Keep a clean restaurant to keep customers coming back

Be careful when cleaning your restaurant.

Be careful when cleaning your restaurant.

A clean restaurant can not only be what sets you apart from competitors, it can also bring in customer confidence. Taking the time each night to take the cleaning cart around and go over every surface area is critical to making a good presentation in your eatery. However, you’ll want to be cleaning throughout the day to ensure that you’re not overwhelmed during your closeout.

According to All Food Business, you should ask all employees to take ownership of their workspace, making sure they’re cleaning throughout their shifts so they’re not overwhelming the closing crew. This means that any servers should be responsible for their own sections, hosts should be in charge of the seating area and the kitchen staff designating cleaning responsibilities for specific areas.

Additionally, the National Restaurant Association suggests taking stock of what’s on the cleaning cart every so often. You need to make sure that you’re using products that won’t put customers or employees in danger if they’re using them near food or in the kitchen. Be sure to read all of the manufacturer’s instructions and take note of any warning labels about potentially hazardous chemicals. This will help ensure that everyone is safe, even while you’re trying to clean your restaurant.

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Put a building maintenance plan in place

Stay on top of maintenance needs.

Stay on top of maintenance needs.

Building maintenance can help you keep costs down in the long run. Hiring cleaning crews and a maintenance staff to have on-hand can help protect you from issues from getting too out of control and ultimately being more costly than you may have ever intended. For example, if you don’t send someone with a cleaning cart to address a small mold problem immediately, it could morph into a major issue that requires professionals to do some extraction that winds up affecting your bottom line.

Putting a maintenance plan in place can help you stay on top of issues before they balloon. Buildings.com suggests you should inspect your roof at least twice a year, or after any major storm, to prevent leaks from happening. Structural damage to a building can be costly, and it’s important to make sure you are saving yourself from reoccurring issues that become too costly to fix. The news provider also suggested doing routine maintenance on the heating and cooling systems, as this can help save on energy costs, reducing spend in the long run.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that routine cleaning and maintenance can help make a building safer for all its occupants, since the air quality is better, reducing pollutants and allergens.

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Stay on top of mold control

Take control of mold before it takes control of your building.

Take control of mold before it takes control of your building.

Mold can be a problem in any building, but it’s critical to address the issue head on before it becomes a costly nuisance to eradicate. However, if you’re sending professionals with stocked cleaning carts around the building on a regular basis, you can help prevent mold from becoming a bigger problem.

Buildings.com suggests there are a lot of ways to prevent mold from spreading that go beyond cleaning. Because it’s typically caused by excess moisture, fixing leaks anywhere around the building is a must. The news provider reports this means everything from pipes to roofs and any other structures where moisture may be getting through.

The source also suggests taking control of the building’s humidity. By getting a meter to measure the level, you’ll be able to see if the air is straying from the optimal 30 to 50 percent range.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as long as the mold problem takes up less area than 10 by 10 feet, your staff should be able to handle the situation on its own. However, if it is a problem that’s affecting a large part of your building, you may need to bring in a contractor or another professional to help contain the problem. Failure to address it could lead to bad air quality, affecting any of your building’s occupants.

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Corral all your supplies onto one cleaning cart

Keep all your cleaning products in one place.

Keep all your cleaning products in one place.

In addition to a professional crew with cleaning carts, employees should do their best to keep the office tidy. You never know when a potential client meeting is going to happen, and you also want to be sure to keep the working space clean for your fellow employees. However, there are some hacks you can do to keep your office looking clean.

Consumer Affairs suggests using cleaning carts to keep all your products in one place. Consider reserving a special place so all employees know exactly where they can pick up supplies, should there be a spill or something that needs attention. Additionally, the source reports that this makes the cleaning supplies easily transportable, so you don’t have to worry about trying to juggle multiple products at once.

Not only does a clean office help impress outside customers, but it’s also beneficial to the employees who work there day to day. According to Business.com, the average employee spends up to 1.5 hours per day looking for things. If you keep the office clean and organized, it helps boost productivity because workers are spending less time sorting through the clutter. Any easy way to boost efficiency ultimately adds to your company’s bottom line.

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The cleaning industry turns to sustainability

The cleaning industry is going green.

The cleaning industry is going green.

Cleaning products are crucial to preventing germs in the workplace, but unfortunately with some can be hazardous to the environment, depending on the severity of chemicals used. It’s important that crews know what’s on their cleaning carts in an effort to reduce the amount of severe chemicals in a place of business. Not only is this practice beneficial to coworkers’ health, but also the environment.

According to Facility Executive, the cleaning industry is taking steps to ensure their products are sustainable. The news provider reports that the assessment they take into account includes energy used to create, water wasted and gas emissions when creating cleaning products. Companies were then told what they could improve upon in an effort to be more sustainable in their operations.

There’s been a bigger push for sustainability in the cleaning industry, not just about how it’s run, but also the products themselves. According to Facilities Net, since there have been studies that severe chemicals can have long-last effects on occupants, building managers have been making a conscious effort to go green. The news provider reports that managers also take the cleaning crews’ well-being into account when making the switch to safer products, since they get closer exposure while on the job.

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Build a reputation for your cleaning crew

Build a reputation that brings more customers.

Build a reputation that brings more customers.

If you’re thinking about starting your own cleaning business, you need to make sure you have the right cleaning carts, products and staff in order to build a strong reputation in the field. Building managers frequently assess who they partner with based on reputation, and if you’re known for reasonable rates, a high-quality staff and great results, then it should be relatively easy to build up a base.

The Small Business Chronicle suggests going to different offices when just starting out and speaking to the building manager about your cleaning services. Come prepared with rates, full details of what you offer and different plans they can purchase. This is a great way to get a foot in the door and start attracting customers. You can then rely on them to bring word of mouth to their peers.

Entrepreneur also recommends asking colleagues, friends and family to pass around your business’s cards in an effort to build a base. While reputation can help you amass a following, you need to make sure you’re doing the groundwork through word of mouth wherever you can. Also consider leaving fliers and business cards in office plazas and lobbies in an effort to attract more business.

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How often should a cleaning crew come in

Is the cleaning crew coming too frequently?

Is the cleaning crew coming too frequently?

You may be trying to consolidate on costs and see how frequently it makes sense to bring in a crew with cleaning carts to take care of office clutter. While some things, like cleaning up cubicles and organizing supply closets, can be left up to employees, other to-dos are best left to the professionals.

According to Good Housekeeping, there are some cleanup chores that should be left to a daily basis while others can stand to wait until professionals can come in. For starters, the coffee pot should be cleaned on a daily basis, and it could make sense to instate a rule that whoever is the last to use it for the day is the one in charge of cleaning.

However, something that can be left to a professional crew, like vacuuming or cleaning light fixtures, can be completed on a monthly basis. This way, you don’t need to feel as though you need to bring a crew in every day if you’re looking to reduce overall maintenance costs.

If you have tile floors in your office space, the Spruce recommends having them mopped once a week, particularly in high-traffic areas to keep from them from getting slippery or having buildup. When there’s a lot of foot traffic, it can be easy to get dirty quickly.

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Keep the office clean for healthy employees

Stop germs in their tracks.

Stop germs in their tracks.

Working in a shared office space can typically lead to a lot of spread germs. Not only is it easier for bacteria to grow in heavily trafficked areas, but individuals combatting allergies may be at risk due to certain particles in the air and other environmental effects. However, being very stringent about sending in crews with cleaning carts can make a difference in protecting people from germs.

Women’s Health Magazine reports that while heavily trafficked areas are important to keep clean, it should not discount the attention that’s paid to an employee’s cubicle. The source suggests that a worker’s personal area is actually the germiest part of the office, and they’re continually touching surfaces all day that could be spreading germs. The news provider suggests in addition to having cleaning crews come through on a regular basis to clean surfaces, you should keep wipes around so employees can wipe down their cubicles on a regular basis to stop germs in their tracks.

U.S. News & World Report also suggests looking at the break room, as it’s heavily trafficked and people are frequently touching the same surface areas, such as coffee pot handles, microwave buttons and refrigerator doors. This can help stop germs from spreading where people eat.

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Keep organized for a productive work day

Clean to stay productive.

Clean to stay productive.

Do you find that your office becomes more cluttered over time? It can be difficult to stay organized, and while you can hire cleaning crews to help keep everything well maintained, there is still the issue of general office clutter, which can typically be brought on by messy employees who keep their workspaces in disarray.

However, it is possible to break these bad habits. According to CNN Money, grouping together papers and filing them in specific folders not only clears space on your desk, but gives you a roadmap of exactly where to go when looking for a particular subject. Keeping the folders clearly labeled or even color-coded can help you find something that much quicker. The news provider also suggests limiting your office supplies to only things that are a necessity. If you have too many pens, paper clips or other items, you run the risk of adding clutter.

Business 2 Community reports better organization can not only help you work with a clear mind, but you’re much more productive. If you’re spending less time looking for things and more time actually accomplishing work, you’ll notice your production levels start to improve over time. Organizational skills aren’t just great for a peace of mind, they also benefit a clear head and drive focus.

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Try natural cleaning solutions to save money, help the environment

Natural remedies can be cost effective and beneficial.

Natural remedies can be cost effective and beneficial.

If you want to save on cleaning products but still want to make sure your office is looking spick and span, there are plenty of natural remedies that aren’t costly and are not too harsh on the environment.

According to the Citizen Tribune, keeping vinegar on your cleaning cart is a smart decision, because it not only can help clean surfaces, but it can also kill bacteria that lingers below the surface. Not only are you helping to clean your surfaces, but you’re also making for a healthier work environment when you use vinegar. Not only is vinegar good for surfaces, but the news provider reports you may want to consider using it in the building’s bathrooms, as it can destroy the buildup typically seen on faucets and counters.

Have a rust issue in your building? Real Simple reports that lemon juice has an acidity that can remove rust stains from a surface. The news provider suggests mixing lemon juice with salt, because it can create a paste that makes scouring easier. The news provider reports that this is especially helpful on facets and on tile grout, simply use a toothbrush to scrub the hard to reach areas. These natural remedies can save on your cleaning bills in the long run.

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