Cleaning a commercial property is far different than cleaning a home. There are a lot of unique challenges that go along with office cleaning. Addressing these challenges head on is the best way to ensure that your property is not only clean but that it is also safe for your clients and your employees. Here are some of the issues that you need to consider:
Challenge #1 – Finding A Time To Clean
Typically, cleaning will need to be done outside of normal business hours. If your office maintains regular 9-to-5 hours, that probably won’t be a problem. However, some industries have employees on site around the clock. For instance, if you run a call center that provides 24-hour phone support, there will most likely always be employees in the office.
This can make it challenging to find a time when the cleaning can be done. Typically, the best option is to schedule cleaning services for the time when there are the fewest employees in the building. This will make it as easy as possible for the cleaning staff to get their work done without causing any major disruptions.
Challenge #2 – Cross Contamination
Cross-contamination is another challenge associated with office cleaning. A good example of this is when a mop that is used to clean a bathroom is then also used to clean the hallway or the main office space. This can result in the spread of germs, which can increase the likelihood of employees getting sick and missing work.
The best way to avoid this is by having separate cleaning products for each space of your building. Try color-coding them and storing them near the areas where they should be used to minimize the spread of germs throughout your space. This is especially important if you work in a medical facility or in a facility where there is a high likelihood of contamination.
Challenge #3 – Missed Areas
Most office buildings are quite large and have a lot of different areas that need to be addressed. Oftentimes, certain areas can get overlooked during regular cleaning. For instance, the cleaning crew may empty the trash each day, but they probably won’t wipe down the desk chairs to remove dust on a daily basis.
The best way to avoid this problem is by coming up with a complete cleaning schedule for the entire office. Sit down and make a list of every surface in your office. Decide how often it should be cleaned. As an example, the garbage cans most likely will need to be emptied every day. The office chairs, bookcases, or printer stands, on the other hand, may only need to be cleaned once a month.
Print out a cleaning schedule that clearly outlines how often each task should be done. That way, the cleaning crew will know exactly what tasks they need to do and when they need to do them, helping to avoid any areas being overlooked.
There are a lot of challenges associated with office cleaning. By thinking through these challenges ahead of time, you can help avoid them, ensuring that your building stays as clean as possible.
Please call CPH if you have a challenging office cleaning project!