Amaze Your Clients and Staff with These Simple Steps to Keep Your Floors Bright and Shiny!
The first step in your plan should be to reduce the amount of dirt you have to clean. Simply placing a walk-off mat by the door can eliminate much of the dry soil that would be tracked into the office. It’s a convenient and cheap way to reduce your workload and keep your floor in good condition longer!
It’s also worth keeping a handheld vacuum on hand, so office staff can clean up minor spills. For instance, if an employee accidentally bumps into a pot plant, they should be able to clear up the soil right away. Otherwise, it’s much harder to clean at the end of the day after it’s been ground into the floor!
Next, you have to divide the cleaning tasks into a schedule that is easy to maintain and monitor. Some tasks must be done daily, and others should be done at wider intervals.
Daily tasks include:
* Clearing up debris, discarded papers, etc.
* Vacuuming dust, fibers, and anything else that cannot be picked up by hand
* Wiping up spillages – and spot cleaning stains.
Weekly tasks include:
* Dusting all surfaces (before cleaning the floor – otherwise you’ll get your clean floor dusty again!)
* Dust mopping hard surfaces
* Wet mopping all hard surfaces
Monthly tasks include:
* Buffing or burnishing hard floor surfaces
* Small repairs and floor maintenance
* Deep cleaning carpets (to remove oily soils)
Semi-annual tasks include:
* Stripping and re-coating tiled floors
* Applying a durable floor finish, to protect against scratches
Of course, these last two items are more of a maintenance task. But they will make the cleaning job much easier.
Once you’ve worked out the plan for your office, make a note of the important dates on a calendar, and ensure the tasks are done on time! Make a checklist for daily routines, and get it signed by whoever is responsible for cleaning the floor.
From time to time, you can inspect the floor yourself to ensure the routine actions are maintained and to spot damage before it becomes a problem.
If you find standards are slipping, check to see if the cleaner understands how to use the equipment. Standards can slip when someone new takes over the cleaning job, or when old equipment is broken and replaced.
In any case, it’s usually down to a lack of experience with the cleaning equipment – it’s rarely a case of willful negligence.
If you have the opportunity to clean the office out of office hours, it minimizes disruption.
Ensure vacuum cleaner bags are changed regularly, and the filters are kept clean. Failing to do so will reduce suction power and also increase the volume of airborne particles – which can affect the health of your cleaners and the other employees.
Keeping your office floor clean and well maintained is the first step to a healthy, happy office environment. And healthy environments are productive ones!
As you can see, keeping your office floor in good condition requires planning and experience. If you already have too much on your plate, we’d love to help! Call us today to discuss your needs. 203-730-1779