know what to clean and how to clean it, but you should also be aware of possible mistakes you may be making on your quest for cleanliness.       1. Scrubbing spills out of the carpet. When that juice or wine spills on the carpet….Don’t immediately run for the rag and the club soda and start scrubbing the stain. You are actually damaging the carpet fibers and pushing the stain in even further into the fibers, causing permanent damage. Simply remove any surface liquid with a spoon, blot the area dry with some white paper towel or a white cloth (so as not to bleed its color and make the problem worse) and once dry, apply a stain remover to the area if necessary.   2. Using lemon juice and vinegar for everything. Lemon juice and vinegar are both acids and are quite capable of damaging natural surfaces, like onyx, marble, limestone and travertine. Make sure not to use too liberally and ensure that you wipe it down thoroughly after using these acids to reduce damage to natural stone.   3. Cleaning windows while the sun’s out. On a nice sunny day is when we notice how dirty our windows are….and we jump up and start to clean them. When that sudden inspiration hits….resist it! Wait until later in the day, or even till the next cloudy day to do it....