Posts By: Andrew


Using De-Icers to Melt Snow and Ice and Keep Your Toronto Business Safe all Winter

Winter has now arrived in the Toronto region. The snowy surroundings may suit the holiday season, but slippery surfaces outside your business can be a danger to your staff and visitors. Avoid potential slips and hazardous falls with ice melting crystals. At State Building Maintenance Limited (SBML) we work all season long to make sure your driveways, sidewalks, and entrances are safe from ice, snow and slush.

There are various de-icer products on the market, each solution is meant to stop ice from forming. Our team of experienced winter maintenance professionals will often use a truck to spray a melting product on a parking lot’s pavement before a snow or ice storm arrives. Smaller surfaces such as sidewalks require ice melting crystals to be spread by hand or with a spreader. Again, crystals are spread before a storm hits to avoid ice build-up.

A winter maintenance professional will know the right amount of de-icing products to use, applying too much product can have an adverse effect. Some de-icer crystals are coloured to give a visual guide of where the product has been spread. It’s important to shovel heavy snow before applying ice crystals, the product is not meant to melt large amounts of ice and snow.

We’ve been providing building maintenance services in the Toronto region for over 50 years. During this time we’ve gained a strong understanding of the unique challenges presented by a Toronto winter and we utilize this experience to bring the right ice melting products to your business. With temperatures often dipping below minus -15 degrees Celsius, we bring snow and ice melting products designed for very cold temperatures.

We only bring the best de-icer products to your business. Our team is there to help around the clock with porter and nightly cleaning and janitorial services. If needed, we have the ability to provide snow and ice removal services twice daily. We refuse to take any chances when it comes to the safety of your staff or visitors.

With so many ice and snow melting products on the market, it’s essential to find the right solution for your business’ needs. We carry a wide range of products, including everything from rock salt to calcium chloride. Our team will work with you to determine the best product for your business. Some crystals can damage outdoor surfaces and lawns when used in excess amounts and can be hazardous to the paws of pets. By working with a professional you will ensure that you are using a solution that suits your unique needs. Ice and snow melting crystals are a great option for many of our clients, but it’s important to use them properly. The product will instantly increase the grip on the surface and will melt ice quickly. With over 50 Toronto winters under our belt, we bring the right products and experience to every job.

Demand for de-icing products can vary from year to year, with some solutions becoming hard to purchase. We like to plan ahead to make sure we’re stock up on enough ice melting agents to get your business through the winter.

We want to help keep your winter sure-footed. Stay out of the cold and let our experienced team at State Building Maintenance Limited keep your parking lots, walkways and entrances clear of ice and snow this winter. We’ll give your business peace of mind by providing a solution that suits your needs and budget. Get more information about our Toronto winter maintenance and janitorial services by contacting us at 416-247-1290 or email us at

Commercial Cleaning Service

Tips for Finding Commercial Cleaning Service in Toronto

Finding a new office rental for your Toronto-based business is never an easy process. During this process, you’ll find that many office rental companies do not offer in-house cleaning service for office. At State Building Maintenance Limited (SBML), we are there to help keep your office clean, presentable and healthy. We provide full office cleaning services for Toronto businesses.

The cost to rent a commercial space in Toronto has been skyrocketing in recent years and it’s not showing any sign of slowing down. This increase is expense has forced many property owners to decrease costs such as offering cleaning services to renters. Business want to work with a commercial cleaning company that provides excellent service at an affordable price.

Regardless of your company’s size, our team of experienced cleaners will ensure all your office cleaning needs are taken care of. This allows you and your team the ability to focus on your work without needing to worry about maintaining their workplace. Your office should look pristine at all times and we’ll create a custom solution that suits your cleaning needs and budget. We provide commercial cleaning service for Toronto offices, warehouses and retail spaces.

First impressions play an important role in the business world and the cleanliness of your office can determine how people view your company. Bringing clients or potential employees into a messy workspace could leave a negative impression that could hurt the bottom line. We are a fully insured and bonded commercial cleaning that takes pride in helping our clients have an office they are proud to show off.

Having a clean workplace will not only make your space visually attractive, it will help keep you and your employees healthy. Harmful allergens are a reality in any office, especially when a space contain carpeting. Our Toronto commercial cleaning professionals will make your floors look amazing and help keep them allergen-free by providing high-quality carpet and floor restoration service for our clients.

It may seem like a minor chore, but windows and blinds are notorious for collecting dust and dirt. Dirty windows quickly hinder the look and feel of your office and can hurt your image to visitors. Our office cleaners will make your windows and blinds shine, we will even clean your window frames.

The server room is another place that collects dust in the office. With constant air flow generated by computer fans, the server room can quickly become a messy place. Your IT room is essential to your business operations; this hardware controls how fast and stable your network performs and provides storage for important data. Dust and dirt build up can cause your servers to operate at lower efficiency and can even cause expensive devices to break down. Save IT strain and expense and let our professional commercial cleaners will keep your IT room clean and dust-free.

We care greatly about the environment and we’re proud to provide green cleaning services. We only use the best environmental-friendly cleaning products and equipment on the market. Unlike some other commercial cleaning companies in Toronto, we refuse to use harmful cleaning chemicals and avoid the use of hot water extraction.

Satisfaction is always guaranteed with all the clients we work with. We have a long list of very satisfied clients and take pride in keeping an office clean and professional looking. Learn more about how can provide commercial cleaning services for your Toronto office, retail or warehouse space by contacting one of our experienced office cleaning professionals today at 416-247-1290 or get a free quote online.


Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

How State Building Maintenance Limited can do its part

Our company delivers full service Commercial Cleaning to Office buildings, Manufacturing Plants, Warehouses, Condominiums and many other businesses.  Our business offers daily, bi-weekly and once a week cleaning services or on-demand services for specific cleans such as carpet cleaning, floor refinishing, seasonal cleans etc.  We also supply our customers with consumables as part of their cleaning program or on as needed orders of paper products such as toilet tissue, hand towels, hand soap etc.  So it goes without saying our cleaning company purchases many supplies that we either use in the cleaning process or deliver to our customers.


Our readers may wonder why we are choosing in this month’s BLOG to discuss our Carbon Footprint and Global Warming instead of talking about window cleaning, carpet cleaning etc.  To put it simply, our company believes that we all need to do our small part in protecting the planet, that we all need to be stewards of the environment. Global Warming is largely ascribed to an increase in the level of carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels, coal, oil and natural gas.  Some gases, often referred to as Greenhouse Gases, trap heat and are making the planet warmer.  We see the impact of climate change on our depleting ice flows in Northern Canada, effecting our Polar Bears.  Average overland and ocean surfaces temperatures have warmed roughly 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit, .85 degrees Celsius from 1880 to 2012 according to the scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.  Continents have warmed the most, in the Northern Hemisphere (that’s us) the last three decades were likely the warmest period over the last 1400 years.  We have learned from most scientists the hard facts, that Global Warming will affect the sustainability of some species, some food crops and our health.  Some areas of the world may fair better but others will greatly suffer.

So we all need to reduce our carbon footprint, that is the amount of carbon dioxide that is emitted due to our daily activities.  We as individuals personally have no control over the world’s coal mine emissions, oil field emissions etc., but if we all do our little bit to reduce our carbon footprint we will be heading in the right direction in caring for the future of our planet, our children’s world.  Each of us, that’s you and me, need to reduce waste so as to not keep incinerating products that produce damaging emissions.  If we all reduce our carbon footprint we will slow down what will be destructive climate changes.   Our company buys supplies by the van full, all coming in boxes, bins, jugs, jars, cans, plastic wrap etc., containers of various materials and what we do with them is important.

Now that most plastics are recyclable there is no need to dump your plastic containers just anywhere for convenience sake.  Instead of going into a landfill, if put into a recycle bin, that plastic may well be made into your next garbage can, laundry hamper etc. In documentaries, we have all seen those floating islands in the Pacific of what they call “floating islands of microscopic plastic”. These are being created by careless dumping into our waters.  These floating islands can block sunlight from reaching and supporting plankton and consequently effect the food of certain ocean species that feed the world.  So the next time you are on a holiday, relaxing on the beach, sipping that cold drink from a recyclable plastic bottle, please bring it home and put it into your recycle bin. Leave no footprint. Yes, that one small action helps in more ways than one, it protects our ocean species and reduces our carbon footprint.

So what can State Building Maintenance Limited do during our daily activities to protect the environment?

When picking up supplies for our cleaning company or delivering consumables to our customers we fully load our vans so as to not travel the roads unnecessarily, thereby reducing emissions.

Solutions purchased in recyclable plastic gallons, metal containers etc. are recycled or re-used if possible.

Many of our soft cleaning materials used in everyday cleaning can be washed, sanitized and reused so as to not be needlessly dumped into the garbage.

So many of our supplies are purchased in cardboard boxes, so when emptied these boxes are collapsed and put into the appropriate cardboard recycling container.

We can offer green cleaning products that are biodegradable and less toxic.

Because of constant foot traffic, at times all floors whether they be marble, porcelain tile, vinyl etc. require a floor stripping and refinishing with either a sealant and/or impregnator. But during our daily floor cleaning, in buildings where hard floor surfaces don’t often get tacky or scratched, a number of our customers are choosing not to use chemicals. They are requesting that State Building Maintenance Limited bring in our floor steamers to clean their hard-surfaced floors.

When State Building Maintenance Limited gathers garbage we work with two large rolling garbage bins, one specifically to hold garbage and one bin explicitly for recyclables, which we then empty into your cities’ labelled bins.

In our office we try to limit our printing and all our shredded papers are put out for recycling, every positive action helps.

So as we steam clean your carpets, refinish your floors or wash your windows at your Office, Factory, Condominium, Retail Store or deliver your hand towels and toilet tissue, we at State Building Maintenance Limited do constantly ask ourselves how we can better our world.  Please call us for a free quote regarding our various cleaning services at 416-247-1290 or email us at as WE DO IT ALL.

Post Construction Cleans


State Building Maintenance Limited, in business since 1963, offers full service commercial cleaning programs but also provides our highly skilled services for Post Construction Cleans, Office Move In-Out cleans, Renovation clean-ups and Real Estate pre-cleans. We know from experience how involved these specialize cleans can be. Building Contractors, Building Owners/ Managers, Designers, Decorators, Homeowners and Realtors are looking for a cleaning company that is professionally trained, dependable, know the ins and outs of these specific cleans, will work with companies on their schedule and be flexible as timelines change. State Building Maintenance Limited, insured and bonded, and backed by years of experience can handle these detailed jobs. State Building Maintenance Limited offers a no obligation on-site inspection, an information gathering discussion as to what our customer requires and a detailed written quote.

Working with construction companies, we understand for every POST CONSTRUCTION CLEAN-UP that we provide for office buildings, manufacturing plants, your store, townhouses, condominiums, warehouses etc., that State Building Maintenance Limited may be called to work on an “as needed” schedule, working with and co-ordinating with several trades. We are often called in at various stages of construction clean-ups such as the removal of all surface drywall dust so the next job can go forward. One phase of post-construction cleaning is often the removal of window stickers, window cleaning and the clean up of the odd splatter of paint, and we all know how frustrating that can be, but it is easily handled when hiring our experienced staff. As part of the post construction clean up we may even get a call for the removal of indoor trash, to be placed in rented bins, town garbage bins or recycle bins. Whatever your Post Construction Clean-Up needs are, we deliver quality and consistent work.

Summer is often moving time for offices so when an office becomes vacant and before a new tenant moves in, a MOVE-IN CLEAN is usually in order. Depending on the previous tenant’s use of the office or the new tenant’s demands we will offer to the building manager/owner a light cleaning or a thorough deep cleaning. Light cleaning would entail complete washroom and kitchen cleaning and disinfecting, door and baseboard cleaning, carpet vacuuming, floor sweeping and damp mopping, light fixture cleaning and spot cleaning of all walls. A deep cleaning would include those items mentioned plus window, frame and track washing, blind cleaning, steam and/or rotary carpet cleaning and floor refinishing. Every cleaning job is unique to each move-in but we do it all to suit your requirements and your budget.

State Building Maintenance Limited will provide a complete POST RENOVATION CLEAN-UP for the HOMEOWNER/DESIGNER who has undertaken a renovation and is waiting to have that first long and luxurious bath/shower, entertain in your new living room or cook that first meal in your newly renovated up-to-date kitchen. No matter now big or small the home renovation, we will efficiently handle your clean-up so you can quickly get back to enjoying your new living space. Our highly trained employees deliver reliable and effective work, always aware of our homeowner’s time-line and concerns.

Spring and summer can be the busiest time of year for REALTORS. Before that first open house of that condo, house or townhouse, realtors know that a sale becomes easier if that residence is spotless. State Building Maintenance Limited offers complete real estate pre-cleans, top to bottom. Not only do we do all the basics that one would expect but we handle all the unexpected extras that often turn up. Please check out our blog under REAL ESTATE PRE-CLEANS for additional information.

OUR SERVICES – for Post Construction Cleans – Office Move-In, Move-Out Cleans – Home Renovation Cleans – Realtor Pre-Cleans

Window, frames, sills and track washing
Wall, baseboard, door and trim cleaning/washing
Vacuuming and spot cleaning of carpets and mats and/or Steam cleaning and/or Rotary cleaning of carpets and mats
Vacuuming of all vents and diffusers
Clean all light fixtures
Fully scrub and disinfect washrooms and kitchens, including complete fridge and cupboard cleans
Polish Stainless-Steel appliances with specialized stainless-steel cleaners
Sweep lower level parking garages
Sweep and/or damp mop unfinished basements and remove cobwebs
Gather the trash and place in the appropriate bins
Please check out our blog on REAL ESTATE PRE-CLEANS as to the many unique jobs we also provide.

Over the years new products have come on the market such as quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances, porcelain tiles etc. and we feel it is important for our customers to know that each new product may need a specific cleaning solution but to be reassured that State Building Maintenance Limited deals with these products on a daily basis.

We also feel it is our responsibility, while doing Post Construction Cleans, Office Move-In Cleans, Home Renovation Cleans or Real Estate Pre-Cleans, that if we notice any problems, be it plumbing, lighting, wall cracks etc. to inform our clients so they can immediately deal with these issues to hopefully avoid all future problems.

For all cleaning help, whether it be a one-time clean-up, a once a week cleaning service, a full service cleaning program, delivering paper products or specific cleaning jobs such as carpet cleaning, please call State Building Maintenance Limited for a free Quote at 416-247-1290 or email us at as WE DO IT ALL.

Commercial Cleaning Services 2017


In commercial office cleaning, Venetian and Vertical Blind Cleaning is a necessity and generally part of our cleaning quote.  Every client will notice that coffee spill on their carpet but not necessarily the dust on their blinds, it is most often noticed when the sun’s blinding glare affects an employee’s vision or when summer’s heat hits the office windows and office workers go to adjust the blinds.  But it is essential to clean blinds on a regular basis, keeping blinds free of dust will help reduce the symptoms of asthma, of those who suffer from allergies and largely make breathing much easier for all.

It is important to set up a systematic cleaning schedule as blinds, whether they be vinyl, wood or metal, are dust magnets.  The dust settles along the blades and on the cords and even into the blind valances.  State Building Maintenance Limited suggests that as and integral part of your cleaning program that blinds be cleaned every three months. Some of our customers leave it as a “on demand call” in their quote as they may need it less often or at certain times of the year a blind cleaning every month, especially if their business is frequented by high traffic or there are many shredders in constant use.  The owner of an office building, condominium, townhouse etc. may call in a blind cleaning request as part of a move-in clean along with window cleaning, floor cleaning, carpet cleaning or a general full in-depth clean-up before it is shown to prospective tenants. It is also a good time, when blind cleaning, to vacuum and wipe down all intake vents and all air conditioning vents.


With our long days of summer and now much sun streaming in our windows we can’t avoid seeing the grime and stains that have happened over the winter months to all our soft materials. The cleaning process of soft materials requires specialized cleaning solutions that will break up stains and grime.  As most fabrics are delicate and to protect the fragility of your material, chairs and sofas are lightly sprayed with the appropriate solution, the solution extracted to remove grime and moisture and in addition we gently hand clean with a soft cloth if needed.  In most cases drapery is sent out to be cleaned but as dust easily nestles into drapery folds we recommend that an “every three-month drapery vacuuming” be put into your cleaning program.


Just a reminder from State Building Maintenance Limited that if you have not already requested a spring carpet cleaning now would be the time to book an appointment for a general assessment, quote and a cleaning.  Summer in Ontario can be hot, wet and humid, especially the months of July and August, and not always the best time to add more moisture into your office air.  We handle carpet cleaning all throughout the year but spring, fall and even winter are the preferred times for comfort reasons. But if you do need that forgotten spring carpet cleaning job, no matter the weather, we are always on the job, but during the summer months it is advisable to book your carpet cleaning for a Friday night or on a Saturday so there is more time for the moisture to dissipate.  To help this along we bring in and leave air movers until the carpet is dry.  If you prefer not to deal with a steam cleaning we can offer Rotary Carpet Cleaning.  Rotary carpet cleaning works with specific dryer cleaning solutions, that when used with a scrubber draws dirt to the surface of the carpet, that dirt is then vacuumed up with an industrial strength vacuum. By using this method, it will normally take one to two hours to dry your carpets.


A client’s first sighting of your building should be welcoming.   In summer, garbage can’t be hidden, as it often is by winter snows.  As part of your daily cleaning program, your walkways should be swept of debris, gum splotches should be scraped away and garbage bins should be emptied, wiped down and relined. By law cigarette smoking in not permitted within 9 meters of entrances and exits so ash and cigarette butt receptacles should be placed that distance away to discourage littering.  These containers also need to be emptied and cleaned on a daily basis. If greenery overhangs the walkway and interferes with foot traffic, shrubbery should be trimmed.  If your office is part of building complex your building manager should be requesting these cleans as part of our quote.

State Building Maintenance Limited, fully insured and bonded, is a full service commercial cleaning company, providing services to offices, manufacturers, warehouses, retail stores, condominiums plus many other faculties.  We also sell and deliver all consumable products, offering full Janitorial Services, WE DO IT ALL.  So please call us for a free quote at 416-247-1290 or email us at



State Building Maintenance Limited understands, for both the Realtor and Homeowner, the importance of a detailed cleaning of your house/condo before your For-Sale sign goes up and you hold that first Open House.  It is our job to reduce your stress before you showcase your home.  Every prospective buyer begins by looking at the big pictures then starts taking in the details.  Marked flooring and walls, moldy bathrooms, greasy stoves etc. can be a deterrent to prospective buyers. Our cleaning company never wants to see that happen so our highly-trained crews will put our years of experience to work for you and make sure that your home is inviting to all potential buyers.

We understand that all sellers cannot invest in re-landscaping their property before an Open House but there is much you can do to enhance your CURB APPEAL.  A buyer should see

  • a neatly cut and trimmed lawn
  • weeds pulled from a garden bed
  • dead shrubs/plants removed
  • spot free windows
  • a washed down front porch, sidewalk and driveway
  • sparkling outdoor lights
  • garbage bins removed from the buyer’s sightline, preferably stored in a garage
  • if you have interlock make sure that these pavers are level so no one trips over protruding pavers and if there is any oil staining give those pavers a wash with a degreaser
  • add an entrance mat and to add a cozy look to a front porch put out a comfy chair with an attractive pillow
  • if you are planning on putting out an urn full of flowers do not place it to close to the door so it will not draw bees
  • in winter months, snow must be removed from the driveway, walkways, porches and balconies
  • for ice build-up, we can supply and spread de-icers

On the OUTSIDE, State Building Maintenance Limited begins with

  • cleaning all the entrance doors and door frames, inside and out, and the side lights
  • all windows and window frames
  • all outdoor lights
  • the front and side garage door, often overlooked

In the KITCHEN, we start with

  • washing the ceiling, the walls, the decorative molding, light fixtures, the fan, plus the cupboards, inside and out, as they may have become greasy overtime
  • we clean the fridge, including bar fridges, the stove, the range hood and the microwave, inside and out, including the range hood filters
  • if you have a self-cleaning oven it may require two days of work as it needs to cool down before the inside ash is removed
  • we use a specialized cleaner on all stainless steel
  • we clean the counters, taking into account the varied materials that are now being used such as marble, granite, quartz, Corian, laminates etc. as all require different cleaning methods
  • the sinks and taps will be cleaned and wiped down with a soft cloth to bring up their shine
  • the table and chairs are cleaned if left in the kitchen
  • we scrub/clean the floors and kick plates and depending on the type of flooring we may put down the appropriate sealer if the customer wishes

In the WASHROOMS, we

  • clean walls, wall tiles, doors, trim, switch plates and lighting
  • clean, disinfect and deodorize the shower stall, tub, toilet and bidet
  • the counters, sinks and taps are cleaned and disinfected
  • the cabinets are wiped down, inside and out, as there can be residue on the shelves from lotions etc.
  • the mirrors are washed and left gleaming
  • if there is mold, most noticeable around the tub surround, we will use the correct solution to tackle the job
  • the floors are cleaned and disinfected

Throughout all the FINISHED LEVELS of the house

  • the windows, trim, sills and tracks are cleaned
  • the walls, doors, trim and baseboards are wiped down or washed
  • the lighting is cleaned and cobwebs removed on all floors
  • California shutters and verticals are dusted and washed if necessary
  • the fireplace and the surround are cleaned


Flooring, be it marble, terrazzo, porcelain tiles, vinyl, carpeting, hardwood or laminate, all require a different approach.  With the hard elements, depending what the customer requires, State Building Maintenance Limited will clean/refinish your flooring with the appropriate solution and/or sealer.  All this will be discussed with the seller.

With CARPETS, we first

  • thoroughly vacuum the carpets
  • then spot clean any stains, especially pet urine stains as they require a specific solution to break up the stain and deal with the smell
  • we use a variety of spot cleaners for different chemical stains such as coffee spills, grease spots
  • we will then steam clean and/or rotary clean your carpet depending on how heavily soiled it is and your time frame as steam cleaning requires more drying time than rotary cleaning
  • we will add an anti-browning agent plus deodorizer
  • we can bring in commercial dryers to speed up the drying process

We take care of pet stains and smells in carpets, smoke stained walls etc., but smoking can also leave strong odors in drapes and sheers so we suggest that if they are to be left up during an open house that they be sent out to be professionally cleaned and if the owner’s soft material sofas are also being left for an open house we recommend that they either be professionally cleaned or sprayed with an odor neutralizing solution.  Strong or musty odors can be a major deterrent to a buyer.

We also

  • dust furniture if the house is staged
  • remove cobwebs in the unfinished basement
  • sweep and/or damp wipe the floor of an unfinished basement
  • make sure the laundry tub is as clean as possible, depending on how it was used
  • sweep and/or blow the dust from inside the garage
  • check to make sure all the lights are in working order
  • rinse outdoor furniture

State Building Maintenance Limited 

  • will continue to offer our services throughout the selling process if touch-ups are required


As most people are offended by strong smells we suggest opening windows for a brief time just before an open house but nothing smells as fresh as CLEAN.

If you would like to add a fresh fragrance we suggest a very light lemon scent that says summer, nothing overwhelming or obvious.  A buyer may then see himself sitting in the backyard or out on a condo balcony sipping a refreshing lemonade drink and wouldn’t that be a good thing?

A bouquet of fresh flowers is a lovely touch but remember to select a flower without a strong scent and make sure the water is changed daily or buy an top quality, silk arrangement.

Declutter, de-clutter and we can not say that enough, de-clutter and that applies to closets because buyers want to see space.

Take away little bits and personal pictures if they fill a wall and possibly purchase a large, inexpensive, modern frameless print of the kind your realtor suggests.

So many homes are now open concept but if your home is not, create that look by removing unnecessary furniture so buyers get that wide-open feeling.

State Building Maintenance Limited does it all, we have even climbed our ladders and carefully cleaned your exquisite, crystal chandelier.  We understand, being homeowners ourselves, what is needed to create that rush of excitement for the buyer, that positive first impression, thus ensuring many offers.  We are a full-service cleaning and janitorial company, in business since 1963, so please call us for a no obligation quote at 416-247-1290 or email us at





State Building Maintenance 

State Building Maintenance Limited incorporates a set of standards and protections when hiring our cleaning staff such that our customers can be confident that all our staff are professionally trained in the latest janitorial cleaning methods and tools by our company. Newly hired janitors that may come to us from another Toronto cleaning company often feel that they have the knowledge to immediately handle a new job but we re-teach as we have a proven track record of effective business and home cleaning methods.  Our loyal and satisfied customers will attest to our first-rate processes and professionalism.So initially when a new janitor comes to us we work along with them for several nights, teaching and changing, if necessary, their previous cleaning methods.  We instruct them on the correct usage of cleaning solutions, our system of restocking and date stamping supplies, the technique, and there is a technique, on working with our cleaning equipment, and something as simple but important, on which lights need to be left on/off when leaving an office. Our supervisors will also do on the spot checks and they are always on call to handle further questions from our employees or lend a hand. Our employees are also instructed to call us immediately if they come upon any problems such as plumbing etc. They must also notify us in advance when our company needs to bring in additional cleaning supplies. We retrain when introducing new janitorial equipment and solutions.

Our customers place great trust in us to care for their place of business, be it a Toronto office or factory, it is our responsibility to put an inordinate emphasis on protecting their premises, so State Building Maintenance Limited teach our cleaners on the proper procedure of opening and closing an office/ building, most often working with alarm systems. Only when we are completely satisfied with their working knowledge do we turn over the keys.

When a Toronto, Vaughan, Markham, Mississauga cleaning company sub-contracts, and many do, they do not necessarily know the quality of work or the character of the company they are hiring, they may not have had the proper training so may not perform as expected.  Our janitorial company has the expertise to tackle the many jobs required in commercial and janitorial cleaning, be it for general offices, industrial, condominium or retail cleaning, so STATE BUILDING MAINTENANCE LIMITED DOES NOT SUB-CONTRACT.

It is also of the utmost importance that our commercial and janitorial cleaning services company protect our invaluable full and part-time employees, some of whom have worked with us until they have retired.  State Building Maintenance Limited is registered with WSIB, the Workplace Safety Insurance Board that states it “administers compensation and no-fault insurance for Ontario workplaces”.  This insurance gives peace of mind to our cleaners as it provides lost wages to employees injured on the job and added protection to the company they work for.

To further protect our janitorial staff, we supply them with PPE, personal protection equipment.  How they are protected and what they are supplied with depends on the facility and area they are working in. For general commercial cleaning, they are supplied with gloves and masks and easy to use portable carts for less strain when gathering garbage.  For industrial, manufacturing or warehouse jobs, in addition, we also provide our staff with safety glasses, hard-toed work shoes and safety vests and at times they must wear hard hats.

We are also certified members of WHMIS, the Workplace Hazardous Material Information Systems. This is a government course we have taken to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the companies we work for. Our suppliers must classify all their products according to hazard and label all solutions as to their use along with warning labels.  They must also make available Material Safety Data Sheets, MSDS, on all products we order. These sheets are put into the Janitor Supply Room so in the event of an emergency the MSDS will be provided to a Doctor. We also provide these information sheets to our customers so they have data on each product that we regularly use. We also spend additional time to make sure that our employees, whose first language is not English, can understand signage and follow through on our rules when working with solutions and equipment.

To give further assurance to our clients we are bonded and insured.  In a cleaning business, a bond represents a form of insurance that protects against theft and damage.  State Building Maintenance Limited carries Liability Insurance, a Dishonesty Bond and Key Loss Insurance so as to remain dependable in the eyes of our customers. State Building Maintenance Limited, proudly serving our customers since 1963, is here to stay and WE DO IT ALL, so please check out our Janitorial page as to all the services that we can offer your company.

To find out more about our Janitorial Services please call us for a free quote at 416-247-1290 or email us at

Janitorial Services Toronto & Vaughan

Office Cleaning Services and Allergies


Office Cleaning Services for Allergies in Commercial, Manufacturing, Condominium and Retail Spaces

The weather may have warmed and staff can now be seen sitting outside during their lunch break, but for some of us at this time of year spring brings nothing but sneezes, itchy eyes, coughs and a general malaise. For all those who suffer from spring allergies the culprit is pollen and in the spring one of the first known offenders are our trees, followed by grasses. Pollen, miniscule particles, released from our trees and carried by the wind, are then brought into our workplace by adhering to our clothes and our footwear and unfortunately end up in our noses to bring on the achoos, with allergy sufferers feeling miserable.

You may glean much information from your Dr. on how to handle spring allergies and he may also recommend medications, both off the shelf and on prescription, and on the internet there is much household cleaning advice for allergy sufferers. But in general, business owners may not know what EXTRA OFFICE CLEANING PROCEDURES can be performed by State Building Maintenance Limited to alleviate some of your employees’ suffering. Some of these measures are often part of our regular cleaning program, frequently on a three-month basis, but others are on “as the customer requests”.

We all know how ill we feel when we are stricken with a cold that lasts about two weeks and how it affects our productivity but with allergy sufferers the suffering is ongoing, so it is easily understandable that anything State Building Maintenance Limited can do to remove pollen and its nasty effects will increase your employee’s productivity. So what can State Building Maintenance Limited do to help in these situations you may wonder?  We will put down entrance mats, that can be purchased from our company, these mats will help sluff off some of the pollen that has stuck to staff and customers’ footwear.  At this time of year we recommend an entrance mat that has a rougher texture to facilitate pollen removal. These mats should be vacuumed nightly.   If your business has a separate area for jackets and it is not a wardrobe policy to wear dress jackets, place your jackets away from your workstation.  Every little effort will be appreciated by allergy sufferers. Keeping a box of tissue on your desk, which State Building Maintenance Limited can supply, is a welcomed gesture.

But it is our efficient nighttime office, condo and manufacturing cleaning by our trained staff that can reduce this suffering the most.  Besides our usual nighttime office and janitorial cleaning routine, we pay special attention to those areas that will harbour pollen.  If staff walk in with pollen on their clothes and proceed to sit down on fabric chairs State Building Maintenance Limited suggests a thorough nighttime vacuuming of any soft material and at some point, in the late spring, a steam cleaning of all upholstery.   And even though your business may not yet be ready for a spring window cleaning we recommend a monthly vacuuming of the window sills and tracks. Have you taken a good look at your blinds, both horizontal and vertical?  If it is not part of your maintenance program to have the dust removed every three months, now would be the perfect time to request this action. But don’t forget to arrange for that inside/outside window cleaning.

In our homes, we can replace our furnace fillers and have our vents cleaned as often as we choose but in businesses, whether they be Commercial, Industrial or Retail, it is not that simple.  Pollen is a sticky substance and with air movement pollen can stick to anything, so we say “look up”.  This is where HIGH LEVEL CLEANING comes in. Not only are we talking about the tops of doors, bookshelves, pictures frames, partitions, washroom stalls, cupboards, fridges etc. but as part of your cleaning program we suggest you have written in your quote, at least seasonally, high level cleaning.  This may involve specialize equipment where we will clean your air intake vents, your air conditioning vents, door vents, clean your lighting fixtures and remove all cobwebs. Even large leafed plants, whether natural or artificial, should be wiped down.  For those staff who suffer from allergies and who have enclosed offices within your company one can purchase room air purifiers.  Make sure you purchase one that lists the removal of pollen and mold spores.

Many allergy sufferers are delighted to see spring rains as rain washes the pollen out of the air but that can create another problem, with moisture and humidity comes mold.  So spring’s problems can be twofold. Spring rains may show up weaknesses in windows sills causing flooding down the walls and onto your floors.  It is important that your cleaning company be notified immediately to deal with this moisture so MOLD does not have a chance to take hold, as many people are also allergic to mold as well as pollen. One often notices mold not from sight but from smell, such as the smell of MUSTY carpets when standing water has not been removed. So if that is your problem, State Building Maintenance Limited will steam clean your carpets, or rotary clean your carpets, a faster drying method, using the appropriate cleaner plus a deodorizing and an anti-browning agent.

So as you see, there is much State Building Maintenance Limited can do to make life less miserable for those suffering from allergies. And with good health comes better productivity for your business. So please call us as we will be only be too happy to do a walk through of your business, giving recommendations, with no obligation, as to how your company can better the health of your office staff.

Our knowledgeable and professionally trained office cleaning staff will be there to service and maintain all your office cleaning and janitorial needs, no matter what size your COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, INDUSTRIAL, or CONDOMINUM space is. Please call State Building Maintenance Limited at 416-247-1290 or email us for a free QUOTE

Janitorial Service Toronto, Vaughan, Markham and Toronto – State Building Maintenance

How to Choose the Right Markham, Vaughan and Toronto Commercial Janitorial Service for Your Business

Janitorial Service TorontoFinding the right janitorial service is a very important decision for your business. It’s important to ask the right questions when you are speaking with prospective commercial cleaning companies. Maintaining a sanitary and clean work environment is essential to the success of your business.

First impressions are extremely important in business and a messy or dirty building can instantly create a negative experience for customers, tenants and employees. Having clean spaces will create an instant positive reaction and will improve your building’s appearance and hygiene.

Let’s be honest, it can be hard to maintain a clean building with so many other tasks on your daily to-do list. Many companies find it to be more cost effective to hire an outside commercial cleaning company to handle their ongoing and seasonal cleaning needs instead of adding a full-time janitor to their payroll. There are many commercial cleaning companies throughout Toronto, Vaughan, Markham and Mississauga that offer janitorial services. Finding the right janitorial service for your business can not only keep your workplace clean, it can save your company a lot of money and stress.

Outsourcing your cleaning needs to a Vaughan, Markham cleaning company will allow your employees the ability to focus on their actual jobs. Cleaning chemicals can be hazardous when they are not used properly. An experienced commercial cleaning company will be trained and certified to use these chemicals, products and equipment needed to clean your space properly. This will not only ensure the job is done properly but will protect you and your staff from any unfortunate hazards involving cleaning products.

Ideally, you will want to hire a janitorial company that utilizes the right equipment and tools to do the job properly. Also, experience in office space cleaning is a key thing to seek in a janitorial company. You’ll want a partner who operates with quiet cleaning equipment, allowing your business to function as usual while the cleaning is taking place during the daytime and/or the night time. Professionalism is a must-have for any janitorial cleaning service you hire. You need your workplace cleaned to the highest standard in a timely fashion. An experienced commercial cleaning company will provide a level of professionalism that you and your business can count on. A clean building is essential to your business so you need your cleaning company to have a strong attention to detail, allowing you and your team the ability to focus on your day-to-day tasks. Any experienced janitorial company should be able to quickly provide you with a list of references. It’s important to ask and verify the work of any cleaning company that you are thinking about hiring.

Experience is also another important element to consider. Since 1963, State Building Maintenance Limited (SBML) has been supplying office cleaning services in Toronto, Markham, Vaughan, Mississauga, Brampton, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Scarborough and throughout the GTA. Experience also allows our professional cleaners the ability to have a deep understanding of their craft. At SBML we do our job efficiently the first time, making your workplace sparkle until the next visit.

It’s important to work with your janitorial service to come up with an action plan that’s customized for your business’ needs and schedule. We will work with you to address your company’s unique cleaning requirements. We’ll target your troublesome and high-traffic areas and design a plan that will best keep your space clean for the long term. A strong office janitorial plan will keep your space clean and will save you money by optimizing cleaning time. Services are scheduled based on your company’s operational schedule, budget, and seasonal needs.

We have your business janitorial needs covered, our clients include corporate offices, commercial properties, high-rise office buildings, industrial properties, condominiums, retail outlets and office spaces of all sizes.

We take a lot of pride in our ability to exceed the expectations of our clients throughout Markham, Vaughan and Toronto with our janitorial services. We’re proud of the reputation we earned over the years and our experienced cleaning team take this experience with them to every cleaning job we do. Looking for the right janitorial service partner? Contact us today for a free quote at or call us at 416-247-1290 and learn how SBML can keep your building sparkling.



Office Cleaning Services Toronto

Spring is a time for birth, rebirth and renewal, it is also that time of year, after many sunless, gloomy days of winter, when businesses get their verve back and start focusing on bringing in new customers.  And it is also that time of year when, as the sun pours through our windows, that we notice some of winter’s damage.

From experience, State Building Maintenance Limited recognizes that no matter what your daily office cleaning program entails, winter is the hardest on all flooring materials, whether you are talking about carpets or hard surfaced floors such as marble or man-made tiles.

No matter how diligent an office cleaning company is when taking care of your carpets and floors, by the nightly vacuuming of carpets and mats and sweeping and damp mopping of flooring, customers and staff do bring in damaging grit.  These tiny pieces of winter road salt, miniscule gravel, de-icers etc. adhere to your footwear, are then carried into your offices and become deeply imbedded in your carpets. If they are not vacuumed up daily because your cleaning program may different from a five-day a week cleaning schedule, these tiny pieces can then, on carpets, cut open the looped fibres of carpets and shred twisted fibre carpets, so it is imperative to remove all these destructive particles before they are trampled down even further into your carpets. So, for those customers who are not on a daily vacuuming schedule, we suggest that at winter’s end a deep, deep vacuuming be done with a heavy duty, strong suctioned vacuum that has an agitator, to bring to the surface all these granules.  This may even require a second deep vacuuming to protect your expensive investment.

And as part of our spring office cleaning program State Building Maintenance Limited will then do a rotary cleaning, a steam cleaning and a deodorizing of your carpets.  Our customers who are on an “every three months’ carpet maintenance program” with State Building Maintenance Limited are delighted at how effectively we can maintain the original colour of your carpets no matter how harsh the winter. After State Building Maintenance Limited has taken over a new customer’s carpet maintenance program, because of ineffective carpet cleaning by other cleaning companies, our new customers are pleasantly surprised when we have often brought back the original colour of their carpets.  It is important to handle winter’s damage before we head into the summer months.

These same destructive pieces of grit will cause even more noticeable damage to your hard-surfaced floors. To help stop the etching of your floors, State Building Maintenance Limited recommends, throughout all seasons, a daily sweeping with a treated sweeping tool and a damp mopping or floor steaming. Unfortunately, as we are often not there throughout the day to stop the grinding in of these granules, damage will occur during working hours.   So beyond our nightly floor sweeping and damp mopping, we will shield your flooring throughout the year by putting down protective finishes and perform a buffing as needed.  But in time all floors will need to be stripped to prevent a build-up of floor finishes. State Building Maintenance Limited suggests to all businesses, whether they be commercial, industrial, retail or condominiums, that spring is the perfect time to refurbish your floors.  State Building Maintenance Limited will strip your floors and put down a floor finish that is the appropriate impregnator and/or sealer for your type of flooring and if requested, provide our first-rate floor maintenance program, taking into account your needs and budget.

In some cases, because of heavy foot traffic, customers may choose to set up several floor stripping’s and refinishing’s throughout the year along with a daily, bi-weekly or a weekly maintenance program.  We will be pleased to come in and undertake a one time, spring floor refinishing or set up a complete office cleaning and janitorial program per your requirements.  State Building Maintenance Limited, known for their effective, efficient and reliable staff, are insured and bonded and members of WHMIS.  WE DO IT ALL, so whether you need a steam cleaning of your carpets or a stripping, buffing or burnishing of your floors, a full WINDOW CLEANING, an EVENT CLEAN-UP, CONDOMIUM, MANUFACTURING OR WAREHOUSE CLEANS, please call STATE BUILDING MAINTENANCE LIMITED at 416-247-1290 or email us at for a free quote.

Office Cleaning Services Toronto | Office Cleaning Services Vaughan | Janitorial Services Toronto