The Mankato Free Press reminded people earlier this fall about the importance of getting a flu shot. Because of a surprise strain last year, Minnesota and the rest of the country had a harder flu season than normal. More than 4,000 people – mostly the young and elderly – were hospitalized, and ten children died of complications of the flu. Health experts expect this year’s vaccine to be more effective and say that some protection is better than none at all. In addition to encouraging employees to get a flu shot, employers can help keep staff healthy by providing a clean workplace. That’s where we come in. The professionals at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca are experts at commercial cleaning, especially when it comes to all the surfaces that can retain bacteria and contaminants.
The flu is just one type of infectious disease that can be transmitted through personal contact. The cold weather season is the ideal time for diseases to propagate as more people are indoors and immune systems are under attack. Bacteria love any surface that is warm, damp, and has organic matter it can feed on. Germs can spread from hands to doors, door frames and handles, desktops, and countertops in mere seconds with the help of human contact. According to Mayo Clinic, germs can survive for hours and live longest on “stainless steel, plastic, and similar hard surfaces.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu strains can survive on flat surfaces such as tabletops and counters for two to eight hours.
Health experts urge you to wash your hands frequently, stay home if you’re ill, and avoid others who are sick. Employing the expert janitorial and commercial cleaning services of ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can provide huge benefits. We’ll thoroughly clean and disinfect common areas such as break area and conference rooms to help maintain a healthier and safer work environment. Keep your employees on the job this flu season by taking the extra effort to keep your business as clean and healthy as possible in Mankato, Waseca, and St. Peter. Call us today.
The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes maintained that he could pick up any type of soil and identify which section of London it came from. He said that all soil is unique to its origins in formation and color. That skill often led to the apprehension of a criminal in his stories. Now, London is a large city, but it’s much smaller than the area around Mankato and Waseca that your family may traverse in a day or a week. What would Sherlock Holmes find in your carpet? Our job isn’t to analyze dirt beyond what we need to know to get rid of it. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can handle any kind of residential or commercial carpet cleaning with the right skills and equipment to remove the grime and make your home or office clean, fresh, and ready for winter.
In Victorian times, a stroll down the street might have been treacherous as horse carriages were still the main conveyance and the motorized street cleaner had yet to be invented. It was not uncommon to see boot scrapers near doorways and an ample supply of doormats. When you think about it, times haven’t changed all that much. We still have mud, sand, gravel, and dust in every roadway, and even more in rural areas. We also have flyaway organics from fall harvesting and airborne pollen and insects that enter your home as it gets cold. The variable weather also creates a cycling pattern in what people are tracking onto your floors. One week it may be wet leaves, the next muddy smudges or even petroleum-based dirt from driveways or garage floors. That mixture, combined with the higher humidity that leaves your carpets slightly damp through the day, can produce unpleasant odors that don’t require a nose like Holmes’ to notice. And Dr. Watson would be the first to advise that carpets at the change of season can be a breeding ground for mold spores and bacteria.
Now is a great time to let us accomplish your carpet cleaning before you encounter the winds of winter when you have other environmental factors to occupy your time. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best choice for residential and commercial carpet cleaning and deodorizing. As in Holmes’ days, people still have a mixture of hardwood floors and area rugs. We can take care of those as well. With our professionally trained technicians and materials it’s, well, elementary.