Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Guardian Seamlessly Serves Over 10 Industries!

Our expertise enables our team(s) to step into a variety of facility types, understand the unique operational, safety and regulatory framework and optimize operational efficiencies, lower costs and reduce your risk, from the onset.

Since 1918 we have helped develop and maintain safe, secure and green facilities in a broad range of industries across the Northeast inclusive of:

·         Aviation & Transportation
·         Banking & Finance
·         Business & Commerce
·         Commercial Buildings
·         Government
·         Higher Education
·         Industrial & Manufacturing
·         K-12 Schools
·         Medical & Pharma
·         Residential
·         Retail
·         Sports & Entertainment

How do we serve this many industries? --- Log on and find out how we can easily, seamlessly and perfectly fit your needs!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Guardian Is Now Hiring!

Join the Guardian family!

At Guardian, our employees are our biggest stars. We look for the brightest in the business, and we boast a one-of-a-kind corporate culture that empowers our people to be who they are and do their best work. Check out our current job openings and browse the site to learn more about the company. 

But keep in mind…a career at Guardian demands an other-worldly work ethic, a sense of humor and an unrelenting ambition to execute mind-blowing work. These are requirements for every position at Guardian. Fair warning: these are hard traits to fake. So if this is you, we’d love to hear from you. Apply online -

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

6 Ways to Avoid Getting Bitten By a Zika Virus Mosquito

The most effective way to protect yourself from the Zika virus is to prevent mosquito bites.

There are no vaccines or treatment for Zika, the quickly spreading mosquito-borne virus that may be responsible for thousands of birth defects. The most effective way to avoid the disease? Don’t get bit by a mosquito. Here, six crucial steps to protect yourself from Zika virus-infected mosquitoes.

1. Pick the right mosquito repellent
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends products with active ingredients DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin, or IR 3535.
“DEET is the standard,” Mustapha Debboun, PhD, director of the mosquito control division of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services in Houston, told NPR. “All the repellents being tested are tested to see if they beat DEET.”
When products with DEET hit store shelves in 1957, there were early concerns about its safety. Some speculated it might be linked to neurological problems. While the long-term effects of DEET haven’t been studied, a 2014 study in the journal Parasties and Vectorsfound no evidence of negative side effects. Another classic study observed the effects of DEET on pregnant women past their first trimester: Some women used DEET products, while a control group did not. Six months after giving birth, the women’s babies showed no difference in neurological performance, weight, height, head, or arm size.
The mosquito-borne Zika virus is suspected to be behind thousands of recent cases of microcephaly (when a baby is born with an abnormally small head).
There is far more risk in skipping repellent than using it.
What to avoid: The CDC does not recommend non-registered repellents such as citronella oil, cedar oil, geranium oil, peppermint and peppermint oil, “pure” oil of lemon eucalyptus (essential oil not formulated as a repellent), and soybean oil.
2. Apply it correctly
Bug spray should be applied after sunscreen (otherwise, your SPF may mask it). Don’t wear repellent under clothes; it won’t evaporate and may accumulate on the fabric. Avoid spraying it on cuts or wounds.
Importantly, don’t forget to spritz your feet and ankles. The mosquito that carries Zika virus, the Aedes variety, has a particular attraction to feet.
To protect a child, spray repellent on your hands before rubbing it into his or her skin. Avoid children’s eyes and mouth, and use the spray sparingly around the ears. Don’t use repellent with a 30 percent or higher concentration of DEET. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children younger than age 3 (it hasn’t been thoroughly tested on children that young) and repellent should not be used on infants less than 2 months old (protect them in a carrier with mosquito netting).
Follow the product’s instructions for re-application. Bug spray typically doesn’t need to be reapplied as often as sunscreen.
3. Repel with your clothes
You know the drill for avoiding mosquitoes: long pants, long sleeves. Get extra protection with clothing containing permethrin, a synthetic insecticide. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined permethrin products are effective and safe for pregnant women and children.
Since Aedes mosquitoes have an appetite for your feet, stick to shoes with full coverage (not sandals) and socks. This is also not a good time for yoga pants—mosquitoes  can easily bite through Spandex. Generally, baggier clothes offer better protection. Protect your head with a hat and sunglasses.
4. Prep your home
Many Americans are relatively protected from the Zika virus at the moment because mosquitoes die or go into hibernation in cold winter weather. When temperatures rise to 50 or 60 degrees Fahrenheit, however, mosquitoes can reappear and spread disease. The Aedesmosquitos feed during the day and fly into houses for shade—living and reproducing very close to people.
Just one tablespoon of water can serve as a mosquito breeding ground and produce up to 300 mosquitoes. The insects can breed in the bottom of a glass in the bathroom (like one you use to brush your teeth with) or in a film of water next to the sink. Eliminate standing water throughout the home, including in flower pots, bottles, and accumulating garbage.
Have a pool? No need to drain—mosquitos are deterred by the chlorine that keeps the pool clean and safe for swimming.
5. Exercise indoors
Break a sweat inside. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and heat. Your body naturally emits both, but cranks up the volume when you work out.
6. Travel smart
The best way to avoid Zika virus is to avoid affected areas. Check the CDC’s regularly updatedlist of countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission. If you must travel to an affected country, stay in air-conditioned areas, sleep under bed nets if your room may have mosquitoes, and use mosquito repellent vigilantly.
If you’re pregnant, talk to your physician, and possibly reconsider your trip. The CDC issued an advisory this month for pregnant women to consider postponing travel to affected countries. If your trip is already scheduled, check options with your airline. Three major domestic carriers—United, Delta, and American Airlines—are allowing qualified passengers to re-book their trips without cancellation fees.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Pure water versus traditional window cleaning systems...

The Guardian Solution...

Guardian is one of the region’s largest, fully insured and licensed window washing companies servicing the Northeast since 1918; we carry excess liability umbrella insurance and statutory workman’s compensation insurance?

Did you also know all of our window washers are state certified professionals expertly trained to provide the safest and most cost-effective method of window cleaning to ensure the highest quality of service possible for all commercial and residential customers?  #GuardianCleaned with#NontoxicIngredients #GreenWindowWashing  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Preventive Maintenance, Proactive Facility Management

By David Lewek
Identifying maintenance needs, prioritizing deferred maintenance, and strategizing for long-term building and equipment requirements is at the core of facility management. The goal of a facility manager is to proactively manage the growing list of maintenance needs associated with the facilities he or she oversees.

Planning for facility success includes looking at the past needs, present backlog, and future expectations. This is accomplished through determining the current status of the facilities, planning for any needed repairs and maintenance, and implementing a long-term plan that keeps maintenance schedules on track and funded for years into the future.
Over time, as new technologies are integrated and the needs of the users change, facilities age, and the condition of the buildings and assets may be compromised beyond normal wear and tear. The best way to understand what has been happening with a building portfolio and to predict future needs of those buildings and assets is through a facility assessment.

A facility assessment can be as informal as a walkthrough, or as comprehensive as a thorough inventory and conditions analysis that examines each building, major building components and specific pieces of equipment. Once the status of the facility is known, there is a clearer understanding of the impending maintenance and repair needs, and an opportunity to plan and schedule out capital renewal projects, preventive maintenance and repair needs, and create a schedule to attack any backlog of deferred maintenance issues.

Facility Assessments

There are two ways to assess a facility’s needs to proactively prepare for and manage future issues. The first is by relying on the knowledge and prior experience of the facility manager. The facility manager knows the building, walks the halls, and has equipment records to know when the assets were first installed, their expected life, frequency of maintenance, when and why they last failed, and what repairs or maintenance needs may have been deferred. Facility managers know the buildings better than anyone else, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of their portfolio, and may have a good idea on what’s in the immediate future for asset performance.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Guardian - The Best Tri-State Window Cleaner

On a sunny day like today the first thing you want to do is admire the view from your office window. Are your windows clean enough to admire the view? 

Did you know all of Guardian's window washers are state certified professionals who are expertly trained to provide the safest and most cost-effective method of window cleaning to ensure the highest quality of service possible?

Guardian is one of the region’s largest, fully insured and licensed window washing companies servicing the Northeast since 1918; we carry excess liability umbrella insurance and statutory workman’s compensation insurance.
All of our window washers are state certified professionals expertly trained to provide the safest and most cost-effective method of window cleaning to ensure the highest quality of service possible for all commercial and residential customers.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Full Range Of Restoration & Maintenance Services In Metal, Stone And Wood Products

Guardian offers a full range of restoration and maintenance services in metal, stone and wood products for commercial, industrial, historic and residential customers. 

We understand that preserving the aesthetic beauty of your facility/property is your number one priority, and with over 96 years’ experience, our expertise in ornamental metal, marble and wood restoration is respected throughout the industry.
Our metal, marble and wood services include:
  • Metal Restoration, Finishing & Refinishing, Oxidation, Polishing, Cleaning, Painting
  • Marble/Stone Restoration, Repair, Sanding, Grinding, Refinishing, Cleaning, Sealing, Polishing and Honing
  • Wood Restoration, Repair, Stripping, Staining, Lacquering and Painting
  • Graffiti & Vandalism Removal
  • Architectural Restoration
  • Historic Conservation & Restoration
  • Scratch Removal
  • Sculpture Maintenance
  • Ongoing Maintenance Services
Contact us for a free estimate and get us working for you!