Before you know it, it’ll be time to switch from the air conditioning unit to the furnace. Perhaps you’ve already made the switch! In northern climates, the cooler temperatures in autumn inevitably lead to falling leaves and, eventually, falling snow that can present challenges for commercial building owners and maintenance crews. Here are four areas we consider of greatest importance when preparing for the change in seasons as it relates to preserving the appearance and cleanliness of your workplace and enhancing the working environment for your employees.
1. HVAC Cleaning
Over time, HVAC units and air ducts collect dust, pathogens, allergens and other contaminants that reduce indoor air quality and inhibit proper air circulation. Help your employees breathe a little easier by cleaning out ductwork, registers and cold air returns, and clean or replace filters as needed. Don’t forget to look up; ceiling vents are notorious for gathering dust and if your workspace has ceiling fans, make sure the blades are wiped clean.
2. Protect Your FloorsRoad salt, debris and other moisture-laden slush easily become caught in boots and end up being tracked into buildings, resulting in those familiar white, chalky stains. Wet or dirty floor surfaces also can become a safety hazard, and the chemicals, dirt and grime can scratch polished surfaces and deeply work their way into carpet fibers, causing irreparable damage and shortened lifespans.
To help prevent slip-and-fall accidents and the damage caused by winter’s harsh conditions, plan to add special exterior floor mats to help capture most of the snow and ice before it gets into the building, plus additional mats that extend well into the entryway to provide further protection. Maintaining your commercial carpet in winter requires a frequent schedule of vacuuming, and daily mopping of hard surfaces will help preserve its appearance.
3. Let There Be Light!
With the change in seasons, your employees may drive to work before the sun rises and head home after it sets. Allowing as much natural sunlight into your workplace as possible can help boost employees’ moods and create a more pleasant working environment. Plan to clean your windows inside and out before the snow flies, and also clean your lighting fixtures to ensure they shine brightly.
4. Give a Thorough Cleaning
Many companies provide incentives for employees to stay healthy, such as flu shots, health assessments and more. It shows they care about the wellbeing of their employees, and they also know that fewer sick days lead to higher productivity. One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to prevent illness may be ensuring their workplace is as free of dangerous germs and bacteria as possible. Schedule a deep commercial cleaning to disinfect common areas such as desks, doorknobs, kitchens, bathrooms and other high-traffic locations.
At Jack’s, we take the worry out of providing a clean environment and maintaining your building’s appearance so you can focus on what’s most important — your company’s success and that of its employees. Enlisting our experts can help you get back to the business at hand. Reach out to us today for a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate.