The days are getting longer and weather will be getting better soon. (hopefully! Weather can be a bit unpredictable in Kentucky), given that we have literally experienced a non-existent Winter. Now is the time to give your facility a great start for the spring. When it comes to a commercial facility, spring cleaning refers to the upkeep of those spots around your building that don’t need regular cleaning but do need special attention after the cold months – months where visitors and employees are bringing snow and salt into the facility.These 7 ideas will help revitalize your facility and make sure you get the most benefit from a yearly spring cleaning:
Air quality: In any workplace is essential to every employee’s health. The average worker spends their time 7-9 hours in their office a day, so taking the time to prioritize air quality is important to their health and safety. Be sure to replace any air ducts and thoroughly dust windows and appliances including computers, keyboards, etc. If you need to bring in a one-time deep cleaning specialist consider the upside with regards to budget constraints.
Carpet: Carpets have a tough job in the winter. Snow, ice, salt, mud and debris are brought in with every shoe that sets foot in your building. A thorough cleaning, especially of high-traffic areas, is a priority because it rejuvenates your carpet’s appearance, adds freshness to the air, and helps extend the life of your carpet. Proper preventative cleaning before putting away extra carpeting for the season can help avoid the need for future repair or replacement issues.
Floors: Regular cleaning takes care of the flooring people see, but spring cleaning is the time to “get moving.” That means moving desks, file cabinets, credenzas and large conference tables to get every last bit of dirt and dust. These are spots where dust bunnies and grime hide out, both of which contribute to allergic reactions, bacteria and germs. Cleaning these areas will also lend a fresh new smell to the office.
Windows: Although Windows are one of the areas no one likes to clean, they definitely have a big impact on the appearance of your building. Winter snow and sleet leave residue on windows, and this is the time to clear things up and let the sun shine in!
Dusting: Dusting those hard-to-reach areas – high beams, the tops of light fixtures, ceiling corners, air returns, and tops of doors – has a number of benefits, from improving the performance of your HVAC system to reducing allergens that can cause illness. Spring is the time to get up on the ladders and remove it!
Restocking: Collaborate with your team to do the basic restocking and organizing around the office. Depending on your office space replenish any paper, ink, toner, and organize any files, boxes, or storage that might seem to be neglected. But this process doesn’t just stop at the computer desks! Take the time to give attention to the kitchen and bathrooms which can get pretty saturated with grime and bacteria really quick. Throw away any old and expired foods, restock bathroom essentials (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.), and replenish the kitchen with proper plates, cutlery, etc.
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle: If every workplace recycles their paper and plastic, there would be so much good we can do for the environment. This even includes old furniture or computers. Although, I am sure your company has recycling bins, there is still so much we can do as individuals to be environmentally conscious at work. For example, bring your own water bottle to fill up instead of using paper cups. A little really does go a long way!