Five Areas To Keep Clean In Your Business

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Ensuring a clean and hygienic office is a must, not only to maintain your building but also to ensure the health of your staff and clients. When developing a cleaning and sanitation plan, it helps to have a five point plan in order to make sure nothing is forgotten.

1. Public Surface Cleaning

Public surfaces are those that clients and sometimes staff must interact with. This includes things like reception area seating and tables, receptionist counters, entry doors, and even the walls in walkways. High staff usage areas, like break rooms, are also considered public surfaces. These are typically the highest touch surfaces in your building, so they need the most frequent cleaning. The highest touch of these surfaces should be wiped down at least hourly with a disinfecting spray. Walls and other areas that aren't touched as frequently still require a once-daily cleaning and sanitation.

2. Personal Surface Cleaning

Personal surfaces are those that are typically only touched by a single or small group of employees, for example, personal desks and cubicles. Copy machines and similar stations can also be included here since only staff interacts with these areas. Staff should be responsible for wiping down their own main surfaces, like their desks. Shared surfaces, like a copy machine, should follow similar cleaning rules as public spaces and be wiped down hourly or after each use. Provide each employee with the supplies to maintain their personal workspaces.

3. Restroom Maintenance

Restrooms require frequent cleaning, not just to look nice and avoid germs, but also to maintain the plumbing. A dirty restroom is more likely to suffer from clogged toilets or sinks since items can end up in the drain that shouldn't be there. Public restrooms require hourly cleaning, especially in high-traffic buildings. Sinks, toilets, and doors must be wiped down and disinfected. Floors must be mopped as needed or at least once daily. Low use restrooms, such as staff restrooms for a small office, only need to be cleaned once a day but high-touch surfaces should be sanitized every hour or two.

4. Floor Cleaning

A general floor cleaning, such as vacuuming or sweeping and mopping, must be done daily. During wet weather, you may need to increase the frequency. Deep cleaning, such as shampooing the carpet or buffing and polishing hard floors, should be done monthly in high traffic areas and every few months in low traffic areas.

5. Trash Removal

Remove garbage from the building daily, especially if the garbage may contain food or other items that could attract pests. Your cleaning crew should empty large or public cans nightly, or as they fill during the day. Staff should be responsible for emptying personal cans before leaving for the day.

Contact a commercial building cleaning company for more assistance.


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