Thursday, December 29, 2016

Window Cleaning

Window Cleaning 101
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.
Providing excellence in commercial and office cleaning services is what were known for…but did you know Guardian has been servicing the residential market for over 45+ years?
Our people are the key to Guardian’s success and a critical factor in consistently providing the very highest quality residential cleaning services. Servicing New York City and the Tristate Guardian offers an extensive range of expert contract residential cleaning and complementary, specialist cleaning service to multiple dwelling environments such as:
  • Active Adult Communities
  • Affordable Housing
  • Apartments
  • Condominiums
  • Gated Communities
  • HOA’s
You may hire us for one service, but as were a full service facility provider, we can maximize your cleaning, maintenance and security dollar.

Friday, December 23, 2016

The 4 germiest spots in your office and how often to clean them



What’s the germiest item in the office? According to Mark Searcy, a divisional manager of Coverall North America, Inc. a commercial cleaning service, it’s the faucet handles in the kitchen and break room. Surprised? We were, too. 



That’s why we contacted Dr. Jesse Miller, Director of the Applied Research Center, NSF International, and University of Arizona microbiologist, Dr. Charles Gerba, to tell us what other germ-magnets are lurking in the workplace.

Germ hotspot #1: The Break Room

According to NSF International, germs thrive in moist and warm environments, that’s why the following kitchen and break room items topped the list as hot beds for yeast, mold and bacteria.
Coffee maker
NSF germ studies found coliform bacteria, an indicator of fecal contamination, in 50% of the coffee reservoirs of coffee makers. That's the last thing you want in your coffee!
The fix: Wash your hands before preparing coffee. Also, make sure to flush the reservoir with white distilled vinegar once a week, recommends Coverall North America. And don’t forget to wash and dry the coffee pot, especially the handle, every day.
Sponges/dish rags
200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, sponges and dish rags are tiny hotbeds for kitchen germs.
The fix: Run, don’t walk, to the office sponge/dish rag, toss it in the trash and replace it with paper towels pronto!
Kitchen sinks
Sinks in the kitchen and bathroom are usually badly neglected. In fact, NSF found 45% had coliform and other bacteria.
The fix: Keep germs from overpopulating by cleaning the sink with a disinfecting wipe, like Clorox or Lysol, daily or as often as possible.
Faucet handles
Because of contact with food, kitchen faucet handles have more germs than faucet handles in the bathroom. But they both pass along germs every time you turn on and off the tap.
The fix: Use a paper towel to turn faucets. Also, cut the germ-breeding cycle by wiping faucet handles with a disinfecting wipe first thing in the morning.
Countertops
Between food prep debris and splashes from the sink, more than 32% of countertops tested harbored coliform bacteria.
The fix: Clean the counter after each use and wipe with a disinfecting wipe every morning.
http://www.today.com/home/surprising-spots-germs-your-office-how-clean-them-t105923 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Guardian - The Leading Residential Provider In Tri-State

Providing excellence in commercial and office cleaning services is what were known for…but did you know Guardian has been servicing the residential market for over 45+ years?

Our people are the key to Guardian’s success and a critical factor in consistently providing the very highest quality residential cleaning services. Servicing New York City and the Tristate Guardian offers an extensive range of expert contract residential cleaning and complementary, specialist cleaning service to multiple dwelling environments such as:
  • Active Adult Communities
  • Affordable Housing
  • Apartments
  • Condominiums
  • Gated Communities
  • HOA’s
You may hire us for one service, but as were a full service facility provider, we can maximize your cleaning, maintenance and security dollar.
Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs
  • 45+ years’ experience in servicing the Tristate residential community

Friday, December 16, 2016

K-12 Schools --- Guardian Cleans Them!

Accommodating a large number of students, educational facilities can quickly become breeding grounds for fast-moving germs if the building is not cleaned properly. Guardian Service Industries goes above and beyond to ensure the cleanliness of your school and strives to help you keep kids in the classroom.

Guardian’s school cleaning professionals deliver: an immaculate facility through cleaning practices that maximize efficiency, dedicated and experienced support to handle any cleaning challenge and 24-hour operations support and measured inspections.
Our Guardian Green Clean program plays a vital role in creating a healthier environment through the use of certified chemicals, documented processes, training, tools and support. Additionally, Guardian incorporates LEED practices in all of our cleaning specifications.
But more importantly, Guardian offers more than just competitive pricing. We provide your campus with a sense of security and trust. Our operational experts recruit and our in-house human resources team trains employees that fit well with your existing educational culture.
Guardian uses strict hiring and training guidelines to employ only the highest quality personnel who have also been screened thru Guardian’s multiple tier screening practice.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Best In Class - Guardian Security

Ultimately managing your business, facility or property is a 24/7 job and unexpected events occur every day. Having our security officers on site will help prevent some of these incidents or security concerns from affecting your business. Our commercial security services check those areas that are a security concern and provide you with updated and comprehensive information daily.


 We use mobile devices to manage our reports and track activity, and reports are sent to our clients daily. Guardian Security reports will include every incident that occurs on your property, how it was handled and other important details. With this digital reporting system, we add photos or videos to your account as incidents occur and forward it to our clients directly, in real time.

Commercial security services are ideal for shopping malls, plazas and retail stores, and all places where vandalism, or theft is a concern. Office buildings also benefit from On-site security personnel. We monitor doors and points of entry and control access to a building’s interior. At warehouses or industrial buildings, we ensure all areas of the building are locked and secure. We also make sure no unwanted persons are on the property and document and report suspicious activity to the authorities and our clients immediately.


Contact Us and get us working for you today! #GuardianSecurity 


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Welcome to Guardian Security Services!

In addition to our Security Services we also offer high quality Training from our centrally located Training Centre, in the New York City. The training courses include First Aid and Health & Safety.
Many Blue Chip clients put their trust in us to manage, their security requirements within a multitude of business sectors including RetailCommercialConstruction and Residential, all managed by our in-house expert team based in our operations control facilities in New York City and Newark, both offering 24/7 security coverage.
We offer a wide range of services, including the provision of Static, Retail and Mobile Security OfficersLoss Prevention Officers, and Concierge, for any size of venue, facility or residential communtiy.
We pride ourselves on being highly professional at all times and in delivering a first class service to our clients, not just meeting but wherever possible, exceeding the client expectations. We understand the trust required in the relationship between the client and security provider when guarding the assets of the business, and you will find the quality of personal service and attention to detail that you receive from Guardian Security Services reflects that, which can be seen in our portfolio of existing, satisfied clients.
Why not give us a call to discuss your current security requirements? 

Friday, December 9, 2016

New Addition to CAI-NJ....Jeff Logan

Guardian is pleased to announce Jeff Logan, Guardian's Regional Director, Business Development has just been elected the Director of CAI-NJ. 


According to CAI-NJ Executive Director Larry Thomas "Jeff is a well respected industry professional that brings years of experience and knowledge to our chapter." 

About CAI-NJ

The New Jersey chapter of CAI (CAI-NJ) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of community association living, through education, legislative advocacy and professional development.
The New Jersey chapter of CAI is one of the largest in the United States, with over 1,600 members. We provide continuous education and resources to help our members stay abreast of the current news, laws and issues affecting community associations in the State of New Jersey.
The Community Associations Institute (CAI) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing the education and resources necessary to foster vibrant, responsive, competent, community associations and helping them promote harmony and responsible leadership.
Community Association Volunteer Leaders (CAVLs), Community Managers, Community Management Companies as well as Business Partner members made up of professionals and service providers, rely on CAI as the definitive source for:
  • The most up-to-date information on association management and operations to keep communities on the leading edge
  • Best practices in the community association industry
  • Innovative educational courses centered on creative learning
  • Networking forums for professionals, service providers, managers and community association volunteer leaders
Visit www.caionline.org for more information about CAI National.

About Guardian Service Industries, Inc. 
Established in 1918, Guardian Service Industries, Inc. is a 4th generation family-owned Janitorial, Security and Engineering & Operations staffing corporation. With over 1,000 clients and maintaining over 120 million square feet throughout the Northeast inclusive of commercial buildings/facilities, government buildings, residential communities, schools, industrial facilities, transportation hubs, and retail outlets we are a full facility solution provider.
We specialize in providing subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility maintenance, inclusive of Janitorial Services, Security Services, Engineering & Operations, Pest Control, Lighting and Electric, Window Cleaning, Concierge/Front Desk Ambassador, and Marble, Metal and Wood Restoration.
Guardian Service Industries, Your Facility Solution Provider.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Free Energy Efficiency Training Program for NYC’s Small Building Operators | Inhabitat New York City

Free Energy Efficiency Training Program, NYC Training programs, energy efficiency, Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Residential buildings are responsible for roughly three-quarters of greenhouse gas emissions here in New York City. The NYC Building Operator Training Program, launched this week by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in collaboration with the NYC Department of Small Business Services, is a project that aims to dismantle that statistic and empower residential building workers by arming them with energy efficiency know-how.


Read more: Free Energy Efficiency Training Program for NYC’s Small Building Operators | Inhabitat New York City 


The new initiative seeks to help residential buildings reduce energy costs anywhere from 5 to up to 20 percent. Not only does this unique project advance the city’s long-term sustainability agenda, it also provides innovative and responsive job training at no cost to accepted participants. The training, designed for maintenance staff of small, multi-family buildings (with 5 to 50 apartment units or between 5,000 to 50,000 gross square feet), will be an opportunity to learn various methods to conserve energy, specifically related to heating, electrical and water systems. While all applicants to the free program will be considered, it is notable that employers who agree to a raise in wage for their participating staff will be prioritized. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. More information about the application process guidelines is available here.

This 30-hour workforce development program advances Mayor Bill de Blasio’s One NYC mission toward a more equitable, sustainable and resilient city. One of One NYC’s most ambitious and robust goals is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Training programs such as this one move the initiative in the right direction, as they provide accessible tools to building operators on how to put sustainability into practice, and also strengthen the skillsets of workers.

The NYC Building Operator Training Program begins a soft launch on December 6th and will be fully implemented in 2017.
Images courtesy of NYC.gov


Read more: Free Energy Efficiency Training Program for NYC’s Small Building Operators | Inhabitat New York City 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Power of LED's

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting. Check out the top 8 things you didn't know about LEDs to learn more.

ENERGY SAVINGS

LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the United States.  Residential LEDs -- especially ENERGY STAR rated products -- use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices.

HOW LEDS ARE DIFFERENT

LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Key differences include the following:


  • Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.
  • Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
  • Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.

LED PRODUCTS

LED lighting is currently available in a wide variety of home and industrial products, and the list is growing every year. The rapid development of LED technology leads to more products and improved manufacturing efficiency, which also results in lower prices. Below are some of the most common types of LED products.


INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL LIGHTING
The high efficiency and directional nature of LEDs makes them ideal for many industrial uses. LEDs are increasingly common in street lights, parking garage lighting, walkway and other outdoor area lighting, refrigerated case lighting, modular lighting, and task lighting.
KITCHEN UNDER-CABINET LIGHTING
Because LEDs are small and directional, they are ideal for lighting countertops for cooking and reading recipes. The color can appear more cool or blue than is typically desirable in a kitchen, and there can be some excessive shadowing in some fixtures, so it is important to compare products to find the best fixture for your space.
RECESSED DOWNLIGHTS
Recessed downlights are commonly used in residential kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms, and in a number of office and commercial settings. DOE estimates there are at least 500 million recessed downlights installed in U.S. homes, and more than 20 million are sold each year. Both CFL and LED technology can decrease downlight wattage by 75% or more. 
LED REPLACEMENT BULBS
With performance improvements and dropping prices, LED lamps can replace 40, 60, and even 75 Watt incandescent bulbs. It's important to read the Lighting Facts Label to make sure the product is the right brightness and color for the intended location. When chosen carefully, LED replacement products can be an excellent option. 
HOLIDAY LIGHTS
LEDs consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and decorative LED light strings such as Christmas tree lights are no different. Not only do LED holiday lights consume less electricity, they also have the following advantages:
  • Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.
  • Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.
  • Longer lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now.
  • Easier to install: Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.
Estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days
Incandescent C-9 lights$10.00
LED C-9 lights$0.27
Incandescent Mini-lights$2.74
LED Mini-lights$0.82

Estimated cost* of buying and operating lights for 10 holiday seasons
Incandescent C-9 lights$122.19
LED C-9 lights$17.99
Incandescent Mini-lights$55.62
LED Mini-lights$33.29
*Assumes 50 C-9 bulbs and 200 mini-lights per tree, with electricity at $0.119 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) (AEO 2012 Residential Average). Prices of lights based on quoted prices for low volume purchases from major home improvement retailers. All costs have been discounted at an annual rate of 5.6%. Life span assumed to be three seasons (1,500 hours) for non-LED lights.

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting. Check out the top 8 things you didn't know about LEDs to learn more.

ENERGY SAVINGS

LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the United States.  Residential LEDs -- especially ENERGY STAR rated products -- use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices.

HOW LEDS ARE DIFFERENT

LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Key differences include the following:
  • Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.
  • Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
  • Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.

LED PRODUCTS

LED lighting is currently available in a wide variety of home and industrial products, and the list is growing every year. The rapid development of LED technology leads to more products and improved manufacturing efficiency, which also results in lower prices. Below are some of the most common types of LED products.
INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL LIGHTING
The high efficiency and directional nature of LEDs makes them ideal for many industrial uses. LEDs are increasingly common in street lights, parking garage lighting, walkway and other outdoor area lighting, refrigerated case lighting, modular lighting, and task lighting.
LED lighting in a kitchen.
KITCHEN UNDER-CABINET LIGHTING
Because LEDs are small and directional, they are ideal for lighting countertops for cooking and reading recipes. The color can appear more cool or blue than is typically desirable in a kitchen, and there can be some excessive shadowing in some fixtures, so it is important to compare products to find the best fixture for your space.
RECESSED DOWNLIGHTS
Recessed downlights are commonly used in residential kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms, and in a number of office and commercial settings. DOE estimates there are at least 500 million recessed downlights installed in U.S. homes, and more than 20 million are sold each year. Both CFL and LED technology can decrease downlight wattage by 75% or more. 
LED REPLACEMENT BULBS
With performance improvements and dropping prices, LED lamps can replace 40, 60, and even 75 Watt incandescent bulbs. It's important to read the Lighting Facts Label to make sure the product is the right brightness and color for the intended location. When chosen carefully, LED replacement products can be an excellent option. 
HOLIDAY LIGHTS
LEDs consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and decorative LED light strings such as Christmas tree lights are no different. Not only do LED holiday lights consume less electricity, they also have the following advantages:
  • Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.
  • Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.
  • Longer lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now.
  • Easier to install: Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.
Estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days
Incandescent C-9 lights$10.00
LED C-9 lights$0.27
Incandescent Mini-lights$2.74
LED Mini-lights$0.82

Estimated cost* of buying and operating lights for 10 holiday seasons
Incandescent C-9 lights$122.19
LED C-9 lights$17.99
Incandescent Mini-lights$55.62
LED Mini-lights$33.29

*Assumes 50 C-9 bulbs and 200 mini-lights per tree, with electricity at $0.119 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) (AEO 2012 Residential Average). Prices of lights based on quoted prices for low volume purchases from major home improvement retailers. All costs have been discounted at an annual rate of 5.6%. Life span assumed to be three seasons (1,500 hours) for non-LED lights.
For more details log-on - http://energy.gov/energysaver/led-lighting 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Carpet Cleaning Before The Holiday Parties (or after)...

Its time to clean your carpets and if you're looking for the right price and service combination,”look no more!” We use highly trained technicians, the best equipment on the market and non-toxic cleaning products...so you can be sure to get the best service experience and the best cleaning you’ve ever had!


No matter the color and style of your carpet, we take care of your cleaning needs! Your carpets will be treated with non-toxic cleaning cleaning agents that will leave your office/home smelling great and your carpets looking amazing! And all of our cleaners and solutions are ecologically safe for your tenants, children, pets and earth. Did you know this service is part and parcel of our Janitorial solution? 

About Guardian Janitorial
Guardian Janitorial Services combines today’s technology with more than 90 years of innovative experience. That means we can offer you a full range of solutions based on your individual needs. We customize our cleaning service to meet the needs of commercial properties, residential communities/buildings, financial institutions, retail locations, academia and municipal buildings.
From general maintenance to carpet cleaning to post-construction clean-up, Guardian Service Industries has your entire commercial and residential cleaning services needs covered.