Fall is a common time when a lot of commercial properties schedule a thorough deep cleaning. The change of season has a lot of employees and visitors returning to their thicker, layered clothing and the vacations that took them away from the office during the warm summer months are coming to an end.
It’s a great time for a fresh start. Not to mention a perfect opportunity to get your office or commercial property ready for the ravages of winter. It can even help boost employee productivity while reducing the future risk of employee time lost to sick days!
Of course, if you’re going to take on a major project like a massive fall cleaning, then you want to do it right the first time. That’s where the following commercial fall cleaning tips come in handy!
Set Aside Time To Purge Older Items
Before you set your employees to mopping, scrubbing, and vacuuming, they first need to grab a trash bag and throw out older items. This sort of decluttering opens up the opportunity to declutter and create more space.
If you have old office paper records, they should be moved to a long-term storage location, instead of in an employee’s office. This can be recorded in filing boxes, or even something as simple as stackable plastic totes with reinforced corners and fully sealing lids.
Clean Windows Inside & Out
Clean windows are always important. Though you can’t really clean the exterior of your windows during the cold winter months. Depending on the type of windows you have, you might not even be able to effectively clean the interior of the glass when the outside temperature is below 32 degrees.
So fall is a great time to get your office windows clean, in hopes they can hold out that way through the long, cold winter months.
Clean windows let natural sunlight, which is important for employee health and productivity. They also go a long way toward impressing visiting guests and clients.
While most employees can handle cleaning the interior of the windows, exterior windows can be more challenging. Especially if your commercial property has multiple stories. In a time like this, you might want to turn to a professional cleaning company like Building Services Inc. to ensure that your exterior windows are meticulously cleaned each fall and spring.
Clean & Dust Light Fixtures
Dust is a major problem in the winter months and can have a compounding negative impact on your commercial property’s indoor air quality. It’s also worth bearing in mind that many people are allergic to dust and debris which could cause serious health concerns.
Thoroughly dusting light fixtures not only improve interior lighting and the appearance of your commercial office spaces but can also help your employees stay healthy. Just be wise about the process you choose. Ideally, you want to vacuum away dust buildup with a HEPA vacuum cleaner to keep it from spreading the dust through the air. This is the sort of thing employees with dust allergies, asthma, and respiratory health conditions will appreciate.
Then you can use a high-quality microfiber duster to catch the last bits of dust lingering on and around your light fixtures. A duster with a disposable head or a microfiber material that is easy to clean will also help reduce the risk of spreading dust from office to office.
Clean & Maintain The Building’s HVAC System
Heating systems put a lot of strain on the building’s ventilation. With colder days on the horizon, and the HVAC system not needing to run as much in the fall, it’s a perfect time to give the entire HVAC system a good cleaning. Any routine maintenance or repairs that need to be made can be handled while you still have time on your hands. If anything this will spare you the “Emergency Charges” that a lot of under-prepared commercial property managers suffer when that first freak cold snap hits the region.
Even if everything ends up being in good working order, having your building’s vents dusted will go a long way toward ensuring that your employees will be breathing clean indoor air. It might also help reduce your risk of suffering higher energy bills.
Deep Clean Floors & Carpets
Flooring and carpets take a beating in the winter months. Sand, salt, and deicing chemicals get tracked in and grind on the carpet fibers. By giving your floors and carpets a thorough deep cleaning in the fall, you reduce the total load of debris that they might have to shoulder during the winter.
It can also help reduce the presence of germs and bacteria as well as pests like dust mites or lingering traces of summer pollen. It can also help freshen up the odor of your office space, which is handy in the early months of winter.
Just make sure that when you are cleaning your floors, you are using commercial-grade dry mopping techniques. Wet mops tend to just spread germs and chemical debris around.
When vacuuming your carpets, you want to make sure you are using a commercial-grade vacuum with a HEPA filtration system. This will capture particulate debris rather than redistributing it in the air the way a traditional vacuum cleaner is prone to do.
The Benefits Of Calling In A Commercial Cleaning Company
There are several benefits to calling in a professional cleaning company like Building Services Inc. Right off the bat, it lets your employees stay focused on their specialized job duties, rather than losing productive manhours to fall cleaning.
You also get the peace of mind that comes with knowing true, highly trained professionals are handling all your cleaning needs. We bring truly commercial-grade cleaning products and equipment to bear. This includes state-of-the-art systems for cleaning all the surfaces of your commercial property.
We use commercial-grade vacuum cleaners with HEPA filtration systems to clean carpets and dust overhead light fixtures. We use cutting-edge dry mopping techniques to clean hard floors. We can handle cleaning exterior windows, power washing exterior surfaces, and cleaning your building’s HVAC system. All with more safety and precision than the typical office employee is trained for!