Winter is a special time of year. The chill gives people an excuse to stay indoors, cuddling in warm blankets, drinking hot cocoa, and maybe watching a log burning in the fire place on a frosty night. Despite its perks, winter can leave some people feeling gloomy. The cold lowers the immune system, making it a critical time to dust and clean. A few sick employees can lead to loss of business and revenue. This risk can be mitigated by keeping the workplace clean. Here are some office cleaning tips to assist you!
1. There is a good amount of rain during the winter months and employees will get their shoes wet as they walk from their cars to the office, tracking in even more dirt than normal. Outdoor and indoor doormats on either side of the entrances can make a big difference in the amount of dirt that is brought into the office. A University of Arizona study reported that 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside of an average shoe, including E. coli, meningitis and pneumonia. Using quality door mats and ensuring floors are mopped and vacuumed regularly can help inhibit the spread of germs. Having a professional deep-cleaning and disinfecting service at least yearly is highly recommended.
2. Considering the amount of bacteria carried on shoes, it is also imperative to fix any floor defects as an important aspect of cleanliness. Cracks and crevices in floors or walls are breeding grounds for these types of bacteria, so having abrasions repaired or replaced is crucial to maintaining a healthy environment at your workplace.
3. The air inside your office likely contain more germs than the air outside. According to the EPA, indoor air contains 2 to 5 times more contaminants – and sometimes up to 100 times more. The EPA warns that headaches, colds and flu, Asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems can be caused or exacerbated by poor indoor air quality. In light of this evidence, make sure that the HVAC system is regularly cleaned. Commercial cleaning professionals can help to maintain your HVAC system.
4. It is wise to be well informed about the cleaning products your cleaning crew uses on a regular basis. There are certain temperatures and other conditions which make some products more effective than others, and some that can be toxic for humans. Environmental Working Group’s investigation of more than 2,000 cleaning supplies on the American market found that many contain substances linked to serious health problems. Discuss these concerns with cleaning professionals so they can help to ensure your cleaning crew is using the right cleaning products to keep your work space sanitized and healthy.
5. Clean windows have an aesthetic value and health and psychological benefits. When sunlight enters a workspace through clean and clear windows, the advantages are:
• Employees are psychologically motivated to work better.
• Moisture dries up quickly.
• Kills germs in the air.
• Prevents mold growth.
While not all professional cleaning companies “do windows”, Paragon Peak does them with pride!
6. Self-awareness is a major factor in keeping an office clean. It is each employees’ personal duty to clean up after themselves. They should be guided to regularly disinfect their own work spaces, however you will need to ensure they have the cleaning supplies readily available to use. Also as the employer, it is important to have the trash and recycling removed from each station at least twice weekly, if not more frequently. And lastly, it’s very important to provide hand sanitizer at all your heavily-trafficked areas, including the reception desk, restrooms, breakrooms and conference rooms.
In conclusion, it is quite evident that dirt and germs inevitably get into our office. Fortunately, with the right ideas and decisive steps, we can manage and disinfect our workspace, making it a more pleasant and enjoyable environment to work in. A cleaner office means healthier employees, which in turn lends to a successful business.
If you are looking forward to a healthier office, please contact us at Paragon Peak today!
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