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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!

 

 

Why Your Condo Building Needs Professional Cleaning Services

With a variety of people living in and visiting your condo building, it is important to keep up with the cleanliness of the property’s high-traffic areas. These critical areas include the main entrances, hallways, and elevators. We at Select Janitorial understand the importance of leaving a lasting impression for your tenants and their guests to make your property feel just like home every time they enter. Keeping spaces clean and reducing hazards, such as potential slips and falls, can keep the community happy and safe, while also maintaining the overall need for updates or repairs. Whether you’re a property manager with dozens of buildings to care for, or are on a strata council responsible for hiring the right cleaning crew, let’s take a look at 3 great reasons your condo building can benefit from our professional cleaning services today on the blog. 

Taking pride in your property is vital for your building’s maintenance, returning tenants, and the overall demand of your property. Your care and respect for the building’s common areas shows for the building’s tenants when you keep up with the cleanliness of the space. Our team will ensure that your entrances are consistently up-kept and welcoming for every person that visits. Whether you have potential renters coming in for a walk-through, or tenants that have lived in the building for years, leaving that lasting impression and care through regular cleanings services shows how much you care about the building. 

The last thing you or your tenants should have to worry about when walking into their building is the safety or potential hazards that could cause them or their guest’s harm. Winter can leave your space with wet entrances and build-up that could cause slips or falls. Our team values the safeness of you, your tenants, and any other guests visiting the property by making sure our expert janitorial staff pay extra attention to those areas where potential hazards may occur. Lessening the chance of an injury on site will help keep your strata and rent payments under control, ensuring the health and wellness of your building’s community.

Winter doesn’t just bring in the potential for slippery hazards, it can also cause some serious damage to your property’s floors and carpets! We want to lessen any chance of unneeded damage to your hard and soft flooring, including laminate, stone, and carpet. Through frequent and scheduled cleanings, we are able to maintain those carpets and floors that are constantly used each and every day in property. This is beneficial as you can save money by needing fewer repairs due to damage over time. 

With our team of professional and experienced janitors, our quality is assured. Show your residents that you care about the property and their safety through our superior cleaning services. Select Janitorial has been servicing the island for over 20 years, providing each and every one of our clients with top-notch service every time.

Start the new year off right, prevent potential hazards, and keep your condo’s community and their shared spaces happy, healthy and clean in 2020. Contact us today for your FREE consultation and we will set you up with the best member of our janitorial team that suits the needs of your building. 

How To Make The Most Of Your Professional Cleaning Service

When investing money into necessary services such as janitorial cleaning for your business, it is important to ensure that you are getting the most out of it. The team at Select Janitorial understands how important it is to provide our clients which a top-notch clean every single visit by identifying your workplace’s highest traffic points, remaining consistent, and providing you with the best janitors with the experience needed to perform the best clean possible. Today on the blog, let’s dig a bit deeper into these key components of our services that will leave your business sparkling clean.

Now that the busy Christmas season has come to a close, we know your business can use a little extra attention to make it ready to have the best year yet and power through the rest of winter! Pinpointing those high traffic areas within your business can help ensure that the most time and effort is spent maintaining areas that can endure the most wear and tear. Determining what areas are the most important during each visit allows our team to be efficient and clean the prioritize important places first. Whether its the front entrance, your washrooms, or meeting rooms, we understand and recognize the importance of your workspace’s cleanliness from top to bottom. Establishing those key areas helps us create the appropriate schedule for each visit, fully tailored to when the time is right for the next cleaning. 

It is important to create a set schedule for your cleanings so each person that visits your business has a cohesive and positive experience each and every time. Let our team help maintain the cleanliness and professionalism of your business through consistent janitorial services that suit your space. We guarantee that our experienced cleaners will leave your property feeling clean, fresh, and maintained to the highest standard.

Another great way Select Janitorial maintains consistent standards for each of our clients is by matching one of our expert janitorial staff to your business who has the ideal experience to match with the unique needs of your business. Depending on the services needed, we match a cleaner with your business based on the strengths, specialties, and personalities of our team members to set you up with the best of the best. Creating that relationship and consistency in quality will bring a great sense of organization to your business, as well as benefiting the overall health of your community of staff and clients.

Creating a consistent, clean, and welcoming environment for your business is what we at Select Janitorial do best. Our services and experienced staff ensure this by making sure that you get the most out of every visit. Setting your business up with scheduled cleaning is not only necessary but beneficial for your clients as they appreciate the cleanliness and professionalism of your business during their visit. Keep your work environment happy and healthy this new year by contacting us today for your FREE consultation. Let our team get a  jump start on your business’s cleanliness in 2020!

Places You Should Only Let A Professional Cleaner Touch

Although your staff may like to help around the office with daily cleaning tasks like a quick sweep or taking out the trash, we all know nobody is volunteering to clean the bathroom or climb a ladder to sweep up some cobwebs! Here at Select Janitorial, we do not blame them! There are plenty of places around your workspace which only a professional cleaner should touch.

Hard to Reach Areas 

Keeping your staff safe is at the top of your priority list, so let us prevent potential accidents and take care of those hard to reach spaces by allowing our professional cleaning staff to clean high, hard to reach areas. Dust and bacteria like to hide in between and on top of bookshelves, fan blades, and cabinets. This helps reduce risk to your staff and protect your business by trusting experienced staff who know the best ways to reach all those hard-to-access areas. 

Spaces that Require Sanitization 

Certain chemicals and cleaning solutions need special handling, and should only be trusted with a professional who has the right tools and training to work with them. Let our team clean your business extensively while handling specialized tools and cleaning products. Medical offices, warehouse floors, and other specialized surfaces often require the use of stronger chemicals. These cleaning solutions can provide powerful results but are potentially dangerous in the wrong hands. Don’t leave this important work to chance, and ensure the most thorough and safe clean by trusting the professionals. 

Lavatories

Bathrooms need an additional level of cleanliness and attention, and instead of sending an unlucky staff member armed with a toilet brush and a face mask, reduce cross-contamination in your space by ensuring those spaces are only cleaned by a professional. Germs are easily spread in bathrooms within our workspaces, so allow our janitors to focus on this area to keep it clean and tidy. Medical offices see patients in a variety of conditions every day of operation, and it is important to keep up on top of the professional and in-depth cleaning taking place within your business lavatories.  With Select Janitorial’s array of professional cleaning solutions that are specifically developed for bathrooms, paired with an experienced and professional staff member, we are sure to leave your bathrooms sparkling and sanitized. 

The overall health and safety of both your patients and employees can benefit from professional commercial cleaning services through consistent cleaning, extensive experience, attention to detail, and dedicated work!  Let our team take care of those hard to reach, bacteria prone, and dirtiest nooks and crannies of your business. Call today for your FREE consultation to set up a smart and efficient cleaning strategy that will improve your business’s environment overall. With over 20 years servicing Vancouver Island, Select Janitorial is an obvious choice for the best results to keep your business happy and healthy.