You know that it’s important to keep your workspace clean. Hiring a commercial cleaning service costs money, and you may wonder if it’s worth it. However, there are several cleaning mistakes that could actually be costing your company money, and the solutions provided by Quality Cleaning Service can help save you both time and money in the long run.

Mistake 1: Expecting Your Employees to Take on a Cleaning Role

The economy is tough, and budgets are tight. Some businesses in Dundee, Michigan may look at the cost of a commercial cleaning service and wonder if it makes sense to instead have their employees take over the cleaning tasks.

There are many reasons this is a bad idea – decreased employee morale, ineffective cleaning practices – but it will also end up costing your business more money than you realize. Of course, employees should be responsible for keeping their workspaces uncluttered. It’s fair to ask employees to rinse out their own coffee mugs, keep spoiled food out of the communal fridge, and clean up after themselves. But when you expect your employees who have their own jobs and responsibilities within your company to handle bathroom cleaning, vacuuming, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, you aren’t saving the money you think you are.

When you take time out of your employees’ day to handle specialized cleaning tasks, you are significantly decreasing their productivity. When your employees aren’t as productive, your business isn’t as profitable. Combine that with low morale and employee dissatisfaction along with ineffective cleaning practices and your corner-cutting can lead to increased illness, injury, and absenteeism, and you definitely won’t save any money in the big picture.

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Mistake 2: Ignoring Trash, Spills, and Stains

Some trash cans in common areas fill more quickly than others. If a trash bin begins to overflow, it can cause a much bigger problem. If trash bins aren’t attended to as needed, they can begin to attract rodents, insects, and mold or mildew growth, all of which can cause much bigger problems.

Spills happen, and if you have a patterned industrial carpet, some employees may simply do a quick dab with a paper towel and hope that the stain blends into the carpet. Although these small mistakes seem harmless, over time they can lead to long-term damage to carpets, subfloors, and upholstery. This will then cost you money for repairs or replacement.

The solution is to stay on top of these minor issues with daily cleaning, or even better, a day porter. Having a day porter in the building to handle the day-to-day issues right away can save you time and money overall.

Mistake 3: Neglecting Hard to Reach Areas

Out of sight, out of mind. While this may seem harmless in theory, neglecting hard to reach areas will almost certainly cost your company money down the road. Hard to reach areas can be the dirtiest in the workspace and lead to accumulations of germs, allergens, and even worse – infestations. Hiring a commercial cleaning service will ensure that no surface goes untouched and every part of your workspace – even the spaces you can’t see – will be clean and sanitized.

Mistake 4: Using the Wrong Cleaning Supplies or Cleaning with Ineffective Equipment

Many offices will keep a standard bottle of all-purpose cleaner and a container of cleaning wipes in the break room or bathroom to handle urgent needs. Your office may have a mop or a vacuum, but likely they are a budget friendly purchase for quick pick-ups. While these may work in a pinch, they are not a good solution for regular commercial cleaning for your Dundee, Michigan business. Harsh chemicals don’t equal better, and can actually cause damage to both your health and the environment. You need to use the right product for each job, and you need to make sure you are using a product that is effective without causing chemical buildup or creating an unsafe indoor air quality situation.

When you hire a commercial cleaning service, you get access to high-quality cleaning products and top of the line equipment, such as vacuums with HEPA filters, designed to improve indoor air quality. Quality Cleaning Service is committed to using the best products available that are also eco-friendly, which will reduce your environmental footprint and keep your indoor air quality safe for all your employees and guests.

Mistake 5: Sticking to Surface Level Cleaning and Skipping Disinfection

Surface level cleaning may make things look nice, but not everything that appears to be clean actually is. To keep your Dundee, Michigan business truly clean, you need to make sure that your space, especially the high-touch areas, are regularly sanitized. Kitchens, bathrooms, breakrooms, and shared office equipment such as copiers, are vulnerable to the “looks clean but isn’t” problem.

In a post-pandemic world, we all know that germs can cause significant disruptions to businesses. Because of this, it’s important to take the time to develop a plan for disinfecting all areas. Quality Cleaning Service can offer disinfection as part of your regular cleaning schedule with our electrostatic service, or we can provide day porters who can handle the daily disinfection tasks.

Mistake 6: Working Without a Plan

If you wait until an area is noticeably dirty before you think of cleaning it, you are already looking at a more expensive job. The biggest office cleaning mistake is not having a plan. Without a plan, nothing gets done effectively. When you have your initial consultation with Quality Cleaning Service, make a plan for regular cleaning, but also for bigger jobs such as upholstery cleaning, carpet cleaning, and deep cleaning. If you avoid these until it’s too late, you may be looking at carpets, furniture, and office equipment that needs replaced instead of cleaned.

When you practice preventative maintenance, you can avoid costly repairs and replacements down the line. We know it’s hard to stay on top of these tasks, which is why when you work with our service, we take care of the scheduling for you. We know bigger jobs can be disruptive to your workday, so we offer flexible scheduling so these jobs can get done without a negative impact on your business.

As a BBB certified business and part of ISN, a safety membership required by some of our valued customers, Quality Cleaning Service can help improve your Dundee, Michigan workspace with regularly scheduled comprehensive commercial cleaning services. If you’ve been thinking about hiring a commercial cleaning service for your company, now is a great time to get on our schedule, so call us today!