Category: Commercial Cleaning

31 Aug 2021
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Cutting Costs To Improve Customer Experience

Cutting costs to improve customer experience sounds like an oxymoron. The reality for some businesses is that many of the expenses they incur through day-to-day operations can be slashed or even eliminated. The real trick to cutting costs is determining which expenses can be cut without negatively impacting the customers’ experience. Just as important is knowing which costs are essential to an excellent customer experience.

Cutting Costs – Areas To Address

Believe it or not, there are expenses incurred in everyday operations that you need not incur. And while finding them can be tricky, Complete Care Maintenance is here to help. We have put together a list of five areas of your business where you should look to start cutting costs.

Energy Usage

Energy costs represent a major expense for any business. Luckily, energy costs are also one of the easiest to reduce. While we understand that you need to keep the lights on, there are some fairly simple changes that you can make that will help reduce your energy costs and your environmental footprint.

  • Turn off the lights. Encourage your staff and customers to flip off the light switch when leaving an empty office, restroom, or breakroom. You’ll be surprised how much this simple measure can reduce your energy costs.
  • Shut down computers and other office equipment at night. Making a habit of shutting down office machines before leaving the office for the night can have a significant effect on your energy expenditures and can reduce wear and tear on your office machinery.
  • Switch to energy-efficient L.E.D. lightbulbs. L.E.D. lightbulbs are far more efficient than traditional bulbs. While they may cost more upfront, they last longer than traditional lightbulbs and represent one of the easiest ways of cutting costs.

Going Paperless

For many businesses, the idea of going ‘paperless’ is a little beyond their grasp. After all, there are some situations where paper is a necessary commodity but there are still ways that you can reduce your use of paper. Modern software is available that can manage payroll, customer relations, and other traditionally documented tasks. In addition to cutting costs, switching to computer-based processes can save time and improve productivity – not to mention reducing your environmental impact.

Purchasing Supplies

If you find yourself running to the Office Depot every time your ink pen goes dry, you can probably do a better job of purchasing supplies. Consider buying office supplies, cleaning supplies, and restroom and breakroom supplies in bulk. Bulk purchasing reduces the cost per unit and eliminates the time expended making trips to the store. Of course, buying in bulk also requires storage space and available cash flow, but it can be a valuable cost-cutting tool.

Areas To Avoid When Cutting Costs

When putting in place your cost-cutting strategy it is important to recognize that some areas of operation are just too important to your bottom line. In fact, as opposed to cutting costs in these areas, you may want to consider investing more in their optimization. Some areas to avoid when cutting costs are listed below.

Staffing and Training

Customer service is an essential ingredient for any successful business and cutting costs in staffing and employee training is a bad idea. In fact, it may make more sense to invest some of your cost-cutting savings in improved training programs for your staff. A well-trained and motivated staff can improve efficiency, customer relations, and your bottom line.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

At a time when the world is in year two of an ongoing pandemic protecting the health of your staff and customers is paramount. Today’s customers are hyper-vigilant about the cleanliness of businesses that they patronize. In fact, a whopping 92% of consumers surveyed said that the cleanliness of a business is a major factor in their decision to return. No business can afford to lose customers due to a lack of cleaning and sanitizing. Rather than cutting costs in this area, we believe you should invest in commercial cleaning services that will help protect you, your staff, and your clientele.

 

 

 

20 Aug 2021
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Indoor Air Quality – A Guide Toward Improving

Indoor air quality plays a vital role in our health and quality of life. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend on average 90% of their lives indoors where concentrations of some pollutants are 2-5 times higher than they in the great outdoors. People who are most susceptible to the adverse effects of poor air quality (the elderly, the very young, and those with respiratory disease) tend to spend more time indoors than others. With these facts in mind, it is easy to see why indoor air quality matters.

Impacts of Poor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality is the source of many health problems, from irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat to headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. It is known to cause asthma attacks (especially in children) and is associated with adult-onset asthma, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

In workplaces and schools, these impacts often result in poor concentration, reduced productivity, increases in absenteeism, and added healthcare costs.

Improving Indoor Air Quality With Proper Cleaning

There are many pollutants that cause foul air in indoor environments from dust and pet dander to insecticides, paints, and even cleaning supplies. Many of the pollutants found indoors originate outside and are inadvertently brought into a building on the shoes and clothing of occupants. One of the most important steps you can take to improve indoor air quality is to use proper cleaning techniques.

Cleaning Guide

  • Using entryway mats (both indoors and out) to help trap dirt, dust, and other pollutants that are hitching a ride on peoples’ shoes is a great start. Of course, in order for the mats to remain effective, they need to be cleaned regularly.
  • Use cleaning chemicals properly. Many cleaning chemicals contain pollutants (including volatile organic compounds) which are released into the air when sprayed. You can reduce the impact these chemicals have on indoor air quality by adjusting spray bottles to stream rather than mist and by spraying on a cleaning cloth rather than directly on the surface to be cleaned.
  • Keep restrooms, kitchens, and breakrooms clean. These areas are often home to food particles, spills, organic pollutants, and standing water, all of which can produce molds and mildews that adversely affect indoor air quality. Food particles and spills when left unattended can introduce pests to your indoor environment which can lead to increased use of pesticides.
  • Using microfiber cloths and mops can also help to improve indoor air quality. Traditional mops and cleaning cloths have a tendency to spread dirt around, leaving it to become airborne once it dries. Microfiber traps the dirt and removes it. Be sure that your cleaning equipment is properly cleaned after each use.
  • Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter equipped vacuum. Textiles like carpets and upholstery trap dirt, dust, and bacteria. In fact, your carpet can hold up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch! Frequent vacuuming of rugs, carpets, and upholsteries removes much of this debris and HEPA filtering insures that it is not re-released into the air.
  • Use ‘green’ cleaning products and techniques. Green cleaning products are less toxic than traditional cleaning chemicals and most are free of volatile chemical compounds. Switching to green cleaning chemicals and green cleaning procedures can have a profound impact on indoor air quality. In a study performed by the EPA at a Washington DC elementary school switching to green cleaning chemicals and procedures, reduced airborne dust inside the building by 52%, volatile organic chemical (VOC) concentrations decreased by 49%, bacteria decreased by 40%, and fungi colony-forming units decreased by 61%.

Need Help With Your Indoor Air Quality?

Need help developing a cleaning program to improve indoor air quality in your home or workplace? Complete Care Maintenance can help you to develop an effective policy for controlling indoor air pollution, which can help improve the overall health of employees and family members, improve productivity, and reduce healthcare costs.

 

10 Aug 2021
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Common Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

Let’s start with a simple rule of thumb: Never mix cleaning products!

Whether you are cleaning in a commercial environment or tidying up around the house, cleaning thoroughly typically involves a variety of cleaning products. No one cleaning product works well for every surface and the typical cleaning product inventory contains enough chemicals to make your head spin – literally.

Even seemingly similar products designed for the same purpose often utilize different chemicals to achieve their objectives. These chemicals when mixed with other chemicals can cause some pretty serious chemical reactions. In most cases, these chemical reactions result in the formation of gases, many of which are detrimental to your health. In other cases, these chemical reactions can result in small explosions, which again, are not good for anybody.

Bleach is a cleaning product found in virtually every household and it is far and away one of the most dangerous products in common use today. If you are considering mixing bleach with anything other than water, think again. Bleach is especially toxic and it makes our list several times when combined with other cleaning products.

Still, bleach is not the only culprit. There are many combinations of cleaning products that can cause you great bodily harm. Read on to learn more.

Common Cleaning Products That Don’t Mix

 

Bleach and Ammonia – You may have heard about this nasty combination. A mixture of bleach and ammonia creates a chemical reaction that results in the formation of chloramine gas which generates acid in the lungs and can be deadly. Even moderate exposure to chloramine gas can cause chest pain and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing these symptoms, we encourage you to seek medical attention immediately.

It is important to note that many cleaning products contain bleach and many other cleaning products contain ammonia. This is why we began this article with the ‘Never mix cleaning products!’ rule of thumb. Glass cleaners, oven cleaners, and even ordinary dish liquids may contain ammonia or other chemicals that react badly with bleach.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar – This one may surprise you. After all, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar both seem pretty harmless. Right? When used by themselves these two common cleaning products are relatively harmless. However, when the two are mixed, they form peracetic acid. Peracetic acid is corrosive and while it may not kill you, it may damage the surfaces you are applying it to.

Drain Cleaners and Other Drain Cleaners – Mixing two different drain cleaners is an easy mistake to make. First drain cleaner doesn’t clear the drain, go to the store and buy a stronger one. Right? Wrong! Different drain cleaners often use different chemical combinations to achieve their goal of clearing the hairball from your drain. These different chemical combinations can result in the formation of toxic gases and in some cases may cause an explosion. So, if your hairball needs an extra dose, be sure to buy the exact same cleaner you used for the first attack.

Bleach and Drain Cleaners – If you are still struggling with that hairball after two doses of drain cleaner, do not reach for a jug of bleach for your third attack. A mixture of bleach and drain cleaner can produce chlorine gas which can have long-lasting effects and may require medical attention. It might be time to call a plumber instead.

Bleach and Vinegar – Bleach and vinegar is another chemical combination that produces chlorine gas. Symptoms you might experience from inhaling this toxin are burning eyes, a burning sensation in your throat, coughing, and difficulty breathing.

Rubbing Alcohol and Bleach – As you can see, bleach is a partner in many bad chemical reactions when mixing cleaning products. When mixed with rubbing alcohol it produces chloroform and chloroacetone, both of which are toxic. According to chemist Alexander Lu of Dong Research Group, “Chloroform can be used to knock people unconscious, and it is suspected to cause cancer. Chloroacetone is no better, having been used as tear gas in World War I.”

Need Help With Your Residential or Commercial Cleaning?

Complete Care Maintenance offers a variety of commercial and residential cleaning services. Our professional cleaning crews are well versed in the chemicals used in commercial cleaning products and we always follow strict safety protocols. Give us a call to learn how we can help!

 

 

20 Jul 2021
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Commercial Cleaning And Curb Appeal

Your business’s curb appeal is vital for attracting and retaining customers and utilizing a commercial cleaning service can help take your curb appeal to the next level. Commercial cleaning services are designed to enhance your business’s overall cleanliness and appearance and many commercial cleaners offer services that extend well beyond your facility’s interior. Below are just some of the ways that a commercial cleaning service can improve your curb appeal:

Commercial Cleaning Services That Improve Curb Appeal

Window Cleaning

Windows and entrance doors are two of the most visible aspects of your storefront and they can either positively or negatively impact your curb appeal. Water marks, smudges, dirt, and grime on your windows not only make them harder to see through but also send a very bad message about the cleanliness of your business. A qualified commercial cleaning service can make sure that your windows and entrance doors are always sparkling clean, making a positive first impression and improving your bottom line.

Parking Lot Maintenance

Believe it or not, a poorly maintained parking lot can cause potential customers to drive right past your place of business without ever leaving their car. Ensuring that your parking lot is free of refuse and debris shows potential clients that you care about your business’s appearance and are willing to go to great lengths to ensure they have a positive experience. Many commercial cleaning services provide parking lot cleaning services that will help keep your lot sparkling clean for your customers.

Trash Receptacles

If like many businesses you provide your customers with the convenience of a trash receptacle outside your storefront it is vital that it be well maintained. Overflowing trash containers can make customers feel that your company and its employees are inattentive, apathetic, or just plain lazy. Commercial cleaning services regularly empty and clean these containers so that your business always looks well kept.

Sidewalks and Entryways

The sidewalk that leads to your entryway, and the entryway itself need to be clean and inviting in order to draw people into your establishment. Regular sweeping and pressure washing of these areas is vital to maintaining a squeaky clean appearance. Ask your commercial cleaning service if they provide these services. Most do and it is just one less thing that you have to worry about.

Day Porters

Having your establishment regularly cleaned by a commercial cleaning company definitely helps to keep your business looking its best. Hiring a day porter takes this cleaning regimen to the next level. While your commercial cleaners will ensure that your establishment looks its best at the beginning of every day, a day porter can help ensure that it continues to look its best throughout the day. A day porter will keep your sidewalk and entryway clean and tidy, empty trash receptacles, remove window smudges, and even tend to accidental spills and wet weather messes.

Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services For Your Business

Hiring a commercial cleaning company can have a huge impact on your business’s curb appeal but it can also boost your company image and improve employee health and productivity. If you are looking for more ways that commercial cleaning can help your business, talk to the experts at Complete Care Maintenance and get a free consultation.

 

 

10 Jul 2021
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Commercial Floor Cleaning: How, Why, and When

The hard surface floors in your facility are one of your greatest assets and keeping them clean and shiny is vital to your facility’s appearance. Commercial floor cleaning helps ensure that your floors always look their best and that the integrity of the flooring material remains intact for years to come. Knowing when to call in the professionals is the key to maintaining pristine commercial floors.

When To Use Commercial Floor Cleaning Services

Regardless of the type of hard surface flooring in your facility, over time the finish on your floors will begin to look dull. The most common reasons for dull floors are foot traffic, wax buildup, and improper cleaning products. Foot traffic in your facility brings in dirt and debris which can quickly scratch and dull the topcoat on your floors. Over-waxing your commercial floors can cause wax buildup which will also make your floors look dull. Finally, using cleaning agents that are too harsh can strip the topcoat from your commercial flooring and leave it dull and unprotected.

Types Of Commercial Floor Care Services

Even if your floors are well cared for, they will eventually lose their shine and require some commercial floor cleaning services. What type of service will depend on the amount of wear, the age of the flooring, and the degree of gloss desired. Commercial floor cleaning services tend to fall into two categories – a scrub and recoat (or top scrub) and stripping and waxing.

Scrub and recoat is a floor maintenance procedure that should be performed every four to six months depending on the amount of foot traffic and general wear that your floors receive. Stripping and waxing is a restorative procedure that is more labor-intensive and more costly.

Top Scrubbing

Top scrubbing, or scrub and recoating will remove embedded dirt and soil without stripping the floor. This procedure typically removes the top layer or two of wax that is holding the embedded dirt. Top scrubbing helps to restore your floor’s luster and prolong the need for a full stripping. Once the dirt and debris are removed from these top layers of wax, a fresh coating of wax is applied and buffed to a high shine. Your commercial floors will look like new again and will enjoy the protection that a fresh coat of wax can provide.

Stripping And Waxing

While top scrubbing will help your floors maintain their shine for longer periods between stipping and waxings, you will eventually need to strip and wax your commercial flooring. If you have been diligent with top scrubbing on a regular basis you may be able to go eighteen months between stipping and waxing procedures. Without the added benefits that top scrubbing provides, your commercial flooring should be stripped and waxed at least once a year.

Stripping and waxing involve the removal of all layers of wax and finishes from the floors and then resealing and buffing the floors. It is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process that when done properly will restore your floors to their original, like-new appearance. Stripping and waxing are far and away the best way to ensure that your commercial flooring will maintain both its appearance and longevity.

Hiring Commercial Floor Cleaning Services

While you can perform commercial floor cleaning in-house it requires knowledge, experience, and appropriate equipment to do the job properly. Hiring a professional commercial floor care service ensures that your floors will be cared for properly regardless of the type of flooring in your facility. If your facility is in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, Complete Care Maintenance is the go-to source for professional commercial floor care services.

 

01 Jul 2021
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Commercial Cleaning In a Post-Pandemic World

If your business did not utilize commercial cleaning services pre-pandemic, changing consumer behaviors may have you rethinking your cleaning strategy. Consumers are wary about venturing out into public spaces even as Covid-19’s grip on our society loosens. The pandemic has opened people’s eyes as to how easily germs can be spread, especially in shared public spaces. This has necessitated much stricter cleaning and disinfecting protocols for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Commercial Cleaning Is The New Normal

It is no longer enough to tell consumers that you are following strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols, you have to show them that you are. In a post-pandemic world, consumers expect to see visible evidence of cleaning and disinfecting protocols being put into practice. In order for businesses to regain consumer trust, they will need to employ dedicated cleaning personnel to work during normal business hours.

Consumers want to see someone wiping down door handles, shopping carts, checkout counters, and other high-touch surfaces.  They want to see restrooms that are sparkling clean, hand sanitizers in place and being used, and onsite cleaning personnel visibly cleaning. Daily cleaning is no longer enough. Constant, visible cleaning is the new expectation, and businesses that fail in this regard may fail altogether.

Many businesses see this as an opportunity to attract more customers by providing a cleaner environment than their competitors. Many are hiring commercial cleaning services, janitorial services, and day porters to market their cleaning protocols as part of the customer experience.

Building Employee Trust

It’s not just consumers that have raised the standards when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene, employees are also changing the way they look at the workplace. With many employees working from home during the pandemic, the desire to go back to the office is tempered by the uncertainty of a post-pandemic world. Employees need to feel confident that their employers are doing everything within their power to provide a clean and sanitary workplace.

This means that in addition to employing visible cleaners during business hours, employers are also employing commercial cleaning services to deep clean their premises after hours. This helps to ease the anxiety that some employees may feel with regard to returning to the workplace. Knowing that when you arrive to work in the morning you will be entering a workplace that has been professionally cleaned and sanitized makes returning to work less stressful for everyone.

The Shift To Commercial Cleaning Brings Long-term Benefits

It is important to realize that the shift in people’s behavior with regard to cleanliness is not a bad thing. If there is a silver lining to the recent pandemic, it is that we now live in a much cleaner world. People are far more concerned about catching and spreading germs than ever before and that fear has translated into better cleaning and hygiene protocols for all of us.

The fact that the cleanliness of a business has taken a primary role in how businesses attract consumers is also a very good thing. The more businesses recognize the importance of operating a clean and sanitary establishment, the safer shared public spaces will become and that is better for everyone.

Need Help With Your Commercial Cleaning Needs?

Complete Care Maintenance has been providing affordable commercial cleaning services to New Jersey businesses since 2001. We can help you to establish cleaning protocols that both your customers and employees will appreciate. Call or contact us today to learn more.

 

 

 

 

20 Jun 2021
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Green Cleaning: Why It Matters

With ever-growing concerns about the state of our natural environment individuals across the globe are intent on making smarter, more environmentally sound decisions. From eating veggie burgers and recycling plastics to driving electric vehicles and reducing waste – going green is the in thing to do! People have come to the realization that their actions can negatively impact the environment and many are making lifestyle changes in an effort to contribute less to the problem and more to the solution. One such lifestyle change is switching to green cleaning products.

What Is Wrong With Traditional Cleaning Products?

Let’s face it, we all want clean and healthy homes and workplaces. Traditional cleaning products have been helping us to achieve this goal for a very long time. In fact, they are so ingrained in our culture that many of us still use the same cleaning products that our parents and grandparents used. If it was good enough for grandma, it should be good enough for us, right?

What grandma did not know is that many of the chemicals in traditional cleaning products are both detrimental to our health and the health of the environment. Many of the chemicals used in traditional cleaning products are caustic, can cause eye, nose, throat, and skin irritation, and have been linked to early-onset asthma in children. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, of the more than 2.1 million janitorial workers in the U.S., 6% suffered workplace injuries due to chemical exposure. Long-term studies have shown that some chemicals contained in commercial cleaning products can be linked to cancer, depressed nervous systems, and birth defects.

Common Chemical Culprits

While the health risks associated with traditional cleaning products are low, and in many cases are outweighed by the benefits they provide, the impact on the environment can be much more severe. Several common chemicals used in traditional cleaning products have been identified as having negative environmental impacts.

  • Ammonia – Ammonia is an air pollutant and a major source of nitrogen oxide which is toxic for plants and the animals that eat them.
  • Triclosan – Triclosan is an anti-microbial commonly found in household detergents, anti-bacterial soaps, and other disinfectants. Of the household products that contain Triclosan, 96% of the chemical volume gets washed down the drain and eventually ends up in rivers, lakes, and streams. Some by-products of Triclosan (Dioxins) have been proven to cause cancer as well as immense developmental issues in almost every vertebrate species. Triclosan has been found in 57.6% of all rivers and streams tested in the U.S.
  • Bleach – Sodium hydroxide (Household Bleach) is commonly used for washing clothes, cleaning toilets, and unclogging drains which means it is typically poured directly into wastewater and can not be filtered out. Bleach forms chlorinated organic compounds, including known carcinogens that are absorbed by organisms and enter the food chain.
  • Phosphates – Phosphates are commonly used in household detergents and are known to cause eutrophication which spurs excessive algae growth. Eutrophication is the prime suspect for large algae blooms that cause red tide. Large algae blooms absorb huge amounts of oxygen from the water and can kill off entire marine ecosystems.

How Green Cleaning Products Help the Environment

  1. Green cleaning products are biodegradable, meaning that they do not persist in the environment. The longer any foreign compound or chemical persists in the environment, the more likely it is to have negative effects.
  2. Green products have low toxicity. Less toxic chemicals are much safer for plants and animals and because they are biodegradable, they are far less likely to enter or persist in the food chain.
  3. Green cleaning products have low VOC content. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. Some VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment. Most VOCs are not acutely toxic but may have long-term chronic health effects.
  4. Most green cleaning products are shipped with minimal or sustainable packaging meaning that their production is less impactful on the environment.

How To Find Green Cleaning Products

Despite the increased popularity of green cleaning products, they can be difficult to identify. Many cleaning product manufacturers use labels that imply environmentally conscious ingredients, but may still contain harmful chemicals. To ensure that you are buying green cleaning products you should look for the seal of approval from one of the following third-party certification authorities.

  • Green Seal –  Green Seal is a non-profit, green cleaning certification authority that has been around since 1989. They evaluate the entire life-cycle of cleaning products to ensure that they meet both independent and international standards.
  • Safer Choice – Safer Choice is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (E.P.A.) certification program for green products and is designed to help individuals and businesses find products that are safer for human health and the environment.
  • ECOLOGO – ECOLOGO certifications are provided by Underwriters Laboratories, a company that has been developing safety standards for more than a century. ECOLOGO certifies products, services, and packaging for reduced environmental impact.

Need Help With Your Green Cleaning Initiatives?

Complete Care Maintenance is New Jersey’s leading commercial cleaning service provider with years of experience developing and utilizing green cleaning programs for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Call or contact us today to learn how we can help you go green!

10 Jun 2021
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Office Cleaning: 5 Things Missing From Your Checklist

Whether you use an in-house office cleaning staff or outsource your cleaning to a professional office cleaning company, there are some areas in every office environment that often get overlooked. If you outsource your office cleaning and find that these areas are not being cleaned, it’s time to fire your commercial cleaning company. If you use in-house cleaning staff be sure to add these five areas to your office cleaning checklist.

Buttons, Switches, Knobs, and Handles

Take a moment to have a good look around your office building. Can you count the number of knobs, handles, buttons, and switches? Chances are that even the most meticulous office manager will miss a few of these ubiquitous items. There are the obvious ones like doorknobs and handles, light switches, and elevator buttons, but what about the buttons on the office phone, the fax machine, or the office printer. Then there are the microwave and refrigerator door handles, water cooler buttons, sink fixtures, drawer pulls, and countless others.

These items get touched multiple times throughout the day and by multiple individuals. They may not be obvious high-touch surfaces, but high-touch surfaces they are, and the average microwave door handle or fax machine button can harbor as many germs as the average toilet seat! Make sure you add these items to your office cleaning checklist.

Trash Cans

Surely your office cleaning staff regularly empties the trash receptacles throughout your office, but do they clean and disinfect them? Trash cans are another breeding ground for germs and bacteria that can cause foul odors and an unhealthy environment for you and your staff. Add trash cans to your office cleaning checklist to ensure that they get cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. You will enjoy an odor-free office environment and your clients will appreciate the attention to detail.

Behind Appliances and Office Machines

The old saying goes: Out of sight, out of mind. This is especially true for these areas in your office. When was the last time you moved the microwave in the breakroom or looked behind the office printer? You might be surprised at how much dust and debris has accumulated over time. Breakroom and kitchen appliances can build up enough dirt, dust, and liquid to create a sticky, stinky sludge, that if left unchecked can lead to nasty odors and damaged floors. Electronic office equipment is highly susceptible to overheating when dust accumulates and this can significantly reduce its useful lifespan. Adding these hidden areas to your office checklist not only ensures a cleaner environment but can save you thousands in repair and replacement costs.

Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures

If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned the ceiling fans and light fixtures in your office building, you are not alone. These are easily some of the most overlooked items when it comes to office cleaning. The fact is that like your kitchen appliances and office machines, the buildup of dust and dirt causes them to work harder and at higher operating temperatures. This shortens their useful lifespan and requires more frequent replacement. In addition, ceiling fans not only gather dust but also disperse it every time you turn on the fan, sending dust mites and allergens into the air. Putting these on your office cleaning checklist will result in cleaner air and longer-lasting fixtures.

Air Vents

Speaking of cleaner air, when was the last time you took a good look at the air vents in your office? For many of us, the answer to that question is ‘Umm, never’. The air vents in your office building should be dusted on a regular basis to avoid dispersing excess dust and allergens throughout the building. In addition, you should have your ductwork professionally cleaned at least semi-annually to avoid the buildup of harmful allergens and molds. It only takes a few seconds to dust an air vent and it can have a significant impact on the overall quality of air in your office.

Wondering What Else Is Missing From Your Office Cleaning Checklist?

If you are concerned about the health and safety of your staff and customers, it is important that you maintain a healthy office environment. In the post-pandemic world, your staff and customers expect nothing less. Complete Care Maintenance can help you build a comprehensive office cleaning checklist and can even provide professional office cleaning service at a reasonable cost.