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Ratcliffe’s blog: company news and cleaning contracts in Cannock!

Welcome to the Ratcliffe Cleaning blog, the official news feed of Cannock and the West Midlands cleaning professionals.

This is the place to catch up on the latest company news, business developments, cleaning techniques and useful tips for office cleaning.

You can also read our input on subjects such as carpet stain removal, effective graffiti removal methods and handy “how to” guides for common cleaning tasks. Whether you have just signed some new cleaning contracts or you are looking to learn more about us, this blog is the perfect place to start.

First Impressions

The Importance Of First Impressions In Business

In business as well as throughout life, making good first impressions matters. Whether you are networking with investors or hosting an event for potential customers. Making a good first impression can be the difference between success and failure. Over the years various studies have been conducted looking into the effects of first impressions. On average…

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The Importance Of A Clean Classroom

School has a profound impact on a child’s mental, physical, and academic development. Children spend a significant part of their day in school. It is not only the place for learning but also where children can socialise and develop their overall skills for later in life. Research has found when a child’s workspace is clean,…

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Event Cleaning Top Tips To Make A Lasting Impression

With party season well and truly underway, it is inevitable that mess will be left behind. From confetti canons, rubbish, drinks spilled, and Christmas glitter everywhere. You need an event cleaning plan to ensure each, and every party leaves a positive lasting memory. Additionally, with the ever-changing coronavirus pandemic, people are quite rightly worried about…

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Is Your Gutter Winter Ready?

Winter certainly feels like it is well and truly on the way, with the media already talking about snowfall. Now is the time to start ‘winter proofing’ your property. Winter months are the worst time for your guttering system, putting added strain on it. People often put in place measures to aid their plumbing, heating,…

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The Benefits of End of Lease Cleaning

End of lease cleaning is one of the most thorough and deep cleaning services an individual can book. Once a person has left a property either business or commercial premises, professionals can then attend and prepare the area for the new tenant. Unlike regular cleaning, the team of professionals will stay until the clean is…

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How Clean Is Your Carpet?

Whether it is in your home, or office, have you ever wondered how clean the carpet is underfoot? The truth is that stains, discolouring, traffic lanes, and smells might be noticeable, still even clean-looking carpets harbour dirt that has the potential to cause health issues for you and your family, making regular carpet cleaning essential.…

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Types Of Cleaning Services That Workplaces Should Consider

It doesn’t matter what shape or form your business takes; dirt, dust, grime, and stains are sure to accumulate. Therefore, whether your business premises are offices, a factory, warehouse, eatery, or school, you need workplace cleaning to prevent a build-up of dirt and germs. Most businesses have more than one employee, so it is impractical…

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Things To Ask When Hiring A Commercial Cleaning Contractor

If you own or run a business, then you already know that appearances matter. Whether it is to sign a deal with a new partner, look professional for visitors, or keep your team motivated and productive, the quality of your commercial cleaning matters. Finding the best commercial cleaning contractor for your company or organisation is…

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The School Cleaning You Need Before Reopening

After being closed for many weeks over the summer, it is time to arrange your school cleaning before reopening this September. Our thorough school cleaning is tailored to your establishment’s particular needs and will give you peace and mind ahead of starting the new term and inviting pupils back into your premises. A deep school…

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Does A Clean Office Really Make For More Productive Workers?

It has long been suggested that a clean office helps workers be more productive. But is this really true, and is there any evidence to back this up? The first evidence that backs up the theory that office cleaning makes for more productive workers comes from the employees themselves. A recent Workplace Survey conducted by…

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Why Cleaning Should Be Part Of Your Workplace Safety

Workplace safety is far-reaching and office cleaning, hospital cleaning, and commercial kitchen cleaning all fall under its umbrella. Employers hold the burden of responsibility and must keep their employees safe. All employers should conduct a workplace risk assessment to determine health and safety threats. The risk assessment should cover everything from tidiness to hygiene. The…

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Is Your Office Really As Clean As You Think It Is?

If you are office-based, you probably think you are lucky to work in a clean, safe, and healthy environment. You likely enjoy the benefits of sitting in a comfy chair in a heated room all day. Many staff members consider office cleaning as nothing more than throwing your rubbish in the bin. You will spend…

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How Our Event Cleaning Can Help Safely Reintroduce Events To Your Business

Businesses might run various types of in-person events for their staff, customers, or partners. These might be festivals, conferences, business meetings, weddings, and much more. To ensure your event is COVID-safe, now that there are no set restrictions, event cleaning is vital. Whether you have a handful of staff or thousands of attendees, our event…

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Is It Safe To Use A Disinfecting Fogging Service?

Disinfecting fogging has become popular and a much sought-after service during the Coronavirus pandemic. Decontamination fogging is the most effective solution for disinfecting large indoor spaces and rooms, killing bacteria, viruses, and harmful organisms. It is an adequate response for businesses and organisations where there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. By…

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Does Your Food Factory Meet Cleanliness & Hygiene Standards?

High hygiene and food factory cleaning standards are the backbone of businesses that process, store, and package food. High cleanliness and hygienic standards ensure the safety of staff and the public. Therefore, any lapse in standards could cause mild to severe illness, damage your reputation and cause the loss of contracts or customers. Food processing…

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What Does A School Deep Clean Involve & Why You Need One

 A thorough school deep clean is highly beneficial in school environments, protecting the health and motivating students and teachers. With a periodic deep clean, you maintain a spotless reputation and save time and money by keeping fittings such as carpets and equipment in good condition, preventing the need for costly replacements or untimely malfunctions. Schools…

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How To Keep On Top Of Covid-19 With A Janitorial Service

As an employer, building manager, or office manager, keeping on top of COVID-19 is one of your most crucial tasks. Maintaining a Coronavirus-free environment means safe and healthy employees, lower absenteeism, and higher productivity. Contract office cleaning is vital, and a complete janitorial service extends to all parts of your premises, covering everything from mopping…

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Will Disinfecting Fogging Damage My Equipment?

COVID-19 continues to impact the health of the nation as one wave is followed by another. Mutations in the virus are complicating the story, with variants such as the Delta-variant increasing transmissibility. While 60% of adults in the UK have received two vaccination jabs, this still leaves millions vulnerable, which places great importance on services…

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Why Your Office Should be Deep Cleaned Before Reopening

While government advice continues to be that your business should allow your workers to work from home where possible, shutting up shop or having your entire workforce working remotely from home simply is not feasible for some organisations. If you are reopening your business, then deep cleaning before you open is essential and should be…

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Is It Safe To Use Disinfecting Fogging In A Kitchen?

Human Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect the hospitality and culinary sectors across the UK, and stringent hygienic standards must be maintained in kitchens and food preparation areas to prevent illness and stop the spread of the virus. Disinfecting fogging is being used in many industries and sectors to help prevent contamination and kill both viruses…

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How To Ensure Your University Is Safe To Welcome Back Students

With face-to-face teaching once again permitted in colleges and universities, it is essential to prepare to welcome back students with effective university cleaning. The Coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a risk as students move from online to in-person learning. Classroom attendance is likely to be high, with more than 80% of students having already returned…

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Is Your Commercial Kitchen Ready To Welcome Guests Back Indoors?

Keeping a commercial kitchen safe and clean is a challenge under normal circumstances. With the coronavirus pandemic and many kitchens welcoming guests back indoors, effective commercial kitchen cleaning is even more vital.  Before reopening your facility for indoor guests, commercial kitchen deep cleaning is highly recommended. A deep clean sets you up for success by…

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Office Cleaning To Prepare For The Return Of Workers

If you are preparing for the return of workers to your office, then it is time to think about your office cleaning responsibilities. As an employer, it is your legal duty to keep your workers safe. On a personal level, you want to keep your colleagues safe from illness and COVID-19. On a business level,…

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What Cleaning Is Recommended For Offices To Prevent COVID-19

As more and more of the nation returns to work in offices across the UK, workforces are once again working in enclosed spaces and under the same roof. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 continues to play a vital role, and office cleaning is paramount as teams collaborate, meetings are held, and workers sit opposite or…

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How Disinfection Fogging Works

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic continues to pose a threat to people across the UK but disinfection fogging and other measures are helping to keep people safe and reduce the infection rate. Fogging is a convenient and highly effective method for controlling the virus, and here we take a look at how the process works and…

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The Forgotten Surfaces You Should Be Cleaning

The virus that causes Coronavirus (COVID-19) can land on any surface when a person coughs, sneezes, talks, or breathes without wearing a mask. If another person then touches those contaminated surfaces and then touches their mouth, nose, or eyes, they can become infected. For this reason, surface cleaning is essential at home, at work, and…

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What Cleaning Is Recommended For Pubs & Restaurants To Prevent COVID-19

The 38% of pubs and restaurants with outdoor seating have been able to reopen, followed by those with indoor seating from the 17th of May, assuming that the government’s COVID-19 goals are met. Effective pub cleaning and restaurant cleaning will be vital if these establishments are to reopen and remain so entirely. It is essential…

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Will A Deep Clean Remove Coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect businesses and people across all aspects of their life and work. As we begin to travel along the government’s roadmap to reopening non-essential services and permitting more significant social interaction, uncertainties remain as to whether this is the last wave of COVID-19 or will it mutate in a way…

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Where Should I Be Cleaning To Prevent Coronavirus Spreading

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread person to person in the air on tiny droplets of saliva. It is also spread through touching unclean surfaces or equipment. To tackle surface contamination, COVID cleaning and disinfecting is vital in the home and the workplace. Surfaces can become contaminated from a cough or sneeze of someone with Coronavirus. Surface…

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What Cleaning Is Recommended For Schools To Prevent COVID-19

Primary schools, secondary schools, private schools, and colleges all have a part to play in preventing infection and the spread of COVID-19. In the coronavirus era, educational establishments need to take extra steps to ensure students and teachers stay safe. One of the most effective tools that will reduce the risk of infection is regular…

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Is Fogging effective against Coronavirus

Disinfection fogging is an effective method for sanitising areas people use frequently. These spaces include transportation hubs and schools, and places where the vulnerable visit or reside, such as hospitals, care homes, and other healthcare establishments. Disinfection fogging is also beneficial in workplaces and wherever there are confirmed cases of Coronavirus. To understand how disinfection…

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What is a high level clean

Cleaning at high levels is specialised work and requires the high-level cleaning services of a professional firm to ensure your goals are achieved while paying particular attention to health and safety. A comprehensive solution can tackle any issue, and there are many advantages to employing such a service. Your business should consider commercial cleaning of buildings at…

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Keeping Schools Clean During COVID-19

Keeping schools clean during COVID-19 is vital for protecting the wellbeing of students, teachers, and administrators, as well as their families and the wider community. Public and private primary and secondary schools and colleges should have a clear school cleaning plan for school re-opening and ensure education can continue throughout the term. Your school may…

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What To Expect From A Deep Clean

Thorough deep cleaning services are in high demand with the coronavirus outbreak, but businesses and homeowners understood the value of a deep clean even before then. A professional deep cleaning service helps bring premises and workspaces to exemplary health and safety standards, through disinfection and antiviral sanitisation.  Organisations request this service to preserve commercial equipment and maintain premises…

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Deep Cleans Required After Outbreak Of Corona Viruses in UK Schools

Coronavirus The deadly coronavirus is sweeping the globe and everyone has been placed on high alert to prevent the virus spreading further. More cases are being confirmed daily in the UK, parts of Italy are now sealed off and tourists at a Tenerife hotel have been advised to stay in their rooms. Based on the…

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Health and safety rules for a clean workspace

As an employer or business owner, health and safety rules dictate that you must maintain a healthy and safe workplace. You are required to maintain the workplace and keep the premises clean, including fittings, furniture, and other facilities. If health and safety rules are not followed, then you run the risk of destroying team morale,…

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The Importance of a Clean Warehouse

Warehouse and storage facilities come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing is the same across them all. Dirt and debris seem to build up in a warehouse overnight, and if left, the situation can get out of control. An unclean warehouse or storage facility can have a surprising impact on your business. Here…

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The benefits of office cleaning

The office is the central hub to your business. Part of having a smooth operation centres around having a tidy and clean environment for your workforce. A clean office and office facilities lets your employees focus on the work they need to do, increasing productivity. Second to this, a clean office presents a great first…

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Cleaning Up Your Act After School Norovirus Outbreak

What is the Norovirus? The Norovirus is arguably one of the most contagious winter sickness bugs of recent times with reports of more than 60 outbreaks of the Norovirus in schools over the past seven days alone. With at least 25 different strains of the virus, contributing to symptoms that include sickness, diarrhoea and a…

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Catch up with the latest news from Cannock’s most established office cleaning company

Ratcliffe Cleaning was established in 1995 – and as you can imagine, we have come to learn a thing or two about the industry in that time.

In fact, we have built up an enormous bank of knowledge about everything from cleaning products to environmental awareness, health and safety concerns to cleaning contracts. In this blog, you can read the latest insights, news and updates from the world of commercial cleaning.

Looking for a cleaning service in Cannock, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Stoke, Birmingham or Coventry? Find out more about us.

At Ratcliffe Cleaning, we pride ourselves on our speed, efficiency and dedication to quality.

To enquire about our office cleaning services or regular cleaning contracts, call us on 0800 294 2887 for a free quote.