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(Expensive) Commercial Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid at Your Business

yellow caution sign that says "Caution wet floor" part of a safe workplaceBuilding and office cleaning isn’t the most complicated part of business; just because cleaning the workplace is simple doesn’t mean that mistakes aren’t made along the way. That’s why managers and owners should be vigilant about these commercial cleaning mistakes that can cost the company valuable dollars or disrupt employee productivity.

Not disinfecting during flu season

Illness can spread among employees at any time, however there is a higher chance during cold and flu season. Ignoring the spread of illness and empty workstations won’t make the illness go away; to the contrary, the problem is only going to get worse unless a company takes a pre-emptive approach. The cost of disrupted productivity and disgruntled clients can also start to mount.

During times when the flu and other illnesses peak, invest in a regular cleaning of all surfaces and spaces. Designate an employee or hire a commercial cleaning company to disinfect countertops, printers, kitchen appliances, door knobs, and other common areas where bacteria and viruses thrive. Regularly hire a company to clean heating and cooling ducts. Make sanitizers and cleaning wipes available to employees to stem the spread of illnesses in the workplace.

Putting off floor cleaning

Floor cleaning is an important part of the effort to minimize workplace injuries, specifically slips, trips, and falls. During busy season and peak operations, it can be difficult to find time to schedule an employee to take on the task. Without a deep clean, the build-up of dirt and grime can lead to a floor that requires an increased amount of labor to clean while increasing the chance of workplace injuries. The extra effort, supplies, and expense of workplace injuries can impact your bottom line, both in costs and disruption in operations.

The solution: schedule a regular deep floor cleaning for carpets and hard floors. To maintain normal operations (without disruption), contact a cleaning company to schedule a floor cleaning during off hours or during company shut-downs.

Disrupting productivity

Facility cleaning and preventative maintenance is a part of business. It is vital for employee health, building value, and long- and short-term budgets. While cleaning and maintenance are vital, neither task should interfere with daily operations. When cleaning and preventative maintenance need to be performed before or after business hours, such as parking lot maintenance and floor cleaning, do a cost analysis to determine the cost difference between hiring a commercial cleaning and maintenance company or paying overtime for an employee.

Too often, companies assume that utilizing employees is the cheaper option without looking at the big picture. As part of the analsis, determine whether outsourcing would cost less and cause less disruption in daily operations (often by performing the cleaning task or maintenance during off hours).

Not scheduling a regular deep clean

A deep clean of office and facility space are a necessary tactic in the battle against germs and in maintaining facility value. A regular deep clean is also easy to overlook, especially when time and budgets are tight. What ‘regular’ means differs from business to business; schedule a deep clean of the kitchen, restrooms, office areas, conference rooms, facility floors, and other common spaces depending on the amount of foot traffic and type of business conducted.

How often should I have my home cleaned?

happy family in clean house cleaned by home cleanerWith sports practices, meetings, work, and a million other commitments, house cleaning can easily fall to the bottom of the list. Who has the time? Who is home enough to get a good house clean done? Not everyone wants to spend their time cleaning their kitchen, scrubbing bathrooms, and keeping up with laundry.

For many families, hiring a home cleaner is the clear answer. The answer to the question “how should I have my house cleaned?” is not as cut and dry. Obviously, every home is different with different circumstances and needs.

A home with multiple pets and many kids is going to get more foot (and paw) traffic—all of which is going to make more of a mess than a typical single or two-person home. On the flip side, a single or two-person household may need a deep clean more often if anyone in the household has allergies.

When deciding what is the right cleaning for your home, ask yourself these questions:

  • “What cleaning tasks do you need done?”
  • “How much cleaning do you have time for in between house cleanings?”
  • “Does anyone in your household have allergies?”
  • “Are there pets and kids in the household?”
  • “How much foot traffic comes through your home?” (Consider add a frequent floor cleaning to the list.)
  • How much do you have set aside in your budget for house cleaning?

To find the answer to your home cleaning question, start by making a list of cleaning tasks that the home cleaner needs to do. If you don’t have time to do a deep clean (cleaning those hard to reach places-a list of typical deep cleaning tasks is here), add a periodic home deep cleaning to the list (in addition to regular home cleanings). Decide what your monthly budget for the home cleaner is; marry those two factors into a general idea of a home cleaning schedule (i.e. weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly).

Before you set that schedule in stone, contact home cleaners with the question, “Is it cheaper overall to schedule a twice-monthly cleaning than a monthly cleaning?” Some home cleaners have a lower rate for more frequent cleanings.

As you gather quotes, decide whether an individual home cleaner or cleaning service is better for your home. Both options have pros and cons. Individual cleaners tend to be cheaper, but aren’t always able to work on the schedule you need (and may have to cancel or go on vacation frequently). A home cleaning service usually has multiple cleaners that are available to work when you need, can fill in if a cleaner isn’t available, and is easier to communicate with when there’s an issue.

Be prepared to discuss the cleaning jobs you need completed with each company or individual, your preferred schedule and any other special request you may have. Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Ask every cleaner or cleaning service these questions, especially about their insurance to ensure that you are covered in case of a problem. Once you have a schedule set, enjoy the perks of having a cleaner, more organized home.