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Covid-19 Pandemic

How to prevent germs from spreading during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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The ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has impacted businesses of all types and most companies have had to review and re-assess their working practices to protect their staff and customers. Many organisations had to, or chose to, close their business premises and where possible staff have worked from home, but as the lockdown is further relaxed more companies are looking to re-open premises, either wholly or in part, and need to make sure that they meet their legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site.

Because of this contract cleaning has now taken on a new meaning as the Covid-19 virus continues to sweep the globe. Whether you are a private landlord or a commercial property owner then gaining the confidence of your tenants and employees and showing that you are proactively protecting their health is vital. Professional cleaning firms like Ideal Cleaning Services Ltd are busier than ever as cases of Coronavirus continue to be reported, with doctor’s surgeries, offices and schools seeking deep cleaning services following patients, employees, teachers and pupils being tested for the virus.

I recently read an article that I found very interesting and which provided some very good ideas and advice as to how best to avoid the spread of germs during the Covid-19 pandemic. Because I thought the information provided was so relevant I have used some of the relevant points in this article because it is only through continued awareness that we will eventually win the battle with the Coronavirus strain Covid-19.

Commercial cleaning companies are reporting that clients, particularly those in UK cities, such as large businesses and restaurants, are now more often requesting further services, such as preventative deep cleans, since Coronavirus cases hit the UK. However there is cleaning and then there is disinfection and cleaning to prevent the spread of germs. A Coronavirus deep clean should include the close and careful sanitisation/disinfection of all touch points, floors and fittings. Germs can easily and quickly spread from one person to another by touching unclean equipment or surfaces. The key to success in any clean is attention to detail but in the case of a Covid-19 deep clean this is even more important.

Following a deep clean a full fogging service, carried out to the correct European (EN) standards for killing bacteria and viruses, is a sensible additional precaution for the highest level of hygiene.

Public Health England (PHE) has published advice on what people need to know about cleaning (in non-healthcare settings) if someone suspected of carrying the Coronavirus has been present. This guidance has been prepared based on knowledge of other viruses and is being regularly reviewed and updated.

Risk analysis

If you are carrying out a deep clean at premises where you suspect someone may have been carrying the virus, the main risks to consider are:

  • Contaminated surfaces
  • Virus shedding from people who may be carrying it
  • The amount of time an infected person spent in the setting
  • The amount of time that has passed since the individual was last in the setting.
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Studies of other viruses suggest that these risks are most likely to be reduced significantly over 72 hours. It is therefore recommended that an area be kept closed and secure for 72 hours, before cleaning, as the amount of virus living on surfaces will have dramatically reduced over this period of time. The same period of time is recommended for the disposal of cleaning items and personal protective equipment (PPE).

At a minimum, disposable gloves and an apron should be worn. Additional PPE for the eyes, mouth and nose might be necessary if visible contamination is present. Your local PHE Health Protection Team can advise on the most appropriate PPE for cleaning settings where a higher level of virus is indicated. The correct PPE is a must so don’t cut corners just to save money.

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Responsible waste removal is essential if infection is suspected. Contaminated waste should not be stored with normal waste for 72 hours. If this is not possible then collection can be arranged through a specialist waste contractor who will treat it appropriately.

To protect the health of your property and its occupants and assuming you do not use a cleaning company, you may want to provide your employees or tenants with a daily cleaning schedule, for ongoing germ control. Here are 10 top tips and pieces of advice to stop the spread of germs in building or home:

  1. Focus your cleaning efforts on areas of the building where germs are most likely to spread, for instance the kitchen and the bathroom.
  2. Soap and hot water will rinse germs away, disinfectant will kill them. In the case of the COvid-19 virus a recommended and proven Viricide will be required
  3. Damp surfaces are a breeding ground for germs so make sure you thoroughly dry all counter tops and chopping boards.
  4. Make your cleaning schedule a regular one, tackling germ hot spots on a daily, rather than a weekly, basis and focus on all touch and contact points.
  5. Clean your cleaning equipment. Unless the tools you’re cleaning with are germ-free, then you’ll only be spreading harmful bacteria around. Use disposable cloths where possible. Reusable cloths should be disinfected after use or washed at 60C after each use. After washing, dry all cleaning equipment thoroughly.
  6. Use two different coloured buckets when using liquid cleaners – one for mopping, one for rinsing.
  7. Consider steam cleaning carpets and soft furnishings for effective germ control.
  8. Wash household linens, towels and underwear at 60C to kill germs.
  9. Use hands-free bins for food waste disposal to minimise the risk of germs spreading.
  10. Store pet food and equipment separately from the rest of the household to prevent any cross contamination.

In these challenging times, when hygiene is an even more critical concern than before, we understand that many companies may be re-evaluating their current cleaning requirement and in these cases it is important to do your home work! Whether you are undertaking deep cleaning and disinfection works yourself or using a cleaning company, due diligence is a must because it is more important than ever now to get it right.

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Our company along with many others have been working hard to support their clients through these unprecedented times. In many cases our teams have not only supported frontline workers but have been the frontline workers. Where customer’s premises have remained open they have continued to provide routine and deep cleaning and disinfection fogging services, and in the daily working practices, work schedules have been re-focused with an emphasis on the regular disinfection of contact points, such as door handles/touch plates, handrails, keyboards, telephones and desk surfaces, to protect against Covid-19 transmission, whilst also maintaining critical hygiene standards in workplace kitchens, tea points, canteens and washroom facilities.

Where customers are now looking to re-open premises and receive staff back into the working environment, We as a specialised company are able to provide Return to Work Deep Cleaning to premises with our Specialised Industrial Division utilising ‘Fogging’ techniques to disinfect the air and all surfaces within an office/work space. This technique will not harm furnishings, carpets or I.T. equipment and leaves a residual film offering further anti-virus protection for up to 30 days after treatment and some peace of mind. Yes we are fully aware that these programs and processes will not stop everyone from catching the virus but it willNo alt text provided for this image

As an employer, owner or a proprietor it is as stated by the HSE your responsibility to protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from coronavirus. Coronavirus can transfer from people to surfaces. It can be passed on to others who touch the same surfaces. Keeping your workplace clean reduces the potential for coronavirus to spread and is a critical part of making and keeping your business ‘COVID-secure’.

I know that we are in unprecedented times and that sometimes we will feel as if we are walking through a minefield because of the uncertainty we face daily, however remember you are not in this alone and if you are undertaking deep cleaning and disinfection works yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for advice or help from an experienced and qualified cleaning company. After all it is what we are trained to do!

Industrial Cleaning

How to Choose the Right Industrial Cleaning Company for Your Business.

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No matter if your place of business is an office building, warehouse or a factory, cleanliness is imperative to a safe and profitable work environment.

There are a number of industrial cleaning services/companies to choose from that can help you to maintain a clean work facility. However, some are better than others. When it comes to your place of business, you want a cleaning service that’s trustworthy and safe. While every company may claim to uphold these qualities, few to deliver on such promises.

Experience 

When deciding on which industrial cleaning service to use, consider the length of time they’ve been in business. The longer an industrial cleaning services company has been in business, the more references and experience they’ll have. You’ll want to make sure that the janitorial staff that’ll be in your place of business is experienced in cleaning similar environments to yours. Procedures for cleaning an office building, for example, differ greatly than the cleaning requirements of a factory, construction site, restaurant or medical facility. Each commercial environment has its own set of specific cleaning and sanitation requirements.

An experienced industrial cleaning company will also have experienced management. Experienced managers are needed to inspect employees’ work, and to also address any particular concerns of the client. If you have any concerns or specific requests, you’ll want them resolved in a timely and effective manner.

The People 

The hiring practices of an industrial cleaning services company are also important to consider. You’ll want to take the time to ask the manager if they hire workers that have criminal histories.

Ask the manager of the industrial cleaning company that you’re considering for references. It’s the most effective way of determining whether they provide quality work before you invite them into your place of business. Do they rush through things too quickly? Are other business owners satisfied with their work? How well do they address specific concerns?

Services Offered 

Does the industrial cleaning company that you’re considering offer services that address your commercial environment’s needs? And if so, how experienced are they in delivering those services in settings such as yours? An industrial cleaning services company that has many years of experience in a wide variety of settings will likely offer the specialised services that you need, including floor care, post construction clean-up, sanitation, and window cleaning.

Reliability and Flexibility 

So you’ve established a workable cleaning schedule, and everything is going as planned, but what happens if there’s a workplace incident that requires urgent clean-up or specialised cleaning care that is outside of your usual cleaning needs? Does the industrial cleaning services company you’re considering offer emergency services, or specialised cleaning to address these sorts of scenarios as needed? An industrial cleaning services company that offers emergency cleanup services will help you to get things back in order much more quickly.

Transparent Quoting & Billing 

It goes without saying that you’ll want to choose an industrial cleaning services company that you can trust. And nothing conveys trust more than how they handle their clients’ transactions. Everyone wants good value for their budget, and the only way to ensure this—beyond testimonials—is to find out how the industrial cleaning company you are considering will work with your needs, schedule and budget. Look for an industrial cleaning services company that offers no-obligation quotes, and takes the time to ask you questions about your commercial cleaning needs and specifics before agreeing to anything.

The right company will show interest in ensuring your arrangement is a mutual fit, and will be approachable and transparent in handling your questions and concerns.

Quality Control Measures 

Last but not least, when choosing a company, ask them what systems they have in place to ensure the same quality of service is delivered consistently. After all, few things are more frustrating than expecting to arrive at a clean workstation, only to find areas that were missed by your cleaners. Attention to detail is especially critical when it comes to employee health and safety, and impressing customers. Because of this, choose an industrial cleaning services company with established protocols that make them proactive—establishing a set of standards and ensuring they are being carried out consistently—rather than relying on their customers to complain. The right industrial cleaning company will have systems in place that make their customers satisfaction and retention their top-priority.

We’d love to earn your trust as being the best industrial cleaning services provider for your business. for a no-obligation quote, please contact us and find out how why so many companies and organisations use us.

A Blog by – MARK DICKINSON

7 Reasons why you should also switch to a Hybrid Vehicle.

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Repost – 7 Reasons why you should also switch to a hybrid vehicle.

Hybrids Are Cleaner

As a traditional vehicle ages, it may create more emissions than it did when it was new. Whereas, as renewable energy resources become more available, your HEV (Hybrid Energy Vehicle) will only become cleaner as time goes on. Yes, it’s true that hybrids burn the same fuel source as a normal car and therefore produce the same environmentally damaging gasses as conventional vehicles. However, hybrid vehicles are much more fuel efficient and therefore produce a lot less CO2 emissions.

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Hybrids Retain Their Value

Hybrids are one of the new crazes in the car world. Due to this they are able to hold their value a lot better then a normal petrol or diesel vehicle. Also due to the amount of technology it takes to get a hybrid to work effectively, it normally means that the specs of the car are better inside giving them a higher resale value.

Hybrids Are Incredibly Quiet

While tyre and road noise from a vehicle will not be impacted by changing the inner workings, the noise that is being produced by the engine will be reduced dramatically. If you have seen or been inside an HEV while it is in motion you will know that (at low speeds especially) the noise pollution is heavily reduced.

Hybrids Require Less Maintenance

Due to the fact that the cars engine will be running a noticeable amount less then with a ‘normal’ vehicle. It is safe to say that the engine will not be working as hard as it will be with a petrol or diesel adaptation of the same vehicle. Therefore, the car will require less services and brake checks.

Hybrids will not hurt your energy bill as much as you are led to believe

When you consider the amount that you will be saving at the filling station and the energy efficient changers that an environmental conscious person makes, e.g. turning lights off when not in the room and less TV time. Then you will notice that you may be able to save more money then you thought you would. A usual worry about hybrid and electric cars is they will increase the electric costs 10-fold however this is not the case.

Hybrids require less fuel therefore less cost

Even though you will still need petrol to power your vehicle, you’ll need a lot less of it to get from A – B. The large fluctuations in prices from pump to pump may not be as much of an “physical” pain when driving a hybrid electric. Some Companies, like Tesla, even offers free charging for users, if having brought their car from them, making the cost even cheaper.

Tesla Charge Point

Tesla charge point

Hybrids are more affordable than previously thought

Many people are under the misconception that hybrid vehicles are very pricey as they are filled with ‘futuristic technology’. However, they are a lot less expensive they people think. For example, you can pick up a brand-new Toyota Yaris Hybrid for around £16,000.[1]

Check out our 7 more reasons here.

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[1] – https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/yaris/build?path=engine/09a6531a-c3f1-4d2d-b4d3-eb45cbb35478/7b77d85b-8f26-4645-82ac-22154a7d6293/ac526909-cafb-4bf4-b397-267a05ca692a&financeOption=cash

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What Cleaning Services Do IDEAL Provide?

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Having a clean and safe working/living environment is extremely important for our health.

Ideal understand that a clean environment is a safe environment which is why we go above and beyond our customer expectations to deliver a high standard cleaning service.

For many years, Ideal have been providing Cleaning Services in both the Commercial and Industrial Division – we’ve done a pretty good job so far!


Commercial Cleaning

We contract clean all types of premises such as;

  • Offices
  • GP/Medical Surgeries
  • Dental Practices
  • Schools/Academies
  • Football/Sports Stadiums
  • Leisure Centres
  • Sheltered/Residential Homes
  • Void Properties
  • Venues
  • Veterinaries
Premises above: Church, Theatre Room, Office, School, Dental Practice, Football Stadium

Industrial Cleaning

We provide services for the following;

  • Factories
  • Warehouses
  • Legionella Services
  • Plants/Cooling Towers
  • Kitchens
  • Ventilation
  • Shutdown Cleans
Services Above: Cooling Tower, Warehouse, Legionella, Factory

Additional Services IDEAL Provide

Not only do we offer commercial and industrial services, we also offer deep cleaning, carpet cleaning and window cleaning too!

If you would like to find out more, get in touch with one of our friendly team members on 0115 913 2222 or sales@idealcleaning.co.uk

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The IDEAL Way To Get Ready For Christmas

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At Ideal, we always get into the festive mood for Christmas; mainly because food is involved. We have put together a list of ideas that will get you and your work colleagues ready for Christmas.

Decorate The Office

Not everyone enjoys or celebrates Christmas, so it’s best to not decorate the whole building with eye catching tinsel. However, for those who want to celebrate Christmas, you could decorate your work space i.e. your desk, with lots of festive trimmings!

Maybe you could put up a Christmas tree that has been decorated with far too many baubles. To really give your office that extra cosiness, put up some festive lights around your door frames and window sills. Another idea would be to put a bit of tinsel around your computer monitor.

There’s absolutely no shame if you want to go over the top and decorate your workspace from top to bottom- go for it!

Have a Good Ol’ Fuddle

Let’s face it. We all LOVE Christmas food. Mince pies, sausage rolls, ginger bread men or chocolate- we’ll have them all!

If you really want to impress your fellow colleagues then go all out and bake homemade goodies. Try searching for delicious ideas on Pinterest or Instagram.

If you’re not really a star baker, a trip to the supermarket will suffice (I don’t think it’s considered festive to poison your colleagues)

Secret Santa

I love Secret Santa, even though it never stays a secret. You always end up spilling the beans on who you have, nevertheless, it’s fun to do.

You don’t have to have a big budget. I know you spend the majority your life with the people you work with, but a £5 gift is more than enough to show them you care; just make sure the budget it communicated to everyone before you take part.

Also, please try to refrain from buying any inappropriate or offensive gifts!

Christmas Gift Wrapped With A Bow

Get Out Your Best Festive Jumper

An ugly one, one that plays music, one that lights up or a subtle one. You could do a best /worst jumper contest if you are really competitive. Or for all of you Christmas loving lot, why not go extreme and come to work dressed as Santa?

Charity Christmas Raffle

It’s always good to give at Christmas. Ideal always partake in a Christmas Charity Raffle. Instead of Christmas cards, employees at Ideal donate money to Charity. Half of the money will go to Charity and the other half goes towards a prize.

Office Party

I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say we wait all year for the Christmas Party to arrive. Christmas Parties don’t always have to include alcohol either. A fun activity could be something which the Head Office employees at Ideal participated in recently, an Escape Room, not only is it team building, it’s also fun too!

For the more traditional lot, it’s nice to put on your glad rags and go for a nice meal and a “few” drinks. There’s nothing like an awkward/funny drunken office story.

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Two Women At Party Drinking Champagne

Once the festivities are over and you need to complete “operation clean up” – contact Ideal to arrange a free quotation on 0115 913 2222; or via email sales@idealcleaning.co.uk