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There is no requirement for a business to conduct a background check during the hiring process. You read that right. What’s more shocking is that this is more common than you might think, with 28% of employers opting not to vet their new hires with a background check(1). Consider also that almost a third of the adult working-age population has a criminal record(2).
Trust is essential when you give a company access to your workplace after-hours. Ask yourself when you’re looking for a cleaning service: “Would I let this person take care of my home while I was away?” If it’s a “No.” Then you have found the wrong team. When vetting your next cleaning service, here’s a few things you can ask for:
1. A Certificate...more
What have you done the past few Valentine’s Day? If you have a special someone in your life, what have you done each year to show them some extra love? Roses? Chocolate? Wine?
What if we told you you could change things up, have a better experience, and maybe save some stress all at the same time? Let’s get to it!
Did you know roses cost, on average, 100% more around Valentine’s Day? Crazy, I know. Now, you can go to big box stores to get a partially better deal on roses, or you can change things up, support a local business, all while getting a better deal!
When you’re looking for flowers, try peonies, chrysanthemums, asters, daffodils, tulips, orchids, or lilies. With many colors available, these all symbolize romance in one way or another(if that matters to you).
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If dinner for two in a crowded restaurant doesn’t appeal to you, we can’t recommend exploring the outdoors together enough. Pick a day when it’s not going to be freezing or blazing hot, and pack a picnic. It’s as easy as putting food in a bag,...more
What’s so complicated about mopping? You fill a bucket with water, splash a mop in it a few times, then push it around your floors. How hard can it be?
Well, this all, of course, depends on what kind of flooring you have. For example, vinyl composite tile(VCT) will be inexpensive to install but takes a lot of maintenance compared to ceramic tile for it to look professional.
If you’re looking into real wood, you’ll have to consider your budget since natural wood can be quite expensive. Laminate is a popular alternative since there’s a variety of looks, often without having to spend as much.
You could also consider concrete or acrylic if you’re going for something more unique.
Also, ask yourself: How frequently do you want to sweep and mop? If you answer, “Not at all,” try our two-week free trial and see what you think!
Remember: you walk all over your floors. Over time, embedded dirt particles can make the floors look dull. Even though it might look better, avoid mopping with harsh chemicals like bleach! Mopping with aggressive cleaning agents poses a...more
We wanted to share this article with you from the CDC about coping with stress.
We were surprised to read that something as simple as breathing techniques or using social media less often can help improve your mental health.
We also offer a 2-week free trial, which means having one less thing to worry about.more
2021 is YOUR year! Here’s 5 ways to help you make those changes and get more stuff done in less time!
1.) Have a clean work area to come into each morning.
Clutter can be mentally draining and distracting to have around. Try removing things that aren’t necessary from your desk.
2.) Set a time for breaks throughout the day.
Even if it’s a few minutes to yourself, any time to reflect can help you focus and stay productive.
3.) Remove any distractions like phones or radios.
Again, schedule time for breaks. Doing this allows you to focus on the task at hand, and you can even set them at any increment of time like 5 or 15 minutes at a time.
4.) Clear out unimportant emails from your inbox.
Remember how clutter can drain your energy? Well, imagine if your inbox only had what was necessary in it. You can set folders up to organize your inbox, for example.
5.) Write down your objectives.
Daily, weekly, or yearly, having goals to strive towards can help give you guidance if you’re feeling lost. Don’t forget to track your progress...more
Have you ever heard, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years?” If you have, you might not have known that’s from Bill Gates!
You might be excited(maybe a little anxious, too?) about the new year, but fret not! Read on for some helpful advice on achieving your resolutions in the new year.
1.) If you aim for nothing, then you’ll hit it every time.
Ask yourself, “What positive change do I want in my life?” Written goals are apart of the process, but you can’t forget to have the outcome in mind.
2.) Celebrating small victories means allowing yourself to measure progress as you go. Making new, positive habits like going to sleep earlier is a process, and it’s unrealistic to expect a drastic change in a short amount of time.
3.) Be patient. Rome was built, but it wasn’t built in a day. If there’s anything you should take away from this post, you can and will achieve your goals, but only if you stick to them.
Bookmark this post, or if you want to take it another level, set this as your...more
Don’t know where to start? Start here! Listen to what our trainer(That’s right; The person who will be training you when you’re hired!) has to say about what it’s like to work with us.
No sabe por donde empezar? Puede empezar aqui! Escuche lo que nuestra entrenadora (Si! la persona que lo estara entrenado cuando sea nuestro nuevo empleado!!) tiene que decir sobre que es lo que le gusta de trabajar en nuestra compania.more
With the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic raging, it’s crucial now more than ever to be up-to-date on immunizations and on information that trusted authorities are publishing.
When you consider that flu season peaks in December and February and that it takes about two weeks for your flu vaccine to take effect, you might be a little behind if you get your shot right now. However, the CDC still recommends getting it immediately, and there’s even a helpful vaccine locater so you can easily find a place nearby that can administer one.more
Today, we honor those who have served in the armed forces as well as their families and loved ones. Being away from home and unavailable for holidays is a sacrifice our veterans not only have had to make alone.
Get this: 1 out of 8 residents in San Antonio have a tie to the military; With more than a quarter-million veterans as residents, we certainly have the title of “Military City” for a reason. What’s more, is with about 200,000 veterans transitioning to civilian life each year, we can certainly learn a lot from what it’s like to make such a significant change in life.
As Americans, we take pride in our armed forces. It’s a point of admiration, a part of our culture, but it’s also a career. And just like with any other job, when you decide to take a different direction in life than what you’re accustomed to, it can be stressful, daunting, and...more
For those of us with kids, it’s top of mind now more than ever as to how to keep them safe while they go door-to-door. But short of sanitizing each piece of candy, where do you even begin? Read on for three KING-SIZED ways of staying safe during Halloween.
1.) Mask Up!
The CDC says not to use a costume mask as a replacement for a cotton face mask. It’s recommended if you’re under the age of two years old or have trouble breathing not to wear a mask.
2.) Stay outdoors
Trade a haunted house for a pumpkin patch this year to stay outdoors. The recommendation is 6 feet apart, and being outdoors with open-air is even better.
3.) Keep the candy remotely available
Wash your hands before handling candy and leave it bagged up and ready for trick-or-treaters to take to limit exposure.
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Darryl started as a custodian and eventually worked his way through the ranks to become our training director.
Our first video in this series of Meet the Team features what his favorite part about working with 1st Call is, if he ever saw himself in this position, and how he’d describe his experience up to this point.
He loves working with people, has a loud laugh, and he’ll talk sneakers all day if you let him.more
Here’s the situation:
You walk into the office Monday morning. You haven’t even had a chance to get your first cup of coffee.
The floors sound like someone dropped a big heaping plate of pancake syrup everywhere. The microwave looks like the aftermath of a nuclear explosion. Your desk has Cheez-Its strewn about, but you don’t even eat Cheez-Its. Then, to top it all off, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic.
What do you do? That’s right, you call us.
1st Call Cleaning Services has been around for 20 years! We’ve seen it all(whether we like it or not). Working with us means you won’t have to supply any cleaning supplies or chemicals, you get an office that looks and feels noticeably clean each week, and you never have to sign a contract.
Visit our website and fill out our form to get a free quote!more
With over 5 million cases in American as of mid-August and more than 20 million worldwide infections of COVID-19, it’s all the more pressing to have a safe and sanitary workplace.
Here are five ways you can easily fight the virus:
1.) Sanitize hard touch surfaces frequently.
2.) Use hand sanitizer with at least 80% alcohol content.
Make this easily accessible and quick to apply at the entrance of your building for visitors and co-workers alike.
3.) Minimize close quarter contact.
If you own a business in San Antonio, you already know how challenging it can be to balance business priorities. From hiring new employees to scheduling meetings with clients, your hands are full, which may not leave much time for keeping your office clean and pristine.
The office is your home away from home, so you should treat it with the same respect. If you have too much on your plate, and you need help keeping your office in shape (for your employees and your customers), you may want to consider hiring a local commercial cleaning company like 1st Call Cleaning Services.
There are many benefits to hiring a commercial cleaning company, and we’ll cover just a few of them in this blog.more
Flu season can be difficult to navigate in the workplace. Flu prevention can sometimes feel impossible. Even if you have a flu shot, you are still exposed to millions of bacteria on almost every surface you touch at your office. In a University of Arizona Study, researchers found that there are almost 400 times more bacteria on desktop keyboards than there are on toilet seats. Many people don’t realize how quickly bacteria infect nearly every surface of an office. If one person is infected with a flu virus or other pathogen, within four hours 40 percent of the workplace will be contaminated.
Flu season doesn’t have to take you or your workforce down. By learning proper disinfecting and cleaning techniques, you can help prevent the flu from running amok in your office. Hiring a professional cleaning service like 1st Call Cleaning will also help reduce contamination and...more
We know it’s almost winter, but we love doing spring cleaning year round. One of the spaces that often gets neglected at businesses is the area that holds cleaning supplies itself: the janitor’s closet. Sometimes, businesses don’t even have a janitor’s closet!
If you want to skip the hassle of cleaning yourself or worrying about keeping your janitor’s closet stocked, choose a professional cleaning company, like 1st Call Cleaning Services in San Antonio, TX. Give us a call today for a 14-day free trial at 210-421-5011.
One of the top reasons why the janitor’s closet never gets cleaned is because it is the last place we think to clean. The only people who visit this small, cramped closet are usually those cleaning. The public rarely gets to see this area — but that’s not a good reason to neglect the janitor’s closet.
Another issue with the janitor’s closet is that businesses are often more concerned with cleaning larger spaces. As a result, the janitor’s closet is left in disarray or filth. We also associate cleaning...more
If you have a hardwood floor anywhere in your commercial business, chances are there is an old string mop sitting in a pool of brackish water. For decades, and perhaps a few centuries, the string mop has been a staple of janitorial closets and carts; however, the string mop is an outdated and ineffective tool for commercial cleaning and janitorial services.
If you are looking for a commercial cleaning service equipped for the 21st century, visit 1st Call Cleaning Services for a free 14-day trial. Our experienced and professional cleaners are ready to handle all of your commercial cleaning and janitorial needs. Call us today at 210-504-3415.more
The cleanliness of the bathrooms in your retail store is important. Will the condition of your bathrooms put your retail store out of business? Probably not. However, the effects of a clean restroom should not be understated. If a customer walks into your store, heads to the bathroom, and sees a deplorable mess, the chance of them not making a purchase and not coming back is certainly increased. Why risk it?
To help keep your retail restrooms spotlessly clean, the cleaning professionals at 1st Call Cleaning Services would like to share with you some simple tips. If you are in the San Antonio area and are looking for a reliable and professional cleaning company, give us a call. We are so confident that you will love the janitorial services that we offer our new customers a free 14-day trial. On top of this, we will never require you to sign a contract — if you are not happy with our cleaning services, you’re free to find another cleaning company, no strings attached. This is how we have done it for 17 years, and once you contact us and experience the superior difference of...more
If you have an office job, then you likely spend over 40 hours a week at the office, completing projects and meeting deadlines. Because of all of this work, it is no wonder that by the end of the month, you can find yourself digging through papers and moving clutter to find what you need. As you’ve likely already experienced, having a clean and organized desk can give you a clear head and boost productivity.
To help you get started on your office cleaning, San Antonio’s go-to cleaning company would like to share with you some simple tips. If your office is in need of commercial cleaning services, let the experienced cleaning team at 1st Call Cleaning Service help. We’re so confident in our cleaning services that we offer free a 14-day trial, and we never require our clients to sign a contract, which means you can cancel at any time for no cost. Learn more about us and give us a call today at 210-504-3415.more
As we’ve said before in previous blogs, commercial cleaning is an important part of the success of a business. If your facility is unclean, not only is this unsightly and a potential deterrent for customers, but it is also bad for the overall health of your employees and business. Although this is true for almost all facilities, this is especially true for medical offices, where sanitation and cleanliness are crucial to the success of the operation.
If you are the proud owner of a medical facility and are looking for a commercial cleaning company to handle your medical office cleaning, there are a number of things to consider. In today’s blog post, 1st Call Cleaning Services would like to share with you some of these things to consider on your search. If you are in the San Antonio area and need professional, reliable cleaning services, be sure to contact us. We have the experience, equipment, and knowledge to handle all of your medical office cleaning services.more
If you are the owner of a small or large business, you are likely realizing how the bigger your business gets, the more money and resources it takes to keep your operation growing. This is, of course, a natural progression and a good sign for your business. If you are currently trying to decide whether or not it’s time to outsource your cleaning needs to a professional janitorial service, today’s blog is for you.
When you are trying to make this decision, it is important to not only consider the initial upfront costs but also the long-term savings that come from partnering with an experienced commercial cleaning company. If you are in the San Antonio area and considering outsourcing your janitorial services, we have the perfect solution for you — contact 1st Call Cleaning Services! We are so confident in our cleaning services that we offer free 14-day trials, and we never require our clients to sign a contract, which means you can cancel at any time for no costs. Learn more about us and...more
If you have never worked with a professional cleaning company, you may not understand their true value. You may be wondering what this entails and if it’s really worth it. After all, couldn’t you just hire a janitor, purchase some cleaning equipment, and—wallah—you got a clean facility? Well, this might be true if you are running a tiny business with not many employees and cleaning needs. However, if you have a large facility with diverse cleaning needs, you will quickly find that the DIY approach is often less effective, more time consuming, and more expensive. There is more to keeping an office clean than simply making sure everything is orderly.
In today’s blog, we here at 1st Call Cleaning Service would like to share with you some of the advantages of working with a professional cleaning service. If you are in the greater San Antonio area and in need of professional and reliable janitorial services, give us a call today at 210-504-3415. We are so confident in our cleaning abilities that we offer free 14-day trials. That’s right, we will clean your facility absolutely...more
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