Monthly Archives: April 2019

Spring Facility Maintenance: Key Building Areas to Check

commercial building that needs summer building maintenanceFacility managers, it’s time to grab hold of the opportunity that comes with spring. Spring is an ideal time for building system maintenance and facility cleaning. It’s time to remove all the grime, wear and tear of winter and prepare the facility and major systems for efficiency and minimal breakdowns over the summer. The spring is also a time to do exterior facility maintenance without the threat (hopefully) of snow.

HVAC

Even commercial heating and cooling systems are susceptible to the conditions of a hard winter. Every facility commercial HVAC system should be cleaned and key components checked. Filters should be changed and, periodically, a duct cleaning performed to minimize allergy issues. The level of the refrigerant needs to be checked. If there is a low level, the unit should be checked for leaks. For optimal operation, moving parts should be lubricated.

Flooring 

Spring is an ideal time of year to strip and wax floors, especially in high-traffic areas. A regular strip and floor wax adds shines to floors and extends the life of the flooring. Schedule floor cleanings for hours when the facility is at low-staff or empty to avoid interruptions in productivity. For carpeted areas, contact a professional floor cleaning service about an after-hours carpet cleaning. In addition to floor cleaning, all rugs placed by doors should be laundered to remove salt, dirt, and grime.

Exterior

While a solid facility exterior may seem infallible, winter conditions can negatively impact a building exterior. Every spring, inspect the building for cracks, holes in caulk around windows, and roofing for damage. Any damage found during inspection should be repaired. The facility should be power washed and gutters cleaned out. All light bulbs in exterior light fixtures should be inspected and light bulbs replaced as needed. The entire exterior maintenance process can be done in-house, outsourced, or completed by both staff and an outside service. (Contact a facility maintenance service for a quote.)

Grounds

Facility ground maintenance is an essential part of building maintenance, especially after a long, hard winter. In addition to being part of maintaining a professional appearance, ground maintenance is a preventative effort.  Trees should be trimmed and branches cleaned up. Maintenance should also be completed on lawns and floor beds. Driveways and sidewalks should be washed and sealed if needed.

Restrooms

Restrooms need a regularly scheduled cleaning and periodic deep cleanings. Spring is an ideal time for a deep restroom clean that sanitizes every surface. A deep restroom clean should be completed during times when the restroom is not utilized by staff or scheduled for off-hours. A deep cleaning is also a chance to do any outstanding scheduled maintenance or repair work.

Spring Cleaning: 6 Quick Tips for a FASTER Deep Clean

mop cleaning floors during spring cleaningSpring cleaning may be a necessary chore, but it doesn’t have to take up your whole day (or weekend). A good deep house cleaning certainly doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying the beautiful spring weather! Here’s how to make this seasonal clean a faster spring cleaning so you can enjoy a clean house and spring fun.

Make a list.

The fastest spring cleaning starts with an organized approach. Before you start your spring cleaning, do a little bit of prep work, such as moving furniture and appliances. Use a spring cleaning checklist so you can get through your tasks quickly and efficiently.

Gather your cleaning supplies.

Before you start wiping or waxing floors, gather all your cleaning supplies into a bucket or caddy. Move from room to room with the caddy and vacuum cleaner, cleaning as you go. This simple effort can save you a lot of time running back and forth for supplies.

Start at the top.

As you clean every room, start at the ceiling. Wipe down the ceiling, ceiling fans, cabinets, top of appliances and tops of doors. This simple step saves you time so you don’t have to clean surfaces twice as dust falls.

Make it a team effort.

If you have any family members assisting with spring cleaning, divide up the tasks on the spring cleaning checklist. For quicker spring clean, contact a cleaning service to do the more intensive deep cleaning tasks. Schedule a home cleaner to mop floors or deep clean the bathrooms.

Don’t wash windows on a bright sunny day.

Window washing is on every spring cleaning checklist. While it might be tempting to clean the windows on a bright sunny day so you can appreciate your work, the sun can dry the cleaner quickly and leave streaks. Though the sun gets the job faster, it also makes it slows down your progress because you have to clean it again.

Be extra careful about floor cleaning.

Don’t be in such a hurry to get floors cleaned that you damage your floors in the process. Be careful not to leave puddles on wood floors which leave water stains. When moving furniture, place cardboard under the heavy items to avoid scratching floors. If you decide to hire a home cleaner for the floor cleaning, contact an experienced cleaning company with experienced cleaners (use these tips for hiring the right cleaning company for your home). The result is a faster spring clean that you can be proud of as you head outside to enjoy the spring weather.