New year, new you! Right? But what does that really mean for your cleaning practices?
Fitness and finances tend to steal the show when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, but just about every area of our lives could benefit from some reflection and goal-setting – that’s right, even your commercial cleaning practices.
Upon closer examination, are your cleaning practices up to par for 2022? Prioritizing cleaning solutions and utilizing the experience of Transcend FMC, one of the largest janitorial companies in Chester County and the greater southeastern PA area, will ultimately result in better health and safety strategies – the foundation for everything else in our lives and businesses.
Here’s a checklist of some commonly overlooked things to help you ensure that you are providing the most hygienic environment possible and one that will only serve to bolster your facility’s reputation.
Take a High-Low Approach
The best local janitorial companies will have employees work from the top-down, beginning with dusting ceilings and walls (which are theoretically the cleanest areas) and finish with scrubbing the toilets and floors – the notoriously dirtiest areas. Use a dust wand to clean spots that cannot be reached by hand, like the tops of ceiling vents and ledges.
Remember to restock items including hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels, and trash receptable liners. A good time to replenish everything is toward the beginning of a cleaning routine, after disinfectant chemicals have been sprayed on fixtures and need to settle for approximately 2 to 5 minutes to effectively kill germs and bacteria.
Paper Towel Removal
Trash receptables overflowing with paper towels gives the appearance that a restroom is not being properly maintained, plus it presents the potential for bacterial growth. Converting to automatic hand dryers is an excellent way to keep restrooms appearing cleaner and to reduce maintenance needs.
If you haven’t already, consider investing in devices with motion sensors for your faucets, soap dispensers, and toilets too. Not only are touchless fixtures said to help decrease the spread of germs, but they can be more environmentally friendly.
Whether you are looking to upgrade now or in the future, make it a point to seek out appropriate components with antimicrobial technology. Hand dryers with antimicrobial technology are designed to be more effective against the buildup of bacteria, such as E. coli and MRSA. Antimicrobial wall paint and flooring are another functional and inconspicuous way to add a layer of protection against the spread of germs.
As the first place any guest sees when they enter an office, the reception area needs to be spotless and sparkling. Clean the front doors on both sides and make sure any front door décor or welcome mats are clean and tidy.
Remember to dust tables, chairs, lamps, window components, vents, and essentially each and every surface in the reception area.
While it may be tempting to skip or easy to overlook, disinfecting is important even (or perhaps especially) in a reception or waiting area. Disinfect the counter, desk, and phones. Tables and chairs can be disinfected too.
Kitchens and Break Areas
Unclaimed items need to be cleared out of the refrigerator regularly, and the shelves should be routinely disinfected. The coffeemaker is another office workhorse that needs to be emptied and cleaned regularly. Microwaves, toasters, and any other small appliances in the kitchen or break room need to be part of the regular cleaning routine, too.
The heavily used surfaces in the kitchen must be straightened up and disinfected from the counter tops to the outside of cabinets to the sink and all of the doors and door handles.
At Transcend, we won’t leave you wondering whether your commercial cleaning company is doing its job. As a top janitorial provider for southeastern PA, we understand that a team’s staff is what makes the difference in service quality. We maintain the highest safety levels for our employees and clients, and a commitment to service excellence is our standard.
Schedule a consultation with Transcend today to see how we our team of janitorial service experts can make sure every part of your Chester County or southeastern PA facility in in great shape and feels great to work in. No matter your needs, we’ve got you covered!