Category: Health

Category: Health

Post-Coronavirus 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.

COVID19 has brought many issues to light, one of them being the value that cleaning companies and cleaning 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 including aircraft disinfecting at YYC Calgary, YEG Edmonton and YYZ Toronto. 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. 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 Coronavirus

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’s aircraft disinfecting service.

EFS Clean is currently using this system to service a variety of environments including; aircraft and hangars, office spaces, 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 including aircraft disinfecting at YYC Calgary, YEG Edmonton and YYZ Toronto. 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. 

Coronavirus Prevention and Control Solution Now in Calgary

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.” 

Kills COVID-19, MRSA, Norovirus in 2 Minutes or Less

“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.”

Schools, Healthcare Office Cleaning Services Should Include Infection Prevention Plan

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

  • aircraft and aviation facility disinfecting 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
  • hotel cleaning services
  • airport/bus/public 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 including aircraft disinfecting at YYC Calgary, YEG Edmonton and YYZ Toronto. 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 including aircraft disinfecting at YYC Calgary, YEG Edmonton and YYZ Toronto. 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 Office Cleaning Services

Why Innovation is Important to Your Commercial Cleaning 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 janitorial services 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 Office Cleaning 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 office cleaning and building 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

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.

What to Ask When Hiring a Cleaning Company for your Fitness or Recreation Facility

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.

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.

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.

How Ceiling Cleaning Services Improve Air Quality and Occupant Health

Imagine, you’re sitting in a shopping mall food court, eating your lunch, when you look up and above your head is a ceiling caked with a layer of black dirt and dust. Not very appetizing, is it? It’s also not good for your health as that dirty ceiling could indicate air quality issues in that building.

Ceiling Cleaning Services Improve Air Quality

These are the very reasons why we were called in to provide ceiling cleaning services in a shopping mall food court. The dirt coming from the diffusers was an on-going challenge to the property manager that was responsible for commercial cleaning services for the large building.

Investigations have shown that “smudging,” as we call the deposition of dirt particles on the air outlet and surrounding surfaces, is more likely to be generated from room activity that releases dirt into the room air rather than from dirty supply air. This dirt suspended in room air, called an “atmospheric aerosol,” can then be entrained (drawn) into the discharge of the diffuser. (Hart & Cooley’s Tech Talk August 2006)

Dirt Particles

Dirt particles can be composed of both natural and man-made materials such as dust, smoke, greasy fumes, lint and pollen. Areas with heavy foot traffic will stir up these fine particles and keep them in suspension contributing to the smudging appearing on the ceiling.

Finding Quality Cleaning Cleaning Services

If you are challenged with dirty ceilings in your building, your first step will be finding the root cause of the ceiling smudging and how to address it. Enlist the help of an HVAC expert to examine your system as well as your diffusers.

Ceiling cleaning services should be part of a comprehensive commercial cleaning services program. For a qualified ceiling cleaning company, look for a commercial cleaning services company that has the knowledge and experience to do this specialized work. Maintaining a clean ceiling will give your business a clean, professional look while ensuring your staff and customers feel good about being there.

Ceiling cleaning services Calgary

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EFS Clean  is locally-owned-and-grown commercial cleaning company in Calgary and authorized dealer for Ceiling Pro International. Our services include Ceiling Cleaning Services, Commercial Cleaning Services, Construction Cleaning, Floor Cleaning and Quality Assurance Inspections. Let us help you get a better clean by calling 403-949-3344 or contacting us today. 

Do-It-Yourself Cleaning in Restaurants Pose Health & Safety Risks

We were recently having a staff meeting at a well established restaurant in Calgary when we saw something we never like to see. With our table in direct view of the kitchen, we saw a staff member precariously perched on a ladder, rag in one hand and spray bottle in the other, trying to clean the kitchen ceilings (to no avail). Lucky for that restaurant manager, I do no work for Occupational Health and Safety as the placement of that ladder and the positioning of that staff member on it would have violated many safety codes! No only was there a risk of falling but who knows what the solution was being used to attempt the cleaning of that ceiling.

More often than not, I hear of people using a bleach mixture or some other toxic mix that not only fails in the cleaning but presents a health risk to staff. As referenced on the Educating Wellness website, “Chlorine Bleach is a strong corrosive material.  It will irritate the eyes, skin and the respiratory tract by merely inhaling the gasses.  The dangers of bleach are even greater when mixing it with other cleaners.  When this happens a poisonous gas is released that can cause bloody noses, neurological disorders, headaches and even death.”  The use of bleach in a work setting requires use of a mask and gloves as protection. If this staff member was using a corrosive product while wearing no protective gear, he would be posing a health risk to not only himself but to other staff and customers.

Of course, we had to speak to the manager directly. As we are in the cleaning business, and have a ceiling cleaning service, it was pointed out to the manager that we have the process and product solutions (approved for kitchens by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, by the way) to safely and effectively clean those darkened, grease-laden ceilings. By allowing our professionals to do the ceiling cleaning for them, that restaurant manager removes the risk to staff and customers and is guaranteed a bright, clean kitchen for a minimal investment. Sounds like a no brainer, don’t you think?

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Learn more about our Ceiling Cleaning service and contact us for a free demo to see the results for yourself.

EFS Clean Building Services is Calgary’s locally-owned-and-grown Commercial Cleaning Company. Our services include Commercial Cleaning, Post-Construction Cleaning, Ceiling Cleaning & Restoration, Hard Surface/Tile Cleaning & Restoration, Quality Assurance Inspections and Efficiency Consulting. Let us help you get a better clean by calling 403-949-3344 or send us a message on our Contact Us page.