5 Myths About Cleaning and Disinfecting, Busted by the Experts

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s the importance of cleaning and disinfecting. But there is a lot of information out there and not all of it is factual, and that can lead to the surfaces in your business, school or home not being as clean as you think they are. So we’re here to bust some cleaning myths.

1 | Myth: Sanitizing is the Same as Disinfecting

Many people use the term clean, sanitize and disinfect synonymously. However, there are some key differences to the terms. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cleaning is a process that removes visible dirt, dust and debris. Sanitizing mitigates the risk of illness by reducing some of the bacteria identified on a product’s label. And disinfecting kills most bacteria and viruses identified on a product’s label. Disinfecting surfaces is the most thorough solution to keeping your space healthy and truly clean. 

2 | Myth: All Cleaning Products Disinfect

Not all cleaning products are equal. Only products labeled as approved disinfectants can disinfect, so be sure to read the fine print on labels closely. Another good tip is to check for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration number on the label. Type that number into the agency’s database for specifics. 

3 | Myth: Plant-Based Cleaners Don’t Work

Many people like plant-based cleaners because they don’t leave behind a strong chemical smell and are more eco-friendly. When used properly, plant-based products can be just as effective as chemical-based cleaners. Again, not all products are created equally, so be sure to do your homework and look for plant-based cleaners that are approved by the EPA and follow package instructions closely. 

4 | Myth: Disinfectants Work Instantly

Time is key when it comes to properly disinfecting. No matter the product you choose, be sure to always check the label for how long hard, non-porous surfaces must stay wet for them to be the most effective at killing germs. You may need to saturate a surface for several minutes to actually kill germs. 

5 | Myth: It’s Not Worth It to Hire a Commercial Cleaning Company

Professional commercial cleaning companies know their stuff. Their experts are trained in the proper use of cleaning and disinfecting techniques to ensure that your space is healthy for everyone. Often, the specialized equipment used to clean all the surfaces in a building can be expensive to both purchase and maintain. However, commercial cleaning services already have this equipment and keep it maintained. One such specialized piece of equipment is the electrostatic sprayer, which can effectively disinfect even the most sensitive surfaces like electronic equipment and labs as well as soft surfaces. Professional cleaning companies are also there when you need them, with the ability to help you clean up in emergencies, such as after accidents or storms. 

If you are ready to hire an experienced and trusted commercial cleaning provider, AK Building Services has a comprehensive portfolio of janitorial and maintenance services for office buildings, medical facilities, condominiums, schools and more. We offer the ability to customize your cleaning services as well as be there for you in an emergency. We also offer certified green cleaning to ensure that your space is safe and healthy for everyone, including those with allergies or sensitivities. Contact us today to get a free quote!

Rapid Response: Our Commercial-Grade Cleaners Help Keep You, Your Clients and Employees Safer

In our business, the safety of our team members, clients and the public is at the heart of what we do. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that has never been more true. In past articles, we’ve looked at our cleaning protocols (what surfaces we clean and how often) as well as things we can all do to stay healthy and clean (like proper handwashing and having hand sanitizer available for everyone to use). Today, we are going to look at the importance of commercial-grade cleaners in helping to keep stores, schools and work areas clean and healthy.

Commercial vs. Home Disinfectants

While many home disinfectants such as those made by Clorox and Lysol have been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective for use against hard-to-kill viruses, they might not be enough. Especially in places where you have more than just your family members congregating. 

Commercial disinfectants take your cleaning efforts to the next level. These special products, tools and techniques give you a deeper clean that brings peace of mind with it. Our commercial disinfectants are industry-leading, hospital-grade products that combat the spread of germs and promote healthy and safe work environments.

Rapid, Surefire Response

Just how good are commercial-grade cleaning solutions in comparison to the ones you use in your home? They are really powerful in fighting germs because they are both fast and effective. Our commercial-grade solutions:  

  • Eliminate over 99.99% of bacteria and viruses such as salmonella, E. coli, the common cold and flu, as well as disinfectant-resistant pathogens like MRSA and Coronavirus.
  • Are EPA approved to kill COVID-19 and bacteria in 5 seconds.
  • Kills colds and flu viruses, MRSA and norovirus in 2 minutes or less.
  • Inhibits mold and mildew growth for up to 7 days.
  • Eliminates odors and sanitizes soft surfaces.
  • Are tough on germs but are gentle and safe for you and your workspace.

Not only do our commercial-grade cleaners work quickly, but they can be applied quickly and easily as well. The coverage is both fast and effective, allowing us to treat up to 300 square feet per minute with the solution completely covering the front, back and sides of surfaces. These solutions are also quick drying so you don’t lose precious business hours and are safe on all office and electronic devices.  The equipment we utilize, the Clorox Total 360, also allows us to use substantially less solution to treat surfaces, making commercial cleaning a far more cost-effective solution for your workplace as well. This revolutionary commercial cleaning tool pairs innovative electrostatic sprayer with Total 360 Disinfectant Cleaner to deliver superior coverage in an efficient and cost-effective way. It can also be used in a variety of spaces to provide powerful protection including universities and schools, office buildings, medical facilities, government buildings, convention centers, condominiums, commercial kitchens and other corporate office settings. 

Your Peace of Mind

COVID-19 has forever changed the way we look at germs and the health and safety of ourselves and those around us. At any time, another virus could evolve or jump to the human population, so even after most Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19, there will still be a need for good, commercial-grade cleaning services and solutions. By hiring a commercial cleaning service like AK Building Services, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you are creating a healthy environment for all who enter your building. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you!

Where do We Go From Here? How COVID-19 Has Changed the Needs in Commercial Cleaning and Janitorial Services Forever

One thing that the COVID-19 Pandemic has shown us is just how important it is to keep our offices and businesses clean and healthy. During this pandemic, there has been an increased demand and higher standards for commercial cleaning and janitorial services. But even with a light at the end of the tunnel, we are all forever changed, including how we will view cleanliness in the future.

Continued High Demand

With Coronavirus being more infectious than the common flu, we saw an increased demand for commercial cleaning and janitorial services. We don’t expect this to end once a vaccine becomes more wide-spread and we can begin to return to a “normal” life. That is because normal has changed. We are now more aware of germs as well as viruses, and how they both spread. With this knowledge, many now realize just how important it is to keep our employees, staff, clients and patrons healthy by keeping our offices and shops clean on a more regular basis. Not only can it help to reduce the spread of the common flu and cold, but it can also help to limit the spread of any new viruses. 

High Standards Will Stick Around

Scientists say that another pandemic could happen at any time. Now that we have experienced one on a large scale here in the U.S., many businesses and shops want to keep up with the high standard of cleaning to help slow the spread of any future viruses. These high standards have the added benefit of limiting the spread of common illnesses like the cold and flu as well. By stopping or limiting the spread of these common illnesses, you can reduce time that employees are out sick and even increase productivity because they are feeling well and healthy. 

New Cleaning Technology Helps Going Forward

The increased demand for professional cleaning services and the high standards that came with that demand helped result in new cleaning technology. These more effective systems can clean faster and provide more complete and consistent coverage even though they use less cleaning solution! This has revolutionized the commercial cleaning profession forever, allowing us to keep up with the high demand and meet those high cleanliness standards, even after this pandemic is over. 

Our Continuing Response

At AK Building Services, we will continue to put the safety of our team members, clients and the public at the forefront of everything we do. We remain vigilant in monitoring the most up-to-date safety, infection control and cleaning protocols to continue to meet the high standards that our clients have and that we have for ourselves. 

We utilize hospital-grade products to clean, disinfect and sanitize. These commercial disinfectants eliminate over 99.99% of bacteria and viruses including salmonella, E. coli, the common cold, flu and more. 

Beyond our cleaning solutions, we also utilize cleaning technology to ensure these cleaning solutions are applied correctly and effectively. Our Electrostatic Sprayers and Clorox Total 360 System help kill germs instantly and provide fast and effective coverage, giving you peace of mind. To learn more about these cleaning technologies and how they can help continue to keep you, your staff and clients safe after the pandemic, check out our brochure.

We also promise to communicate with our clients to ensure that appropriate information is shared and their needs are met. Building strong customer relationships is core to what we do. As the world around us changes and as your business grows, your needs may change. Open lines of communication ensure that we can continue to meet your unique requirements. 
Ready to learn how we can meet those individual needs? Contact us today to get your free quote!

Using EPA-Approved Disinfectants for Best Results

Keeping your customers, staff and students safe and healthy in your business or school is extremely important, especially now. However, you don’t want to use just any cleaning solution to spray and wipe down your surfaces. Having a cleaning solution that disinfects and is better for people is key in ensuring everyone’s health and well-being. 

Why You Should Care

Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors working or learning, meaning the quality of the indoor environment is of utmost importance. Harsh chemicals can negatively affect the indoor environment, even causing asthma attacks or irritating our skin and eyes. Beyond that, non-EPA approved disinfectants can contain toxins, which can negatively affect our endocrine system and even cause harm to the environment. Using EPA-approved disinfectants means you will have peace of mind knowing that your customers, staff and students can shop, work and learn without adverse effects to their health. And using green EPA-approved disinfectants means that you can also be kinder to the environment as well. This means that EPA-approved disinfectants are better for the environment and better for you!

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What Does EPA-Approved Mean?

The EPA is constantly researching and evaluating chemicals in cleaning solutions to understand if there are any negative effects the chemicals may have on our health or our environment. This research addresses a broad range of potential toxicological effects. Testing and research includes looking at:

  • Possible carcinogenic effects
  • Toxicity of the chemical
  • The possibility that a chemical will cause asthma attacks
  • If the chemical causes skin or eye sensitivities
  • Endocrine system disruption
  • Possible impurities and their effects on people and the environment

Because of all the research and testing, EPA-approved disinfectants are safer for people and the environment. These disinfectants not only clean well but they are less likely to have adverse effects on our health and on the environment. 

EPA-Approved Disinfectants for Coronavirus

The EPA continues to review and register commercial antimicrobial solutions and disinfectants to help combat the spread of COVID-19. For more information on these products view the EPA’s list of disinfectants for Coronavirus. They have also worked with the CDC to develop guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, offices, businesses, schools and even homes. 

Why We Use EPA-Approved Disinfectants

At AK Building Services, we believe that healthy spaces include the quality of the indoor environment and don’t negatively affect our outdoor environment. We are proud to use EPA-approved disinfectants in order to keep you, your clients, customers, staff and students healthy and safe, allowing them to focus more on business and learning, and less on any health-related issues. 

Beyond that, we are committed to using environmentally friendly products and practices that add to creating a safe and healthy place to work, shop and learn. We use solutions that are certified by Green Seal and other recognized organizations. Using green cleaning products also improves indoor air quality because they don’t leave behind a nasty chemical smell. 
To learn more about our commercial cleaning services and to set up an appointment for a free quote, visit our website.

Tips Every Parent Should Tell Their Kids Before Going to School Each Day

Staying healthy while out in public has never been more important. As a parent, it is crucial that you reinforce preventive actions with your children every day to help them stay healthy while at school. These preventative measures will help them avoid colds and the common flu plus other infections. Here are the tips you should tell your kids before going to school.

Proper Handwashing

One of the most important things anyone can do to stay healthy is to wash your hands properly. If you haven’t already, teach your kids how to wash their hands properly with soap and water for 20 seconds. Remind them to wash their hands throughout the day and to keep up with proper handwashing technique. Give them a portable bottle of hand sanitizer for when they can’t wash their hands but need to clean them.  

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

Remind your children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or by coughing and sneezing into the crook of their elbow. If they use a tissue, remind your kids to dispose of the tissue in the closest garbage can and then wash their hands properly. 

COVID-19 Safety

If your children are wearing a facemask to protect themselves from COVID-19 during the school day, remind them of some important healthy habits regarding facemasks. Teach them how to properly put on, wear and take off their facemasks, including covering their nose and mouth and to not touch the cloth part of the mask when wearing them or taking them off. Remind them to not share their masks with anyone. Also, remind them that they should take off their mask when they get home for the day and immediately put it in the washer or laundry basket and then wash their hands. Remind them that handwashing is extremely important during this time. 

Other Healthy Habits

Teach your children other healthy habits and remind them of those habits each morning before school. Remind them to not touch their face, especially their eyes. They should also not share cups, straws and utensils with friends and schoolmates. 

Coping with Stress and Anxiety

This school year has been more stressful than past years. Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on your health, including suppressing your immune system. Remind your children that stress and anxiety are normal but also remind them to reach out if they need help coping. Remind them that talking to their school counselor or their teacher can help them work through their feelings. Teach them coping mechanisms such as calming breathing techniques or writing in a journal, and remind them to use that technique when they feel stressed or upset. The key is to find a coping mechanism that is personalized to your child and then remind them to utilize that technique. Always speak to your child’s doctor about any stress and anxiety that you may not think is normal or is more than the usual stress. 

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Eat Healthy and Exercise

A healthy diet and exercise can help to boost your immune system. Teach your children healthy eating habits and encourage them to make good choices while at school, especially if they choose a school lunch. Remind them to also get some exercise during recess or their lunch break to keep their body healthy.

Best Practices for Cleaning Office Buildings

We’ve all heard the phrase “sweeping it under the rug.” It’s an expression that is used for various aspects of life, however, we’ve all had that surprise visitor where we are running against the clock to clean up, hiding things under beds, in closets and even that dreaded “junk drawer.” 

But just because a room looks clean, that doesn’t mean that it truly is. The same goes for offices. Surface cleaning only goes so far. It can be especially hard to keep your space squeaky clean when you are trying to take care of it all in-house. 

However, we understand how important it is to project a professional image to your clients and customers. That is where a commercial cleaning service can help. We take care of keeping your office buildings clean and healthy, while you take care of business! Here are our best practices for keeping your office space sparkling clean.

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Day Porters

A day porter is onsite to ensure your facility looks clean and presentable at all times throughout the working day, whereas janitors come after hours to do the deep end-of-day cleaning. They are there to help with cleaning high touch areas, cleaning up accidents, as well as general cleaning services such as tidying up, dusting, replacing light bulbs, emptying overflowing trash, and removing grime from windows and doors. For more information on day porters, check out our handy guide

High Touch Areas

Keeping your employees, customers and visitors healthy is your top priority. That is why it is important to go beyond making something look clean by disinfecting high touch areas multiple times a day. These “hot spots” are surfaces that are touched by most people in the building multiple times, such as counters and doors. 

Electrostatic Spraying

Traditional dry and wet cleaning are great methods. However, to get a deeper clean for germ-ridden surfaces, or to clean more sensitive surfaces such as computers and lab equipment, electrostatic spraying should be employed weekly or bi-weekly. Electrostatic spraying is the process of spraying a very fine mist of cleaning solution that has been electrostatically charged. The positively charged particles in the spray help the cleaning solution to aggressively adhere to surfaces, giving the cleaning solution the boost it needs to deep clean. 

Restrooms

These areas should be cleaned multiple times a day depending on how heavy the traffic is in a restroom. During the day, day porters can help to clean up accidents and keep supplies such as soap and toilet paper stocked. However, a good disinfection by a janitorial service team should be done at least once a day. 

Kitchen/Break Room Cleaning

These areas should be cleaned thoroughly to prevent the spread of illness. We recommend a daily cleaning of these areas including sanitizing counters and tables, mopping floors, and wiping down and sanitizing appliances. 

Floors

Your carpeted areas should be vacuumed daily and your hard flooring mopped daily. Shampooing your carpets should be done weekly or monthly depending on the traffic and time of year. Waxing and buffing of hard flooring should also be done weekly or as needed depending on the traffic and time of year. When bad weather hits, a day porter can help keep your floors clean throughout the day, especially at entryways. They can put out additional mats and caution signs, mop up excess water and sweep up debris from windy autumn days. 

Windows

Windows should be cleaned weekly or bi-weekly, though windows in and around doors should be cleaned daily or even throughout the day by a day porter. Openable windows are considered high touch surfaces and should be cleaned and disinfected daily. Window treatments, such as blinds, should be dusted weekly to keep germs and dust from building up. 

Trash Removal

Trash should be removed daily or as needed by a day porter to keep your office building clean. Other debris such as shipping cartage and kitchen/break room waste should also be removed daily or as needed. 

Other Surfaces

Some of the things we don’t think about often but still need cleaning include switch plates, door frames, decor, radiators, baseboards, ledges and light fixtures. This helps to prevent the buildup of gunk, dust and germs, keeping your office clean and healthy. Depending on the surface or the traffic, these surfaces should be cleaned daily, weekly or bi-weekly. For example, switch plates should be cleaned daily while baseboards and HVAC grilles and registers should be cleaned weekly.

Conclusion Keeping your office buildings clean and healthy is especially important. Not only does it keep your space looking professional, but it keeps your employees and clients healthy and happy. If you are ready to hire a team that offers a full range of janitorial and maintenance services, AK Building Services is ready to help with all of your cleaning needs! Contact us today to set up an appointment for a free quote.

Best Practices for Cleaning Schools

Tips on Cleaning Timelines to Keep Everyone Healthy and Happy

Keeping schools and universities clean has never been more important than it is this year. Schools, like any other area for gathering and activity, can be a literal playground for germs and infectious diseases. Keeping schools clean can help slow the spread of the flu, common cold and COVID-19. 

Not only does keeping your school clean help stop the spread of illnesses, but it is also something that generates pride for your school. When your building is clean, your teachers, staff and students will all enjoy coming to school and take pride in it. It also helps you put your best foot forward to parents and other visitors, such as prospective students.

Here are our best practices for cleaning schools:

Day Porters

A day porter is a person who is stationed in a building to assist with daily facility duties. These duties are generally cleaning related, such as mopping up spills, but they also can change light bulbs, restock paper and soap supplies in restrooms when needed, and keep common areas clean and free of trash. The day porter works in conjunction with the rest of your cleaning team to provide continuous cleaning efforts. 

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Electrostatic Spraying

Traditional dry and wet dusting and cleaning are tried and true methods. However, electrostatic spraying should be employed weekly or bi-weekly. What is electrostatic spraying? It is the process of spraying a fine cleaning mist that is electrostatically charged onto surfaces and objects. The positively charged particles in the spray aggressively adhere to these surfaces and objects, allowing the cleaning solution to really clean, making it a great solution for germ-ridden areas. It is also perfect for sensitive places such as clean rooms and labs. 

Disinfecting high touch areas is key to keeping the environment of schools healthy for everyone. This should be done multiple times a day and can be done by a day porter. Also, until a vaccine is found for COVID-19, staff and teachers should be helping with the efforts of cleaning these hot spots to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible. Be sure that the rags that are used to clean high touch areas are washed regularly to prevent spreading germs around. 

Restrooms

These germy areas should be cleaned once to multiple times a day depending on how heavy the traffic is in the restroom. Day porters can help to clean spills and keep the paper and soap products stocked, however, a good disinfection by cleaning crews should be done at least once a day. 

Kitchen and Cafeteria

These areas should be cleaned often and thoroughly. Cafeteria high touch points and areas should be wiped and sanitized several times a day. Floors should be mopped and kitchen surfaces disinfected daily or several times a day. Appliances should also be wiped down and sanitized at least daily. 

Floors

Carpeted areas should be vacuumed daily and hard flooring mopped daily. When bad weather hits, such as rain or snow, avoid slips and falls by having your day porters set out additional mats and caution signs as well as mop up any excess water. They can also sweep debris from windy fall days throughout the day to keep your entryways looking clean. Waxing or buffing hard flooring should be done as needed depending on the traffic in the different areas of your buildings. 

Windows and Window Treatments

Windows can be cleaned weekly or bi-weekly, though windows in and around doors should be cleaned daily or even throughout the day by a day porter. This will keep them clean and smudge free. If you have any openable windows, make sure to clean touch points daily. Window treatments, such as blinds, should be dusted weekly to keep germs and dust from building up.

Other Surfaces and Objects

Other surfaces and objects like radiators, baseboards, ledges and light fixtures, to name a few, should be cleaned and dusted regularly. Depending on the traffic and the surface or object, these tasks can generally be done daily, weekly or bi-weekly. For example, high traffic surfaces and areas like switch plates, door frames and hardware should be cleaned and dusted daily, while other things such as framed decor, lamps and HVAC grilles and registers can be cleaned and dusted weekly. 

Trash Removal

Trash should be removed from classrooms, lunchrooms and other common areas daily. Other debris such as shipping cartage, newspapers and kitchen waste should also be removed daily or as needed. 

Conclusion

Keeping your school’s buildings clean is of utmost importance, especially now. If you are ready to hire a team that offers a full range of janitorial and maintenance services, AK Building Services is ready to help! We understand that clean school buildings translates to healthy staff, teachers and students and fosters pride in the academic institution. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you!

What Does a Day Porter Do?

And How to Know if You Need This Service

With customers, clients, students and employees coming in and out of your building all day, it can really take a toll on the cleanliness of your building. Rain water, mud, melted snow, leaves and more can be tracked into your office and flickering light bulbs can be a nuisance. As a business or school, it is important to keep your building looking professional, tidy, well lit and safe. Think of it as always putting your best foot forward. It can be time consuming to maintain this level of appearance; this is why so many businesses and schools hire a day porter as part of their commercial cleaning services to help maintain the appearance of their building on a daily basis.

How a Day Porter Can Help Your Business or School

Day porters are responsible for making sure that your business or school is clean and looks inviting to the public at all times. They also ensure that the building is safe for everyone, dealing with unexpected incidents as they arise, such as broken glass or slippery floors. They do these tasks discreetly, without interfering in the day-to-day activities. Here are a few of the duties you can expect a day porter to perform, depending on your business or school’s needs:

  • Keep lobbies clean and tidy
  • Keep glass surfaces clean and spot free
  • Emptying trash bins
  • Keep common areas clean
  • Keep restrooms clean
  • Restock supplies in restrooms as necessary
  • Perform minor maintenance, such as replacing light bulbs
  • Perform continuous touch-point cleaning to reduce the spread of germs and illnesses
  • Clean up spills, broken glass or other cleaning emergencies
  • Remove or warn of safety hazards, such as wet floors
  • Clean and prepare conference rooms before and after meetings and VIP visitors
  • Remove litter and debris from entrances and parking lots
  • Other duties to meet your specific needs (just inquire with your commercial cleaning service!)

This may sound a lot like a janitor, however there is a major difference. Janitors are responsible for the entire inside of the building, while a day porter is responsible for keeping common areas and some of the exterior of the building clean and presentable. 

Day porters are fully trained in the latest cleaning and sanitizing techniques. They keep their cleaning equipment and gear updated and can also provide eco-friendly service when needed. Day porters have an eye for general maintenance and upkeep, staying ahead of having to replace things around the building before they break. 

How to Know if You Need This Service

If your office only has a few employees and you don’t have customers or clients coming in very often, you may not need a day porter. However, there are several reasons you may want a day porter for your school or business. 

  • You have high traffic common areas such as a lobby, break room or restrooms
  • You have high profile clients that expect a spotless office and conference room
  • You want to keep germs and illnesses from spreading
  • You want to put your best foot forward

Conclusion

Your day porter will work with you to establish the appropriate cleaning schedule for your facility’s needs. As with all commercial cleaning aspects, it is important to maintain good communication with your day porter to ensure that your needs are being met. 

If you are ready to hire a day porter for your business or school, contact AK Building Services today to see how we can help you keep your building spotless!

Make Your Business Disaster Proof

How Commercial Cleaning can Help

Natural disasters and other mishaps, such as hurricanes or fires, can happen at any time. There may be flooding, broken glass, dirt, watermarks, debris and other issues. Fortunately, commercial cleaning experts are trained in proper cleanup techniques to get you back on your feet. 

First Things First

It is important that when you hire a commercial cleaning company, that you go over what their emergency cleanup services include and what you can expect from them. Discuss the basics of a plan of attack for particular situations, such as what should be done after a hurricane and the order in which those cleanup services are done. Be sure to have your company’s emergency number on hand, no matter where you are. It’s a good idea to have the number programmed into a cell phone that you have on you all the time, just in case.

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Storm and Natural Disaster cleanup

From hurricanes to tornadoes, or even just a strong storm, natural disasters come in many forms. And because of that, you can expect a wide variety of damage, like wind and flood water damage. A commercial cleaning service will remove debris, extract water, remove water marks, dry out the carpets, shampoo your carpets and even do upholstery cleaning. In addition, there will also be a process of disinfecting surfaces to remove any contaminants left behind by the storm (think sewage water mixing with flood water). The process of drying out your building will also stop mold, mildew and bacteria from growing that can affect the health of your workers and customers. 

Flood Cleanup

Sometimes it doesn’t take a torrential storm or a hurricane to flood your business. A burst water main, backed up sewage or a broken dam can also cause damage to your building. The cleanup is much the same as it would be after a strong natural disaster that caused water damage to your building. Special steps are taken to dry out and disinfect surfaces as well as removing water marks, shampooing your carpets and doing upholstery cleaning. 

Fire Cleanup

Fire damage is devastating but thankfully, it does not always spread past a certain area if caught and contained quickly enough. For areas that do not suffer structural damage, there will still be smoke and water damage that will require cleanup. Surfaces will be scrubbed clean, water extracted and any water marks removed. 

Work with Contractors

After a disaster or emergency, your business will need more than just cleanup services, requiring the need for contractors to perform repair services. Professional commercial cleaning services have extensive experience working with contractors. They will work to clean up from a disaster and help clean during and after construction with their construction cleanup services. So if your building happens to need some construction done after a disaster, you know your cleanup team is ready to help from start to finish. 

A Company You Can TrustAK Building Services provides fast and friendly emergency clean up services. In many cases, such as will water main breaks or small fires, you can expect same day emergency cleanup services. For the bigger issues such as storm damage, we work with you until you are back up and running. We offer water extraction, removing carpet stains, sanitizing surfaces and even provide window cleaning. Just let us know what your needs are and we’ll help you as fast as we can.

Urgent Care Cleaning

Specialized and Unique Medical Cleaning Needs that are Now More Important than Ever

Keeping your urgent care facility clean has never been more important. The very nature of your business means that your clinic is seeing heavy foot traffic, and sick patients makes cleaning even more complex. Now more than ever, your center will require a consistent approach to maintain a healthy environment for your employees and your patients. 

Why Urgent Care Facility Cleaning Needs Differ from Other Medical Settings

Because of the high volume of ill patients that you see, urgent care cleaning protocols differ from other medical settings. The faced paced nature of urgent care facilities makes them appealing to patients suffering from the cold or flu, meaning your clinic could be at risk of spreading infections. And now with many urgent care facilities offering testing for COVID-19, that risk is all the more acute. 

Frequency of Cleaning

Consistent and thorough cleaning is key to limiting the spread of germs brought in by sick patients. This cleaning should happen on a daily, weekly or quarterly basis. For example, door handles, the check-in counter and medical equipment should be cleaned throughout the day, sometimes between each patient. Other tasks such as cleaning supply closet shelves can be handled on a quarterly basis. 

Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company

Every urgent care clinic is different and the amount of patients you see, and even the type of patients, should dictate your cleaning schedule. Be sure to find a cleaning company that listens to your exact requirements and needs. The commercial cleaning company should create a customized cleaning program specifically for your facility. This cleaning company should also be prepared for and available for emergency cleanups in a medical setting. 

Things to Consider When Creating a Custom Cleaning Program

Here are a few things you consider when figuring out your clinic’s specific needs when it comes to creating a cleaning program or schedule.

  • Patient Traffic: understand how many patients you see and what types of issues they are coming in for.
  • Hot Spots: Make a list of all the high-touch spots in your facility, such as doors and the  check-in counter, that will require disinfecting throughout the day.
  • Medical Setting: When looking for a commercial cleaning company to hire, make sure that you choose a company that is trained in medical cleaning, including being certified in bloodborne pathogen safety. 
  • Floors: Even your floor cleaning will need the appropriate disinfectant solution.
  • Bathrooms: Make note if your bathrooms will require more than one cleaning a day.
  • Who is Cleaning: Discuss with your cleaning company if terminal cleanings will be handled by clinic staff or the janitorial provider. After deciding who does what and when, be sure that your clinic staff is properly trained to clean surfaces to ensure a healthy clinic. 
  • Emergencies: Discuss how the cleaning company will handle emergency clean-ups.
  • COVID-19: If your clinic is testing for the Coronavirus or you suspect that you might see patients sick with the virus, make note of this. Your clinic will require increased cleaning between patients and good communication between you and your commercial cleaning company. Discuss at length with your commercial cleaning company how to handle your cleaning needs. 
  • Other Needs: Consider other cleaning needs your clinic may need, such as partition glass and window cleaning or carpet cleaning, and whether the cleaning company you are considering can handle these services as well.

A Leader in Medical Cleaning Services

We understand that medical facilities, and in particular urgent care clinics, require unique and rigorous cleaning. At AK Building Services, we use the most advanced, scientifically validated cleaning methods and equipment to ensure that your facility is sanitized and clean. We tailor your cleaning services to your needs and can handle everything from window washing to cleaning patient exam rooms and even have a prepared response to COVID-19. We are ProBloodBorne and Hazcom certified as well as HIPPA and OSHA compliant. 
If you are ready to discuss your urgent care clinic’s cleaning needs, contact us today!