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Supporting Our Front-Line Janitorial Workers

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had an opportunity to show our appreciation for front-line and essential workers that are working so hard to keep our communities healthy and safe. From grocery store workers to the nurses and doctors working in our hospitals, there are many roles that play an important part in keeping essential services open and making sure that our sick and vulnerable receive the care they need.

However, there is one group that is fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines that may not immediately come to mind, and that is the janitorial and cleaning staff that have taken on an important role in keeping hospitals, businesses, and community spaces disinfected and clean so that we are able to safely access services and support other front-line staff.

Janitorial workers can often be under-appreciated in the best of times – not many people take the opportunity to stop and thank their janitor, and many work when buildings are closed for the evening, making this important service go under the radar.

Now is the perfect time to acknowledge the hard work, effort, and expertise that professional cleaning staff bring to their work. A recent article in the Tyee explored what life is like for many cleaning staff, from longer hours and increased workload to the fears they face in keeping themselves and their families safe. 

A career in janitorial services can be an amazing stepping stone to a better life for new Canadians, and those who may not have the language skills or education to begin another career right away. At Select Janitorial, we take incredible pride in training, supporting, and helping to grow the careers and success of each of our janitorial teams. We are grateful for the amazing clients who have always shown appreciation for their cleaning team but have been particularly supportive during these last few uncertain months. 

It is an ongoing mission of ours to support the local business community, and especially now, we take our role to heart. Our janitorial staff are going above and beyond to serve and support their clients, and we appreciate the hard work and dedication they have shown.

If your business has a janitorial team, or you happen to see cleaning staff working hard at a hospital or community centre, take a moment to appreciate the important role they play in moving us towards a safer, more social climate. 

On behalf of the team at Select Janitorial, thank you to all cleaning staff for their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice in the ongoing battle against COVID-19, and for their important role in keeping everyone healthy and safe in these uncertain times. 

 

Why Spring Cleaning Your Business Is More Important Than Ever

Spring is finally here and now is the time to help your business put its best foot forward after a rainy fall and winter seasons! Even if your foot traffic is down or your business has temporarily closed, now is an excellent opportunity to help spring your business into a spotless new season. 

 

Cleaning high-touch areas have been top of mind for most of us lately, but it’s important not to ignore the need for a deep clean of your office, business or warehouse. Below, we outline the main areas that are most important to clean during your spring cleaning, and why now is the perfect time to treat your business to this service!

 

Floors and Carpets

After a busy winter and fall, your floors may be looking worse for wear. Dirt, mud, and water may have been dragged in, leaving your space looking dingey. With reduced foot traffic in most businesses, now is the perfect time for a deep clean on any carpets, and repairs to be made to any laminate or hard flooring. While you may have had a mess on your hands quickly before, you now have the opportunity to reduce the wear and tear on your space and help keep stains and grime at bay. 

 

Window Coverings, Baseboards and Cabinets

Each of these areas can easily be forgotten in a quick clean by staff, but as we make our way into allergy season, these can be traps for dust that can get any staff or customer sneezing! In an effort to reduce the transfer of any airborne illnesses, ensuring that these areas are cleaned of any built-up grime is critical, but also a good reminder that these areas need some extra TLC to keep them dust-free into the rest of the year.

 

Outside Windows and Entryways

The windows and doors to your business are a big part of the first impression clients will have, and it’s important that they have been cleaned thoroughly to create an inviting atmosphere! Dirty windows and scuffed doors don’t showcase how professional your business really is, so having a team of professionals provide a deep clean will help to keep windows clear and bright, while also maintaining any entryway spaces and doors that welcome your clients. Now that we are moving into a drier season on Vancouver Island you can make the most of these cleaning services, keeping these areas sparkling clean for longer!

 

Looking for a deep spring clean, or a more thorough daily or weekly cleaning service? Select Janitorial can customize our services to meet your business’ needs! Contact us today for a free quote, and let our team of professional janitorial staff keep your space clean all year long. 

Why Your Community Centre Needs Professional Janitorial Services

Lately, we have been seeing the importance of how keeping our commercial spaces clean and sanitary is an act of service for our communities. If you run a community centre, whether that is for recreation, worship, or business, it is critically important to maintain your space’s cleanliness at all times. While you may know that basic care and keeping is important to your daily operations, we wanted to shine a light on why professional janitorial services are so critical all year long.

 

Keeping Vulnerable Members of Our Community Safe

Your community centre likely has children, elderly folks, and other vulnerable patrons that may be more likely to pick up an illness or injure themselves if your space is not kept clean. While it is important to keep your space clean for the enjoyment of all your visitors, it is especially important to maintain your space to the highest standard to keep the most vulnerable members of our community safe. 

This can include extra sanitizing of high-touch areas throughout the day, ensuring that floors are clear of liquid, dirt, and any tripping hazards, and ensuring that appropriate signage is used to warn of any potential dangers.

 

Reduce Slips and Falls

With kids running into their art class, a teenager distracted by their phone, or a senior navigating the halls with a walker, there are plenty of opportunities for slips and falls to easily occur! By making sure that floors and carpets are well maintained and clean, you can help keep your guests safe and prevent any distress and liability that comes along with injuries in your community centre. 

 

Help Staff Stay Healthy and Well

Your staff are the lifeblood of your business – without them, you wouldn’t be able to provide valuable services to your community. When you have hundreds or thousands of people using your space daily, your staff could be at risk for picking up the latest bug or sickness. While your visitors may come and go, your employees are counting on you to maintain a safe and healthy workplace for them so they can bring their best to your customers.

Making sure that your space is clean and well maintained also reduces your staff’s burden to take on cleaning responsibilities, especially in areas you should only let a professional janitor touch, such as washrooms and hard to reach places. 

 

Are you looking to increase janitorial services for your business? Select Janitorial’s team of professional cleaning staff are here to help. We have been serving Victoria and Vancouver Island for over 20 years and are committed to helping keep our communities safe and healthy through professional, consistent cleaning services. Call us today for your free quote!

A Message from Select Janitorial During the COVID-19 Crisis

During this time of uncertainty across the globe, we at Select Janitorial have been reflecting on how important it is to come together as a community both when times are good, but especially when times are tough. It is in moments like these that businesses must truly reflect upon and live out their values. At Select Janitorial, we feel our responsibility is more than simply providing exceptional services to our clients, but to also impact the lives of those in our communities. From empowering our janitorial staff to building long-lasting relationships with our clients, Select Janitorial is committed to weathering this storm with the well-being of our staff, clients, and the Vancouver Island community at the forefront of our minds. 

We recently came across a term that we think fits the current climate perfectly – disastertunity. It’s a non-sensical word that basically means “in every disaster also resides an opportunity”.  These challenging times have given us the opportunity to reflect with gratitude on how important our relationships are. We have always prided ourselves on building personal, trusting relationships between our cleaners and our clients, and this is all the more apparent during times of uncertainty. Our cleaners are more committed than ever to serving our clients diligently and thoroughly, and our janitorial staff have felt the appreciation and gratitude from their clients in return. 

Our cleaning staff are truly a part of the team of the businesses they care for and are taking their responsibility during this time to heart. During times of economic downturn, we think of both the businesses and the individuals that are impacted, and the support that we have seen in both directions has shown the true compassion, care, and strength of both our cleaners and the clients we serve. 

While any business can set themselves apart with their prices or the quality of their service, we know that the relationships we nurture and community we foster is the key to a successful business in the long-term. We look forward to continuing to support our current family of clients, as well as serving new businesses in their time of need through this crisis. 

We have seen the tenacity, creativity, and connection of the Vancouver Island business community truly shine during this uncertain time and are proud to both be a part of this community, as well as serve it with integrity, passion, and pride. 

If your business is looking for additional janitorial services during this time, we would love to collaborate to provide the ideal service that meets your needs. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help!

COVID-19 And Your Office: What You Need To Know

COVID-19, or coronavirus as it is more commonly known, has recently generated quite a lot of concern. It is important to know that in general, the risk posed by the virus is quite low. It is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that of those who contract the illness, only 3.4% will pass. When compared to SARS, which had a mortality rate of 9.6%, the risk of grave harm to your staff and customers is quite low. The risk of passing away from this illness goes down substantially if you are under the age of 80 and do not live with preexisting conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension or cancer.

However, the annual flu has a mortality rate of only 0.1%, making the coronavirus much more deadly than the common flu. Aside from the worst-case scenario of death, nobody wants to catch and live with the symptoms of the flu! Living through that is challenging and quite unpleasant. The impact on your business’ productivity could be profound. Imagine a 14-day “Snow-mageddon” and the real impact of a mass outbreak of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island becomes much more real.

In the face of misinformation and panic, or the contrarian dismissive denial, we believe being informed and having a plan is best.

Let’s Get Informed

The symptoms for COVID 19 may be mild to more serious and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Once exposed to the virus, it may take up to 14 days to show signs and symptoms. During this time, the virus can still be spread through coughing or sneezing (the small droplets of saliva carry and pass on the virus) and personal contact such as touching an infected surface (be it a hand or handle) and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands. These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.

Have a Plan

Employers and employees have a role to play in reducing the spread of infection. Below are some tips and tricks for keeping your office healthy and safe to limit any potential outbreaks in our communities.

General Advice

  • Increase awareness about COVID-19 through communication with staff.
  • Evaluate the workplace for areas where people have frequent contact with each other and shared objects.
  • Increase the distance between desks and workstations as well as employees and customers (ideally 2 metres).
  • A physical barrier like a cubicle or Plexiglas window also works to increase the distance between people.

Workplace Hygiene

  • Encourage frequent hand hygiene, sneeze and cough etiquette, and staying home when ill.
  • Consider providing additional tissues should someone develop symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If COVID-19 symptoms develop, the employee should immediately be separated from others and sent home without using public transit, if possible.
  • Provide access to handwashing areas and place hand sanitizing dispensers in prominent locations throughout the workplace, if possible.

Ensure frequent cleaning, with particular attention to high-touch surfaces, such as:

  • Desks
  • Phones
  • Kitchens
  • Computers
  • Cash registers
  • Elevator buttons
  • Restaurant tables and menus
  • Door handles
  • Toilets
  • Taps
  • Light switches

 

Select Janitorial is here to handle that last bit. Professional janitorial and office cleaning services are more important now than ever, especially if your staff or clients are elderly or immune-compromised. We can all do our part to keep our communities healthy and safe, and ensuring that your business is kept sanitized and clean is an easy way to help prevent the spread of disease.

Call us today to set up your professional janitorial services. We will develop a custom schedule that fits the needs of your business!

Coronavirus is real, but is nothing to panic over. With good information and a solid plan, this too shall pass. And maybe through this time of prevention, good hygiene habits can be formed that will help each of us now and in the future. During this time and the times to come, Select Janitorial is here to help in any way we can!