The COVID-19 pandemic has left many office buildings empty for an extended period of time. You may be tempted to think this means the space is clean because no one is using it, but that may not be the case - especially if the office wasn’t thoroughly sanitized before its doors were closed. To ensure everyone can return to work safely once distance restrictions are lifted, you will need to employ rigorous office cleaning services prior to reopening.
Why is detailed cleaning important?
There are several benefits to deep cleaning a dormant space. Let’s take a closer look at a few:
- Providing safety and peace of mind: By decontaminating potentially viral surfaces, you will protect your staff as much as possible while offering them a sense of security and peace of mind. This way, they will be able to focus on their excitement about seeing each other and getting back to “normal” rather than worrying if their environment is truly contaminant-free. Returning to work will be much more stress-free when everyone can be sure their workplace is a safe place.
- Eliminating unwanted contaminants: You never know what viruses, bacteria, and fungi might be lurking on a doorknob, work surface, or even in the air. An effective cleaning service will help get rid of any harmful germs and microbes that could cause unwanted effects in your organization.
- Offering a welcoming refresh: Have you ever returned from a long work trip to find your spouse or roommate cleaned the whole house for your arrival? Isn’t it the most inviting and refreshing feeling? Provide that same “welcome home” feeling to your staff by eliminating any signs of stagnation or dormancy in their workspaces.
- Getting around to something on the back burner: A top-to-bottom office cleaning may be something you’ve been wanting to complete for a while but haven’t had the time, space, or resources to complete. Why not prioritize it while the space is empty and employee safety is at the forefront of every business owner’s mind?
These are just a few reasons you might consider a thorough office cleaning before bringing employees back into the workspace. But what exactly needs to be prioritized to make the office space as safe for employees to return to as possible? Restrooms should be cleaned from the ceiling vents to the floors and everything in between, as should office and common areas including glass, touchpoints, light fixtures, floors, upholstery, and all horizontal surfaces. And while it isn’t exactly cleaning, all plumbing and lighting should be checked for things like leaks, malfunctions, etc.
This might sound like a huge undertaking, but you don’t need to tackle the chore of making your workspace safe for employees alone.
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