Benefits of Business Owners Investing in Clean Spaces

All workers and customers alike deserve to walk into a place of business and feel confident that it’s both safe and clean. In fact, one study found that 52% of customers will avoid a business due to a lack of cleanliness, and 95% of shoppers agree that the exterior appearance and cleanliness of a business affects their decisions on where to shop. Lack of a clean work environment can also have a negative impact on a company’s employees, which is why it’s more important than ever for business owners to invest their time, money, and resources in finding quality cleaning supplies.

Why Workplace Cleanliness Matters

The cleanliness of a business clearly matters—not just to potential customers, but to workers as well. In fact, there are several ways in which a company can benefit from maintaining a cleaner space.

Cut Back on Employee Sick Days

First and foremost, when cleaning isn’t considered a priority at any workplace, it’s likely that germs and other bacteria will thrive in these spaces. This can make it easy for employees to fall ill and to spread illnesses or viruses to each other. As a result, workers will need to take more sick days, which can affect a company’s staffing and therefore its overall performance. When cleanliness is made a priority, instances of employee illness can decrease, causing employees to use up fewer sick days throughout the year.

Improve Customer/Client Satisfaction

These days, potential customers and clients are more choosy than ever before when it comes to where they shop and do business. And because cleanliness is such an important influencing factor for most consumers, it only makes sense that if customers perceive a storefront to be dirty, they’re not likely to come back. In fact, they may even choose to post negative online reviews about the cleanliness of the business, which can further tarnish the reputation of the business. On the other hand, customers love walking into a place of business and feeling as though it is clean and well kept; as a result, they may be more likely to return.

Boost Employee Morale and Productivity

Dirty work environments can take a huge toll on employees, causing them to feel more run-down and less motivated to do their jobs. Think about it; excessive dust particles in the air can affect a worker’s respiratory system and make them feel sluggish. Feeling that they’re working for a company that doesn’t take pride in its storefront or care about its employees’ health can also take a huge toll on employee morale and productivity. When business owners go out of their way to maintain the clean work environment that all employees deserve, employee morale and productivity can increase. Furthermore, employee turnover may decrease, which can cut down significantly on hiring, training, and similar expenses.

Protect Expensive Assets and Equipment

For businesses with expensive assets or equipment, maintaining a clean workplace is a must. That’s because dust, dirt, and other debris build-up can actually cause damage to heavy machinery and other equipment over time. Even a building’s flooring or plumbing fixtures can become susceptible to damage and costly repairs if basic cleaning and maintenance tasks aren’t followed. By keeping a clean workplace, business owners can avoid potential costs related to machine downtime, equipment repairs, and replacement of other costly components prematurely.

Why Quality Cleaning Supplies Matter

While putting the effort into keeping a place of business clean (such as hiring a janitorial service) is an important part of the equation, the quality of the cleaning supplies being used is just as important. Purchasing cheap cleaning supplies for the sake of saving a few dollars here and there results in more potential issues down the road. Instead, business owners should seek out only the best cleaning supplies specifically designed for commercial use.

They’re More Cost Effective

For starters, commercial cleaning supplies end up being more cost-efficient in the long run because they can be purchased in bulk at substantial discounts. Yes, purchasing these cleaning products may require a larger up-front investment, but these products will last for a long time and will ultimately cost less when compared to buying individual supplies.

They’re Safer For Customers and Employees

Commercial cleaning products are also designed with the safety of a company’s customers and employees in mind. Unfortunately, “cheap” cleaning products can contain very harsh chemicals that can irritate the respiratory system and be downright unsafe if ingested. Quality commercial cleaning products, on the other hand, are some of the safest and highest quality products out there, so business owners can enjoy added peace of mind in knowing the supplies they’re purchasing are safe.

They Create a Healthier Environment

When compared to standard, store-bought cleaning products, commercial cleaning products are also more effective in sterilizing surfaces, disinfecting, and killing germs. This is because many of these commercial formulas are industry-specific. For example, the cleaning supplies found in a hospital or other medical facility are some of the strongest and highest quality out there because medical facilities have strict cleanliness standards and regulations that they need to meet. Many commercial cleaning products are specifically formulated to create the cleanest and healthiest environment possible for clients and employees alike.

What to Look for in Commercial Cleaning Supplies

When shopping for the right commercial cleaning supplies, there are a few things business owners should look for. For starters, it’s always vital to ensure that the product itself has a safety data sheet (SDS) available either on the product itself or online. These data sheets are federally mandated and provide important information on the active ingredients found in the product itself.

And for businesses that need to adhere to OSHA guidelines, it’s important to note that using cleaning products without an SDS is actually prohibited.

For cost effectiveness, business owners may also want to look for commercial cleaning products that are concentrated. This means that water needs to be added to the product itself before use. The idea here is that purchasing concentrated cleaning products saves businesses money because they’re spending their money on the actual cleaning ingredients—not on water. Of course, business owners should also consider the additional time and effort required to dilute a cleaning product before use. In some cases, it may be more convenient to purchase a product that’s ready-to-use without the need for dilution.

Cleanliness should be a top priority alongside safety for any business owner. By making it a priority, businesses can reap many benefits (including an improved reputation and potential increases in sales) while also providing their employees with the clean workspaces they deserve.

Make sure you have the correct chemicals you need to keep both your employees and customers happy and healthy year round. Advanced Chemical Solutions is here to ensure you have all the right products at the right time. Give us a call today at 406-252-7408 for a free on-site consultation..

Keeping Cold & Flu Germs from Spreading In Your Business

According to the Centers for Disease Control, we can count on anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of the people in the US to come down with the flu. The annual flu season costs US workers around 111 million in lost days from work. Those lost days add up to around $7 Billion for employers. Both the flu and the common cold are spread by direct or indirect contact and as a business owner, you can help stop both of these seasonal illnesses at your front door. [1] In this blog, we discuss how the flu and common cold are spread and what you can do about them as you try to keep your workforce healthy.

Understanding How the Flu and Common Cold are Spread

Both the common cold and flu are spread by personal contact and indirect contact. In a work environment personal contact occurs often – a simple handshake is enough to transmit a virus from one person to another. Other forms of contact such as hugging are also key acts that spread the common cold and flu.

Indirect contact is perhaps the most common way that the common cold and flu spread among workers. That is because of the number of surfaces that most employees touch – Door handles, buttons on vending machines, the water dispenser’s tabs, or the faucets in the bathroom. Even the buttons that open the elevator can spread disease.

Given all those opportunities to spread from one person to the next, is it any wonder that so many workers come down with the flu each year?

Why Do Some People Not Get the Flu?

There are a few reasons why some people do not catch the flu when it is going around the work environment. One is a flu vaccine – whether you approve or don’t – this is an option. Another is good hygiene and the best hygiene to practice is proper handwashing. The CDC has a great how-to guide for proper handwashing. It is also important not to touch your face or nose without first washing your hands. The reason is that the bacteria and germs on our hands can gain entry into the body and bloodstream through the mucose membranes around our nose, eyes, and mouth. Use of antimicrobial products, such as hand gels can also help to reduce the chance of exposure.

How Cleaning Plays a Critical Role in the Prevention

Of course, there is also cleaning and while many businesses do a good job of cleaning their employees might still get sick. The reason is that not all cleaners are able to kill and remove all virus, bacteria, and fungi. Here is a closer look at why that is a true statement.

A Lesson from Healthcare and Hospital Related Diseases

Nosocomial infections are illnesses and diseases that people acquire at a hospital. Hospitals are common places for pathogens higher concentrations of different pathogens to accumulate. Despite medical-grade cleaners, nosocomial infections remain. Part of the reason for that is that bacteria and virus evolve quickly. We’ve all heard of medically resistant bacteria and virus – those germs that do not respond to antibiotics. Businesses are much like hospitals. Without advanced cleaning techniques, simply cleaning does not remove the germs. It is not so much that the cleaning crew is not doing a good job, but that the germs have changed. A keyword to remember is encapsulation.

Encapsulation is the encasement – surrounding of – a virus by a special coating that resists chemicals. If the medication cannot get to the bacteria then it cannot kill it. If a cleaning solution cannot get to a germ it cannot kill it or remove it. The goo that bacteria and virus use to encapsulate themselves is sticky and it allows them to adhere to a surface – even when the surface is cleaned thoroughly. This is one of the reasons why nosocomial infections are so high at hospitals. It is also another reason why so many American workers come down with the flu or cold during the flu and cold season.

The takeaway here is that it is important how the cleaning crew go about cleaning a business, what kinds of chemicals they use, and the frequency in which they clean. Those three factors can be the difference between a healthy building and one that is a haven for flu and cold germs. The encapsulated goo sticks to people’s hands and the virus are then acquired when we touch our nose or mouth or when we rub our eyes. What happens when we sneeze? We cup our hands around our nose. That simple act is enough to spread cold and flu viruses either from our hands to our face or from our nose and lungs to our hands.

Cleaning Chemicals that Fight Germs

The primary focus of flu and cold prevention is all about surfaces – from the lunch table to the handles on phones and doors, to the faucets in the bathrooms – Even the buttons on the elevator. If the cleaning chemicals that your team uses are not strong enough or designed to remove the encapsulated goo that holds viruses in place, then your business is not clean. This does not necessarily mean that the chemical has to be dangerously strong – rather, it means that the chemical must be designed to deal with encapsulation. There are examples of green chemicals that do the job just fine. In short, the chemicals must be smart rather than strong.

Smart chemicals do the job quickly by removing the encapsulation material and allowing the cleansing agent to kill the virus and bacteria that hide inside of the encapsulated casing. When that process works then the surface is easily cleaned and the risk of infection drops. You do not need special tools, just smart chemicals.

One of the key ways that cold and flu virus are spread by coughing, which allows the germs to become airborne and then land on surfaces throughout the business. They also spread when we touch things after coughing into our hands or sneezing. All of the surfaces that many people touch in a day are prime targets for spreading cold and flu viruses. This is why surfaces, not just horizontal surfaces must be cleaned regularly, efficiently, and with smart chemicals.

What You Can Do to Reduce Infection

We already know that the financial burden that businesses payout each year because of the flu and common cold is staggering. Your business’s portion of that massive sum need not be as high as it has been if you approach cleaning with smart tech, smart chemicals, and adequate frequency.

Here is our short list of how to reduce the damage that flu and cold season brings to your business and your team.

  • Step 1: Use Chemicals that adequately clean surfaces and that are approved to reduce encapsulated germs.
  • Step 2: Make sure that the buildings cleaning frequency is high enough so that the risk of exposure does not carry over from one day to the next.
  • Step 3: Make sure employees are educated on how to properly wash their hands and why handwashing is important
  • Step 4: Encourage the use of antimicrobial gels as needed.
  • Step 5: Make sure that physical contact between employees is reduced and appropriate.
  • Step 6: Consider a sick policy that supports staying home when an employee has a cold or the flu.
  • Step 7: Engage your team to use these (those that are appropriate) outside of work, such as on the bus or subway.

If you’d like to learn more about how to reduce the risk of contact contamination of flu and cold germs by your team, just reach out to our team at Advanced Chemical Solutions at 406-252-7408 with all of your questions or for additional material.  We will ensure you have all the right products to keep both employees and customers healthy this season.

Insider Knowledge

[1] Influenza (flu) in the Workplace– CDC

Hand Washing Guide – CDC

Commercial Cleaning Products – What You’ll Need To Clean Every Surface

With such an enormous variety of commercial cleaning products available, it can be difficult to understand what you need in order to maintain your building – or keep your janitorial company well-supplied.

In this article, we’ll break down the commercial cleaning products and tools that you’ll need to clean just about every common surface and room – so that you have the information you need to make the proper purchasing decisions.

 Floor Cleaning And Polishing

The first step of cleaning a floor is to use a large broom to sweep away dry dirt, debris, and trash. Typically, a large shop broom is used for this task. Shop brooms are built out of durable materials, and feature long handles and 42” or wider bristle heads – allowing debris to be removed quickly and efficiently.

For basic floor cleaning needs, simple mopping is often the best choice. Using a high-quality mop with the proper mopping pad and a large, high-capacity mop bucket, you can apply powerful cleaning solutions to your floors that will help you get rid of dirt, stains, spills, and more.

However, for large-scale cleaning jobs, there is no substitute for a high-quality rotary floor cleaner. Rotary floor cleaners use powerful motors to rotate a scrubbing brush. In turn, this can remove tough dirt stains, unsightly markings, and much more.

Though most rotary floor cleaners can be used “dry”, there are many models that offer a high-capacity tank for cleaning solution, which provides an additional boost in performance.

If a high-gloss finish is desired, a floor buffer may be required. These tools buff floors in excess of 2000+ RPM – 10x the speed of a rotary floor cleaner. This results in a mirror-like, clean finish. Usually, a specialized floor buffing compound is required for the use of a floor buffer.

Carpet Cleaning

To clean carpet effectively, a wide variety of commercial cleaning products are required.

The most basic tool for carpet cleaning is an industrial vacuum. These vacuums provide high-powered performance, and can pick up dirt, food debris, grime, dust, and fibers from carpet.

Carpet extractors can be used for more heavily-soiled carpet. These high-pressure units use a combination of water, advanced commercial cleaning products, and pressure to remove stains from carpet, and extract dirt from deep down within the fibers of the carpet.

Sprayers are also used for carpet cleaning. These high-pressure units apply powerful cleaning compounds to stains at pressures in excess of 1,500+ PSI, and are usually used to apply pre-treatment compounds.

Dryers & air movers are also often used for carpet cleaning. These industrial fans help quickly dry out wet carpet that has been cleaned. This helps reduce the risk of mildew development, and ensure carpet dries quickly.

Bathroom Cleaning

Bathroom cleaning is still mostly done by hand, despite advances in cleaning technology. Toilets and urinals are cleaned using powerful disinfectant solutions, usually based on bleach. These solutions are applied in advance, and then a brush or bowl mop is used to remove any surface stains, debris, or other materials.

Bathroom floors are typically cleaned with a broom to remove dry debris. Then a mop, using a specialized mop head and a disinfectant solution that includes aggressive cleaning agents, is used to clean any areas that need special attention. Usually, this is all that is required for day-to-day cleaning.

However, bathrooms that use tile and grouting may also require periodic maintenance and cleaning with specialized tools. Hard surface tile cleaners are built specifically for cleaning bathrooms and other tiled surfaces.

They feature a small, rotating brush-head, usually 12 inches in diameter, and provide pressures from 500-3000PSI. Using high pressure and a built-in vacuum, these advanced tools can remove dirt and grime from even the most soiled tiles and grouting.

Spot cleaning is also often required for sinks, mirrors, and other surfaces. This is usually done with disinfecting spray solution and paper towels, sponges, or disposable rags.

Window Cleaning

Window cleaning can be done with a variety of different tools, depending on whether the interior or exterior of a window must be cleaned.

Exterior window cleaning usually requires only a squeegee, a bucket, and an advanced glass cleaning solution. Large squeegees are typically used, allowing you to quickly remove dirt, streaks, stains, and other unsightly spots from windows quickly.

Indoor window cleaning is quite similar. However, the large squeegees used for exterior window cleaning can often cause spills and streaks on interior windows. Because of this, smaller squeegees are typically used, often in a triangular design. These squeegees allow you to reach into the corners of windows, and eliminate unsightly build-up quickly.

Streakless glass cleaners are the most common type of commercial cleaning product used to clean windows. These glass cleaners are formulated with advanced detergents that blast away dirt and grime, yet dry for a totally streak-free shine, resulting in beautiful and perfect windows.

Metal Surfaces

Cleaning metal surfaces often requires a much more specialized approach. The correct cleaning product must be chosen for the surface. For example, stainless steel should only be cleaned with a specialized stainless steel cleaner – and ammonia, bleach, and other harsh chemicals can damage the finish of a metal surface.

Usually, it’s best to clean a metal surface by hand using warm water and a commercial-grade soap or detergent that’s safe for the metal you’re cleaning. Then, using a non-abrasive cloth, metal polish must be applied to ensure a mirror-like finish, and to protect the surface of the metal against damage, scratches, and corrosion.

Keep It Clean – With These Commercial Cleaning Products!

Whether you’re looking to invest in new cleaning products for your store or restaurant, or you’re part of a cleaning service and looking to deepen your knowledge of commercial cleaning products, we hope this article has been helpful.

With some basic knowledge about commercial cleaning products, you’ll be able to keep your business looking spic-n-span – while investing less time and effort!

Advanced Chemical Solutions is here to ensure you have all the right products for your business.  Give us a call today at 406-252-7408 and we can give you a free consultation to find the correct cleaning chemical for al of your needs.

Ensuring A Safe, Clean And Hygienic Shopping Environment For Your Customers

In a shopping or retail environment, keeping a clean store is essential if you want to succeed. You see, customers are far more excited to walk into a store that is clean, easy to navigate and won’t infect them with some strange disease. In fact, according to a recent report by Taskle, customers actually target cleaner, more hygienic stores when pursuing a center. This is because we naturally feel safer and more comfortable in cleaner environments, where no unexpected risks can suddenly present themselves.
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