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Top tips for keeping your carpet clean

communal area cleanersInvesting in a new carpet is both rewarding and extremely daunting. The beauty of a soft new carpet mirrored with the fear of muddy, walking boots – it won’t stay new for very long!

The level of cleaning you’ll need will depend on your circumstances as well as your carpet itself. Finer threads will need more care whilst heavy-duty carpets mask dirt more fervently.

Here are some of the top tips for keeping your carpet clean and staying in love with your designs for the next few years in South Wales.

The vacuum rules

Let’s start with the basics; hoovering is a must with any new carpet. Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you the ‘ins and outs’ of hoovering because you already know. Here are some of our hoovering tips that will ensure you are maximising ‘The Favourite Cleaning Tool’.

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The emotional benefits of cleaning

fo img1For some people, cleaning is therapy and for others, it’s simply arduous. We’ve decided to write about the emotional benefits of domestic and commercial cleaning. There is actually a deeper psychology to the power of cleaning and how it makes people feel. Most people get engulfed in the feeling of productivity, creativity and positivity that cleaning brings. We’re here to tell you a little bit about why cleaning is proven to make you feel good.

Firstly, clutter or the idea of clutter actually causes increased stress levels. Clutter acts as a distraction and a basis of overwhelming our senses with an array of objects. Picture a pile of dishes in the sink or on the kitchen counter: it’s messy, it’s smelly and it shows us (directly or directly) that there is work to be done.

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Best tips for cleaning walls

about albany cleaningIf you’ve got little ones running around then you’ll know; they love to rub their hands on the wall. Children are determined. If they want to run around with mud all over their hands and feet then, that’s what they’ll do (*sigh*).

As a parent, keeping the house clean is an ongoing effort. We can find ourselves spending the best part of the day cleaning the same spaces over and over again. ‘We’ve cleaned the walls two minutes ago but the youngest used it as a canvas’.

Don’t be disheartened in this forever-cleaning-process, we are here to provide some advice on which best ways to clean the walls in South Wales.

Now, depending on how your house is decorated will depend on how you can clean it. We’ve included a few options and we hope some of them apply to you:

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Tips for keeping your bathroom clean and tidy

fo img2Everyone loves a clean house; that’s a given! One of the ‘dirtiest’ rooms in the house is considered to be the bathroom. We have come up with some of best tips that you can use to make sure your bathroom glistens and gleams. We have included some cleaning tips using household products – most of which can be found in your kitchen cupboard.

When you find that you’ve run of out of bleach – fear not, we’ve got you covered.

 

 

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Best Basic Products for House Cleaning

cleaning vans cardiff albanyThink back to your mum’s cleaning cupboard. We bet you can name at least five products that she would never go without. There are staple cleaning products in every household that are constantly topped up when they run out. Have a think, see what you can remember. We’ve decided to put together a small list of the best basic products for household cleaning. If you already have them then you’re halfway there to blissful cleaning!

 

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Products best for cleaning your kitchen

fo img1Sometimes, cleaning the kitchen is an all-day kind of job. Bleaching and degreasing, scrubbing, washing and sorting. There are so many products to use for so many things so we’ve decided to put together some of the most important ones that will best help you keep your beloved kitchen sparkly fresh!

 

 

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What can I do if I’m not happy with my cleaners?

albany solutions office cleaning cardiffIf you employ a local commercial cleaning company for your business and you aren’t happy, what can you do?

For some, making a complaint is a big deal. It’s difficult to know how to approach certain situations and address certain issues without feeling embarrassed, upset or stressed.

Paying for a service that you’re not necessarily receiving is a headache and we know that sometimes it can cause a lot of stress for the business owner.

It’s important that you are happy with the service you are funding, at every instance. If you are ever unsatisfied with the job, you must feel at ease enough to raise those concerns and get them rectified straight away.

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5 questions you should ask yourself before hiring a commercial cleaning company

about albany cleaning solutions cardiffKeeping your business premises clean is definitely up there on the most important things you need to keep track of. It can be the first (or last) impression you leave a customer and so you want it to be a good one.

Hiring a local, commercial cleaner is an investment. You need to make sure their services are within your budget and that the jobs you want done, get done. However, there is so much competition that it’s imperative you seek a cleaner that has an impeccable reputation and one that is local to your area.

Finding a cleaner is the hardest part. Once you’re happy with your selection, you instruct the cleaners to fulfil certain duties; you tell them your needs and wants and there you have it!

 

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Why a good classroom clean out will make a difference to your daily workload

Albany Cleaning solutions 02Having a highly organised and clean classroom will make a difference to your work life on a daily basis. We know this because we have 13 years’ experience in commercial cleaning and one of our specialities is classroom cleaning!

Firstly, we will talk about why it is important to organise your classroom.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a boring lecture on generic organisational techniques! We are using just a few proven points on how to organise and make your life a little easier.

 

 

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Choose a commercial cleaner for your retail unit

Albany Cleaning solutions 03Do you have a shop that you struggle to keep clean? If so, you may want to think about investing in a commercial cleaner for your premises.

If you feel that you can clean it yourself and you’re just looking for some tips then check out our previous post on the 5 Best Ways To Keep Your Shop Front Clean and Maximise Engagement.

As a commercial cleaner surrounding the Swansea, Newport, Cardiff and Bristol areas we have 13 years’ experience in specialist cleaning for retail units.

Your shop is the first place your customers come to view your products. Imagine going into your favourite clothes stores to be faced with clumps of dust on the floors, dirty walls and floors and grubby hand rails.

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5 Best Ways To Keep Your Shop Front Clean and Maximise Engagement

about albany cleaningKeeping your shop front clean is probably one of the most important things you could do to maximise customer engagement from the outset. We’re not just talking about ways to clean your windows because you’re already going to know that – we’re talking about keeping your shop front display clean, pristine + organised.

With any business the goal is to convert plain enquiries into hard sales – one of the easy ways you can do that is to attract your customer before they’ve even walked in the door.

 

 

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Fun Ways To Make Cleaning Easier

about albany cleaning solutions cardiffWe’ve hit August and we want to give you some ways that you can make cleaning your house (or office) easier and packed full of fun.

Sometimes we all like to chill out, pop on some music and get underway with the spring cleaning!

If you’re a small to medium business owner then you may want to pop into the office out of working hours and give the office a little clean up.

Of course, we would always tell you to employ a commercial cleaner but for those days when you want to do it yourself, here are our favourite tips on how to have fun cleaning.

 

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3 tips on how to keep your office room clean + reduce hazards

Albany Cleaning solutions 01Briefing new employees on health and safety may seem like a tedious job but it’s so important (we hate to say it). However, the briefing is the easy part – the hard part is actually making sure your office is health and safety compliant as well as being clean and tidy.

Don’t worry, we’re here to give you tips on how a professional cleaner would recommend keeping your office tidy and help you comply with health and safety regulations.

Just a quick note before we dive in: we aren’t health and safety experts and if you need advice you must seek it through the relevant authorities. However, we are professional commercial cleaners and we have got some tips that will help your office remain spotless and help you avoid unwanted trips and falls in the process.

 

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Why a dependable cleaner is vital for your business

car showroom cleaning contractsFor some of you, employing a local cleaner may seem like the last thing on your to-do list but let us tell you, with 13 years’ experience in commercial cleaning – it needs to be a priority.

Keeping your work place tidy, no matter where you are is the difference between having happy clients and having miserable clients.

Walking into the office first thing in the morning and seeing that your desk hasn’t been cleaned isn’t going to start the day off in the best way. Also, finding yesterday’s food wrappers strewn around the room isn’t going to make for the freshest of environments.

 

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Easy ways to keep your fridge clean and tidy

albany solutions office cleaning cardiffThe fridge is the hub for all things magical (e.g. that huge slice of cake we’ve been waiting for all day). The worst thing in the world is opening your fridge and being hit with an almighty whiff of best-before cheese or that leftover dinner from ‘the other night’. Whether you’re at home or in work, it’s important to keep your fridge clean and tidy.

Why?

Well firstly, its hygienic and secondly when you’re hungry its quite off-putting to be faced with a rather stale, putrid smell.

So that being said, here are some easy ways in which you can keep your fridge clean and tidy, at home or in work.

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Top tips for end of tenancy cleaning

about albany cleaning solutions cardiffEnd of tenancy cleaning can be a nightmare. Gutting a house or flat, moving all the furniture out and then making sure you leave it as spotless as you found it. With months and sometimes even years’ worth of dirt, it’s not an easy task.

In order to minimise the not-so-glamourous task of completely cleaning your entire house we have come up with some tips that can make end-of-tenancy cleaning a lot more bearable. Although, we most definitely recommend hiring a local end-of-tenancy cleaner!

 

 

 

 

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Why your call centre needs a professional cleaner?

Albany Cleaning solutions 03The hustle and bustle, the high paced environment and the very dirty desks. Why should your call centre hire a professional cleaner?

Well, here are 5 reasons why hiring a cleaner for your call centre in Swansea, Cardiff and Bristol will benefit your office, your staff and the overall atmosphere.

 

 

 

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Why commercial cleaning will benefit your business.

Albany Cleaning solutions 01We’re sure your business is your heart and soul. No matter what type of business it is, no matter what industry you’re involved in, we know that you will always want to ensure that your customers and your competitors view you in the best possible way. That is, you want to ensure your business is thriving and you want to maintain a high reputation. Whether that is with your competition or your customers, they’re both equally as important.

How is this relevant to cleaning? Let us tell you; hiring a commercial cleaning company will enable you maintain a pristine environment and help spread the word, ‘you take pride in your business’.

You want to ensure your staff, customers and your competitors know that. If you believe it then everyone else will too. Maintaining a cleaning environment is just physical, it’s an emotional thing too.

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Why a professional cleaner is essential for communal areas

Albany Cleaning solutions 02Firstly, why isn’t a professional cleaner needed for shared spaces? We can’t think of a reason!

Shared areas are the prime example of tough cleaning and increased germ harbouring. Various people use the areas over prolonged periods of time so it’s important that all surfaces are disinfected and that all furniture is cleaned in the correct way.

Depending on what type of business you operate will depend on how your communal area is used.

 

 

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Why Hiring A Cleaner Is Essential In Summer

cleaning jobs cardiffThe summer months are nearing and we can’t wait for it! Those long hot days spent with friends and family. The smell of grass lingering in the breeze. Those night time barbeques in the garden. It couldn’t be more perfect, or could it?

The majority of us won’t have the luxury of taking weeks of work and most of the time will be spent in the office.

It’s important for any commercial entity to hire a cleaner. However, in the summer months extra care should be taken to ensure that the office space is adequately cleaned and allergens minimised.

For some of us summer months aren’t so enjoyable due to the presence of increase pollen and mould in the air.

Allergies are exacerbated in the summer months making daily life unmanageable and for some of us, unbearable.

Allergies aren’t contagious and you don’t have to be a chronic allergy sufferer to develop other known symptoms. Allergies can strike at any time so it’s important your office environment is appropriately looked after and all necessary steps taken to ensure a clean work space.

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5 reasons why your car showroom needs a professional cleaner and why you should choose us.

car showroom cleaning contractsFirst impressions always count. It takes around 7 seconds for someone to develop their first impressions so those impressions need to be good ones!

Maintaining a high standard of cleanliness is imperative. It needs to reflect the quality of the products being sold and the. Whether it’s a car, van, car cleaning accessories or the financial deals that back every agreement, appearance is important.

Walking into a car showroom you feel the air conditioning hitting your face and the smell of fresh leather. The floors should sparkle and the cars should gleam under the artificial lighting. Clean, crisp and fresh.

If you haven’t already got a professional cleaning company in Cardiff to spruce up your showroom, this will make you want one.

Here are 5 reasons why your car showroom needs a professional cleaner and why you should choose us.

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5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Desk Clean

albany solutions office cleaning cardiffPhotographs, endless pens, stationary, makeup or mugs. Whatever it is that you are harbouring on your desk, you may want to kill those lingering germs when you can. We all know that a clear space is a clear mind that’s why we’re going to give you 5 useful tips on how to keep your desk clean.

Most workplaces have a weekly cleaner. If you’re lucky you will have one every day.

However, we guarantee that the cleaner won’t be cleaning all your personal belongings and tidying up all your messy papers. Let’s leave that up to you!

Without further ado here are 5 ways to keep your desk clean.


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How to keep your early years classroom clean

How to keep your early years classroom clean

 

Young children are mostly taught through games and play so it can be something of a challenge to keep your classroom clean and tidy. Early years learning often involves outside activities – in all weathers – and youngsters certainly don’t mind getting muddy.

They also love water and sand play, which can be very messy. In fact, messy play is a crucial part of learning for 0-5 year olds.

But despite all the fun stuff going on, you still face the responsibility of staying on top of the classroom cleanliness. Doing this will help to prevent the spread of germs and also ensures the learning environment is safe, organised and pleasant for the staff and the children.

Get the children into a routine

Include tidying up as part of the school day, whether after each individual activity, or at the end of the morning or afternoon. That way you won’t be faced with a mountain of mess all at once. 

It’s also important to teach the children about being helpful. You may even want to hand out rewards to help motivate them, or sing a class clean-up song.

Avoid bringing the outside in

We all love jumping in muddy puddles, but it’s not so much fun when that mud is brought indoors and trampled into the carpet. Make sure you have a suitable area where children can leave their wet coats and wellies. They could have their own pegs with their names or photographs on.

Wash, wash, wash

Now is a good time to get the children used to washing their own hands with soap and water after using the toilet, before mealtimes and after messy activities. Another way to help stop germs from spreading is to teach them to cover their mouth when they cough – although as any parent will tell you, this is sometimes easier said than done!

Make use of bins

Show the children where the rubbish and recycling bins are and encourage them to make use of what’s available. That way you won’t find yourself negotiating used tissues and other litter on the floor.

Storage 

Cupboards and drawers are worth their weight in gold. Label them to help you find what you need and make tidying up easier.

Call in the professionals

If you need help with keeping your early years learning environment clean, a professional team could make all the difference. We offer cleaning programmes that are tailored to your school’s specific needs, as well as DBS checked staff and outstanding customer service.

To discover more about our school cleaning services in Swansea, Bristol, Cardiff or Newport and ask for a quote, call us on 02920 487538 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Top tips on keeping your shop environment clean and tidy

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RUNNING a shop can be time-consuming but that doesn’t mean cleaning should slip down the order of priorities.

Keeping stock well-maintained, displaying goods properly and making sure that customers continue to flock through the doors is no mean feat. Even so, in today’s highly competitive market, first impressions count. If your retail environment is starting to look a little neglected, you could see an impact on sales.

1. Clean as you go

When footfall is high, it can be difficult to maintain high standards of cleanliness. However, it’s a good idea to take advantage of any ‘down time’ to wipe a dusty surface or tidy away any rubbish.

If you have a large shop, it might be wise to assign a member of staff to be on permanent spot cleaning duty in a particular area so that they can clean up any mess as soon as the customer leaves.

2. Presentation counts


Wipe down shop counters regularly. If you use your till area for additional display purposes, make sure any promotional materials are neatly presented and not left in an untidy pile. After all, your customer still has to part with their cash (ideally, you’d also like them to make a return visit) so don’t give them an excuse to walk out of the door!

3. Eyes down

Research shows that customers’ eyes are drawn to the floor so don’t forget to pick up any litter and think about investing in some heavy-duty mats to collect dirt (without creating a tripping hazard).
Mopping and vacuuming should be left until after the shop has closed, though. As a shopper, there’s nothing worse than feeling you’re in the way of staff getting ready to go home.

4. Audit regularly

It’s important to constantly review your cleaning procedures, take a step back and think from the perspective of a customer. When you’re swept up with the busy day-to-day running of your business, it’s easy to let cleaning matters slide. Have you got time to make your shop look as inviting and well cared for as you’d like it to be? Are there better protocols you could put in place to ensure high standards are maintained? Could you improve the cleaning products you use?

5. Call in the professionals

There is only so much staff members can be expected to do and only so much that can be achieved with a clean-as-you-go strategy. If you’re struggling to stay on top of your cleaning chores, it might be time to call in the professionals. Here at Albany Cleaning Solutions, you can be sure of:

  • Highly trained cleaning operatives
  • High quality cleaning products
  • All cleaning conducted according to the best of industry standards
  • Reliable service
  • Fantastic customer care including a monthly audit and next day visit from the Area Supervisor (if the need arises)

 

To discover more about our retail cleaning services in Swansea, Bristol, Cardiff and Newport and ask for a quote, call us on 02920 487538 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here’s why your business should consider outsourcing cleaning services

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Here at Albany Cleaning Solutions, we’re used to working with small, medium and large businesses across Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Bristol. So if you’re wondering why our customers chose us or you need a little persuading about the benefits of outsourcing your commercial cleaning, here are our top reasons for calling in the professionals:

Concentrate on the things that matter most

As an independent business ourselves, we know how difficult it is to find time to do all those little jobs that keep adding up. If you’re finding that emptying the bins and cleaning the windows is distracting you from what’s most important (running your company) then hiring professional cleaners can be real a weight off your shoulders.

Quality first

No matter how handy you are with a duster, we’d be surprised if you could beat our clean team. (By the way, if you’re as good as us, you’re welcome to send us your CV as we’d love to meet you!) We use only the highest quality products, most thorough techniques and years of experience to achieve great results, every time.

Cut costs

Investing in equipment such as heavy-duty vacuum cleaners and cleaning supplies can be expensive – not to mention the financial burden of recruiting and training staff. Choosing to outsource to a reliable and professional firm such as Albany Cleaning Solutions is a cost-effective way to keep on top of your cleaning chores.

Bespoke services

Rather than turning to several different suppliers every time your business premises needs something a little out of the ordinary, using a company which offers a comprehensive range of services takes away any hassle. Want your windows scrubbed to a gleam? No problem. Does your reception need a one-off deep clean? Just give us a call.

Keep up morale

Nothing reduces staff morale quite like a dirty, untidy working environment. By keeping it clean, you’ll encourage staff to take pride in their surroundings. What’s more, better hygiene means better health and less days off sick.

To contact us about commercial cleaning services in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Bristol, just give us a call on 02920 487538.

Five simple tricks to make sure your classroom stays tidy and organised

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IF YOU often find yourself asking the question, ‘Now where did I put that?’ then you’re probably a teacher. Here at Albany Cleaning Solutions, we have years of experience working in schools offering our professional school cleaning services and know how difficult it is to keep classrooms tidy and organised - so we’ve asked around and put together our top tips for ensuring a calm and ordered learning environment.

Get the kids involved

Children thrive on a little responsibility so why not decide which jobs need doing and hand them out to individual pupils? Make sure there are lots of different jobs to go around and give everyone a turn. Handing out rewards for doing a particular task well is another great way to keep students motivated.

Set an example

If you’re a teacher with a desk piled high with marking and stationery spilling out of drawers, then you may want to consider leading by example. Besides, making sure that everything has its place comes with its own benefits (like not constantly scrabbling around looking for that vital piece of paper you’ve happened to misplace).

Use table tidies

We love classrooms with shared table tubs or tidies. However, we know how frustrating it is to stock each tub with the necessary resources, only for everything to mysteriously vanish halfway through a lesson. Consider asking the children who sit on a particular desk to make sure all the necessary pencils, rubbers and crayons are always well stocked.

Establish a routine

If you’ve ever sat in an early years’ classroom, you’ll know that most teachers have got routine down to a fine art. Make collecting books and tidying up an integral part of the school day – as morning sessions or afternoon lessons finish, or even at the end of every single activity. Little and often is far better than having to tackle an entire day’s worth of mess in one go.

Call in the professionals

If your school classrooms are looking shabby, then it’s surprising what a huge difference a professional cleaning team can make. We offer customised and bespoke cleaning programmes that are tailored to your school’s exact needs, DBS checked staff and exceptional standards of customer service.

Do you head or work in a school in South Wales? To ask for a free quote and see how our school cleaning services can make a difference to your learning environment, just give us a call on 02920 487538 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to keep your office’s microwave oven clean

NOTHING is likely to cause disgruntlement among colleagues than failure to clean up spills and stains in the office kitchen. In our experience, the microwave can become a real source of disagreement, especially when people don’t wipe away splatters after heating food. 

Not only is this poor office etiquette, but this build-up of dirt and grime isn’t exactly hygienic – which is all the more reason to insist on a programme of regular cleaning in the kitchen.

Wipe away spills

People should cover food with a lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap, as well as being encouraged to wait nearby until their food is ready. We know how busy office workers like to multitask during lunch breaks, but leaving the microwave to whir around endlessly while dashing off to make a quick call home is not a good idea.

However, if your food has accidentally exploded (soup has a nasty habit of doing this), then any spills should be wiped away as soon as possible.

Wash regularly

To get rid of persistent, dried-on food, remove the microwave’s turntable and rotating ring and wash in warm soapy water, before drying thoroughly and carefully replacing.

Get rid of grease inside the microwave by using a non-abrasive cleaner, and for a streak-free finish, take particular care to use a specialist cleaning product if you own a stainless steel appliance.

Don’t forget…

The outside of a microwave oven deserves a little love and attention too. The door seal can easily become a gathering place for all sorts of debris so ensure it is cleaned out properly and often.

The exterior buttons and controls also need to be wiped down, to stop the microwave from becoming a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria.

One last word…

Unfortunately, cleaning out the microwave oven always seems to become the responsibility of one person. (They’re probably just as busy as everyone else but eventually they crack).

If it’s time to take office politics out of cleaning the kitchen, then give the experts at Albany Cleaning Solutions a call. We’ll make sure the job is done properly, as regularly as you need and to an exceptionally high standard.

To discuss your office cleaning requirements in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Bristol, call us on 02920 487538.

Five reasons your business needs a professional window cleaner

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WHETHER you’re looking for a one-off clean or a regular contract, the team at Albany Cleaning Solutions has the answer. Hiring a reliable and trustworthy commercial window cleaning firm to make sure your glass is gleaming is a great idea, but in case you needed convincing, here are our top five reasons to call in the professionals.

1. Detect problems

Regularly cleaning your windows is a way to spot problems before they become an issue. Leaving marks too long may stain the glass surface permanently, while routinely wiping away dirt, dust and other nasty substances is a way to extend the life of the frames.

2. Safety first

If your building is more than one storey and you are going to clean your own windows, it’s vital that you use the correct equipment and observe all necessary safety regulations. Employing the services of a company like Albany Cleaning Solutions means added peace of mind that everything is exactly as it should be.

3. Make the right impression

A professional cleaning company can enhance the external appearance of your business. Nothing is likely to put off visitors than grubby windows, complete with careless smudges and fingerprints. Our staff take pride in cleaning clients’ windows to perfection – meaning no smears and no water residue.

4. Great results

We love a challenge at Albany Cleaning Solutions and that’s why we’re confident that you won’t be able to beat us when it comes to achieving spotless windows. We use only the best products, experience and know-how to produce gleaming results, every time. Many people are often surprised at the difference a professional window cleaning service can make.

5. Healthier, happier staff

Allowing natural light to stream into the office is a sure way to lift everybody’s spirits. What’s more, a regular programme of cleaning ensures the removal of illness-causing dirt and bacteria on the inside of windows too. A happier, healthier workforce means less days off sick, more productivity and could therefore potentially save you money.

We offer professional window cleaning solutions for a wide range of commercial properties in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Bristol. Contact us on 02920 487538 for your free, no obligation quote.

An essential checklist for a hygienic office kitchen

An essential checklist for a hygienic office kitchen

WE ALL know that workplace relationships can sometimes be strained. However, there’s often no worse a battleground than the shared office kitchen so if unwashed cups and dirty cutlery are driving your staff to distraction, it may be time to insist on a little order.

Not only will your business be a healthier, more hygienic place, but the good news is that you’ll be putting a stop to one of the major causes of disgruntlement among employees too.

With a recent survey revealing office kitchens are often dirtier than toilets (and half of all surfaces in workplace kitchens are contaminated with illness-causing bacteria) we’ve put together an essential checklist for maintaining good hygiene and cleanliness.

  • Wash all dishes and cutlery in hot, soapy water immediately after using, and make sure any crockery and utensils are dried thoroughly. It’s also important to put everything away in order to avoid clutter. 
  • If people store food in a communal fridge, then it’s advisable to encourage staff to either take it back home with them or throw it away if it hasn’t been eaten in a week. Too often food is left to rot and go mouldy, which can in turn become a health hazard. 
  • Make sure that dry food such as crisps and crackers are stored in a sealed container, away from worktops. Crumbs and debris can attract unwelcome visitors so it’s important to keep these items in cupboards where possible.
  • If staff use worktops to prepare food, then ensure these are wiped down regularly. Also encourage regular handwashing and good sanitation by installing paper towel and soap dispensers.
  • When staff use a microwave, ask people to wipe away any spills and splatters. Failing to clean up after preparing food is not only unhygienic but it’s also rude and therefore highly unlikely to keep office relations running smoothly!

 

Don’t forget that Albany Cleaning Solutions offers a professional office cleaning service that will keep everyone happy. We cover Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Bristol so to find out more, call 02920 487538 or request a quote here -> http://albanycleaning.co.uk/contact/get-quote .

Noticed anything different about us lately?

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DID you know that Albany Cleaning Solutions has been trading for nearly 14 years? 

We’re happy to say that since our launch, we’ve steadily grown into what we are today – offering first-class commercial and contract cleaning services to businesses across Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Bristol. Nevertheless, we’re not ones to stand still and that’s why we decided it was time to refresh our look and continue building for the future. 

It means we’ve invested in a brand new website, thanks to Cardiff-based web developer Rhys Welsh. We hope you’ll agree it’s much easier to navigate and we’ve already had plenty of positive feedback from both clients and suppliers. We’re absolutely delighted with it so thank you, Rhys!

We haven’t stopped there, either. Our new branding can now be seen on all of our stationery, vans and uniforms. 

The personal touch

We think that great people make great businesses. For this reason, we wanted our new site to be more inclusive of the brilliant staff who make us what we are. You’ll find lots of pictures of our team on the new-look Albany Cleaning Solutions pages because we’re so proud of them all. 

It’s people like Donna Murphy, who has worked for us as a part-time cleaner for the past decade. We’ve just promoted her to the post of Area Supervisor and it’s much deserved. 

And in other news… 

Our fresh look is already bringing in lots of new enquiries. We’ve recently started a contract with the leading educational award organisation WJEC and a number of doctors’ surgeries in Cardiff. 

Not that we’re going to forget our older and existing customers, some of whom have been with us from the very beginning. In fact, although we may look slightly different, here’s what will never change: 

• Our commitment to staying customer focused and customer driven 

• A vision to exceed expectations 

• A hassle-free service that you can always trust 

Can we help your business in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Bristol? Just get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 02920 487538.

Here’s to an exciting 2016 ahead

Here at Albany Cleaning Services, we can’t quite believe another year has gone by and it’s time to look forward to 2016.

It’s been a busy 12 months and as we enter the new year, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come since starting out in 2003.

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How To Make The Right First Impression With Your Office Reception

As the old saying goes, first impressions count. What’s more, as the physical space that effectively introduces your business to visitors, your reception area is possibly the most important part of your office.

If you’ve ever walked into a reception where every available surface is cluttered and untidy, then you won’t want to repeat the same mistakes in your own working environment.

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Why Deep Cleaning Your Office Matters

If you’ve ever moved your desk to look underneath and wish you’d left well alone, then you’ll understand why a deep clean is an essential part of office maintenance.

But just what makes it different to the routine, daily clean that should already be in place?

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Does a Clean School Make Pupils Behave Better?

Cleaning an entire school is certainly not a simple task, however it is a very important one if pupils are expected to behave well and work hard.

Pupils are required to spend most of their day within the school environment and so whether or not it is well maintained and cared for will undoubtedly have a subconscious effect on their behaviour.

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The Impact of a Dirty Office Environment

Every organisation, whether big corporation, small business or charity, wants to save money. Office cleaning is often seen as an expense that people think they can cut corners on and save money. However, the impact of a dirty office can mean that the money that is saved in the short term is actually less than will be lost in the long term. Any cuts to a cleaning budget should therefore be looked at in relation to the impact of a dirty office. Here are a few of the major problems a dirty working environment can cause.

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Is Eco-Cleaning Really Better?

There is a current trend for using ‘environmentally friendly’ products, companies and anything else that the label can be tagged on to, but is this just a fad or should we all be switching our office cleaning services over to the ‘eco cleaning’ way?

There are many benefits to using eco-friendly products and some companies have jumped on this as the best way to promote their services. Eco-friendly products are less harmful to the environment and should also be less harmful to the people who come into contact with them. Natural products are also thought to be as effective as chemical cleaning products.

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3 Things You Must Ask When Hiring an Office Cleaner

If you are hiring an office cleaning service for your business then it is important to make sure you are hiring the right people for the job. If not, you could just be wasting valuable money every month. In order to make sure you choose the right organisation to keep on top of your company cleanliness you need to ask as many questions as possible. You will no doubt have many questions that relate to your specific business needs but in addition to any of these you should also consider asking these three things:

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Shared Kitchens – Office Cleaning – Dirtier Than Toilet

When you think about office cleaning it may not occur to you that a shared kitchen is often, in fact, dirtier than the toilets. However, a lot of research on this subject has been done and very interesting yet shocking findings released. Essentially, office kitchens are now really dirty, particularly kettles and microwaves, which are considered to lead the dirt pack. Kitchen draining boards and surfaces in the office have also been found to be really dirty and the huge amount of bacteria on them is reported as ‘staggering’ in many cases. The research has also indicated sharing microwaves, freezers and fridges in the office is also risky and it is important to watch out for the buttons and handles on this type of equipment due to their affinity to get dirty.

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