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Thanks for the Memories Thanks for the Memories

Thanks for the Memories


Published July 4, 2018 | By Ross Mitchell

Last Friday, the 29th of June 2018, was a day for the cleaning industry to be saddened by. 270 cleaning contractors who had served nearly 1200 schools in the greater metropolitan area of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, provided their last service to the Victorian Government State School sector. Why? Ask the Premier and the Minister for Education.  They say that it is to “ensure cleaners are paid correctly and not ripped of by Bosses exploiting workers”.  No cleaner was to lose a job.  All successful cleaners had to offer cleaners work. Sorry gentlemen, but what you wanted to avoid is happening. We cleaned 13 schools that were part of this mess.  Each school expressed their concern that we were not being retained.  Our cleaners were disappointed with the offers they...

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Why we keep fragrances to a minimum Why we keep fragrances to a minimum

Why we keep fragrances to a minimum


Published June 21, 2018 | By Ross Mitchell

There is a belief of many people that if it smells clean it is clean, in fact in Singapore many years ago I was told, that if it is wet it is clean. But at what cost do we want things to smell clean to be clean? We have recently read an article by Bridget Gardner, Principal Director of Fresh Green Clean that speaks to the need to consider offering a smell free environment. Our Complete Cleaning Solution is based on using processes and products that provide an environment that is firstly cleaned for hygiene and secondly for presentation. In doing this, we have found, just as Bridget’s research has that there is a marginal need for fragrances. If you would like to know more about how we can work with you to provide a hygienically cleaned working environment, please contact...

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When will the time be right to take action? When will the time be right to take action?

When will the time be right to take action?


Published June 20, 2018 | By Ross Mitchell

This is an obscure open ended yet great question, because it says nothing, while saying plenty. The answer really depends on what it is that you need to take action on. If you have holes in your roof, the best time is to take action when the sun is shining.  The consequences of not taking action then, will only become evident when the rain comes. Every building that we enter, has a roof problem, well not necessarily a roof problem, but something that is considered unnecessary to change, until the stuff hits the fan and a bigger problem results. A very good example of this, is for many companies who are engaging cleaning contractors that are really cheap. Whilst it may seem like a good idea to take the cheap option, it often comes with serious and unenviable consequences. If the saying...

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The Law of Unintended Consequences The Law of Unintended Consequences

The Law of Unintended Consequences


Published May 30, 2018 | By Ross Mitchell

The Andrews Government has terminated school cleaning contracts with little respect for the hard work done over the last 20 years Whenever a “big decision” is made there are always winners and losers. As Cleaning Contractors, we live and breathe, in an industry, where business comes and goes.  By definition contracts are like that. People who try to do good things, sometimes end up doing bad things. On the 30th of June this year, what was supposed to be a good thing, will turn out to be a bad thing. You see, the Department of Education in Victoria were CONviNcED into believing that all school cleaners were being paid incorrectly. It is true, that some have been paid incorrectly and others exploited in other ways. Responsible and ethical employers agree that cleaning up the...

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Ross Mitchell signs up for Whitelion Bailout Ross Mitchell signs up for Whitelion Bailout

Ross Mitchell signs up for Whitelion Bailout


Published May 2, 2018 | By Ross Mitchell

Our Charity of Choice, Whitelion is holding its major fundraiser, the annual Bailout Our Sales & Marketing Director is lining up for the 3rd time to help raise $500, 000 this year to allow Whitelion to continue to do its great work working with Youth At Risk and the disadvantaged. Help support the charity by donating and helping raise Ross’ bail.

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Melissa McCarthy joins Sebastian Melissa McCarthy joins Sebastian

Melissa McCarthy joins Sebastian


Published April 27, 2018 | By Ross Mitchell

We are thrilled to announce that Melissa McCarthy has joined Sebastian as Customer Relationship Executive. Mel’s role will be to work with our clients and future clients to ensure that we continue to deliver high quality, reliable and relevant cleaning and property related services. In joining the team, Mel brings tremendous enthusiasm, professionalism and insight into the Corporate Real Estate arena, where her talent for identifying key business drivers really comes to the fore. Please welcome Mel to our team when she meets with you.

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Matt Marsh conquers Three Peaks Challenge Matt Marsh conquers Three Peaks Challenge

Matt Marsh conquers Three Peaks Challenge


Published April 23, 2018 | By Ross Mitchell

Matt Marsh, our Managing Director recently participated in the Three Peaks Challenge run by our Charity Partner Whitelion. Matt, with 80 Victorians and a further 80 New South Welshmen and women took part in the very challenging event, which covers the 3 highest peaks in each of the ACT (Mt Tennent), New South Wales (Mt Kosciuszko) and Victoria (Mt Bogong) all within 33 hours over 2 days In what could be described as atrocious conditions, Matt was one of the ones able to accomplish the feat. Whilst doing the event, Matt also helped raise nearly $1/4 Million, which will enable Whitelion to positively affect thousands of young disadvantaged people to lead better lives. To donate to Whitelion, you can go to www.whitelion.asn.au or you can help our Sales & Marketing Director Ross Mitchell...

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Bosses who rip off workers to face jail under new laws Bosses who rip off workers to face jail under new laws

Bosses who rip off workers to face jail under new laws


Published March 7, 2018 | By Ross Mitchell

The following Article by Jeff Salton has been sent to me by a colleague.  Thanks Jeff for highlighting this issue and pending legislation if Jay Weatherall gets re-elected. We fully support any legislation that helps tidy up the practice of sham contracting. Then we might have a fair and level playing field.  There is no Super being paid, there is no Payroll Tax being paid. Let’s hope that through this, the Governments get to clean up some of the scummy practices these “wage and employment conditions”cheats use.  Surely bringing in International students and helping them become shareholders in a business (therefore being paid a dividend and not the subject of wage investigation by FWO) . Wednesday 7 March, 2018 Bosses who rip off workers to face jail under new laws...

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For some time we have been speaking about our  environmental cleaning program. Most people think about cleaning in an environmentally friendly manner still continue  cleaning using “Green Seal” chemicals and mostly traditional methods, using mops and buckets and splash a bit of product around, maybe spray air freshener to make the place “smell nice”. Not us, we use microfibre cleaning systems, HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners and cleaning fluids that are effectively made up of either salt, water and electricity, or ozonated water.  Think salt water chlorination of a swimming pool versus a traditional chlorine intensive pool. This means that people breathe easier and work better as evidenced by the following article courtesy of Aspen Environmental from the US. Once...

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How important is the use of bleach in cleaning? How important is the use of bleach in cleaning?

How important is the use of bleach in cleaning?


Published March 1, 2018 | By Ross Mitchell

Time and again clients and staff tell us that they need bleach to clean with. We maintain that bleach is not a cleaner and from our perspective using bleach can be harmful to staff and our clients’ surfaces. Found this really good article on another website out of the States. It’s pretty emphatic that bleach is not the cleaner that most people think it is and confirms our non use of bleach in all but the most critical of situations. Thanks to http://aspenenvironmentalservices.com/2016/11/02/bleach-does-not-kill-mold/ A well-known expert in our area, when interviewed on a local New Orleans radio station, recently said, “When you have a mold problem, simply wash down the affected area with diluted bleach.” We have seen FEMA handing out gallons of Clorox to flood-victims....

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