With many organisations starting to plan for the return to the office as lockdown restrictions ease, staff are seeking reassurance that their workplaces are clean and hygienic.  It’s no surprise therefore that Facility Managers are reviewing their options and looking at the benefits of using a professional office contract cleaning company to manage their cleaning provision.  Cleaning plays a major role in the defence against reducing the spread of transmission and infection from coronavirus in the office environment.

There are many benefits of outsourcing office contract cleaning.

Compliance & Accountability

Professional cleaning companies offer compliance in areas such as staff vetting and health and safety, offering reassurance through certification and trade accreditations such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and SafeContractor. Strict industry standards are followed to ensure compliance and safety.

Professional specification and contract reporting

Accurate specification and schedules can be created detailing all the tasks that have been agreed in the contract.  These typically would include how often hard floors are swept and damp mopped, and in these COVID times whether frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles and push plates) are to be sanitised throughout the day or not.

These provide transparency on the service, leaving no room for misunderstandings.

Professionally trained staff

Training needs to be comprehensive and include not only chemicals, equipment and consumables but also health and safety such as manual handling, control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH), PPE and warning signage.  Up to date risk assessments for cleaning tasks should always be available and regularly reviewed. Selecting companies that directly employ staff further ensures compliance.

Complete Solutions

Professional companies will be able to offer a wide range of sanitising and hygiene solutions.  For example disinfections and fogging for instant response to suspected or confirmed COVID outbreaks, or surface protection options for longer term solutions

Sustainable solutions

For organisations that have sustainability at their core, having a choice of cleaning materials matters.  Professional office contract cleaning companies can access commercial ranges of environmentally friendly solutions.  One such example is the SoluPak.  The range offers a unique cleaning concentrate, packed in water-soluble film sachets and all packaging is 100% biodegradable and plastic free, and the film dissolves to become part of the cleaning solution.  The amount of plastic is dramatically reduced using only reusable plastic trigger bottles.  Plus, all products have the following accreditations: Ecolabel, Vegan and Cruelty-Free

Focus on core business

Outsourcing the office cleaning to a professional company allows organisations the focus on their core business.  The cleaning industry is well-established with safety and compliance at its heart.

Specialist equipment and chemicals

Professional cleaning companies have access to specialist equipment and chemicals and these will have been tested and independently certified.  An example would be ensuring anti-viral cleaning materials are approved to EN14476 to give peace of mind that the products are effective and compliant.

Understanding dilution and manufacturers contact or kill time is another important factor as this determines how long the chemical needs to work.

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Investing in the latest cleaning equipment not only increases productivity but also greatly enhances the finished result.  Take the iMop for example.  This modern, easy to use scrubber dryer cleans even faster than a conventional scrubber and is up to 70% faster than wet mopping.  The two counter-rotating brushes scrub deeper for 90% cleaner surfaces when compared to standard mopping. The iMop technology leaves floors dry which reduces slip hazards, and as it is battery operated there are no trailing cables which eliminates trip hazards.  Faster, cleaner and safer!

Service excellence, Visible difference, Positive results

Experienced cleaning companies are good at what they deliver, so the end result is consistent service excellence which makes a visible difference to the look and feel of any business.

A clean and hygienic office also has a positive effect on workplace productivity, plus additional benefits including increased motivation and better staff mental wellbeing.  In these uncertain times where many UK workers are concerned about returning to the office, having the highest cleanliness standards in place is essential to give staff reassurance that the office is safe.

TemcoUK Facility Services provides professional office contract cleaning in London and the surrounding areas

Based in Uxbridge, London, Temco has been delivering professional office cleaning services for over 20 years to many organisations, from blue chip and corporate head office buildings to industrial and educational environments, keeping workplaces clean, safe and hygienic.

Temco is agile and very client focussed and has an excellent record of professionally managing cleaning contracts.  This offers safety and compliance as standard via rigid reporting, training, auditing and effective health and safety procedures.