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What to Expect from the Fall Cleaning Season

The past couple of years have been a roller coaster ride. We’re not here to recap everything that’s happened. That would probably require a book, and besides, it’s been attempted in plenty of other places. We’re just here to offer thoughts on where things are going, especially where commercial cleaning services are concerned. Because the unfortunate reality is that the rollercoaster is making another circuit around the track; this fall, we’re facing pandemic-related challenges yet again. The good news is that the fundamentals of the course haven’t changed. Commercial cleaning this fall will still bring challenges and opportunities. Here’s what to…

How Performance Management Helps Cleaning Services Continually Improve

“I remember the first time I did a building inspection with one of our project managers and a client,” recalls Chad Conrad, Director of Performance Management at The Wilburn Company. “We went over things and I called out what needed to be cleaned more thoroughly. The project manager was a little surprised – like, ‘Why are you calling out all of these improvement areas so bluntly in front of our client?’” “But the reality is that the client is going to see what needs to be improved. We want to see it clearly, too, so that we can take care of…

3 Tips to Finish Up Spring Cleaning for Offices in 2021

As we move through the end of spring and get ready to head into summer, it’s a great time to double-check your spring-cleaning list. Winter and early spring lead to a lot of time indoors, which can lead to the accumulation of dirt in buildings. Unfortunately, a dirty office isn’t just an aesthetic issue; it can hurt occupants’ health. A clean office, on the other hand, can keep people safe and benefit your building’s reputation with employees and customers. With that in mind, as the weather warms up, here are three quick tips to help you finish up spring cleaning…

4 Tips to Disinfect the Dirtiest Shared Spaces in Your Office

The break room. The common room. The kitchen. Whatever your company calls it, the purpose is usually the same: to provide a shared space for employees to relax, eat, and unwind from the stresses of a day on the job. Break rooms are some of the most commonly used spaces in a workplace. They’re also some of the dirtiest. One room continuously cohabited by a large volume of people guarantees the presence of germs – and lots of them. During cold and flu season especially, you can be sure that a microbiological zoo of bugs is thriving on the handle…

What’s New with Green Cleaning Services in 2021

Three years ago, The Wilburn Company officially became GS-42 certified by Green Seal. This notable distinction signaled that our company met green cleaning service requirements, including: Reducing chemical waste through the efficient use of chemicals Reducing solid waste Optimizing cleaning frequencies Providing continuing training to staff Ensuring transparent communication with clients and employees But the journey didn’t end there. While earning our GS-42 certification took commitment, keeping it requires ongoing effort, as well. Green Seal, the nonprofit organization responsible for confirming green cleaning services, is continually updating their standards, and maintaining the certification rightfully requires persistence in compliance. Continuing to…

The Wilburn Company Introduces its First Management Trainer, James D. Graham

James “Darryl” Graham is an encourager. “Everywhere I go, I tell people to have a blessed day,” he says. “I say it so much that people just say it right back to me.” That line – have a blessed day – comes from a strong Christian faith and represents what is a central theme in Darryl’s life. “I’m blessed,” explains Darryl.  “God has blessed me, and I believe, 100%, that I’m called to live like it.” That calling translates into a passion for hard work and for building other people up, both traits that have led Darryl into his current role at…

Top 6 Commercial Cleaning Companies in Maryland

Looking for a commercial cleaning company in Maryland? We’ve put together a list of six top options based on our 20+ years of experience serving the Maryland area. There’s a strong chance one of these cleaning companies will be well suited to meet your needs. 1. The Wilburn Company Yes, we’re biased – but we’re also proud of our work. At The Wilburn Company, we provide commercial cleaning for corporate offices, high-security government facilities, and real estate investment trusts across Maryland and the DC area. What sets us apart: Our people are awesome. That’s not just fluff. Check out featured articles on…

How We’re Upgrading the Status Quo of Commercial Cleaning

As we open 2021, we’re getting ready to begin cleaning several new buildings. We’re grateful for that. We know that many service organizations have been hard pressed to make it through the past year at all. While 2020 was a whirlwind for us, we’re fortunate to have weathered the storm – and even to have continued on a steady growth trajectory throughout it. With that said, as we move forward with new engagements this year, we have an interesting perspective. From one point of view, our plans for this coming year are simply to maintain the status quo of quality work…

What Happened in 2020: The Year in Review

For each of the last several years at The Wilburn Company, we’ve taken a moment in December to reflect on the year in review. As you might expect, this year, that reflection feels a little bit different. What a crazy 12 months it’s been. Coming into 2020, our expectations for where we’d be at this moment were entirely different. And yet, it’s encouraging to realize that many of the initiatives we’d planned seem almost prescient in retrospect – useful in any year, and maybe even more useful in the midst of a pandemic. As we’ve written before: A lot has changed,…

4 Things to Know About Winter Cleaning During the Covid-19 Pandemic

By now, you’re probably caught between Covid-19-fatigue and a desire to know what you’ll be facing in the coming months, especially when combining the pandemic with flu season! We get it. We don’t want to fatigue you further. And we don’t have a crystal ball. But we do have strategies and plans in place for cleaning our clients’ facilities during the coming winter months, and we believe it’s important to keep our clients up to date as we continue cleaning for health. With that in mind, here are four things that you should know about cleaning during the winter of…

Meet the Wilburn Company: Kan Smoot

Kan Smoot claims to be a boring person. “I am boring,” insists Mrs. Smoot – or Young, as her coworkers call her. She lists her interests. “I love my home. I love my family. I have a great cat.” “I don’t need to do exciting things,” she says, laughing. Young may view her life as simple, but despite the fact that she doesn’t “do exciting things”, as she claims, there’s no denying that she has a passion for life and for others that shines through in her work. Roxanne Miller, Project Manager at The Wilburn Company, can testify to that. “Young…

3 Cleaning Innovations From the COVID-19 Era

In some ways, COVID-19 has completely transformed the commercial office cleaning industry. Hand sanitizer, masks, and other personal protective equipment are now normative. Disinfecting procedures for the virus are part of standardized training. There’s more communication around cleanliness than there’s been in decades. But, in many ways, this pandemic hasn’t changed what we do. Our employees were already trained to use PPE for hazardous materials. We’ve had reliable disinfecting procedures in place for decades. And we’ve always made client communication a focus. Another way of saying it is that the game hasn’t changed, but the stakes are higher. With that…

What is Deep Office Cleaning?

Deep office cleaning refers to thorough cleaning procedures that sanitize the parts of a facility that aren’t frequently cleaned. It may also include specialized services, like stripping and waxing floors, machine-washing ceramic tiles, or spot cleaning carpets. Essentially, deep cleaning is the kind of approach you might take at home during “spring cleaning.” You pay special attention to getting areas you normally wouldn’t and are extra thorough in everything; your goal is to get your space to its cleanliest. In deep commercial cleaning for offices, the same principles apply. Let’s take a look at what sets deep office cleaning apart…

Are Commercial Janitorial Services Different from Commercial Cleaning?

Who doesn’t love a good Matt Damon movie? One of his most famous is Goodwill Hunting. The movie focuses on a janitor who works at a college for a living. One day after classes are let out, he cracks a mathematical equation that was considered unsolvable. From that point on the movie shifts. Someone who was once viewed as a “lowly janitor” now has a world of opportunities opened in front of him. It’s a great movie, winning several Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Critics’ Choice awards. But it’s also a good example of how the public views a commercial…

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What Services Does a Commercial Cleaning Company Provide?

A commercial cleaning company does much more than just empty the trashcans and wipe down your kitchen. While these are important pieces of what we do, the Wilburn Company offers much more than just basic custodial services. At the Wilburn Company, we go above and beyond your every day clean and offer customized solutions for every situation. Keep reading to learn more about the full range of commercial cleaning services we provide. Commercial Custodial Services Let’s start with the basics. Our environmental hygienists perform a wide variety of tasks that maintain a sanitary workplace. These include vacuuming carpets, dusting, sweeping,…

How Much Does Commercial Cleaning Cost?

Commercial cleaning services cost from $.05 to $.25 per square foot. Premium services (deep cleaning, add-ons like floor waxing, or specialty services for healthcare or highly secure facilities) may cost $0.50 per square foot. Obviously, these square-footage costs vary widely depending on the size of the facility and the scope of services delivered. Here’s how they translate as cumulative costs at commercial buildings of various sizes and service levels: Sq. Footage     Minimum Service    High Service    Premium Service    ($0.05 per square foot)    ($0.25 per square foot)    ($0.50 per square foot)    8,000 $400 $2,000…

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How We Approach Hiring

We believe that the excellence of our employees gives us an advantage in the cleaning services market. Our people are friendly, expert, and helpful. Thanks to them, we can provide premiere services that are more than commodities and play a major role in maintaining buildings and keeping the occupants healthy and safe. We’re grateful for our employees. Accordingly, as we’ve written before, we focus on equipping them to succeed through comprehensive training (both in onboarding and over time). And we intentionally honor our employees with special recognition for jobs done well. These two approaches (training and recognition) are critical in…

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What are the Most Common Commercial Cleaning Supplies?

To many people, cleaning products are interchangeable and indistinguishable. But when it comes to commercial cleaning supplies, there are some staples that we just can’t live without. At the Wilburn Company, we do our best to use green cleaning supplies that are good for our employees, clients, and the environment. This allows us to offer high-quality cleaning services while reducing the presence of harmful toxins. Because of this, you’ll notice that our list of commercial cleaning supplies incorporates green or reusable versions of the most common tools. With that in mind, here are a few of the most common commercial…

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What Is Commercial Cleaning?

Commercial cleaning is quite different from residential cleaning. The square footage is larger, the stakes are higher, and expectations are quite different from when you’re caring for your own home. If you’re a new building or business owner, commercial cleaning may not be at the top of your mind until you’re the one left to disinfect several thousand square feet. It’s important to understand that commercial cleaning can make a huge difference in tenant satisfaction and ROI. As a building owner, what do you need to know about the process? What is commercial cleaning? Here’s how it’s different from your…

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The Benefits of Commercial Vacuuming

Commercial vacuuming is an essential part of every office cleaning routine. Along with deep sanitization of bathrooms, mopping, and more, your office needs commercial vacuuming as part of a successful office cleaning checklist. So, what is commercial vacuuming? And how can it be done effectively? It’s a bit different from vacuuming your home or apartment. Commercial vacuuming uses industrial equipment designed for prolonged and consistent use. They also come with commercial power cords to keep your office safe and prevent sparking. Better for the Environment Commercial vacuuming is better for the environment than the office cleaning staple of wet mopping…