It is Useful to Have a Checklist When Assessing the Merits of a Commercial Cleaning Company

    2012 Alison Withers

Facilities managers responsible for all sorts of large buildings in the business, health and hospitality sectors will be aware of the variety of regulations governing the maintenance of those buildings to minimise the health and safety risks to the people using them.

One important area for attention is any ductwork installed in the building for either air conditioning, heating or extraction purposes.

Generally the focus of concern relating to ductwork is the risk of fires, the risk of spreading germs and infections and the quality of the air in the building. Keeping the ductwork to acceptable standards usually requires a regular programme of maintenance inspections and cleaning that is set at a level appropriate to the activities within the building.

There are plenty of specialist companies that carry out duct cleaning and the question for managers is how to identify the right duct cleaning company to use.

While it is always a good strategy to ask for quotations from more than one company, this does not necessarily mean that the cheapest will be the best.

By having the selected companies complete a preliminary inspection and submit a report with recommendations and proposals with their quotes you can learn a lot.

The first item to check because it will give an indication of the company’s competence is whether it uses the best practice guidelines recommended b the Industry body, the HVCA (Heating and Ventilation Contractors’ Association) which was renamed the B&ES (the Building & Engineering Services Association) earlier in 2012.

You should also expect that any reputable duct cleaning company is familiar with and complies with the Health & Safety at Work 1974 Act, COSHH regulations on dealing with hazardous chemicals.

The company should be able and willing to provide a certificate of completion after carrying out any ductwork cleaning, a photographic report upon completing each contract and if the ductwork involved is part of a commercial kitchen operation standards should conform to the Food Safety Acts.

It may be important to know more about the equipment the company has available not only for cleaning but also for safe working if working at heights is involved. In some situations the types of chemical cleaning materials that will be used may be important.

The other important concerns to put on the checklist may include flexibility. Is the company willing to carry out the work outside of periods of peak activity in the building? There should also be some clear guidelines as to what guarantees there are about refunds if the work has not been carried out satisfactorily.

When considering contracting out to a commercial ductwork cleaning company the cheapest quote is not always the best and there are a number of issues that facilities managers should check. By Ali Withers.

The Merits Of Employing Commercial Cleaning Services For Your Office

Commercial cleaning services are one of the most valuable services being offered out there for any customer. Though these services can be availed of by anyone anywhere, it is of special interest in this article to look at the potential merits of employing these services at the workplace.

No matter what business you are into, it is of vital significance, that you have a clean workplace. Not only does it give your business an aura of professionalism, but it also plays a crucial role in forming impressions in your clients’ minds. It also has the added benefits on the working psychology of the work force.

Let us look at the fiscal advantages of employing such services for your workplace. First of all, there is the obvious financial gain in that, you will be using the services from a professional cleaning service on a contractual basis. This works out much cheaper than having full-time employees for daily cleaning chores in your office. Why so? It’s easy; contractors are always devoid of all kinds of added perks that you need to give to your full time employees, for instance: gratuity, pension schemes, etc. This apart, there are always the material costs incurred if you were to keep an in house cleaning staff with their set of tools, equipments, etc. On the other hand, the people from the cleaning services’ on contract are obliged to create their own tools to get their job done. This way you end up saving a lot of money on inventory.

Moreover, it is always safe to leave the things that you would ideally not like to be bothered about, to the professionals. Therefore, you will be able to, along with other members of the workforce of your business, manage your core competencies with much more focus and vigor.

A clean workplace is sure to be a happy workplace. On the other hand, a working environment that does not comply with certain standards of cleanliness is bound to go down badly with any client. Also, an unclean or an unhygienic workplace can often lead to the spread of diseases in the office area. This can only end up hampering your business productivity further.

Also, there are a lot of different kinds of commercial cleaning services you can choose for your own business or workplace. Based on the size of your business and the potential kinds of working environs, you can choose appropriate attractive packages to get your work area cleaned up at reasonable prices.

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