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Cleaning isn’t easy

Who doesn’t want to have a clean office? Chances are that your company hires a commercial cleaning company to take care of the heavy lifting in regards to cleaning the office. But what about the time in between cleanings? Often times, for economic reasons your commercial cleaning team cannot be present at all times. Reality is that your team will create a mess in between the times that the commercial cleaning team visits the office, so it is crucial that you prepare for those situations. A clean office promotes efficiency and a healthy workforce. When an office space is dirty and gross, employees get sick, paperwork is lost into the abyss, and stress levels soar. Being able to find the tools you need to work make completing a job easier. So now that we know why you should want to have a clean office, how do you get a room full of grown adults to work together in a cleanly manner? How do you make sure that everyone does their part in keeping up with office cleanliness? The task can be daunting, but it is a necessary evil to keep your employees healthy and on track. So let’s take a look at some tidy team hack that will make you look awesome and your office clean.


Lead by example

First things first, the list of things you ask your team to do that you aren’t willing to do yourself should be pretty short. Being clean shouldn’t be on that list. Your team should see you taking an initiative to keep the workplace tidy. It’s pretty easy, make sure to keep your workspace organized and free of clutter. Use organizational tools like file folders and desk organizers to keep your primary work-space nice and clean. Be sure to sweat the small stuff like not keeping trash in your workspace and having an organizational system in place for all documents. For many offices, keeping documents with pertinent and personal data for clients unsecured can result in hefty fines and penalties. The hindering effects of searching for that spreadsheet you just put together through a pile of useless paperwork can be crippling to the efficiency of your office. Also, make sure to acknowledge those who are doing an exceptional job at keeping tidy and those whose efforts could improve.

Raise awareness

Make sure that your team knows when your commercial cleaning team will be in operation. Post a schedule to your office memo board or circulate an email with the schedule. Knowing when your commercial cleaning team is important. Your team will know to secure sensitive documents that aren’t meant to be thrown away or seen by outside parties.

Make it easy

Your team will tend to take the path of least resistance when it comes to cleaning your office. Many times the reason trash doesn’t find its way to your recycling or trash receptacles is that they aren’t readily available or easily accessible. Make sure that your team knows the locations of the appropriate place to dispose of trash. Making microfiber cloths, desk organizers, and other cleaning materials accessible will allow your team to take care of small, easily handled messes on their own. Providing filing cabinets, hooks and shelving also give your team an easy excuse to keep things organized and clutter-free

Sweat the small stuff

Your commercial cleaning team most likely will not be responsible for cleaning your team’s personal workspaces. By no coincidence, the germiest places reside where your team spends much of their time. Make sure your team knows to regularly clean their computer keyboards, mice, and other frequently used peripherals. Not only will this help reduce the spread of germs but also with the longevity of your office supplies. Computers and other electronic devices that collect large amounts of dust are sometimes rendered useless and need replacing. Regularly dusting your teams work-spaces can help reduce costs incurred by replacing these devices, reducing overhead costs.

Tidy Day

No matter how many days per week your commercial cleaning team comes to clean your facilities, it is important that you and your team take an initiative to make sure your space stays tidy. An easy way to make sure this happens on a regular basis is to observe a day of cleaning. Not necessarily the entire day needs to be devoted to cleaning (duh, you’ve got work to do). But one day out of the week, your team needs to pay attention to common areas and their personal workspaces. Setting weekly regimen will create a habit of staying clean throughout the whole team. Common areas like the break room(especially the refrigerator) and lobby should be focus areas as everyone benefits from their cleanliness. Make a point to have your team ‘de-clutter’ on this day as well.

Let there be light

Open the blinds! A dark, dimly lit office can be deceptively dirty. It’s hard to notice stains in the carpet, dust on surfaces and dirt building up in neglected corners of the office. You’ll be surprised how much grime is staring you right in the face! If your office is wall-locked, make sure you’re using lighting that is bright enough to properly illuminate your teams work-space. Replace dim bulbs with bright led bulbs and save some dollars on your electric bill while you’re at it.


This may seem a bit in orthodox, but adding some foliage to your workspace can make your office look and feel cleaner. Plants act as a natural air filter and can alleviate musty atmospheres. If your team adopts a few plants make sure they are taken care of because they can become eyesores very quickly. Properly maintain your plants and they can have the reverse effect and brighten up your workplace.


Every office is different, but one thing remains constant: a clean office is a healthy office. When your workplace adopts a clean first mentality, you will reduce the chances of spreading viruses and bacteria that can cripple your office’s productivity! What sort of clean office hacks does your team employ? Let us know on our social media pages: Twitter and Facebook.

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Commercial Cleaning Selection Process


A clean office is often the difference between a healthy and efficient staff and a staff that is constantly taking sick leave or grossed out. Apart from the health of your staff, how your company is perceived by clients that visit is just as important. Looks can kill. When a client walks into your office and is greeted by an immaculate lobby and pristine restrooms it does wonders for your image. On the other hand, if they are greeted by disgusting scents and sights, they can very likely be turned off!

Don’t risk it! Make sure to hire a professional commercial cleaning service to tackle your sanitation needs. How do you pick the right company? Follow the steps below and you won’t miss!

Important Commercial cleaning considerations

Start by analyzing your needs and expectations. When you are considering a new commercial cleaning company there are several details you need to have in place before you attempt to start gathering quotes. Make note of the approximate square footage of your facilities, how many rooms need to be cleaned, the approximate surface area of the windows that may need to be cleaned, and whether or not you’d like to have the commercial cleaning company perform their duties before or after your companies operating hours.

Explore your options

There are a lot of options when it comes to selecting a commercial cleaning company for your business. Picking the right one isn’t always easy, so you want to make sure you pick the right fit for you!


Most commercial cleaning companies have a website at which you can request a quote. You will provide the specific information about the facilities you need to be cleaned, and they will send you an estimated cost to perform janitorial services. Get as many of these as you can. If the company is willing, an onsite visit will help them come up with a more precise quote.


After gathering prices, it would be tempting to just select the cheapest option and call it a day. But I urge you to take it a step further and do some online research about the companies that you have received quotes from. Be sure to check out the business page of each commercial cleaning company and check out their customer reviews. You want to eliminate any company that has 3.5 or fewer stars. Look at the remaining companies and check out both their 5-star reviews AND their 1-star reviews. Be on the look out for red flags like the quality of the completed commercial cleaning services rendered, the timeliness of each company and how polite the commercial cleaning company representatives are. All of those are factors that can make doing business with a janitorial service a breeze or nightmarish.


If communication is open, be sure to ask your potential candidates about the commercial cleaning products that they use. Do they only use basic tools such as brooms, mops, and vacuums? Or do they use commercial grade janitorial tools such as buffers, carpet conditioners, and power washers? Make sure that the company has the tools to complete the commercial cleaning services you anticipate your business will need. Alongside asking about the proper equipment, you may want to inquire about how ‘green’ the janitorial products they use are. Many commercial cleaning services have made the switch to products that are environmentally friendly but clean just as effectively.


Be sure to browse around the website of your commercial cleaning candidates. Be on the look out for out dates sites. If your candidate hasn’t taken the time to improve how they look on the web, you can rest assured they won’t take the steps to be presentable in person. Also while you are on their website, keep an eye out for the services that they offer. A potential commercial cleaning service may not list all of the services they offer, so if you notice a service missing that you would like, be sure to call or email and speak to a representative about the missing service.


That’s it! After reading this article you will be armed with the Information you need to make sure you hire the right commercial cleaning company! What other method do you use to pick a potential janitorial service? Send us an email or
May 18, 2017

We’re Hiring!

Top shelf janitorial is looking to add to its team of commercial cleaning professionals. If you’re looking for a steady stream of income, flexible hours, and a team that will have your back, look no further!
While experience with commercial cleaning, we are open to applicants that are just entering the industry. We will work with you to bolster your skills and arm you with our strategies that have led to satisfied clients all across the great city of Columbus Ohio. With a name like Top Shelf Janitorial, we are both dedicated and expected to deliver the best service in town. If you think that is a standard you can uphold, we would love to make you a part of the team.
All applicants must be able to lift at least 50lbs, have a valid drivers license, and be legally eligible for employment in the United States.
Check out our employment page, fill out an application, and our professionals will review your submission and contact you shortly after! Thank you!

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