Flooring

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION

Winter has settled into Ontario and now is the time to, as the saying goes, “use an ounce of prevention” in protecting your floors, whether they be vinyl, ceramic, marble, granite, terrazzo, porcelain or hardwood.  State Building Maintenance Limited, a professional and experienced office cleaning and janitorial service, would like to assist you in protecting all your hard floor surfaces from the daily wear and tear of foot traffic by correctly cleaning and then maintaining your floors, this in turn will prove cost effective and also create a lasting impression upon visiting clients.

In general, floors should be cleaned on a daily basis, especially if we are dealing with a busy office with many employees and/or clients.  If you have a smaller work area and less traffic, whether it be an office or a store, State Building Maintenance Limited will set up a one-time clean or a cleaning program to suit your needs.  Every time we come in to clean it will mean soaking up any visible moisture, a sweeping of your floors and then a damp mopping to keep on top of the grime and dust that has accumulated.  If the shine on your floor is losing its lustre we will give your floors a buffing to bring back that glossy look.  If we see wear and tear, that means we will perform a recoating.  If something major has damaged your finish such as a renovation we will remove the old finish and reapply it.

We are specialist in floor cleaning and deal with all materials.  If you call us for a free no obligation cleaning quote we will come in and determine what your floor is made of and discuss with you what we can do for you to protect and enhance your floors.  In most cases you are calling us because you are unhappy with the condition of your floors.  When we start a cleaning or maintenance program we remove all previous finishes.  We then take a good look at the floor’s condition and check to see if there is any previous damage and then determine the proper finish to use.  We will pick the correct finish that will offer clarity, buffablity, gloss, hardness and scratch, water and slip resistance.  We also look at a product that can be easily recoated to further protect a floor, especially during our harsh winters as your floors may need extra care, but we also look to a finish that is easily removable with special solutions when it is needed.   Nowadays many people still use the words “waxing the floor” when talking about protecting their floors but modern chemistry has changed floor finishes.  Instead of that thick coating one thinks of when using the word wax we now use synthetic waxes/floor finishes because of their many benefits such as toughness and the ease at which they can flow onto the floor.

Some offices have vast expanses in entrances, in showrooms etc. and would like that mirror-like look on their floors.  This is when State Building Maintenance Limited would recommend burnishing your floors with our specialized machine.   Unlike buffing, which is a rotation at a slower speed, burnishers rotate at about 1000 rpms or more.  These powerful revolutions per minute create a friction, this friction heats up the floor finish which melts back smoothly to that glass like look.

With winter upon us we often rush into an office to get out of the cold and bring along with us roadside salt, snow, slush, bits of crystal de-icers and even tiny bits of gravel. Even if you have put down mats at all entrances, as we recommend, these materials will often still be tracked in throughout an office, taking a heavy toll on your floors.  Although we have put down the most protective finish we have for your type of flooring, in time these elements, especially salt, can etch your finish and make it look dirty and dull.  That is why we want to emphasize the need for regular maintenance. All moisture and grit must be picked up and then the surface damp mopped with clean water and let to dry.  We then recommend a buffing to add to the shine.  To install a new floor is an expensive item for an office so that is why we at State Building Maintenance Limited can’t stress enough the importance of hiring a professional cleaning company to help protect your floors and in the long run save you money.  And nothing speaks more to your clients about your care for their business if you show you care for the appearance of your office.

We will be only too happy to be of service to you so please call State Building Maintenance Limited, a full service office cleaning and janitorial service, at 416-247-1290 or go online at info@sbml.ca for a free quote.

EVENT CLEAN-UPS & Office Cleaning

Office Cleaning Services Toronto, Vaughan & Surrounding Areas

It is at this time of year, when the dark of night settles in early, that many people in Canada celebrate a special holiday. And in most offices, large or small, it is when we want to show our appreciation to our staff, suppliers and customers by wishing them Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year and by often arranging a gathering of some kind. Sometimes offices will cater in a lunch or bring in scrumptious snacks and festive drinks to share with their staff and guests. It is at times like these, in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoying a few hours with co-workers, suppliers and customers that the odd mishap can happen, the spill of cranberry juice, a dribble of eggnog, a blob of greasy salad dressing or a trampled piece of chocolate.

If this happens to your office carpets and to prevent deep staining State Building Maintenance Limited recommends, that as quickly as possible, you scrape up what you can or sponge up any liquids and then give us a call or leave us a note so that when our staff comes in for your nightly cleaning State Building Maintenance Limited knows to address these specific areas. Tell us about the spots and what the spill was if you know the food item as special solutions maybe needed for different classes of spills. Tell us where it happened so that on that same night we can focus on these spots with a thorough spot cleaning of your carpets; or if in a particular location, a sticky residue is difficult to remove from your tile floors we know to give it extra attention. If for some reason it turns out that there are more than a few spots on your carpets State Building Maintenance Limited will go the distance and perform a deep steam cleaning. So whether it be an accidental spill while munching on snacks for four or a major party clean-up after a charity event, WE DO IT ALL, as we are a full service office/janitorial cleaning company. If your special occasion involves an all-day event we recommend that you bring in our PORTER SERVICES for the day.

If you are not one of our regular customers but need some extra help at this time of year we will be only too happy to help you with your cleaning needs, whether it be to clean up after a celebration, a one-time fall/winter clean-up or to provide you with a free quote for a yearly maintenance program that will suit your budget.

As we head into the winter season it means that snow and slush will soon be traipsed into your offices so it is essential that businesses put down heavy duty mats in their entrances, they will absorb the moisture, prevent falls and protect your floors. State Building Maintenance Limited will supply these mats at a reasonable cost. To prevent falls we also recommend that you purchase de-icer pellets that can be spread day or night on sidewalks and entranceways. We can also supply these products. As these pellets can be tracked in on your foot apparel your cleaning company needs to focus on these areas when vacuuming. In time these pellets can leave white stains on your entrance mats so they will need a specific type of cleaning with a particular solution but don’t be concerned as State Building Maintenance Limited can easily correct this problem with our winter rinse. So please call State Building Maintenance Limited at 416-247-1290 or contact us at info@sbml.ca.

At this time of year we at STATE BUILDING MAINTENANCE LIMITED are reflecting back on the past year and are thinking about the people who have helped our business grow, our experienced and dedicated staff, our knowledgeable suppliers and our valued customers. We thank our employees for their hard work and commitment to our company and our suppliers for their first-rate products. We especially want to express our appreciation to our customers for their confidence and loyalty to State Building Maintenance Limited. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in 2016.

So whether you are celebrating the arrival of the winter season by bringing into work that hot chocolate or peppermint tea, or just looking to the New Year as a fresh start with new resolve,

STATE BUILDING MAINTENANCE LIMITED wants to wish you

SEASON’S GREETINGS

AND A NEW YEAR FILLED WITH PEACE, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY

CARPETS IN OFFICES AND THEIR BENEFITS

Have you ever entered an office and found their flooring a bit too slippery underfoot or have you had to grab on to something to stop yourself from slipping when walking over a wet patch on a hard floor surface such as marble or vinyl?   The solution to those problems would be carpeting.  There are safety advantages to carpeting, if one does slip or takes a tumble over something left on the floor, carpeting acts as a cushion and reduces the chance of serious injury.  And when the odd item is knocked off a desk carpets lessen the chance of breakage.   Offices often avoid carpeting because they believe them difficult to maintain but the solution to that would be to hire a professional cleaning company such as STATE BUILDING MAINTENTANCE LIMITED and set up a yearly cleaning program.  If you have or are planning on installing carpeting in your office our company recommends a nightly vacuuming with a commercial vacuum, spot cleaning as needed and at least a yearly deep cleaning of all carpets, depending on their usage.

A benefit that might surprise our customers would be that carpets aid in reducing allergy symptoms. Most people would think the opposite to be true but carpets assist in decreasing those itchy eyes and runny noses by trapping air borne particles such as pollen, dust mite feces and every day dust deep into their fibres.   Then these allergens are not constantly being recirculated.  And after a thorough nightly vacuuming and spot cleaning by our company, part of our daily office cleaning program, the carpet is revived. It is similar to replacing a furnace filter so in the morning the newly vacuumed carpet can once again do its job.

Another bit of information that is important to know is that emissions from new carpets are amongst the lowest of any furnishings and what remains in the air after an installation does not linger longer two days.  No formaldehyde is used in the manufacturing of carpets and the latex that is used in the backing is a synthetic so it is not associated with latex allergies.  If you are still the least bit concerned about allergies there are now even lower emitting carpets.

We know that offices can be somewhat noisy with the sounds of office machinery such as keyboards, printers and phones plus the usual hum of office chatting and of course the footsteps of employees.  Carpets will reduce the clatter of foot traffic, lessen the intensity of sound from equipment and can hush the noise of chatter. Carpeting can even be added to walls to absorb even more sound. When carpeting is utilized throughout all offices and corridors it will dampen office noise in the entire facility.

Carpets can make a statement and set the tone in an office. There are many thicknesses, patterns, colours and textures of carpets to choose from depending on what kind of office you have and the foot traffic in your office.  You can chose a calming colour to encourage quietness in an area or if your company is showing off a product, the product should be the focal point against a neutral background.  Whereas bright colours can draw attention to a certain area or add energy.

As half of our year is either chilly or snowy, and even in summer some office air conditioners can make it feel like December, carpeting can add warmth to an office. Carpeting adds R value to an office and could possibly reduce heating costs.  There is nothing more pleasing underfoot than the cushioning effect of carpeting.

STATE BUILDING MAINTENANCE LIMITED would like to offer our services to your company.  Besides a traffic areas, kitchen areas if they are carpeted and in winter, entrance mats must be used to prevent falls and protect floors. The entrance mats will need to be cleaned more often in winter because of the staining from de-icers and the moisture brought in on shoes. STATE BUILDING MAINTENANCE LIMITED offers deep steam extraction, rotary cleaning and will use anti-static solutions if requested.

We, at State Building Maintenance Limited, in business since 1963, a top-rated full service cleaning company, know that carpeting is an expensive investment for your office but when your carpets are properly maintained, whether it be wall-to-wall carpeting, area rugs or carpet tiles, carpets will offer all these benefits for many years to come.  But it is imperative that you hire a professional cleaning company that has an extensive knowledge of carpet fibres and are experts in correct cleaning methods and the use of effective cleaning solutions.  We will gladly work with all our customers to set up the most cost effective maintenance program to suit your budget.  Please call STATE BUILDING MAINTENANCE LIMITED for a free quote at 416-247-1290 or email us at info@sbml.ca

 

OFFICE WINDOW CLEANERS

THE REASON TO CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS IN THE FALL
SBML Office Window Cleaners

pic1Our customers do feel the need to clean their windows when winter is over and it is essential to remove winter’s grime but summer creates its own messy problems that can leave your windows dirty looking. We, at State Building Maintenance Limited, a leading and reliable provider of window, office and carpet cleaning, in business since 1963, would like to offer our services in removing the remnants of summer grunge.

Customers will often notice sap droplets on their cars if their cars are parked under a tree but they will not quickly notice that if a tree is close to a window that sap will often rub or drop onto their windows, frames and ledges. As sap is such a sticky substance a quick clean will only smudge the glass.  The longer the sap remains on the windows and frames the harder it will be to remove but a professional window cleaner working with a commercial grade degreaser will be able to cut through the sap.  And as the bugs of summer hibernate and/or die and as many birds go south, fall is an excellent time to remove bug splatters and bird droppings from windows.  Bird droppings can be especially corrosive to window frames.

You want, for many reasons during the fall and winter seasons, to keep your windows clean. Outdoor light streaming through your office windows is a natural work stimulus for your employees, and in some cases you may not need to turn on as many lights, therefore saving on electrical bills. Glistening windows also create a favourable impression to visiting customers.  It speaks to the care you give to your company.

So we, at State Building Maintenance Limited, experienced and trustworthy window cleaners, will be only too happy to supply your company with a free quote, whether it be for a fall window cleaning or to set up a yearly program that will suit your budget needs and keep your windows sparkling.

 

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.

FOR A FREE ESTIMATE CONTACT US     

OFFICE CLEANING & JANITORIAL SERVICES – WE DO IT ALL