Month: January 2023

Best Practices for Facility Maintenance

Facility maintenance ensures your company’s property is in tip-top shape so you can focus on leading your business. Facility maintenance encompasses a variety of services. Here is a sampling of some facility maintenance responsibilities:

Hard services include maintenance of the building itself. Depending on the type of building, this can include a wide range of maintenance services to meet your needs, such as:

  • HVAC (heating and cooling)
  • Plumbing and plumbing fixtures
  • Lighting and electrical systems
  • Mechanical systems
  • Emergency control (sprinklers)
  • Landscaping and property upkeep
  • Trash and recycling
  • Painting and exterior upkeep
  • Facility improvements

Soft services focus on improving the well-being of the people working within each facility. These services help employees feel more comfortable at work. This type of soft service tasks vary from facility to facility, but can include:

  • Beverage and food restocking
  • Catering
  • Mail management
  • Building security
  • Cleaning
  • Office decor or moving

Facility Maintenance on Your Own

If you plan to maintain your facility on your own, here are some ways to do it more effectively and efficiently.

 Automate What You Can

If you have a facility manager, automating processes like facility lighting and HVAC systems can increase efficiency. For example, HVAC schedules can connect directly to your building automation system to allow you to control heating and cooling settings based on facility occupancy leading to better energy usage. Additionally, automatic lighting can help improve facility energy efficiency, which saves organizations money. Another way to streamline processes is implementing electronic work orders. Less paperwork means a more productive and efficient team.

Create a Workflow for Your Facility

Each facility is unique, so they each operate differently. You and the facility manager need to determine the top priority. For example, focusing on preventative maintenance or a special project. Regardless of your focus, your workflow needs to be flexible and customized to your facility’s needs. Customized facility management workflows help facility managers capture, track, and report on all crucial details surrounding their processes. This provides your manager the tools needed for operational success.

Establish a Preventative Maintenance Plan

Creating a facility maintenance plan allows your facility to run efficiently and cuts maintenance costs. Preventative maintenance lets you extend the life of your equipment, reduce downtime, keep an organized calendar for all preventative maintenance tasks, and cut down on reactive maintenance costs.

Need Help with Facility Maintenance? 

Whether it’s big or small, Joncowest can help with all your maintenance tasks efficiently and cost-effectively.

Tips on hiring a cleaning crew

Everybody likes a clean house, of course! But in today’s time of hustle, nobody has enough dedicated time to look after their residence. Sounds relatable? Well, the next choice we have is to hire a cleaning service. Hiring any random person, and handing them gloves and disinfectants or detergents won’t be as effective as choosing the right person with proper training or experience. So here are some tips on how to hire a cleaning crew and make your home spotlessly neat and clean.

1. Look for focus areas- Every place has different spaces where you don’t wash regularly. These areas are the most left out and oftentimes, the dirtiest. So before you reach out to any cleaning service, make sure to do your homework so you can clearly instruct them of your dirtiest place.

2. Do some online research- You might want a service that is located inside your city or you may be specific with your needs. Whatever the case is, it is always advisable to do some research online. This will help you ensure that the company you are investing in is legitimate and not burning a hole in your pocket. Also, you can go through their service list and mark out the ones that you need the most. That will save you and the service provider a ton of time.

3. Get reviews- Once you have researched a company, be sure to get their reviews- either online or by asking around the neighborhood. This will assist you in analyzing their work and help you know the type of people they hire. It is better to know if the employees are friendly or unpleasant. You surely wouldn’t want someone impolite to work with.

4. Schedule a meeting- When you are done with the research and reviews, call up or send an email to the cleaning service to arrange a meeting. You will have full access to their work style, equipment, or any other information you need from their end. You may even ask for a visit to any of their clients to analyze their work.

5. Estimate the cost- Once you are familiar with the services and costs of the cleaning crew, calculate how much can you afford to pay. Further, remember to ask for any discounts during the meeting so you can save a few other pennies for a drink later.

6. Set up a cleaning session- Finally confirm with the company when you can call them for cleaning. This shouldn’t be a hasty decision so take your time. Never forget to stick around during the initial cleaning days. This will aid in a better understanding of the work you wanted in your home.

And there you have- A thoroughly cleaned and sparkling house, free of all dirt and dust! Remember to give them a rating later on as per your satisfaction to help others who are looking for a cleaning service.

So, next time when you are thinking to hire someone for cleaning, be sure to go through this article to avoid any mistakes.

What to Clean before Moving Facilities

Moving your company is stressful enough, and you want to leave it in tidy condition for the next renter or owner. It’s helpful to know what’s typically cleaned for moving so you can check each item off your list. Moving a company is stressful, and often cleaning the previous facility is not a high priority. There are plenty of companies that you can hire to handle your move-out cleaning and save you some stress and ensure your facility is spotless. If you’d like to handle cleaning on your own, then carefully follow the following list for each area.

Break Room/Kitchen

If your facility has a break room or kitchen, you know that it gets a ton of traffic and plenty of messes. Kitchens have a lot of places to clean, and often they’re harder to make spotless. For particularly grimey kitchens, spray cleaning supplies on messes first (like the microwave) so you can maximize your time. Here’s a list of the other areas within a kitchen that need cleaning:

  • Clean appliance interiors and exteriors (fridge, microwave, dishwasher)
  • Wipe down small appliances (microwave, toaster, coffee maker)
  • Dust and wipe countertops and cabinet, pantry shelves
  • Clean cabinet interiors and exteriors
  • Scrub sinks and backsplash
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Clean inside window sills and window tracks
  • Dust and wipe baseboards
  • Wipe doorknobs, door frames, doors and light switches
  • Clean marks on walls and baseboards cleaned
  • Empty garbage
  • Wash and vacuum floor

Common Areas

Common areas as well as hallways, stairs, and entryways get grouped into this category. Once you move furniture, you’ll notice spots that were missed by regular cleaning or covered by furniture. High traffic areas show their wear. In addition, make sure the following areas get cleaned:

  • Dust all surfaces
  • Clean mirrors
  • Clean inside window sills and window tracks
  • Dust and wipe baseboards
  • Clean doorknobs, door frames, and doors
  • Wipe light switches
  • Remove marks on walls and baseboards
  • Vacuum and mop hard surface floors
  • Empty garbage
  • Vacuum carpet and area rugs
  • Clean closet fronts and insides; wipe down closet shelves

Offices and Cubicles

A general rule when cleaning is starting from the top and working your way to the bottom. This ensures that you’re cleaning efficiently. Here are the other bedroom areas that need to be cleaned:

  • Dust all surfaces
  • Clean closet exteriors and interiors
  • Remove marks on walls and baseboards
  • Wipe down mirrors
  • Clean interior window sills and window tracks
  • Wipe and dust baseboards
  • Wipe doorknobs, door frames, and doors
  • Wipe light switches
  • Empty garbage
  • Vacuum and mop hard surface floors
  • Vacuum carpet and area rugs


Like kitchens, bathrooms have plenty of areas to clean. If there are messier parts, apply cleaning products first to maximize your time. When bathrooms are empty you can get to work and clean everything without having to move items. Here are the areas to focus on:

  • Clean and sanitize sinks and if your facility has them shower walls
  • Clean and sanitize toilets both inside and out
  • Wipe down mirrors
  • Clean cabinet interiors, and exteriors
  • Wipe down countertops and shelves
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Clean inside window sills and window tracks
  • Wipe doorknobs, door frames, light switches, and doors
  • Empty garbage
  • Dust and wipe baseboards
  • Clean marks on walls and baseboards
  • Vacuum and mop floors

Want Some Help?

Contact JoncoWest if you’ve decided that you’d rather hire a professional to handle your company’s large-scale move-out cleaning. You can book in advance so you can cross this off the list. Remember that spring and summer are most popular for moving, so plan ahead!