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  1. The Painful Pandemic

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    The Painful Pandemic

    Covid-19 has really disrupted our lives.  Lives of loved ones lost, social distancing measures and lockdowns have impacted nearly every family. Travel restrictions, cancelled events (think weddings, festivals and concerts) and business closures have left us with nothing to do. The impact on mental health has been immeasurable.

    Many businesses have permanently closed, others barely surviving. Essential services that keep us healthy, fed, and transporting people and goods throughout the country, have been putting in countless overtime hours while exposing themselves to a silent killer in our midst.  Pressure-Kleen had to reduce their service offerings when the hospitality industry was forced to shut their doors. Though we were able to hang on through diversified offerings and government assistance, our hearts go out to those entrepreneurs who could not afford to hang on.  Their life’s dream gone.

    A Hi-rise Thank-you!

    We would like to thank those in hi-rise residential property management for keeping us in business with garbage system disposal cleaning.  The office turned work-from-home workers and others in isolation have contributed to a great increase in residential garbage over the past year-and-a-half.  Our essential services keep garbage chutes and bins from building up with grime. The common area garbage room will smell better cleaned with our deodorizing degreasers while keeping away bacteria and scavengers like rats and roaches. A detailed cleaning of trap doors will maintain the hinges longer allowing them to open smoothly.

    Could the underground parking structure use a little TLC?  Are the lines getting hard to see after a winter of dirt and salt?  Are the walls showing carbon buildup from car exhaust?  Let Pressure-Kleen power wash that dirt away and reveal brighter garage floors and walls.  With nearly 60 years in business, we have the experience to remove most oil stains, salt residue and carbon buildup.  Request a quote today.

    Return to Normal – The Post Pandemic Rush

    As the lockdowns lift and we move into stage 3 of reopening we will see hospitality businesses begin to welcome customers back inside their establishments.  We can help you get up and running again with a kitchen exhaust cleaning that meets the NFPA96 requirements.  Insurance companies and fire inspectors require proof of an annual inspection and regular cleaning as required.  No one wants a fire after being shut down for more than a year.  Let us provide a quote for a maintenance program to keep you in compliance.  We can also clean your appliances, walls, and start you on a hood filter exchange program.  We expect a rush of restaurants to book their services over the next few months.  Call today and we can book your cleaning too.

     

     

  2. Professional Exhaust Cleaning

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    We are happy that we have had such great response to our blogs on becoming professional exhaust cleaners.  Companies and individuals across Canada looking to become professional exhaust cleaners have reached out.  This is terrific!  Our goal is to raise the level of expectation for our restaurant customers.  From fly-by-night janitors doing a cursory clean or an experienced company providing a thorough bare-metal clean of the complete exhaust system, you choose. I want our chefs, restaurant owners and customers to be able to sleep at night.  The job we do is a very important one that protects restaurants from grease fires. Grease fires are preventable when good practices are followed. These practices include proper procedures of kitchen staff and adherence to the NFPA 96 code for kitchen exhaust inspections and cleaning.

    Many of the inquiries we have received are existing cleaning companies looking to become registered members with IKECA. Others are looking to transition from residential exterior cleaning to commercial cleaning. There are also individuals from looking for training opportunities to become Professional Exhaust Cleaning Technicians and Professional Exhaust Cleaning Inspectors.

    Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Training 

    Unfortunately, there is no structured class to attend, no college or university program. To get qualified for the specialization of cleaning kitchen exhaust systems.  The training for kitchen exhaust systems is on-the-job training with a member organization of IKECA. Once you have obtained the kitchen exhaust cleaning skills and knowledge of NFPA-96 fire code you will be competent enough to write the Professional Exhaust Cleaning Technician (PECT) exam. Pressure-Kleen technicians do not attempt this exam until they have had a minimum of 6 months on-the-job training and have experienced different exhaust system environments. There is a lot to learn and a lot of responsibility involved in reporting correctly.  Deficiencies in the system such as welding leaks in duct work should be reported.  Missing globes and guards in the hood and broken hood filters need to be replaced. Ensure hinges & chains for the rooftop fan allow it to be lifted easily and without damage. Protecting the roof from grease saturation is important as well and requires a professional eye to recommend the right product for the job.

    As the restaurant industry expands, insurance companies demand the adherence to the National Fire Prevention Act (NFPA-96). Our responsibility is to save lives and assets by preventing grease fires from starting. If you are looking to become a Professional Kitchen Exhaust Cleaner or a member organization, contact our friends at International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaners Association at www.ikeca.com. If you are looking to have your commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaned, call the most experienced company in the Greater Toronto Area, Pressure-Kleen Services Company Inc.  Call for a quote today at 416-235-1626 (Toronto).

  3. Cleaning Commercial Kitchen Hood Systems During Covid-19 Pandemic

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    The government plans to resume activities in the coming weeks. Be sure you are ready to get back to business by ensuring your kitchen exhaust system is NFPA 96 compliant before you do.  We anticipate strong demand from our customers and invite you to GET PRIORITY SCHEDULING NOW and beat the rush.  The inspection of the kitchen exhaust system is mandatory on an annual basis according to the NFPA 96 standard, make sure your certification is up to date when you resume regular activities. Our teams are currently available to do the work day or night, according to your needs.

    Rest assured that all necessary measures are taken to ensure the safety of our employees and our loyal customers:

    • No technician presenting symptoms of COVID-19 comes to our customers or our offices.

    • Technicians have undergone internal training and practice good hygiene and social distancing measures.

    • Technicians are provided with recommended Personal Protective Equipment to ensure safety.

    • Technicians have limited interaction with customers and others to comply with social distancing.

    Pressure-Kleen Services has been designated as an essential services company during the COVID-19 pandemic period and we are still open for business.

    Contact us by email at info@pressurekleen.com or request a quote

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  4. IKECA Technical Seminar 2018

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    As part of our professional development, our certified exhaust cleaning specialists attended IKECA’s 2018 Fall Technical Seminar and Expo.  It took place October 2nd through 5th in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the place to be if you want to gain valuable knowledge of industry changes, share business best practices and learn about new and innovative products.  We encourage anyone in the industry to attend at least one IKECA event annually.

    There were some great speakers at this year’s technical seminar who shared their experiences with fire suppression systems, kitchen exhaust system inspections, and equipment troubleshooting.  Other presenters covered NFPA 96 and ANSI code updates, WSIB and accident prevention.  It’s always interesting to take part in these sessions and learn how others companies overcome the same challenges that we face here in Toronto.  The fall protection demo reminded us of the importance we must all take when working at heights to service kitchen exhaust system fans and duct work.

    Products being promoted in the main expo hall included hood filters, grease containment systems, access doors, WOW cleaners and polishes, and other accessories.  These are some of the products that Pressure-Kleen offers to its Canadian customers to maintain their kitchen exhaust systems.  There was also some innovative pressure washing equipment that will bring cutting edge advancements to our industry.  We are always looking for safer, more effective methods of removing grease from kitchen exhaust systems.

    Attendees were invited to “A Night at the Museum” at the Koorsen Fire Museum.   A bus took them to the site where reception celebrating those who serve in the life safety and fire protection industry. It was enjoyable sharing fellowship and refreshments while looking back at the history of the fire protection industry.

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    Although our attendees enjoyed this event, we look equally forward to IKECA’s 30th anniversary celebration in Las Vegas next April.

  5. Superhero Career Opportunity

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    Do you have what it takes to become a grease and grime fighting superhero?  Are you interested in a superhero opportunity with a company that has been around for more than 55 years?  We are hiring and training for pressure-wash technicians to go out and battle the grease and grime of the GTA.

    Our HR representatives went to a job fair sponsored by the City of Toronto in hopes of finding some candidates for a superhero career in grease and grime fighting.  The Etobicoke Community Job Fair was held on March 29, 2018 at the Istar Banquet Hall located at 235 Dixon Rd, Unit 11-13.  Mayor John Tory was in attendance trying to encourage local businesses to hire youth between the ages of 18 and 29.  Our efforts weren’t all that successful.

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    With the unemployment levels the lowest in 30 years, it’s hard to find honest, dependable people to work nights.  Their schedule needs to be flexible to provide the least disruption to the customers’ operations.  The pool of superhero candidates grows even smaller when they need to drive our fleet vehicles.  Our fleet insurance requires that drivers be over 25 years old with an Ontario G2 driver license.

    We do have some nice employee benefits such as:

    • a quarterly performance bonus
    • health benefits
    • personal protective equipment
    • uniform allowances
    • paid breaks
    • professional development
    • overtime potential
    • free car wash
    • private locker

    Wages are reviewed on a regular basis and advancement opportunities come quick for those who learn the technical aspects of the job.

     

    The culture at Pressure-Kleen Services is informal.  We are an ethnically diversified group of people that get along well.  Having been grease fighting superheros their entire lives, the owners are very hands-on with the operations. They meet with employees regularly and know everyone by name.  Employees are valued for their constructive input and enthusiasm to satisfy the customers’ needs.

     

    What’s stopping you from becoming our next superhero?  Apply at https://www.pressurekleen.com/careers/

  6. Invictus Games in Toronto

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    We are so proud to own and operate our business in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. During our 55 years, we have seen Toronto grow into a vibrant, first class international city.  Beaches, parks, amazing entertainment venues, tourist attractions, renowned universities and hospitals, great shopping and some of the best restaurants in the world; we have it all.  We are blessed with a very diverse population that practices inclusion of all peoples regardless of culture, religion, life choices or capabilities.  We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

    This week, we are also proud that the Invictus Games are being held in the Toronto.  The Invictus Games, being held between Sept 23rd and 30th, were started three years ago, by Prince Harry of Wales.  The prince has been in attendance at many events in our city.  He even accompanied athletes to Niagara Falls for a day trip.

     

    The Invictus Games is an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in adaptive sports including:

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    • Wheelchair basketball
    • Wheelchair rugby
    • Wheelchair tennis
    • Cycling
    • Golf
    • Athletics
    • Power-lifting
    • Swimming
    • Sitting volleyball
    • Indoor rowing

     

    These adaptive sports help athletes develop a sense of belonging; increase self-esteem; create an outlet for excess energy; improve quality of life; and foster a sense of camaraderie with other wounded service members.

    These men and women gave of themselves with pride to keep our world safe and maintain our freedoms.  The “I Am” motto of the games lends to the Canadian determination that we can achieve anything, if we put our hearts into our efforts.  Please support the Invictus Games by attending events, volunteering and spreading the word.  Shake hands with a veteran and express your gratitude for their selflessness.

    If you are a visitor to our great city, we welcome you and hope you enjoy your stay.  Be sure to dine out at any casual, family, food court or fine dining establishment.  Pressure-Kleen appreciates your contribution to the Toronto economy.

  7. Industry Networking at IKECA Conference 2017

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    Another great conference for the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association. This year the well-attended annual meeting was held in sunny Charleston, South Carolina. I always enjoy attending these IKECA events that allow me to network and learn about the latest tools.

     

    The conference was packed with industry related seminars from Fire departments to business matters and equipment manufacturers. I have personally been attending these meetings for over 25 years, and they have never disappointed me. The opportunity to meet and learn with other industry leading cleaning companies from across the North America, ensures our cleaning solutions are the most current.  This year we got a refresher on the ANSI/IKECA standards of Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning as well as demonstrations from exhibitors about new products.

     

    I personally take great pride that I have been asked to be a presenter at many of these conferences. Being the First Canadian President of the Canadian Chapter in IKECA, I never could of imagined all the rewarding benefits of giving back to our industry.  Pressure-Kleen Services Company has often been applauded by our industry peers for our innovation and highest standards.  I’m looking forward to next fall’s conference where I can expand my knowledge and share that expertise with my customers.  I believe an educated customer can make better decisions.

     

     

     

     

  8. Attention Restaurant Owners Part 2: How to Judge if Your Exhaust System is Properly Cleaned.

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    Making sure that a kitchen exhaust system is cleaned regularly is the first step to preventing an unexpected grease fire. Many restaurant owners wonder how often they should be assessing their exhaust systems. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has the following set of guidelines:

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    If your exhaust system is not properly maintained, then you are exposing your business to a potential fire hazard. In fact, most kitchen grease fires spread rapidly because the flames will flare up from a kitchen appliance into a grimy, neglected exhaust system full of built-up grease.

    Invest in the safety you kitchen equipment today by scheduling regular cleaning with an IKECA Certified Professional.

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