The Future of Cleaning

The time when you’d find someone on their knees scrubbing a floor with a wire brush is gone. The modern approach to cleaning and janitorial services is more efficient, more effective, delivers better results, and is more cost-effective, too. But what’s in store for the future of cleaning? Let’s take a look at where we started, where we are now, and what we have to look forward to in the professional cleaning industry. The future of cleaning might be closer than you think.

 

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The Old Way of Cleaning

Historically, professional cleaning was a very physical job and one that was largely visual. In other words, more concern was placed on what looked clean rather than what was sanitized or germ-free. Once the role of germs and infections became more well known, the  janitorial industry started focusing on disinfection and the use of chemicals became standard.

Still today, high-pressure hot water and steam are staples in the cleaning regimen for any professional cleaning company. Additionally, there’s a range of chemicals and cleaning agents designed for a specific use.

Chemically Speaking… What’s the Difference Between Cleaning Solutions we use Today VS What we Used to Clean with in the Past?

Today’s chemicals are made to kill germs, just as they always have been, BUT modern cleaning chemicals are designed to not be harmful to humans, especially those using them for cleaning.

Cleaning with Green Technologies

Another modern trend that has evolved in the commercial cleaning industry is the use of green technology. Many companies  now specifically look for suppliers and janitorial services that will provide eco-friendly “green cleaning” options. Green Cleaning Companies use environmentally responsible products and cleaning solutions and practice cleaning methods that keep us and our environment healthy and free of toxins. Green cleaning also refers to the use of more energy-efficient equipment 

No more one-size fits all thinking when it comes to professional cleaning services.

Today’s Commercial Cleaning is Industry Specific

Whether you run a medical center, a food processing plant, a warehouse, or an office building or school, you need a professional janitorial service that will provide high quality, reliable cleaning services to your business. Companies like iNX Commercial Cleaning  Solutions know that every industry has their own set of cleaning needs and standards. 

Here are some examples of industry specific cleaning needs:

Medical Cleaning Services – Hospitals, doctors offices, and other medical environments obviously come with their own set of challenges. They need to be as clean as possible while causing no harm to staff and patients. Technologies in this area include protection wear for the cleaners to ensure they are not exposed to germs or medical byproducts. 

Learn more about how iNX Commercial Cleaning serves the Medical Industry

Cleaning for the Manufacturing Industry – The janitorial company’s role in manufacturing cleaning services is again essential. While we often think of manufacturing as an industry that is already dirty, modern manufacturing often means the production of high-precision, delicate equipment for which the smallest dust and dirt could create an array of problems for machinery. In this case, janitorial services include both large-scale cleaning operations, as well as paying attention to small and delicate areas of the manufacturing plant’s production spaces.

Office Cleaning – As technology has advanced, so have the facilities in modern office buildings. Therefore, cleaning office buildings has evolved, too. Now, professional janitorial companies equipped with the most modern equipment and technology available. Beyond the cart of detergents, various cloths, and specialized equipment for smaller items of work, a high-quality janitorial company will also utilize high-pressure hoses for cleaning grime, steam cleaners for disinfectants, walk-behind floor scrubbers, and telescope dusters, etc.

The Future of Commercial Cleaning

There are some innovative experiments with technology happening within the professional cleaning service industry. While these are not commercially available yet, they do show how important these sectors are.

Robotics TechnologyThere are several benefits to using robots for disinfection.

These automated cleaning robots are computer-controlled, industrial-grade machines that can scrub surfaces and apply widespread disinfectant more efficiently and thoroughly than any human.

Avidbots Neo autonomous floor cleaning robot. | Credit: Avidbots
Avidbots Neo autonomous floor cleaning robot. | Credit: Avidbots

Their routes are programmed, so they can cover every inch of a business and can be programmed to focus on areas that need special attention. And by the elimination of human error, a higher, standardized level of cleanliness can be maintained.

Self-Cleaning Glass Using Nanotechnology -As the name suggests, “self-cleaning glass” can clean dirt and grime present on its surface and requires minimal amounts of maintenance. The development of such glass is due to the advancement in the field of nanotechnology, where the ultra-thin coating imparts the self-cleaning property to the glass.

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Illustration of how self-cleaning glass works, in three steps, from left to right: 1) activation of the coating by UV radiation and natural dirtying, 2) decomposition of the organic dirt, and 3) rain water washes away the loosened and degraded dirt.

 

So, while a professional janitorial company is unlikely to be staffed by robots pushing robotic machines anytime too soon, we are seeing an exciting advancement in the use of automated machinery, evolved chemicals and technologies to clean commercial spaces. We look forward to seeing how the future of cleaning will make the janitorial industry safer, cleaner and more cost-effective.

To speak to a company that is moving with the times, call iNX Commercial Cleaning Solutions. We have years of experience behind us but keep up-to-date with modern developments to serve current and potential clients better. Please fill out this form or call 1 (888) TEAM-iNX to start services, today! 

National Cleaning Week

What is National Cleaning Week?

National Cleaning Week was created by The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and occurs annually during the 4th week of March. This week-long event represents a unique opportunity to celebrate the value of clean, raise public awareness, honor fellow cleaning industry professionals and is helping to change the way the world sees the commercial cleaning and janitorial industry and the value it brings to businesses across the country. 

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The Value of a Clean Workplace

As most businesses are starting to recover from COVID-19 related shutdowns, proper cleaning and disinfecting play an essential role in boosting confidence that workplaces and businesses are safe to return to for employees and customers. 

In January, 2022, 2.3 percent of the American work force was home sick, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — three times that of a typical pre-pandemic month. The time employees take away from the workplace annually can cost upwards of $225B and in addition to the direct costs, unplanned absences cause a significant decrease in productivity and a huge drop in sales.

Now more than ever, cleaning is a critical business investment that not only keeps customers and employees safe, but also improves bottom lines for facilities.

 

Germ-spread illnesses such as cold, flu, headaches, and now COVID-19 are the most common causes of short-term employee absences. An un-sanitized space can have a huge impact on employee productivity and a negative impact on customer experience, while a clean space has been shown to increase productivity and sales while also preventing the transmission of infectious diseases and protect employees, customers and tenants. That being said, a relatively modest investment in an effective cleaning and disinfecting program can help to avoid and significantly reduce the health and economic impacts of infectious diseases. This results in the “value of a clean workplace”.

 

Tips For Keeping Your Business Clean During National Cleaning Week and Beyond

  • Clean and Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces – Daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces, including all elevator buttons, door handles, countertops and desktops will extend their lifetime of your assets and improve the health of all who occupy your building or facility. Additionally, when employees work in a clean environment, their overall mood and health will improve. 
  • Disinfect Gathering Rooms And High-Traffic Areas – Keeping your conference rooms, bathrooms, and break-rooms clean helps to prevent the spread of germs in areas where so many of your employees and guests congregate. While cleaning can remove dirt and grime from organic matter, disinfecting kills germs and bacteria which is crucial for high-traffic areas as well as poorly ventilated areas, to keep guests and employees healthy and free of viruses that are easily spread.
  • Clean Often Frequent cleaning is key to minimizing illness in the workplace. Keep in mind that bacteria and viruses don’t just survive on hard surfaces – they multiply and remain infectious for up to 24 hours. So, unless you use commercial cleaning supplies to clean facility surfaces often, you could be creating a breeding ground for exposure to viruses. The most effective way to stay on top of office cleaning and disinfection is to utilize a routine cleaning program or the use of day porter services.
  • Use High-Quality Products – When selecting a disinfectant product, read the label to make sure it states that it’s an EPA has approved product. Some of the cheaper products might save some money, but they usually take longer to be effective…and as we stated above, when it comes to the spreading of germs, time is of the essence. 

Leave the Cleaning to the Professionals

A professional janitorial company like Team iNX can deep clean your business utilizing high-grade disinfectants and professional equipment such as electrostatic sprayers and commercial grade floor scrubbers like the Tennant T20 Heavy-Duty Industrial Rider Scrubber. Also, our teams are trained and certified to follow industry standards and regulations. 

We offer regularly scheduled cleaning appointments in addition to day porter services during the hours that make the most sense for your specific business. iNX is here to help keep your office building, campus, or facility clean and hygienic… Not just during National Cleaning Week, but every day of every week. 

For more information on professional sanitizing and disinfecting services for your schoolofficemedical facility, or industrial warehouse, iNX Commercial Cleaning is here to help. Please fill out this form or call 1 (888) TEAM-iNX to start services, today! 

Commercial Cleaning for Highly Regulated Industries

Throughout the last decade, the highly regulated cannabis industry has rapidly bloomed across the United States. While these businesses face enormous opportunities, they are also presented with significant operational hurdles – especially when it comes to a fast, effective commercial cleaning regimen.

Commercial Cleaning for Highly Regulated Cannabis Industry

As an established leader in the professional janitorial industry, iNX Commercial Cleaning is your trusted partner in providing custom, comprehensive cleaning solutions for your cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution facilities.

From grow rooms to customer-facing distribution areas, iNX Commercial Cleaning uses industry specific cleaning and sanitation techniques and products that prevent cross-contamination from room-to-room helping to pave a long, sustainable road for growth and wellbeing. We know that in this highly regulated industry it’s crucial to take the right steps to clean your facility… because if you fail to do so, the result can be detrimental to your entire business. 

Best Practices for Cleaning in the Highly Regulated Cannabis Industry

Use Cleaning Agents That Are Specific To Your Needs

Having a pristine, contaminant-free cannabis dispensary or facility is crucial to the success of the business and the health of your patients. With a routine disinfecting regimen, pathogens (or potential pathogens) are destroyed – thus preventing room-to-room cross-contamination or mold outbreaks. We understand that introducing new cleaning chemicals into your facility can potentially have a negative impact on your product and bottom line, therefore, we tailor our disinfecting approach to the needs of your specific space. Whether that be using industry-standard products, environmentally friendly agents or unique chemicals that are exclusive to your facility, we adapt our cleaning process to serve your business needs.

Opt for a Better Way to Approach Floor Cleaning 

Floors, hallways, and corridors in cannabis production, manufacturing, and distribution facilities are often overlooked when it comes to thorough, consistent cleaning. Facilities in the cannabis industry pose unique challenges to floor cleaning mainly related to the product that is being produced – think spilled soil and residue build-up. Many janitorial companies stick to a traditional mop and bucket approach to cleaning floors. However, at iNX Commercial Cleaning recognize that the traditional method isn’t nearly as effective or efficient as using an automatic floor scrubber.

Using a mop and bucket requires someone to dip a dirty mop into the cleaning solution when moving from area to area, resulting in dirt and bacteria being spread back and forth across your floors. This is why we approach floor cleaning for the cannabis industry in a different way. We utilize automatic floor scrubbers which clean, scrub, and dry floors all in one pass.

iNX uses automatic floor scrubbers for faster, more effective floor cleaning

 

In addition to this cleaning method being… well… cleaner, also consider the time and resources saved. According to The Official ISSA Cleaning Times, when it comes to efficiency, cleaning staff can wet mop approximately 1,700 square feet per hour when using a 16-ounce mop head. But when using a 20-inch walk-behind scrubber, cleaning teams can clean up to 16,000 square feet an hour (or 9x as much) compared to the traditional mop and bucket. With shorter clean times, labor costs are reduced and janitorial teams are able to tend to other tasks that require attention and create a healthier, cleaner facility for your employees and customers.  

 

Partner with a Company you can Trust: Security Matters

Along with cleanliness and disinfection, security has to be a top priority when it comes to running any highly regulated business. iNX provides liability insurance and performs required background checks of all employees to ensure that when you decide to partner with us, your business is protected. Through our experience with companies such as Phire Labs and Green Rocket Design & Technology, we’ve recognized the importance of aligning our security protocols with yours. Whether that means checking in with your onsite security upon entry and exit or only being allowed in certain areas of the building, we are more than happy to align to your unique security protocols to ensure the environment is secure. 

 

Why Choose iNX to Clean Your Highly Regulated Business?

Investing in iNX Commercial Cleaning Solutions addresses operational challenges when running a highly regulated cannabis business because it puts disinfection and sanitation in the hands of experts. We create tailored solutions to meet the unique needs of our clients based on the space, staffing, growing conditions, and budget. Without a professional plan in place, you are taking a reactive approach to cleaning rather than a proactive one, which can be fatal for the longevity of the company. 

If you are looking for a professional cleaning provider who you can depend on to keep your facilities clean and safe for your products, staff and customers, iNX Commercial Cleaning Solutions offers custom packages for daily, weekly, or monthly treatments. (323) 765-3668

 

Improving Cost Efficiency in Campus Cleaning

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Running a campus is a challenging task nowadays. One area of major concern is maintaining a clean and healthy campus environment while remaining within a tight budget. While it’s essential to have the services of a professional cleaning company, the budget is always stretched to the maximum and it’s difficult to control costs.

One thing you simply cannot do is cut corners or cut back on services to save a few dollars. A tidy and hygienic campus is important for many reasons.

Why is a Clean Campus Important?

Campus management might be tempted to reduce expenses by going for a less expensive janitorial company or reducing the scope of its work. You might need to meet budget demands or utilize the savings on other important projects and requirements. Such cutbacks could be a big mistake for several reasons.

1. Consider the Health Consequences

A campus is a busy place. You have a responsibility to ensure the health and wellness of all staff, students, and visitors. Reducing the quality of cleaning could have an immediate negative impact on people’s health resulting in wide-spread illness resulting in more sick days and lower productivity which can be costly. 

2. Impact on Productivity

Studies have shown a direct link between a clean environment and productivity. This is true in an office environment and applies equally to staff and students on campus. Good air quality, hygienic facilities, and a clean, clutter-free environment are crucial for productivity.

3. Campus Reputation

It’s vital that your institution attracts top students and faculty, and your reputation has a direct impact. A dirty and untidy facility can give your campus a poor reputation. If you use a professional campus cleaning company that keeps the campus clean and hygienic, it will create a good impression on visitors and students and will help ensure you’re able to attract more students.

4. Safety

Another reason good cleaning and janitorial services are required on campus is safety. A cluttered and dirty environment is not only unhealthy, but it also increases the risk of accidents and injuries. Clutter and litter also pose fire hazards.

Any such incidents could lead to lawsuits and can negatively affect the reputation of the campus which could also contribute to lower student enrollment.

5. Extend the Life of you Infrastructure and Assets

Inefficient commercial janitorial cleaning will reduce the lifespan of many of your campus assets.

Carpets and furniture not regularly cleaned will have to be replaced more often. Maintenance costs will also increase with lower cleaning standards. Plumbing will have to be attended to more often, walls will need regular repainting and other damage can occur. Much of this can be avoided by the services of a professional cleaning company.

 

How do you reduce costs while maintaining a standard of cleaning for your facility?

As you can see, trying to cut costs by reducing commercial janitorial cleaning will often result in increased expenses and can also lead to reduced income if student numbers drop. In trying to save money, you might end up in a worse financial situation.

We understand how important it is to be mindful of your budget when choosing a cleaning company for your campus. We can assure you that you do not have to skimp on quality to stay within a budget. Read our blog here: Customized Cleaning for Your Financial Institution – You Call the Shots!

You need to look at creative ways of maintaining the standard of cleaning and janitorial services while still reducing costs. There are several ways to do this.

Speak To Your Professional Cleaning Company

Revisit your scope of work: A campus is a large and busy place and keeping it clean is no easy task. An experienced cleaning and janitorial services company should be able to advise you on ways to reduce costs. Your company will need to do a full analysis of all the cleaning that is required, how often it needs to be done, and where savings can be made.

This could be quite a lengthy process, but it will be worth it. You might find a lot of time is spent cleaning areas that don’t require frequent cleaning. At the same time, you might identify areas that need to be cleaned more often. Develop a detailed plan that breaks each area down with time estimates and costs.

Do regular inspections of all areas that are cleaned to see exactly what is done, how it’s done, and how long it takes.

Some areas like restrooms and kitchens and other high-traffic areas must be cleaned regularly for health and safety reasons; while other areas like faculty offices might not need to be cleaned daily. A careful analysis will you be able to determine this.

If you’ve been working with a true professional cleaning and janitorial services company, they should know your campus well and if you discuss your concerns, they should be able to come up with ideas to save money.

The key is to find daily tasks that can be reduced without compromising on cleanliness. These daily tasks take up a lot of time. If you can eliminate a few of them, there will be significant savings.

It’s possible to make significant cost reductions without dropping cleaning standards. This exercise will take time and effort from the campus management, as well as the cleaning and janitorial services company, but it can be done if the right approach is adopted.

 

For more information on professional sanitizing and disinfecting services for your school, office, medical facility, or industrial warehouse, iNX Commercial Cleaning is here to help. Please fill out this form or call 1 (888) TEAM-iNX to start services, today!

Why Hire a Commercial Cleaning Company for your Restaurant?

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If you’re in the restaurant or foodservice industry, you know just how important your reputation is to the success of your business. Poor hygiene and unclean spaces can be devastating. This is where a commercial cleaning company can be a huge asset.

 

Top Reasons to Hire a Commercial Cleaning Company to Clean Your Restaurant

Professional Cleaners Follow Health Code Guidelines

You likely have specialized staff to wait on tables and prepare and cook the food; but are you putting the same thought into who is responsible for the cleaning? It’s important to hire a cleaning and janitorial services company that knows the foodservice industry. The cleaning crews are specially trained in what is required from a legal and regulatory perspective, as well as understand basic good cleaning practices.

Cleaning a food services establishment is not like office cleaning or general janitorial cleaning services; it requires specialized skills, cleaning materials, equipment, and experience. When choosing a commercial cleaning company , make sure they specialize in the food and beverage/restaurant industries. Doing so means that you are hiring cleaners who can guarantee that your establishment is cleaned and sanitized following the food and health safety guidelines.

Failure to ensure correct sanitation and cleanliness could result in a serious risk to customers. For example,  if pathogens are present in the food, it can lead to serious illness, specifically food poisoning. This can result in serious consequences for the consumer, sometimes requiring hospitalization and, in severe cases, death. While a professional cleaning company cannot prevent all pathogens,  it can guarantee the food preparation and storage areas are cleaned and sanitized to industry standards.

The most common food poisoning pathogens are:

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  • Salmonella
  • E. coli
  • Norovirus
  • Listeria
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Staphylococcal enteritis
  • Streptococcus
Learn more about food poisoning pathogens here: fda.gov

As a foodservice operator, you have a moral, ethical, and legal responsibility to ensure you don’t cause harm to your customers or your staff. 

What happens if you fail the restaurant sanitary inspection?

If a restaurant fails to fix a critical violation found during an inspection, it can face serious fines. And if you’re in Los Angeles County, more than two major violations will result in closure. Whether you manage a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, or any other food and beverage related business, closure due to a health code violation means a loss in income, staff, and valued regular customers. Not to mention, the change in public perception which could make it difficult to gain business in the future after reopening.

Clean Restaurants Earn Higher Review Ratings

Customers begin formulating their rating the moment they arrive at your establishment.

Is your parking lot littered with trash?
Is the waiting area clean?
And what about the restroom…Is it smelly and gross?
Are the floors yucky? (Carpet stains aren’t exactly appetizing!)

Your reputation is based on more than the great meal or cup of coffee you serve, every part of your space helps to create a 5-star experience for your customers. And, if these areas are dirty, it could lead to (gasp!)…a bad review or even worse, a negative health rating!

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The negative publicity following a health code violation can be financially devastating for a restaurant. In addition to high rents and rising labor and operational costs, fines associated with a violation can be the straw that breaks the camels back.  Some establishments have suffered major financial setbacks as a result and unfortunately, some have closed their doors.

How Can a Commercial Cleaning Company Help Food and Beverage Establishments?

A professional cleaning company like iNX Commercial Cleaning provides specialized cleaning services to the foodservice industry that will save you valuable time and money. By outsourcing the cleaning of your establishment, you lower overhead and HR costs.

iNX handles background checks, training costs, uniforms, payroll, and absorbs the unavoidable costs associated with staff turnover. Another perk to hiring a cleaning company like iNX, is they usually have their own supplies and carry their own insurance, too!

We can’t speak for other commercial cleaning companies, but at iNX, we offer cleaning services specifically for restaurants and other businesses in the foodservice industry. Some of our services include:

  • Dining room, restroom, and kitchen floor cleaning and maintenance
  • Restroom sanitizing and disinfectant programs
  • Grease drain cleaning
  • High dusting of ledges, vents, and intakes
  • Mirrors, glass, and window cleaning
  • Provisioning of supplies

 

We also pay special attention to areas such as gaskets, extractor fans, fan guards, vents, shelving, and door handles. Fridges and freezers are also important and need to be spotless and germ-free inside and out. 

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Restrooms and toilets are crucial. Do you trust your regular employees to clean these spaces well? What about the waiting areas, patios, and parking lots? Not to mention…If you’re busy running and managing a restaurant, do you have time to supervise your employees doing the cleaning?

From daily cleaning to high-level disinfecting, we can formulate a custom service plan to fit the needs and budget of  your unique business. With overnight and weekend cleaning availability, many restaurants around Los Angeles like Mega Grille, Caffe Luxxe, and Zankou Chicken put their trust in us to deliver a clean and sanitized restaurant without ever disrupting their staff or customers.

If you want to keep your customers happy and healthy and keep the cash register ringing, a professional cleaning company is critical to the health and future of your establishment. And just like you, our reviews matter. Check out what our customers are saying about us! iNX Professional Cleaning Reviews

 

 

Fight Holiday COVID Cases with Electrostatic Disinfection

Electrostatic Disinfecting Services after a COVID-19 Outbreak

As COVID-19 cases surge following the holidays, now is the time to consider electrostatic disinfection for your commercial facility or office. According to data reported by AAA.com, Airlines saw a 184% increase as 27.7 million more people were traveling this holiday season than last year. That’s 92% of 2019 pre-pandemic levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports cases and hospitalizations have increased in recent weeks, largely due to the omicron variant, which now makes up more than 70% of new U.S. cases.

Preventing the Spread of Illnesses Like COVID-19

It’s pretty common to see a spike in cold and flu cases following holiday parties, family gathering, and winter vacations. This year, we are also seeing a huge spike in Coronavirus cases as well. Deep cleaning of your facility or office before employees return to work is crucial in protecting your business from virus outbreaks. The fastest way to accomplish thorough cleaning is with Electrostatic disinfecting services. 

How Does Electrostatic Disinfecting Benefit My Business?

With an increased focus and awareness on health and how viruses like COVID-19 spread, it’s imperative to make sure that your customers and employees feel safe in your facility. This means giving extra attention to the cleanliness and sanitation of your business. Now more than ever, people need peace of mind that their workplace is as safe as possible. Utilizing regular electrostatic spray disinfection is the best solution for germ and contaminant ridden areas.

 

How Does Electrostatic Disinfection Work?

Electrostatic surface disinfection is a process in which electrostatically charged mist is sprayed onto surfaces and objects. Positively charged particles are activated through a combination of a specialized solution & an electrode inside the sprayer. The particles, once activated, attach themselves to objects and surfaces. The positive charge makes the particles in the spray electrically stronger than the object or surface you’re treating. The particles then cling to and coat any surface including the visible area, backside, and underside, with the sanitizing agent.

Learn more about how Electrostatic Disinfecting Services work here: Electrostatic Spraying – The Best Way To Disinfect

What To Do If You Have a COVID Outbreak At Your Facility

iNX offers a wide range of commercial cleaning services, including emergency disinfection using a cost-effective, time-saving method. Once you’ve been made aware that there has been a COVID outbreak, contact us so we can start your facility cleaning services as soon as possible.We’re committed to getting your business operational within 24 hours using the newest electrostatic disinfecting equipment & technology on the market. 

 

iNX Electrostatic Disinfection Cleaning Can Help

We specialize in electrostatic disinfecting services for all types of business and facilities. Whether you’re ready to have routine cleaning or you just need a deep cleaning of your workplace before your employees return, we can help!  If you’re unsure of how often you should have service for your facility, just get in touch with us and we will schedule a time to review your unique janitorial needs.

Are you ready to rethink your janitorial services?

To learn more about how iNX can improve the cleanliness of your facility or for emergency cleaning following a COVID-19 outbreak, please call  1(888) TEAM-iNX or fill out this form to speak with a representative today!