Featured Select Janitorial Cleaner: Marvin

What sets Select Janitorial apart is our team of expert, dedicated cleaning staff. When businesses reach out to us to inquire about janitorial services, we take great care in matching them with the perfect cleaner to suit their needs. We all have our strengths and preferences and ensuring that we find the right cleaner for the right job is key to building a long-term relationship and ensuring our clients receive the best clean every time. 

That’s why we are so excited to begin introducing you to our team of Select Janitorial cleaners! When you work with Select Janitorial, you’re partnering with a member of our community, and supporting their family, aspirations, and livelihood. 

Today, we are featuring Marvin, one of the newest team members to join Select Janitorial. Originally from the Philippines, Marvin lives in Victoria with his wife and child. He decided to start his career in janitorial services because of his entrepreneurial spirit, and the fact that he could run and grow his own business. He loves that by working hard, he controls his own success instead of being limited by a traditional 9-5 job.

One of the biggest impacts that starting his janitorial career has made on his life is that he is now able to spend more time with his family, and have more control over his schedule and aspirations – the sky is the limit for Marvin!

We take great pride in supporting, coaching, and encouraging our team to grow their businesses and success beyond their wildest dreams. As an ethical cleaning company, we empower our staff at every step in their entrepreneurial journey and look for ways to help them grow and succeed. 

When you work with Select Janitorial, you aren’t supporting ana anonymous corporation – you’re working with locals who are committed to serving their communities, and who are proud to live, work, and play on Vancouver Island. Relationships are the foundation of a successful long-term cleaning service, and we ensure that your cleaner is a part of your business’s team! 

Looking for a cleaning team to support your business? Contact Select Janitorial today for your free consultation! We have teams in Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo ready to serve you. Call today!

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!

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.