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Category: Health

Category: Health

Save Time and Money by Contracting Cleaning Services

Looking to make improvements to your business? Then you’ll be happy to know moving your cleaning services from in-house to a contractor can save precious time and money.

Managing your own cleaning staff can be challenging and time consuming. This is especially true if it’s not your primary role. Which, for most business owners, managers and building maintenance supervisors it is not.

As we all know, time is money. Take a look at the list of tasks below. If your work day is consumed with these issues, then contracting may be for you.

  • Dealing with staff absences and having to cover missing shifts
  • Performing cleaning quality checks
  • Training cleaning staff
  • Scheduling cleaning crews
  • Fixing cleaning complaints
  • Conducting performance reviews
  • Giving out disciplinary action
  • Managing payroll and benefits for cleaning staff

If you’re Looking to Improve your Business, Going from In-House to Contracted Cleaning Services in Calgary Offers Many Benefits.

Now, organizations need to ensure their cleaning reflects the image and safety they want to portray to customers and staff.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring out your cleaning services:

  • Save time by having a company take care of hiring, managing, scheduling, checking and paying cleaning staff
Save money on supplies such as soap, paper towel and garbage bags

  • Save money by paying a contracted price which includes all labour costs

  • Access to other important cleaning services that your in-house staff may not be able to perform, such as ceiling cleaning, glass cleaning, floor stripping and waxing, and high reach cleaning

  • Gain valuable time to focus on other areas of your business

  • Manage expenditures by locking in pricing for the term of your cleaning program contract

  • Benefit from your professional cleaning contractor’s best cleaning practices, products and innovations

For Better Value and Savings from your Office Cleaning Services, Get Help from a Calgary Cleaning Company.

Bringing on a contractor may not be for every business. Some people simply prefer to manage their janitorial services on their own. But if you’re after more savings, explore hiring a local cleaning company


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: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, deep cleaning services, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management. 

Green Office Cleaning for People with Sensitivities

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.

Office Cleaning Services in Calgary Need to Address Rise in Allergies and Asthma

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.

Office Cleaning for Sensitivities

Cleaning Companies in Calgary Have Access to a Variety of Safe, Effective Green Cleaning Solutions

It’s often believed that for a disinfectant to be effective, it must have a strong odor. That just isn’t the case anymore. There are now lightly scented or unscented products as well as cleaning methods that allow the chemical to be less hazardous to those with sensitivities. For example, cleaners should put the disinfectant directly on their clothes versus spraying the surface which will produce more of the product getting into the air. Another occupant-friendly option is using bio-based products which are made from plant sources and have low levels of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Products that are truly Green will be certified by third parties such as EcoLogo, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to direct consumers to environmentally responsible products and services.

EcoLogo logo

For a product to be certified, it will include this criteria:

  • Demonstrates that the product is not toxic or harmful to humans
  • Is biodegradable under aerobic conditions
  • Contains less than 1 percent volatile organic compounds (VOC) at ready to use concentration
  • Does not contain intentionally added carcinogens, mutagens, or reproductive toxins
  • Is provided in a concentrate format

This certification program also compares a similar products, helping cleaning companies and consumers understand the value of the certified green cleaning product.

Nowadays, more cleaning companies are using EcoLogo and other credited cleaning products and learning how to replace harsh chemicals with these safer alternatives. By swapping regular potent chemicals for those designed to clean Green, not only will the sensitive populations be better protected but everyone else, including the cleaners, will be better for it.

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EFS Clean provides trusted office cleaning and janitorial services in Calgary, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services in Calgary and Edmonton. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, deep cleaning services, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management. Let us help you by calling 403-949-3344 or send us a message on our Contact Us page.

Covid Cleaning & Disinfecting for Opening Business

This pandemic has rocked all of our worlds. And will continue to for some time yet. But, there’s a small ray of light as we start slowly making our way back to some measure of normalcy by re-opening our businesses and our economies. Now the question is; how do you get back to business while still protecting your people?

Balancing business and safety, for now and for the future.

There are going to be a number of precautions taken as part of this new world. This is going to include the continuation of current practices as well as new ones including:

  • social distancing in stores
  • reduced capacity in restaurants
  • split shifts for workers
  • working from home
  • regular testing for temperature and illness
  • more diligent cleaning and disinfecting in facilities

Enhanced cleaning, including professional disinfecting for infection prevention, is going to be the new norm.

Take these steps to ensure your cleaning programs are effective and can provide the safety and protection your people deserve:

#1: No longer will basic “appearance” cleaning be acceptable. Business owners and managers much now have a broader view of how to best protect building occupants through cleaning and disinfecting. And hang on to your boots . . . this may mean spending more to get a better quality cleaning program. Moving forward, budgeting for cleaning that only does that does the bare minimum will be hazardous.

EFS Clean electrostatic disinfecting services. Kills Coronavirus in 2 minutes or less.

#2: Disinfecting services will be the new norm. The old spray/wipe method will not cut it for many businesses, particularly for high traffic facilities such as arenas, recreations centres and gyms, and for buildings hosting compromised patrons, such as nursing homes. Innovative methods, such as electrostatic disinfecting which provides 100% wrap-around coverage of touch surfaces, is going to be the gold standard in infection prevention and control.

#3: Seek out cleaning and disinfecting professionals. As with any crisis, there is always a flood of fly-by-night companies that start offering in-demand services. This is already happening in the specialized disinfecting arena. Suddenly, everyone is claiming to offer disinfecting. Do your homework. Ensure any company you consider hiring has expertise and credentials in the cleaning and disinfecting field. Ask about their methods, their experience, the type of delivery system and chemicals being used.

COVID-19 has brought many issues to light, one of them being the value that cleaning companies and janitorial services provide.

“It is one bright spot—cleaning is getting a 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: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management. 

Electrostatic Disinfecting versus Fogging for COVID. What’s the Difference?

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 electrostatic disinfecting 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.

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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. 

Covid Cleaning and Prevention Solutions for Calgary Homes & Businesses

With the threat of Coronavirus now in Canada, it’s important to look at your work place plan for infection control . . . if you have a plan.Prevention and treatment for outbreaks is key to health and safety for your building occupants and customers. This includes infection prevention and control for MRSA, Norovirus and Influenza. And should it continue spreading, for Coronavirus prevention as well.

“With the possibility of Coronavirus spreading to Calgary, we believe it’s important that people are aware of our large area Clorox electrostatic disinfection service,” says EFS Clean President, John Kangles.  “This service can quickly disinfect up to 18,000 sq. ft per hour and now includes a kill claim for the Coronavirus as well as MRSA and other contagious infections.” 

Health Canada Registered Disinfecting Kills Coronavirus, Norovirus and Cold/Flu Virus

“Using Clorox brand solutions, we have the kill claims for preventing Coronavirus, as well as Influenza and many other viruses,” says John.

This electrostatic disinfection service kills 99.9% of bacteria in 5 seconds. With 20 organism claims, it kills cold and flu viruses, MRSA and norovirus as well as Coronavirus in 2 minutes or less.

John says, “For large facilities like airports, hospitals and schools, electrostatic disinfecting is extremely effective as it covers large areas and like powder coat painting, it adheres the disinfectant to every surface, even hard to reach areas like crevices and undersides.”

Office Cleaning & Janitorial Services Should Include Disinfecting for Infection Prevention

Infection prevention through electrostatic disinfection should be part of your regular cleaning protocol for:

  • facility janitorial services
  • assisted living facility cleaning services
  • work camp cleaning services
  • healthcare cleaning services
  • seniors care cleaning services
  • recreation centre and gym cleaning services
  • medical office cleaning services
  • dental office cleaning services
  • restaurant and kitchen cleaning services
  • hotel cleaning services
  • transportation cleaning services

For more information on this service, please contact EFS Clean in Calgary at 403.949.3344 or visit EFS Clean Electrostatic Disinfection.


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. 

5 Easy Practices for Infection Control in Your Workplace

Do you have a plan to protect your staff, customers and building occupants from the spread of illness? Healthy workers and customers means a healthier bottom line to your business.  And prevention of illness is key to that. 

For example, a thoroughly cleaned and disinfected facility means improved profitability through:

  • 80% reduced probability of catching a cold or flu
  • 62% reduction in contaminated surfaces
  • 46% reduction in absenteeism

Do This to Stay Healthy

Hand Washing – One of the simplest and most important methods to prevent the spread of illness. Wash hands often, especially when you are around sick people or are in populated spaces such as schools, healthcare facilities, etc. Wash hands with soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol gel can also be used to decontaminate hands.

Keep Tissues on Hand

Cover your Mouth and Nose – Germs from a cough or sneeze can travel up to three feet! Use a tissue and then wash your hands after sneezing or coughing. No tissue? Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow, rather than into your hands. If you use your hands (old habits die hard), wash them immediately.

Get Vaccinated – Please protect yourself and those around you by getting vaccinated!

Stay Home – If you are sick, stay home to keep from spreading it to others. I know it’s hard to believe, but the office will survive a day or two without you.

Office Cleaning Services Detail Work Will Pay for Itself.

Check Your Office Cleaning Services – Talk to your office cleaning company to ensure they are using certified disinfectants on high-touch areas such as light switches, door handles, keyboards, etc. You may have to pay slightly more for this detail work but it will save you money with increased productivity and decreased absenteeism.

Electrostatic Disinfecting for Faster, Cost-effective Infection Prevention in Schools, Nursing Homes and Healthcare.

One More Thing You Should Do – Ask us about the innovation of electrostatic disinfecting, now offered as part of our office cleaning services in Calgary. This technology provides fast, cost-effective disinfection, particularly in large facilities such as schools, assisted living, seniors housing and healthcare facilities.


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. 

Touch-Free Washrooms Welcome Addition to Janitorial Cleaning Services

Why Innovation is Important to Your Janitorial Services

Calgary Janitorial Services

An important job of a commercial cleaning company is to not only provide top notch office cleaning services, but to also recommend the latest in innovations and technology.

Facility managers, and people who are generally afraid of using public washrooms, will be happy to know touch-free washrooms are one of these innovations.

“It is literally possible to use a restroom and never have to touch any of the fixtures,” says Ronald Attman, CEO of Acme Paper & Supply Co., Inc.

For Better Protection and Better Performing Janitorial Services

From self-opening trash cans, touchless toilet paper and paper towel dispensers to portion controlled soap dispensers, these automated fixtures protect staff and customers, and provide high level cleaning services.

In addition to providing a sanitary washroom experience, no-touch dispensers and fixtures will also help companies conserve bathroom supplies and save on restocking costs.

Ask This Question When Looking for Commercial Cleaning Companies in Calgary

Calgary Janitorial Services EFS Clean

When looking for commercial cleaning companies in Calgary, you want professionals that stay on top of technology and can recommend products and services.

Ensure you ask potential contractors about innovations they can offer to help you get the most comprehensive and cost-effective commercial cleaning services. Adding technology in the right places can save you time, money and give you better cleaning results.


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: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management.

What to Ask When Hiring Gym Cleaning and Janitorial Services

If you work in, or are a client of a recreation and fitness centre, you understand the importance of a clean environment. And so do we.

Fitness software developer Insight writes, “What do customers value? Above all, they value a clean facility! They aren’t overly concerned that you have the latest machines or flat screen TVs, what they want is an environment that makes them feel like they are safe and increasing their health. This is something on which they will vote with their feet and go elsewhere if they aren’t absolutely comfortable in the environment that you offer.”

These buildings see thousands, if not millions, of visitors from morning until night. Patrons are young and old. Many of them sweaty, all of them touching and handling fitness equipment, door knobs, faucets, etc. leaving a constant trail of germs behind. Add to that, the fact that recreation centres are made up of varying surfaces, wet and dry, which can lead to an array of dirt and contaminants building up over time. As well, most have childcare and seniors’ facilities which require the utmost caution and care with these vulnerable occupants.

So, as you can see, cleaning and caring for recreational facilities is very different than office cleaning. Most offices require basic cleaning tasks such as vacuuming, dusting and garbage removal with a team of cleaners working days/evenings. Recreational facilities require those tasks as well as cleaning and disinfecting many surfaces including wet, messy showers, germ-laden water fountains and specialized cleaning of tile and wood floor surfaces. And on top of those challenges, facility hours of rec centres require dedicated staff able to work overnight, with expertise in cleaning a challenging variety of areas and surfaces in a short overnight timeframe.

Gym Cleaning

The health and fitness professional body, IHRSA, reports, “It goes without saying that, particularly in the locker room, cleanliness trumps all other considerations—design, furnishings, amenities. Cleanliness is right up there for most women when they make the decision whether or not to join a club,” says says Bryan Dunkelberger, with S3 Design tasked with designing ideal fitness locker rooms.

Who is cleaning your recreation facility? It’s an important question because as outlined here, it takes a cleaning contractor who understands the unique needs of these buildings and has the expertise to provide solutions.

In Calgary, our company has become a leader in this sector, providing daytime and overnight cleaning, as well as a whole host of specialized cleaning services such as hard surface restoration and electrostatic disinfecting.

When choosing a cleaning contractor for your building, ensure you ask the following:

  • What is your experience with recreation/fitness facilities?
  • What process, equipment and chemical  is used to clean each different area and surface?
  • What is your quality assurance system?
  • Are your staff trained and prepared to do detailed overnight work as well as periodical tasks?
  • What is yor technical background and knowledge of best practices?
  • Can you present us with latest innovations in cleaning?

Cleaning performance and science advocates say, “While ‘cleaning for appearance’ is an obvious goal, science tells us that just because a facility looks and smells clean, it is not always clean, safe and healthy. Tools that enable more complete removal of contaminants, visible and invisible—and productively—should be part of the cleaning performance arsenal.”

Part of our company’s mission is to work with our clients to ensure their entire building not only looks clean but is maintained for the health and productivity of it’s staff and members, improving their bottom line.

This is why our portfolio of recreation centres in Calgary is growing and we’ve been chosen as the preferred cleaning services provider for centres such as Westside Recreation, Trico Centre for Family Wellness and Vivo for Healthier Generations.


EFS Clean provides trusted office cleaning and janitorial 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.

Why “Cleaning for Health” is a Better Way to Clean

There’s a bit of a revolution happening in the cleaning industry. In the past, there was a demand for janitorial services that provided a clean looking building at a low price. With better education and a more sophisticated perspective, building managers are now looking for a cleaning program that focuses on cleaning for health.

A Contracting Profits survey of facility executives shows a majority — 64 percent — value a healthy and sanitary environment for building occupants more than a clean appearance (28 percent), an environmentally-friendly green cleaning program (6 percent), or a low price for cleaning (2 percent).

Cleaning for health provides the dual functions of; 1 . surface cleanliness, and  2. prevention and control of infections. So not only is the look of a building important but the health and productivity of it’s occupants is also addressed.

This approach to cleaning is important to any and every business sector, but is particularly vital to industries such as healthcare, schools, fitness facilities and restaurants where germs and infection are dangerous, sometimes deadly.

On 9th February 2011, the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) resolved to make Cleaning for Health a key priority in the coming years. Cleaning is our first defence against the ongoing threat of ‘super bugs’, influenza viruses, and more recently E.coli. In healthcare settings the importance of cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing is widely accepted and its implementation is usually strictly enforced. However, outside the healthcare environment and within community settings such as schools, offices, retail, hotels, public transport etc; the value of cleanliness is less understood. (WFBSC Cleaning for Health Report – Cleaning for Health Report 2012/2013).

As an example of this misunderstood concept; commercial kitchens sometimes leave the job of cleaning to their staff to save money. The problem with that strategy is that these workers do not have the expertise, or when it is the end of their shift, do not have the energy to clean their facilities properly. This often comes to light when the health inspectors arrive. As in the case study of a restaurant in Las Vegas, there were numerous sanitation issues that were found including:

  • Stoves, ovens, and deep fryers were not properly cleaned.
  • Floor drains all contained grease and food particles.
  • Damp mops and rags were stored in the kitchen (and likely reused when needed throughout the day, causing them to become increasingly soiled).
  • Floors were not thoroughly cleaned. In some areas there was a film over the floor, indicating a grease residue.
Professional floor cleaning removes dirt and grease build-up.

Some recommendations to remedy these issues include:

  • New mops, and having a supply of new mop heads on hand. This will keep contaminants from being spread and will help rid grease build-up.
  • Consider using a wall-mounted system that mixes water and chemicals automatically to ensure proper dilution rates.
  • Use a food service steam cleaner that can release steam hot enough to melt down grease and oils and destroy many types of germs and bacteria.

No matter what type of business you are in, cleaning for health is essential for happy staff and customers. If you haven’t already, consider using a cleaning services company to do your cleaning for you. They will recommend the best processes and equipment to ensure an attractive space and more importantly, a healthy environment. Yes, this will require an investment in your cleaning, but like any good business formula, the benefits will far outweigh the costs.

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EFS Clean Building Services is Calgary’s locally-owned-and-grown commercial cleaning company and authorized dealer for Ceiling Pro International. Our services include Ceiling Cleaning, Commercial Cleaning, Post-Construction Cleaning, Hard Surface/Tile Restoration and Quality Assurance Inspections. Let us help you get a better clean by calling 403-949-3344 or by requesting a cleaning quote/demo.