Everyone’s familiar with spring cleaning, but fall cleaning is just as important. It is the perfect time to thoroughly clean your office to keep everyone on track. Continue reading to learn about the importance of fall cleaning and a list of useful steps.
There’s no reason that you should wait months for spring to roll around to get your office into decent shape. All this means is that you’ll spend the winter months in a dirty, cluttered space. This isn’t just unsanitary, it’s plain gross.
Your office gets enclosed during the winter to keep out the cold air, trapping all the dust, dirt, and grime inside your business. Did you know that 50% of dust is dead skin cells? If you feel comfortable breathing that for a few months, go ahead and wait to clean your office until spring.
Cleaning this fall can boost your business’s productivity. Studies prove that workers are more productive when working in clean environments. There’s no reason that you should wait until spring time to make sure that your workers are in a clean, distraction-free environment.
Follow our fall cleaning list in order to make sure that your business stays clean throughout the year:
Spring and fall cleaning lists start with the same crucial, simple task: eliminate trash and waste. While this step does involve trash removal, it’s more than just emptying trash cans.
Take a look around your office and ask yourself what’s worth keeping. If something isn’t bringing value to you or your employees, then it’s a waste of space. Make sure to collaborate with your employees on this first step. The last thing you want to do is accidentally throw out something that they need.
Studies show that employees who are regularly exposed to natural light experience an 84% drop in issues like headaches, eyestrain, and blurred vision. Natural light even helps employee mental health, causing clear improvements in mood and sleep.
Dirt and grime reduce the amount of natural light that comes in through windows by 40%. When you combine this reduction with the reduced natural light that comes with the winter season, your employees might not be getting the light they need. Cleaning your windows from top to bottom can make sure that your employees are getting as much light as possible over the winter season.
Stained walls give your business an unprofessional, distracting, and frankly gross appearance. Outside of stains, walls collect dust, dirt, and other grime that can aggravate your employee’s asthma or allergies. Ease employee lungs and client eyes by giving your walls a good scrub.
Make sure that you scrub your walls with a natural sponge that isn’t going to damage them. Use It’s especially important to use green-cleaning chemicals now, since offices trap air during the fall and winter seasons. After scrubbing your walls, make sure to collect extra moisture with a cleaning cloth—water that lingers on your walls can cause damage.
Start off by cleaning fixtures around your office. This includes things like:
- Reception Desks
- Light Fixtures
- Ceiling Fans
- Other Built-In Equipment
Ask your employees to clear their personal items before cleaning to simplify the process on your end. Be careful when cleaning electronics! Make sure to cut the power before gently wiping down the tech with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
Once you’ve cleaned fixtures, move on to things that can be moved. This includes monitors, chairs, and other furniture. These items collect a massive amount of dust, so make sure to do a deep clean that covers every corner of them.
Now that you’ve cleaned your walls, windows, and furniture, it’s time for some thorough dusting. Dusting is critical for increasing the air quality of your office, and helping out employees with asthma or other breathing issues.
Proper dusting follows a specific, spiral-based technique. Start off with the highest items in the room and work your way down in a spiral. Never start dusting with floor-level items, they’ll just get dirty again by the time you reach the higher stuff. Make sure to use the right dusting tools. A clean dry mop, microfiber cloth, and broom are all great to use in addition to a standard duster.
All of that cleaning and dusting has likely led to a substantial build up of dirt and other particulates across your office. Vacuum your floors and other office furniture to remove as much dust as possible. Make sure to start in the far corner of your room and work in rows, vacuuming forward and backward for best results.
These steps of the fall cleaning checklist are more intensive, and you’ll need to bring in some outside help.
Carpets can contain up to one pound of dirt per square foot before it’s even visible. When was the last time you had your carpets professionally cleaned? Thorough carpet cleaning is impossible to do without the right equipment, so you’ll need to partner to provide cleaning services.
Once you’ve cleaned your carpets, look into floor care. Proper hard floor care is key to a clean, professional appearance in your place of business.
Now that your business is clean, you have the perfect opportunity to reorganize your office. Try to take the perspective of your employees:
- What can you do to better use the space?
- Where do people lose time?
- Is there anything that’s distracting?
Collaborate with your employees on finding the right changes. Office cleaning helps everyone, so make sure that their voices are heard.
If fall cleaning sounds too difficult to handle by yourself, turn to Absolute Janitorial. We can handle all of these tasks on a day-to-day basis and keep your business pristine through the fall, winter, spring, and summer.
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