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!

Cost saving ideas for your cleaning service!

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OCC - Logo Proof 1At The Organised Cleaning Company we’re always putting our clients first and in this post, we wanted to give you a couple of cost saving ideas for your cleaning service – they really do work!

  1. Window Cleaning – This is easy! Halve your costs in a stroke by halving the frequency of cleans. A lot of companies go for 8 or 12 weekly or even 17 weekly cleaning. If you’ve got a prominent glass reception in a busy street then keep that part frequent, but otherwise there’s no reason to keep the rest of your glass at the same frequency!

2. Reduce the Cleaning Spec – Do the carpets really need hoovering every day? Do meeting rooms need to be cleaned every day or once a week? The only things that normally need doing on a regular basis are receptions, meeting rooms, toilets, kitchens and bins being emptied.

3. Crockery & Cutlery – If you have more than 20 times per night that need to be cleaned, a dishwasher will save money over the course of a year. Less than that and a lot of companies are now asking staff to clean their own dishes.

Other items to consider are hygiene units (never pay more than £100 per unit per annum), waste management (recycle as much as possible to reduce landfill tax and waste disposal costs) and paper products (no need to go cheap but avoid expensive 3 ply white paper towels!).

For more information or for a fresh quote for your office cleaning and janitorial supplies why not contact The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 7458 4433, email us at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website at www.organisedcleaning.com and submit your request online!

Confessions of an office cleaner…

The advantages of hiring office cleaners
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At The Organised Cleaning Company, we always want to make sure that client and prospective clients are well informed about the cleaning service they should be receiving. We thought it would be useful to give you a heads up on three of the biggest confessions most cleaners can tell:

Confession #1 – Working a full shift??

You must be joking! If we come in late in the evening or first thing in the morning, no one knows when we arrive & leave. Empty bins, spray some cleaning fluid around, pick up some papers and a quick wipe around the toilets and we’re out the door – it’s amazing how little we can get away with!!

Suggested Solution – Ensure your cleaning company has an electronic log in & out programme which produces reports. These are essential to help you see how much time is being spent on site.

Confession #2 –  Proof of ID??

I’m claiming benefits and can’t afford to be caught! Besides it’s only minimum wage….

Suggested Solution  – Get written commitment from your cleaning company that they obtain stringent proof of address (i.e. bank statement or utility bill) plus passport/ID card and take a photo of them. Also ask what their vetting procedure is and whether they pay a premium on the National Minimum Wage – with cleaning, paying the cheapest is often a false economy.

Confession #3 – Colour coding & Cross-contamination??

I haven’t got time for that and no one ever knows if you use the same cloth on the loo seat as in the basin!

Suggested Solution – Ask for confirmation from your cleaning company that they operate a colour coding scheme. Ask managers if they know basic colour coding rules and check that they apply to cloths mops, buckets & gloves.

If you suspect your cleaners are doing the bare minimum, or are less than 100% committed to providing an outstanding level or service then why not contact The Organised Cleaning Company for a free no obligation quote! Contact us on , email us at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website at www.organisedcleaning.com and submit your request online.

Scheduled kitchen cleaning!

Kitchen cleaning in a schedule is easier!
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If you’re looking to embark on cleaning your kitchen, make sure that you prepare a checklist for cleaning, especially as the kitchen has more  furnishings, objects and equipment than any other room in the house!

To help you organise an effective cleaning schedule you should be guided by two main principles – the first one is to put high-level surfaces on your list as these are often left untouched, and the second is to start with the heavily soiled objects or with the objects that require a lot of time for cleaning. We recommend the following short schedule for kitchen cleaning:

1) Wipe of dust from all the objects and surfaces at high-level, such as the cupboard tops,  the ceiling and light fittings.

2) Defrost the fridge and the freezer and clean out the kitchen cabinets. Start by a complete removal of the inner shelves and racks, and clean them separately.When the fridge and the freezer are completely defrosted – start with a removal of all the interior compartments such as hinges, doors and racks. Clean them on the sink with a brush or with a sponge, soaked in a powerful cleaning detergent. While waiting to dry, clean the inner side of the fridge and don`t forget to wipe off dust and dirt from the cooling coils on the backside as well.

3) Clean the window frames and the windows themselves. First from the inner side and then from the exterior side. Don`t forget the window coverings!

4) Oven cleaning is one of the most overwhelming tasks to come across and because of that, a great idea is to put this near the top of your list for kitchen cleaning. Make sure you have a good oven cleaning product to hand but be careful, as these often contain harsh compounds that can irritate the skin so make sure you wear gloves! Remove the oven racks and soak them in the kitchen sink or in a huge bowl. Use a stiff brush for rubbing the hardest stains and dried greasy spots, and clean the inner parts of the oven with a sponge and a cloth. Use a commercial detergent compound for metal surfaces and pay more attention to the vents and the lights. Do the same procedures with the gas stove and with the burner grit.

5) Clean the kitchen sink, remove the sink disposal and run ice cubes with a lemon through the disposal. This simple method provides an impressive deodorizing effect. Don`t forget to clean and polish the kitchen countertop, which may need some soaking for a dozen minutes. Use a stiff brush again to get into the tiniest areas such as the grout lines in tiled countertops or counters that are made out of stone textures.

If you’d rather have a professional carry out your kitchen cleaning, why not contact The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 7458 4433, email us at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website at www.organisedcleaning.com and submit your request online!

Do you really know what today’s tenants want?

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prop.-manag.As the UK faces a housing shortage, our population continues to grow so it comes as no surprise that renting in and around city centres is increasingly becoming the norm. As more people rent, prices continue to increase and people’s expectations are getting higher.

But what exactly do young renters want from their home? The first thing is – location, location, location. This remains a deciding factor for many renters as they want to be in the midst of city centres, surrounded by excellent transport links.

Surveys have shown that the next on the list for young professionals is a property that make a neat, clean and modern first impression, which means that a property needs to be move in ready! The property’s specification needs to be high and well laid out, with fixtures, fittings and furniture really adding to the overall appeal of the property.

Additionally, off-street parking, outdoor space (in the form of balconies or gardens), large windows and existing BT or Sky connections cam act as unique selling points, further increasing a properties appeal. Essentially, people are looking for the same standard in a rental home that they would look for in their dream house.

As a landlord you want to protect your investment and create the best possible first impression for any new or prospective tenant. This will include keeping the property neat and clean, which is where The Organised Cleaning Company comes in to help. Our pre & end of tenancy cleaning service will ensure that the standard of cleanliness of your property is maintained both at check out and check in. Contact us today on 020 7458 4433, email us on iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and submit your enquiry online.

“Students make the best tenant” – FOR REAL!

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imagesSurveys consistently find that students pay rent promptly, have parents or guardians guaranteeing payment and provide a year-on-year demand for properties. A variety of reports confirm that student landlord receive some of the highest yields in the UK property market.

Unlike other rented properties there is always constant demand for student accommodation. The question is, what do students want? Over the past few years there has been a definite shift in terms of what students want from their accommodation. There will always be a market for traditional house share, student have reported to pay up to 70% extra for luxury accommodation.

Location is also essential as a short walk to Uni means students don’t have to pay for extra travel passes and can have longer lie-ins. Other musts include high quality furnishings as well as fast and reliable internet (think the recent BT Broadband adverts!).

Managing a student property can sometimes put more pressure on landlords, particularly due to the perceived nature of this market being dirty, untidy and generally having a lack of respect for the property they live in. Managing your own student property will have it’s own headaches, but one thing we can help with is to make sure that the property is cleaned and maintained at the end of each semester with our pre & end of tenancy cleaning and property maintenance service.

If you’d like help with your student property cleaning and maintenance requirements, why not  contact The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 7458 4433, email us at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and submit your enquiry online.

Top spot cleaning methods that people often forget – Part 2

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Top spot cleaning methods that people often forgetA couple of weeks ago we posted part 1 of the top spot cleaning tips that people often forget. To complete the series we’re publishing part 2 – a complete set of gems – which you can use as part of your day-to-day cleaning routine. Enjoy!

  1. Spot cleaning is the main way to start the big seasonal spring clean and there is always a dilemma from where to start. Keep in mind the golden rule to start always the heaviest soiled spots and work your way to the lightest. Another great hint that people often forget is to start from the upper section of the objects and to continue with the lowest ones. For instance, remove all racks and compartment doors when cleaning the fridge, then, clean the upper section and the lightning system first.
  2. Tiles in the bathroom or in the kitchen may require a little bit of baking soda and shampoo to create a foamy paste. Clean them with a stiff brush, which is perfect for making grout lines and stone textures shining like new. The fibers of the brush can penetrate much deeper than a normal cloth or towel. You can even use an old toothbrush, which is also good for rubbing spots from a vast array of surfaces – from natural leather to hardwood floors and stone tiles.

3. After cleaning the dirty spots from fabrics and upholstered objects – you may want to expose them on a natural sunlight for a few minutes, according to the season. The powerful sunlight enhances the evaporation, which makes the fibers fluffier. Make sure not to overexpose the objects on a direct sunlight for long, because in some cases the sunlight becomes dangerous to the fibers and to old upholsteries.

We’ll post part of this instalment in a couple of weeks! In the meantime, if you have any cleaning requirements that you can’t deal with, why not contact The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 7458 4433, drop us a line at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or check out or website and submit a quote request via our website – we’ll be happy to help!

Top spot cleaning methods that people often forget – Part 1

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Top spot cleaning methods that people often forgetThere are plenty of cleaning techniques and ways to make your furnishing look like new. The following tips include some great highlights that people often forget. Whether it is a spot cleaning of the tiles in the bathroom or spot cleaning of spills of coffee over the carpet – there is a perfect homemade detergent for every spot.

  1. Let`s take coffee spills, tomato sauce and other kitchen grease for example. They are persistent spots, which usually get deep into the base of the fibers and thus – simply vacuuming is not enough. That`s why a great idea is to spot clean with a homemade detergent. From the variety of DIY detergents – choose wisely the perfect one for the soiled object. Spots on carpets and rugs can be treated with just hot water, shampoo and powder laundry detergent. Then, blot and rinse thoroughly with clean water and finish by dabbing only with a clean cloth. Some spots onto leathery upholstered objects should be cleaned by just hot water and rubbing alcohol.

2. Domestic cleaning techniques are essential. People often make mistakes such as dabbing right onto the spot or wiping off the excess right after applying the detergent solution. The right way is to let the solution soak for a few minutes, while in some cases like treating truly heavy stains with a homemade detergent – you should leave the detergent to overnight to dissolve completely the stain. Another problem occurs when you rub or dab the entire stain. In this way, you risk spreading out the dirt onto a greater area of the carpet. Start cleaning and rubbing from the edges of the spot with circling motions, then continue to the center of the spot and finish by dabbing with a fresh clean towel. Rinse with another clean towel and water to ensure a complete elimination of the dislodged dirt.

3. After the spot cleaning – deodorize with a foamy compound that includes shampoo. The scent of the shampoo eliminates or at least reduces the odor from pets on sofas, chairs and carpets. In the meantime, you can add a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol to the water with shampoo in order to complement the cleaning effect.

We’ll post part of this instalment in a couple of weeks! In the meantime, if you have any cleaning requirements that you can’t deal with, why not contact The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 7458 4433, drop us a line at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or check out or website and submit a quote request via our website – we’ll be happy to help!

Which cleaning service to choose for the (Indian) summer!

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Which cleaning services to choose for the summerThere’s no doubt that the professional services of a cleaning company can save you time & effort. They can also ensure   flawless result which you probably can`t achieve by yourself! Whether it’s a big (Indian) summer or spring clean, or even when it comes to pre &  end of tenancy cleaning – we’ve given you a few tips, which can help you pick the right cleaning company for your cleaning requirements:

1) Consider calling the professional cleaners if you have to deal with window cleaning. The inside of the windows are normally easy to clean (depending on their size), but that does depend on how frequently you clean and maintain the condition of your windows. A seasonal wiping off of dust and cleaning via commercial spray for windows with a squeegee might be insufficient, especially if you are located in inner city London. The outside windows are normally more difficult and definitely require professional window cleaners! The windows frames are also important and can be tricky to clean.  Professional window cleaners have all the tools, detergents and polishing waxes to ensure a flawless look of your windows for the (Indian) summer and the winter.

2) A good idea to consider is to bring in a professional cleaning company to clean, sanitize and deodorize your house. This is especially useful if you have small kids at home or you let the pets to sit on the chairs, as well as play onto sofas, etc. Sanitizing only is the best way to repel future stains, bacteria and microorganisms, while the professional sanitizing machines are undoubtedly the best tool for this purpose.

3) A big domestic clean usually involves hiring a professional cleaning company to deal with your kitchen clean. This saves you plenty of time dealing with grease, dirt and the most dreaded of all – the oven! A professional cleaning company knows how best how to avoid risks of damaging or scratching delicate glossy parts during the fridge or oven cleaning, and will also make sure that every last bit of dirt and grease is dealt with in the kitchen.

4) There are cleaning companies that are specialized in cleaning outdoor spaces too – the perfect choice if your garden is bigger than the house itself. From shaping the branches of the trees and cleaning hardwood decks, to flower maintenance and removal of piled leafs in the gutters – there are plenty of great cleaning tasks that await you in the outdoor spaces.

5) Deep cleaning carpets, rugs and other textile floorings! If your carpets are big & heavy, they become even heavier when they are soaked up in water and detergents. It always pays to call in the professionals to give them a good clean. That`s why hiring a professional carpet cleaning company is another great hint for the summer.

If you require help with any spring cleaning or deep cleaning in London & the Home Counties, contact The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 7458 4433 or email us on iprefer@organisedcleaning.com. Alternatively you can visit our website and submit your request online and receive a little treat!

Move-Out Cleaning: Get Your Security Deposit Back

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Move-Out Cleaning_ Get Your Security Deposit BackBeing a temporary tenant means eventually having to move out of your rental property. It will also mean that before becoming a tenant, you will have paid a security deposit which you’ll want back when you leave your rental property in the same state it was when you started your tenancy (or an even better state if you have good intentions!). In any case, when you move out it means that it’s time for some end of tenancy cleaning.

Now, you might wonder what this entails so we thought we’d prepare a simple guide for those who are renting for the first time and want to clean their flat well enough for your security deposit to be refund in full by your landlord.

The easiest option is hiring a cleaning service. A well-established domestic cleaning company or a professional end of tenancy cleaning company will do wonders for your flat or house. If you do chose a professional cleaning service, you should be aware of what will happen in your soon-to-be ex-flat.

1. Kitchen – This will be the hardest and most time consuming part of the clean. The oven, extractor & hood and hob always need attention and will need to be scrubbed to remove burnt on grease. Refrigerators, dishwashers, and cupboards will be cleaned and disinfected. All appliances and counters will be moved and swept behind.

2. Bathroom – second to the kitchen, this will probably be the hardest and most tedious part of the clean. Removing limescale from porcelain, glass and stainless steel fittings will be a priority. Cleaning the shower, faucets, tub, sinks, and toilet will be taken care of to a shiny result.

2. Dusting – Removing dust from all surfaces, inside cupboards and hard to reach areas will ensure that  after finishing, your flat will look spotlessly clean. Ceilings won’t be forgotten (including any stray cobwebs!) and a thorough vacuuming of the carpet s is always a good idea  – especially if you have long hair as it’s likely they would have collected in the carpet fibres – as these will be cleaned up.

3. Windows – The cleaners will be equipped with T-bars and squeegees to clean the glass, frames and window sill of the windows, using the appropriate products.

4.  Walls – If the flat has painted walls or wallpaper, any removable stains will be cleaned.  Any that cannot be removed should be notified to you so you can discuss with the landlord whether any payment needs to be made for the damage you should just pay for that damage. With painted walls, any stains that cannot be removed should be painted over before handing the property back to the landlord, provided you can find the matching colour paint!

5. Light switches & fittings – Cleaning the light switches and fittings is a simple thing but easily missed. Dust settles easily on light fittings and people usually forget about them.

Cleaning services are an expense which is the only real drawback, but to make sure that you receive your deposit back in full, it is probably the smartest option. There are many professional cleaners that will do a brilliant job.

Make sure you hire the right people who have all in place, be it cleaning products, materials and cleaning equipment, carpet cleaning machine and all in place to ensure you get your tenancy cleaning all spick and span!

If you require help with your end of tenancy cleaning in London, contact The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 7458 4433 or email us on iprefer@organisedcleaning.com. Alternatively you can visit our website and submit your request online and receive a little treat!

Who are the messiest office workers?

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A survey of 2,000 employees has revealed that accountants and lawyers are guilty of having the messiest desks. The research which was carried out by Viking, an office supplies firm, showed that 56% of respondents admitted to knowing a colleague who suffered from messy desk syndrome. Of these colleagues, accountants took pole position as the worst offenders at 64%, closely followed by lawyers at 61%. In contrast bankers (33%) and estate agents (35%) were considered the tidiest.

This public naming and shaming of office workers also acts as a warning that the mounds of paperwork on your desk can conceal hidden germs that can cause serious health issues and spread illness.

Warning: Don’t read this if you haven’t eaten lunch yet.

You might think your desk is pretty clean, but take a look at what’s lurking:

  • Keyboards contain 70 percent more bacteria than a toilet seat.Office phones host around 25,000 germs per square inch.Office desks are more than 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat.The area on your desk where your hands rest has around 10,000 bacteria.
  • The main source of this bacteria is the food traces left after eating lunch at your desk.
  • Without cleaning, a small area on your desk or phone can sustain millions of bacteria that could potentially cause illness.

Another study which took swabs of 300 untidy desks discovered that many contained common bacteria known to cause sickness, including bacillus (90%), staphylococcus (60%) and micrococcus (50%). Workers with a cold or flu virus can also pass it on through office equipment such as photocopiers and microwaves.

To help prevent the spread of germs in your office, think about employing a professional commercial cleaning company.

Here at The Organised Cleaning Company, we like to think of ourselves as ‘miracle workers’. Our team of cleaners have the ability to convert even the dirtiest, messiest offices into works of art.

Our dedication to consistently good service means that 99% of our clients would never consider using another cleaning company. So if your office or commercial premises is in need of some TLC, drop us a line at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or call us on 020 7458 4433.