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How often should my business be cleaned?

conference room at business ready for cleaningAs with many questions in business, this commonly asked question from company owners and managers is an answer with no definitive answer. There are a number of factors that play into the answer, including the nature of the business and frequency of use.

The answer is more complicated when discussing specific rooms and spaces in a business; this list of estimated answers can guide managers and owners as they set a cleaning schedule for their specific facility.

Windows

Answer: At least three times a year. If your facility deals with a lot of dust or grease, schedule a monthly interior and exterior window cleaning. For a retail operation or a building with frequent customer foot traffic, contact a cleaning service to clean the windows in those frequently used spaces more often.

Rugs

Answer: Every month during winter and once during summer. The specific rug cleaning schedule for a facility depends on the season and foot traffic. If the rug is in a heavy traffic area, such as a busy lobby, it may need to be cleaned as often as every month or twice per month. To minimize interruptions to normal business operations, ask a cleaning company about a cleaning and delivery schedule that works around normal business hours. Maintaining a frequent cleaning schedule can extend the life of the rugs and reduce the rate of replacement.

Restrooms

Answer: Daily for a small or mid-size business, several times a day for a frequently-used restroom. The same formula can be used to determine the frequency of restroom deep cleaning; a restroom with low foot traffic may only require a deep clean every six months. A restroom that is used often should be deep cleaned every month (more often when concerned about the spread of an illness).

Carpet

Answer: Twice a year or once every 18 months. If the carpet is in area that receives every foot traffic, a professional carpet clean should be scheduled every six months (schedule the carpet cleaning during off hours or shut downs so productivity is not interrupted). In a facility with little foot traffic, a carpet cleaning is only needed every year and a half. Delaying these cleanings is not recommended; a lack of carpet cleaning can lead to a build-up of grime, mold, and mildew. Carpets that do not receive a deep clean may also cost more to deep clean. No matter the amount of foot traffic, a regular schedule of vacuuming should be maintained.

Hard floors

Answer: Daily, weekly, or monthly. The exact cleaning schedule for facility hard floors depends on the specific type of flooring and business activity. In a business that generates a lot of grease or dust, the floor should be cleaned daily. A regular deep cleaning needs to be scheduled to remove a build-up and prevent frequent workplace slips and falls. Contact a professional cleaning company to get their recommendation for floor cleaning schedule that fits your business needs.

Ways to Protect Your Home’s Floors from Water

living room in home with wood floors that need to be protected from waterWinter snow. Spring rain. (In Wisconsin, sometimes we get both of those in 24 hours!) Puddles. Water, mud, and gravel can wreak havoc on your home’s floors. Melting snow, spring showers, and all the gravel and mud that comes with it, can warp, damage, and stain your floors long after the spring thaw is over.

Hardwood floors can be especially prone to issues; however, almost every kind of flooring can be scratched by debris or stained by water or mud. Before you throw up your hands and give up on the idea of keeping your floors look great, take these steps to protect your floors from the rain and mud that inevitably gets tracked in your home.

Rugs

The best way to protect your floors from damage is to keep out the culprits that cause the damage. Place mats and rugs outside and inside all doors, and make sure everyone in your home is using them. If you have pets, train them to stop at the door so you can wipe off their paws before they track in water, mud, and debris.

Regular maintenance

To take care of any stones, mud, or water that makes it past the doorstep, regularly sweep, dry mop, or vacuum the floors (or add it to the list of cleaning tasks for your house cleaner). If there are water puddles, keep towels nearby to dry up the water immediately. Sitting water on wood floors can warp and permanently stain the floor. On carpet, don’t scrub the puddles; instead, blot at the moisture to avoid damaging the carpet fibers.

Regulate the humidity

If you have hardwood floors in your home, one of the worst water threats is in the air. High humidity can damage hardwood boards and cause permanent damage; monitor the humidity in these rooms and use dehumidifiers to keep the humidity low and the floor in like-new shape.

Deep clean

A regular floor deep clean is an essential part of keeping your home floors looking like the day they were installed. In addition to removing built-up grime, a deep clean can also remove allergens that could trigger indoor allergies. If you don’t have time, hire a professional to deep clean your floors so all you have to do is enjoy the clean and fantastic-looking floors.