Beyond keeping a clean business for aesthetic reasons, it’s crucial to keep up on proper cleaning practices for health concerns, too. During the winter, diseases and infectious germs spread like wildfire. If you aren’t keeping the workplace clean, you may find more than half your employee pool is calling in sick!
Here are 5 ways you can keep your office healthy and clean—for both your staff, and those who frequent your business on a regular basis. Let’s start outside, first.
Clear Your Parking Lot
It’s important to keep your parking lot free of as much ice and snow as possible. You can shovel by hand if it’s a smaller lot, or you can call a professional plow service who can clear it quickly. You’ll want to make sure to use a chemical drier or snow and ice salts once all the snow has been cleared.
Safeguard Your Floors
All that salt and moisture can wreak havoc on your office floors—even with a freshly cleared parking lot, you’ll still have snow-edged boots and shoes moving through, and salt particles atop that. The worst part? All that moisture becomes a breeding ground for mold to grow and bacteria to fester.
Entrance mats will be your saving grace. Your doorways are the front lines, and the mats will take in a significant amount of moisture and debris, which will save you lots of money and cleaning time in the future. Secondly, keeping the floors swept, vacuumed, or mopped regularly will be vital. The longer dirt, salt, and other debris stays in carpet fibers, the quicker those fibers will break down—and you don’t want to add replacing floors to the company budget!
Maintain Air Quality
Did you know that indoor air can hold up to 5 times more pollutants than the air outdoors? Because this air circulates through your office continually, you’ll want to take extra care during winter months when sicknesses spread. Make sure your HVAC systems are efficiently cleaned and expertly maintained. This will reduce the amount of dirt and germs circulating throughout your office, which means healthy employees and safeguarding for your visitors!
Disinfect Your Office
Inevitably, sick days will increase during the winter. When one person gets sick and then comes to work, the chance of infecting your entire workforce increases. You can certainly use Lysol for cleaning all surfaces like desks, counters, doorknobs, door frames, and walls, but there’s an even stronger solution.
An electrostatic spray system called EnviroShield® will basically cling to and surround every surface it touches. This means protection from some of the worst viruses out there, like MRSA, Legionella, Swine Flu, Avian Flu, Salmonella, Norovirus, E-Coli, Listeria, and tons more.
Professional Cleaning Services Can Help
There’s a certain pride to be taken in keeping your own office clean, but some things are easier when you call in the professionals. A cleaning company can come in after hours to clean the floors and sanitize your workplace. This means your staff can stay on task, and you can tend to the important matters of your business
Safe parking lots and a fresh, clean office is inviting to clients and customers—especially in the wintertime. And the healthier your workforce is, the happier they’ll be—something that will shine through to all your clients and customers!