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Does your Cleaning Company have a protocol for Vacuuming?

Posted by: Erin Meyer 1:46 pm

Many Professional Cleaning Companies don’t have a clearly articulated procedure for Office cleaning tampavacuuming  large facilities. This is critical for many reasons but primarily to preserve the health of the carpet and also to be cost effective. If you are cleaning a facility over 10,000 square feet it will typically take 15 minutes of vacuuming every 1000 square feet. If you are vacuuming every space it will take over 3 hours and that is neither efficient nor does it protect the health of the carpet. So, how can you develop a more efficient, productive procedure for vacuuming? You begin with an analysis of the facility and where you need to adjust your time spent. Divide areas that need more frequent vacuuming from those that need less frequent vacuuming.

Areas that need less frequent vacuuming include:

Executive offices often times don’t require attention daily and can maintained with spot cleaning. Usually twice a week will suffice for these areas and therefor will save the longevity of the carpet

Carpet Cleaning tampaIndividual office spaces also need less attention even if they are used frequently they still tend to remain clean. Spot check these areas and thoroughly vacuumed once or twice a week.

Meeting rooms also tend to stay cleaner and probably won’t need vacuuming more than once a week.

Areas along the walls and edges of the facility usually look brand new and as such only need attention infrequently, maybe once every other week

Areas that require more frequent vacuuming include:

Open workspaces and central activity areas may need much more frequent vacuuming because there are more people working there. Most likely these high traffic areas will need daily vacuuming.

Transition areas are where carpet and hard surface floors may meet and will require Office cleaning tampafrequent vacuuming.  If a hard surface floor is soiled or dirty it will likely track dirt onto the carpet and that will do damage over time.

Other high traffic are near elevators or water fountains and will need vacuuming every night including the interior of the elevator if it is carpeted.

Any kind of carpeted pathway is usually considered a high traffic area and will need nightly attention.

Another component to your carpet cleaning procedures is the choice of vacuuming cleaners and there are many from which to choose.

Types of Vacuums:

Wide-area vacuum cleaners are very efficient and clean up to 10,000 square feet in an hour. This works well on wide or long hallways as well as open spaces.

Backpack vacuums with a more comfortable harness than its predecessors are being used more frequently on all types of carpeted areas but are especially more useful in congested and transition spaces.

Upright vacuums are recommended in office areas that are moderately congested and where there are some open spaces around desks and furniture. Most uprights have a cleaning path of 13 to 19 inches.

Canister vacuums are becoming more and more popular because of their versatility. Especially useful for day cleaning because they are so quiet and less obtrusive.

By applying a more focused approach to developing a protocol for carpet cleaning and vacuuming, we can help increase the longevity of the carpets and also save your company time and money. Gator Cleaning Solutions is always searching for cutting edge products and procedures to save our clients time and money.  If your looking for a professional cleaning service or would like to improve your facility maintenance give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call to get a no obligation cleaning quote!


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What is a Floor Maintenance and cleaning Program?

Posted by: Erin Meyer 11:53 am

Professional floor maintenance and cleaning can mean a number of differentfloor maintenance and cleaning tampa processes designed to keep floors looking great but also to maintain the integrity of the floor covering product.

Floor waxing, stripping and sealing, buffing and burnishing are some examples. When a customer expresses the desire to get their floors cleaned we ask a few simple questions to determine what the process might look like.

1. Floor Waxing

Floor waxing involves stripping your floors via a stripping solution and a stripping machine. This removes the old layer of floor finish or wax that may be scratched or stained. Once this layer is removed a new coating of wax is applied to your floors. This will make your floors shine and look bright again.

2. Buffing and Burnishing

Buffing is a short term way of making your floors shine. A buffing machine will work out any surface scratches there are in the finish. This will make the floor surface flatter which gives off more glow. Buffing will also smooth out your floors reducing the chances of a slip and fall accident. Burnishing is basically the same process as buffing just at a higher speed for more damaged and scratched floors.

3. Floor Scrubbing

Sometimes a simple floor washing may be what is required. Floor washing is generally done on a regular basis to prolong the need of other floor maintenance and cleaning tasks. Floor washing will help remove small dirt particles that if not cleaned up will scratch floors and make them lose color.

floor waxing tampaThese are the most common processes for hard floors.  Keep in mind that carpet also needs regular maintenance to prolong the life of the fibers within the carpet.  We recommend a minimum of an annual carpet cleaning and extraction and depending on traffic a more regular service plan may be needed.  If you are considering or shopping professional floor maintenance or cleaning services please give Gator Cleaning Solutions the opportunity to provide a No Obligation Custom Floor Maintenance and Cleaning Quote. We have been serving the Tampa Bay area for more then a decade and pride ourselves in quality floor care services and an unsurpassed level of customer service!

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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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Floor Care Options with Long Term Benefit

Posted by: Erin Meyer 5:21 pm

Floor Care 

When making floor product choices one would benefit from consulting the facility floor care and cleaning tampamaintenance team to gain valuable input.  Of course the aesthetics of the flooring product is an important factor but equally important is the Floor care and maintenance requirements for long term sustainability of the product.  Life cycle costs and analysis should be done on a space by space basis.

3 Cost Considerations:

  • Initial Cost
  • Ongoing Maintenance
  • Replacement Cost

Performance of a product isn’t always something architects and designers take into consideration but should be weighted per the area in which the product will be installed.  For example, VCT may be installed in a high traffic medical facility requiring 5 coats of wax and regular maintenance.  A low pile carpet would not be a performance choice for the same area due to ability to effectively clean/sanitize and traffic wear.

Floor care and maintenance  matter when making floor product choices.  The levels of foot traffic should be considered when developing a floor cleaning schedule.

floor cleaningLighter foot traffic            Every 3-6 months

Moderate foot traffic       Every 3 months

High foot traffic                 Every month

Floor Maintenance Considerations:

Depending on the type of flooring you choose make sure you have the appropriate protective coating according to manufacturer’s recommendation.  As discussed in the previous example, VCT flooring requires specific polishing and waxing to extend the life of the floor.

Floor maintenance programs should also consider best practices such as:

Effective walk off mats to capture soil in entry and exit waysCarpet cleaning

Daily vacuuming, sweeping and/or mopping to keep debris off the floors

Regular maintenance discussed above based on traffic patterns

Use of proper equipment and chemicals to process the floor product

Proper training of all floor maintenance technicians if done in house or contract a company that is certified in floor cleaning processes.

If you need help determining what your floor care needs are give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call for a no obligation analysis and floor maintenance program quote.  We would be happy to share in best practices and help you extend the life of your floors!

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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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