Monthly Archives: October 2016

Janitorial Services Toronto
Office Cleaning Toronto

APPLYING DE-ICERS AS A SAFETY MEASURE

Winter brings along with it many cleaning concerns, for your staff and visitors, hazardous areas that they must navigate.  An indispensable product that State Building Maintenance Limited will utilize during our winter months is ice melting crystals if your company requests it as part of our Janitorial Services.  So whether you call them de-icers, anti-icers or ice melting granules, they are our workhorse when dealing with slippery driveways, sidewalks and entrances.

There are a number of products that can be used to stop ice from forming.  On areas such as large parking lots, a spray, by truck, is the way most ice melting products are put down before a forecasted snowfall or an ice storm.  For smaller areas, such as on sidewalks, crystals are usually spread about by using a spreader or by hand.  If spread just before the ice or snow arrives these crystals will prevent ice from building up.  Remember, more is not always better, sprinkle just what you need.  Some de-icers are coloured so that you can see where you have spread these granules.  These de-icers will not handle the melting of deep snow from a major snowfall.  You would need to shovel off the snow and then scatter the crystals on your walks to melt what little is remaining.

Our southern Ontario temperatures do often hit minus -15 degrees Celsius or lower so our company generally uses a high performance snow and ice melting product that works with very low temperatures. As slush/moisture is created by these de-icer products it is advisable to shovel this off your sidewalks if you can before another freeze happens.  You would then re-apply the de-icer.   If we provide Porter and Nightly Cleaning Services / Janitorial Services we can offer this service twice a day if needed.  Our product is a bit more expensive than some products and is an additional cost but State Building Maintenance Limited doesn’t want to take any chances with your safety.  But if you have another product in mind we will gladly work with your preference.

There are a number of different chemicals that we can supply, each with their own pros and cons.  We can purchase anything from rock salt to calcium chloride and even in a pinch sand or kitty litter.  There are some products that are even advertised as safe for pets so as to not irritate their paws.

The pros are obvious, the melting of ice and the added grip from the crystals when walking.  But depending on your choice of crystal they can damage concrete, be harmful to your pets and your lawns if too much is used and these products can even rust iron or steal.  So we just want to, once again, emphasis that more it not always better.  Having said that, State Building Maintenance Limited wants your staff and visitors to remain safe during out blustery winter months, that is the bottom line. So without hesitation we recommend that these products be used as required.

There have been some winters where the product we generally use has been in short supply, so if you would like our company to spread these de-icers when the evening cleaning or when janitorial services are completed, please let us know so that we can stock up for your company.

State Building Maintenance Limited is a Full Service Cleaning and Janitorial company that will be only too happy to be of service to you.  We will set up a cleaning program of your choice and within your budget, whether if for a bi-weekly, daily or even a yearly clean-up. WE DO IT ALL!  So please call us at 416-247-1290 or email us at info@sbml.ca.

 

Keep Clean With Fall Maintenance – October 2016

WHAT YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD BE SCHEDULING FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

Time To Bring Out Those Extra, Protective Mats

In many instances, in late spring, managers of commercial, industrial, condo and retail buildings remove extra carpet runners that had been added during the previous fall as a protective measure from autumn rains and winter snows.  We at State Building Maintenance Limited do steam clean these extra runners in the spring before we place them in storage but NOW is the time to put these extra mats back. These extra floor-coverings help capture the moisture from rains and snows so they will not be carried further into your office, preventing damage to your office carpets and floors.  These added runners also help to sluff off any granules picked up on your shoes or boots so that these tiny particles will not abrade your flooring, whether it be marble, terrazzo or vinyl.  State Building Maintenance Limited will maintain these added runners throughout the winter season with a daily vacuuming, spot cleaning and steam cleaning when necessary.  These extra and necessary commercial grade mats should be of a heavy weight so they do not shift about and cause problems.  State Building Maintenance Limited sells, delivers and places these extra mats at a reasonable cost.

Condo Wall Washing And Carpet Cleaning

Now that school is well underway here in southern Ontario and we are into cooler weather such that children are no longer running in hallways with ice cream cones, sticky candy or fizzy drinks, occasionally spilling drinks on common area carpets and definitely with sticky fingers, touching walls, (not to say we adults are above reproach), State Building Maintenance Limited recommends a methodical clean-up of condo walls and carpeting.  Marked and sticky walls are an unpleasant visual for condo owners to see in their common areas and messy walls are definitely not an inviting look for your visitors or prospective buyers.  When sticky residue from summer treats is left on carpets this tackiness is not only damaging to your carpet fibres but the stickiness can adhere to condo owner’s shoes and be carried into their own residences.  This is a complaint the manager/board does not want to hear about.  So we at State Building Maintenance Limited suggest to all condo owners, that at this time of year, they do a wall washing as needed and a full steam cleaning of their carpets, to remove all grime, bring back their colour and refresh their scent.  NOTHING LOOKS or SMELLS BETTER THAN CLEANLINESS!

Now Is The Time To Put Down Fall Fertilizer.

If your buildings have attractive, manicured lawns that have managed to survive our dry summer, it would be to your benefit to apply a good fall fertilizer followed by a deep watering.  Fall fertilizers feed the roots, helping your grass to survive a harsh winter and to start your grass off with a healthy spring growth.

Added Protection for Your Floors

At this time of year we suggest that all building owners take a good look at their hard surface floors. State Building Maintenance Limited often finds, that after a summer of tracking in gravel bits, dirt, dust and even tar from roadwork, floors are damaged by these materials and lose their lustre.  Heading into our normally wet fall weather and blustery winters State Building Maintenance Limited advises that at this time of year, to safeguard your floors, we lay down a coat of protective finish and if your floors, for some reason, have become badly damaged we then recommend stripping and re-sealing your floors. Spotless and glossy floors will say much to your customers and staff about your business’s work ethic.  And if you would like that “wet look finish”, that WOW factor, we at State Building Maintenance Limited would be only too pleased to burnish your floors.  Although a bit more expensive, burnished floors, not only glisten but burnishing creates a tougher finish. State Building Maintenance Limited is always there to offer you choices and work within your budget.

So whether you would like us to roll out your runners, clean your walls or  clean your rugs/carpets, add protection to your hard surface floors or see your clean windows sparkle please call State Building Maintenance Limited, a full service Cleaning and Janitorial company, at 416-247-1290 or email us at info@sbml.ca   WE DO IT ALL!