Going Back to the Basics in Keeping our Surroundings Germ-Free

Going Back to the Basics in Keeping our Surroundings Germ-Free

It has been more than two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 a global pandemic. Recently, the Malaysian government has proceeded to transition the entire country into endemicity, with all restrictions on business operating hours removed and all economic and prayer activities allowed without any social distancing. This decision is largely based on an exit strategy that would allow all Malaysians to gradually return to normalcy after a two-year battle with Covid-19.

By and large, most Malaysians have been looking forward to this transition. As we gear up and embrace endemicity, we must also always be prudent in taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, and the people around us. Despite the relaxation of rules concerning the economy, our government has stressed that mask-wearing is still mandatory as is the checking-in via MySejahtera app.

In view of this transition, it is important that businesses engage with a cleaning partner that understands their business, as well as the industry basics in cleaning. While the job can be physically demanding and exhausting, Maclean takes pride in the fact that we are called upon to keep everyone safe whether at work or at home – in high-rise offices, factories, manufacturing plants and even in regular grocery stores. In view of this, let us go back to basics and allow us to refresh your memory on best practices we can adopt to keep ourselves safe.

#1 Taking utmost precaution when dining out

While we take pride in our delicious kopi o, kaya toast and curry laksa, do take extra precaution when dining out at your local kopitiams. Dining out is a fun activity but it is considered risky as masks are down while we enjoy our food. Do also carry your own disinfectant wipes or sprays to clean tables and chairs before you are seated to minimise the transfer of germs and bacteria. Keep a pocket sanitizer handy and do sanitize your hands before and after meals.

#2 Cleaning before disinfecting is fundamental

Many of you may not realise that it is very important to clean your own workstation, as we rely greatly on the regular cleaning lady. Based on an Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) trial conducted recently with Maclean’s new ATP device, microorganisms can multiply up to *40 times within just 1.5 hours even after thorough cleaning and disinfecting.

To properly maintain a clean workstation, always clean furniture with soap and water before applying or spraying any disinfectant. Cleaning is an important first step because it physically removes dirt and grime but does not destroy the harmful germs that remain. Disinfection is the process that destroys most disease-causing germs that remain on surfaces. Without cleaning first, the disinfection process may not be effective in removing germs and bacteria.
*Results differ depending on premises and other factors.

#3 Setting up of isolation rooms in public places such as offices, hotels and schools

These days, we come across phrases like “self-quarantine” and “self-isolation” more often than we’d like to. What is the difference between “quarantine” and “isolation”? According to the CDC, “quarantine” keeps someone who might have been exposed to a contagious virus away from others while “isolation” keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others. To keep everyone safe, proper isolation rooms are necessary in case anyone is at risk of a contagious infection. Although there are more relaxed rules in terms of self-isolation, let us do our due diligence and self-isolate voluntarily should we have Covid-19-like symptoms.

#4 Careful disposal of bodily fluids

There is a specific way to dispose of bodily fluids such as blood, urine or vomit. Body fluids need to be treated as potentially infectious substances that can transmit diseases should they come in contact with other people. When dealing with such incidences, it is imperative that a blood and body spills kit containing items such as N95 masks, latex gloves, face shield, overall cover, shoes cover, absorbent material and powder, tongs, handheld squeegee and pan, multipurpose cleaner and disinfectant and waste bags are on hand. Cordon off the area if necessary and put on PPEs to protect yourself before clearing the affected area.

It is important to emphasize that just because Malaysia has transitioned to endemicity, this does not mean that we let our guards down or downgrade the threat Covid-19 poses to the community. We need to do what is required of us to keep the transmission low and to keep ourselves and our community protected and safe.

As a well-established commercial cleaning company of over 40 years, Maclean aims to educate our clients to ensure that they are aware of the basics in keeping the surrounding environment clean and germ-free especially when the virus is at its peak. Our capable team ensures that each of our cleaning jobs are done to the best of our ability. We place high importance in minimizing risks in the workplace. It is also important that we continue learning and improving, hence honest feedback by clients is welcomed and reviewed through our Client Satisfaction Survey.

If you wish to find out more about Maclean’s services, please feel free to drop us an email at enquire@maclean.com.my or call us at +603 7773 0300. We look forward to connecting with you.

Beyond Cost Effective Solutions

“Thank you, Maclean team, for the good support and on time completion of the cleaning activities as required at the Phase 2 cafeteria and Phase 2 new wing office floor without any delays which met client satisfaction.”


“The final cleaning has come to an end today. We appreciate your team's full commitment and cooperation in ensuring the successful completion of the cleaning work at Plot H. Your site person in charge and his team has performed well throughout the cleaning period. Their prompt response and action as well as their workmanship on the end-product satisfied us.”


“I would like to take this opportunity to first, thank you for the 9 years of services to the hospital. Maclean has offered a top-level cleaning service with the magnificent team of client service right down to the cleaner.

I am particularly writing to appreciate the cleaner, namely BAL BAHADUR, M. SUMON and MASLINDAH for their professionalism and exceptional work ethic. They are punctual, dependable and presented with more than what has been asked of them.”


“We are writing to express my sincere appreciation for the exceptional work of the cleaning crew who was responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of our office premises. Over the past few weeks, we have observed the excellent work that Nur Alom has been doing, and we must say that his dedication and professionalism are truly commendable.

I have personally witnessed Nur Alom going the extra miles to ensure that the office is clean and hygienic especially during these challenging times post pandemic. His commitment to maintaining a clean and safe environment has been exceptional, and he has made a significant contribution to keep our workplace safe and healthy for all employees. “


“We would like to express our thanks towards janitor Suriakala for excellent cleaning services rendered during Deep Cleaning activities on 14th and 28th January 2023. As well, we find her job deliverance is excellent and committed on daily routine tasks.

Hereby, we extend our thanks to Bobby, Fahmi for their prompt response of any inquiries and replacement planning during janitor's absence. We are also thankful to be supported by the Maclean team for

  • deep cleaning upholstery office chairs, sofa
  • fabric wall meeting rooms
  • fabric cubicle – employee workstation areas
  • lobby reception, breakout area, workstation area
  • floor scrubbing at carpeted area total approximately 3,617sqft
  • floor scrubbing at pantry vinyl floor area"

“Excellent cleaning services. Prompt response of any inquiries and fast planning during your janitor on leave”


“Excellent service during the summer break for the school opening preparations - efficient, gracious customer service, the level of detail and accountability you have demonstrated on the housekeeping service.”


Our Supervisors and Crew Are Well Trained

“I received a verbal compliment from client on Crew’s performance & improvement after we had engagement meeting. Well done and keep up the good work!”


“Services provided by the crew on site was good and amazing, especially the head of the crew obviously showing his excellent performance on managing his team that provided high quality cleanliness service throughout the year. They have shown a great team spirit and hope this can continue and maintained in future. I would also take this opportunity to congratulate Miss Nadia who trained such a good team and of course your good services to our company as well.”


“Thank you very much for the team you lead! Professional and high efficiency!”


“Convey our outmost appreciations for the excellent service provided to our team in Bayan Lepas. Your team, which is Samy and his supportive team, have been doing great jobs & supported us. Samy has been committed to all the tasks given with fast response from him & the teams.”


“Formally and sincerely express our gratitude for the amazing honesty your team shown during recently lost and found case. Nurhayati Binti Abdullah had shown exceptional discipline and dedication to her daily work. Her actions directly impacted our image and Maclean directly benefited the team and company on a greater level. Once again, thank you for the leadership shown by Maclean’s management team – Kak Mis on the diligence and integrity adopted for all the team on the site.”


“Layanan yang sangat baik, berdisiplin, komited, sabar, berbudi bahasa dan sentiasa positif.”

3S Centre

“Thank You for the Good Service. I would like to express my deep appreciation for the women who are doing the cleaning at our premise. I am very satisfied with their work! I would like to thank Diana (supervisor) and Sajib who always monitor and ensure someone to cover when the cleaners go on leave. Good teamwork and dependable.”


We Are Well Versed with Various Industry Compliancy Requirements

“Congratulations “Maclean Team” as all cleaners have successfully passed the EHS training that was conducted on site.

We are satisfied with their service”


“Thanks for your team’s kind support to maintain the cleanliness of our LMM plant during our two important events:

(1) EHS Corporate Audit

(2) EHS Plan Forum Recognition”


“Thank you very much for giving 100% support and for ensuring we followed and maintained proper social distancing amid the events.”


“Gratitude for Maclean’s performance and support during our compliance audit held last October. Maclean’s team has made so much effort in order to keep our business running with full compliance. It's a good image that we comply to every legal requirement that was relevant with Maclean’s help. Maimunah has been key player into this Audit weeks.”


“Many thanks to Zura for the last compliance audit which covered compliance in pharmaceuticals.”


“Our management would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank you for the excellent service provided to our facility especially for the fresh goods department, for maintaining cleanliness as per our standard.”


“Able to answer questions from Auditor during ISO Audit.”


Understanding Urgency and Providing Personalised Attention

“We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to you and your team for all the hard work going the extra mile ensuring everything is ready for the event. We know there were a quite a bit of last-minute requests, but you guys managed to extend your excellent service and that made a difference definitely. We appreciate your contribution and management also relay their appreciation and gratitude to all the Janitor team. Thank you so much for being good support for this event and hope this good performance can be maintained.”


“Hope you are doing great. For the past few months Samy Rau has been supervising our Penang location. We are very grateful that he has been showing his interest and helping me to solve a lot of problems. His presence here during the site visit has made us able to voice up regarding most issues directly. Most pending issues have been resolved. We hope that we will make a better team in future.”


“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Samy and the team, especially Ali Raihan, Sajib Sikdar and all Maclean team members for helping our team on the water leaking issue that happened. Their fast respond to our call during midnight and coming to help us to handle the situation. Keep it up and continue to work together and support our Facilities team.”


“They are remarkable with their attitudes. The way they go above and beyond to ensure that all our events are presented well, their sense of collaboration and attention to detail is greatly valued.”


“I would like to extend our appreciation for the amazing work done by your team on site especially team leader, Maimunah in supporting several occasions of main event. They have been supportive in terms of logistic, pre-event preparation and on top of that making the event running smoothly.

Please pass my appreciation to Maimunah, Sulaiman, Susilawati and Haipah for their support.”


In addition to the above, we are proud and grateful to receive 2 awards from CBRE:

  • Exceptional Service Award 2022 
  • Best Safety and Covid Response Award 2022

So, try us out and experience the Maclean service first-hand. 

To find out more on how we give you the best value for your budget without compromising your health or safety, please connect with us at 03-7773 0300 or enquire@maclean.com.my.

Apr 2022
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