Regardless of the industry, the workplace environment has a heavy impact on employee productivity, performance, and health. However, schedules and workloads often get in the way of proper cleaning standards.
Oftentimes it becomes tempting to put off janitorial duties until it’s too late. Unfortunately, a messy workplace can both be hazardous and unhygienic to employees. This can increase compensation claims, sick days, and lower your company’s efficiency. To ensure that your workplace stays clean despite your busy schedule, here are three overlooked areas you should pay attention to:
1) Furniture Gathers Dust and Germs
If you have leather couches, it may be difficult to tell that they get dirtier with every new occupant. However, every time a piece of furniture comes into contact with someone, it has a high possibility of retaining that person’s germs.
Thus, it’s important for you to have your surroundings checked, dusted, and disinfected once every one to three days. Look under chairs and tables, dust your curtains, and wipe your couches and chairs with sanitizer to make sure the area around you is clean.
Don’t forget to check overlooked places like your desktop computer, cubicle partition, and any utensils or mugs you bring to work. Those are all easy places for germs and dust to accumulate, and also some of the easiest ways you, your coworkers, or your employees can get sick.
For efficiency and quality, try using a Pro Duster for your dusting needs – this high-duty duster has multiple sleeves and captures dust instead of simply sweeping it away to another location like other dusters. The sleeves are made of microfiber – perfect for picking up the smallest bit of dust to ensure your air stays dust-free.
2) Clean Out Your Vents and Ducts
It’s easy to see what’s unclean around you, but people often ignore what’s above them. The ceiling is a prime center for germs to gather, and this is especially apparent in the vents and ducts.
The wrong humidity level or even just a sick person in another room can greatly contaminate your ventilation system – and that’s not including the mold, mildew, and air pollutants that naturally gather there. To keep your air clean and your employees breathing easy, have your air ducts cleaned out at least once every two to three months.
You’ll want to hire a janitorial company to take care of your cleaning needs so it doesn’t deduct from your productivity. A professional janitorial company can use heavy-duty vacuums and sanitizers to ensure every possible crevice in your ventilation system is cleaned thoroughly. Maintaining your vents and ducts will reduce the chances of your employees falling sick and keep your productivity levels high.
3) Lights Accumulate Dust
We might not often think about lights, but whether you use light bulbs or fluorescent lights, any object that’s up high in your workplace has a tendency to be cleaned less, if at all. From insects to dust to mold, various things can get stuck above or around your lights and rain down on your workplace.
To prevent this, have your lights dusted biweekly or monthly, and make sure this is done before the usual daily surface cleaning commences. The dust and mold that falls from the lights can be even more contaminated than what’s on your desk or the ground! Make sure you can clean everything in one go rather than multiple times.
Again, the Pro Duster is perfect for this – with its microfiber sleeves, you can greatly reduce the amount of dust that ends up raining down on the rest of your workplace.
These are just three simple places you want to know about to maintain a clean and productive workplace. If you don’t have time, or aren’t sure what to do, it’s always best to call in a team of experts. Total Green Services is more than happy to offer a free consultation on what you need to keep your environment tidy. Stay clean. Say Total Green!