The changing leaves and cooler temperatures may seem like it doesn’t affect your office space, but the changing of the seasons should trigger a deep clean of your office and facility. With the upcoming winter comes more exposure to indoor allergens and slippery floors, both of which can be minimized with a few simple steps (and a deep clean).
Add rugs by the doors.
Winter comes with all the usual suspects: snow, ice, mud. That’s why adding additional rugs by the doors is the first line of defense, protecting your floors and your workers. Slips, trips, and falls are one of the most common workplace injuries—and a preventable one. Rugs can also prevent a significant build-up of dirt and grime, which can make the floors slippery and cost more money to deep clean once winter is over.
Clean your ducts.
In addition to rugs, another way to protect your workers and increase productivity is to schedule a deep cleaning of your ducts. Air ducts are a source of dust mites, mold, pet dander (even if there are no pets in the building)—all of which can exacerbate indoor allergy symptoms in your workers. All of those allergens re-circulate though the air ducts every time the HVAC system runs—and can be removed with a deep duct clean.
Professionally clean your floors.
To eliminate allergens in carpet, professionally clean your floors or hire a professional cleaning service to deep clean when the building is empty or low-staffed (overnight or holidays). Deep clean hard flooring as well to minimize build-up and create the proverbial clean slate before winter.
Once winter weather hits, everyone is inside more often. Windows and doors stay closed. Dust also gets trapped inside and circulated. A deep fall cleaning can remove the dust, leaving your office with minimal dust to circulate. Screen your cleaning companies carefully (ask this full list of questions), and give them a deep cleaning checklist to complete before the first snowflake falls.