Why should you clean cubicles?


Show of hands…how many of you spend your workday seated in and surrounded by fabric-walled cubicles? How many of you drink beverages or eat lunch in your 3-walled office? Ok, now how many of you have your cubicle walls vacuumed or deep cleaned on a regular basis?

Hey! Where did all the hands go?

Fabric-covered panels or cubicles are a popular sight in many commercial buildings. Offices usually have a cleaning schedule for their carpets or hard-floors, however these upholstered walls are often neglected or overlooked. Here are three reasons fabric wall care should be part of your cleaning plan:

1. Control dust mites.

Dust mites are known to live in bedding but are easily carried from home to office on clothing—eventually finding their way into carpet, upholstered furniture and fabric-covered walls. These walls act like standing dust traps, capturing dust, dirt, and other airborne irritants and debris, such as dander (dead skin cells), the primary diet of dust mites. Did you know that an average adult may shed up to 1.5 grams of skin a day, feeding about one million dust mites! Lack of cleaning results in dirt and allergen buildup, increasing dust mite populations that potentially lead to the issues in item #2 below.

2. Reduce allergens.

Allergies are among the top three reasons people miss work. While dust mites themselves are not harmful, these microscopic bugs emit waste that can trigger allergy or asthma symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and/or watery eyes, runny nose, headaches, and difficulty breathing. Regular cleaning with a HEPA-filtration vacuum, like the one used by our staff of cleaners, can reduce dust, allergens and mites while helping improve indoor air quality.

3. Remove unsightly spots.

Spills and stains on cubicle walls from coffee, soda, or food (like that salad dressing mishap in accounting) are ugly and unhealthy, providing a breeding ground for bacteria with funky odor not far behind. Dirty hands or fingers can also leave behind grimy marks, as well as negative impressions of your office on guests. Proper deep cleaning can remove spots, freshen the fabric and keep your facility looking great for employees and visitors alike.

Talk to Us about adding upholstery care for your fabric covered walls and furniture to your cleaning plan.

A clean restaurant is the best place to eat!

Great food, coupons, and loyalty cards are all excellent ways to generate repeat customers in the restaurant industry. However, a culinary school-trained chef and punch-card won’t help bring customers back if your restaurant is dirty and smelly.

A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll asked 2,034 U.S. adults to identify what issues would keep them from returning to a restaurant. A staggering 97% of those polled stated they would most likely not return to a restaurant if they experienced an issue with the facility.

What kind of issues would prevent repeat customers? The top five reasons cited all have to do with the cleanliness, or lack of, the facility:

• 86% – Dirty surfaces (e.g. tables, chairs, booths, dust on décor, dust bunnies on floors)

• 85% – General bad odor

• 80% – Dirty restrooms

• 72% – Dirty or slippery floors

• 70% – Entryway cleanliness (e.g. cigarette butts, overflowing trash cans, messy appearance)

Keeping a clean restaurant, especially the front of the house free of dirt and restrooms spotless and fresh, can be easy with a quality commercial cleaning service like our restaurant cleaning service. We have customized cleaning services that can fit any budget. Find out more today!

Back to school germs

Dirty schools may be to blame for a child’s next fever or stomach ache. Between superficial cleaning efforts and germ-filled surfaces and spaces, two-thirds of the 500 adults we recently surveyed believe a lack of cleanliness in schools leads to kids getting sick.

With a new school year upon us, if you have children, get ready to get sick. A University of Utah School of Medicine study finds that people living in childless homes are sick 3 to 4 weeks per year. Add one child, that number goes up to 18 weeks and then 29 weeks per year with a second child.

Less than one-third of the adults we surveyed believe schools are properly sanitized on a daily basis, giving germs room and time to multiply. While the trash may be thrown out and floors vacuumed every day, the concern about a thorough cleaning is why the majority of people we surveyed say schools are on the dirtier side.

It seems nearly impossible for students to escape the germs, no matter what room they are in. According to our survey respondents, here are the places that carry the most germs:

       Bathroom: 39.2%

       Classroom: 24.1%

       Cafeteria: 16.75%

       Gym: 13.8%

       Nurse’s Office: 6.2%

There may be no escaping the germs, as some of the most common items students touch every day were voted the most germ infested by our survey respondents:

       Door Handle: 38.3%

       Water Fountain: 17.4%

       Stairway Railing: 17.1%

       Desk: 11.3%

       School Supplies: 8.1%

       Toilet: 7.8%

While students are encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands often, it’s also important a school sanitize these places daily.  

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day about 55 million students and seven million staff attend more than 130,000 public and schools in the U.S. Illness outbreaks can hamper learning, lead to an increase in absenteeism and wreak havoc on a school district.

“When tackling germs in school, it is important that people understand the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing,” Coverall’s COO, Shirley Klein. “Coverall works with thousands of schools to implement a system that eradicates germs. Having a system in place to keep schools clean will help prevent illness, limit parents from taking unnecessary sick days and provide a more enjoyable learning experience,” added Klein.

In addition to reinforcing good personal hygiene, Coverall emphasizes the importance of tackling the high-touch points so many parents in the survey were concerned about.

“Paying extra close attention to the cafeteria, door handles and bathrooms can have a big impact in minimizing the spread of germs and illness,” she added.