Stay Squeaky Clean This Season
Winter time is notorious for harsher elements even in milder climates such as Southern California. For any commercial property owner, it’s important to protect your building or office from rain, hail, and colder temperatures for overall safety and wellness. That’s why the Kohl Building Maintenance team has compiled the following guide for keeping your commercial spaces squeaky clean this winter season!
Winter Spic-And-Span Tips For Your Building
There are many factors to consider when preparing your building or office for ultimate winter safety and cleanliness. Whether you already have the staff to handle the work or need to hire an additional cleaning team, make sure the following items are part of your winter cleaning checklist!
Focus On Floors
With extra rain or hail (and even snow!), visitors and employees are more likely to track in water and mud. Not only does this make your floors more slippery and dangerous, but can also cause long-term damage to your tile or hardwood floors if not cleaned properly. Be sure to clean your floors more regularly and thoroughly during the winter season to avoid mold, mildew, and other waterborne bacteria from growing in your commercial space. Keep in mind that these pesky irritants often grow in hard-to-reach areas, so be extra vigilant about your floor care.
Carpets are also susceptible to dust, grime, and bacteria. Be sure to wash them with hot water and/or steam throughout winter, and vacuum often. This will protect the indoor air quality of your commercial space as well. Investing in floor mats is also a simple solution that adds safety while managing all the tracking from ongoing foot traffic.
Sanitize Work Environments
Blame the lower temperatures but winter is cold and flu season. Because people are more likely to get sick during this time of year, it’s important to make the extra effort in preventing the spread of germs and viruses. To do this, make sure to regularly disinfect and sanitize the following areas in your building or office:
- Office supplies
- Keyboards and laptops
- Door handles
- Work stations
Wash All Windows
Winter is prime time for window washing. With extra foot traffic due to the holidays, it’s vital that your commercial space looks professional and welcoming from the inside out. Exposure to extra elements such as wind and rain tend to dirty windows more often during the winter season. That’s why regularly scheduled window cleaning is crucial for businesses with street-level storefronts or display windows at this time of year. Similarly, don’t forget to clean your windows from the inside to remove residue that leaves the glass cloudy, streaked, and/or dull, while also getting rid of dirt build-up in the corners.
It’s actually not ideal to clean windows in hot, sunny weather, so window washing is actually made easier in the winter since it reduces the chance of leaving streaks behind. When cleaning both the inside and outside of your windows, consider wiping windows dry vertically on one side and horizontally on the other. This will allow you to see where to go back if any streaks appear. If your building is multi-level and/or has tall windows, be sure to hire a professional instead of trying this task on your own!
Check Your HVAC System
Prioritize your indoor air quality this season by replacing HVAC filters and double-checking that ductwork, vents, registers, coils, drain pans and all other system components are clean and working properly. In order to prepare your commercial building for winter, schedule an inspection or maintenance for your HVAC system, so you can take care of any repairs or replacements ahead of time. This not only ensures proper airflow and ventilation, it also promotes healthy air quality for workers and visitors at your office or building.
Do you have any additional questions about winter cleaning and maintenance for your commercial building. Feel free to contact the cleaning professionals at Kohl Building Maintenance with any inquiries or to schedule your cleaning services today! Call us at 818.882.2600.