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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.

Cleaning Microwaves in Office Spaces

blog-12Microwaves are pretty much in every office today. Cleaning them may seem to be an easy task, but once you start, you might find it harder than you expected. This is why it can be helpful to hire professionals instead of doing it on your own. Clean-Slate Janitorial Services, a leading service provider of commercial office cleaning in Vaughan and the Greater Toronto Area, can take care of your microwaves.

There are many reasons why it is beneficial to hire a pro:

Professional Cleaners Know How to Clean More Thoroughly

Simply scrubbing might not be enough. Professional cleaners know that microwaves have nooks, crannies and hollow spaces that food particles can adhere to. They know how to deep clean with speed and thoroughness. Professional cleaners are not new to cleaning microwaves in office spaces. They have most likely cleaned thousands of microwaves quickly and without fuss.

Professional Cleaners Can Help You Extend the Life of Your Microwaves

Without proper care and maintenance, you microwave could end up in the dumpster sooner. You can’t always trust your employees to be as careful with cleaning, compared to a pro. A profession cleaner will always handle your appliances with due care.


Your Employees Will Thank You

More than any other piece of equipment, company microwaves are at the highest risk of being left dirty and unappealing. Most lunches these days need to be microwaved. A regularly cleaned microwave will make your employee’s lunch and snack breaks much more pleasant. They might not notice dust on the floor, but you can be certain that a dirty microwave will be an unpleasant experience.

We recommend you keep your company microwaves clean! To learn more about Clean-Slate Janitorial Services serving the GTA and to receive a free quote, visit the company’s web site at or call 416-509-7454.

Cleaning Salt Stains from Floor (Winter Cleaning)

blog-11Snow and salt: a combination that makes cleaning floors a challenge in the winter, especially in the Toronto area. Salt is a corrosive substance that can seriously damage carpet and wood. It is important to know the right ways of cleaning salt stains from floor and other surfaces. Commercial offices are high traffic places that end up with a lot of salt and snow during the winter.

This kind of seasonal cleaning is easily handled by cleaning professionals. Salt and snow add steps to a typical cleaning routine and present various challenges to maintaining the cleanliness of offices facilities. Removing salt residue is not a simple task. Most regular floor cleaning chemicals or neutral cleaners have been specifically designed for getting rid of the usual grime and dirt. With the added complication of salt, extra care and attention is needed.

What Makes Salt Stains Very Difficult to Remove from Floors and Other Surfaces?

In order to get rid of salt residue, it needs to be neutralized. The pH must be changed to neutral or 7. If not, it will only smear around the floor and turn into a mess. Salt can easily damage most floor surfaces, if not taken care of quickly and carefully.

Simple Tips

To clean salt stains from floors, use a lot of hot/warm water. Once dry, salt crystals will act like sandpaper and scratch the floor’s finish. Another technique is to use warm water with 2 tablespoons of ammonia and one tablespoon of borax. Warm water and vinegar can also do the trick.

For commercial offices, it is best to leave this job to the hands of expert commercial cleaners who know what should be done to effectively remove all salt stains from floors. With the long winters in Ontario, professional janitorial services are essential.