The How and Why of Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services

Success in business is as much looking good as being good. Hiring commercial cleaning services can help you with both. For instance, did you know that regular office cleaning has a direct correlation to efficiency? Keeping everyone healthy and focused encourages smooth workflow, but a healthy workplace is rarer than you might think. Many companies overlook the basics because they don’t realize how easy it is for pathogens to build up.

While hiring commercial cleaning services can help you reduce staff absences due to illness, choosing the right provider is one of the hardest tasks for facility managers in any organization. There are so many professional cleaners, each claiming to be better than the rest that it’s almost impossible to find out who is honestly capable of doing what they promise. Here are some pointers to help you choose the best option.

Aim for a People Person

People do business with people and use machines to make work easier. Hi-tech, state-of-the-art equipment is important for any cleaning company, but pay close attention to what they say about the people who get the job done.
How does the company hire their cleaners? Find out if they train, motivate, and compensate well. If a cleaning company dwells on the state-of-the-art machinery they’ll be using, like most do, what interests them is the pay and not the work.

Avoid cleaning companies that only talk about how good they are and put down the competition. Look for the provider who is confident in their ability to deliver what you want: quality systems, service delivery, human resources, health and safety, environmental stewardship and management commitment.

Ask the Right Questions, Get the Right Professionals

Compare notes with facility managers from other businesses to get quality referrals. Research online for reviews on hiring commercial cleaning services. However, remember that opinions are just opinions, so be sure to ask the right questions when you think you’ve found the right professional. For example:

• Do you conduct background checks on your cleaning team?
• How do you ensure your cleaners are legal hires?
• What do you do to find and keep the best-qualified cleaning team?
• Do you subcontract any part of your business?
• Who supervises the cleaners in my facility?
• Who do I call when there’s an issue?
• How many other facilities and teams does that person handle?
• Do you have a system to handle complaints?
• What is included in your quote?
• How important is hygiene to your business and your cleaners?

Accurate answers to these questions will help you tick off some of the things on your checklist before deciding.

Give a Tour and Stay Away

Once you pick the right cleaning company, take them on a tour of the premises and show them any trouble spots.
Be sure to state the time you expect the cleaning service to do their work. You can request they clean early in the morning before your work day starts or late in the evening when the business is closed. Whatever time you set should fit around your workflow.

Once you’ve outlined your expectations and any necessary procedures, such as checking in with security, leave them to do their job. Don’t interrupt or monitor the cleaners as they work.

Inspect the Job

After their first visit and at regular intervals during their contract, walk around the premises to inspect the work the cleaning company does. Satisfy yourself that the job is done as requested. Assuming it is, remember to appreciate the cleaners for the work they do. Not only will that boost their egos, but it’ll also motivate them to give you better service.

GSR has the right people to bring the sparkle you need on your premises. Contact us today to find out if we are the best fit for your business.

How Spring Cleaning Can Help You Survive Hay-Fever

Spring is beautiful, but it’s also a key time of the year for seasonal allergies. As plants release pollen, millions of Australians with hay fever start to sniffle and sneeze. This may seem normal, but the National Asthma Council Australia warns a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and breathing difficulties in spring can be far more serious. While there may be no real cure for springtime allergies, medication and household habits like spring cleaning can help.

Causes

The number one spring allergy trigger is pollen. Your immune system sees pollen as a danger, so releases antibodies to attack the allergens. This leads to histamines entering your blood, triggering your runny nose, watery eyes and other symptoms.

Diagnosis

A visit to your regular doctor may help. They will probably tell you to take antihistamines. If that doesn’t help, you may need to go to an allergist for tests to discover what you’re allergic to.

Survival Tips for Sufferers

Apart from taking antihistamines, avoiding pollen as much as possible is the best solution:

• Stay indoors when the pollen count is very high. The counts usually peak in the mornings.

• Keep your doors and windows closed during the spring months to keep allergens out. An air purifier may also help.

• Change your clothes and wash your hair after going outside, because the allergen can collect there.

• Vacuum twice a week. Wear a mask, because vacuuming can kick up pollen (and mould and dust) trapped in your carpet.

• Clean the air filters in your home regularly. Clean bookshelves, vents, and other places where pollen can collect.

Kristine Whorlow, CEO of the National Asthma Council Australia, says that spring cleaning can also help reduce exposure to allergen triggers.

However, a proper spring clean can be strenuous and difficult, so getting expert help is a great idea. Most spring cleaning experts provide a complete sterilized cleaning service that removes collected dirt, germs and dust on every surface of your living space. They deliver a fresh, clean, beautiful home much quicker than you could do it yourself.

When you’re looking to hire, don’t just check that the company uses state-of-the-art machinery to clean your house: ensure that the procedures and products they use are time-tested, verified and harmless.

If you suffer from hay fever, you will get extra benefit from regular cleans – choose a weekly, fortnightly or monthly spring cleaning service to keep pollen from settling and building up, triggering your allergies. When you hire a cleaning team, tell them you get hay fever and ensure they concentrate on leaving your carpet, windows and other surfaces free of dust and pollen.

At GSR Cleaning Services, we know how allergies and asthma can ruin one of the most pleasant times of the year. That’s why we pay attention to the procedures and products we use for spring cleaning – we’ll minimize your sniffling and sneezing with our expert service.

Contact us today for specialized spring cleaning and keep your family safe from hay fever.

Vacate Cleaning Melbourne

Let’s face it, none of us really enjoys cleaning. Vacate cleaning (also known as bond cleaning) is something many of us dread.

Vacating a rented property

If you have rented a property, getting your bond back often depends upon you leaving the property as neat and tidy (and as clean) as you found it. This means using some elbow grease and making the place sparkle.

While you may think you can handle cleaning the property yourself, don’t underestimate what is involved. cleaning is more involving than your regular cleaning. The most problematic areas of the home include:

Vacate cleaning is more involving than your regular cleaning. The most problematic areas of the home include:

• Oven, stove top and range hood (don’t forget the grill if you have one)
• Splash backs
• Microwave
• Bathroom and laundry tiles
• Toilets
• Sinks
• Taps

Many of the above areas may be coated in grease and grime — which can be difficult to remove. Bathrooms can contain a lot of mold and sinks and taps may need descaling. And don’t forget about the light-fittings filled with dead insects!

At GSR cleaning, we can take care of all of your cleaning needs while you get on with the job of moving and settling into your new home. Our skilled domestic cleaners will leave the property looking impeccable (and will ensure you get your bond back!)

Vacate Cleaning Melbourne

As a landlord, it is disappointing being left with a property that hasn’t been cleaned properly. While you may be financially compensated (via the bond), it is still an inconvenience to arrange for your property to be cleaned and readied for the next lot of tenants. Unfortunately, some properties can be left in a disgusting state and it can be difficult to know where to begin to restore it to its former glory.

Fortunately, there is no job too big, too dirty or too overwhelming for our skilled cleaners. Just take a look at these before and after pictures.

Before After Shower Tub Cleaning Before After Brunt Stove Cleaning

Remember, your property is an investment and should be looked after. We guarantee to clean your property from top to bottom, ensuring that it is in pristine condition, so you receive maximum rental with little fuss.

Contact us today and let us take care of all of your moving day cleanings.

 

Spring Cleaning Tips from GSR

Dreading spring cleaning time? Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted already? Take a deep breathe, focus, and follow some great cleaning tips by our team at GSR! 

The Preparation

Never start a cleaning process by thinking on the chores you have to do. Rather, keep the end result in mind. Think of the sparkly clean house, the beautiful lounge or the well-groomed garden that will make your family feel relaxed and happy. Now with that image in mind, gear up and start preparing by making a check list. You should be having the following things handy:

– Cleaning supplies

– Paper towels and cleaning rags

– New brooms and mops

– A working vacuum cleaner

– A cleaning brush

Don’t procrastinate going to store and getting these supplies. There’s nothing worse than having to clean yourself up during your big spring cleaning to run to the store for a new bottle of Windex.

Gear Everyone Up

One of the best ways to make spring cleaning fun and engaging is getting everyone to help in and assigning them various tasks. Get your kids (if they are old enough) to pack their toys up and organize their room. You don’t want to waste time picking up toys or re-arranging rooms when you’ve got to do the cleaning. Ask your spouse to help you do the dishes if possible. And don’t cook for the day. You’ll be tired. There’ll be chemicals and dust and lots of germs. So better to order.

Getting Started with the Day

Get up early and put on some comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Dress all the way down to your shoes and put your hair up. Take a few minutes to gather all your cleaning supplies and get going.

The biggest mistake to make is to try to do it all at once. Take it one room, one area at a time. If you have anyone around who can help you, then divide the rooms. You could the bedroom while the helper can do the kitchen. This works much better than trying to do 10 things at once. It will also give you a great sense of accomplishment to see each clean room.

Some Cleaning Tips

When cleaning a room, always start from the ceiling. Use a long broom to sweep off cobwebs and the dust that accumulates in ceiling corners. Clean the fans too because they absorbed the most moisture and dust. You’ll be amazed at how dust actually sticks to the fan panels. Once done, start dusting the furniture. Keep working your way down cleaning counters, windows and windowsills, furniture. When all done, give the carpets a good vacuuming. Make sure to go under the bed and move furniture around if necessary. You don’t want dust accumulating in unseen corners.

The bathrooms should be dealt with the last. Infact, if you’ve got a helper, you can ask them to do the bathroom (they may put up a fight!) while you do the rooms. When you get to the bathrooms, start by spraying some all purpose or bathroom cleaner on all the appliances, especially anything that may have some build up on it, like the soap dish in the shower. Pour some Clorox in the toilet. Allow the cleaner to soak in while you get started on the ceiling, windows and counters. By the time you get around to the sink, shower and toilet, all you need to do is wipe them down and give the inside of the toilet a quick scrub with the brush.

Oh and you don’t have to lose your head while doing the cleaning. Keep cool and take breaks to drink tea or water. Don’t take too long though or you won’t be motivated to finish it all! Once done, sit back, enjoy the view and relax!

GSR Cleaning Services

 

Tips on how to hire a great cleaner

Finding someone that you trust to clean your house or business is harder than most people think. Not only is important that you can have someone that you trust to work with little or no supervision around your valuables, but you also need to have someone that you can trust to be reliable and to do a great job.

And what if they break something that is a valuable? Or become injured? And how do you work out what specific tasks they will do?

Where should you look

Getting advice from reliable and impartial sources is critical in deciding who to trust. So if you know somebody who has a cleaner, then they may be a great place to start. Other than that, online reviews are one of the best ways to find who is reliable. www.womo.com.au is a great online review source, there are reviews are quality checked and done away that you can be quite sure that they are from real customers.

http://www.womo.com.au/reviews/GSR-Cleaning-Services-Melbourne/

Six questions that you should ask any cleaner

How long have you been in business

A well-established company will have a long list of references, be highly experienced and have dealt with all of the situations that you are likely to encounter. They should provide you with at least three references (and you should call at least three references).

Ask about the turnover rate they have with employees

Housecleaning usually has a very high turnover rate, a lot of employees don’t stay longer than 3 to 5 months and having this change in personnel means trusting someone you in your home frequently. Companies with lower turnover rates generally produce a higher quality results because they hire the right people, treat them well and save time on retraining.

What cleaning supplies do you use, and what cleaning methods?

Some cleaning services bring their own cleaning supplies and others preferred you to supply them for them. Knowing what this actually means can be highly beneficial, for example for some cleaning companies they consider bringing their own cleaning equipment as simply bringing a rag and a bottle of spray.

Do you have insurance?

Insurance is great and any cleaning company that you engage should happen. Insurance not only helps to protect you from a cleaner getting injured on your site, but also it is there to protect the value of your assets.

How long will it take to clean house of my size?

Sometimes it will focus on a rate per hour, but the best way to look at it is how much to complete the job. Some cleaning companies spend longer than others, and other cleaning companies complete more tasks. So when you’re looking at a cleaning service just make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples. Knowing what specific tasks they do and how long they spend can help you get a better understanding of value.

Do you guarantee your work?

Some cleaning companies offer quality guarantees including 24-hour satisfaction guarantees. Check to see if you’re cleaning company is confident enough with their work to guarantee that you will like it.