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General Cleaning Services Perth

Enquire Now Southern Cross Cleaning is a commercial cleaning company and undertakes regular general cleaning services to a multitude of different buildings and businesses in the Perth and Regional areas.

General Cleaning Techniques

Emptying Rubbish Bins

Emptying rubbish bins is one of our most common tasks, we undertake this service on a daily basis at all our sites. To make this job easier and more efficient, we ensure our clients have the correct equipment.

The equipment we supply include 72 litre brute bins and 72 litre bin liners. Our clients need suitable bin liners for desks, kitchens, and toilets. We suggest using 27 litres for desks, 36 litre in kitchens, 72 litres for collecting rubbish and 140 litres for centralized bins.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is supplied and used at all times, minimizing risk from sharps, slashes, and cuts.

When emptying bins, we carry a duster and microfiber cloth for dusting, cleaning as we walk around the building to be more efficient.

When collecting rubbish, we use the 72-litre bin and bin liners. We walk around the building anti-clockwise, moving from cubicle to cubicle collecting rubbish as we go.

We replace soiled desk bin liners as required, picking up obvious rubbish from around bins and on the floor, taking care not to dispose of people’s personal items (if in doubt, we place on nearest desk). If boxes are placed in rubbish bins, we remove, fold them down and place with the full 72 litre bags. When the 72 litre bags are full, we tie the tops and place in the designated drop off area taking care to protect carpets from bags that may be leaking or are wet.

Precautions we take:

  • Do not overfill the bag when collecting rubbish.
  • Pick up loose rubbish (scraps of paper, paper clips, etc.) from floor and around bins.
  • Use the bottom of a small rubbish bin to compact rubbish in the larger bins to avoid sharps.
  • Always bend with your knees.
  • Place spare desk bin liners at the bottom of each rubbish bin to make it easier to replace when required.
  • Separate regular rubbish from recycling.
  • Wash walls behind bins in kitchens and toilets.  

Vacuuming

Vacuuming forms an essential part of all daily cleaning routines and is generally the last task that is performed.

When vacuuming we use our Pac Vac Vacuum cleaners. Before starting, we check that the filter bag has been emptied and replaced correctly, and that the electrical cord has no cuts and is not damaged in any way. Finally, we make sure that the backpack straps are adjusted and fit properly correctly, avoiding any injury. When we put on our Pac Vac vacuum cleaners, we place it on a desk or bench to take the weight of the vacuum cleaner and then step into the backpack straps and secure at the front. 

We then plug it into a wall outlet and turn it on, vacuuming around the room in an anti-clockwise motion, moving in and out of cubicles and passages, ensuring to take care keeping the electrical cord slack not pulling it when caught on partitions or under doors.

We vacuum in the corners and along edges first, moving into more open areas, being sure to pick up bins and vacuum underneath them. We vacuum mats, roll them up and then vacuum underneath them. It is important to stop and empty the vacuum filter bag once it is 1/3 full, and again at the end of a shift regardless of how full it is.

Precautions we take:

  • Set elevator door to lock open when vacuuming.
  • Remove head and vacuum elevator tracks.
  • Do not vacuum up water or liquids.
  • Move chairs and bins and vacuum these areas.
  • Turn off lights when finished in each area.
  • Always empty vacuum bags at the end of a shift.
  • Store vacuum and accessories correctly and off the ground.

Mopping

Mopping is required at every site we clean. One of the most important things to remember when mopping is to use the correct colour mop and bucket in specific areas. Before starting, we collect all the equipment required including the colored mop and bucket, ‘Wet Floor’ signs, dust pans and brush, and a dust mop or Pac Vac vacuum cleaner. 

We always display ‘Wet Floor’ signs before commencing mopping. We then fill mop bucket with warm water and add the correct amount of neutral hard surface cleaner, checking the dilution rate chart in the cleaners closet. If required, we lift mats and rugs, and lift or move any chairs, bins, and other movable objects before starting. We then sweep or vacuum the floor starting in the corners and edges to remove sand and debris.

Before we start mopping, we check for gum and stickers and remove them from the floor. We begin mopping by soaking the mop and removing any excess cleaning solution. We mop in the corners and edges first, moving the mop in a figure-8 pattern to clean floors.

We rinse and repeat until the entire floor surface has been mopped, making sure to change the water once it is dirty. When finished mopping, we return all equipment to the cleaner’s closet, leaving the ‘Wet Floor’ sign in place until the floor is completely dry. We rinse the mop and hang it out to dry.

Precautions we take:

  • Make sure floors are totally dry before removing wet floor signs.
  • Ensure we always use the correct colour mop and bucket for designated areas (colour coding posters are supplied)
  • Replace rugs, mat, and furniture once floors are dry.
  • Use a figure-8 pattern when mopping.
  • Always change water when dirty

Wiping & Dusting

Wiping and dusting is part of our everyday cleaning routines, so we always carry a duster and microfiber cloth.

Many dusting and wiping tasks can be completed as we are doing other jobs or walking from one area to another, saving time. The equipment we use includes an extendable duster, one damp and one dry microfiber cloth, a spray bottle, furniture polish, and polishing cloth. Suggested PPE includes glasses and dust mask.

As with collecting rubbish bins, we move around the area in an anti-clockwise direction and dust starting from high to low surfaces. We dust all surfaces, lifting and dusting under items if required.

We dust and wipe wooded furniture with furniture polish and as we move around the area, we look for marks on walls, desks, light switches etc. and remove them with damp microfiber cloth.

Precautions we take:

  • Never stand on a desk or any furniture when wiping and dusting.
  • Hold picture and other hanging objects with one hand and dust and wipe with the other hand.
  • Do not use chemicals on computer keyboards and screens.
  • Do not forget to dust and wipe behind computers, tops of partitions, chairs and chair legs, vents, and grills.
  • Always look for built up dust and marks when walking through areas to be cleaned.