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Our top tips for creating an energy-efficient office. 

It takes a lot to run a company, from guts to smarts and plenty of funding.

But, there is also a growing focus on collective responsibility.

Although, with the cost-of-living crisis still taking centre stage in the UK, many are focusing on costs above thoughts of sustainability business models.

In fact, according to Forbes, although 90% of businesses think that sustainability is essential, only 60% of companies have a sustainability strategy in place.

However, energy-efficient office conserves money in more ways than you might think.

Saving energy in the office is one of the easiest ways to save money and support the environment.

In this blog post, see how you can make a difference to our planet and your bottom line with three easy ways to keep your office energy-efficient from ServiceMaster Clean.

Easy Office Energy Saving Tips

  1. Replace your light bulbs.

If your lightbulbs are not energy efficient, replace them with ENERGY STAR®-qualified light bulbs, which include compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

These use about 70% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last longer.

Yes, you read that right – you save money on energy bills and at the store when you go CFL.

While LED lights are even more energy efficient, they tend to be more cost-prohibitive for businesses.

You can encourage employees with desk lamps to use LED lights or calculate whether the longevity of LED lights is worth the initial investment.

Additionally, remind employees to turn off the unused lights in empty rooms.

Furthermore, open blinds and use natural lighting as often as you can during the day to keep energy use down even more.

  1. Turn off computers when not in use.

One of the most commonly missed office energy-saving tips is turning off equipment at the end of the day or during periods of low usage.

During the day, ask employees to use the hibernation feature on their computers if they step away from their desks.

This mode reduces the energy emitted from the monitors and the computer itself.

You can also shut down computers completely before closing each day for more savings.

Remember that even when electronics are off, they use energy if plugged in.

The NRDC reports that this wasted energy adds up to around the amount of electricity produced by 50 large (500-megawatt) power plants yearly!

If your office is going on a lengthy holiday break, unplug energy-sucking equipment like printers, microwaves, coffee machines, vending machines, lights and more.

  1. Go paperless as often as you can.

Set up systems that allow employees to work electronically as often as possible and only print things when necessary.

This will help prolong the life of your printer, paper and ink/toner and also help reduce your energy costs and protect against deforestation in one fell swoop.

If you must print a document, print it in black and white.

That way, you save money on printer ink or toner and help keep excess consumables, including toner cartridges, from filling landfills.

Also, consider using copy paper with the highest percentage of recycled paper content.

You can also utilize local recycling services for your waste paper.

The future is now.

If you’re ready to make these three easy energy-saving changes, there’s no better time to start than now.

Gather your staff to explain the easy ways to keep your office energy-efficient

Soon, the savings accumulate, and you’ll feel good knowing your business is acting as a responsible corporate citizen.

Get a cleaner office today with ServiceMaster Clean

At ServiceMaster Clean, we’re about all things clean.

That means clean energy and clean offices.

Our businesses across the UK are working hard to offset our carbon emissions and help support our environment through various environmental initiatives.

If your workspace needs a professional and regular cleaning from the experts, think ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services.

By contacting your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business, you benefit from over 60 years of professional and bespoke cleaning expertise from your local experts in high-quality cleaning.

No matter your organization, we go above and beyond to ensure the highest standard of cleaning every single time.

To find out more or receive a free, no-obligation quotation on our services, call 0845 201 1184 today.

What are some of the conditions affecting mental health in the UK? And how can you look after your mental well-being at work?

Today is Blue Monday, dubbed the most-bleak day in the calendar year.

This is down to a combination of factors, including January’s infamous cold and dark mornings, post-Christmas blues, and the long budget stretch after an early Christmas payday.

Not to mention the pre-existing concerns that loomed over many over the last year.

Now that the holidays have passed, and the joys of Christmas are already a distant memory, these factors compound and give us the ‘worst day in the calendar year’.

What is Blue Monday?

Blue Monday might seem like a new phenomenon.

Maybe this is the first you’ve heard of it.

But this is not the case.

A psychologist named Cliff Arnall coined the concept of Blue Monday almost 20 years ago.

In 2004, Arnall was asked by the holiday firm Sky Travel to make a scientific name for the January blues.

Due to the factors we already discussed, Blue Monday is said to always occur on the third Monday of January. Unfortunately, this means that this year, it is today.

What does Blue Monday mean for your mental health?

Whilst Blue Monday has become a popular term, mental health and suicide prevention charity Samaritans have questioned its significance in recent years.

It is more important, they say, to focus on the facts and the proven conditions that affect people at this time of year (and beyond), like Season Affective Disorder and Anxiety.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (or its appropriate acronym, SAD) is common and is estimated to affect around two million people in the UK.

Sometimes referred to as ‘winter depression’, SAD is a form of depression whose symptoms become more acute during winter months.

These symptoms include:

  • A persistent low mood
  • A loss of pleasure or interest in everyday activities
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Feeling lethargic during the day, sleeping for longer than usual, and finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • Craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
  • Difficulty concentrating

~ via The NHS

Though the exact causes of SAD are unknown, the main line of thinking is that it is a result of the lack of exposure to sunlight during winter months, causing lower production of melatonin and serotonin in the body and depression-like symptoms.

How to treat SAD:

As a result of these causes, there are some ways you can combat SAD this winter.

To improve your mood, exercising regularly and getting as much natural sunlight as possible will help treat SAD. Talking therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and light exposure therapy are also recommended by the NHS as treatments for SAD.

As with a lot of mental health issues, getting help is vital.

The NHS takes SAD seriously and recommends seeing a GP if you think you are experiencing symptoms and struggling to cope.

For more information on how the NHS diagnoses and treats SAD, visit their website.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

You may be struggling this Blue Monday due to the anxieties of living in the modern age.

In 2023, there is a lot to be anxious about – and you won’t be alone if you are struggling.

There are three main types of anxiety: generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and health anxiety.

According to Mental Health UK, in the UK, over 8 million people are experiencing an anxiety disorder at any one time.

It is natural for us to feel anxious in our day-to-day lives, but when this goes beyond everyday worries and fears and becomes constant – it is classified as an anxiety disorder.

With Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), patients suffer from a long-term condition that causes them to feel anxious about multiple different situations rather than a single event.

The anxiety is often constant, and they regularly oscillate between feeling anxious about one thing to another.

Symptoms of GAD include:

  • Feeling restless or worried
  • Having trouble concentrating or sleeping
  • Dizziness or heart palpitations

~ via the NHS

Symptoms vary from person to person and can be physical and mental.

Although we do not know the direct cause of GAD, it is likely down to a combination of factors like personal history, traumatic experiences/substance abuse, genetic inheritance and long-term health conditions.

Treatments for GAD:

Similar to SAD, GAD can be treated through a combination of self-health methods and external support. Exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and going on a self-help course are all NHS-recommended.

The NHS also recommends talking therapies and certain medications, known as SSRIs.

If anxiety is going beyond everyday worries and affecting your daily life, see a GP for support and help.

How to manage your mental health in the workplace

Your mental health impacts all aspects of your life.

And if work is where you spend most of your weekdays, whether at home or in the office, knowing how to take care of your mental health at work is of the utmost importance.

Thankfully, there are handy resources to help staff at all levels work together to better overall mental health in your workplace.

From Headspace for work to online guides and training schemes, you can do a lot for your team and their mental health simply by seriously engaging with the topic and making it less of a taboo subject.

This year, Samaritans have also launched Brew Monday to combat the January blues around Blue Monday.

This initiative encourages breaking taboos around mental health and talking about mental health candidly with one another. Learn more about Brew Monday on the Samaritans website.

Is your dirty workplace making you blue?

If your workspace needs a professional and regular cleaning from the experts, think blue differently by thinking of ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services.

By contacting your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business, you benefit from over 60 years of professional and bespoke cleaning expertise from your local experts in high-quality cleaning.

No matter your organisation, we deliver, going above and beyond to ensure the highest standard of cleaning every single time.

To find out more or receive a free, no-obligation quotation on our services, call 0845 201 1184 today.

How ServiceMaster Clean LNP is working to support local food banks.

As part of their ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services LNP are supporting local food banks in Leicester, Northampton and Peterborough to help their local community.

Teaming up with the Trussell Trust Network, an organisation that supports a nationwide network of over 1,300 food banks providing emergency food and aid to people facing hardship while campaigning for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

This year, the LNP team are providing food parcels to food banks in Leicester, Northampton & Peterborough for new clients who achieve a specific spend.

Commenting on the initiative, Denise Ces Agraso, Head of Pensions, Payroll and HR at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services LNP says:

“I have been working quietly in the background on this, along with the new Grow My Tree Scheme, after doing some research into what we can offer to all our new clients and give back to the community and discussing the idea with our General Manager, it was a no-brainer.

Food banks are helping more people than ever and provide emergency food and compassionate, dignified support to people locked in crisis. People from every walk of life can no longer afford life’s essentials, and we are proud to be giving a little back to our local communities.”

Need a new cleaner?

If you are in Leicester, Northampton, Peterborough and the surrounding areas, call 0116 2403757 to start working with a cleaner who puts care into everything they do.

Or nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business today to receive a free, no-obligation quote on our bespoke and professional cleaning services.

How ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services LNP are working with Impact Hero to support the environment with Grow My Tree initiatives.

In today’s world, climate change is an ever-growing factor in our lives and social and moral consciousness.

This naturally affects the way we, as a society, are doing business.

Particularly as more businesses recognise the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as over 52% of business owners believe that a successful CSR strategy can add value to a business.

However, when it comes to sustainability and green initiatives – according to Forbes – although 90% of companies think sustainability is essential, only 60% have implemented a sustainability strategy.

The team at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services LNP are amongst the minority of businesses in the UK, including other ServiceMaster Clean businesses, who are affecting positive change with tree planting initiatives.

Grow My Tree Initiatives

This year, the award-winning team at LNP teamed up with Impact Hero, a platform that empowers companies like ServiceMaster Clean to embody a Net Positive approach to business.

Together, they are working to plant a tree in honour of every new client that achieves a specific spend as part of the team’s ongoing commitment to fight climate change and as an effective and sustainable way forward.

This naturally combats climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, outputting oxygen, and ensuring healthy soil.

One new tree neutralises approximately 22kg of carbon dioxide, and since August, the team have planted 16 trees, the offsetting outcome of which is approximate to the carbon dioxide output of:

  • Consuming 9,600g of beef
  • Consuming 2544kg of vegetables
  • 16 train journeys between Cologne – Munich
  • 3,68% of one person’s annual CO2 emissions

Denise Ces Agraso, Head of Payroll, Pensions, and HR at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services LNP, says:

“We are delighted to report that since teaming up with Impact Hero, we have planted 16 trees!”

“We believe that taking action against climate change is crucial, and we are proud to offer this unique opportunity to new clients.”

“Together, we can make a positive impact on our environment.”

The value of a cleaner who cares

The LNP team care about their customers and environment and goes above and beyond the call of duty.

We know that the value of a good service goes beyond just cost.

Therefore, we pride ourselves on building long-lasting relationships with our clients.

This helps us to know, meet, and exceed your expectations and deliver the service you deserve every time.

Need a new cleaner?

If you are in Leicester, Northampton, Peterborough and the surrounding areas, call 0116 2403757 to contact the cleaners that care.

Or nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business today to receive a free, no-obligation quote on our bespoke and professional cleaning services.

ServiceMaster Clean by Deeland has raised over £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support through a very successful coffee morning. 

Macmillan Cancer Support’s coffee mornings are the staple of their fundraising.

First started in 1990, the idea was simple: get people together over a coffee and donate the cost of their beverage to Macmillan.

But it was a hit and became an annual event. To date, coffee mornings have raised over £310 million for Macmillan!

Macmillan Coffee Morning by Deeland

This year, the official coffee morning date was late September, but people can choose any date they wish to participate.

So, there is plenty of the year left to host your own!

ServiceMaster Clean Deeland recently hosted their coffee morning and raised over £700!

This has contributed to this year’s coffee morning national total of £6,166,878, which can fund 98 Macmillan nurses and the work they do for a whole year!

Business Services Director Jane Paisley says:

“We are delighted to have raised over £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support.  A big thank you to everyone who baked, ate, raffled and donated to help achieve this!”

Learn the value of a cleaner that cares

If your premises could benefit from regular cleaning from an accredited and trusted company, contact ServiceMaster Clean Contract by Deeland on 01635 38100 today for a free, no-obligation quote on a range of expert services.

Nationwide, call 0845 201 1184 or find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business to learn more.

With employees back in the office, how do you maintain your floors?

We might not think about our floors bearing the brunt of the UK’s changeable temperatures.

But, just like you, your commercial property also feels the chill of winter and highs of summer – particularly the flooring.

Luckily, the experts at ServiceMaster Clean are here with a guide to making your commercial floor maintenance easy.

Hard Surfaces

Many types of tile and hardwood commercial floors can require slightly different cleaning techniques.

However, you should always refer to your flooring manufacturer’s manual and test cleaning solutions in a small, inconspicuous area before starting to avoid costly damages.

When cleaning hardwood floors:

  • Sweep away visible debris to remove larger particles from the surface.
  • Use a semi-acidic floor cleaner or mix vinegar with water to neutralise and dissolve any remaining salt residue.
  • Refer to product instructions for dilution ratios.
  • Once the salt residue is suspended in the cleaner, use a mop to absorb the liquid.
  • If your floor’s finish has been damaged, use a stripper solution to remove it.
  • Apply the solution and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Add more as needed.
  • Refer to the specific stripping product’s label for exact instructions.

Safety Tip: Use floor fans and open windows to improve ventilation when working with harsh chemicals.

  • Use a scrubber to agitate the surface and strip the remaining finish.
  • Mop the floor with clean water to remove lingering chemicals from the cleaner and stripping solution.
  • Let the floor dry completely.
  • Apply two coats of sealing and a few fresh coats of finish for a floor that looks as good as new.

Soft Surfaces

Soft surfaces are equally affected by salt, mud, and melting snow or ice – if not more so.

The salt residue will leave a characteristic white and powdery residue on carpet surfaces, while chemicals can soak deep into the fibres and padding.

If water damage goes untreated, mould and mildew can grow and spread, leading to long-term issues.

How to Clean Commercial Carpets

Add absorbent doormats, umbrella stands and coat racks to your building’s entrance to reduce the amount of water that can reach your carpeted areas during the winter.

In warmer weather, follow these steps to clean your carpets.

  • Vacuum visible dirt particles and debris.
  • Use water and a residue-removing cleaning solution.
  • Let the solution soak into the carpet for approximately 15 minutes. Refer to the specific product for dilution ratios.
  • Use a wet vacuum to remove the solution, oils and dissolved residue.
  • Rinse with clean water and suction it out with a wet vacuum. You may find that you need to repeat steps 2-4 depending on the amount of damage.
  • Use carpet fans to dry the floor.

Need your premises cleaned to a high standard?

The time, energy, and heavy equipment required to clean commercial carpets can burden any business owner.

If you need carpet cleaning or hard floor maintenance, let the experts at ServiceMaster Clean do the work by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or calling 0845 201 1184.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re discussing how to manage anxiety in the workplace. 

This week, people and businesses worldwide are marking Mental Health Awareness Week.

But what is it? How do you get involved? Why is it focusing on anxiety? And how can you include your workplace?

What is Mental Health Awareness Week?

Mental Health Awareness Week is an initiative from the Mental Health Foundation, which was formed in 1949 and has since become the UK’s leading mental health charity.

Their mission statement envisions…

“A world with good mental health for all. With prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.”

“We will drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk.”

Mental Health Awareness Week has been a long-running initiative of the Mental Health Foundation, focusing on a varying theme annually to highlight different aspects of mental health each year.

The first Mental Health Awareness Week was observed in 2001 and centred on the theme of ‘Friendship and Mental Health’.

It has since focused on issues like loneliness, stress, mindfulness, ‘nature and the environment’, ‘women and mental health’, and kindness – to name a few.

This year the theme is anxiety.

Anxiety in the modern world

In 2023, there is a lot to be anxious about – and you wouldn’t be alone if you are struggling.

According to Mental Health UK, in the UK, over 8 million people are experiencing an anxiety disorder at any one time.

There are three main types of anxiety; generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, and health anxiety.

Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, be they personal or professional.

The problem arises when these become too much to manage.

The Mental Health Foundation hopes that:

“Focusing on anxiety for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people’s awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem.”

“We will keep up the pressure to demand change – making sure that improving mental health is a key priority for the government and society as a whole.”

Managing anxiety in the workplace

Whether you’re working at home or in the office, knowing how to take care of your mental health at work is of the utmost importance.

Thankfully, there are lots of handy resources to help staff at all levels work together to better overall mental health in your workplace.

From Headspace for work to online guides and training schemes, you can do a lot for your team and their mental health simply by seriously engaging with the topic and making it less of a taboo subject.

The Mental Health Foundation also advise steps for coping with anxiety – many of which can be applied during work hours.

These include:

  1.  Focus on your breathing: To help you ground yourself and control anxious thoughts. Using the 4-7-8 breathing technique has been proven to be effective here. This means breathing in through your nose for 4 counts, then holding it for seven and exhaling through your mouth for eight counts.
  2. Exercise: Gentle exercises like yoga, walking, jogging or swimming can greatly quell anxiety. Try and find ways throughout the work day to keep moving – even a little.
  3. Keep a diary: To get a better understanding of your anxieties and stop them from taking over your mind by putting them down on paper.
  4. Challenge your thoughts: To avoid rumination worsening your anxiety, try to combat your anxious thoughts by challenging them. Think, is what you’re worried about likely to happen? Has this or a similar situation worked out amicably before
  5. Spend time in nature: Being out in nature can provide a huge boost to your mental health. Does your workplace have an outdoor space where you can eat your lunch or take breaks? Try spending some time outdoors to alleviate anxiety at work.
  6. Connect with people around you: Talk to your coworkers, managers or someone else in your life about worries in your life. Sharing your anxieties can help you feel less isolated and overwhelmed.
  7. Stay healthy: Getting enough sleep and maintaining a balanced diet can help with anxiety regulate your blood sugar and gives you the energy you need to live well.
  8. Maintain a clean environment: A dirty workspace can greatly impact both your productivity and mental health. Try and keep your desk and workspaces cluttered and hygienic to aid anxiety and stress.

Dirty workplace making you anxious?

If your workspace needs a professional and regular cleaning from the experts, think ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services.

By getting in touch with your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business, you benefit from over 60 years of professional and bespoke cleaning expertise from your local experts in high-quality cleaning.

No matter your organisation, we deliver, going above and beyond to ensure the highest standard of cleaning every single time.

To find out more or receive a free, no-obligation quotation on our services, call 0845 201 1184 today.

And for resources and ways to get involved with this year’s Mental Health Awareness week, discover ways to take part today.

Looking for ways to commemorate the coronation as a business? 

The Big Help Out is a coming together of thousands of organisations nationwide, uniting to support local communities.

What is the Big Help Out?

Organised in conjunction with celebrations for the upcoming coronation of King Charles III, starting on Monday 8th May, The Big Help Out is a voluntary initiative supported by some of the UK’s largest volunteer organisations, like the National Trust, Scouts and the RSPCA, to raise awareness of volunteering throughout the UK.

Activities throughout the day will provide opportunities for people to experience volunteering and make a difference in their communities.

How do I take part?

There are many ways to get involved in The Big Help Out.

If you are interested, you can participate as:

  1. An individual
  2. An organisation
  3. A business

To register as any of these participants, access the official app.

What can I do?

As Big Help Organisers state:

“There will be opportunities for everyone to join in. No matter what you are good at, there’ll be something to suit helping hands of all shapes and sizes! From checking in on someone who’d like a bit of company or volunteering for a charity. The more of us who join in, the bigger help we will be.”

Activities can include events benefitting:

There’s plenty to do, so get involved however you can.

We’ll see you there!

Give your premises a royal treatment

Whatever your business or operation, a proper cleaning programme is vital.

At ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, we have over 60 years of experience delivering high-quality, bespoke and professional cleaning services across varied sectors.

Whether you’re an office, retail, medical, housing or warehouse facility, trust your local experts and get a cleaning programme tailor-made to suit you today.

Get a clean fit for a king by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business or calling 0845 201 1184 today.

How regular cleaning services boost your employee productivity.

Everybody knows that employee productivity is crucial to a company’s success.

Hard work, motivation, and focus all play a part in creating dynamic, productive workers.

Without it, workers can be more prone to sickness, sloth and complacency.

Therefore, the results that you want, and the culture of your company, suffer.

Good workplace productivity starts with a clean, tidy space.

At ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, we have over 60 years of experience providing quality, professional contract cleaning services to a diverse clientele across numerous sectors.

With that experience comes the right know-how, people and technology to constantly go above and beyond to deliver an exceptional standard of cleaning every time.

But how does using our cleaning services help with employee productivity?

This blog post explores five ways professional contract cleaning services help boost worker productivity.

  1. Employees Will Use Fewer Sick Days

Regularly scheduled office cleanings are what is known as a type of nonpharmaceutical intervention (NPI).

Introduced under government guidelines at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, NPIs help to eliminate viruses like the flu from frequently touched items in high-traffic areas, like a facility or workplaces.

This helps decrease the risk of spreading viruses among employees.

If the office stays clean, your staff can stay on track without needing time off for avoidable illnesses.

Professional cleaning services include proven processes to ensure that all areas at high risk for contamination get cleaned regularly.

That way, your staff can stay focused, on task and present for every scheduled shift.

  1. Employees Will Be Less Distracted

Time is money.

You hire your employees to do their work, not to spend valuable time tidying around the office.

However, a cluttered workspace creates a cluttered mind.

With rubbish bins overflowing, dust everywhere and dirty or disorganised desks, it can be hard to concentrate on getting the job done.

Their minds may wander, or they’ll take time to clean up the mess themselves instead of completing their daily tasks.

Luckily, regular cleaning services ensure a consistently clean work environment so your staff can focus and perform their jobs to the best of their ability.

  1. Employees Feel Happier

In addition to creating a healthier office, a clean work environment makes for a happier office.

With dust-free desks and clean scents, your employees may feel excited about coming to work.

As opposed to showing up to a filthy, smelly, cluttered mess.

When you start using professional cleaning services to keep your work environment clean, check in with your employees to determine if their moods and perception of work have improved.

  1. Employees Spend More Time Working

According to the Cleaning Management Institute, when a building is cleaned for health standards rather than just making it look good, occupants get more work done and generally do a better job.

Outsourcing your cleaning services helps ensure that your building is cleaned appropriately to minimise the spread of illness and infections.

Professional cleaning services also give your employees more time to undertake their work, rather than cleaning or sanitising their desks and shared spaces.

  1. You Save Money

While professional cleaning services can help keep your facility healthy, clean and organised, they also help your company save money.

Outsourcing cleaning services can help you streamline your expenses since you pay on a by-needs basis.

You also won’t have to worry about having extra employees on your payroll.

Are you ready to increase productivity in your workplace? We’d love to help.

A custom cleaning programme from ServiceMaster Clean

Your local experts at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services can save your business time and money and improve productivity.

People are at the heart of what we do.

And so are the relationships that we nurture with our clients.

We know cleaning requirements are as unique as the businesses that need them.

We’ll work closely with you to create a customised cleaning programme that meets your business’s needs and schedule.

For a free, no-obligation quote or to learn more about how your local experts can help you, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business or call 0845 201 1184 today.

Best practices to keep your operating room safe and sterile.

At any medical facility, patient safety is a top priority. So, operating rooms must be kept sterile to keep them safe throughout any procedure. While you’re undoubtedly aware of the importance of cleaning the operating room before and after every surgery, your cleaning checklist might overlook some areas that can harbour dirt, dust and pathogens.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we have over 60 years of experience as a leader in the cleaning industry, so we know the importance of proper and professional healthcare cleaning. We also know how difficult it can be to maintain this environment on top of everything else you have to do in any medical facility, especially amidst the ongoing stream of patients. That’s why we’ve put together this list of five common trouble spots that we’ve observed when cleaning operating rooms, that are important to keep in mind to help reduce the risk of infection.

  1. Behind Equipment and Furnishings

You probably wipe down used equipment and furnishings like tables, carts, and stools after surgery to rid them of germs. However, it’s also important to move these items so that you can clean underneath and behind them too. When cleaning your operating room, make sure you pull furniture and equipment away from the wall so that you can sweep and mop behind these items. Dust and debris also often collect in corners and underneath equipment, where they can harbour infectious agents. Take the time to thoroughly clean behind these items to eliminate build-up that would reduce the sterility of your operating environment.

  1. Floors

Surfaces like the operating table might seem like the most germ-prone spots in your operating room, but the floors aren’t far behind. Bodily fluids and other substances can land on the floor during surgery, requiring a prompt clean-up. There are approved methods and cleaning standards that any healthcare facility in the UK must follow, as set out by The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA). This includes cleaning bodily fluids or blood from the floor. At ServiceMaster Clean, we are constantly updating our policies, practices and standards in line with these standards. Through regular audits, we also make sure that the right channels stay open between our staff and clients so that the facilities under our care maintain the best standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

  1. Ceilings

It would be easy to assume the ceiling in your operating room is always going to stay untouched and spotless. However, ceilings can still harbour germs, dust and build-up. This accumulated debris can eventually fall, posing a serious health risk during a procedure. To mitigate this risk, you should ensure to regularly clean the ceiling (including lighting fixtures) in your operating room. The best way to do this is to use a microfibre cloth to easily wipe away any dust. You should also take the opportunity to inspect the ceiling area for any spots that require more intensive clean-up and disinfection.

  1. Cabinets

As a standard practice, you probably already wipe down the outside of the cabinets in your operating room. However, be sure not to overlook the interior, where germs can easily lurk until they are introduced into the room. (Think of how many hands reach into those cabinets during a given procedure!) Always wipe down the cabinet shelves, handles and contents to minimise the spread of harmful agents during and after an operation

  1. Biohazard Waste Bins

The biohazard waste bin in your operating room allows you to dispose of biohazard waste safely and properly. But even if your waste has been properly bagged and disposed of, the bin itself can be a hot spot for pathogens. Take the time to properly disinfect all biohazard containers and waste bins to ensure that any medical waste doesn’t spread infectious diseases around your healthcare facility.

As an industry-leading provider of patient-centred healthcare cleaning services, we know that a properly cleaned operating room is a safe operating room. By entrusting your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business with the cleaning of your medical facility, you’re given the peace of mind that every room in your facility, operating room included, is being kept at the highest possible standard of clean. And, you get the time back to focus on what matters, your patients!

Give us a call today on 0845 201 1184 for more information on our services and book a free, no-obligation quotation.

With February Half-Term approaching, now is the perfect time to schedule a half term school clean of your premises with ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services.

As you prepare for a well-earned break, now is the time to book in a deep clean and sanitation of your school’s facilities with us. With infection control and proper sanitation now more important in schools than ever, utilising February half-term holiday to ensure that your school is a safe place for your students to return to is a no-brainer.

Our deep cleaning and sanitisation services will keep your premises looking shiny, new, and hygienic. Thus minimising the risk of your students returning to a space that puts them at risk of infection. At ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, we understand that keeping your students safe is your top priority, and in selecting us as your nursery, school or college cleaning service provider you are selecting a company with a tried and tested process.  

For years, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services has provided education cleaning services to educational environments that cater for pupils of all age groups and circumstances, including establishments that provide learning environments for pupils with special needsand facilities of worldwide recognition. Regardless of your establishment and situation, we will take care of it.

You can also rest assured of our safe and professional working practice. Our school cleaners are specialists in infection control. Through experience and training, we can improve hygiene levels in schools, reducing sickness and absence. We also employ a higher ratio of Managers and Supervisors compared to the industry norm, to ensure our services are maintained at a consistent level of excellence. Due to the nature of our contract services, we will also work closely with you to ensure the standards and expectations you have for your premises are met and exceeded, professionally and pain-free.

No matter the nature of your educational facilities, act now to book in a professional deep clean from experts trusted by businesses and professional premises nationwide. To learn more about our services, and how we are working to ensure safety and quality service during the COVID19 pandemic, click here. Or, you can find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business and schedule your half term school clean and sanitisation today.


Though it is behind us now, 2021 was difficult for people and businesses worldwide. During these uncertain times, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services have stayed committed to supporting our staff through the challenges of the last year. Behind every successful franchise network is a team of staff who work tirelessly to make sure that our services are the best that they can possibly be. Working to maintain a successful network means working hard to make sure to cultivate a positive environment and improve staff satisfaction levels and retention. We pride ourselves in our ability to do this, even in an industry like contract cleaning services where this is usually difficult.

It doesn’t take much, and can just be in the little things. For example, before Christmas last year, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Swansea continued its annual tradition of hand delivering a box of chocolates to each of its 250 staff members at their place of work. This was a small token of appreciation for its staff for their work throughout the year, and to wish them a Merry Christmas. However, due to the pandemic and Swansea’s ever-growing staff, the team decided to go the extra mile and do things a little differently and sent every member of staff a ServiceMaster branded chocolate bar in the post. But that wasn’t all, just like Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a select number of these chocolates had a winning raffle ticket inside that had a combined value of over £450.00! The lucky member of staff just had to call into the office and quote the code on the ticket.

One of the winners decided to spend her winnings on extra physio for her grandson, another decided to finish off her Christmas shopping, and another waited for her son to arrive home before opening the chocolate (as he is a Charlie in the Chocolate Factory Fan) and was delighted to find a winning ticket.

The top winner was Carly Morris who works in a Sports Centre and a Doctor Surgery in Neath, and she was kind enough to send the below photo.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Swansea’s staff were overjoyed by this gesture, and the branch are looking forward to doing the same in December of this year.

Our staff are at the heart of our franchises, and they have worked tirelessly to ensure that the work we do is carried out safely and to a high standard in spite of changing and often challenging working conditions posed by the pandemic.

If you’d like to learn more about ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Swansea and the services we offer, you can find out more here or call on 01792 323238. If you want to find your local ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, you can find your nearest franchise here.

Written by Tom Page

The owner of ServiceMaster AAA has won Business Person of the Year Award at the fourth annual SME National Business Awards.

Last Friday 3rd December marked the fourth annual SME National Business Awards. Taking place at Wembley stadium, the ceremony celebrates the innovation and successes of small and medium enterprises – or SMEs. These are businesses (like ServiceMaster) whose personnel numbers equal 250 employees or less.

The awards are open to any successful business in the UK, which are then judged on 18 categories by up to 4 of a national panel of 30 judges, who are all top business people within their chosen area. The team behind the ceremony cite their awards as a “credible opportunity to support and share in our vision to raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising SME’s nationally,” and “a sought after accolade of achievement, a veritable endorsement of success in business which offers exceptional marketing and PR opportunities as well increasing your credibility and standing in the eyes of your peers and your customers.”

Therefore, we are thrilled to congratulate our very own Siva Kugathas of ServiceMaster AAA, on winning the highest Gold Award for Business Person of the Year. This award recognises a business person or entrepreneur who shows outstanding initiative, boldness, imagination, and management practices in their chosen enterprise.

Siva purchased ServiceMaster Guildford in January 2017 with an annual turnover of around £111,000 and grown his business to around £1,526,000 in 2020 while investing in a further 4 territories. He is also well on track to achieving his £1 million projected growth this year and has invested in a further 5 territories recently, with a plan to achieve £10 million in the next 5 years. It was these successes that Siva and his team were celebrating at their annual conference in Greece at the time of the awards, Siva’s son collected the award in his place, so he says, they had the joint experience of winning the award at Wembley, and reflecting on a great business year on a well-earned trip overseas. Siva says that he attributes the successes of his franchises to the strength of his team, and would like to dedicate this award to them. As well as this, he says that the award has galvanized both himself and his team, and that they are motivated to make 2022 and even better year than 2021.

Once again, we would like to offer Siva our congratulations, and wish he and his team continued success for the year to come.

If you’d like to learn more about our award winning business and the services we offer, you can find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean franchise here, or visit our blog for more updates on our services and successes.

Following the COVID19 pandemic, we are all aware of the necessity of keeping your premises clean and hygienic. But there are multiple other benefits to Why you should use a commercial cleaning company for your business:

Aid Employee Productivity

There are many ways that using a commercial cleaning supplier can benefit employee productivity. Primarily, a messy or unhygienic workplace is likely to have a negative impact on your employees’ motivation. Keeping your workspaces clean and tidy has been proven to improve concentration and productivity, and reduce stress and distractions.

Reduce Sickness

Even thinking beyond COVID19, ensuring that your workspaces are clean and hygienic will help reduce the number of sick days taken by your employees. Especially as we enter cold and flu season, it is vital to make sure that your workplace is cleaned regularly to protect against the spread of germs and infections. Click here to find out some ways you can protect your workplace against the spread of infection

Increased Customer Satisfaction

The importance of a first impression cannot be understated, and the cleanliness of your office can say a lot about your company. If you maintain good standards of hygiene and keep your space organised and de-cluttered, clients will be reassured that your company is prioritising the wellbeing of everybody on the premises.

Ensures Longevity of Premises

Some materials such as hair, dirt, dust, and grime can build up from a lack of cleaning and can damage expensive equipment like printers, photocopiers, or even computers – making them unusable. Investing in commercial cleaning like ServiceMaster ensures that inch of your workplace is kept in top working order and won’t fall into disrepair.

Reduces Air Pollution

It is not just diseases and germs, other airborne pollutants like dirt and dust can also build up in the air and decrease overall air quality inside the premises. This can then transfer to, and linger in furnishings like curtains, rugs, blinds, and upholstered furniture.

Higher Standard of Cleanliness

Trusting your cleaning to a professional service ensures a higher standard of cleaning, on a regular basis. High-quality cleaning is what we do, we have all of the right tools for the job and can guarantee a better class of clean.


Using our professional cleaners and their equipment also means that you won’t have to pay extra money from your pockets to buy cleaning supplies or pay for an internal team of workers. This means you won’t need to worry about things like sick pay or holiday for your cleaners. Trusting us ensures that no matter what, your cleaning is handled to the same standard, year-round.

At ServiceMaster, we understand the importance of ensuring that your premises are clean, hygienic and safe for you, your employees, and your customers. If you think it’s time to entrust the cleaning of your workplace to a high quality and professional commercial supplier, why not get in touch with us?

Click here to find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean and learn more about our services today.