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Cleaning

Call in the cleaning pros: tops tips to choosing a professional cleaning firm

‘Let your fingers do the walking’ was once the catchcry of calling in the professionals and, although our fingers are now doing the walking in a directory of the digital kind, the premise behind this concept remains true. Sometimes the professionals really are the way to go.

Cleaning

Methamphetamine, animal waste, insect infestations, mould, industrial accidents, contaminated batts, crime scenes, death and odour are all scenarios where your home and health can benefit from the safety and security of a professional eye.
At its simplest, a professional cleaning firm is highly experienced, with the products and techniques to tackle any manner of mess. While at face value, this provides a tidy space for you to get on with life, at a deeper level it gives the safety that comes from professionally removing germs and pathogens that risk your health.
Cleaning is, after all, not always a one size fits all affair and turning a professional hand over to this job can ensure your service is customised to your needs and it can be as simple or as thorough as you choose.
Although the state of cleanliness can be somewhat subjective, varying at least in some degree from person to person, what’s more objective are the sanitation practices and procedures that a professional cleaner adheres to, in order to keep your space germ free.
After all, they make it their business to keep your business clean.

Le Bakermen Cafe & Bakery

Café construction collaboration: how DNG Construction worked with LeBakermen Cafe & Bakery to make their dreams a reality

DNG Construction Ltd is going from strength to strength. With countless completed building projects around the city, the team behind this dedicated company can provide you with the experience, knowledge and commitment to ensure your building project, commercial or residential, becomes a reality.

Le Bakermen Cafe & Bakery

LeBakermen Café and Bakery at 187 Wigram Road offers a strong example of the level of dedication the company applies to every project. “The owner originally just wanted some help framing partition walls and installing Gib board, but soon learned we could help with organising subcontractors, mechanical services, electricians, gasfitters, plumbers and painters etc,” owner Dean Inglis says.
“We ended up helping him through the whole project from start to finish, including all paperwork, applying for and obtaining Code Compliance from the council on the owner’s behalf.”
LeBakermen Café and Bakery owner William Leung was very impressed by the company’s dedication to the project. “DNG Construction LTD has been very accommodating from start to finish. They were always one call away and ready to help. One of our ovens had no water lines connected, but DNG had them installed and connected in two days,” he says.
From design, to construction, to the finish product, DNG Construction is with you every step of the way, with the capacity to handle larger commercial project, residential builds and smaller maintenance jobs, including skylight replacement and bathroom refurbishments.
For more information, visit
dngc.co.nz, phone 03-741 1490 or find the company on Facebook.

Peter O'Connor from Ricoh

A sign of what’s to come: Ricoh gives us the run-down on some seriously cool tech (that you can get in your business now)

If you’re still thinking Ricoh only supplies photocopiers, then you really need to unclog your paper jam. The company’s latest addition to its suite of business technology solutions contributes to the most exciting advances in signage since Claude first mass produced neon.

Peter O'Connor from Ricoh
Peter O’Connor from Ricoh demonstrating on a smart screen

Ricoh’s Peter O’Connor says the company’s electronic signage range offers endless possibilities. “Your electronic signage can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.”
If you’re innovative in business but technology isn’t really your bag; if you don’t know your dongle from your daemon, you can still get into electronic signage in a big way. Ricoh supplies and installs, and Peter can talk you through all the options to find a solution to suit your business needs and level of techno-engagement. The smaller interactive screens operate just like a big iPad on the wall. All the options operate through wireless technology, are cloud-based and require only a wall socket.
At its simplest, electronic signage is an indoor screen, running anything from your latest product range, to staff health and safety procedures in the canteen.
From there the sky really is the limit – there is outdoor signage, you can put a hologram into a shop window or turn a changing room mirror into a sign and touch the screen to overlay different outfits onto yourself. You can have a video wall in your showroom of multiple 98-inch screens banded together seamlessly, and run screens in numerous locations from one spot showing the same or even different information.
Ricoh also supplies OLED flexible glass bent into waves or stunning shapes, with black back colour contrast, so the picture is crystal clear.
A popular option is the interactive touch overlay on a shop window. Real estate agents have found buyers enjoy the ability to swipe a window to view properties of interest, rather than having to wait for old fashioned video to scroll around to a particular house.
For more information or electronic signage tailored to your business, email Peter poconnor@ricoh.co.nz.

Exchange Christchurch (XCHC) on Wilsons Road Waltham

Post-industrial hotspots: the uber cool transformation of Christchurch’s old industrial buildings to chic new “it” spots

As a post-manufacturing city, Christchurch is full of industrial-style buildings – mostly along old railway routes. As the city rebuilds, they’re being repurposed into hospitality hotspots.

Exchange Christchurch (XCHC) on Wilsons Road Waltham
Exchange Christchurch (XCHC) on Wilsons Road Waltham

Welles Street is a bar accommodated in a building originally constructed as a grocery distribution centre. Its owner, Thomas Newfield, says the north-facing beauty was exactly what he was looking for.
“Industrial buildings and sites are becoming the new playgrounds for urban dwellers,” he says. “This creative approach to urban regeneration has been copied across most major cosmopolitan cities around the globe and with the current landscape in Christchurch, it was so refreshing to find such a gem.”
The owners of popular Sydenham café Hello Sunday are opening a restaurant directly opposite the café and in doing so are giving a “cool post-industrial building a new, fun life”.
Known as 5th Street, it’s due to open in mid-April and owned by Jonathan Spark, Chris Penny, Yasmeen Clark, Sam Stewart and Max Perry.
Jonathan says he and other Hello Sunday owners were invited to consider several options for a new venture, but none fitted – until their neighbour mentioned he was vacating his building. “We immediately saw its potential under its heavily industrialised interior,” Jonathan says.
Richard Barnacle, co-owner of The Space Academy, says he and his business partner chose the premises as it was as close to the CBD as they could afford. “Proximity to a couple of our favourite places – The Lotus Heart and Darkroom – also helped us decide.”
The building, occupied by Kadett Café and Doki during the day, was nice and light and, once earthquake strengthened, “full of possibility”.
Once home to an auto electrician, it has also been used as a woodworking business and a plumber at other times, Richard says. The building is “built to handle stuff”, which helps when it comes to hosting everything from live gigs to indoor skateboarding and talks.

XCHC
XCHC

Camia Young looked at more than 100 buildings before coming across the future home of XCHC, which launched in 2014 as a creative hub offering space to foster connectedness and collaboration between artists. “We needed somewhere that would attract the public and we also needed somewhere that artists would be attracted to.”
An architect by training, Camia says she tends to see buildings and consider future use and the psychology of space. As well as practical requirements such as a large open space with the right number of exits and a certain structural code, she was looking for something that felt a bit edgy and would “draw people in”.
The building she settled on has previously housed a panel beater, an industrial paint factory and a pickle factory. “It’s amazing how many people show up and tell me what was there before. You can tell you have a special building when people have a strong memory of it.”
Camia says it required a certain amount of vision. “If anybody saw that building when I saw [it] I don’t know if they would have seen what I saw.”

Sunshine Cleaners

Putting the shine in sunshine: Sunshine Cleaners want to make your space yours again

You don’t often think of the qualities of compassion, empathy and confidentiality as being prerequisites for cleaning companies working in houses, offices and retail outlets.

Sunshine Cleaners

But these are essential attributes for the team at Sunshine Cleaners because this company works in the highly specialised fields of forensic cleaning and confidential cleaning of any type.
The term forensic cleaning covers a range of services, from crime scene cleanup, meth decontamination and odour remediation, to blood, bodily fluid and suicide clean-up. “Sometimes forensic cleaning follows traumatic events,” says Sunshine Cleaners founder Thea. “Clients may be very upset in these difficult situations and our approach combines professionalism and integrity with sensitivity, empathy and respect.”
Sunshine Cleaners is a family-owned and operated company and the close-knit team is pedantic about high standards of cleanliness. “We never know what we are going to encounter. No two jobs are ever the same. We might be dealing with a freezer full of rotten food that has been left off for a long time, contaminated ceiling insulation, a methamphetamine decontamination, or we might be cleaning up a rental property.”
Rental property owners Leonie and Peter Austin had just such a job carried out by Sunshine Cleaners. “They did a fantastic job cleaning the house from top to bottom, even getting marks out of a set of curtains we thought we would have to replace due to being so badly stained,” they said.
“A very professional job in a short space of time – we couldn’t be happier.”
Contact Thea on 027 232 3193, email sunshinecleaners@outlook.co.nz or visit www.sunshinecleaners.co.nz. Sunshine Cleaners can clean anything anywhere in the South Island.

Electrical Testing Services

Exceptional electrical services: Electrical Testing Services can make it easy to keep things in tip top shape

Let’s face it, keeping compliant with workplace safety requirements takes precious time away from things you’d rather be doing in your prized business, but Electrical Testing Services (ETS) is here to ease that aggravation.

Electrical Testing Services

Covering New Zealand and Australia for all aspects of electrical, testing and tagging, fire safety, thermal imaging and emergency lighting, Damian Lyons of ETS in Christchurch is excited to offer its services in Queenstown and surrounds.
“Our systems and procedures are highly recognised by regulatory bodies in New Zealand.”
Senior Electrician Chris Sears, a ‘Lakelander’ for almost a year, hails from the UK by way of Australia. A Level One Accredited Thermographer and qualified electrician, Chris is a very rare bird indeed in these parts, specialising in thermal imaging for commercial switchboards. Chris will travel to your workplace, with no call out fees or travel time charged. Whatever your business size, Chris responds quickly to your requests and offers a ‘reactive service’ should you need him urgently.
Regular tool checks are another big overhead and you might be hesitant to do it, but there is no escape from WorkSafe requirements. Tempted to invest in a home-testing kit? A session with the calculator will reveal the savings available in using ETS. Still not convinced? Damian says the first 20 checks are free.
ETS also has its own range of emergency lights and can supply or supply and install for almost half the price of others. See the full range of services at www.electricaltesting.co.nz or www.emergencylighting.co.nz.

KerbworxNZ

Clever concreting: How KerbworxNZ and Canterbury Kerb and Concrete are making their mark on the South Island

Alan Judd is owner of two thriving Christchurch companies operating in commercial kerbing and infill concrete – KerbworxNZ, and Canterbury Kerb and Concrete.

KerbworxNZ

Kerbing is in Alan’s blood – he took over the business established by his father in 1965. With more than 60 collective years of experience in the current team, all areas of concrete are covered.
KerbworxNZ primarily works for corporate clients on large roading projects or subdivisions. Last year, KerbworxNZ laid in excess of 50,000m of kerbing. Currently employing 12 staff, KerbworxNZ has the capacity to lay more, and can operate all over the South Island having already worked in Blenheim, Queenstown, Timaru and Oamaru. Recent projects include the Flemington subdivision in Lincoln and a major current Christchurch development, the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub.
In 2016, Alan purchased Canterbury Kerb and Concrete, enabling him to offer a greater package of services to his existing clients. With a domestic as well as a commercial focus, Canterbury Kerb and Concrete offers excavation, kerbing, and concrete infill using colour and stencilling.
The company’s use of coloured stencilling in concrete infill is a real point of difference – a superior alternative to cobbles and pavers. “CKC offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all our clients with full concrete packages.”
A recent project highlight for Canterbury Kerb and Concrete was the New Brighton Pools complex. Hardscaping concrete was completed under a very tight schedule with our clients HEB Construction. Alan says “this project has been a flagship pour for the company – a success from start to finish”.
Look out for the next stage – hot pools in late 2018.

Cleaners Warehouse

A clever cleaning collection: RCS Cleaners Warehouse is your one stop shop for residential and commercial cleaning supplies

The new purpose-built warehouse at 12C Symes Road Wigram that showcases RCS Cleaners Warehouse products is a must visit for both residential and commercial customers. This is a family business that manufactures its own chemicals, such as the number one seller Citrus Shower Shock.

Cleaners Warehouse

“We also make Odourgone, Window Cleaner and Transclean – a commercial grade vehicle wash,” RCS Cleaners Warehouse Director Peter Sidey says.
“We have a wide range of products to suit both residential and commercial applications.”
The industrial chemical division is the South Island’s major supplier of chemicals into a wide variety of industries from engine reconditioning to fishing, vehicle workshops and the transport sector, suppling everything from toilet paper to truck wash. The commercial division specialises in the hospitality and education sectors, as well as catering for motels, hotels and day cares. “We are proud to make our own New Zealand made products and continue to expand our range.”
Living out of Christchurch is no hindrance, with online purchasing available for products, including the award-winning range of MYTEE® Microfibre chemical free cleaning cloths and mops, brushes, brooms, mops and buckets, cleansers, window cleaning supplies, vacuums, commercial and domestic vacuum accessories.
Giving back is important to the company, which nurtures future generations through community projects. RCS Cleaners Warehouse supports grassroot sports in Canterbury and provided care packages for North Canterbury farmers during the drought. The friendly staff know the products and can provide guidance and problem-solving capabilities. Visit www.cleanerswarehouse.co.nz