As offices across the Tri-State Area begin to reopen, it is time to think about how your office will tackle their office cleaning. It is a priority to have an office cleaning plan in place that includes cleaning and disinfecting on a daily basis. Aside from taking precautions during the pandemic, there are additional benefits to regular office cleaning you may not have heard of. Here, we will discuss those benefits and the best course of action for creating an office cleaning plan.
Appearances make the first impression. Clean offices are aesthetically pleasing and a welcoming sight for everyone who enters the office! Keeping a clean office will impress both your clients and your employees. A regular office cleaning will help make your office a place people want to be.
When a workspace is messy, it can cause distractions and stress. This can lead to additional consequences such as reduced overall productivity. There have been countless studies focused on the long term effects of stress on the human body. It can lead to several mental and medical issues including depression, fatigue, and insomnia.
Studies done at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute showed that participants who tidied up their work environment were able to focus better and saw a measurable increase in their productivity. The same study found that those participants who saw frequent visual reminders of the uncleanliness in their work environment were unable to remain focused. These results suggest that a clean workspace can increase employees’ overall productivity. (Source: Princeton.edu)
Following a Cleaning Checklist will allow you and your cleaning team (in-house or professional cleaning company) to be on the same page on the tasks that need to be done to achieve your cleaning goals.
The reception area is often the first thing someone sees when they enter the office. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a great first impression!
If you have kitchenette in your office, this area is one that is frequently used and gets dirty throughout the day. Ideally, you would want everyone to clean up after themselves to keep the area clean throughout the day. However, with the hustle and bustle of the workday, that is not always possible. With that being said, the kitchenette should be cleaned at least once daily at the end of the day.
This is another heavily frequented area that needs daily cleaning and disinfection
Investing in high-quality and efficient cleaning supplies and equipment will save you pain and money in the long run. Not all cleaners and equipment are created equal so it’s important to educate yourself about the options available in the market and what will be the best fit for your cleanliness goals.
When hiring a Cleaning Company, ask if they will provide the cleaning supplies or equipment or if you need to buy them.
Most cleaning services offer a fixed price by square footage and only a few offer a tiered pricing structure. This typically means you can choose between their basic, standard, and premium packages. The more premium the package, the more services are included.
Every company will have different pricing models with some companies being cheaper than others. Although everyone loves a good deal, many customers have reported to receiving lower quality service when making decisions based on affordability. As a customer, you must ask yourself what is more important to you and your business: cheaper service or a job well-done?
Traditional commercial cleaning companies price their services based only on square footage and offer a one-size fits all kind of model. This does not consider the needs of each individual office including the number of workstations or bathrooms each office has.
These companies offer very low rates which can result in employees rushing services and sacrificing quality for speed as they are cleaning several office spaces during one shift. The rushed service often only include a quick wipe down of common surfaces, and taking out the garbage.
The average cost of these services ranges between $0.10 – 0.20/sqft and their typical cleaning tasks look like these:
Since it’s a low-cost service, the supplies used to clean your office will be on the toxic side (Pinesol, Fabuloso, Windex, Bleach) with lots of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) floating on the air that your team will breath the next morning. Some of those products can even damage your surfaces, so don’t be surprised by finding streaky floors or a ruined monitor wiped with window cleaner.
If that’s not all, after some time, you’ll notice an accumulation of dust since the short time of service doesn’t allow the crew to be detailed (remember, the same team cleans multiple offices on the same night) so expect to invest in a supplementary cleaning service that comes to Deep Clean on a monthly basis.
In contrast, modern office cleaning companies will price your service based on the layout of your space, your needs and frequency of service. They know that one-size fits all is not accurate and consider that important variables like square footage, number of workstations, bathrooms, kitchenette size, conference rooms and private offices have a direct impact in the time of service and pricing.
There are great things about having a tiered pricing structure:
Their tiered pricing structure starts at $30/hr per cleaner and looks like these:
With the help of a Cleaning Expert, you can design a Custom Checklist with the flexibility to add and remove Cleaning Tasks based on your office’s events. Here are some examples of add-ons to your service:
Creating a plan for regular office cleaning is your responsibility as an employer. It is important to do your part in making sure the workplace is a safe environment for your employees. Remember, there are regulations in place for many areas that require employers to maintain a clean and safe workplace for their employees if they are having them return to the office during the pandemic.
Failure to follow these regulations can result in hefty fines. If you’re not comfortable tackling this responsibility internally, there are local office cleaning companies that can take care of this for you.
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