Back to the Office: Target High-traffic Areas

Employees, clients and visitors are headed back to the office. We’re seeing it nationally and with the trend comes the need to ensure your buildings meet a new level of expectations. One great place to start is shoring up your cleaning program for high-traffic areas.

Focusing on where people interact the most is important. Folks want to know that the crowded, most visited parts of the building are frequently cleaned and given extra attention. It prevents the spread of germs and reduces worry.

Here’s where we recommend you start:

Entryways

Make sure door handles are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. You don’t have to overdo it, but people are used to seeing this level of cleanliness. Put their needs first.

Also, give mats and hard floors a little extra love. If you vacuum the rest of the building less frequently, get to these at least once a day – outside of your normal cleaning schedule.

A day porter will police the entryways and also handle other things, such as emptying garbage, that give people confidence your building is clean.

Main Corridors

Hallways are high-traffic, and they need daily cleaning. If your carpets look dirty, consider extraction before bringing employees back. Then, a daily vacuum will keep things looking good.

For hard floors, a deep cleaning with polish is a good place to start. An auto scrubber can handle the daily work.

Break Rooms + Waiting Rooms

Your cleaning team should prioritize any area where people have to be around other people for an extended amount of time. Wipe down counters throughout the day and police for garbage and spills. Do those things cause COVID-19? Nope. But if things look dirty, people will assume you aren’t taking their health and safety seriously.

Restrooms

We’ve touched on this before, and you can read more in Restroom Rescue: What a Deep Clean Looks Like. But, remember to spot clean your restrooms throughout the day and ensure each has soap and paper towels. People are going to go through more items than in the past.

Need more help with adjusting your cleaning program? Send us an email.

Cleaner’s Corner: How do I make sure my construction cleanup project finishes on time?

Question: It’s more common than not for our construction cleanup projects to miss deadline, which can affect the opening of a facility. How can I assure that doesn’t happen?

Mike Staver, KleenMark’s vice president of operations

This may be my shortest answer ever. It comes down this: Make sure your cleaning company has a dedicated project manager.

Like every other aspect of your construction project, effectively manage your cleanup to make sure you hit deadlines. At KleenMark, we have a dedicated project manager who specializes in construction cleanups, because we’ve seen what happens without one.

A project manager understands the sequence of events and guarantees the right parts of a facility are cleaned at the right time. For instance, you don’t want the sinks cleaned until an inspector tests the water. And if the HVAC hasn’t been commissioned, you’re going to have to go back and clean the dust it blew everywhere once it was turned on.

Those are only a couple of examples. Our project managers “talk the talk” as well. They attend contractor meetings to clearly understand project delays, new needs, etc., that impact work.

Ultimately, with a specialized project manager you don’t have to worry if the building is going to be cleaned to your standards. It’s out of mind and that’s value in itself. Check out this article to better understand how trained crews also save you time and money.

About this series: In the Cleaner’s Corner, our experts address questions we receive in the field. Our goal is to provide straightforward, practical tips and advice you can use.

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