We have learned a great deal over the past seven decades at Arco Cleaning Maintenance Company. As President & CEO, I can answer any question you have about cleaning. My team and I have compiled hundreds of blog posts below about anything and everything cleaning. I’ve learned a great deal from working here under my parents for most of my life. I believe in empowering my customers. This is why my team and I put together the following informational blogs for your enjoyment. Please remember to be social and share. Many thanks.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has altered and upended our daily routines throughout the country, placing states on pause and temporarily shutting down businesses and places of employment. As the curve starts to flatten and restrictions begin to ease, here are some next steps to take as we start to plan the next steps in re-opening and returning to work.
Social Distancing: Per the CDC guidelines, it is recommended to have at least six feet of space between people to prevent the spread of germs and particles from one another. In beginning the next steps of re-opening and returning to work, take into account the layout of your business/office. If possible, separate desks and work spaces from one another and limit large gatherings and/or staff meetings. While we are all eager to reunite with one another, please express your excitement from a distance and refrain from giving and receiving handshakes and hugs.
Traffic Control Measures: Does your business or office come into contact with the public on a daily basis? One way to help control the flow of people coming in and out is to set up traffic control systems that can keep lines organized and moving in the right direction. In addition, setting up markers indicating spaces of six feet can help prevent individuals from crowding one another and keeping everyone safe.
Safety Shield Cut Outs: Are you a business or an office that handles paperwork or transactions with the public? Installing safety shield cut outs can protect your employees and allow for them to continue to engage with the public, perform their required tasks, and reduce the risk of any transmission.
Face Masks: For businesses and offices that have to deal with customers face to face, wearing a face mask can help protect yourself as well as your employees from germs being transmitted through respiratory droplets such as coughing, sneezing, or even talking. Cloth face masks created from household items or from low cost materials are some examples of masks that can be used to slow the spread while also covering your mouth and nose.
Sanitizing Stations: Setting up sanitizing stations in the entrance of your office or lobby of your building can be the first line of defense against any germs brought in. Whether we are driving to work or taking public transportation, we are still exposing ourselves to a variety of germs before the start of the workday. Having sanitizing stations in place upon arrival will kill any bacteria and germs that we come into contact with.
Practicing Hand Washing Etiquette: Now more than ever, it is important to regularly wash your hands to combat spreading any illness. The correct method for hand washing includes making sure that hands are wet and properly lathered with soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, rinsed under clean and running water, and then dried with a clean towel or air dried. In addition to practicing daily hand washing, we must also remember to keep our hands away from our eyes, nose, and mouth.
Sanitizing High Touch Points: During a typical work day, many individuals are in contact with common high touch point objects such as counter spaces, door knobs, light switches, computers, printers, and phones. Various researchers have found that COVID-19 can remain on surfaces from anywhere to a couple of hours or for a couple of days, making it important to regularly clean and sanitize these commonly touched areas and objects. Implement the wiping down of these items during the workday upon arrival and before leaving to eliminate bacteria/germs and reducing the risk of illness.
Properly Following Instructions on Cleaning Products: Once you have cleaning products such as antibacterial wipes and sprays in your possession, make sure that you are taking the time to read the instructions found on the back so that it is being used properly and on the correct surfaces. While we want to make sure we are removing bacteria and germs, we also want to make sure that we are not damaging surfaces and objects in the process.
Encourage Employees to Report Any Safety or Health Concerns: In these unprecedented times, many have reservations and fears, but also want to return to work and resume their routines. As we begin to move forward, it is important to establish open communication when it comes to any concerns regarding health or safety. We all want to resume work and be able to provide for ourselves and families, but it must be in a safe environment and not risking our health in the process.
Our Health: While we are all eager to return to work and resume our routines, we must be mindful of others when it comes to our health. If you are feeling ill, please remain at home to prevent the spread of germs and illness onto others. By doing our part to remain healthy and follow proper practices, we can continue to flatten the curve and get our businesses back up and running.
For more information about our services and how we can assist, please contact (914) 666-7229 or email George@arcocleaning.com.
Arco Cleaning, a premier commercial and residential cleaning company founded by George and Jean Arco in 1946, received the inaugural Best of Business Award in Janitorial Services from 914Inc. as part of their First Annual Best of Business Awards highlighting Westchester’s most popular local businesses. A cocktail party was held on Thursday, September 12th at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, NY to celebrate all of the recognized businesses.
would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who voted for Arco
Cleaning and helped us to receive a Best of Business Award in Janitorial
Services from 914Inc. Magazine,” said George Arco, President, Arco Cleaning.
“We are so grateful for everyone’s support and all of the business that we have
received over the years.”
First Annual Business Awards was started by 914Inc. Magazine as a way to honor
and recognize Westchester’s most popular and local businesses across all fields
and services in 37 categories. In its inaugural year, more than 1,300 total
votes were casted on their online ballot from clients, customers, and
associates, leading to the selection of this year’s winners.
Snow, although light, friendly and fluffy in appearance can cause wreak havoc on office buildings creating quite the mess. When it snows many office buildings cover their sidewalks in sand and rock salt. When tracked in with moisture on people’s feet, you offices floors can be damaged. However with regular basis cleaning in the winter you can ensure your office floors, carpets and windows survive the winter!
We recently had a guest speaker come to our carpet cleaning plant in Mt. Kisco and refresh our employees on cleaning safety techniques to use while they are in the field. Topics ranged from winter driving safety, lifting heavy objects and ladder safety. This session not only helped our employees learn new safety techniques, but also helped reinforce commonly overlooked safety hazards. Below are important topics from our cleaning safety presentation we wanted to share with you!
Not everyone is an expert on office cleaning which is why many people look to us for guidance on how to create an office cleaning program. Questions many clients have are how often should I be cleaning certain areas, what cleaning supplies should I use and are certain areas even worth cleaning? These are all important questions when developing or improving an office cleaning program. He is our advice on how to better understand and answer these questions.
The need for carpet padding is often overlooked, mainly because people are unsure about the benefits. There is also a wide variety of carpet padding depending on the type of floor and the style of carpet. Some carpet padding may be used to hold an area rug in place while a thicker more plush padding can be used for comfort. Despite the type of padding there are several main benefits to using carpet padding for your area rugs, orientals and other various styles of carpet. Continue reading “The Benefits of Carpet Padding”→
Going green is more than just a trend it is a global movement to create a healthier living environment and when it comes to green cleaning, vinegar is one of the most talked about and versatile green cleaning solutions. White distilled vinegar, during its fermentation process creates acetic acid which is effective at killing bacteria, mold and breaking up deposits such as stuck on food or soap scum. Vinegar based cleaning products can even be found at your local supermarket. Here are four ways in which you can use vinegar to clean.
Recently a Friend of Arco Cleaning was in an unfortunate and scary scenario. Their car broke down in freezing temperatures and they were stuck waiting for help on the side of the road. Seeing as we have crews running around Northern Westchester County NY we wanted to share with you some of the ways we have them prepare for Winter in their vehicles. You never know when something can go wrong. Here are some Winter Survival Tips for your safety.
Winter in Westchester County NY is right around the corner. With high amounts of snowfall and cold temperatures in the forecast we may be in for another rough winter. When we spend more time inside the need for more frequent carpet cleaning increases. Outdoor elements such as moisture from snow and tracked in rock salt can also pose a threat to your carpets during the winter. Here are a few carpet cleaning tips for winter in Westchester County NY.
Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. Customers flood retail stores, eager to take advantage of holiday sales and promotions. An influx of customers means more human traffic into stores which means a bigger mess to clean. However with a little preparation you can protect your retail store from the flood of customers and get more business. Here are five retail store cleaning tips for Black Friday!