The summer months in your facility present a unique set of issues for both you and your janitorial company. Each season has a set of challenges and summer is no different. When that warm weather hits, it’s hard to resist the call of pools, barbecues, boating and other summer evening plans. Never mind we might love our jobs and places of employment, summer’s siren song is hard to resist. So we watch the clock waiting for that magical hour and we count down the days until our vacations. But all too often in the haste to getaway, we can leave behind cluttered desks, piles of forgotten takeout in the office fridge and more that can make it had for your office cleaning company to give you their best work. Don’t let summer forgetfulness get in the way of your office cleaning company giving you the most effective service throughout the year. There are a few easy things you can do to prepare for summer and even make use of some of the downtime to attend to other needs in your facility.
Direct Employees To Clean Work Areas Before Making a Beeline For the Beach
Your office cleaners are generally asked to clean the clear areas of work spaces and desks without moving and disturbing things on it. Sure, your office cleaners will toss a paper coffee cup or two but papers and trash left behind or files and papers strewn about make it much harder for your office cleaners to clean your office! And when you are on vacation, often others have to use, look through or even just look at your work space so other good reasons to get your desk organized BEFORE you head out of town. As a Facility Manager, it is helpful to instruct employees to organize their work areas before they leave for the day and before planned vacations. Doing so is thoughtful to your colleagues and helps your cleaning company do their best work and deliver value to your facilities.
Don’t Let the Office Refrigerator Turn Into Something Out of a Horror Film
Is your office refrigerator becoming something straight out of a horror movie? Is it quickly becoming a collection of science experiments rather than a safe place to stow your lunch until noon? Do stacks of Styrofoam takeout containers threaten to topple every time you open the door? Does the smell of days old food and crusty condiments hit you the minute you step into the break room or cafeteria? Summer generally means more people taking time off which often translates into a growing, molding, and stinking office refrigerator. Add to that the fact that summer can be the time of office cookouts and celebrations that lead to half-covered sheet cakes and seven half empty ketchup containers filling the shelves. Not only is a filthy office refrigerator gross, it can actually become a health hazard. If you can get employees to claim that half eaten tuna sandwich or Chinese takeout, it is best to periodically designate a clean out day and post a notice giving your people time to claim anything they don’t want thrown away. We suggest you schedule the clean out just before your office cleaning company comes so unrefrigerated food isn’t left out very long.
Summer’s Downtime the Right Time for Deep Cleaning & Preventive Maintenance
Whether you are right on track with preventive maintenance or you have a list of to-dos a mile long, summer offers a good time to tackle deep cleaning and preventative maintenance. Often summer can mean better weather, less traffic in your facility which can make it a suitable time to do deep cleaning, repairs and maintenance. Is summer a good time for you to tackle your to do list before it becomes overwhelming? Do you have areas of your facility that could use a deep cleaning? If so, get on touch with your JaniTek Representative and they can help you plan cleaning and maintenance to best fit your needs and summer schedule.