Stealthy Cobwebs and Sneaky Dust

Anyone can tell you that if you open a closet you’ve cleaned a week ago, you’ll find dust on the shelves. If you’ve left it for a month, you’ll see sticky cobwebs. The same thing happens in open areas, if they are not cleaned regularly. Every horizontal surface will gather sneaky layers of microbe-containing dust.
 
The key is not simply vacuuming well-trod areas but to get to the areas that are often overlooked, such as picture frames, baseboards, and floor trim. Picture the difficult-to-reach surfaces around office desks—behind computer monitors, telephone receivers, by waste baskets. Often overlooked is the area underneath computer desks, where the power cords and USB cables congregate. You need to be extra careful in this territory. We use a handheld wand extension to our backpack vacuums to reach those areas, without disturbing the delicate connections. You really can’t use a standard vacuum floor tool.
 
Cubicle partitions are dust magnets, and few cleaners remember to clear off the top, flat section. We pride ourselves on carefully cleaning all horizontal surfaces and areas. The top edge of the floor trim collects dust, and we see a lot of build-up in corners and edges where the wall meets the floor or ceiling.
 
We clean behind kitchen counters and all the stealthy areas in the shadows. Think of the cobwebs and dust that can accumulate behind doors that are propped open, and around the doorframes themselves. Supply closets are prone to dust and cobwebs. Cobwebs can almost always be found on window sills and behind blinds (if they are left closed all the time).
 
In the bathrooms, the stall partitions, especially on top, are susceptible to dust collection. Ceiling vents are usually overlooked as well. Office heating systems, especially baseboard heating systems, tend to collect dust. Forced air vents need to be dusted, too.
 
One interesting fact: Few cleaners dust the Exit signs, which are taken for granted by workers on a daily basis, but are always sought out by visitors, seeking to leave the office. As a result, dust and cobwebs accumulate.
 
We use high-grade microfiber towels, which do a much better job at collecting and removing dust than paper towels. The key is to keep using clean towels, to prevent the microfibers themselves from dropping onto and contaminating the dusted surfaces.
 
At A&D Cleaning, we remove dust and cobwebs, top to bottom, on a regular schedule that varies according to the customer’s cleaning contract. If we clean just once a month, we dust and vacuum the entire office, every time. If we’re on a daily or weekly contract, we’ll pick certain days to address the blinds and windows, others to dust the cubicle walls and corners, and yet others to wipe clean the desks (on top and under).
 
Contact us today if you see cobwebs hanging off your Exit signs, or if the white glove test on cubicle walls reveals telltale signs of dirt and dust.

The Best Way to Choose a Cleaning Service

Typically, businesses seeking to hire cleaning and janitorial services are most interested in one thing—cost. This is not so surprising, but there are many important items to evaluate when comparing cleaning service companies.
 
Flexibility
Flexible Hours of Service. Most cleaning companies do their work at night, and this is also the majority of the work performed by A&D Cleaning Services. But we can adjust to work around our client’s schedule, by cleaning mornings, afternoons, or on weekends. For example, some clients want maximum control over who enters and leaves their place of business during off-hours. For those offices, we’ll come in during the early morning hours or late afternoon. For those jobs, we don’t even need an office key!
 
Flexibility in Work Frequency. Not every client wants (or needs) daily servicing. Many janitorial services will only work with businesses that need top-to-bottom cleaning, each day. At A&D Cleaning, we can come in everyday or a couple of days per week.
 
We even do one-time cleaning projects. For example, we completed a job recently for a company that had requested a comprehensive office disinfection, after finding an employee contracted a contagious virus.
 
Flexibility in Contracting. All of our customers sign monthly contracts. We discourage the use of yearly contracts, because we do not want clients to feel obligated to engage with us over the course of 12 months. All we require is a 30-day notification if they are dissatisfied with A&D Cleaning Services.
 
How to Decide on a Cleaning Service
Virtually anyone can start a cleaning business. It may be as simple as going to Walmart to pick up supplies, and start marketing. But there are several things you can evaluate first.
 
As always, checking references takes center stage (see our checklist). You should get at least 3 references and spend more than 60 seconds on the phone with prior or existing customers.
 
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Who will actually be cleaning your office? The prospective cleaning company should tell you whether they have in-house staff or contract out the daily cleaning to someone else. In the latter case, what kind of accountability does the subcontractor have?
 
Does the cleaning service hold any certifications? Is the cleaning service insured?
 
Potential customers should also ask about the training requirements of each employee.
 
Customers are seeking engagement and efficiency. When working with prospective customers, I’ll visit their place of business or facility and do a walk through. I’ll ask the client to tell me what he or she is most concerned about. We’ll discuss how often the office will be cleaned (and what time of day). Within 24 hours of the site visit, the client will receive a quote, along with a copy of my proof of insurance and references. If they like the quoted price, they sign a month-to-month contract. A simple, straight forward process.
 
As with most things in life, it is best to keep things as simple as possible. K.I.S.S. is the best philosophy in commercial cleaning solutions, but that does not mean consider price only. It means make sure you know what you are paying for and have confidence in the people providing the service.