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Deep Cleaning Commercial Kitchens

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Restaurants need periodic deep cleaning to ensure optimal cleanliness!

Restaurant makeover shows, where a professional chef comes in to help struggling restaurant owner turn their businesses around, have given people outside the industry a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to run a restaurant. Often, the restaurants profiled are in such dire shape that the stove and exhaust are covered in grease, the floors are black with grime, and the refrigerator contains spoiled food.

This is not typical. The majority of restaurants regularly clean and sanitize their spaces. But these bad examples show what can happen if you don’t clean your commercial kitchen properly or forgo regular deep cleanings.

A kitchen that doesn’t meet sanitation requirements increases the chance of customers getting sick from foodborne illnesses. And the more layers of grease that accumulate on your kitchen appliances and exhaust systems, the greater the risk of fire. An added benefit of keeping these appliances as clean as possible is that they will last longer and need fewer repairs.

Your main goal should be to maintain a clean and well-sanitized environment at all times. Imagine a health inspector is going to show up for a surprise visit. Would your kitchen pass inspection?

It may sound daunting, but if you break it down, commercial kitchen deep cleaning is simpler than you think.

Daily Tasks

Some cleaning tasks need to be done at least once a day, if not more often.

• Countertops and Other High-Touch Surfaces

These should be cleaned after each service. This includes the backsplash and undersides of counters as well as prep areas. Use non-toxic cleaners designed to remove grime and to kill viruses and bacteria.

• Sinks

Clean the basins, as well as the faucets and knobs, using non-toxic cleaners and sponges.

• Floors

Floors need to be swept and mopped daily or as needed to address spills. For regular cleaning, a mop is still the best tool because it allows you access to hard-to-reach areas. Use a heavy-duty cleaning solution unless there are grease spills, then use a high-grade degreaser. Be sure to take any rubber mats outdoors to be washed. Make sure the floors and mats are completely dry to avoid the possibility of slips and falls.

• Grills, Griddles, and Cooktops

These are the workhorses of your kitchen and, as such, need to be cleaned daily. Brush off any ash after use, and scrub the burners and grates daily. Once a month, you’ll want to soak them in warm, soapy water in order to remove any stuck-on grease and grime. Keeping grease from building up will reduce the risk of kitchen fires.

• The Oven

The interior should be cleaned every day. Check your owner’s manual to see which cleaning solution the manufacturer recommends, or use a mixture of water and mild dish soap. Avoid getting it on the heating element when you wipe down the interior. Remove the racks and soak them in the cleaning solution for 10 minutes. Be sure they are thoroughly dry before you return them to the oven.

Less Frequent Tasks

These jobs don’t need to be performed every day, but it is important to make them part of your commercial kitchen deep cleaning routine.

• The Deep Fryer

If your restaurant serves a lot of fried food, you need to thoroughly clean out the deep fryer once or twice a week. Oil used for longer than that may make whatever is cooked in it taste “dirty.” Besides changing out the oil, the fryer should be “boiled out” with water and a grease removing solution. Your owner’s manual will explain this procedure step by step.

• Exhaust Systems

The National Fire Protection Association standards for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations (NFPA-96) states that all commercial kitchen hood vent exhaust systems must be fully cleaned on a regular basis. Businesses that don’t comply can be fined, or even shut down.

High-volume cooking operations, including most restaurants and hotels, will need to clean the exhaust system, including the hood and exhaust fans, four times a year. But, if you are burning solid fuels, like wood or charcoal, you need to clean it monthly.

You can often determine if a kitchen exhaust system requires cleaning by simply looking at it. If you notice grease build, it likely needs to be cleaned. The more you keep up with this important task, the less work it’ll require each time to get it cleaned to standards.

• Refrigerators and Freezers

Clean the interior regularly, making sure spills are wiped up, and spoiled food is thrown away. At least twice a year, use a stiff brush to clean the condenser coils to keep the unit operating properly. And every few months, inspect the door frame and hinges to check for mold.

Often Neglected Areas

Certain parts of commercial kitchens are never cleaned enough and tend to be coated with the most germs and bacteria. They include:

• Soda fountain nozzles
• Meat slicers
• Outdoor garbage
• Ice machines
• Fans and lighting
• Under and behind kitchen equipment

Our Team of Professional Can Help

If you need help to make sure your kitchen is properly cleaned, it may be time to call in the professionals to ensure the job is done. Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services offers a wide range of cleaning services to make your kitchen as clean as it needs to be. We are familiar with the best commercial kitchen cleaning procedures, and use the safest, most effective products available for foodservice environments.

As restaurant cleaning experts, we do more than make sure your restaurant looks clean. We make sure it’s clean and sanitized in order to protect your staff and customers from the most common germs and bacteria.

Drain Treatment Services

One of the things that sometimes gets overlooked in a commercial kitchen deep cleaning is the sink drains. If you are not careful, grease builds up in there, clogs the pipes, and starts to smell. Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services uses specially formulated foam drain treatment to keep your drains running smoothly, eliminating both odors and costly plumbing repairs. This is a completely organic way to unclog drains without using harsh chemicals that can damage the pipes.

Electrostatic Spraying Services

We recommend electrostatic spraying for all our commercial kitchen cleaning jobs. The high foot traffic in a commercial kitchen spreads germs everywhere. Our electrostatic sprayer charges a hospital-grade disinfectant with a positive ionic charge so it will adhere to surfaces longer.

Tile and Grout Deep Cleaning

Even if you mop every day, dirt and grime build up on a tile floor in a commercial kitchen and need to be deep-cleaned regularly as part of a commercial kitchen deep cleaning. We use a tile cleaning machine to remove the ground-in dirt and grime, as well as the best cleaning solution for the type of tile you have.

Contact Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services

Our Owner, Ed Reese, will meet with you personally & set up a time to do a walk-through of your restaurant and identify your biggest concerns, then develop a plan that fits your budget.

Area Rug Cleaning

Living at the beach and the New Jersey Shore mean beach sand & high humidity. High traffic areas where area rugs are often present, take a beating!

It is just as important to clean your area rugs as it is to cleaning any of the other surfaces in your home, and we don’t mean with a vacuum. Over time, just as with wall to wall carpet, dirt, soil and grime build up and must be professionally remove. Area rugs can be a sponge for dust mites and molds therefore it is important to check them regularly.

We clean Oriental Rug, Silk Area Rugs and handmade area rugs to just name a few. We clean them at our indoor climate controlled facility and then allow the appropriate amount of time to lie flat and dry completely. Drying time may vary for rugs so our team of professional can advise form our experience but also keep you posted durning the entire cleaning process. Living a the beach and Jersey Shore means sand, more sand and more sand. No problem for us!

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Every Industry and Business has its own unique set of cleaning needs.

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In todays world there is an entirely new reverence for cleaning work spaces, hiring a reputable commercial cleaning company is now more important to businesses than ever before. Janitorial service companies cater to the needs of diverse industries (not only in South Jersey ) all of which have unique and sometimes very specific needs. An experienced commercial cleaning firm understands that each industry has its own set of requirements based on the budget and scope of cleaning work required.

Clients’ requirements and expectations are rarely the same. Our goal is to achieve all of these requirements while providing exceptional customer service. With that said, your cleaning company does need to take into consideration, the beach and salt air at the Jersey Shore. Our goal is to establish a cleaning strategy that meets both your personal and business needs. We’ll work with you to develop a schedule that works for you, especially when it comes to the different levels of cleaning that are required throughout the year. Some of the industries that require very specific cleaning requirements include :

Schools – Campus cleaning services are required by schools, colleges, and institutions. However, while some institutions, including public schools, employ janitors in-house, the majority do not. It’s no secret that kids and teenagers love to wreak mayhem. The only choice is to hire a commercial cleaning company to do the job.

Bars and Restaurants – Only the restaurant and bar industries have profit margins that are so tightly linked to commercial cleaning or janitorial services. Nobody likes to eat or drink at a filthy establishment. As a result, hotels and restaurants are always on the hunt for the best cleaning services and supplies to bring out the best in their interiors. Their business’s livelihood depends on it.

Governmental Structures – Government agencies require regular cleaning. Government cleaning contracts are hard to come by but can be quite lucrative. There are many contracts to award due to the government’s multiple ministries. People from all over the world frequent government offices. To adequately clean large sites, a full-time cleaning firm is required.

Banks – The banking industry isn’t usually known for its client service, but it can’t be blamed for having filthy facilities. Any bank that one enters has a pleasant scent, which is due to the usage of experienced facility managers and professional cleaners who are in charge of keeping a sanitary environment.

Retail Establishments – Millions of malls and retail outlets worldwide require professional cleaners to keep their facilities clean. These owners don’t have time to clean during typical business hours. Professional cleaners are frequently hired to clean after-hours.

Automobile Dealerships – Cars are a dealership’s most valued asset. Professional cleaners are regularly hired to keep these expensive objects spotless. Their duties include keeping the dealership clean and the cars’ exteriors and interiors spotless.

Fitness Centers and Gyms – Sweaty customers at gyms and fitness centers require more than just cleaning the equipment! On a regular basis, these firms require personnel to maintain their equipment, clean it, and prepare it for the next batch of aspirants.

Dental and Medical Offices – As previously stated, hospitals require experienced and commercial cleaning services. Health care facilities require cleaning services, and lucrative contracts are available. A hospital’s customer expects cleanliness as a show of professionalism. Hospitals are regularly cleaned since they don’t inspire respect or attention.

Salons – Salons typically hire in-house cleaners, but larger brands with several locations will need to engage a professional cleaner to handle all of the cleaning responsibilities.

Warehouses – A warehouse is not the first place that comes to mind when considering commercial cleaning services. However, warehouses are notorious for housing a range of valuable and sensitive objects that require regular cleaning. Keeping a warehouse clean can help prevent fungus and mildew from damaging cargo.

There is no shortage of companies looking for cleaning services, as we have just shown. Almost every business worth its salt strives to maintain a clean and orderly environment. Cleaning services are important in that field since they ensure that the duty of maintaining sanitary standards is handled by professionals. This helps firms and businesses to focus on what they do best and the big picture.

Standard Cleaning – This covers lite cleaning duties for industries that do not generate a considerable about of dust or debris. Corporate office spaces come to find first since office workers generally are white color and work with paper and electronic products. Offices typically only need light dusting and vacuuming with more detailed deep cleaning done on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. Services included in this cleaning level include dusting of all horizontal surfaces, spot cleaning of all switches and doors, damp wiping of all horizontal surfaces, and vacuuming carpets in traffic areas. Unless they are accidental spills or heavy traffic during wintery months, offices generally require lite to moderate commercial cleaning.

Deep Cleaning – This is the second level and goes deeper into areas where some industries such as restaurants and salons require it. Services include everything in the Standard level. In addition, we cover replacing garbage liners as needed in the office, damp mopping of hard surfaces in the office, cleaning and disinfecting fixtures and countertops of restrooms as well as cleaning mirrors, toilets and urinals, mopping of hard restroom surface floors, and emptying trash. Service also includes refilling supply dispensers such as soap, toilet papers, and paper towels), For the lunchroom, we cover emptying of garbage and replacing of the liner, floor mopping/vacuuming, dusting all horizontal surfaces within reach (up to 6’), disinfecting countertops, tables, sinks, and cleaning of interior and exterior of the microwave.

Complete Cleaning – The last level of cleaning is the most detailed and labor-intensive.  Services include everything in standard and deep level.  In addition, we cover office cleaning such as all ceiling vents, detail vacuuming corners and edges, detail vacuuming under desks and cubicles, wiping down baseboards, office chairs, sanitizing all doorknobs & handles, vacuuming upholstered furniture, dusting blinds. Moreover, restroom cleaning covers all ceiling vents, wiping down of baseboards, disinfection of stalls and dividers, and sanitation of all knobs and handles. Lastly, cleaning of lunchroom covers all ceiling vents, wiping down baseboards, dusting and cleaning chairs, wiping vending machines, and cleaning outside of the refrigerator.

Plus ECO Friendly cleaning is very desirable in todays world as well! We offer Organic Cleaning using only the most gentle products offering exceptional results! A full list of cleaning services is available on our website.

Easy to follow Commercial Cleaning guidelines for businesses!

Building maintenance can seem like a daunting task for many business owners. It can feel like being a first time home buyer, except you’re responsible for an entire building instead of a small home. Clean surfaces, fresh smells and a clutter free environment is good for everyone. It can make your employees more productive and your customers feel welcome. A clean building is like a clean home and will leave you with a better peace of mind.

We’ve put together the top commercial cleaning tips and tricks in this guide to help you with your building maintenance.

If you’re a business owner and you own your own building then this guide is for you.

Keeping spaces organized

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A messy workspace can be an eyesore for your customers and impact productivity for your employees. This may seem obvious but often employees are not held accountable for their cluttered desks. Providing clear guidelines to your workers is key. Let them know that in order to thoroughly clean the surfaces and floors in their areas, those areas need to be kept clutter free.

Too much clutter can also create an excess amount of dust buildup which can impact you and your employees health. Sitting at a desk all day and breathing in the dust that has built up in the unorganized workspace can have long term health effects on those employees.

Routinely change air filters

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Continuing the discussion of breathing in dust and the health effects it can cause, let’s talk about the air filters in your building. The air filters are located in your building’s heating, ventilation and air condition system, or HVAC system for short. These filters capture a large amount of dust and dirt particles to keep everyone from breathing them in. If you’ve ever replaced an air filter in your home and have seen the amount of dust buildup on the filter over time, you can imagine the amount of dust that gets caught in the filters of a much larger building.

Keeping a schedule of when your air filters need to be replaced can help keep you on track and avoid breathing in extra dirt and dust particles.

Don’t allow air to get too dry

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As if we haven’t talked about dust enough, dry air increases static which causes dust and debris to cling to surfaces. The winter time is a huge problem for buildings as the air gets incredibly dry even at the beach at the Jersey Shore. You can combat the dry air by increasing your humidity through the use of humidifiers.

If you want to go the old school route you could also keep trays of water around the building to increase the humidity. In order to reduce dust you’ll want your humidity levels around 40-50%. With that said humidity is not a problem in the summertime at the beaches surrounding Ocean City & Atlantic City!

Implement good hygiene practices

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Because of the global pandemic of 2020 we’ve all gotten better at personal hygiene in the workplace. But it’s good to keep your employees on track and help hold them accountable for doing their part.

Some quick tips for good hygiene at work are:
Wash hands frequently especially after bathroom use – This is an obvious one.
Replace hand sanitizers around the building routinely – there’s nothing worse than trying to dispense some hand sanitizer and finding out it’s empty. Think of all the dirty hands that have touched that dispenser!
Don’t allow employees to come into work sick – when in doubt stay home or work from home if possible.
Keep sanitizer wipes handy – wipe down surfaces that are frequently touched by employees and customers; i.e, door knobs, handles, sinks, eating areas, etc.
Use single serve coffee cups instead of a communal coffee pot – this might be a little pricey but if you can fit it in your budget it can help decrease the spread of germs throughout your building.

Frequent vacuuming of carpets

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Carpets often get ignored as it can be difficult to tell when they need to be vacuumed. Some people think that a carpet only needs to be vacuumed when there’s been an accident or spill. Frequent vacuuming of carpeted areas goes a long way in keeping you and your employees healthy. Living along the Jersey Shore, beach sand has a way of creeping into every nook and cranny! It is surprising the build up we see not only from businesses on the Atlantic City Island in Margate City & Longport City but also in the Mainland areas of Northfield, Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township.

Keep your floors spotless

There’s something utterly satisfying about a sparkling, shining floor. The floor that shines is inviting and clean! One of the biggest problem areas is the building lobby. This area sees the highest amount of foot traffic coming directly from the outside. Using area floor mats at the entrance of the lobby can significantly reduce the amount of dirt that is brought in by the foot traffic. Regularly cleaning the floors using a microfiber mop and a non-filming residue cleaner can help the floor get shinier faster and stay sparkling longer.

Smudge free windows

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Keeping your windows clean and smudge free says a lot about your business. Everyone outside, even those who are not your customers, will be able to see your windows. If your windows are dark and grimy then you might be giving off the wrong impression about your business. Cleaning windows on a commercial building can be dangerous depending on how tall the building is. It’s a good idea to hire a commercial cleaning company that has the ability to perform window washing.

Keeping your building clean and organized can lead to a healthier and more productive work environment. Using the tips provided in this guide can help you get on track to maintaining the cleanliness of your commercial building. Then contact the professionals today at Tot Commercial Cleaning. At Tot we’ve worked with businesses big and small to provide full service commercial cleaning. From bathroom and sanitation to gutter cleaning, we do it all.

Get in touch with us today and we’ll get you on the fast track to a cleaner building.

Regular School & Daycare Center Cleaning Makes a Big Impact

While teaching and learning should be the top priorities in New Jersey schools and elsewhere, there are a variety of distractions that can pull teachers’ and students’ attention away from education. An unclean environment, for example, can affect everyone’s health and productivity. Here’s how a janitorial service can help ensure that everyone stays healthy and focused in the classroom.

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How a Clean School Boosts Health 

1. Fewer Sick Students

Schools are common breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria, which can cause illness to circulate quickly. Sick students are more likely to miss key lessons, fall behind, and earn lower grades. Luckily, a professional janitorial service can reduce germs by cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting all areas of the school on a daily basis, especially high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and light switches. 

2. Healthier Teachers

Like students, teachers are subject to germs in schools and can catch the same illnesses that circulate among students. When teachers have to call in sick, their lesson plans are disrupted, which can affect student learning and performance. Even if they are feeling only slightly under the weather, teachers may feel fatigued or run down, which can interfere with the amount of energy they have to teach. A clean school will minimize the circulation of germs and bacteria to help keep teachers healthy.

3. Reduced Allergies 

Dust, pollen, and mold are common allergens that can trigger a range of unpleasant symptoms among both children and adults, such as itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Fortunately, thorough cleaning by a janitorial service can get rid of these irritants, so they don’t result in uncomfortable or even dangerous respiratory reactions among the school population. 

4. Better Mental Health

Dirty, disorganized environments can cause a range of mental health problems, including anxiety, stress, tension, and lack of focus. Cleanliness, on the other hand, leads to calm and peaceful feelings. In a clean environment, teachers can remain positive and productive, while students stay alert, engaged, and receptive. Additionally, parents can feel more comfortable, assured that their children are in a safe and healthy learning environment.

Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services is located in Southern New Jersey and provides both commercial & residential cleaning services. Offering deep cleaning services for carpets, tile and grout plus furniture and upholstery cleaning. Plus, Offshore offers cleaning maintenance plans for businesses in need of janitorial services and ongoing upkeep. Daily, weekly or monthly service plans available for businesses throughout Atlantic & Cape May Counties.

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7 Simple Tips You Should Know About Effective Carpet Cleaning

Carpets may be one of the most ignored sections of your property. Although a lot of your activities take place over your carpets, you normally don’t pay attention to them. Even though you make your best efforts at cleaning, your carpets regularly fall victim to dirt, dust, and spills.

Carpet cleaning can appear like yet another huge task for which you hardly ever get the required time. The fact that cleaning your carpets can be quite difficult doesn’t improve matters for you either.

Here are 7 quick and easy strategies to maintain the cleanliness and freshness of your carpet for years:

  1. Determine Your Carpet Material: You should first determine the material from which your carpet is made in order to accurately assess whether it can withstand the application of certain rigorous cleaning techniques and cleaning agents. It’s also advisable to duly check your carpet for color fastness before cleaning.
  2. Select Right Cleaning Products: Select cleaning products that are gentle for your carpet material. This will not only aid in the effective cleaning of the dirt and dust on your carpet but also guarantee good care and safety of the carpet’s material as well.
  3. Maintain Regular Vacuuming Habit: Regular vacuuming will ensure timely removal of the dirt and grease and help in preventing dust build-up on the carpet for long. Make sure to include the total area of the carpet by trying to divide it into segments and working separately with each segment.
  4. Blob Spills Straightaway: Instead of rubbing off the accidental liquid spills present on the carpet, blot them instantly. This will restrict the size of the affected area. Blotting will also minimize the chances of staining on your carpet. You can remove fresh stains by using dry baking soda bubble and later sponging up thoroughly.
  5. Clean Using Warm Water: This method is generally referred to as steam cleaning by professional cleaners. Carpet cleaning using warm water weakens the dirt and grime absorbed in the carpet letting you to effortlessly clean your carpet. The trick is to use the correct amount of water to prevent carpet damage.
  6. Utilize Sunlight for Carpet Drying: You can utilize the natural sunlight to get the best carpet cleaning job. A warm sunny day will let the carpet dry quicker after shampooing guarding your carpets against mold and mildew. Always wear a fresh pair of socks while cleaning to reduce the occurrence of dirt tracks on the carpet.
  7. Hire Professional Cleaners: Getting professional help in cleaning your carpet is highly recommended at least once a year. Professional cleaners are skilled in providing top quality and safe carpet cleaning. This will not only help you in caring for your family’s health but also give your carpet a clean and new look.

Switch the way you view a carpet cleaning job and follow these simple carpet cleaning tips to experience the comfort and luxury of a fresh and clean carpet.

3 Areas of A Workplace That Need Deep Cleaning

Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services understands the need for ongoing cleanings, but deep cleanings make all the difference.

When it comes to your office environment, it’s a good idea to keep the entire space clean with help from commercial cleaners in New Jersey. However, while getting a full cleaning regularly is important, there are a few places in the workplace in particular that need more attention.

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What we’re talking about here is deep cleaning. “Regular” cleaning is routine, and involves wiping down countertops and vacuuming, as examples. Meanwhile, deep cleaning is periodic and goes… well, deeper. That means cleaning harder-to-reach spots that often go unnoticed, and perhaps adding steam cleaning of carpets for that extra finish. (Some office cleaning services in Hamilton will perform a full deep clean on their first visit to establish a baseline.)

Without further explanation, here are three places in your office where you’re going to want deep cleaning.  

The Bathrooms

A popular spot in a shared office, the bathroom needs constant attention. But while cleaning companies can sanitize and disinfect the bathroom during each scheduled visit, these spaces can benefit from a more thorough cleaning too.

That means it will go beyond wiping down toilet handles and sink counters. A deep cleaning will target under the rim of the toilet, and can catch the mess that’s behind the toilet and sink. In the case of a bathroom with stalls, the stall doors will be fully cleaned too. This in on top of what would normally be done by most commercial cleaners including wiping down faucets and countertops, as examples.

The Kitchen/Kitchenette

Many offices have a kitchen, or at least an area for people to eat their lunch. While this is a convenience for your staff, it also adds a bit more need to have office cleaning services show up regularly. After all, an unclean kitchen full of spills and crumbs is an invitation for illness-causing germs and even some unwanted pests.

A standard cleaning in the kitchen will target common surfaces, but a deep clean will take it to the next level. When you order a deep cleaning from experienced cleaning companies, you can expect cleaning that extends to fridge shelving, and perhaps even the wall grout. Some cleaners may also clean out the dirt and crumbs that hides inside cupboards, not just the cupboard doors!

The Lobby

The front lobby is the first place a potential client will see. A deep cleaning can target all spaces to get rid of dust and cobwebs for a more welcoming atmosphere. If you have carpet in the lobby (and elsewhere), a deep cleaning can also include steam cleaning to reach germs that have worked between the fibers – while extending the life of the flooring.

Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services offers daily, weekly or monthly cleaning for your business or restaurant. Clients will start with a deep cleaning and then our team builds a maintenance plan to keep you at an established level of cleanliness. Always free estimates and speak directly to our owner!

How to Maintain Your Flooring in High Traffic Areas

Avoid scuffs and stains by regularly cleaning your floors. See our tips on how to maintain your flooring in high-traffic areas.

High foot traffic is great news for your business, but not so great for your floors. Dirt, mud, abrasives, salt and oily residue build-up quickly – they not only make floors look shabby, but the debris can cause permanent damage.

Maintaining your flooring in high traffic areas isn’t that hard to do, it just requires some good old-fashioned elbow grease and a few mats. Here’s how to prevent those scuffs and stains and keep your floors looking their best.

Regular cleaning

Your first line of defense is regular cleaning. Entrances, lobbies, hallways and elevators may need to be cleaned every few hours, while other common areas may only need a daily cleaning schedule. The salt air at the New Jersey Shone can wear on surfaces!

When you clean is important too. Schedule cleanings during off-peak hours when traffic is lightest so staff don’t have to try and constantly navigate around customers or tenants. It’s also safer, as it reduces the chances of a slip and fall accident because floors can dry without interference. We recommend to all our clients in the Ocean City area & Cape May County, Spring & Fall. The change of season and allergies at the beach are heightened.

Once you’ve determined the right service frequency, it’s time to evaluate the flooring. Different kinds of flooring need to be cleaned differently. Hard surface floors like hardwood, vinyl or tile should be swept throughout the day to remove dirt and wet-cleaned to sanitize. Meanwhile, carpets should be vacuumed at least once per day to remove debris.

Investing in entryway mats

Walk-off mats are hands down the best way to capture dirt at entrances and exits and prevent it from spreading throughout the rest of the building. Not only do rugs and mats maintain your flooring in high traffic areas by trapping mud, water and large debris from peoples’ shoes, but they save money by reducing how often you need to clean. They also protect against permanent damage to your floors by preventing scuffs and scratches from salt, sand or other abrasive substances.

A few things to consider about mats and rugs:

  • Ensure they are secure, lay flat and don’t impede doors from opening or closing. A loose mat poses a dangerous tripping hazard.
  • Rugs should be deep cleaned or changed out at least once a month. Many companies have a professional rug cleaning service to assist with this.

Restorative or deep cleaning

Restorative cleaning is a more intense method of cleaning, and often needed at the beach & Jersey Shore, which should be performed by a professional cleaning service. Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Service uses a machine that removes built-up grime and stains and rejuvenates your floor to a like-new condition. This is often paired with re-surfacing or refinishing the floor.

An annual deep cleaning helps extend the longevity of your floors and improves its appearance. Regular cleaning is important to maintain your flooring in high traffic areas, but nothing makes your building shine like a restorative deep clean.

Running an administrative office or residential condo building is a lot of work. Let Grandmother’s Touch help keep your property safe, hygienic, and welcoming. We offer a wide variety of convenient commercial cleaning, maintenance, and restoration services to ensure that your building is always sparkling clean. Whether you need a one-time emergency service or weekly routine commercial office cleaning in South Jersey our team is committed to providing our clients friendly, detail-oriented service. Contact us for a quote today.

Allergy Sufferers

Did you know Carpet Cleaning improves indoor air quality?

Reduce Allergies in your Homes

Carpets frequently trap bacteria, dust, allergens, and other pollutants that affect indoor air quality and could potentially make you sick. Many people are unaware of the significant role carpet plays in determining the quality of indoor air, and ultimately lack knowledge on how to properly clean and maintain their carpet.

If you’ve recently moved into a new home with pre-existing carpet, there’s no telling what pollutants are lying beneath you. Some of the most common types of impurities found in carpet include dust mites, particle pollution, pet dander, cockroach allergens, lead, and dirt. Taking a few necessary steps will reduce these pollutants while improving your indoor air quality. 

Vacuum weekly

It’s crucial that you stay on top of carpet maintenance. If you opt to do it yourself, it’s best to vacuum the entirety of your flooring on a weekly basis. 

Use a quality vacuum cleaner

Make sure you are using a high-quality vacuum that is equipped with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. 

Deep steam clean your carpet

Regular Organic Carpet cleaning and maintenance of your carpet not only improves the appearance, but ensures that you and your loved ones are living in a safe and healthy environment.

Remove carpet from bathrooms & kitchen 

If possible, kitchens & bathrooms should remain carpet free in order to prevent mold growth in areas that water is prevalent. 

Keep your home well ventilated

Keeping humidity levels below 51 percent will reduce the occurrence of dust mites, and making sure the home is well ventilated can help improve air quality vastly. 

Many of us spend the majority of our time indoors, yet we seldom reflect on how this might be negatively affecting us. Follow these tips to help reduce pollutants in your home, making your indoor air cleaner and helping you breathe easier!

Call Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services for a free estimate. Deep cleaning not only helps with pollen and dust mites, but also keeps your floors looking and smelling great!

Learn More About Additional Benefits of Professional Cleaning Services

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Cleaning for health is not a new concept. It didn’t grow exclusively out of response to the pandemic. But the circumstances of the last two years have certainly highlighted the ideology and given it additional heft.

The concept of using professionally-offered services in cleaning for healthy environments. In the past it could be for appearance only. Facility executives now have a better understanding. Cleaning can affect the building occupants and business owners want to demonstrate they are doing all they can to protect everyone.

The business itself, beyond the overarching aims of providing a safer environment for employees and customers.

Cleaning for health includes disinfecting services. This can help reduce the potential for spread of dangerous viruses and bacteria. Even outside of a world-wide pandemic, this can have advantages.

For instance, in 2019 — before the pandemic — absenteeism and lost productivity due to illness was estimated to cost U.S. employers approximately $575 billion, or around $3,900 per employee. According to further analysis from the Integrated Benefits Institute, workers missed a combined 1.5 billion days of work due to illness in 2019. The bulk of that time — and the lost productivity and added cost — came from common colds and the flu. While the flu was a non-factor in 2020-21 because of the protocols in place due to the pandemic, it’s expected to potentially return to its normally disruptive levels. the CDC reported approximately 38 million cases of the flu during the season covering 2019-2020.

Cleaning for the sole purpose of appearance is no longer sufficient. Facilities and businesses must adopt a cleaning for health approach. In doing so, restore confidence, uphold brand reputation, and minimize the spread of infectious agents.

Learn more about our disinfection services.

Go Professional When Cleaning for Health

In many ways, the ongoing pandemic has redefined cleanliness.

It’s not enough now for windows to be streak free, countertops to be dusted, floors polished, and carpets cleaned. More is asked of commercial cleaning businesses. They must be clean beyond what the naked eye. Organic solutions that adhere to standards developed during the current crisis.

While the COVID-19 virus is understood to spread more easily from person to person. The public expects businesses to take every precaution to uphold cleanliness. In doing so also limit any potential virus spread from surfaces to people. Organizations that demonstrate their dedication to preventative measures during the pandemic, will earn trust. In the process, these organizations also have a chance to set themselves apart for later success.

Thus, not only is visible and consistent cleaning a must, but facilities also need to use effective products and technologies to improve cleaning performance and demonstrate they are taking these services and precautions seriously. Organized, proactive commercial cleaning businesses will have the information needed for best practices, access to approved materials, and will have acquired the training and technologies necessary to provide the attention to detail needed to execute these essential services.

From hospitals to arenas and everywhere in between. 

Use Best Practices to Promote a Healthy Building

Regular, consistent cleaning conducted by professional staff has always been one of the core tenets of practicing Healthy Building concepts — ideals that govern the factors that need to be addressed to improve the health of the people in an enclosed space. However, cleaning for health goes a step further by removing some of the harmful elements in such spaces — like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Consider these best practices when selecting commercial cleaning companies to show your commitment to protecting your buildings, facilities, and the people who can be found in both.

Review Cleaning Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released List N to give clear guidance on the specific disinfectants approved for use in killing the COVID-19 virus.

From ready-to-use disinfectant sprays to disposable wipes, there are many available options. Users can filter the list by the type of environment they’ll be used in, the kinds of surfaces treated, and the contact time needed for each. Given those variables, some will simply perform better than others. Trust your commercial cleaning partner to help you select the best approved chemicals for treating your environment. We use organic cleaning products that are healthy for you and the environment.

Offshore Cleaning Has the Expertise for Cleaning for Health

 Offshore has provided needed commercial cleaning and disinfecting services for almost 10 years, and our status as a proven, dependable partner was essential for many organizations in Southern New Jersey and the Atlantic City Area.

We’ve been a leader in the ongoing fight to keep businesses open during the pandemic with regular updates on the best practices needed to disinfect your facilities.

Connect with us today to secure the services needed to promote cleaning for health in your facility or building.

HYPOCHLOROUS ACID:
What Is Hypochlorous Acid

What is hypochlorous acid

Hypo-say what now? What is hypochlorous acid?

Hypochlorous acid is nature’s oldest disinfectant, and it happens to be walking around in about 7.5 billion people right now. As in inside all humans, this very moment. Why? It’s the substance your white blood cells produce to fight off infections. It’s also the active ingredient in electrolyzed water, which is an industrial technology used for green cleaning and sanitizing. Electrolyzed water is made when electricity is used to change the chemical structure of salt, water & vinegar into a disinfectant as effective as bleach, but with no harmful chemicals, fumes or residues. Pretty cool, right?

How is hypochlorous acid made?

To make hypochlorous acid is pretty simple chemistry. Start with precisely the correct proportions of three ingredients: salt, water and vinegar. You may remember that a salt molecule is made up of the elements sodium and chloride (NaCl) and a water molecule is made up of hydrogen and oxygen (H2O). When an electrical current is applied to the solution, the molecules break apart and the elements form two new molecules:

Hypochlorous acid (HOCl)

Nature’s super powerful disinfectant, and also the ingredient that gives bleach its anti-microbial power. When the pH of the solution is lowered to the correct level, HOCl is created, exactly the same substance that is your immune system’s germ fighter. So when you take your child to that indoor play area/petrie dish – your white blood cells get to work creating hypochlorous acid.

Sodium hydroxide (NaOH)

A common detergent used at different concentrations in everything from toothpaste to skin moisturizers to cleaning products. Because concentration levels vary so widely across products, so do toxicity levels. That’s why you can find this same ingredient in both toothpastes and drain cleaners.

Healthcare & medical uses of hypochlorous acid

Hypochlorous acid is so gentle that it has several uses in the healthcare and medical space. It’s FDA approved for use in wound healingwound care and eye care products and is also common in veterinary care products. It’s even used to eradicate biofilm. There has been extensive research on the gentleness and efficacy of HOCl when it comes to killing bacteria. It is so trusted and effective, that hospitals use it as a disinfectant in both the US and Japan.

Hypochlorous acid for disinfecting

Given how effective it is at killing microbes without leaving behind harmful residues, hypochlorous acid is also used for preserving fresh produce. It’s even USDA approved for use in organic crop production. At the Jersey Shore, we’ve harnessed the power of hypochlorous acid by miniaturizing the industrial-grade electrolyzed water technology. Our solution is tap water, plus  a capsule of salt, water and vinegar into a powerful multipurpose cleaner, EPA registered disinfectant and deodorizer that replaces bleach, deodorizers, kitchen, bath, glass and even rug cleaners. Really! It’s just as effective as the top conventional cleaners, but with zero toxic chemicals. It even earns the 100% top allergen-free rating by the Mayo Clinic’s SkinSafe product safety rating system. It’s an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs. HOCl is on EPA’s list N, the disinfectants approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. And we know what you might be wondering –  EPA expects all products on List N to kill all strains and variants of SARS-CoV-2.

Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial services exclusively uses HOCl when providing sanitizing services to all of our clients located in South New Jersey; all of Cape May County and Atlantic County, plus Southern Ocean County! Check us our at www.WeCleanSouthJersey.com

Why Your Business Needs To Use Green Cleaning Products

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Green cleaning products used to be inferior to standard chemicals that you find in most commercial cleaning products. The first generation of green cleaning products couldn’t compete and developed a reputation of being inadequate. Over the last 15-20 years, this has changed. Research, development and new manufacturers have led to a new line of green cleaning products that are extremely effective and safe. Plus, Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services produces Hypochlorous acid for sanitizing & eliminating mirco organisms and Viruses. Hypochlorous acid is highly effective with zero toxic chemicals. It even earns the 100% top allergen-free rating by the Mayo Clinic’s SkinSafe product safety rating system. It’s an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs. Hypochlorous acid is on EPA’s list N, the disinfectants approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. And we know what you might be wondering –  EPA expects all products on List N to kill all strains and variants of SARS-CoV-2

Despite the improvements in environmentally friendly cleaning products, many people still believe that these products don’t work well.  We still do walkthroughs and find businesses using toxic cleaning products. Most of the time, they just don’t know any better.

If you don’t know what your company uses, its a good time to check.  If you know you aren’t using a green cleaning product, then its a perfect time to switch.  If you are not sure, then here is what you need to consider

Good For The Environment

One of the main advantages of using green cleaning products is that they contain biodegradable chemicals. In other words, unlike traditional cleaning chemicals, which represent a threat to every ecosystem even after being rinsed down the drain, green products degrade and become a part of the environment.

Less Pollution

It should be noted that much of the world’s water pollution, land pollution, and soil contamination are caused by harmful compounds found in industrial cleaning solutions. Companies that use green cleaning products can also help to achieve improved air quality.

Safer For Your Employees & Visitors

You might be surprised to find that federal laws and many state laws do not require ingredients be listed on cleaning products. There are a number of chemicals that that are commonly found in cleaning products: triclosan; bisphenol A; phthalates;2-Butoxyethanol and ammonia are not uncommon in cleaning products and have links to cancer.

Since janitorial contractors and in-house cleaning staff are using cleaning products on desks, cafeteria tables, gym equipment and many other areas that are being touched every single day. Whatever product you use for cleaning is going to leave some residue. Employees, customers, students and visitors will be exposed to the cleaning product.

Protect Your Cleaners

There are certain areas that need to be cleaned and descaled using harsh chemicals. Chemicals used in these products are dangerous. Therefore, special measures must be taken to prevent the janitorial staff or others from coming in contact with these harmful chemicals. Janitorial staff, for example, must wear protective clothing while using these products to clean surfaces so that the chemicals do not come into contact with their skin.

Despite wearing protective equipment, cleaning products are going to make contact with the cleaners. Eco-friendly cleaning solutions include gentler components and are not hazardous to your skin, body, or the environment. Using an environmentally friendly cleaning product will dramatically reduce exposure to toxic ingredients.

A Cost-Effective Solution

Contrary to popular belief, green cleaning products do not come with a heavy price tag. That is mainly because these products contain sustainable ingredients that do not require excessive processing, as is the case with traditional cleaning products that use many harsh chemicals.

You may actually be surprised to find that using green cleaning products can actually lower costs. Through research and testing, experts have found that different types of cleaning require different concentrations of green cleaning products. At RamClean, we use a dispenser that creates the proper concentration for the exact type of cleaning. For example, wiping down a desk is a lighter concentration than wiping down a sink. Using less product while maintaining quality leads to lower product usage and lower cost.

There is also a hidden savings in keeping everyone healthy and productive. Skin ailments and respiratory issues can emerge from too much exposure to harsh chemicals. Even the scent of a cleaning product can have an enormous impact.  Certain heavy scents can cause headaches or nausea.  Whether it’s a cleaner or another employee, these individuals are not going to be productive if they are not feeling well.

One of the highlights of using green cleaning products is that they often contain natural aromatic ingredients and essential oils that less likely to cause allergic reactions.

Choose Commercial Cleaning Companies Wisely

While many janitorial cleaning services will state that they use green cleaning products, it is best to take an inventory of the cleaning products used by the commercial cleaning service you hire. If you do your cleaning in-house by hiring janitors, you should take an inventory of all of the cleaning products used and take note of the harmful chemicals they contain. Then, find safer green cleaning products as alternatives.

With health and environmental concerns becoming more prevalent in recent times, it pays to ensure that your business is not contributing to any of the harm being caused to the environment. Beyond the benefits of lower cost and improved safety, adding green, environmentally friendly cleaning products will put your company on a path towards sustainability. Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services takes pride in doing an excellent job every time. Our clients are always satisfied and our referrals are vast.

HOW PREVENTATIVE SPECIAL CLEANING SERVICES CAN MAKE YOUR ASSETS LAST LONGER

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Office Cleaning Services at professional buildings.

You probably appreciate that everyday commercial cleaning services are essential to the look and feel of your business. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day when you’re busy managing an office, store, school, or other type of business. You may not think as much about the long-term results of keeping your company assets clean and well maintained. 

A preventative maintenance plan for specialty cleaning services can protect your assets, save you money, and keep old carpet and furniture out of landfills longer. A commercial cleaning service, like Offshore, can work with you to incorporate a preventative maintenance plan into your cleaning agreement. So, what exactly is a preventative maintenance plan and how will it pay off for your company?
 

WHAT IS A PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PLAN? 


Each business has unique needs based on its industry. That’s why Offshore tailors our cleaning services. They will consider everyday cleaning such as vacuuming, dusting, and trash removal, as well as longer term, less frequent needs for preventative maintenance.

For example, you might decide to have your carpet or hard flooring professionally cleaned each quarter, and your upholstery twice a year. You might base your choices around your busy times of year, any special events you host, or when it’s most convenient. Below are some of the features you might incorporate into your tailored plan.
 

4 AREAS OF EMPHASIS FOR SPECIAL CLEANING SERVICES


1. Hard Flooring– Over time, tiny particles of dirt or dust get ground into your floors. Each employee or customer who walks through the space grinds these particles into the flooring, leaving miniscule scratches. Hard floors also take abuse from any equipment you roll across them, anything someone might spill, and rain or snow that gets tracked inside. Regular deep cleaning along with waxing and polishing can keep them looking newer longer.

2. Carpet– Just like hard flooring, carpet can take a lot of traffic. It tends to fray, fade, and show stains that aren’t cleaned properly. In addition, carpet can trap odors, making your workplace smell less than its best. Getting your carpet deep cleaned regularly can help combat these issues. 

3. Grout– Grout is porous to allow for natural expansion and contraction with changing temperatures and humidity. This porousness allows it to attract dirt and absorb liquids. The longer you let it go without a cleaning the harder it is to get it back to its original color and condition. Whether you have grout between the tiles of your floor, counter tops, walls, or other surfaces, it inevitably gets dirty over time. You will notice it more in higher traffic areas. 

4. Upholstery – Upholstered furniture can wear out quickly if it’s not well-maintained. Different types of fabric require different cleaning products and techniques. Natural fabrics like linen or canvas tend to attract dirt and hold stains more readily than some synthetics. Offshore’s staff are trained in the right cleaning methods and protocols for all your needs.

Here’s a bonus tip you can use between upholstery cleanings: If you notice that customers in your waiting room tend to always sit in the same few chairs—in view of the television, for example—rearrange the chairs weekly to even out the wear and tear.
 

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR SPECIAL CLEANING SERVICES PLAN


Get the most out of your investment in furniture, flooring, and more for your business. Offshore’s special services and preventative maintenance plans can increase the lifespan of your floors, fabrics and more. To customize your special cleaning services plan and help your assets last longer, request a free commercial cleaning quote today.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR OFFICE NEEDS PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICES

Outsourcing cleaning duties to a team of seasoned professionals is often a much better option than having employees pitch in or hiring an in-house team. Here are some of the top signs that it’s time for your office to enlist the help of a commercial cleaning services provider.

1. YOUR OFFICE IS IN OBVIOUS DISARRAY.

Is your office a visible mess? Perhaps you’ve noticed a layer of dust on top of filing cabinets or a stain on one of your waiting room chairs. Have you wondered if that piece of trash next to the waste basket is the same piece you noticed yesterday, or how can you get your windows to shine? Visible grime not only impacts employee morale and productivity, but it can also turn off prospective partners, make clients question your business’ attention to detail, and jeopardize the health of everyone on the team. With a solution as simple as daily cleaning, there is no excuse for losing business to a dirty office.

2. YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE EXCEPTIONALLY BUSY.

Sharing cleaning duties may be included as “part of the daily routine” to avoid hiring someone to perform janitorial cleaning services. But if you’re not providing commercial cleaning training, efficient tools, and effective disinfectants, your employees are more likely to spread germs around than help eliminate them. And that’s assuming staff members even bother performing cleaning duties at all. Just consider the current state of your office breakroom or kitchen. Employee morale decreases when busy, skilled workers are asked to spend time cleaning up after their coworkers, rather than completing the tasks relevant to their job titles. Commercial cleaning services help bridge the gap between expectation and output.

3. YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE CALLING IN SICK.

If business owners need just one reason to hire a commercial cleaning service, it’s this one. Daily commercial cleaning by an experienced service provider is the best way to protect the health and safety of your employees and other visitors to your office. When people start calling in sick, there is a good chance they contracted their illness at work. Even if they didn’t, there’s also a good chance they already passed the illness on to a co-worker. From COVID-19 and the Delta variant to cold and flu season, commercial cleaning has never been more vital.

4. YOUR EMPLOYEES THINK YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR WELL-BEING.

From dirty dishes in the office sink and moldy food in the common refrigerator, to clogged toilets and dusty computer screens, all employees have their own set of pet peeves when it comes to office hygiene. When areas of the office aren’t kept clean, employees may believe you don’t value their health and safety. A recent Harris Poll commissioned by the Cintas Corporation revealed that 90 percent of Americans think employers who clean their workplace restrooms care more about their employees than employers who do not. Outsourcing professional janitorial cleaning services can be part of a comprehensive solution to combat employee turnover for this reason.

ISN’T IT TIME YOU HIRED A PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

As workers continue to cope with the persistence of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, business owners must do what they can to help ensure the health and safety of their staff. Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services staff are trained in our commercial cleaning protocol to deliver exceptional service and results.  Our effective sanitizing solutions & techniques and team guidelines are designed to minimize cross-contamination and reduce the presence of disease-causing germs, viruses, and bacteria in any place of business.

Contact us today to learn more about our general cleaning solutions as well as our On-Demand Cleaning and Preventative Maintenance Services!

Medical Office Cleaning: 5 Reasons to Outsource Cleaning Services

The health and safety of any office is a top priority for all business owners and office managers. For professionals in the healthcare industry, the need for quality cleaning services is even more important to prevent the spread of illness and to protect your patients and staff.

Some people may be avoiding the doctor’s office for fear of becoming infected with the coronavirus. And while telehealth appointments are becoming more widely used, there are many cases when an in-person visit is the best route to receive medical treatment. So, medical facilities need to work hard to assure patients and staff that they’re safe when they come into your office.

Hiring a professional medical office cleaning service is one of the best ways to prevent the further spread of dangerous viruses and bacteria and protect your business. Here’s why it’s worth the cost.

Reliable Way to Protect Patients and Staff

Your staff can’t help patients if they’re busy cleaning restrooms, exam rooms, and waiting rooms. Or worse yet, they can’t help anyone because they’re sick at home with an illness they picked up at the office. And what if that person quits? Who will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting your medical office until you find a replacement? Hiring a professional medical office cleaning service transfers that responsibility to a reliable service that’s dedicated to medical and hospital cleaning services.

A professional service will arrive on schedule each week and perform a thorough cleaning and disinfection of your facility. Trained health and hygiene technicians know where germs and bacteria are lurking in your restrooms, exam rooms, and other parts of your facility. And they won’t leave the job half done because they were called away to help a patient or deal with another office issue.

Gain Additional Services

Health experts encourage patients and other visitors to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of disease at the doctor’s office. From soap to toilet paper, a medical office cleaning company can also take care of many supply needs at your facility.

Large hygiene companies buy products in bulk and can pass on those savings to their customers. During weekly visits, technicians can refill soap containers and hand sanitizer dispensers, as well as keep your office stocked with paper towels and toilet paper. Never run out of toilet paper again!

Cut Insurance Costs

When you do business with a reputable medical cleaning services company, they take over the responsibility of liability and insurance coverage, saving your business money and paperwork. Offshore is a fully insured service provider. Technicians are trained in the proper disinfection techniques and the use of EPA-approved products to protect your facility.

Wash Your Hands of the Responsibility

Partnering with an award-winning commercial health and safety company can be a winning solution for your medical facility. You’ll get quality results in less time, and you won’t have to hire or manage another employee. If your business needs the occasional extra cleaning service to take care of deep cleaning tile and grout — or other projects, a professional service like Offshore Janitorial Services can take care of those needs as they arise.

Cleaning and Disinfecting are not the same thing!

Maintaining clean facilities requires daily cleaning and disinfection; however, cleaning personnel often use incorrect techniques and processes when completing these routine tasks. Whether you are located at the Jersey Shore or anywhere in New Jersey, the humidity in the North East varies season to season. This plays into many cleaning factors. A common misconception exists that cleaning and disinfecting are the same when, in reality, they are two separate and unique processes. Offshore Carpet Cleaning and Janitorial Services personnel know that surfaces may appear clean, but infections and germs could linger.

It is helpful to note a few key differences between “cleaning” and “disinfecting” surfaces. By definition, cleaning and disinfecting vary. Cleaning removes visible soil, dirt, stains and other debris from surfaces. It is usually performed by simply wiping surfaces using soap and water or a multipurpose cleaner. Disinfecting takes cleaning a step further and destroys viruses, bacteria, germs and other harmful microorganisms. This requires use of a chemical specifically designed to kill bacteria.

There are 3 key differences.

1. Identify the surface type — Before beginning to clean or disinfect an area, identify the types of surfaces to clean and disinfect. Touch points include objects that people touch on a regular basis, such as door handles, soap dispensers, locks, display cases, telephones, desk surfaces, etc. These surfaces require daily cleaning attention, if not more, to prevent the spread of germs.

In addition, consider the specific needs of the facility. Different types of surfaces and facilities require different levels of cleaning. For example, in restrooms, sinks, counters, dispensers and handles should be cleaned and disinfected to rid surfaces of bacteria. In convenience and grocery stores, counters, windows and glass displays and surfaces require use of a glass and multi-surface cleaner.

2. Select the right products for the job — When cleaning or disinfecting, the best performing products should be used if productivity is a concern. An ammonia-free glass and multi-surface cleaner with a high cleaning chemical concentration and Green Seal certification works the best for cleaning and has a low odor compared to similar products. For cleaning and disinfecting, a heavy-duty, non-acid washroom product will kill bacteria and reduce odors. If using a two-in-one product, simply spray the chemical twice to work properly – once for cleaning and once for disinfecting.

3. Clean, then disinfect — Keep in mind that the order of tasks impacts the end result. To effectively clean and disinfect, cleaning personnel should first clean the surfaces to remove soil and stains. Once the surface is visibly clean, it can then be disinfected. Allot a sufficient amount of time to allow the disinfectant to dwell. Simply spraying and wiping doesn’t give the chemical the time it needs to effectively rid surfaces of germs. Read the labels and educate cleaning personnel before wiping surfaces, as some products require a dwell time of 10 minutes or longer for effective results.

Properly cleaning and disinfecting results in surfaces that are both visibly clean and free of bacteria. It also helps reduce the spread of dirt and germs throughout the facility, protecting workers and building occupants. Make the extra effort to ensure employees participating in the maintenance program are knowledgeable of the techniques behind cleaning and disinfecting and the result will be will be consistently clean surfaces.

Visit http://www.WeCleanSouthJersey.com to see our full array of services and to contact for a free estiamte!

Your Home Needs A Fall Deep Cleaning

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Seasonal organic deep cleaning in your home can make all the difference for a sanitized, clean smelling home – especially for allergy suffers!

Most Jersey Shore home owners choose to have fairly regular professional deep cleaning in their home. Offshore recommends professional deep cleaning during seasonal changes to get the most for your money and optimal results. Organic cleaning of carpets, furniture and any flooring or tile surfaces in your home not only ensure cleanliness but will extend the life of your product. Plus, it will keep everything looking great!

Offshore provides very competitive rates and serves homes in Cape May County & Atlantic County, most of South Jersey. Plus all surrounding areas, Egg Harbor Township, Margate, Brigantine, Longport City, Avalon and more.

The Dirt and Debris of Fall

With cooler temps come new and different substances underfoot, from leaves to slush. Plus, it’s time for cold temps – that means your windows and doors will be closed more often and fresh air will not be sweeping through your home regularly. Indoor air quality will be improved by clean carpets. Carpets become better filters for the fall and winter months when they are a clean slate.

Carpet-Clean Early, Be Thankful Later

The fall moves quickly into winter. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be upon us, and if you’re hosting this year you know you want your carpet to look excellent for guests. Get ready early for the winter holidays. If you take the time to get your carpets cleaned in early fall, you will benefit from the last of the warm weather – and that can help your super-clean carpets dry more quickly.

Prepare for a New Jersey/Jersey shore Fall and Winter

While you are having your carpets professionally cleaned, take the time to invest in furniture cleaning, tile & grout as well. Your home will feel, look, and smell so fresh, you can trick yourself into thinking the cold-weather months are not upon us. And if you are a lover of all things fall and winter, you’ll feel cozy and warm in a home with freshly cleaned carpets.

Fall is a beautiful season, and it’s a dusty and dirty one. Your home and carpet will thank you for a thorough carpet cleaning from Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services!

Call today for a free estiamte.

You Only Get One Chance To Make A First Impression

Now more than ever your clients and guest are looking at cleanliness. How will your business fare?

The appearance of your business is one of the most important and powerful tools. First impressions are everything, so make sure you take the necessary time to develop a good one.

Imagine you’re walking into a business to meet with a financial advisor to plan your retirement. The doormat is filthy, there is dust on every surface, and there is a stale odor in the air. The trash can is overflowing and there are empty fast food bags littering the desktops. Your natural instinct would be to turn around and walk out. No way you’re trusting these people with your retirement!

Now imagine you walk into a similar business. The doormat looks brand new, the floor is neatly swept and vacuumed, and the air has a refreshing scent. Not only is the trash can empty, but the can itself is clean. The desktops are tidy and free of any dust or garbage. Now this is a group of professionals!

Importance of a Clean Business

Generally speaking, humans are visual beings that rely heavily on what they see. This reason is why first impressions are so important. The image you portray to your customers is the first thing that they see. In addition, this is how they will view the quality of work your business produces

While it may not be true, a messy-looking business is associated with lesser quality work. Alternatively, a clean, tidy office is associated with professionalism and people who are experts in their field.  Overall, a good-looking business gives customers and clients confidence in your products and services.

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How to Take Care of Your Business’s Appearance

In order to keep your business’s appearance to a high standard, there are a few things you need to do regularly. The most obvious is to reduce the clutter that may accumulate in common areas. Take care of things that accumulate in hallways, stairs, and other walkways. Keep these areas clear of clutter to drastically improve the image of your business very quickly. If you have a waiting room, this area should be constantly checked and maintained. Check for garbage, make sure the trash bin is not full, bust out the vacuum if there is dirt or crumbs, and organize any reading material. Empty trash cans if they are above 75% full. Lastly, keep the trash bin itself clean. These subtle things make a big difference in the overall appearance of your business. 

Dust & Dirt Removal

No matter how much we clean, dust and dirt seem to accumulate everywhere. Unfortunately, these are some of the most visual things that make your business look like it hasn’t been taken care of. Luckily, regular cleaning can effectively remove the dust and dirt from your office to keep it looking the best it can. Frequent vacuuming is the best way to reduce this mess as well as keep the air clean and safe for employees and visitors to your business. To learn more about the health benefits of vacuuming and dusting, read our post on this topic!

Frequency of Cleaning to Improve Your Business’s Appearance

Depending on what kind of business you have, your cleaning needs may vary. Generally speaking, many areas need regular or daily cleaning, while other areas only require it periodically. Some areas that require daily cleaning maintenance are any areas where food is prepared or consumed. This is to keep employees safe and healthy. Some of these areas include an office kitchen, coffee areas, lunch rooms, and break rooms. Refrigerators need to be cleaned and sanitized weekly and microwaves and stove tops need to be cleaned daily. This may seem tedious, but it only takes a few seconds of your day if regularly kept up on, and the health of your employees is at stake!

Potential Harm if You Don’t Clean

Putting it bluntly, if you don’t keep your office clean you could be jeopardizing potential customers and therefore potential profits. Due to the strong correlation between clean and professional, it is a must to clean your office. Offshore Janitorial Services & Commercial Cleaning makes sure that your business is always presentable and consistently clean. We strive to make sure the image of your business portrays that it is as professional and trustworthy as you are. No matter what industry you are in, no matter the size of your business, Offshore professionals have the experience and the equipment needed to get the job done right the first time. Give us a call today!

Organic Carpet Cleaning Eliminates Harsh Chemical Exposure & Extends The Life of Your Carpets.

Regular carpet cleaning keeps floors looking and smelling great, as well as extends the life of your carpets. Whether at home or at the office, organic cleaning is the way to go.

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Whether you’re talking about a house or office, carpet cleaning is an important part of regular maintenance. Everyone has walked into a business and seen big, ugly stains on the carpet. Right upon entering, you immediately have negative thoughts about the business. If you can’t keep a carpet clean, what does that say about their products and services? 

A first impression is crucial in almost all aspects of life, which doesn’t exclude business. Carpet maintenance plays a large role in your overall business appearance because it easily traps dirt and dust. This dirt and dust can get stirred up from movement and foot traffic, causing it to spread and create a mess across your entire office. To prevent this from happening you need to regularly clean and maintain your carpets, especially heavily trafficked areas. Not only does this keep your business looking great, but it extends the life of your carpet. Overall, this saves you money in the long run.

Importance of Carpet Cleaning

Offshore Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services knows what it takes to properly care for your carpets, which means there are three levels of cleaning that need to be considered. These cover both short and long term care for your carpets. Varying in intensity, these cleaning methods will keep your carpets as clean as possible while extending their life.

Daily Maintenance

Vacuuming is one of the best methods for cleaning carpets. This should be done on a daily basis, even if the carpets don’t appear to need it. Small dirt and dust particles get trapped and hidden in the fibers of the carpet, making it dirtier then it appears. Vacuuming is a quick and effective way to remove these surface-level dirt particles in order to keep the carpets clean, as well as the air. To learn more about vacuuming and dusting and its health benefits, make sure to read our post on it! 

In the case that something is spilled on your carpet, it should be given immediate attention. The best time to clean up a spill is soon after it happens before the liquid dries. After it is dried, it is embedded into the fibers of the carpet making it harder to remove. Apply a carpet cleaning solution to the spill and allow it to sit for a few minutes before using an extracting tool for best results.

Interim Carpet Cleaning

The second level of cleaning is interim carpet cleaning. This is cleaning done every few months, such as quarterly or every six months. This level of cleaning is more intense, removing more of the deep-seated dirt. 

RCF Commercial Cleaning understands the balance between saving money and keeping a clean work environment. Interim carpet cleaning is a cost effective way to take care of your carpet to keep it looking newer for longer. 

The RCF process uses a slow-spinning rotary machine with a cotton looped bonnet. The spinning bonnet agitates soil and dirt from the top of the carpet, removing it to leave behind cleaner and brighter looking carpet. 

All carpeted surfaces should have interim carpet cleaning done at least once every six months. Heavily trafficked areas such as hallways require it more often to effectively prolong the life of the carpet. 

Regularly maintained carpets look better and last longer.

Deep Cleaning

The third and final level of carpet cleaning is deep cleaning. RCF recommends that the average business gets this done at least once a year. Using a high end commercial carpet cleaning machine, all carpeted surfaces are cleaned. Wall to wall, the carpet is agitated and extracted using hot water and suction. This leaves your carpet looking and feeling brand new while putting life back into it.

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The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting

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Due to the current health pandemic, businesses and individuals have more responsibilities when it comes to cleanliness and sanitation. Businesses in New Jersey are receiving recommendations from public health organizations to increase disinfection procedures to further protect the health of employees, visitors, or occupants of buildings or public environments. Organic cleaning that can disinfect and sanitize is even more appealing as it it safe for everyone.

Cleaning procedures generally include 3 steps: cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. Whether you do the cleaning yourself or entrust this responsibility to a professional cleaning and disinfecting company, it’s important to understand the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting which is applicable in New Jersey and globally.

Offshore Carpet Cleaning and Janitorial Services: Your Partner in Success

Cleaning

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The process of removing dirt and debris from surfaces.

In other words, cleaning is simply removing the stuff you can see.

Though chemicals are not typically involved, the cleaning process reduces the presence of germs by 80%.

Cleaning should be performed on a consistent basis in all areas of a business or home.

Sanitizing

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Reduces the presence of germs to a level deemed as acceptable by public health authorities.

It is recommended to consistently sanitize in areas where there is contact with food such as kitchens and dining areas

Disinfecting

Kills and eliminates viruses and bacteria at a proven rate of 99.999%.

It is highly recommended to disinfect areas that are in contact with contaminants and bodily fluids such as bathrooms, and all frequently touched areas such as door handles, light switches, faucet handles, desks, keyboards, etc.

Remember, this sanitizing and disinfecting process is not effective if you haven’t cleaned first.

Disinfectants can’t destroy germs that are under too much dirt and debris!

Your Partner In Success

Offshore in South Jersey understands the importance of keeping your business clean – for health and safety, and to create a positive first impression for those who enter your premises.

We take pride in the support we provide and how we have aided our clients to have a healthier work environment and to present an image that reflects the quality of their goods or services. Schedule a consultation and talk to us today.

We guarantee our organic commercial cleaning services and our entire team is trained, professional, and dedicated to providing excellent service while treating your office or facility with the utmost respect.

Call today to discuss your specific commercial cleaning needs.

We are ready to get to work and to provide you with all the benefits a Professional Cleaning Service can provide.

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