Exterior spring cleaning in February. It really is a thing.

Exterior spring cleaning in February. It really is a thing.
Now is the time to line up your exterior cleaning services such as sidewalk cleaning, awning cleaning, lot line striping and facade cleaning. Sure it may be another 30-60 days before it’s appropriate to have these services performed, but while the temperature outside show that spring may still be a ways away, that doesn’t mean your preparedness should be too.

Waiting until the last second can only create challenges for a facility manager. Scheduling of course being the first thing to consider. Everyone, and I mean everyone, wants their power washing done after the winter when the weather turns warm. Wait until the last second and you could find yourself in a long line for a quality contractor. By setting up a program now, your locations have secured their place on your vendor’s schedule and you’ll be setting out your outdoor dining furniture on nice clean concrete.

The other benefit to coordinating ahead of time can be pricing. Getting contractors to bid work when they’re stuck sitting at home waiting for their season to start has proven to be far more advantageous than when you reach out to them and they’re up to their eyeballs in work. It’s simple supply and demand. While experienced contractors can forecast their revenue and rest easy that the work will come each year, there’s still the fact that most are guaranteed nothing each season. By now, we all know that even the comfort of a multi-year contract is somewhat unreliable given the ease to terminate nowadays. Secure your exterior commercial cleaning program early and the discounted price you receive will be a relief to you and your facility service partner.

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By |February 8th, 2016|Janitorial Services|Comments Off on Exterior spring cleaning in February. It really is a thing.

A successful relationship between facilities maintenance companies and their customers can never be an Us versus Them situation.

A successful relationship between facilities maintenance companies and their customers can never be an Us versus Them situation.
When contractors gather to discuss the industry, inevitably the conversation turns to what I’ll politely refer to as “challenging” clients. While there are many legitimate components that can contribute to a difficult relationship, such as, limited service hours, geographically hard to reach locations and demanding response times, challenging is contractor speak for cheap and not wanting to pay for services. While budgets are always amongst the top priorities for both facility managers and service providers, I believe that for the most part, there is a misunderstanding of the message the clients are sending to their service providers.

Managing a company’s growth is the business owner’s responsibility. Not the client’s. There is a big difference between not wanting to appropriately compensate service partners and not wanting to overpay them. As facility service groups continue to become a more common resource for in-house facility managers, their rapid growth is creating more overhead and even greater pressure for increased revenues. Thereby creating an environment that pushes the company far from the model that made it successful in the first place and creating a relationship where your client questions your invoices.

The more new clients I meet with, the more I hear about non self-performing aggregators having reduced themselves to nothing more than dispatchers of trades and a factory belt of estimates that they have no real knowledge about. Sure, clients used to get timely communications, detailed estimates and an understanding that their account manager was hand-on and had knowledge of the details of each project. Now, the stress of growth coupled with the over reliance on software to automate the process, has maintenance companies […]

By |January 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A successful relationship between facilities maintenance companies and their customers can never be an Us versus Them situation.

2015: A Year of Re-committing to UmbrellaOne’s Values

2015: A Year of Re-committing to UmbrellaOne’s Values
As exciting as the road ahead in 2016 looks, it is crucial to look back on the past year and review our past challenges and successes. It seems every January we have been fortunate enough to be optimistic about the volume of opportunity in front of us and yet, we sometimes turn a blind eye to reflect on what we have done to get us to this position and identify what changes we need to make to better ourselves for the future.

 

UmbrellaOne’s biggest asset will always be our team members. No matter what investment we make in software, infrastructure or other facets of our business, the challenge to attract quality people will ultimately determine our success or lack thereof.  In 2015, we demonstrated an ability to attract honest, dedicated and experienced new co-workers. At all levels ranging from account managers (Jen Ernst and Carrie McGregor), office administration (Tia Valavanis), and sales (Greg Harmon), to include a new company president (David Pfeiffer). In 2015, we routinely managed to strengthen our performance through the addition of key personnel who share the same set of values as our core group.

 

Second to the staff at UmbrellaOne is our commitment to working with service partners of high character that share our vision of the UmbrellaOne customer experience. Finding knowledgeable, responsive and trustworthy trades is key to our ability to perform and our customer’s overall satisfaction. This continues to prove to be a challenge as we enter new markets and continually review our existing relationships. In 2015, we began relationships with many new service partners that share our view of how to conduct business in a professional manner. Additionally, we continually review the […]

By |January 13th, 2016|Building Maintenance|Comments Off on 2015: A Year of Re-committing to UmbrellaOne’s Values

Restaurant Cleaning, Chicago’s #1 Choice

Restaurant Cleaning, Chicago’s #1 Choice
Want to know why some of the biggest chains and most prominent restaurants in the Chicagoland area choose UmbrellaOne as their restaurant cleaning company? Because no other restaurant cleaning company offers the wide variety of services at such a competitive price, all while providing a high standard of cleanliness and top-notch customer service.

Restaurant Cleaning Services
Part of what makes UmbrellaOne Chicago’s favorite restaurant cleaning company is our wide variety of services. From simple cleaning to electrical and plumbing, one call fixes them all. Here’s a sample list of our restaurant cleaning services:

Nightly Janitorial
High-Dusting
Hard Floor Care & Restorative Services
Carpet Cleaning
Biohazard Clean-Up
Post Construction Clean-Up
Metal Polishing
Pressure Washing
Awning Cleaning
Parking Lot Sweeping
Portering
Asphalt Maintenance
Lot Line Striping
Window Washing
Sign Repair
Lighting Maintenance

Customer Service
What good would all those great services be if we didn’t have excellent customer service? Every one of our restaurant cleaning clients is assigned a Project Manager to oversee all of your restaurant’s projects and services. We pride ourselves in making sure your project is done quickly, properly and without inconveniencing your customers or employees.

UmbrellaOne Advantage
Why choose UmbrellaOne when you could call various vendors yourself? With UmbrellaOne, not only do you get the convenience of our one call fixes it all service, you also get to take advantage of the discount pricing we receive due to the high volume of business we do with our vendors. No more putting out bids or being at the mercy of a contractor when you need emergency service, our vendors are pre-screened, licensed and insured so you’re guaranteed to get the job done right the first time at the best price.

By |April 17th, 2014|Janitorial Services, Restaurant Cleaning|Comments Off on Restaurant Cleaning, Chicago’s #1 Choice

The Best Way to Clean Wood Floors in 8 Easy Steps

The Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors in 8 Easy Steps
We all know how damaging road salt can be for our cars and most of us take the extra precaution to run our vehicles through the carwash more often in the winter time. But did you know that road salt can be just as damaging to your commercial hardwood flooring? Today we’re going to look at the damage water and road salt can have and the best way to clean wood floors.

Hardwood Flooring Cleaning 
The best way to clean wood floors that have been exposed to winter’s dirt and debris can be broken down into 8 easy steps.

Start by sweeping the floor with a soft bristled broom to remove larger particles that can get caught in a mop and scratch the floor. A vacuum can also be used.
Choose the right cleaning agent. pH-neutral water-based cleaners are usually the best for general purposes. Gentle detergents, soaps and even a bit of baking soda dissolved in distilled water will work for most hard-wood flooring types. Don’t use bleach, ammonia or abrasive cleaners. They can damage the floor and void your warranty.
Mix your cleaning agent into water, distilled if possible. Just a couple inches of water is fine.
Dip a soft mop into the bucket and remove any excess water that could potentially seep down between the floorboards.
Run the mop with the grain, refilling the bucket when the water gets dirty.
For tough spots, dip a soft cloth in the cleaning solution and clean by hand.
Clean and ring out the mop as much as possible and go back over the floor, soaking up any left over water.
Buff the floor dry with a dry towel. This may not be necessary but […]

By |February 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Best Way to Clean Wood Floors in 8 Easy Steps

How to Clean Tile Floors in 8 Simple Steps

How to Clean Tile Floors in 8 Simple Steps
This winter has been especially tough on us, our business and our commercial flooring. That’s why, today, we’re going to look at the best way to clean tile floors.

This winter, road crews have used more road salt than ever. Many towns even used up their entire winter’s supply by Valentine’s Day. And, while we all know the toll road salt can have on our vehicles, we rarely think about the toll it’s taking on our expensive tile flooring. Although the best way to clean tile floors is to hire a professional, just as you would take your car to a carwash to remove road salt residue, we’re going to give you our best advice on how to clean your tile floors in 8 easy steps.

How to Clean Tile Floors

Start by sweeping or vacuuming the floor to remove any large debris.
Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with a gallon of water. Distilled water will help leave a streak-free shine.
Pour 2-3” of cleaning solution in the bucket.
Mop the floor as usual, changing the cleaning solution as it gets dirty.
To remove any stains, make a paste using a 50/50 mix of scouring power and water or baking soda and water. Rub the paste on the stain with a cloth or sponge and allow to sit for 10 minutes, then scrub the area removing all paste.
Clean the grout. In most cases the 50/50 solution can be applied to dirty or moldy grout with a soft brush to remove the stains. Wash the grout with clean water when finished.
Since road salts can rust metal, it’s not uncommon to have rust stains around pipes or fittings. To remove, simply place rubber/latex gloves on both […]

By |February 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Press Release: UmbrellaOne’s restaurant facilities services to exhibit at RFMA’s 2014 Annual Conference

UmbrellaOne has announced plans to exhibit at RFMA’s 2014 Annual Conference being held in Grapevine, Texas. Although UmbrellaOne representatives have attended RFMA conferences in the past, this will be the company’s first time being an exhibitor (see more below).

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By |February 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Press Release: UmbrellaOne’s restaurant facilities services to exhibit at RFMA’s 2014 Annual Conference

Fields Auto Group extends janitorial services contracts with UmbrellaOne

UmbrellaOne is awarded with cleaning contract extensions at two Chicagoland auto dealerships.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UmbrellaOne provides janitorial services such as floor care and high dusting.
PRLog (Press Release) – Jul. 20, 2013 – WILMETTE, Ill. — WILMETTE, Ill. – UMBRELLAONE: VENDOR MANAGEMENT RESOURCES (www.umbrellaone.com) has been awarded extenions at two of Fields Auto Group’s Chicagoland automobile dealerships. The contracts are to provide nightly janitorial services to the service departments, showrooms, offices and washrooms. “This is a true reward for having successfully performed our duties for Fields Auto the past two years at both of these locations,” says company president, Rick Diamon. “Fields is the gold standard in auto dealerships and to know that our janitorial services stand up to their expectations is a real testament to our efforts”.

UmbrellaOne’s management team provides businesses with a consolidated solution for the cleaning and maintenance needs of their facility managers. Offering a wide range of services, UmbrellaOne account representatives expedite and oversee work order requests from their clients, thereby saving them time and money. Each customer creates a program designed around their specific facility needs, regardless of frequency of service.

UmbrellaOne: Vendor Management Resources (www.umbrellaone.com) manages various cleaning and maintenance services to commercial clients on a national basis. Core competencies are nightly janitorial, floor care, restaurant cleaning, pressure washing and window washing. UmbrellaOne’s programs accommodate client’s needs on an ‘as-needed’ basis to routine, high-frequency cleanings.

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By |July 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fields Auto Group extends janitorial services contracts with UmbrellaOne

UmbrellaOne to manage nightly janitorial services for Terraco Real Estate Service’s headquarters.

UmbrellaOne’s office cleaning division wins RFP to provide daily commercial cleaning services for Wilmette office building.
PRLog (Press Release) – May 22, 2013 – WILMETTE, Ill. — May 20, 2013 – WILMETTE, Ill. — Chicago, IL – UMBRELLAONE: VENDOR MANAGEMENT RESOURCES (www.umbrellaone.com) has recently been awarded the contract to provide nightly janitorial cleaning services for Terraco Real Estate Services at their company headquarters. UmbrellaOne provides cleaning and maintenance services for a varied range of properties, from office buildings to auto dealerships and restaurants.

Unlike other traditional janitorial companies, UmbrellaOne prides itself on employing a management team from varied backgrounds and expertise. In addition to standard services such as floor care, high dusting and window washing, UmbrellaOne’s management team is well suited to address issues surrounding site lighting, asphalt R&M and power washing. It is their comprehensive approach that they feel brings a unique third party cleaning solution to the marketplace.

UmbrellaOne: Vendor Management Resources (www.umbrellaone.com) manages various cleaning and maintenance services to commercial clients on a national basis. Core competencies are nightly janitorial, floor care, restaurant cleaning, pressure washing and window washing. UmbrellaOne’s programs accommodate client’s needs on an ‘as-needed’ basis to routine, high-frequency cleanings.

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By |May 28th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on UmbrellaOne to manage nightly janitorial services for Terraco Real Estate Service’s headquarters.

Argo Tea signs with UmbrellaOne for restaurant cleaning services in Chicago and New York

As Argo Tea continues with their success, they seek out quality partners to grow with them.
PRLog (Press Release) – May 22, 2013 – CHICAGO — Mar. 22, 2013 – WILMETTE, Ill. — Chicago, IL – UMBRELLAONE: VENDOR MANAGEMENT RESOURCES (www.umbrellaone.com)announced its being awarded the cleaning contract for Argo Tea’s Chicago area and New York City store locations. Over the past 2 years, UmbrellaOne’s restaurant cleaning division has really found its footing within the full-service and QSR restaurant categories.

“Getting the opportunity to work with a company like Argo Tea is really special,” says company owner Mark Rashkow. “They are working on so many neat opportunities in terms of locations and store design. It’s a great compliment to the other clients we work with who operate similar businesses and have almost identical cleaning needs.” UmbrellaOne’s unique approach is to work closely with their clients as an extension of their in-house facilities management departments. “Ideally, our clients will view us as co-workers instead of an outside vendor.”UmbrellaOne: Vendor Management Resources (www.umbrellaone.com) manages various cleaning and maintenance services to commercial clients on a national basis. Core competencies are nightly janitorial, floor care, restaurant cleaning, pressure washing and window washing. UmbrellaOne’s programs accommodate client’s needs on an ‘as-needed’ basis to routine, high-frequency cleanings.

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By |May 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Argo Tea signs with UmbrellaOne for restaurant cleaning services in Chicago and New York