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How Often Should I Clean My Leather?

A regular cleaning schedule includes professional cleaning two times a year. Between professional cleanings, you can maintain the health and beauty of your leather furniture by cleaning with leather cleaner and Protective Cream. We recommend a leather cleaning kit.

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Why Should I Clean & Protect My Leather?

• Oils & Grease – Body oils from both humans and animals attach and hold on to leather. Body oils are easily transferred to the head cushions and armrests of the furniture and can cause serious damage to the protective finishes found on leather.
• Atmospheric Soils – Consider the dust that builds up on a coffee table or desk over a week’s time. This same dust is being deposited on your leather. Additionally, consider the airborne cooking oils and atmospheric pollution that are present, to some degree, in every home. These elements can wear down leather over time.
• Common Soils – These soils include dirt tracked in from outside along with sand and fibers from plants, brought into the home by people and pets.
• Dyes and Inks – The inks from newspapers and dyes from denim can transfer onto leather in a process called dye transfer. Additionally, the risk of ink from a leaky pen or the aspiring toddler who loves to draw should not be forgotten.

Two Simple Tips for Getting the Most from your Cleaning Company

Cleaning companies take pride in providing you a clean and hygienic work environment.  Here are two simple steps that you can follow to get the most from your cleaning company.

Any good cleaning company will have an easy way for you to communicate with them.  We provide a communication book for our clients.  If you have a more pressing concern, call the manager or owner.

Take a few minutes to pick up messy desks, kitchen areas, etc. The cleaning crew will not want infringe on your pace, so the less they have to move or clean around the better the end result.  Saving worker’s time on non-cleaning related activities equals more cleaning for your dollar.

You and your clients deserve a clean work environment.  Start using these tips today for a healthier and cleaner office.

It’s more important…

Keeping your office
clean is not just something you should do but something that you as an employer
are required to do by law.

Under Section 2 of the
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable,
the health, safety and welfare of employees at work.

This includes guaranteeing employees are working in the correct temperatures,
have enough lighting and ventilation and they are working in a clean and neat
In order to meet these requirements you should introduce cleaning practices to
ensure that the building and all equipment within it are kept clean and
correctly maintained and that all floors and traffic routes are kept clear of

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