Remember, that even though it is encouraging that our state is opening up. We still have a responsibility to continue doing our part of protecting ourselves, as well as friends, families and neighbors. Particularly those who are vulnerable.
Our work is far from done and we must work together to move forward. Wearing a mask makes a statement that you care about yourself and others.
With so much uncertainty concerning the impact of covid-19, safety and the well being of our employees and our clients remain our top priority. We are committed to wearing masks and gloves, and wiping off every high-touch surface in all offices and buildings we clean with a disinfectant approved by the CDC. (Not just using a spray.)
I would like to give a big Thank You to Kohl's department store. We needed to venture out past our usual T.P. and supply run to return some Amazon items. Every Kohl's employee had on a mask and gloves. It was a little sad that a customer in line asked the employee if all that was really necessary. She replied that it was for "her own safety, as well as his". Many people are considered high risk, and you would never know it by looking at them!
Take a moment to remember that all your actions and precautions, no matter how small are appreciated.
(We are not affiliated or paid by Kohl's or Amazon, we just shop there...a lot!)
We believe that our daily habits should reduce the risks to others. Our company has taken into the consideration the safety of our staff as well as the companies and people that we work with. So, we were astonished as to why other janitorial services don't do the same.
Last week we were in an upscale office building to clean the carpets for a company that has their regular janitorial service provided by their leasing company. (More than likely a large chain of corporate cleaning services) While we were there, two very young men entered the building without a face mask or gloves. They proceeded to pick up the trash only and were ready to leave. They did not clean the restrooms or lunchroom, sanitize any surfaces or even clean any of the glass in the office. When we asked of they intended to do it, so we could stay out of their way. They replied that "someone else would take care of it". Which according to the office staff would be them if they wanted it done.,
These men should have been wearing appropriate face masks and gloves for cleaning and disinfecting. They were at an increased risk for being exposed to the virus, as well as spreading it from office to office as they went along their cleaning route.
If you oversee a workplace, you should take into consideration how to reduce the risk for exposure. Make sure your janitorial service is following a cleaning routine that uses the CDC guidelines in their disinfection practices. Consider using local services for a more personal approach with a company that is readily available for questions or requests. Continue routine cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch areas. Maintain your safe daily habits in order to reduce your risk.
As the state of Arizona is set to start re-opening some of our businesses that have been closed, I am quite surprised to still find most sanitizing and cleaning products are still in very short supply. We only go out for products once a week to keep our exposure to others to a minimum, and we have been lucky to find what we needed. On our shopping trip this week, we found that the store we went to was completely out of toilet paper again. Luckily, before this all started we had a supply of these cleaning products and have been able to replace some of them as needed. Please continue to wash your hands properly and think about your safety as well as the safety of others.
Let's welcome a new month with a few things that we hope for...
That all the scientists out there all over the world are getting some sleep, eating regularly and finding a solution to this virus.
That the old habits that we have are being replaced by new healthy habits that are here to stay.
That hand washing and all over cleanliness continues at a higher standard for always and forever.
That we remember to brush our teeth before we put masks on.
Let's hope for a month that doesn't fly by or seem to last as long as the last couple of months have.
Don't let this one get you down.
May your coffee and internet be strong ~ And your determination and strength even stronger to get you through the week ahead.
Get out of bed. Stretch and exercise. Enjoy a great cup of coffee. We have learned to make our own "specialty" coffee using different coffee creamers. The Starbucks nearest us is closed during this challenging time, so I hope that we have broke that expensive habit for good. We are saving a little money, even with ordering different creamers from our click and save grocery store lists.
On our weekly outing today we found that toilet paper was in abundant supply, so that leaves us with one less worry about taking care of our customers. I did notice however, that the prices and amount on each roll has changed. Disinfectant spray is still nowhere to be found, but maybe in the upcoming weeks.
We have had several new businesses contact us to schedule a good sanitary wipe-down of all exposed surfaces when all this craziness starts winding down. If your current janitorial services is not making you feel safe and germ free, please give us a text or call so we can put you on our list. We have been extremely strict about being around people outside our normal group and do not want to expose anyone unnecessarily. But, when this is finally over, we are ready to go.
Make it an amazing week!
Over the years we have worked hard to support our community. It is important that we take care of each other!
Every day, we take our responsibility seriously to make sure all the appropriate steps are taken to insure the safety of our clients. We have implemented all requirements recommended by the CDC to make life easier during these challenging times. We wear masks and gloves when entering and cleaning a building. We wipe all high touch areas down first thing, before we start our regular cleaning. We limit our outings for supplies to one time a week, so we are not exposing ourselves or the people we work with and for to any more germs than absolutely necessary. (We wear gloves and masks for that also!) We have become very large fans of ordering online and picking up our order at the designated time. A big shout out to all the people who help make this so easy for many of us!
If you find that you will be needing a janitorial service after all this is over, and we are able to return to whatever the new "normal" is. We would be happy to give you a free quote either by text or phone call. We can come in before you fully open and give you a good sanitary cleaning. Please stay safe and think of others when you feel you need to run errands. Many of the things we feel we need to do, will still be available to do in the future when all of this insanity is over.
Is your business working harder than ever, or are you playing catch up with projects you have been putting off? These are challenging times, where our normal lives have changed, and we have been asked to adhere to different rules concerning our business and personal lives. Has your business had to make many changes? Many businesses are offering support to all the various emergency departments and medical personnel, as well as to their friends and neighbors. A little kindness goes a long way to those who are putting their lives at risk every day.
Catching up on projects allows us to feel a little sense of accomplishment, and adds just a little bit of normal to our days. While we are quaranteening and social distancing ourselves during the day, we work a little on our filing system. While nobody likes to file, ours could use a little updating of necessary paperwork. It helps to keep our minds occupied during this difficult time.
At night we are still hard at work keeping the places of business we clean as germ free as possible. Gloves and Clorox wipes are an essential part of everything we do now.
How have your work habits changed? Do you have more or less time available to work on projects?
As things change on a day-to-day basis, please stay safe.
As we are facing a situation that no one was prepared for, we are following the advice from the Government and local authorities. We're adapting to an ever changing situation and making our health, as well as that of our customers our top priority.
We try to adhere to buying what we need, but not more then we can use. We do not wish to take away from others in need.
A couple of days this week, we have been up at 5 am to stand in line at warehouse stores in order to get paper products and supplies we need, to go above and beyond for our customers. Ron and his crews have been putting in long hours making sure all flat surfaces as well as high-touch areas are wiped down with Clorox wipes. We are making social distancing a regular habit when we do have to go out, and hope that everyone is doing the same. Please be safe and Wash Your Hands!
Have you noticed how often you want to touch your face, especially since your not supposed too? I feel like I have to conscientiously think about it all day long! And someone coughing or sneezing near me makes me want to run, even though allergy season is in full swing here in Arizona and every other person seems to have seasonal allergies.
Did you know that for every 15 seconds of hand-washing with soap and water, ten times more bacteria are removed from your hands?
What if you don't have soap and water handy?
I was browsing the internet looking for some other homemade hand sanitizer solutions, since stores seem to be out out of them, as well as some of the recommended items to make the most popular hand sanitizing solution.
This is the one that seems to be the most highly recommended:
2/3 Cup of Aloe Vera Gel
1/3 Cup of Rubbing Alcohol
5 to 10 drops of essential oil (optional)
I found these other solutions on The Remedy Store Website:
You may not know this, but vinegar has excellent anti-bacterial qualities. It kills 99 percent of all bacteria. Vinegar does not pollute the environment. It is not toxic and it's safe to eat, so safe for children and pets.
The smell will dissipate quickly and leave your hands odorless and bacteria free. You can add a couple of drop of lavender or lemon oil want to. Store it in a small spray bottle.
Hydrogen Peroxide (3 percent)
This has been proven efficient against bacteria when it comes into contact with it. It causes the bacteria to decompose. If you choose to use this, you need to carry it around in a colored bottle and keep it away from heat sources as it will oxidize it and make it inefficient.
Tea Tree Oil
You can mix up to 10 drops of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of Castor oil and shake well before you had in six ounces of water. Give a good shake up every time you use it.
Tea tree oil can cause skin irritation and the smell is very strong for some people. It thoroughly destroys bacteria as it is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.
Don't you wish germs were color coded so you could see if what you are using was the doing its job?
Twenty seconds of thorough hand washing with soap and water is the most highly effective solution for killing germs. But, since this is not always available along with many germ fighting solutions and toilet paper, I hope these alternatives help. If you are looking for some sweeter smelling sanitizers, check out the website for The Remedy Shop. They seemed to have the most to offer what I was looking for.
Did you know that that the work Petrichor describes the distinct scent of rain in the air as it falls on dry soil. It is one of life's pleasing scents that can bring joy to some people. Especially in Arizona, where we never can get enough rain.
If the smell of your office is anything less then joyous, we can help get rid of those disconcerting aromas. Dirty microwave ovens and smelly trash can leave an offensive and unpleasant odor that can take over an entire office. Initiating a scent-free workplace policy may be a helpful solution. But, you will inevitably have some smelly food odors that can stink it up also.
We can help deal with these issues promptly and appropriately with a smile on our face to make even the worst smells easier to manage. Call or text us or a free quote and enjoy the rain while it lasts!
It is important to note that R & S Commercial Cleaning Service is currently using the appropriate cleaners to kill cold and flu related viruses on high touch surfaces of your building such as door knobs, light switches and faucets. We have over 30 years experience and have always been able to anticipate our customers needs and to exceed their expectations. We are still able to offer green cleaning (unless otherwise requested) that helps keep the environment healthy also.
Business owners should be realizing the importance of a clean office for their employees as well as their clients. It is vital to provide a healthy and clean working environment to employees, since a large number believe that they work more efficiently in a green and clean working environment.
Hiring janitorial services from a reputable company can be beneficial as they can provide professional cleaners who understand your cleaning needs and and provide the best quality cleaning services.
These are a few things that are recommended to keep you and your co-workers healthy and limit your sick days.
1. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available. (Remember when you eat out that the menu and and table condiments probably aren't cleaned on a regular basis.)
2. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, then throw it away and wash your hands.