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How to hire a Professional Office Cleaning Company…

Posted by: Erin Meyer 9:40 am

So you just opened your first commercial office space and as part of the many responsibilities you have acquired you have to hire a professional cleaning service to maintain your facility in an efficient and economical way. Office cleanliness is imperative to your success as a business as it not only reflects on your image but also influences your employees and your clients’ health and safety. Finding the right professional cleaning service is important.
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There are a number of things that you should keep in mind as you begin your search. You must determine what cleaning solution best fits the needs of your office.  There are many janitorial and cleaning services available on the market so your choices are plentiful. Locate those nearby and make a list of possible companies to research. Asking other businesses nearby is a source of information that could be helpful as you search. Once you narrow your list make sure your possible office cleaning candidates have the certifications and insurance to perform the necessary tasks required for your office and facility.

In narrowing your search you must learn all you can about the products, training, procedures used and efficiency of your potential cleaning company. If it is a value to your business you might ask if they are involved in green cleaning. Are they aware of all the office cleaning servicesrequirements involved in this type of cleaning? It is also important to find out how committed they are to good communication, how accessible are they and will they work with you to make decisions that best serve your office or business.

Finally, look for feedback and comments from previous customers. Follow through and check references and that will tell you more about a company than anything else. Choosing a commercial cleaning company can be tedious and time consuming but it is worthwhile to find a company that perform above and beyond your expectations so you can build a long term relationship that will contribute to your success as a business.

restaurant cleaningGator Cleaning Solutions has been providing professional office cleaning services for nearly 15 years and has a reputation for great quality and excellent customer service.  We are a family owned and operated company in the Tampa Bay area and work hard to ensure our office cleaning services are top notch.  Give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call to schedule a free janitorial quote at 813-929-1122.

We are happy to provide professional references, proof of insurance and bonding upon request!

Office Cleaning Simplified

Posted by: Erin Meyer 1:22 pm

Everyone agrees that facility and office managers are dealing with more complexities and responsibilities than ever before but the good news is challenges drive innovation and theoffice cleaning tampa commercial cleaning industry has working hard to respond to the changing needs of facilities and facility managers. Smart office cleaning is one of these innovations. The goal of Smart office cleaning is to eliminate waste and maximize efficiency wherever possible.

Smart office cleaning is an approach that calls for a great deal of thought, customization, innovation and commitment from your team.  Following a specific process you will identify the essential services needed and prioritize those that are the most important. Communication with the client is imperative to this process. You must determine with the office or facility manager the following questions:

  •                 What better or more efficient ways might there be to complete those thing  that are necessary?
  •                 What are we doing currently and does it make sense given our needs?
  •                 What tasks are we performing that might be unnecessary?
  •                 Where are the areas we might get by with less?

When these questions are answered a specialized plan can be put in place and all the stakeholders will be a part of expediting the plan. Smart office cleaning is not about doing less, it’s about a strategic shift in services that eliminates redundancies and spreads the work out and maximizes your cleaning budget. Communication is key for this to be office cleaning tampasuccessful for the long term for your business. What makes Smart office cleaning different from other systems is it uncovers inefficiencies and creates efficiencies. The goal is to find better ways to do more work with fewer resources. Smart cleaning requires your cleaning company to invest in products, equipment, and training and in all this utilizing best practices.

Gator Cleaning Solutions offers customized smart cleaning services to our clients to ensure customer satisfaction and quality cleaning services.  We work hard to be part of a team that keeps the facilities clean and healthy and look forward to working with new clients to show them how easy is can be.  If your interested in a commercial cleaning quote please call Gator Cleaning Solutions at 813-929-1122.

Helping your Business Sparkle!

Posted by: Erin Meyer 10:27 am

First impressions are critical for business success! When your clients walk in or employees settle into their desks they need to know that you care about the environment they work and buy in.  There are few worse things than a filthy or smelly facility to greet cleaning tampa

Studies have shown that a clean work space is conducive to productivity and cuts down on sick days in comparison to a healthier environment. You can keep your business clean and healthy by using Gator Cleaning Solutions for your office cleaning needs and reap all of the benefits of having a tidy work space.

Gator Cleaning Solutions offers a one stop solution for your facility by providing a menu of services to choose from. This way we can customize the cleaning approach to your specific needs.

Some of the Services Gator Cleaning Solutions Offers:
  1. Complete Janitorial Services
  2. Day Porter Services
  3. Complete Floor Cleaning and Refinishing Services
  4. Carpet Cleaning
  5. Pressure Washing
  6. Window Cleaning
  7. Construction Cleaning Services
  8. Move in and Move out Cleaning
  9. Upholstery Cleaning Services
  10. Restroom Cleaning
  11. Terminal Cleaning
Some of the Facilities Gator Cleaning Solutions Cleans:
  • Schoolsoffice cleaning service tampa
  • Medical Offices and Hospitals
  • General Office Space
  • Day Cares
  • Car Dealerships
  • Assisted Living
  • Restroom Cleaning Services
  • Restaurant Cleaning
  • Construction Site Cleaning



As you can see, Gator Cleaning Solutions provides a wide range of services to suite your business’s needs!

Gator Cleaning Solutions has been serving the Tampa Bay area with office cleaning services for more then 14 year years and pride ourselves in an unsurpassed level of customer service.  We work hard to use the most innovative products and tools to ensure each of our clients are more then satisfied with our commercial cleaning services.  If you would like a free estimate for your office cleaning needs please call Gator Cleaning Solutions at 813-929-1122!






Keeping your Carpets Clean…

Posted by: Erin Meyer 4:13 pm

It is important to note that when carpet odors become noticeable the problem with your carpets may already be very serious and need immediate attention. The first step will be to carpet cleaning tampauncover and remove the source of the odor and then clean thoroughly and quickly. Once an odor has established itself in your carpet, routine cleaning won’t solve the problem because it will need a deep flushing of contaminants using hot water extraction using a sub-surface tool.

Once that has been done you may find that hot water extraction may not be enough for strong offensive odors, it will sometimes be necessary to apply a deodorizing agent or odor neutralizer. Deciding which neutralizer will be the next challenge because there are a broad spectrum of agents available designed for various specific types of odors such as mildew, food, human waste etc. It is critical that the professional commercial cleaning company technicians know the source of the odor before they use the wrong chemical.

Professional cleaners will test the chemical on a small piece of carpeting to see if the treatment will work before neutralizing the entire carpet. That will prevent a waste of time tampa carpet cleaningand money and make it more likely that you will have a successful cleaning. If the neutralizer works and alleviates the odor the entire carpet can then be treated. If the carpet is not glued down a cleaner will probably remove it or detach it and treat the carpet backing as well as the neutralizing agent to make contact with what is causing the odor. This process allows the team to access any odor issues in the sub floor and replace padding if necessary.

Again it is imperative to have your professional commercial cleaning company to do this work as it is necessary to use strong chemicals in the process and they have the knowledge and tools to complete the task quickly and successfully. Removing odors is a daunting challenge and the main goal is to eliminate odors not mask them as masking them will prolong the problem and doesn’t address the underlying cause. Sometimes the only solution is to remove the carpet but if you quickly get professional help chances are a more affordable solution will be successful.

If your in need of professional carpet cleaning services? Look no further than Gator Cleaning Solutions to provide high quality services that meet all of your needs. Carpetgreen cleaning cleaning, area rug cleaning, furniture upholstery cleaning, Tile and Grout cleaning and emergency restoration service requirements can all be met by our team of highly skilled professionals. Our industry-certified cleaners have the knowledge and skill to handle a job in any type of environment. Our areas of expertise include work in commercial, industrial or residential settings.


Cleaning Carpets and Ridding Odor

Posted by: Erin Meyer 3:47 pm

Knowing how important first impressions are to clients and customers, it’s no wonder thattampa carpet cleaning professional commercial cleaning companies go to great lengths to keep areas not only clean but fresh smelling as well. While most people associate odors with restrooms many time odors stem from neglected carpets or carpets that have been cleaned improperly. Although carpet odors are uncommon they are important because when someone comes into a facility they will judge the cleanliness of that facility with their nose. It is vital to keep odors neutralized as foul carpet odors can have an effect not only on customers but also on office and building occupants and custodial staff as well.

Carpets usually comprise the major portion of a surface area of a floor and proper care impacts the appearance, health and asset preservation in many significant ways. If you allow carpets to develop odors you are inevitably setting yourself up for a major capital outlay for replacement or serious indoor air quality problems that could lead to health related litigation. A professional commercial cleaning company will work with you to develop a strategy to protect your assets and maintain your carpets over time.

Carpets don’t smell bad but odors arise from what’s inside carpets. Food, soil, human or carpet cleaning new port richeyanimal waste and pollen became a source of odor if they get stuck over time in carpet fibers or backing material. In addition to these contaminants, moisture can be an issue. There are a whole host of issues that can produce moisture including floods or spills, over wetting during cleaning or high humidity. Wet carpets can produce mold or mildew which can quickly cause a stench.

Carpet is like a sponge soaking up water and like a sponge it’s often difficult to see that a sponge is full until too late. If the process you are using to clean the carpet is poor in quality it will exacerbate your problem. Poorly maintained vacuums or extractors can leave soil and dirt behind in carpets and insufficient or incorrect vacuuming or improper extraction can leave a layer of soap which will make your carpet more likely to become dirty in a short period of time. Also problematic are using the wrong cleaning chemicals, using too much water, inadequate ventilation or incomplete rinsing.

All in all, cleaning carpets is a daunting task and must be done correctly in order to preventcarpet cleaning trinity odors and preserve the life of your carpet. Carpet cleaning and odor removal is one of the most unique challenges in the cleaning industry. It is the only three dimensional surfaces that we clean on a daily basis. Trust your carpet cleaning and maintenance to your professional commercial cleaning company.

Gator Cleaning Solutions has been serving the Tampa Bay area with complete carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning and floor care services for more then 10 years.  We are a family owned and operated cleaning company that treats each customer with care and fairness.  Give us a call for a custom floor care quote!  813-929-1122

Maintaining your Floors Part 2

Posted by: Erin Meyer 10:09 am

In part two of the blog determining your  floor choices we will look at Laminate and Linoleum as possibilities for floor coverings and what they have to offer.


Laminate can be a cost effective option for commercial spaces. Laminate is durable, easy to install and is priced less than wood flooring and also requires less maintenance. floor cleaning tampaAccording to the World Floor Covering Association laminate contains melamine resin and aluminum oxide that help it resist gouges and stains and that adds to its life expectancy. Laminate can last 5 to 10 years if it is maintained correctly but installation is key to how well it ages.

Laminate installation methods can be different and there is always a concern that floors leave a space underneath and moisture can get in under it and could cause the floor to eventually discolor. Cleaning companies will need to work with the client to understand how to clean laminate correctly which means includes using water sparingly. You must use water but keep it from penetrating into the gaps. Once laminate floors are scratched or damaged they may need to be replaced because there is no way to correct damage to laminate floors as you can’t sand down and refinish laminate.


Linoleum is a durable material and may be a good choice for a commercial building. Linoleum is an all-natural, water resistant surface that is easy to clean. Having a schedule for periodic polishing or spray buffing will help to extend the floors life and appearance. Unfortunately, most commercial owners don’t do maintenance on a regular basis. Deep cleaning may require coating the floor with stripping solution, scrubbing it with machine and removing the stripping solution with a wet vacuum or mop before rinsing with clean water.

Office cleaning tampaCommercial floors may also require a yearly wax treatment depending on the condition of the floor and how much shine the client wants. The floors need to be stripped down to the original surface and three to five layers of wax are applied. If the floor isn’t stripped, new wax is just being put over old wax and will cause the floor to be discolored. If, however, the floor is properly maintained it is very resilient.

Linoleum is very economical whether you have a showroom, medical office or a school because maintenance will prolong the life of the floor.  Whereas carpet has to be cleaned a few times each year and eventually has to be torn out and replaced, Linoleum floors can last 50 or 60 years.

Doing your research will help you to zero in on your individual needs and make educated choices on the best flooring for your business. Each type of floor has advantages and disadvantages and if you consult your professional commercial cleaning company, together you can make the very best choice for your facility and business.

If you need a professional cleaning service or a free floor maintenance program quote give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call today at 813-929-1122!

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Keeping up with your Floor Care Maintenance Part 1

Posted by: Erin Meyer 10:03 am

If your business or office has an outdated floor due to wear and tear and can no longer be sufficiently cleaned it may be time to look at alternatives available in today’s market. Gator Cleaning Solutions correctly prices new job bids and avoids underestimating the materials you need.  It is important to have an understanding of commercial flooring materials and how those materials age. In addition, it will be beneficial to know how to keep your new floors from aging prematurely as well as the required maintenance that will be needed. Gator Cleaning Solutions understands what treatments will best restore a floor to avoid promising impossible results to new and existing clients. In this two part blog find out what special services are necessary to help keep carpet, wood, laminate and linoleum in great shape as they age and experience wear and tear. With this information you can make an educated decision about which floors offer the best possibility for your business.


Like all flooring, the life cycle of carpet is determined by the environment it is in.  Carpet in high-traffic areas and entryways will age faster but with the proper care can usually have acommercial carpet cleaning useable life span of 10 or more years, according to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) a nonprofit carpet industry trade group. With carpet it will be necessary to do deep cleaning routinely, depending on what type of environment your facility is, for example a restaurant will need deep cleaning once a month where as a dentist’s office or doctor’s office may only need deep cleaning once a year. Whether your carpet will require monthly or yearly, deep cleaning is the key to keeping carpets looking good and prolonging their viability. Your cleaning company will want to stay ahead of any problems especially in high traffic areas to prevent permanent traffic lanes or fading. If you begin to see soil levels build up, you’ve waited too long.

Carpet treatments can vary quite a bit based of the material the carpet is made of from simple shampooing to using dry foam or a combination of products and methods. It is generally recommended using a hot water extraction process with a mild detergent or crystal clear carbonation solution. The idea is to remove the soil with a water based cleaning solution often after pre-conditioners are used  to soften up dirt. With this particular method, dirt is extracted using a rotating power device. The most important thing is to avoid leaving any residue on the carpet which will create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. If clients are resistant to paying for regular cleaning treatments they may be open to treating certain parts of the carpet. If this is the client’s choice and regular maintenance workers spot-treat carpet in between deep cleanings, it is important to rinse the area thoroughly to avoid leaving a soapy residue which can cause area to become discolored.


Wood flooring can have an exceptional lifespan sometimes as long as 100 years or older according to Builder magazine. It is a very good choice for high traffic areas and requires regular sweeping, mopping and other cleaning methods. In addition, it needs to routinely undergo more intense procedures including refinishing and stripping when regular cleaning won’t restore its luster.

hardwood cleaningClients with wood floors usually redo the process every few years as sealers usually last more than a year but when it does become clear that it is time to refinish the floors, cleaning companies must be careful to approach the process very carefully. You must ensure the floor is dust and debris free after properly prepping it. If that is not done, the floor could be left with dimples when it dries and the job will have to be redone. If the floor is not prepped and the finish applied correctly it will need to be entirely redone. It is best to hire a professional company with experience in flooring to do this task when it needs to be done.

If scratches, nicks or other damage is done to the wood, it will need to be sanded down and refinished but with grime or other residue all you will need is a machine to clean and polish and remove scuffs and other marks. It will not be necessary to replace the whole floor for some small imperfections.

This all makes wood floors a truly great choice for clients that are looking for long term durability and easy maintenance .

If you or your business need a floor maintenance program that will help extend the life of your flooring please give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call at 813-929-1122!

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Keeping your Office Clean and Healthy

Posted by: Erin Meyer 9:55 am

There is no more serious concern in the professional commercial cleaning business thanmedical office cleaning tampa cross contamination and one of the ways the industry is fighting this important battle is by implementing color-coded cleaning systems. In hospitals, restaurants, schools and offices sickness can spread rapidly through cross contamination. If a janitor, cleaning staff member or custodian touches something that has been infected or contaminated and then uses a cloth or mop and transfers it to another surface untold negative results can occur. Gator Cleaning Solutions has been using a color coded cleaning system for years to help partner with our customers in avoiding cross contamination in facility cleaning.

Colored wipes and tools can reduce this problem dramatically and prevent contagions. An example of this is although restrooms represent only 5% of a buildings space, they house over 80% of the germs in any given location.  You don’t want to mop a floor in a room where patients have been treated and then use that same mop to clean a bathroom floor or a workroom. It is expected that workers clean their tools properly and then put them away but that doesn’t always happen the way it should. You need to be assured that people are doing the right thing and color coding helps with this consistency.

office cleaningThe most important facility where this is beyond critical is the health care industry. High profile incidents of hospital-acquired infections have increased serious attention to developing systems to help combat this problem. Color-coding makes it easier to teach the systems to workers and ultimately provide a much more professional and consistent result while lowering the occurrence of HAI in health care facilities.

Another benefit of developing these systems is the large number of workers in the industry who speak English as a second language. Color-coding helps bridge the language barrier as workers can more easily understand which areas are cleaned with which color. In addition to simplifying the cleaning process by labeling tools and products by color, there are charts available to reinforce the process with simple visual cues.

All of these new color-coding materials will help streamline procedures and make consistent cleaning more effective especially in the area of cross contamination. For your custom cleaning quote give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call 813-929-1122!

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Keeping up with your Carpets!

Posted by: Erin Meyer 6:07 pm

Research extending back several decades shows that properly maintained carpets can be tampa carpet cleaningsafe and will have many desirable attributes, not the least of which are comforts and well-being. Any facility manager or office manager looking to find and hire a professional, commercial cleaning company will want to be sure that whatever company you hire they have the knowledge and expertise to understand your flooring and carpet needs. Carpet is not static but is a dynamic environmental system that conforms to the law of thermodynamics. If you have a new indoor carpet you realize the benefit it brings but as time passes carpet will seek a state of disorder and become a matter absorber that transfers and traps unwanted matter. In order to be maintained to optimum status, carpets must be cleaned regularly.

“Cleaning” is the process used to achieve a clean condition and effective cleaning is the process of extracting and removing unwanted matter to the greatest or optimum extent.  It will reduce exposure to unwanted matter and eliminate any adverse effects on humans, environmental and other valuable materials.

tampa carpet cleaningIt is obvious that unwanted matter gets deposited in carpet either by foot traffic or by air deposition. Large dense substances are normally tracked in through ground floor entrances and because carpet has a large irregular surface area it holds on to this substance. Because of this temporary containment carpet can help control indoor pollutants. This is known as the trap effect and is only temporary because sooner or later the unwanted matter transfers somewhere else.

Six different field experiments over the last 25 years indicate that a properly designed carpet cleaning schedule with an emphasis on extraction can keep unwanted matter loading in carpet at levels that will not adversely affect other parts of the environment, such as indoor air. The studies indicate 3 important components for carpet care:

  1. The use of soil barriers such as walk off mats at the building entrances
  2. Frequently scheduled vacuuming with a certified and tested vacuum
  3. Regularly scheduled extraction cleaning

Extracting pollutants from carpets enhances the quality of the indoor environment by reducing exposers and protecting health. Cleaning carpets is most beneficial to health when we extract all of the following:

  •                 Fine particles that are not controlled through normal housekeeping
  •                 Biological allergens of all types
  •                 Particles to which other pollutants are bound such as solids and gas-phase                     organic compounds
  •                 Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and arsenic found in outside soil dusts
  •                 Pesticides and herbicides used in and around the microenvironment
  •                 Combustion byproducts from cooking, wood smoke, candles and tobacco

Make sure your professional commercial cleaning company has the expertise to keep your commercial offices, medical facilities and schools carpeting at optimum condition through a well maintained plan to protect your carpet and extend its life over the years.

Call Gator Cleaning Solutions for a Free Carpet Cleaning Estimate!


Keeping your Floors looking New

Posted by: Erin Meyer 9:34 am

Carpet Cleaning (Steam Cleaning): At Gator Cleaning Solutions we carry the best carpet commercial carpet cleaningcleaning equipment available in the industry. The primary method of cleaning that we use is Truck Mounted Steam cleaning. We always pre-treat all areas and then clean at temperatures exceeding 200 degrees.

In addition, we extract using a rinse which neutralizes all the soaps, thereby eliminating dirt attracting residue. Finally, we understand that one of your primary concerns is dry time. That’s why we use as little water as possible and always perform extra dry strokes to extract as much water from your carpets as possible, as well as the soil and detergent.

Carpet Cleaning (Dry Cleaning): For those customers who prefer a dryer form of cleaning, we offer the Encapsulation System. This system can also do an incredible job, especially on berber carpets! We spray down an encapsulation formula, and then run the Cymex machine over your carpets. Within an hour or two, the formula crystalizes around each dirt particle preventing the dirt from reattaching to the carpet fibers. Then, the crystalized formula is merely vacuumed up during your next next scheduled vacuuming. There is no dirt attracting residue left in your carpets.

They immediately look beautiful and stay clean longer than any other method of cleaning. The formula is totally safe and considered a green form of cleaning. In addition, this method is less expensive than the steam cleaning.

Tile & Grout Cleaning: Customers are totally amazed at the before and after results of our tile and grout cleaningTile and Grout cleaning. Usually we hear something like this, “I had no idea that my tile and grout was that dirty!” The differences are usually DRAMATIC!

Upholstery Cleaning: We clean a wide range of synthetic upholstery, including Microfiber. We do not clean leather or upholstery made of natural fibers.

Give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call for your fee carpet cleaning estimate!