Your office could be making people sick               

We all like to think we are immune from getting sick, even when we take all the necessary precautions to avoid ourselves from getting sick. But that doesn’t stop the office where you work at from getting you sick. Confined office spaces can be harboring the necessary germs to get you sick and away from your job. Employees can miss up to 7.7 days from work every year from being sick. Having the right professional cleaners in place with proper training can help avoid any decreased production due to sick personnel. A professional janitorial staff can help you minimize, and even eliminate, any health risks. Make sure you are getting the right janitorial services for a clean and healthy work environment.



The Value of Clean From Getting Sick




What should be the focus for Janitorial cleaning companies regarding a healthy work environment?

Now more than ever information is at a moment’s click. We know more about common germs, and even viruses, than we ever have before. There are more bacteria per square inch in common places like water fountains and cafeteria trays than the keyboard and mouse sitting at your desk. Your janitorial staff must be trained in avoiding cross contamination, how and when to use a hospital grade disinfectant and what to do when a flu breaks out. When it comes to battling virus and flu outbreaks a professional janitorial staff is your main defense.


A healthy work environment can affect your team

We all know that bacteria can be transferred just by touching the same plastic door handle that everyone comes across daily. And even though it might appear that your office is neat and clean, you cannot see the tiny microbes that all living all around your desk or bathroom. As we stated earlier, employees miss about 7 days from work due to being sick every year. Having sick employees, and even employees that are not sick, can decrease productivity by up to 54% and even decrease sales by 39%. A confident team can start producing for your company when they don’t have to worry about getting sick and missing important work days. Make sure your South Florida Janitorial company has cleaning procedures in place, as well as frequencies, to disinfectant commonly touched areas.



Finding the right Janitorial cleaning company that can make your work environment a healthy one

You may have your own criteria when searching for a professional cleaning company, but you need to make sure they include – Responsiveness, professionalism, and product training. Always ask your South Florida janitorial company what procedures are in place to tackle any flu outbreaks. Service Keepers ensures all employees are well-trained in response to a healthy work environment. Service Keepers personnel are trained to Act instead of React, this train of thought will almost eliminate the spreading of germs. Looking for some suggestions? Call Service keepers at 305.751.2261. We want to hear from you!


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You finished your round of bidding and you have narrowed it down to two companies. The next decision you make will determine the appearance of your building for the next couple of years. Turns out the company you decided to go with was a complete disaster. It’s like that first blind date you went on, your friends tell you how great they are but you really won’t know until you meet them… It was a really bad idea. You won’t know what you get until the cleaning company shows up for the first day, odds are it did not go well. Half the cleaning crew might not even show for that first week. These are very real problems most clients face on a daily basis. The main reason you hired an outside company was so that you can focus on making your company grow. You rely on the hired companies past experience and knowledge so that you don’t have to worry about who is showing up to work and why the trash bin in your office was not emptied out. This article will help you realize there are better companies out there and you can actually find the perfect company that meets your needs and standards.


For the majority of the time, Janitorial companies are hired based on price. Basing your decision on price is just as good as shooting yourself in the foot. There are many reasons why the cost of that contract was much lower than the rest of your bids. One of the reasons was due to bad scheduling. The Janitorial Company thinks they can clean your building with 3 employees when you really needed a total of 4. Cleaning companies will do anything possible to get a contract, and skimming on the scope you provided is where it starts. You’ll notice things being overlooked and sooner rather than later you’ll have cobwebs in the corner of your office. Janitorial companies would also subcontract undocumented workers in order to pay the employee less and avoid major insurance fees and taxes to be paid. This results in huge turnover rate. The cleaning company would then spend most of their time looking for and training new employees, and your office would be getting the short end of the stick.


There are definitely companies out there that can still get the cleaning done exactly to your standards without sacrificing your buildings wallet. What you’re paying for is what you’re getting is not always true. Paying a premium for a service does not always equate to a better service. However, knowing what you are paying, understanding what the hired employees get paid and researching the Janitorial Company a step further can equate to an outstanding cleaning service. Don’t shy away from finding out what you are paying. Will there be extra service fees? Is carpet cleaning included in the contract? What will the hired employees get paid? Understanding that when employees get paid a minimum wage fee of $8.05 there will be some turnover involved in the process. You might not always get your office cleaned just how you need it to be. There will always be a new person joining the cleaning team. Research the company you hire. Does the hired company support employee growth? How big is their management team? Can you get a hold of your Area Manager at anytime of the day? Do they invest in new technology? These are all questions you should be asking yourself when deciding on the right Janitorial Company to hire.


If a Janitorial company is CIMS certified (Cleaning Industry Management Standard) it has helped to take the guess out of deciding who you will go with. CIMS certification is a very stringent certification that focuses on the cleaning companies 5 key points:

1. Quality Systems
2. Service Delivery
3. Human Resources
4. Health, Safety, and Environment Stewardship
5. Management Commitment

When you know the cleaning company is CIMS certified you know they know what they are doing. Going to an uncertified company is like walking into a Dentist office that never went to College for proper education, but instead watched a bunch of YouTube videos on crown removals and general mouth cleaning, it just doesn’t make sense.


Service keepers has been providing Janitorial services to South Florida for over 50 years. SK has seen the highs and lows of any cleaning contract. SK understands the commitment it takes in molding a regular employee into an exceptional employee. We are committed to learning new technologies and investing on the necessary resources to better our knowledge and employee efficiency.


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The janitorial industry is very cut throat. With hundreds of cleaning companies in South Florida alone, it’s become very competitive finding the right cleaners to hire. Along with very little pay, the pool to hire the right person shrinks even further. How can you keep the right employees? By teaching your janitorial staff the values your company shares. Companies across the board all share the same philosophy. Showing your employees that you value all the work they do, whether it’s with incentives or a simple thank you, will go a very long way. Once you create a culture filled with values, your staff will begin to reciprocate the same values and create a culture wherever they begin their new cleaning job. Respect and care for your staff and you will begin noticing a better and cleaner work environment.


The Janitorial industry has an astonishing 70% turnover rate. You cannot waste your time training an employee when you know they might leave six months down the line. Always have a criteria set in place when hiring your next cleaner. Why does training make a difference? KleenMark’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing once said, “No matter what your title or position is, everyone wants to learn and grow.” When you educate and train your employees you notice they are now more engaged with their jobs, and even eager to learn more and grow with the company. Feedback from employees is also extremely crucial. The Janitorial staff is your front line, they are the faces of your company and the first ones to use all the tools you’ve handed to them. Without their feedback, you wouldn’t know if your backpack vacuum is more efficient than a standard upright. Feedback is crucial in making sure all the training you’ve provided is actually being put into practice, as well as helps improve your processes by gathering suggestions from your employees.


The staff you hire is the face of your company. Since there is no product, your staff is a large amount of the service you provide. Your janitorial staff’s appearance and demeanor are a direct reflection of you. Janitorial staffs are not just cleaners, but daily greeters as well, they see all types of people on a daily basis, a simple “good morning” makes a world of a difference. Setting forth hiring process and seeding your janitorial culture in the people you hire will not only lower employee turnover, but will help grow your employees into an amazing ones.


There’s a very famous rule called 70/30. What it means is that you need to plan for 30 % of your time and produce 70 % of your time. Notice that planning takes a huge chunk of your time. Why? Because when you plan you make room for errors and anything else that might arise and stop you from performing your duty. Janitorial companies are there to take away the headache of planning daily activities and projects, while you focus on growing your company. You rely on the janitorial company’s expertise and experience, so when they fail to plan they are failing you. Make sure you hire a janitorial company with a proven track record.


Hiring the right company is not an easy decision, doesn’t always come do to dollars and cents. Hiring the right janitorial company is like hiring an employee of your own. You must interview several companies before narrowing them down to a select few. Have a criteria set in place of what you would like for the company to display. Make sure the janitorial company you are hiring instills all the core values you are looking for!


Take out your pens and pencils – time for a test. The main question: What is a school? Is it just another building with four walls, a roof and a floor? Or is it the place where you send your precious children, future presidents, scientists, fathers and mothers. A place where children learn and grow and are further nurtured away from the home environment. A place that should be as focused on the child as it is in making sure the facility is always safe and clean enough to greet the same high number of students each and every day.

When it comes to your professional cleaning service in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, you must hire a firm that understands the multi-functioning purpose of a school facility and all that this entails. Schools get dirty quickly. They have many multiple touch points, including stairway railings, door handles and computer terminals and desks. Facility managers know that cleaning a school is much different than cleaning commercial facilities – but does your janitorial team know this?

When you hire a South Florida school cleaning company, there are 10 items you need to check off of your list, to know you are getting not only be best value for your school’s budget but also the professionalism necessary for today’s school facilities:

Security: School safety is tops on the list of concerns for school officials, especially when it comes to who is coming in and leaving the facility. You must make sure that the school cleaning company you hire has thoroughly screened all its employees, including criminal background checks, drug screening, reference and employment verification.
Safety:  Safety when it comes to school cleaning companies means using the right products in the right way, full knowledge of cleaning chemicals, their use and storage, and providing the correct training to employees

Knowledge of Cleaning for Health: Your school cleaning company needs to understand important issues such as dwell times – how much time a cleaner should sit on a surface to effectively get rid of germs – and touch points.

Best Practices: Your school cleaning company should be committed to best practices, including the use of state-of-the-art equipment, quality green cleaning products for schools, and thorough background checks for employees.

Flexibility & Responsiveness: Schools are places of ongoing activities and events, where the unpredictable can happen, and where the community perhaps sees the greatest mix of people attending vastly different events from day to day. Anything can happen, and your school cleaning company must be quick to respond, and adapt, to such a changing environment, with the right staff and the right practices in place.

Communication: Establish seamless lines of communication early on with your school cleaning company and make certain the partnership stays strong so systems remain in place to keep your facility in the best condition.

Accountability: If something goes wrong, make sure you know who to talk to and that the person in charge of your school’s cleaning will know how and when to respond to any emergency or ongoing problems.

Compliance: Your professional school cleaning company in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale needs to be compliant with all regulations regarding safety procedures, hiring, chemical storage, and insurance, and best practices. There is no room in your school for a company that cuts corners.

Attitude: You want to deal with cleaning personnel that have the right attitude toward keeping your facility clean, sanitary and ready for the doors to open for each new school session. The people hired by the company that cleans your school should have an enthusiastic outlook. Every day.

Commitment: Are the people you hire committed to their job or is it just a paycheck for them? Do they constantly have new personnel walking your hallways? By partnering with the right school cleaning company, and getting everything out on the table at the beginning of the relationship, you run less of a risk of things going wrong. Remember, communication is always key.


You are the administrator of a private charter school facility and your goal is to find the best and most qualified professional cleaning company in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area for the job. But how do you go about making the process as painless as possible, while making sure all your bases are covered?

Here are six tips to consider as you begin your search for the best school cleaning company in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami:

Make sure the company has experience in cleaning schools. School cleaning is different from other types of cleaning and maintenance, because of the number of people using the building on a daily basis, the frequency of problematic situations regarding health and safety, and the high number of common touchpoints in the facility. You don’t want your learning facility to be the testing ground for a new company – get in a team familiar with the task.

They employ solid procedures. The cleaning company you hire needs a solid track record of compliance in employee screening. Their screening should include criminal background checks and drug screening. Other avenues to investigate include whether they conduct education verification, employment history verification, and reference verification. Never be casual with credentials when student safety is at stake.

Make sure they can work within your budget. Experienced and professional private charter school cleaning companies in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami should be able to work within a tight budget to devise a cleaning program that can tackle and address the specific needs of your facility. Learning in a stable, clean and safe environment is paramount – your cleaning company should understand this.

Pricing is key. The cleaning company you consider for your school should offer pricing that is clear of any gray areas, so you can compare quotes to get the best value for your dollar and for your school. Any commercial cleaning company you consider must offer easy to understand, transparent pricing.

Effective, customized solutions at the ready. There are myriad problems faced by school administrators in keep the school building safe, from handling the aftermath of strong storms and hurricanes, to unexpected equipment emergencies that crop up. You want your cleaning company to handle each of these effectively and professionally, and not make the problem worse. Anticipating problems before they occur and building customized solutions into a plan that speak directly to your needs, are achieved by only the best and most stringent cleaning firms.

Certification is critical. Always consider a local Ft Lauderdale/Miami professional cleaning company before hiring a national company – a local service is dedicated to your community school. Remember that the best companies will have CIMS-GB certification, which means the company has demonstrated excellence and commitment to best practices in school cleaning.


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Unless you’ve been cast away from society, chances are you’ve heard about the Zika virus and how it’s affecting children and pregnant women’s health.


The CDC states the Zika virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes species). Common symptoms of the Zika virus are: fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Symptoms last from several days to a week from the initial bite. These listed symptoms may not affect everyone the same way. Some people might not go to the hospital after being bitten, and they rarely die. This helps create an illusion that the virus is not all that bad. Currently, the Zika virus affects pregnant women by causing the most common birth defect called microcephaly, along with other types birth defects. Once a person has been infected they are almost immune to future infections.

The CDC suggests you take the following measurements when traveling outside the U.S:
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
• Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
• Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home.
• Sleep under mosquito bed netting if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol. Choosing an EPA-registered repellent ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for effectiveness. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
o Always follow the product label instructions.
o Reapply insect repellent as directed.
o Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
o If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
To protect your child from mosquito bites:
o Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
o Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.
o Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
o Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
o Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
o Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
Treat clothing and gear with Permethrin or purchase Permethrin-treated items.
o Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.
o If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
o Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.

Currently, the Zika virus is running rampant though the Americas – Colombia, Bolivia, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Martin, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S Virgin Islands, Venezuela, American Samoa, Tonga and Cape Verde, according to the CDC and WHO.
And now it has reached the U.S from people traveling abroad to the Americas. According to Toronto researchers, 63% of the U.S populations live in areas where mosquitos thrive. Now that summer is here the threat has become more real. As of May, 17 2016 the U.S Senate allocated $1.1 billion in emergency funding to fight off the Zika virus.

There is no vaccine or known treatment to cure the Zika virus. the FDA approved human trial testing as of June 20, 2016 on a drug called GLS-5700, they will be testing 40 humans according to Peter Dockrill from Science Alert. This is a major announcement as no drug has been FDA approved for human testing. At its current pace, it will take researchers over a year to find a working cure. All we can do is be proactive in staying away from damp rooms, sleep in air conditioned rooms, stay in screened rooms, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, keep away from standing water where mosquito’s usually congregate, use EPA- Approved repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or IR3535 over sunscreen.
Your cleaning crew should keep an eye out for mosquito breeding grounds. Have them keep a can of EPA approved bug repellent with their janitor carts in case kids or adults need bug repellent for prevention. Since there is currently no cure or EPA registered disinfectants, your janitorial staff should be using disinfectants that are effective against a wide array of viruses.

Below is an infographic created by Methodist Health Systems
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MERS_CoV infographics with symptoms, prevention medical procedures, virus structure and spread on world map

MERS_CoV infographics with symptoms, prevention medical procedures, virus structure and spread on world map


School Cleaning – School administrators and facility managers have countless tasks to perform throughout the year to ensure a clean, sanitary, and safe school for students and staff. This is not an easy task, for obvious and not-so-obvious reasons.

For one, germs spread easily in a school environment, where there are dozens of common touch points, such as doorknobs, desks, and computer stations. This means that keeping schools clean is a job different from cleaning commercial facilities- and here are the top five reasons why:

  1. When dealing with children, it is necessary that a professional cleaning company address specific safety concerns.
  1. Kids produce germs as easily as they breathe in air – their hands are everywhere, except under the faucet with soap and water
  1. Surfaces need to be cleaned with greater frequency, because of the high number of multiple users
  1. There are more incidents of hazardous health situations, such as vomit and diarrhea, that need to be addressed immediately with the proper cleaning methods to ensure the area is sanitized and safe for students to pass through.
  1. Epidemics involving flu and other viruses can spread easily, which makes it vital that the classrooms remain safe and sanitized.

Your private charter school in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale needs to hire a professional cleaning company that can adhere to strict cleaning certification standards while always ensuring the safety of students. You have specific needs to be met, which involves working with a professional cleaning firm to map out and customize a program that not only ensures a clean environment for your students, but also ensures that the cleaners know what they are doing, can meet your budget, and are able to bring consistent results to your facility.

Packed classrooms mean health, safety and wellness are paramount. New cleaning companies spring up constantly, all ensuring that they know exactly what to do to meet your school’s cleaning requirements. Make sure to properly vet all prospective cleaning companies – you must be able to separate those who can from those who definitely can’t.


For some, the end of the school year means a break in activities. For a school administrator or facility manager of private charter schools in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, it’s time to think about school cleaning. Lockers are dirty, classrooms need to be stripped down, and all efforts should be directed toward summer maintenance.

Facility maintenance managers should never head into summer without a concrete plan for cleaning school buildings, and this means finding the right professional cleaning company – a company that understands your budget and can be trusted to maintain a clean and safe environment for students and staff.

You may interview a range of companies that seem qualified, but the best will know how to maximize your cleaning budget and abide by best practices, which means adhering to, and receiving certification from, Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS). Always ask for CIMS certification when interviewing a prospective cleaning company – receiving it means the company has followed rigorous standards and practices to bring clients consistent and quality services.

CIMS certification will separate the average cleaning company from top-tier cleaning companies. Adhering to the vigorous standards necessary to attain CIMS certification means a company has demonstrated its commitment to quality – a commitment that is transferred to the safe and effective maintenance of your school facility.

In formal terms, CIMS “is the first consensus-based management standard that outlines the primary characteristics of a successful, quality cleaning organization,” says the ISSA—The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. “Facility managers and others responsible for selecting a cleaning service provider can gain an increased level of confidence in their contractor by using CIMS,” says the ISSA.

If you’re an administrator or maintenance director of a private charter school, best practices are your priority – they are what give your school and your students an edge in a competitive world. In recruiting, screening, hiring, and managing people who will perform work in private charter school, you must find a school cleaning company that has a solid grasp of best practices. Always check for CIMS certification when interviewing prospective companies. Your school, as the educational facility that will bring the next generation into its own – is your most important asset.


It used to be that people hung their carpets and rugs outside and beat them to get them clean.

Now we give them a beating without meaning to, in stepping on them, dragging furniture across them, spilling food and other substances on them. And we no longer drag them outside to get the dirt off.

This means that the carpets in your business, school, or commercial site must be cleaned in place – to maintain appearance, give them a longer lifespan and help your company put its best foot forward when customers step inside.

Man treating carpet with commercial cleaning chemicals to help remove stains in carpet

Man treating carpet with commercial cleaning chemicals to help remove stains in carpet

Since cleaning the carpet or rug almost always involves some type of water, getting it dried out, according to the experts, is as important as cleaning it.

An article on citing John Poole, a consultant with the American Institute of Cleaning Service in Atlanta, Ga., discusses problems associated with leaving carpets wet – in particular, the occurrence of mold and mildew. Many steps go into cleaning a carpet or rug, including knowledge of the carpet’s fibers – what it’s made of and how it’s made – to know what type of chemical to use on it – and what type of chemicals will damage it.

Puzzled? Contact a professional cleaning company in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale to help you understand the many variables associated with cleaning carpets. Do you use hot water to extract soil and dirt? Or a low-moisture method, such as encapsulation, to maintain the carpet?

Some experts recommend extracting the most moisture you can using a machine recommended by the Carpet and Rug Institute – having the CRI Seal of Approval means the machine has been designed and built to extract most of the moisture from the rug or carpet.

The best way to dry carpets is to circulate air. Open the windows, if the outside air is dryer than the inside air. Or turn on the fans. Air-conditioning, in particular, works to dry carpets because it is built to pull moisture out of the air. Depending on how much air is circulating, carpets should dry within a few hours, up to 12 to 24 hours.

Don’t tackle the problem yourself if you are unsure. Mind your business and let a professional cleaning company mind your carpets – an expert cleaner will know what to use, how to use it and how to bring the color and texture on those carpets back to their original brightness!


Your business lobby or foyer is the first thing that greets potential customers and existing clients – a shiny floor surface is the best reflection on your company. Keep the floors dull and dirty and people might hand you a mop instead of a business card. Marble floors, in particular, need a special touch to maintain their sheen.

But first, what is marble? In geological terms, marble is described as a metamorphic rock that forms when limestone is subjected to the heat and pressure of metamorphism. It is composed primarily of the mineral calcite and usually contains other minerals such as clay minerals, micas, quartz, pyrite, iron oxides and graphite.  Marble tiles show off a beauty with their unique surface swirls, giving a room a rich and important look. They are also sensitive to acidic solutions that could etch their surface and take away their appeal.

Young Man With Cleaning Equipment on Office Building  Marble Floor

Young Man With Cleaning Equipment on Office Building Marble Floor

When it comes to cleaning marble surfaces, businesses in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami areas should be careful and heed the following tips:

  • According to, a clean dust mop type sweeper should be used to remove dirt and debris that tracks indoors on shoes and by the wind and elements when the doors are open. All of this grit over time dulls the floors.
  • Man-made cleaners made for ceramic will not do the trick when it comes to cleaning marble floors – these will dull, stain and even damage the floors. Even vinegar and water will scratch the surface over time. Cleaners that are concentrated with a neutral pH and acid-free should be used, advise the experts. If you don’t have a neutral pH cleaner, mop floors with warm water and then dry them with a clean, untreated soft cloth for a shiny finish.
  • Scouring powders, creams or alkaline products will scratch the marble floor’s surface because of their abrasive qualities – never use them.
  • Like plants? Place matting, felt or non-abrasive barrier between these and floors – the same with light fixtures and other furniture.
  • Don’t vacuum marble floors, advises The wheels, hose and nozzle will scratch the surface.

Have more questions? Consult a professional cleaning company familiar with the needs of businesses in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami areas, who can assess the conditions of your floors, whether these are marble, granite or tile, and tell you the best way to get them to gleam. Your floors are there to stand out – and to stand on. Make sure that, both ways, they get you off on the right foot.




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