The Top 3 Worst Janitorial Disasters And Their Fixes
A blog About The Top 3 Janitorial Disasters
Janitorial services are a necessary evil to most businesses, as they are focused on cleaning up a mess. All jokes aside, however, janitorial services can be an important asset for any business that is concerned about not only their image but also how cleanliness will influence sales. Where a clean office environment is an asset to any business, it can become a disaster too if cleaning is not managed properly. Although such disasters always leave a mark on the business itself, they can be fixed. Below are three common janitorial disasters and how to fix them:
Bad Odor – High Level of Ammonia, Poor Sanitation
As a business owner or customer, one of the worst problems you may encounter is the bad odor. This can be caused by a high level of ammonia in your cleaning solution or due to an issue with the environment. Another reason for bad odor is also lack of good sanitization. Good sanitation is essential to maintain a healthy environment, however, poor sanitation has the opposite effect. When it comes to your floor, this can happen when spillage from food or drink is not cleaned up properly. As much as we would love for it not to be the case, people are going to spill things and you need to have a janitorial plan in place to address that. One of the best ways to ensure that you have good hygiene is through regular cleaning. Keeping your real estate assets clean has been proven time and time again that it’s one of the most important steps towards maintaining good health and safety.
Deep clean the floor with water and a mild detergent or a specially formulated cleaner. This will help remove any grime or grease build-up before sanitizing.
Squeegee the floor to remove water. This will leave less water behind so it dries faster and also helps prevent mold growth on concrete surfaces by leaving less moisture behind which could cause mold growth otherwise (depending on environmental conditions).
Vacuum the floor if necessary – vacuuming removes debris such as dirt particles which may harbor bacteria if left unattended over long periods of time (i.e. weeks). If there are areas there is a little footfall, consider getting them professionally cleaned once per month at least so they stay hygienic throughout their lifespan.
Mold/Mildew and Black Spots – Dampness, Filth, Air Toxins
Mold is the big, bad wolf of janitorial disasters. It’s not always caused by janitorial neglect—but it definitely leads to worse things if it’s not cleaned up properly and on time. If you see mold or mildew, don’t panic. The first thing that needs to be acknowledged is the fact that it’s not your fault. Mold and mildew are caused by a whole host of environmental factors—dampness, filth, air toxins—that can all lead to very serious health issues for the inhabitants of your building. As such, it’s important to take proactive steps in order to properly treat this problem before it gets out of control.
You can reduce your chances of getting mold by keeping your place as dry as possible. If you notice mold or mildew in a few areas, chances are you have a leak or water intrusion somewhere in your building that needs to be fixed. Otherwise, the problem will just keep growing!
Remember: cleaning products don’t kill mold and mildew, they only mask the issue at hand. The right solution is calling a professional cleaning service ASAP to get rid of those nasty black spots once and for all!
To address the problem of mold, we strongly recommend using a professional mold removal company. While there are some cases where removing the buildup yourself is acceptable, we would advise against any DIY solutions unless you know exactly what you’re doing. Rather than risk making the situation even worse than it already is (and potentially causing damage to your property), leave this work up to a professional who knows how to get things done quickly and efficiently while still maintaining quality standards. If neglected for too long, mold can spread throughout the property and cause massively more damage over time.
Damaged grout is a huge problem that can become a real disaster if left untreated. When water seeps into the area, mold and mildew have the potential to destroy the material. The solution is to seal your grout periodically. There are many different types of grouts, but nearly all of them will benefit from sealing. Here are some of the best sealants:
Water-based sealant is one of the easiest to apply and will work for most grout types. It should be reapplied annually or as soon as it starts looking dirty. If it’s been treated with this sealant, it will be simple to clean. Water-based sealants should not be used on exterior surfaces since they don’t provide enough protection from UV rays or temperature fluctuations experienced outdoors.
Acrylic impregnator repels water and oil stains, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. It soaks in deeper than a water-based sealer and lasts up to five years before needing replacement—though depending on how much traffic your surface gets, you may need to reapply more frequently. As with most other products, an acrylic impregnator can be applied with a foam brush or roller; simply follow instructions for drying time.