Over the years we've written about many aspects of cleaning in our blogs.
Here we have pulled together our top cleaning blogs, covering hygiene, sanitation, cleaners and cleaning property. These insights have been gathered from leading industry experts and experience in delivering cleaning services to schools, healthcare settings, offices, factories, showrooms and more.
They have already been read by hundreds of thousands of people, so hopefully, you’ll find them helpful too!
Cleaning Companies Are Cleaning Experts
When it comes to keeping your property clean it pays to use professionals. Their expertise can often bring savings, efficiencies and better results. But to the uninitiated, it can be confusing to know where to start when selecting a commercial cleaning partner.
Cleaning contracts and getting the best from your cleaning company don’t have to be complicated.
For building owners and occupiers, keeping a space clean, tidy and hygienic has never been more important. Whilst routine cleaning has always been key, there has been a fundamental shift in the expectations of those who use a building or space. Whether it is school cleaning or commercial cleaning – People now expect to see enhanced cleaning taking place and at a deeper (deep cleaning) and more frequent pace.
Bringing in professional cleaners is a great option to ensure that standards are maintained and buildings keep sparkling on an ongoing basis. Here are our top five tips to make sure you get the most out of embarking on a contractual relationship with a cleaning company.
Whilst the offer will vary from company to company, there is typically a comprehensive suite of services to choose from, with the equipment and staff available to clean everything from desks and kitchens through to carpets and windows.
A commercial cleaner is focused on cleaning, sanitising and even restocking a space to a high standard as agreed by both the cleaning company and the client. From first impressions through to health and well-being, this level of cleaning is important for any business, regardless of the type of premises they occupy.
Cleaners, Training and Culture
Cleaners are the most important part of any cleaning operation – simply put people are the key to a clean and safe environment.
Give staff the right training and equipment to help them complete the job effectively. Training is central to effective cleaning and is often what separates a good cleaning company from a bad one.
READ: Training Cleaners
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the message for many has been focused on staying at home including working from home where possible. For a key sector of industry, this simply isn’t possible – the UK’s army of professional cleaners.
Across the country, buildings and infrastructure are undergoing deep cleans, fogging and disinfection in an effort to minimise the spread of the virus. For the cleaners involved, their purpose is simple – to play a part in keeping those who can’t work from home safe as they commute and continue to deliver essential services.
Cleaners are heroes and RFM Group salute them!
Cleaning Equipment and Technology
Once you have the people in place the next obvious step is to find equipment and tools to help them get the job done. Here we provide a look at what equipment your cleaning team might need. These articles give advice and insights into cleaning technology and innovation.
Industrial cleaning equipment used to mean expensive specialists coming into commercial buildings with large-scale pieces of kit to blast away the problem.
As buildings evolve, working habits flex and the need for more regular deep cleaning increases, so too has the range of services available to support industrial-level cleaning. Effective industrial cleaning equipment has become central to professional facilities management services.
In these unprecedented times, more focus than ever has been placed on cleaning and hygiene services. As businesses start to think about a return to the workplace and embracing new ways of working, we reflect on what the future holds for the industry.
Increased awareness of the role of good cleaning and hygiene practices as a result of the health crisis has meant the perception of the cleaning profession has evolved. There is a recognition that cleaning can reduce risk, which for some companies is leading to greater investment in cleaning services and technology.
The rapid advancement of technology in the consumer space and innovation in FM means that no two years are the same for the facilities management sector. With almost three decades in the FM sector, it’s fair to say that we’ve got a great sense of where the marketplace is and where it’s going.
Return to Work
No matter the type of building you work in, as people returned to the workplace after the Covid pandemic there was lots to consider. Here are a couple of articles about cleaning as people return to the workplace.
The pandemic period has put the spotlight firmly on cleaning and hygiene. As people are returning to the workplace, Health and safety have risen up the management agenda and serious conversations about employee wellbeing are taking place.
The global health pandemic has created many uncertainties, including what the future of the workplace looks like. For those employees who have had the flexibility to continue working away from the main office environment, the prospect of now making a full-time return is now rather daunting. Office safety is high on most people’s priority lists.
Building Specific Cleaning Blogs
We know that different types of property require different types of cleaning. Here you’ll find specific blogs on different buildings including schools, factories, showrooms and offices.
Education, School & Nursery Cleaning
In the age of pandemics, the importance of cleaning and general hygiene has risen to new heights in a school’s routine. Cleaning is now everyone’s responsibility, not just your cleaning staff.
A daily cleaning schedule and a deep clean checklist are essential for preventing the spread of viruses at school.
Keeping nurseries clean is not for the faint-hearted. Early years settings provide many unique challenges to overcome.
Keeping these spaces clean is a central part of effective health and safety requirements. Previous experience in nursery cleaning and FM in the education sector has provided us with the ability to deal with a large number of cleaners on-site, including on a night shift basis, as well as a day-time presence in the form of janitors.
Keeping school floors clean and well-maintained is a key element of effective school facilities management. But knowing the best practice for different flooring types and areas can be a minefield to the uninitiated. So we have compiled this best practice list to ensure school floors are kept in perfect condition.
When it comes to infant school cleaning, the safety and welfare of the children are the top priority. The products used must be gentle enough to not have any effects on the children, including those with allergies and/or asthma, yet strong enough to be able to kill any germs and bacteria.
Schools, colleges and other educational establishments are high-footfall environments with lots of touchpoints and so now more than ever it’s important that cleaning routines with professional cleaning suppliers are reviewed, redefined and reinvigorated.
Insights About Cleaning Factories and Showrooms
Modern factories are essential in the UK to process food. These factories must be kept exceptionally clean.
It goes without saying, the food we eat is vital to our survival. The UK relies on factories to produce our food safely and efficiently and it is impossible to underestimate the importance of keeping food factories clean and sanitised. By keeping your factory clean, you can improve productivity and reduce environmental impact. Unclean factories can lead to contamination, illness and ultimately poisoning – so it is important that food factories employ a professional cleaning company.
READ: Cleaning Food Factories
It’s important to keep your showroom clean so that customers feel welcome and excited to come in. A cluttered or dirty showroom can quickly turn off potential buyers, and may even cause them not to visit at all.
Showroom cleaning is vital as a good first impression is essential when trying to sell a product or service. A clean showroom will make customers feel confident in your products and services, leading them to want to buy from you.
Office Cleaning Articles
The cleaners are responsible for cleaning the facility or office building in and around it. Dusting, mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, and cleaning smudges are all examples. The responsibility of a cleaner also includes cleaning, sanitizing, and restocking restrooms.
If you’re like most people, you probably cringe at the thought of deep cleaning. It sounds like a lot of work, and frankly, it can be. But there’s no need to despair – with a few helpful tips, deep cleaning can be a reality for you and your workplace.
In this post, we’ll outline a few deep cleaning tips that will make the process much easier. From containing odours to removing stains and dust, we’ve got you covered. So read on and get ready to tackle your deep cleaning challenge!
Keeping your work environment clean is something every business owner expects to have to invest in, with corporate cleaning services often top of the list for getting the job done. But where do you start in your search for the right cleaning partner?
As with any professional service, selecting the right firm to work with you is an important decision.
With increasing numbers of employees working away from the office in the wake of the coronavirus health crisis, the line between work and home life is becoming increasingly blurred.
For many, it’s harder than ever to switch off, with less time to keep on top of household chores and cleaning.
There’s also the very real challenge of ensuring that whatever environment an individual is calling their workspace, that it’s safe, clean and fit for purpose – much in the same way an office needs to be. There are lots of guidelines available to support IT safety and policies that extend to home working to ensure a safe working environment but little support is offered in the core ‘cleaning’ space.
For employers who want to go the extra mile to look after their colleagues, or for those looking at ways to enhance their employer proposition and benefits offering, there’s now an interesting new opportunity to consider the provision of home cleaning as an employee benefit.
Blogs about cleaning different parts of a property
Different parts of properties have different needs when it comes to sanitising and cleaning.
Washrooms, Bathrooms and Toilet Cleaning
Facilities managers working in busy offices, estate management firms, factories or colleges know that washroom services are important and share the same concerns that business leaders do.
Washroom services are core to most facilities management services. FM customers should be able to choose from a variety of easily accessible and reasonably priced restroom options.
Maintaining washroom hygiene is a legal responsibility, and you must ensure compliance with Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations.
As people return to the office and are reorganised after Covid, facilities managers have needed to remove glue and adhesives from carpets.
Fogging and Decontamination
Fogging machines are used when an infectious outbreak occurs, such as COVID-19. Fogging is known to be highly effective when sanitising. It significantly reduces the number of viable infectious pathogens, treating the surface and the air, when compared to manual surface cleaning alone. It offers a quick, effective process with immediate results and minimal disruption to the organisation.
Fogging sanitation produces micro-droplets of disinfectant and biocides that float in the air for around 10 minutes after application. Dispersing these micro-droplets into the air means the solution can reach hard-to-access areas that would not be sanitised by conventional cleaning.
As we round off our list of cleaning blogs, we hope you found the insights useful. As we add more cleaning, hygiene and facilities management articles we’ll update this page.