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CARPET CHOICES FOR OFFICES

State Building Maintenance Limited, in business since 1963, are experts in the cleaning and maintaining of carpets. We would like to supply our customers with some general information if they are thinking of replacing or installing carpeting.

Office traffic can take its toll on your carpet’s lifespan and we at State Building Maintenance Limited have seen, at times, incorrect recommendations for the type of carpet you should be installing in your office. It is not always the most expensive carpet that will fit your needs. Another salient point would be the type of backing your carpet has. It can greatly affect the cleaning method that will be needed as well as the solutions that can be used.   We, at State Building Maintenance Limited, recommend that when installing new carpets you do much research on carpet materials before placing an order and do not be swayed by end of the roll sales. Please talk to your carpet cleaning service for advice before laying a new carpet.

Typically carpets are made of nylon, olefin, polyester or wool. Each fibre has strengths and weaknesses and that must be taken into account when picking out a carpet fibre. Carpet fibres react differently, some will flatten easily and will not stand up to foot traffic, others will absorb oil- based compounds, and no carpet fibre is perfect.

MATERIALS USED IN THE MANUFACTURING OF CARPETS

Advance Nylon, Nylon 6 – Of the most commonly used fibres the new nylons can be one of the most expensive but a more cost effective fibre in the long run. It is the strongest synthetic fibre, therefore making it excellent for commercial use. It stands up well to foot traffic and has excellence stain resistance.

Olefin – Because of the dying method used in its manufacturing olefin is resistant to sunlight fading.   Olefin can be used for outdoor carpets as it has a built in resistance to mildew and moisture. It also has superior stain resistance except for oil-based stains. It is not the most resilient of fibres as it can mat and crush easily.

Polyester – This fibre is not as durable as nylon although it is non-allergenic, resists mildew, is fade resistant, stain resistant and comes in array of colours. It feels soft to the touch. It is susceptible to crushing and will absorb oil-based stains although cleans easily.

Wool – It is an excellent natural material and soft to the touch. It is the most expensive of all carpets but offers durability, flame resistance and repels water naturally. It is ecologically renewable. Wool does require special care. Carpet cleaning solutions used on other kinds of carpets can damage wool carpets so one should rely on a carpet cleaning company that is experienced in the cleaning of wool carpets.

Broadloom can add a luxurious look to your office, add warmth, absorb some sound and help prevent falls.

BUT

LET US TALK CARPET TILES – A POPULAR CHOICE FOR MANY OFFICES

Carpet tiles, compared to wall-to-wall carpeting, are easy to transport, install and store.

They come in an array of colours and different materials.

Carpet tiles made of shorter and tougher fibres such as nylon are better suited when used in heavy traffic areas such as offices.

For those who choose to go the environmentally friendly route you can chose bamboo tiles.

If one tile is badly damaged it can easily be replaced.

BUT

If you are sensitive to chemicals you may react to their adhesive backing.

The old glue must be completely removed when laying down a new square.

It needs to be laid on a completely smooth, hard surfaces as it does not easily adhere to rough areas, such as blobs of concrete that have been left on the floor from previous construction jobs. And it will never create that continuous luxurious affect that some offices demand.

Installing carpeting is an expensive cost to offices so we at State Building Maintenance Limited want to help you prolong the quality and the colour of your carpets. We will set up a cost effective program to suit your needs. Whatever your company choses, wall-to-wall, carpet tiles or area rugs, State Building Maintenance Limited will pick the correct cleaning method, the proper solutions and send in expert employees to care for your carpets. Please call us at 416-247-1290

A FALL CHECK LIST – Office Cleaning

PREPARATION FOR THE COLDER MONTHS

Summer has come to a close and the evening shadows fall a lot sooner so now is a right time to take stock of what you need to do for your buildings and offices in dealing with the fall and winter seasons.

In cleaning, one doesn’t often think about landscaping but if you own a building now is the time to take a good look at the land surrounding your building. Besides the usual cutting and watering of lawns walk around your property and remove plants that have not survived the summer so that mold or blackspot that may be on them will not affect soils. At this time of year you will see sales on evergreens and trees, with warm days and cool nights it is an excellent time to plant evergreens and trees as they still have time to set up a good root system. As long as temperatures stay above freezing you need to keep on watering all trees and evergreens. If you enjoy the look of spring flowers such as tulips and daffodils now is the time to plant those bulbs. A good start to a healthy lawn next year is to spread on a top quality fall fertilizer.

It is time to take a walk around your building and look at items that may cause problems for you during the next six months. Check all garbage bins that have sitting outside, whether they be a heavy metal or cement, inspect them to see if they are worn and need to be replaced. Make sure that they are always lined with a heavy duty poly liner. Also check your sidewalks for grimy residue, pop spills, gum etc. Gum should be scraped up and the sidewalks washed. Take a good look at the caulking around windows and doors and if it has deteriorated have the caulking replaced. Caulking helps keep your windows clear of moisture between the panes and also helps to stop drafts. Now is the time to give your entrance doors and interior and exterior windows and window frames a good washing to remove summer dust and acid rain. Nothing is more attractive to a building’s facade than pristine windows. This indicates hands on management.

In some offices, windows can still be left open so everyday dust and allergens will seep in. In other offices, windows are tightly sealed and the AC is continuously running in the summer and circulating the same dusty air throughout, even if there is an air cleaning system. So besides giving all windows a good washing at this time of year, your venetian blinds, your cloth partitions, all soft materials and carpets should be cleaned. We are trying to, AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, clear your offices of the fecal matter that has been left behind by dust mites, allergens from pollen and the general grime that has been dragged in on your shoes. A fall cleanup of these items will reduce illnesses and lost work days.

Thinking back to last winter, ask yourself if you had enough mats for your entrances to be able to soak up autumn rains and melting snows. At the same time ask yourself if at the end of last winter did your cleaning company give them a good scrubbing to remove winter stains and let them dry before they put them away until the next fall. Make sure that the mats you have are commercial grade mats, heavy in weight so that they lay flat so that clients will not trip over them. They also need to have the proper kind of backing so that they do not easily slide around and cause someone to fall. State Building Maintenance Limited will gladly supply your company with new mats or re-clean your old mats.

Some winters are kind to us and some are fierce. Take a look in your storage room and see if you have any bags of ice melt leftover from last year. If not, fall time is the time to stock up on these as we cannot forecast what the fall and winter will be like, despite what your meteorologist may tell you. It is often too late to purchase ice melters when ice or snow is on the ground. There have been some very icy winters that have left us in short supply. There are a wide range of de-icing preparations that can be used on sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. Some are made of all natural ingredients, some are safer to use around landscaping, pets and cement, some don’t leave a powdery residue and some of these also provide good traction.

We at STATE BUILDING MAINTENANCE LIMITED will be only too happy to go through a fall check list with you, answer any of your questions and offer our cleaning services. Please call 416-247-1290

WHMIS

WHMIS MSDS
What do these mean and does your cleaning company work within these requirements?

WHMIS
This is an information system set up by the government, it is course taken by a number of our employees at State Building Maintenance Limited to ensure the health and safety of all our fellow employees and the companies we work for. This course is a legal requirement for companies of a certain size who work with cleaning materials. This course follows all Federal and Provincial regulations. A fee is paid and a course load is provided and then an exam is written. State Building Maintenance Limited has employees who have passed this course and are certified members.

MSDS
This stands for Material Safety Data Sheets. Companies that manufacture our cleaning solutions are required by law to maintain safety data sheets for all the products they produce and we use, whether it be Pledge or Lysol, just to name a few. We obtain the necessary data sheet for each product, we then assemble the sheets into a binder and they are left on the premises with our customers. These books are generally updated yearly or as needed when a new cleaning product is used on your premises.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW SITE!

We at STATE BUILDING MAINTENANCE LIMITED (sbml.ca), in business since 1963, specializing in Office, Floor, Carpet, Window and Industrial Cleaning and providing an array of Janitorial Services are pleased to announce our newly redesigned website created and maintained by Insiteful Solutions.

This newly streamlined site is designed for our clients to easily access relevant topics that their company may need to search out. This new user-friendly site will provide more information about our company on full service Office Cleaning, Industrial Cleaning or delivery of Janitorial Supplies, just to name a few services that our company offers.

WE DO IT ALL, so please call us at 416-247-1290 or go to our website sbml.ca to learn more about STATE BUILDING MAINTENANCE LIMITED and the expert, comprehensive work we can do for you. We will gladly provide a free estimate or answer any of your questions regarding your office cleaning enquiries.

It’s Construction Season

Summer 2015
Construction Season
TAR

As we head into the summer season we start to notice the dirt that this season brings into our offices.  Here in southern Ontario we jokingly say we have two seasons, winter and construction season.  Construction or building season brings along with it its own problems.  As roads and parking lots are paved some tarry gravel is regularly left behind that can easily attach to your shoes and then this is often rubbed off on your office carpeting and floors.  What we at State Building Maintenance can recommend is an exceptional TAR remover that will effectively rid your office of all traces of tar.

Besides picking up tarry gravel from newly paved areas we also bring in tiny particles of rock and sand on our footwear when walking on older, worn concrete pavements.  These tiny shards can etch our floors and make them look dull and dirty and can overtime shred our carpets.  A thorough daily sweeping and/or vacuuming is needed.

And of course any renovations done to offices/buildings create a certain amount of dust, whether it be your own office or a building down the street, no matter how careful a contractor is construction dust  seeps in everywhere.  It ends up putting a dirty film on your windows.  So as we recommend a thorough spring cleaning of your windows we also recommend an all over window cleaning when your offices are hit with the dust of summer construction.

OFFICE CLEANING & JANITORIAL SERVICES – WE DO IT ALL

Why Hire Commercial Cleaners For Your Business

Office Cleaners Toronto

Your office is the nerve centre for your business.  It is a showcase to the work you and your team do every day and it communicates an important message to your staff and visitors.  Every business has different cleaning needs and priorities and it is important to find a cleaning company that can work with you to develop an economical plan that produces results.

There are many common questions we ask when we first start working with a business.

What areas of the office have the most traffic?

What areas are commonly used by outside visitors?

What hours work best for your cleaning needs?

Are there areas of your company that are off limits?

You need to find a company with experience in helping with the Office and Commercial Cleaning needs of your business.  Also, you want to ensure that the cleaners have the ability and knowledge to clean all types of workplaces.  We work with you to develop a plan which takes into account your time frame, your cleaning product preferences and budget.  It is important to work with a cleaning company that understands your business, gives you peace of mind and also ensures that every cleaner entering your office has been properly screened.

Our company, State Building Maintenance, will be happy to supply references.

Many of our clients have found that hiring professional cleaners allows their company to focus on more important things related to the operation of their business.  It is important to find an experienced cleaning contractor that will offer various packages and one time cleans that will fit into your budget and cleaning needs.

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OFFICE CLEANING & JANITORIAL SERVICES – WE DO IT ALL