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!

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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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.

Tips for spring cleaning the office

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With spring well and truly upon us, many of you may well be thinking about spring cleaning your home. Why not take it one step further by carrying out an office spring clean? Before you can start the actual cleaning, you need to have a good declutter of your work area so you can actually get to the areas that need cleaning.

While we recommend employing a professional contract cleaning company, if this is not possible, we’ve listed a few helpful tips which should help you clean up your office:

  1. To clean your computer screen, invest in a streak free cleaning solution and microfiber cloth. Other types of cloths such as paper towels can mark your screen so it is very important that you only use a microfiber cloth.
  2. Use disinfectant wipes to clean the keyboard and mouse. For those hard to reach spots in the keyboard, we recommend buying a can of compressed air and spraying it into the gaps. You can then use an old toothbrush to clean away any remaining bacteria.
  3. For the rest of the desk, cleaning is pretty simple, ensure you have a good disinfectant and then remove any items from the desk and clean every inch. Make sure you also wipe any electrical devices such as telephones and even mobile phones as these are breeding grounds for germs.
  4. Once this is complete, invest in a good vacuum or mop to clean the office floors so that if you have any visitors in your office it will look and smell like your office is brand new.
  5. Finally, many of us share kitchen facilities with co-workers and this is an area which should certainly be given a spring clean. Go through and empty your fridge of expired food and drink and give the fridge a thorough clean with disinfectant.
  6. It’s also important to look at other high frequented areas and items. Make sure you clean your carpets regularly to get rid of any stains and bacteria. The best way to do this is to hire a professional carpet cleaner who can ensure stains are removed without harming the fabric of the carpet.

Following these simple tips should help you transform your office environment into a clean and productive work space, but if you want to get the professionals in, give us a call on 020 7458 4433 or email iprefer@organisedcleaning.com.

The Organised Cleaning Company is a contract & commercial cleaning, pre & end of tenancy cleaning and deep cleaning specialist set up by entrepreneur Matt Harris in 2011. We have an office in Marylebone and covers central London.

Make sure you clean the communal areas of your office Part II

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Many companies without commercial cleaners tend to have a cleaning rota where staff take it in turns to clean the office. However, by hiring a commercial cleaner, you will be able to benefit from their skills and expertise and it will also mean that staff can focus on the most important thing – completing their work.

A bug bear for many employees according to research is an overflowing bin. So if you start seeing the bin overflow – empty and replace it – don’t just leave it for the next person. The same can be said for dishwashers. Often, a lot of employees will try and avoid emptying the dishwasher and we’ve all seen those offices where plates have been piled up in the sink just because no one can be bothered to empty the dishwasher. To avoid this situation, create a rota whereby staff take it in turns emptying the dishwasher. Therefore, not only does this solve the problem of the dishwasher being emptied but also make sure no staff members feel like they are constantly left to do it.

Toilets are also an area which needs to be constantly cleaned and monitored. The thought of a dirty toilet area, including sticky floors, is a major factor in employee de-motivation. Not many employees want to be tasked with cleaning the office toilets so it may be time for you to consider a commercial cleaner who will ensure these areas are thoroughly cleaned and smell fresh every day. Aside from being kept clean, it’s also important to have plenty of supplies such as toilet rolls and soap handy for employees.  Make sure that all staff members know where the spare supplies are kept and refill when needed.

Whilst the kitchen and bathroom are two of the most important communal areas to keep clean for staff motivation, if your office has meeting rooms and a reception area, it is key to ensure these are regularly cleaned so that your company gives off the best reputation to any potential clients. Always ensure coffee machines are refilled and that there are plenty of clean cups on hand for meetings. Make a rule for your employees that dirty cups have to be taken out and not left in the room for others to clean up.

Following these tips should help make your work place a better environment and, as a result, employees should be more motivated to work harder and committed to the company. If you do not have an office cleaner, speak to a few commercial cleaning companies to find out about their services as investing in reputable and reliable cleaners will help your employees and business thrive.

For more information on The Organised Cleaning Company’s commercial cleaning services please call us on 020 7458 4433, email us at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and submit your request online.

Preparing your property for cold & adverse weather!

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UnknownWith the prolonged cold snap & flooding we’re currently facing, there are lots of things a landlord can do to make sure that they protect their investment and keep your tenants dry & warm!

We would always recommend preparing for the worst as early as possible to avoid claims such as escape of water, storm damage or blocked drains. We’ve prepared some top tips for landlords when the weather does get bad and what to do in an emergency:

  1. Make sure your pipes and tanks int he loft are adequately insulated, and check they haven’t been moved or dislodged by the tenant
  2. Clear out your gutters & downpipes and check that they are clear of cracks
  3. Clear drain gratings of leaves and debris
  4. Make sure overflow pipes are correctly connected and blocked
  5. Replace cracked or missing roof tiles
  6. Make sure external pipework is not lagged, including outside taps
  7. Regularly drain services where your property is unoccupied.

With regards to tenants, it’s always useful to speak with them and make sure they are helping to protect your property. Some things they can do whilst at the property:

  • Keep doors between heated and unheated parts of the property open so the air can circulate. In really cold weather this can include leaving the loft hatch open
  • Check that they know where the stopcock is in case they have to turn the water off in any part of the property
  • Provide them with the number of an reputable contractor who can deal with emergency situations
  • If tenants are going to be away, ask them to leave the heating on a low heat, and you can offer to contribute to the heating bill.

Unexpected weather can potentially cause severe damage to your property so make sure that you have measures in place and the appropriate landlord insurance to cover all eventualities.

If you need any emergency repair work and would like regular check ups on your property, why not give our property maintenance department a call on 020 7458 4433 or drop us a line at iprefer@organsiedcleaning.com and we’d be more than happy to help!