How Are Commercial Cleaning Services Different From Residential Cleaning Services?

The main difference between commercial cleaning services and residential cleaning services is that one company works in office buildings, and on commercial properties, while the other companies work in private homes.

There are commercial cleaning services that clean residential homes. Many of the services clean homes after new construction. They get all of the window panes cleaned, they remove debris, and they get the homes ready for their occupants.

Let’s take a look at commercial cleaning services and residential cleaning services:

Commercial Cleaning Services

• They generally come to clean at a time when the business is closed to the public

• Sweep all floors that have tile, wood, ceramic, laminate, or linoleum

• Vacuum carpeted sections

• Replace air freshener cartridges as needed

• Clean the bathrooms throughout the building

• Clean the entrance doors and all glass interior doors

• Mop all floor that have tile, ceramic, linoleum, wood, laminate, or vinyl coverings

• Empty all trash receptacles

• Clean break rooms

• Dust office furniture such as desks, file cabinets, and venetian blinds

• Clean ceiling fans, and may replace air conditioner filters

• Shampoo carpets twice a year or as needed

• Polish tile floors twice a year or as needed

• May change light bulbs in fixtures and do simple maintenance jobs

Residential Cleaning Services

• Wash dishes or load the dishwasher

• Wash clothes

• Sweep and mop all floors that do not have carpet

• Make the beds

• Change sheets when necessary

• Water house plants

• Dust all end tables, book cases, and wooden furniture

• Clean ceiling fans and keep them free of dust

• Scrub bathroom including shower and tub

• Clear mirrors

• Hang up clothing and pick up clutter

• Clean out refrigerators

• Clear kitchen counters

• Empty trash baskets in all rooms

Both cleaning service do many of the same jobs but the commercial services will have more varied jobs because every business is different.

Services that work with mainly residential customers will usually send one person, sometimes two people, to a home to do the work. Services that clean businesses may send several employees to do the work needed.

Services that clean residential homes may not do background checks on their employees, but services that clean businesses will do background checks on their employees, because businesses have more confidential materials to be concerned with.

Businesses have to be more careful about what cleansers they allow the services to use when they clean their spaces than homeowners do. The homeowner only has to worry about chemicals causing reactions in their own family members, while a business owner has all of their employees, and customers to consider.

The Benefits Commercial Roofing Services Provide

Roofs that are old or damaged can cause unforeseen problems to the commercial sector. One should not ignore roof problems such as rotting and leaks, as this could lead to far bigger problems if left. By replacing your old roof you can lower energy loss and save on energy bills. The materials that commercial roofing services use are durable, long lasting, look great and will increase the value of your property.

Roofing systems provide a wide selection of choices, designs and colors. When hiring a professional roofing specialist they will walk you through the various roofing options as well as answer any questions you may have. They will provide you with the perfect solution as most reputable commercial roofing services have been providing the commercial sector with roofing solution for many years.

Reputable certified roofing companies are dedicated and safety compliant and will provide you with professional satisfaction all around. No matter if you’re installing a brand new roof or just want to repair and spruce up your old roof; you will find a high quality commercial roofing specialist in your area. Not only will such services supply you with a new roof but they also offer regular maintenance.

Roofing companies source the best and most affordable materials. They will provide you with several types of roofing options as well as give you advice you on the best roofing option to suit your specific needs. They are able to identify any issues before they become major problems. There are several factors that you need to consider when building and maintaining a new roof such as:

• Incorrect slope

• Insufficient drainage

• Insulation

Commercial roofing services will help you choose an appropriate roof system that works well with your existing building design. When the construction process is completed they will offer you an ongoing maintenance plan to ensure your roof remains in good condition. Regular maintenance helps to identify potential problems, which can be repaired to prevent the problem from worsening. A majority of these companies services are designed to install roofs as quickly as possible, so they do not interfere with your business practices which saves time and money.

Proper roofing is essential for any commercial building and by making use of commercial roofing services that offer regular check ups; you will eliminate the stress and the costs of future repairs. They will avert your fears by offering real time solutions and at the same time they will deliver a high quality service inline with your budget.

Commercial Building Inspections – Tips for Finding a Reliable and Competent Building Inspector

If and when planning to purchase a commercial property, the question often arises, ‘How Can I Find a Reliable and Competent Building Inspector for Conducting a Commercial Building Inspection?’ While one could easily write an eBook on this subject matter, this article offers several tips to help you hire a reliable and competent inspector for the purpose of obtaining a thorough and diligent commercial building inspection. So without further ado, let me begin by telling you ‘What Not to Do’.

Never hire a commercial building inspector who was referred to you by the real estate agent or any other outside party who has a vested interest in and stands to gain from the sale of the property.

Although this statement goes without saying, it’s worth mentioning simply because many of those looking to purchase commercial real estate believe it is standard protocol to rely upon the realtor’s recommendation for hiring an inspector. In reality, this practice poses a conflict of interest that can have dire consequences for the party purchasing the property. Unfortunately, real estate agents who knowingly partake in this practice along with inspectors who continue to burn the candle from both ends know exactly what they’re doing and how to get away with it. While there may be a few exceptions to what I am telling you, I can assure you that the majority of inspectors who rely heavily upon referrals from real estate agents for their business are not going to rock the boat by disclosing any information to the client during the course of an inspection that may later serve to jeopardize their relationship with the broker or real estate company who referred them in the first place.

Never hire a Home Inspector to conduct a Commercial Property Inspection.

As for hiring a home inspector to conduct a commercial building inspection, suffice it to say that in most cases, conducting a commercial building inspection is altogether different from performing a home inspection for reasons too numerous to list in this article. However, the proliferation of home inspectors over the past twenty years (everyone wants to be one, especially in those States where home inspection licensing has become mandatory making it relatively easy for anyone to become licensed), hasn’t helped either as this has spawned an increasing number of home inspectors who are still unable to properly inspect a home, much less a commercial building, even if their life depended upon it. Moreover, given the number of significant and distinct differences between residential and commercial property, while experience in inspecting homes may well serve as a prerequisite, it is by no means a substitute for the vast amount of knowledge and experience required and yet to be learned by most home inspectors before they can even begin thinking about conducting a diligent and thorough building inspection.

Aside from ‘What Not to Do’, there are also other criteria you need to consider or at least be aware of in your quest to hire a reliable and competent commercial building inspector. namely:

Know the fundamental difference between a Commercial Building Inspection and a Property Condition Assessment (PCA).

Although this topic warrants a separate discussion, it’s important to note that the terms ‘PCA’ and ‘Commercial Building Inspection’ are often used interchangeably in the commercial sector. This in turn has resulted in a lot of confusion not only among real estate investors and others looking to purchase commercial property but real estate agents as well who more often than not simply do not know much less understand the difference. To make matters worse, the ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials) has also gotten in on the act by promulgating their ASTM Standards for Conducting a Baseline PCA. What this means is that since they happen to be a nationally recognized organization in the construction industry, in certain respects they’re similar to the AMA in the medical profession meaning anything and everything they write on a particular subject happens to bear a lot of weight. The problem arises in that the Standards for Conducting a Baseline PCA are often misunderstood by many in the profession and seldom if ever read by those buying and selling real estate.

To simplify things, all one really has to know is that the difference between a commercial building inspection and a Baseline PCA is like night and day since the later can be performed in a fraction of the time it takes to conduct a thorough and diligent commercial building inspection. The reasoning behind this is pure and simple in that a PCA is essentially a cursory walk-through of the property that relies heavily upon second hand information obtained through interviews and documentation (that may/may not be readily available let alone veritable) normally obtained through the owner and/or occupants of the property. Hence, my advice to anyone who is seriously considering having a PCA in deciding whether or not to purchase a commercial property is to forget it since in most cases a PCA is a total waste of time and money in providing information contained in a property condition report that isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

Try to obtain as much information as you can about the company and the inspector beforehand

This is another statement that goes without saying but I mention it because many people feel uncomfortable in asking questions of this nature especially when speaking with someone they don’t already know. However, if you reflect upon what I’ve just said for a moment, the fact you don’t know anything about the company or the inspector should be reason enough to ask all the questions you can to solicit answers without being embarrassed.

Be sure to ask the company or building inspector for references

Last but not least, do not be embarrassed to ask for bonafide references regarding recent clients for whom they have conducted similar commercial building inspections. If the company or inspector is reputable and if they have confidence in the service they provide, they normally will not have any reservations whatsoever in providing you with this information.

My next article will provide tips as to what questions you need to ask and what else you need to be aware of in looking to hire a reliable and competent commercial building inspector.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning Pros and Cons – Hot Water Extraction Vs Encapsulation

Carpet in your commercial office or facility is most often a substantial investment. An investment that requires periodic maintenance, like changing the oil in your car or washing and waxing your car. If you don’t wash and wax your car the condition of the paint will deteriorate much faster. The same is true with the carpet in your facility.

Which method of cleaning is right for your needs? In today’s article I’m going to cover the pros and cons of both Hot Water Extraction and Encapsulation. First we must understand what kind of carpet we are maintaining. Most all commercial carpet manufactured today are a loop construction with a olefin chemical composition. Olefin is an oil based product therefore it is oil attracting. Which sometimes make it a challenge to clean. Fear not with the right maintenance schedule based on the amount of foot traffic will give you a clean looking carpet for years to come. At the end of this article I will give a final recommended cleaning schedule.

Let’s first look a the pros and cons of Hot Water Extraction. Let’s put 1 important point to rest. There is no such thing as “steam cleaning”. There isn’t enough moisture to rinse and flush a carpet pile with “all steam”. Besides there is no commercial carpet cleaning machine or truckmount that has the ability to produce steam only at the wand tip. So,, all wand water based cleaning is hot water extraction. Water boils at 212 degrees at sea level. Yes. There can appear to be a flume of steam coming out of the wand tip when cleaning, although it’s still the same effect when you go out on a cold day breathe hard and see vapor or what appears to be steam coming out of your mouth.

Most commercial equipment will push nearly 200 degrees out the wand tip. That’s Hot! This is one of the cons. Too much hot water extraction tends to deteriorate the carpet backing. It can also create another condition called Dry Rot. Technically Dry Rot isn’t Dry Rot. It’s caused when the carpet is wetted then dried too often. It should be called Wet Rot. Another con is the amount of wet time or the amount of time required to dry. Security issues with the doors being unsecured during cleaning which is normally done after hours. The biggest Pro of the Hot Water Extraction process is it’s ability to flush the carpet pile then extract. Almost a total removal of allergens, dust and soiling. Let’s next discuss Encapsulation. Then we will cover how the two working together will create a nearly perfect maintenance plan for your facility.

Pros and Cons of Encapsulation. First I must briefly describe the encapsulation process. Caution: this encapsulation description is not scientific. It is kept basic so most everyone can easily understand.

Encapsulation: is a specialized solution that’s applied to the carpet by some sort of sprayer. Then it is worked into the pile by some sort of agitation – normally a rotary floor machine with a bonnet or carpet safe scrub pad. The solution surrounds the fiber like carpet protection. While on the fiber, it will repel or release more surface soil. When the carpet is vacuumed it will further pull more soiling from the fiber. Eventually the non soil attracting coating on the fibers break off being sucked into the vacuum. The pros of encapsulation are most spots don’t return – the carpet doesn’t get wet enough to wick, dries fast and carpets stay cleaner longer. It also reduces the chances of Dry Rot and does not damage the carpet backing. It’s a much faster cleaning process. The only con I can see with the encapsulation process is not fully flushing the carpet pile. This is where we marry the two processes for a nearly perfect carpet maintenance schedule. The Carpet & Rug Institute, the leading authority on commercial carpet maintenance suggest that for every 3 to 4 encapsulation processes that 1 hot water extraction process be done. This will lessen the amount of times required for hot water extraction and extend the life and look of your commercial carpets without sacrificing indoor air quality or cleanliness.

Depending on how much traffic goes through your facility usually determines the frequency of cleaning. Frequency could be every other month, quarterly or every 6 months. Having your carpets encapulated will also save you money. Encapsulation is a much less costly process because of its quickness and not running truckmount equipment. I’ve heard of encapsulation cleaning as low as 5 cents per square foot. I haven’t seen a reputable company offering hot water extraction any less than 10 cents per square foot.

Your carpet cleaning professional can give you a better idea of what’s best for your facility. I hope this article helps you make an educated & informed decision on the carpet maintenance for your office or facility.