Fall has arrived and cooler temperatures and turning leaves have come along as well. Spring isn’t the only time you should give your offices a good cleaning. Take advantage of the cooler weather to spend some more time focusing on getting your space ready for winter. Here are some tips to help you prepare for colder weather, and how to keep your office space clean and tidy through the winter months.
Clean Your Windows
Now is the time to clean your windows inside and out. Take off the screens and put on winter storm windows if applicable; store your screens somewhere safe where they won’t get damaged and where you will be able to easily access them again in the spring. Do the windows before it gets too cold.
Check and Clean Your Gutters
Inspect and clean out the eavestrough pipes and gutters before the snow comes. Clean out any debris and waste to make sure that water will run smoothly. This will prevent back-up and ice dams.
Prepare Your Entryway
Is your entryway ready for winter? Snow and slush will come in on staff members’ and visitors’ shoes and boots. Do you have a carpet at the front door to collect it? How about boot trays so staff members can change into their indoor shoes and leave their wet and dirty boots out of the way? Make sure to keep any hard floors clean and dry to avoid injury and to keep the space looking nice.
Clean Up the Germ Hot Spots
If you have holiday office parties, make sure the kitchen and dining areas get cleaned up as quickly as possible. Don’t leave food lying around to attract pests, and remove any uneaten food from the fridge and get rid of it properly.
Focus on germ hot spots throughout the kitchen area: inside the fridge, the door knobs, the dish sponge, the door handle on the microwave, the kitchen counter, and the garbage area. Microwave the dish sponge for two to three minutes, or run it through the dishwasher cycle. Sanitize all door knobs throughout the office, while you’re at it; it’s one of the fastest way the cold and flu can spread throughout the building. Encourage all employees to sanitize their desks, too.
Tidy Up Your Technology
Dust can build up inside PCUs (power control units) as well as on the outside. Thoroughly dust all computer units and have your IT team take them apart to clean inside. Make sure to tidy up any loose cables; this will reduce the risk of trips and falls, and will look much nicer to staff and clients.
Inspect and Clean Your HVAC System
Have a professional come to clean and inspect your HVAC system. You don’t want to find out that your furnace doesn’t work the day you want to turn it on. Make sure the filter is also replaced regularly as needed to keep the air as clean as possible.
Keep It Clean
Don’t wait until your office looks terrible. Keep your space clean all the time, especially in the winter. The weather can make your office dirty from rain, sleet, mud, and snow that comes in on people’s coats and shoes. Set aside a few minutes at the end of every day to make sure the floors are clean, and an hour or so each week to do a more in-depth clean of the carpets and other areas. This includes the kitchen and dining areas.