Make workplace cleanliness an employee concern

Keep cleaning a priority for both the professionals and your employees.

Keep cleaning a priority for both the professionals and your employees.

Do you instill a culture of cleanliness in the workplace? It goes beyond bringing in a professional crew with cleaning carts, although that should be done on a regular basis to reduce the amount of bacteria in the air. You want to make sure that your employees take cleaning seriously, as it can show respect for their fellow coworkers.

According to Forbes, 57 percent of employees admit they’ve judged a coworker based on their messiness. The news provider suggests coming up with limits for storage. For example, once a bookshelf is completely filled, give a book away. This can also be done with the containers in the kitchen. By creating a replacement system, clutter can be kept under control.

Monster suggests management also schedule cleanup days which gives employees a couple of days a year to go through the entire office and do a deep clean. This means getting rid of any items that may no longer have use or even taking the time to deep clean the surfaces. The source also suggests encouraging employees to think about safety, and if they have a particularly cluttered workspace, that it is not creating a hazard for themselves, their coworkers or the building.

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Think about health when cleaning

Eco-friendly cleaning can benefit your staff.

Eco-friendly cleaning can benefit your staff.

When trying to keep the building clean, many professional crews rely on a number of products on their cleaning carts to not only polish surfaces, but also stop bacteria in its tracks. However, some chemicals could be harsher than others, putting both the cleaning crew and every day staff at risk when inhaling fumes.

You may want to think about environmentally-friendly cleaning products that are still appropriate for professional use but won’t impact the ecosystem. The Guardian reports that using some of the harsher cleaning products, such as bleach, could increase one’s chances of developing certain medical conditions.

Not only could using eco-friendly cleaning products benefit health, they could also save you money. According to iSustainable Earth, products that claim to go green can be less expensive than ones with harsher chemicals. You just need to do your research and determine which ones are effective in stopping germs in their tracks. Ask your cleaning crews for their professional opinions on what works for both cleaning and bacteria prevention and see if there is something you can do to make your cleaning products more eco-friendly. You could also ask your crews to make their own cleaning solutions with the likes of lemons and vinegar, which are known cleaning products.

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Keep a clean office for mental and physical health

Cleaning benefits your employees in a number of ways.

Cleaning benefits your employees in a number of ways.

You spend a lot of your life in an office, so you want to make sure you’re feeling comfortable every time you take a seat at your desk. You may not realize it, but if you don’t have a crew of professionals coming in every so often with cleaning carts and organizing the workplace, it could affect your productivity.

Shape reports that an organized workspace is linked to higher productivity. Because you’re spending less time searching for things you need to get the job done, you’re more likely to be efficient while staying on task. However, the source is quick to point out that it can depend on the personality. For example, if you’re a creative worker and like to have a lot of personal items on your desk, then cleaning it too much might do more harm than good.

However, a clean office can also benefit employee health. Bangor Daily News reports a cleaner working environment can ultimately lead to a healthier life, because it helps reduce the chances of spreading bacteria with dirty surfaces. Just make sure your cleaning crew has the right disinfectants to stop germs in their tracks and also cleanup spills that occur in highly trafficked areas such as the kitchen.

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Be sure you’re using your mop to its potential

Are you keeping the mop sanitary?

Are you keeping the mop sanitary?

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to cleaning. Preferring certain brands or methods can be common, but many organizations will typically leave it up to professionals with cleaning carts to take care of a building’s maintenance needs. However, if you’re a building manager and have heard some common misconceptions about cleaning, you’re not alone.

According to Realtor.com, one of the common cleaning myths is that mops just simply move dirt around and don’t actually address the problem. However, the news provider reports investing in a high-quality mop with microfibers can help ensure the dirt clings on, removing grime from the floor. Just make sure to thoroughly rinse the mop after each use and have a bucket for dirty water and one with cleaner in it.

In addition to taking care of the floors with the mop, you need to keep up with regular mop maintenance to keep it lasting longer. The Spruce reports after each mop use, you want to thoroughly rinse it out and then allow it to fully dry before you put it back into storage. This can help prevent bacteria from growing on the mop head. Try to store it outdoors if it’s possible, as this can speed up the process.

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A busy school year doesn’t have to mean dirty floors

Stay up on cleaning the floors.

Stay up on cleaning the floors.

The school year brings a lot of hustle and bustle to the hallway, and while you may have cleaning crews that come through every night to take care of routine cleanup, general foot traffic can create a problem on the floors.

Whether your school has tile or carpet, the floors should be in as pristine condition as possible to keep the entire building looking fresh. However, with every break in between classes, this can become harder to achieve. According to American School & University Magazine, the fall is particularly difficult to maintain floors because students are frequently tracking in leaves and dirt on the bottoms of their shoes. The news provider reports even the strongest janitorial staffs can find challenges with keeping the floors up for appearances.

The news provider reports you should have multiple cleaners on the cleaning carts, because schools frequently don’t have the same flooring throughout. Some rooms could have wood, while others have carpet or tile. You need to be able to address these issues.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, schools are healthier when they’re kept clean. This helps reduce the spread of debris and germs, so it’s important that cleaning crews are addressing the issue as best they can in an efficient manner.

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Go natural to save money, have a healthy crew

Cleaning with natural products could be beneficial in a lot of ways.

Cleaning with natural products could be beneficial in a lot of ways.

If you’re finding yourself spending a lot of money on the cleaning products that go on the janitorial carts in your building, you’re not alone. In fact, the cost of cleaning can add up quick, but that does not mean you should skimp on how often you’re disinfecting the workspace. You just might want to swap out certain products with more cost-effective options.

USA Today reports natural cleaning products are a great way to go when trying to reduce costs. Using products such as white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide not only helps keep surfaces clean, but they also are much more cost-effective than some of the name brand cleaners.

Not only could switching to natural products help save money, they could also be better for your working environment. According to Care.com, sometimes harsh chemicals may get the job done, but put the cleaners at risk by breathing in fumes or having the chemicals come into contact with the skin. While this kind of deep cleaning is good to do on an annual basis, or if something is becoming a hazard, exposure to these kinds of chemicals all the time isn’t always the best without proper protective gear. Taking out harsh chemicals every once and a while could be good for your cleaning crew.

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Start the school year on the right foot by preventing germs

Stop germs in their tracks.

Stop germs in their tracks.

The school year brings a lot spreading of germs as students are packed into classrooms, sharing supplies and using the same surfaces. As a result, it’s important to have a cleaning crew on hand to help stop germs in their tracks on a regular basis. Bringing in a janitorial staff every night after school can help disinfect the school’s surface levels, making it harder for students to pass germs to one another.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s important to stop germs in their tracks in an effort to keep up with assignments. Asking students who feel under the weather to stay home so they don’t infect other kids is the first step. The news provider reports that school age children typically have a high rate of flu.

In addition to having a cleaning crew on hand, CBS News reports that teachers should encourage students to wipe down surface areas whenever possible. Depending on the age, having cleanup time throughout the day rather than waiting until after the cleaning crews arrive at night can stop bacteria from spreading. Also encouraging both students and staff to wash their hands throughout the day can prevent bacteria from spreading.

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Keep germs at bay in the workplace

Do you have a cleaning plan in place?

Do you have a cleaning plan in place?

The workplace can be an easy way to spread germs. With so many people working together in a small space, it can be easy for people to spread bacteria. It’s important to keep crews on hand to go around with cleaning carts and sanitize all surfaces in an effort to stop bacteria in its tracks.

According to the London Economic, keeping a regular cleaning schedule in the workplace can help keep germs at bay. Hiring an external firm can help ensure that top-line cleaning products are being used by professionals, but if you want to supplement some of the cost by having employees responsible for some aspects of tidying up, that can help you have a more frequent cleaning schedule as a lesser cost.

Safety and Health Magazine reports that keeping up with a system in place for how to clean certain things can also benefit worker safety. For example, something like a grease spill could lead to injuries if not properly cleaned. If you’re unable to keep a professional cleaning crew on retainer to address a problem immediately, having a guide on how to properly clean up certain issues can help all workers stay accountable in keeping the workplace safe and clean.

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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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