How Office Odors Affect Your Bottom Line

Office odors are unpleasant, but did you realize they can have a negative affect on your company’s profits? The Sense of Smell Institute conducts research to help business owners and facilities managers better understand the powerful effects that the human sense of smell has on consumer purchasing decisions. If customers are confronted at the front door with a blast of malodor, they may forever remember your business as “that place that smelled like leftover fish,” choosing instead to patronize one of your less odiferous competitors.

Interesting Facts about the Human Sense of Smell

The sense of smell, more than any other of the senses, is directly linked to the memory and emotion centers of the brain. Smells affect people on a profound, often subconscious level. Think about how much the automotive industry relies on “new car” scent. Real estate professionals know that vanilla and cinnamon are effective for persuading home buyers to choose the homes they are selling. The powerful influence that smell exerts on purchasing decisions has created an entire industry based around “scent marketing.”

The Office Odors You May Not Notice

Prolonged exposure to a certain smell, especially an unpleasant one, causes the human smell receptors to shut down, making you unable to smell the odor. This is bad news for the business owner, because your clients have not had the opportunity to become immune to the smell. In the office setting, the most commonly reported odors are moldy or musty smells, strongly scented chemicals (including cleaning products), stale or spoiled foods and human body odor. Although you may have become immune to the accountant’s garlicky leftovers, your customers aren’t so fortunate. While the clerk with poor hygiene practices may be a sore spot for your HR department, you may not realize that your customers take issue as well.

Sniffing Out Off-Putting Odors

Believe it or not, you can hire expert odor sniffers — consultants with extremely sensitive abilities — to detect malodorous conditions. If that strikes you as overkill, experts recommend asking trusted friends or family members to drop by later in the day and give your office the “sniff test.” (The human sense of smell becomes more sensitive as the day wears on.) Request their first impressions as they walk through the office. You may disagree with their perceptions, but it’s likely your potential customers detect similar odors. Another excellent resource for rooting out and eradicating unpleasant odors in your facility is your cleaning company. Invite your account manager to drop by and evaluate the office air quality, then recommend strategies for mitigating any bad odors. Consider also adding a professional air freshener system in your office or facility to ensure a consistently pleasant customer experience.

Don’t put your company’s profitability at risk over office odors. Elite Clean Co understands the importance of offering your customers a sanitary and pleasant environment. Contact us today for help in tackling your unpleasant office odors.

How To Cut Down Your Small Business Energy Bill

Small businesses use energy mostly for heating and cooling, lighting, office equipment, and any specialized machinery required for the business. Outlined below are six basic steps which a small business can take to reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills.

1. Track your energy costs.
Take time to review your energy usage and understand how your business consumes energy.

2. Pay attention to how you use energy.
You and your employees can do a lot to save money simply by turning things off when they are not in use. Keep up on routine maintenance. By maintaining and cleaning equipment, you can ensure the safe and efficient operation of your energy consuming systems and appliances.

3. Troubleshoot problem areas.
If you suspect equipment is malfunctioning, running too long, or not operating properly, get it fixed quickly. Install more efficient equipment.

4. Invest in systems or appliances with high energy efficiency ratings.
New equipment and appliances offer opportunities for improved energy efficiency. If there is an added cost for high efficiency equipment, be sure to factor in savings from lower energy operation costs over the life of the appliance. Here are some suggestions that provide a good return on your investment:

  • Install automatic, programmable, set-back thermostats to control both heating and cooling. Most offer flexible options that enable you to change settings for different days of the week, weekends and holidays.
  • Install occupancy sensors in hallways, bathrooms, meeting rooms, kitchens, storage rooms, and other areas where lights can be shut off for blocks of time.
  • Install photocells in outdoor entry, and security lighting to automatically sense outdoor lighting levels which turn on and off automatically.
  • Install light emitting diode (L.E.D.) exit signs in place of incandescent signs. L.E.D. signs last up to 15 times longer, and use much less energy.
  • When changing interior lighting, use energy efficient fluorescent T-8 lamps with electronic ballasts.
  • If you lease equipment, insist on energy efficient models to lower your operating costs. Check out our $mart Business lighting rebate program for small businesses. You may qualify for rebates on some of the above items.

5. Change Energy Usage Behavior
Significant energy savings can be achieved by simply changing how you and your employees use energy. Some of the fastest and easiest ways to save money typically cost little or nothing. If all of these simple suggestions are implemented, you could reduce your energy costs considerably.

  • Turn off lights, computers, and other office equipment when they are not in use. Have a procedure to ensure these items are switched off overnight and on weekends. Consider installing reminder labels.
  • Lower your heater thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting when your business is occupied. Set the temperature back further when the business is unoccupied.
  • In warmer months, raise your air conditioner thermostat to the highest comfortable setting. There should be at least five degrees F between heating and cooling set points.
  • Set back or turn off heating or air conditioning, a little while before the end of your operating hours. (Remember to maintain some heating in winter to prevent pipes from freezing.)
  • Let the sunshine warm your office during colder months by opening drapes or blinds. Close them at night to retain heat.
  • Remember to turn off outside safety and security lighting at the start of each day.
  • Keep doors and windows closed to prevent heat loss during winter or loss of cool air in summer. However, you may wish to keep doors and windows open to provide ventilation, instead of using air conditioning in summer.

6. Routine Maintenance
Maintenance of energy-consuming equipment is critical to ensuring optimum energy efficiency. Many maintenance items do not require specialized training and can be done yourself. Here are some key items to incorporate into your business maintenance routine.

  • Check to be sure all automatic controls are set and operating correctly.
  • Clean all filters in your heating and cooling system monthly.
  • Check and regularly clean filters if you use exhaust fans.
  • Caulk or weatherstrip any drafty doors or windows.
  • Remove unneeded light bulbs or use lower wattage bulbs.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with screw-in energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs as appropriate.
  • Lower your water heater thermostat. Washington State law requires all new water heaters to be preset at 120 degrees F for safety.
  • Adjust outdoor lighting timer controls to accommodate daylight savings time changes, or install photocells to adjust automatically to changes in the season.
  • T-8 fluorescent tubes (1-inch diameter) last longer than the older T-12 lamps. You do not need to replace them as frequently as T-12’s. When you do replace them, be sure to buy case-lots from lighting supply companies to save money.
  • Regularly clean and maintain food refrigeration equipment where applicable.

Areas Missed By Most Commercial Cleaning Companies

All commercial cleaning companies are the same, right?

Well, not quite. Salesmen try to convince companies that they have the best commercial cleaning company on the market and go to great lengths to make them look like the best candidate.

Ultimately, it comes down to the people cleaning your building.  Do they have an extensive commercial cleaning background?  Are they familiar with what to do and who to contact when emergencies happen?

Most commercial cleaning companies hire employees with little or no background in cleaning and attempt to teach them the tricks of the trade in a couple of weeks.  Hiring employees with little to no experience results in lower wages and more profit for the cleaning company.  However, many areas will never be taught to the employee.  Here are some common areas that most commercial cleaning companies miss when cleaning offices.

1.  Bottom of the urinal

Men’s bathrooms normally have a reputation for smelling bad.  Most commercial cleaning companies will clean the mirrors, countertops, polish chrome accents, wipe down the toilets, and disinfect the front of the urinals.  When the smells persist, they resort to other measures, like urinal cakes or toilet deodorizes.  If you can still smell urine after these items have been installed, chances are that the janitors are not cleaning the flat surface directly under the curve at the base of the toilet?  Why aren’t they being cleaned?  Because the janitors simply can’t see them.  We toured a building recently with this issue and used a razor to scrape off about 1/8″ of dried, caked up urine from the bottom of the urinal.  The smell from the bathroom greatly improved overnight.  Even janitors with years of experience are proned to miss this area, but they should all be aware of it.  And the good ones will clean it and maintain it.

2.  Elevator Tracks

Most large office buildings have elevators and these elevators are generally used heavily.  Contracts typically specify that the elevators are to be cleaned each night, but the tracks typically get skipped.  Although very easy to clean, most janitors will skip cleaning these tracks because they don’t notice the amount of debris in them or they fear the loud buzzing sound the elevator makes when the doors are held open too long.  Cleaning elevator tracks typically involves spraying degreaser directly onto the track, then wiping side to side until the stains are gone.  Most commercial cleaners are either unaware, or unwilling, to clean this very simple area.

3.  Inside Microwaves

Most office buildings have break rooms, which in turn have microwaves.  Many times the outside of the microwave is simply wiped off, but the inside is skipped.  Why?  Many janitors feel that cleaning the interior of the microwave encourages workers not to cover their food, thereby causing more food buildup.  Cleaning the inside of microwaves is very easy, if you know the trick of the trade.  Fill up a coffee mug with water and heat it up for about 2 minutes.  Remove the mug, then use a de-greaser/disinfect to wipe out the microwave.  Heating up the water re-hydrates the food particles left in the microwave, which makes it easy to clean.

4.  Tops of Bathroom Stalls

Bathrooms seem to be the source of most office cleaning complaints.  Even if the bathrooms are being cleaned properly, many janitors forget to dust the tops of the bathroom stalls.  If these areas are not maintained regularly, an accumulation of dust will occur, causing extra dust to circulate throughout the bathroom.  Make sure to check the tops of the stalls in the bathroom for excessive dust.

Ask lots of questions of any company bidding your cleaning services.  Tell them you want to know the background and other offices that the new janitor has cleaned.  Check the references from the actual janitor, as well as the commercial cleaning company, before you decide on the right cleaning company to clean your office.

If you’re interested in visiting with Elite Clean Co about your commercial cleaning needs, check out our Google+ Page here and give us a call at (913) 713-9579.

4 Easy Ways To Maintain A Clean Office

Keeping a clean office can be hard.

Having an organized clean office space is essential for maximizing productivity, but keeping a clean office can be a job in itself. Every day the papers seem to add up, the garbage never gets taken care of and no one knows when the cleaning company is coming next. Don’t let your office clutter and mess get out of hand and follow some of these tips!

Entrance Mats: Be sure to keep the dirt and moisture out by protecting your office floors with a first line of defense, an entrance mat. Entrance mats collect dirt and moisture at the door so they are not tracked all over the office. Overtime you will save money and time spent hiring a carpet cleaning company.

Stay as Paperless as Possible: Paper is a resource that costs money and can create clutter. By sending an email rather than printing or storing files electronically in a computers folder system you can reduce clutter and increase desk space. By staying paperless your desk will be more open and will feel a lot more comfortable.

Schedule Cleaning Services: Why wait for your floors, carpets or windows to get dirty before contacting a commercial cleaning company or janitorial service? Call your local commercial cleaning company and they will be happy to work with you to create a schedule that fits your budget and keeps your office looking professional. A great choice for a high quality commercial cleaning company in Kansas City would be Elite Clean Co.

Be Critical of your Image: Put yourself in the eyes of your client and be critical of your office. Look around and reflect on everything your clients see and ask yourself what do my clients see and how does this affect my image. Remember a clean office boasts professionalism and this can go a long way in the eyes of your clients.

Reasons To Hire A Professional Janitorial Service

 All facility owners and managers know that keeping a facility or facilities clean is very hard work. There are 3 main factors to consider when choosing to bring in a professional janitorial service:

  1. Cost in Money – Money is always a consideration whether you have a razor thin budget or are flush with cash. Cash you save can always be used on other things you need.
  2. Cost in Resources – Time, Energy, and Stress are some of the main resources spent while cleaning your facility. Calls and complaints made because of a dirty or under maintained facility will result in wastes of your time and energy while it increases your stress level.
  3. Cost Of Improperly Maintaining Your Facility – If you don’t keep your facility maintained you can lose tenants or customers, not to mention the decline in the value of your asset.

The Cost of Going It Alone

When budgets get thin, some business owners and managers try to handle maintenance on their own. This is a successful strategy for only very few companies because most company’s management teams already have a full plate. Managing maintenance can quickly be pushed aside for more pressing issues. Since most managers and owners don’t have much experience with the cleaning industry, they could be leaving themselve open to potential problems that come home to roost later. Owners and manager who decide to go it alone are basically opening up a janitorial service within their own business, so in most cases the total cost of cleaning and maintenance would be lower if they elected to use a Kansas City janitorial service such as Elite Clean Co. Bringing in a professional janitorial service will allow businesses and their employees to concentrate on their core business and their bottom lines.

  • Most janitorial service firms, like Elite Clean Co, can buy the cleaning supplies and paper products at a significant savings since they purchase them in bulk
  • Business owners and Office Manager won’t need to purchase cleaning equipment or maintain it
  • A janitorial service firm like Elite Clean Co manages and pays their own team members, proving less employee welfare expense risk and less headaches for their clients

Finding the Right Kansas City Janitorial Service

Some of the factors you need to weigh when selecting a commercial cleaning company are the level of service, trust, professionalism, responsiveness and the cost.

Size matters. Your facility can become one little account to a huge national commercial cleaning company. Not a very good position of leverage for most smaller facilities. On the flip side if you choose a commercial cleaning company that is too small or too green you could receive less than desirable service. You’re best bet is a locally owned and professionally run janitorial company that has been around for awhile and has a good reputation. These companies will have all the systems and procedures in place that many larger janitorial service companies have but also be more responsiveness to your needs.

It All Comes Down To…

  • Transparent Pricing – Sets the tone for a positive working relationship and everyone is on the same page.
  • Responsive Service – All companies make mistakes but the good companies provide timely and responsive service when they do.
  • Quality People – The best cleaning companies find, train, and reward their employees. In turn the employees stay with the company long term

What To Expect From A High Quality Kansas City Commercial Cleaning & Janitorial Company

When you’re running a business, you will almost certainly be forced to consider how you are going to keep your facilities & office clean and professional looking, for the benefit of both both the staff that work for you and also for your customers. Unless you’re considering cleaning your office yourself every weekend (we have several clients who USED to do this), you may be wondering what benefit a commercial office cleaning services could be to you.

First and foremost, our job as the premier Kansas City commercial cleaning & janitorial company is to remove the pressure of cleaning your office from you. Every client we have has shared with us the relief they feel about no longer dreading cleaning their office themselves or by their staff.  You have enough stress involved in running your business and spending time with your clients.  Our clients have discovered that the amount of money they pay for our service is well worth the peace of mind they have knowing their office will be thoroughly cleaned on time and they don’t have to do it. This peace of mind should be one of the main deliverables from any Kansas City commercial cleaning company you hire…it certainly is with Elite Clean Co!

Second, any high quality Kansas City commercial cleaning company should be aware that their work is a reflection of you and your business. When new clients or visitors come to your office, often the cleanliness and tidiness will be one of the first things they notice. First impressions are everything, and even though it may not be the “right thing” to do, customers and visitors to your office will judge the quality of your business based on how clean your office is. If there are dust bowls in the corner of your office and your floors are filthy, customers and visitors will notice. Any Kansas City commercial cleaning company you hire should be mindful that through the quality of their service, they represent you and, right or wrong, the quality of your business. If you don’t feel like you would be happy being represented by a commercial cleaning company you are considering hiring, don’t hire them!

Third, any Kansas City commercial cleaning or janitorial company should be more than willing to schedule cleaning sessions around your schedule and the office availability. Sometimes you may need the cleaning team to be on site for the whole of the day, whereas others might only want somebody on a weekly basis. Whichever is the case for you, any commercial cleaning and janitorial service worth hiring will be able to work with you to come up with a timetable that is convenient for you and your staff.

It is clear to see how hiring a high quality Kansas city commercial cleaning and janitorial service could be just what you and your business needs. There is significant benefit in having the peace of mind that your office will be cleaned thoroughly, on time, and at times & days convenient to your schedule.  Please consider allowing Elite Clean Co the opportunity to create that kind of relationship with you and your staff.  Invite us out to meet you and your staff and let us prepare a custom bid to represent you and your business through out commercial office cleaning service. We may be reached at (913) 713-9579 anytime. We look forward to visiting soon!

Why A Commercial Cleaning Solution Will Help Your Office

Commercial cleaning services, or a lack thereof, can greatly affect an office space. Savvy business owners know that the cleanliness of their building or facility is a reflection of their professionalism and business acumen.  With that in mind, Kansas City commercial cleaning company Elite Clean Co. offers office cleaning and janitorial services for businesses large and small.  No matter the size of your facility or the industry you are in, Elite Clean Co’s  expert cleaners provide reliable office cleaning services and a 100% commitment to the quality of the job and cleanliness of your facility.

When Elite Clean Co’s experienced cleaners undertake a job, they do so with pride and extensive on-the-job training. Our company, which has served the greater Kansas City area for over 6 years, provides building and office green cleaning services for industries across the spectrum.  Elite Clean Co’s commercial cleaning clients include:

  • General offices
  • Manufacturing and industrial buildings
  • Schools
  • Day cares
  • Pre-schools
  • Head-Start schools
  • Kindergarten
  • Churches
  • Medical and dental facilities
  • Shopping centers
  • Telemarketing centers
  • Multi-tenant buildings
  • HOA property management
  • Retail businesses
  • Trucking companies
  • Law offices
  • Restaurants
  • Banks
  • And more

No two offices are alike, and neither are the commercial cleaning programs Elite Clean Co. customizes for each of our clients.  Since we’re a small local business we have the ability to sit down with each of our clients and determine which services best fulfill your needs. We then order those services on a schedule of your determination, giving you the final say in the scope and frequency of your commercial cleaning program.

With a management team and expert staff possessing 50+ years combined experience in the commercial cleaning business, Kansas City business owners know what they are getting when they partner with Elite Clean Co. commercial cleaning service.  Our reputation for quality work, honesty and integrity is unsurpassed in the Kansas City market and is the major reason we’ve been successful establishing mutually beneficial long-term relationships with clients.  With a client list stretching across industries of all shapes and sizes, each day is another opportunity for the Elite Clean Co. team to provide value-added, customized commercial cleaning solutions.

No matter the industry your business is in or the type of facility you office out of, the cleanliness of your facility is a reflection on your business and on you as an owner or manager.  Address the everyday cleaning needs of your business or facility by taking the time to consult with Elite Clean Co commercial cleaning services.

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