February 10th, 2017 · No Comments
Green cleaning is far more than a fad or a temporary trend. For over 10 years, ServiceMaster Green has been cleaning businesses in Des Moines, IA, with our patented Capture and Removal Cleaning® system and green cleaning methods. The benefit to the world’s environment is important, but what’s often overlooked is how vastly improved your business’ indoor environment becomes thanks to green cleaning.
You’ve no doubt heard of “Sick Building Syndrome.” It’s a health concern being observed all across the U.S. Toxic cleaning products in the workplace affect employee health and productivity. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, can cause asthma to flare up, allergies to develop or worsen, and can irritate lungs, eyes, and mucous membranes. If you’re working hard to build a business, doesn’t it make sense to care for the building and people that are in it?
In our commitment to the planet and outstanding customer service, ServiceMaster Green offers Des Moines, IA, area businesses green cleaning services for commercial cleaning. Our approach combines chemicals that do less harm, efficient equipment, and a fully vetted and trained staff. Our services improve the appearance and indoor air quality of the building, and contributes to the health of the inhabitants. This means reduced absenteeism, lower operating costs, and a better bottom line for your business, no matter what the size.
ServiceMaster Green services schools, healthcare facilities, and commercial buildings in Des Moines, IA, and the surrounding area. In addition to providing janitorial services, we also offer hard surface floor care and specialty cleaning such as post construction clean-ups. With every job we do, you can be guaranteed that the job will be done with the utmost care. We believe that an extraordinary business starts with extraordinary employees, so all our technicians are trained and vetted to the high standards that stand behind the ServiceMaster name.
We are confident that our green cleaning services will make a difference in your commercial business, and we’d like the opportunity to show you how. Contact us today at (515) 255-7775 to hear what going green can do for your company.
January 6th, 2017 · No Comments
It’s something we hear a lot: “We’ll wait until spring to have the carpets and upholstery cleaned.” While on the one hand it seems like this is the sensible and frugal choice, you might be surprised to hear that it’s not.
Waiting can cause serious carpet damage. The longer salt, soil, and muddy snow are ground into the carpet fibers, the more damage the floor covering can sustain. These tiny abrasive elements, brought in on every foot, break down the carpeting and shorten its life expectancy. Since the floor coverings are one of the costlier items in your office, it only makes sense to keep up with professional commercial carpet cleaning so you’re not faced with replacement costs every few years. Soiled carpets are also harder to clean, and you may incur additional costs if the carpets are severely stained and need to have special treatment.
A clean environment reduces employee down time. If half your office staff is out with a bug, your business is less productive. We spend much of our time indoors during the Des Moines, IA, winters. Soiled and dirty carpets can contribute to poor air quality and harbor bacteria and allergens.
Carpets dry faster in the winter. The winter months are dryer with much less relative humidity in the air, so carpets dry faster. Faster dry times mean less time for mold or mildew to develop in your carpets and upholstery.
The winter offers more flexible appointment times. During the winter months, we have more openings available so we can get you ready for your office party or a visit from your CEO on short notice!
ServiceMaster Green has been serving Des Moines, IA, area businesses with premiere commercial cleaning services for 50 years. Our highly vetted and professionally trained staff can be on site quickly to help with any cleaning needs you might need. We provide:
Don’t wait for spring when we can get the job done sooner! Contact us today for your commercial cleaning needs in Des Moines, IA, at (515) 255-7775.
January 5th, 2017 · No Comments
Healthcare cleaning is a serious business in Des Moines, IA, and one that ServiceMaster Green is proud to offer. A reputable healthcare cleaning service strives to reduce the transmission of pathogens in a sterile setting. If an operating room is not sterile, a patient’s life could be put at risk, and it also creates the potential for lawsuits against a facility. The CDC, JCAHO, and HIPAA provide standardized guidelines to ensure best practices, and ServiceMaster Green follows them all.
Operating room cleaning should be done daily.
- The staff cleaning the facility is required to wear hair caps, masks, gloves, shoe covers, and goggles
- All surfaces are cleaned to CDC guidelines. This includes all horizontal and vertical surfaces, operating tables, and counters
- Cleaning supplies used will vary, but may include high dusters, microfiber cleaning cloths, grout brushes, and scouring pads
- All walls are wiped down top to bottom
- Special attention is given to prevent co-mingling of rinse rags and change clothes to eliminate cross-contamination
- Cleaning of all equipment, with careful attention paid to delicate equipment
- Wall panels, ducts, air intakes, and imaging equipment is sterilized
- Windows, door hardware, and any stainless-steel surface is cleaned, sanitized, and shined
- Trash bins cleaned, sanitized, and liners replaced
- Floors swept or vacuumed and washed with a properly mixed germicide solution
- Staff will dispose of cleaning materials in the appropriate manner, wash hands, and dispose of any trash
- An inspection is conducted by the healthcare cleaning service manager
At ServiceMaster Green, we take healthcare cleaning very seriously and understand that this is a critical component to your patient care and health. All our Des Moines area facilities are serviced by a staff that understands the needs of the healthcare community, and our commitment to using greener products also extends to our healthcare cleaning services whenever possible. Reducing VOCs and harsh chemicals while keeping to CDC standards is our specialty.
For more detailed information on how ServiceMaster Green can assist with your healthcare cleaning in Des Moines, contact us at (515) 255-7775.
December 29th, 2016 · No Comments
Would you be surprised to hear that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates indoor air as one of the top 5 health risks to Americans? Sobering info when you think about how much time we spend indoors both at home and at work! The EPA estimates that the quality of indoor air is so poor in many office buildings and work environments that it costs $20 billion dollars in worker’s compensation claims each year. A comprehensive green janitorial service for your Des Moines, IA, office building can greatly improve the quality of the air, reduce employee sickness, and cut losses for your company.
U.S. Executive Order 13101, Greening the Government Through Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Federal Acquisition, stated in 1998 that “environmentally preferable products and services have a reduced effect on human health compared to its non-green competition.” Knowing this, why would you choose traditional cleaning methods for your business? Clearly, green cleaning is here to stay. Green cleaning products are non-toxic, made from renewable resources, and biodegradable.
There’s more to green cleaning services than simply changing the chemicals used to clean. We actively participate in ongoing education to make sure we’re using the most up-to-date methods to capture and remove bacteria, molds, and other toxins in the workplace. Our specialized HEPA commercial grade vacuums are high efficiency and pull unseen dust and allergens from flooring and carpet. We also utilize high grade microfiber cleaning products that have been proven to be more efficient. All this care means a cleaner workplace, higher employee efficiency, and less environmental waste.
When you hire ServiceMaster Green for your green janitorial services in Des Moines, IA, you can be sure that you’ve hired a company that’s invested in the area that we serve. We’re the second largest ServiceMaster franchise in North America, we’ve been green cleaning Des Moines, IA, and the surrounding area for three decades, and we service 30% of Des Moines area businesses.
Whether your business is a large commercial building, healthcare facility, or family owned store, our goal is to provide top notch janitorial services for you with products that do less harm. Contact us for more information on our green janitorial cleaning services at (515) 255-7775.
December 21st, 2016 · No Comments
As we head into this holiday season we’re watching the latest and greatest toys selling out all over the country while harried parents search for that elusive “toy of the year.” We all know that fads come and go, but is this the case with green cleaning? ServiceMaster Green of Des Moines, IA, is certain that green cleaning is not a flash-in-the-pan and is here to stay.
Not so many years ago, green cleaning products were not something anyone thought about or could easily find. Certainly, there were very few commercial cleaning services giving a thought to using products that were safe and green. Things are different today, and most people are aware of the advantages of green cleaning for the environment and consumer health overall. Changes in green cleaning are happening daily, and ServiceMaster Green is committed to keeping up on trends and the latest updates in commercial cleaning.
In 2011, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) appointed a special committee, the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership, that spearheaded the green movement in commercial buildings. Realizing the importance of green cleaning for the overall health of a facility and its inhabitants, they reported a 39% increase in LEED accreditations across the U.S. Green cleaning had finally become “in vogue.”
ServiceMaster Green of Des Moines, IA, was green before it was cool to be green. In July of 2008 we received our Green Seal GS-42 accreditation, positioning us as the first Iowa-based company to receive such honors. To this day, we are the only Iowa company that holds this standard. If you’ve been in a commercial building in Des Moines, there’s a good chance we provide the commercial cleaning services. There’s a reason for our success; we’re proud to be green!
Our friendly, trained, and certified Des Moines, IA, staff is the best in the business. To learn more about green cleaning in your commercial building and the services we can provide, contact us at (515)-255-7775.
December 14th, 2016 · No Comments
Businesses need attention and care to flourish. Just like you wouldn’t leave your employees for weeks on end without instructions, goals, and care for the day to day operations, you shouldn’t let your commercial cleaning go untended either. Your Des Moines, IA, business requires maintenance to help it flourish and grow, and that appearance, or “business face,” is key to growth as well!
A professional commercial cleaning service benefits your business in many ways.
Not only does it improve the appearance, it keeps your workplace safer, healthier, and provides your employees with a sense of pride that they work for a company that cares.
ServiceMaster Green has been providing top-notch commercial cleaning for Des Moines, IA, and the surrounding area for over 50 years. We are passionate about the health and safety of your building, and use only the highest grade professional green cleaning products available. Our staff abides by the green cleaning principals and stringent standards of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Bacteria and microbes can accumulate over time in any office environment, straining the health and safety of your employees. Our team is certified to treat many kinds of surfaces including:
- Fabrics. Synthetic and natural fibers all capture dust. They can also host mold, bacteria, dead skin, insects, and other particulates. Regular commercial cleaning prevents accumulation of these items and keeps your soft furnishings fresh.
- Plastics. Plastic has a lower heat conductivity than a steel surface or window, and this means bacteria can flourish longer. Disinfecting of plastic surfaces keeps germs and viruses from spreading, which can reduce employee sick time.
- Porous surfaces. Wood, stone, granite, and ceramic have hundreds of tiny places for dirt and dust to settle in. We can identify the best commercial cleaning methods to clean these areas you might not have even thought of cleaning.
- Stainless Steel. Found mostly in locker rooms, bathrooms, break rooms, and kitchens, this is the place where bacteria likes to thrive and pathogen levels can be high. Without frequent treatment, these areas can be germ infested hotspots, increasing sickness and downtime.
Dust, dirt, bacteria, and microbes are a fact of life. They are present in every space, but with a consistent commercial cleaning plan, we can help you minimize the dangers they can present. Our comprehensive commercial cleaning in Des Moines, IA, will help make your business safer and more productive for everyone. For more information on our commercial cleaning services, contact ServiceMaster Green today at (515) 255-7775.
December 8th, 2016 · No Comments
Are you decking the halls in your Des Moines, IA, area business yet? Before you pull out the wreaths and the trees, set the scene in your business by freshening up the look with a professional commercial carpet cleaning. ServiceMaster Green has been helping commercial businesses look great for over 50 years, and we’re the most trusted carpet cleaning specialists in greater Iowa.
Clean carpeting sets the scene to make the rest of your business shine. Getting rid of dirt, debris, dust, and odors will breathe fresh life into your carpet and prolong its life. Your carpeting is one of the most expensive items in your office and it takes the biggest beating. Between regular foot traffic dragging in dirt and debris and suffering the occasional spill and stain, it’s important to have your carpets regularly cleaned to maintain their appearance and quality. The holidays are the perfect time to have them professionally cleaned. Your customers and employees will quickly notice and appreciate the improvement.
Do you have other types of floor coverings like vinyl, tile, or laminate in your office? No problem! We have the skills and tools to professionally clean those surfaces as well. Why not make the entire place shine from floor to ceiling?
From board rooms to break rooms, ServiceMaster Green can clean and revive all types of commercial carpeting and floor coverings. Our trained professional commercial carpet cleaning crews use the most modern methods of capturing and removing dirt and odors, leaving your carpets revived and ready for holiday parties, special promotions, and events. Plus, it just feels good to have a thorough cleaning performed and a change of scenery in the office for everyone.
Maintaining your carpeting is our specialty, and we’re available for any sized business, whether you have a small store or a large office building. To learn more about our fast and professional commercial carpet cleaning services for your Des Moines, IA, business, contact our friendly staff today at (515) 232-1776.
November 23rd, 2016 · No Comments
In the constantly changing world of business, owners often find themselves having to reinvent their business to stay fresh and current. The most successful companies keep on top of changing times in social media and advertising, and even changes in the corporate climate within the walls of the building. Learning to effectively deal with customers and staff is part of the job, and the challenges within those realms can add to your list of important things to do.
Is commercial floor cleaning in your Des Moines, IA, commercial building on that list? If not, it needs to be. Why?
Professional appearances matter. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This was true when Will Rodgers said it in 1966, and 50 years later it still holds up. If customers see dirty carpeting and dingy floors, it will affect how they view the success of your business.
A clean environment improves employee morale. You want your employees to be productive. Happy employees are productive employees and keeping up the “house” matters to them. An employer who goes the extra mile to make their workplace clean and sanitary will reap the benefits of happier employees who take less sick time away.
Safety in the workplace is important. If you have the unfortunate situation of an employee or a customer slipping and falling, you could not only suffer the loss of business or of the employee being off work, but you could also be facing a costly lawsuit. Prevent accidents from happening by maintaining your commercial floors and carpeting with professional cleaning services by ServiceMaster Green.
Using green cleaning products matters. A company that is environmentally conscious is a company that people want to do business with. Because we utilize the most up-to-date green cleaning chemicals and services, you can feel good that the choice you made is keeping your customers, your employees, and the earth happy.
If you would like a quote on how our commercial floor cleaning services can benefit your company and improve your corporate look in Des Moines, IA, contact ServiceMaster Green at (515) 255-7775.
November 16th, 2016 · No Comments
What makes a great workplace in Des Moines, IA? Some may say company benefits, company climate, or even free burritos on Fridays! In truth, what makes a real difference is the quality of the workspace when it comes to hygiene and health standards that keeps the employees and staff happy. Employee absenteeism is a major cause of morale loss. ServiceMaster Green believes that every company, no matter the size, can enhance the health and happiness of their staff with regularly scheduled green commercial cleaning.
You’ve probably heard the term “sick building syndrome.” This is a condition that can affect office workers, is typically marked by headaches and respiratory problems, and can be attributed to unhealthy factors in the working environment such as poor ventilation. Here are some measures that can be taken to decrease the likelihood of sick building syndrome in your workplace:
• Change air filters. These should be changed, at the very minimum, once a month. If they are not changed they can allow dust and bacteria right back into the office.
• Eliminate smoking. While most buildings have gone smoke-free, there are offices where it’s still allowed. The microscopic particulates from tobacco smoke aren’t doing you or your building any favors. Ban all forms of smoking tobacco from your facility.
• Houseplants have been proven to contribute toward air purification, namely removing formaldehyde from the air. Their presence in offices has both physical and psychological benefits. Inexpensive and easily maintained, houseplants are welcome additions to an office and add to its aesthetic value. Many companies will come in to maintain the plants and spruce them up during the holiday season, adding cheer for your employees and staff.
When it comes to the cleaning of your building, ServiceMaster Green has you covered for any kind of commercial cleaning you may need. Our trained staff is IIRC certified and utilizes the safest and greenest commercial cleaning agents available. Our “do less harm” philosophy means you can be sure our capture and removal of dirt, dust, and bacteria is state of the art and will help keep your building and employees healthy. To find out more about what green cleaning can do for your Des Moines, IA, business, contact us at (515) 255-7775.
November 10th, 2016 · No Comments
When it comes to cleaning your office, we can provide the expected commercial cleaning services for our Des Moines, IA, area companies. Floor cleaning, sanitizing surfaces, carpet cleaning, and vacuuming break rooms and bathrooms are all tasks included in our service. But there’s another component to cleaning commercial businesses that can often be overlooked: cleaning your walls.
While they may not show dirt as easily as a flat surface that you work on every day, such as your desk, walls are often textured and hold tiny particles of dust that will turn to grime over time. So even though at first glance your walls don’t seem outwardly dirty like a bathroom can, dirty and dusty walls can give an overall appearance of “shabbiness” to a room. Your company has probably put a lot of care into the aesthetics of the office, choosing the right colors and complementary furniture to give off the corporate vibe. You know the value of keeping the lobby looking great, the carpets cleaned, and the look of the office fresh. But add in a few greasy fingerprints around light switches and a stray cobweb in a corner and suddenly it’s all the customer waiting in the lobby can see.
In addition to making the place look great, a cleaning of your walls will improve the overall health and sanitation in your office. Throughout the day, your HVAC system is pumping out recycled air that can contain allergens, pollens, and pollutants. When those pollutants land on the micro surfaces of your walls (usually in high or low areas), an almost sticky surface forms. Add in some fingerprints and dead skin cells, and suddenly you’ve got a nasty mix of sticky and dirty walls that can make the place look drab and closed in.
How often do you need to have your walls cleaned? It depends on the facility, on the kind of foot traffic, and on what is housed in your commercial building. Drywall, wallpaper, and even painted surfaces can benefit from a commercial cleaning and we are happy to help you form a plan for cleaning your walls. For some clients, this is done at every cleaning, others opt to do it monthly or quarterly. No matter what you choose, you can be sure that we’re using our patented microfiber technology to capture and remove dirt, dust, and debris. This attention will help keep your walls looking bright, protect your investment, and allow you to repaint or repair your wall coverings less often.
Our qualified commercial cleaning services will pay attention to your Des Moines, IA, facility’s needs by improving the look of your walls and more! Contact us at (515) 255-7775.