News & Updates

MISTER KLEEN DONATES TO NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH

Spotlight Feature

Mister Kleen recently gave back to the community with a donation of more than 100 automatic hand sanitizer dispensers with stands to Neighborhood Health, a local nonprofit community health center that serves more than 42,000 patients in clinics across Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County.

“We are proud to be supporting Neighborhood Health’s mission to improve health and advance health equity with this donation, which has a fair market value of more than $15,000,” Mister Kleen COO Tony Simon said.

On April 19, Simon and Vice President of Operations Dianna Clark delivered 130 stands fully filled with sanitizer to the Neighborhood Health clinic on Richmond Highway.

Upon receiving notification of this donation, Dr. Martha Welman, Neighborhood Health’s Medical Director, remarked, “From the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, our number one priority has been the safety of our staff and patients, so that we can continue to provide critical health services. We have a commitment to zero transmission of infection at our sites. Hand hygiene is a critical component of this effort. This donation of hand sanitizer dispensers, stands, and hand sanitizer helps us to ensure the safety of our staff and our patients, and helps us keep our commitment to providing the highest quality medical care.”

Neighborhood Health distributed the stands to four of its primary health care clinics, as well as six of its vaccination clinic sites. Earlier this year, Neighborhood Health was administering 5,000 doses of vaccine each week. Hand hygiene, including the use of hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available, is one of the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

Other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others include wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, staying 6 feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and getting a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn.

Building Excellence Competition

The Building Excellence Competition (BEC) is a special program designed to drive quality in our facilities and build pride, inspiration, and teamwork. Three times per year we have a friendly competition among our employees for the best overall building based on cleanliness, quality, and safety. Our team takes pride in this, and our clients do too! The winning team receives an onsite party, a certificate, and bragging rights!

The winner of the Winter 2021 Building Excellence Competition is a secured government site in Northern Virginia. Congratulations to Area Manager Lynda Bennett and the team for outstanding service and dedication to Mister Kleen, our client, and each other – Great Job!

Our Clients Say It Best

When clients take the time to commend our team, we are especially pleased and proud! Below are highlights from recent client messages.

Cache (Collier) popped in after her ‘shift’ to ask if she could help. Taken by surprise, I suggested that it wasn’t her concern nor space. She didn’t care. She knew I was struggling to get everything in order before the morning. She asked how she could help. I didn’t say no and she jumped right in. If Cache had not spent the time doing the fine details that she always does (dusting base, window sills, blinds) and helped removed a lot of blue paint, I could have been there all night. Bottom line: You have a gem of an employee who goes above and beyond expectations (and my bar is pretty high). Love having her here. Wonderful personality; people oriented, focused, excellent performer. Now that she is here, can’t imagine being without her.

~ Mister Kleen Client

Your employee, Prempree Chaiyakan, did an outstanding job of cleaning and sanitizing (our bathrooms). … I witnessed your employee cleaning the bathrooms and surrounding areas. When she was finished, I was among the first to use the bathroom. It was immaculate. Words do not do it complete justice. She had taken her time, and prepared the bathrooms to a standard above and beyond just “clean.” The entire area was spotless. … I was thoroughly impressed, if not just for the outstanding job, but for tackling one of the most difficult and, undoubtedly, most unappealing areas to clean. She deserves any recognition you can give. Thank you so much!

~ Mister Kleen Client

See email from my on-site tech regarding not only Marino (Batista), but a reflection of the quality of your staff with Jose (Rivera) and Nuvia (Sorto). As (he) states – 3 for 3! Great news on a Friday for sure. Thank you for your support and partnership! “ “Marino has done a very good job this week. Everyone has been happy with his performance. Mr. Kleen is 3 for 3 down here.

~ Mister Kleen Client

I am writing to give a shout out to two of your teammates who work at (our facility), Eric (Tambini) and (Jamaal) Lee. Lee covers my area’s bathroom, and it is always spotless. And Eric works the gym, which is also always in great shape. They do an awesome job, and are nice, pleasant guys. They are some of the unsung heroes here, and make our lives much nicer.

~ Mister Kleen Client

I wanted to write to you about one of your employees, Darrius (McDougal). … I was pleasantly surprised when Darius was going by my office, he knocked and asked me if I wanted my office vacuumed. I was so impressed that I wanted to let his management know… . Darrius is a great employee with excellent customer service skills, and great asset to your company with a positive attitude. Thank you Darius for a good (job) well done.

~ Mister Kleen Client

the security connection update

How to Stay Cybersafe During Summer Travel

Security Connection Summer Travel

Airlines and destinations are reporting that travel is on the rise as vaccination rates rise. If you’re traveling for vacation or business, check out these key strategies to help you keep your information secure.

BEFORE YOUR TRIP

Update your devices. One of the most simple and effective ways to stay cyber-secure is to continuously update your devices. Those updates don’t just contain new features, but fix security flaws and keep you protected!

Password/Passcode protect your devices. Always establish a strong passcode with at least 6 numbers or a swipe pattern with at least 1 turn of direction when protecting the lock screen of your smartphone. On laptops, a minimum of 8 character password or phrase is recommended including uppercase and lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers.

Set your device to lock after an amount of time. Once you have the passcode, password, or swipe pattern established, you should set an automatic device lock prompting for the access code after a specified time of inactivity This will prevent a criminal from getting onto your device if you accidentally leave it unlocked.

Book your trip with trusted sites. When planning your trip and booking transportation, lodging, and experiences, it is important to complete those transactions with trusted, known businesses. If possible, double check the reviews and reputation of a site you are unfamiliar with, but are considering to use for your booking. By sticking to reputable sites, you guarantee a higher standard of security for your data and transaction.

DURING YOUR TRIP

Keep track of your devices. Ensure that you keep your devices close at hand or secured away safely when not in use. Theft of mobile devices, from smartphones to tablets and laptops, is all too common and can spoil a fun trip to a great extent.

Limit your activity on public Wi-Fi networks. Public Wi-Fi that does not require credentials or logging in is not protected by encryption, so browsing and activity is not secure from prying eyes. To ensure your information is not put at risk, avoid logging into your personal accounts or making transactions while on public or hotel networks.

  • Use your phone carrier’s internet connection, or use your phone as a personal hotspot (if your cell carrier’s plan allows) when logging into personal accounts or conducting transactions.
  • Ensure your device is set to ask your permission before connecting to a wireless network while on your trip.
  • If you intend to use a hotel or establishment’s customer wireless network, verify what network is the correct one to use with a member of the staff.

Don’t overshare on social media. Consider posting updates about your trip after you return. Criminals may see that you are away from home based on social media content and attempt to steal from your home! If you also share too many details about where you are on your trip, some scammers may attempt to contact your family and friends with a variety of scam tactics. Additionally, consider setting your social media accounts to only allow friends to view your posts and content.

From the Center for Internet Security

Annual Mister Kleen Spring Kleen

Spring Kleen

Each year employees at Mister Kleen’s headquarters purge, organize, and clean their work areas, which includes anything on the floor, behind the desks, and on top of workstations. Common areas including the conference room, copy rooms, kitchen, repair shop, and warehouse also were cleaned. It’s a great opportunity to dispose of old documents and materials that are no longer needed. This year, more than a dozen employees participated in the Annual Mister Kleen Spring Kleen on May 14, with lunch provided and a free car wash for them!

Below are 7 tips to declutter your office:

  1. Keep only what you need. Try this tactic: get rid of everything first and place them in storage, then slowly add things back as you need them. You likely haven’t touched many items for months, and it’s more effective to remove everything than going through each item one by one.
  2. Sort by keep, recycle/trash, and belongs elsewhere. When purging, create three boxes for items that you will keep, recycle, or discard, or place somewhere else.
  3. You likely haven’t touched many items for months, and it’s more eective to arrange items according to how frequently you use them. For example, place your most used office supplies in top drawers, followed by ones you don’t use as much in lower ones. Keeping your least-used items furthest away will improve your workflow and increase productivity.
  4. Organize your cables. Keep the numerous cables on your desk neat and organized by labeling them and using a cord organizer system.
  5. Get a fresh perspective and take a photo. After working in your clutter for months, you tend not to notice it over time. See your office with fresh eyes by taking photos from different angles. You may be shocked at what you identify as problem areas.
  6. Go paperless. Digitize your notes and documents by scanning them with the office printer. Or you can download an app on your smartphone that will convert your notes to PDFs after photographing them.
  7. Be disciplined about what you keep, throw away or recycle, or place elsewhere for later review. Every time you get a new item such as a document or piece of mail, decide what you want to do with it immediately, or at least before you leave for the day. Preventing clutter goes a long in keeping your workspace neat and clean.
Spring Kleen
Spring Kleen

Specialty Services

Specialty Services

A Clean Parking Lot Makes a Great First Impression

Starting in the spring, Mister Kleen is asked to perform one of its most popular specialty services: Parking Lot and Garage Cleaning.

We provide these services for Commercial, High Security, and Government facilities. We are one of the few companies able to perform parking garage and lot cleaning at facilities that require U.S. government clearances.

Here are just a few benefits of maintaining your parking lot or garage:

A clean parking lot makes not just a good, but a great, first impression. Having an attractive parking area that is free of garbage, oil slicks and debris shows clients that you take pride in your business, the environment, and your surroundings.

Regular sweeping and proper maintenance extend the life of the asphalt. Silt and debris build up when the pavement isn’t cleaned regularly. This can result in premature wear on the surface.

A well-maintained parking area discourages littering. When it’s clear that someone is paying attention to the property, people are less inclined to litter in that area.

Clean parking areas minimize pollution to local waterways. Keeping harmful chemicals, metal particles and garbage from draining into sewers and nearby water systems can contribute toward your organization’s corporate social responsibility goals.

So where do you start? Depending on the condition of your parking garage or lot, you can begin with a scrubbing and power washing, followed by regularly scheduled sweeping. Mister Kleen also can paint and restripe parking spaces as well as curbs to enhance the appearance of your parking area.

With more employees returning to the office, you can improve morale even before they enter the facility by welcoming them back with a clean, newly painted parking area!

Specialty Services Parking Garage
Parking Cleaning

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Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.