We’ve all heard the phrase “sweeping it under the rug.” It’s an expression that is used for various aspects of life, however, we’ve all had that surprise visitor where we are running against the clock to clean up, hiding things under beds, in closets and even that dreaded “junk drawer.”
But just because a room looks clean, that doesn’t mean that it truly is. The same goes for offices. Surface cleaning only goes so far. It can be especially hard to keep your space squeaky clean when you are trying to take care of it all in-house.
However, we understand how important it is to project a professional image to your clients and customers. That is where a commercial cleaning service can help. We take care of keeping your office buildings clean and healthy, while you take care of business! Here are our best practices for keeping your office space sparkling clean.
A day porter is onsite to ensure your facility looks clean and presentable at all times throughout the working day, whereas janitors come after hours to do the deep end-of-day cleaning. They are there to help with cleaning high touch areas, cleaning up accidents, as well as general cleaning services such as tidying up, dusting, replacing light bulbs, emptying overflowing trash, and removing grime from windows and doors. For more information on day porters, check out our handy guide.
High Touch Areas
Keeping your employees, customers and visitors healthy is your top priority. That is why it is important to go beyond making something look clean by disinfecting high touch areas multiple times a day. These “hot spots” are surfaces that are touched by most people in the building multiple times, such as counters and doors.
Traditional dry and wet cleaning are great methods. However, to get a deeper clean for germ-ridden surfaces, or to clean more sensitive surfaces such as computers and lab equipment, electrostatic spraying should be employed weekly or bi-weekly. Electrostatic spraying is the process of spraying a very fine mist of cleaning solution that has been electrostatically charged. The positively charged particles in the spray help the cleaning solution to aggressively adhere to surfaces, giving the cleaning solution the boost it needs to deep clean.
These areas should be cleaned multiple times a day depending on how heavy the traffic is in a restroom. During the day, day porters can help to clean up accidents and keep supplies such as soap and toilet paper stocked. However, a good disinfection by a janitorial service team should be done at least once a day.
Kitchen/Break Room Cleaning
These areas should be cleaned thoroughly to prevent the spread of illness. We recommend a daily cleaning of these areas including sanitizing counters and tables, mopping floors, and wiping down and sanitizing appliances.
Your carpeted areas should be vacuumed daily and your hard flooring mopped daily. Shampooing your carpets should be done weekly or monthly depending on the traffic and time of year. Waxing and buffing of hard flooring should also be done weekly or as needed depending on the traffic and time of year. When bad weather hits, a day porter can help keep your floors clean throughout the day, especially at entryways. They can put out additional mats and caution signs, mop up excess water and sweep up debris from windy autumn days.
Windows should be cleaned weekly or bi-weekly, though windows in and around doors should be cleaned daily or even throughout the day by a day porter. Openable windows are considered high touch surfaces and should be cleaned and disinfected daily. Window treatments, such as blinds, should be dusted weekly to keep germs and dust from building up.
Trash should be removed daily or as needed by a day porter to keep your office building clean. Other debris such as shipping cartage and kitchen/break room waste should also be removed daily or as needed.
Some of the things we don’t think about often but still need cleaning include switch plates, door frames, decor, radiators, baseboards, ledges and light fixtures. This helps to prevent the buildup of gunk, dust and germs, keeping your office clean and healthy. Depending on the surface or the traffic, these surfaces should be cleaned daily, weekly or bi-weekly. For example, switch plates should be cleaned daily while baseboards and HVAC grilles and registers should be cleaned weekly.
Conclusion Keeping your office buildings clean and healthy is especially important. Not only does it keep your space looking professional, but it keeps your employees and clients healthy and happy. If you are ready to hire a team that offers a full range of janitorial and maintenance services, AK Building Services is ready to help with all of your cleaning needs! Contact us today to set up an appointment for a free quote.