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A Clean Commitment

A Clean Commitment

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Photo by Rebecca Lippiatt.

Since 1982, Rose Building Maintenance Ltd. has provided exemplary contract cleaning services to a wide cross section of businesses and institutions including universities, manufacturing and medical sectors, as well as groceries and construction clean ups. During COVID-19, they are a trusted, experienced team offering deep sanitation, disinfecting and electrostatic cleaning.

With young children in tow, Sarwan and Balbir Gill moved from Victoria to Alberta. They both found work cleaning Woodward’s department stores, but they desired more flexibility in their schedules and the ability to clean to their highest standards. So, the couple launched their own cleaning business.

“Sarwan approached an accountant in the Professional Building in St. Albert to register the company and the receptionist advised that ‘Alberta is Wild Rose Country.’ So, Sarwan took the ‘rose’ and registered the company as Rose Building Maintenance Ltd.,” says Balbir. But things didn’t stop there.

“The receptionist told him the Professional Building was looking for janitors and put him in touch with the person in charge. Rose Building Maintenance got the cleaning contract, and the Professional Building still remains a client today. We also secured office space in the building and continue from there as the base of our operations.”

Within the next year (1983) Rose Building Maintenance secured major contracts with Canada Post (through Edmonton’s post office on 97th Street), Wood Wyant and the Edmonton International Airport. What started with a company of two is now a thriving corporation with 125 on staff.
The growth is due to the excellent service, COR certification, WHIMS certified cleaners, a voluntary opt-in to the Green Cleaning Program and staff diversity.

“Our goal is ‘to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,’ Balbir explains. “We also pride ourselves on providing excellent leadership to our loyal and devoted employees. We make each staff member feel like they are part of the team. About 50 per cent of our team have been with us for over 25 years.”

Firmly established long before the pandemic, the dawn of COVID-19 saw Rose Building Maintenance on the front line of helping workplaces and commercial buildings stay safe and open to the public.

Sarwan says, “To help mitigate the spread of the virus, we offer an electrostatic spray disinfection solution. It is deployed by handheld or backpack Victory cordless electrostatic sprayers to apply a Bioesque botanical disinfectant solution that kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria, fungi and molds. It kills Norovirus in just four minutes and eliminates 99.9 per cent of most allergens.”

Bioesque botanical disinfectant is so natural and gentle that it does not need to be rinsed off, even when applied to food-contact surfaces.

“Commercial cleaning has a significant impact on human and environmental health,” says Balbir. “This is why Rose Building Maintenance identifies the best tools, products and practices that protect human health and the environment. Our mission statement is ‘to consistently deliver outstanding, environmentally responsible cleaning services to our clients, while ensuring a safe and healthy workplace for our employees.’”

Providing a clean and healthy environment extends to their work in the community. To this end they are proud supporters of the University Hospital Foundation.

Rose Building Maintenance continues to grow and is pleased to announce a recent expansion into British Columbia.

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