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

How Professional Cleaners Remove Odours

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Cleaning to remove smells

Commercial Offices in Toronto and the GTA, including Vaughan, Concord and Woodbridge, have come to Clean-Slate Janitorial Services asking for expertise in removing odors from their space. The most obvious causes are food residue and spaces that have been neglected for too long, allowing mildew and dust to accumulate and cause unpleasant smells.  As well, bathrooms not properly cleaned are also culprits.

Professional Cleaners will use strong, effective cleaning supplies that attack the germs and bacteria causing the offending smell, and ensure that the corners are cleaned thoroughly.

However, sometimes this is not sufficient and techniques like wet and thermal fogging are used to disinfect and deodorize the air. Very small particles of a solution are sprayed in the air and on surfaces. This helps to eliminate smells not entirely cleaned by other means.

Another professional way of cleaning the air is using Ozone. Ozone, which can be sprayed by special machines, removes offending odors by breaking down molecules, spores and bacteria. Ozone (03) is a very reactive molecule which reacts with particles in the air and on surfaces. It attaches itself to other molecules and changes the chemical structure that creates neutral smelling molecules, thereby cleaning the air.

The best way to avoid having to resort to more advance odor removal techniques is to simply to use the services of a professional cleaner, such as Clean-Slate Janitorial Services to regularly maintain the cleanliness of a space and to ensure that your commercial space smell fresh and pleasant.

How Long Does it Take to Clean Commercial Spaces?

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You can clean quite a bit in 30 minutes

It’s always a good idea to know how long your cleaning services crew are going to take to clean your commercial space when they come in to do their work.

Whether your office is in Woodbridge, Concord or Vaughan, there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to how long it takes to clean your commercial space. It depends on the square footage, amount of equipment in the space and on the natural speed of the cleaning professional.  At Clean-Slate, we have been in this business long enough that we can provide good estimate of the time it takes to clean your space.

The World Wide Cleaning Industry Association, ISSA, has published information on calculations they have done on how long it takes to clean things. Some interesting facts for you:

It takes approximately 30 minutes to clean:

-about 60 corded, desk phones

-the exterior of 10-15 microwaves

-20-30 office chairs

-10-15 bathroom sinks

-the exterior of 10-15 full height lockers

-12-15 small offices by vacuum

-a mid size lobby 6-8 times

If your Janitorial Service cleans at night, the time it takes to clean is more flexible. However, if there is cleaning that needs to be done during the day, it is important that your professional cleaners know how long it takes to do the job so that is can be done in co-ordination with how the space is going to be used. Professional Cleaners, like Clean-Slate Janitorial Services, can provide good estimates to ensure minimal disruption.



Cleaning Air Conditioning Filters

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These filters need to be cleaned

Cleaning air conditioning filters is not something that is frequently done, but doing so will make a big improvement in the quality of the air in your space. Clean-Slate Janitorial Services, a leading professional commercial cleaner, offers advice on the cleaning of air conditioning filters.

The life of your commercial air conditioner will be prolonged, simply by keeping the filter clean. Regular cleaning is essential to avoid the accumulation of dirt, allergens and pathogens

Keeping your air conditioning filer clean is a fairly straightforward task. First, remove the filter from the main device and inspect carefully to make sure it is in good condition. If there is any kind of damage, it is best to replace it. Then, the next thing to do is simply to vacuum it, preferably with a HEPA cleaner.

Next, for a more thorough cleaning, you can disinfect it. Vinegar (or a commercial equivalent solution) is a great disinfectant. Use equal parts water and vinegar to create your cleaning solution.  The solution should be enough to cover all of the filer. The vinegar in the solution will kill all the germs and bacteria.

Leave the air conditioning filter in the solution of vinegar and water for at least 4 hours. After sufficient time, remove the filter from the solution and allow to dry. What is important here is that you do not rinse the filter. Place on a towel and let it air dry. Once dry, inspect the filter to make sure it is clean and if all is OK, place it back in the air conditioning system.  Now your newly cleaned filter will allow your air conditioner to operate more effectively.

If you do not want to deal with the hassle of cleaning these filters yourself, you can hire the services of a professional cleaner. At Clean-Slate Janitorial Services, we clean a wide range of commercial equipment and spaces. We serve the GTA Area, including Woodbridge, Vaughan, and Concord. Contact us today at 416 509 7454 for a free estimate.

Security Issues to Consider when Using Janitorial Services

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Do you know who is coming to clean your commercial space?

The rental of commercial office spaces continues to expand across the GTA, creating a demand for professional Janitorial services like Clean-Slate.  In areas like Woodbridge, Ontario, Clean Slate recommends the services of independently owned cleaners who are locally based and committed to not just expert cleaning, but security. For those considering hiring professional Janitors, Clean-Slate weighs in on security issues:

Professional cleaning crews have keys to your entire office. There is a huge trust factor involved with the cleaning of your facilities each night.  A company that has been in business for years will have evidence of trust from their clients. Whether your office is in Woodbridge, Concord or Vaughan, you must do your due diligence.

Ensure that your Commercial Cleaning Service runs background checks on all cleaning crew members who will enter your commercial space.  Those with criminal backgrounds should be screened out. It is important to request that your Commercial Cleaning Service provide you with background checks before new personnel are allowed in your facilities.


Be aware of miscommunications with non native English speakers. Many professional cleaners do not speak English as a first language.  It is important to make sure that individuals who have access to your commercial space understand all proper security measures and have enough of a command of the language to communicate and understand any emergency situation. In diverse regions like Toronto and the GTA, this is an especially important point.

Make sure your Janitorial Service is Bonded and Insured. In the event of theft or damage, your commercial property needs the assurance that you will not incur financial loss should anything go wrong. ­All professional cleaners should be able to provide evidence of Bonding and Insurance.

A reliable, experienced commercial cleaning company will work closely with the facilities manager to ensure that that the cleaners who come to your office to perform janitorial duties are trustworthy and will care for your space. Clean-Slate Janitorial Service, a leader in providing professional, insured and bonded cleaning has been serving areas like Woodbridge, Ontario for many years. Contact us today to discuss your security concerns with cleaning staff that enter your property.

Clean-Slate Suggests Adding Plants to your Commercial Space to Improve Air Quality

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Indoor Plants do more than just look pretty

Office managers in Concord, Ontario and the surrounding area are often seeking ways to improve the work environment for their employees. Clean-Slate Janitorial Services, which provides reliable, affordable professional cleaning, suggests the addition of plants to improve air quality.

Indoor plant are more than just decorative accessories. They are instrumental in reducing the concentration of contaminants in an office space. These contaminants include things like benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene. Plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. The process reduces the quantity of air borne germs and increase humidity. Also, plants create an environment that mimics nature, providing a psychological boost that can help increase employee productivity.

How Many Plants Do You Need?

Clean Slate Janitorial Services recommends approximately 1 plant per 10 meters of floor space.  Depending on the office budget and esthetic preferences, any plant is better than no plant.

Here is a list that provide some of the best air purifying effects:

Schefflera (umbrella plant)

Epipremnum aureum (or Pothos)


Chlorophytum (or Spider Plant)

Ivy (Hedera helix)

Chamaedorea elegans  ( parlor palm )


Planets Need Special Care

Of course, with the addition of indoor plants in your office space, you need to ensure that the janitors who clean the space take special care in handling them. Watering them regularly is essential, but so is making sure they don’t get damaged during any regular clean-ups.Clean-Slate Janitorial Services, which serves Concord and the surround area, are experts, at not only recommending clean air solutions, but in ensuring that your commercial office is optimize for employee health and wellbeing. For more information about our services, contact us at 416 509 7454.