Covid -19 has resulted in mental health and wellbeing issues in offices, factories and other workplaces coming into very sharp focus. As a result, employers, business owners and managers need to ensure that their offices and working environments fulfil their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) in terms of cleanliness and hygiene.
Understandably, everyone today has become hyper-sensitive when it comes to matters relating to cleanliness and hygiene in their offices, factories and other work environments and to the many attendant dangers of the bacteria and dirt than can very quickly build up there.
Lightfoot Cleaning Services is an independent family-owned and managed business with a reputation built over many years that we take great pride in for our honesty, reliability and customer service. We are extremely proud to be on the procurement list of several Councils and to work with a very wide range of businesses and private clients ranging from Schools, Solicitors, Hotels, Property Agents, Car Dealerships and Food Production and Manufacturing through to Nurseries and Care Homes.
A clean reception area and clean offices have a key role to play in making a good first impression with clients, customers, guests and visitors alike. They are a vital and very tangible opportunity to demonstrate the professionalism, values and standards of your business and to generate feelings of confidence and trust that will have benefits that will far outweigh the costs of the cleaning process itself. A clean reception and offices are also instrumental in providing staff and employees with confidence in their employer and pride in their job and in motivating them to perform at their best.
Regular and thorough cleaning regimes throughout workplaces are essential, not only in the interest of the health and wellbeing of staff and employees for whom businesses have a duty of care, but also in the interest of the health and wellbeing of their clients, customers and visitors – and ultimately of their own business.
A clean and hygienic working environment will provide staff and employees with peace of mind that the air quality will be better and that the risk of the spread of germs will be reduced. As a result, morale will be better and they will feel safer, be more at ease, be more motivated, feel more valued and be more productive. Another benefit is that the incidence of sick leave and absenteeism is likely to be reduced.
Everyone today is extremely aware of and alert to the need for scrupulous levels of cleanliness and highest professional standards of hygiene in leisure, catering and hospitality venues. The same applies equally to education establishments such as nurseries, schools, colleges and universities where much trust is placed and where many people gather, visit and spend significant time.
Importantly, there is the need for the very highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene in the healthcare sector – and in particular where vulnerable and at-risk people are concerned. This includes care homes, nursing homes and retirement homes and also hospitals and clinics.
While carpets are often put in place in receptions and offices to make a good first impression, to be welcoming and to make staff, clients and visitors feel at home, they trap airborne pollutants. These must be removed in order to protect the carpet and maintain indoor air quality. – a factor which can be a major issue to those who suffer from asthma or allergies.
Regular and appropriate professional cleaning of carpets in the workplace, especially using the hot water extraction method, prevents the build-up of allergens and bacteria and can affect the warranty and increase the life of carpets significantly. This applies equally to carpeting and other flooring in the home.
Regardless of what business or industry you are in, this is no time to pay lip service to cleanliness and hygiene standards in the workplace, to settle for superficially clean commercial cleaning and no time to accept that clean enough is even remotely good enough.
What is required is a considered programme of regular and thorough facility-wide cleans, including toilets and kitchens, supported by periodic Deep-Cleans backed up by Sanitisation, Decontamination, Disinfection and Allergy/Infection Control if, as and when appropriate. Importantly, these services should be delivered by a fully trained and insured professional and accredited Trading Standards Approved Commercial Cleaning Services Specialist that employs professional grade equipment and techniques.
Importantly, these services will ideally be delivered by a fully trained professional and accredited Trading Standards Approved Commercial Cleaning Services Specialist that employs professional grade equipment and techniques.
Within our facility-wide range of offerings, we include sanitisation, decontamination, disinfection, deep cleaning and infection control and allergy control services. We invest in the best training and employ the best professional grade equipment available which includes having invested in one of the most powerful van-based carpet, upholstery and hard floor cleaning machines in the UK that uses the hot water extraction method.
This means that we can run hoses from the van that will reach up to 600ft and, where health and safety considerations allow, we can park outside with the van and access the business premises either via the rear of the building or through a second or third floor window, allowing us to clean those floors with minimal disruption. We also carry our own water supply and remove the dirty water which is carried in a separate tank on the van.
With water temperatures available of over 100 degrees, we kill bacteria in an environmentally friendly way using the quality solutions we carry which include sanitisation products with kill claims for covid 19 and other viruses. We are also fully trained and insured to carry out infection control and deep cleans including a fogging sanitisation service which can be used for carpets, upholstery or vinyl / safety flooring.