Now that summer has come to an end, it is essential to start thinking about office cleaning maintenance such as pressure washing, window cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and floor care. Although fall is a beautiful time of year, especially here in Vancouver, BC, it also means more dirt and debris, leaves, and moisture. The cold, damp weather also causes frequent spreading of germs and illness. Cleaning during the fall is paramount for minimizing safety hazards and ensuring a germ-free office. Here are some office cleaning tips to prepare for fall.
Clean, Disinfect & Sanitize
In Canada, an average of 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths are related to the flu each year. Colds and flus are one of the most common causes of illness in an office due to the large amount of traffic and shared surfaces. Because viruses can survive on surfaces for hours or even days, it is crucial to regularly clean, disinfect, and sanitize often. Hiring a Vancouver office cleaning company to perform Electrostatic Disinfection or ULV Fogging is highly suggested during the fall and winter months to ensure no surfaces are missed.
Lay Down Mats
Mats in entryways, hallways, lobbies, and other major walkways not only reduce dirt and debris from entering the office, but also help minimize the amount of moisture brought in. Moisture is a major culprit of floor damage, especially when it comes to carpets and hardwood floors. Depending on the office floor material, adding a protective coating may be an option. To learn more about the different types of commercial floors click here.
Designate an Area for Wet Coats/Umbrellas
The estimated annual rainfall in Vancouver is 146 cm with most of the rainfall occurring in the fall and winter months. To prevent water damage and slips and falls, designate an area for wet coats and umbrellas. Reduce safety hazards and water damage by mopping and attending to wet areas throughout the day on rainy days.
Schedule a Deep Clean
Cleaning once a year during the spring is not enough to keep an office clean. Deep cleans should be completed a few times throughout the year to improve air quality, minimize allergens, reduce bacteria growth, and keep an office space in good condition for years to come. Deep cleaning includes pressure washing, window cleaning, upholstery cleaning, high surface dusting, and floor care (to name a few). All offices should incorporate a deep cleaning schedule based on their individual cleaning needs.
Pay Extra Attention to Windows
Long-term exposure to rainfall leads to sediment build-up on windows. Over time, the sediment can be quite tricky to remove if ignored. This, along with heavy foot traffic, pollution, and other exterior elements can cause damage, staining, and cause cloudy windows. Excessive moisture can also lead to mould and mildew growth on windows, window frames, and the surrounding walls. This is not ideal for attracting new business and can be a health and safety hazard. Cleaning windows with a mixture of water and vinegar will easily remove sediment and will keep windows looking squeaky-clean.