Topic: Office Cleaning

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

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

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

Allergy Season

Keeping your office as free from allergens as possible

 

Those in the know have already performed an early spring cleaning of their offices, getting rid of salt stains and the grime tracked in on floors and carpets from our harsh winter. But now we need to talk in depth about allergy sufferers, not only those facing early spring allergies but those reacting to year round allergens.

 

Pollen is a trigger for spring allergies, causing such symptoms as runny noses and itchy, watery red eyes and in turn that can make it difficult for those allergic office staff to concentrate.  As we walk into our offices pollen is tracked in on our shoes and shed off of our clothes and where does it end up, but adhering to everything in the office as pollen is a sticky substance.  This is why State Building Maintenance advises your office to set up a daily cleaning routine to make life easier for your staff.

 

Not only is pollen a culprit in making life difficult for those suffering from allergies but general organic spills from beverages and food can in themselves create problems.  Moisture left unattended can cause mould and mildew to grow. Mould and mildew pose serious health risks and will exacerbate asthma symptoms.   Asthma is a life threatening disease.

 

A person can shed enough skin in a day to feed a million dust mites. Some people are allergic to the fecal matter that is left behind by dust mites causing such allergic symptoms as wheezing, coughing and stuffy, runny noses.  A deep vacuuming of all carpets, rugs and soft materials is essential   A steam cleaning of carpets and soft materials is what is actually needed to kill off the dust mites.  Remember, we spend many hours in the office, dust mites do not just live in your home.  Allergic reactions to the fecal matter can trigger serious asthma attacks.

 

Pollen, spills and dust mites, contributing factors to allergic reactions,  are difficult to keep on top of unless a cleaning regime is set up to include, a thorough daily cleaning of your offices, a deep vacuuming, daily, of all carpets and upholstery and a program set up on a regular basis to steam clean your carpets and soft materials.  Please let us help you keep your office allergen free.

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Spring Cleaning

Start fresh this spring, begin with a thorough spring cleaning.

The snow has melted and we are now looking at the remnants of what a harsh winter has left behind, the salt and grime that we have tracked in that have become embedded in our carpets and floors, not to mention the fine particles of gravel that your footwear brings in that etch your hard floor surfaces.  It is a great time to clean the office from top to bottom.

If your office entrance is carpeted and you have salt stains, it is time to treat the carpet by using vinegar with a rotary machine (vinegar is used to break down the chemical composition of the salt stains).

You need to continuously scrub the salt stained areas until the salt stains have been removed, then you will need to steam clean that area before you continue to clean the rest of your office.

It is recommended that you do a rotary cleaning to the rest of your office carpets then steam clean them to extract the dirt and residue.

It is time to let the sunshine in. A thorough cleaning of your exterior and interior office windows and frames in the early spring will add sparkle to your office.

Winter probably wasn’t too kind to your floors.  Dirt, salt and other substances from winter have probably left their footprints.  Spring is a good time of the year to do a full cleaning of your hard surface floors.  After a thorough floor cleaning, your newly cleaned floors need to be protected by refinishing them.

Dust loves to live in your light fixture, your vents, diffusers and blinds.  These objects need to be vacuumed and then hand cleaned.

If the job is to overwhelming for you please call State Building Maintenance at 416-247-1290.

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Winter office cleaning tips for your business

It’s winter time, is your business ready? 

Keeping your workplace clean and healthy during the winter months is extremely important.  In addition to sand, slush and salt, winter is also a time when infectious illnesses increase amongst employees.

Maintaining clean and dry entrance ways are an extremely important element in keeping a safe winter workplace.  The salt and dirt dragged in from the outdoors can make your office dirty and can cause permanent damage to floors and carpets.  Slippery floors are extremely hazardous to your employee’s safety.  It is important to keep mats in the entrances and to ensure that hallways are regularly checked on and that water is quickly cleaned up. We recommend steam cleaning your carpets to ensure that pollutants are removed from your carpets.

Air quality in your office is another important part of your workplace’s environment.  Indoor air can have up to five times the amount of pollutants than outdoor air.  In the winter this air will circulate continuously throughout your workplace.  The first step is to ensure that your heating systems are properly maintained. Buildings will often collect more dust in the winter due to windows needing to be closed.  A professional duct cleaning will aid in getting dust out of your workplace.

In addition to cleaning all surfaces our team will clean hard to reach areas such as light fixtures, vents, ceiling fans and anywhere else dust can live.

Our office cleaning team are there to help keep your office clean and safe in the winter.   Our team of Office and Commercial Cleaning professionals have been providing high quality cleaning services since 1963.

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