4 Tips For Choosing The Right Cleaning Company For Your Business

4 Tips For Choosing The Right Cleaning Company For Your Business

Is it time to choose a cleaning company for your business?   Choosing the right commercial cleaning company for your business requires some careful consideration.  You want to ensure you have it right the first time, before you get locked into a contract.  Here are 4 tips to help you choose wisely.     Credibility and Reputation Research your potential cleaning companies.  Ensure your company is an active member of the business community such Chambers of Commerce and/or of industry associations such as the BC Contract Cleaners Association. Check out reviews and their social media channels to learn more about who they are and how they respond to questions or concerns. Is is OK to ask for references to check on the services provided, including quality assurance and problem solving systems.  Also, check out the company on the Better Business Bureau. Good Business Practices How long has the company been in business?  If the company has been in business for a long time shows sustainability.  A successful legitimate company and is more likely to be in business for years to come. Permanent office support and administration are good signs you are working with a good business. They can better ensure that the sales and service teams are well supported with administrative tasks such as proper billing and invoicing.  Discuss the invoicing and payment options with the accounts receivables to get to know the office staff. Also, ensure the company is licensed, bonded and insured. Accidents happen, and you don’t want to be left high and dry.  A simple accidental flood could cost millions so make sure the company is...
What Is General Office Cleaning?

What Is General Office Cleaning?

    When you hire a general office cleaning service, you want to ensure you get what you pay for.  Here is a Cleaning checklist for the most basic office cleaning tasks.         DAILY OFFICE CLEANING Your reception area represents your customer’s first impression. Cleaning tasks for the reception area and office spaces include: Empty waste receptacles and replace liners. Wash as needed. Dust all horizontal surfaces of desks, chairs, tables and other furniture Damp wipe all horizontal surfaces with disinfectant Remove cobwebs from front entry and immediate surrounding areas Remove fingerprints and marks from around light switches and door frames Clean automatic glass doors inside and out Wipe all internal glass Polish all brass and bright work on doors and cabinets Spot clean walls and painted surface Vacuum all carpets and mats Vacuum all hard floors Mop all hard floors with disinfectant Ensure all areas are clean & arranged neatly Kitchen/Break Room & Washroom A clean and sanitized washroom and kitchen is a must in any working environment to ensure safety and reduce the risk of spreading germs. Stock toilet tissue, hand towels, facial tissues and hand soap Empty waste receptacles and wipe if needed and replace bin liners as required Clean and polish mirrors Wipe hand towel dispensers/hand dryers Wipe down doors and sills – remove all dust and prints Clean and sanitize all basins. Polish all brass and bright work Remove splash marks from walls and partitions around basins Remove garbage from all areas Spot clean internal glass in doors Toilets and urinals to be cleaned, disinfected/sanitized and wiped dry on all sides Sweep...
5 Reasons to Hire An Office Cleaning Company

5 Reasons to Hire An Office Cleaning Company

Is your office being cleaned by a professional office cleaning company? Do you know that your office will run smoother and be more productive when you contract out your cleaning? Here are 5 reasons why every business should hire an office cleaning service to do the “dirty work”.   1. Keep Employees Healthy and Happy Your company culture starts with your office’s appearance.  A clean, tidy workplace creates a professional atmosphere and shows your staff and clients that you believe they are important.  A cleaning company that keeps your work environment clean will directly result in employees being more productive.  Healthy employees mean less sick days, less sick days means productive employees! 2. Higher Quality Cleaning Cleaning should not to be considered a necessary evil in business.  Having a professional office cleaning service take care of the dirty work will ensure your business runs smoothly.  Your employees will be more productive, and you will improve your corporate culture. Everybody has a task in a business environment so it is important to hire the right person for that task. 3. Save Money Professional cleaners complete the job in half the time it would take you to do it yourself as they know the tips and tricks of the cleaning industry.  They have the right tools, equipment and techniques to ensure your environment is clean and healthy.  They can also suggest cost-saving tips such as how to save money on supplies through regulated dispensers.  Learn more about saving money on cleaning  4. Better First Impression We all judge a facility the moment we walk through the door.  A clean building allows for a good...
Awards Luncheon

Awards Luncheon

Monday June 5th Master Care Annual Awards Luncheon   Master Care Janitorial likes to recognize the hard work done by all of the associates and cleaning teams every year.  We host an annual luncheon and awards ceremony in the Spring that celebrates  their achievements of the previous business year. 2016 was a fantastic year for Master Care with so much to celebrate.  It was the 35th year anniversary of the company’s start in 1981 as well a banner year for growth.  The variety of associates that won awards this year just proved that everybody had a successful year.  Click here to learn more about Master Care Janitorial’s mission, vision, history and services. Awards Celebrations This year we handed out a new “Master Prospector” Award.  This went to the associate who went out of his way to introduce himself to new companies and worked hard at growing his Post Construction cleaning division of Master Care Janitorial. We were happy to give this inaugural award to Benny. We actually had a tie for the Highest Sales Retention Award.  These two associates did not loose ANY Customers this year.  They were able to service 100% their customers to 100% satisfaction.  Congratulations to Sandy and Arvinder! Gord receive the award for Highest Total New Sales for his attention to detail and customer service. He was able to bring back  a customer last year that was originally lost to a larger company.  They we just not happy without him and needed things to go back to the way they were.  Great work Gord! The Highest Total Sales Volume went to a team of associates who  just...
Safety and Health Week – May 7 – 13, 2017

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...
Hand Hygiene Day May 5, 2017

Hand Hygiene Day May 5, 2017

Hand hygiene plays an important roll in the protection against infection. On May 5th, 2017, the World Health Organization has created a day that focuses on the importance of hand washing in health care facilities. Let us all do our part and Clean Your Hands on May 5th.       SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 5 May 2017 ‘Fight antibiotic resistance – it’s in your hands’ The World Health Organization urges you to focus on the fight against antibiotic resistance in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) programs. You can do this by supporting the 5 May 2017 calls to action. Hand hygiene is at the core of effective IPC to combat antibiotic resistance, and campaigning each year on or around 5 May is one important part of improving behaviour towards IPC best practices. This year the campaign materials are all co-branded with ‘Antibiotics, handle with care’ to demonstrate unity between antimicrobial resistance and IPC efforts. Who we want action to be taken by: we want health workers to clean their hands at the right times, building on hand hygiene improvement efforts made up to now; we want chief executive officers and managers to support hand hygiene campaigning and infection prevention and control programmes, to protect patients from antibiotic-resistant infections; we want IPC leaders to lead hand hygiene campaigning and start their journey of meeting the core components for infection prevention and control; we want policy makers to stop antibiotic resistance spread by demonstrating national support and commitment to infection prevention. All information above provided by WHO website – for more information and to get...
5 Steps  To A Productive Office Space

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? 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 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....
Top Choice for Janitorial Vancouver

Top Choice for Janitorial Vancouver

Top Choice Award Winners for 9 years running! Thank you for taking the time to vote for the Top Choice Awards.  Master Care janitorial is a proud winner of this award for the last 9 years.  Because you take the time to vote, this award means so much to our staff.  Thank you! Put our award winning office cleaning and building cleaning services to work for you!  Call us today so we can start taking care of your dirty work for you.  Contact us today!      Award Winning Janitorial – at your service since 1981. Master Care Janitorial knows what we are doing when it comes to cleaning!  We have been cleaning up British Columbia for over 35 years!  We specialize in office cleaning, post-construction cleaning, building cleaning, strata building maintenance, warehouse and industrial cleaning, school cleaning, showroom floor care and more.  Visit our Services page to find out how you can get this Top Choice janitorial company to work for you! You can also read more about us by visiting the Top Choice Award website. Remember, we make it OUR business to make YOUR business look good....