JaniTek Newsletter – February 2017
Articles in the issue
Benefits of Plants in the Office
There are many ways that office managers are trying to improve the morale, health and productivity in there office and its as easy as adding a touch of green to their office. By adding plants to your office you will have a number of beneficial effects, from increased concentration to better health for your employees. Plants in the office will draw the eye and increase the attraction of your office space. Plants provide a warm atmosphere for customers and a more relaxing environment for employees. Clients and employees perceive a building with interior plants as more relaxing, making it a welcoming space to do business. Here are the top reasons for having plants in the office.
Health Benefits Indoor plants can have a positive impact on the health of your employees. Plants help maintain a healthier work environment both mentally and physically. Plants in the office can reduce the number of cold and flu symptoms in your office. Paired with regular cleaning services, this can have a huge effect on attendance especially during the winter months which can led to fewer sick days
Increase Productivity Productivity is known to be improved in an environment were plants are present. Cognitive tasks, concentration and focus are all improved, therefore increasing productivity and creativity within your office. It has been found that fewer mistakes are made, tasks are completed faster and, in the case of computer workers, productivity increased. The higher level of concentration can be attributed to the plants ability to reduce excess carbon dioxide in the air.
A Healthier Work Environment The more positive and appealing you can make your office, the more effort your staff will give – one of the many reasons it is so important to provide your employees with a clean, healthy and attractive place to spend their days. Office plants not only improve office surroundings for employees, they also provide a more welcoming place for clients. Most will agree that an office with plants present is a nicer place to be. As we’re within this environment for a considerable time most days, it’s important that we should be comfortable.
Why Your Cubicle Walls Need Cleaning
Most of us never think about cleaning our office cubicles, beyond giving the desk area an occasional swipe with a damp cloth. Many of us spend our workday seated at our desk surrounded by fabric-walled cubicles. Those 3-walled office’s are usually where we drink your morning coffee or even eat lunch sometimes dropping food particles and kicking up dust, it’s pretty gross that we never give our poor cubicles more than a cursory wipe-down. By now, you’re probably convinced of the necessity for cleaning your cubicle. Offices usually have a cleaning schedule for their carpets or hard-floors, however these upholstered walls are often neglected or overlooked. Here’s a couple reasons fabric wall care should be part of your office cleaning plan:
Control dust. If the fabric walls of your office cubicle are so dirty, they’re actually discolored, it might be time to clean your cubical walls. These walls act like standing dust traps, capturing dust, dirt, and other airborne debris lack of cleaning results in allergen buildup, and increases dust and grim. Gentle scrubbing with a brush followed by frequent vacuum should keep your walls fairly clean, your cubicle will be good as new in no time. It’s important to have a work space that inspires you not collects all the dirt in the office.Your cubicle will be good as new in no time.
Reduce allergens. Allergies are among the top three reasons people miss work. If your allergies are as bad as mine in the spring, this is a must. Dust is not harmful, but can trigger allergy or asthma symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and/or watery eyes, runny nose, headaches, and difficulty breathing. Regular cleaning and vacuuming can reduce dust, allergens and while helping improve indoor air quality. The cloth panels alone are a magnet for dust, dirt, grime, and worst of all, flu germs.
Remove unsightly spots. Spills and stains on cubicle walls from coffee, soda, or food (like that sandwich spiking mishap after winning the super bowl office pool) sometimes become ugly and unhealthy, providing a breeding ground for bacteria with funky odor not far behind. Dirty hands or fingers can also leave grimy marks, as well as negative impressions of your office on guests. Proper deep cleaning can remove spots, freshen the fabric and keep your facility looking great for employees and visitors alike. When the clutter and dirt is cleaned away, breathe in that fresh air, and kick back and relax—er, get back to work.
Keeping Your Carpets Clean
There are numerous advantages to carpet cleaning other than simply expelling unattractive stains. With steady foot traffic throughout the day, it doesn’t take long for your floors to accumulate dirt and stains.. Carpets provide a comfortable place and reduces noise which makes it easier to work and concentrate. But carpet requires maintenance to keep it looking great and lasting long. If you have carpeting in your office, it can also act like a sponge for dirt. While regular vacuuming can help the fight against dirt, sooner or later your carpets will need professional cleaning from the experts.
Create the right impression First impressions are incredibly important, especially when it comes to business. Having a dirty work space or stain-soaked carpets can create the wrong impression very quickly. On the other hand, a clean workplace will reflect the efficiency with which you run your company. Regular carpet cleaning is much more than just an choice, it also contributes to keeping your workers happy and healthy. Regular vacuuming also extends the life of carpet by removing all the dirt that damages carpet fiber.
Dirt and Bacteria Removal Vacuuming office carpets is a good way to limit the daily accumulation of dirt. However, a great deal of debris can escape the reach of common vacuums. Dirt particles actually tear apart the fibers of carpets, limiting their life span. Bacteria and germs also sink deep down into carpets. These debris can create odors and make office air more difficult to breathe, which creates a harsh work environment for employees.
Removing Carpet Stains Along with removing dirt that sinks deep into carpets, cleaning can help eliminate those stains that accumulate at busy offices. Whether employee drink spills, regular traffic, or a specific accident that left noticeable stains on your office carpets, professional cleaning will reach deep into carpet padding and get the marks out for good.
Eliminating Traffic Lanes Although carpeting is designed to trap and hide dirt, it reaches a saturation point at which it can no longer hide the damage. Patches in the office carpet are known as traffic lanes because of the way they look like trails. These lanes form when large amounts of dirt sit in carpets. The contents of dirt end up tearing carpet fibers when people walk over them. Vacuuming only gets up some of these damaging materials. Dirt doesn’t simply appear to make the carpet darker; it also rips the materials apart for a dulling effect on carpet fibers. Vacuuming only gets up some of these damaging materials.
Extending the Carpet’s Life It only takes a few sharp particles of debris to fray nylon carpet fibers. Vacuuming is good for daily maintenance, but the dirt particles your office cleaning crews miss reduce the life span of the carpet fibers. This deterioration may force you to replace part or all of a carpet before its time. Cleaning extends the life of your office carpet while creating a better workplace environment for your employees.
Start a cleaning schedule that includes weekly wall to wall vacuuming of each room in addition to daily vacuuming of high traffic areas. High traffic areas require more attention. More traffic = More dirt!