The True Cost Of Getting The Flu
Window Cleaning Connecticut Contractor
Maintaining clean windows not only keeps them looking professional to your business’s clients and employees, but is also an investment that saves you money long-term. The majority of heating and air conditioning you’re paying for is lost through your building’s windows.
If you’ve invested in high-efficiency windows (or, if you don’t own your building and wish your landlord would), you need to have your windows professionally washed to prevent:
- Hard materials from contaminating the pores of your glass (from sprinkler systems or building run-off)
- Deterioration due to acids in rain water
- Oxidization and rush (from windows’ metal frames and screens, as well as building run-off)
For your quote, ask about our two window cleaning methods: either (1) traditional spray-and-wipe for interiors or regular cleanings, or (2) pressurized no-touch cleaning, for windows that are touched often or at higher risk for hard material contamination. For windows that require extra attention (windows that are typically near a body of water, major highway, or industrial area) we also offer a power wash followed by squeegee—the best of both techniques.
Carpet Cleaning In Connecticut
Carpeting is not only a dirt-trap, but home to fungus, odors, and bacteria if not cleaned properly. Sands and soils also act as sandpaper, wearing away your carpet fibers over time. Heavy-traffic areas need to be cleaned professionally every 1-3 months to keep your building looking and smelling right—not to mention germ-free.
Our professional hot-water extraction cleaning includes the following steps:
- Conduct a pre-inspection, noting any damaged areas or traffic patterns
- Pre-treat any areas of concerns, where our technicians can see spills or high-traffic patterns
- A pre-spray is applied to the carpet with a mold and bacteria agent
- Several options such as cylindrical extraction or bonnet cleaning are available, but in any case pressurized water treatment loosens dirt and organisms in your carpet fibers
- All carpets are dried with a high-power vacuum, extracting both dirt and water from the carpet
- Deodorizer is applied
- Carpet is then raked and groomed, followed by a final vacuuming when dry
A combination of traditional vacuum cleaning and a professional hot water extraction cleaning normally produces the best results for the best price, both in your yearly cleaning budget and for long-term building maintenance.
Bathroom Sanitation Commercial Businesses In Connecticut
Bathroom sanitation needs no introduction. Most people know the least-hygienic places in their buildings are the bathroom, but few know where—besides the toilet—most bacteria is actually hiding.
But how does bathroom sanitation affect your bottom line?
The annual toll on businesses due to the flu in the US is a collective $16.3 billion. That’s $16,300,000,000.00 spelled out, or enough to give every adult in East Hartford enough money to buy 5 luxury cars.
67% of office workers come in sick—which means 67% of office workers are using your bathrooms while sick, spreading their illness.
The dirtiest place in a public bathroom isn’t the toilet (that’s #2), but sinks. Studies suggest 1 in every 10 restrooms harbors salmonella and fecal bacteria.
The third dirtiest place in a public bathroom? The soap dispenser! To check if your current cleaners are addressing this germ-colony, look at the cleanliness of the bottom of your soap dispenser (where your hand touches it) or wipe it down with a piece of paper towel. The best option? A hands-free soap dispenser.
To clean a restroom, you have two options:
1. Spray the area and wipe it down. (Think mops and buckets, spray bottle and paper towels, etc.)
2. A no-touch cleaning where you pressure-spray the area then vacuum the liquids dry. (Think of a touch-free carwash or hospital autoclave sanitation.)
To get a restroom cleaning quote please call
- How many restrooms you’ll want clean
- If you want traditional spray-and-wipe service or no-touch service (or if you want to see quotes for both)
In return, we can get you a quote for not only what we suggest will be the best investment in cutting down on illness-related lost profit, and how we compare to your current cleaning services.
Waste Removal & Dumpster Service Connecticut Business
Waste removal is a non-negotiable part of business. Garbage cans in each office need to be emptied every night, hazardous materials need to be disposed of legally.
When getting your quote, here are a few things to consider as part of your package:
- How many offices or rooms have small waste bins?
- How many bathrooms or kitchens have larger waste bins?
- Do you have any bulky materials that regularly need to be disposed of, such as large quantities of packaging materials, supplies, food / vegetable matter, pallets, or scrap manufacturing materials?
- Are you interested in adding a recycling system to your office?
Day-to-Day Sanitation Connecticut
If you’re surfing this page on a computer – look at the letter G in the center of your keyboard. On that key (and each other letter key) there are an estimated 17,000 organisms. (That’s the population of Rocky Hill, CT.)
Your enter-key, caps-lock, and shift-key? Those are home to about 60,000 living germs each. (That’s all of Manchester, CT.)
And the desk? 10,000,000 germs. (That’s 100x more than the average kitchen table, and more germs than the population of Hong Kong .)
If you’re surfing this page on a phone – well, you’re staring at this article through a wall of over 450,000 germs. (That’s the population of Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Manchester combined. Living on your phone screen!)
So how do we clean the dirtiest places in your office?
- Using a mix of hand-held sanitizers, we spray and wipe down all surfaces you touch regularly, including all desks, keyboards, light switches, and door knobs
- Our cleaners work around anything sitting on your desks (notebooks, water bottles, coffee mugs) so you have no interruption in your work flow.
- For chronically messy desks (who has the messiest desk in your office?) we use contact card so our cleaners can leave small notes to your employees directly letting them know we’d like to sanitize their desk tomorrow.
- We can additionally provide magnetic notices for all fridges to help staff remove any lingering contents. (Another way we can keep your schedule clear while making sure your office is always sanitary.)
- For particularly hard-to-clean offices, we offer the option of using pressured aerosol cans, we blast out all bacteria and dirt living in keyboards and phone number pads
- We also strongly suggest cleaning out all break rooms—including microwaves, sinks, and fridges—regularly with the same techniques
Hands-Free Dispensers Connecticut Supplier
The top reason for hospital-borne infections is dirty hands and poor disinfection practices. But since presumably all nurses and hospital staff know hand washing is key in saving their patients’ lives, how is this still possible?
If hospitals are having a hard time keeping clean, then your business may be too—even if everyone is washing their hands regularly.
Sinks are—in fact—the greatest reservoir of germs in public restrooms. Because of the water and constant moisture, sinks are a breading ground for bacteria. What’s more, soap dispensers are also constantly being contaminated when not-so-thoroughly-washed hands move from the sink to the soap dispenser and touch it. And after that, when hands move to a hot-air dryer, you can actually contract germs because of the warm blowing air. In contrast, paper towel dispensers can reduce the residual bacteria on your hands by up to 75%.
The best way to make sure hand sanitation is effective in your office space (and keep illness-related costs down) is to install hands-free devices. From motion-sensor sinks to hands-free soap dispensers and paper-towel dispensers, cleaning your bathrooms is a business investment—not just something to comfort your customers.
Spaces can install, maintain, and stock the following hands-free devices to help keep your office clean:
- Hands-free soap dispensers
- Hands-free paper towel dispensers
- Hands-free toilet paper dispensers
- Time-mist air fresheners
- Hands-free Purell sanitizers
If they did, flu epidemics wouldn’t be sweeping the country every winter. Major restrooms wouldn’t be feared by travelers or moms. We wouldn’t hear news stories where entire schools are shut down due to an illness. And the economy wouldn’t be losing $225.8 billion dollars every year due to work-related illness.
Pushing around dirt in one area with a mop, plunging that dirt into a bucket of soapy water, then putting that same mop back on a floor is not only inefficient but expensive.
So how do we address healthcare with cleaning? When there’s an illness outbreak in a school or hospital, we can schedule a health inspection with a Kaivac technician to immediately stop the outbreak from spreading without sending everyone home for a week.
A Kaivac touch-free sanitation system not only takes less cleaning time than traditional mop-and-bucket cleaning but can properly sanitize your space—leading to a 2-8% increase in productivity, depending on a company. (How much would that make you an additional a year in profit?)
When choosing the traditional mop-and-bucket over a Kaivac system, factors to consider are
- How much you pay out for health insurance or sick time.
- If illness in your building effects you in other ways (student absences, additional childcare costs).
- What can your customers see or smell in your bathroom, and will that positively or negatively affect their likeliness to return or leave a review?
- How many times you personally got sick last year, and how that affected your productivity. (Or, even just what sort of illness you had and how it felt!)
- When your bathroom is at it’s cleanest, how does it smell?
For some companies, the bottom-line is more important than organic cleaning. But for others, the bottom-line is tied in with being green.
If your brand is tied in with sustainable energy, organic foods, working with animals, or the environment, why let your day-to-day office operations contradict your mission? Keeping consistent between how you act day-to-day and what your brand goals are is not only an impressive promise to clients, but keeps your staff’s daily actions on-point with your brand—a mission that’s hard for any organization to achieve.
If your brand isn’t tied in with the environment in any way, a green system is still beneficial for the humans occupying any space. Conventional cleaners include ingredients that can be harmful to allergies, small children, the elderly, and the environment.
If you’re considering switching to environmentally sustainable or organic cleaning methods, here are a few things to consider:
- Many cleaning systems do not address the “invisible world” of germs and bio-pollution, which are just as unsafe as VOC cleaning chemicals. (2)
- A mixture of Green Seal certified disinfectants, Green Seal cleaning solutions, and water is your best bet to make sure your green-cleaning is really clean.
- Switching to a Kaivac green clean reduces surface chemical usage by as much as 90%.
- Indoor air quality is also an issue—not removing dust and dander properly from surfaces and carpets can actually make your Indoor Environment Quality WORSE.
- According to the CDC, Poor IEQ quality leads to a significantly higher risk of serious illness. (3)
Tile & Grout Cleaning
Cleaning tile floors by hand is hard work and more-than-often frustrating. A mop-and-bucket system leaves water looking gross and always a bit of residue on the tiles, never mind in the grout between tiles.
Because grout is porous, it expands and contracts with temperature and keep your tiles from cracking, but those same pores also collect dirt, spills, and bacteria. Most grout in high-traffic areas appears shades darker than the original color because of the dirt and bacteria living in between the tiles.
To wash tiles, most people use a mop-and-bucket technique—where water and soap are pushed into the corners, spread across the floor, then soaked into a bucket, then that same soapy-dirty-water-mix is pushed onto the floor again.
Instead, we use no-touch cleaning systems that use pressurized water and cleaning agent to pull dirt off of tiles, then vacuum off that soapy-dirty-water-mix into a second chamber, so the original dirt doesn’t come into contact with your floor again.
Regularly scheduled maintenance is the key to preserving the quality appearance of the flooring. We offer several methods depending on your material and current condition. (We’d love to explain more over the phone or in person as part of your quote.)
To combat these common issues we have several options. Use of a 3m Hygiene Bucket filters the water and bacteria so there’s no cross-contamination between the water. Microfiber mops made for hospital settings are also used to make sure your cleaning is both sanitary and cost-effective.