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A Concept That Really Holds Water

August 3rd, 2016 / Lisa Noonan / 0 comments
 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge made popular during the summer of 2014 has come full circle. Can you believe it’s been two years since we were all dousing ourselves with buckets full of water and ice? Big buckets, small buckets, various proportions of water and ice, toddlers and grownups alike – even celebrities were doing it. And there was no avoiding it; it was only a matter of time before each of us got challenged to do it. And while we were all partaking in this challenge, it was being captured on video and posted on social media sites. It was a true viral phenomenon, all in the name of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), more commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.

If you’re like me, you were probably thinking: “Okay, I guess I’ll try it. But how in the world can pouring ice water on my head help find a cure for ALS?” Ludicrous, right?

Now, two years later, we see that not only did this ice bucket challenge create a heightened awareness about this tragic and fatal disease, but donations and funding increased enough to enable researchers to make a dramatic and important discovery.   What’s more, one of the key scientists responsible for this discovery is from our very own UMass Medical School – right here in Worcester! How cool is that?

This underscores the power of social media. Sometimes the power can work against us, but often, it works for us and gives us hope for the future.

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Are All Cleaning Companies Created Equal?

March 25th, 2016 / Lisa Noonan / 0 comments
 

Chances are that at some point in the near future, you or someone within your organization will be seeking a new cleaning company.  With so many companies to choose from, in what is a very competitive market, it is important to do a little homework before choosing your next cleaning staff.   Whenever we work with a new client we initially ask them what is prompting them to seek a new cleaning service.  The most common answers typically involve frustration stemming from one of the following three common mistakes:

  • Going for the lowest cost provider. While it is important to have a budget, choosing a cleaning company purely based on price can be a mistake and can lead to frustration.  It is good practice to get comparative bids, although more than 3 can be overwhelming.  Inevitably, one of the bidders will have the most desirable price.  But, if the price is too low, comparatively speaking, that should be a red flag that the company has probably bid incorrectly.  Chances are, if you hire the company with a very low price, they may be unable to provide the quality of service you require for the agreed upon price.  Be sure to understand the staffing plan that supports the proposed price and make sure you are comparing apples to apples when looking at multiple proposals from various vendors.
  • Office Cleaning HumorNot properly communicating expectations to the cleaning company. Not all cleaning cleaning contracts are created equal.  A medical office building has very different needs and requirements than a manufacturing facility, for example.  And, while a cleaning company may have experience cleaning all types of facilities, it is important to ask questions up front and be sure that both parties are on the same page when it comes to daily/weekly/monthly tasks.  For example, “nightly floor mopping” might mean a quick pass over all heavy traffic areas in some buildings, while it may mean very careful attention to all corners and edges every night in others.  It is important for the cleaning company to understand all of the client’s hot buttons or areas of primary concern.  And it is equally important for the client to carefully review the cleaning specifications to make sure their needs will be met.
  • Not asking how staff are trained, supervised and managed. It is a fact across many industries – and especially in the cleaning industry: finding and retaining good, dependable help is very challenging these days.  It is the toughest part of maintaining and growing a successful cleaning business.  So, it is essential that your cleaning company has a team of supervisors who oversee their staff and closely monitor the quality of cleaning on a regular basis.  In a service-based business such as cleaning, it is important to properly train staff so that they can perform their work in an effective and efficient manner.  However, even with the best training, sometimes problems do arise; an unemptied trash basket, a countertop that was overlooked or a spot on a rug that the cleaner was unable to remove.  When situations such as these do occur, the management staff should identify and fix them through the inspection process, rather than waiting for the client to find and identify the issue.   Make sure to ask about and understand the communication process within your cleaning company to ensure the best possible results for your workplace.

If you are in the process of looking for a cleaning service for your workplace, your satisfaction level is sure to increase if these mistakes are avoided.


 


When is a Dirty Floor Not Really Dirty?

February 5th, 2016 / Lisa Noonan / 0 comments
 

Do you sometimes look down at the floor –in the office kitchen or restroom – and wonder why that spot or stain you’ve noticed is still there?  You might wonder “Don’t the cleaning people see that night after night?  Why don’t they take care of it?”  Or maybe there’s an area at the base of the sink or toilet that just never seems to look clean and you think “this restroom just isn’t not clean!  Maybe we need a better cleaning company.”   And sometimes, floors may simply look dull and dingy – again resulting in the feeling that your workplace is unclean.

Surprisingly, your cleaning staff may be doing the best they can in terms of daily floor maintenance.  When symptoms such as these occur, it’s usually a sign that a floor needs to be refinished – either by buffing the floor and applying a coat or two of fresh wax, or by stripping the floor of all wax and reapplying several coats.  And sometimes, all a floor needs is a scrub and buff – where wax is not removed, but the surface is deeply scrubbed to remove surface stains and then buffed to restore shine and luster.

Here are three symptoms that indicate your floor is in need of refinishing:

Floor Waved Before & After1. Floor color starts to yellow. When too much wax builds up on a surface over time, the finish becomes discolored.  This is usually a sign that the floor needs to be completely stripped of all wax before new coats are applied.

2. Surface of floor looks dull.  When a floor undergoes too much wear and tear, due to heavy traffic and infrequent upkeep, the finish starts to break down causing lack of shine and a dull, dirty look.  Permanent damage can be done to flooring if left unfinished for too long.

3. Staining starts to occur around floor edges – especially around sinks, toilets and other areas where drips occur. Vinyl tile flooring benefits from daily mopping as well as routine scrubbing and buffing to keep the surface shiny.  But, over time, when staining occurs and the stains can’t be removed through routine scrubbing, it’s an indication that some or all of the coats of wax need to be removed and reapplied.

Regardless of how your floors look, the most common problem is waiting too long to have the floors taken care of.  To avoid these types of symptoms, and to keep your floors looking their best, it’s important to have a floor care plan in place.  Floor care experts can assess your needs and determine the best floor care plan for you.

And that’s the real dirt on clean floors!

a freshly finished floor, courtesy of Eagle Cleaning Corporation


 


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