Author: Sam Panousis

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Started my cleaning career in 1995. After spending years as a general cleaner I began to learn other cleaning skills such as window cleaning, carpet cleaning and floor (stripping and waxing) cleaning. In 2003 managed and supervised for a large janitorial company. With all the years of experience behind me I decided to start my own janitorial company in 2008 and that was when Clean-Slate Janitorial was created. Add me to your G+ Profile

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services Weighs in on Window Cleaning Cons, Provides Advice to Avoid Scams

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services (www.Clean-Slate.ca), a leading service provider of commercial office cleaning in Vaughan and the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on a string of recent window cleaning scams in the U.K. Clean-Slate Janitorial Services also provides its expert advice on how to avoid being similarly scammed.

In the southwest England town of Bath, a man has been performing scams related to window cleaning. Claiming to work for a local newspaper, the man has been offering window cleaning services for a low price, then raising the price upon completion. The individual is currently being hunted by authorities. (Source: Sharman, D., “Police hunt window cleaning conman who claimed he worked for newspaper,” HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk, July 15, 2015; www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/window-cleaning-conman-on-loose-after-claiming-to-work-for-weekly-newspaper.)

“It’s far safer to contact a professional cleaning service,” say Sam Panousis, owner and operator of Clean-Slate Janitorial Services. “A legitimate company is highly unlikely to contact you first, which is why it’s advised to ignore any unsolicited calls offering window cleaning and other janitorial services.”

When looking for a company that offers window cleaning, or any type of cleaning for that matter, doing research is an important first step. Check their site for testimonials and look to see what people are saying about them on social media.

Checking to see if the company is bonded and insured is also strongly recommended. Most cleaning companies will have this information, along with any certifications they have, listed on their web site and printed material. They will also be happy to provide them to potential clients; if they aren’t upfront with this information that should serve as another red flag.

“What happened to the residents of Bath was unfortunate, but this situation only serves to emphasize the importance of not taking chances and hiring a trusted name for window cleaning,” Panousis concludes. “When receiving an unsolicited call for cleaning services, it’s best to respectfully decline.”

As the leading window cleaners in Vaughan, Clean-Slate Janitorial Services provides a variety of cleaning services for office and retail environments. To find out more, visit www.Clean-Slate.ca.

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services Weighs in on the Importance of a Freshly Waxed Floor During the Summer

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services (www.Clean-Slate.ca), a leading service provider of commercial office cleaning in Vaughan and the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on the importance of keeping floors waxed and stripped during the summer months.

“Following the damage caused by snow and rain in the winter and spring, vinyl and ceramic flooring can be left looking worse for the wear,” says Sam Panousis, owner and operator of Clean Slate Janitorial Services. “And with people being more active in the summer compared to the other seasons that traffic—and the dirt and other materials that come with it—is only going to increase.”

Stripping removes all the dirt, debris, stains, and old wax that have accumulated on floors over time. It is also recommended that businesses have their floors waxed, which provides a number of benefits, such as giving the flooring a glossy shine and a cleaner look. It also makes wear and tear in high traffic areas less obvious and keeps moisture out, which is especially important during periods of summer humidity. (Source: “Stripping And Waxing Floors,” Out of Sight Cleaning web site; http://www.outofsightcleaning.com/commercial-services/stripping-and-waxing-floors/, last accessed July 8, 2015.)

High traffic areas in many offices, such as reception and break rooms, tend to need waxing and stripping services the most. The combination of dust and debris, along with the harsh road salts being used by municipal crews, can cause scratches and other, deeper damage. Not only does this cause flooring to look worn out, but it also conveys a poor image to clients.

“Floor stripping can clean up all the dirt and debris that has accumulated on flooring,” Panousis concludes. “Combine this with a good waxing and a floor will look as good as new and convey a good image to customers.”

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services offers floor waxing for commercial and retail properties in Vaughan and the surrounding regions. For more information, visit www.Clean-Slate.ca.

Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Office Cleaning Company

As a business owner, you’re aware that the image you convey to the public is crucial. You can provide your clients with the finest products and services in your area—but that won’t matter as much if your business isn’t clean.

Business owners in the GTA should hire the services of an office cleaning company to ensure that their office or retail space looks its best. By leaving the cleaning to the professionals, you and your staff can focus on the day-to-day running of your business.

Here are a few more benefits to hiring a professional office cleaner if your business is located in Woodbridge, Vaughan, Concord and surrounding areas:

Cost Savings

Office cleaners generally offer their services at a flat rate. On the other hand, if you have to hire extra staff to handle any cleaning jobs, you’ll have to pay them for the minimum number of hours they work as well as overtime.

Furthermore, when you hire an office cleaning companyMan With Mop And Wet Floor Sign, you won’t have to spend money purchasing a large number of cleaning supplies.

Respecting Confidentiality

Professional cleaners know how important it is to respect your organization’s privacy; this is why reputable office cleaning companies have their staff sign confidentiality agreements. A qualified, professional cleaning company will be fully-bonded and have each employee undergo a criminal background check—this will ensure privacy and prevent theft at your office.

Insurance against Damages

If a staff member breaks something while cleaning your office, the cost of replacing it will come out of your company’s pockets! On the other hand, a professional cleaner is responsible for any damages incurred while cleaning your office—it will be the responsibility of the cleaning company to cover the costs to replace the item.

A Systematic Approach

A reputable office cleaning company will arrive at your office with “a plan of attack”. The cleaners will carefully assess your cleaning requirements and come up with a service plan that is customized to your needs.

Professional Equipment and Cleaning Materials

A vacuum cleaner and a bottle of window cleaner may not be enough to provide your office with a thorough cleaning. Commercial office cleaners use the latest equipment as well as safe, environmentally-friendly cleaning materials to go above and beyond conventional cleaning methods. They also have the expertise and wherewithal to use this equipment in a quick, efficient manner.

Minimal Disruption

When you hire a professional office cleaner, they will take the necessary steps to ensure that there is minimal disruption to your business. Most commercial cleaning services will come to your location before your staff members have arrived or after your employees have left for the day.

Health and Safety

Perhaps the biggest advantage of using a professional cleaning service is that it could contribute to the overall health and well-being of your staff. A deep, thorough office cleaning will eliminate dust, dirt and other debris that may affect people with allergies and other respiratory ailments. Your employees spend most of the day at the office, so you should provide them with a clean and comfortable environment to work in.

As the leading office cleaning company in the GTA, Clean-Slate Janitorial Services provides its customers with top service, environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, and professionally trained staff. Contact us today for a free quote.

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services Weighs in on Cleaning to Prevent Seasonal Allergies in Offices

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services (www.Clean-Slate.ca), a leading service provider of commercial office cleaning in Vaughan and the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on the importance of regular office cleanings to prevent seasonal allergies as summer allergens begin to appear in full force.

Seasonal allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts to molds and pollens in the air during a particular time of year. The body treats them as dangerous and releases chemicals to drive the irritants away. Seasonal allergies are known to cause fatigue, make it more difficult to sleep, and decrease work productivity, both due to being absent and being present, but sick. (Sources: Benninger, M., “Itching, Sneezing and Tearing: It’s Allergy Time,” USNews.com, June 11, 2015; http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/06/11/itching-sneezing-and-tearing-its-allergy-time; Glover, L., “When Seasonal Allergies Get Serious,” USNews.com, April 7, 2015; http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/04/07/when-seasonal-allergies-get-serious.)

“While allergies can be trouble for anyone anywhere, there’s nowhere they’re more problematic than the workplace” says Sam Panousis, owner and operator of Clean-Slate Janitorial Services. “That’s because allergies not only hurt the productivity of the person who’s sick, but the productivity of everyone who requires that sick person’s contribution to do their job.”

It’s a lesser-known fact that the causes of seasonal allergies vary based on the region and its local flora. For instance, those with seasonal allergies in Ontario are more likely to suffer from tree pollen and grass allergies in the spring, while ragweed will trigger allergies in the fall.

Workers can also bring allergens inside with them, creating the need to remove those allergens from carpets and rugs. A professional cleaning service will also take care of dust that has accumulated over time, which can trigger allergic reactions year-round.

“Regular cleaning goes a long way to removing allergens from the office,” Panousis concludes. “To stop them from entering in the first place, place doormats at the entrance to the office. And when it comes to staff already suffering from allergies, they can take medication such as antihistamines to relieve symptoms.”

How to Get Your Hardwood Floor Cleaned Professionally

Hardwood floors bring a great, classic look to any property, but the material is expensive and requires an added level of care. If you want your hardwood flooring to look its best, regular professional floor buffing is strongly recommended.

To get the most out of your investment, cleaning professionals also recommend floor restoration every few years. Toronto and the surrounding areas are subjected to harsh conditions during the winter and heavy rain during the spring and early summer. This can take a toll on your hardwood flooring.

While regular floor buffing is beneficial, GTA businesses can take steps to ensure that their flooring looks its best and lasts between cleanings.

Basic Tips for Caring for Your Office’s Hardwood Flooring

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services_image_070215Sweep Regularly

It’s strongly recommended that you give your floors a quick sweep at least once a week. This prevents dirt and dust from accumulating. Setting time aside each week and making it a habit tends to work best. For example, try to set aside some time at the end of the day each Friday, just before everyone leaves for the weekend, and take turns giving the floors a quick sweep. If you find you and your employees are too busy, a professional cleaning company can come in after hours and complete this task, along with other regular cleaning.

…Or Vacuum Each Week

Alternatively, keeping a vacuum on hand and giving your floor a weekly once-over can also prevent dirt and dust from accumulating between floor buffings and office cleanings. Just be sure you use the setting for hardwood floors when vacuuming to ensure a thorough cleaning and that no harm is done to the floor.

When Available, Pass Along Specific Instructions to Professional Cleaners

Most importantly, when you get your hardwood floor installed, find out what cleaning methods should be used based on the kind of wood and finish you’ve picked. You can then pass this information on to your professional floor restoration company and office cleaners.

Clean Up Spills Immediately

Accidents will happen; the secret is to clean them up quickly before they have a chance to set in. For any liquids or food spills that cause staining, floor buffing is how many GTA businesses remove the unsightly stains. Even if you do have your floors regularly buffed, it’s best to clean up spills quickly and thoroughly to ensure stains don’t sink in too deep. Alternatively, you can ask your floor buffing service provider if they are able to apply a clear, protective coat over hardwood floors to prevent staining.

Place a Rug at Entryways and High-Traffic Areas

Putting a rug at the entryway to your business as well as in high-traffic areas will prevent a lot of wear and tear on your hardwood floor, especially during the winter months when employees and clients are sure to track in more dirt, salt, and slush.

Choose the Right Wood

One additional note: if you work in a professional environment where office attire generally includes high heels, pick a harder wood for high-traffic areas; high-heeled shoes, particularly stilettos, look professional, but they can do a lot of damage to softer wood floors.

What to Do When Your Hardwood Floors Need Some TLC

Perhaps your hardwood floors have been worn down over the years or the damage has already been done; what can you do to restore them to their former glory? Hire a professional cleaning and floor buffing company in the GTA!

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services provides floor buffing that will leave your office’s hardwood floors looking like new. We offer floor restoration services in Toronto and the surrounding area, as well as professional office cleaning services to help you prevent further damage and ensure your office’s floors are looking professional. To get a free quote for our floor buffing and restoration services in Toronto and across the GTA, contact us today.