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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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A&R Cleaning Services was first started Rayner in 2009 when she started her own ironing service. Later seeing a gap in the market, Rayner then expanded the business offering both domestic and commercial cleaning services. In 2010 Rayner could see that with husband Ashley the business had the potential to become a number one choice for cleaning contractors in South Wales. They both fought through tough challenges and with sheer drive and determination from both, they were able to employ a team of staff which has been the back bone of the business. Fast forward to 2019 the business has grown, employing nearly 200 staff and providing professional commercial contract cleaning to 100 clients including One Central Square and Two Central Square in the centre of Cardiff.

Now A&R have entered a new chapter and have grown their company with a brand-new Service – A&R Security Services which was officially launched on March 29th at their new Bridgend office. Friends, family, clients and local business from the surrounding area were invited to join the A&R team at their official launch event, enjoying plenty of prosecco and a delicious hog roast from The Fountain, Aberkenfig.

With 200 staff – A&R Security Services have the infrastructure in place and aim to be a one stop facilities management service, providing a range of services including:

  • Manned Guarding
  • Mobile Patrols
  • Key holding and Alarm response
  • Alarm installation and Monitoring

A&R Security Services aim to provide businesses with professional standards, with the personal touch and bespoke possibilities that a family-run company can offer.

To find out more about A&R security Services visit our website here.

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Cleanliness is one aspect that people expect to see from a business who deal with the public. But what happens when the quality of cleaning is compromised? This could lead to potential hidden dangers that can affect your business.

One hidden danger of not maintaining quality cleaning standards is how people view your business especially if you deal with the public regularly. This could make you lose credibility through bad complaints and reviews and lose potential sales from current and future customers.

Not regularly cleaning high exposed area’s such as kitchens, communal areas, washrooms and shared equipment is another hidden danger and can cause bugs and viruses to spread, effecting your customers health but also your staff. Staff becoming absent from work due to ill health can have a dramatic affect on how your business is run and the quality of work you provide to customers.

Regular cleaning is one aspect of health and safety a business needs to adhere to and can prevent accidents from happening to both staff and customers. If quality and regular cleaning are not maintained it can lead to hazards not being reported or removed and leaves the potential for accidents to happen.

If you struggle with these types of hidden dangers when it comes to your businesses cleaning quality, then why not hire a professional commercial cleaning company to do the work for you.

A&R Cleaning Services provide professional quality cleaning services. We have a great passion for cleaning when leaving a business after its clean knowing that it is going to give the WOW factor.

We can visit your business and plan where our services are needed most, what can be improved and look at where we can save you a little extra money in cleaning suppliers.

Get in touch with us for a quote and we’ll show you how we can take the burden of cleaning off your hands, so you can focus on what really matters – running your business.

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A&R Cleaning Services first started in 2010 but the seeds were sown in 2009 when Rayner set-up her own ironing business. Now 9 years later we have grown, employing just under 200 staff and acquiring multi-million-pound cleaning contracts. But we still feel that we have room to grow.

Now A&R Cleaning Services are entering a new stage in our growth and officially launched A&R Security Services on March 29th at our new offices in Bridgend. Family, friends, clients and local businesses from the surrounding area were invited to the official launch, all enjoying plenty of prosecco and a delicious hog roast from The Fountain in Aberkenfig.

A&R Security Services have the infrastructure and aim in place to be a one stop facilities management service, providing services including:

  • Manned Guarding
  • Mobile Patrols
  • Key holding and Alarm response
  • Alarm installation and Monitoring

A&R Security Services aim to provide businesses with professional standards, with the personal touch and bespoke possibilities that a family-run company can offer.

If the above is something your business needs, then call our friendly team on 01656 713950

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Have you noticed how easy it is to pick up germs in your office? Whether they’re brought in from home or public transport, work is a great place for sharing bacteria and viruses.

Germs spread quickly from one person to the next, from stomach-churning food poisoning bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, to viruses like , colds and flu

Micro-organisms like these don’t normally multiply on your desk or chair without help. They don’t move around unless we do. So, we’re all responsible for transferring germs from one person to the next.

You could pick up bacteria and viruses from touching any area within your office that has been contaminated by an infected co worker.

To fight back, beat the germs and take control of your health in the workplace, you need to tackle the most touched areas in the office – these 6 office germ hotspots are key areas to keep clean:

  1. Door handles
  2. Desk
  3. Keyboard and mouse
  4. Fridges
  5. Photocopier
  6. Phones

Below are our top tips to help avoid the germ:

  • If you are using a hot-desk and sharing a phone, mouse and keyboard that others have used, have a pack of antibac wipes handy to wipe away the bacteria, cold and flu viruses. Spending a few seconds to clean your work space could mean fewer days off work.
  • Try to avoid eating at your desk especially if you hot desk
  • Use anti-microbial hand gel if you can’t be sure your hands are clean when using the phone.
  • Pen-chewers – Have you ever looked in your pen pot and though where has this pen come from? And before you know it the pen has become your favorite pen to chew. Try to break the habit. If you don’t know where a pen has been, you could be ingesting bacteria or viruses left by someone else. It could have been in someone else’s mouth, gathering dust under the desk or dropped on the loo floor.
  • Give borrowed pens a clean with an anti-bacterial wipe.
  • Always wash your hands after using the toilet and try not to touch the door handle.
  • Several germs are passed on from the fridge, people may of brought food in to work from home, been to the loo and not washed their hands before going in to the fridge. Make sure there is a cleaning schedule from your office fridge and try to introduce a system where all left-over food is disposed of by the end of the day on a Friday. This will mean no food is left to grow fungi or mould over the weekend reducing the risk of infection.

One survey completed by office supplies company Viking found the bacteria Staphylococcus (skin infection) on 60% of desks.

Just think how much germs can affect your health and your pay packet. Do all you can each day to avoid being struck down by many common and easily spread germs.

Follow our simple steps to maintain your health and to prevent passing germs on to others

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A&R Contract Cleaning are delighted to say we have 30 new cleaning operatives in the next month joining our ever-growing team of commercial cleaning operatives. Our new team of cleaners will be working in a range of environments from Schools in Bridgend, School in Cardiff, School in Porthcawl to a company that specialises in resin that focuses solely on the development production of advanced resin technologies.

With the new team members coming on board this will take our staff count up to a total of 165. All our staff are directly employed and are on contracted hours working for A&R contract Cleaning Services. This is something we are very proud of as a company. To be able to offer more local people the opportunity to get back in to work and work with a company who are 100% passionate and driven in making a difference in the world of cleaning is a huge highlight for us all. We know each new team member will feel truly valued by their commercial manager, by our clients and overall by our whole company.

Our new team members will have full training on H&S, COSHH, Manual Handling, full cleaning training to ensure they are meeting the high standards we set as a company and will be fully welcomed in to our team. One thing we hear allot of from cleaners who have previously worked for other companies is they have had to take in their own cleaning supplies from cloths to products. This is something that will never be the case working for us. We fully stock each cleaning cupboard with all the needed products, equipment PPE and have a very speedy turnaround of only a few days to deliver new supplies once staff place the order.

Our new team members will have the opportunity each month to be chosen for employee of the month. This is where the commercial managers choose a team member that they feel have delivered exceptional standards, gone that extra mile and helped out where needed. We reward the winners of our Employees Of The month with a thank you card, certificate and a £20.00 voucher than can be used in many places.

We feel rewarding our team shows our true care and appreciation for all the hard work they put in day in day out. We are a family run business with a culture that is fed from Rayner and Ashley the company directors, to the managers through to our staff and leaving our customers satisfied day in day out

A massive welcome to all our new team members, we know you will fit in just fine and we really look forward to working with our newest of staff and newest of clients.

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