Monthly Archives: March, 2016

Flooding and mold are a reality for businesses in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale areas, with severe storms often targeting the region, especially in this El Niño season; with sea level rise causing more frequent flooding, particularly in Miami, and, of course, the potential for the strong tides and rain of hurricanes.

Did you know there is a right way and wrong way to clean your business after a flood, particularly as it relates to mold? According to the Florida Department of Health, moisture that enters buildings from leaks or flooding accelerates mold growth, which any building owner should be aware of. The department also stresses that “molds can cause disease, trigger asthma symptoms and allergic reactions and continue to damage materials long after the storm has passed. Failure to control moisture and mold can present short and long-term health risks.”

How do you recognize mold? It sends out its own greeting card. Mold has an earthy, musty odor and it often appears as a stain or fuzzy growth on furniture or building materials.

To protect the health of employees and anyone entering the building, here are tips to clean up after a flood occurrence:

  • Remove standing water from your home or office.
  • Remove wet materials. If the moldy material is not easily cleanable, such as drywall, carpet padding and insulation, then removal and replacement may be necessary.
  • Consider using personal protective equipment when cleaning or removing mold, such as gloves, goggles and an N-95 particle respirator (found at most local hardwarestores). Do not use a respirator if you have heart disease or chronic lung disease such as asthma or emphysema. Important: Individuals with known mold allergies or asthma should not clean or remove moldy materials.
  • If mold growth has occurred, carefully remove or clean the moldy material in a well ventilated area. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet, in most cases, it is fine to clean it using a detergent/soapy water or a commercial mildew or mold cleaner. The cleaned area should then be thoroughly dried.
  • Throw away any sponges or rags used to clean mold. If the mold returns quickly or spreads, it may mean the building materials are still wet enough to support mold growth.

You should also thoroughly scrub floors and woodwork within 24 to 48 hours after floodwaters recede, using a stiff brush, water, detergent and sanitizer. Remember to discard any ceiling tile or other absorbent materials contaminated by floodwater.

Contact a professional cleaning company servicing Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties, for help and advice to ensure that your office building and business are thoroughly cleaned and ready for employees and customers. Additionally, floridadisaster.org offers many tips for preparing for, and handling the aftermath, of a flood situation.

The impact of floodwaters on your business should not be taken lightly – don’t let mold send out its “hello” to your customers before you do.

 

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Of all the things that cost your business money on a day-to-day basis, your restroom facilities should be the last thing to drain your checkbook. One of the busiest rooms in your office is unfortunately also one of the most ignored.

The restroom is ignored because, rather than letting it pay for you, it is probably costing you money. So take a new approach to the rooms behind the “Men” and “Women” doors.

A few easy changes can help to keep restrooms clean, sanitary and cost-efficient, and one of the best ways to reduce costs involves sanitation and maintenance, two words that go hand in hand with convenience and functionality. Less litter in the restroom equates to less contamination and less chance for viruses to spread.

bathroom warm air blower or hand drier

Bathroom warm air blower or hand drier – saving on paper towel litter and expense

How to reduce litter? Replace paper towel dispensers with high-speed hand dryers – this eliminates the cost of ordering, inventorying and restocking paper towels. It also reduces the amount of time a professional cleaning team spends cleaning up. If you find that hard to believe, here are some statistics: According to studies, most people use an average of 2.5 paper towels to dry their hands at a cost of approximately $1.06 per person. Now multiply that by the number of people using your restrooms on a day-to-day basis. A high-speed hand dryer can dry a person’s hands for an average of .04 cents. Add that up over the span of a year and you’ll see which scenario makes the most sense – and can save the most cents.

That’s not all. Used paper towels can end up scattered on the floor, can lead to possible slip and fall injuries, and can clog up drains. For a cleaner, tidier restroom, high-speed hand dryers are just more economically feasible. And hand dryers can operate for years with minimal maintenance.

Other areas that deserve investigation are handles that can easily spread viruses and bacteria. Touch-free hand dryers, soap dispensers, faucets, and even toilet paper dispensers are cleaner and also offer less mess. Foam soap is also a better option than liquid soap, which can drop onto a counter and leave a messy stain.

Still not convinced? Then seek the advice of a professional cleaning company in Fort Lauderdale/Miami, who will not only help you to keep your facility clean and sanitary but can offer many good tips on helping you to save money. The people who clean for a living know how to keep places clean – so you can make your living in a greener and cleaner environment.

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Your children spend a great deal of their lives in a number of school activities that lead them from one virus to the next: switching classrooms, sitting at different chairs and desks, touching doorknobs, flushing toilets, opening and closing lockers. Around every corner is a friend waiting to say hello … and a virus willing to do the same.  Maintaining a clean school environment is of utmost importance to the health of our children

A professional cleaning company in Fort Lauderdale/Miami will clean and disinfect, empty trash bins, sweep and mop to ensure the school population remains safe and healthy. But between cleanings, how can you keep the clean school environment germ free?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following tips:

  1. Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing. When you clean, you remove germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but removes them from surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements.
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    Clean school computer lab maintained by a professional commercial cleaning service

    Make sure the surfaces and objects that are touched often are clean and disinfected. Daily sanitizing of surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys, is a way to ensure a safe and healthy environment.

  3. Immediately clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled. Blood, dirt, body fluids – they all spell the spread of germs and infection. Clean any soiled surface immediately, making sure to use gloves and other precautions to avoid contact with the fluid.
  4. Make it routine. The professional cleaning company you hire to clean your school should perform routine cleaning and disinfecting, and clean a particular area to match the types of germs you need to remove or kill. Remember: Most studies show that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for only 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface. Routine cleaning and disinfecting can help to slow the spread. According to the CDC: “Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them.”
  5. Clean and disinfect items that are touched often. In between the times the school is professionally cleaned, direct staff to use disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched often, such as phones and computers. Suffering from a cold or flu is not fun and schools are generally the places where germs are known to be spread from child to child, person to person. By using a professional cleaning company in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami that has experience and a proven track record in school cleaning, you have one foot in the door in ensuring that the only things children encounter in the hallways are warm hellos from teachers and other students.
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