You’re going for the good impression.
You won’t attract anyone with a building that looks less-than-well-kept.
But sometimes, you need some cleaning tips for certain situations.
Maybe you’re not sure how often is too often to vacuum. Or if there even IS a “too often?”
Let’s take a look at some common cleaning conundrums and tips on how to solve them.
Tip #1: You can’t OVER vacuum
Vacuuming is one of the most important tasks you can do – other than maintenance cleaning – to keep your business looking nice and inviting to the people coming and going.
Dirt, soil and pollutants from the air settle on the carpet and break down the fibers. The result is broken and matted fibers, and dark, dirty, heavy-traffic patterns.
You’ll end up needing a restoration cleaning or – the worst-case scenario – replacement. Yikes.
That’s where this tip can save the carpet.
So, if you can’t over vacuum, how often should your business carpet be vacuumed?
It depends on how much foot-traffic the area is getting.
We’ve broken it down into a basic guide for you to follow:
High-level floors (2 floors and up): Three times a week
Ground or level entrances of a busy building: Daily
Golf course pro-shops and car dealerships: Daily
Attorneys, lawyers, and minimally-trafficked offices: Weekly
The manufacturer of the carpet is another good resource for answers.
Tip #2: Clean your garbage cans
Visualize walking into your favorite neighborhood sandwich shop to order their famous Reuben.
As you lick your fingers in satisfaction, you walk over to the garbage – AND the can is covered with grease, pop spills, black muck and golly only knows what else.
Your stomach turns as you ponder, “If they can’t keep the trash can clean, how does the kitchen fair?”
This can bring about a moment of truth for your customers. It’s the point at which they’re forming an opinion about your business.
It’s important to keep your garbage cans clean. They can quickly become an eyesore and make a stinky impression on customers and employees.
Clean means inside, outside, around and beyond. Make sure to empty daily – if not multiple times a day, depending on usage. An over-full can is an ugly sight, as well.
Tip #3: Put a waterproof mat under the water cooler
1 out of 5 times, when water is pulled from a cooler, a small amount is spilled on the floor.
Not a big deal, right?
It is if you have 10, 20, 50 or more employees. It can add up to a heck of a lot of water.
Plus, water on the floor leads to hazardous conditions, like:
Slippery surfaces: Vinyl or tile floors are a slipping hazard. In Labor and Industry terms, that means a claim from an injury due to falling.
Mildew accumulation: Carpet becomes mildewed quickly when it’s wet 5 days a week, continuously. Mildew causes allergies, asthma and other health risks in the workplace.
In addition, mildew and water tend to break down the backing of the carpet which causes bubbles or ripples.
Tip #4: Never, EVER mix chemicals
Stains can be a real bugger to remove, whether it’s on the carpet in the entryway to your office, in the conference room, or near “the klutzy salesman’s” desk.
Does this sound familiar? You apply an over the counter spot remover, then you scrub the stubborn spot and *humph* NO results.
You pull another cleaner out of your office-cleaning arsenal, scrub again, and *darn* –still no result.
You repeat the process, all the while not knowing that you may be putting yourself in serious danger.
Mixing chemicals together can cause a reaction and the majority of the time that’s not so good.
If you’re mixing a bleach and ammonia together, the gases could make you sick – or worse.
These are the symptoms that accompany exposure to this toxic mash-up:
Shortness of breath.
Irritation to the throat, nose, and eyes.
Pneumonia and fluid in the lungs.
Death could also be a result of mixing these two substances.
To keep you safe, we’ve provided more helpful info from the state of Washington on chemical mixing.
Interesting fact: As crazy as it may seem, the most frequent time chemicals are mixed is when cleaning a toilet. Use caution!
Tip #5: Use the right color scrubbing pad to avoid scratching tile or vinyl flooring
So, there’s a stubborn spot on the floor of your office?
Of course, you want to get rid of it as fast as possible.
After all, it’s your place of business and you want to put your best foot forward.
You grab a scrubbing sponge and abrasive cleaner and scrub away.
The spot doesn’t completely disappear so you repeat the process until the stain is gone – AWESOME.
Unfortunately, what’s left behind is a damaged, scratched surface. Ugh!
Hint: If this happens, it’s time to call Knoll to remedy the situation!
If it’s too late to call Knoll, you’ll need to know what to do in the future.
Prevent this from happening again by using a scrubbing pad that’s the correct abrasiveness level for the surface you’re cleaning.
Here’s a color-breakdown for sponges and scrubbers:
White and blue are gentle, typically won't cause damage and are safe to use on most surfaces.
Green is more abrasive. These pads and sponges will scratch glass and other “hard” surfaces.
Brown and black pads are really abrasive and act like sandpaper. They’ll scratch almost everything they come in contact with.
Stick with white or blue pads to be safe. Use neutral cleaners instead of commercial abrasive cleaners like Comet or Barkeepers.
They don’t help to remove a stain and will most likely leave behind a damaged surface.
Let a commercial cleaning company help
Using these tips will put you well on your way to maintaining a clean office space that looks attractive to visitors.
But, it’s a lot to keep up with.
Consider having a commercial cleaning company come in on a regular basis and take care of the dirty work for you.
Your space will look – and smell – delightful and you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Would having a professional commercial cleaning service regularly help you free up more time for other important aspects of your business?