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Company Spring Cleaning Tips that Get the Job Done

commercial floors that need to be cleaned in a factoryAt business facilities, spring cleaning is business as normal; it’s an increased list of cleaning and maintenance tasks that need to be completed on top of all the other “normal” business. That doesn’t mean that the extensive list of company spring cleaning doesn’t come with a deadline. Depending on the business, spring can be a crazy time for businesses with fiscal quarters, weather, and an increased to-do list. We’ve put together this list of company spring cleaning tips to help company owners and managers manage the task load and meet deadlines during a very hectic time of year.

Plan ahead

There is some value in thinking ahead. As temperatures start to warm, make a plan for checking items off the list. Schedule vendors for overnight, weekends, or company shutdowns to minimize disruption of operations. For tasks kept inside the company, create a long-term plan with tasks assigned to different employees to manage preventative and spring maintenance.

Strip floors & rugs of outdoor grime

Winter precipitation, salt, and high foot traffic is a combination with negative implications for floors and rugs. In addition to the practical benefits of these surfaces, they also play an integral part in making a positive impression on customers and prevent one of the most common workplace injuries: slips, trips, and falls. A regular floor and rug cleaning can address both of those issues and prevent an additional cost from procrastination. Waiting too long to clean and remove the layers of dirt and grime can add expense to the next floor cleaning, because of the additional effort and supplies needed for cleaning. Get a quote for the floor cleaning as soon as possible so this spring cleaning task can be marked off the list before next spring.

Deep clean frequently used common spaces

Winter in Wisconsin typically tends to be a season with a high occurrence of illnesses that spread through the workplace like wildfire. Those contagious illnesses take a big cut out of the bottom line, and spring and summer allergies can disrupt operations just as severely. The solution is a deep clean that sanitizes kitchens, restrooms, and common areas. Schedule employees for the task during off-hours, or contact a cleaning service to remove germs and allergens.

Tackle outdoor maintenance

Parking lot and grounds maintenance is an essential part of springtime in Wisconsin. Schedule employees for driveway resealing, flower bed clean-up, and other outdoor maintenance tasks or contact a maintenance company or landscaper for the job. With the unpredictability of Wisconsin spring weather, be flexible with scheduling vendors or employees. Always have an indoor plan B in case of inclement weather.

Make preventative maintenance a priority

Preventative maintenance is a task that is not missed until a crisis strikes, such as an IT or machine failure. Maintain a schedule of preventative maintenance tasks that can be done throughout the spring. If preventative maintenance is outsourced, contact vendors to schedule preventative maintenance during off hours or weekends. Operations proceed a significantly more smoothly when IT and machine maintenance is done during off-hours.

36 Home Spring Cleaning Tips from the Pros

cleaning supplies for spring cleaningThe definition of a good spring cleaning is different to everyone; some homeowners want a faster spring cleaning. Families with allergies want a deep clean that removes all allergens from the home. Everyone wants a complete spring cleaning that includes every nook and crevice and completely rids homes of all the dirt and grime that builds up over the winter; that’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of spring cleaning tips that we know can accomplish every homeowner’s spring cleaning goal (we know because we use them!).

General Tips

  1. Start at the top of a room and work your way down (from ceiling to floor).
  2. Use a spring cleaning checklist.
  3. Divide up the list of tasks with other family, friends, or with a professional cleaner.
  4. Gather all your cleaning supplies before you work for more efficient (and speedy) cleaning.
  5. Organize before you clean to ensure that all surfaces are clear and ready for cleaning.
  6. If you have allergies, wear a mask and gloves as you clean (or hire a cleaning service to tackle deep cleaning tasks that can trigger allergies).
  7. Wipe down the front door (and door knob) from top to bottom; a clean front door makes a favorable first impression.
  8. Clean light fixtures in every room, which can easily get covered with dust and grease.

Window Cleaning

  1. Wash all your windows on a cloudy day.
  2. Use soft cloths to wash windows.
  3. If you don’t have a safe way to clean high or second-story windows, don’t risk a slip or fall. Contact professional window cleaners.
  4. Wipe down window hardware and window sills as you clean windows.
  5. Dust the top of all window curtain rods.
  6. Launder and dust all window coverings, which can trigger allergies and discolor from dust and light.

Main Rooms (Living Rooms, Dens, Etc.)

  1. Test any new cleaners on areas that are not visible to guests (in case of fading or discoloration).
  2. Don’t let puddles sit on wood, laminate, or luxury vinyl flooring; sitting water can damage the floors.
  3. Schedule a professional carpet cleaning to remove allergens.
  4. Clean behind entertainment centers and large furniture that can attract a build-up of dust.

Kitchens

  1. Clean the inside, top, and outside of appliances (i.e. dishwasher, stove, refrigerator).
  2. Wipe down cabinets (doors and top) and cabinet knobs; grease can build up on both.
  3. Deep clean exhaust fan covers (some can be done in the dishwasher).
  4. Clear out garbage disposals; make sure you turn off the electricity to it first.

Bathroom Cleaning

  1. Vacuum and wipe out the interior workings of the exhaust fan. (Don’t use a damp cloth and leave water behind.)
  2. Start at the top of the room and work your way down.

Bedroom Cleaning

  1. Launder all your bedding to remove dust mites and built-up dander.
  2. If you have allergies, don’t hang your laundry outside where it can attract outdoor allergens.
  3. Have your carpet professionally cleaned to remove allergens.
  4. Vacuum under and around your bed, on your mattress, and behind the bed to remove dust.

Laundry Room

  1. Organize all cleaning supplies before you start cleaning.
  2. Clean the top, sides, under, and behind the washer and dryer.
  3. Use wash machine cleaner to clean out the inside of the washer.

Office

  1. Clean off shelves and desks so you can easily clean all surfaces.
  2. Get area rugs deep cleaned by a professional every few years.
  3. Wipe off electrical and computer cords, which can attract dust. (Do not use moist rags.)

Mud Room

  1. Launder all winter clothes and put them away. (Hopefully you won’t need them until winter!)
  2. Deep clean rugs by the doors which can catch debris before it is tracked into the house.