Facility Cleaning: 10 Ways to Up Your Game This Year

It’s likely your facility cleaning program has never been under as much scrutiny as it is today. Employees want to know offices, factories, schools and clinics are clean and disinfected.

That’s why we’ve put together 10 of the best things you can do to take your cleaning and disinfecting program to the next level.

1. Add day cleaning

A day cleaner ensures frequently touched surfaces are disinfected regularly, restrooms are kept spotless and handles an array of other issues that arise during work hours. Having a day porter present also reassures employees, because they see them cleaning.

Check out, “Facility Day Cleaning: The Essential Checklist”, to go deeper.

2. Target high-traffic areas

Ramping up your efforts in high-traffic areas such as entryways, main corridors, restrooms, and waiting rooms will help give your employees and visitors the peace of mind that the places they spend the most time in are clean and sanitized. Get more info in “Back to the Office: Target High-Traffic Areas”.

3. Soft-surface disinfection

Tables and door handles get all the attention, but soft surfaces spread germs, too. A scheduled disinfection cadence not only keeps drapes and chairs fresh, but it also reassures employees you’re taking extra steps. Read “Tips for Tackling Upholstery, Drapes and More,” to learn more.

4. Refine your floor care

Dirty floors instantly trigger concerns your entire building isn’t clean. Increase how often you run the auto scrubber. Consider upgrading your mats. And regularly run an extractor on carpets. “Matting Maintenance, How to Protect Your Office Floor Mats,” is a great place to start.

5. Teach the basics

Don’t forget the small stuff. From dwell time to what chemicals work best, make sure your team has the information and training they need. This three-step process ensures they know how to properly disinfect hard surfaces.

6. Go touchless

This one is a must. Install touchless sanitizing stations, and soap and towel dispensers. It reduces germs and immediately improves perception. These four touch-free options are a great place to start.

7. Don’t forget to look up

People notice things they used to ignore. That includes dirty vents and cobwebs on lights. We’ve increasingly had requests to clean exposed ducts, as we talk about in this recent Cleaner’s Corner.

8. Empower employees

Give employees the resources and knowledge to help keep germs away. We like to start with signage, supplies and sanitizer, which is outlined in this Back-to-the-Office blog.

9. Increase deep disinfections

Daily cleaning is essential but it’s important to incorporate deep disinfecting into your program. What’s that mean? Generally, a trained team will use electrostatic sprayers to ensure all surfaces are adequately disinfected. They’ll also focus on soft surfaces, electronics and other areas that aren’t disinfected as frequently.

10. Share your story

This is the time to feature your team. Highlight your cleaning program – and the people behind it – in company newsletters, emails and other content. People relate to people. Seeing your team at work will instill confidence in other employees and a sense of pride in your team. It’s intangible, but goes a long way. 

If you’re looking for more tips, check out Customer Perception: 6 Commercial Cleaning Missteps That Cause Instant Worry.” 

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