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....

World Toilet Day – November 19

Janitorial Services – Lack of Toilets and Sanitary Conditions                 Do you know why we are promoting World Toilet Day?  It is not to celebrate the toilet but to educate the world that there is a lack of toilets in some communities.  A lack of toilets and hygiene and sanitary conditions in some countries.  You don’t know the importance of a toilet and sanitary disposal, until there isn’t one.  Take some time to find out more about the Theme of the 2016 World Toilet Day: Toilets and Jobs.   “This year’s theme focuses on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact on livelihoods. Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy, as well as improving health and protecting people’s safety and dignity, particularly women’s and girls’.”  Working Toilets are Essential By simply having good, working toilets in schools and workplaces, this will give people the dignity they deserve, as well as the ability to concentrate on their jobs which can boost  the involvement of people in society.  Let’s help these Working Toilets do their thing in offices, factories, hospitals, schools, everywhere, to save lives, increase productivity, create jobs and grow economies. Help everyone have a toilet by 2030! There are events going on around the globe to bring attention to the fact that that toilet availability is a human right and that well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.  Having access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can contribute greatly to people’s health and productivity, and to making economies grow. Not to mention that it’s...

Press Release – Nominated Janitorial in Vancouver

Master Care Janitorial and Facility Services Nominated for Top Janitorial Company in the 2017 Top Choice Award Survey New Westminster – November 7, 2016 – Master Care Janitorial and Facility Services is delighted to announce that we have been declared an official nominee for the 2017 Top Choice Award Survey. We are nominated for Top Janitorial Company in the city of Vancouver. Thank you to all who have taken the time to nominate us! We are here to set high standards within our category and within our community. Now, we need your help to WIN! Voting is now open and we would appreciate your efforts and contributions to help us reach the Top and gain the title of a Top Choice Award Winner. Winning the Top Choice Award is one of the largest endorsements a business can receive within North America. There are numerous methods of voting, two of which are online. You have the option to vote for us through your email via TopChoiceAwards.com or through social media via VoteForUs.ca; VoteForUs.ca is a new voting app accessible through Facebook and Twitter as a social voting avenue. Voting made quick and easy for you! Needless to say, we would love to win this coveted award. We want to continue to serve you every day and provide the best customer experience possible. We need your help to spread the word! If you believe we are your Top Choice, why not help others discover us! Here is our voting page and show us some love by voting for us – your vote will automatically enter you into a draw for a chance to...

Did You Know? – Cleaning Facts

  5 Cleaning Facts from a Commercial Cleaning Company Do you know your cleaning facts?  How much do you know about the germs, bugs and bacteria around you?           1. There are more germs in most kitchen sinks than the toilet! Though we rinse out our sink so often, we do forget to actually use a proper disinfecting product to clean it. 2.  Spraying a surface and immediately wiping it away will only accomplish half the job To clean away the bacteria and germs, most antibacterial cleaners must be left on surfaces for 30 to 60 seconds 3. Use your microwave to disinfect smelly sponges Stop spreading germs around and ensure you kill the bacteria in your sponge.  Wash sponge thoroughly, then microwave it while it is wet, for one minute to kill the bacteria.  It will be hot so remove carefully and wash thoroughly again,and ensure the sponge has no metal components before doing this. 4. Dust mites and their droppings are weighing down your bed In a typical mattress there are  between 100,000 and 10 million dust mites in a typical mattress.  Your two year old pillow can be weighed down by dead mites and their droppings.  This can make up around 10% of the weight . 5. Your toothbrush is holding more than just the bristles When you flush a toilet, there is a “spray” of germs that enter the air.  These germs can remain in the air for over an hour and also can travel 6 feet away.  Maybe now you will remember to close the lid! Cleaning property is necessary to maintain a healthy environment....