9 Surprising Office Germ Havens Part I

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Following on from our January post regarding tips for keeping your office germ free, we thought it would be useful to be more specific as to where you are most likely to come across germs in the office. As a result, we’ve devised a three part guide, with this the first of three parts!

Germ Haven #1: Computer Mouse and Keyboard

unnamedBarring an occasional visit from your company’s tech guy, you’re the only one who touches your mouse and keyboard, so how dirty could things get? In a word: very. “According to data, these are the worst offenders,” says Donna Duberg, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. The reason is simple, she says: People rarely clean them and it’s unheard of for cleaning crews to go to that level of detail. So, take matters into your own hands and give your keyboard and mouse a weekly wipe down with disinfecting wipes or spray after you turn your computer off. The key word here is “disinfecting,” not sanitizing. Look for products that say “Kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria” on the label. This is an indication that they will get the job done.

Germ Haven #2: Top of Desk

unnamed-1Research shows that women spend more time at their desks than men. Our hardworking nature, however, is rewarded with bacteria—and lots of it. “Women tend to be at their desks longer than men, and they tend to keep a lot more things on their desktops, too,” says Duberg. Lunch, snacks, a stash of chocolate, magazines, photos of the kids, flowers, plants, candles—all reasonable things that are commonly found on women’s desks—can end up being a germ playground. And when a desktop is rarely or never cleaned, Duberg says, it can become a “buffet for bacteria.” What to do? You guessed it: Clean! Wipe down your desktop frequently—daily if you eat at your desk—with disinfecting wipes or with a disinfecting spray cleaner.

Germ Haven #3: Office Door frame

unnamed-2Of course, you already know that the door handles or knobs are germ magnets, but the door frame? Just think of all the people who pop into your office and stand in the doorway, says Duberg. Next time, notice how they lean on and run their hands along the edges. Everyone does it! This, she says, is why the humble door frame can be a hidden germ zone. Wipe yours down yourself every week or so, or talk to the person who supervises the office cleaning crew to see if they can include door frames on their list of things to disinfect.

For more information on The Organised Cleaning Company’s office cleaning services and janitorial supplies, please contact 020 7458 4433, email iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and complete our quote request form online!

The Organised Cleaning Company is a commercial cleaning company set up by lawyer cum-entrepreneur Matt Harris in 2011. Our office is based in Marylebone and we provide contract and commercial cleaning services throughout central London.

Useful End of Tenancy Cleaning Tips for Tenants Part III

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In our continuing series of useful tips for tenants moving out of their rental properties, we thought it would be useful to list a few check-out details which you should be aware of:

  • Utilities – always make a note of the readings on your gas and electric meters to make sure you only pay for what you’ve used.
  • You won’t receive your deposit on the day you move out. A checkout will be carried out on the last day of your tenancy, with a report prepared & sent to the landlord. It’s to your advantage to attend the check-out so you can talk through any issues there are and then to avoid a formal dispute occurring
  • It’s recommended that you compare the state of the property with the check-in report and begin to put right anything which is your responsibility to maintain.

Certain areas of assessment are always carried out during an inspection:

  1. The condition of the furniture
  2. Curtain rods and blinds to make sure they are working
  3. Stains on carpets or rugs
  4. All light bulbs
  5. Batteries in smoke alarms to test if they are working
  6. Domestic appliances to ensure they are working (whilst it may not be your responsibility to repair them, it is the tenant’s responsibility to report their disrepair)

The inventory check will also include close inspection for damage and the cleanliness of the property including:

  1. The condition of walls (dirty marks or damage)
  2. Domestic appliances including dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, oven and hob
  3. The bathroom including furniture, floors and tiling
  4. The kitchen including interior and exterior of cupboards, work surfaces, floors and tiling
  5. Carpets and rugs
  6. Windows – exterior and interior
  7. The furniture (marks and damage)
  8. The tidiness of the garden (if this is stated in the tenancy agreement)

To ensure that you receive 100% of your deposit and avoid any disputes with your landlord, make sure that take these points into account. If you need a hand with any cleaning & property maintenance matters then why not give The Organised Cleaning Company a call on 020 7458 4433 and we’d be happy to help!

What are your top office gripes?

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While you read this, you’re likely to be sat at your desk in an office. As you’re sat there is a colleague annoying you by eating noisily or talking too loudly on the phone?!

With millions of us working in an office every day, it is hardly surprising that there are a few things that annoy us about our colleagues or working environment.

What’s interesting to us at The Organised Cleaning Company is that rather than professional bug bears, such as people not taking ownership for their actions, it’s food and cleanliness grievances that come out on top.

Messy colleagues and dirty communal areas are a big bugbear for staff.

Leaving festering food in the fridge, colleagues failing to wash up after themselves, unclean cups on the side, stacks of unwashed plates, people not cleaning the microwave after their Pot Noodle explodes – all major gripes, and often leading to snarky round-robin emails.

What are your top office gripes? Share them via our Twitter page @TheOrgCleanCo or post a comment on our Facebook page using #officegripes and remember to give us a call on 020 7458 4433 if you need a hand with your office cleaning!

What to include on an office cleaning checklist

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Everyone knows how important cleaning the office is but it can sometimes be overlooked to finish that all important piece of work. When you are able to clean the office, it’s important to have a checklist that you stick to. That way, you can guarantee that your office will be as germ free as possible. We’ve put together a few simple tips on what you should include on your office cleaning checklist.

Even if you have a commercial cleaner, they may not be up to scratch, so these are the areas you need to make sure they pay particular attention to.

Make your desk a priority!

  • Your computer – As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, your computer, mouse and keyboard often harbour more germs than the average toilet seat – not the nicest fact to know! Therefore, to avoid these festering germs, clean your computer, keyboard and mouse with antibacterial wipes or sprays as often as possible, particularly if you’re one of those office workers who eats lunch at their desk!
  • Your drawer – Whilst it’s not as frequently used as your desk and laptop, your drawers can still harbour germs and dust. Go through drawers regularly, getting rid of clutter and sort through paperwork.
  • If you keep fruit or biscuits in your drawer, make sure you don’t keep them in there for too long as they can become breeding grounds for germs and often leave an unpleasant smell in the office.
  • Telephones – Whilst your commercial cleaner may clean your telephone handset regularly, you may want to use antibacterial wipes just to remove any extra germs which have gathered throughout the day. This is particularly important if you share handsets as this is a prime way of picking up unwanted illnesses.

The types of things you may wish to include on a commercial cleaners checklist are:

  • Reception area – This is key to making a good impression to clients so make sure the whole area is presentable. Hoover every day and wipe down the main desk and seating area. Clean doors to remove any handprints and cobwebs.
  • Toilet and Bathroom areas – Cleaning the bathroom is extremely important to maintaining the health and wellbeing of staff. Cleaners should clean basins, toilets and bathroom floors every day thoroughly. They should ensure bins are emptied and that there is enough toilet room, soap and paper towels. Polish all mirrors and wipe down any surfaces and door handles with sanitiser. It may also be worth putting an air fragrance spray in the bathroom to get rid of any unpleasant odours.
  • Kitchen – Most commercial cleaners will be aware of how important keeping the kitchen sanitised is but make sure they pay particular attention to disinfecting all work surfaces, floors and sinks. Also ensure they clean the fridge and microwave as again these are areas which are prime for picking up unwanted germs.
  • General office cleaning – Empty all bins regularly and sanitise them, hoover all floors, and wipe down and sanitise any tables, particularly if they are communal. Clean all windows, removing any fingerprints, including windowsills. Wipe and sanitise all door handles to avoid the spread of unwanted illnesses. Sanitise high traffic items such as photocopiers, printers and telephones.

By following these simple tips your can guarantee you will have a germ-free and healthy working environment for all.

The Organised Cleaning Company is a commercial cleaning company set up by entrepreneur Matt Harris in 2011. It has an office in Marylebone and operates throughout London.

The advantages of hiring office cleaners

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The advantages of hiring office cleanersCleaning the office may not be a task your employees are willing to carry out and it might also distract them from more important tasks of working! You don’t want losing money because your employees are too busy cleaning the kitchen to answer an important call, right? Therefore, if you have troubles clearing your office yourself you should consider hiring professional cleaners.

Nowadays there are lots of different companies offering a variety of cleaning services, which has meant that the cleaning industry is growing quickly. Companies are offered almost any service they could need giving time of the employees to concentrate on their primary duties. Of course, more traditional managers could still insist that cleaning together creates community spirit and shows the employees that all are equal, but how often that is the case in modern companies?

The idea of everyone doing the cleaning together just doesn’t hold anymore in the modern corporate environment! Unlike home cleaning where everyone can share their responsibility a company is a place where people are expected to work together and strict hierarchy and list of tasks is required. That means that the most tedious and unpleasant tasks are always going to go to the personnel lower in hierarchy destroying the community spirit rather than creating it. So why have a special unit just for cleaning or force people in the lowest levels the tedious tasks when you could hire professional cleaners which will do the job better?

Cleaning companies have the right personnel, equipment and experience to provide you with the best & most professional office cleaning service required.They can provide the most efficient and time-saving way to keep your office tidy and in order. It is a much better alternative although it does not sound like this at first. It both saves the time of your employees to concentrate in what you pay them to do and adds to your corporate atmosphere. Your personnel would feel better if the most tedious chores are done by someone outside organization rather by themselves. You could raise their self-confidence if you make them feel more important in their own eyes by not making them do the chores. You could try hiring professional cleaners on your own but are you sure they can do a better then a cleaning company? Cleaning companies can also carry out carpet cleaning amongst other cleaning services that may be necessary in the office. Consider who will be a more efficient cleaner, an employee who only has one office to clean or a team of  professional cleaners who are occupied full time and this is their specialty?

For more information on The Organised Cleaning Company’s office cleaning services and janitorial supplies, please contact 020 7458 4433, email iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and complete our quote request form online!

The Organised Cleaning Company is a commercial cleaning company set up by lawyer cum-entrepreneur Matt Harris in 2011. Our office is based in Marylebone and we provide contract and commercial cleaning services throughout central London.

9 Surprising Office Germ Havens Part III

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Here is your final instalment of our three part series on surprising office germ havens. Don’t forget that we can help keep your office clean & germ free on a daily basis, all you have to do is give us a call on 020 7458 4433!

Germ Haven #7: Copy Machine

unnamed-3Duberg says it surprises many people to hear that a copier could be a germy place. But just think of how often this machine gets used and how many people share it. One push of a button can leave behind countless germs and bacteria that could make you sick. While you can’t walk around the office wearing plastic gloves (nor would you want to), you can remember not to touch your face after handling shared office equipment. Better yet: Wash your hands after using the copier—whether it’s just one quick copy or a stack of sorting and stapling.

Germ Haven #8: Fridge

unnamed-4Moldy sandwiches, condiments that expired in 1993, and a petrified carton of half-and-half that nobody will touch—office refrigerators can get out of control fast. Take the incident at an office complex in San Jose earlier this year: The break-room refrigerator situation got so out of control that when a cleaning crew was called in to toss rotten food and sanitize the situation, the fumes made employees so sick that seven people were hospitalized and 28 sought medical treatment for nausea and vomiting. Avoid refrigerator-induced health drama by instituting an office-wide toss day, where unmarked and expired food is thrown out every week, or every two weeks. In addition, adds Duberg, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after touching the fridge door handle or suspicious-looking food.

Germ Haven #9: Conference Room Table

unnamed-5Think about the chain of events for the average conference room table: breakfast meeting at 9 a.m., creative brainstorming session with doughnuts at 10 a.m., team powwow at 11 a.m., followed by a staff birthday party luncheon at noon. Does the table get wiped down between sessions? Not likely. Instead, germs and viruses left behind from previous meeting attendees begin to multiply, eager to hitchhike onto your hands and arms as you sit around the table. The best way to take a conference room table from a breeding ground for bacteria to a clean surface is to institute an office-wide cleaning policy, advises Duberg. If food was served and eaten on the table, the table needs to be wiped down with a cloth and disinfecting spray.

For more information on The Organised Cleaning Company’s office cleaning services and janitorial supplies, please contact 020 7458 4433, email iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and complete our quote request form online!

The Organised Cleaning Company is a commercial cleaning company set up by lawyer cum-entrepreneur Matt Harris in 2011. Our office is based in Marylebone and we provide contract and commercial cleaning services throughout central London.

“Qwerty Tummy” – How your keyboard is 5 times dirtier than a toilet seat!

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UnknownWe came across this article from a few years back, which claims that computer keyboards can harbour more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat (or so it’s claimed….in the Daily Mail).

Stomach bugs and the risk of becoming ill due to keyboards having up to 150 times the acceptable limit of bacteria and was 5 times filthier than a typical toilet seat.

The article makes interesting reading, and you can follow this link for an interesting read!

Cleaners in London With a Difference!

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Specialising in Commercial & Contract Cleaning, Pre & End of Tenancy Cleaning and Deep Cleaning in London! Whether you are looking for regular Commercial cleaners for your surgery, office, retail store or common parts in your commercial or residential building, then The Organised Cleaning Company guarantee’s:

  1. 100% satisfaction, otherwise you simply get your money back!
  2. Regular spot checks where our dedicated management team look after all your cleaning needs and always maintaining the highest standard at all times.
  3. Cleaning file in each property to liaise with your cleaners.
  4. CRB checked staff, so you have complete trust and peace of mind at all times.
  5. Fully trained and uniformed staff.

The Organised Cleaning Company is passionate about cleaning, having a clean and tidy workplace or rental property really makes a difference to first impressions in a workplace and also can reduce less stress at home.

If you require any Commercial/Contract Cleaning Company or Pre & End of Tenancy or Deep Cleaning Company in London, please contact our office on 020 7458 4433 or email iprefer@organisedcleaning.com.

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9 Surprising Office Germ Havens Part II

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Further to posting the first instalment of this three part series, we’re continuing with part two of the most surprising areas where  you’d find havens of office germs. Enjoy!

Germ Haven #4: Telephone

unnamedIf you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your phone, it’s probably due for a scrub. If you share a phone, stop reading this article and go wipe yours down this second. Even a personal phone can be a vector for bacteria transmission. Don’t believe us? A study from researchers at the University of Arizona found that there are more than 25,127 germs per square inch on the average office phone receiver. Now, think of what you do when you’re talking on the phone. Are you rubbing your nose? Your eyes? People tend to do mindless, repetitive motions while talking on the phone. But follow Duberg’s advice and after you’ve touched your phone, “don’t touch your T-zone—eyes, nose and mouth.” If you share a phone, see if your boss will invest in a headset that only you can use when you’re talking on the phone, or wipe down the shared one frequently.

Germ Haven #5: Books

unnamed-1Nobody ever thinks that books carry germs, but surprise: They do! “Most of them are harboring mold spores, dust mites and bacteria,” warns Duberg. While it’s impossible to thoroughly clean all of your books, you might consider wiping down the covers of frequently used books at your desk with a little disinfectant on a cloth, suggests Duberg. Better yet: Sanitize your hands after handling them, especially if you’re an allergy sufferer. This could cut back on some of the microscopic allergens that can travel from your hands to your face.

Germ Haven #6: Candy Dish

unnamed-2Are you tempted by the dish of M&M’s or chocolate-covered espresso beans that your office manager keeps at the front desk? As good as they may look—especially during the 2 p.m. slump—most health experts will warn you: Step away from the candy dish. “I wouldn’t eat anything from a communal dish,” says Duberg. “Just think of where people’s hands have been.” Better idea: If you have a sweet tooth and frequently make your way to the communal candy dish to kill a craving, consider keeping a personal stash at your desk instead.

For more information on The Organised Cleaning Company’s services please contact 020 7458 4433, email iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and complete our quote request form online!

The Organised Cleaning Company is a commercial cleaning company set up by lawyer cum-entrepreneur Matt Harris in 2011. Our office is based in Marylebone and we provide contract and commercial cleaning services throughout central London.

Choosing a professional cleaning service…

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Most famous advantages of the professional cleanersWhether you’re looking to have a spring clean carried out, need someone to clean your office daily or have you’re rental flat cleaned before a new tenancy, choosing a professional cleaning company is not as hard as you think. Make sure you know your budget & what your requirements are and then:

  1. Check out websites for professional cleaning companies working in your area and find the one that provides you with all of the solutions you need – whether this includes carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and maybe even giving your place a lick of paint! Without a doubt, the most comprehensive professional cleaning companies have a myriad of cleaning services and solutions for every stain, and yet that`s only a hint of their advantages. There are others that can offer waste removal, property maintenance and specialist cleaning services if required.
  2. Depending on the type of cleaning you need, you can either request a quote online (i.e. end of tenancy cleaning, spring cleaning, carpet cleaning) or arrange for a site visit so you can run through your requirements.
  3. You should know in advance what exactly places and rooms you have to clean, whether they need just a simple freshening like wiping off dust or deodorizing, or maybe it comes to deep cleaning of a sofa with old leather upholstery. Take notes while strolling through every room and highlight the objects that need deep cleaning or these with the heaviest stains.

Once you’re set, there are loads of advantages to hiring a professional cleaning company instead of doing everything by yourself!

  • Professional cleaners are well experienced and they know the best cleaning solutions for the different objects, rooms, upholstery, windows, etc. From choosing the exact professional detergents and equipment to using the best cleaning techniques and getting the best results will save you time and money in the long run.
  • With carpet cleaning, you definitely want to choose a cleaning company that can get your carpets and furniture rid of the dirtiest blemishes and stains and make your carpets look as good as new!
  • When it comes to floors of all different types, usually vacuuming & mopping is not enough to achieve a flawless effect, so a deep clean at least once a year is very essential part of the maintenance. This includes cleaning with machines like floor scrubbers. You can rent a deep cleaning machine and to do the rest by yourself, but it should be better (and much less hassle!) if you called the professionals.
  • Finally, by appointing professional cleaners you can rest assured that the clean will take a fraction of the time as it would if you did it yourself. From dealing with heavy stained objects, to upholstery, getting dirt & dust off walls or cleaning the carpet or the rug, professional cleaners know where to start and what to finish with all in one day.

If you’re looking for a professional cleaning company to take care of your cleaning requirements, what not give us a call on 020 7458 4433, send us an email to iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and submit an enquiry online.

Restore, Don’t Replace Your Commercial Carpets!

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Restore, Don’t Replace Your Carpets!

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Take a quick look down.  Are your  carpets stained and grubby? When did they last have a good clean?

If you’re looking for fresh clean carpets, with no coffee stains, The Organised Cleaning Company can save the day!

We can make your business premises look bright and spanking new with a simple but professional carpet clean!

The combination of our experienced team and professional carpet cleaning equipment means we can cover all areas including stairways and areas of high footfall.

In fact, No stain is too much of a pain for The Organised Cleaning Company!

So don’t waste your money on new carpets, give us a call today on 020 7458 4433 for a FREE carpet cleaning quote.

Regular , effective carpet cleaning can more than double the lifespan of your commercial carpet!

Gas Safety inspections for rental properties

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imagesWe came across an interesting article recently regarding understanding the law for rental accommodation and gas safety inspections. A light bulb moment came about and we thought it might be useful to summarise the position and set out the landlord’s responsibility in this regard!

As a landlord, you’re responsible for the safety of your tenants. The Gas Safety (installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with the landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided in rental properties are safe for tenants.

If you let property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities:

  1. Maintenance – Pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in safe condition and gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with manufacturers instructions. If they aren’t available, make sure you have them checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  2. Gas safety checks – These are required every 12 months and must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue.
  3. Record – A record of annual checks must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or new tenants before they move in. Landlord’s must keep copies for 2 years.

As a landlord, you also have to ensure that all installation, maintenance and safety checks are carried out by a gas safe registered engineer!

If tenants have their own gas appliances that you have not provided, then you are responsible for the maintenance of the gas pipework but not the actual appliance.

If you’re rental property is due for a gas safety check why not give The Organised Cleaning Company a call and our property maintenance department will be more than happy to send out a gas safe registered engineer for your annual check up and certificate! Contact us on 020 7458 4433 or email us on iprefer@organisedcleaning.com.