Are your employees more concerned about how they look than how clean they keep their work environment? They might be surprised to learn that their coworkers and managers likely judge their lack of workplace hygiene over their fashion sense.
A recent study found that 62% of employees and 72% of upper managers made judgments about coworkers’ workplace neatness and hygiene.
While you can’t always control how often employees wash their hands or clean their computer keyboards (one of the germiest areas of most workspaces), you can maintain cleanliness by scheduling regular office deep cleaning.
Learn more here about the benefits of deep cleaning, particularly during winter.
What Does Office Deep Cleaning Include?
Standard office cleaning usually includes removing visible dirt and debris. Deep cleaning goes beyond visible dirt in high-traffic areas to focus on hard-to-reach surfaces.
Most commercial cleaning companies include the following when they deep clean an office:
- Scrubbing and mopping floors
- Cleaning carpets
- Disinfecting door handles and light fixtures
- Cleaning office furniture
- Cleaning cabinets and shelves
- Cleaning and disinfecting toilets
- Dusting ledges and baseboards
- Cleaning vents
- Disinfecting office equipment
An office deep cleaning includes the removal of dirt and grime but adds another step to the process of disinfection. The targets for disinfection are high-traffic areas, office kitchen spaces, breakrooms, and restrooms.
Reduce the Risk of Health-Related Issues
Viruses and bacteria, a.k.a. germs, are the most widespread dangers found in offices. You’ll find them in abundance on workspace surfaces.
When people come into contact with contaminated surfaces, they risk exposure to the following harmful bacteria:
- Escherichia coli
- Helicobacter pylori
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Staphylococcus aureus
These bacteria cause various illnesses, all of which are unpleasant for employees. Your entire team may also suffer when team members call out sick.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Dusty, dirty surfaces make workspaces look unprofessional and uninviting. In addition to the unattractive appearance, it impacts indoor air quality when you don’t handle the dust and dirt.
Poor indoor air quality can cause various health issues, including headaches, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. It can also trigger asthma and allergies.
Ventilation systems in commercial buildings often harbor contaminants associated with poor air quality. However, surfaces also attract and hold onto airborne pollutants, including dust and debris.
The deep cleaning process removes surface contaminants, which helps keep the indoor air in your office fresh and of good quality. Your employees should notice decreased health issues associated with airborne and surface impurities.
Minimize Safety Hazards
A clean office looks better and helps keep employees and visitors healthy. But what about safety?
If you schedule regular cleaning, your facility will have fewer slip and fall hazards. Deep cleaning targets not only the visible but the hidden dirt and grime. It can prevent slipping in an area that has an oily stain.
Deep office cleaning can also eliminate fire hazards. Suppose you have an office kitchen where staff can use a stove or microwave to prepare meals. By requesting that your deep clean includes kitchen appliances, you may prevent a fire caused by greasy food residue.
Your office cleaning routine can help boost productivity.
When workspaces aren’t kept clean, it distracts staff. If your team members feel like they must spend part of their day cleaning their environment, it takes away from productivity.
Generally, you can expect employees to clean up spills in their work area, but what about the break room and restrooms? Those are areas your office cleaning service should handle.
Deep cleaning of your office keeps it looking and smelling fresh. This is a boost not only for productivity but also for employee morale.
Improve Employee Morale
You’re likely aware of the link between employee morale and engagement, job satisfaction, and retention. You might not realize the link between a clean office and your team’s morale.
Clean office spaces make employees feel good about their work environment. No one wants to look at dirt and debris day after day.
A dirty workspace contributes to foul moods, which often results in poor engagement. When workspaces aren’t clean, it can increase stress, leading to a decline in morale.
High morale motivates people to work hard. Hard work results in greater productivity.
When employees are happy, a side effect of high morale, they’re more likely to stay with your company. High retention saves money since you’ll need to spend less on training new employees.
Customers Notice Spotless Workspaces
First impressions matter. You only get one chance to make an excellent first impression on your customers.
A clean office goes a long way toward creating the best first impression. A grimy or untidy workspace can make your business appear unprofessional.
Deep cleaning should include your reception and meeting areas.
People visiting your office will notice dirty upholstery on chairs and couches. They’ll also see carpet stains. This won’t help create the positive perception of your business that you want visitors to have.
Helps Save Money
Although there’s usually a cost difference between regular and deep office cleaning services, deep cleaning can save your business money as time goes by.
When you deep clean surfaces, you’ll notice less wear and tear. This is particularly true of carpets and upholstery.
Clean workspaces and healthier employees work together to save the company money. When you run a healthy team, your company loses less money due to staffing shortages. And issues with productivity and efficiency.
Schedule Your Winter Office Cleaning Today
If you schedule your office deep cleaning at least once or preferably twice each year, you may notice a significant difference in employee illness and safety incidents. You’ll also enjoy higher staff morale. Even your customers will benefit from your clean office.
Green Clean Commercial specializes in environmentally-friendly office cleaning. We can clean and sanitize your entire building to help get you through the winter season.
Contact our team today to schedule your winter deep clean.