Top Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Building

Spring is the season of new opportunity. The perfect time to liven up the appearance of your facility, prepare for the summer months ahead, and get proactive with your building’s upkeep.

Rather than simply de-cluttering your premises, why not complete repair jobs and freshen up your entire building. We have compiled our top spring-cleaning tips for building owners and facilities managers as we welcome Spring.

 

1. Make it sparkle

Over Winter, wood and cement exteriors are susceptible to deterioration around main entrances, and areas with heavy foot traffic. It may be time to book a high pressure clean to remove dirt build-up, animal droppings, cobwebs, and weathering. An effective solution that can significantly enhance the exterior, making it look as good as new, is pressure washing.

CMBM’s pressure washing team keep your premises clean with external building, roofing and outside area cleaning solutions.

 

2. Keep it inviting

Now is the perfect time to get your commercial cleaning on track! With the unprecedented challenges and disruptions due to COVID-19, many businesses who closed onsite operations earlier in the year may have forgotten to rebook their cleaning & maintenance services. Ensure your premises is looking its best with regular cleaning!

 

3. Have every surface covered

When was the last time you did a walkthrough of your premises? Did you identify any hazards like slippery flooring? A cost efficient solution is GripGuard, a non-slip floor treatment designed to increase your floor’s slip resistance without altering the appearance.

CMBM are fully licensed GripGuard applicators, helping you to minimise slip incidents, keep your customers safe and prevent WHS liabilities.

 

4. Remove the damage of winter

Carpets are a breeding ground for dirt, mites, and mould thus requiring deep cleaning on an annual basis.

A commercial-grade steam clean with professional cleaning agents will effectively lift and remove any damaging bacteria. This keeps your staff clear from ingesting harmful allergens, alongside a wealth of other benefits. Get in touch for more information on CMBM’s commercial carpet cleaning and floor treatments.

 

5. Green it up

While winter takes the heaviest toll on your landscaping, Spring is the time for revitalisation.

Commercial landscaping and grounds maintenance are pivotal to establishing professionalism in an outdoor setting. CMBM look after all your outdoor landscape management needs including hardscaping, tree trimming, lawn maintenance, gardening, fertilizing, and edging.

 

Improve safety compliance and the value of your building this Spring! Contact us on 1800 26 26 37 or at helpdesk@cmbm.com.au if we can assist.


5 quick fixes to refresh your home

Whether you are the landlord, tenant or owner-occupier, refresh your home with these home repair and maintenance tips.

1. Holes in Walls

Photo frame hooks, screws, and other wall attachments can leave behind ugly holes in your walls. These can be easily filled in with a wall filler which can be purchased at hardware stores.

For smaller holes, apply filler directly into the hole and smear over with a putty knife. Holes larger than 1cm should be covered with a wall repair patch first. Once the filler is dry, sand down the edges so that it blends completely into the wall. Look out for the various colours of filler available to blend in with your existing wall colour.

2. Scuff Marks

Scuff marks on the walls can make your apartment appear dirtier than it is. While an all-purpose household cleaner can remove some scuffs, stubborn marks can be covered with touch-up paint.

Hardware stores can mix the matching colour if you are able to provide a paint chip from your wall. Dilute the paint with a paint reducer first to slow down drying time – this helps the newer paint blend in better with the surrounding area. Latex paint should be diluted with water.

3. Carpet Stains

Stains on your carpet make your home appear unclean. The best way to remove a stain is to tackle it with a carpet stain remover before it sets in.

For heavily stained carpets, professional carpet steaming is the way to go. Not only does it remove stains, professional carpet steaming also penetrates deep into the fibres to lift out dirt and pollutants, extending the life of your carpet and creating a healthier environment.

It is generally recommended that carpets be professionally steamed once a year. Apartments with children and pets, allergy suffers, and smokers should have the carpets professionally steamed more frequently.

4. Wall Indents

Dings and indents can make your wall appear uneven. Indented or rough patches on the wall can be smoothed by lightly sanding over the area with fine-grit sandpaper.

Run your hand over the area every couple of sands to ensure you do not accidentally over-sand the area. Repeat this process until the area is smooth.

 5. Hardwood Scratches

While hardwood floors are much easier to clean than carpet, they can also be much more easily scratched. For shallow scrapes, use a stain pen along the scratch until it begins to blend into the surrounding hardwood.

For deeper scratches, fill the scrape in with a wood filler first before using a stain pen.


Need a hand with repairs? Our building repair team can help!

Contact CMBM Facility Services on 1800 26 26 37 or at helpdesk@cmbm.com.au for a complimentary quote today.


5 Signs Your Club Needs A Refurbishment

A lot of owners get stuck in ‘refurbishment limbo’, where they know an upgrade is necessary but delay the project to avoid having to close operations and risk losing clientele.  These concerns can be mitigated with professionally managed planning, as seen with Waterloo Bay Hotel’s refurbishment in Wynnum.

Strategic renovations can save you money in the long run by preventing further damage, increasing energy efficiencies and attracting new clientele.

Here are five signs that it may be time to refurbish your venue:

Damaged flooring

Your flooring is a good indicator of your venue’s condition. Chipped and cracked tiles, worn out carpets and scratched or water damaged wooden floors are a tell-tale sign that you’re due for a refurbishment.

Not only do damaged floors become more severe over time and devalue your club, they can also be a dangerous trip hazard for your patrons. When upgrading your floors, it is worth having a quality non-slip treatment applied at the same time.

Poor fixtures

Take notice of the condition of your fixtures. Dirty and smelly seating, wobbly tables and a filthy bar can be a turn off for your customers…and word can spread quickly.

Negative reviews

Unfortunately, customers who have had a bad experience are more likely to express this than those who have had a positive experience. Negative online reviews and feedback pertaining to the condition of your venue is a sign that it may be time to consider an upgrade.

Energy inefficiencies

Air-conditioning and refrigeration are the two biggest sources of energy usage in clubs. Outdated units tend to work overtime to compensate. Upgrading your energy systems can reduce your electricity bill and keep your patrons comfortable and cool at the same time.

Layout

Consider if the layout and function of your venue is still optimal, for example does the position of the bar limit entrance space or prevent access to another area during busy periods, is there enough seating and adequate lighting, and are the amenities and emergency exits well signed?

 

If you are familiar with these issues or are considering refurbishment options for your venue, talk to our professional building team today on 1800 26 26 37 or at buildingservices@cmbm.com.au.

 


5 mandatory Body Corporate documents you should know about

As a building owner, manager or body corporate, there are numerous compliance regulations that fall under your responsibility when it comes to the safety of your residents, contractors and employees.

In most cases, heavy penalties will apply if there is a serious injury or death on your property due to your building failing to meet compliance regulations.

Here are 5 compliance documents you should be aware of –

1. Fire and Evacuation Plan

All buildings require a formal Fire and Evacuation Plan developed under the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008. The plan must always be kept onsite, and your wardens and evacuation team must be familiar with the process should a fire arise.

Additionally, your fire and evacuation signs must be displayed prominently in all common areas and short-term letting units. They must also be reviewed every five years or after any major change to the building.

2. Occupiers Statement

An Occupiers Statement confirms that your building’s prescribed fire safety installations have been maintained in accordance with the relevant maintenance standards.

The Statement must be signed by a representative of the body corporate, such as an occupier or committee member, and a copy sent annually to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Copies must also be kept both onsite and offsite.

Other fire records need to be kept onsite and offsite, and readily available for QFES inspection, include:

  • Training records
  • Evacuation practice record
  • Records of maintenance of all fire assets
  • Certificate of classification

3. Asbestos Register

If your building was constructed on or prior to 31 December 1989, you may be required to maintain an asbestos register. The register should clearly indicate the location of the asbestos and detail your Asbestos Management Plan. You can find out more about obtaining an asbestos register here.

4. WH&S Compliance Plan

The ABMA Building Management Code (Australian Building Management Accreditation) states that the Body Corporate WHS Plan must be reviewed at least annually to ensure compliance. The review must include a reflection upon the adequacy and relevance of the WHS Plan throughout the past year.

The Plan must be reviewed and adequately updated if a Notifiable Incident occurs during the year, such as a serious slip or fall injury, or there is any “change to the workplace”. The latter may consist of:

  • Alterations to common property
  • Change of Committee or Nominated Representative of the Committee
  • Change of building manager
  • Any adverse event occurring on the common property (e.g. flood, storm, machinery breakdown, security breach).

Ensure your WH&S compliance is covered for slip and fall injuries with our non-slip surfacing treatments.

5. Certificates of Compliance

Under certain State and Council requirements, as well as Schedule 5 (Part 2) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, you need to have the following certifications for your building:

  • Lifts, escalators and moving walkways
  • Stairwell pressurisation
  • Certain boilers and pressure vessel components (find out more)
  • Residential current devices
  • Backflow prevention devices

 


If you are unsure if your building meets these standards, contact our Facilities Management team today on 1800 26 26 37 or at pvasey@cmbm.com.au for a complimentary discussion on managing compliance.


How you can make your pub more energy-efficient this Summer

Your venue requires more energy to keep your pub running at the standard temperature in summer.

There are several things you can check to ensure you are maximising your pub’s energy efficiencies and reducing your long-term electricity and maintenance costs. For example, changing your lighting to energy efficient light-bulbs, and installing sensory lighting and sensor-controlled bathroom faucets to reduce energy wastage.

The two biggest sources of energy wastage in venues are typically air-conditioning and refrigeration. Follow our tips to maximise your venue’s energy efficiencies.

Air-conditioning

What you can do to make your air-conditioning energy efficient:

  • Check that your venue is properly insulated to keep cool air in. A well-insulated area means your air-conditioning doesn’t need to work as hard. If you are not sure if your building’s insulation is up to standard, contact us to book a Site Audit.
  • Invest in automatic doors to ensure you are minimising the amount of hot outside air let in. If doors are left open, your air-conditioner will need to work harder to cool down the venue.
  • Have separate air-conditioning zones for your bar, lounge, function room and other areas so that you can control each section independently. Switch off air-conditioning for areas that are closed.
  • Keep thermostats away from areas with extreme temperatures, such as direct sunlight or ovens and refrigerators. The thermostat will read that the area is too hot and will put the air-conditioner in overdrive to attempt to cool down.

 

Refrigeration

Electricity used for keeping beverages cool in an average pub accounts for roughly 10% of the total energy cost. How you can keep your pub energy efficient:

  • Make sure your refrigeration unit uses natural refrigerants (the fluids used as the heat carrier), as they are generally more energy efficient and have a longer lifespan than synthetic refrigerants.
  • Ensure heat-producing equipment is placed outside the unit in a well-ventilated area. These include line coolers, cooling cabinets and ice makers.
  • Get your heating pipes, refrigerator doors and hatches insulated and draught-stripped to prevent the cellar from heating up. If you need to get your equipment insulated, please contact us.
  • Ensure your access doors are self-closing and are immediately shut following deliveries.
  • Check your door seals are in good condition. Moisture within the unit can affect efficiency levels.
  • Keep your refrigeration unit in a well-ventilated area and ensure the coils are clean and well-maintained. Coils covered in dust or grime can overheat and impend on proper circulation.

 

If your refrigeration unit requires an upgrade, or you would like to refurbish your venue, please contact us for a free quote.


Top 5 Benefits of Non-Slip Flooring

Non-slip flooring is a worthwhile investment for any business wanting to keep their customers and employees safe whilst reducing maintenance costs, liabilities and avoiding disruption to business operations.

According to Safe Work Australia, 23%1 of all serious workplace injury claims within the last 12 years (between 2003 – 15) were ‘fall, trips and slips’ incidents, with 56% of these injuries being caused by environmental factors, such as slippery surfaces following rainfall.

Between 2012-13 there were 6,6402 reported cases of slip incidents, with the average cost of a serious claim coming to $104,370. This makes fall, trips and slips the second highest injury claim in Australia.

CMBM are installers of GripGuard, the leading non-slip flooring solutions for businesses and residential properties around Queensland.

Benefits of Non-slip surfacing

1. No Disruption to Business

Treatment can be carried out during business hours, with the surface being safe to walk on immediately after completion.

2. No Change to Surface

GripGuard microscopically modifies the floor surface, meaning there is no visible change to the floor surface whilst grip is dramatically increased for shoes and pneumatic and solid wheel tyres.

3. Cost-Effective

Non-slip flooring saves you money as it reduces maintenance costs and mitigates potential slip or fall injuries for your employees and customers.

4. GripGuard is durable

GripGuard permanently modifies the floor surface rather than coating it, meaning it will not wear off or require special maintenance. The treatment is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and heavy traffic flow.

5. WH&S Compliance

Your duty of care to your employees and customers includes managing health and safety risks associated with slips, trips and falls by eliminating or minimising the risk ‘so far as reasonably practicable.’ Non-slip flooring provides peace of mind that you have fulfilled your responsibilies.

 

If you are unsure if you require non-slip coatings, please contact us for a complimentary Indication Slip-Test or quote for your business.


1. https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/slips-trips-falls
2. https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/statistics-and-research/statistics/cost-injury-and-illness/cost-injury-and-illness-type


Are you prepared for fire season?

Whether you work in a commercial or industrial business site, an aged care facility, or childcare centre, there are precautions you can take to minimise the risk of fire breaking out and spreading across your site.

In dry, scorching summer heat, fires can start abruptly and cause significant and devastating damage to your property. It is worth taking the time to ensure your business is adequately prepared for fire season.

Minimising fire risk

The biggest risk of fire outbreak is dry overgrown grass and bush. Once ignited, dry grass is a super fuel for fast spreading fire which can quickly engulf its surrounds, as we are seeing occur drastically in New South Wales and Queensland at present.

The best way to minimise fire risk to your property is to ensure:

  • No excessive dry or dead vegetation is on your property
  • Your flammable or burnable material is stored properly
  • Your building maintenance is up to date

 

Your action list should include:

  • Trimming low-lying branches (under 2m in height)
  • Keeping grass regularly cut (no long grass)
  • Removing excess combustible materials, such as dry grass and dead leaves, undergrowth and branches
  • Ensuring damaged roofing is repaired and gaps are sealed
  • Keeping your gutters free of leaves and build-up
  • Moving flammable items, such as wood piles, boxes, crates and garden furniture well away from your building

 

If you require assistance with your building maintenance and outdoor environment we can help.

Contact us to book a garden clean-up.

Getting a Professional Assessment

In addition to ensuring your garden and building is maintained properly, it is worth having a Fire Audit conducted to identify other hazards you may not have been aware of.

Fire Audits are generally provided as part of an overall Site Audit and cover internal and external hazards on your property. They are conducted by qualified building inspectors who know what to look for.

Contact us to book a Site Audit.

Creating an Emergency Management Plan

In the case of a fire, or other disasters that can occur, it is important to have an up to date Emergency Management Plan that your employees, residents and visitors are familiar with and can easily access.

Your plan should consider:

  • Local emergency planning, including who the emergency contact is & meeting points
  • Immediate communication strategy to family members and related service providers
  • Post-event communication strategy to clients and stakeholders

 

Avoid fire hazards on your property. Contact us today at helpdesk@cmbm.com.au or on 1800 26 26 37 to book a Site Garden Clean-Up and/or Site Audit.


Is your business ready for storm season?

Queensland has some of the most severe weather in Australia, being prone to heavy thunderstorms, flashing flooding, hail and damaging winds.

Storm season can cause significant short- and long-term damage to your business, so it is worth taking the time to think about what steps you should take to minimise risk of damage to your business.

With summer approaching, now is a great time to ensure your business has checked off the following items for storm preparation.

Getting your workplace storm-ready

Check for storm hazards or existing issues that may trigger excess damage.

External Storm Preparation

  • Trim trees and branches close to your building, including near windows or the roof
  • Clear gutters, downpipes and drains to avoid blockages, overflow and foundation damage
  • Make sure any shades, sails and awnings are properly fitted and secured in place
  • Secure loose items such as table, chairs or outdoor pull-up banners
  • Ensure your roof is professionally checked for damage or corrosion
  • Make sure any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber is repaired or replaced

 

Internal Storm Preparation

  1. Ensure that your inventory, equipment, furniture and fittings can be raised or removed quickly and easily
  2. Keep your computer equipment and other electronics off the floor
  3. Know how and where to turn off your office’s power, gas and water supply
  4. Back up your critical data on a portable storage device and ensure it is kept in a secure location off the premises

Ensure your paperwork is in order

It is essential to make sure your insurances are up to date and that you fully understand what you are and are not covered for. You should also be aware of what you can and cannot do prior to making a claim. For example, most policies specify that you must not attempt to clean-up, remove debris or repair items without the insurer’s permission.

It is a good idea to contact your insurance company to check if there are any specific requirements that need to be met should you need to claim damages. In some cases, you may need to prove the site has been regularly maintained prior to suffering storm damage. This can be done with maintenance records and detailed maintenance plans.

If your business is in a storm or cyclone-prone area, you may want to get a professional builder to assess the structural integrity of the building.

Preparing your staff in the event of a storm

Make sure you have an emergency storm plan in place which your staff are aware of, such as what to do during a severe storm, who the emergency contact is, who to report to, and any specific communication that needs to be sent to clients.

CMBM provides emergency storm damage response and preventative maintenance plans to assist in your storm preparation. Contact us on 1800 26 26 37 or at helpdesk@cmbm.com.au to book a storm assessment or repairs for your business.


CMBM launch ‘About Us’ video

CMBM Facility Services are proud to launch our ‘About Us’ video, featuring Managing Director – Mark Hohn and Director/General Manager – Damien Cann who showcase our services, culture and the state of the art technology systems that set us apart.

 


Office Cleaning Tips

Tip 1:

Studies have shown that the average work desk has more bacteria than a toilet seat. This is probably because, so many people eat at their desks, and so few clean them. According to one survey, only slightly more than a third of respondents cleaned their work areas every week. One of the most important things workers can do to stay healthy is to clean their desk, computer keyboard and mouse at least once a week, or to hire office cleaners who will do it for you.

Tip 2:

There are many ways that employees can keep their workspaces clean and safe. The first is to buy a good, all-around office-cleaning sanitizer and to use it often on desks and other work areas. It’s also a good idea to keep hand sanitizer on desks for those times when hand washing is inconvenient.

Tip 3:

Clean out old papers on a desk by sorting them into ‘yes,’ ‘no’ and ‘maybe’ files. If the ‘maybe’ items haven’t been used in a month, employees should toss them out of their offices. Cleaning out old papers also removes a possible fire hazard and clutter. A spring clean can do a lot of good for organisations with lots of paper files, food cupboards, or stock storage areas. Again, de-clutter your storage area, throwing out files and old stock that no longer needs to be retained. This may be a good time for management to consider digitising files or re-arranging old storage systems to make them more space efficient, for example, by introducing new storage shelving and furniture.

Tip 4:

Arrange a 5-minute roster for the staff to wash their dishes over the month. Appoint a different employee on which days to clean

Tip 5:

Air fresheners: place them around the office for a cleaner feel and smell.

Tip 6:

Supply your office with handy wipes for those unforeseen spills of coffee.

Tip 7:

Supply office with anti-bacterial gels. It is well documented that offices with this solution for their staff have less sick days because it minimizes cross contamination.

Tip 8:

More people are eating at their desks while working. Crumbs fall into keyboards, so a keyboard brush would be handy to have in a designated area.