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7 Essential Fall Building Maintenance Services that Pay Off

It’s easy to put off fall building maintenance services, especially when there are other tasks that directly impact the bottom line. It’s easy to put machine repairs and other necessary building services at the top of the list. However, re-prioritizing can have long-term financial implications from repairs stemming from long-overdue building maintenance.

It makes cents (pun intended) for companies to complete these important building maintenance tasks that maintain property value and prevent those random repairs.

Exterior Building Clean-Up

Facility exterior cleaning is an important part of building maintenance; gutter cleaning, for example, can prevent ice dams and other issues throughout the winter. Exterior building clean-up also includes a full roof inspection, building pressure washing, window washing, and other essential building maintenance services.

HVAC Check

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system maintenance is an essential part of extending the life of the equipment. Fall is an ideal time for HVAC maintenance; it is an ideal time to do a full check-up of system parts, replace worn items, and ensure the system is ready for heating.

Lot Maintenance

Parking lots and sidewalks take the brunt of daily car and foot traffic, making them a top priority for fall building maintenance. Lot maintenance can include (but not limited to) trash pick-up, pressure washing, flower bed maintenance, sealing, and vegetation trimming.

Floor Cleaning

A comprehensive deep floor clean is a preventative measure that reduces the risk of injury and build-up of grime. Fall is an ideal time for this cleaning task, especially before the snow and ice of winter is tracked in by building visitors. Flooring cleaning should be paired with laundering rugs, an important part of keeping snow and grime off of company floors. Floor cleaning can be completed with minimal interruption to daily operations or during off-hours when the building is empty. For an off-hours flooring cleaning, it can be cost-efficient to hire building maintenance professionals that can complete the floor cleaning efficiently.

Duct Cleaning

A periodic duct cleaning is an essential part of healthy and safety management. Regular duct cleaning is an important part of maintaining high indoor air quality and preventing employee illnesses. Most importantly, a complete duct cleaning removes the mold, pollen, and dander that can exacerbate employee allergy symptoms and respiratory illness symptoms.

Restroom Sanitation

A complete restroom sanitation minimizes the risk of widespread workplace illness, especially before the start of flu and cold season. This fall building maintenance should accompany a cleaning of common areas, such as the kitchen, printers, and conference rooms.

Light Bulb Maintenance

Fall is the start of shorter days, a prime time for light bulb maintenance. For minimal interruption, outsource this property maintenance task to a cleaning company that can monitor and maintain interior and exterior lighting.

(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.