It's that time of year again! It's flu and cold season and there are alot of sick people. This is amplified by our weak immune systems after hiding from germs for the past few years.
A sick office means less productivity
When your office or workplace has been hit with illness there are two things that can happen; sick workers come in and spread their illness, or workers stay home and productivity suffers. Of course, the best course of action is to stay home but it does take a toll on the entire workforce.
Electrostatic disinfecting is a cost-effective solution for illness prevention
Fortunately, there are ways you can curb the spread of illness:
#1: Ensure your office cleaning program does more than improve “appearance". It pays off to invest a bit more in your cleaning to protect building occupants with thorough cleaning and disinfecting. Do your research on how to get a better quality cleaning program. It can improve your bottom line.
#2: Electrostatic disinfecting is the new darling of cleaning. The old spray/wipe method isn't enough, particularly for high traffic facilities and buildings with compromised patrons. The innovation of electrostatic disinfecting provides 100% wrap-around coverage of touch surfaces, and is the gold standard in infection prevention and control.
#3: Seek out cleaning and disinfecting professionals. Ensure any company you consider hiring has expertise and credentials in the cleaning and disinfecting field. Ask about their processes, their experience, their delivery system and chemicals being used.
The right Calgary office cleaning services can improve your bottom line
“Cleaning is getting much broader awareness and respect,” says Matt Vonachen, director with the ISSA (worldwide cleaning industry association) board of directors . “The community is going to understand the importance of cleaning and how cleaning is tied to healthy people.”
If you'd like more information on effective cleaning and disinfecting for infection prevention for your business, contact EFS Clean today.
EFS Clean provides trusted commercial and office cleaning services, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: office cleaning services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management.
The pandemic changed many things for many people. This includes how and where work is getting done.
57% expect to be in the office 10 days or less each month.
77% of employees will embrace a flexible workstyle.
97% want changes to make the office safer before they return.
Gone are the days (for most companies) of being in an office 9 to 5. Most businesses are now adopting a hybrid model, mixing work-from-home with tradition in-office work. With a constantly moving staff, the importance of having your business professionally cleaned remains.
Cleaning Services Stop Illness Coming Into the Office
As people move from home and office, they may also be moving more germs. With a comprehensive cleaning program including disinfecting of high touch areas, you will minimize the spread of viruses. This results in prevention of absenteeism and a decrease in productivity.
Boost Morale with a Clean and Safe Work Environment
The pandemic made us more weary of germs and cleanliness. When people know their office is properly cleaned and disinfected daily, they will feel safe and focus more on work. These feelings of being cared for will also generate more loyalty.
Increase the Lifespan of Workplace Assets
Money was spent making your office a comfortable, productive space. Carpets, floors, furniture, kitchen appliances all need on-going care and maintenance. Ensure your cleaning company has a schedule for periodical deep cleaning of these assets to increase longevity and maintain appearance.
An Investment in Office Cleaning Services Pays Off
Employers benefit by providing a more healthy, stable workforce. By investing in a custom cleaning program for your workplace, you will increase productivity, reduce the cost of absenteeism and have happier people.
Look For This When Searching for Cleaning Companies in Calgary
If you're looking for cleaning services, don't fall for the cheapest price. Look for the best value; company history, client testimonials, quality assurance program, communication processes, customized scope of work. Trustworthy commercial cleaning companies, like EFS Clean, will be able to provide value for your cleaning investment based on this criteria.
Employers and employees can both benefit from a clean, productive work environment. Now more than ever, we can embracing this hybrid work model and all that it offers.
EFS Clean provides trusted commercial and office cleaning services in Calgary, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services. A locally owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management.
Looking to hire a commercial cleaning company? Here are some frequently asked questions about cleaning services that may help you get better value and results from your search.
Frequently asked questions for hiring Calgary cleaning services
What do office and industrial cleaning services cost? Cost/time will depend on the size of your space, the frequency of cleaning and the scope of work to be completed. A professional cleaning services company will calculate the time needed to complete the work based on industry standards, as well as supplies and equipment required to do that work.
Why are some cleaning companies cheaper than others? You generally get what you pay for in cleaning services. Some companies offer more comprehensive services such as inspections programs, supply management services, an account rep, higher insurance coverage and safety accreditations. Bids that seem like a “really good deal” may not provide adequate insurance, safety training, communication processes or staff pay. Another trick? These low bid companies sometimes start cheap and then raise your prices once they are in.
Be wary of low bids as these cleaning companies may not have adequate insurance, safety training, communication processes or staff pay.
How do I know what cleaning company to choose? There are so many! Do your research. Here is some criteria you may want to check:
type of work the company does; industrial, retail, offices?
technology available for billing, inspections, scheduling, work requests?
adequate insurance, WCB and safety accreditations?
local or national company, what suits your business best?
do they give back to the community, and if so, how?
What cleaning services are offered; Covid cleaning, floor finishing, carpet cleaning, ceiling cleaning?
When requesting a cleaning quote, what should I ask for? Decide what is most important to you and what you are willing to pay for. For example, on-line billing and payments, a dedicated account rep, supplies management, on-line requests, etc.
Does it matter if a cleaning company uses cleaning sub-contractors rather than their own employees? Yes, it does matter! Companies that use sub-contractors may simply farm out your job, keep some of the profit, and then pay another company to do it for them. I
Working with a trusted Calgary cleaning company makes cleaning services easier to manage.
Can I get a cleaning services quote emailed to me or does the company have to come see the space? Ask a cleaning company to do a site assessment before submitting a quote. You will get a customized cleaning program based on your specific needs, and more accurate pricing.
Do I have to provide the cleaning supplies and equipment? No, cleaning companies should be including the cleaning chemicals, small wares (such as mops) and equipment (such as vacuums, scrubbers) as part of their price.
Does a cleaning company buy our supplies like toilet paper and soap, or do I buy that myself? If you’d prefer to have a supplies management program, where the cleaning company buys those items for you, you can request that. You should get better pricing as they buy these supplies on volume, and it takes the tracking, ordering and re-stocking of supplies off your plate.
Do I have to sign a contract? Most companies will ask you for a contract, which is fair as they are investing time and equipment into starting up your job. Most often, the contract will be 1 – 2 years (longer for larger contracts) and should include an out clause if you are not satisfied with the company’s performance.
What happens if I am not happy with the cleaning? As soon as an issue arises, notify your cleaning company representative. A company can not address and fix any issues if they do not know about it. Having said that, most companies should be doing regular inspections so they can catch issues before they get to you.
Managing your janitorial services does not have to be difficult and time consuming.
Cleaning services are an essential part of running a good business, not only for appearance but also for the health of your staff and customers. With the right partner, it should be easy. Do your research on potential companies and their work. If you choose a company you feel comfortable with, knowing they have the right people, practices and experience, the cleaning should take care of itself.
EFS Clean provides trusted office cleaning and janitorial services in Calgary, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: cleaning services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management.
A year ago, the word disinfecting was not part of our daily vocabulary. And it’s a safe bet that basically no one knew what electrostatic disinfecting was. My, how things have changed. Today, the importance of effective cleaning and disinfecting to prevent and treat the spread of viruses is paramount.
Disinfecting Services in Calgary, Edmonton and Area – Key to Preventing the Spread of Infection
“Before this pandemic hit, it was a struggle getting people to understand the importance of disinfecting services as part of their cleaning program”, says John Kangles, President of EFS Clean. Now, people are getting it and electrostatic disinfecting is a core part of our business,” says Kangles.
Helping people with their cleaning and disinfecting needs on a daily basis, the team at EFS Clean has a list of FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) that should answer any questions you have about electrostatic disinfecting.
Disinfecting Services – Frequency Asked Questions:
What is your experience in electrostatic disinfecting? EFS Clean has been providing this service for years, long before COVID-19 emerged. We work with a clients including Westjet, Costco, Government offices, etc. in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto.
Why is electrostatic better than other methods such as misting or fogging? Electrostatic technology is the newest innovation in disinfecting and superior because it completely wraps around any surface, providing 100% disinfecting coverage. The technology works like powder coat paint where the disinfectant particles are charged and then are attracted to the opposite charge on surfaces. The disadvantage to misting or fogging is the disinfectant solution is sprayed and simply falls wherever gravity pulls it down. So, it will not provide the same amount of coverage, especially the undersides of surfaces and inside crevices.
Is your disinfectant certified for Coronavirus? Yes, it is Health Canada approved for a kill claim for Coronavirus, Norovirus, cold/flu virus and more in 2 minutes or less.
Do you do disinfect homes? Yes, our service is for homes and businesses and will include all areas and all touch points; doors, handles, switches, furniture, computers, equipment, washrooms, kitchens, etc.
Can you disinfect vehicles? Absolutely. We have serviced semi trucks, delivery trucks, airplanes, busses and personal vehicles.
Can you disinfect a home for move-ins/move-outs? We sure can. We have worked with realtors and property managers disinfecting homes prior to prior to a new occupant move-in.
Why are some disinfecting services cheaper than others? Ask what type of disinfecting they do; electrostatic, fogging, misting. Electrostatic is superior. If doing electrostatic, ask what type of sprayer they use. Cheap electrostatic sprayers are inconsistent in coverage, break down often and cost much less to purchase. We use the Clorox Total 360 systems which is the most advanced, effective sprayer on the market, is proven through robust Clorox testing and costs 10x more than the cheap sprayers some companies use.
Can the disinfectant be used on computer equipment? Certainly. The material viability testing has been done and can be provided upon request. The disinfectant can be used on papers, computers, monitors, phones, industrial machinery, etc. To be safe, if you have highly sensitive areas, such as I.T. rooms, we will typically recommend that you disinfect those areas yourself by hand.
What do I have to do to prepare for the disinfecting service? The technician will arrive at your scheduled time. Please leave open any cupboards, drawers, closets etc. that you would like sprayed. Remove or cover any food items that are in the spray area. Please relay any other instructions to our tech on site.
Do I have to leave when the spraying is being done? No, you don’t have to be out of your home of office space. You will be required to be in an area separate from the one being sprayed but you can re-enter the space soon after.
When can we re-enter an area after being sprayed? The re-entry time is “zero”. This means, once the disinfectant has dried (10-15 minutes) you can re-enter the area immediately as there is no lingering odors or affects.
Emergency Service for COVID-19 Positive Cases
Do you have offer service for a positive COVID case? Yes. We offer an emergency call-out service for an additional fee, to be on site within 12-24 hours (and often we can get there sooner than that).
Can you provide documentation that the service has been done? Yes, upon request, we will send you a certification letter of disinfecting including your business information and date of service.
Do you offer weekly service? Yes. If you are looking for on-going protection, we have daily/weekly disinfecting programs. You get preferred pricing, emergency-call-out priority and signage so staff and customers know your facility is regularly disinfected with electrostatic technology.
How do I pay for the service? You can pay the invoice on-line by credit card, be e-transfer or by cheque.
What kind of businesses should use electrostatic disinfecting? Any type of business will benefit from this service, from industrial to retail. As well as any type of organization, such as schools, churches. Anywhere people gather.
Does electrostatic disinfecting make sense for large industrial spaces? Absolutely. The Clorox Total 360 system we use is especially adept at doing large spaces, fast and efficiently. And it’s safe to use on machinery, tools, etc.
Transportation and Industrial Businesses Benefit with Uninterrupted Operations
What kind of businesses benefit from a weekly or monthly electrostatic disinfecting service? Essential businesses, such as trucking companies, that need to ensure they can keep operating a full capacity especially benefit from on-going disinfecting protection.
Do I need to clean an area before electrostatic disinfecting? Only if there is visible dirt or grease covering the surfaces to be disinfected.
How does electrostatic disinfecting work? The technology came from the auto painting industry. Similar to powder coat paint, the disinfectant particles are charged and adhere to the opposite charge on surfaces, providing for 360 degree wrap-around coverage.
How long does electrostatic disinfecting last? The disinfection lasts until the surface is touched again.
Can I be there during the disinfection spraying to give specific instructions? Yes. You can be in the building, even if there has been a positive case, wearing PPE and leaving the area when we spray. Or, you can provide instruction to us without entering the building. Whatever you are comfortable with.
What PPE do you wear during the disinfecting service? Our technicians wear masks and gloves. Because the disinfecting system is touchless, it is very safe.
If you are looking for effective commercial cleaning and disinfecting services, contact EFS Clean or call 403-949-3344.
EFS Clean provides trusted office cleaning and industrial cleaning services in Calgary, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management.
In addition to helping customers, staff now have to focus on on-going cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day, using disinfecting wipes on high-touch areas. But for next level disinfection to prevent the spread of COVID, or in response to a close-contact or positive test, an electrostatic disinfecting service is the most effective way to get a store back to a safe level.
An often overlooked tool in improving health and productivity for the industrial sector is a comprehensive industrial office cleaning services program which includes illness prevention through daily and pre-scheduled tasks.
Like any disaster, there are always companies that appear from the woodwork claiming to be experts in hopes of making a quick buck. This pandemic is proving the same. Companies with zero or little previous history in disinfecting are suddenly claiming to be disinfecting experts and therefore risking the safety of facility occupants.
Choosing low cost over effective disinfecting will create unsafe conditions in the face of COVID-19 and other viruses.
When optics and low price become the priority, everyone’s safety is jeopardized. In order to save a buck, some companies are choosing less effective, unproven methods of disinfecting while continuing to promote the optics of safety to their staff and customers. This is especially worrisome to those that know the difference and are concerned for public health.
Buyers beware! When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting services, your environment may not be as safe as promised.
As a leader in electrostatic disinfecting services, the newest and most effective technology for full coverage disinfecting , we have the advantage of years of practice already behind us. When COVID-19 hit, we were able to help manufacturing facilities, schools, offices and airlines protect staff and customers with our knowledge of methods, chemicals and equipment. As the demand for disinfecting increased, companies that were never part of the disinfecting/cleaning industry suddenly appeared offering all kinds of disinfecting services.
The problem with these late bloomers coming on the scene is that they typically lack the knowledge and expertise to provide the right chemical and delivery method to provide the protection that facilities so badly need at this time.
Inexperience and low quality disinfecting puts everyone at risk.
Low quality equipment leads to bad results. Inferior equipment, often manufactured in questionable countries by questionable manufacturers do not delivery effective disinfecting. A pump sprayer may be adequate to disinfect a golf cart, but it is not good enough to disinfect an office, school or airplane as they do not provide 100% wrap-around disinfecting coverage.
The wrong chemical can be harmful. Inexperienced service providers may not know that some disinfecting chemicals can have harmful affects when using certain delivery systems. Also, some disinfectants have been tested to ensure safe application on a variety of surfaces, while others have not. Again, only expert service providers will know the proper chemicals to recommend.
Not understanding the combination of disinfectant and delivery system can reduce efficacy. Can your service provider tell you the efficacy of their disinfecting based on the chemical coming out of the equipment? If not, find someone who can because it will determine the quality and efficacy of the disinfecting you are paying for.
Spraying, fogging and electrostatic disinfecting are all different and you should know why. These different deliver methods have different results. Make sure you’re working with a disinfecting company that understands the difference and can make recommendations based on tested results. (For information on these differnt methods, check out this blog.)
Experienced cleaning and disinfecting companies can save businesses from illness and unnecessary costs.
More than any time before, your business relies on cleaning and disinfecting professionals to protect customers and staff from the threat of viruses. An expert cleaning and disinfecting program will also help reduce illness and absenteeism and increase your bottom line. So don’t trust this important service to the fakers and fly-by-nighters. Choose a trusted service provider and you, your people and your business will be much healthier for it.
EFS Clean provides trusted commercial and office cleaning services, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management.
The importance of disinfecting as part of infection prevention and cleaning protocols has been a hard sell . . . until now! With the threat of Coronavirus, everyone is researching disinfecting and sanitizing in hopes of ridding their environments of this dreaded virus.
Do Your Homework Before You Hire a Disinfecting Service for COVID Prevention
Before you hire a company to provide a disinfecting service for Coronavirus, do your homework to ensure you are getting the most effective method, the proven kill claims and a fair price. (We’ve been hearing on the street that there are disinfecting companies in Calgary currently charging 10 times what we are, which we believe is gouging, unethical but unfortunately during a crisis, not surprising.)
Helpful Disinfection Facts:
What is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting?
Cleaning is the removal of debris such as organic and inorganic material (often called “soil”) from objects and surfaces. Sanitizing is the reduction, not killing, of organisms on a surface. Disinfecting will “kill” the microscopic organisms on a surface .
What is the difference between misting, fogging, spray/wipe and electrostatic disinfecting?
Misters and fogging systems deliver very small droplets that passively deposit on surfaces based on the direction of spray and the effect of gravity, which may result in uneven coverage. Spray/wipe methods are also time consuming, labour intensive and provide the least consistent coverage. Electrostatic delivers charged droplets that are actively attracted to surfaces, including the back sides and crevices of surfaces regardless of the direction of spray for complete wrap-around disinfection coverage.
Does EFS Clean’s electrostaticdisinfecting service kill Coronavirus?
Yes! Our Clorox electrostatic disinfecting service kills 99.9% of bacteria in 5 seconds and is Health Canada registered to kill 44 organisms including Coronavirus, MRSA, Norovirus and cold/flu viruses in 2 minutes or less.
What types of areas can this electrostatic disinfecting service be used in?
EFS Clean is currently using this system to service a variety of environments including; office spaces, schools, labs, manufacturing plants and more. The disinfecting products are safe for use on a wide range of both porous and non-porous surfaces.
How long is the wait time to re-enter a space after the electrostatic disinfecting service?
Bystanders can enter the room immediately after product has been applied. The zero re-entry time was determined following testing with the Clorox® Total360® System. Immediately after use, the levels of products in the air were measured and found to be below acceptable limits.
Please do your research and contact us if you’d like more information on cleaning and disinfecting for the health and safety of your staff and customers.
EFS Clean provides trusted commercial and office cleaning services, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management.