Monthly Archives: November 2017

Company Shut Down Maintenance Checklist

employee in factoryThe holidays are a slow time at most businesses; it’s also an opportunity to get maintenance done that can’t be performed during normal business hours.

___ IT maintenance

The optimal time for maintenance is when your company staff are not sending e-mails or utilizing your company internet. Send out messages to your employees about scheduled e-mail shutdowns and other service interruptions so they can prepare for the scheduled maintenance.

___Clean floors

To avoid productivity interruptions during normal business hours, schedule a professional floor clean of all your company floors. Ask maintenance staff to come in and clean every facility floor, or outsource a full company floor clean to a local cleaning company. A deep clean now can prevent premature wear and tear, play a key role in preventing employees’ slips and falls, and save funds that would be allocated to multiple deep cleanings from built-up grime.

___Restroom deep cleaning & repairs

To keep your employees safe and your facilities in good repair, take advantage of an empty facility to schedule a deep clean of the restroom. If the restroom needs any repair, contact a company that can perform the cleaning and repairs so your employees can come back to work to clean restrooms.

___Machine Preventative Maintenance

If you use machinery for daily operations, down times are ideal time for preventative maintenance while they are not needed for production. Perform fluid changes, cleanings, and any other maintenance that can’t be done when the machines are running.

___Remodeling

The best time to tackle light remodeling projects is when office and manufacturing spaces are empty. All the projects (i.e. replacing ceiling tiles, fixing drywall patches, minor HVAC repairs) on the company to-do list can be completed when staff members are gone and not disturbed by the dust and noise. If you don’t want to bring in maintenance employees and pay for additional time, contact a cleaning and maintenance company that can get the projects started and completed by the time staff members are back at their desks and machines.

Tips for Prepping Your Building Floors for the Snow

company building covered in snow that can get tracked in and cause workplace injuriesWinter in Wisconsin is inevitable; it’s also hard on commercial floors, damaging and staining facility hard floors and carpets. That’s why it makes cents for your company’s bottom line to take these steps to prepare your building floors for all the snow, sleet, and precipitation that comes with our Wisconsin winters.

Start with outdoor maintenance.

Gravel and water are the main culprits of floor damage, which is why it’s important to take steps to keep it out of your building. Hire a service or assign a staff member to clean the driveway and walks, and keep them clear throughout the day.

Use rugs strategically.

Rugs and mats are your first line of defense against tracked-in gravel and water. Strategically place rugs by all doors and in high traffic areas, such as hallways, restrooms, and break rooms. Track your employees to ensure that all high traffic areas are covered and the flooring does not wear down (and needs to be prematurely replaced). Have all rugs laundered regularly and promptly so they are ready to be replaced before more snow is tracked in.

Maintain your floors.

Just as preventative maintenance protects office and company machines from premature break downs, floor maintenance protects facility floors from long-term damage. Schedule regular hard floor and carpet cleanings to prevent undue wear and tear, and add regular vacuuming and sweeping to your daily cleaning list. Regular floor deep cleanings also can save money in other ways, as well; if floors are not deep cleaned, incidences of workplace injuries can increase and the next floor clean can cost more because of excessive build-up.

Provide areas for winter gear.

Winter gear is a natural part of winter, and another way water and gravel is tracked onto facility floors. To protect your floors and assist your employees, give them places to keep their winter gear and take them off when they walk in the door.

Common Commercial Floor Cleaning Questions Answered

commercial floors that need to be cleaned in a factoryCommercial floor cleaning is the bread and butter of facility maintenance, and one of the most essential cleaning tasks. No matter what the time of year (and in Wisconsin, we do track in four seasons of mud and grime), there is always a reason to schedule a floor cleaning—and ask all the questions that come with clean building floors.

How much does it cost to clean building floors?

The exact cost of commercial cleaning at your facility depends on the square footage and type of flooring that requires cleaning. The best way to determine the cost of cleaning your commercial floors is to request an estimate. Before you contact cleaning companies, decide what floors need to be cleaned and when is the best time to have the floors cleaned (i.e. overnight, company shutdown, holiday, etc.)

How often do I need to schedule a commercial floor cleaning?

Depending on the room and amount of foot traffic, facility floors should be cleaned every 3-6 months. If you have any concerns about staff health or keeping spaces allergy-free, schedule floor cleanings earlier and more often during months when your staff remain indoors.

However, don’t wait too long to schedule a floor cleaning. Procrastinating too long can create a build-up that can cause more workplace injuries and cost more to remove.

How can I extend the life of my building floors?

Beyond regular floor cleaning, there are other ways to extend the life of your facility floors:

  • Place rugs, mats, and runners by all doorways and in high traffic areas (i.e. hallways, conference rooms, etc.)
  • Regularly vacuum and sweep all floors as part of daily maintenance and cleaning.
  • Promptly clean all stains and have the area deep-cleaned to completely remove the stain.