How Superintendents Can Hire the Right Construction Cleaner

The  outlook for the construction industry in Calgary is rosy. The Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Economic Outlook says construction growth is expected in the coming year. “With the city recording the highest annual population increase in five  years, the residential real estate and construction markets are expected to remain robust,” says the report.

For construction companies, that means great business potential ahead. For construction project managers and superintendents, it means busy times ahead. As the excitement of a new project greets the construction crews at the beginning of a job, that sentiment often wanes as a project nears completion. Construction managers want to complete the job smoothly and efficiently, including the post-construction clean. Read More

Fitness Centre Cleanliness is Number One Factor in Member Retention and Revenue

Happy New Year! And with it comes many new year resolutions that will include the phrase, “exercise more”. If you are looking to join a gym, or already belong to one, you’ll probably agree there is one factor that stands out from the rest as a reason to join a club or remain a member.
Working for a commercial cleaning company, I’ve seen far too often when a fitness facility forsakes cleanliness to save a few dollars. Often, they focus on having updated equipment and the latest and greatest classes. But it’s all for not if the members are coming in to an unsanitary looking environment. Luckily, our fitness clients, such as Westside Recreation Centre and Trico Centre, share these sentiments and are some of the cleanest facilities in Calgary. Read More

Handwashing to Avoid the Flu

  • The  influenza season has started in Canada with increases in all influenza  indicators observed this week.
  • More  regions reported sporadic or localized activity compared to the previous week.
  • A  total of 278 laboratory detections of influenza were reported, of which 97.8% were  for influenza A viruses, predominantly A(H3N2).
  • Eight influenza outbreaks were reported: one in a hospital, five  in long-term care facilities and two in other settings.
  • Seven paediatric influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported through the IMPACT  network.

These are some recent stats from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Flu Watch. Yes, it’s flu season and if you’re like me, you are seeing sick people everywhere you go. Luckily, Dec. 5 – 8, 2012 is Handwashing Awareness Week. What a better way to brush up your handwashing skills and potentially avoid this year’s flu virus. Washing hands is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of germs. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time or don’t know how to properly clean their hands. Millions of dollars are lost each year by companies due to reduced productivity from sick employees. Eighty percent of diseases are spread by touch so germs are transmitted to others through contact with hands and surfaces touched by unclean hands. So a little education can go a long way. Read More

Sensitive Cleaning for Sensitive Building Occupants

Pregnant women, children with asthma, the elderly. These are all segments of the population that are particularly sensitive to cleaning products. Chemicals used in hospitals, schools, daycares and nursing homes can trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other adverse reactions to those with certain health conditions.

The number of people suffering from asthma and allergies is on the rise. An allergic reaction can be set off simply by breathing in a cleaning chemical with strong fumes. There is evidence suggesting a link between certain chemicals found in some cleaning products and breathing ability. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences did a study showing a link between a chemical called 1,4 DCB (dichlorobenzene) and lung function. This is a chemical often found in room deodorizers and other cleaning products. Those who had the highest levels of this chemical in their blood had worse lung function. With the rise of asthma and allergies in both adults and children, there is now an increased need to customize cleaning programs based the sensitivities of those occupying the building being cleaned. Read More

Why you should care about being CLEAN and GREEN?

The industry mindset for cleaning contractors has always been to use the cheapest chemicals regardless of the toxic effects on employees, customers, and the environment. Sadly, custodial workers are twice as likely to contract occupational asthma as any other occupation, including coal miners. The goal of EFS Clean Building Services is to change that mindset.

EFS Clean brings a unique perspective to the cleaning business. As opposed to being created from a custodian background, common in the cleaning industry, EFBS expertise comes from the product manufacturing side of the business. Working with manufacturers like Johnson-Diversey, Ecolab, North American Cleaning Equipment, and Tennant-Nobles gives EFS Clean staff an in-depth knowledge of chemicals and equipment. Learning how chemicals work, what’s in them and how they are applied is invaluable knowledge for EFS Clean’s customers. This expertise is even more valuable to those looking for a “green” cleaning program that uses safe products and practices. Read More

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