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How to find a great office cleaning business in London

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Sourcing a suitable commercial cleaning contractor in the capital

Most businesses need some form of cleaning regime, even the small sole trader one-man-band businesses. We spend a great deal of our time at work, and every business, whether your team consists of a handful of people or several dozen needs a clean environment in which to work safely – it’s no different who you are.

Dirt, dust, debris and particles build up incredibly quickly and a poor cleaning regime can affect the health, wellbeing and productivity of your team. Good quality office cleanliness is not something to be ignored and every business owner must ensure a suitable solution is put in place to take care of these needs.

If you own a business and are considering a cleaning company, you’ve no doubt reached a point where you have no idea who to choose. Finding a suitable cleaning contractor in a city like London is a massive job – there’s literally hundreds of suppliers all claiming to be the best in the business. It’s a real headache finding the right one!

Janitor at Work. Image credit: Free Images

Janitor at Work. Image credit: Free Images

So what do you do? You can read our list of points to consider below which will hopefully clear some of the fog and give you a better understanding of how to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Know How

Solid, reputable cleaning businesses will have a long track record of experience and know how to call upon. The only way they’ll get this is from having been in business for many years and learned from the pitfalls of this ever-changing industry.

Office cleaning may seem like a pretty innocuous profession to be in but in fact, it is littered with government legislation that cleaning businesses adhere to. These sorts of companies have to deal with various harsh and sometimes dangerous chemicals, not to mention, put their staff is some very precarious positions – try being a window cleaner suspended several hundred meters up on a skyscraper!

Only the best companies will offer cleaning that have a fully qualified and trained team of staff and that comes only from a reputable and knowledge cleaning supplier.

Punctuality

There’s nothing worse than having a supplier that lets you down regularly. A cleaning business should be able to operate around your time schedules and go practically unnoticed as they go about there business.

Ideally, a good cleaning business should be able to take care of all interior cleaning and maintenance issues before trading begins for the day. That way, your team of staff have a nice and pristine office to come to work to which will only improve staff morale and productivity.

If they can’t accommodate, find an alternative supplier.

Adaptability

Much related to the point above, your ideal cleaning partner should show a certain level of flexibility in working to your specific needs. If they have been tasked to take care of various aspects for your office hygiene such a cleaning surfaces, vacuuming, janitorial issues, kitchen cleaning and certain maintenance responsibilities, then they need to fully understand how your business operates and at which times certain aspects of the premises will be in high or low demand.

It’s not good if the cleaners or office maintenance team get in the way. They need to be anonymous and remain that way. So if you find your supplier is trying to dictate to you as and when they will clean your office, its apparent they only care about fitting you in to suit their regime and are not considering your needs as their first priority.

If this is a situation you find yourself in, you’d be advised to look elsewhere.

Standards

Every cleaning business should pride themselves on setting only the highest of standards – nothing else will do.

Sadly however, many cleaning businesses tend to rush or cut corners and this is totally unacceptable. It happens because they believe you as the business owner are not paying attention so they can quickly skip over essential jobs or literally, do the least amount of cleaning possible and charge you for it to maximise their profits. This is unfortunately very common in the cleaning industry, so you need to ensure you keep a watchful eye on standards and ensure they are kept to. Any slippages will lead to a gradual decay of quality control and that is inevitably when the relationship starts to sour.

Female Cleaner. Image credit: Pixabay

Female Cleaner. Image credit: Pixabay

Reputation

A business lives and dies by its reputation so the key to all of the above is to discover an office cleaning London contractor that has glowing references and reviews.

if you are unsure of how to find the good from the bad, speak to other business owners, friends, colleagues or client of cleaning business and see what they have to say. No doubt, it will be extremely revealing and you’ll quickly discover who you do and do not want to work with.

Key Aspects of Property Renovation Projects

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Case study of a typical property refurbishment

Before you take the plunge and press ahead with any home refurbishment undertaking, it would be wise to plan ahead and segment each stage of the project renovation into simple, logical steps first. As the experts will remind you, fail to prepare and prepare to fail!

By setting out a list of tasks, you reduce the risk of blunders and common mistakes, giving yourself the opportunity to achieve a hassle free home renovation that you will have the opportunity to fully enjoy when its completed. Poor judgment and a lack of planning only leads to the costs racking up which will only delay the completion date and empty your pockets.

As with most property refurbishment projects, gutting the internal walls and removing all internal fixtures, fittings and decor is must be your first and only priority. No contractor will come in and start until you have a blank canvas to work from that is clean and clear of clutter, thus allowing your creative team of project managers to do their stuff.

So if you’re in the midst of starting a grand interior design makeover for your home, here’s a breakdown of the key areas to consider before you start:

Carpentry

If your designs involve dramatic changes to room layouts, then the likelihood is you’ll need to construct new stud walls and partitions may be as suspended ceilings along the joists. If that’s the case, make sure your newly built frameworks are left open and unplastered for easy electrical installation later on.

Your new rooms will likely require door frames installed with doors mounted. There could also be windows, window sills and the all hardware requiring fitting too.

Carpenters at Work. Image credit: Wikipedia

Carpenters at Work. Image credit: Wikipedia

Plumbing

If your room changes involve alterations to plumbing, then its likely there’ll be a tap or pipework that needs moving no matter which room you’re working on, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms

The most common requirements isn’t alway necessarily new fixtures but the repositioning of existing fixtures that may need to be relocated on a completely new wall. If this sounds like your project, be prepared to carry out work that may involve moving of pipework, waste outlet, taps and plumbing.

If you’re planning an extension on your home, you’ll probably need to install heating in the new spaces, so radiators and plumbing work are on the menu.

Electrics

Some older homes suffer from poor or outdated electrical wiring so a complete electrical rewiring could be on the cards. If this is the case, you may find that you also need to upgrade your circuit board to a newer modern trip system. As well as new electrics, some home owners nowadays opt to install security systems, as well as ethernet network cabling, additional phone sockets, electrical sockets and switches.

Electrical Panel. Image credit: FreeImages.com

Electrical Panel. Image credit: FreeImages.com

Plaster Work

Drywall and plasterboard fitting should only take place by a trained professional. Depending on the type of structure, you might opt for a simple tape and mud finish in the gaps, meaning the drywall is ready to paint straight away. Alternatively, you may prefer a fresh skim of plaster right across the entire surface of the walls to leave a smooth finish ready for painting.

And don’t forget the ceilings! They will need a fresh coat of plaster too to match the rest of the space, and if walls in the existing parts of the home have suffered from cracks or splitting plaster, they’ll need a good patch no doubt.

Tiles

There’s a huge range of ceramic, porcelain and cement tiles on the market these days and with prices coming down, its no surprise why home owners opt to use them instead of other traditional materials.

They offer a low cost, hard wearing, durable finish that gives any room a high end look that will be the envy of your friends!

Floors

As with any new room, you’ll need a suitable flooring installed. With a wide choice of surfaces available from carpets, to hardwood, tile, vinyls and laminates, what you choose can make or break the end finish.

The choice is a very subjective one but always go for a flooring the is easy to clean, is hardwearing and if moisture is present, water resistant. Once you know your needs, the type of flooring choice is the easy part!

Finishing Touches

The little touches at the end of any renovation is what makes or breaks the finished product. Whether you want a contemporary or classic finish, the same rules apply.

Finishes such as skirting boards and coving can give a room definition, whilst other essentials like door architraves, dado and pictures rails, accessories and drapes will give the room its pop of colour and class.

Clean Up

No matter how tidy you try to be, every renovation project creates masses of dirt, dust and debris everywhere. If you’re project is large scale, be prepared for a huge clean up task. Our advice is to wrap all perishables and high value items in plastic and where possible, take fragile items off site until its safe to return them where there’s no risk of breakage.

As the particles are so small, cement and brick dust always finds a way to get into everything and when it does, it can ruin anything. So if you value your items, take them off site or make sure they are sealed and wrapped tightly.

Once the project is completed, use an industrial grade vacuum cleaner to remove all standing dirt or dust before moving back into your newly renovated home.