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Buying a car is one of the top purchases that anyone will make in their lifetime, which is why it’s important for a customer to come away from buying a car with a fulfilled and happy experience.

Giving a customer a great experience can help ensure that your showroom stands out from the crowd, which could deter them from visiting other dealerships and potential loss of business to you. A dark and dirty showroom can create a bad impression putting off potential customers from making a purchase. Customers are more likely to purchase a vehicle when there is a desirable environment and the showroom is well presented.

How do you keep your showroom clean?

A clean and shiny car will attract the attention of potential customers, but to show off the car to its full effect the showroom should attract the same attention. Everything within the showroom should be regularly cleaned and as spotless as the car you’re trying to sell.

Keep floors clean: open spaces need to be kept clean of tyre marks, which can come from cars being moved around the showroom. Car showroom flooring should be hard wearing and cleaned with suitable cleaning products.

Hygienic washroom facilities: When customers visit a showroom, they are likely to use your washroom facilities. Make sure that they are regularly cleaned to maintain hygienic and cleanliness standards are maintained.

Eliminate bad odours: Having customers visit your car showroom and get hit by the smell of car fumes isn’t very welcoming, so use air fresheners to create a welcoming environment.

Desks: if your reception or office desk is piled high with papers and car documents it tells the customer that your showroom isn’t very organised. Filing paperwork away and keeping your desk presents a more organised and professional image.

Dust removal: If you have areas that have very bright lighting, dust can become more visible. Pay attention to screens, door handles and other areas that can harbour germs and can be easily missed when cleaning. Make sure that air conditioning units and air vents are regularly cleaned and are free from dust.

Clean Windows: Having streak free windows can compliment a car on show so use products that have a streak free formula.

Clean Walls: White walls are great at bouncing light into a room and make it look clean, but they can often show up scuff marks from moving furniture. Regularly wipe them down so marks are not visible to customers.

If you or your staff don’t have time clean, it is good to outsource it to commercial cleaning providers. We at A&R Cleaning Services know that having a clean showroom can increase car sales but also create a great customer experience and work with a number of showrooms including FRF Toyota and Bridgend Fords. We use specialist products that are effective at removing stubborn stains on walls and flooring but are also effective at disinfecting creating a clean and hygienic environment for customers and staff.

If you would like to have a free quote call us on 01656 713950 or visit our website for more details about our services.

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Whether it’s dust, pollen or pet hair allergens can affect anyone. Our homes and outside can be rife with allergens and irritants, so seeking refuge in your office during the workday can be a welcomed relief. But did you know? Office spaces too can have their fair share of allergens and irritants. People can bring them in on their clothes and body, and while office ventilation can be a good way to circulate cool fresh air, it can also release and circulate dust. If your boss is trying to keep a tight hold on the purse strings, they may insist on using natural air conditioning – allowing pollen to get into the office.

Although you may not have full control of the office environment, you can do little things that can help you combat allergens and irritants.

Covering your computer monitor and keyboard can stop dust and other allergens from settling. Wiping with a damp or microfibre cloth regularly over your workspace can help remove allergens and irritants.

Office carpets are magnets for collecting allergens. So having cleaning staff in to regularly clean them can help remove them and minimise the amount of allergens being releassed back into the air.

There are some areas of the office that can be overlooked such as behind and underneath cupboards, air vents and water coolers – so make sure that cleaning staff are aware of these areas and that they are part of their cleaning schedule.

Don’t leave dirty dishes on your desk! Dirty dishes not only attract pests, but they can be potential breeding grounds for mould.

Plants are one of the biggest allergy triggers especially woth those who suffer with hayfever or seasonal astma- so removing them from your space will help (unless they’re fake)

To minimise the allergens coming in from the outside, try and close windows or your own window if you have your own office space.

Keeping wall decorations to a minimum can help lessen the build up of dust collecting and being spread around.

If you find it difficult to keep your office allergen free, then why not look at hiring a professional cleaning company in.

We at A&R Cleaning services have over 40 years’ experience in the cleaning industry. We are able to offer businesses bespoke services and tailored cleaning schedules that will be effective at combating allergens and irritants.

If you would like to know more about our services and how we can help your business call us for a quote on 01656 713950 or visit our website.

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Creating a welcoming environment for customers in a highly competitive retail world can be both hard work but very rewarding.  Having a clean storefront, clean fitting rooms, checkouts and retail floor can create a lasting first impression on a customer and create loyalty. But when the storefront starts to look grubby and the retail space becomes cluttered and untidy, It can make customers feel uneasy and uncomfortable – making your potential customers want to leave in a short amount of time. Clean retail spaces mean that customers are more likely to browse your products longer and potentially spend more whilst browsing – leading to profits for your business.

So, what can you do to keep your retail space clean and welcoming to customers?

Eliminate clutter – having clutter on display for customers to see doesn’t create a good impression and shows that you don’t really care about your business. Making sure that shelves are not overloaded with product and are neatly displayed creates a nicer shopping experience for your customers and reduces the risk of potential accidents.

Cleaning mess quickly – Accidents will happen from time to time. Having your staff quickly clean up fallen products or spills can prevent accidents from happening, but also gets rid of clutter and creates a good impression on customers.

Hiring a Commercial cleaning company – ensuring that your staff provide a thorough clean whilst providing customer service to your customers can put a strain on them, so hiring a professional commercial cleaning provider can be a perfect solution. Not only do professional commercial cleaners ensure that your retail space is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis – they have the knowledge of how often your space should be cleaned, how it should be cleaned and also what other cleaning services would benefit your business.

At A&R Contract Cleaning Services, we specialize in commercial retail store cleaning services for a number of different job sites. We know how important it is to keep a healthy and clean environment, which is why our staff is trained and equipped with the tools and techniques necessary to keep your building sanitary and safe. We also offer daily, weekly, and monthly services to ensure your building is cleaned when it is needed the most.

If you would like a quote call us on 01656 713950 or visit our website for more details about how we can improve your business.

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Carpets are the most common type of flooring used, whether it’s in a domestic or commercial setting. One place that you are mostly likely to see it in a commercial setting is in an office space.

Carpets are made up of multiple fibres and are a very durable material, but they can be a magnet for dirt and a haven for bacteria.

Fact: Did you know that carpets can hold four times their weight in dirt and possibly more?

Carpets are masters at trapping all kinds of dirt including dust mites, dead skin cells, dust, bacteria, mould and other allergens that can stick to the fibres. These types of allergens can be a serious health risk to those who have allergies and can have an effect on those who are healthy.

The most dangerous part of the carpet is the top. In addition to dust and other allergens, the carpet can collect secretions from the body that are full of viruses and infections. Secretions that come from the nose or mouth could easily spread onto the carpet – which can be carried to other areas of the office or building either by our shoes or by other items such as bags.  

Dust and dirt can easily build up within the carpet fibres, but moisture can easily build up especially if the carpet is in an area that is to an entrance way into the building. Not only can moisture stain a carpet and make it look unsightly, it can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, mould and fungus to grow. This can be unsightly to look at but also create foul smells making your office unwelcoming to new clients and spread viruses and infections to other areas.

During lunch breaks or throughout the day, it’s not uncommon for office staff to eat at their desk whilst working and so crumbs can fall or be swept onto the floor. Without cleaning these up, it can easily attract pests such as insects and small rodents but also bacteria can easily grow in a short amount of time.

Having cleaning staff regularly vacuuming your carpets once or twice a week can remove surface dirt and dirt within the fibres, but regularly deep cleaning your carpets can eliminate further build-up of dirt but also bacteria – making your office a cleaner and healthier working environment for your staff.

A&R Cleaning services not only provide general commercial cleaning services, we can provide specialist carpet cleaning services that can eliminate dirt and bacteria, and make your carpets looking like new. For more information about how we can improve your cleaning standards or about our services call us on 01656 713950 or visit our website.

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Hitting the gym is a great way to sharpen the mind, become healthier and physically fitter, and with the public becoming more health conscious they look for local gyms that are close by.

So, when a new customer comes to your gym you want to leave a lasting and positive first impression.  Making sure that all equipment is clean and they come into a welcoming environemtn.

However, there are some areas of a gym that can be a magnet for bacteria, viruses and infections. So here are some of the high-risk areas that you need to be aware of:

  • Weights, weight machines and exercise balls – These types of equipment aren’t cleaned as often as other fitness equipment, leading to bugs and viruses such as colds and even MRSA to grow and spread. It’s been stated that free weights had 362 times more germs than a toilet seat (not a very nice thing to handle when trying to keep fit).
  • Exercise Mats – Exercise Mats are one hotspot for microbes that cause skin infections such as athletes’ foot, cold & flu and Hepatitis A.
  • Cardio Machines – Sweaty treadmills, elliptical and spinning bikes are more likely to be cleaned down after use than weights but even when cleaned 63% of machines that have been disinfected still have traces of the cold virus.
  • Locker Room – Humid locker rooms are the perfect environment for the growth of viruses and infections such as Staph, Strep and MRSA. Also, as customers come in from outside, they bring in other germs and bacteria that can cause stomach flu.
  • Showers – Like locker rooms, showers can be the perfect environment for bacteria and mould to grow – becoming riddled with fungi and organisms that can cause infections like athletes’ foot.

Not regularly cleaning gym equipment or using less effective cleaning products can have a detrimental effect on your gym. Statistics have found that 56% of gym goers expect their gym to be germ-free and if a gym was perceived to be unclean, customer satisfaction rates would fall from 83% to 43% and customer retention rates to fall from 90% to 52%.  

To keep customer satisfaction and retention rates high, you could show that your gym is a clean and healthy environment, encouraging customers to use hand sanitisers before using equipment and use anti-bacterial wipes to clean machines and weights down after use. Implementing a regular cleaning schedule, making sure that staff are regularly cleaning all areas of your gym. But if this is something that you or your staff can’t maintain, why not hire someone else in to do it for you?

So how can A&R help you?

We at A&R Cleaning services pride ourselves on providing and maintaining high standards of cleaning within the sports facilities industry. We know that any gyms aim is to provide a safe and clean environment for customers. And so when cleaning, we use industry cleaning products that are effective at disinfecting – killing bacteria and viruses such as MRSA alongside using innovative equipment and our colour code cloth system.

Not only can we provide you with our effective cleaning system and products, our staff can regularly clean anytime during working or closed hours and any staff absences are covered my our mobile cleaning team.

If you are in need of comercial cleaning services and would like a quote, give use a call on 01656 713950 or take a look at our website for more info.

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When you enter an office space you see the usual things – computers, desks, office chairs, lights, stationary and of course the office water cooler, the perfect meeting place to catch up with colleagues all the while keeping yourself hydrated with clean and fresh water.

But with constant use a water cooler can be a hotspot for germs and bacteria to grow not only on the outside of the cooler but also the inside. Studies show that water coolers can have 20x as much bacteria levels as on a conference room door handle. But with regular cleaning, this can be reduced. But what about the hidden areas such as the drip tray?

When cleaning a water cooler, the drip tray can be overlooked and easily fill up with stagnant water, becoming the perfect environment for bacteria such as E-coli and Psuedomonas but also mould to grow. If left alone these infections, bacteria and mould can spread to the spouts and taps but also spread internally through the water coolers system, contaminating the water and spreading across to other areas in the office when used. This not only leads to the office becoming unclean, it can cause staff to become ill and increase the number of sickness absences, effecting your businesses productivity.

How can A&R help you?

Our experienced cleaning staff understand the importance of maintaining high standards of cleaning especially in areas that aren’t always seen. We train our staff to recognise areas that are often overlooked such as water cooler drip trays, noting them as an area to focus on.  

When cleaning such areas, we will:

  • Use specialist cleaning products that are effective at removing dirt and disinfecting – Killing bacteria and combating the spread of major infections such as E-coli and Psuedomonas
  • Use colour coded cloths and equipment to prevent cross contamination.
  • Understand the importance of following the manufacturer’s instructions and that cleaners take precautions which comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
  • Separate infectious waste from normal waste.

If you need advice or would like a quote for contract cleaning please contact us on 01656 713950 or arrange a call here.

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Extractor fans. Whether the property is domestic or commercial, everyone has one somewhere. But what do they do other than being dust collectors?  Extractor fans draw up air particles containing dust and moisture removing foul smells from a room.

But when cleaning, extractor fans can be an overlooked area and after a while those drawn up particles can collect in the vents, filters and blades leading to the build-up of mould and mildew within the fan becoming the perfect environment to release and spread bacteria and germs into the air and settle on surfaces. With build-up within the fan, it can reduce the amount of moisture removed from the air causing moisture to linger, increasing the risk of mould and mildew to grow in a room damaging walls, flooring, ceilings and furnishings producing foul smells and creating an unwelcoming environment.

We at A&R Contract Cleaning Services know you want to leave a great first impression when someone enters a room and that you shouldn’t just clean the visible areas to achieve that. You should also clean hidden and overlooked areas such as extractor fans regularly cleaning them of dust and dirt. This is not just a light dust to get rid of the visible dirt with the use of regular cleaning products and a standard cloth– our cleaning staff clean with industry cleaning products and colour coded microfibre cloths getting rid of stubborn dirt build up and disinfecting – killing bugs and viruses from inside and the outside the fan. Using these specific products not only effectively remove dirt and disinfect it helps eliminate further build-up of dirt and bacteria but also foul smells.

If you’d like to know more about our commercial cleaning services and how we can improve your cleaning, please visit our website or call us on 01656 713950

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Colour has a powerful subconscious effect on every part of our lives, without even saying a word. Colour can be an invaluable tool to get the best response to marketing and promotional efforts and ultimately to create a successful business.

Colour has been the driving force for attracting customers to a business’s services, whether it be using bright colours such as Red to attract customers to sales or a call to action, or cooler colours such as blue, showing customers that the business is professional but also dependable. Here at A&R Cleaning and A&R Security Services, we know the importance of colour and what it should mean to us but also to our clients when they buy into our services.

A&R Cleaning services colour scheme has been predominantly blue and purple throughout the years but what are their meaning to us?

Blue is the most favoured colour and therefore the safest to use. Blue relates to trust, honesty and dependency, therefore helping customer loyalty.  The colour blue also indicates confidence, reliability and responsibility – relating to one-to-one communication rather than mass communication.  Purple is a very rich colour which normally suggests wealth and extravagancy. Businesses that provide services use purple in their marketing to denote that they provide a premium service.

With the combination of these two colours we wanted to show to potential and current clients that we are confident in what we do and that we can provide a premium cleaning service that is reliable. Some cleaning services may see a business and treat them like any other client but with us, we speak to our clients individually. We speak to them face to face where we can get a better understanding of the type of service they need from us, but to also give them the confidence that we can be trusted and depended on to provide an excellent standard of cleaning.

Our other service A&R Security Services colour scheme is red. Red is a very strong colour and can elicit both positive and negative responses depending on the visiting potential customer – with some seeing the colour red as danger and anger while others see it as a sign of passion, action, confidence and determination. Businesses use red in marketing material where they want to attract customers to a product or service. For example, retailers attract customers to sales by have the word ‘SALE’ in either red lettering or on a large red poster.

With A&R Security Services, we want visitors to our website to understand that we are not just trying to sell a service to them. We want to show potential clients that we can tailor our services to their unique needs and that they can see that we are passionate and determined to provide them excellent security services and that they have piece of mind that their business is secure from potential thieves.

If you are interested in either our Cleaning Services or Security Services, then get in touch with us on 01656 713950

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When cleaning up spills or just generally cleaning dust and dirt off surfaces, you would normally reach for a cloth and some cleaning products to wipe it away. Most people use Standard disposable J cloths and others use Microfibre cloths. But which ones are better?

Standard Disposable J cloths are usually used in both households and commercial properties as they are cheap, versatile but also readily available. Made from cotton, standard disposable j cloths are made up from a unique weave pattern that enables the cloths to absorb any spills and trap any dirt from surfaces. Due to their versatility, standard disposable j cloths can be used to clean a multitude of things including kitchen and bathroom surfaces, dusting and polishing.

But as Standard disposable J cloths are used quite regularly – without being properly cleaned they have the potential to be breeding ground for germs and bacteria, risking the spread of them and cross contaminating surfaces. As the name suggests standard disposable j cloths are made to be regularly disposed of when they come to the end of their usefulness and this can be costly if cleaning staff regularly use and dispose of them.  

An alternative to standard disposable j cloths are Microfibre cloths. Microfibre is a tougher and more versatile cloth that is usually made up from either polyester, nylon or a mix of both and have small fibres that can absorb spills and trap dirt through static. Due to their small fibres, Microfibre cloths can be used to clean with little or no cleaning detergent. As microfibre cloths are naturally static it means that the fibres can trap much more dirt than standard disposable j cloths making them less likely to leave any residue or streak marks on surfaces such as tiles, windows, chrome and computer/television screens. Even though Microfibre cloths are more expensive compared to standard disposable j cloths, they are much more durable and can be regularly washed – making them more hygienic, last longer and a more cost-effective alternative.

We at A&R Cleaning Services know the importance of using the best equipment to provide a high standard of cleaning and so we use Microfibre cloths. For us, Microfibre cloths are a better alternative to Standard Disposable J cloths as the microfibre are naturally static, attracting and trapping dirt and bacteria from cleaned surfaces. Microfibre clothes are more expensive compared to Standard Disposable J clothes but Microfibre cloths have a longer life span and can be given individually to staff making them a more cost-effective solution.

At A&R we pride ourselves on being professional, approachable and responsive. Please feel free to get in touch if you need a trusted commercial cleaning service.

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With our lives becoming busier and busier, it can be difficult to find time to clean and even if we find time, you soon realise that you need more than just a regular vacuum cleaner and a few cleaning products to do a good job. Hiring a professional commercial cleaning company in to clean your business can be the solution to your cleaning problems, saving you stress and time to focus on the important things.

Some businesses that look to hire a professional commercial cleaning company are quite happy to pay extra for a cleaning company that are known for providing excellent standards of cleaning but are also professional when it comes to dealing with any claims. However, some businesses like to keep a tight hold on the purse strings and prefer to hire a professional commercial cleaning company that can provide the same service but at a fraction of the cost. But do they have insurance?

Professional commercial cleaners are stringent when it comes to insurance and make sure that their staff, clients and themselves are adequately covered for any liability. But often, businesses overlook checking if the cleaning company that they are hiring have insurance and if any damages or accidents were to happen, what could be a cheap solution could turn into an expensive mess.

We at A&R Cleaning Services have seen clients get caught out when previously dealing with commercial cleaning companies that have no insurance.  When meeting clients for the first time, we make sure that they are aware and have peace of mind that ourselves and staff are fully covered by liability insurance if anything such as damages to equipment/property or accidents were to happen.

Here are a few tips when looking for an insured professional cleaning company.

  • When looking for a professional cleaning company, ask them to provide evidence of insurance and verify that it is valid with their insurance provider.
  • Checking if the cleaning company’s staff are fully trained and fully vetted (DBS checked) gives you piece of mind that you can trust the staff to provide you with an excellent service and can get the job done properly.
  • Ask if they have liability insurance. Liability insurance covers both client and contractor from pay-outs due to accidental damages, injury or ill health.

At A&R we pride ourselves on being professional, approachable and responsive. Please feel free to get in touch if you need a trusted commercial cleaning service.

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