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Keeping the Office Clean between Visits

Posted by: Erin Meyer 10:38 am

Keeping a busy office clean between services can sometimes seem like an impossible task!  One would think that the old saying more hands make light work would ring true but the reality is that more people in a facility just increases traffic, debris and the need for more upkeep!  A professional office cleaning service is a critical part of keeping a facility clean and healthy but there are also things you can do in between cleans to help maintain a productive and organized workspace. See these tips below to help keep your office looking great!

#1: Keep Desks clutter free and neat!

commercial cleaning tampaAt Gator Cleaning Solutions we instruct our cleaning technicians to only wipe the clean or clear areas of a desk and to not disturb and working areas.  Unless the desks are cleaned off periodically they may never get wiped down.  We instruct our clients to designate Fridays or at least one day a month to put everything in a drawer or on their chair so a proper clean can take place.

FUN FACT: It has been shown in studies the employees can be up to 30% more productive by keeping an organized  or clutter free workspace!

It can also play into employee health and absenteeism. Items on a person’s desk tend to harbor significant dust and bacteria.  In fact, the phone and keyboard can two of the must dirty items in an office!

#2: Take advantage of slow calendars

Summers or the holidays can be a perfect time to get the extra deep cleaning done whileoffice cleaning most businesses tend to slow down.  People being out on vacation or shortened business hours allows for extra services to be performed with less disruption to your day.  At Gator Cleaning Solutions we work with our clients to schedule services such as window cleaning , carpet cleaning or deep restroom tile and grout cleaning when it is convenient to the clients schedule.  Contracting a professional office cleaning company with comprehensive services can help save you time and stress in getting the extras done.  At Gator Cleaning Solutions we discount our extended services for our clients to help keep within budgets.

FUN FACT:  Scheduling regular maintenance can save you time and money in the long run by extending the life of you facilities materials such as HVAC, Flooring and Plumbing!

#3: Clean out that Fridge

The office fridge can quickly become overwhelmed with old lunches, office party dishestampa office cleaning and forgotten leftovers. Having old food in the fridge can not only pose an odor problem but can also attract unwanted rodents and pests. It can also create a health hazard for staff.  Gator Cleaning Solutions helps partner with office managers to provide a schedule for regular refrigerator empting and cleaning.  Much like employee desks, the refrigerator can host bacteria and regular cleaning is highly recommended.  We find it is best to periodically designate a clean out day and post a notice giving employees time to retrieve anything they don’t want thrown away.  Make sure your cleanout happens right before your professional cleaning company comes in so they can wipe down the trays and drawers leaving a fresh clean refrigerator for your staff.

FUN FACT:  Keeping the temperature in your fridge at 40 °F will help to make sure your refrigerated foods stay as safe as possible.

Tip #4 Keep up with Air Quality

There are few offices that no one suffers from allergies.  Keeping your air quality free of tampa floor cleaningdust and particles can help those that suffer keep comfortable. Gator Cleaning Solutions knows the tricks to keeping your office as clean as possible reducing irritants for your staff and customers.  Daily vacuuming really helps remove dust and allergens from the air but regular carpet deep cleaning is essential to good air quality. The best office cleaning can use a number of applications to keep moisture down while also deep cleaning floors.  Cleaning your HVAC ducts and filters also helps  ensure the air in your building is clean and fresh.

If your office cleaning company isn’t ding the job you want or the job they promised, it might be time to rethink your office cleaning.  Gator Cleaning Solutions has been partnering with Tampa Bay businesses for over a decade to help keep office clean and healthy.  We work hard to provide a top notch service while keeping within your budget!  Give us a call to get your free estimate!


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Carpet Care = Healthy Living

Posted by: Erin Meyer 1:31 pm

Carpet Care

Can carpet care and cleaning really make your lifetampa carpet care and cleaning better? Absolutely it can..  At least we think so! There are many reasons why maintaining a clean home and clean carpeting can lead to a better quality of life. 

Cleaning can be a de-stressor

We’re not talking about the running around and last-minute cleaning you do when your mother-in-law is on her way over but rather about a calm, weekly ritual. Regularly vacuuming the carpets, straightening up the magazines, fluffing the pillows on your couch, and making your bed look like it belongs in a model home—all these things allow you to enjoy your home, get a little movement going, and de-stress.

Better air quality

Imagine yourself surrounded by pleasant smells, a whiff of fresh flowers, and a lemony scent wafting from clean kitchen counters. You can’t smell these things if you walk in your home and stir up dust from dirty carpeting. Institute a no-shoes policy in your home, and make sure you leave the outdoors where they belong. Better air quality truly makes a better home.

Save money

carpet cleaning Trinity flA little extra money in the bank can definitely lead to a better quality of life. By vacuuming on a regular basis and having a professional carpeting cleaning done, you can extend the life of your carpeting and area rugs. No need to replace carpeting before its time.

Are you ready for a better quality of life? Gator Cleaning Solutions has been performing home carpet care and cleaning in the Tampa area for more than 10 years. We pride ourselves on the highest quality of our work and an unsurpassed level of customer service. Our carpet cleaning process dries quickly and uses no harmful chemicals. We also offer area rug cleaning and can provide you with same-day services if needed. Visit our website to take advantage of our special offers.  Or call 813-929-1122 to speak to a technician!

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Carpet Care and Cleaning – Keeping a Healthy Home!

Posted by: Erin Meyer 10:51 am

Carpet Care and Cleaning

There could be something lurking in your home that is actually making you ill – and youcarpet care and cleaning wouldn’t even know about it. With improper carpet care and cleaning it can lurk anywhere – including: Bathrooms and kitchens, especially under sinks – particularly leaky ones. Behind or under appliances that hide slow plumbing leaks (refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, etc.) Roof leaks, around windows where condensation collects, high humidity areas of your home, and even fabrics and carpets – through leaks or through bad/cheap carpet care and cleaning, caused by over wetting.

We are of course talking about mold, and in this article we are going to focus on bad cleaning. You may have experienced this before? Most people find themselves fed up with dirty carpets and decide in that moment to hire a professional.  You either Google “Carpet Cleaning” and find a website with a deal – or you perhaps you respond to a cheap leaflet  left on your door? It has happened to all of us. Timing is everything and most of our customers come by referral we also get many phone call by way of Google or advertising.
But lets first find out what this mould can do to you, it’s not just harmless black spots that’s for sure. It can cause:
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headache, anxiety, depression, memory loss, and visual disturbances
  • Immune system disturbances and fatigue
  • GI problems
  • Shortness of breath
Fungi grow by releasing reproductive cells (spores) into the air, just as plants reproduce by spreading seeds. The airborne spores are invisible to the naked eye, which is a major reason mold is such a problem. It is not uncommon to find hundreds or even thousands of mold spores per cubic foot of indoor air. Spores are extremely small (1-100 microns) – 20 million spores would fit on a postage stamp.
commercial cleaningSpores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dryness, that do not support normal mould growth. In fact, many spores can lie dormant for decades until favorable conditions allow them to spring back to life.
Mould is a type of fungus, as are mushrooms and yeast. There are between 100,000 and 400,000 types of fungi (estimates vary), and of these, scientists have identified more than 1,000 types of mold growing inside houses across America for instance. Moulds are classified into three groups according to human responses:
Allergenic Moulds: These don’t usually produce life-threatening effects and are most problematic if you are allergic or asthmatic. The challenge is in figuring out what you are sensitive to. Children are particularly susceptible to mould allergies.
Pathogenic Moulds: These produce some sort of infection, which is of particular concern if your immune system is suppressed. They can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an acute response resembling bacterial pneumonia. An example is Aspergillus fumigatus, which can grow in the lungs of immune-compromised individuals.
Toxigenic Moulds (aka “toxic moulds”): These dangerous moulds produce mycotoxins, which can have serious health effects on almost anyone. Possible reactions include immunosuppression and cancer. Mycotoxins are chemical toxins present within or on the surface of the mould spore, which you then unwittingly inhale, ingest, or touch. An example of this is aflatoxin, one of the most potent carcinogens known to mankind. Aflatoxin grows on peanuts and grains, and on some other foods.
Some mould compounds are volatile and released directly into the air, known as microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs). Fragments of the cell walls of moulds (glucans) can also be inhaled and cause inflammatory respiratory reactions, including a flu-like illness called Organic Dust Toxic Syndrome (ODTS).
According to mycotoxin expert Dr. Harriet Ammann, exposure to indoor moulds can damage the systems of your body in the following ways:
So having excessive moisture in your home really is not good for you. If you have had a bad experience with a cleaner – using cheap, weak equipment, thus leaving your carpets too wet – often for days on end, then next time make sure that they really do have the most powerful cleaning system available (regardless of them saying so on their websites – it’s just sales talk). This way you should never get a serious mould problem – possibly giving you health issues again. If the equipment is NOT the most powerful, then it simply cannot extract as much moisture possible, a simple fact.

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Fight Allergy Season in Advance

Posted by: Erin Meyer 7:17 am

adult allergiesOne modern certainty of office work, whether in a warehouse or a cubicle, is how much allergies can impact productivity.

A couple of times of year, allergen level spike outdoors and employee’s responses can typically go off the chart. This often means lost efficiency at best, and even missed work from suffering staffers.

There are a number of ways an office can combat the allergy situation, both during those dreaded spike periods, but also leading up to allergy season. Continue reading