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Spring Office Cleaning: 6 Easy Ways to Boost Productivity and Morale

 

office worker working at computer after office spring cleaning

Spring cleaning the company office can be worth the effort, both for productivity and the mind. Just like the warm spring weather, a good company cleaning can be a real boost for productivity and office morale. A deep office clean can make managers and employees head into summer renewed and ready to tackle the work ahead.

Set time aside.

The biggest hurdle to a good office cleaning is time. The best strategy for addressing the effort is a combination of employee cleanings and scheduled cleanings with a professional service. For an in-office desk and file cabinet cleaning, let departments choose the optimal time for cleaning (ideally when there is minimal activity) or schedule a time for the entire office team to tackle the process. For cleanings that interrupt productivity, such as floor cleaning, schedule a commercial cleaning service that can clean during off-hours or weekends.

Organize paper and digital files.

Organization is the key to productivity, making this an essential part of any office spring clean. Managers and employees should take the time to clear out old files, both paper and digital, and organize files of existing clients and projects.

On the digital side, company drives and clouds should be cleaned out and organized. This cleaning task ensures employees find digital files quickly and efficiently without wasting time. Regular IT maintenance should also be part of the office spring cleaning checklist and can be scheduled for the weekends or overnight periods.

Clear away clutter.

In a busy office, it’s normal for clutter to accumulate on any and all open surfaces. A good spring cleaning clears all the clutter away and organizes it. Clutter can also collect in closets and supply cabinets. Once the clutter is removed, reorganize supplies and dust surfaces. Research and add baskets and other storage solutions that can prevent future clutter issues and keep the office look professional and organized.

Clean common areas.

Common areas attract dust and germs, making a deep spring cleaning a must. Managers and employees should regularly disinfect, wipe down, and dust machines and appliances in these areas, such as printers, water coolers, and coffee makers. Disinfection should be done properly without damaging machine key boards and other critical areas. Since these areas are frequently used, cleaning common areas can also be added to a regular cleaning checklist that is given to a commercial cleaning service.

Disinfect kitchens, restrooms, and conference rooms.

Spring is typically the end of flu and cold season, and the right time to disinfect and clean kitchens, restrooms, and conference rooms. All surfaces in these rooms should be cleaned and disinfected, either by office staff or a commercial cleaning service.

Clean rugs and floors.

Winter in Wisconsin is hard on office floors. Snow and salt can damage flooring and become a safety hazard. When spring hits, a deep floor cleaning removes the layers of snow and salt. On a hard floor, a floor waxing protects the floor and extends the life of the floor. A carpet clean eliminates salt build-up, revitalizes carpet fibers, and removes any deep allergens. For minimal disruptions, schedule floor cleanings with a commercial cleaning service during off-hours or weekends.

10 Cleaning Tips that Protect Office Floors from Snow

office space in a facility where they are analyzing outsourcing or in-house cleaningProtecting office floors from the ice, snow, and salt that comes with our freezing Midwestern winters is more than just an effort to keep your office presentable. Well-cared for office floors are an effort that also keeps office staff safe and lengthens the life of office floors.

The effort to protect office floors starts outside the door. Often, the culprit of dirty floors is neglected sidewalks and parking lots. Office staff and visitors track the grime in, creating a build-up that can be difficult (and more expensive) to remove.

For that reason and for staff safety, extra care should be taken to keep parking lots clear of snow and ice. Designate a staff member or service who is responsible for the task and ensure that the parking lot is cleaned prior to and whenever our snowy Wisconsin winter strikes.

Lobbies

  • Add rugs by all exterior doors to protect floors from salt and snow that is tracked in.
  • Replace rugs and mats as they get damaged and worn.
  • Vacuum and mop lobbies regularly to keep them clean and safe.

Carpets

Hard Floors

  • Use a light mop to remove melted snow and salt. (This is also an important safety measure.)
  • Mop floors regularly to remove salt, which can damage and wear down floors.
  • Schedule a regular floor stripping and waxing.
  • Don’t miss a deep cleaning, which can cost more if salt and dirt build-up.

Common Commercial Floor Cleaning Questions Answered

commercial floors that need to be cleaned in a factoryCommercial floor cleaning is the bread and butter of facility maintenance, and one of the most essential cleaning tasks. No matter what the time of year (and in Wisconsin, we do track in four seasons of mud and grime), there is always a reason to schedule a floor cleaning—and ask all the questions that come with clean building floors.

How much does it cost to clean building floors?

The exact cost of commercial cleaning at your facility depends on the square footage and type of flooring that requires cleaning. The best way to determine the cost of cleaning your commercial floors is to request an estimate. Before you contact cleaning companies, decide what floors need to be cleaned and when is the best time to have the floors cleaned (i.e. overnight, company shutdown, holiday, etc.)

How often do I need to schedule a commercial floor cleaning?

Depending on the room and amount of foot traffic, facility floors should be cleaned every 3-6 months. If you have any concerns about staff health or keeping spaces allergy-free, schedule floor cleanings earlier and more often during months when your staff remain indoors.

However, don’t wait too long to schedule a floor cleaning. Procrastinating too long can create a build-up that can cause more workplace injuries and cost more to remove.

How can I extend the life of my building floors?

Beyond regular floor cleaning, there are other ways to extend the life of your facility floors:

  • Place rugs, mats, and runners by all doorways and in high traffic areas (i.e. hallways, conference rooms, etc.)
  • Regularly vacuum and sweep all floors as part of daily maintenance and cleaning.
  • Promptly clean all stains and have the area deep-cleaned to completely remove the stain.

3 BIG Reasons to Schedule a Commercial Floor Cleaning

yellow caution sign regarding wet floor that was cleaned by a commercial cleaning serviceThe forces of winter can have a significant impact on businesses. From the interruptions in productivity due to snow removal to delays in shipping, winter weather affects almost every aspect of day-to-day operations—including your facility flooring. While a commercial floor cleaning may seem insignificant, a good quality floor cleaning can have a positive effect in three important areas of your business.

Lengthen the life of your floors

Are your floors turning white from the salt and melting snow? If they are, you’re not alone. Office areas, production floors, and warehouses are all targets of damage from employees trekking in salt and snow from the sidewalks and parking lot. That salt and snow can get ground deep into your carpet fibers and tiles, causing long-term damage and earlier-than-normal replacement rates.

Decrease liability

The build-up of dirt, grime, and salt can cause your workplace floors to get slippery over time.   Though you and your employees may not notice at first, or dismiss it as a normal part of day-to-day operations, a slick floor can cause slips, falls, and the resulting injuries. An investment in a quality floor cleaning saves you the headaches and expenses of worker compensation claims later.

Maintain your professional image

A commercial floor cleaning can add value to your company in an abstract area: your professional image. As clients and vendors come through your doors, they build an opinion of your company, product, and services based on the cleanliness of your facilities. The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of time to maintain your professional image: all you have to do is contact a reliable, experienced commercial cleaning company with an optimal date and time. A good company can meet your time frame when employees are not on the floor (i.e. overnight, early morning, late evening, etc) and leave you with a clean floor you’ll be proud to show off—and makes good cents in the long-run.