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Is the flu affecting your office and your staff?


Do you have an effective strategy to limit your business exposure to the flu?


Does your office cleaning service provide appropriate cleaning and disinfection to mitigate the spread of infection to the rest of your office?


Illinois currently has the highest level of flu activity as rated by the CDC. Having your employees get sick with the flu leads to lost days of work and lower productivity. For people with asthma, younger or older employees, there can be serious complications that lead to hospitalizations such as pneumonia. 36,000 people in the US die every year from the flu and over 200,000 are hospitalized.

How do you know when someone has the flu? The flu is primarily a respiratory illness. It is associated with a high fever, body aches, and a runny nose. The severity of symptoms can vary dramatically due to someone's previous exposure to similar flu strains and prior vaccinations. 

So what can you do to limit your exposure to influenza? 

Prevent Flu in Your Office:

There's plenty you can do. First and foremost, prevention is key. Encourage and/or incentivize employees to get an annual vaccination. If your office is large enough, then schedule an onsite vaccination in the fall. CDC recommends all those over age 49 to be vaccinated.

The flu is commonly spread by people by touching an infected surface and then touching their face. The average person touches their face 3.6 times per hour. Post signs in restrooms and kitchens telling employees that they should wash their hands frequently before eating, after touching others' hands, and before touching their face, especially their mouth, nose, or eyes. 

If they can't wash their hands with soap and water, make sure to provide plenty of hand sanitizer solution in dispensible bottles or stand alone dispensing units throughout the office. Make sure one is at the entry/exits and in the kitchen. If you don't want dispenser bottles going home with employees, then contact me for a solution for this issue.

Enforce a Quarantine and Have a Communication Plan:

The next best thing you can do is to require sick employees to stay home. They are not doing anyone a favor by coming into the office where they can quickly spread the virus to other employees. If they can, have them work from home, but the goal is to have them come back only when they are healthy, instead of infecting multiple other office staff and multiplying the non-productivity and sick days.

Set a numerical criteria for an office outbreak of the flu. If a certain % of your office is out sick from the flu, send out a warning to other staff members encouraging them to work from home, and telling them how to protect themselves and the steps to take if they believe they have the flu.

Office Cleaning Methods to Lessen Spread of the Flu:

Office cleaning methods can help prevent exposure of the flu to your office staff. In many cases, the flu virus can be spread rapidly around the office by just one infected person. The touching of multiple common surfaces, such as door knobs, handles, hand scanners, etc. will spread the virus quickly. However, if these surfaces are 1) kept clean and 2) have had an EPA registered disinfectant with anti-viral properties, this risk can be reduced.

It is important that your office cleaning staff be trained in proper cleaning and disinfection practices. In most instances, the surface will have to be cleaned prior to disinfection. Then, the instructions for the disinfectant must be exactly followed, especially the dwell times.

How to Mitigate the Severity and Length of the Flu:

The normal length of the flu is 5-7 days. Return to work in most cases should be a minimum of 24 hours after cessation of fever.

In cases where an employee gets the flu, they can still see a doctor who may prescribe antivirals such as Tamiflu. These may lessen the severity and duration of the illness. Anti-virals are best utilized when started within the first 48 hours of the start of the flu.

If you want more information or need any assistance with implementing these measures in your office, feel free to contact Jason today at 630-963-5747.


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Another recent floor cleaning project completed...this one was high gloss epoxy over concrete.






Is your shop floor in terrible condition? Does it have numerous marks from forklifts and pallets? Or is it just dirty and dusty?

Although we can't fix deep gouges and scratches, we can get it ready for inspections, re-taping, or refinishing without damaging the high gloss finish.

If you are in need of a big clean up of your shop floor, please call us at (630) 963-5747 today.

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Asbestos and Building Air Quality

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that once was coveted by a variety of industries for its ability to strengthen, insulate and help fireproof most every part of commercial and residential construction.

Unfortunately, it also was toxic, a fact that didn’t become recognized and then accepted until the late 1970s when health officials began pushing hard for changes. An unfortunate part of the history of asbestos in America is that any older structure likely to have asbestos-containing materials inside: in the floor, walls, ceiling, roof, and in the plumbing.

Knowledge of what to do – and in many cases, what not to do – is key to preventing a problem.

Old Buildings Can Pose a Risk

Asbestos usually doesn’t become a threat to the public from buildings and residences until it ages and is disturbed for some reason (repairs, renovation, demolition). The biggest threat usually comes now during a renovation or restoration of an older structure.

Fire can also cause problems – even before the cleanup begins. Water damage to a structure also can be result in asbestos exposure when boards and floors are disturbed. Aging also creates a slower problem, loosening the once-tight asbestos fibers.

If the asbestos does get moved, qfkt5tled or cut, microscopic fibers that make up the mineral can become airborne. This is the danger.

Once airborne, these fibers are much easier to inhale or ingest – the beginning of a slow but potentially significant health issue. Repeated exposure to asbestos can lead to a variety of serious respiratory issues, including peritoneal mesothelioma cancer, lung cancer and asbestosis. After a patient is diagnoses with mesothelioma, the oncologist will go over their prognosis and various treatment options.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that asbestos-containing materials can be found in 700,000 public and commercial buildings in America today. It also estimates that 500,000 of those contain as least some damaged asbestos.

Owners Must Identify Asbestos

One of the most important responsibilities of a building owner or manager is identifying asbestos-containing materials, long before they are disturbed by damage or renovation. Schools today are required to provide an inventory of asbestos materials.

The identification is especially important because custodial and maintenance workers often disturb materials that contain asbestos, raising the levels of asbestos into the air. Proper worker training and protection is important to avoid the exposure.

Asbestos in a building raises the level of importance in hiring an experienced cleaning service, making sure the jobs are done professionally and expertly. Disturbing asbestos can lead to dangerous air quality.

Writer bio: Tim Povtak is a longtime journalist and now is the senior writer for


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1. They don’t have insurance.

Wow! If there is nothing else you learn from me today, please learn to always verify all
insurance coverage with the insurance providers by calling them directly. Only accept COI’s
(Certificates of Insurance) directly mailed to you from an insurance agent. Why? Many cleaning
companies are not carrying insurance, some are forging proof of insurance forms, some
companies are...READ MORE

Is your cleaning company hiding information from you? You Betcha! Download the attached report and see the other 12 things for yourself...

13 Things Your Cleaning Company Is Hiding From You And Why You Will Be Angry When You Find Out!

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I recently helped a new client create an Office Cleaning Comparison Checklist.

This checklist helped them compare several Janitorial Service contractors for their facilities for the variables they believe led to good long term cleaning contractors and avoid the numerous issues they had with poor cleaning and customer service issues from prior contractors.

Click here to download the Office Cleaning Company Comparison Checklist now...

Yours in Service,


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Posted by on in Mold Remediation

Just a quick primer on Mold Remediation:

There are a LOT of unprofessional and untrained Mold Remediation contractors in the Chicago area. I have heard a lot of local horror stories, including the health issues and subsequent expensive legal battles between tenants and property managers about Mold Remediation that was improperly completed.

A couple of my rules to consider before you hire a "so-called" Mold Remediation contractor/expert:


  • Mold testing prior to starting the mold removal project may be unnecessary.
  • If you are experiencing health issues, get out of affected area/building!
  • We recommend all pregnant ladies, children, and elderly to leave the affected areas/building.
  • Ozone generators are NOT an approved method of mold removal.
  • Applying chemicals is NOT by itself and approved method of mold removal.
  • Sealing in mold is NOT an approved method either.
  • The water intrusion or humidity issue which caused the mold growth should be fixed prior to finishing the mold removal process, or it may just come back again.
  • The affected area should be thoroughly dryed out, with LGR dehumidifiers if necessary, prior to starting the removal effort.
  • HVAC systems in affected areas should be closed off immediately if mold is suspected; Concurrent with the Mold Remediation effort, the ducts or entire branch may need to be cleaned.
  • HVAC ducting should be cleaned only by NADCA trained personnel and following the NADCA standard.
  • Large scale, greater than 100 sf of growth, may need a third party such as an Industrial Hygienist or other environmental health and safety profession with experience conducting microbial investigations.
  • Mold Remediation contractors should be following IAQA, IICRC, EPA, or OSHA standards for mold removal, and should have had Mold Remediation training


Generally, we recommend a third party testing/certification of acceptable levels of mold prior to completion of the Mold Remediation project.

Following these guidelines could save you a lot of time, money, and legal issues. Please feel free to call me at 630-963-5747 if you have any questions in these areas.

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So How do you Improve Indoor Air Quality?

First step is to eliminate and reduce the potential sources of contamination. The next step is to introduce a building maintenance program that continues to reduce the levels over extended periods of time.

At Advanced Cleaning, we help by assessing the matting systems, which are proven to reduce the entry of these particles into your building environment.

Further controls, such as HEPA filters, can reduce these 0.3 micron particles by at least 99.97%. We regularly use HEPA backpack vacuums in our maintenance programs.

Dusting is accomplished via microfiber dusters, which reduce the potential for re-introducing these particles back into the room's airstream.

Surface cleaning is also carried out by microfiber cloth systems which reduces recontamination of room air from dust particles.

We also use low/no VOC cleaning agents that meet DFE standards and can help contribute to LEED Platinum certification for your buildings.


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How High is your Building's Indoor Particle Count?

What is a high particle count for 0.3 micron particles inside a building?

Would you think perhaps several thousand, or maybe 10,000 in a cubic foot of air?

Well, you would be very WRONG!

Recently, while I was working with a Laser Particle Counter (a very expensive meter which precisely measures the quantity of indoor particulates) in a regularly cleaned room of a vendor's building, we established with multiple samples that there was 3.5 MILLION particles of size 0.3 microns. That's a lot of junk in the air! The room we tested is not a room any rational human being would even consider "dusty" in the least bit! This stuff is invisible, except when viewed via microscope, and it stays suspended in the building air virtually forever.


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Fine Particles and Your Body

99% of particles in the air are between 0.3 and 1 micron. These particles are invisible to the unaided human eye. Particle sizes of 0.3 microns are the most difficult to filter, both with engineered filters and with human lungs. These size particles travel down your trachea, into the bronchi, then bronchioles, and finally enter deep into your lungs into the 700 million aveoli, where they readily cross over into your bloodstream.

Did you know your lungs’ aveoli are typically only 2 cells thick? That’s all that separates these aerosols you inhaled and your bloodstream. So once these particles this size are breathed in, they can easily end up in your blood stream - it's almost like injecting them directly into your blood!


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Commercial and Residential Building Air Quality Issues

Compared to outdoor air, indoor air pollution can be 2 to 5 times higher inside buildings. Do you have new office products, carpets, paints, toner, cleaning chemicals, dust, aerosols, air fresheners, dust mites, allergens, mold spores anywhere in your building? All these items and more can cause high levels of indoor air pollution which can lead to respiratory issues include asthma and allergies, and result in lower levels of worker productivity and absenteeism.

A few statistics on indoor air quality: 8% of the US population had asthma in 2008, and 53% of these folks had an asthma attack in that same year. More than half (59%) of children and one-third (33%) of adults who had an asthma attack missed school or work because of asthma in 2008. On average, in 2008 children missed 4 days of school and adults missed 5 days of work because of asthma. Asthma costs were $56 Billion a year in 2007 (Information courtesy of AAAAI).


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Indoor Air Quality in the News Today?

Yes. There was a radio show today and an email I saw yesterday that was going around about Benzene emissions in the inside of cars after the windows had been rolled up.

Benzene is highly reactive hydrocarbon compound. For lovers of organic chemistry like myself, it is a 6 carbon planar ring molecule with 3 double bonds (C6H6). These double bonds are created by extra electrons that "zoom" around the ring structure (per the delocalized electron theory).

Benzene can readily react with the chemical components of your endocrine system, typically substituting itself as one of the base molecules in the steroids and hormones your body produces. Your endocrine system is the chemical system in your body that regulates all sorts of body functions, such as growth, reproduction, metabolism, etc.

A safe Benzene level, as considered by the American Petroleum Institute, is ZERO. Beware of often cited "recommended" background levels that are written by Industrial Hygenists into standards that blend economic and health concerns, as is needed in workplaces where workplace engineering controls are present to minimize exposures. What we know for sure is long term exposure to high levels of Benzene causes Leukemia and it is known to cause DNA strand breaks and chromosome damage.

The bottom line is Benzene can be found exceeding 16 times higher concentrations than "recommended" background levels inside your vehicle, especially when the windows are rolled up, and especially on hot days! So open your windows for a few minutes after getting in your car to vent these fumes. That "new car" smell may not be so good for you.

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Well over 95% of buildings do NOT meet the our standards for a perfect Strip and Wax.

When your floor is dull and scratched, and you need it stripped and waxed, here are a few suggestions:

Focus on edges, corners, and transistion areas - have you ever seen the wax build up on the edges of your floor and the wax build up on your baseboards? Done correctly, a strip and wax should not leave any build up or discoloration on these areas. Yes, it takes extra time and resources during stripping to make this look good, and most contractors hope you won't notice.

Open floor areas "dirty" - does your waxed floor have lint, hair, dust, and other debris embedded in the wax? This makes the floor look dirty and dull. It takes special equipment and extra cleaning steps to remove these items before waxing, and to make sure the equipment used does not re-introduce this debris into the wax.

We have experience stripping and waxing hair saloons, industrial buildings, veterinary and medical offices, marble and tile, and Class A offices and lobbies. If you want to experience a perfect strip and wax, please give us a call at 630-963-5747.

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"If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie and wipe the seat-y," brought to you by my kids, Shannon and Alex who are 7 and 5 respectively.

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Have you experienced or do you want to avoid having unwelcome critters and pests in your commercial facility?

Here are a few suggestions from us at Advanced Cleaning Services for you:


  1. Eliminate Food and Water Sources
  2. Physical Lock Out
  3. "Chemical Free" Pest Control
Eliminate Food and Water Sources
The first step in eliminating pests and critters in your commercial space is to promptly remove all garbage and refuse to the exterior of the building. For if you are letting garbage sit in the interior of the building, especially during any overnight period, you are providing critters with an ample food supply. Also, if your garbage containers, appliances (microwaves/fridges), wall splash, under appliances, behind appliances, etc. are not being cleaned regularly inside and outside, this food residue will promote critters. If you have a lot of people daily in your facility and your trash is only serviced one time or three times a week, or if you have 5 day a week janitorial service but your staff are coming in over the weekend, you may need to add additional garbage removal services or insist staff remove all trash on these non-serviced days.
Since it only takes very small crumbs or a drop of sticky, sweet residue like spilled soda to feed a lot of pests, you'll want to make sure the floors are edge swept and vacuumed and damp mopped promtly every time after staff eat. Make sure trash chutes are cleaned on a regular schedule in large office and condo buildings.
You will also want to do a thorough inspection of all water sources to eliminate critters' water source. This includes any small roof leaks, standing water areas such as all drains, sumps, pump/piping leaks, HVAC condensers, HVAC line condensation, shower/restroom leaks, fridge/freezer defrost water pans, wet wallboard, wet walls structures, and even the inside of vending machines. All these areas should be cleaned of all water/food, flushed with bleach/water solution ifnecessary, and all water leaks should be addressed immediately. Insist that your vending machine provided clean the inside of the machines on every visit (you may also have them thoroughly clean the outside of the machine every visit too). A trained professional with a hygrometer may be able to help locate areas of high humidity in your facility that indicate possible water leaks.
Physical Lock Out
The next step is Physical Lock Out of pests. If your facility is older, possibly drafty, and has even very small cracks or holes between the interior space and the external building you should have them sealed. If pest control is critical, as in a food service facility, you could even have a commercial blower door test to locate areas of leakage through the building envelope (identification and fixing these leaks could result in significant energy savings as well). Clearly, any large cracks in the building envelope, such as behind baseboards, holes or cracks in the masonry, or the large cracks between foundation/slab and the walls, window areas, broken windows, should be sealed with caulk, epoxy, or other means as appropriate. If you track where pests are commonly seen, you may notice you will find these problem areas mentioned above nearby. You may also notice more pests by food/eating areas that are closer to the exterior walls and on the first floor of the building.
Sealing of the physical building structure will eliminate the food source for spiders, and over time, you will see the number of spiders greatly reduced.
In case of facilities with food preparation areas, in addition to all the usual items required by the Health Department, you want to prevent employees from propping open doors during breaks, and also do NOT let delivery vehicle drivers prop open the doors during deliveries. If needed, you may want to add a swinging, springed screen door to insure pests stay out even when doors get propped open temporarily. You may already be doing this, but a careful inspection of incoming food materials for items with fruit flies or other pests will prevent these insect infestations in your food service areas.
"Chemical Free" Pest Control
Finally, there are some alternative, "chemical free" methods of reducing pests. For some insects, Cinnammon sprinkled by pest entry areas may work for you. Other clients have used dryer sheets dropped in insect entry areas to the same effect. Green Tea, Cedar Oil, or Tea Tree Oil may also repel common pests for you and smell good as well. Sticky traps, Boric Acid, and the combo of bug attracting lights with sticky paper will eliminate a lot of common pests.
There are also some all natural insecticides on the market, ask (or demand) your pest control specialist for these options, but one is based on Clove Oil.
While not chemical free, small amount of bleach diluted with water in a spray bottle, and sprayed on the invisible chemical trails ants leave behind will confuse ants who have come to eat.
Of course, we are here to help our commercial building tenants and owners with these issues. Feel free to call Jason at 630-963-5747 on this topic.


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While there is much talk about Green office cleaning options, many property managers have found few options for Green carpet cleaning in the office environment. In early 2010 we switched over our cleaning chemicals and cleaning processes to be Green; the cleaning agents we use are DFE (Design For Environment) certified. We did this for our clients, some of which have obtained LEED Platinum certification for their buildings in the Chicago area. We took a long time to switch over as we initially found many green cleaning agents and processes were less effective than standard processes and cleaning agents. However, we kept experimenting and eventually found green alternatives which equaled and even surpassed our earlier non-green processes and chemicals.

Here's what we found as the best option for Green commercial carpet cleaning:

We use an enzyme based carpet cleaning agent which is applied via a power sprayer. This is done after a thorough HEPA vacuuming to remove all loose soil. We combine this with standard steam cleaning (hot water extraction) and we have found this works great, or even better than standard carpet cleaning chemicals. What are the differences? Well, there is no odor after cleaning. The enzyme based cleaning agent has no warning labels, and is certified as Green.

What are the benefits for you?

You get a healthier office, a well cleaned carpet, and IT WON'T COST MORE than the standard carpet cleaning agents.

What about spots and stains?

Spot and stains in many cases still require very specific spot and stain removers that are not Green certified. This is due to very specific spot and stain chemistry that must be removed with the correct chemicals. We typically will pretreat these areas with a minimum of standard spot and stain removal agents, using only a much as needed to remove the spots.

How often do I need to have my carpets cleaned?

We recommend the same service interval for commercial carpet cleaning, which is a steam cleaning (Hot Water Extraction) at a MINIMUM of every 12-18 months (per all major carpet manufacturers) so your warranty is not voided. We also still recommend all carpet work be performed exclusively by IICRC certified commercial carpet cleaning technician, which we are.

If you need any help converting your commercial office cleaning service to be Green, please give us a call at 630-963-5747 as we would be glad to help!

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Every spring, we will receive calls from office managers who want help with their ant problems. Sometimes, this is because as few as one ant was seen, but sometimes, there are a lot of ants. Places where ants can be seen are typically kitchens, cafeterias, breakroom/coffee bars, and areas where trash is stored by the exterior walls and entrances. The ants are seen indoors in the early spring after a warming period, and may come inside buildings looking for food as there may not be enough food available in the outdoors yet.

So what can one do to stop the ants?

Well, you can call an exterminator, which will result in a service call, and spraying some chemicals whose odors you may not like. You also may not be a fan of injecting more chemicals into your office environment or have chemical sensitivity issues. This is an option, however, and may be required in the food service industry.

We prefer preventative measures such as removing all the food sources for these ants. Unfortunately, very small amounts of food or spilled sugary liquids is a large banquet, enough to feed the ants for days. And every ant that finds food indoors will leave a chemical trail for his friends to follow back to the food source.

The first line of defense is making sure to remove all crumbs from under tables, or that fall to the floor, especially food particles that get kicked near the edges of the wall or under cabinets. These areas must be swept with an edging broom or HEPA vacuum daily. Another area to watch is by any coffee station, where a little sugar is spilled every time a sugar packet or sugar dispenser is used. These areas may need to be wiped with a wet cloth once or twice daily to remove the sugar residue, which is an ant favorite. Since this sugar is often small white, granulated particles, it is very hard to see by eye, especially if you have white counter tops. The best check to insure you wiped it all up is to run your hand over it - you should not feel any grit, the surfaces should feel smooth to your hand if you picked it all up. Don't forget to pick up all nearby appliances, toaster, etc. to make sure sugar has been cleaned up under these areas.

One area to watch is anywhere sugary drinks (coffee, soda, etc.) are consumed. Just one drop spilled on the floor, chair leg, or base of a table can attract many ants (especially the small red ants). These areas should be mopped at least daily, and every spilled drink should be mopped up immediately with clean water and cleaning solution.

The tops of tables used for eating and kitchen/breakroom counters should be cleaned with a wet cloth at least once daily, if not sooner. All crumbs and drink residue should be wiped clean. Don't forget the chairs, table base, and chair and table legs if exposed.

For appliances -- make sure the insides of microwaves are cleaned after use, crumbs are removed from inside toasters and toaster ovens, and the areas underneath all appliances are cleaned regularly. We have even seen ants inside refridgerators, so these should be cleaned weekly to monthly depending on usage.

Leaving trash in containers overnight is very inviting to these ants. Make sure all trash is removed nightly. If the liners are soiled at all with food or drink residue, they must be changed nightly. Don't forget to remove items from recycling bins, as these will hold the usually unwashed soda cans and bottles with their sugary residue. Also be concerned with the trash containers themselves, the exteriors should be wiped clean and the interiors should be washed or pressure washed regularly to insure there is no food residue. Be sure when taking out the trash that no liquids spill out of the liners while removing them from the building. If anything leaks out of the trash liners upon removal from the building, clean it up promptly.

In addition to these janitorial service items, you should also check the areas surrounding the pest problems for small cracks and gaps, including under walls, windows, and doors to insure they are sealed and weatherstripped appropriately. You may also want to check behind the baseboards for these areas typically have large cracks and gaps. For if these areas are open to the outside, just a small crack is like a huge tunnel for the ants and this potential foraging area, and they may return.

If the above items are followed, then you will have fixed your ant problem in your office. As the food outside becomes more plentiful, and the ant's chemical marker trails dissapate, you should not see any more ants. The bottom line is that zero food = zero ants.

These tips are also helpful if you have other pest problems, in the office or home, except that I would also make sure you eliminate all damp areas throughout the building interior for these other pests.

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Several of our Chicago office cleaning prospects have asked us what they can do to improve their indoor air quality due to staff with asthma or allergies.

There is A LOT that can be done to help these staff remain productive, and reduce the amount of sick days, downtime and time off due to these issues:

How to Reduce Levels of Allergens, VOC's, and Dust

The first step to take is to redesign your office cleaning specifications so that they will reduce both point source and gross levels of allergens. This requires the correct frequency of cleaning tasks that will lower these allergen levels. For instance, detail vacuuming, or complete vacuuming wall to wall, needs to occur often enough to lower these allergen levels throughout the office on both carpets and hard floors. HEPA vacuuming on hard floors will take a little more labor and a little more cost than dust mopping (which can move around the dust and redistribute it into the office air), but it will capture and eliminate these dust/allergens from your office environment.

The use of quality backpack vacuums, with HEPA or ULPA ratings is important too. But these vacuums must be very high quality, for there is little use to have a HEPA rated vacuum that has leaky connections that are spewing out unfiltered allergens before the HEPA filter. For this reason, we use CRI Gold certified HEPA backpack vacuums exclusively.

It is also important to remove the dust above the floor level with a microfiber dusting system which reduces the dust level and prevent it from becoming airborne again during dusting operations on other horizontal surfaces above the floor level, such as desks, shelves, etc.

Next, it is preferable to remove most household cleaners from the office environment. We exclusively use DFE (Design for Environment) certified cleaning agents, which are free of unnecessary dyes, perfumes, fragrances, and have low levels of VOC's. Our philosophy has always been to get your office completely and thoroughly cleaned; we do not "cover up" any odors with perfumes or fragrances. The cleanest rooms do not have any detectable odor. Additionally, fragrances that one person enjoys, may be causing allergic or asthmatic conditions for another person.

A word on carpeting and hard floors...Carpets act as a huge "filter." The airborne particles in the office will settle over time (the smaller the particle, the longer it will take to settle) onto the flooring surfaces by the force of gravity. If they fall onto a hard surface floor, the slightest breeze will send them back into the air (resuspension). On the other hand, if these particles fall onto a carpeted floor, they are much more likely to remain trapped in the carpet fibers where they must be removed by regular, thorough HEPA vacuuming and periodic "Steam" cleaning (Hot Water Extraction carpet cleaning).

Proper cleaning techniques and processes can reduce respirable dust and allergens by up to 80% in your office, which can help your staff suffering from poor IAQ conditions. If you need help implementing a world class janitorial services program to improve your Indoor Air Quality, please call us at 630-963-5747.


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Welcome Chicagoland!!! Please use this forum as your place to get your questions about Chicago area Office Cleaning, Janitorial Services, Hard Floor Care (strip & refinish, scrub & refinish), Commercial Carpet Cleaning, Water Restoration, Mold Remediation, and Building Maintenance answered.

We are IICRC certified in Commercial Carpet Cleaning, Water and Fire and Smoke Remediation, and Odor Control. Advanced Cleaning has been serving the Chicago area property managers, building managers, and small office managers with Janitorial Services and Expert Hard Floor Care for over 25 years.

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Jason Moser
Advanced Cleaning Services, Inc.
701 E. Irving Park Road
Roselle , IL , 60172 United States
Office Cleaning, Janitorial Services, Building Maintenance