Barrington Commercial Cleaning – Leather Care 2

Leather Scuffs, Scratches and Fading…

Over the life of your furniture, you are bound to experience some of the common problems associated with leather furniture.

Scratches:
• Try using dabbing a little olive oil on the scratch.
• Use an iron over a damp cloth to draw the natural oils out of the leather.
• Try some shoe polish.

(The best way to repair leather damage is have an expert do it. We take not responsibility for the above techniques. Use them at your own discretion.)

Barrington Commercial Cleaning – Leather Care 1

Leather can last four or five times longer than fabric and other man-made fibers. Through use, body oils, perspiration, skin acids and other soils can work their way into the leather. Many cleaning products are not appropriate for leather. If you don’t clean with the proper product be prepared for leather finishes to break down leading to promoting dryness and cracking.
Various types of leather require different care processes.
• Aniline “natural, pure, naked or unprotected leather”
• Protected “finished semi-aniline, every day, pigmented and painted leather”
• Nubuck “chaps, distressed, bomber and suede leather”

Barrington Desks are worse than toilets…

At the hight of cold and flu season, many Americans may want to avoid caughing and sneezing co-workers by hide at their desks. But health experts say that could be the very place that makes them sick.
The typical worker’s desk has hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than an office toilet seat. If that’s not disturbing enough, desks, phones and other private surfaces are also prime habitats for the viruses that cause colds and flu.

Office toilet seats had 49 germs per square inch, he found. But desktops had almost 21,000 germs per square inch. Phones were worse — more than 25,000 germs per square inch.
Desks, phones, computer keyboards and mice are key germ transfer points because people touch them so often.

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Your Barrington Office may be a breeding ground for virus and bacteria.

Have you ever come in to work sick or washed your hands for less than the recommended two minutes?
Well, this is probably true for your colleagues as well.

What is the verdict?
You’re office many not be as clean as you’d like it to be.

Cleaning Hazards, Risks and Solutions

If you have your own cleaning personnel you are responsible for managing work hazards and training employees in the safety problems they may face in their cleaning work.

Health and safety issuing including workplace hazards are the cause of numerous accidents and injuries in the workplace.

Here are some common hazards cleaners may encounter, the risks involved and possible solutions to avoid injury.

Vulnerability: Damaged electrical cords on vacuum cleaners, floor polishers and other cleaning machinery.

Result: Electric shocks, burns; possibly death.

Solution: Employ a qualified, licensed electrical contractor to fix damaged or faulty cords.

Inspect and maintain equipment regularly.

Vulnerability:  Walking on slippery floors after mopping.

Result: Slips, trips and falls.

Solution: Use auto-scrubbers.

Use barricades to separate people from wet areas.

Use portable signs to warn people.

Vulnerability:  Lifting heavy cartons/equipment.

Result: Permanent damage to the back, muscles and ligaments.

Solution: Use a trolley to move heavy items.

Ask other cleaning team members to help you lift heavy items.

Get training in safe work practices and lifting techniques.

Vulnerability:  Sharp objects, particularly needles hidden in bins.

Result: Cuts and serious infections such as Hepatitis B, C and HIV.

Solution: Use garbage bags made of tough canvas instead of plastic.

Carry all plastic garbage bags in trolleys, not by hand.

Get training in the safe handling of sharps.

Vulnerability:  Using chemicals and hazardous substances.

Result: Skin irritation, chemical poisoning and/or burns, occupational asthma and diseases such as cancer.

Solution: Ensure all chemicals hazardous substances are correctly labeled.

Provide a material safety data sheet (MSDS) for every chemical and hazardous substance.

Ensure appropriate training is provided in the safe handling, use and disposal of chemicals and hazardous substances.

Use appropriate personal protective equipment at all times.

The Importance of Health and Safety Training for your Cleaners

Why using Barrington Cleaning Services

1. You Don’t Have To Hire Another Employee.

Hiring another employee means paying wages/salary for yet another staff member, not to mention health insurance, paid vacations and sick days, insurance for unemployment and injuries, and other benefits.

Also there is no need for the purchase of any cleaning equipment or cost of equipment maintenance, or cost of cleaning chemicals needed for the cleaning.

In contrast, when you outsource to a commercial office cleaning company, you pay the contract amount – and that’s it!

2.You Don’t Have to Dedicate Your Valuable Staff Resources to the Task.

The alternative to hiring a new employee is making one or more existing employees responsible for the task. You have two choices in this scenario:

Dedicating one employee to the task and reassign his or her responsibilities, or spreading the task out between multiple employees.

Either way, your employees will have more work and more stress, which can eventually hurt your business via higher rates of absenteeism, poorly done work, and higher turnover rates.

Not to mention cleaning services not being preformed if they are absent!

3. You Can Focus on Running Your Business.

Any successful business knows that outsourcing is a necessary factor in their success.

Don’t waste your valuable time and resources on details such as keeping your workplace clean.

It will severely reduce the amount of time you have to run your business. It will also free up time you could use instead to focus on your business.

How are employees trained, and do they have current background checks?

Commercial cleaners often clean offices during non-working hours.  This requires a lot of trust on the part of business owners and their employees.  It’s important to know that the company you are hiring runs criminal background checks on their employees.  This commitment to providing qualified employees should never be underestimated.   Ask for a detailed explanation of the company’s hiring policy, and don’t be shy to ask for a copy of the employee policy.

Training Employees to Clean

Another employee benefit to hiring a cleaning service is that you will have to spend less time training your employees on how to properly clean the office, and you will be able to spend more time training them on their primary duties.

By hiring a cleaning service, you and your employees will benefit from the cleaner, happier office environment you are creating.

4 Vacuuming Tips

Vacuuming is where most people start…

Here are the basics:

•Carpets should be vacuumed once a week–more often in heavy traffic areas. Regular vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibers. Every few weeks, take a little extra time to use your crevice tool cleaning hard-to-reach places.

•When vacuuming large areas, divide the floor into quadrants and vacuum an entire quadrant before moving on to the next.

•Take your time. One pass with a high-powered upright is not enough.  Work slowly to allow the suction to remove all the deep dust and dirt.

•Spend extra time on areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum areas of heavy traffic with a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes.