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Office Cleaning Pet Peeves

Office Cleaning Pet Peeves

We’ve asked Filipino office workers what makes them tick when it comes to the cleanliness in their office. We might also be guilty of doing some of these in the office as some are as simple as leaving a dirty mug can already offend your colleague.  Check out the results below and see if you belong to the general group of Filipinos who love and hate doing these chores.

We sent out a survey in January 2023 and collected 142 responses over a period of 30 days. 71.4% of the respondents were women, while 28.6% of them were men. Majority of the respondents were between the age group of 36-45 years old (57.1%).

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Office Cleaning Pet Peeves

  • Stinky toilets / washroom
  • Weird food smell in the pantry and work area
  • Pile of trash in trash bin
  • Pile of dirty dishes in the pantry
  • Food crumbs in work area
  • Dirty mugs in office pantry

Filipino office workers don’t mind:

  • Unpolished floor
  • Dust or stain on window blinds

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#1 Stinky Toilets / Washroom

Who doesn’t hate stinky washrooms and toilets? We want to do a bio-break and be relieved, not get more stressed from the smell of it. 92% of the respondents said they absolutely hate stinky toilets and it would be a horror to go to the office with one.

In an office with either just a few employees or as many as hundreds of employees working at a time, toilet and washroom maintenance is a must. No matter how many times you remind them and no matter how many notices you place around the washroom, some people will really miss their mark. With janitors routinely cleaning the office, it is really a mystery for some why their office washroom stink, and that is why this is Office Pet Peeve #1.

#2 Weird Food Smell in the Pantry Area and Work Area

You can close the window blinds, use noise cancellation earphones, move your work table to get rid of all possible distractions and to make yourself more productive, but you can’t cover your nose from that weird food smell coming out of nowhere. We don’t need to go into the details of which food in particular is weird, but weird is weird and we don’t want to be distracted from work because of it. Sadly, we have those colleagues that bring in “unique” food stuff that they enjoy, but make others either nauseous or grossed out.

#3 Pile of Trash in the Trash Bin

We have someone who brings out the trash at home, but what about at work? If you see a pile of trash in the bin already, either someone’s not doing their job or your colleagues are dumping way too much trash for a day. Either way, seeing a pile of trash means more weird smells and crawling insects. 64% of the respondents said their garbage piles up in the office. Yikes! If your office is set up so that most of you eat out during breaks, having a pile of trash in the bin is surely going to be weird. Though this may not directly affect the productivity of the people working in the office, working in an environment that feels like the dumpster sends a signal that either someone is not being paid enough, or your company culture lacks waste management.

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#4 Pile of Dirty Dishes in the Pantry

This is something that is caused by a few of our colleagues, rather than a shortcoming from the office janitor. Some people really think that the office is an extension of their home and a helper is always there to clean it up. It’s hard to point fingers and there are no lines in the Employee Handbook that says it is not allowed or otherwise. This is probably one of the reasons why 51% of the respondents said they see piled up dishes in their office pantry. Thankfully, due to the pandemic and the rise in health awareness, more people are washing their hands regularly and washing their dishes and utensils immediately to avoid the spread of diseases. Unfortunately, as soon as the regulations eased, some tended to return to their old unhygienic ways.

#5 Food Crumbs in the Work Area

Imagine going through a business call and suddenly you see in the corner of your eyes some cookie and potato chip crumbs on the table or on the office carpet. “How did they get there? Why isn’t anyone picking them up?”, now you are distracted and out of focus from your call. Productivity wasted. There are reasons why your company bans food and drinks in the operations area, apart from the IT department’s recommendation to prevent damage to work computers. Research shows that food, particularly junk food, is distracting in the work area.

#6 Dirty Mugs in Office Pantry

Similar to number 4 on the list, this is something that a colleague will do, rather than your office janitor missed doing. Though not as messy as dirty dishes, dirty mugs are space hoggers. It makes it difficult for others to wash their mugs or dishes with all these lying around the sink. In the survey, almost 93% hate seeing dirty mugs in the office pantry. Though all of the respondents said that they have office janitors and the office provides cleaning materials for the office housekeeping team, only about 36% said their office has reading resources and signs about cleanliness in the office.

A big takeaway from the survey we have done is that almost 86% of the respondents said their office has a regular cleaning schedule and 65% said their office does a yearly office general cleaning. Following a cleaning routine in the office is already a big help in keeping the workforce healthy and productive. However, making the employees involved and participate in maintaining a clean office is also important, as well as making sure the janitors have undergone proper Housekeeping Training.

How to Do a Proper Office Deep Cleaning

How to Do a Proper Office Deep Cleaning

Not happy or satisfied with the office deep cleaning done by your in-house janitor team or from an outsourced janitorial service agency? While cleanliness sometimes depends on “the eye of the beholder”, there is a process on how to do a proper office deep cleaning. If you are looking for an expert’s opinion (and that with 10 years experience) on how to do that, check out our steps below:



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Schedule your Office Deep Cleaning

Your office housekeeping team might be missing out on cleaning opportunities because of a bad schedule. Doing a deep office cleaning while employees are working can be detrimental to both the employees and the cleaning team. It is recommended to do an Office Deep Cleaning monthly or at least quarterly, during times where there are no employees (weekends) and with ample lighting (daytime).

The right schedule would let your cleaning team spot areas that need more attention, work on improving the cleanliness of an area and efficiently carry out the deep cleaning without distractions and interruptions.

Do a Personal Ocular Inspection

Run through the cleaning details with your team to plan out how you will carry out the Office Deep Cleaning. This is also best done with someone who is not part of the in-house janitorial team so you have another set of eyes that can spot areas you might have missed.

Planning an office deep cleaning can be overwhelming. Getting an overview of your office from top to bottom, left to right, you might overlook some areas that need more attention. It could be as simple as carpet stains, cobwebs on the ceiling, or stained grout in the washroom. Getting through the details with your cleaning team gets them more on board with the task at hand.

Assign Specialized People to Do Specialized Tasks

Almost everybody knows how to clean, but not everyone knows how to shampoo carpets or polish floors. Check your team who specializes in which and let them do the task to get the best office deep cleaning results. You may have encountered carpet stains or floor dirt that persists despite repeated office deep cleanings. You may get frequent responses like “it’s been there for several months already, it’s really hard to remove” or “I didn’t see that last time”, which all means you don’t have the right person for the job. You might need to have someone go through a specialized housekeeping training for this.

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Set a Budget for the Office Deep Cleaning

The Office Deep Cleaning budget is different from your daily or monthly overall cleaning budget. Your daily office cleaning is just to maintain the cleanliness in your office, but an office deep cleaning activity comes with a mission in restoring the cleanliness and requires a special budget. You will need to buy extra cleaning materials or rent out some cleaning equipment such as stain removers, ladders, vacuum cleaners and carpet extractors, materials you don’t regularly use for daily cleaning.

You might need extra people to make sure the cleaning will be done on time. Any shortage in the budget may cause poor results and delays in the cleaning.



Outsource your Office Deep Cleaning

If you find the above steps tough for you, you can always contact a cleaning service company or a janitorial service agency such as CMDA Cleaning Services to do the office deep cleaning for you. You can schedule an ocular inspection and cleaning with them. They should have specialized cleaners to process special areas and they should be able to provide an office deep cleaning that is within your budget.

These outsourced cleaning companies can help identify key cleaning problem areas in your office that your in-house janitors have been too “familiar”, “complacent”, or just can’t seem to deal with.

Outsourcing cleaning jobs, even if you already have in-house janitors, is a common practice worldwide. You need people to “make your office clean” and you need people to “keep your office clean”.

Doing an Office Deep Cleaning shouldn’t be an arduous task for anyone (not even the cleaning team!) if proper planning is made. Most of all, remember why you are doing an office deep cleaning in the first place:

  • Make your office more productive
  • Help make your employees healthy and safe in the office
  • Encourage a cleaner and safer workplace 
  • Protect and restore company assets
  • Align the office environment with the company’s mission and vision

Do In-House Office Cleaner Need Housekeeping Training?

Do In-House Office Cleaner Need Housekeeping Training?

The short answer: YES. 

The office environment is a dynamic space that changes along with the current local and global health situations. Your office cleaner should be equipped with ways on how to help keep all employees healthy and safe, not just with vacuuming floors wiping surfaces. 

Your office cleaners may have been directly hired or through a cleaning agency, and they may be equipped with the basics of cleaning, using a vacuum and a few cleaning tools and materials. Do a quick survey with them and ask: How often do they update their knowledge in cleaning? Do they help prevent infectious diseases that can come in contact with the office water, air and surfaces? Are they ready for the next housekeeping and health concern?

If the feedback you get from them is “never” or “rarely”, then you might not be getting the full potential of your office cleaners. They are supposed to be one of your frontliners when it comes to preventing office accidents and health concerns.

Housekeeping ain’t no joke.” 

– Louisa May Alcott


There are new cleaning products and equipment available in the market right now that can help clean your office better and faster. If your office cleaners are not updated with using them, chances are, they are using more time in one section of your office, or, your office is not entirely clean at all.

There are cleaning agents that work better now compared to your cleaning powder years ago. With the right technique, your office cleaners can clean surfaces faster. There are vacuum cleaners that could clean the air as well. 

Cleaning and Organizing is a PRACTICE, not a Project.

- Meagan Francis


Have you noticed that, in every health crisis scenario in an office or building, whether it is real or in the movies, office cleaners are the first to leave the scene. Why? Because of fear and worry that if they get sick, no one will compensate for their loss of income and hospitalization. However, if they were equipped with Infectious Disease Management, they would know what to do to prevent it: Always wear a face mask and gloves. If it is airborne, switch on air filters. If it is water borne, disinfect and dry surfaces, and so on.


Regardless of compensation arrangements, if your cleaners know how to prevent these diseases, they will become your allies in keeping your employees safe and healthy.


Apart from lifestyle diseases and infectious diseases, office accidents contribute to a number of reasons why employees are unable to perform well at work. A slip here due to water, a trip there due to debris, asthma due to molds, and a lot more. Cleaning just for the sake of “cleanliness” is not enough anymore. Integrating safety in cleaning is the trend now, and it doesn’t cut it if the cleaners only know how to “clean”.

The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.”

Marie Kondo

There are a lot of housekeeping training materials available online to help upskill your office cleaners, but if you need a more comprehensive housekeeping training with live demonstration, give us a call and get you started right away! Our Housekeeping Training is based on years of actual experience in cleaning homes and offices. We include updated cleaning agents and equipment in our training to help ensure your office cleaners are up to date with the latest technology to keep your office clean and safe, at least the time.

CMDA Cleaning Services – A trusted name in Cleaning and Disinfection Services

As a company certified in Cleaning & Infection Control in General Facilities from the Cleaning Masterclass in UK, our clients trust and prefer our services in all their cleaning, disinfection and housekeeping needs. We deliver beyond the basic cleaning, disinfection and housekeeping services you require and expect. Contact us today and let us help you create a cleaner and safer future, together.

8 Effective Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks that Really Work

8 Effective Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks that Really Work

A lot of us have been struggling lately on how to balance work productivity with safety and office cleaning. Virus active cases are rising, new curfews set in place, strict minimum health standards that prevent more people from going to the office, even though the vaccine is already on the rollout.

All these means that the cleaning lady or the janitors will not be back in full force for your office cleaning anytime soon. Now you may have been tasked as well with keeping the office cleaning and maintenance, and on a specific budget.

Thankfully, you have landed on the right page where you can get effective office cleaning tips and tricks that really work, curated, and provided by a professional cleaning service company.

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Effective Office Cleaning Tips

  1. Use a vacuum cleaner instead of a broom
  2. Use an air purifier
  3. Use different mops
  4. Use a powerful multi-purpose cleaner
  5. Spray odor counteractant
  6. Install insect bait and trap
  7. Make trash bins more visible
  8. Hire a professional cleaner on a scheduled basis

People will litter less and throw their trash in proper trash bins more if they can see the trash bins, and, if they see more trash bins.

Invest in a Vacuum Cleaner

Dust is a common cleaning problem when it comes to office cleaning. No matter how you sweep them at the end of the day, you will find them again the next day. Having a vacuum cleaner on standby can easily get all that dust in no time. 

You can invest in a small handheld vacuum cleaner from your favorite online store, so you can store it almost anywhere in your office, and easily use it whenever you need it. They are very easy to operate, and you can designate someone to use it even without training.

You can also opt for a hydrovacuum cleaner that you can just plug and power on the whole day. It sucks in dust and small particles and traps them in water inside their canister. It is a bit pricey but does a lot of work in dust prevention tricks for your office cleaning.

Hydrovacuum Effective Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Hydrovacuum Cleaner sold in Lazada.

Use an Air Purifier

As with the first tip, air purifiers help in preventing and controlling dusts around the office. Not only does it keep the air clean, but it can also remove stale odors and foul scents. It is a good compliment with the vacuum cleaner to ensure that suspended dusts do not reach the floor.

The great thing about air purifiers is their ability to filter more than just dust. Air Purifiers that are also available in your favorite online store can filter and absorb formaldehydes, smoke, and volcanic ash. Some come with ionizers as well to inactivate bacteria and viruses.

Air Purifier Effective Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Air Purifier sold in Lazada

Use Different Mops

This tip might sound expensive, but you will learn soon that this is more cost effective and hygienic when it comes to office cleaning. Using different mops in different places in your office does a better job and saves more time. Imagine walking more distance with a mop and pail just to clean up a small mess?

Most studies and reviews found that cross-contamination is one of the office cleaning challenges that most office workers encounter in the past few years. Odors and dirt from the toilet can be seen in the reception area and sometimes food particles from the pantry can be seen in the meeting room. Having different mops prevent this from happening.

Multiple Mops Effective Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Use a Powerful Multi-Purpose Cleaner

One of the secrets of successful cleaning service companies is using an industrial grade multi-purpose cleaner. It can remove almost all stains and can really clean most surfaces. Thankfully, there are commercial counterparts that you can easily buy from the supermarket.

Common commercial multi-purpose cleaner brands are Mr. Muscle, Mr. Clean, Domex and Lysol to name a few. We have listed other brand names of chemicals for cleaning in one of our recent articles.

The trick in using multi-purpose cleaners is to wet the surface to be cleaned, spray or apply the multi-purpose cleaner, and soak/leave it for at least 5 minutes. Chemical cleaners need time to work on the stain and dirt. If you scrub or wipe the surface immediately, it will give you a hard time cleaning it.

Multi Purpose Cleaner Effective Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Spray Odor Counteractant

In any given space there will always be unwanted odors coming from different sources. You may have done the previous tips and all the cleaning techniques you know, but that food from last week still lingers around the pantry. Spraying an odor counteractant will get rid of those ghosts of past cleaning.

Odor counteractants work by chemically neutralizing the air from the byproducts of Nitrogen coming from spoilt food, decaying materials, and urine to name a few. You can buy effective counteractants in your favorite online store.

odor counteractant Effective Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Install Insect Bait and Traps

Presence of crawling insects indicates poor office cleaning management. Apart from the dust and dirt, you must clean and remove these insects that seem to be almost everywhere in your office. Insect sprays can do only so much, and you want these out of sight, not dropping dead in the middle of the floor.

Thankfully, there are insect bait and traps available online and at the supermarket. They attract the insects and kill them within the trap. No extra cleaning needed, and you just need to replace the traps after a month or two.

insect trap Effective Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Baygon Insect Bait and Trap

Make Trash Bins More Visible

Behavior in throwing trash relies heavily on individual, contextual demands, such as having plenty of trash cans readily available for public disposal, do play a role. In a study about waste management, people will litter less and throw their trash in proper trash bins more if they can see the trash bins, and, if they see more trash bins.

People tend to use excuses like “I can’t seem to find a trash bin so I just left it on the sink” or something, just not to throw their own trash properly. But when there are visible trash bins, they are more encouraged to throw not just their own trash, but any other trash around it. Having an exposed trash bin can be unsightly but the benefits outweigh the aesthetics.

more trash bins Effective Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Schedule a Professional Cleaner for your Office Cleaning

Getting a company or someone to do your office cleaning twice or thrice a week can save you a lot of money and trouble in keeping your office clean. You can either purchase the cleaning equipment and train your cleaning lady to do the cleaning three times a week, or you can have a worry-free office cleaning experience in hiring a professional cleaning company.

Purchasing the right equipment and training someone takes time, effort, and money. This pandemic is not permanent either. Temporarily hiring a professional can solve your office cleaning problems until your office is in full operation and your in-house janitors are back. We have given some tips on how to get the best office cleaning service in the market in one of our articles.

Professional and Effective Office Cleaning

Whether you are working from home or already reporting in the office, we’re all facing the struggles of balancing productivity and keeping our workspace clean. We hope these tips helped you somehow. For more tips and tricks in cleaning, visit our blog section.

Do you want to learn more on how CMDA Cleaning Services can help you, your family, or your office fight against COVID-19?

Send us an email at inquiry@cmdacleaning.com, or call/text us on any number mentioned above.

Let’s all be well and healthy, wear a face mask, wash our hands frequently, maintain a 1-2 meter physical distance to non-family members, and stay at home if we can. Stay covid-free!

Office Cleaning Essentials in 2021

Office Cleaning Essentials in 2021

The world is now a year into this pandemic and there is more emphasis on cleaning and disinfection now, compared to a couple of years ago. As lockdown measures ease on most parts of the globe and with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, there are more reasons why office and property managers must adjust their office cleaning measures.

The availability of the vaccine would mean the possibility of returning the workforce back to the office. Employers and employees alike will have the confidence that having the COVID-19 vaccine would mean less severity (and lethality) in case you catch the disease in the workplace. This confidence might blind a few on the importance of cleaning the office, or worse, reverting back to the cleaning methods prior pandemic.

In an article published in the New York Times, researchers focused only on the severity of COVID-19 on vaccinated individuals, but not their ability and possibility to transmit the virus, especially if they are asymptomatic and stop wearing masks. Furthermore, despite different mutations, the virus can still stay on surfaces for an extended period of time.

Thus being said, maintaining a safe and clean office space is important no matter what year or century you are in. As mentioned by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), developing a plan for your office cleaning and disinfection, implementing, maintaining it, and revising the plan as needed, is crucial in the survival of your business during a pandemic.

In a time-and-motion we conducted during the pandemic, here are the key essential points to consider when having your office cleaned.

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“Maintaining a safe and clean office space is important no matter what year or century you are in.”

Key Points in Office Cleaning that are Essential:

  • Cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces and high foot traffic areas
  • Cleaning and disinfection co-working spaces
  • Cleaning of working spaces
  • Cleaning of walls and ceiling
  • Cleaning and disinfection of toilets and washrooms
  • Cleaning, disinfection and pest control application of pantry and food storage areas
  • Cleaning during down time (before or after office hours)

Office Cleaning on High Touch Surfaces and High Foot Traffic Areas

According to research, the virus can live up to 5 days on metallic surfaces, glass, and ceramic. It can live up to 4 days on wood and up to 3 days on plastic and steel. Frequent cleaning and disinfection is important on these types of surfaces to prevent possible contamination. High touch surface and high foot traffic areas happen to be made out of these materials, such as:

High Touch Surfaces

  • Door Knobs and handles
  • Pens
  • Countertops
  • Tables
  • Doorknobs
  • Bathroom fixtures
  • Phones
  • Keyboards
  • Remote controls
  • Toilets
  • Reception and lounge chairs
  • Water dispensers

High Foot Traffic Areas

  • Office entrance
  • Reception area
  • Waiting area
  • Toilet / washrooms

It is highly recommended to clean these areas and surfaces daily and disinfect them every 1-3 hours. Application of a disinfectant film or disinfectant shield such as CMDA Nano Microbe Shield that can kill bacteria and viruses on contact 24 hours a day, up to 30 days. 

Office Cleaning of Working and Co-Working Spaces

The office workplace setting has been dynamic in the last couple of decades. Settings in spaces such as contact centers and co-working spaces has made it possible to optimize the utilization of a space for different working individuals such as contact center representatives and freelancers.

This pandemic has shown the drawback of such work arrangement – possible cross-infection of diseases between individuals sharing the same space. Controlling the usage of such spaces between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals would be difficult. To address this challenge, it would mean disinfection of the space in between use. Tabletops, keyboards, monitors, phones and chair arm rests must be disinfected for the safety of the next user.

Exclusive working spaces such as the manager’s office or the Human Resource (HR) department’s office can be cleaned and maintained on a regular schedule, with a focus on frequent disinfection on door knobs and handles.

Prior to the covid pandemic, there has been an increase in contact centers and co-working spaces, all of which were vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.

Cleaning Your Office Walls and Ceiling

Office walls and ceilings are less likely to contain the coronavirus, however, it can be home to other bacteria and viruses. Walls and ceiling can be regularly wiped and disinfected on a scheduled basis, however, there is a special need of attention on what is in between your walls and beyond your ceiling.

Walls with visible water stains would mean possible fungal and bacterial spores. Checking where water accumulates within the wall and fixing it would immediately solve the problem. In some extreme cases, the wall may need to be replaced, because there will be no amount of cleaning and disinfection that can keep a water logged wood from housing bacteria and fungi.

Beyond the office ceiling are exhaust pipes and air conditioning ducts – basically the ventilation system of the office. To save power, offices have turned off their ventilation during lockdowns, bringing the circulating air to a halt. Poor air ventilation exacerbates the presence of bacteria, molds and viruses.

According to a professional workplace management company , “To maintain healthy indoor environments as you phase employees back into the office, facilities need to concentrate on plumbing, ventilation, and filtration systems that filter, dilute, and remove pathogens.” Cleaning office ventilation systems should be part of your office cleaning plans.

The walls and ceiling might be hiding something, and it is not COVID-19.

Office Pantry Cleaning

The pantry may be the only place where almost everyone, perhaps including the CEO, converges with other members of the office. “Nothing brings people together like good food” as they say, but also bacteria, fungi, molds, viruses and insects.

Protocols may have been set on your pantry as to how many may occupy it, how to clean and disinfect it, and how frequent. But there has been little efforts made on pest control. We have cleaned hundreds of offices and we have observed that the pantry area will almost always have a fly or two flying, and a dozen or so insects crawling. What these offices have in common is the absence of pest control protocols in place, such as a sound food storage management system, monthly pest control treatment and a standby pest control measures such as insect baits and traps.

Current health and safety measures are focused on preventing the spread of the coronavirus, however, each and everyone of us are still under constant threat against diseases brought by insects.

There’s always a place to eat in the office. And where there is food, there will be insects too.

Challenges and Opportunities in Office Cleaning in 2021

Information about the coronavirus and covid vaccine frequently changes. Minimum health standards change depending on time and the government. Offices are left to themselves how to manage and prevent their employees from being infected, without affecting budget and operations. This has also brought the rise in searching and hiring office cleaning and disinfection professionals .

SafeGroup boss Steve Broughton, a leading cleaning firm in the UK, said during his interview with BBC, “there are too many companies seeking a market opportunity to meet the demand, that at the same time, don’t have sufficient knowledge or the right equipment to deliver an office cleaning service or any cleaning service safely or correctly.”

Choosing the right cleaning and disinfection chemicals and techniques have been a challenge as well. Most government agencies have said that cleaning and disinfecting with bleach alone is enough to kill the virus, however, it also poses a respiratory hazard to most people. Cleaning and disinfection companies have offered fumigation disinfection, while others are offering electrostatic disinfection using Quaternary Ammonium Chloride which is highly effective.

These challenges have given the opportunity for businesses, specifically property managers or people assigned in the cleaning and sanitation of their office, to expand their knowledge on correct and safe cleaning and disinfection. At the same time, it has provided more options for companies to choose which service works best for their office and their budget.

As a final word, quoting the chairman of a world renowned business support group – Michael Rust, “It is vital that businesses don’t cut corners as they plan for the easing of lockdown”.

“Given the high level of training required to use the right equipment and specialist cleaning products, the clear advice to all businesses is only to use accredited cleaning companies with a long history in this sector – otherwise you’re risking the safety of your workers and the public.”

The clear advice to all businesses is only to use accredited cleaning companies with a long history in this sector – otherwise you’re risking the safety of your workers and the public.

Do you want to learn more on how CMDA Cleaning Services can help you, your family, or your office fight against COVID-19?

Send us an email at inquiry@cmdacleaning.com, or call/text us on any number mentioned above.

Let’s all be well and healthy, wear a face mask, wash our hands frequently, maintain a 1-2 meter physical distance to non-family members, and stay at home if we can. Stay covid-free!

(TIP) Getting the Best Office Cleaning Service in the Market

(TIP) Getting the Best Office Cleaning Service in the Market

Office cleaning may sound simple and you may have thought it has its own cogs and wheels working on their own. You have an in-house janitorial service hired, memo to staff in place to keep their workspace always clean, and posters placed to “Clean As You Go” (CLAYGO). Up until you see spaces that are still dirty, corners your housekeeping can’t reach. You start smelling something funky on the pantry, you see insects crawling around the walls, and the pearly white tiles of your comfort rooms become yellowish.

Having your office cleaned is as important as landing deals with big ticket clients, and the methods are almost the same. It takes planning and looking for the best practice to keep your office space clean, keep it clean longer and within the budget.

Since you may be not part of the housekeeping management team, or was only tasked to look for the “best” cleaning service company within your company’s budget. You start googling for cleaning service companies within your area and then request a quote from each of them. At that point, you get results that are almost Greek to you. Different companies, websites, prices and inclusions. How would you know which one is the best cleaning service in the market?

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Match the quotes with the office cleaning service you want and need

Like every product or service you find in the web, they all should come with specifications (specs), including office cleaning service proposals. Without looking at the rates and prices, check the inclusions or specifications of each quotation sent to you. Are they within the requirements of your office cleaning? Do they contain all or parts of your vision for your office cleaning? Are they detailed enough to paint a picture of how they will clean your office?

According to Karen Tiber Leland, an author of inc.com, her friends have made fun of her for whipping out her hand sanitizer after onsite meetings at clients’ offices. “You never know who has been touching what” was always her response. As it turns out, She was on to something. In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is encouraging U.S. businesses to take a serious look at their in-office policies to contain the potential spread of the virus.

Cleaning requirements might come from government bodies, but they may already be available right under your nose. You’ll know what office cleaning service you need based on these requirements.

Office Cleaning service you need:

  • Floor cleaning in all areas (Vacuum, scrub where applicable, mopping and drying)
  • Wipe down walls and ceiling
  • Wipe cabinets, lockers and shelves
  • Vacuum upholstered items (chairs and couch)
  • Glass window cleaning
  • Wipe small and large office furnitures, appliances and machines
  • Cleaning and sanitation of entire office pantry
  • Cleaning and sanitation of toilet facilities
  • Empty trash bins and replace trash bags
  • Application of disinfectant solution on all processes
  • Deodorize rooms

Office cleaning steps you may also want:

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Check the office cleaning company’s background

Your office is striving to be professional and compliant, so why should an amateur clean it right? Your company doesn’t want to hire someone who isn’t qualified, much more for an office cleaning that should last for a long time.

 According to SafeGroup, one of the leading cleaning and disinfection company in the UK, the market (cleaning service industry) was being “flooded” by firms that lacked the experience or equipment to operate “safely or correctly”. Mr Broughton, SafeGroup boss, said the trend “worries me because something will go wrong”. His statement was reported by BBC news in this article

Some companies require documents during bidding processes such as company profile, business registration and permits. What are overlooked are: how long were they in business? Where did they get their training? What experiences have they accumulated to call them experts? Do they have samples of their work?

The bidding process goes on to find the cheapest out there that meets the requirement without considering the total background of the bidding company.  The price is not always right if the results are different.

Requirements you need:

  • DTI/SEC registration (at least 3 years registered)
  • Business Registration (at least 3 years in business)
  • FDA approval certificate of the cleaning materials used
  • Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of cleaning materials used
  • Images of recent work (Before and After photos)
  • List of previous clients
  • Performance reviews
  • Number of manpower provided
  • Type of equipment used (broom or vacuum? carpet extractors?)


Requirements you may also want to request:

  • Basic Occupational Safety and Hazard (BOSH) Certificate
  • Cleaning and Housekeeping training (TESDA or Cleaning Masterclass)
  • Materials and studies proving that the cleaning solutions are effective
  • Materials and studies proving that the disinfecting solutions can kill bacteria and viruses

Finding the best office cleaning that fits your budget

Office cleaning service companies are (and should be) open to negotiations to work within the budget of your company. As soon as you have identified exactly what cleaning you need or an occular inspection has been done, the service can be restructured to meet around your budget. The cleaning service company will find it difficult to provide a quotation that matches the expectations if they don’t have an idea what the place looks like.

Given these details, you can get the value of your company’s budget’s worth. If there are any amount beyond the working budget, they can be justified and detailed with your management team. Given that there are not warranties provided by cleaning service companies, at least your office gets a cleaning experience that made a different, and a disinfection protection that last for some time.

Do you want to learn more on how CMDA Cleaning Services can help you, your family, or your office fight against COVID-19? Send us an email at inquiry@cmdacleaning.com, or call/text us on any number mentioned above.

Let’s all be well and healthy, wear a face mask, wash our hands frequently, maintain a 1-2 meter physical distance to non-family members, and stay at home if we can. Stay covid-free!

CMDA Cleaning Services – A trusted name in Cleaning and Disinfection Services

As a company certified in Cleaning & Infection Control in General Facilities from the Cleaning Masterclass in UK, our clients trust and prefer our services in all their cleaning, disinfection and housekeeping needs. We deliver beyond the basic cleaning, disinfection and housekeeping services you require and expect. If you have any sanitation questions and request, we would love to hear from you! Contact us today and let us help you create a cleaner and safer future, together.